February 24th, 2012

Enlightened Atheism « Mirabai Starr

"The other day I had an unusual and very special guest come speak to my Religious Studies class, author and activist, John Nichols. It was unusual for at least a couple of reasons: one, John is pretty much a recluse and rarely appears in public; and two, it is a course in Christian Scriptures, and John is an atheist.

Sometimes I think I am, too. What I mean, of course, is that the God many of the friends and writers I respect most reject is not the God I believe in or adore, either. My God does not cast judgment, neither punishes nor rewards, but simply calls me to an ever greater, utterly mysterious, direct encounter with love.

In this sense, there are atheists I know who more fully embody God-like qualities than any self-proclaimed believer. John Nichols is one of them. A passionate voice for human rights over the past five decades, John has gradually softened into someone who does not merely rage against the injustices of humanity but lives the teachings of love and compassion we find in the great sacred scriptures of the world’s religions. I have watched John’s ego identity .... melt in the warmth of a life lived for the sake of love,....

mirabaistarr « Mirabai Starr, author and speaker

This is a great blog, i highly recommend it!

Instant Meditations

Each One Counts 3 Minute Retreat

K and H sent me this, hoping i can use it.  Actually, i can't, but the idea is one i have been thinking about for a long time, especially today.

I awoke at ten aye emm, way too late to do my "immeasurables " meditation, so i tried a
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The results were quite good.  A short reading (an immeasurable). a deep breath, a brief silence, a short prayer, all finished in three minutes.  Followed by peace, a good feeling, a willingness to face the afternoon.

I like the longer 20 or 35 or 50 (for the "immeasurables") meditations, and will try to get one in today, but the instant meditation worked well this morning.  Peach, love, compassion and joy,