Thursday, June 29, 2017

things that go bump in the night - or day...

~The Places That Scare You~

"The Buddha taught that flexibility and openness bring strength and that running from groundlessness weakens us and brings pain. But do we understand that becoming familiar with the running away is the key? Openness doesn't come from resisting our fears but from getting to know them well.
Rather than going after those walls and barriers with a sledgehammer, we pay attention to them. With gentleness and honesty, we move closer to those walls. We touch them and smell them and get to know them well. We begin a process of acknowledging our aversions and our cravings. We become familiar with the strategies and beliefs we use to build the walls: What are the stories I tell myself? What repels me and what attracts me? We start to get curious about what's going on. Without calling what we see right or wrong, we simply look as objectively as we can. We can observe ourselves with humor, not getting overly serious, moralistic or uptight about this investigation. Year after year, we train in remaining open and receptive to whatever arises. Slowly, very slowly, the cracks in the wall seem to widen and, as if by magic, bodhichitta is able to flow freely." 
(From her book "The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times" by Pema Chödrön

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ignorance is the supreme disease.


What Is Disease?

“There are three kinds of illness: physical, mental, and spiritual.
Physical sickness is due to different forms of toxic conditions, infectious disease, and accidents.
Mental sickness is caused by fear, worry, anger, and other emotional inharmonies.
Soul sickness is due to man’s ignorance of his true relationship with God.
Ignorance is the supreme disease. When one banishes ignorance he also banishes the causes of all physical, mental, and spiritual disease. My guru, Sri Yukteswarji, often said, 
“Wisdom is the greatest cleanser.”
Trying to overcome various kinds of suffering by the limited power of material curative methods is often disappointing. Only in the unlimited power of spiritual methods may man find a permanent cure for the “dis-ease” of body, mind, and soul. That boundless power of healing is to be sought in God. If you have suffered mentally over the loss of loved ones, you can find them again in God. All things are possible with His help. Unless one really knows God, he is not justified in saying that only mind exists and that one does not need to obey health laws or to use any physical aids for healing. Until actual realization is attained, one should use his common sense in all he does. At the same time one should never doubt God, but should constantly affirm his faith in God’s omnipresent divine power.
Doctors try to learn the causes of disease and to remove those causes so that the illnesses do not recur. In their use of many specific material methods of cure, doctors are often very skillful. However, not every disease responds to medicine and surgery, and therein lies the essential limitation of these methods.
Chemicals and medicines affect only the outer physical composition of the bodily cells and do not alter the inner atomic structure or life principle of the cells. In many cases no cure of disease is possible until the healing power of God has corrected, from within, the imbalance of “lifetrons” or intelligent life energy in the body.”
Man's Eternal Quest...click for website link.

Monday, June 26, 2017

benefit of developed minds...

“I don’t envision a single thing that, when undeveloped, 
leads to such great harm as the mind. 
The mind, when undeveloped, leads to great harm.” 
 “I don’t envision a single thing that, when developed, 
leads to such great benefit as the mind. 
The mind, when developed, leads to great benefit.” 
 …………………. 
 “I don’t envision a single thing that, 
when undeveloped and uncultivated, 
brings about such suffering and stress as the mind. 
The mind, when undeveloped and uncultivated, 
brings about suffering and stress.” 
 “I don’t envision a single thing that, 
when developed and cultivated, 
brings about such happiness as the mind. 
The mind, when developed and cultivated, 
brings about happiness.”
Anguttara Nikaya
zafu by etsyseller zafuchi

Sunday, May 28, 2017

breaking the subconscious contracts...

~ Bryonie Wise
"I hereby break all contracts I made unconsciously & consciously before I knew the depth of my own Spirit; the silent ones, the ones I inherited, passed down & accepted as my own from generation to generation.
I hereby severe all ties with that which holds me down & back, unable to see the glimmer of what I know to be true, whether by my own creation or by expectations tied like weights around my ankles by others lost in the sea of their own confused hearts.
I hereby reclaim my right to choose how my story unfolds, armed with creativity, a heart made of gold & reverent humility.
I hereby fully accept all of this living & what-is-yet-to-come with brash integrity & loving determination.
I hereby swear to use my superpowers for the love of all beings & I return anything that no longer serves my Higher & Lower Self (& the ones Caught-in-Between) with gratitude & consciousness.
I do this all with love, from the great source of it found in my very own beating heart."



Saturday, May 27, 2017

sit, breathe, and steady the mind...

"Whenever your mind becomes scattered, 
use your breath as the means 
to take hold of your mind again." 
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
~~~
Meditation Cushion. Zafu. Floor Pillow. Natural Linen/Rayon Blend Slub Fabric. 15x5 Buckwheat Hull filled. 5" Sidewall Zipper. Handmade, USA
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(mala necklace by #zardenia)

Monday, May 22, 2017

mysterious journeys...

"When a path opens up before us that leads we know not where, don't be afraid to follow it. Our lives are meant to be mysterious journeys, unfolding one step at a time. Often we follow a path worn smooth by the many and in doing so we lose our authenticity, our individuality, our own unique expression. Do not be afraid to lose your way. Out of chaos, clarity will eventually rise. Out of not knowing, something new and unknown will ultimately come. Do not order things too swiftly. Wait and the miracle will appear."
~ Ann Mortifee

country road in Old Miakka, Florida...

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Being and non-being create each other...

"When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and he lets them come;
things disappear and he lets them go.
He has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When his work is done, he forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever."
~ Lao Tzu: 
Tao Te Ching chapter 2
~~~~
  (and because a girl needs to pay her bills... :) )
Meditation Cushion. Zafu. Floor Pillow. Driftwood Coral.
 

Friday, May 19, 2017

wanting peace...

"In order for the world to become peaceful, people must become more peaceful. Among mature people war would not be a problem – it would be impossible. In their immaturity people want, at the same time, peace and the things which make war. However, people can mature just as children grow up. Yes, our institutions and our leaders reflect our immaturity, but as we mature we will elect better leaders and set up better institutions. It always comes back to the thing so many of us wish to avoid: working to improve ourselves." 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Self-acceptance...

"Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the "Beloved." Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence." 
~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

Spiderwort  flower

Saturday, May 13, 2017

at the heart of matter...

"In the 'non-beingness',
beingness has appeared...
and in the beingness,
thousands of births and life forms
are created within a moment..."
~Nisargadatta Maharaj
~~~ 
"Are we here to maximize our own reward, 
or to generously share the fruit of our labor?"
~~~
"...let's take the time to nourish the love 
& compassion that is already in our hearts." 
~Thay
 ~~~
Hibiscus Flower Buckwheat Hull Zafu meditation cushion
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Friday, May 12, 2017

I AM - not two...

"Ascension while in physical-form is enlightenment. 
Ascension in subtle-form is life-everlasting, immortality."
  ~ ~ ~
"I Am" what you are searching for. "I Am" that inner pull from within your heart. The only difference between what "I Am" and what you take yourself to be is only a matter of belief. As you currently believe yourself to be other than "Truth" "I Am" without this belief. Remove the belief that somehow you are other than "Truth" and in that instant, freedom shines forth. 
~Agnisattva
~ ~ ~
And, because ascension doesn't pay the bills and we still need money, I present:
Buckwheat Hull Zafu Meditation Cushion. 
Floor/Dorm Pillow. Bright Green w. Floral Print. 
OOAK. Buckwheat Hulls. 
6"Sidewall Zipper. 15 x 5. USA made


 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

opening up to our Source...

"Every day we dishonor our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there."
~ Henry Miller

Cassia, and Bleeding Hearts Vine

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

clear mind...

"The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it;
all we can describe is their appearance.
They were careful
as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shape-able as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

The Master doesn't seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
He is present, and can welcome all things."

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching chapter 15

cassia tree flowers from my back yard

Thursday, May 4, 2017

the (sweet) option of having no opinion...

 "You always own the option of having no opinion. 
There is never any need to get worked up 
or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. 
These things are not asking to be judged by you. 
Leave them alone."
~ Marcus Aurelius

~:():~ 

 In today's vernacular: 
"Don't sweat the small stuff, 
and it's all (almost) small stuff."

Frequently the comments section of online articles/social media feeds 
is way more colorful and spicy than the information in the article itself.

Ah, the sweetness of exercising the option of having no opinion 
about that which our words cannot actually change.
And, wisdom to know the difference is key.

Siesta Key at sunset

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

being supa hap hap happy!

"Imagining yourself to be the body,
no wonder you have all these ailments.

Imagining yourself to be the mind,
no wonder you have all these worries.

Knowing yourself to be consciousness,
No wonder there is all this space and peace.

Realizing you are the unborn awareness,
no wonder you are supremely happy."
 
~Sri Mooji
 
(stock photo from canva)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

when nothing is left out...

"When you live the spiritual life - 
or rather it lives you, 
versus just talking about it - 
washing the dishes is deeply spiritual, 
cooking dinner is deeply spiritual, 
going to work is deeply spiritual. 
You can't separate the two, 
a “me” being spiritual or not spiritual. 
It's just what you are.
That's when life takes on a resonance 
or alignment with itSelf, 
where everything is holy 
and wholly spiritual - 
nothing is left out."
~ Rita Friedman

~o~ () ~o~

Flower of Life Meditation Cushion  

Flower of Life Meditation Cushion. Zafu. Flax/Linen Fabric, and Sunset Coral. 15" x 5". Buckwheat Hulls. 6" L. Sidewall Velcro. Handmade, USA. by etsyseller Zafuchi

Thursday, April 27, 2017

closer than breathing...in every atom...

-~O... Kabir ....O~-
 
"Where do you search me?
I am with you
Not in pilgrimage, nor in icons
Neither in solitudes
Not in temples, nor in mosques
Neither in Kaba nor in Kailash
I am with you o man
I am with you
Not in prayers, nor in meditation
Neither in fasting
Not in yogic postures
Neither in renunciation
Neither in the vital force nor in the body
Not even in the ethereal space
Neither in the womb of Nature
Not in the breath of the breath
Seek earnestly and discover
In but a moment of search
Says Kabir, Listen with care
Where your faith is, I am there."
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

a lesson in abundance...

~)(~
Sunday evening while at the laundromat I was given a lesson about "having more than enough" by a homeless person camped for the night in the doorway of a brick and mortar store. I'd seen him there before, so I assume he has an agreement with the store owner, but maybe not. I don't know. I asked him if he needed any money and he declined. He said "No, I'm good. I don't need anything" as he pulled his sleeping bag up close and puffed away on a tiny brown cigar. I believed him. Camping out next the laundromat where he has access to a bathroom, and just a few yards away from a convenience store, he may be homeless by choice. This may not be so very different than camping out, for him. I began making up a story in my head about him. But mostly, I got a lesson in when there's plenty - in the moment.
~)(~
 

Monday, April 17, 2017

money matters and spirituality...

This is something that has for some time been a daily concern for me, as it probably is (I'm guessing, but it's a good guess, I believe) for many people who are on a spiritual path. I frequently feel the need for mental clarity on this very important part of life in the dream/illusion. Maybe an individual has calculated a way to monetize the no-thing-ness they have discovered (and genuine spirituality is all very nice, etc. etc.) but seriously, no-thing-ness itself doesn't pay the bills.
~)(~

~ Adyashanti
"Q: So, how does the unfolding of non-motivation relate to issues, like earning money, that need motivation and desire to manifest?

Adya: The making of money is a necessary part of life and can be motivated by many drives. Among them, the drive to succeed, to acquire wealth beyond what is needed, to feel worthy, to have power, etc. However, the need to earn money to support your life, and possibly the life of your family, is a simple necessity. That is the motivation. And as such, it is an act of love. Your job in speculation and investing may require quick action and commitment, but not aversion and grasping. I know people who do investing and speculation and they do not do it from an emotional space of aversion and greedy desire but from wisdom and experience. Of course you must make money in ways that feel in integrity for you, but the underlying emotions are brought to the job by each of us, they do not exist in the job itself, as long as the job embodies basic moral principles and can be carried out with integrity. If not, it is time to look for something else to do. You see, as we drop the ego and all of the egoic motivations, what we are left with is acting from love. We do what we do out of love. Love for life, love for family, love for humanity. And love transcends all egoic motivations. Love is liberation in action."