UK Elections: Postscript :(

election resignations

 

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Here’s the translation…

“UK election and the bad guys won 😦
Miliband, Farage and Clegg all resign.
I don’t blame them. A Tory majority is enough to make anybody want to give up.”

See also: Why it’s OK to cry about this election

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Best we can do?
I reckon it’s to cherish those near us, and as Chandrakirti says, “Have compassion for those with rough minds.”

See also: Economic Crisis ~ What Would Buddha Do?
(Guest article by Dawa at MKMC) on how to cope in a fiscal downturn.
From giving comes wealth” Chandrakirti

Pray for those afar.

Prayer is stunningly effective,
both in the short and long term.
* See: Prayers do Work _/\_Thanks! on here.
And Why Pray? in Kadampa Life. 

There’s Scientific Evidence for the Power of Prayer.
I’ll add a link when I find it; or you can comment below with something.

nb. Post taken and expanded from comments on UK Elections: Go on, vote!

 

 

Imbolc Blessings

Halfway between the winter solstice and the Spring equinox ~ 31st Jan – 1st Feb shines Imbolc, marking the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring.

Imbolc is the perfect time
for spring cleaning and renewal

At Imbolc we can use the seasonal energies to let go of all that no longer serves us.
This makes room for the new that’s ready to be birthed and appear.
Knowing this is right for us we can peacefully and joyfully welcome these new experiences into our lives.

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Imbolc change

 ¸ .• * ॐ शान्तिः text as above :

“The universe does not need more successful people.
The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.”

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river of joy within you.”
Rumi

“Feel yourself quietly drawn by the deeper pull of what you truly love.”
Rumi

“Change is never painful, only the resistance to change is painful”
Buddha

“Some of us think that holding on makes us strong;
but sometimes it is letting go.”
Herman Hesse

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit”
Rumi

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Imbolc Blessings to All

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Why Cosmic Loti?

I s’pose the theme, title, and avatar are things you’re meant to work out before you start a new blog.
Well, that’s the ideal.
But life is rarely that, is it.

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This blog started with a post on Transforming adverse conditions into the Spiritual Path (or just a bad day to a better one)

late last November, and has continued on more or less the same theme. Folk seem happy with that, and I think it’s a useful trick to know.

But I’ve got that bloke-ish tendency to make something; then read the assembly instructions to find out why it isn’t working.
Hence the name changes. It’s like the site has a personality disorder or something; her distinctive character being malleable and vulnerable (as we all are) to change, developing as a reaction to her experiences of the world around her. So it’s taken a bit of time for a proper name to evolve, as honestly and meaningfully as it can.

“Shariputra, know that all phenomena are mere name.”

By this, Buddha was telling his disciple that a name is much more than a label; it’s how we create and define our world.
‘The Muddy Lotus’ symbolizes how we can grow through adverse conditions to become beautiful, strong beings. Just like the Buddhist symbol of a lotus:

Lotuses grow in mud ~ just as we start off buried in the mud of our worldly concerns. But we can use Buddha’s advice to grow through the mire of ordinary life, and emerge sparkly clean and pure in the sunlight. Even the lotus’s leaves are self-cleaning ~ the rain naturally washes the dirt away! And so Dharma revitalizes all areas of our life. The stalk of the lotus is strong, just as we are strengthened by the Dharma.’
(from the About page)

And ‘Muddy Lotus’ was an oxymoron! A name to make people think. I love the lotus symbolism, but I always felt vaguely embarrassed telling other Buddhists the name of my blog, I don’t think that many got it.  And we’re getting more popular now, so it had to change.

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I like that Geshe Kelsang always gives the newly ordained names to aspire to. They’re normally far from the present character of the novice. Really, ask what a newbie’s name means, and they’ll often give a little smile and a shrug as they say it.
But over the years as monks and nuns grow into their names, Geshe la’s wisdom becomes clear. Even after a couple of years, it can often be seen that someone given a name by Geshe la is growing into it. It’s a pleasant surprise when we can see that that’s happened.

☆*⋆ So it’s like we’re stood in the mud reaching for the stars on this blog – via the mind-set that it’s really just a little stretch – standing on tippy-toes.

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