Occupy aggressive activism.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 4, 2012
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A little free advice for the agro activists among us from Lao Tzu:

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself, if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self transformation.”

Occupy aggression.

For more:

1: “Aggression creates aggression,” said a far more effective activist than any of us.

2. “Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” ~ Buddha

3. Funny

4. Not sure how I feel about this sentiment via Malcolm X. You?.

5. It’s what they say in Buddhism: you can’t be an activist until you’ve tamed yourself, or you just create further aggression in the world.

6. From the Department of Counter-productive Hypocritical Hippie Activist Blowhards.

7. Activism plus meditation is effective. Activism plus meditation is not however an excuse to stop being active. Many spiritualists aren’t active. We need to do both: create peace in, and out.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “Occupy aggressive activism.”

  1. KateBnM says:

    links don't work.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Shoot. I'll fix. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Carolan says:

    Occupy WITHIN!!! YES, excellent post. Personal self transformation is the very foundation that supports it all.

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  6. --- says:

    "Express yourself completely,
    then keep quiet.
    Be like the forces of nature:
    when it blows, there is only wind;
    when it rains, there is only rain;
    when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.

    If you open yourself to the Tao,
    you are at one with the Tao
    and you can embody it completely.
    If you open yourself to insight,
    you are at one with insight
    and you can use it completely.
    If you open yourself to loss,
    you are at one with loss
    and you can accept it completely.

    Open yourself to the Tao,
    then trust your natural responses;
    and everything will fall into place."
    – Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching, ch. 23)