When it comes to peace, how would you describe yourself?
I am a pacifist
What do you believe are the 'burning issues' today?
War, Hunger, Poverty, Education, Our Planet, Violence
So what is it?
People must open their eyes, look around them, and effect what change they can in the problems that surrround them -- just pick something, and do it!
What must we overcome to achieve peace?
Where there is not love, there is fear. Everything that is not love is fear based. Where we waiver in completely being peaceful and loving toward others is in reacting to this fear. There are minor instances of this (of which we are all guilty from time to time), and more major ones where people feel they must take complete control of others. The irony lies in the fact that fear is never satisfied -- it is what really controls!
Can we change the world?
More about me
I am an upper level English teacher at an alternative high school in Austin, TX. I attempt to create change on a daily basis in the lives of these awesomely unique kids, and to spread the philosophy of peace through weaving discussions of it into conversations as they arise, and through my own example. I absolutely love what I do!
I am part of a wonderful book group that selects various spiritual growth pieces to read and discuss weekly. We have all grown a great deal over the past year due to this enrichment and mutual support. The one thing that I have taken to heart more this year, and continue to strive for, is the practice of non-judgement.
My goal for the coming new year is to be a more active part of my community. Since my immediate family has dwindled steadily due to death and other life circumstances, I have equally reduced my egocentrism and am reaching out more and more beyond myself. This is the best feeling in the world -- the best way to "BE" connected!
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you talked about non-judgment, I thought this quote might encourage you.
“Writhing in agony on the cross Jesus says, ‘ I know every moment of sin, selfishness, dishonesty, and degraded love that has disfigured your life, and I do not judge you unworthy of compassion, forgiveness, and salvation. Now, you be like that with others. Judge no one.’
Only when we claim the love of the crucified Christ with heartfelt conviction, this life that transcends all judgments, can we overcome all fear of judgment. As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, as if we are what we have, and as if we are what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to the need to put people in their place.”
"The Signature of Jesus" - Brennan Manning
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> I would like to welcome everyone to the Spiritual Fasting Group starting on 11th of January for at least 21 days. Fasting is very powerful to bring forth things in your life that are positive and remove anything that is negative. Fasting purifies the spirit and enhance the mind and body to a healthier life. See below:
> Know that all human hearts are welcome here, regardless of one's color, creed, condition or philosophy, because everyone is just like you and me--wanting happiness, and disliking suffering. In other words, seeking joy and freedom from suffering is the birthright of all living beings (not just us humans).
> The word 'spiritual' has many connotations, but all of us who've done prolonged, skillful fasting know our mind is clearer, sharper and more efficient--a greater clarity of consciousness. By using this fasting-enhanced clarity, our journey into the human interior can reward us with many essential correctives to the extreme materialism of our external culture and its dominant sciences. Also, just as our own inner-mind becomes clearer, our own extrasensory instinct becomes keener. Thus, we find ourselves more in tune with the gentle voice of Nature and its Natural Laws. And so, the increase in energy prolonged fasting confers is our own reward for getting back in touch with these so-called Laws of Nature.
> World Peace and World Love
News: Wars and rumors of Wars around the world, Palestinians and Jews are being murdered, Poverty, Environment dying, Fla. woman likely jumped overboard (suicide), In Phila. 6 dead and 3 wounded (violence), Cheyenee, Wyo earthquakes 3 days straight, China border 3 tremors Dec. 27th and In May 80,000 people killed from earthquakes and more. It is imperative that we fast and ask for the relief of suffering around the world. What affects one affects all!!!!! If need advice on how to fast, please ask at anytime-we have a teacher to teach us.