The “life’s purpose” game
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by yogaleigh
4d ago
Over the many years I’ve travelled on a spiritual path, I’ve run into discussions of “life’s purpose” SO many times. It’s especially common among New Age/New Thought teachers, but pops up in many places. The idea is each of us came to earth to fulfill a purpose. It’s our job to figure out the purpose and make sure we accomplish it. I’ve struggled quite a bit over the years with both the notion of that purpose and wondering what mine might be. So I was very pleased during a recent Ahava Center for Spiritual Living service when the guest speaker told us our purpose is just to be here alive. Not ..read more
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Scar tissue from the past
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by yogaleigh
3w ago
I’ve complained a lot in the last few years about pain in my left hip/low back area. Having just hit a breakthrough, it seems like a good moment to tell a bit about the journey. I’ve had problems there for decades but a combo of excellent bodyworkers and routine practice of poses and exercises for the area kept it at bay. Then my mom landed in the hospital and suddenly I was spending hours on uncomfortable chairs, followed by having to support her weight much more often. My exercise routine wound up often being less than usual. Didn’t take long to find myself limping around in pain. I exercis ..read more
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How we dread change
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by yogaleigh
1M ago
I’ve been listening a lot to a local Sarasota FM station that plays rock music from just my era and pretty much all stuff I love. At the same time a friend has recommended Radio Paradise and I’ve been trying to get myself to tune in. Much like WXRT in Chicago, it plays rock from a number of eras but curated to be all stuff that kind of goes well together, a flow of sounds through decades. Sometimes on RP I hit a nice mix of old stuff I know and love and new things I don’t know. One day recently I put it on and found myself in a long stretch of music I’d never heard before and I wasn’t really ..read more
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Healing my anger with ho’oponopono
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by yogaleigh
8M ago
I’ve been making my way VERY slowly (i.e., most of the time not at all) through the ho’oponopono course for which I signed up a few months ago. So far, though, completing the class isn’t feeling like the point as much as reconnecting with the practice — also gaining insight from the videos of the course I’ve watched — and the deep reminder that everything I see reflects something inside of me. The big place in which it’s come into play has been noting my high levels of anger at Republican pseudo-Christian right-wing fascists. How often, as I watch MSNBC or read articles pointed out by fellow ..read more
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Books not written…
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by yogaleigh
9M ago
In my last post, I said the next one would discuss my journey with ho’oponopono and anger, but I received word yesterday that my dear friend Gay‘s husband, David, died yesterday and changed the plan. The Nine Gates memorial service for Gay is being held Monday, which would have been her 93d birthday. David had hoped to go but his health has been bad since her death; now the memorial will be for him too. The eighth death in 3 years among my friends (and let’s not forget both my parents too) kind of slammed me. And right now I’m in a stage of melancholy and wishful thinking. Both Gay and David ..read more
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Stop the DOJ timeline bs
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by yogaleigh
1y ago
I’ve been following the January 6 investigations all along, noting things that maybe I know more about because of the law degree, but seeing pretty clear info out there telling us the DOJ was exploring J6 via grand jury at least as early as January 2022, months before the House committee began its hearings and much more info showing a consistent, ongoing probe. Bear in mind that the Constitution requires indictments be brought by grand jury and the law requires the prosecutors to conduct the grand jury process in secret. The only way we ever know about these proceedings is witnesses — who are ..read more
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SCOTUS: stop being surprised, accept who they are
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by yogaleigh
1y ago
As SCOTUS in particular and Repug leaders in general continue to promulgate hateful, backsliding, white supremacist policies and programs, Democrats and the media continually express their amazement at how out of step with the opinions of most Americans the right-wingers are. I’m so tired of this b.s. disingenuousness. They’ve been showing us who they are at least since Reagan’s time. And like smug, patriarchal, rich white supremacists throughout U.S. history, they don’t give a flying f**k what the majority of Americans think or want. They don’t give a sh*t if their policies kill millions of ..read more
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The deep roots of work ethic
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by yogaleigh
1y ago
I’m shell-shocked. With the death of my dear friend, Gay Luce, I finally took in the enormity of what I’ve dealt with in the last 2-1/2 years and realized how gobsmacked I am. The upside is also seeing how well the many years of spiritual delving, meditation, yoga, etc. have served me. The other is seeing how, subtly, I fight a regular battle between my desire to just sit back and absorb and the societal message of “go, go, go”. It’s odd to find myself in that battle because long issues with my health have put me pretty far outside the norm of constant doing and I’ve learned to make peace wit ..read more
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Rest as Revolution
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by yogaleigh
1y ago
The topic this month at the spiritual center I attend (via YouTube) is self care. This reading from last Sunday’s service is such a nice adjunct to the post I published yesterday, I couldn’t resist putting it up here ..read more
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Rethinking wealth and poverty
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by yogaleigh
1y ago
Like most Americans I grew up hearing some odd ideas about how wealth indicates being in God’s favor and poverty indicates you’re not living “right”. Closely allied is a whole lot of work ethic BS, wherein people who are right with God and work hard pull themselves up by the bootstraps and anyone who is poor is obviously lazy and not living by God’s rules. I came up in a branch of Christianity where I also learned a lot about how little chance the wealthy have of making it into heaven, etc., so it was kind of a confusing hodgepodge for me. More recently, though, I’ve been noting how much thes ..read more
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