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Daily Thoughts begin, below:
Buddha said: “What you are is what you have been, what you will be is
what you do now.”
Padmasambhava went further: “If you want to know your past life, look into your present condition;
if you want to know your future life, look at your present actions.”
of ignorance have brought us to identify the whole of our being with
Its greatest triumph is to inveigle us into believing its best interests are our best interests, and even into identifying our very survival with its own.
This is a savage irony, considering that ego and its grasping are at the root of all our suffering.
ego is so terribly convincing, and we have been its dupe for so long,
that the thought that we might ever become egoless terrifies us.
To be egoless, ego whispers to us, is to lose all the rich romance of being human, to be reduced to a colorless robot or a brain-dead vegetable.
impermanence truly to heart is to be slowly freed from the idea of
from our flawed and destructive view of permanence, from the false passion for security on which we have built everything.
Slowly it dawns on us that all the heartache we have been through from grasping at the ungraspable was, in the deepest sense, unnecessary...
may take a long time for the extent of our foolishness to sink in, but
the more we reflect, the more we develop the view of letting go.
It is then that a complete shift takes place in our way of looking at everything.
-- SOGYAL RINPOCHE
The gifts of the Four Directions
Many of us feel the
for such healing at this time within ourselves, within each other,
the Planet. Healing requires our intentional participation and
to the path of Healing.
We have found in our work, these gifts, which create in the archetypal realm, four elements of Healing, composing a never ending circle/spiral of healing, within us, for each other, within the Planet:
Forgiveness creates Healing
Healing creates Gratitude
Gratitude creates Compassion
Compassion creates Forgiveness
thoughts and emotions arise in meditation, allow them to rise and
settle, like the waves in the ocean.
Whatever you find yourself thinking, let that thought rise and settle, without any constraint.
Don’t grasp at it, feed it, or indulge it, don’t cling to it, and don’t try to solidify it. Neither follow thoughts nor invite them;
be like the ocean looking at its own waves, or the sky gazing down on the clouds that pass across it.
will soon find that thoughts are like the wind; they come and go.
The secret is not to “think” about the thoughts but to allow them to flow through your mind,
while keeping your mind free of afterthoughts.
There is another Road
As our nation, and the world, contemplate recent events, let us contemplate, and hold close to us, the essence of compassion, reverence for, and the value of human life. While others may not act with these values, let us assure we do not step into the same loss of value in our own actions.
I am loved, I am love
Hold this mantra in your heart for several minutes a day, or have a friend repeat it "You are loved, you are love," for several minutes, moving about you, while you are seated comfortably, whispering it in your ear.
Or, whispering these four phrases in random order, and with
random movements about you:
" '__your name__' is love,
" " is loved,
" " are love,
" " are loved."
( ------ exercise, courtesy of Tom Kenyon)
Sacred Spirit holds you as a most precious and dear soul, essential to the evolution of this Earth.
Stay in the Heart
Holding a coherent state of reverence, appreciation, gratitude, in the heart center, can move us beyond the many challenges and conflicts we may be faced with in life.
Thoughts of the Solstice season:
the reflective nature of the season,
the return of Light to the New Year. How can you help to restore balance and authenticity to the world this year?
We wish our blessings upon you and those close to you.
Prayer of St. Theresa
May today there be
May you trust your highest power
that you are exactly where you are meant to be....
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that
are born of faith
May you use those gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you....
May you be content knowing you are a child of
God.... Let this presence settle into our bones, and allow your
soul the freedom to sing, dance, and to bask in the sun....
Is my essence belonging
Focus your attention on those things that offer well being.
If you can't find it,
If you are noticing more
more constriction (anxiety, pressure, frustration, etc.) or expansion
your life, or potential for either one, be aware of this:
The time is coming where our choices are the most profound creator of all in our life. (It has always been this way, but the amplification of energies is making it more immediate and direct.)
Energies about the earth
truly amplifying, and we are all being called to examine our path and
that bring us to clarity and joy or frustration and depression.
time to notice and understand this connection between choices and
allow those you are close to and work with to understand this time, and
that those situations that bring them to one or the other require more
and more conscious choice for connection and communion (and allow your
own understanding of this to give you a wider berth of understanding
forgiveness for those close to you who may not be able to make the best
This is the path to creation, to joy, and abundance in all aspects of our lives, and the path to the healing of this sacred Earth, and all its people.
Blessings on your path, and in your choices....
We are not held back
the love we didn't receive in the past, but by the love we not
in the present.
Keep your thoughts
because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors.
Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits
Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.
More thoughts will be added on a random basis....please check back with us frequently!
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