Sunday, January 14, 2018

waking up from the hypnotic dream state...

"It is false to speak of realization. What is there to realize? 
The real is as it is always. We are not creating anything new 
or achieving something which we did not have before. 
The illustration given in books is this. We dig a well
and create a huge pit. The space in the pit or well 
has not been created by us. We have just removed the earth 
which was filling the space there. The space was there then 
and is also there now. Similarly we have simply to throw out 
all the age-long samskaras [innate tendencies] which are inside us. 
When all of them have been given up, 
the Self will shine alone."

~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
 
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Monday, January 8, 2018

inner beauty...

"There are times when beauty reveals itself slowly. 
Human culture seems to build its temples of meaning 
in the wrong places, in the garish marketplaces 
of transient fashion and public image. Beauty tends to avoid
 the siren call of the obvious. Away from the blatant center, 
it prefers the neglected margin. Beyond the traffic of 
voyeuristic seeing, beauty waits until the patience 
and depth of a gaze are refined enough to engage 
and discover it. In this sense, beauty is not a quality 
externally present in something. It emerges at the threshold 
where reverence of mind engages the subtle presence
 of the other person, place or object.” 

~ John O’Donohue, Beauty
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Friday, December 22, 2017

Blessed be the healers of the earth.

"We give thanks for all those who are moved, in their lives, to heal and protect the earth, in small ways and in large. Blessings on the composters, the gardeners, the breeders of worms and mushrooms, the soil-builders, those who cleanse the waters and purify the air, all those who clean up the messes others have made. Blessings on those who defend trees and who plant trees, who guard the forests and who renew the forests. Blessings on those who learn to heal the grasslands and renew the streams, on those who prevent erosion, who restore the salmon and the fisheries, who guard the healing herbs and who know the lore of the wild plants. Blessings on those who heal the cities and bring them alive again with excitement and creativity and love. Gratitude and blessings to all who stand against greed, who risk themselves, to those who have bled and been wounded, and to those who have given their lives in service of the earth.
May all the healers of the earth find their own healing. May they be fueled by passionate love for the earth. May they know their fear but not be stopped by fear. May they feel their anger and yet not be ruled by rage. May they honor their grief but not be paralyzed by sorrow. May they transform fear, rage, and grief into compassion and the inspiration to act in service of what they love. May they find the help, the resources, the courage, the luck, the strength, the love, the health, the joy that they need to do the work. May they be in the right place, at the right time, in the right way. May they bring alive a great awakening, open a listening ear to hear the earth's voice, transform imbalance to balance, hate and greed to love. Blessed be the healers of the earth."
-Starhawk
Calming the waters by Kimberly Webber
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

longer days with more sunlight are on the way...

I'm ready for longer days with more sunlight!

...spiraling, down into and upward out of, matter...
...meditation...


Thursday, December 14, 2017

reeds and sand dollars and friendly inspiration...

Sand dollars...people have made up various stories about sand dollars.
Here's my version.
Sand Dollar Zafu available on etsy
Well, not exactly a story...except the zafu design was inspired 
by two comments on my facebook post of the following Reeds zafu design!
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Monday, December 11, 2017

...our true self..."

“Everyone of us is shadowed by an illusory person: a false self. We are not very good at recognizing illusions, least of all the ones we cherish about ourselves. Contemplation is not and cannot be a function of this external self. There is an irreducible opposition between the deep transcendent self that awakens only in contemplation, and the superficial, external self which we commonly identify with the first person singular. Our reality, our true self, is hidden in what appears to us to be nothingness....We can rise above this unreality and recover our hidden reality....God Himself begins to live in me not only as my Creator but as my other and true self.”
~Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

love as the center of our being...

"What if our religion was each other,
If our practice was our life,
If prayer, our words...
What if the temple was the Earth
If forests were our church,
If holy water--the rivers, lakes, and ocean
What if meditation was our relationships
If the teacher was life,
If wisdom was self-knowledge
If love was the center of our being."
~ Ganga White
~)(~
"this little Light of mine"




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Sunday, December 3, 2017

...a beautiful space...

a sense of satisfaction
a space created with beautiful intent...
(photo source-with permission from studio owner-Tania)

TANIA WELCH, 2017

Connect@intentspace.com

 (407) 301-1800 • 327 11th Ave n. 2f. st. petersburg, fl 33701

~)(~

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

"...a quiet light that shines in every heart."

"There is a quiet light that shines in every heart. It draws no attention to itself though it is always secretly there. It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to seek possibility and our hearts to love life. Without this subtle quickening our days would be empty and wearisome, and no horizon would ever awaken our longing. Our passion for life is quietly sustained from somewhere in us that is wedded to the energy and excitement of life. This shy inner light is what enables us to recognize and receive our very presence here as blessing. We enter the world as strangers who all at once become heirs to a harvest of memory, spirit, and dream that has long preceded us and will now enfold, nourish, and sustain us."
~John O'Donohue 
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

creativity is the basis of self expression...be the Love.

"Creativity is the basis of self-expression. Why are some people supposedly more creative than others, and why can’t others open themselves up enough to be able to express who they are? Creation is the birth of something, and something cannot come from nothing. When someone creates something: a painting, a poem, a photograph, the creativity comes from an idea, from a feeling, from emotion, or from a combination of ideas, feelings and emotions that are somehow ‘reborn’ from all our experiences and perspectives. Creativity is the desire to express ourselves. To formulate these expressions, we have to draw from our reservoir of experience, dreams, desires and experimentation and mix together what was, what is, and what could be… I don’t think you can learn it, it is rather something that evolves. Your perception of everything in your life fills up this reservoir." 
- Peter Lindbergh, photographer
~)(~
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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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