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."
available by etsyseller BienDit

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."

Saturday, April 1, 2017

there is a way to be sane...

 "I'm saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you,
 just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.
It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering, not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.
It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise: that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.
And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.
That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being."
~Osho

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Om sweet om...

"Om is the root of all sounds.
Every other sound is contained in That,
It is used to take one beyond all sound."

~ Sri Aurobind

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

free to fly...

"I wake up every morning with excitement and curious anticipation to discover what holographic experiences my Infinite I has in store for me that day."

 ~Stephen Davis
Butterflies Are Free To Fly
A New and Radical Approach to Spiritual Evolution

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Love After Love...

“The time will come when, 
with elation you will greet yourself 
arriving at your own door, 
in your own mirror and 
each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat. 
You will love again
 the stranger who was your self.
 Give wine. Give bread. 
Give back your heart to itself,
 to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, 
whom you ignored for another, 
who knows you by heart. 
 Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes, 
peel your own image from the mirror. 
Sit. 
Feast on your life.”
~Derek Walcott



Derek Walcott (wikipedia)
born 23 January 1930 - died 17 March 2017 (aged 87)





Thursday, March 16, 2017

three simple steps to Paradise...

God/Love has no hands/feet but our hands/feet, no mouth to speak Truth but our mouth.

"I was in darkness, but I took three steps and found myself in paradise. The first step was a good thought, the second, a good word; and the third, a good deed."
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"this little Light of mine..."

Monday, March 13, 2017

Light meditation for cellular purification...

“The technique to purify ourselves at the cellular level is very simple. You have to experience Light in every cell of your body. Light is Love, Peace, Equanimity and Stillness. Experience for as long as possible. From 7 minutes to 7 hours or for as long as you can. Whenever it is possible experience it. Whenever you are busy in life visualize Light in your system and keep the Light in you. That is all. Naturally we cannot be practising this when we are in Offices and when we are busy with our lives. But whenever you find time sit quietly, close your eyes and experience #Light in every cell of your body. It’s not easy I know but this is the only way. Increasing your purity levels in every way is as important. Let us manifest #Love. Let Love be the context for your interactions in life. Non-love is like poison. Remove non-love. Remove anger. Remove jealousy. Remove all that is related to non-love. Purity implies all this.”
by Guruji Krishnananda

Friday, March 10, 2017

how to have undiluted happy-ness...




“How do you keep your mind on God? By keeping your mind on yourself. How do you keep your mind on yourself? By not thinking, by stopping your thoughts, by erasing your ego.
When the thoughts slow down you become happier and happier automatically. For when the thoughts slow down something is rushing in to take their place. And what rushes in, is bliss.
Therefore, to the extent that you make your mind slow down to that extent do you feel blissful and happy.”
~Robert Adams - T. 219 Become What You’ve Always Been 24th January, 1993
 
 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

be an observer - it is all a monologue...

Yet again, Mooji succinctly nails it.

"There are no dialogues in the universe.
It is all a monologue —
the one Self conversing with itself
in its favorite concept called ‘other’."
~Mooji
 
This is a test. A Rorschach test. What do you see? ;)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

in-body Ascension...

"In order to be connected to your Divine Holy Royal Heritage of Knowledge it is necessary to meditate every single day. Only then are you able to disconnect from the mundane and connect to the Holy Spirit. The Liquid Light Codes surrounded by the electromagnetic Force called Love. Basking in Love, Joy, Bliss and being Your True Highest Self. This is what it means to meditate. This is what it means to be a Lightworker on Planet Earth. From time to time you reach this state of consciousness on your own. It catches you unaware. It is Bliss. It brings unexpected tears of joy. It is all too fleeting. The moments of pure bliss and joy fleet away. By learning to meditate you connect with Divine Mind and bliss can stay with you. The Highest choice.
In the Light there is everything to see. You cannot see anything in darkness. As you procrastinate from regularly practicing meditation you risk coming to the end of your life without having Ascension in a Body. This is the beginning of learning to navigate in the Merkaba Body."
(facebook post excerpt from The Big Reset Year a Message from Sananda post)

Furoshiki reuseable fabric wrap on zafu

Furoshiki reuseable fabric wrap
Furoshiki demo'ed on this zafu
 I appreciate all purchases made at ZafuChi - my zafu store on etsy, 
as well as all referrals. A "Thank you" 
from "the heart of my bottom" - to quote Meryl Streep.

Monday, February 27, 2017

multidimensionality of consciousness...

"Just as the difference between the space in a pot and the space outside it disappears when the pot is demolished, so also does duality disappear when it is realized that the difference between the individual consciousness and the Universal Consciousness does not in fact exist."
~ Ramesh Balsekar

Inside, outside - same same. Let's just effin get rid of any residual guilt,
so we can totally enjoy the life experience we have, while we still (seem to) have a bodily form.
Pinkie swear? :)
new hobby of papermaking - work in progress

Sunday, February 26, 2017

being engaged with Life through breath...

"Simply sit, open to God breathing divine love into the depths of your being, as you breathe your whole being, as a gift of love, back into God. This one practice alone, engaged in with heartfelt sincerity and devotion, can awaken you to God’s total and complete oneness with you as the giver, the sustainer, and the reality of the sheer miracle of your very being."
~James Finley

~)(~ 


Thursday, February 16, 2017

- nothing to fear and nothing to fight. All is well.

"[When you awaken] you want to share this truth with your friends, with your family and with your associates, but you cannot, for there are no words to describe this. Everywhere you look, you see freedom. Everywhere you look, you see love. All the trivialities are gone. The judgments have dissipated. You have nothing to fear and nothing to fight. All is well."
~ Robert Adams (20th century American Advaita mystic)
ornate tin heart with dried rose petals

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

the SELF as true Lover - Become the Love, and the Lover!

{{{{{{{  the SELF as true Lover - Become the Love, and the Lover!  }}}}}}}
Everything we really need is already in our heart of Hearts- the Spiritual Heart behind the physical heart.  
~)(~
"LOVE is the within, centre and without, it is the beneath, middle and beyond, it is the pervasive vibration reverberating the underlying fabric of this entire cosmic existence. It is the omnipresent bond between all, it is all that is, it is who you are. So beloved dear, once this sacred knowing of your Self as LOVE comes to you, no one will ever need to teach you to love yourself or to love your fellow beings. That will happen automatically out of your authentic beingness, in every single moment, not just on a 'special' day. To give love, you first have to embody it, you have to be it. Fill yourself with love to the peak by being love, and then once you are filled, overflow with it and let it flow over to everyone and everything in existence. Unless you are filled with it, you have nothing to give anyone. May this ultimate knowing come to you, may you radiate eternal LOVE every day in any given moment _/|\_ LOVE is infinite, it is eternal, let's not limit it to this day only but cultivate it every single moment. Happy Valentine's Day!"
for the singles (like me) out there!

Friday, February 10, 2017

not so black and E.B.White...

"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."
~ E. B. White
by #etsyseller GreatBeyondGifts

E.B. White inspirational quote "I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a ferris wheel." Giclee Print

necklace by #etsyseller JewelrybyJakemi

E.B. White Quote, "Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.", 

Inspirational Quote Necklace, Authors Quote


Thursday, February 9, 2017

we're the projector of our "American Dream"

"A monk decided to meditate alone, away from his monastery. He took his boat out to the middle of the lake, moored it there, closed his eyes and began meditating. After a few hours of undisturbed silence, he suddenly felt the bump of another boat colliding with his own.
With his eyes still closed, he felt his anger rising, and by the time he opened his eyes, he was ready to scream at the boatman who had so carelessly disturbed his meditation. But when he opened his eyes, he was surprised to find that it was an empty boat that had struck his own. It had probably gotten untethered and floated to the middle of the lake.
At that moment, the monk had a great realization. He understood that the anger was within him; it merely needed the bump of an external object to provoke it out of him. From then on, whenever he came across someone who irritated him or provoked him to anger, he would remind himself, that the other person was merely an empty boat, the anger was within him."
~)(~
Typically, for years now, my night dreams take on a nightmarish-ness that usually wakes me up in horror or fright. The last two nights though, I had dreams that were not the usual content. I had a somewhat disturbing but mostly delightful dream with Pierce Brosnan in it. And last night Patton Oswalt figured largely in a bizarre but mostly comedic dream. Hopefully, we're getting into some lighter dream material now. Whew! I knew I had a sense of humor in there somewhere! 
~Sarah~
"Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream..." 
And, now for some serial (cereal) images...well, just one actually.
tiny row boat and Fruit Loops pop art by etsyseller LookingatClouds

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Honey, I'm Home!

"Holiness is our natural state - no exceptions...
much as we would like and love to exclude others 
who are simply beyond redemption. Not us. 
We think we are (for the most part) going to walk, or slide, 
in that door when the time comes. 
It's a journey that was over before it began. 
We're (already) Home, honey!!! 
Self-realization vs self-awareness."
~Sarah~
image source facebook - Beauty of A Course in Miracles (ACIM)