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This is a wonderful, dare I say "shortcut," for spiritual peeps.
This is modified from a conversation I had with a friend. By beginners, I mean those who started to realize that we are more than our body and embarked on a journey to find who we are and why we are here. The reminders are fo...
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+Wen Su It's terrific. Thank you both for the gift and the complement. I don't think any of the seven are elementary for me. It is a practice every day, some more challenging than others. But it is a great primer.
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I can relate!
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Human beings evolved to see a singular Universe in bits and pieces.

Because the Universe is a whole and not a collection of random parts, these bits and pieces relate to each other in calculable and quantifiable ways. They form patterns, ecosystems, environments. Every single bit has a relationship with all the pieces. Nothing exists that does not depend on everything else for its existence.

The Universe, reality, is a relationship.

People are excellent at deconstructing the Universe into bits and pieces. We're less adept at seeing the Universe as the whole, the singularity.
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Different perspectives are not more or less accurate, but different. I wonder how our perspectives effect the lives we live? That could be for better or worse.
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Perception is everything.
 
For those parents that think sugar makes your kids hyper, worry not, sugar does not make kids hyper.
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Also another way perception works is through failed expectations. If a parent has an expectation about their child that the child doesn't fulfill, it's normal human behavior to view that failure as much worse than it really is. With the sugar, the parent is playing into the perception that sugar makes children hyper, but it must work in reverse, as well, as it does elsewhere in our lives.

I expect to get that job I've been after, and I don't get it, my life is ruined. I hope to get tickets to a concert and I don't get them, fuck my life. I want to spend my entire life with my girlfriend and she dumps me, time to die.

That's how skewed our culture of ADHD is. Hyerpactivity, imo, is not a disease or a disorder, it's the normal function of most children as they explore, create, experiment with, and learn about their environment. Kids get themselves into trouble, they're loud, they can be annoying with their 10,000 questions, and when they don't get enough positive attention they will seek attention in negative ways. (Some kids do have learning disabilities, and are ADD, but I bet far fewer than are diagnosed each year).

The irony is maxed out. Parents who ignore their kids tend to have the most ill-behaved children, making it impossible to ignore them. Parents who expect their kids to be good all the time often either totally ignore their faults or exaggerate those faults and end up putting them on meds.

It's Chapter 2 of the Tao Te Ching applied to reality.
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Hooker with a Penis is a great song.
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As is 'Three Libras' and several other APC songs... no... I'd not like to get on his bad side. Ha!
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Question of the day.

Greed's literal definition is marked by selfishness, but can someone be greedy (desiring to accumulate wealth or material objects, to have more) without being selfish?

Can greed and compassion go hand and hand? Or are they mutually exclusive?

If the latter, how would you define a charitable over-consumer?
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I've not yet seen an official definition of the word that does not use a word that is synonymous with excess.  Inordinate desire, excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.  These are common in all definitions.  Just noting the factual english language definitions.

Even if you earn something, for instance, someone who makes billions of dollars often does so while neglecting aspects of their own life.  Even if not harming others in doing this they might just be harming their own well being, not considering their own need for emotional fulfillment.  

Even if my wife earns every dollar is it greedy for her to let the kids starve and eat cheesecake every night?  

I do feel that greed comes into play where unearned expectations happen, however i think that's not the limit. 

That said, time for me to play with my little porch monkeys.  
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We (I) need more "in the moment" flow charts. This is one of the best ideas I've seen. That's not hyperbole.
 
Sanctuary of Now

Bringing your attention to the moment, allows you to escape unpleasant thoughts and/or worries.

To bring your attention to the moment, try focusing on the way the wind feels as it passes through your nostrils, or the way the light lands on that leaf outside.
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How funny must Halloween seem from a Pantheist's point of view? We're normally spirit (matter) dressed up as human beings, and one day out of every year we're spirit (matter) dressed up as human beings dressed up as monsters.

It's a good thing we don't have to take one mask off to put another on!!
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Too funny!
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Good luck figuring this one out!

Every-Minute Zen

Zen students are with their masters at least ten years before they presume to teach others, after all learning all one can isn't as easy as learning how to ask a girl out or how to ride one's bicycle. These are lessons that take the span of a decade to master.

Nan-in was visited by Tenno, who, having passed his apprenticeship, had become a teacher. The day happened to be rainy, so Tenno wore wooden clogs and carried an umbrella. After greeting him Nan-in remarked: "I suppose you left your wodden clogs in the vestibule. I want to know if your umbrella is on the right or left side of the clogs."

Tenno, confused, had no instant answer . He realized that he was unable to carry his Zen every minute. He became Nan-in's pupil, and he studied six more years to accomplish his every-minute Zen.
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I dig that!
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A Mother's Advice

Jiun, a Shingon master, was a well-known Sanskrit scholar of the Tokugawa era. When he was young he used to deliver lectures to his brother students.

His mother heard about this and wrote him a letter:

"Son, I do not think you became a devotee of the Buddha because you desired to turn into a walking dictionary for others. There is no end to information and commentation, glory and honor. I wish you would stop this lecture business. Shut yourself up in a little temple in a remote part of the mountain. Devote your time to meditation and in this way attain true realization."

Note: This koan is fascinating because it presents an opinion on two seemingly opposing lifestyles and invites the reader to choose a side. Will you accept this invitation?
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Lighten up boys! Take it easy!

Godspeed : ))))
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I am a pantheist. I study Eastern mysticism.

I'm on G+ because I wrote a book, and am working on the second book of the series, but I spend most of my time discussing other things like sports, libertarianism, philosophy, and mysticism.
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