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
Jasmuheen (click for facebook page link)

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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European linen zafu in pin-tuck design
 

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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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

the journey to where we first started...



“Life is a dual journey: 
one journey is in time and space the other is within oneself and truth. 
 The first ends in death - the second in deathlessness. 
 The second is the real journey because it takes you somewhere. 
Those who take the first journey as it, waste their lives. 
The real life begins the day you start the other journey.”
— O S H O, 'A Cup of Tea'
 
“We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring 
Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” 
Spiderwort plant in bloom
 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Gurdjieff on "becoming just Love"...

"Gurdjieff used the I AM method. Work deeply on I AM whatever you are doing. Drinking water, eating, remember "I AM." Do not forget it! When you walk remember I AM. Let the walking be there, but be fixed on "I AM I AM I AM." Let this be constant in your awareness. Then it will begin to penetrate your sleep also.
Gurdjieff worked on his method continuously. His chief disciple P.D. Ouspensky relates that when Gurdjieff was working with him on this method and he was practicing for 3 months continuously this remembering of "I AM I AM I AM", everything stopped. Thoughts, dreaming, everything stopped. Only one note like music remained "I AM." But it was not an effort. This was a spontaneous activity going on. "I AM." Then Gurdjieff called Ouspensky out of the house. For 3 months he had been kept inside and was not allowed to go out.
Then Gurdjieff said 'Come with me!'They were living in a Russian town of Tiflis. They went out into the street. Ouspensky writes in his diary, "For the first time I could understand what Jesus meant when he said that man is asleep. The whole city looked to me as if asleep. People were moving in their sleep, shopkeepers were selling in their sleep, customers buying in their sleep. The whole city was asleep! I looked over at Gurdjieff. Only he was awake. The whole city around us was asleep. They were angry, fighting, they were loving, buying, selling, doing, everything."
Ouspensky said "I could see their faces, their eyes, they were asleep. The inner center was missing, it was not there.' Ouspensky said to Gurdjieff "I do not want to go there anymore. What happened to the city? Everyone seems asleep, drugged."
Gurdjieff said "Nothing has happened to the city. Something has happened to you. You have been undrugged. The city remains the same. It is the same place you moved into 3 months ago. But you couldn't see that other people are asleep because you were also asleep. Now you can see because a certain quality of awareness has come to you. With three months of practicing "I AM" continuously, you have become aware in a very short matter of time. You have become aware! A part of your consciousness has gone beyond dreaming. That is why you can see that everyone is asleep, dead, moving, drugged, as if hypnotized."
Ouspensky says "I could not bear this phenomenon - everyone asleep! Whatsoever they are doing, they are not responsible for it. They are not! How can they be responsible?" He came back and asked Gurdjieff "What is this? Am I deceived somehow? Have you done something to me that the whole city seems asleep? I cannot believe my own eyes!"
But this will happen to anyone. If you can remember yourself, then you will know that no one is remembering himself, and in this way each one goes on moving. The whole world is asleep. But start while you are awake. Any moment that you start "I AM."
I do not mean that you have to repeat the words "I AM" but have the feeling. Take a bath and feel "I AM." Let the touch of the cold shower be there, and let yourself be there behind, feeling it and remembering "I AM."Remember I am not saying that verbally you have to repeat "I AM." You can repeat it but that repetition will not give you awareness. Repetition may even create more sleep. So this "I AM", the remembering of "I AM", is not a verbal mantra. Feel it! Be sensitive to your being. When you touch someone else's hand do not only touch it, but feel it, feel your touch also. While you eat, feel yourself eating as well. This feeling will penetrate deeper and deeper into your mind.
One day suddenly you are awake at your own center, functioning for the first time. And then the whole world becomes a dream. And then you know that your dreaming is a dreaming. And when you know that your dreaming is a dreaming, dreaming stops. It can continue only if it is felt to be real. It is stopped if it is felt as unreal.
And once dreaming stops, you are a different man. The old man is dead; the sleepy man is dead. That human being which you were, you are no more. For the first time, you become aware. For the first time, in the whole world that is asleep, you are awake. You become a Buddha, an Awakened One.
After this awakening, there is no misery. After this awakening, there is no death. Through this awakening, there is no more fear. You become, for the first time, free of everything. To be free of sleep, to be free of dreaming, is to be free of everything. Hate, greed, anger all disappear. You attain freedom. You become just love."
- George Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky (as related in the Book of Secrets by Osho)
morning sun - light and shadows through the window
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

kiss the earth with your feet

"Wherever we walk, 
whether it's the railway station or the supermarket, 
we are walking on the earth and so we are in a holy sanctuary.
 If we remember to walk like that, 
we can be nourished and find solidity with each step."
 ~Thich Nhat Hanh


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Thursday, July 6, 2017

letting go...returning to nameless formless Love...

My love, carry on.
Yours is a great calling.
You are discharging
your river
of names and forms into
the nameless Ocean
of no return.
In doing so, others can
witness and taste, through you,
That which they have heard
only as rumor.
~ Mooji
(from ‘Writing on Water’) 

Siesta Key Beach
 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

that sneaky, tricky ego mind...

"Loving what is, would seem to be the simplest thing possible. It involves no effort, no struggle, no longing, and no disappointment. But loving what is goes against our programming, so it is difficult. It requires vigilance to counteract the egoic mind’s automatic rejection and resistance to whatever is happening. To experience the peace and happiness that exist in this moment, it is necessary to stop listening to the egoic mind, which undermines this peace and happiness with complaints and judgments. These are the tactics it uses to take us out of the present and into its world of desires, hopes, and dreams. It woos us with fantasies of a more perfect world, a more perfect mate, a more perfect experience, and a more perfect you, all of which are unreal and will never be real."
~ Gina Lake (20th-21st century American Advaita mystic)
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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.”
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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
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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."