Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Aug 23

Today’s Quote:

What About Suffering?

“The observation that suffering is a defining texture of the human condition has long been a cornerstone of all the major spiritual traditions, prompting many to believe that taking up a spiritual practice will somehow alleviate suffering in our lives and in the world. Which it will — though maybe not in the way some might imagine. Tasting the infinite Absolute at the core of this and every moment, the world is seen just as it is: radiant, perfect, and whole — even where it is dark, flawed, and broken. But our experience of the relative world does not simply vanish in a puff of existential idealism — both the pains AND the pleasures of our daily lives are intensified, often to an unimaginable degree. Ken Wilber has used a phrase that perfectly conveys our relationship to suffering from the perspective of spiritual practice: ‘hurts more, bothers you less,’ which means that the more we free ourselves from attachment to either joy or suffering, the more we can contain and fully experience our joy and our suffering — that is, we no longer find ourselves in pleasure or pain, but rather find pleasure and pain IN ourselves, as we see that we are infinitely bigger than the vicissitudes of this or any other moment.”

— Corey W. deVos, Integral Spiritual Inquiries: Suffering & Activism

Today’s Most Important Stories, Information & Links:

• Ken Wilber’s Blog: Integral Spiritual Inquiries: Suffering & Activism

• Brain Research: Why We Dig Ourselves Into Ruts — And How To Get Out (NYT)
Expanding Waistlines May Cause Shrinking Brains (New Scientist)
For Women And Men, Fewer Partners Means More Babies (Audacious Epigone)
Whole Foods Boycott On Facebook Swells To 22,000 Users (Mashable)
Annie Leibovitz, Photographer Of Stars, Faces Ruin (AFP)

Today’s Recommended Book:

Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution by Steve McIntosh

New Additions To Website:

Today’s Video: Paul Hawken Speaks At Bioneers 2006

How the largest movement in the world came into being, and why no one saw it coming. Paul Hawken has spent over a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice. From billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person dot.causes, these groups collectively comprise the largest movement on earth, a movement that has no name, leader, or location, and that has gone largely ignored by politicians and the media. Like nature itself, it is organizing from the bottom up, in every city, town, and culture. and is emerging to be an extraordinary and creative expression of people’s needs worldwide.

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