Rescued this guy from a curtain. Then he or she posed for me on the jade plant outside.
We’re all having “hard conversations” about racism, police brutality, and #BlackLivesMatter I hope.
You’ve probably noticed that detractors often use the same “racist talking points” in response. Here’s a researched and sourced guide to help you answer, for the times you may get stuck.
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True development is in harmony with the needs of people and the rhythms of the natural world. Humans are part of the universe, not its masters. This awareness of the interrelatedness of all things, as expressed in Buddhism, is also lived in the traditions of indigenous peoples throughout the world.
Annie Dillard writes about looking for “the tree with lights in it,” which is a reference to being able to notice a direct perception of the world in all its overwhelming, unfiltered presence. I thought of that when I saw this tree with the sun in it.
Love and Fear: Stories from a Hospice Chaplain by Renshin Bunce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A Zen Buddhist chaplain’s memoir, with many stories shining light on what it means to die, and some of the many different ways it can happen. Written with a gentle, understanding, open heart, and a knack for telling detail and flashes of gentle humor. Also, embedded in these many moving personal stories are some core life lessons, about the importance of connection, the power of ritual, and how love helps draw meaning out of the onrushing river of life.
ALSO: If you ever wanted to know what an exorcism performed by a Zen priest might look like, this book has an amazing account.
The frontline communities that I worked in in Detroit, they can’t go outside because the fumes are too strong. But that same neighborhood, a cop could run up and shoot them. They’re not experiencing these problems separately. And so when you think about it in that way, police violence is another environmental factor that makes the places, the physical environment that Black and Brown communities live in, unsafe and unjust. That’s part of what environmental justice activists have been insisting on. We have to define environment more broadly. Because we are losing when it’s defined narrowly.
Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. –Rep. John Lewis https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/john-lewis-civil-rights-america.html
These clouds are where my heart is today