Lately, I've been reading more and more Facebook updates and Huff Post-type articles urging people to "do what you love" and "live your dream". Considering it's an incredibly difficult economic time and the U.S. has a 6.3% unemployment rate (for African Americans it's 11.5%), and the poverty rate is ~16 percent of the population, these seem like absurd suggestions. Not to mention that actually living right here right now is reality, and reality is where wisdom and compassion exist, not in a future fantasy or dream.
"Welcome to the Song of the Rain project." Thus speaks the voice (actually, mine) when you call a special phone number. It's your invitation, my dear readers, to speak—after you've made a choice that is.
From below to above Abandon Fear when recognizing the projections of our mind. Let light radiate beyond uncertainty to bring an understanding Evolving complexity by nourishing consciousness through simplicity.
KEEPING IT REAL
Some of us seem impacted or indifferent with understanding uncertainty by collecting confusion that can neurotically numb us from leading a powerful life
Remember the story of the Velveteen Rabbit, the stuffed animal who was loved so deeply by a young boy that he became alive? I've been playing with idea of that as metaphor for being -- only there's no boy. We have to love ourselves into Reality.
Eric Ripert, the chef at the renowned four-star restaurant Le Bernardin, is a Buddhist who expects those who work in his kitchens to be silent as much as possible and to be mindful -- no cuts or burns on their arms. Not only are the workers happier, but the food tastes better, he says.
In the world of corporate mindfulness, Google -- which is so ubiquitous that its name is synonymous with "search online" -- has an equally impressive teacher: Zen monk ThichNhatHanh. Thay, as he is known by followers, has sold more than 2 million books in the U.S. and is deeply admired and respected.
It's not easy to love those who hate -- especially those who preach hate and shove their hatred in the faces of other people when they are most vulnerable, those like Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church, whose followers picketed funerals and other events (reportedly more than 53,000) holding up hate-filled signs.