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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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Mon Mar 09, 2015 at 04:00 PM PDT

Meditation-Practicing Surrender

by Ooooh

We can always surrender, in fact it can even be easy. Surrender, in each moment, to the things that you are able to let go of, and for those things to which you just cannot let go, surrender to the fact you are not yet ready to surrender to those things. It’s like surrender through the back door.

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 08, 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 02, 2015 at 04:00 PM PST

Meditation-Working With Emotions

by Ooooh

It really is possible to reach the end of personal suffering. The truth of it is actually quite simple, however the reality is it is not so easy for us to accomplish. It is quite a paradox.

All it requires to end our suffering is for us to surrender to everything in the current moment and to maintain this moment, after moment, after moment. Now if we stop to consider, we can each most likely surrender to this moment. We are sitting in front of our computer reading, most of us are preparing to meditate, if we examine this moment we can see we are not immediately threatened, we are preparing for a pleasant “activity”, and we see there may well be no stimuli to which we are either attracted or averse. So…no suffering. The paradox lies in our apparent inability to maintain our focus, or our absolute presence, in the current moment.

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 01, 2015 at 07:00 AM PST

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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Tue Feb 24, 2015 at 01:29 PM PST

Taoism: Street Prophets Coffee Hour

by Ojibwa

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. To start the conversation, I thought we might talk about Taoism (Daoism).

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Mon Feb 23, 2015 at 04:00 PM PST

Meditation-Resting In Our Hearts

by Ooooh

There is a simple way of resting in one’s heart. This exercise is adapted from the Christian mystical tradition and I’m offering it because I think we frequently forget that there is a rich tradition within Christianity to dive deep within one’s self, even if it is not in general practice.

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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