- Ambulatory activities (i.e., walking & let's include biking & canoeing/kayaking too, shall we?? That way, we are including Nature: the great outdoors.)
- Being in the present moment (takes constant internal reminders to Be.Here.Now!)
- Buddhist thought**
- Community (this takes in love & family & friendship, OK?)
- Compassion (key component in aforementioned Buddhist thought)
- Contributing (or service, or activism)
p.s. I like to joke that I am not a big fan of organized religion – I prefer the disorganized kind . Truthfully, I have a lot of trouble with institutionalized religion. If you don’t get why, I suggest you muse on the words “intolerance” & “war” for a few moments.
p.p.s. but we are frequently advised to refrain from discussing politics & religion. As if, eh???
p.p.p.s. other musings about religion on this blog:
- The Problem with God <October 2007>
- What is Spirituality FOR? <June 2008>
- Spirituality: More Thoughts <June 2008>
- My Religion <June 2010>
** I don’t consider myself a Buddhist, btw. I’m far too un-virtuous, & a terrible meditator to boot (well heck, let’s just be really honest here, I don’t meditate at all, though I do keep meaning to start ). I do like the concepts expressed in Buddhism of compassion, non-judgment & “detaching from the outcome” (that is to say, acting from one’s conscience & not obsessing over whether one’s actions result in a particular desired outcome. So, I continue to be an activist even though lots of my activism does not appear to bear the results I most desire. Still feels “right” to do the stuff, so I keep on doing it). I also very much enjoy the thinking & writings of Buddhist thinkers like Joanna Macy, Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, & probably others whose names are escaping me right now….
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “I can’t understand why people are afraid of new ideas, I’m afraid of the old ones.” – John Cage
A few others:
“4 Rules for Life: Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don’t be attached to the results.” -- Angeles Arrien, U.S. teacher, author (1940 – )
“Each day we are born again to start our life anew. What we do today is what matters most.” ~ Buddha
“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.” – Carl Sagan, astronomer (1934 – 1996).
“Be truthful, gentle and fearless.” – Gandhi
“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” – Dalai Lama
"The best meditation is critical thinking -- followed by action." - the Dalai Lama, quoted by Elisabet Sahtouris in her film "Crisis As Opportunity: Living Better on a Hotter Planet."
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~ William James
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss
“Damn what anybody thinks of you – do what’s right. It’s really fun.” – Lucy Lawless, N. Z. actor & activist arrested with 6 Greenpeace activists on Save the Arctic campaign (from Sierra magazine Jan/Feb. 2013)
“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on -- have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear -- what remains? Nature remains.” – Walt Whitman, poet (1819-1892)
** many great quotation gathered up in the ‘Quotation Central!’ section!