Podcast:

The Saturday Service January 23, 2021

Podcast Notes

00:0000:40 – Welcome 00:4108:11 – Dogen Quote and interpretation: “If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?” Kind of why this service doesn’t have a strict liturgy (not one particular path), the truth is right in front of us, just takes some adjustment of vision. Rabbi doesn’t have all the answers, just the quotes. We have all the answers for just us. If truth shackles in limits, be suspicious. 08:1234:25 – Gratitude exercise and interpretation: think of something for which they are grateful. BIG then small then BIG then small, etc etc. Brené Brown: “Fitting in is about assessing the situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.” Belonging: requires us to BE who we are – can you do belonging without fitting in? Discussion about Fitting in vs. Belonging. Do we want more belonging – a basic human need – or do we settle for fitting in when we don’t belong? As long as you have your essence – your authentic self, do you have to really fit in? eg: Family or community: do we just fit in or do we belong? Do we fit in when we have to and learn to fit in temporarily? Fitting in: like in elementary school, evolves into learning how to belong after finding your own tribe. Questions are greater than answers. As long as you can stay in the question (belonging), the rules may not have to apply to fit in. The first step in love is to recognize the other or be called on. There is a lot more fitting in to find your place to belong than the other way around. Creating space in where others feel like they belong too is part of belonging. “Island of misfit toys” 34:2644:59 – Exercise: In order to belong, we have to be vulnerable, to just be ourselves. What happens when you can’t do what you want to do. Eg: start with one hand 12’ in front of your nose, other one further away, try to have your hands go in opposites. Practice! Shantideva: there is nothing that does not grow lighter through having familiarity. If you want to fit in, if you want to belong, it doesn’t come easily (eg: driving), but we have to learn it. Do we want a sense of belonging so badly to accept we cannot do it automatically but to practice? If you are frustrated, don’t try to fit in and not be frustrated. Allow yourself to be frustrated, and just be. BEEE AUTHENTIC! eg: Sheryl Crow: Leaving Las Vegas lyrics 45:0052:35 – Announcements and promo for James’s book Write our Wrongs. **NOT-ETSY SHOP** Write Our Wrongs https://www.amazon.com/Write-Our-Wron… James’ address: James Wilson #AU-5200 High Desert State Prison / A3-243 PO Box 3030 Susanville CA 96127 Rev Toni Ann week next week – rB’s off week. She also does one on one spiritual counselling. Announcements: **PETITION** http://chng.it/mC5xGbS8 https://www.facebook.com/rabbibrian/p… **NOT-ETSY SHOP** Write Our Wrongs https://www.amazon.com/Write-Our-Wron… **SUPPORT** https://rotb.org/empowersupport/ **ANNOUNCEMENTS** Tuesday group — same link, in three hours, but Monday. Contact Alex for information about all other days. Virtual Donut Holes After the service New comers welcome **MEDITATION** Every weekday 2pm PST https://rotb.org/meditation/ **YOUTUBE ARCHIVE OF THE SATURDAY SERVICE** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v22m… 52:3657:04 – Prayers and acknowledgements of loving kindness. 57:05 – HOMEWORK: Practice loving kindness

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