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Susan Boyle - Britains Got Talent 2009 Episode 1 - Saturday 11th April
Today Is A Good Day!
I saw the Susan Boyle youtube via an email someone sent to my office. ... ... I suspect there was some NLP going on which triggered tears within a milisecond of the first note sung... truly awesome moment.
It's not only Susan Boyle, but look at those who are labeled "terrorist" and hated simply because they are from the mideast. How many have had the opportunity to sit down with those of the muslim faith and hear their experience with their holy book? For I've known those who revel in the peace, and feel no need to pray five times a day to a God or essence which they feel is everywhere. That's simply control a la religion, again, as can be said about so many religions.
We just spent a weekend with family and friends of mixed faith or only a belief of "God" being everywhere. Some were from the eastern world and an older woman practiced yoga. The breathing I learned from her was absolutely nothing akin to JZ or anything else I'd learned. It was to be slow and peaceful, to simply breathe and relax, no huffing and puffing. No envisioning of anything traveling up and down through "chakras" or anything. The few positions were simply stretching (which made my back feel great!), and had nothing to do with anything spiritual, but only to relax the mind and body. There was no music, no chanting, no hyperventilation, nothing of the sort. It was simply a very short exercise to still the mind and stretch the body, just a bit, whenever one found time to do it. There is no set schedule, there are no mantras. It would seem that yoga has been "corrupted" as well. Of course, it's another way to make $$$. The woman who spent this time with me is a good friend, much older than I, and was born in India and learned these very basic techniques not as a way to "enlightenment," but as a way to keep the body and mind feeling relaxed and nothing more. Nothing more at all. Just my $.02 for what it's worth.
We are all at fault at 'judging a book by its cover' - good points G2 -100 cents/sense worth! -- And in the case of jz - perhaps we did it in reverse - saw something externally beautiful and believed that the beauty was also within.
How is it any different from...
* people who have not been in cults who JUDGE those who have been ?
* people who are "different" because of their parenting style
* or different because of their financial status in life
* or different because of race...
* religion (or lack thereof)
* political preferences
* gender preferences (homosexuality)
* educational achievements (or lack thereof)
* choices about circumcision, vaccination, educational options, birthing options, breast vs. formula feeding choices, work-at-home versus stay-at-home-mom/dad, etc., etc...
When people do not fall into the MODE (average), for any of these categories, is when those in the majority will start asserting pressure to conform. How that manifests itself in our society, or in other societies is another conversation, but I've made my point.
Susan Boyle is a wake-up call to all of us. She IS humble and we ARE humbled by her. Woohoo. Good for her; good for us.