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Possibilianism – SBNR Daily 1-10-11

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Possibilianism – SBNR Daily 1-10-11

Today’s Goodness: In 2009 author and neuroscientist David Eagleman coined the term “Possibilian” when asked if he was an atheist or a religious person. The Possibilianism wikipedia page defines it as a philosophy which rejects both the idiosyncratic claims of traditional theism and the positions of certainty in atheism in favor of a middle, exploratory ground. Are you a Possibilian?

Check out the Possibiliansim wikipedia page.

We see you! ~The SBNR Team


Today’s Teaching:

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“Anger is rooted in our lack of understanding of ourselves and of the causes, deep-seated as well as immediate…The primary roots of our anger are in ourselves. Our environment and other peole are only secondary.”

From: Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
By Thich Nhat Hanh


Today’s Meditation:

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I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
~Lily Tomlin

Taylor Mali’s inspirational poem


Spirituality Posts:

1. Douglas Todd: Ten Ways to Grow Your Spiritual Organization
“I have come to expect this tough question almost every time I speak to a spiritual community.No matter what the main agenda, someone in the audience almost always punctuates question-and-answer period with this plea:”What do you recommend we do to attract more people to [fill in the name of the person’s spiritual organization]?””

2. RaoulDeragon.com:
My Not-So-Religious Approach to Appreciating the World’s Religions

“A few days ago, a Facebook friend asked me if I find it difficult to have a close relationship with someone whose spiritual beliefs vary significantly from my own. Although I had a quick answer, the question sparked deeper thoughts about my reasons.”

3. Rabbi Rami: Is Religion a Scam?
“David Silverstein, president of the American Atheist Group was on The O’Reilly Factor the other evening to explain why his group is claiming that religion is a scam. His answer, “because it is.” Reaffirming as true something you claim is true is not the same as proving it is true.”


Top Spirituality News:

1. The Washington Post/AP: Televangelists Escape Penalty in Senate Inquiry
“A senator’s high-profile investigation of spending by televangelists wrapped up after more than three years Thursday with no penalties for the pastors who refused to cooperate and no definitive findings of wrongdoing.”

2. USA Today: Curses! Romania’s Witches Forced to Pay Income Tax
“Everyone curses the tax man, but Romanian witches angry about having to pay up for the first time hurled poisonous mandrake into the Danube River on Thursday to cast spells on the president and government.”

3. The Daily Mail: Pagans Still Fighting for Religious Status
“The Palenville pagan sect fighting for the town’s recognition as a religious entity says it will not stop, even if it needs to go federal. The Maetreum of Cybele, Magna Mater’s ongoing tax battle with the Town of Catskill has entered its fifth year, with the municipality continuing to deny a religious property tax exemption it once granted for 2006.”

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