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    • Show me yours and ill show u mine ? (Last post by JamesSand)
    • I own few books, and they're all language books to help me communicate with my partner's family, or technical manuals because I can't be expected to remember everything :dry: I do have several library memberships though :P Quote: Plus I really want to add some books to that library of mine but I feel guilty that I have not fully read through all of or even most of that set that I listed. Much wisdom has been gained by having spines on a shelf :whistle: Tsst. My advice would be to move books on if you're not really planning to re-read them (and if they're fairly common paperbacks, you'll be able to find a copy when you're in the mood to re-read anyway) An impressive array of books on display is as vain as anything else - plus it's just more stuff to box and up and move :P
    • Leaders Eat Last (Leadership in Jediism) (Last post by Loudzoo)
    • Great videos - thank you for sharing Kit and Cayce :) There is much to take on board and I think the parallels between the selflessness of a good leader and the selflessness of the Jedi Way are quite clear. This notion is a current running right through our doctrine - especially the creed: I shall never seek so much to be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; This could be as much a formula for good leadership, as it is the creed of the Jedi. The only issue I have is the means of the explanation - the proposed (common) idea that human interactions, moods, emotions and responses are caused by 5 (or 25) different chemicals in the brain. I won't derail this thread with all that. Might be worth discussing in another thread though . . .
    • Gratitude for the Kindness of Others (Last post by MartaLina)
    • I am gratefull for the trees leaves colouring in the auttumn , i dont owe them and they dont owe me , but thats not the point , being gratefull should be a part of your being , radiating outside of yourself , a thing of maturaty to me. When you are childish you think "the universe " or whatever owes you stuff, when you grow up you realise what a magnificent wonder it is that you "Be" and "Breathe" and "Wonder" To get that smile on the bus, the busdriver waiting those 8 seconds so you can get on, a random cat brushing against you, all the bad things that happen too, the things that you learn from them , the growth , the despair , all things to be gratefull for, So no , intention is not a very important part of Gratefulness as such Spoiler: Thankfulness: “Thank You, God, for the Fleas” Adapted from Hero Tales: Volume II, by Dave and Neta Jackson Corrie Ten Boom and her family served the Lorda by helping to hide Jews during World War II. Even though she was arrested and imprisoned, her faith remained strong. I and my sister Betsie were roughly pushed into Barracks 28 at Ravensbruck, a “work camp” for prisoners. We stared at the stacks of wooden sleeping platforms crowded into the large room. Only a narrow walkway cut between. The platforms were three deep and covered with dirty, stinking straw. There wasn’t even enough room to sit up. We had just arrived by train along with hundreds of other prisoners, crushed together for three days with eighty women in a freight car. Exhausted, we crawled onto the platform that had been assigned to us. But within moments, I sat up quickly and bumped my head on the platform above. “Fleas!” I jumped down to the floor. “The place is crawling with fleas! I…I don’t know how I can cope with living in such a terrible place!” “Corrie, I think God has already given us the answer,” my sister Betsie said. “What was that verse we read from the Bible this morning?” I pulled out my Bible from the bag I wore on a string around my neck. In the dim light, I read from I Thessalonians:16-18: “ ‘Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’ Oh, Betsie, that’s too hard in a place like this!” “No, come on, Corrie—let’s try. What are we thankful for?” my sister asked. “Well…if we must be in this awful place, I’m thankful that we’re together.” “And that the guards didn’t find the Bible you had hanging down your back!” added Betsie. I nodded gratefully. “Maybe we should thank God for how crowded we are in here because that way more women will hear the Word of God when we read it aloud!” “That’s right!” Betsie’s eyes danced. “And thank you, God, for the fleas—“ “No, Betsie! I can’t thank God for the fleas. There’s nothing good about them.” “Well, we’ll just have to wait and see,” my sister answered. Every day we were awakened at 4:30 A.M. and forced to stand outside in the cold for roll call. Then we worked an eleven-hour day. We were given black bread for breakfast and a thin soup of turnips for supper. The only thing we had to look forward to was when all of us stumbled back to the barracks at night. Before we went to sleep, Betsie and I would open our smuggled Bible and read God’s Word to the other women. At first, we posted lookouts to keep a watch for the guards. Anyone caught with a Bible would certainly be killed. But day after day passed, and no guards came into Barracks 28. Soon we read the Bible twice a day, and more and more women listened. No one bothered us. One day, Betsie grabbed my arm and whispered, “I know why no one has bothered our Bible studies. I overheard some of the guards talking. None of them wants to come into Barracks 28 because of the fleas!” I wanted to laugh. “All right, Lord. Thank you for the fleas!”
    • How being alone may be the key to rest (Last post by JamesSand)
    • Dang right it is. My partner and I have separate rooms*, and occasionally "book" the house so we can chill in peace. *We also keep dissimiliar work hours, so it's fairly practical. We'll share a room (or a meal) when shifts or RDOs line up.
    • Who is God to you? (Last post by JamesSand)
    • God is not a "Who" I don't think I've visited my Church (I use the term as the organisation rather than a specific building) in 4 years? My church was never about the people or the potluck dinners or whatever else people do at churches though, so my feelings on "not being a part of the community" could be very different from yours. Work on it, take some time, you may be able to change what God and Church means to you, and then leaving (or staying) will be an obvious and easy choice, not a dilemma.
    • Think... (Last post by Jack.Troutman)
    • Day 12 Providing for the Soul Too much light will blind one’s vision, Blaring sound will make one deaf, Excessive tastes will ruins one’s palate. The chase will make for heedlessness, And precious things, for temptation. Therefore does the wise one Provide for the soul and not for the senses. Caring for the one The wise takes the other with both hands. From the Tao Te Ching
    • Interesting volunteering orientated questions (ope... (Last post by Parnerium)
    • 1) What makes someone vulnerable? Someone who is vulnerable is at risk for negative events or outcomes. For example, a family who is consistently unable to pay their bills every month is at risk for eviction, making them vulnerable. This state of poverty also means that the children in the family are at risk for low school performance and potentially dropping out, so the children are vulnerable to those things. Similarly, someone who is emotionally vulnerable is at risk to be hurt or manipulated by others. The things that create vulnerability are specific to the vulnerability itself. 2) What is the opposite of vulnerability? Not being at risk for a negative event or outcome. 3) What makes someone the opposite of vulnerable? Whatever actions or states put a person at less risk for the event or outcome in question. A steady source of sufficient income makes a person less vulnerable to eviction. A healthy amount of self-esteem makes a person less vulnerable to an abusive partner. 4) How do we help/support people / What's our role? To either a) help eliminate the source of the vulnerability or b) help to prevent or lessen the effect of the negative event or outcome. Helping a person secure gainful employment eliminates that source of vulnerability. Providing tutoring to a child living in poverty helps to prevent low grades without addressing the poverty itself. Thanks for this exercise! I enjoyed it.
    • the IP Purpose (Last post by carlos.martinez3)
    • Quote: Basic indoctrination to TOTJO-style thought regurgitation. :) Can u elaborate for the rest of the class, That actually doesn't sound at all fitting. As a whole I've asked our community to come together here and make a real style application to the actual application to the ip. Regurgitation seems to not be the idea, but maybe a more opening of things maybe some have never heard of or even thought possible. I know for myself I had never heard of Allen watts till I got here. Although I don't see eye to eye with a lot pm what I've read the jem I think can be... we can think like that? There's an outside to the box? Hmm mm.
    • SpaceX's plan to colonize Mars (Last post by Sven One)
    • I think it's great! I would like to visit or at least go out into space one time before I return to The Force. I would be happy with going to the moon because it's closer but, if Mars is the place to be sign me up! just make sure to bring plenty of food! LOL
    • Jedi ism (Last post by carlos.martinez3)
    • Quote: Quote: U know what? I do the exact same thing. I suppose now people will want to have us over for dinner, since they know we'll gladly do the dishes :laugh: Dude u have no idea. My syncritism also allows different styles of character to abide. Aka I am VERY Hobbit like. I graduated from the culinary arts in Austin TX. And a few bar tending academies. So I can safely say I'm kitchen folk. I'll go over to friends family and immediately begin washing dishes stowing things and making something to eat or Serve something in a glass over rocks.
    • Preparing for a Lecture (Last post by Adder)
    • Quote: No pressure. ;) Crikey, no kidding :ohmy: Handstands, lots of handstands :silly: That's awesome, no matter how it turns out big congratulations for the effort!! Though your question is a little massive... off the top of my head; - rationalizing perception, movement and change (procedural efficiency) - connecting emotions to perception (getting in touch) - doctrine of emptiness (not needing to be in touch) - doctrine of two truths (changing the inner narrative) - systems thinking (penetration of ritual) - physio-synthesis (merging body with mind) .. as categories of spiritual focus, but with allied learnings to relate to outer social and historical realities which define the present.
    • Cultural Sensitivity/Appropriation and Anger (Last post by r3dleader)
    • I think that it goes back to cultural appropriation vs cultural misappropriation. It's kind of constructive vs destructive in a grossly oversimplified way that doesn't really scratch the surface. Also, hip-hop culture isn't race based. I'm sure that there are some who think it is, but it's not. It comes from a common shared experience and outlook. That's my 2 cents on that. Now the mascot thing, that's because it is racist. It's offensive to my culture, sure, but the insult to my race is what gets me turned up about it. My culture isn't the same as a Cree's or Lakota's or Navajo's, but my race is. We all get smashed together, so for people to stand there and say it's not that big of a deal... Would it be ok if those people wore shirts that said Washington Niggers and had on blackface on national TV and talked about it how it is their right and they are just honoring the history of African Americans? Do the Chicken Jig and sing spirituals when they rallied? Then why is ok for them to do it to us?

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