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Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 07:00 AM PDT

DKos Sangha - Weekly Open Thread

by davehouck

Good morning!  Welcome to the DKos Sangha weekly open thread.

This is an open thread for members of the DKos Sangha and others who are interested in discussions concerning how we integrate our progressive political activism into our spiritual practice.  If you have observations about the political discourse of the week, or about practice, or about anything else related to walking a spiritual path through the political world, if you wish to share, or if you seek support, or if you simply want to say hello, please do; this space is for you.

If you would like to write a diary for the DKos Sangha, please let me know.

If you care nothing for spiritual practice and only wish to denigrate and disparage, please do so elsewhere, and respect that this is a community diary for the DKos Sangha.

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Reposted from Street Prophets by davehouck

Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Coffee Hour at Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can discuss what’s happening in our lives, what we’ve been working on, and our opinions on current events. Ecology—a concern for the environment—often intersects with religion. For today’s topic, I thought it might be interesting to explore Buddhist ecology.

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This week we are very happy to announce that we are expanding our sittings to 11 PM Eastern Time, and we offer a warm welcome to Thanatokephaloides who will be sitting in as Co-host from 9:30 to 11 PM. For some reason I am reminded of a sign I saw years ago in a local Salvation Army Store, “We Ain’t Movin’ We’re Just Improvin’. :-)

Good evening and welcome to Monday Group Meditation. We will be sitting from 7:30 to 11:00 PM Eastern Time. It is not necessary to sit for the entire extended time, which is set up to make it convenient for people in four North American Time Zones; sit for as long as you like and when it is most convenient for you. Monday Group Meditation is open to everyone, believers and non-believers, who are interested in gathering in silence. If you are new to meditation and would like to try it for yourself, Mindful Nature gave a good description of one way to meditate in an earlier diary, copied and pasted below:

                                                                "It is a matter of focusing attention mostly. In many traditions, the idea is to sit and focus on the rising and falling of the breath.  Not controlling it, but sitting in a relaxed fashion and merely observing experiences of breathing, sounds, etc.  Be aware of your thoughts, but don't engage in them.  When your mind wanders (it will, often), then return to focus on breath and repeat."

Sangha Co-hosts for meditation are:

7:30 - 10:00  Ooooh and davehouck

9:30 - 11:00  thanatokephaloides

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Sun Apr 12, 2015 at 07:00 AM PDT

DKos Sangha - Weekly Open Thread

by davehouck

Good morning!  Welcome to the DKos Sangha weekly open thread.

This is an open thread for members of the DKos Sangha and others who are interested in discussions concerning how we integrate our progressive political activism into our spiritual practice.  If you have observations about the political discourse of the week, or about practice, or about anything else related to walking a spiritual path through the political world, if you wish to share, or if you seek support, or if you simply want to say hello, please do; this space is for you.

If you would like to write a diary for the DKos Sangha, please let me know.

If you care nothing for spiritual practice and only wish to denigrate and disparage, please do so elsewhere, and respect that this is a community diary for the DKos Sangha.

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Mon Apr 06, 2015 at 04:00 PM PDT

Meditation-Making Friends With Ourselves

by Ooooh

It is so seductive to look outside ourselves and see all the things we consider wrong, the things we don’t like, the things that just shouldn’t be. However, when we do this we make enemies out of life, the current moment, and even ourselves. It is, unfortunately, simply the way the human mind works, by making comparisons and judgments.

Good evening and welcome to Monday Group Meditation. We will be sitting from 7:30 to 10:00 PM EST. It is not necessary to sit for the entire extended time, which is set up to make it convenient for people in four North American Time Zones; sit for as long as you like and when it is most convenient for you. Monday Group Meditation is open to everyone, believers and non-believers, who are interested in gathering in silence. If you are new to meditation and would like to try it for yourself, Mindful Nature gave a good description of one way to meditate in an earlier diary, copied and pasted below:

                                                                "It is a matter of focusing attention mostly. In many traditions, the idea is to sit and focus on the rising and falling of the breath.  Not controlling it, but sitting in a relaxed fashion and merely observing experiences of breathing, sounds, etc.  Be aware of your thoughts, but don't engage in them.  When your mind wanders (it will, often), then return to focus on breath and repeat."

We have noticed that a number of people enter "the room" after 10:00 Eastern, so for those finding this diary after our scheduled time is over, do please sit for a while; chances are that there are still folks in the room to sit with.  And if you so wish, post a comment just to let others who come after you know that you're sitting, so they too will choose to sit with you for a while.

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What would be your preference for the sitting period? Remember, it is not necessary to be available for the entire time when considering your preference.

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Sun Apr 05, 2015 at 07:00 AM PDT

DKos Sangha - Weekly Open Thread

by davehouck

Good morning!  Welcome to the DKos Sangha weekly open thread.

This is an open thread for members of the DKos Sangha and others who are interested in discussions concerning how we integrate our progressive political activism into our spiritual practice.  If you have observations about the political discourse of the week, or about practice, or about anything else related to walking a spiritual path through the political world, if you wish to share, or if you seek support, or if you simply want to say hello, please do; this space is for you.

If you would like to write a diary for the DKos Sangha, please let me know.

If you care nothing for spiritual practice and only wish to denigrate and disparage, please do so elsewhere, and respect that this is a community diary for the DKos Sangha.

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Perhaps the reason surrender is such an important part of the spiritual path is it gives us permission to be happy, or happier, even if things are not perfect. Surrender has the potential to help us stop thinking we need to fix life, and to understand that we really don’t have control over much anyway. And yet we resist. I suspect one of the reasons so many of us seem to have so much trouble with surrender is we are trying to work with too big a slice of the pie.

Good evening and welcome to Monday Group Meditation. We will be sitting from 7:30 to 10:00 PM EST. It is not necessary to sit for the entire extended time, which is set up to make it convenient for people in four North American Time Zones; sit for as long as you like and when it is most convenient for you. Monday Group Meditation is open to everyone, believers and non-believers, who are interested in gathering in silence. If you are new to meditation and would like to try it for yourself, Mindful Nature gave a good description of one way to meditate in an earlier diary, copied and pasted below:

                                                                "It is a matter of focusing attention mostly. In many traditions, the idea is to sit and focus on the rising and falling of the breath.  Not controlling it, but sitting in a relaxed fashion and merely observing experiences of breathing, sounds, etc.  Be aware of your thoughts, but don't engage in them.  When your mind wanders (it will, often), then return to focus on breath and repeat."

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Sun Mar 29, 2015 at 07:00 AM PDT

DKos Sangha - Weekly Open Thread

by davehouck

Good morning!  Welcome to the DKos Sangha weekly open thread.

This is an open thread for members of the DKos Sangha and others who are interested in discussions concerning how we integrate our progressive political activism into our spiritual practice.  If you have observations about the political discourse of the week, or about practice, or about anything else related to walking a spiritual path through the political world, if you wish to share, or if you seek support, or if you simply want to say hello, please do; this space is for you.

If you would like to write a diary for the DKos Sangha, please let me know.

If you care nothing for spiritual practice and only wish to denigrate and disparage, please do so elsewhere, and respect that this is a community diary for the DKos Sangha.

 ~~~~
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Mon Mar 23, 2015 at 04:00 PM PDT

Meditation-Sitting With Our Judgments

by Ooooh

Making comparisons and determining which is the better choice is just a part of life. It is something we do every day, all day long as we make our way in the world.  We get into trouble, however, when our minds become seduced by our successes at making good judgments in our personal lives, and that becomes translated into thinking we can make judgments about everything we see.

One problem with that is there is just so much we don’t know about just what factors brought a situation to its present state, what motivates other people, what other people’s life experiences are, and on and on. For example, I might think certain politicians are positively craven, but I can’t really prove that is a fact. There is just too much I don’t know about what they really think, what they believe deeply, what brought them to this place in their lives, what their fears are, and much more. If I am being honest with myself, there really is much more that I don’t know than I do know.

Good evening and welcome to Monday Group Meditation. We will be sitting from 7:30 to 10:00 PM EST. It is not necessary to sit for the entire extended time, which is set up to make it convenient for people in four North American Time Zones; sit for as long as you like and when it is most convenient for you. Monday Group Meditation is open to everyone, believers and non-believers, who are interested in gathering in silence. If you are new to meditation and would like to try it for yourself, Mindful Nature gave a good description of one way to meditate in an earlier diary, copied and pasted below:

                                                                "It is a matter of focusing attention mostly. In many traditions, the idea is to sit and focus on the rising and falling of the breath.  Not controlling it, but sitting in a relaxed fashion and merely observing experiences of breathing, sounds, etc.  Be aware of your thoughts, but don't engage in them.  When your mind wanders (it will, often), then return to focus on breath and repeat."

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Sun Mar 22, 2015 at 07:00 AM PDT

DKos Sangha - Weekly Open Thread

by davehouck

Good morning!  Welcome to the DKos Sangha weekly open thread.

This is an open thread for members of the DKos Sangha and others who are interested in discussions concerning how we integrate our progressive political activism into our spiritual practice.  If you have observations about the political discourse of the week, or about practice, or about anything else related to walking a spiritual path through the political world, if you wish to share, or if you seek support, or if you simply want to say hello, please do; this space is for you.

If you would like to write a diary for the DKos Sangha, please let me know.

If you care nothing for spiritual practice and only wish to denigrate and disparage, please do so elsewhere, and respect that this is a community diary for the DKos Sangha.

 ~~~~
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Mon Mar 16, 2015 at 04:00 PM PDT

Meditation-Awakening From Thought

by Ooooh

We spend our lives lost in thought. Some of us, if we are lucky, encounter someone or something which helps us to stop identifying with our thoughts by teaching us that actually we are not our thoughts. But the most common human experience seems to be a state of being totally engaged with our constantly running train of thought.

Recently I encountered some concepts that tipped my world upside down. So before we get down to business, please let me apologize in advance in case I upset anyone's applecart. These ideas were challenging for me, especially since I had devoted a significant amount of time to certain spiritual practices; one of the characteristics of my spiritual path has been to have my feet kicked out from underneath me whenever I think I might know something. I’m not offering these concepts as absolute truth, but simply presenting them for your consideration.

Good evening and welcome to Monday Group Meditation. We will be sitting from 7:30 to 10:00 PM EST. It is not necessary to sit for the entire extended time, which is set up to make it convenient for people in four North American Time Zones; sit for as long as you like and when it is most convenient for you. Monday Group Meditation is open to everyone, believers and non-believers, who are interested in gathering in silence. If you are new to meditation and would like to try it for yourself, Mindful Nature gave a good description of one way to meditate in an earlier diary, copied and pasted below:

                                                                "It is a matter of focusing attention mostly. In many traditions, the idea is to sit and focus on the rising and falling of the breath.  Not controlling it, but sitting in a relaxed fashion and merely observing experiences of breathing, sounds, etc.  Be aware of your thoughts, but don't engage in them.  When your mind wanders (it will, often), then return to focus on breath and repeat."

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Sun Mar 15, 2015 at 07:00 AM PDT

DKos Sangha - Weekly Open Thread

by davehouck

Good morning!  Welcome to the DKos Sangha weekly open thread.

This is an open thread for members of the DKos Sangha and others who are interested in discussions concerning how we integrate our progressive political activism into our spiritual practice.  If you have observations about the political discourse of the week, or about practice, or about anything else related to walking a spiritual path through the political world, if you wish to share, or if you seek support, or if you simply want to say hello, please do; this space is for you.

If you would like to write a diary for the DKos Sangha, please let me know.

If you care nothing for spiritual practice and only wish to denigrate and disparage, please do so elsewhere, and respect that this is a community diary for the DKos Sangha.

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