Monday, December 26, 2016

Wholeness

Each of us has an ever-faithful companion-presence. Something that is always with us.

Something that helps us live with inner integrity and depth, to see through the outer coverings of others and of the world to their purpose and core being, and to get over placing ourselves at the center of everything.

This companion-presence is Silence. It never goes away. We go away from it, become distracted and forgetful, and lose the manners needed to nurture companionship with it.

We go away from Silence into the world of noise as if into a vast buzzing of insects, pushed to exist within the permanent irritation of dissonance.

Our choosing to live in the noise of our thoughts and emotions – within the incessant clamor around us – happens almost without our recognition…

But Silence was here before anything else, and it envelops everything else. It is the most primary phenomenon of existence, both palpably something and seemingly nothing. Silence is prior to sound, not the cessation of sound. It is already present.

If we drop into quietness just for a moment, we feel the presence of Silence as an invitation. The center of our bodily being is the organ for receiving this invitation from the Silence.

As we enter the mystery of Silence, its presence resonates throughout the fibers of our flesh, while extending beyond the flesh to the soul inwardly and to the cosmos outwardly.

Our body’s center is the necessary meeting point where the inward Silence of solitude meets up with the great Silence of Cosmic Wisdom.

When we do not cultivate this meeting point in the right ways, we lose access to our soul, to the presence of the Silence, and to our individual place in the Wisdom of the World. Without Silence, we are lost and cannot get still enough to find our way back.

Silence bears the wholeness we keep looking for while we do not know exactly what we are looking for. It is around us and within us. It goes to the deepest depths of the soul into the outermost reaches of the cosmos and continually unites the two at the centering place of a heart.

Here we discover the power of re-creation. Here everything comes alive again is if for the first time.

This secret and this mystery are so revolutionary that all who aspire to commercialize the world conspire to bury the secret in the noise of the world. And intimation of the strength of this mystery causes us to run to that noise, though we are not conscious that we are doing so.


~Robert Sardello  from Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Love & Peace

“Don't worry about anything at all.
You are not here by accident.
This form is just a costume for a while.
But the one who is behind the costume,
this one is eternal. You must know this.
If you know this and trust this,
you don't have to worry about anything.
This world is so full of love.
And your heart, your being,
is so full of love, so full of peace.
You don't have to go
to some place else to find peace.
It is right where you are.”



“You never have to prove your own worth,
for you are already complete within 
as the beloved child of the Divine. Be Happy."― Mooji

Friday, December 23, 2016

Let Go!

“Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. See God opening millions of flowers every day without forcing the buds.

That which is going to happen will happen. Whenever it is going to happen it will happen; you need not fight existence. You can surrender, you can trust.

Deva means divine, Madhyama means the middle – the divine middle. The extreme is the disease, and the mind lives through the extremes. The mind always thinks in terms of either/or, and reality is just exactly in the middle. It is never either/or; it is both/and. It is neither day nor night, neither life nor death, neither body nor soul. It is somewhere between the two, exactly between the two.

And exactly in the middle is also the point from where transcendence happens, from where you go beyond both.

To be in the middle is to go beyond both. Health and great balance, silence, come through this understanding. Because extremes create tensions and excitements, they create heaven and hell. And the mind is always a chooser, it lives through choosing. 

The moment you stop choosing and allow life to be as it is, you immediately fall into the middle. Let-go is the way of the middle. Choicelessness is the meaning of let-go; Then you allow life, whatsoever it brings. 

Buddha calls it the philosophy of suchness, ’tathata’, the philosophy of as-it-is-ness. Let it be as it is: when it is night, it is night; don’t hanker for the day. When it is day, it is day; don’t ask for the night. When it is pain it is pain; when it is pleasure it is pleasure. Don’t choose, allow it to happen. Slowly, slowly a great understanding arises out of this allowing, out of this let-go. And that understanding makes you alert, aware that you are separate from both. 

You are neither life nor death: you are just a witness. That witnessing is Buddhahood, that witnessing is enlightenment. And to be in the middle is the way to it.” ~Osho


 

                                  

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Love is Enough

Ambition is poison for love. A lover is not in any need to prove. In fact, he knows that he is loved, and that's enough.

Try to diagnose it very carefully. When you are not loved -- and how can you be loved if you don't love? -- when you are not loved and you don't love, suddenly a great need arises to perform, to do something, to show the world that you are important, that you are needed. There is a great need to be needed. You feel futile, impotent, useless, if you are not needed. The need in itself is not wrong; it is a love need to be needed. If a woman loves you, you are fulfilled -- somebody needs you, you are significant. Then you don't bother about the crowd. You don't go into the marketplace and shout, "I am important!"

Then you are not ambitious; you don't collect money like an obsession. If somebody loves you, in that love you are dignified, in that love you become a sovereign. Love makes you an emperor, a sovereign. Love fulfills you so deeply and so greatly; then there is no need to perform or do anything. Ego simply does not exist with love. But if that need is unfulfilled, then you will try to fulfill it somehow: you would like to become a very famous man so many people need you.

But remember, to be loved by one and to be needed by millions is not the same. Even a single person's love, even a single glance of love is enough; and you can collect millions of people and they can all look towards you, but that will not be satisfying. That's what politics is, and what the politician is trying to do.

I have never come across a politician whose heart is functioning. The heart is totally dead -- but the need is there to be loved, to be needed, somebody to look to. Where to fulfill it?

-- he gathers crowds. Through the crowds he tries somehow to fulfill the love need. But that crowd does not love him, that crowd is not bothered by him; that crowd is after its own needs. Because he's in power he seems to be important. They pay their respects to the chair, and the chairman is deceived. Once the chairman is not in the chair, they don't bother about him.

Have you ever observed that once a politician is out of power he is simply forgotten?
Nobody remembers him. He may live for thirty or forty years; nobody will know about him. By and by, he will recede into darkness. Only once, when he dies, will there be a small notice in the newspapers -- that the ex-president or ex-premier is dead.


Power cannot fulfill a love need. You can possess great kingdoms -- that will not fulfill your love need. But if you possess one heart which throbs in tune with you, then you are fulfilled.

Osho


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Remember who You are

“The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end – you don’t come to an achievement, you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.” -  Jiddu Krishnamurti

We are living in a world that conditions us to believe that outer attainments can give us what we want. Most of us are accustomed to looking outside of ourselves for fulfillment. Our experiences show us that nothing external can completely fulfill the deep longing within for something more.

“You must look most intimately and discover for yourself; then it is your own, not somebody else’s, not something that you have been told, because there is no teacher and no follower.” -  Jiddu Krishnamurti

Most of the time, however, we find ourselves striving toward that which always seems to lie just beyond our reach. We are caught up in doing rather than being in action rather than awareness. It is hard for us to picture a state of complete calmness and repose in which thoughts and feelings cease to dance in perpetual motion. Yet it is through such a state of quietude that we can touch a level of joy and understanding impossible to achieve otherwise.

“Just remember who you are... The world will try to change you into someone else. Don't let them. That's the best advice anyone can give you.” - Cinda Williams Chima

Once we can recognize our inner strength and stop trying to conform to social norms, once we can confront and conquer our fears and end destructive thought patterns, we can become vulnerable. And vulnerability helps us work toward a state of self-acceptance and soul-level beauty.
There is nothing more attractive than a beautiful soul. One who makes us feel something. One who goes so much further than the surface. One who gives off an energy that pulls people like the moon does the ocean.
The world is a mirror. Until we see the beauty in every ordinary experience, in the ordinary gifts of life, we see nothing. This, I realized, is where inner peace is waiting for me.
So shine more gently. See souls—not bodies. Be more like the moon.


"The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you that you love, well, that's just fabulous." 


“You realize that all along there was something tremendous within you, and you did not know it.” Paramahansa Yogananda

I love this song from Omkara. Simple and beautiful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm5ET1tOVzQ

This life is... This life is... This life is a dream. This life is a dream. It'll be over in the blink of an eye. Remember who you are. Remember what you are. Whose life is this? Whose hands are these? Whose voice is this? What am I? This life is just a dream. It will be over in the blink of an eye. Remember who you are. Remember what you are. Remember who you are. Om Gan Ganapataye Namaha. This life is beautiful. This life is horrible. This life is wonderful. And this life is just a dream... A dream made of love. Remember who you are. Remember what you are. Remember who you are. Remember... You are before. Before these questions. Before an answer. Remember... You are before. Before everything...





Sunday, December 18, 2016

Dance * Flow * Sing

“Flowing is the state of being fluid, of hanging loose and being flexible.

The rhythm of flowing connects us to the flow of our individual energy, our base current.“

“In flowing there are no separations or distinctions between things, there’s only continuous change.”

“The teachings of flowing unfold organically in the dancing body. In this rhythm we sense our connection to the birth cycle, and return to a pre-logical intuitive state, as if we were infants again eagerly and un-self-consciously absorbing the world around us.”

“In flowing we learn how to inhale, how to take things in: compliments, put-downs, gifts, intuitive hunches, moods, music, space-whoever or whatever is going on around us. “ 


*** Close your eyes and let the music take You away ***


This music takes me back to the best ecstatic dancing in the world at Yoga Barn - Ubud :)






In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: 'When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?
Sweat your prayers, dance your pain, and move on. ~ Gabrielle Roth

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Give Thanks

“All we need is the morning. As long as there is sunrise, then there is the possibility that we can face all of our misfortunes, celebrate all our blessings, and live all our endeavors as human beings.

“Spirituality is something that has become necessary in these troubled times. Yet it is inherently superfluous. We need it to remind ourselves, to bolster ourselves, to integrate ourselves, to fulfill ourselves.

“If we could simply acknowledge the mystery of night and the glory of morning, we would need neither civilization nor spirituality.

“At its simplest, life beings with dawn. That is blessing enough. All else becomes fullness immeasurable.

“At dawn, kneel down and give thanks for this wonderful event. We may think mornings are so common they are unworthy of veneration, but do you realize most places in the cosmos do not have mornings? This daily event is our supreme goodness.

“Greet the dawn. That is your miracle to witness.

“That is the ultimate beauty. That is sacredness. That is your gift from heaven. That is your omen of prophesy. That is knowledge that life is not futile.

“That is enlightenment. That is your meaning in life. That is your directive. That is your comfort. That is the solemnity of duty. That is inspiration for compassion. That is the light of the ultimate.”

~Deng Ming-Dao from 365 Tao: Daily Meditationshttps://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fir-na.amazon-adsystem.com%2Fe%2Fir%3Ft%3Dmysticmamma-20%26l%3Das2%26o%3D1%26a%3D0062502239&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wild and Free


My heart looks out for one
whose pure intention and urge
is to find the Self alone.
One whose urge,
throughout every season,
remains constant and unfading
until they find their way Home.
Are you such a One?
What do you want from this life that keeps you blind?
Don't be a fisherman in the dead sea.
Do you know the one who speaks inside your heart?
Do you know its voice?
Have you heard that call?
Have you been touched by Its presence?
Don't miss your chance.

All Good Things Are Wild and Free

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Compassion

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - Dalai Lama

Compassion is the purest form of love.

The word “compassion” is beautiful. It is made out of the same word as “passion.” When passion is transformed, when the desire to seek and search for the other is no more there, when you are enough unto yourself, when you don’t need anybody, when the very desire for the other has evaporated, when you are utterly happy, blissful, just being alone, then passion becomes compassion. Now you don’t seek the other because you are feeling empty and lonely; now you seek the other because you are too full and you would like to share.

The highest form of energy is compassion. To be compassionate means to be in love. Compassion is just a dimension of love.

In love, there is gratitude, there is a deep gratefulness. You know that the other is not a thing. You know that the other has a grandeur, a personality, a soul, an individuality. In love you give total freedom to the other. Of course, you give and you take; it is a give-and-take relationship - but with respect.

In love, you are thankful because the other has given something to you. 

In compassion,you simply give, you are thankful because the other has taken something from you; you are thankful because the other has not rejected you. You had come with energy to give, you had come with many flowers to share, and the other allowed you, the other was receptive. You are thankful because the other was receptive.There is no idea anywhere in your mind to get anything back - you simply share.

Compassion is the highest form of love. Much comes back but that is not the point, you don′t hanker for it. If it is not coming there is no complaint about it. If it is coming you are simply surprised! If it is coming, it is unbelievable. If it is not coming there is no problem - you had never given your heart to somebody for any bargain. You simply shower because you have. You have so much that if you don′t shower you will become burdened. Just like a cloud full of rainwater has to shower. And next time when a cloud is showering watch silently, and you will always hear, when the cloud has showered and the earth has absorbed, you will always hear the cloud saying to the earth "Thank-you." The earth helped the cloud to unburden.

When a flower has bloomed, it has to share its fragrance to the winds. It is natural! It is not a bargain, it is not a business - it is simply natural! The flower is full of fragrance - what to do? If the flower keeps the fragrance to itself then the flower will feel very, very tense, in deep anguish. The greatest anguish in life is when you cannot express, when you cannot communicate, when you cannot share. The poorest man is he who has nothing to share, or who has something to share but has lost the capacity, the art, of how to share it - then a man is poor.

The man of compassion is the richest - he is at the top of the world. He has no confinement, no limitation. He simply gives and goes on his way. He does not even wait for you to say a thank-you. With tremendous love he shares his energy.

When you have faith, compassion can pour into you. When you have faith, you are open to compassion.

Compassion is love purified - so much so that you simply give and don′t ask anything in return.

After each meditation, when you are celebrating, have compassion. Just feel that your energy should go and help people in whatsoever ways they need it. Just release it! You will be unburdened, you will feel very relaxed, you will feel very calm and quiet, and the vibrations that you have released will help many. End your meditations always with compassion.

As you love yourself, love the whole existence - because in the ultimate analysis the whole existence is yourself. It is you - reflected in many mirrors. It is you - it is not separate from you.

You have to understand that to be compassionate one has to have compassion for oneself in the first place. If you don′t love yourself you will never be able to love anybody else. If you are not kind to yourself you cannot be kind to anybody else.

"Love yourself!"

We always think that to love one needs somebody else. But if you don′t learn it with yourself you will not be able to practise it with others. 

Relax and just be yourself. Be respectful to your individuality and have the courage to sign your own signature. 

When you are not trying to become anybody else, then you simply relax - then a grace arises. Then you are full of grandeur, splendor, harmony - because then there is no conflict! nowhere to go, nothing to fight for; nothing to force, enforce upon yourself violently. You become innocent. In that innocence you will feel compassion and love for yourself. You will feel happy with yourself. 

The roses bloom so beautifully because they are not trying to become lotuses. And the lotuses bloom so beautifully because they have not heard the legends about other flowers. Everything in nature goes so beautifully in accord, because nobody is trying to compete with anybody, nobody is trying to become anybody else. Everything is the way it is.
Just be yourself and remember you cannot be anything else, whatsoever you do. All effort is futile. You have to be just yourself. 

Compassion is the flowering. And when compassion happens to one person, millions are healed.


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”  Aesop


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Imagine a Woman

Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman.
A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.

Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself.
A woman who listens to her needs and desires.
Who meets them with tenderness and grace.

Imagine a woman who acknowledges the past’s influence on the present.
A woman who has walked through her past.
Who has healed into the present.

Imagine a woman who authors her own life.
A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf.
Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and wisest voice.

Imagine a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness.
Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily life.

Imagine a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.

Imagine a woman who honors the body of the Goddess in her changing body.
A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom.
Who refuses to use her life-energy disguising the changes in her body and life.

Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.

Imagine yourself as this woman.


Patricia Lynn Reilly


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Love. Fear.

BY ELENA BROWER
Your own body will betray you.
Your entire life as you know it will one day disappear.
Are you opening, or closing?
Are you rising, or stalling?
Are you a slave, or are you free?
Are you being YOU, or are you busy trying to be
someone else?
And can you listen for love, or are you mired in fear?
Because this entire dance as you know it
will one day disappear.

Where do you stand, in your own heart?
And if you consider the last few choices you've made,
the big decisions you've taken, and you pulled up
the roots of those choices,
did you choose love, or was there grace?
Did you allow for that blast?
Or did you have to wait for sheer exhaustion to finally feel
like you were asking?

And can you make a net that's wide enough to let it all in?
Can we each make a promise to keep on listening?
And might this listening be our way back into love, and to trust;
the most perfect healing balm for all of us?

Time to respond to OURSELVES, and to G-d, as a friend.
This is our chance to finally change the ending
and re-tell the story and find ourselves in a heap
of resplendently glorious light and forgive what we've done
and do not what is "right"
but what is steeped in love.


That might be enough.


Monday, April 4, 2016

Build or Plant?

“In life, a person can take one of two attitudes: to build or to plant. The builders might take years over their tasks, but one day, they finish what they're doing. Then they find that they're hemmed in by their own walls. Life loses its meaning when the building stops.

Then there are those who plant. They endure storms and all the vicissitudes of the seasons, and they rarely rest. But unlike a building, a garden never stops growing. And while it requires the gardener's constant attention, it also allows life for the gardener to be a great adventure.

Gardeners always recognize each other, because they know that in the history of each plant lies the growth of the whole World.”
― Paulo Coelho

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

You are amazing just the way You are

For many reasons we women are our own worst critics. We hold each other to unreasonable standards, and sometimes get joy out of seeing each other fall. We can be petty, insensitive, mean, and fake. We gossip, then sling insincere “hellos!” and “I’m so happy for you!”. We complain about these women, but rarely walk away from the toxic friendship, letting it stew into a pot of simmering hate. What’s worse is we cast blame on those who make us feel less about ourselves, when in reality, we really should be looking inward and assessing why we’re so critical of the way someone else lives.
I’m a huge proponent of female friendships, and I’m incredibly blessed to have a handful of very strong female friends in my life.
These friendships are conditional; they’re different from the love you give your family or your partner. They’re choices you make together; to be a shoulder to cry on, to always have each others back, to support the decisions we make in our lives, even if they’re different than the ones we’d make for ourselves.
Female friendships are a place we can share experiences only women go through, and ask for feedback. They’re proven to critical in the success of life-long partnerships. They’re one of the best experiences you can have in a lifetime.
When we stop comparing ourselves to one another, we make room to support each other in our differences, and eventually we gain insight and valuable lessons that better ourselves. It’s a win-win, and all it takes is having a little respect for yourself and your strengths.
Let’s support our successes, and work towards empowerment and self-respect. There are amazing things we’re all capable of achieving.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”-  Helen Keller


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Me, You ❤

Relationships are at the heart of most of our significant life experiences. They help to nurture our body and soul and teach us many important lessons.
In order to be able to commit to another person, you first must be committed to yourself.  This means you have to take the time to ensure you are healthy–physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.
The two fundamental building blocks for relationship success are healthy Self-esteem and healthy Boundaries.
Instead of searching for someone else to fill your needs and inner emptiness, turn your attention inwards and try to understand what is missing inside you that you cannot give to yourself. To start with, begin working on healing your childhood wounds and start loving and accepting yourself as you are. Take time to be alone. Look inside. Contemplate over your needs and wants. Meditate, go for walks in nature, dance, and enjoy a beautiful sunset. Give to yourself what you usually look to receive from others.
When we blame or judge others for how we feel we inevitably also judge and blame ourselves. Instead of blaming others, look inside and ask yourself: Why am I being triggered by what he or she said? Why am I blaming him or her for how I feel? What is this person or situation teaching me about myself? Pay attention to how others reflect back what you need to see about yourself. Try to understand what you are being shown about yourself and what lessons you need to learn. Remind yourself that other people are wonderful mirrors to help you see your unconscious thought patterns and grow.
When you value yourself and see yourself as equal to others, you are able to honour your thoughts, beliefs and opinions in the face of your partner’s disapproval or disappointment.
Good boundaries allow you to hear constructive critiques but dismiss judgments. Boundaries allow you to be both connected and protected at the same time.
Honesty is an absolute must if we want to have harmonious, intimate and loving relationships. Don't compromise your inner truth and don't manipulate. Be honest with people no matter what the consequences.
Every relationship offers us many opportunities to learn and to grow. 

“If you love a person, you say to that person, "Look, I love you, whatever that may be. I've seen quite a bit of it and I know there's lots that I haven't seen, but still it's you and I want you to be what you want to be. And I won't be happy if I've got you in a cage. You'd be a bird without song."- Alan Watts


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Grounding

Grounding is a complex phenomena that cannot be described all that easily.  However, most people know of others who they consider well-grounded.  These people are often realistic, practical, organized, present when you speak with them.

Being grounded means that you're present in your body and connected with the earth, allowing you to feel centered and balanced no matter what's going on around you.

Grounding yourself is a way to build a relationship with Earth. Grounding means to make a conscious connection between your self and the source of your life force energy. Your job, relationship and home are not your true source of life force energy.

If you aren't grounded, you're like a leaf in the wind: very vulnerable and thrown off balance very quickly. But when you are well grounded, you are like a big, strong tree.

Grounding and centering has much to do with understanding your limits and boundaries.

There are many ways to ground yourself.

Care very well for your body.  Be sure to go to bed by 9 PM every night, or at least most nights. If possible, spend some time out of doors each day, near the earth, preferably in a rural, quiet setting.  Also, try to spend time alone every day, and not on the telephone, but just with yourself.  If possible, focus attention on the earth, not the scenery or intellectual conversation or thoughts.

Any physical activity (sports, walking, dancing, gardening, etc.) will automatically ground you. Walking slowly and deliberately is very helpful for centering and grounding.  Think about your feet as you walk and send your energy into the earth with each slow, deliberate step.

Eat quality food and maintain healthful eating habits.  Eat simple, regular meals at regular intervals, sitting down quietly when you eat and staying put for at least a few minutes after eating to allow digestion to begin.

Besides eating healthfully, other aspects of life can often be simplified.  This does not mean sitting around the house doing nothing.  Quite the opposite is true.  Most successful, busy people have mastered simplicity in their lives.  This makes room to accomplish all that they do.  Simplicity means slowing down, avoiding distractions, and mainly letting go of people, things and activities that either upset you or just waste your time.

Grounding and centering, in part, refer to the quality and health of the first chakra of the body.  This subtle energy center is sometimes also called the root chakra.  It is located just above the perineum, which is the area between the rectum and the genital organs.  A person who is grounded and usually one who is centered has this chakra at least partially active or open.  Those who are not grounded often have this energy center less developed. 

You can also use meditation to ground yourself. Just focus your attention on your body. Start at your crown and move downward with your attention, feeling every part of your body.
Then imagine an energetic connection (a chord, a tube, or the roots of a tree) coming out of your feet, into the earth. Also visualize such a connection between your base chakra at the base of your spine and the earth, and allow these connections to go deeply into the Earth.

These are effective ways to help you ground yourself and feel more centered, strong and balanced throughout your day.


Affirmation for the Root Chakra: I am safe in the world around me. I belong in this world, and am a part of Gaia (mother-earth). I am at peace with my surroundings, with the people and the events that occur.