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vol.1 no.5
Compromise
COMPROMISE:
What we were taught and
a new approach to it!
 Greetings!

With summer in full gear (yay!), most of us are finding ways to enjoy the warmer weather and to connect more with the "kid" inside of us . One of the biggest issues we had as kids was the issue of compromising. We were asked to compromise with our parents, our siblings, other family members, our classmates and friends, our neighbors, our religion, etc. Clearly this was very unsatisfying to us and often painful. But those compromises did create an apparent harmony on the surface of things and often gave us what we wanted - others' acceptance. But to look back on it, we become aware of what we traded for that acceptance - our integrity!
This newsletter issue will share some perspectives about compromise that run contrary to what we were taught! And regardless of whether you agree or not, we felt it important to present a different way to look at compromise so that we can open ourselves to new possibilities.
We're also enclosing our meditation and events schedule coming up.
Enjoy the reading...and enjoy the rest of the summer!
Quotes of the Moment:
"One of the truest tests of integrity is
its blunt refusal to be compromised." 
Chinua Achebe


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"From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned."
Charles Sumner

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"Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good
in the hope of retaining another--
too often ending in the loss of both."
Tryon Edwards


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"A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, 'Huh. It works. It makes sense.' "
Barack Obama


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"A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that
everyone believes he has the biggest piece"
Ludwig Erhard

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"Compromise is when one person wants to rob a bank and the other person does not, and they compromise to rob a person outside of the bank."
Christopher Myers

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All compromise is based on give and take,
but there can be no give and take on fundamentals.
Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender.
For it is all give and no take.
Mohandas Gandhi

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Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
Janis Joplin

A Quick Glance at Upcoming Events.... (For details, check out our Web calendar, by clicking HERE.
Workshops, Classes & Events - August - November
 
*September 24th - 26th Finding the Work You Love, Finding the Life You Love Workshop.
(Note: these are NEW DATES!)
At The World of Meditation. The Workshop will take place primarily outdoors in the Rose Garden (weather permitting). Fee: $125.
Throughout the weekend, you will move through four explorations: How can I discover what fulfills me? How do I translate what I enjoy into real marketplace opportunities? What are the obstacles that stop me from taking steps to pursue my ideas and dreams? And how do I deal with these obstacles? Write or call us for more information, or to register: info@findingtheworkyoulove.com; 206-772-8897. (See more information below.)
 
*Oct 2nd How to Deal with the Overthinking Mind! 
We are filled with continuous chatter, which is just us unconsciously talking to ourselves! Instead of fighting the mind, learn techniques and meditations that help you experience relaxation and stillness - where the mind stops and real happiness descends! The instructors have meditated for over thirty years, living and teaching in India, Japan, Europe and America.  Bring a bag lunch; wear comfortable clothing.  Held indoors/outdoor weather permitting.  Time:11am-5pm. Cost $49.  Meets at The World of Meditation - 9709 46th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 09115.  Tel:206-772-8897. Sponsored by North Seattle Community College.
 
*Oct. 12th - Nov. 30th Meditation: From Chatter to Peace of Mind (Class)
Meditation simply means a silence which brings serenity to the heart, the mind, and the being. By meditating you can create more relaxation, clarity and self-acceptance, while benefiting your health, relationships and work. Each class will explore different meditation techniques. Beginners and seasoned meditators welcomed! Subhan Schenker, the instructor, is a certified meditation facilitator with thirty years experience in teaching meditation worldwide. 7:00PM - 9:00PM; 8 Tuesdays; October 12th - November 30th; Fee $95.00
Offered through North Seattle Community College, but held at The World of Meditation - - 9709 46th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 09115.  Tel:206-772-8897.
 
*Oct 22nd - 24th An Osho Meditation Experience with
Swami Satya Vedant. 
 
The Mystic Osho introduced a variety of meditation techniques that range from high-energy to passive.  The meditations presented in this event help release stress and slow down the overthinking mind.  Everyone is welcome-whether you are a beginner or a seasoned meditator.
Swami Satya Vedant, who has been a disciple of Osho since 1975 and has held workshops throughout the world including the United Nations, the World Bank, the pentagon and Deepak Chopra's enter in San Diego. This year he was a key speaker at "India Conclave 2010" in New Delhi; and recently at  The Advait Congress in Russia.

Oct 21st: Talk open to public. Place & time TBA.;

Oct 22nd -23rd - held at Center for Spiritual Living: Fri: 7pm - 10pm; Sat 9am - 9pm.
Oct 24th - held at Two Dog Yoga Center: Time 9am - 5pm.
Cost: $155.00 for full event. Individual Days: Fri: $35.00, Sat $95.00, Sun $65.00
Please see our website for more information about this event. www.worldofmeditation.com
 
*Nov 6th - Enhancing Relationships with Meditation!
Relationships, especially intimate ones, can be the most rewarding and the most difficult experiences in life. Meditation adds a completely new dimension to relationships. Instead of getting lost in the chattering mind and old stories, we can connect to a centeredness inside that lowers the "temperature" and raises awareness and understanding. This workshop is for anyone - individuals and couples - who wants more meaningful and joyous relationships in their lives! Bring a bag lunch; wear comfortable clothing. Time:11am-5pm. Cost $49. Meets at The World of Meditation - 9709 46th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, Tel; 206-772-8897. Sponsored by North Seattle Community College
Finding the Work You Love,
Finding the Life You Love -
a Weekend Workshop.
September 24th - 26th.
(Note: These are NEW DATES!)
bravery
 Do you want to explore your job/career options to find what really makes your heart sing, and to learn how to bring spirituality and work and creativity and satisfaction TOGETHER in your career? And, do you want to learn how to deal with the obstacles that are stopping you from taking the steps needed to have this career?
Then the weekend workshop of "Finding the Work You Love, Finding the Life You Love" could be your next step! The cost is $125 for the entire weekend!

Subhan Schenker will be facilitating this workshop. He has been facilitating this work for 22 years, and has been teaching the class at North Seattle Community College for 12 years. Hundreds of people have gotten new insights into their careers and have moved into new and exciting work and a deepening satisfaction with their lives.

Times: Friday: 7:00pm-10:00 pm; Sat: 9am-7pm; Sun: 9:00am-5pm;
Place: The World of Meditation Center, 9709 46th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115

The group size is limited.
To register, or for more information, tel: 206-772-8897;
email: info@FindingtheWorkYouLove.com
Fee: 2010 SPECIAL - $125 for the whole weekend!
Check out the details of the workshop, by clicking here.
2 Jokes for Your Funny Bone!
Kundalini  Meditation



At the height of a political corruption trial, the prosecuting attorney attacks a witness:

"Isn't it true," he bellows, "that you accepted five thousand dollars to compromise this case?"

The witness stares out the window, as though he hasn't heard the question.

"Isn't it true that you accepted five thousand
dollars to compromise this case?" the lawyer repeats loudly.

The witness still does not respond.

Finally, the judge leans over and says, "Sir, please answer the question."

"Oh," the startled witness says, "I thought he was talking to you."


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Paddy and Sean are having a Guinness at the pub.

Sean turns to Paddy and says, "I've been married for six months now. And you know what? I'm amazed at how much compromise there is in a marriage!"

"True," says Paddy. "My wife and I always compromise;
I admit I'm wrong and she agrees with me."

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In This Issue
Quotes of the Moment
Upcoming Events, Classes & Workshops
Finding the Work You Love!
Jokes For Your Funny Bone!
Osho on Compromising
WOM Meditation Schedule
Meditation of the Month
Nietzsche & Compromise
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Osho on Compromising:   Osho 7
 
Remember never to compromise. Compromise is absolutely against my whole vision.
You see the people. They are miserable because they have compromised on every point, and they cannot forgive themselves because they have compromised. They know that they could have dared, but they proved cowards. In their own eyes they have fallen, they have lost self-respect; that's what compromise does.
Why should one compromise? What have we got to lose? In this small life, live as totally as possible. Don't be afraid of going to the extreme, you cannot go more than total, that is the last line; and don't compromise. Your whole mind will go for compromise because that's how we have been brought up, conditioned.
Compromise is one of the most ugly words in our language. It means, "I give half, you give half; I settle for half, you settle for half." But why? When you can have the whole, when you can eat the cake and have it too, then why compromise?
Just a little courage, just a little daring -- and only in the beginning. Once you have experienced the beauty of non-compromising and the dignity that it brings, and the joy, and the integrity, and the individuality, for the first time you feel that you have roots, that you have a center, that you live out of your own, you don't live like a businessman -- living life like a businessman is prostitution.
Live like a warrior.
This way or that, but never compromising. It is better to be defeated, but totally, than to be victorious through a compromise; that victory will not give you anything except humiliation, and the defeat without compromise will still give you dignity.
Life is mysterious.
Here, sometimes victory is just shameful and defeat is a dignity because one would not compromise.
 
Osho, Transmission of the Lamp, Ch. 17
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There is a limit to everything -- there is a limit to patience too. And one should not go on submitting to unnecessary tortures. One should not go on bowing down to slaveries, one should not go on compromising. If you feel that you have suffered enough, revolt.
Why have you waited so long? There was no need to wait. One should be in a constant rebellion. Why should one exist even for a single moment in compromise? Because to compromise means you are not respectful to yourself, you don't love yourself. And if you compromise more -- because once people see that you can be exploited, they will go on exploiting you more.
Don't help exploiters, whatsoever kind they may be.
 
Osho, Unio Mystica, vol. 2, ch.10


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Mondays: 8pm - 9:30pm
 
August 2nd Center of Cyclone
August 9th Tribal Dance Meditation
August 16th Mandala Meditation
August 23rd Full Moon Meditation
August 30th Rinzai Tradition of Zen Meditation
Sept 6th  HOLIDAY No Meditation
Sept 13th Nadabrahma Meditation
Sept 20th Nataraj Meditation
Sept 27th Chakra Sounds
 
Wednesdays: 5:15pm - 6:15pm Kundalini Meditation                 
 
August 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Sept 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th.                   
 
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Aug 5th Nadabrahma Meditation
Aug 12th Kundalini Meditation
Aug 19th Chakra Sounds
 
Aug 26th No Dimensions
Sept 2nd Devavani Meditation
Sept 9th Chakra Breathing Meditation
Sept 16th Kundalini Meditation
Sept. 23rd Full Moon, Beginning of Autumn Celebration/Meditation
September 30th Intro to Mystic Rose
                                                                                                                                                     
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Dynamic Meditation
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August 20th - Friday, - Potluck dinner
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from 6pm to 7:30pm; Satsang at 8pm, followed by dancing!
 

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Meditation of the Month

Centered

Centering by Going With the Uncenteredness!
 
At first, this looks counter-intuitive; in fact it is counter-conceptual!
It goes against our "concept" of being centered, by asking us to move MORE into the uncentered experience we are having.
To understand this, first experiment with tension:
Instead of trying to relax, tense the parts of the body MORE! Then just allow the body to rest where it is. You will discover that moving more into the tension, creates a strong pendulum effect, building up energy to move in the opposite direction. Then relaxation comes not by trying to create it, but by allowing the body's natural energy to be expended so that it comes into the state of relaxation by itself.
 
So, in this process:
 
1) Whenever there is a feeling of uncenteredness, stop for a moment and allow yourself to feel what uncenteredness feels like. Let it be there, without trying to stop it. Feel where it is in the body, how it feels there. Experience what the mind is saying and doing. You just allow it to be what it is.
2)Whenever you have the space to do this, if something starts to come up, allow it, encourage it. It might be the need for the body to move in whatever fashion it wants to move. It might be the need to make noises...to yell or cry. There might be anger or sadness...whatever. Simply allow it, be with it...express it!
 
Do 1) and 2) for five to ten minutes.
 
3) Then, sit quietly and still, with eyes closed and back straight, and watch what is now happening. Do this for five to ten minutes.
The Camel, the Lion and the Child
Camel, Lion, Child
From almost the first day we arrived on this planet, we have been taught to compromise with others in order for there to be harmony - and for people to 'like' us. In fact, that teaching may be the cause for much of the disharmony we experience inside ourselves and with others. The harmony created is at best superficial, and at worst a masquerade. In compromise, nobody gets what they want. And we often feel resentful, as we sacrifice our psychological well-being by saying 'yes' to something that we have an inner 'no' for. (Wouldn't you like to have a dollar for every time you did that?!)
 
This becomes the life of the camel, as Friedrich Nietzsche defined it. The camel will say 'yes' until the last straw...the one that breaks his back! Once we move out of the camel stage, we become what Nietzsche called lions! Now THEY know how to say 'no'! But often it isn't easy for them to say 'yes.' That is where the third stage that Nietzsche described comes in. That is when we become like a child again - childlike, not childish; innocent, but with great intelligence. Then we say 'yes' when there is a yes inside, and 'no' when there is a no. No compromise...no hidden agenda...just the way it is. Then we heal the split and resentment inside and live a life of integrity, where the word 'compromise' disappears.

Subhan





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