Horses, Horses, Horses
February 27, 2010, 2:39 pm
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Horses, Horses, Horses

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The Seer
February 26, 2010, 7:29 pm
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The Seer

if you love
what you see
you will grow
to see more

~Benjamin Dean

Cat and mouse…
February 25, 2010, 8:03 pm
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The key to being present–for me–has been to notice thoughts and feelings as they arise, without judgment. They arise, I notice them, they dissolve. The more I am able to notice them arising, without judgment, the less they seem to be arising and the more I am able to just be, here, now.

I experience a lot of stillness these days. Nothing magical, no flashing lights, no bells and whistles, no overwhelming feelings of love or bliss… just spacious stillness. It feels nice, peaceful.

Cat and MouseAs Eckhart Tolle describes, I often feel like a cat watching a mouse hole. When the mouse peeks its little nose out (a thought or feeling arises), I notice and the mouse quickly disappears again. Sometimes the mouse peeks out over and over again for long periods of time; it might even venture all the way out of the hole for a short time, as if the cat has fallen asleep–but when the cat wakes up and notices, the mouse vanishes! Sometimes the mouse seems to fall asleep itself, in its little house, and the cat just sits quietly and waits. Either way the cat remains intent on the mouse hole.

The biggest challenge is watching the mouse hole while engaged in activities. But this cat is learning to be more attentive to the mouse hole and all the other “things” going on within and without at the same time.

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Taking life as it comes…
February 24, 2010, 10:55 am
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I have a new awareness of just what loving what is means to animals. What is, is life, and animals don’t question it or–as far as we know–even think about it. When I watch my wolf dog, Lucy, it is clear she is present, alert and aware of what is going on. She doesn’t appear to be consumed by memories of the past or worries about the future. She seems enormously content to just be who she is: an amazing being who takes life as it comes, one moment at a time.

Loving what is

Loving what is

Who are you? Where would you be?
February 23, 2010, 1:53 pm
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Who are you without your story? Without a name, a birthdate, a defined gender and sexual preference, a position in a family structure, labeled personality traits, and the various roles with which you identify yourself? What are you left with without a history, without memories of a past, and plans or hopes for an imagined future? Who is left when all that is gone? Nothing?

Where would you be without your story? Without the memories of where you ‘have been’ and thoughts about where you ‘will be’ some day? Where would you be without a defined cultural identification, an address that says you live in a certain town or city in a particular country on a planet called “Earth”? Where would you be without all of that? Where would you reside? Nowhere?

The answer is that you are “nothing” and you do reside “nowhere”… but that does not negate who you are, it only negates who you think you are!

YOU are not a thought, and NOW is not an idea. It is the only place where life exists–as no thing, no where

You are life itself!

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The Soul’s Journey
February 21, 2010, 3:37 pm
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February 19, 2010, 7:22 pm
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Imagine your Self
singing this song to your self,
because that is what your Self would do
IS doing
…offering you a warm embrace…

When the rain is blowing in your face
and the whole world is on your case
I would offer you a warm embrace
to make you feel my love

When evening shadows and the stars appear
and there is no one to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
to make you feel my love

I know you haven’t made your mind up yet
but I would never do you wrong
I’ve known it from the moment that we met
there’s no doubt in my mind where you belong

I’d go hungry, I’d go black and blue
I’d go crawling down the avenue
there ain’t nothing that I wouldn’t do
to make you feel my love

Storms are raging on a rolling sea
down the highway of regret
The winds of change are blowing wild and free
but you ain’t seen nothing like me yet

There ain’t nothing that I wouldn’t do
go to the ends of the earth for you
make you happy, make your dreams come true
to make you feel my love

~written by Bob Dylan

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Pearls of Wisdom
February 18, 2010, 8:14 am
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Seven Ways to Radiating Living Enlightenment
by Paramahamsa Nithyananda

  1. Take Complete Responsibility
    There is only one person who is completely responsible for what is happening in your life – YOU! Because you live unconsciously, taking no responsibility for your words and actions. When the effect of your actions happen, you claim you don’t deserve them! Now, just decide that you will act out of your own intelligence, taking complete responsibility for what you do every moment. You will see: there will be no one to blame and you will start radiating Living Enlightenment!
  2. Stop Judging
    Decide today! You will never make a judgment about anything. The truth is, you can never make a judgment about any thing! Every thing is new every moment, including people. Only your judgment is old. When you live believing that the other person gets updated every minute, you too get updated every minute, and this when you start radiating Living Enlightenment!
  3. Accept the Inevitability of the Moment
    When you are worried about the future, it is fear. When you resist the present, it is greed. Both of these happen because of not being able to accept the ‘inevitability’ of life! Whatever happens, experience it as a happening in Existence. Know about the inevitability of the ‘moment’. I am not saying to feel helpless. No, but do your best and witness what is happening. That is what I call accepting the deep inevitability. This is radiating Living Enlightenment!
  4. Be with Leader Consciousness
    A true leader is a person who is ready to take responsibility consciously, who is ready to handle life consciously, who is not constantly dependent on your past memory to make decisions. If you are dependent on your past memories to make decisions, you will be a follower, not a leader. Start being in the present, don’t get caught in the past, feel the energy coming out of the present. You will automatically act with spontaneity, and that is leader consciousness. That is radiating Living Enlightenment!
  5. Harness the Energy of Intuition
    When your thoughts suddenly die down and you touch a zone of silence, you will experience the energy of intuition. Suddenly, you will be able to see into the past or future. This accidental moment can be extended through your whole life, if you decide to be in the present all the time. You will then start harnessing the energy of intuition in your life. Then all great things will happen, and you start radiating Living Enlightenment!
  6. Relax from the Identity You Carry in Your Mind
    When you relax from the identity that you project to the outer world, to show who you are to others, it is called the ‘first experience’ – Satori. When you relax from the second identity that you carry in your inner world, to prove who you are to yourself, it is what I call enlightenment! Relaxing from these two identities is real liberation and you start to radiate Living Enlighenment!
  7. Allow the Natural Flow of Energy through Your Body
    Enlightenment means simply allowing the natural flow of energy through your body, without creating conflicts. The moment you start choosing and prioritizing, you have already created conflicts. Enlightenment never happens to a person who chooses enlightenment. It happens to a person who chooses choicelessness. This is an important understanding to rediate Living Enlightenment!

Love, Respect and You
February 15, 2010, 11:34 am
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This is a lovely video clip from Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, who continues to push the boundaries of what is ‘normal’ in the horsemanship world. His way of being present with horses is a gift to the horse world.

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February 14, 2010, 8:09 am
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“So what is important is not to learn but to see and to listen. Listen to the birds, listen to your wife’s voice, however irritating, beautiful or ugly, listen to it and listen to your own voice however beautiful, ugly, or impatient it may be. Then out of this listening you will find that all separation between the observer and the observed comes to an end. Therefore no conflict exists and you observe so carefully that the very observation is discipline; you don’t have to impose discipline. And that is the beauty, Sirs (if you only realise it), that is the beauty of seeing. If you can see, you have nothing else to do, because in that seeing there is all discipline, all virtue, which is attention. And in that seeing there is all beauty, and with beauty there is love. Then when there is love you have nothing more to do. Then where you are, you have heaven; then all seeking comes to an end.”