God speaks to each of us…
October 29, 2010, 10:23 am
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God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like flame
and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.

~Rilke, Book of Hours, I, 59

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Awakening – It’s Happening
October 28, 2010, 8:24 am
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This is Part 1 of 2.

I am moved by Mooji’s tenderness,
and his reassurance at the end of Part 2.

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A Quiet Space
October 25, 2010, 8:57 pm
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The following are comments Toni Packer made to students following the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11. It seems to me that the questions she asks are relevant in all of life… not just during crisis.

Someone asked for a few words of advice for dealing with the torrent of emotions and confusion that is coming up in the wake of the horrendous explosions that shook many of us to the roots.

If possible, can we find a quiet moment in a quiet space in the midst of all the noise, agitation and confusion, a quiet spot in the eye of sadness and grief, pain, anger, and rage, the urge for revenge, and the longing for security to end all suffering? Can we listen silently to the contractions of fear, anger and the throbbing of longing for safety?

Can we listen ever more silently to the constant, agitated reactions to what we are witnessing on television or, live, in front of our eyes, thinking frantically about what could have happened, should have happened or ought to happen in response to it all? Can moments of calm presence reveal the turmoil of thinking and emoting, staying with it all without being completely taken over by it?

Can we come back time and time again, with infinite patience, to what is actually taking place right now, this very moment—the sadness and grief paining heart and mind, fear knotting the stomach and guts, anger making the heart pound faster, driving the blood to the head, and also hear the sound of rain and motor noises around us, see the brightness and darkness of the room, the sky, the smell in the air? Can we come back not just to the reactions to all of this, but simply perceive sounds and sights and the feel of what is actually taking place?

This stillness has room for everything happening on this earth—the good and the evil, the wounding, the helping and the healing, the dying and living, the hating, the killing and the inexhaustible love that transcends it all in a way too marvelous to comprehend.

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As we let our light shine…
October 24, 2010, 8:38 pm
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“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.”

~Marianne Williamson

Life will give you…
October 20, 2010, 6:01 pm
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“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”

~Eckhart Tolle

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The most sublime truth of all…
October 19, 2010, 9:40 am
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The most sublime truth of all
has never been stated or written or sung.
Not because it is far away and can not be reached,
but because it is so intimately close,
closer than anything that can be spoken.
It is alive as the stillness in the core of your being
too close to be described, too close to be objectified,
too close to be known in the usual way of knowledge.
The truth of who you are is yours already.
It is already present…


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October 18, 2010, 6:59 am
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The word Namaste originated from the Sanskrit namaskara, which is used to greet a person in a way that signifies honoring the divinity within them. The word is formed from the Sanskrit namaḥ, “to bow, give obeisance or reverential salutation,” and te “to you.”

The hands can be placed in front of the heart in greeting, or higher—as shown here—to signify reverence and/or worship. When the hands are placed on top of one’s head it indicates the utmost reverence or respect.

There are several interpretations of the word, all of which generally mean the same thing: “I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you that is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One.”

And so to you, my few faithful readers, I bow.


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Stepping out of self-deception
October 17, 2010, 7:20 am
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I attended a Day of Mindfulness yesterday, with Rodney Smith, author of stepping out of self-deception–the buddha’s liberating teaching of no-self. What a wonderfully peaceful time it was, listening to Rodney speak, meditating as a group, eating together in silence, and hearing his answers to a few questions.

I’ve just started reading this book, and found this statement from the Introduction to be particularly enlightening:

“Spiritual practice is stepping out of the assumed reality of “me” by understanding what the “me” is and withdrawing energy from its perceptual fixations. The Buddha made the realization and integration of anatta* central to his teaching. We are without separate existence; that is a fact. When we align all our practices and efforts with this fact, the spiritual path becomes quite simple and transforms everything we do. All the monasteries, renunciations, restraints, skillful means, the full-lotus position, and nose-tip awareness, all of it, has only this intended purpose. An essential point will be stated many times in different ways throughout this book, and this is that we must be very careful not to carry the assumption of separation within the practices that have the intended purpose of stepping out of self-deception. If we do, we will be reinforcing our egoic conditioning and move in the opposite direction of the freedom of the Buddha.”

*The term anatta means no permanently abiding self or soul, and is at the heart of the Buddha’s teaching.

As I read through his book, I will continue to quote Rodney on this blog.

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Awareness remains
October 15, 2010, 11:58 am
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I sit,
in a quiet room
listening to silence

some discordant,
some melodic,
come and go

I get up,
go outside
and walk,
along a forest trail

Cool air,
like a whisper,
caresses my face,
of the coming winter

I stop,
close my eyes,
seeing nothing,
the forest dissolves
into darkness

Awareness remains
every moment,
sitting, walking
seeing or blind,
the observer
and the observed


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That which is awake…
October 14, 2010, 8:38 am
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That which is awake does not need religion or spiritual teachers.

That which (thinks it) is not (yet) awake
(thinks it) needs religion or gurus to help it awaken.

That which (thinks it) needs (help) to awaken will never awaken.

That which needs nothing is awake.

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