August 2012 Blog Posts (10)

Fonzious, The Impermanence Lion

This is a story about a lion. Well, in truth the story hasn't begun yet, and as of right now, I have no story in mind. Let us see where this goes.

The nature of fleeting things is similar to our perception of light. There is some confusion about 'can one truly attain satisfaction from the world of impermanence.' The answer, contrary to a lot of verbiage, is obviously 'yes'. With a certain understanding of fulfillment and moderation, one can easily attain satisfaction, if one knows…


Added by Shikha on August 30, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Initiating the World Prayer: From Everlasting to Everlasting

Bismillahir Rahamanim Rahim- In the name of God, the most beneficient, the most merciful

Can you look this badger in the eyes?

This photograph must be included for several reasons, among them indeed in order that you may look into its innocent, playful eyes. It is not that I am trying to be a ridiculous person or make some kind of joke, here. The world is already filled with enough absurdity to last for eons of funny jokes. It is to…


Added by Shikha on August 27, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Occupy: From Disruptive to Productive

As a local Occupy organizer I am focused on the evolution of Occupy. Our local Occupy group is a progressive and spiritually conscious group made of mostly of Unitarian Universalists and Unity members along with a healthy representation from the local ACLU and a local women's organizations. We are not so much into “occupying” as much as collaborating and co-creating. It seems dissent raises…


Added by Steven D. Imhof on August 21, 2012 at 1:58pm — 3 Comments

Part 2: A Limit to Suffering: The Relentless Persecution of the Rainbow Butterfly Pony.

19 Arise, cry out at night,

At the beginning of the watches;

Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord.

Lift your hands toward Him

For the life of your young children

Who faint from hunger at the end of every street

- Lamentations, 2:19


Most of us have heard the tranformation metaphor. The caterpillar spins his delicate house of isolation, where he endures the pain…


Added by Shikha on August 21, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

My Cat Has Cosmic Consciousness, Part I: A New Look At Wellness and Responsibility


Added by Shikha on August 18, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments


It's funny to think that our tears can be occupied. Like there is some divine presence on the inside of our tears. I remember one time Rabbi Gafni said that God cries on the inside not on the outside [of His face, presumably] because if one single one of God's tears fell and touched the Earth, the whole world would become destroyed because God's pain is infinite.

I thought it was beautiful, to think that.

Why is there such a deep deep depth to pain and sorrow? There is…


Added by Shikha on August 9, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Why Nonviolence is Not an Effective Response to the Police in the US

The article I'm reposting below was written by S. Brian Willson, author of Blood on the Tracks, an internationally respected peace activist who is totally committed to nonviolence. I agree with Brian's conclusions. Rather than making demands on the system or trying to work within it, we need to develop nonviolent revolutionary strategies of the sort he suggests and that many here on Occupy Cafe are dedicated to.

Link to source:…


Added by Mark E. Smith on August 4, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Inquiry: what is your condition?

Ananada: The Vedic term for the quality of unconditional love, or bliss, inherent in the fabric of reality.

so...why do humans suffer?

Furthermore: do we create or co-create the condition(s) of our suffering problem, or are the conditions simply inherent within the structures of our personal individual to personal collective relationships? Didn't we MAKE those structures? Are we just terrible at making helpful things? 

 Why the heck…


Added by Shikha on August 1, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments






Added by Shikha on August 1, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Crucifixion with the Virgin and St. John


Added by Shikha on August 1, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Weekly Cafe Calls

Regular Calls are no longer being held.  Below is the schedule that was maintained from the Fall of 2011 through Jan 10, 2013.

"Vital Conversations" 

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Clay Forsberg posted a blog post

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Fifteen years ago, I ran across a book, "100 Most Influential People in History," during one of my dalliances to my local Marin County bookstore. "Influential People" was one man's assessment on exactly that. But how he determined his rankings was the interesting part. They weren't always the reasons you would think. But after thinking about it, they made complete sense. For example:George Washington was ranked in the top 40 of all time. Understandable. But the reason why ... not so much. You…See More
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When a Leadership Ecology occurs, a web of relationships emerges revealing each person’s authentic leadership qualities through the transfer of their power to others. When done in a conscious way – a shared collaborative awakening happens.See More
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