Monday, October 23, 2017

the essential point

 ~ Milarepa
"Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachments and aversion. Practice good-heartedness towards all beings. Be compassionate and loving, no matter what others do to you. What they do will not matter so much when you see it is a dream. The trick is to have positive intention during the dream. This is the essential point. This is true spirituality."
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

just see right...

"Through excessive thinking, we have lost touch with reality. We confuse signs, words, numbers, symbols, and ideas with the real world. Most of us would rather have money than tangible wealth. To most of us, a great occasion is somehow spoiled unless photographed. To read about it the next day in the newspaper is oddly more fun for us than the original event. This is a disaster, for as a result of confusing the real world of nature with mere signs (such as bank balances and contracts), we are destroying nature. We are so tied up in our minds, that we've lost our senses. Time to wake up." 
 ~Alan Watts
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

“yours are the heart, the hands, the feet that do the work of Love...”

"Christ has no body now but yours, 
no hands, no feet on earth but yours, 
yours are the eyes through which he looks 
with compassion on this world. 
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. 
 Yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world. 
Christ has no body now on earth but yours."
~ Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582)
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Friday, September 29, 2017

this colorful, crazy mosaic we call life...

“There's an old observation: "We see the other cars as traffic but we rarely see that we are the traffic, too." We often see others as 'off', 'disturbed', 'broken', or 'crazy' without fully realizing that this is the human condition, and that we’re a part of this, too. When we widen our frame to see humanity as a single portrait, and each of us as a mere pixel in it, then we can embrace these pixels as tiles in a (very) colorful mosaic.”
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

joy and happiness arise from letting go...

"... joy and happiness arise from letting go. 
Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. 
There are things you’ve been hanging on to
 that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. 
Find the courage to let them go."

~ Thich Nhat Hanh, in Peace Is Every Breath

....~)..O..(~....

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

the silent fragrance that bathes the whole garden...

Maharishi: 
"Heaven and hell are all around you. Your choice." 
"What you focus on is what grows in your life. 
And whatever you resist will persist." 

"The world ended today.
A new one was just created.
Did you notice?
If you pay attention,
this happens with
every breath.
You won't regret the past
or fear the future
when you can rest
this wavering mind
in the heart of presence.
Learn from the rose
surrounded by thorns.
Now is
the silent fragrance
that bathes the whole garden
in beauty."


...be here now...
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Friday, September 1, 2017

there is only life...

Infinite Way morsel – God As One
"The moment the idea of God as one begins to dawn in consciousness, we begin to understand that in all this world there is no power and there is no presence from which those who are dwelling in the secret place of the most High need protection."
Practicing The Presence
By Joel Goldsmith

From - The Art of Spiritual Healing
By Joel Goldsmith
What About This Body? Chapter 9
"In almost every case that comes to you, you will find some human or material sense of law operating: It may be a law of infection or contagion, or a law of decomposition or breakage. Always some kind of a law has been laid down humanly, and that must be recognized as but of the substance of hypnotism.
The problem may be one of organic or functional disease, and then into the treatment might come the realization that just as the leaves and stem do not govern the life of a plant but that life governs it, so the organs and functions of the body do not govern life: Life governs the organs and functions of the body. As long as life is flowing, the plant flourishes; the stem and leaves are but the outer expression of the life-force.
In the same way, it is not the heart, the liver, or the lungs, which determine life. God is life, and that life cannot be affected by the organs and functions of the body. Therefore, you do not have to be concerned whether they act in accordance with laws laid down by materia medica. By reversing these laws and realizing that life governs every activity of the body, it will manifest harmony and painlessness. In this realization of the true government of the body, you do not come down to the level of the body. You have merely corrected the belief that the body affects life by the understanding that life governs the body. The heart could not beat without life beating it; the digestive or eliminative organs could not work if there were not an intelligence and a life permeating those organs and acting in, on, and through them.
The organs and functions of the body should not be feared: They do not have within them the power of destruction, death, or disease, because inherent in every person is the power of God which is a resurrection even to the dead body, the dead organ, the dead function, or the dead muscle. Within individual consciousness is the power of resurrection.
The Word becomes flesh. Does It change Its nature in becoming flesh? No, not any more than water changes its nature when it becomes ice or when it becomes steam; in either form, it still has the properties of water. So it is that as the Word, God, becomes flesh, It does not change Its nature; It remains the Self-created, Self-maintaining substance, containing within Itself the law, the cause, and the activity of Its form.
The realization of God as the governing principle of all there is, of God as the only substance and the only law, dissolves the appearances, which the world calls sickness, sin, fear, and death. When you are living from the standpoint of concepts or beliefs, your experience is the manifestation of those beliefs; but the activity of truth in consciousness is the word of God made flesh as harmonious being."

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

God manifests Himself everywhere, in everything

“Life is simple: 
We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent 
and God is shining through it all the time. This is not just a fable or a nice story. 
It is true. If we abandon ourselves to God and forget ourselves, 
we see it sometimes, and we see it maybe frequently. 
God manifests Himself everywhere, in everything--i
n people and in things and in nature and in events.
It becomes very obvious that He is everywhere and in everything 
and we cannot be without Him. You cannot be without God. 
It's impossible. It's simply impossible." 
~ Thomas Merton
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Monday, August 28, 2017

to give is to love...

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. 
We are all children of chance, and none can say why
 some fields will blossom and others lay brown beneath the August sun. 
Care for those around you. Look past your differences. 
Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices in life no more easily made.
 And give. Give in any way you can, of whatever you possess. 
To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. 
Care less for your harvest than how it is shared, 
and your life will have meaning 
and your heart will have peace.” 
 ~ Kent Nerburn 
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Allow yourself to be engulfed by your inner light...

~Agnisattva~
 
"The discovery of God is the most simple of simple things 
for He is none other than your own Self.
It takes no effort to discover Him in the same way that it takes no effort 
for one's face to be reflected in a mirror.
The discovery of God is your discovery of yourself.
The seeming difficulty is in the refusal to let the thoughts
 you have about yourself go. The mind says: 
"It cannot be this simple..." and the mind is right:
 its even simpler than this.
Allow yourself to be engulfed by your inner light.
Nothing more is needed 
or required."
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Monday, August 14, 2017

The greatest romance is with the Infinite.

~ Paramahansa Yogananda~
“God understands you when everyone else misunderstands you. He is the Lover who cherishes you always, no matter what your mistakes. Others give you their affection for a while and then forsake you, but He abandons you never. In countless ways God is daily seeking your Love.
The greatest romance is with the Infinite. You have no idea how beautiful life can be. When you suddenly find God everywhere, when He comes and talks to you and guides you, the romance of Divine Love has begun.
Feel the Love of God; then in every person you will see the face of the Father, the light of Love which is in all. You will find a magic, living relationship uniting the trees, the sky, the stars, all people, and all living things, and you will feel a oneness with them. This is the code of Divine Love.
Giving Love to all, feeling the Love of God, seeing His presence in everyone, and having but one desire - for His constant presence in the temple of your consciousness - that is the way to live in this world.”
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Friday, August 4, 2017

living from the inside out...

"Anger and hatred are the materials from which hell is made. 
A mind without anger is cool, fresh, and sane." 
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

"When the weather is hot, keep a cool mind. 
When the weather is cold, keep a warm heart." 
~ Ajahn Brahm

"Ultimately, there are only two choices: choose from fear 
or choose from love. Both have predictable outcomes." 
~ Frederick Russ - twitter

"We look inside first, decide the kind of world we want to see
 and then project that world outside, making it the truth as we see it."

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

the Oneness, that breathes us all...

"Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles, 
and the water is clear? 
Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?"
- Lao Tzu
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Monday, July 31, 2017

conscious interaction...

Eckhart Tolle: 
"One conscious breath is a meditation."

"Conscious breathing indicates a willingness to consciously interact,
or commune with, what is in and around us." ~Sarah

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

desire is the cause of unhappiness...

"We long for what we don’t have because we believe that having it will finally bring us peace and happiness. We don’t realize that the lack of peace and happiness we are feeling is actually a result of desiring what we don’t have. The desire is the cause of our unhappiness, not the fact that the desire is unfulfilled."
~ Gina Lake (20th-21st century American Advaita mystic)
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Friday, July 28, 2017

live streaming life...

"What is birth and death but the beginning and the ending of a stream of events in consciousness? Because of the idea of separation and limitation they are painful. 
Momentary relief from pain we call pleasure -- and we build castles in the air hoping for endless pleasure which we call happiness. 
It is all misunderstanding and misuse. 
Wake up, go beyond, live really."
- Nisargadatta
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

wait patiently, until the song that is your life falls into your cupped hands...

"Do not try to save the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create a clearing
in the dense forest of your life
and wait there patiently,
until the song that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know how
to give yourself
to this world
so worthy of rescue."
~ Martha Postlewaite
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

announcing July 2017 zafu cover blowout sale...

It's time to move some perfectly good stock to make room for a fall inventory. Everybody (I'm almost 100% sure) loves a sale or a deal. Well, here's my deal! Click here July unfilled zafu cover Blowout Sale to enter my etsy store section where there is a selection of 19 different unfilled zafu covers - priced at the unbelievable Blowout Sale price of $10. each! The first one has free shipping, and if you buy two they both ship at a flat rate shipping of $3.75. USPS 1st Class, or choose Priority Mail at checkout.  Available in bright colors, solids, stripes, and florals. Please share this announcement with any friends or acquaintances who might be interested. Thank you!


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Practicing mindfulness together...

"We all have a fundamental need to belong, to feel safe, alive, and welcome. We can transform our own family or household into such a place where this is possible. Together we can practice breathing and smiling, sitting together, drinking tea together in mindfulness. If we have a bell, the bell is also part of the community, because the bell helps us practice, calling us back to ourselves to the present moment. If we have a meditation cushion, the cushion is also part of the community.

There are many things that help us practice mindfulness—even the air for breathing. If we live near a park or a riverbank, we can enjoy walking meditation there, and the park or river becomes part of our community. We need to establish a community at home. From time to time we can invite a friend to join us. We need to expand our definition of family to include not only our friends and community, but also the sun, the sky, the trees, the birds, and the hills around us. Practicing mindfulness is much easier when we do it together."
- Thich Nhat Hanh
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we're always at the right place at the right time...

"No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place." 
~Zen~

"Surrender to existence and allow it to take you wherever it takes you; 
it has never taken anybody into any wrong space."
~Osho~
(btw, the little me doesn't believe this is 100% true. ;) Sarah )
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