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When Metaphor Stares you in the Face

During my walking meditation today I noticed a butterfly flittering near the road and its movements signified distress. I looked down and noticed that it had either underdeveloped wings or wings damaged by lack of sustenance. The empathetic part of me decided to Continue reading

Pain versus Suffering

Dr. Kelly McGonigal studies the brain. She is is a senior teacher/consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. This brief talk discusses how mindfulness meditation [most closely related to Vipassana] is a useful tool for those who suffer from pain.

Shame, Guilt, Vulnerability and Community

I started writing about the above along with narcissism and sociopathy but found myself feeling less clean about the time I spent on those 2 subjects in balance with the others. Needless to say I’ve had my exposure to too many clinical narcissists and I find it is just better to walk away from that topic.

Brené Brown however has some great stuff to say about shame and to her credit, she admits to Continue reading

Happiness, Monetary Wealth, and Compassion

“It seems quite clear that education and other facilities support having a happy and successful life, but then obviously people who have these two things–good education and wealth–are not necessarily happy persons. So that means there must be another element in order to be a happy person: a compassionate heart. With a good education, facilities and warm-heartedness, a person becomes fuller and, I think, better equipped to face problems. Education gives us guidance, and warm-heartedness gives us the proper use of all our knowledge.” ~ the Dalai Lama

I am not a follower of Tibetan Buddhism but I respect many of the things the Dalai Lama has said. Here is a link to his full discussion.

http://www.smith.edu/dalailama/about.php

Disarming Oblivion

[Note: This is a re-write of an old blog post, there are some changes]

When I hear of serial killers and other violent criminals, I ponder the origin and motivation of what creates an individual as I do believe that violence is 98% nurture and only in some cases is it nature. This is not to say that there are some people who neurologically are wired as predators but we are very often shown the extreme and I believe that Continue reading

Reflect on True Nature, Wise Struggle, Direction and Humanity

Gandhi warned us of Seven Things That Will Destroy Us

Wealth Without Struggle
Pleasure Without Conscience
Knowledge Without Character
Commerce (Business) Without Morality (Ethics)
Science Without Humanity
Religion Without Sacrifice
Politics Without Principle

Many of us believe that which defines the human condition is Continue reading

Justice Stands in Opposition to Progress and Duty [updated]

This morning I was linked this video on gas exploration for potential fracking in Australia and something struck me.

While watching, and listening to the heartfelt speech I recalled something Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms had said of Smithfield and their treatment of pigs. He said something to the effect ‘If they treat their pigs so horribly, you can bet they’ll treat the people horribly too.’ It was Continue reading