“Updates on US defense spending, French vs US capitalism, Ikea’s US paid family leave, Trump’s economics. Interview with Prof Kristin Lawler on escapisms from capitalist drudgery: fantasy vs progressive.”
Updates on declining US incomes, parental leave policies, rising medical deductibles, social security dependence, officials who take big, corp jobs. Interview with Peter Ranis author of Cooperatives Against Capitalism.
Eleanor LeCain discusses gender equality with two women who helped make Iceland #1 in gender equality – Katrin Anna Gudmundsdottir and Bryndis Isfold – and discusses moving from social justice advocate to mayor with the new mayor of Alexandria, Virginia – Allison Silberberg.
Few people think about what happened at home after Siddhartha left for a life to explore suffering and eventually come into realization. His wife, Princess Yasodhara, had just given birth the day before and felt totally lost.
Siddhartha’s stepmother Pajapati (the sister of Siddhartha’s birth mother who died in child birth) was there to build a support group.
This book, “The Buddha’s Wife, The Path of Awakening Together” by Janet Surrey and her husband Samuel Shem, builds a rich story derived from the historical documents of the time. We’re in a time now when our spiritual paths must join more together to evolve. Princess Yasodhara also needed a spiritual community to hold her suffering rather than go off on a solo retreat as her husband did.
This is a wonderful book about rising above our suffering through listening, sharing and holding compassion together. A spiritual community is very empowering and is the path to “awakening together”.