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This is great… sit with it for a bit….

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such simple and profound words!

Ben Naga


With quiet mind and open heart
A thirst for conflict has no place
There is no end of time or space
Flow round the obstacle instead

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just wrote up some posts about chanting for the coming week. . . how wonderful that I stumbled upon this tonight!!!
so many great posts out there!

Cosmic Loti

Oh Vajraholder, we prostrate at your lotus feet
Recite this mantra to dispel obstacles to our practice, and other unfavourable conditions.

How cool is this? Duncan Maybury wandered around on Saturday with a camera, and this is some of what he saw through it…




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Lotus Mudra

Great practice!


My new yoga newsletter had a little piece about how
To Open Up Your Heart, so with a few additions, this is it!

Your hands form the symbol of the pure Lotus mudra to help open up your
heart, to receive ever more fully.

Start with your hands in a lotus bud position, in front of the heart, all
fingertips touching. Then gradually open up the 3 middle fingers with
each in-breath. (The thumbs and little fingers are touching all the time.)
Imagine that your heart is opening up more while your fingers move apart,
imagine you receive light and love more fully. Then gradually let the
fingertips come back together, moving with each exhalation, till they are back in the beautiful bud. Pause for a few moments and repeat.

Notice what feelings arise as you breathe quietly and practice the slow opening and closing of the lotus bud.


Yoga has a sly, clever way…

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Lovely Michael! Thanks for sharing with us!

Have A Dream

Everyone, no matter how poor, can give something. We can give a loving thought, a sweet word, a radiant smile, a moving song, a helping hand any of which may bring comfort to a broken heart. more than money, the world needs love and sympathy. ~ J. P. Vaswani.

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How It Is

Great post on dukkha. . .


More unseasonal weather today. With visitors arriving one would prefer things to be different. But then again, one nearly always prefers things to be other than they are, and this attitude can mean that we miss the opportunities in what is actually here:

When we explore this mind-state of dukkha, we find that it is created by a deep aversion to being with How It Is right now. This silent, unconscious war with How It Is unwittingly drives much of our behaviour: We reach for the pleasant. We hate the unpleasant. We try to arrange the world so that we have only pleasant mind-states, and not unpleasant ones. We try to get rid of this pervasive state of unsatisfactoriness in whatever way we can – by changing things “out there”.  By changing the world.

Thoreau, through his quiet investigation of his own mental states in the quiet at Walden Pond…

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Challenge your assumptive world. . .


“Reality is what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is what we believe.
What we believe is based upon our perceptions.
What we perceive depends upon what we look for.
What we look for depends upon what we think.
What we think depends upon what we perceive.
What we perceive determines what we believe.
What we believe determines what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is our reality.” 

Gary Zukav

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Thanks for sharing deep, unending wisdom with us here. Great reminders of what we know at birth and get conditioned to forget and hide from.

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as always, another great blog post at Beyond Meds!

Breathe, Relax, Feel, Watch, Allow

Kripalu Healthy Living faculty member Ken Nelson teaches us the concept of BRFWA.

h/t Thrive Blog

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love the imagery and the words. . .

Life is but a dream!

Out of my deeper heart a bird rose and flew skywards.

Higher and higher did it rise, yet larger and larger did it grow.

At first it was but like a swallow, then a lark, then an eagle, then as a vast spring cloud, and then it filled the starry heavens.

Out of my heart a bird flew skywards. And it waxed larger as it grew. Yet it left not my heart.

O my faith, my untamed knowledge, how shall I fly to your height and see with you man’s larger self pencilled upon the sky?

How shall I turn this sea within me into mist, and move with you in space immeasurable?

How can a prisoner within the temple behold its golden domes?

How shall the heart of a fruit be stretched to envelop the fruit also?

O my faith, I am in chains behind these bars of silver…

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