"There is a Life Stream that flows to you, and this is a Stream of clarity, a Stream of wellness, a Stream of abundance… and in any moment, you are allowing it or not. What someone else does with the Stream, or not, does not have anything to do with how much of it will be left for you. This Stream is as abundant as your ideas allow it to be."
~ Abraham Hicks (Esther Hicks) ~
I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and begin anew. I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace.
It’s why we launched in Dollar Tree recently. My dad needs to be able to buy this mayo and not even think about whether it is healthy or affordable. Food should be healthier and more affordable for regular people or it won’t even mean anything.
"There exists only the present instant … There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now … "
~ Meister Eckhart ~
Spiritual progress is like detoxification. Things have to come up in order to be released. Once we have asked to be healed, then our unhealed places are forced to the surface.
Anonymous said: are drugs/alcohol frowned upon in the buddhist community and teachings? what is your opinion?
Intoxicants are to be avoided partly because of their effects on one’s state of mind, but also because in an intoxicated state one is more likely to break the other precepts. Intoxicants may also have psychologically (or sometimes physically) addictive effects, leading to a cycle of craving illustrated at its extreme by the hungry ghosts in the Wheel of Life.
So, there is a continuing debate within Buddhism about how strictly the Fifth Precept should be interpreted in relation to alcohol. There is also a debate about the status of mind-altering drugs such as LSD. Some of the earliest Western Buddhists got involved in Buddhism through the experimental “hippy” scene of the sixties and seventies, a strong feature of which was the use of drugs which change perception and which were believed to give mystical insights. For this reason some Western Buddhists will defend the use of such drugs, at least in a careful and controlled way, to experience more profound mental states and in some cases provide an initial inspiration for meditation. Others argue that the use of such drugs is not compatible with the Buddhist path,. Not only are they against the fifth precept (not to mention being illegal in most countries), but there is no quick-fix route to enlightenment through a pill. They emphasise that real spiritual insight can only be gained through effort over a long period of time.
My observations of those around me throughout this life cause me to agree most wholeheartedly!
Just more good reasons not to use them!
What Americans don’t seem to comprehend is that if the government can arbitrarily take away your property, without your having much say about it, you have no true rights. You’re nothing more than a serf or a slave.
In this way, the police state with all of its trappings—from surveillance cameras, militarized police, SWAT team raids, truancy and zero tolerance policies, asset forfeiture laws, privatized prisons and red light cameras to Sting Ray guns, fusion centers, drones, black boxes, hollow-point bullets, detention centers, speed traps and abundance of laws criminalizing otherwise legitimate conduct—is little more than a front for a high-dollar covert operation aimed at laundering as much money as possible through government agencies and into the bank accounts of corporations.
The rationalizations for the American police state are many. There’s the so-called threat of terrorism, the ongoing Drug War, the influx of [undocumented] immigrants, the threat of civil unrest in the face of economic collapse, etc. However, these rationalizations are merely excuses for the growth of a government behemoth, one which works hand in hand with corporations to profit from a society kept under lockdown and in fear at all times.
Wal-Mart earned $27 billion in profit last year. They could afford to pay their bottom million workers $10,000 more a year, raise all of those people out of poverty, cost — save taxpayers billions of dollars, and still earn $17 billion in profit, right? It’s simply nuts that we have allowed this to happen. […] You know, this ridiculous idea that a worker on Wall Street who earns tens of millions of dollars a year securitizing imaginary assets or doing high-frequency trading is worth 1,000 times as much as workers who earn tens of thousands of dollars a year educating our children, growing or serving us our food, throwing themselves into harm’s away to protect our life or property, that this difference reflects the true value or intrinsic worth of these jobs is nonsense.
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