The Moment That Defined Spirituality

November 29, 2010 by  
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Below is a very interesting post I found on O, the Oprah Magazine.  Enjoy!

A window opening. A glimpse of the ungraspable. A sudden surge of love…or hope…or awe. We asked artists, writers, thinkers, and doers to recall the flashes of understanding that took their breath away.

Faith Adiele
Author of Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun (Norton)

Every time I act without knowing the outcome, with the risk of failure looming before me, I try to see that as a spiritual moment. Every time I transcend my limitations or touch something larger than myself: one step closer.

Diana Ackerman
Author of The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story (Norton)

Growing up in Illinois, I played outside each day and found nature a limitless source of surprises and wonder. That’s where I first felt a sense of belonging to its pervasive mystery, of being finite in the face of the infinite and surrounded by powerful and unseen forces. A deity wasn’t required; I rejoiced in a sort of eco-spirituality. I still think of myself as an Earth Ecstatic. The tenets of this personal religion are few: I believe in the sanctity of life and the ability of people to improve their behavior toward others. As basic as that stance is, for me it is also tonic, deeply spiritual, and complete—it glorifies the lowliest life-forms and embraces the most distant stars…Continued

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Want To Be Happier?

November 28, 2010 by  
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Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans – John Lennon

Below is an interesting post on today’s Huffington Post on the topic of living life in the present.

The post discusses our two ailments; 1 – Either hung up on the past or planning for the future and 2 – Seldom bringing our attention to the moment we are living thus often wasting the experience.

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Move Chaotic Emotions Aside to Find Real Answers

November 27, 2010 by  
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It’s so easy to see other people’s troubles clearly.  And it also seems easy to see what they should do to get out of their suffering.  The reason for that is simple: we are not emotionally invested and conflicted in other people’s problems. So we think we can see and resolve their problems without much effort.

But, when it comes to our issues we have feelings.  We also have all the voices in our head (read yesterday’s blog) vying for their opinion to be the decisive one.

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Become Who You Truly Are

November 26, 2010 by  
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Can you truly answer “Who am I?” and “What do I want?” Or are the answers to these questions wrapped up in a self that is the result of a persona we have taken on?

To honestly answer these questions we first have to practice self-acceptance.  We have to journey within and get to know our unique essence which is above and beyond our name, history, failures and successes.

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Experiencing Life Through Other People’s Point Of View

November 25, 2010 by  
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Years ago I saw a film called The Joy Luck Club.  The film tells the story of a few women and their mothers from the mothers’ point of view.  I watched the movie alone late at night. Half way into the film, I started to sob. I was overcome by a deep sorrow of having lived so many years without ever attempting to experience my relationship with my mother from her point of view.  In my wants and desires for my life in the world, I had forgotten I was part of her. She had given me life while I wanted to live that life. Because of that experience I was able to gain a new understanding and compassion for her.

Our minds are set up in such a way that we observe and experience everything as if we are the center of the universe.  Things and people exist because of us and for us.  The result is most often conflict and judgment.

Reminding ourselves to also experience our relationships through other people’s point of view turns our own lives into more layered and rounded existences.

The everyday practice is simply to develop a complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions, and to all people, experiencing everything totally without mental reservations and blockages, so that one never withdraws or centralizes onto oneself Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Having The Courage To Be Vulnerable

November 24, 2010 by  
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Check out this Ted (ideas worth spreading) Houston Talk by Brené Brown. In this video Brené discusses how being afraid of our vulnerability keeps us from connecting to others. She offers having the courage to fully be our imperfect selves as the solution.

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The Transformative Power Of Love

November 22, 2010 by  
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Below is a beautifully written and touching post by Dan Gottlieb on the Huffington Post.  Dan discusses how when we open ourselves up to the love that already exists within us, life changes.  When we finally realize that loving someone is not about changing them into the people we would like them to be, we are ready to embrace the love that lives within us. We often spend so much of our time and energy trying to prove who we are to others and ourselves that we end up running over what would actually make our lives in what we keep searching for; a more profound and transformative experience.

His observations come as a result of the loss of his mother and of a friend’s loss of his son.  Unfortunately sometimes it takes a tragedy for life to come into focus again.

Don’t wait to experience a great loss in your life to peel away the layers of anger and discontent to find what already lives within you.  In love there is compassion and warmth. Love yourself and others today.

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By Dan Gottlieb

As much as I hate to say it, the Beatles were wrong when they said, “Love is all you need.” It’s just not that simple.

Love nurtures life, but we need much more. I think Andrew Lloyd Webber got it right when he wrote the lyric, “Love changes everything,” for the musical “Aspects of Love.” Love changes our lives, whether it’s the openhearted, head-over-heels kind of love that makes us obsessed with our lover, or the kind of love we feel for a child. But love also changes our lives when it slowly begins to die in a marriage, or when it’s betrayed by broken promises.

And the nature of love is forever altered when death visits the relationship…Continued

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Woman Fighting Sex Slavery Named Hero Of The Year

November 21, 2010 by  
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2010 marked the forth year CNN honors individuals who invest their time and energy to help others. Since 2007 men and women who feed the hungry, educate and protect children, bring clean water to far away places receive the spotlight for the causes. This year the winner is Anuradha Koirala chosen by the public during and eight week online voting process. Her program has saved over 12,000 women and girls from sex slavery.

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How To Live A Life Of Awe And Inspiration

November 21, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

AWE, an emotion variously combining veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime.

Is there anything more moving than being overwhelmed by a sight or a feeling that moves us at a core level?

In his article for O Magazine David Hochman writes: “Scientists say it pays to cultivate more wonder in your life, whether by forwarding heart-swelling news stories or hiking the Grand Canyon. That’s because channeling awe not only produces pleasant physiological effects—such as the warm feeling in the chest activated by the vagus nerve—and gives a sense of fulfillment; it “can help a person reflect on how an upsetting event fits into their philosophy of life, or how their personal experience unites them with humanity,” says Michelle Shiota, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at Arizona State University.”

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Find Your Own Sense Of Value

November 19, 2010 by  
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Yes, we all want the same things but how we feel, express and process those same needs is unique to each one of us.  That’s why it’s so important we get to know ourselves.

We know we want to be happy.  But, what are the things that make YOU or ME truly happy?  We want to be safe.  But how do YOU or I feel safe.  We are the sum of many parts.

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