This is Thanksgiving weekend, and a lot of people are celebrating this popular American holiday by gathering with their families for large, elaborate meals.
Gathering with families almost always involves children. Sometimes lots of them, sometimes only a few.
One of the biggest problems at these types of gatherings is:
Feeding The Children.
Should I wear purple? Or would it be better to wear red? What about pink, that's more subtle, not such a strong statement, people would probably find me more acceptable in pink..........
I wonder if I should add some jewelry? If I wear a gold bracelet, then some people might respect me more, since gold is a symbol of money. If I wear a gold bracelet, then some people might respect me less, since gold is a symbol of money.
"Become the change you wish to see in the world"
I talk about change a lot, change this, change that, how to change, what to change.
Why do we need change? What's wrong with the way things are?
In any life, in any situation, there is usually some kind of striving. Most of us strive, and do have aspirations, endeavors.
Some people are very dull. They have no dreams, no goals, no aspirations. They are satisfied with things as they are. The "status quo" as it were. No striving. No dreams. "Keep things as they are and I'm happy, as long as I don't have to change".
What can be done about strong material desires? Are we going to have to take birth again if they remain unfulfilled? Do we just pray to Krishna to be able to tolerate the pain of our unfulfilled desires?
These questions are asked a lot. Recently, two devotees here on connect requested that I answer these questions for them.
Relationships on the Internet. Not a new phenomenon really, not in the relative sense of how long we've had the Internet for, and how long people have been using it to develop relationships with others.
Here's one of the most amazing things about it all to me:
We don't have any idea a lot of the time who we're talking to. We can't make judgments based on looks, education, money, position, social status, age, color, race, creed, etc.
Well, we try, if we know a little something about someone, the tendency is still there... but it's harder.
There are so many references in my mind for the title of this blog. There's a song.... something about "if you have the chance to sit one out or dance.... I hope you dance". There's also something written by an old woman, and she's saying what she would do if she had her life to live over again, and she says she would dance more. There are also a thousand ways and times, in my own personal life, where dancing has meant so much to me, both as a spiritual activity (directly) and also indirectly as physical exercise that keeps my body healthy so I can do the things I need to do.
The other morning I was having trouble waking up. I had spent the night awake, mostly, thinking about a lot of things. Sometimes, I just can't turn my mind off at night. So, by the time it was time to get up and chant, I was really tired, and laying there in that kind of half-awake state. Strange and interesting things come into the mind in that state, and so this particular morning, for whatever reason, I was thinking about how children learn the alphabet.
A is for Apple, B is for Boy, C is for Cat....