What we were taught and
a new approach to it!
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."
the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with
compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned."
"Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good
in the hope of retaining another--
too often ending in the loss of both."
"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.'
"A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that
everyone believes he has the biggest piece"
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."
All compromise is based on give and take,
can be no give and take on fundamentals.
Any compromise on mere
fundamentals is a surrender.
For it is all give and no take.
Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
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Workshops, Classes & Events -
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*September 24th - 26th Finding the
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The Workshop will take place primarily outdoors in the Rose Garden
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weekend, you will move through four explorations: How can I discover what
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*Oct 22nd - 24th An Osho Meditation Experience with
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.
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
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Oct 22nd -23rd - held
at Center for Spiritual Living: Fri: 7pm - 10pm; Sat 9am - 9pm.
Oct 24th - held at Two Dog
Time 9am - 5pm.
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Individual Days: Fri: $35.00, Sat $95.00, Sun $65.00
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*Nov 6th - Enhancing Relationships with
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
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|2 Jokes for Your Funny Bone!
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."
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
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Osho on Compromising: |
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,
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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Meditation of the Month
|Centering by Going With the
At first, this looks counter-intuitive; in fact it is
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
|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'
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