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nondual activism - an excerpt from the archives

I wrote this over a year ago, and I'd probably say something a bit different if I were to write it now. But it's an interesting read for posterity's sake.

Just watched a movie called U-571 about submarines in WWII. Made me think about life as being a rough ride on a choppy sea, alternating between confusion, frustration, ambivalence, and peace: I try to focus on the peace most often.

This really is a dream. That fact has been hitting me hard this week. It makes you wonder what body, what consciousness, is dreaming this dream? Whatever that body is, it seems incontrovertible that it originates from a single source. If everyone was aware of that reality (irrespective of such inanities as race or religion), I imagine that the world would be a pretty different place. I think that might be what nondual activism means.

Social activism from the nondual perspective: what a profound and potentially effective concept. Activism borne not out of pursuit of a common goal, but rather out of abidance in a shared understanding and awareness of a universal reality. Environmental health because our own health is directly shared and interdependent with it.

One day, maybe not quite in our lifetimes, it will actually become essential for us to change our societal values in order to guarantee our very survival. I sometimes used to ask myself if I should strive to be part of the force for change. But that's not really the point, I don't think.

Doing your own part is actually the only (and the most effective) activism there is. It's great if you can play a supportive role to help others participate, but if you're doing your own part, then you're the greatest social and environmental activist there is.

I think we're all like one of those drawings you make when you're a kid where you never lift your pen from the page - one unbroken line, each object in the world connected in some way to the next, and so on. Doesn't that make sense?

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ex_makani185 September 18th, 2001
WHAT A CUTIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh yes, he or she's very adogable!!!

iamom September 18th, 2001
Thanks - he's pretty good-looking, isn't he? That's Sage, the yellow Lab. Riker's the black one. I'll put up a pic of him later, but he's so dark that he doesn't often photograph well.


ex_makani185 September 19th, 2001
Sage is beautiful and with a beautiful name. :) I have a nephew named Sage.

Yes more pics would be fabulous. Keep um' comin'..

See Spot!

gwen42 September 18th, 2001
see spot.
see gwen laugh out loud :)

too cute!

nondual activism

soulsearching September 21st, 2001
what does nondual activism really mean? Is it a political or philosophical concept?

btw, this posting is pretty insightful.

Re: nondual activism

iamom September 21st, 2001
There's some good content about the concept here. It's not really anything -- certainly nothing organized -- yet it does take into account a certain, higher level of attention paid to the context in which we act.

Perhaps even more so, just attention itself. A paying of attention to what we're doing, when, how, and with whom. Just attention. Awareness of one's own actions, deeply.

Re: nondual activism

soulsearching September 21st, 2001
seems pretty interesting ;)

I will take some time to browse through the site(s).

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