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Monday, April 25, 2011

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Taking a Day for the World, A Mindfulness Revolution, Making Peace with Religion…

Lets change the saying to ‘happily ever always’! ~The SBNR Team


Today’s Meditation:

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“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.”
~ Albert Einstein


Spirituality News & Posts:

1. Hilary Bentman: Taking a Day Off: Doing a World of Good
“In today’s 24/7 world of texting and tweeting and carpooling kids, a day of respite each week, though welcoming, remains elusive. For many, the biblical decree of resting on the Sabbath has fallen by the wayside… But could a true day of rest improve not just our individual and spiritual health but the planet’s as well?”

2. Dr. Arnie Kozak:
The Mindfulness Revolution: Coming to a Moment Near You Soon … In Fact, Now

“If we replace the political system with an ideology for approaching life, mindfulness just may qualify as revolutionary. The established government is ignorance, living our lives on automatic pilot, asleep to the rich sensory world around us, lost in stories. When we become mindful we overthrow that ignorance, if just for a moment, to embrace what is happening now.”

3. Serah Blain: Making Peace with Religion
“I oppose the dehumanizing in-group versus out-group dynamic many religious communities create. But if a progressive religion does not entail that kind of thinking, then I fail to see how its existence perpetuates the kind of harm fundamentalism does. In fact, such progressive religions are in a unique position to criticize the harmful aspects of wrongheaded religious thought. “

4. Rabbi Rami Shapiro: I am a Kosher Pescatarian
“I am a kosher pescatarian: I don’t eat animals and do eat those fish permitted by Jewish law. I say this for three reasons. First: I feel guilty about eating fish, and admitting it makes me feel less so; second, I feel self-righteous about not eating meat, and proclaiming it makes me feel more so; and third, to introduce my response to a newly proposed Dutch law requiring that all animals killed in Dutch slaughterhouses be stunned into unconsciousness before slaughtering. Jewish and Muslim law do not allow stunning, so this law will outlaw kosher and halal slaughtering in the Netherlands.”

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