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This one is from Epictetus, one of the best greek philosophers of history:

 

"There are things which are within our power, and there are things which are beyond our power. Within our power are opinion, aim, desire, aversion, and, in one word, whatever affairs are our own. Beyond our power are body, property, reputation, office, and, in one word, whatever are not properly our own affairs.

 

Now the things within our power are by nature free, unrestricted, unhindered; but those beyond our power are weak, dependent, restricted, alien. Remember, then, that if you attribute freedom to things by nature dependent and take what belongs to others for your own, you will be hindered, you will lament, you will be disturbed, you will find fault both with gods and men. But if you take for your own only that which is your own and view what belongs to others just as it really is, then no one will ever compel you, no one will restrict you; you will find fault with no one, you will accuse no one, you will do nothing against your will; no one will hurt you, you will not have an enemy, nor will you suffer any harm.

 

Aiming, therefore, at such great things, remember that you must not allow yourself any inclination, however slight, toward the attainment of the others; but that you must entirely quit some of them, and for the present postpone the rest. But if you would have these, and possess power and wealth likewise, you may miss the latter in seeking the former; and you will certainly fail of that by which alone happiness and freedom are procured.

 

Seek at once, therefore, to be able to say to every unpleasing semblance, “You are but a semblance and by no means the real thing.” And then examine it by those rules which you have; and first and chiefly by this: whether it concerns the things which are within our own power or those which are not; and if it concerns anything beyond our power, be prepared to say that it is nothing to you"

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Victor Frankl:

Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!

 

I like this.  Reframe your initial reaction to a troubling event.  See your first reaction as fear, anxious, angry.. whatever it is.. box it, and see what it a 2nd time from a wider, more experienced, solution oriented state. 

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Epictetus: "The condition and characteristic of a vulgar person is that he never looks for either help or harm from himself, but only from externals. The condition and characteristic of a philosopher is that he looks to himself for all help or harm."

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'You will live to see man-made horrors beyond your comprehension." -- Nicola Tesla 

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17 hours ago, Taomeow said:

'You will live to see man-made horrors beyond your comprehension." -- Nicola Tesla 

 

Indeed!

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“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” — Jim Rohn

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In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

Bertrand Russell

 

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. 

Voltaire

 

For my own part, I know nothing with certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

Vincent Van Gogh

 

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.

Henry David Thoreau

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When the politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained.

----Edward R. Murrow

 

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.

--Edward R. Murrow

 

American traditions and the American ethic require us to be truthful, but the most important reason is that truth is the best propaganda and lies are the worst. To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that.

Edward R. Murrow

 

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men ... We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

Edward R. Murrow

 

The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.

Edward R. Murrow

 

No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.

Edward R. Murrow

 

So spoke the greatest American Newsperson of all time.  We need him so much today!----  Me

 

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Rilke reaching out to me... again.

 

The highest form of love is to be the protector of another person’s solitude.
 

Go into yourself and see how deep the place is from which your life flows.

 

Sadness is the soul, recognizing change.

 

To be here is immense.

 

If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.

 

Since I've learned to be silent, everything has come so much closer to me.

 

~Rainer Maria Rilke

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“The world is getting too small for both an Us and a Them. Us and Them have become codependent, intertwined, fixed to one another. We have no separate fates, but are bound together in one. And our fear of one another is the only thing capable of our undoing.”
― Sam Killermann

 

Ways that show our greatness during covid:

 

 

Slide 1 of 51: In times of stress and frustration, it is often the little things in life that end up lifting our spirits. A shared experience, a small gift, or a simple act of appreciation can go a very long way in trying times. During the early days of the coronavirus, we saw inspiring stories of people all around the globe sharing the power of song, music, and dance—whether people in Italy singing from their balconies, musicians in Spain playing guitar from their windows, or ballet dancers in France live-streaming their performances from home.  Instead of those efforts diminishing over time, today more than ever we see people of all ages and backgrounds sharing their talents and spreading joy through performances on rooftops, from courtyards, and in gardens. And, as with so many things during these strange days, there's even a name for this new global trend. It's been dubbed Quaranchella: a play on quarantining and the annual Coachella music festival. So, why not pour yourself a Quarantini and join us for a look around the world to see who is serenading whom? You may also like: 50 card games to play at home and the stories behind them

 

 

 

Shepherd dog sings along to 'We are the champions' | Daily Mail Online

 

"We are the champions" sing-a-long

 

https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200410/wwii-vet-shows-off-dance-moves-during-quarantine

 

 

 

 

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“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, woven into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

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“I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said,

but I am not sure you realize

that what you heard is not what I meant.”

– Robert McCloskey

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Adyashanti's insights have been in mind since waking today.

 

 

"Most of us want to feel better,

we don't actually want to see that we're misperceiving things. 

But that's the core of spirituality. 

And the only way to really wake up

is to realize that the way you perceive yourself is not true."
Adyashanti

 

"Enlightenment is a destructive process.

It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier.
Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth.
It's seeing through the facade of pretence.
It's the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”
 Adyashanti

 

“All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit

is to stop seeking something more or better or different,

and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are.”
 Adyashanti

 

and finally, the first thing I ever read of Adya's...

instant recognition and sympathetic resonance

that spurred me to seek out all his writings...

 

“If you prefer smoke over fire
then get up now and leave.
For I do not intend to perfume
your mind's clothing
with more sooty knowledge.

 

No, I have something else in mind.
Today I hold a flame in my left hand
and a sword in my right.


There will be no damage control today.

 

For God is in a mood
to plunder your riches and
fling you nakedly
into such breathtaking poverty
that all that will be left of you
will be a tendency to shine.

 

So don't just sit around this flame
choking on your mind.


For this is no campfire song
to mindlessly mantra yourself to sleep with.

Jump now into the space
between thoughts
and exit this dream
before I burn the damn place down.”


Adyashanti

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On 4/28/2020 at 2:06 PM, moment said:

I might also add, that I am just trying to stir up shit on TDB, philosophically speaking that is. :rolleyes:

 

I doubt that. :lol:

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@moment... when you stir up shit... days later, flowers bloom.  And we could use more flowers in my opinion.

 

So stir away good sir! 

 

 

Incidentally I find myself missing Blue Bells... it's even the season, so if you're taking requests...

Also, I know of a few threads that are piping full of potent compost... hell I may even take the ladle and do a bit of stirring myself.

:D

 

love!

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