To know love without grasping. To know beauty without wishing ownership. To touch the essence of life within the display of forms is the purpose and meaning of human life.
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As long as Congress will not increase wages for workers, I will go and talk to every business in America if I have to. There’s no denying a simple truth: America deserves a raise, and if you work full-time in this country, you shouldn’t live in poverty. That’s something that we all believe.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. There are a number of Republicans, including a number in the Texas delegation, who are mad at me for taking these actions. They actually plan to sue me. Now, I don’t know which things they find most offensive — me helping to create jobs, or me raising wages, or me easing the student loan burdens, or me making sure women can find out whether they’re getting paid the same as men for doing the same job. I don’t know which of these actions really bug them.

The truth is, even with all the actions I’ve taken this year, I’m issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years. So it’s not clear how it is that Republicans didn’t seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did. Maybe it’s just me they don’t like. I don’t know. Maybe there’s some principle out there that I haven’t discerned, that I haven’t figure out. You hear some of them — “sue him,” “impeach him.” Really? Really? For what? You’re going to sue me for doing my job? Okay.

I mean, think about that. You’re going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job — while you don’t do your job.

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Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom by Lisa Delpit

This book should be in the curriculum of every teaching college in the country. Lisa Delpit’s work challenges us to really confront what our teaching practices mean in a larger context of social justice. Her writing makes us reflection deeply on many of our must priced notions about progressive education. If you have not been introduced to Delpit’s work, I highly recommend this book or her new book "Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children.

Here is a summery of both:

Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom

In a radical analysis of contemporary classrooms, MacArthur Award–winning author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better “cultural transmitters” in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education. Delpit suggests that many academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication, as primarily white teachers and “other people’s children” struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics plaguing our system.

A new classic among educators, Other People’s Children is a must-read for teachers, administrators, and parents striving to improve the quality of America’s education system.

Multiplication Is for White People”: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children

 the award-winning educator reflects on the last fifteen years of reform efforts—including No Child Left Behind, standardized testing, alternative teacher certification paths, and the charter school movement—that have left a generation of poor children of color feeling that higher educational achievement is not for them.

Hailed as “illuminating” (Publishers Weekly), “thought-provoking” (Harvard Educational Review), and a “much-needed review of the American educational system” (Kirkus Reviews), "Multiplication Is for White People" is a passionate reminder that there is no achievement gap at birth. Poor teaching, negative stereotypes, and a curriculum that does not adequately connect to poor children’s lives conspire against the prospects of poor children of color. From K-12 classrooms through the college years, Delpit brings the topic of educating other people’s children into the twenty-first century, outlining a blueprint for raising expectations based on a simple premise: that all aspects of advanced education are for everyone.

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Is it possible to feel emotion without either amplifying or diminishing it? How? After losing my father to cancer last year, I am often surprised by how much emotion will overtake me unexpectedly. I feel as though I must be carrying a lot of unfelt sadness in my body, since when that door opens, there is so much behind it. How do you support yourself in feeling what you feel but in a way that moves it through? I want to feel what is there without amplifying it by over-focusing on it.
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This is an incredibly important facet of human life with which to aspire for balance. I also lost my father to cancer and found myself asking similar questions of life. 

Peace is not an emotion in the way we have come to understand emotions. Many people hear the teachings of Buddhism or other spiritual paths and interpret the wisdom regarding detachment as something that encourages a kind of robotic relationship with human emotions. However, that is not the truth of the matter.

Peace means being unconfused, unconfounded by the play of emotions. That is the real meaning of detachment. And because your emotions no longer have the power to confuse you, you are given the opportunity to take your attention into them deeply.

That is the result of meditation and mindfulness. You sit with your thoughts, you sit with your sensations, you sit with your emotions, and you abide as the witness to them. Sooner or later it becomes evident that you are just you, regardless of the content of your moment. Then the matter shifts from trying to manage emotions according to your preferences to questioning the actual identity of the witness. If you are the witness to the mind, body, personality, and all of human experience, then who are you as that changeless witness?

Practicing daily meditation, therefore, is one such way to give space to all of these sad and otherwise challenging emotions. In meditation, you neither indulge emotions nor push them away. It is the same with thoughts. You do not witness them in such a way that you analyze or take them apart. You just witness without intellectually comprehending that which you are witnessing. You feel without shielding, buffering, or rationalizing that which you are feeling. 

Neither clinging nor avoiding; that is the practice of peace. 

Another thing I found extraordinarily helpful was Tonglen. In tonglen, you inhale your suffering and your father’s suffering. Then you exhale love, gratitude, compassion, and healing. You continue in this way for a little while before extending your practice to a larger group. You inhale the suffering of anyone who has ever lost a father, and you exhale compassion and love to them. Then you can even broaden that to anyone who has lost a parent, anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer, anyone who has experienced loss, and so on. 

By practicing tonglen, not only do you learn to recognize and meet with the suffering in you, around you, and in the people of this world, but you also discover how much space and compassion you have within that you can bring forth. 

The book that really introduced me to and taught me the practice of these approaches regarding suffering was The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron. I recommend it to people almost every day. 

Namaste :) Much love, my friend. 

Perfect love casts out fear. Where there is love there are no demands, no expectations, no dependency. I do not demand that you make me happy; my happiness does not lie in you. If you were to leave me, I will not feel sorry for myself; I enjoy your company immensely, but I do not cling.
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"The end is often an opportunity for us to then present other ideas, new ideas, and inspire people even more."

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