Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hope - Give It! --with The Kinleys' "Somebody's Watching Over Me"

Your friendly facilitator knew the Kinleys back during the time when she worked on Music Row. Animals lovers, really nice gals. We had some fun. I used to watch their dogs while they borrowed our facilities smile emoticon Heard this song when I was in Kroger this morning picking something up for a co-worker. If you need this song today, here it is. Everybody needs hope.  Give it! --ACOF Admin.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

This Sunday! Rabbi Rami Shapiro - Unity of Murfreesboro, 08.09.15 @ 10:30am

Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Several of us at ACOF plan to attend this talk - join us and perhaps we can fit in lunch afterward at a local restaurant!  --ACOF Admin.

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August 9th at 10:30 AM

Unity of Murfreesboro is truly blessed to have Rabbi Rami Shapiro as our guest speaker! Immediately following his presentation he will facilitate a "Talk Back" session taking questions and encouraging discussion on his topic:
"Biblical Wisdom for Post-Biblical Times:
What We can Learn from Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes."

Rabbi Rami Shapiro,a renowned teacher of spirituality across faith traditions, is an award-winning storyteller, poet and essayist. He is author of the acclaimed The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice; The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature: Selections Annotated & Explained; Ecclesiastes: Annotated & Explained; Proverbs: Selections Annotated & Explained and Recovery—The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice (all SkyLight Paths); among other books.

"To me, religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or say as well in another; and the more languages you learn, the more nuanced your understanding of life becomes. Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multi-lingual. In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence."

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wrapping Up - Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth - Awakened Doing

Dear friends, Tonight we will wrap up our months long study on Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth.  Many of us have thoroughly enjoyed what Tolle has offered in our weekly study, and many of us are applying the teachings to our lives, as we constantly strive to learn and grow.  I want to thank our facilitators for this project, Pablo Bodini and Jeff Meyers, for giving of themselves so freely in providing these teachings to our group week after week.  We hope you will join us in the exercise below that beautifully summarizes the book - Let's all wake up!  --ACOF Admin.

The new earth arises as more and more people discover that their main purpose is to bring the light of consciousness into this world and so use whatever they do as a vehicle for consciousness. Here are three ways of practicing "awakened doing."  
  • Knowing that what is cannot be undone—because it already is—you say yes to what is or accept what isn't. Then, you do what you have to do, whatever the situation requires. 
  • Stay alert, stay present—present with your whole Being, with every cell of your body. As you do so, you are bringing a light into the darkness. This is the flame of your consciousness.
  • Abide in this state of acceptance for longer and longer periods each day. In this state, you create no more negativity, no more suffering, no more unhappiness. You then live in a state of nonresistance, a state of grace and lightness, free of struggle. When your doing arises from this state, your Being is a gift to the world.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Georgia Woman Adopts Dying Dog, Brings Him On Final Adventures -- Nicole Pelletiere (Good Morning America)

Originally Posted HERE
Georgia Woman Adopts Dying Dog, Brings Him On Final Adventures (ABC News)
Nicole Elliot said she immediately knew she wanted to adopt Chester, a senior rescue dog who suffering from terminal cancer, and bring him on an exciting journey that would make the most of the time he has left on earth.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How lawyers can avoid burnout and debilitating anxiety --by Leslie A. Gordon

Anxious man
Illustration by Jeff Dionise

Originally Posted here

Soon after graduating from New York University School of Law and joining the corporate practice of a white-shoe Manhattan law firm, Will Meyerhofer gained 45 pounds, was sleep-deprived and was frequently sick. "I was a nervous wreck. I was shattered," says Meyerhofer, who'd also graduated from Harvard. "Even though I got to the very top, I was treated like an idiot and I felt I didn't belong in the field. I was a mess. At the end of the day, I really only looked forward to seeing my dog."

Not surprisingly, this experience triggered major anxiety for Meyerhofer, who often found himself "curled up in a ball, crying, losing it." Even after he left the profession, he had panic dreams about being back at the firm.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

After Charleston, how a Buddhist outlook can help --by Sam Littlefair Wallace

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Demonstrators hold up a light banner at a demonstration in Madison, Wisconsin on June 19. Photo by Light Brigading.

Originally Posted Here

On Monday, Zen priest angel Kyodo williams and a group of community members held a discussion about how we can mindfully respond to racism and white supremacy in the wake of the Charleston shooting. After a guided meditation and a minute of silence for each of the nine victims of the shooting, CTZNWELL founder Kerri Kelly opened the conversation with a question: 

“How do we find the words to speak about what happened? And how do we tell the right story?”

Much of the discussion centered around discomfort, and the importance of overcoming politeness to engage in meaningful conversations.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Christopher's Eyes - A Response to the South Carolina Slayings --by Tanya Touchstone, ACOF Facilitator

It seems appropriate to share something I wrote 10 years ago in response to an experience I had at the office, and in humble tribute to those slain in the South Carolina shootings. --Tanya Touchstone, ACOF Facilitator

And as I looked into Christopher’s eyes, my eyes locked into his and hundreds of years of brutal torture unmasked itself.  I could hear the ignorant whisper “black” echoing deep in my ear, a bullet whirring, whizzing and then careening with a dull thud. 

Looking deeply, I saw pain, torture, and hunger; I felt fear, neglect, and abandonment; and I heard dogs barking and screams … screams so loud, terrifying, and wrenching that I could hardly keep the tears from welling up in my eyes.  I could see it.  I could feel it.  I could hear it.