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“Awareness is the moment when we rise with eyes crusted from self-induced dreams of control, domination, victimization, and self-hatred to catch a glimpse of the divine in the face of “the other.” Then God’s self-identification, “I am that I am / I will be who I will be” (Exodus 3:14) becomes a liberating example of awareness, mutuality, and self-revelation.” — Barbara A. Holmes


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We continue our journey.
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The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism By Thich Nhat Hahn

From “Interbeing: Fourteen Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism,” Revised edition: Oct. 1993 by Thich Nhat Hanh, published by Parallax Press, Berkeley, California.


“Reality” is constructed by your brain. Here’s what that means, and why it matters. ( from Vox.com )

“’It’s really important to understand we’re not seeing reality,’ says neuroscientist Patrick Cavanagh, a research professor at Dartmouth College and a senior fellow at Glendon College in Canada. ‘We’re seeing a story that’s being created for us.’

Most of the time, the story our brains generate matches the real, physical world — but not always. Our brains also unconsciously bend our perception of reality to meet our desires or expectations. And they fill in gaps using our past experiences.

All of this can bias us. Visual illusions present clear and interesting challenges for how we live: How do we know what’s real? And once we know the extent of our brain’s limits, how do we live with more humility — and think with greater care about our perceptions?”


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From the collection, ‘Dream Work,” Copyright © 1986 by Mary Oliver


Our tenth in a twenty part series.

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Ben Lui, Scotland. Photo free to use from Unsplash.com . Taken by Jonny McKenna


Michael Bernard Beckwith — Agape International Spiritual Center

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“Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.”  — Joseph CAMPBELL 


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Siberian Wallflower:

“Historical Notes: The ancient garden wallflower has been in cultivation for so long that its origin is uncertain. While serving as president, Thomas Jefferson sent his daughter Martha a “bundle of Wallflowers,”and he ordered wallflower seed from Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon in 1807.

Wallflowers are divided into two genera, Cheiranthus and Erysimum, and there is much debate as to the differences between the two. The name Cheiranthus derives from the Latin for “hand flower,” referring to this fragrant flower’s use in nosegays and tussie mussies. Wallflowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.”

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How The ‘Lost Art’ Of Breathing Can Impact Sleep And Resilience

George Flloyd, as a person of peace, “Big Floyd” opened up ministry opportunities in the Third Ward housing projects.

George Floyd’s mother was not there, but he used her as a sacred invocation

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“The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing. And the deepest part of our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature.”

Thích Nhất Hạnh, ‘Spiritual Ecology, The Cry Of The Earth


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Young Bee Balm After Rain 2019 © Julia Haris

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Before enlightenment, shovel soil, plant seeds.
After enlightenment, shovel soil, plant seeds.  — JH

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You are whole and also part of larger and larger circles of wholeness you may not even know about. You are never alone. And you already belong. You belong to humanity. You belong to life. You belong to this moment, this breath.  —-  Jon Kabat-Zinn, ‘Mindfulness for Beginners’

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Wassily Kandinsky. Several Circles. 1926. Oil on canvas. 140 x 140 cm. The Solomon R. Guggebheim Museum, New York, NY, USA.