Archive for August, 2010

Raising a Ruckus

August 22, 2010

Climate Camp has set up camp outside the global headquarters of Royal Bank of Scotland to highlight their funding of dirty energy. Unless we park our tanks on their lawns nothing will change. It is only by taking direct action that we effect change.

A report revealed today by the Sunday Herald shows that RBS has provided nearly £13 billion worth of funding to the oil and gas industries since it was bailed out by the taxpayer two years ago. This is at a time when small businesses are being starved into bankruptcy through lack of finance.

Also see

Climate Camp vs RBS – We’ve arrived

How RBS funds ‘dirty oil’

Why should state-owned companies be ethics-free zones?

RBS: £13bn funding to companies blamed for global warming

RBS under siege over “environmental vandalism”

Climate change campaigners turn up the heat on RBS chiefs

RBS Porkies and Climate Camp Frogs

RBS moves to avoid protest

Climate Camp vs RBS – We’ve arrived

August 21, 2010

Climate Camp is this year in Edinburgh during the Fringe targetting RBS, bailed out by the taxpayer and now funding tar sands expansion in Canada.

Climate Camp has set up camp right next to the Royal Bank of Scotland Global HQ!

No democratic advancement has ever been achieved without direct action. Those in power do not voluntarily give it up.

Further images have been posted by Amelia Gregory.

Last year Climate Camp occupied Blackheath Common in Greewich.

Also see

Blood Bank – RBS funding clmate chaos and ecocide

Climate Camp: Breaking the Bank

Climate Camp Scotland

High Pressure Front

Climate protest camp targets RBS headquarters

Protest at RBS group oil support

Activists set up Climate Camp at Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters

Climate protester breaches RBS Gogarburn security and glues herself to desk

Pakistani floods reportedly triggered by climate change

Greenwash spill at the BP-sponsored National Portrait cotland

Taking refuge in the Buddha trailer

August 21, 2010

Also see

A Monk’s Journey

prayer and meditation cards

August 20, 2010
seeking silence

seeking silence

celtic prayer

celtic prayer

the examen

the examen

labyrinth

labyrinth

prayers of blessing

prayers of blessing

prayer beads

prayer beads

tourists to pilgrims

tourists to pilgrims

forgiveness

forgiveness

the jesus prayer

the jesus prayer

A collection of prayer and meditation cards from dekhomai, several of which I picked up from Eden People at the Ambient Picnic this summer.

forgiveness

August 20, 2010
forgiveness

forgiveness

Many of us at some point in our lives feel the need to be forgiven and to forgive ourselves. Yet it is easy to feel trapped, unable to get past mistakes we have made and the scars they leave with us and others.

At the heart of the Christian tradition is forgiveness

– forgiveness from God and God’s help in allowing us to forgive ourselves and to change.

This exercise uses our breathing to help us to accept God’s forgiveness and to forgive ourselves.

Breathing exercise

Find a quiet place where you can sit and relax.
Take a moment to quiet yourself and to breathe
deeply. You may find it helpful to light a candle
to remind you of the presence of God.

Begin to take notice of your breathing

– as you breathe in and as you breathe out.

Focus on the issue which you feel is burdening you. And then as you slowly breathe in and out pray these prayers. Think of the burden when you breathe out and God’s forgiveness and acceptance of you when you breathe in.

Breathe in love — Breathe out hate

Breathe in acceptance — Breathe out separation

Breathe in forgiveness — Breathe out blame

Breathe in peace — Breathe out anxiety

Breathe in life — Breathe out death

Breathe in gentleness — Breathe out tension

Breathe in God’s presence — Breathe in God’s acceptance and forgiveness

— dekhomai

For my lovely friend Sian whose forgiveness I seek.

Also see

Why Forgive?

What’s So Amazing About Grace?

The Jesus Prayer

August 20, 2010
the jesus prayer

the jesus prayer

Breath is a centring place of many spiritualities. It is central to all life and central to our spiritual life. The Jewish and Christian scriptures use the same words for the breath of life as for the creative Spirit of God. So as we breathe we inhale the rhythm of life, the Spirit of life and are part of the breath of creation.

The Jesus Prayer works with this rhythm and invites Jesus life into us to give blessing, mercy, new life, the divine breath in our breath. It also acknowledges our fragility and weakness, our need for transformation, wholeness, forgiveness and liberation.

There are four lines. Each line works with a breath in, or a breath out. We may begin this saying the words in our head or out loud, but in the end the intention is for the breath to sound the words, for it to be silent, yet held in our own breathing. The ancient Mystics so attuned the rhythm in their hearts that the very act of breathing became the dwelling within the prayer.

Say the first line as you breathe in, do it slowly and gently. The second as you breathe out in the same way. And in time the breaths become the prayers which no longer need speaking –

Jesus Christ
Son of God
Have Mercy
Upon Me

And so the flow of life flows with our life. The blessing of God at one with our need to be people of life, flowing with the breath of creation, life givers as we are receivers of life.

— dekhomai

The Old German Shepherd

August 20, 2010

One day an Old German Shepherd starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he is lost. Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

The old German Shepherd thinks, “Oh, oh! I’m in deep in it now!” Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly, “Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder, if there are any more around here?”

Hearing this, the young panther halts his attack in mid-strike. A look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. “Whew!” says the panther, “That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!”

Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he goes.

The squirrel soon catches up with the panther, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the panther.

The young panther is furious at being made a fool and says, “Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine!”

Now, the old German Shepherd sees the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, “What am I going to do now?” Instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old German Shepherd says …. “Where’s that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!”

Moral of this story….

Don’t mess with the old dogs… Age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery! BS and brilliance only come with age and experience.

Originally posted by Lainee on her blog.

The plight of Iraqi Christians

August 20, 2010

Since the illegal Bush-Blair war against Iraq, Christians in Iraq have been under threat. They have a choice, convert to Islam, pay protection money, flee the country or stay and be killed.

Th churches are under attack. More than half the Christian population has now fled Iraq.

Sweden is where many of these Iraqi Christians have fled.

Iraqi Christians are now facing forced deportation from Sweden back to Iraq. A Swedish court has ruled that Iraq is safe. Safe must have a different meaning in Sweden.

Many Iraqi Christians have now gone underground to avoid forced deportation. Those who have been forcibly removed from Sweden and have been tracked have fled into neighbouring countries, had they remained in Iraq they would have been killed.

UNHCR has criticised Sweden for forced deportation of Iraqi Christians to Iraq.

Also see

End of Christianity in the Middle East?

Muslims converting to Christianity

Arrogance and greed of Tony Blair

The chess game

August 19, 2010
chess game

chess game

A young man said to the abbot from the monastery of Melk:

– I’d actually like to be a monk, but I haven’t learned anything in life. All my father taught me was to play chess, which does not lead to enlightenment. Apart from that, I learned that all games are a sin.

– They may be a sin but they can also be a diversion, and who knows, this monastery needs a little of both – was the reply.

The abbot asked for a chess board, sent for a monk and told him to play the young man.

But before the game began, he added:

– Although we need diversion, we cannot allow everyone to play chess the whole time. So, we only have the best players here; if our monk loses, he will leave the monastery and his place will be yours.

The abbot was serious. The young man knew he was playing for his life, and broke into a cold sweat; the chess board became the center of the world.

The monk began badly. The young man attacked, but then saw the saintly look on the other man’s face; at that moment, he began playing badly on purpose.

After all, he would rather lose, a monk is far more useful to the world.

Suddenly, the abbot threw the chess board to the floor.

– You have learned far more than was taught you – he said. – You concentrated yourself enough to win, were capable of fighting for that which you desire.

“Then, you had compassion, and were willing to make a sacrifice in the name of a noble cause. Welcome, because the secret of life is to know how to balance discipline with compassion.”

Posted by Paulo Coelho on his blog.

Also see

A Christmas Tale

The rabbi and forgiveness

August 16, 2010

This story is attributed to the great Rabbi Bal Shen Tov. It is said that he was standing on top of a hill with a group of students when he saw a band of Cossacks attack the city below and begin massacring the people.

Seeing many of his friends dying and begging for mercy, the Rabbi cried out:

‘Oh, if only I were God!’

A shocked student turned to him and said:

‘Master, how can you utter such a blasphemy? Do you mean that if you were God you would act differently? Do you mean that you think that God often does the wrong thing?’

The Rabbi looked the student in the eye and said:

‘God is always right. But if I were God, I would be able to understand why this is happening.’

Originally posted by Paulo Coelho on his blog.