Sunday, December 31, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - December 31, 2017

You can't push yourself into enlightenment... You can only wait for grace.

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Wise Resolutions

The most comfortable and wisest people are those who watch their health when they are healthy; guard their country when it is untroubled; and cultivate their fields well when weeds are nonexistent or scarce.

—Venerable Chwasan, “The Grace in This World

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/31/17

“Another cycle closes. It was a very intense year. The great Mystery manifested in a very demanding way with the goal of awakening both love and the awareness of life’s greater purpose. Looking back on this year year, what has remained with you? What lessons are now engraved upon your soul? What is the greatest gift you have received? What allows your heart to open and be grateful? To honor these gifts, I invite you to make a pact of light. In 2018, what commitment can you make in order to assist your evolutionary process? Which intelligent austerity can help you to expand loving consciousness?”
Sri Prem Baba

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: True Self-Refinement

Through the constant refining of the self—of teasing out what is not self and letting it go—we suffer less, get unburdened, feel lighter.

—Mary Talbot, “Saving Vacchagotta

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/30/17

“We have many reasons to be thankful. We can thank the fact that we are incarnated in this body, having the chance to try out the divine game on this plane of existence. We can thank the rising sun, the shining stars, the wind, the flowers’ perfume, the children’s smiles. We can thank the faith and the trust that keep us from giving up. We can thank the force we have to continue ahead, despite the many challenges. May we thank the real possibility of remembering who we are and the love that allows us to be thankful.”
Sri Prem Baba

Friday, December 29, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: Accept Yourself

In accepting yourself, you’re simply agreeing to the fact that you are already accepted by the entire universe, just as you are.

—Ruben L. F. Habito, “Be Still & Know

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/29/17

“The universe is music. Music is mathematics. Music has beats, off-beats, and rests of silence that fill the space between them. You are here to learn to dance to the music of life - accepting the beats, off-beats, and the silence in between.”
Sri Prem Baba

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: Our Fearsome Friend

If we understand fear as an evolved survival mechanism, we gain some perspective and perhaps some release from our identification with the feeling. We might even arrive at a place where we can bow down to fear, seeing it as a friend who is looking out for our very life.

—Wes Nisker, “It’s Only Natural

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love

“Awareness of life’s purpose comes with maturity which is a blossoming that happens through awakening spiritual virtues.”
Sri Prem Baba

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - December 27, 2017

For respect to come to you, you must respect yourself first. And for you to respect yourself first, you've got to make contact with that part in you that is worthy of respect. Not your will, but a deeper part of your being or discipline.
-  Ram Dass  -

Via Daily Dharma: The Great Teacher

Nature is the great teacher. Shakyamuni went to the jungle to find its teachings, Moses up the mountain, Jesus to the desert, and Bodhidharma and Muhammad to their caves. We tend to forget this, so it is important to have a practice that reminds us of it again.

—Clark Strand, “Turn Out the Lights

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/27/17

“One of the greatest challenges for human beings is being addicted to feeling accepted, respected and loved by others which isn’t always possible. We will inevitably come up against people who don’t like us, who don’t respect us and who don’t think like us. We will meet people who hate us and judge our choices; people who attack us, even if it’s only a subtle attack. Sometimes words of malice aren’t spoken, but we can feel the hostility in the air. Oftentimes, this is enough for us to feel threatened and close our heart. Our challenge is to avoid falling into this trap, understanding that the other has their own history that makes them unable to love us for whatever reason. This lack of love doesn’t have to affect us. Our work is not to give energy to evil. We know that it exists, but we don’t have to feed it.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Let Desire Melt Away

All we can say is that desire arises in the mind, stays in it for a while, and dissolves in it. The more we try to find any intrinsic characteristics in desire, the more it melts away under our gaze, as frost under the morning sun.

—Matthieu Ricard, “Working With Desire

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/26/17

“Only real love can help the other to heal. Love doesn’t try to control the other’s process, especially since this isn’t even possible. If we want to see the result of our waves of love or if we want the other to transform with our prayer, this is not real love. This is selfishness masquerading as altruism. Authentic love doesn’t expect results. It goes on doing, giving and praying without expecting anything in return.”

Sri Prem Baba

Monday, December 25, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: Limitless Charity

One small act of charity (dana paramita) is said to be equal to countless acts of charity. No one can measure the effects of a single act of giving, for its repercussions are beyond our limited imagination.

—Taitetsu Unno, “Three Grapefruits

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/25/17

“Jesus is one of the names of the divine Self that inhabits us. It is the name of the deepest Self that lives within each one of us. We incarnate here to experience the divine Self, the real Self, which is eternal and indestructible, without beginning or end, which is beyond duality and is the source of happiness. We are here to become Jesus.”
Sri Prem Baba

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: Generosity Goes Beyond Gifts

An act of giving is of most benefit when one gives something of value, carefully, with one’s own hand, while showing respect, and with a view that something wholesome will come of it.

—Andrew Olendzki, “The Wisdom of Giving

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/24/17

“Today I invite you to look for the gifts that life has to offer to you. As difficult as things may be, every difficulty or challenge is a gift from the universe for our own self-development. Though it is often difficult to remove this gift from it’s packaging, when we open it, new opportunities are revealed for growth. All divine presents arrive to help us overcome fears and go beyond the erroneous idea of who we are. Life is in our favor. God is our best friend, even though, many times this is hard to believe.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Meditation without Meaning

Meditation is just to be here. This can mean doing the dishes, writing a letter, driving a car, or having a conversation—if we’re fully engaged in this activity of the moment, there is no plotting or scheming or ulterior purpose.

—Steve Hagen, “Looking for Meaning

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/23/17

“God is Light; God is the Love that inhabits us. It is the higher Truth that is inside of us. It is a force that moves towards unity, towards construction of all that is good, joyful and prosperous. However, it is possible that as this force starts to move in us, we may undergo difficult situations. In order to experience pure love and freedom, it is necessary to free ourselves from the identification with the small self that insists on believing we aren’t anything like this light.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - December 24, 2017

The technique of the witness is to merely sit with the fear and be aware of it before it becomes so consuming that there’s no space left. The image I usually use is that of a picture frame and a painting of a gray cloud against a blue sky. But the picture frame is a little too small. So you bend the canvas around to frame it. But in doing so you lost all the blue sky. So you end up with just a framed gray cloud. It fills the entire frame.

So when you say, 'I'm afraid' or, 'I'm depressed', if you enlarged the frame so that just a little blue space shows, you would say ‘Ah, a cloud.’ That is what the witness is. The witness is that tiny little blue over in the corner that leads you to say, ‘Ah, fear.’ 

- Ram Dass -

Friday, December 22, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/22/17

“If we want to take the reins of our lives and design our own destinies, commanding our own mind, we must dedicate ourselves to self-knowledge and to the cultivation of silence. As long as we don’t understand the mechanism behind our choices and the unconscious impulses that cause us to repeat negative situations in life, it remains impossible to create the life that we consciously want to have.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Commitment Leads to Care

Strong personal relationships are the pathway to experiencing impartial care and concern for all beings.

—Sylvia Boorstein, “Dear Abbey Dharma

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love Flower of the Day: 12/21/17

“The mind is one aspect of the Being - a power that we still do not understand. It is a place where thoughts pass and, if they are not well-governed, can easily be turned into unconscious impulses that come from our lower nature. Therefore, it is necessary to train the mind for it to receive only higher inspirations - for us to make wise choices in our lives. Thus, it is necessary to silence the mind and neutralize the influences of the lower self through self-knowledge and self-observation.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - December 20, 2017

A true marriage is with God. The reason we form a conscious marriage on the physical plane with a partner is to do the work of coming to God together. That is the only reason for marrying when we are conscious. The only reason. If we marry for economics, if we marry for passion, if we marry for romantic love, if we marry for convenience, if we marry for sexual gratification, it will pass and there is suffering. The only marriage contract that works is what the original contract was - we enter into this contract in order to come to God, together. That's what a conscious marriage is about. 
- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Practice Like a Child

Spiritual practice ought to be childish. It ought to help us recapture something that gets lost in the process of growing up. It ought to foster a sense of play, a sense of magic, a sense of humor.

—Norman Fischer, “Saved From Freezing

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love Flower of the Day: 12/19/17

“All human beings carry imprints on their DNA due to the lack of love they received. The only way to heal these scars and activate new particles in our DNA is through love. Some parents have been able to cultivate mature love along the course of their lives and this makes it possible for new seeds of light to be planted in the DNA of their children. And now, through the cultivation of this love, these seeds are sprouting, blossoming and bearing fruit.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via 4 of 11 Daily Dharma: Stop Distracting Yourself

When we stop distracting ourselves, trying to figure the chances of ultimate success or failure, our minds and hearts are liberated into the present moment. And this moment together is alive and charged with possibilities.

—Joanna Macy, “The Greatest Danger

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/20/17

“The mind is a flow of thoughts of various natures, but the majority of them come from the idea of me and mine, associated with the impressions that objects have on our senses. Some thoughts come from the outside, collective mind, but are captured by the individual mind through the phenomenon of magnetism. In one way or another, all thoughts that pass through us relate back to our story and as such, need to be treated as if they were ours.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via ily Dharma: Prayer Opens Us to Love

Through prayer, we come out of the mine shaft, open our eyes, become receptive to enlightened presence, the omnipotent love and compassion that exist for all beings.

—Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, “Prayer: Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Monday, December 18, 2017

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Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/18/17

“We are here to find true love - the love that is not altered by what others think and remains the same, regardless of what is happening outside of us - even when we are not treated in the way we might have hoped. It is very easy to love the people who don’t threaten us, who think like we do, who thank, respect and consider us. What is difficult is to love the people who don’t respect us, who think differently than we do and who somehow threaten us and awaken fear within us. This is our work: to love even those who don’t love us.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: How Present Are You?

There are many degrees to being present. Just because my eyes are open doesn’t mean I’m awake. It’s possible to look right at someone and still not truly see them.

—Erik Hansen, “Moving Target

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - December 17, 2017

When I start to get angry, I see my predicament and how I’m getting caught in expectations and righteousness. Learning to give up anger has been a continuous process. When Maharaji told me to love everyone and tell the truth, he also said, “Give up anger, and I’ll help you with it.” Maharaji offered me a bargain: “You must polish the mirror free of anger to see God. If you give up a little anger each day, I will help you.” This seemed to be a deal that was more than fair. I readily accepted. And he’s been true to his end of the bargain.

I found that his love helped to free me from my righteousness. Ultimately I would rather be free and in love than be right. 
-  Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Strengthen Skillful Desire

This is how a mature and healthy mind works: conducting a dialogue not so much between reason and desire as between responsible desires and irresponsible ones.

—Thanissaro Bhikkhu, “Pushing the Limits

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/17/17

“When we are in the phase of crystallizing the ego, we believe that our personal will is more important than everything else and the idea of surrender can be absolutely terrifying. At this stage, we have a need to control everything. As a result, our personal will is based in fear in which we cling to an image we have built in reference to ourselves and life, and letting go of this can seem like a death. Don’t worry - this is just part of the process. This is how fear transforms into trust. This is how we open ourselves to discover the great Mystery of life.”
Sri Prem Baba

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: No Ego, No Guilt

Relief comes when we can be honest about what we’re thinking, feeling, saying, and doing. We take responsibility for our actions without feeling guilty about them because we don’t attach a big-ego “I.”

—Thubten Chodron, “The Truth About Gossip

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/16/17

“There is a phase in the journey wherein we think that life exists in order to serve us, and thus we require things to go our way. For a period of time, the universe allows this to take place. It offers the conditions for us to fulfill our desires and crystalize the ego. In the end, it is only possible to surrender that which we have. So, we play with free will and use this power to satisfy our needs. But at some point, the game changes and it is necessary to let go of personal will in order to move forward. If we insist upon doing things our way, nothing works and we suffer. In this moment, we need to abandon the selfish and desirous self that inhabits us in order to follow the flow of life, just like a leaf is taken by the wind. This is the beginning of spiritual surrender.”
Sri Prem Baba

Friday, December 15, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: When Jealousy Dissolves

As jealousy dissolves, universal compassion and unconditional love become more easily available.

—Jorge Ferrer, “What’s the Opposite of Jealousy?

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/15/17

“The majority of the challenges that we face on this planet are due to a human inability to awaken the dimension of love called friendship. The root of all conflict is a lack of love that manifests in the form of animosity. All of our work aims to awaken this dimension of love. Slowly, we are learning to truly be friends with each other.”
Sri Prem Baba

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/14/17

“Spirituality manifests in a practical form through human relationships. Through relationships, we have the chance to ascend to the higher realms, but we may also fall, and plummet into the realms of hell of our lower nature.”

Navaratri 2015
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: At-home Practice

As you walk from room to room in your own home, try to really experience the transition of traveling from one place to another. Notice the differences between motion and stillness. Sense how you relate to various enclosures and open spaces.

—Gary Thorp, “Crossing the Threshold

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Via Ram Dass / 9 of 43 Words of Wisdom - December 13, 2017

You have to be very honest about your spiritual predicaments. You can’t be phony. Phony Holy isn’t going to get us there, in other words, you don’t go dramatically changing everything once you get a new value in your head, because you’re doing it with a certain kind of attachment of mind that’s going to cause you to have a reaction to it anyway. So don’t get voluntary-simple too soon. Let it be something that naturally falls away, rather than you ripping it away. 

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Discovering Nature within You

Nature, earth, the world—whatever you call it—is not simply something I am on but something I am. It is not outside of me: it is me, and I am it. There is no outside.

—Paul Kingsnorth, “The Witness

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/13/17

“Victimhood is a strategy - an instrument of the lower self that steals energy from the other. In order to fulfill our need for affection and to feel that we’re better than the other, we make them feel guilty by blaming them for our own unhappiness.”
Sri Prem Baba

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: Inexhaustible Generosity

When out of gratitude we use our candle to light other people’s candles, the whole room gets brighter. This is why we transfer merit to others. This kind of light is continuous and inexhaustible.

—Master Sheng-Yen, “Rich Generosity

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/12/17

“When we can recognize our own lower nature, we cease to be influenced by it. Once we identify what is acting in us, we can choose to act differently; we can choose not to give energy to that negative aspect and rather give strength to our virtues.” 
Sri Prem Baba

Monday, December 11, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/11/17

“So long as our lower nature remains unknown to us, we will easily be lured by it. We feel fear, judgment, doubt, and defensiveness, which makes us fall into compulsive thinking. Then we become frustrated, and feel anger for not having our expectations met, leading us to create more and more desires that can never be met. We enter a vicious cycle that makes us spiral downwards.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Sharing Stress and Happiness

Compassion is not condescension, but a leveling of the playing field, a recognition of yourself in others and an acceptance that their stress is your stress, that their happiness is your own.

—Stephen Schettini, “What to Expect When You’re Reflecting

Sunday, December 10, 2017

via nobhilllife

“I love you
I want to fall asleep with you,
and I could care less
whether it is in
layers upon layers
of clothing
or only our skin -
all I really want is to wake up
not knowing
where I end and you begin. ”

Coco Goes to Costco

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - December 10, 2017

A lot of people try to counteract the ‘I am not good enough’ with ‘I am good enough.’ In other words, they take the opposite and they try to invest it. That still keeps the world at the level of polarities. The art is to go behind the polarities. 

So the act is to go not to the world of ‘I am good’ to counteract ‘I am bad,’ or ‘I am lovable’ as opposed to ‘I am unlovable.’ But go behind it to ‘I am.’ I am. I am. And 'I am' includes the fact that I do crappy things and I do beautiful things and I am. That includes everything and I am.

As you start to rest in the I am-ness, from that place, you can start to set boundaries on the way you play the game and become more impeccable in the way you play it. 

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/10/17

“In order to realize our mission of awakening love throughout society, we must first become aware of our incapacity to love. In order to awaken the best in us, we need to look at our worst. The purification of evil is happening all across the globe - regardless of our internal process. Our work is to align ourselves with the new codes of light that are being activated on Earth, as we enter into harmony with the flow of life.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Waking Up to What Matters

Cleaning the bathroom or chopping the onions is no less important than sitting in deep meditation. Grasping this and acting on it is called waking up.

—Janet Jiryu Abels, “Participate Fully

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: The Power of Ritual

The process of giving oneself over to the beauty of ritual and tradition allows entry into transcendence, thus alleviating the suffering of daily life.

—Myokei Caine-Barrett, “The Great Divide

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/09/17

“A great change in the coordinates of time is taking place; we are at the apex of a great planetary transformation. This is visible, and we can see it in the crises that manifest in all sectors of society. This entire crisis indicates that there is a need for change. We are being invited to make an evolutionary jump and this transformation that we need to make in the outside world starts inside of us. By transforming ourselves, we transform the world.” 
Sri Prem Baba

Friday, December 8, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: Finding Clarity in Discomfort

You eliminate an enormous amount of suffering by concentrating on the suffering that is actually present instead of creating more with your thinking.

—Larry Rosenberg, “When the Student Is Ready, the Teacher Bites

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/08/17

“A healthy person not only eats ‘well,’ exercises and gets excellent results on routine health exams, but he or she is actually in harmony with the flow of life. They are capable of manifesting qualities such as acceptance, self-responsibility, resilience, and a pure heart, void of evil.”
Sri Prem Baba

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/07/17

“If you want to be a true healer, work to heal yourself. Start looking at your dissatisfactions, getting to know your own evil and the way it unfolds in your life. Bring all the people that you have blamed for your suffering into your heart. Recognize that everything that happens in your life is your choice, and through this self-responsibility, space for forgiveness will open. This is how, little by little, the flower of compassion will open, until you are eventually able to become a true channel of blessings. This will be possible when you have manifested a pure heart - meaning that evil is no longer acting through you.”
Sri Prem Baba

VIa Daily Dharma: Our Life’s Work

Life is precious, and so death must be precious too. Our job is to figure out why.

—Shozan Jack Haubner, “Consider the Seed

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - December 6, 2017

Bearing the unbearable is the deepest root of compassion in the world. When you bear what you think you cannot bear, who you think you are dies. You become compassion. You don't have compassion - you are compassion. True compassion goes beyond empathy to being with the experience of another. You become an instrument of compassion.

- Ram Dass  -

Via Daily Dharma: You’re Already Whole

The great Buddhist truth is that we have been whole from the very beginning: we need only realize it.

—Taylor Plimpton, “Expressing the Inexpressible

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: Setting Healthy Boundaries

A lack of healthy boundaries can lead to our compassion being blown away before it’s had a chance to take root. As we develop, though, boundaries held too tightly can stifle our compassion.

—Lorne Ladner, “Taking a Stand

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/05/17

“We need to develop a quantum vision of health - a vision wherein we assume that all illnesses are creations of the mind. When we see things this way, we can take responsibility for our miseries and manifest our own healing.”
Sri Prem Baba

Monday, December 4, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: Don’t Let Your Possessions Own You

It is not the number and diversity of our possessions that is the problem but our attachment to them. . . . What we need to relinquish, therefore, is our attachment to possessions and experiences, not the things themselves.

—Toinette Lippe, “Between Eternities

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 11/30/17

“We are here to find unconditional love - one that isn’t influenced by external circumstances. We are here to find love that remains the same regardless of whether we are treated well or treated poorly. It is very easy to love those that don’t threaten us, that think like we do, that please us, and respect and consider us. But it is very difficult to love the people that don’t respect us, who think differently than we do, and who, in some way, threaten us causing fear to arise in us.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Love Makes a Meaningful Life

Grace provides the framework within which a meaningful life is lived. Love is the substance of it day to day. To live a spiritual life, then, is essentially to do things “for the love of it.”

—Dharmavidya David Brazier, “Let Grace In

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom for December 3, 2017

We are training to be nobody special. And it is in that nobody-specialness that we can be anybody.  

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma / Do You Speak Kindly to Yourself?

Conventionally, right speech refers to how we speak to others, but I also believe it can help us pay attention to how we speak to ourselves. 

—Mark Epstein, “If the Buddha were Called to Jury Duty

Via Flower of the Day: 12/03/17

“The human mind is a great power, but it is ungoverned. We need to learn to direct this power - and all that manifests through it - with wisdom. This is the essence and the deepest meaning of our work: Taking the reins of the mind in order to become the lords of our own destiny. If we don’t know how to control the mind, we can’t have any control over our own lives.”
Sri Prem Baba

Saturday, December 2, 2017

via Daily Dharma / How Goals Can Limit You

As long as we practice in a goal-oriented framework, the harder we practice the more we reinforce that framework.

—Ken McLeod, “Where the Thinking Stops

Via Sri Prem Baba / Flower of the Day

“There is only one life force. It is the same force that makes flowers bloom and the rivers flow. It is what allows our eyes to open and our hearts to beat. This life force is the being that inhabits all the realms of nature. It has been said that, ‘In the world of minerals, the being is still in the sleep state; in the plant kingdom, the being begins to feel; in the animal kingdom, the being starts to stir; and in the realm of humans, the being begins to evolve.’ I feel that this is our mission. We are at the forefront of this immense vital current that flows towards the expansion of higher consciousness. This expansion is our responsibility that we hold amongst all beings on the planet.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: A Benefit of Giving Up Certainty

Giving up one’s own certainties can open up a door toward a deeper intimacy with things, especially with people.

—Henry Shukman, “Far from Home

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - November 29, 2017

If we have finally decided we want God, we’ve got to give it all up. The process is one of keeping the ground as we go up, so we always have ground, so that we’re high and low at the same moment – that’s a tough game to learn, but it’s a very important one. The game isn’t to get high – the game is to get balanced and liberated.
- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Joy Arises from Simplicity

Once we are willing to be directly intimate with our life as it arises, joy emerges out of the simplest of life experiences.

—Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, “Simple Joy

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 11/29/17

“Yoga is a remedy for violence. It doesn’t matter what type of yoga; it teaches the way back to a loving heart. It is a path back to the sacred abode where we find our espiritual treasure - infinite and unconditional love - with the capacity to love even those that attack us.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 11/28/17

“When we feel threatened, our tendency is to treat evil with an even greater evil. It’s very difficult to love when we feel threatened because fear is the opposite of love. Where there is fear, there is no love.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 11/27/17

“Even though at our core our essence is love, awakening this attribute has become a great mystery. We are here to awaken this essence that lies dormant within us - this love that we truly are. But in a world where selfishness rules, this has become increasingly challenging.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via 7 of 12 Daily Dharma: Break through Walls with Dharma

The dharma breaks through every wall we erect because its ultimate goal is compassion, but compassion arises only when we embrace the foreigner as the self.

—Kurt Spellmeyer, “Globalism 3.0

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - November 26, 2017

The sooner one develops compassion in this journey, the better. Compassion lets us appreciate that each individual is doing what he or she must do, and that there is no reason to judge another person or oneself. You merely do what you can to further your own awakening.  

-  Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Spiritual Goal-Setting

If you aren’t careful, you’ll spend your whole life doing nothing besides waiting for your ordinary-person hopes to someday be fulfilled.

—Kodo Sawaki Roshi, “To You

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 11/25/17

“We free ourselves from the past by making peace with it. The first step we must take is to become aware of the denied negative feelings trapped in our system. There are certain ‘no’s’ that manifest as jealousy, envy, possessiveness, obstinacy, and many other forms of self-destruction. Becoming conscious of all of this is not enough because we can still fall into the trap of thinking that we are a victim of destiny, of the other, of our government, or of our father or mother. In order to stop being a prisoner of the past, it is necessary to awaken the value of self-responsibility.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 11/26/17

“There is a negative intentionality that exists within us that makes us constantly sabotage our own happiness.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: We Are All Believers

When we see that belief gives color to every stratum of our experience of reality, we can embrace others as kindred believers, regardless of the shades we tend to favor.

—Pamela Gayle White, “Real Belief