Mindfully Speaking July review
Free To Read. A summary of news and articles published, and a few other thoughts.
We have much to celebrate this month in Mindfully Speaking. We continue to grow and attract lots of new readers and writers who share our passion for all dimensions of the spiritual path. Thank you for joining us.
In the northern half of the hemisphere, we are in the fleeting months of the year when summer days drift gloriously by, filled with wonderful fields of flowers and butterflies skipping across the surface. That is how I like to remember them at least.
Except that summer has increasingly come to mean devastation to our planet, with wildfires ravaging huge swathes of our essential global forest cover on all continents, a pandemic that is going nowhere fast and still killing people. Also, flooding has swept away so many homes and taken so many lives with them too. On top of that, there is division and unrest, war and cruelty rife everywhere too.
Neither of these is the whole story, but they are important parts of it, and living with spiritual truth requires us to look deeply at reality and understand it as fully as we are able to.
Nothing is permanent.
I remind myself of this core teaching of the Buddha time and time again, as a point of hopefulness. I remind myself that people, fellow humans, can behave in terrible ways, but they can be heroic too and show the depth of generosity and compassion which humanity is capable of. I remind myself that the planet has been under huge destruction previously and it has recovered. But are we all doing everything we can in our power to stop these devastations? I mean everything, and when I look deeply at myself I have to say that although I am doing a lot, it is still not enough. We do live simply and our energy is eco-friendly and sustainable, but we still drive cars. I lead and practice meditations for peace for the world, trusting that this energy will spread out and finally conquer the darknesses, that without darkness we cannot have light anyway. I remind myself that right view means seeing the truth behind everything, that nothing is being destroyed — you cannot destroy matter, only the form in which we perceive it. I remind myself not to judge those who are still seemingly unable to do anything to stop their lives and rethink them. We are all doing our best. We can all continue to spread the wonderful words of our yogic and mindfulness practices, share our experiences of the spiritual path through life and learn to live as harmoniously as possible with all else that lives. We are part of the oneness, not isolated individuals; we are all part of each other.
There is much food for thought as usual in our wonderful submissions. I have made this newsletter unlisted so that all can read it, not just Medium members. I want to be as inclusive as possible.
Readers and Writers — If you write for us, please do also read your fellow authors and support each other and our publication so that it can continue to grow and expand. Tell like-minded friends about us too.
Newsletters — This period extends longer than usual since we have skipped a month to make the end of the month fit the month we are labeling in our titles. July goes out at the end of July and includes submissions published in June and July.
As usual, we are happy to invite and welcome new writers. There have been many in the last few weeks. If you would like to write for us then please read our submissions page. Send your submission through to us and we will take a look. I am especially keen to help people just starting out on their writing journey here and will work with them to edit their ideas into workable pieces.
To introduce our new writers first, we can shout out welcomes for first articles or poems to:
We have eight lovely poems this edition, and would love a few more.
Buddist Dharma and Other Spiritual Teachings
Some thoughtful and thought provoking pieces arrived in my inbox for selection and I have to say they got me thinking deeply too. That is what the Dharma and other spiritual teachings do for us though, challenge us to do better, look more deeply and love more completely. Here is a nod to those I have not yet mentioned:
We, your Mindfully Speaking editors, wish you a glorious summer filled with creativity, compassion and new perspectives.
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