WORLD PEACE & PEACE OF HEART, A DECISION, NOT A PRAYER

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama

PEACE IS A DECISION, NOT A PRAYER.

I’m taking a few days off but not before I wish you a joy-filled holy season and a peace-filled 2019.

Warmly,

Jamie


FOUR MOTTOS

Look up and not down;
Look out and not in.
Look forward and not back;
Lend a hand!

Unitarian Minister, Edward Everett Hale (1882-1909)


RECOMMENDED: RETURN OF THE MYSTERIOUS DIALOGUE, Anjum Wasim Dar, The Unsaid Words of Untold Stories, in which Anjum ji gives me too much credit but is a fine example of someone who is working in maturity to find and refine her voice and who practices the presence of God each minute, each hour, every day and who strives continually to be her best poet and best self. Bravo, my stout-hearted friend, and thank you for the inspiration. ♥ 


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Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”


The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton

Wishing you every blessing…

My cousin Dan's Arabic Bible and my Mom's Rosary Beeds (Photo credit: Father Daniel S. Sormani, C.S.Sp.)

My cousin Dan’s Arabic Bible and Mom’s Rosary Beads (Photo credit: Father Daniel S. Sormani, C.S.Sp.)

Christmas 1999: Pywacket and Gypsy Rose

Christmas 1999: Pywacket and Gypsy Rose

WISHING YOU EVERY BLESSING DURING

THIS HOLY-DAY SEASON

AND

FOR THE NEW YEAR!

See you in January.

Love,
Jamie

© 2015, family photos, Please be respectful, All rights reserved

Rest in Natural Great Peace This Exhausted Mind

As we honor the closure of 2014 with celebrations both spiritual and secular, may our spirits rest in “Natural Great Peace” and may that peace perfume the greater world around us.

We usher in this season with one of The Bardo Group’s most popular posts as both a gift and an inspiration.

Meanwhile, on behalf of newly birthed The Bardo Group/Beguine Again collaborative, best wishes for a rich life of mind and spirit in 2015.

Volume 1, Issue 3 of our arts and spirit eZine, The B Zine, will publish on January 6.

Many blessings,
Jamie Dedes

“Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags are a common sight in Sikkim. The concept is truly beautiful. Prayers are written on flags and put up. The wind plays its part in letting the flags flutter and the symbolic reciting of the prayers.

I made this painting of prayer flags across a frozen Tsomgo (Changu) Lake on 22 June 2005.” Painting and text belong to: Naresh Kumar Agarwal, a gentleman talented in both arts and technology and committed to using his skills and wisdom in the service of humanity. 

♥ ♥ 

MEDITATION

Rest in natural great peace this exhausted mind,
Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thoughts
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.
Rest in natural great peace.

Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

You’ll have to link through to YouTube to view this beautiful and healing meditation.

♥ ♥ 
Photograph of Nyochul Khen Rinpoche courtesy of Rigpa Wiki.
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Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche or Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorje (Wyl. smyo shul mkhan po ‘jam dbyangs rdo rje) (1932-1999) was such a consummate master of Dzogpachenpo, and such an authority on the teachings of Longchenpa, that his disciples regarded him as Longchenpa in the flesh. He was the teacher of many of the younger generation of lamas, as well as a number of western Buddhist teachers. He became one of Sogyal Rinpoche‘s most beloved masters. MORE

The world in its diversity is probably celebrating more than these … in any event, hope you had a happy Sunday.

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“The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking.” Deepak Chopra

HAPPY EASTER TO THOSE IN THE EASTERN CHURCHES

WHO ARE CELEBRATING TODAY!

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“Respect for the rights of others means peace.” Benito Juarez

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO 

TO THOSE CELEBRATING IN THE U.S. AND MEXICO

 Eat, drink and be merry with moderation for tomorrow is Monday 🙂

and thus we begin a new week…

Illustrations ~ the Easter Eggs are the work of Jan Kamenícek and generously released into the public domain; the Cinco de Mayo poster is of the Biblioteca del nino mexicano via the Southern Methodist Univerity, Central Univeristy Library, DeGolyer Library, details HERE.