The SEED Foundation – Daily 1-11-11


Ways to Live a Compassionate Life, No ‘Exorcism Files’, Near-Nude Catholic Youth Calendar…

The SEED Foundation – Daily 1-11-11

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Today’s Teaching:


“…take a moment to recognize the peace that is already alive within you… It is not about religion or lack of religion. It is not even about enlightenment or ignorance. It is about the truth of who you are, which is closer and deeper than anything that can be named.”

From: The Diamond in Your Pocket: Discovering Your True Radiance
By Gangaji

Today’s Meditation:


From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes the first of many “songs around the world” being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe.

Spirituality Posts:

1. NPR: Twelve Concrete Ways to Live a ‘Compassionate Life’
“From Confucius to Oprah, people have preached compassion for centuries. But how often is it put into practice? Karen Armstrong believes religion, which should advocate for compassionate living, is often part of the problem.”

2. Brandon G. Withrow:
‘The End of the World is Coming!’ My Experience with Harold Camping

“These end-of-the-world prophets are often well-meaning, decent people. The world they live in is less than enjoyable — either because there is little to hold them or because it does not fit the ideals they have been raised to embrace — and so they are looking for a first-class seat out of here.”

3. Andrew Lovley: A Newer Atheism: The Case for Affirmation and Accommodation
“Virtually all atheist activists agree that we should promote science and critical thinking, encourage society to be more accepting of atheists, and try to provide support for atheists who have already elected to step out and brave the torrent of social stigma and castigation. Where a consensus manages to evade us however is in regards to our relationship with the religious communities by which we find ourselves surrounded.”

4. Rabbi Rami: Let’s Drop Religious Labels
“Stop confusing me. Or maybe we should simply drop the labels Christian and Muslim and go with compassionate and not compassionate instead?”

Top Spirituality News:

1. The Australian: Church Calls the Unfaithful Home
“Lapsed Catholics will be wooed as never before later this year when the church in Australia launches Catholics Come Home, a media campaign credited with lifting mass attendances in the US by up to 17 percent.”

2. The Columbus Dispatch: Teacher’s Firing Over Religion Fair, Referee Says
“A Mount Vernon teacher defied his bosses and ignored the U.S. Constitution when he continually used his eighth-grade science classes to push his own religion, and he should be fired for it, a state hearing officer has concluded.”

3. National Catholic Reporter: No ‘Exorcism Files’ on Discovery, Vatican Says
“Despite titillating news stories over the weekend, the Vatican has denied that it is collaborating with the U.S.-based Discovery Channel on a series to be called the “Exorcist Files.”

4. The Huffington Post/AP:
Spanish Catholic Calendar Features Near-Nude Youth to Raise Funds

“Seeking to raise money for their Roman Catholic youth group on the Spanish tourist destination island of Mallorca, members came up with a risque idea: Pose nearly nude for a calendar recreating scenes from the Passion of Christ.”


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