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Jesus And The One Drop Theory

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Now the Jesus I am talking about is the walkabout, everyday Jesus, the gadfly who strolled into temples and if he did not like what he saw caused a ruckus and tough luck to the powers that be.

He was a,

Rabble-rouser,

Outcast- from his  peers in society ( except for his twelve homey’s and a few gal-pals  named Mary )

Reject of society, basically that lived on the fringes of his community, referred to as having a screw loose by his family and acquaintances.

Watched by the local authorities being  considered a troublemaker and non- income producing individual.

Yet, he contributed to society in his lifetime one of the most important treasties on how one could live their life and think about their own personal existence.

He died in the way most common criminals were put to death during his time . 

 

He was one drop. 

During his lifetime he questioned  the point of his life and existence – but his passion, his message of (compassionate ) love being the most powerful force in the world  resonated after his death and spread across the philosophical and religious  landscapes of this planet.

Do not ever forget as you move through life working on the projects that interest you, that if there is a struggle, if  you are ridiculed or dismissed,  there is a reward in working for the greater good and you may never know in this life time just what your one drop means to the world at large.

 

So search for that one thing that  no one else sees, no one else is attending to, and make your mark in this world… all it takes is one drop,

it might be  part of a wave of change.

 

PEACE BE WITH YOU

As Jesus said – “You walk in mists of darkness, which is the heritage of this realm, but inside, you have a light which burns. This will light your way.”

 

Subjects for further reading and research  Gospel of Philip, Gospel of Mary, Gnostic movement 1 century AD,  Jesus in his own words, Gospel of Thomas,

www.gnostic-jesus.com

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Iraq And Afghanistan Soldier Decompression Tip # 3

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Hello,

I was reviewing a site called Edgar Cayce’s Association For Research And Enlightenment, and noticed that they have a free online course in how to meditate.  Edgar Cayce is considered the father of holistic medicine, a record of his writings are kept at the A.R.E.  in  Virgina Beach,VA.   www.edgarcayce.org

When you undergo a period of intense stress the parasympathetic body reactions can be placed on high alert, one way to diminish those reactions of ” fight or flight ” is to meditate -even to do it for 10 mins a day, it may help with decompressing.

When you get to the main page on the A.R.E. site click spiritual growth, then look to the right, and it lists meditation/ free online course. ( Alot of Mr. Cayce’s work uses the terminology of religon but the core of what he says usually is of value.) 

 

Below is an article taken From   www.libertynet.org which supplies a general over view of meditation and the basic schools of thought.

An Overview of Buddhist Meditation

 by Lynne Heckert
Great religious traditions invariably begin with one person’s  direct experience.  Buddha, who was born in about 560 BC, was a man who investigated his own mind and eventually attained spiritual awakening, or understanding of his own real nature.  Buddha is not considered a god to be worshipped.  Rather, he was a man who taught that the experiences and realizations that he found through meditation are available to everyone.The main teaching of the Buddha is that human beings are unhappy because they do not understand their own real identity and potential. From birth, we are taught who we are, how to act and what to think.  We come to believe that we are this limited identity.  In meditation, our thoughts, which invariably center around this small sense of self are quieted.  We can discover that this sense of small self is a limiting concept.  This understanding brings great peace, lightness, joy and understanding.

  What is Meditation?
In general, meditation is a way to quiet the mind.  However, “meditation” is a very general term.  There are many practices which could be referred to as meditation and all the major religions include some meditative practices. “Buddhist meditation” is also a general term, as there are a multitude of meditation schools and techniques which come out of the various Buddhist traditions. Meditation can also be practiced without religious overtones (e.g., one can meditate with no religious beliefs in mind or one can be a practicing Christian or Jew and employ meditation techniques extracted from Buddhism).

Benefits of meditation include relaxation and stress control, control of blood pressure, pain management, facilitation of psychotherapy and enhanced immune function. These benefits come about chiefly through effects on the autonomic nervous system.  In a sentence, the “fight or flight” reaction of the sympathetic nervous system is controlled  by the relaxation response of the parasympathetic nervous system.  Meditation has also been used through the centuries as

a path to self understanding and the most profound and direct spiritual experience.

  

TWO BASIC TECHNIQUES USED IN MEDITATION
Even though there are hundreds of types of meditation, if examined closely, all techniques fall into one of two categories:

1. Concentration, in which the mind focuses on a mental object (e.g., looking at a candle flame, counting or noticing one’s breaths with eye’s closed, reciting a chant or mantra with one’s mind on the sound, or visualizing certain processes in the body, like the flow of energy).

2. Mindfulness, (sometimes referred to as awareness) in which the mind observes itself (e.g., sitting in meditation or doing a simple task while noticing when one hears a sound, feels a sensation or has a thought arise, without following the thought and becoming distracted).

A specific tradition may use just one of the techniques, or it may integrate the two techniques or use them at different times in a student’s practice.

SYSTEMS OF MEDITATION COMMONLY
USED IN THE WEST
Of the many types of meditation derived from Buddhism, three are most widely used in the United States.  The following view of these schools (of necessity, in a short overview) contains many broad generalizations but should be useful:

          1. Insight Meditation: This style of meditation may also be referred to as Mindfulness or Vipassana.  It comes out of the Theravada Buddhist tradition of primarily Thailand and Burma.  In this method one watches her or his  bodily sensations and thoughts come and go.  When one’s attention wanders, one returns to this watching.  This is a simple technique (but not that easy to do) which has far-reaching implications.  Watching oneself can lead to profound insights about one’s real identity.  This type of meditation has been brought to the West with minimal cultural and religious trappings.
Well known centers include the Insight Meditation  Society in MA, Spirit Rock in CA, and the Bhavana Society in West Virginia. Typically, a student of this type of practice spends some time in silent retreat settings and sits in meditation for a short period each day.  The use of this type of meditation for pain management was pioneered by Jon   Kabot-Zinn at UMASS Medical Center.

      2. Zen: This school comes from the Mahayana school of Buddhism in Japan and Korea. It was popularized in the United States in the 1950’s and 60’s by Alan Watts and D.T. Suzuki and poets of the Beat Generation. Zen schools place great emphasis on direct, non-verbal, non-conceptual perception. In one type of Zen, the student just sits with thought suspended  (“sitting quietly doing nothing”).  In another, the student just watches sensations and thoughts as they arise and disappear (this is akin to Mindfulness).  In a third type of Zen, the student’s teacher gives him or her a koan or word puzzle to ponder.  There are many Zen Centers in the United States.  A Zen student typically attends intensive retreats from time to time at residential Zen centers and also meditates for a set period each day.

  

 Take care,

and have a meditative day!

 

Jasper Johns

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Iraq and Afghanistan Soldier Decompression Tip # 2

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Hello, as Friday nears… maybe you are looking for something to do, one way to reconnect with the non-military world is to go out on the town – and one inexpensive interesting way to spend a night, is the ever popular,

FIRST FRIDAYS!

These days I believe almost every town or city has one,  it happens the first Friday of every month, and it entails going to look at some art – usually it is in your local art district – I mean to say where a group of galleries/ museum are located.  The galleries serve drinks and Hors doeuvres!

and the best part –  is it is all free! all you need to do is take a gander at the artit’s work and maybe chat with an artist ot two!

Easy as pie, artists are intent on getting their work out to people other than the limited circle of usual suspects, so you will be welcomed with open arms.  The listing as to time and location should be located in the art events section/weekend happenings in your local newspaper – or check the internet, google First Fridays then your town!  or call a local gallery.

No need to worry about buying anything, 95 percent of gallery goers are gawkers only and don’t be afraid of the artists – thay love to hear an opinion on their work!

It could be 10 galleries it could be 50 – it could take all night!

So that would be Aug. 7, check it out and let me know how it goes!

 

Take care, and get out there!

Have a relaxing day!

 

Jasper Johns

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Iraq and Afghanistan Soldier Decompression Tip # 1

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The Decompression Tip, meant for soldiers is a new feature of  The Pale Green Mermaid Blog.  

A serious phase to go through… but this will be a light hearted attempt to offer ideas that might help in the transition back to regular life.

So here we go!

 

Decompression Tip number one,

Create a tape of your favorite songs but choose ones that have a message of moving forward or just a good dance song.

 

Some suggestions

Bob Marley   “Trenchtown Rock”

Clash  “Rock The Casbah”

Cake   “Short Skirt, Long Jacket”

Cat Stevens ” Peace Train”  or ” On the Road to Find Out”

Tom Tom Club   “Girlfriend is Better”

Linda Ronstadt  “Heat Wave”

Alejandro Escovedo “Chip and Tony”

Michael Jackson “Man in the Mirror”

 

 

To make a tape  cheap and easy, take CD’s out of Library then tape to cassette for walk around music, because what I want you to do, is get up in the AM, make yourself a mocha- coffee topped with whipped cream (always makes it feel festive), then –

drink –  preferably outside, at break of dawn

then- listen and walk 20- 60 mins

by the time you get home you will be ready for the day!

 

Chocolate has a chemical in it, that uplifts and makes you fell as though something fun is about to happen.

FROM  “The Effects Of Chocolate On Emotions” by Michael Russell

Chocolate is rich in carbohydrates, which increase the rate with which tryptophan enters the brain. This increases the level of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates moods, creating a good feeling.

Have a Great Day!

 

Jasper Johns

Flag, Encaustic, oil and collage on fabric mounted on plywood,1954-55

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