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The phenomenon of toxic masculinity and (its victim) feminine (and trans-gender/sexual) vulnerability arises in the same way every old ‘evil’ does — via perceived separation, and of mind-identification with a particular “me.” A “me” that can then have power over, or lose power to, an “other.”

A gross manifestation of the separation as “you” and “me” is via the concept of gender, via our identification with gender as it manifests in the mind-body complex and thought-forms of inherited narratives. Instead of realizing the unique way gender-expression manifests in every single one of us as a garb/vehicle, just like the unique physical body or personality, we have taken it to be who we are, and projected a ‘reality’ accordingly.
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Just as acceptance is not remotely condoning or resignation, contentment is not remotely comfortableness or complacency. Acceptance and contentment are, paradoxically, the springboards of all natural transformation. (All other “change” is a form of suffering.)

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One of the beloved saathis who says my writings “touch him beyond what he can understand” is a professor of Statistics (and a classical music enthusiast). Not only professor, but also the “young” head of the department at a prominent U.S. university, and well-regarded and well-awarded for his work in global patterns such as climate change and infectious disease. When I wrote a piece earlier this week (on the complaining mind) that referenced trends and outliers, I shared it with him, only so he could laugh. Here is our ensuing message exchange:  (more…)

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Can someone’s action be a consequence of yours? (Or vice versa?)

No, not Really.

Someone’s action is a consequence of their (previous) action. 🙂 And your action is a consequence of your (previous) action. The two (that are not-two) intersect (whether in resonance, consonance or dissonance), and give an appearance of relationship/ correlation/ causation.  (more…)

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Late Spring to early Fall in Seattle sees many a fundraiser for a noble cause. To name a few that I notice (via the posts/interests of the South Asian diaspora, and having attended a total of 5 in the past…) are for survivors of domestic violence, education of poor children “back home,” disenfranchised farmers who commit suicide, etc. Among the five I’ve attended was also one for a lovely playground designed for children with autism, the able speaker at which in the name of all sorts of goodness was the celebrated Sherman Alexie… until, of course, as “he too,” he wasn’t so celebrated anymore. (more…)

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If you are concerned about climate change (and are reasonably affluent and otherwise abled), consider these possibilities best you can, before laughing at “those unscientific fools” or talking about systemic change:

— Live in square footage no greater than you truly require
— Use your two pretty feet to get around most places, most of the time
— Buy local, unpackaged groceries that you can personally carry (and no more) in reusable bags  (more…)

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The dense, suffocating haze hanging over Seattle (and Portland and Vancouver) from the regional forest fires is a fitting metaphor for what happens in the subtle energy whenever there is en masse reaction of unprocessed anger and pain to any event. A dense, suffocating haze is created, (invisible to most everyone and) far more toxic and hazardous to universal well-being than the event itself. (What died in the fire of the day is already dead.) And like the trees around us are now silently serving by “working hard” to clear the air for all, there are beings (yes, human too, especially children under 4), who, integral to their inherent design, silently serve by “working hard” to clear the air for all, when such a venting and projection of thoughts and emotions occurs at mass scale. So, if we are capable, we’re well advised (and served!) to pause, and witness / observe ourselves — observing is the alchemy — instead of indulging our habit of venting and outrage over the next thing.

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Needless to say, it’s ironic to add more haze to the current haze by complaining and venting about it. Let’s at least filter our own air 🙂 And drink lots of water, breathe (best as possible), and simply observe our inclination to complain willy nilly at the slightest discomfort, while at other times lamenting the terrible pain of distant peoples.

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