Thomas King has won the RBC Taylor award for his non-fiction book, The Inconvenient Indian. As is made clear in the Canada Reads-winning novel, The Orenda, colonization started centuries ago. Its after-effects are with us today. King expects it may take a long time to resolve, which he won’t be around to see.
SomeOfUs.org wants to stop SeaWorld imprisoning orcas. ‘In just a few days over 650,000 of us have signed the petition.’ You can too.’
Jon Kabat-Zinn in this video says when he started the mind-body stress reduction (MBSR) program in 1979 compared to today (2007), he wonders, What stress then? We stress about doing things. Can you imagine not doing those things, ever? Just being? Just being requires paying attention. Another name for ‘paying attention’ is ‘mindfulness’. In Asian cultures, the word for ‘mindfulness’ is the same as the word for ‘heartfulness’. Mindfulness (or heartfulness) ‘is moment to moment nonjudgmental awareness that’s cultivated by paying attention.’ By being aware, you are looking for the path or the Way. There is no right path; you have to find your own. It’s your Job, your Way. But by being aware, we can achieve a breakthrough. A breakthrough embraces an aversion, like in Rumi‘s poetry:
Every moment a new arrival:
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some fundamental awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a host of sorrows
who violently sweep your house of furniture,
still treat each guest honourably.
He may be cleaning you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
greet them at the door laughing–That’s advanced practice–and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
for each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
(To be continued…)
This video introduces Robert Gilman and the seven Foundation Stones. Stay tuned for details….
• 2014-03-14–wonders of the universe (‘destiny’ and ‘stardust’).
Jean Vanier writes that ‘many people [in communities] are afraid of authority and of taking it on. To them, authority seems to lack tenderness and relationship. They see it as only bad and bullying. Perhaps this is one of the ills of our times; the tendency everywhere seems to be to separate authority from love and make it legalistic.’
Arcade Fire’s Win Butler on Neil Young and speaking your mind.
Freddie Mercury and other great Google musical doodles.
Kathleen Edwards is not really moving to America. That’s just an empty threat.
• 2014-03-17–it’s some saint’s feast day, st petula or something.–how best to govern in crimea and china, western-style or eastern-style?–in the deadly depths, ‘one million tons of discarded chemical weapons … are beginning to leak.’
TVO celebrates Water Week,
2014-03-17 to 23.
The Royal Ontario Museum turns 100.
Episode 2, The Wild West, of Wild Canada on the CBC,
Thursday, 2014-03-20, 8pm.
‘Use your power to make change a reality’–Earth Hour,
At a library near you: Books2Eat .