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Chanting (and the People’s Filibuster)

After work and before going to an evening asana class, I joined in at the People’s Filibuster on the looming tax bill. Speaking were a mixture of dedicated elected officials and people of the cloth. Several of the latter were arrested today for reading the Bible out loud inside the Capitol–perhaps because instead of reading the passages that support ill treatment of women and those who don’t follow a traditional heterosexual mold, they were reading the passages about how Christ advocated treating the poor and the sick.

The crowd chanted “kill the bill” and “not one penny,” but it had the resonance of gospel or kirtan.

Have you called your elected officials (or sent a postcard)? Do you have friends or family you can get out to vote? How are you going to use your voice to further spirit?

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Where Ram Das First Met Neem Karoli Baba (or So I Was Told)

Having been brought to yoga by the Beats and the Beatles and having discovered Be Here Now not long after it was published (Quaker youth camp in New York in the 1970s—of course we did), this was a bit of history.

Tomorrow I go back into the office. I am grateful for my slow reentry.

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On the Walk Home From Work (Outside the Department of Labor and Across the Street From the Shelter for Those Without Homes)

Thinking about privilege, including the privilege to choose whether to take time away from the conflict and not think about it.  I’m trying to be conscious of that particular privilege whenever I find myself instinctively trying to turn away and then to gather myself from the recognition of my good fortune and reengage.

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