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Archive for December 27th, 2011

Heart

 

 

“If at first forgiveness feels a little awkard, please remember that forgiveness is not a condoning of the unskillful acts which has caused injury, but a touching of the actor with mercy and loving kindness. . . Forgiveness benefits oneself, not just another.  Although we may open our hearts to another, it is a means of letting ourselves back into our own heart.  Indeed, forgiveness may be felt across hundreds of miles and even acknowledged, but that is not the primary purpose of . . . meditation.  In fact, to wait for scuh acknowledgement is an example of how we continue unfinished business.”  ~~~ Healing Into Life & Death, 1987.

Here is a link to a song that was written for Stephen & Ondrea.  Only Love is Real.

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Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong and Kenley

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Here is a great clip of Ram Dass interviewing Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) in 1995.

They explore emotions, interbeing, mindful breathing, impermanence, non-self, and happiness.

It’s about a 10 minute clip, jammed packed with teaching.  Settle back in your chair and relax as you listen to two incredible masters.

In loving-kindness.

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Om bija

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They say that Om is the sound of the universe.  That it is primordial.

I find that it is important to explore many different ways of meditating and finding peace.  If you are like me, as I change from moment to moment, I need to find a practice that will do well for me, right then.

After work, my mind is racing or completely stuck on the day’s events.  When I get home, trying to focus on my breath is not easy.  I may try walking meditation or chanting to help me foster some focus.  I might also use my mala or a gathas.  (I will be explaining all these forms of meditation in up coming posts and really focusing on how they are helpful when you are by the bedside or you are grieving).

For now, enjoy this relaxing chant of Om.

May you know peace.  May you foster peace in the world.  May you be peace.

 

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Light in the night (Castelldefels)

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This blog needs no introduction or follow up.

Anyway we can be kind to ourselves is of great benefit to the whole world.

Foster that inner light for all to see in these dark times.

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