“We have many silent sanctuaries in which we can find a breathing space to free ourselves from the personal, to rise above our harassed and perplexed minds and catch sight of values that are stable, which no selfish and timorous preoccupations can make waver, because they are the hard-won and permanent possession of humanity… Continue reading →
This is a clear and powerful talk by our friend, Mumta Ito, an environmental law attorney who has dedicated her career for standing up for the Nature that sustains us all. “Environmental law is failing, and will continue to fail, as it comes from the paradigm that created the problems.” Continue reading →
This is a Guest Post by Rachel Olivia O’Connor (unedited, from the visceral heart)
I wish Joe Bageant were alive for many reasons, not the least of which is that it would have gladdened his heart to see the Rust Belt citizens and their counterparts down South feeling that Donald might be doing the right thing by them, giving them hope, a modicum of relief and respect. I interviewed Joe twice, and I know Continue reading →
A friend of mine recently sent me this article on the honouring of transgender people in India.
I am grateful that Indian philosophy has progressed in the ways that it has. It leaves a lot of room, as well as a lot to think about, in that inner ever meshing, threshing dialogue that we all engage in, some more consciously than not. I find that the deep honouring of the differences between the genders in India has allowed each to blossom in ways that are not threatened by the other. Here in the US, gender debate does not even begin to encompass the natural and wonderful differences that our Creator has endowed us with, but seems a reaction to the valuing of men and women by an economic system that has no use for positive feminine qualities, as they are known. Continue reading →
This is a guest post by Jeanne Allie.
This afternoon, I was preparing the bed to plant my garlic. I plant my garlic in the late fall; in late winter or early spring, before the snow has even finished melting, we’ll see the little green spears thrusting themselves through the soil…the first green of the season. So, my fall garlic planting is truly a treat I plan ahead for myself, to welcome all of us into spring after the long dreary winter. Today, God had another kind of surprise in store for me Continue reading →
To find true wisdom, seek love! Continue reading →
One sees minds inspired by pure ideals, their faces shine, there is honesty, goodness, Continue reading →
Reflecting on my memories and feelings for someone, I wanted to call ______ and say, “There is always a room in my heart for you.”
Not room in my heart. Not a space. But, an actual room, a place.
Is this what is meant by that idea, expressed by that beautiful idealist, “My Father’s mansion has so many rooms” ?
Reflecting further, I see that for everything, each and all that I have ever touched in open love, a room in my heart has been created.
How many rooms we each have in our heart!
They can be for places too.i
It was a few years ago when this line of thinking began surfacing softly in me. As a child I had spent a few years in the Himalayas.
There are gentle thoughts that come
to each, during a day
To take us further,
make us broader,
deeper, maybe wiser,
on our way
These are mine, I post them here
To find my Loves, both far and near
And if such musings come to You
Do let me know, too.
Individual liberty is allowed to man only to a certain extent. He cannot forget that he is a social being and his liberty has to be curtailed at every step. – Gandhi[i]
Common Sense, the Social Aspect of Conscience
Human civilization shares a great commonality of understanding that transcends religions, creeds, cultures, and politics: our common sense. To advance common sense is the socially functioning aspect of our conscience. Behind every exercise of common sense is a tie to conscience. The role of conscience in advancing common sense, is to seek the fulfillment of love from within us, for all life.
For example, corporate person-hood: common sense tells us that a business is not a human being, and does not deserve the rights of a human being. Furthermore, a real person is accountable for their actions. The anonymity of corporate person-hood means that no specific person(s) is responsible for corporate actions. Common sense sees no person who can take accountability. Conscience finds the role of business is to serve the welfare of society. Greed at the expense of other people’s welfare is hurtful for genuine harmony, peace, and the fulfillment of love. Continue reading →