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We have a lamp inside us. The oil of that lamp is our breathing, our steps, and our peaceful smile. Our practice is to light up the lamp.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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My message is always the same: to cultivate and practice love, kindness, compassion, and tolerance.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

How do we bridge the gap between appreciating a quote like this and actually applying its wisdom in our day-to-day lives? We constantly encounter opportunities to avoid “cultivating and practicing love, kindness, compassion, and tolerance.” Like with that guy at work who always has the answer, and never stops talking. Or the distracted driver who almost caused an accident when she cut you off. Or the staunch conservative/liberal acquaintance who readily shares their political or religious views with you, but gets angry when you try to do the same. And on and on.

As many more eloquent than I have said, our most powerful defense against being emotionally tossed around by people and circumstances is our power of choice. Today, before going out into the world, I’ve resolved to stay peaceful and tolerant no matter what the day brings. Join me in this – not because of the Dalai Lama’s quote, or because I peppered it with paltry pop psychology. Do it because it feels good.

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Many people speak of unconditional love but rarely live it. Instead, when they see a condition that causes them to feel negative emotions, they demand a change in the condition; but in doing so, they set themselves on a long and uncomfortable path of attempting to control others in order to feel good.

When controlling others is necessary in order for you to feel good, you must confine yourself to a very small world over which you can gain control, and then you must give more time and energy than you possess to this impossible effort.

–The Teachings of Abraham in the book The Astonishing Power of Emotions by Esther and Jerry Hicks

Neo-Conservatives/Christ-Cons may not be the only who “attempt to control others in order to feel good,” but they’ve certainly been the most visible. They’ve been losing the Culture Wars for decades by refusing to recognize the truth in the statements above. Until they replace their dogged determination to control with completely unconditional love, they will continue to experience anger, sorrow, and fear as they watch the world progress beyond their subjective views of morality.

Women will never lose the right to choose. State legislatures will continue to recognize equal rights for lesbians and gays. The world will never work exactly how the Neo-Cons think it should (thank God). When they accept these things and recognize that the doctrine they follow is just as fallible as they are, maybe then they’ll emerge from their “very small worlds” and turn their focus to living their own lives.

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If a poor man reaches
the home of the rich,
Let him wisely speak or be still;
For to him who speaks
with the hard of heart
Will chattering ever work ill.

Snorri Sturluson from the Prose Edda, 1220 C.E. (Common Era)

An Icelandic bard born in the late 12th century, Sturluson is widely credited for preserving much of what is known of Norse mythology today.

My interpretation of this passage may differ from most (including the author’s, as he was also a wealthy aristocrat), but the meaning I find in it is thus:

Don’t let your insecurities paint an inaccurate portrait of who you really are.

What does this passage say to you?

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Being a codependent Christian is like being an alcoholic who owns a liquor store–sacrifice and selflessness go hand in hand and are as necessary as air.  Here, let me martyr myself in the name of Jesus!

–Lorna Tedder at The Spiritual Eclectic

In her post “A New Definition for Saving Souls – The Big Difference Between Christianity and Wicca,” Lorna discusses among other things how Fundamentalist Christianity and Co-dependency go hand-in-hand. As someone who’s always struggled with needing to “fix” those around me instead of focusing on my own growth, I appreciated her insights.

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Whenever a situation arises, if you can pause and be patient, your problems can be easily solved. But it is our habit to react. When anger arises, we cannot pause and see clearly. Don’t be abusive, don’t react. Pause. During this pause, try to think of something positive, something elevating, a pleasant event or memory. if you can, try to make this pause longer and longer. In due course you can slowly begin to test yourself in more trying and serious situations.

–Amma

To pause when anger comes, instead of charging into battle. I so long for that level of acceptance, patience, and humility. I’m grateful for how passionate I am – a gift bestowed by being born in the Year of the Fire Dragon – but it works against me as much as (or more than?) it works for me. Having a Libra sun should mellow me out and make me gravitate toward harmony, right…? Not when free will reigns supreme, I suppose. This challenge is made more interesting by an Aquarius moon. When I feel strongly about something, it takes a lot (a LOT) to convince me otherwise. Who knew the element of air could be so solid and immovable?

Such is one of my great lessons in this life – how to channel my passion for the highest good of all. If you share a similar fate, would you kindly let me know when you figure out the answer? 🙂

 

Fire Dragons, by Tuvy.com:

Soaring high into the serene heavens, they can be stubborn, passionate, excitable, honest, and brave. They listen to their own drummer, thank you very much, while the rest of the world stands in amazement. People always admire their individuality and feisty personality. Dragons are capable of doing great work for mankind and they inspire trust in almost everyone. 

John Lennon was a fire dragon…

 

Sun in Libra, by Cafe Astrology:

In theory, Libras are peace-loving. In practice, they can quietly stir up all sorts of trouble with their ways.

Who me? Nah, they must be mistaken. 🙂

Harmony is the ultimate goal, but their idealism and high expectations can mean plenty of discontent.

Bah…

John Lennon was also a Libra…

 

Moon in Aquarius, by Cafe Astrology:

Moon in Aquarius people have a lot of pride. In fact, when they’ve been attacked in any way (especially regarding their character), they can become very inflexible and cool. When their character or behavior has been criticized, they tend to dig in their heels and keep right on doing it.

These sometimes maddeningly unpredictable people are nevertheless quite charming. They have an unmistakable stubborn streak, but when left to be themselves, they make unusual and endlessly interesting people to be around.

 John Lennon was a Moon Aquarian too! Maybe I should go into music???

 

Learn more about YOUR astrology at one of my favorite sites, astro.com.

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