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Subject:Enneagram, Elastic, Star Wars, and Intimacy Between Friends
Time:12:45 am
Current Mood:pensivepensive
It is all blessing

Dear Ones,


I love the daily "meditations" I get from Richard Rohr.  His topics seem to always have some wonderful nuggets for me to chew on each day.  Right now, he is doing a two week presentation on Enneagram.  I studied this quite in-depth fifteen years ago, but it is lovely to have his "digest" version serving as a refresher.  I'm a "One".......the Perfectionist.....and the "shadow" side of being a One is that we can get into anger and judgment so easily.  Reading what he has to say reminds me that I may see my anger as justified, but that it really does no one any good at all.  More work to do........

David continues to build pieces for me.  He has completed the two for the bathroom.  Mark will start painting them tomorrow, so by mid-week next week I should be able to transfer most of my linens to the shelving unit in the bathroom, which will free up more closet space in the bedroom.  On Monday, David will start to build the unit for the bedroom.  I'm not sure he can get it done in the two, four hour days he will be working next week, but I'm confident it will be close to done by then.  In another two weeks, all the major pieces will be built and painted, and I can continue with the redistribution of all the things that are being allocated to their own new space.  I'll be sure to include pictures as these things are painted and put in place.

While sharing lunch the other day, David, Maria and I got into a conversation of what it means to be Filipino......what the Filipino culture is really all about.  As an outsider, I can see the heavy Spanish influence that remains from all the years that Spain occupied the Philippines.  Then the Japanese occupied this country during the 20th century.......and the U.S. was here to help stabilize things and brought their influence.  I just loved Maria's answer.  She didn't know the word most of us might use to describe the "flexibility" of the Filipino people to adopt, so she said: "We are elastic".  That was the perfect word; it described what I see every day in how the people here adapt to whatever is going on around them.  They are "elastic".  It has helped them to survive.  Perhaps being more elastic might help me to survive as well.

While out shopping the other day, I visited my favorite movie kiosk and purchased a copy of Star Wars VII.  I was not disappointed, and there is so much room for a Star Wars VIII.  I look forward to seeing it.  Now I think I need to play my DVD's of the other Wars movies so that I can have a refresher.  I'm sure I've forgotten a lot.  I can see a Star Wars marathon happening in my near future.

I have recently had an old issue smack me in the nose: can there be too much intimacy in a friendship?  I'm not talking about physical intimacy, but about how much sharing is too much sharing.  Are there topics that just shouldn't be addressed in a friendship?  I suffer from chronic mild depression that can easily turn into something more if I'm not vigilant.  This tends to make me a "cup is half empty" kind of person more than I would like.  When life kicks me in the teeth, as it often does for most of us,  I can easily get thrown.  Living here in the Philippines, especially on a small, rather primitive  island, offers me ample opportunity to view, and live,  life from a "cup half empty" vantage point.  Should I keep these low times to myself?  Is it wrong to share my financial, emotional or spiritual battles with a trusted friend?

Lots going on and......as with most people.......some of it is good......some not-so-good.  Working to keep balance.....working to remain positive.....working to see the blessing in all of it.......that is the challenge.

May We All Be Abundantly Blessed,

An Evolving (hopefully) Interspiritual Solitary
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Time:09:29 pm
Hi all. I'm looking for more spiritual connection with other feminists, especially spiritual non-deists, panentheists, poly-theists. Anyone like that in here?
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Subject:Pornography ecstasy or exploitation
Time:08:34 am
Bad Lieu Here, and I wanna start by saying I am not a prude OK, lets get that straight because you might question me later. Now Ive noticed a very bad trend, porn is getting more violent. It used to be porn was, some old porno mag that showed more hair than skin. Today porn is violence, its humiliation, its shock porn, but the sad thing is its not shocking anymore, its everywhere, its well the porn we get today. Anything your sick mind wants it out on the web just a small list.. Chocking, spitting, hitting, shitting, pissing, rape, fake murder/rape... Just to name a few. See a pattern. The first playboys the girl were barely naked, now we have women being chocked? Its seems like as a culture we went through the classic drug cycle start with a snort once a month, end with shooting up 12 times a day, one vicodin then 20 vicodin. Women in bikinis smiling to women being tortured,see the trend now. We need to STOP!!! Were better people than this, but this shit is making us bad its making us violent its destroying traditional relationships straight or gay. We need to get respect back, we need love back, we need kindness back. Its not just the porn its the shows we watch.. Jersey shore(anything on MTV) American horror story(anything on Fx)Boss(Showtime)family guy, American dad, the Cleveland show, and many more. I watch many of these myself and do like them, but I see that as a society we are going down hill and it seems how we treat each other especially our women is a big factor. So the next time you watch a girl getting pissed on think she MIGHT have been the doctor that saved your life. What do you think?
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Subject:New com
Time:11:49 pm
started a new com feminist_christ for those who want to discuss how Christianity and feminism can and do work together in the world and in their faith journey
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Subject:Safe spaces and the chance to be heard
Time:10:28 pm
This year I was very grateful to the women and the Imam of London's largest mosque who allowed me - a Christian - to join the Woman's Circle on Saturday afternoons. It was a privilege and it was personal and welcoming. We would meet each week, about 50 women and several young children, and coming from outside the tradition, I largely sat and listened - to teaching, sharing, conversation. Everybody had their turn to speak, everybody was listened to.

When you live outside a different faith group, it is too easy to find oneself influenced by the media, by news editors, complaining (for example) about the negative effects of Islam on women. And the 'noise' is such, that actual voices expressing their own authentic experience, are easily drowned out and a narrative starts to be written by other people.

This has easily been one of the best experiences of my life. What I found was a safe space where women - by the very nature of Islamic segregation of gender - could come and talk about anything, and particularly in the context of their faith. It made me reflect on how precious safe spaces can be, and liberating, and I wondered... in other faiths as well as Islam... how safe space gets created, where people's own voices are valued and listened to?

Specifically in the context of women's flourishing, and faced with social pressures outside their religion, what role does religion play in affording women you know the safe space to meet with other women, to be valued and be heard?
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Subject:The soul has no sex in my religion
Time:01:19 am
Believing in the Greatest Value of Human as a way to God:

http://ludstvo.org.ua/doctrine_en.html

What do you think about this new religion?

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Subject:Our Inner Lives
Time:12:08 am
Thought some here might like to check out this website I came across today.

http://www.feminist.com/ourinnerlives/index.html


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Subject:Interesting article on female scribe
Time:01:17 pm
Hi all,

I liked this article on the BBC website about an Orthodox Jewish female scribe so I thought I'd share, sometimes I find the BBC news coverage of topics in my own religious denomination patchy but I found this thought provoking and the questions well considered. I'd be interested to know how the Jewish members of this community find it. I can't do tidy links so here is the whole long thing:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12112913
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Subject:How I stopped being defensive* and learned to protest the Pope
Time:12:12 am
Current Mood:busy
So, the Pope's on a state visit to Britain. [Some profanity and I say bad things about the Pope.]Collapse )

*temporarily at least.

X-posted to my personal journal.
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