Archive for October, 2007
“To me there is no difference between one person and another; I behold all as soul-reflections of the one God. I can’t think of anyone as a stranger, for I know that we are all part of the One Spirit.” -Paramahansa Yogananda
It was often said of my Grandfather that he never met a stranger. What a blessing it was to grow up around such a wise and jolly old sage. He showed me how to see the good in all and to respond to that in humor and connectedness to others.
Yogananda, my first Hindu Guru, reflected this on such a high level that oneness was achieved/perceivedNo comments
Make yourself happy and those around you will be also.
I used to think that was pretty selfish thinking. I was raised to serve others first. Sacrifice was a noble trait.
But now, all the rules have changed. If I cannot serve myself first and create the joy and love I need in my world, I cannot radiate that or create that for anyone else. Indeed, if I just give it to myself, others will start figuring out how to do that for themselves.
I like this, giving myself little gifts during the day. Waking up and deciding how best to be happy this day. What do I really want? After a feeling is identified, I align with it and voila! Another great day!No comments
What are they anymore? In todays world the rules of life change so fast it’s like there aren’t any. It is exciting and scary. Sometimes I long for a structure to support me and then rail against being confined.
Because I am listening to my soul’s intention more I notice that thinking in the same old patterns doesn’t work for me. And trusting in the more expanded and rarified impulses from the soul is like standing in an open window of a 40 story building-exhilarating and paralyzing at once.No comments
“I sing the body electric.” — Walt Whitman
The water that makes up so much of our bodies is like ocean water. The salt crystals in this water vibrate at ever-changing frequencies. Our hearts are the emotional centers of our bodies, and they put out frequencies that are 10 times the power of the frequencies of our brains.
When we are happy, we vibrate at a higher frequency than when we are angry or sad. Our emotions change the chemical composition of the water in our systems. That’s why happy tears taste different than tears of sadness.
Experiencing physical, emotional and mental stillness harmonizes the vibrational output of the body, heart and mind and we become stronger.
“The message we give our bodies — one of irritation or acceptance — is the message to which our bodies will answer.”
– Deb Shapiro, Your Body Speaks Your MindNo comments
My first Hindu Guru was Yogananda at the Self Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles. Even though he had passed his teachings were very much alive, as was his spirit. Many times he would come to me in my dreams and the love and wisdom that flowed from him was indescribable. He was a practical guru and I love this quote from him:
“Very few of us know how much we can put into life if we use it properly, wisely, and economically. Let us economize our time — lifetimes ebb away before we wake up, and that is why we do not realize the value of the immortal time God has given us.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda1 comment
Since everything is none other than exactly as it is one may well just break out in laughter.
-Long Chen Pa
The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. -T.S. EliotNo comments
It’s been a time of reflection mixed with action. I am in the middle of some big changes once again. The days gently rain down on me and I decide to meet each moment with more care. There is a rich energy developing in my life and it feels very good to savor it. I’m not into expectations right now, more into faith. Nice place.No comments
In Buddhist mythology it is said that each new era is served by a Buddha who offers a perfect form of teaching for that time. Maitreya, the Buddha of Love, is the name given to the Buddha who will next appear on earth. However, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh has stated that this next Buddha may not appear in the form of a single awakened individual. As our understanding of interdependence grows, he says, “The next Buddha may be the Sangha itself.” That means that collectively we will be the ones helping one another awaken. -Jack Kornfield
We are the next Buddha, the next Christ. We are awakening.
In mature spirituality we are willing to have a dialogue with pain, with evil, to hold them in our prayers. In situations of great pain, someone has to consciously suffer the impact, to become the ground where the sorrows can be held and reworked. These things can be carried with grace. But it can’t be faked. If you go to someone with 99 percent of goodwill and are still caught in 1 percent of anger, all they feel is the anger, and it pushes them from reconciliation. The heart has to willingly hold the whole of suffering for it to be transformed.
A moment of time………..we miss most of them. I’ve started doing things differently so I would have to be in the moment, to be present to what I am doing. For instance, I usually fumble through the morning coffee ritual in exactly the same way, I don’t have to think about it, I do it the same way every morning. Now, as I grab the jar full of beans to measure out into the grinder I appreciate the smell, knowing just how much to put in and so on. There is a pleasantness to it, and this morning, because I was in the moment I heard my body say to me: why don’t you switch to Green Tea………I was pretty surprised.
I’ve begun changing all of my automatic rituals in order to be aware of my life on a deeper level. What I have noticed about this is that I enjoy the little things more, because I am there and not wishing I was somewhere else. And also, that my own deeper wisdom has an opportunity to speak to me. I can’t hear it that often when I’m somewhere else.No comments
“Your body is the ground and metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence. It is your Bible, your encyclopedia, your life story. Everything that happens to you is stored and reflected in your body. In the marriage of flesh and spirit divorce is impossible.”
– Gabrielle RothNo comments
Reduce your workload by 30% and increase your fun load by 30% and you will increase your revenues by 100%. And you will increase your productivity by 10,000%. (If there could be such a percentage.) More fun, less struggle — more results on all fronts.
I believe in the essential unity of all that lives. Therefore I believe that if one person gains spiritually the whole world gains, and if one person falls, the world falls to that extent.
-Mahatma GhandiNo comments
What will you do, God, should I die?
Should your cup break? That cup am I.
Your drink go bad? That drink am I.
I am the trade you carry on.
With me is all your meaning gone.
-Rainer Maria Rilke2 comments
“One thing we can do is make the choice to view the world in a healthy way. We can choose to see the world as safe with only moments of danger rather than seeing the world as dangerous with only moments of safety.”
– Deepak Chopra
Hmm, I must be dwelling on thoughts of safety lately.No comments
If there be anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love. -Julian of NorwichNo comments
Years ago I had a conversation with a person who was dealing with fear issues. I’ll never forget my arrogant reply when I told her I didn’t have any fears that I could think of
If you think you don’t have an issue with something, just speak it out loud and watch how the Universe sends you plenty of it.
I’m reminded of that conversation so many years ago as I grapple with a little fear who thinks it is a big hairy monster!
Just when I think I’m getting my ego aligned with my soul another test steps up and reminds me of just how truly fragile I am at times. It makes my humble.
Today I am going to remember my humility and take it into all the fear issues that pop up and see if that exposes them for what they are – nothing.No comments
October is one of my favorite months. It is my birth month. And every year I feel it as special magic. No other month brings such a feeling of aliveness to me. Aliveness in the midst of dying…….as the leaves turn gold and all prepare for the long sleep of winter, I hold onto the days as tight as I can.
“We cannot grow without change. The life events that rip open the security of home, relationship, job, or personal beliefs are our “dying leaves.” The more drastic the change, the more potential we have to discover another aspect of our inner selves that we haven’t known before. Much of this growth depends on whether we give ourselves to the process of change or run from it with our fears and insecurities.” Joyce Rupp1 comment
“Our inner guidance comes to us through our feelings and body wisdom first — not through intellectual understanding. …The intellect works best in service to our intuition, our inner guidance, soul, God or higher power — whichever term we choose for the spiritual energy that animates life.”
– Christiane NorthrupNo comments