Monday (Part 2)
The antidote to suffering is spiritual practice, says Les Kaye. We are inherently unselfish. However, desires obscure that inherent unselfishness; spiritual practice restores it. To the unexamined practitioner, Lent may be a time when you give something up, but really you are facing yourself and your desires. What you are really giving up is your attachment to something, your desire for it. What you are gaining in return is insight to your real self. It starts with meditation, which is really the practice of awareness. We need to pay attention, especially to ordinary things, each other, and ourself. Without spiritual practice, we become a slave to our desires.
Jean Vanier: ‘In our deepest selves, below the levels of action and understanding, there is a vulnerable heart, a child who loves but is afraid to love. Silent prayer nourishes this deep place. It is the most important nourishment of all, because it is the most secret and personal.’
Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Tuesday, when you cook pancakes in fat or butter or oil. The name ‘Mardi Gras‘ (Fat Tuesday–pictured is ‘The Fight Between Carnival And Lent‘) reflects this: ‘The practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season’.
VIDEO: Canada Reads 2014 launch–The theme of Canada Reads 2014 is the book that will change Canada. Each is a powerful story of something we need to change.
Today is Ash Wednesday. ‘Of the 46 days until Easter, six are Sundays…. Sundays are not included in the fasting period and are instead “feast” days during Lent.’
From the introduction to the April 2014 edition of Poetry: ‘Split This Rock [from the poem “Big Buddy” by Langston Hughes] calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets…. As another of our great role models, Adrienne Rich (pictured), has written:
When poetry lays its hand on our shoulder … we are, to an almost physical degree, touched and moved. The imagination’s roads open before us, giving the lie to that slammed and bolted door, that razor-wired fence, that brute dictum “There is no alternative.”
Indeed, poetry can remind us of the true stories of our lives, rescuing those stories from the forces bent on shaping us to their purposes: that we become silent, fearful, distracted by mass entertainment and celebrity culture. Split This Rock celebrates and promotes poets doing this important work.’
Jian Ghomeshi featured the panelist and the author of this year’s Canada Reads winner.
A new short film, called The Making Of Humans, is about Stephen Jenkinson, who founded, with his partner Nathalie, the Orphan Wisdom School: ‘The relentless pursuit of self reliance and self improvement is rooted in our lost connection to common stories, homeland and ancestors that bind and unite us.’
Film-maker Alanis Obomsawin ‘was recently awarded the Humanitarian Award for Exceptional Contributions to Community & Public Service by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.’ Watch Alanis Obomsawin’s films on NFB.ca.
Julia’s ‘intention is for this site to be a resource for anyone interested in learning how to identify edible weeds and to incorporate them into a healthy diet.’
You are what you eat. What are you eating? Maybe this will help.
• 2014-03-10–the peaceful warrior says a paradox is one of the three constants in the universe (the others are change and humour). rohr defines a paradox as a ‘seeming contradiction which is not really contradictory at all.’ i think a paradox is like a compass, pointing true north, pointing home.–‘The Agenda brings together a cross-section of millenials–the engaged, enraged, and apathetic–to discuss their views on the state of our democracy.’–days 3 and 4 of canada reads 2014 were passionate, funny, and fiery.
Weird Al purposely makes jokes. ‘When Weird Al asked Kurt Cobain if he could do the parody [of Smells Like Teen Spirit]… about how the lyrics are hard to understand…, Cobain said, Oh, sure, of course, that’s funny.’
TVO celebrates Water Week, 2014-03-17 to 23.