Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Monkey Mind: non cogito ergo sum (video)

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (video); Nick Berk, Dhr. Seven, Ananda M., Wisdom Quarterly
Often discursive thinking is a bad idea, never more so than when trying to meditate.
Sometimes I have a mind of my own.
The Monkey Mind is a terrible thing, a menace to serene meditation. There is no need to make it stop.

It is enough to let it be, to tolerate it cheerfully (free of annoyance), to cultivate forbearance (the highest virtue), to be comfortable in spite of its otherwise maddening nonstop activity. It is enough to let it run its course without feeding it one way or the other.

I am king of the monkeys.
What is one way, what the other? One way we feed the Monkey Mind is by trying to stop it. The other is feeding it by adding to it, commenting, reacting, arguing...

What is the BASIC meditation instruction? In a positive sense it is focusing on the breath, being with the breath, knowing the breath -- not by thinking but by direct peaceful experience. When we hold perfectly still, we can sense all other movement.

When we grow quiet in spite of the fact that the Monkey Mind is still going, we realize: That's not us. Let us not get sucked in by its nonsense. The venerable Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche explains it very well and very concisely:

How to deal with the Monkey Mind

Alan Watts: The state of "No Mind" (video)

Spiritual Entertainer Alan Watts (KPFK); Nick Berk, Ananda M., Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly

Stop thinking so much, man, and just move.
Alan Watts on Mushin, empty mind/heart or the "State of No Mind" via Lectures Beyond Beyond.

Have a mind like a mirror, as Taoism says: "The perfect person employs this mind like a mirror: it grasps nothing, it refuses nothing, it receives but does not keep."

Anything that comes in front of the mirror, it reflects it instantly. When the moon rises, all bodies of water immediately reflect it without hesitation, without consideration. The West has much to learn from the East.

Secret Lives of Flies, Pope, Hawaii (audio)

Wake Up Schools: mindfulness in education

WakeUpSchools.org; Dhr. Seven, Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
"Peace in myself, peace in the world." - Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh

Wake Up Schools supports educators to bring the practices of mindfulness and applied ethics into their own lives so they may be happy and free and in turn share these practices with colleagues and students in their school communities. Learn More

Happy Teachers Will Change the World

Happy Teachers Will Change the World: The Film 
Artist and Filmmaker Wouter Verhoeven
Happy Teachers Will Change the World is a film about teachers learning mindfulness, true transformation, and happiness. Share it to help inspire as many teachers as possible to explore mindfulness in their lives and their classrooms. Watch all videos
Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education by Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare with foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn is the first official and authoritative guide to the Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village approach to mindfulness in education. Spanning the range of schools and grade levels, from preschool through higher education, the teachings, guidance, practices, and techniques are grounded in the everyday world of schools and universities.

Aziz Ansari: I Says I'm Sorry says NOT guilty

Editors, Wisdom Quarterly; Complex News; Aziz Ansari, #MeToo, #Time'sUp

Welcome to the club, sad sack. #UsToo.
Awkward comedian Aziz Ansari (we pronounce it "I Says I'm Sorry"), you have some 'splaining to do. How could you go on a bad date and think that not-no meant yes? You need to go on more dates, mister.

Look, Aziz, I almost made TIME!
Now that you're rich and famous, maybe that will happen. Or you may go the way of Kev Dog Spacey, with his estimated $100 million net worth as a cushion. Or the way of Jimmy James Franco, who doesn't even have a well-formed accusation to speak of even as he, like you, wins awards.

How could this anonymous accuser do this to the #MeToo Movement? While real Weinsteins, Cosbys, Tobacks, and Trumps get off, you're left dangling in the wind. Even Ben Shapiro is on your side. Well, Ben Shapiro would be on your side because he hates the #MeToo and Time's Up Movements we love.
Catherine Deneuve says "puritanism" in American feminism threatens sexual liberty

An actress ingenue in Hollywood
All of this stinks. It's as if a false flag operation is underway: a person you barely know has been convinced to try to discredit you with a flimsy story to in fact discredit a serious movement. Or maybe we men think of "normal dating" as one thing, and women across the country are sick of that definition.

Well, thank you for standing up for yourself, and thank you for wearing your #MeToo button in public. Keep being funny; we can't afford the loss of another Louis C.K. We're with Catherine Deneuve and the 100 on this one:
  • Catherine Deneuve criticizes #MeToo Movement as "Puritanical" French actress is among 100 women from entertainment, academia, the arts, and media who signed an editorial Tuesday in French daily Le Monde, criticizing the current #MeToo movement for restricting sexual freedom. “Rape is a crime, but insistent or clumsy flirting is not..." 
  • Catherine Deneuve blames #MeToo for spurring "puritanism" (variety.com) Deneuve [and] 100 women who have signed a public letter blaming #MeToo for creating a "totalitarian" climate. ...“Rape is a crime. But flirting with insistently or clumsily isn't a crime, and chivalry is not a machismo aggression,” the letter says, adding that men should have the “indispensable...
  • Catherine Deneuve, French artists defend men's right to hit on... (deadline.com) “Rape is a crime," the women write. ...So much hypocrisy in #metoo movement originated by mainly Hollywood actresses who perhaps gained their career opportunities through the so-called “sexual assaults” by the... 
  • Catherine Deneuve says men should be "free to hit on" women (theguardian.com) ...about 100 female French writers, performers, and academics wrote an open letter deploring the wave of “denunciations” that has followed claims that the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein raped and sexually assaulted women over decades. They claimed the “witch-hunt”... 
  • French women MeToo Catherine Deneuve sexual harassment (refinery29.com) ...group of 100 influential French women, including legendary actor Catherine Deneuve, 74, and other writers, performers, and academics, penned an open letter...

    Top 10 worst neighborhoods in L.A. (video)

    World According to Briggs, Nov. 20, 2017; Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval, Wisdom Quarterly

    I can live in LA, but it's not whi...
    "Welcome to California...Now go home" the funny bumper sticker reads. How funny is it? It is the sentiment of most residents in this place. We love tourist dollars and oddball visitors.

    The City of Lost Angels is not all it's cracked up to be. There is no "Hollywood," just a [insert Trumpism] where mythical Hollywood used to be.

    There are rich parts of L.A. They're exclusive. That means you can't go there. Oh, sure you can -- if you want to be pulled over, ticketed, towed, or given trouble.

    Then there are the gated communities, which are police states there to keep you out and the rich in. But "rich" is relative. NIMBYism is rampant. Briggs recommends the travel book Blue Highways.

    Monday, January 15, 2018

    Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan DEAD at 46!

    John Beaudin; Cranberries.com; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

    Where has this angel gone to be reborn?
    Irish star was living in Canada, but now The Cranberries' singer Dolores O'Riordan is dead at 46. She did not linger. Nor did she become a zombie. She's not breathing at all, according to current reports. She was recording with her band in England when the mysterious tragedy struck. [Secret mother of Kristen Stewart?] What, why, how?

    Dolores O'Riordan died a most suspicious, mysterious, and unexpected death today.

      Dolores O'Riordan at home in Canada writing a new album

      John Beaudin (FB, twitter, Rock History Book) has been in major market radio in Canada for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989.

      Baby BALD EAGLES, California (live video)

      There are no baby Bigfeet at Big Bear, kids.*
      Last week a bald eagle [named Lucy, who is mating with Ricky] near Big Bear Lake laid two eggs, just in time for the public January bald eagle count Saturday, Jan. 13th.

      The eagle and her mate are year-round residents of the area. The eggs should hatch after about 35 days, around Feb. 10, 2018.

      (Bald Eagel Cam) LIVE Nest Watch from Big Bear Lake, California
      “This is part of the story of bald eagle population recovery nationwide,” said Robin Eliason, a U.S. Forest Service biologist.

      “We think these are the first eggs laid by this young female. We do not know for sure because she’s not banded, but some of us are convinced that the female is the first bald eagle recorded to be hatched in the San Bernardino Mountains [east of Los Angeles], which was in 2012.”
      Big Bear Lake is a small city in San Bernardino County, California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest (wiki).
      *We don't exist, so don't worry if you see us.
      Because bald eagles will abandon nests if disturbed, the Forest Service has closed the area to all public entry through June 22, the duration of the nesting season. “We’re very concerned about people trying to get close for photographs, viewing, etcetera,” Eliason said.
      Better viewing can be found from the comfort of one’s home, anyway. The nonprofit group Friends of the Big Bear Valley installed a livestream camera on the nest in 2016, which is still active.
      • The Big Bear Bald Eagle Cam streams live on YouTube.
      Four eagles, including the nesting pair, were spotted around Big Bear Lake by 35 citizen scientists at the Dec. 2017 bald eagle count. More

      My Brother's Keeper: MLK Jr., Trump, Twitter

      White parents torture their 13 kids (video)

      RJ Johnson, Kris Ankarlo (KFI/iheart.com); Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

      PERRIS, California - Thirteen offspring, ranging in ages from 2 to 29-years-old, have been found shackled to their beds by their [possibly insane] white parents in what authorities are calling "foul surroundings."
      According to the Riverside County Sheriff's office, a 17-year-old girl escaped from her restraints Sunday morning and was able to get to a safe location. She then contacted 911 with a cell phone she had taken from the home.

      The teen told the 911 operator that she and her 12 siblings were being held hostage in padlocked chains at their Perris, California home by their parents.

      Perris Police Department dispatched officers to meet with the girl and get a better handle on the story.

      When they found her, officers were surprised to find out that the "slightly emaciated" 10-year-old was actually 17-years-old.
      White privilege: We ain't crazy till it's proven.
      After an interview with the teen, officials contacted her parents, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin at the home where the teen escaped.
      There, investigators say they found several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in a dark and "foul-smelling" room

      Deputies say the parents were unable to explain to officers why they had restrained the children in such a manner.
      Deputies found 13 victims in all, 12 in the house, and the one who escaped to call 911. Some of the children actually turned out to be adults, ranging in age from 18-29, which stunned officers.

      Victims were transferred to the Perris Police Station, where they were interviewed and provided with care, food, and beverages. Six children were transferred to the Riverside University Hospital System, with the seven adults sent to Corona Regional Medical Center for an evaluation and medical treatment.
      Both parents were interviewed and arrested on suspicion of torture and child endangerment. Bail was set at $9,000,000 each.
      California burns then washes away as mud

      At least 13 people remain missing after a larger number have been reported missing following the devastating mudslides -- which followed on the heels of California's worst fire in recent history after sudden flooding -- in Montecito in Santa Barbara and Ventura, Southern California. Among the missing are Morgan Corey, 25, and her 12-year-old sister, Sawyer Corey (cbsloc.al/2qUVnhE).

      • A reported 13 people remain missing following the devastating mudslides in Montecito.
      • According to posts on social media, friends of the family say a mudslide wiped out the family’s home in Montecito on Tuesday at 3:00 am.
      • Seventeen dead, 25 missing, and 300 were trapped in California mudslides.
      • 100 homes were destroyed.
      •  Hundreds still awaiting rescue. More video

      Busted: TEEN PORN in Denmark! (video)

      Newshour (BBC.com, Jan. 15, 2018); Artsy; Ashley Wells, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
      Nobody said anything about filming this, Ulrick! - Please, Astrid 'n Freja! (IWantToDoThat)
      I'm not looking at anything, Mom! Just becoming famous in Europe (Getty Images/BBC)
      "Crying Girl" (Roy Lichtenstein/artsy.com)
      More than 1,000 young people have been charged by police in Denmark with distributing sexually explicit material.
      They are accused of using Facebook Messenger to share indecent video clips of two 15-year-olds having sex.
      Police said it could amount to distribution of indecent images of children, as the two people filmed are under 18.
      Prison? All I did was watch amateurs do it!
      Facebook tipped off the US authorities, who notified police in Denmark.
      One thousand and four young people from across the country are facing charges after allegedly circulating the material via the messaging app in autumn last year.
      Why do we have so many grips for Facebook?
      Some suspects are over 18 and were called to police stations to be interviewed. Suspects under 18 were contacted through their parents.
      A Danish police superintendent said the charges come as a warning to young people never to share sex videos.
      Anyone found guilty of these charges faces a possible conditional prison sentence of about 20 days.
      Is Facebook now as evil as Google? Delete.
      If found guilty of distributing indecent images of children, they would be listed for ten years on a register of child pornography offenders.
      There have been calls in Denmark for more to be done to prevent so-called revenge porn. More

      Cougar Watch: Demi Moore pounces Jo Bro

      Hollyscoop, Jan. 4, 2018; Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

      My Hollywood neighbor: P55
      "Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?" Jonas Brother Nick Jonas, 25, HOOKING UP (having sex with) with Demi Moore, 55: Hot or NOT? Scott Disick and Sofia Richie are probably the most well-known older guy/younger gal celebrity couple in Hollywood right now -- with a 15 year age gap between the two. However, actress Demi Moore is reportedly dating boy toy Nick Jonas, who is an entire 30 years older than him. Ashton Kutcher-Kunis is p*ssed! Is it hot, love, lust, a passing trend, the new norm, or gross? More power to them.
      The thing about a cougar's appetite, Demi, is that one can't get enough of the baby bottle.

      Martin Luther King: new speech found (video)

      Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!); Sheldon S., CC Liu, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
      "...all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace."

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