political and spiritual power

"I want to reverse the assumption of where political power is located; it is often privileged classes that are the most impotent, most afraid, and most committed to all four of these subjectivities [indebted, mediatized, securitized, represented], because that is the context in which we have our privilege and our power. The image of the mystic, the person who has left home (in the Buddhist context), the desert traveler who has nothing to lose and is not afraid of protecting their property.... This person who is not afraid of anything—this is the figure of the unconditional warrior that we want to claim for our politics."

Excerpted from a thought-provoking interview with Acharya Adam Lobel on The Arrow. Read the whole thing here

“Being human always points and is directed to something or someone other than oneself. The more one forgets oneself, by giving oneself to a cause to serve or another person to love, the more human one is.”—Victor Frankl

what do you worship?

“In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some...spiritual-thing to worship is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never feel you have enough. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you...Worship power—you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. And so on. Look, the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful; it is that they are unconscious.”—David Foster Wallace

björk interviews björk

q: how important is the sexual force to you?

a: extremely. it is what drives you, i think obviously it is not literally only in sex but it is vital to include it into the choreography of all things.

As a teen, I would often ask myself, "What would Bjork do in this situation?" She remains one of my heros. In this interview from last fall, she interviews herself.

kindness scales

It scales better than competitiveness, frustration, pettiness, regret, revenge, merit (whatever that means) or apathy. Kindness ratchets up. It leads to more kindness. It can create trust and openness and truth and enthusiasm and patience and possibility.

Kindness, in one word, is a business model, an approach to strangers and a platform for growth. It might take more effort than you were hoping it would, but it's worth it.

—Seth Godin

sound familiar?

In reviewing quiz questions written by one of my mentors, Judy Lief, for an upcoming online course we are producing (featuring Chögyam Trungpa's teachings on mandala principle), I was struck by this question...

Q: If we are embarrassed to express reverence and awe, this may be due to what in ourselves?

A: An attitude of cynicism or distrust and a fear of our own tenderness. A sense of reverence or awe can threaten the protective shell of ego, and a glimpse of sacredness or profundity can be overwhelming, so we take refuge in smaller thinking.  

mother

Another great cover, this one with an artistic music video wherein The Man is loved into submission. At first I thought it was a bit heavy-handed, but then suddenly I was crying! Well done, Amanda Palmer. She writes, "This music video is dedicated to our current administration. You will not build walls in our children's hearts."