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Most comments: 64

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2013-09-11 16:12:47 (64 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Most reshares: 1

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2013-10-14 22:14:31 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Dear Family and Friends,

We need your help! In order to cover some of the co-pays and additional genetic testing, we need financial help to make this happen.

Our appointment with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is on the 21st. They will help us with getting our insurance to cover as much as possible, but there will be co-pays due since our insurance will not cover exome sequencing in full. We also will need help with funding additional testing through 23andme.com and the Victor Center in Philadelphia.

Please also check for updates on this page. I will be updating Rebekah's Blog with more details about the specifics and the reasons for the testing going forward.

Our costs will be well over $2,000 once all 3 children have been tested, however, Rebekah's symptoms are more severe and are bigger concern to determine the cause and whether or not this is a... more »

Most plusones: 15

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2013-10-12 21:10:52 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

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2013-11-22 04:44:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is a wonderful, dare I say "shortcut," for spiritual peeps.

This is a wonderful, dare I say "shortcut," for spiritual peeps.___

2013-11-22 04:06:37 (29 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Hooker with a Penis is a great song.

Hooker with a Penis is a great song.___

2013-11-19 20:35:40 (35 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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?

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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2013-11-17 16:57:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

#trungpa

#trungpa___

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2013-11-05 18:14:08 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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.___We (I) need more "in the moment" flow charts. This is one of the best ideas I've seen. That's not hyperbole.

2013-11-02 01:34:34 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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.

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.___

2013-10-31 18:02:36 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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!!

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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2013-10-31 16:45:27 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Perception is everything.

For those parents that think sugar makes your kids hyper, worry not, sugar does not make kids hyper.___Perception is everything.

2013-10-31 16:32:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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... more »

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.___

2013-10-30 22:55:37 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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?

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?___

2013-10-30 15:50:21 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The road most traveled is fascinating if you treat it like the first time.

Jaded, can you can appreciate the road less traveled?

The road most traveled is fascinating if you treat it like the first time.

Jaded, can you can appreciate the road less traveled?___

2013-10-16 02:41:13 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

We are what we're aware of.

We can be aware of whatever we focus on. And we can focus on anything.

What do you choose to give your attention to?

We are what we're aware of.

We can be aware of whatever we focus on. And we can focus on anything.

What do you choose to give your attention to?___

2013-10-15 17:03:27 (30 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

A logical fallacy: Dismissing something as ineffective in routine cases, because it is not true in the most extreme case.

Example: Eating healthy is a waste of time for everyone because little Susie has a terminal genetic condition, and lifestyle changes won't help her.

You cannot simply dismiss (rationally) something that may work for most people because it obviously can't work for a few people. It doesn't make such a thing wrong.

It just means that we must use our judgment when applying it, instead of believing such a thing is an absolute.

A logical fallacy: Dismissing something as ineffective in routine cases, because it is not true in the most extreme case.

Example: Eating healthy is a waste of time for everyone because little Susie has a terminal genetic condition, and lifestyle changes won't help her.

You cannot simply dismiss (rationally) something that may work for most people because it obviously can't work for a few people. It doesn't make such a thing wrong.

It just means that we must use our judgment when applying it, instead of believing such a thing is an absolute.___

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2013-10-14 23:52:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"Yoshi", art by David De Leon Luis.

http://daviddleonluis.deviantart.com/ #Artwork   #SuperMario   #Nintendo  

"Yoshi", art by David De Leon Luis.

http://daviddleonluis.deviantart.com/ #Artwork   #SuperMario   #Nintendo  ___

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2013-10-14 22:14:31 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This one belongs to +Jeffrey Anthony. I hope at least some of you can give at least a little. If not, it's okay. Can you share?

Dear Family and Friends,

We need your help! In order to cover some of the co-pays and additional genetic testing, we need financial help to make this happen.

Our appointment with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is on the 21st. They will help us with getting our insurance to cover as much as possible, but there will be co-pays due since our insurance will not cover exome sequencing in full. We also will need help with funding additional testing through 23andme.com and the Victor Center in Philadelphia.

Please also check for updates on this page. I will be updating Rebekah's Blog with more details about the specifics and the reasons for the testing going forward.

Our costs will be well over $2,000 once all 3 children have been tested, however, Rebekah's symptoms are more severe and are bigger concern to determine the cause and whether or not this is a progressive condition or a treatable condition and to give us a better idea of where to test Caleb and Joshua going forward.

Here is the current breakdown:
$99.00 x 5 for 23andme.com + additional reading fees
$99.00 x 4 for Victor Center testing (19 genetics tests)
Trip to Philadelphia unless we can find a PCP to do the draw for the testing above
MTHFR Gene test by SpectraCell for $150 USD x 5
Folate Receptor Antibodies test - covered by insurance (yay!)
Folic Acid Serum - covered by insurance (yay!)

We can work out payment arrangements for  the exome sequencing through Children's Hospital, and there is a chance the testing will be done through the DMRF instead,  but since all these others are 3rd party, they have to be paid up front.___This one belongs to +Jeffrey Anthony. I hope at least some of you can give at least a little. If not, it's okay. Can you share?

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2013-10-14 16:32:14 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This is the other side of the coin from the discussion last night. I didn't want to discuss it then because I was asking for something specific and hoped to keep the thread on those lines, but this post is wide open.

For the record, I live my life around the ideas you'll find in this article. I've found it effective in my life. It works for me. Science says it's how other peoples' minds operate.

+Jason Falter +Mike G and +Richard A. Berrios

This is the other side of the coin from the discussion last night. I didn't want to discuss it then because I was asking for something specific and hoped to keep the thread on those lines, but this post is wide open.

For the record, I live my life around the ideas you'll find in this article. I've found it effective in my life. It works for me. Science says it's how other peoples' minds operate.

+Jason Falter +Mike G and +Richard A. Berrios___

2013-10-14 14:27:13 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Statements on anger.

Anger has no place in an ordered society where discussion is valued over violence. Anger's main purpose is to rile up and organize the like-minded. It rarely effectively changes peoples' opinions, but instead deepens already-held beliefs.

Anger generally serves to push those away who are on the fence, don't hold an opinion, or who disagree.

This doesn't matter if the intent is violent. It's only necessary to rally your own "forces" against the opposition, and where anger is concerned, "if you're not with us, you're against us." It won't matter if you offend those who are not sure what to believe, who need persuading for one side or the other. You consider them inferior to you, stupid, or bad.

In a society, especially a liberal society where we hope to do away with violence, as well as... more »

Statements on anger.

Anger has no place in an ordered society where discussion is valued over violence. Anger's main purpose is to rile up and organize the like-minded. It rarely effectively changes peoples' opinions, but instead deepens already-held beliefs.

Anger generally serves to push those away who are on the fence, don't hold an opinion, or who disagree.

This doesn't matter if the intent is violent. It's only necessary to rally your own "forces" against the opposition, and where anger is concerned, "if you're not with us, you're against us." It won't matter if you offend those who are not sure what to believe, who need persuading for one side or the other. You consider them inferior to you, stupid, or bad.

In a society, especially a liberal society where we hope to do away with violence, as well as injustice, anger has little or no place. It's counterproductive and offensive (aggressive, attacking).

It is ironic that it is often the resort of those who want change. Yet in the last fifty years, society has changed, why? Because those who used to be angry (or hateful or afraid) have softened over the years. This can be seen in all aspects of society, across many issues.

Anger takes a lot of emotion to cultivate and maintain. I imagine that is energy better used in discussion, in giving people facts to persuade them, rather them telling them off because they don't share your point of view.

It's like, "You do want people to change, right?" It's interesting that people choose behaviors that only serve to keep themselves and others trapped in an  "us v. them" paradigm. ___

2013-10-14 05:11:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I did an experiment on myself tonight. Could I start a discussion and stay neutrally objective? Could I refrain from being angry about something someone said to me? Could I not identify with being hurt?

Copacetic is better than pissed off, let me tell you. Now if only I can box this up and use it again, every time I need it. Is it applicable, exportable? I'm going to find out.

Practice makes perfect.

I did an experiment on myself tonight. Could I start a discussion and stay neutrally objective? Could I refrain from being angry about something someone said to me? Could I not identify with being hurt?

Copacetic is better than pissed off, let me tell you. Now if only I can box this up and use it again, every time I need it. Is it applicable, exportable? I'm going to find out.

Practice makes perfect.___

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2013-10-14 00:04:55 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

If true, wow. And ouch. And :(

It's both horrific and beautiful.

Via +Matt Uebel

Bone cancer shown on a human skull

Image credit: Universitetets Patologisk-Anatomisk Institut___If true, wow. And ouch. And :(

It's both horrific and beautiful.

Via +Matt Uebel

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2013-10-13 19:09:38 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Sephorith. Sephorrithhhhh uhhhhhhhhoooooooooo

Someone check these guys for elixirs and HP potions.

I'm bored and this picture is needing a good caption. Entertain me....please. ___Sephorith. Sephorrithhhhh uhhhhhhhhoooooooooo

Someone check these guys for elixirs and HP potions.

2013-10-13 01:52:39 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"The absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence."

"The absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence."___

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2013-10-12 21:10:52 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I'm incredulous. 

___I'm incredulous. 

2013-10-12 18:43:40 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

So Louisiana does have an autumn. It's like your summer.

So Louisiana does have an autumn. It's like your summer.___

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2013-10-11 22:05:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Cool! ^_^

^^^ I just made psychology sound exciting.

Cool! ^_^

^^^ I just made psychology sound exciting.___

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2013-10-11 19:50:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"Now you have a tail, just like mine!"

"Now you have a tail, just like mine!"___

2013-10-11 00:57:30 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I just realized why Oolang is dressed like a communist.

He's a little communist pig!

#DBZ   #DragonBall  

I just realized why Oolang is dressed like a communist.

He's a little communist pig!

#DBZ   #DragonBall  ___

2013-10-10 01:59:39 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

So...I've got a question.

How does skipping and running (or jogging) differ in efficiency. Muscle efficiency. Heart efficiency.

Would skipping make a good workout?

So...I've got a question.

How does skipping and running (or jogging) differ in efficiency. Muscle efficiency. Heart efficiency.

Would skipping make a good workout?___

2013-10-09 04:00:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Koan for +Jeffrey Anthony 

A monk asked the master Joshu: "Does a dog have Buddha nature?"
Joshu answered: "Mu!"

Koan for +Jeffrey Anthony 

A monk asked the master Joshu: "Does a dog have Buddha nature?"
Joshu answered: "Mu!"___

2013-10-09 03:09:24 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Another koan. No one mention the Matrix (that means you, +Mike G!), but I'd love to see interpretations. Thank you :P

Bells and Robes

Zen Master Unmon said: "The world is vast and wide. Why do you put on your robes at the sound of a bell?"

http://www.chinapage.com/zen/koan1.html

Another koan. No one mention the Matrix (that means you, +Mike G!), but I'd love to see interpretations. Thank you :P

Bells and Robes

Zen Master Unmon said: "The world is vast and wide. Why do you put on your robes at the sound of a bell?"

http://www.chinapage.com/zen/koan1.html___

2013-10-09 02:48:26 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Yamcha, I think I can get him if I dive through that window."
"That's a TV set, you dummy."

Dragon Ball is AWESOME!

"Yamcha, I think I can get him if I dive through that window."
"That's a TV set, you dummy."

Dragon Ball is AWESOME!___

2013-10-08 18:42:21 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This is my favorite koan.

Two monks were arguing about a flag. One said: `The flag is moving.'
The other said: `The wind is moving.'

The sixth patriach happened to be passing by. He told them: `Not the wind, not the flag; mind is moving.'

http://www.ibiblio.org/zen/cgi-bin/koan-index.pl

This is my favorite koan.

Two monks were arguing about a flag. One said: `The flag is moving.'
The other said: `The wind is moving.'

The sixth patriach happened to be passing by. He told them: `Not the wind, not the flag; mind is moving.'

http://www.ibiblio.org/zen/cgi-bin/koan-index.pl___

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2013-10-08 18:12:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A must read for anyone who drinks.

To add to this, I had a friend back in high school that had a huge Mello-Yello habit. He had several cavities before he was twenty years old, and he knew why, but he couldn't quit. Black toothed....ugh....

Six months ago I wrote of my diet soda addiction. I haven't fallen off the wagon. There are some updates here. I implore others addicted to break free from diet soda. It's bad for us ..... period    ___A must read for anyone who drinks.

To add to this, I had a friend back in high school that had a huge Mello-Yello habit. He had several cavities before he was twenty years old, and he knew why, but he couldn't quit. Black toothed....ugh....

2013-10-08 15:47:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'm tearing down the wall.

Enlightenment is not a way out of being human, an escape from the anguish that marks us, but a way into being fully comfortable with my human guise.

I'm tearing down the wall.

Enlightenment is not a way out of being human, an escape from the anguish that marks us, but a way into being fully comfortable with my human guise.___

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2013-10-07 22:43:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This deals with the high rate of sexual misconduct by prison staff, specifically misconduct by staff in juvenile correction facilities.

This deals with the high rate of sexual misconduct by prison staff, specifically misconduct by staff in juvenile correction facilities.___

2013-10-07 20:41:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

So, this guy circled me today. That's an amazing piece of writing.

Your Hopeful Note
Know Your Character
You are the author of your life story.

It is a one time opportunity over many years to write the most interesting, intriguing and fully dimensional character that was ever born.

When you were born all of the essential character elements were present.

You knew about your connection to the universe.

You had an intuitive knowledge of consciousness and your ability to connect to everything that you needed in the moment.

You understood present moment living because that was all there was for you.

Then the training started and your character took on traits, mannerisms and actions that were adapted rather than authentic.

Your characters’ motivation has been love and acceptance. You needed others to get along in a complicated world.

So the authorship of your life was turned over to parents, teachers, grandparents, bosses, husbands and wives and anyone else who was an authority figure in your life.

The essence of what you came here for was put aside in the shuffle to get along and make something of yourself.

Now you are older and the light is hitting you in the face with a slap to wake you up and realize that the story of your life is half over and you have hardly begun to essentially express and manifest in the world with all the gifts and talents you came with in the first place.

So how about you put on your author hat, look deeply into getting to know your character again and making a commitment to write your life story from essence.

I think it is the way to bring joy back to your character.

I think it is the way to rekindle the heat of passion that has become smoldering embers in the fire of your life.

You have all that it takes because we all know you came with it.

This is who you are.
#inspirational   #hopeful  ___So, this guy circled me today. That's an amazing piece of writing.

2013-10-07 19:27:44 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

In hopes this motivates someone:

This weekend was my cheat weekend. I ate really clean for two or three weeks, I earned it :D

I had Lucky Charms and Little Caesars. All weekend. That's all I ate.

I've got the cravings out of my system, and I'm pumped up to get back into my diet. I have the list of food I'm going to eat in front of me, but I haven't eaten anything yet (I had coffee with turmeric and coconut oil for breakfast!). I feel my body telling me to get back into intermittent fasting. This would e a good time to start again.

No pressure though. I'll probably have one meal tonight, and then roll over my list so whatever I didn't eat today I'll eat double of tomorrow, and do another 20-24 hours fast on Wednesday.

And since today will be a fasting day, my one meal will consist of a lot of veggies. I'll probably... more »

In hopes this motivates someone:

This weekend was my cheat weekend. I ate really clean for two or three weeks, I earned it :D

I had Lucky Charms and Little Caesars. All weekend. That's all I ate.

I've got the cravings out of my system, and I'm pumped up to get back into my diet. I have the list of food I'm going to eat in front of me, but I haven't eaten anything yet (I had coffee with turmeric and coconut oil for breakfast!). I feel my body telling me to get back into intermittent fasting. This would e a good time to start again.

No pressure though. I'll probably have one meal tonight, and then roll over my list so whatever I didn't eat today I'll eat double of tomorrow, and do another 20-24 hours fast on Wednesday.

And since today will be a fasting day, my one meal will consist of a lot of veggies. I'll probably devour that bag of frozen spinach. I need some protein so I'll add some fish in there. Maybe some almonds and yogurt. Yum yum yum yum munch munch munch.___

2013-10-06 22:14:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Everything is Best, A Zen Koan

One day Banzan was walking through a market. He overheard a customer say to the butcher, "Give me the best piece of meat you have." "Everything in my shop is the best," replied the butcher. "You can not find any piece of meat that is not the best." At these words, Banzan was enlightened.

http://www.chinapage.com/zen/koan1.html

Everything is Best, A Zen Koan

One day Banzan was walking through a market. He overheard a customer say to the butcher, "Give me the best piece of meat you have." "Everything in my shop is the best," replied the butcher. "You can not find any piece of meat that is not the best." At these words, Banzan was enlightened.

http://www.chinapage.com/zen/koan1.html___

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2013-10-05 21:03:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Sit and breathe and watch.

To meditate is to choose to feel and not to think. It is to close the door of the mind and open our feelings to awareness. It is to observe the unconscious, but not to be swept away into its influence. To meditate is to reclaim our lost identity and abandon the suggestions of the false one. It is to be free of the influence of the world and aware of the nature of life and existence within us...___Sit and breathe and watch.

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2013-09-25 20:28:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

#TheFutureIsNow   #Photoshop   #TextEffects  

#TheFutureIsNow   #Photoshop   #TextEffects  ___

2013-09-24 02:04:52 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I always see people dismissing sports as a waste, but every football season I come back to the same thing, that football is a perfect analogy for life.

In football you can never look ahead, and you can never look behind. You have to stay focused on the next game, and the best way to do that is to stay focused on what you're doing right now, preparing for that game by giving the best practice you can give, working the hardest you can in the film room, doing your best to rehab injuries, etc.

The moment players and coaches start looking ahead and try to take in more of the season than just the immediate upcoming game (or get distracted by nightclubs and personal drama), guys get in trouble. Fans always hear about a team getting caught looking ahead (or behind), and losing to a team they could have beaten. It's the "trap" game.

Life is just like this. Every... more »

I always see people dismissing sports as a waste, but every football season I come back to the same thing, that football is a perfect analogy for life.

In football you can never look ahead, and you can never look behind. You have to stay focused on the next game, and the best way to do that is to stay focused on what you're doing right now, preparing for that game by giving the best practice you can give, working the hardest you can in the film room, doing your best to rehab injuries, etc.

The moment players and coaches start looking ahead and try to take in more of the season than just the immediate upcoming game (or get distracted by nightclubs and personal drama), guys get in trouble. Fans always hear about a team getting caught looking ahead (or behind), and losing to a team they could have beaten. It's the "trap" game.

Life is just like this. Every football game I watch, every football article I read, serves as a reminder of this just as much as every minute I spend in meditation or every book I read on spirituality or philosophy.

In a way football is my Zen. It keeps me honest. Reminds me to never look ahead or behind me, to stay focused on what I'm doing right now so I can give my best and create the best experience right now.

We have "trap" games in life, too. Upcoming events that we're worried about or overly excited for block us from giving our best to the moment. Things we feel guilty for having done or not having done long in the past block us from giving our best to the moment. We miss what's right before us because we're too hung up on what has happened or what might happened. We end up losing ourselves because we lost focus on the only thing that really matters. Whatever we're doing at the moment.

I know there's a lot of money on the line and the idealists wish that the billions spent on tickets and jerseys were spent on the homeless and starving, and I'm not unaware of a lot of the problems in football, a lot of hypocrisies and politics, but at the end of the day there's just the game, and the game is one of the best analogies for life I've found.___

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2013-09-12 22:37:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Sahara fluctuates between desert and grassland, and this is more evidence of that. Very cool!

"Three ancient river systems, now buried, may have created viable routes for human migration across the Sahara to the Mediterranean region about 100,000 years ago..."

Water including lakes, oceans and rivers have always been very important to our existence... we need to drink it, food is in it and we use it for transportation. 



http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130911184712.htm___The Sahara fluctuates between desert and grassland, and this is more evidence of that. Very cool!

2013-09-12 01:44:39 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

In Spanish, prostate is feminine and ovary is masculine.

In Spanish, prostate is feminine and ovary is masculine.___

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2013-09-12 01:13:40 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Anyone interested in this? Looks like fun.

2 Week Cleanse

Join us! Starting Sunday Sept 15th.

Week One:
-Eliminate all grains, starches, and sugars (rice, potatoes, pasta, bread, cookies, crackers, chips, sodas, sweets, etc)
-Coffee limited to morning cup (no sweetener)
-Alcohol limited to weekends (low carb - e.g. vodka soda water lemon; no beer/wine)
-Post everything you eat or drink aside from water (post to circle if you don't want it public)
- Eat unlimited fruits and veggies but try to eat twice as many veggies as fruits
-Less (but allowed) meat, cheese, nuts, and seeds (sauces/condiments minimally) 

Week Two:
-Same
-Must pick one day and eat only fruits and veggies

Share this post (or link to your own) so we can get momentum and keep motivation up. Let us know you're in by commenting and we will add you to a circle to be shared with the participants only.___Anyone interested in this? Looks like fun.

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2013-09-11 18:23:28 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Remove the theological aspects of faith, and all faith really is is a confidence or trust. People who are hung up on the theological aspects of the term refuse to believe that pretty much every conscious decision a person makes is faith-based. We can have all the facts in the world, and can have done a thing a million times without fail, but if we're consciously doing something with the expectation that it will work, we're doing it on faith.

In fact, the more evidence we have that a thing will work, the more we can rely on faith and let go of logic and reason. In other words we can relax and go with the flow.

You do not have to think about not walking out over the edge of a cliff. You can simply rely on faith that you will fall if you do, and base your decision on that. Peer-reviewed studies are not necessary in this case. 

Remove the theological aspects of faith, and all faith really is is a confidence or trust. People who are hung up on the theological aspects of the term refuse to believe that pretty much every conscious decision a person makes is faith-based. We can have all the facts in the world, and can have done a thing a million times without fail, but if we're consciously doing something with the expectation that it will work, we're doing it on faith.

In fact, the more evidence we have that a thing will work, the more we can rely on faith and let go of logic and reason. In other words we can relax and go with the flow.

You do not have to think about not walking out over the edge of a cliff. You can simply rely on faith that you will fall if you do, and base your decision on that. Peer-reviewed studies are not necessary in this case. ___

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2013-09-11 16:12:47 (64 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

+Grizwald Grim could this be a species level goal?

___+Grizwald Grim could this be a species level goal?

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2013-09-10 17:40:45 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Be what you want to be right now. It's the only time it counts. Don't wait until tomorrow. Don't work on it. Be it. Not all day. Not all week. No goals. Just this second.


LOOK CLOSELY AT THE PRESENT YOU ARE CONSTRUCTING: IT SHOULD LOOK LIKE THE FUTURE YOU ARE DREAMING
                                             ___Be what you want to be right now. It's the only time it counts. Don't wait until tomorrow. Don't work on it. Be it. Not all day. Not all week. No goals. Just this second.

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2013-09-10 14:19:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Be the MIND that AWAKENS the minds of others!!! 

Be the MIND for positive change in others. 

There is no better feeling.

Be the MIND that AWAKENS the minds of others!!! 

Be the MIND for positive change in others. 

There is no better feeling.___

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2013-09-09 17:52:10 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2013-09-06 03:37:51 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I am a biological creature that acts primarily on instinct and habit. My feelings, my goals, my needs, these things aren't mine so much as they are an expression of all of human nature through my individual thoughts and actions. There is no separate "me" or "I," but only a grammatical convention. I did not come into this world but came out of it. I am the world. Everything I am depends on everything else. I cannot see without the light of the sun, I cannot digest food without my intestinal bacteria, I cannot think without thinking the thoughts of my species. My entire life is a shared experience with others, whether I want it to be or not, because all of this happens without my making it happen. I am part of a continuum of events, and no single event is separate from the whole of it.

Now, how curious would it be if I could simply step back and watch that "I"... more »

I am a biological creature that acts primarily on instinct and habit. My feelings, my goals, my needs, these things aren't mine so much as they are an expression of all of human nature through my individual thoughts and actions. There is no separate "me" or "I," but only a grammatical convention. I did not come into this world but came out of it. I am the world. Everything I am depends on everything else. I cannot see without the light of the sun, I cannot digest food without my intestinal bacteria, I cannot think without thinking the thoughts of my species. My entire life is a shared experience with others, whether I want it to be or not, because all of this happens without my making it happen. I am part of a continuum of events, and no single event is separate from the whole of it.

Now, how curious would it be if I could simply step back and watch that "I" exist, without judging it, or forcing it into action? To somehow become an observer of this biological form? To allow the part of my brain that is pure consciousness be conscious of the part of my brain that thinks, and the part that is instinct, and the part that is emotion, and instead of attempting to make it act in a certain way, to instead let it go to do what hundreds of millions of years of evolution created it for?

Would that not be a fascinating experience? To watch "this" unfold?___

2013-09-05 03:10:57 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I'm starting to think about "emptiness" as the world void of meaning, as in what life is actually, without projecting our concepts onto it. Emptiness is when you see something and do not apply an idea to it, or attempt to define it in anyway. When you just accept a thing as it is. 

So in this way the world is empty, nothing, because it does not come with prepackaged concepts. It's up to human beings to give our world meaning, to understand it, to define it and split it up into its individual parts.

We can use science, politics, religion, etc., for this, but really it's quite an automatic and spontaneous process that happens outside and regardless of our major systems of communication. Nothing is necessarily better than the other, and the entire process depends on language. It really comes down to what you're attempting to do. How do you want to identify with... more »

I'm starting to think about "emptiness" as the world void of meaning, as in what life is actually, without projecting our concepts onto it. Emptiness is when you see something and do not apply an idea to it, or attempt to define it in anyway. When you just accept a thing as it is. 

So in this way the world is empty, nothing, because it does not come with prepackaged concepts. It's up to human beings to give our world meaning, to understand it, to define it and split it up into its individual parts.

We can use science, politics, religion, etc., for this, but really it's quite an automatic and spontaneous process that happens outside and regardless of our major systems of communication. Nothing is necessarily better than the other, and the entire process depends on language. It really comes down to what you're attempting to do. How do you want to identify with and define the world?

Are you a prickly type of person? Then science could be better for you to put the Universe in order. Are you a gooey type of person? Then a religion or a political party could be a better way for you to apply broad meanings to the world. (Prickly and gooey are terms Alan Watts used.)

I don't see a problem in any of this. Even if this leads to things like attachment, which is a practical sin in Buddhist ideology, to me it's just being human. Play the game. As Ram Dass said, you're in school, take the curriculum.

If there is a problem with it, it's when people identify so deeply, or become so attached to one way of life that they become a sort of enemy to the other ways. A religious person who distrusts science. A scientist who detests religion.

The folly is in thinking "My way is the best way, or the only right way. Everyone else's way is wrong." But is there really even anything wrong with this? Can people truly do anything that is not natural? And can anything "natural" be inappropriate in this reality? Not everything feels good, but everything is right for right now, whatever it is.

It's such a load off of my mind to pull myself into that worldview. To think that "this" is right for right now. There's no more fighting with how the world should be. The world shouldn't be anything. It is what it is. It's empty. We apply the meanings. If the world isn't working out the way we want it to, why not take a hard look at our interpretation of it?___

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