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    • Knights of Awakening: Jedi Safe Spaces (Charles Mc... (Last post by Lancer)
    • A friend of mine sent this to me. He thought I would like it and was shocked when I told him that it actually upset me and that stuff like this was just as much a part of the problem as everything else. did finally help him start to understand my beliefs and where I come from. I don't know if this will help anyone else get it but it did him. [attachment] I said if you remove the word white from it then you will start to get it. Add a few more and you'll get it a little better. "As a person, I am sick of people being judged by the color of their skin and the hypocrisy of people who have complained about being judged by the color of their skin for decades doing it just boggles my mind". We can't get past it this way. It's like the ancient blood oaths. Member of family "A" kills a member of family "B". So a member of family "B" kills a member of family "A". So a member of family "A" kills a member of family "B". So a member of family "B" kills a member of family "A". This is a never ending cycle. The only way it ends is through eradication of one or the other, or someone must break the cycle of hate. And if we don't break this cycle then we are all doomed.
    • If you had one week left to live... (Last post by TheDude)
    • I'd meditate deeply to prepare myself to pass in a state of peace and, hopefully, bliss. I think Plato wrote something along the lines of "the purpose of philosophy is to prepare ones self for death". So probably lots of meditation and good conversation. Oh, and getting my will in order.
    • Controlling anger (Last post by Lancer)
    • I would recommend a reminder to start. Something simple to remind you of your wish to stay in better control of yourself and your emotions. Something as simple as writing the word "forums" on a part of your hand that will be highly visible to you to remind you of your request here. Something as simple as a reminder like that can bring you back to a more conscious thought that you are trying to learn to control or curb your anger. You have already asked, that means you have already made the first step. What you are asking help with is not something that comes easy for many people. With that said I would ask two things. First, curbing and try to have better control is a great thing but try to understand that there is a difference between curbing and containing. Containing (bottling up) can be dangerous, sometimes it's easier to bottle up but it is not healthy, it can add an extreme amount of stress and can lead to much more explosive outbursts. Second, please remember that emotions are natural. They are not bad in and of themselves. When you get better at noticing the anger growing you will be ready to learn to start redirecting that energy in a more positive way and be able to put it to use for yourself or others. If you start having problems with a build up then a burn out, work out does help many that meditation does not. A full workout that leaves you with little to no energy tends to make it difficult to even have the energy to be mad. This information is from personal experience, I hope you will find some if not all of this helpful.
    • My 3-year-old brother doing telekinesis (Last post by Ryder)
    • He's much better then me. I think it's because a child's mind is untainted by social programming. I hope some day he will look back on this video and see what he is capable of.
    • Impartiality (Last post by Adder)
    • Hell yea! The finest architecture needs the most solid foundations. Some of the prettiest IMO is stuff which appears to defy the laws of physics, and it can do so because its built with clear (unbiased) knowledge of the materials nature, and accuracy and craftpersonship of the material pieces and how they fit together, to create 'space' and sit in its environment. The trick is to be 'true' to ones deficiency and not become stuck. I use curiosity as 'mobility' in that regard, otherwise it feels too much like hard work :ohmy:
    • This Gave Me Hope (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • "Michael Jordan Gives $2M; Looks to Build Trust Between Blacks, Police" By STEVE REED | July 25, 2016 | 6:30 PM EDT Spoiler: CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan finally spoke out on Monday about racial tensions in America in hopes of easing conflicts between blacks and law enforcement. The NBA great and Charlotte Hornets owner announced he is giving $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and another $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The aim is to help build trust following several shootings around the country. "As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers," Jordan said in a statement. "I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well." Jordan's father was killed in 1993 in a botched carjacking in North Carolina. Daniel Green and his friend Larry Demery were convicted of killing 56-year-old James Jordan along U.S. 74 and dumping his body in South Carolina. Both were sentenced to life in prison. The high-profile Jordan has been notoriously silent over the years when it comes to his opinions on politics or social justice issues, which has drawn some criticism. But he said Monday he "can no longer stay silent" on the issue. "I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late," Jordan said in the statement. "I know this country is better than that. ... We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers — who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all — are respected and supported." Spike Lee tweeted: "DO NOT SLEEEP ON MJ." NBA player Jared Dudley tweeted: "There u go MJ." Jordan won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and became one of the most popular and respected basketball players in the world. After retiring, he became the majority owner of the Hornets in 2010. "Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family," Jordan said. "I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change." Jordan said he chose the Institute for Community-Police Relations because its policy and oversight work is focused on building trust and promoting best practices in community policing. He gave to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the nation's oldest civil rights law organization, to support its work in support of reforms aimed at building trust and respect between communities and law enforcement. While Jordan said the contributions alone won't be enough to solve the problem, he added: "I hope the resources will help both organizations make a positive difference. We are privileged to live in the world's greatest country — a country that has provided my family and me the greatest of opportunities. "The problems we face didn't happen overnight and they won't be solved tomorrow, but if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities." TLDR "I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change." MJ INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNITY-POLICE RELATIONS "No single factor has been more crucial to reducing crime levels than the partnership between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. " NAACP legal defense fund ----- Quote: I thought this was a very inspiring story about a man named David Young... : thats is freaking cool, thank you
    • Music Share (Last post by Jamie Kay)
    • I have a playlist for a character I'm writing; doesn't exactly count, but it is good music, I believe, for meditation. They're all atmospheric/ambient rock with mostly quiet sounds and occasional crescendos you'll find with Explosions in the Sky. These three songs are my favorites from the playlist: Eluvium - "Prelude for Time Feelers" Explosions in the Sky - "Be Comfortable, Creature" Offthesky - "Whittling you Little Lights"
    • Corruption in the Democratic Party (Last post by Br. John)
    • Here's a few articles I found either interesting, funny or compelling. ----- I’m A Lifelong Republican And I Don’t Trust Or Like Hillary Clinton. But I’m Voting For Her. by Dave Spencer Founder, Practically Republican Follow Dave Spencer on Twitter: It comes down to either Hillary Clinton or the The Short-Fingered Vulgarian also known as Donald Trump. Putin is surely backing Trump, whether or not Russia was behind DNC hack. [attachment]
    • Aqua`s Art Gallery (Last post by Aqua)
    • White coast of mirror dreams: If I were you, and you were me you would ask, me a question can I write without knowing your purpose bring me your comfort in to myself you would ask, it to yourself hug me wrap my arms around comfort and hope, my tunnels` light I show you, what you know with a new perspective ~ Aqua, 25-07-2016
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by Cabur Senaar)
    • With full respect to freedom of expression: This is a Temple, a sacred environment for training and refinement of the person. By all means, say what you need to say. If, however, you feel the need to bang on about your conspiracy theories, oppression-of-the-white-man fantasies, personal suffering olympics, and whatever other nonsense fills your day, and you're not making even a token effort to relate it back to the purpose of this space, to your development as a Jedi, go rant on facebook. The grown-ups have work to do.
    • Jedi do not smoke. (Last post by den385)
    • Hey! That's my stop-smoking thread. I really need to stop this habit because 1) I see how it limits me and that's unacceptable. 2) I see how this substance hijacks my body and it makes me angry at this pitiful depoendency. Starting today, I start my own challenge to stop smoking. I plan to reduce withdrawal via meditation, beads and sweetmeats. If you are a smoker too and you've searched for an opportunity to abandon this habit - let's do it together. In here, I'll post every time I'll be feeling bad because of withdrawal and/or psychological dependency. Today at 23:55 I'll smoke out my final cigarette. I know, it's easy to say and hard to do. But there is nowhere to retreat when it becomes a necessity. I shall do what I must.

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