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Hello, I'm a retired expatriate American seeking online friendship with people who have progressive ideals and believe in kindness and peace.

If you would like to know more about my belief in the essential goodness of humankind, please read my frequent blog posts. Writing poetry is a recent activity for me. I began these attempts to express my innermost feelings about the human condition shortly after I joined Wireclub's Religion Room as a regular chatter in 2014, and look forward to many more years as a peaceful contributor.

Inspiration for peace can be found in this poem by
the great 13thc. Persian poet, Sa’adi (1203-1291).
It is inscribed on the entrance to the United Nations
building in NYC.

"Human beings are members of a whole,

In creation of one essence and soul.

If one member is afflicted with pain,

Other members uneasy will remain.

If you have no sympathy for human pain,

The name of human you cannot retain!"

Leave a comment (or a simple like) and let me know your thoughts.

Your friend ..... Tao

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original tao: HiSarra,

I hope you and yours are faring well enough for the continuities in this rebirth to play out to their inevitably profound points of soul-learning...Kindest thoughts...Tao
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tularcitas: Thank you! I need to realize this more!
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original tao: HiFriendSarra,

May I add, further to the quote, that being young or old, fit or frail also makes no distinction where effort is concerned. The idea being displayed is wholly predicated upon motivation and intention. It is enough for any of us to do our best to maintain the intention to increase our mindfulness so that compassion has fertile (mental) ground from which to spring into affectiveness.

Kindest thoughts...stay well...stay safe...avoid being within a 2 meter radius of outsiders unless masked and shielded....wash hands no less than 10 times per day (new recommendations). Aren't we lucky to have plentiful soap and water for handwashing?...Tao
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tularcitas: Great quote!
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original tao: HiFriendSarra,

I hope you and yours are faring well and keeping safe. Kindest thoughts...Tao
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WonderWoman1: beautiful
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original tao: HiWonderWoman1,

I'm so pleased you like the sentiments ably presented by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. He is one of the most revered monks in Thailand. Phra Thanissaro is an American born monk who, for more than 20 years, has practised the Kammatthana Forest Tradition of Thai Theravada Buddhism.

Kind thoughts...be safe...be well....Tao
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tularcitas: Thank you!
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original tao: HiSarra,

Thanks for being a kindred spirit who recognizes that mind is the generative prime in every outcome. If we are focussed enough to direct ourselves to just sit and be, or just walk and be, or just lie down and be, or just run and be, we will gift ourselves the mental 'space' to sort through what needs sorting, and leave all the rest, at least for now.

Be safe...never let down your covid guard...that's what the mentally challenged we see on the news are doing...and sadly, they and countless others, many of whom shall remain unknown to the mentally challenged one's whose claims, dubious in every way, will lend their thoughtlessness to sicken the defenseless, and possibly end the lives of kinder, nicer people than they'll ever be.

Kindest thoughts...Tao
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tularcitas: I love this Tau..Someone once told me that the mark of a true warrior(ess) is someone who knows how to turn enemies into allies.
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original tao: Hi Sarra,

The challenge is, rather, for the practitioner who is hated by an enemy to develop and maintain sincere, unwavering love for that enemy, without end.

PLease forgive my alteration of your emphasis for this quote's main thesis...Tao

And, just to make a point, it is an unknown until attempts are made, as to whether a particular enemy would posess the qualities needed in an effective ally. Trust, loyalty, and intelligence, and a fourth, too, comes to mind: that a commitment to eschew violence is agreed between the former enemies.
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tularcitas: Fear is the "Great Satan".
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original tao: Hi Sarra,

As a person who has known a fair measure of fear, I'd have to agree with Vanessa. When fear creeps up and swoops in for a landing, unexpectedly, only those with the advantage (won by dint of commitment to mindfulness backed up by practice) of clarity will manage to maintain and grow lovingkindness.

That is not to say there is anything easy about managing such focus amidst all of life's distractions, and seeming finalities.

Kindest thoughts...stay safe...Tao
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tularcitas: The future is blind and the past is dead...the now is all that is real!
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