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Transforming Trauma

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November 30, 2021

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Transforming Trauma

In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.

– Viktor Frankl –

Transforming Trauma

“This is the timeless wisdom of the shamans, our planet’s oldest indigenous healers, and also of our great religious and spiritual traditions: suffering is the soil in which wisdom and compassion grow; it is the school from which we graduate, committed to healing others’ hurt. Recent scientific studies on post-traumatic growth yield similar conclusions.This is what I know after fifty years of clinical work with traumatized people and from wrestling with and learning from the ordinary challenges and heartbreaking losses of my own long life.” Dr. James Gordon shares more in this excerpt from his book, ‘Transforming Trauma: The Path to Hope and Healing.’ { read more }

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Unconditional Love Really Exists

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Unconditional Love Really Exists
by Ram Dass

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2453.jpgUnconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not "I love you" for this or that reason, not "I love you if you love me." It’s love for no reason, love without an object. It’s just sitting in love, a love that incorporates the chair and the room and permeates everything around. The thinking mind is extinguished in love.

If I go into the place in myself that is love and you go into the place in yourself that is love, we are together in love. Then you and I are truly in love, the state of being love. That’s the entrance to Oneness. That’s the space I entered when I met my guru.

Years ago in India I was sitting in the courtyard of the little temple in the Himalayan foothills. Thirty or forty of us were there around my guru, Maharaj-ji. This old man wrapped in a plaid blanket was sitting on a plank bed, and for a brief uncommon interval everyone had fallen silent. It was a meditative quiet, like an open field on a windless day or a deep clear lake without a ripple. I felt waves of love radiating toward me, washing over me like a gentle surf on a tropical shore, immersing me, rocking me, caressing my soul, infinitely accepting and open.

I was nearly overcome, on the verge of tears, so grateful and so full of joy it was hard to believe it was happening. I opened my eyes and looked around, and I could feel that everyone else around me was experiencing the same thing. I looked over at my guru. He was just sitting there, looking around, not doing anything. It was just his being, shining like the sun equally on everyone. It wasn’t directed at anyone in particular. For him it was nothing special, just his own nature.

This love is like sunshine, a natural force, a completion of what is, a bliss that permeates every particle of existence. In Sanskrit it’s called sat-cit-ananda, “truth-consciousness-bliss,” the bliss of consciousness of existence. That vibrational field of ananda love permeates everything; everything in that vibration is in love. It’s a different state of being beyond the mind.

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What does unconditional love mean to you? Can you share a personal story of a time you experienced bliss arising from your consciousness of existence? What helps you enter the state of “being love”?
NAREN KINI wrote: Lovely passage. There has been a revelation in me that only when we transcent inquiry will we enter the realms of feeling and experience. Unconditional love is akin to space. We unfortunatley have bee…
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The Golden Rule & The Transformation of Being

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The Golden Rule & The Transformation of Being

We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.

– Edwin Markham –

The Golden Rule & The Transformation of Being

“The most ancient of principles that binds all religious and philosophical traditions together is what we have come to call ‘The Golden Rule.’ Simple in its statement, its actual practice seems at best fitful and, for many, difficult to impossible, from the level of our ordinary consciousness. To be able to practice the principle even with those we already love is not always easy. To practice it with others with whom such affection is absent is something else.” This article from Parabola magazine shares more. { read more }

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Engraving Trust in the Heart

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November 28, 2021

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Engraving Trust in the Heart

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe –

Engraving Trust in the Heart

“The great way is not difficult
for those free of preferences.
Without attachment or aversion,
everything is transparent.”
So begins this lovely translation of Xin Xin Ming (Engraving Trust in the Heart) attributed to Seng Can, the Third Chinese Patriarch of Zen. { read more }

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Radical Self-Care for Survivors of Suicide Loss

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Radical Self-Care for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Self-care is never a selfish act — it is only good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.

– Parker J. Palmer –

Radical Self-Care for Survivors of Suicide Loss

“What does self-care mean, and what does it involve? Simply put, it implies — physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual care. The very idea of survivors of suicide loss practicing self-care can seem radical. The stigma, shame, secrecy and silence that a survivor faces invisibilizes, erases and marginalizes any of their valid concerns. Equally relevant, most survivors themselves feel they are not entitled to any form of supporteither from themselves or from others. As someone who had just survived suicide loss, Cheryl Richardson’s The Art of Extreme Self-Care was a milestone in my path toward recovery and healing. ” Nandini Murali, author of “Left Behind: Surviving Suicide Loss,” shares more. { read more }

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Happiness Family Farm

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Happiness Family Farm

We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.

– Wendell Berry –

Happiness Family Farm

Happiness Family Farm is a Black-owned CSA farm in Portland, Oregon. Rosata, her husband, Prosper, and son, Japhety, work year-round to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables for the local community. They feature a unique assortment of vegetables from all over the world, bringing a taste of home to many in their community. { read more }

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Happiness Family Farm

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Happiness Family Farm

Happiness Family Farm is a Black-owned CSA farm in Portland, Oregon. Rosata, her husband, Prosper, and son, Japhety, work year-round to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables for the local community. They feature a unique assortment of vegetables from all over the world, bringing a taste of home to many in their community.
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ThanksBeing with Rumi

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ThanksBeing with Rumi

There is a force within that gives you life. Seek that.

– Rumi –

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“It’s Thanksgiving time…the holiday of humility and togetherness. The holiday that asks us to look within toward that ever-present beacon of gratitude which is often obscured by the frenetic world we’ve created. It reminds us to give, to make amends, to repair ruptured friendships and family ties. It leans into sustenance and nourishment. The table becomes the altar. The family become precious guests. Around the table there is a feeling of remembrance of our true nature and purpose. We are asked to put differences aside and become one… to lean into Unity, Peace and Love.” A non-American explores the spirit of Thanksgiving and ThanksBeing in this lovely piece interspersed with quotes from Rumi. { read more }

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The Woman Beside Wendell Berry

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The Woman Beside Wendell Berry

And I love you
as I love the dance that brings you
out of the multitude
in which you come and go.
Love changes, and in change is true.

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The Woman Beside Wendell Berry

“Here’s my portrait of Tanya Berry: This white-haired 81-year-old is a fiercely independent thinker who embraces interdependence. Someone with a deep humility who gives others credit reflexively, and a self-confidence that makes her comfortable telling you what she believes she’s good at. A kind person who doesn’t hesitate to offer blunt advice. A woman who kept records of her prodigious canning in the kitchen while also serving as discerning first editor of every novel and short story written by her prolific husband.” This in-depth profile piece shares more. { read more }

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Spotlight On Kindness: Bless This Mess

You might’ve heard of the TV show “Bless This Mess,” where a couple moves from New York to a small farming town. Naturally, they know nothing about farming and wake up tackling different challenges each day, often in ridiculously hilarious ways. As we head into the holiday season, which usually comes with its moments of gratitude mixed with unexpected stresses, how can we cultivate a heart of gratitude and blessings? This newsletter helps us find inspiration to show up fully to whatever end of the spectrum we find ourselves this season. –Guri

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Editor’s Note: You might’ve heard of the TV show “Bless This Mess,” where a couple moves from New York to a small farming town. Naturally, they know nothing about farming and wake up tackling different challenges each day, often in ridiculously hilarious ways. As we head into the holiday season, which usually comes with its moments of gratitude mixed with unexpected stresses, how can we cultivate a heart of gratitude and blessings? This newsletter helps us find inspiration to show up fully to whatever end of the spectrum we find ourselves this season. –Guri
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