Archive for April 21st, 2012

So, right here, right now, let’s create something different… let’s turn our talents, attention, breath, focus, intention, love, and magic toward creating the world we want rather than living in a world that continues to exploit, continues to pit each other against one another, continues to shame us, continues to tell us whom to love, to to be friends with, how to live, how to die, and whom to worship. Let’s start right now, not tomorrow, not Monday morning, but right now… let’s free ourselves from believing that it won’t change… we have the courage and the ability to change and to make this life, this moment count!

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Always enjoy posts from Talesfromthelou’s blog.. thought this one on death and the transmigration of the soul was a good fit for readers here as well and so happy to pass it on. Definitely a day read on my list of blogs!

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Time and time again, I see posts, quotes, and lessons that are very similar to this… and what I realize is that there seem to be only two things that are important in life… breath and love… is there really anything else???? Lovely post. thanks for offering it to us!

Self Blossoming

At the time of death, only two questions matter:

1. How much knowledge have you gained? (What lessons have you learnt and what lessons do you have to come back to finish learning?)

2. How much Love you have given?

Love is the main essence of our existence. We come back only for Love. And Knowledge is the way towards Love. Recognise it Now.

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First-rate teaching!

Life is but a dream!

“One way to understand moods is that they are just the habit patterns of our mind continually playing themselves out in different scenarios. According to the view of Dharma, we don’t need to understand them or consider them so much as we need to replace them with new habits. This is where practice comes in. When we practice, we involve our body, emotions and mind in a new habit which is much more “real” in the sense that it is in line with the reality of enlightenment. This is the definition of purification.
The problem with paying much attention at all to emotional states is that we must on some level believe that they are real if we are considering them at all. We reinforce our sense of egoic reality by examining and exploring them, much in the way Narcissus was enamored of his reflection. When we come to practice…

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Have enjoyed this blog. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check it out, do so. A smart, talented woman sharing information about smart, talented women out there making a difference in the lives of everyone on the planet. Kudos!


You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed.

Iyanla Vanzant

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Just mentioned to a friend, in an email, how hard it is to come back from retreat, where being so openhearted is the norm for so many of us, and feeling an instinctive need to harden and push things away. This is a great reminder in our need to balance and being able to flow with what is, wherever we find ourselves. Lovely post!

Lessons From the End of a Marriage

It is so easy to toughen under stress, to tense and tighten to carry the load.  Perhaps it is time to learn from the water around us.  Water is a most powerful force, able to carve mountains into great valleys, move enormous loads, and traverse even the most inhospitable terrain.  Water is able to this without rigidity, without tension.  It flows around obstacles, slowly wearing them away rather than getting stuck behind the barrier.  Let your inner ice thaw, relax and flow, and you may find the journey to be an easier one.

Why We Should Be Like Water & Live With Ease.

The Water Is Wide

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As always, another great post from Beyond Meds. Check out this article on self-compassion and neuroscience. I’ve read some things that have come out of the Mind Science talks but there is so much more to know. Any tool we have to helping us cultivate deep listening, compassionate speech, heartfelt gratitude, and abiding care for others is soo needed in today’s world. Peace to you all. Jennifer

Self-compassion and awareness are the qualities we need to start to heal our mind and body. Bringing mindfulness to a problem is the beginning of change. Paying attention to a process is changing the process! Even before any behavior changes.

Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist, award-winning lecturer at Stanford University, and leading expert on the mind-body relationship. Dr. McGonigal is the author of The Willpower Instinct and Yoga for Pain Relief, and with Sounds True she has created an audio learning program called The Neuroscience of Change.

In this episode, Tami speaks with Dr. McGonigal about how we can consciously change the “default settings” of our brain, what we can do to tune into ourselves at a physiological level during difficult emotional situations, and how self-criticism can hinder our attempts to change our behavior. Dr. McGonigal also shares a practice of cultivating self-compassion…

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“But the transformation I was seeking wasn’t to be found in what happened to the pain; it would be found in what happened within me in relationship to it.  It would be found in opening rather than closing down, in compassion for myself rather than contempt.

All I could do was deal with whatever experience I was actually facing, and add one more drop to the bucket, one more moment of mindfulness, of transforming my relationship to suffering.  Realizing this, I let go of my impatient expectation and edged out of the despotic reign of time.  And kept on practicing.”  Tara Brach

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