Tag Archives: politics

We cannot love our “enemies.”

I once believed, rather naively, the literal truth of the words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount, “Love your enemies.” Over time, as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to realize that this is impossible. We cannot love our “enemies.”  When we make others into the enemy, there is no room for love. The… read more

Political Aspect: Daily Metta

“I would ask you to forget the political aspect of the program.  Political consequences of this struggle there are, but you are not to concern yourself with them. If you do, you will miss the true result, and also the political consequences.” ~ Gandhi, Young India, March 19, 1925 It is easy to forget that… read more

The Trump Question: Are You Listening?

Maybe, instead of rallying against Trump the man, we could connect with his supporters. And maybe that’s the only thing that will do any good. Trump seems to embody everything wrong with this country, at least in the circles I run in. He’s the American Ego run rampant, an American bogeyman. Recently, I overheard my daughter… read more

“Was Gandhi political or spiritual?”–Daily Metta

August 5: A [person] who aspires after [Truth] cannot keep out of any field of life.” -Gandhi (Autobiography) Gandhi had a little “anarchist” tendency in him, in spite of his deep commitment to democratic governance and the rule of law: he did not like being labeled. Any label, however convenient for some purposes, would be… read more

Where the Spiritual and Political Meet

In this blog-series accompanying our project of updating the Peace and Conflict Studies lectures (we call it PACS 164-c), Kimberlyn David reviews some of the key material of the course from a personal lens in an effort to generate personal reflection and the application of course content.   That Western yoga and spiritual practitioners often… read more