Thursday, 31 May 2012

I've said it before and I will say it again (and again and again): "you are absolutely breathtaking."

The Way

The Way does not need cultivation;
Just don't pollute it.
What is pollution?
As long as you have a fluctuating mind,
Creating artificialities and pursuing inclinations,
All is pollution.
If you want to understand the Way directly,
The normal mind is the Way.
What is normal mind?
It has no artificial contrivance,
No right or wrong, no grasping or rejection,
No ordinariness and no sanctity.

- Ancestor Ma

Life is not lived in some far-off, imagined land of someday where everything is perfect. It is lived here and now, with the reality of the way things are. Yes, by all means you can work toward an idealized existence. Yet to do so, you must successfully deal with the world as it is. That, in fact, is much of what gives life its richness. Even though your present circumstances are less than ideal, you can nonetheless prevail and prosper. The real and present difficulties never have to give you a reason to give up. On the contrary, they provide you with a clearly defined path for moving forward.
If everything was already perfect, there would be no opportunity to make improvements. There would be no way to enjoy the profound satisfaction of making a positive difference. Enthusiastically embrace life as it is, with all the ups and downs. For within the context of life as it is you can make it truly outstanding.

Inner beauty

While we spend much time 'making up' our faces to ensure our appearance is beautiful for others, we forget to make up our minds. This is not about making decisions. Making up our mind means ensuring that our thoughts are positive and our feelings towards others are filled with good wishes. When we do, others begin to sense a deeper beauty emanating from behind the skin! This is inner beauty. Don't hide behind your face. Let the real you show through.


Wednesday, 30 May 2012

When you strongly desire something, simply believe it is going to happen. Simply know that the giver is so compassionate, and you will get what you desire if it is best for you.  This faith, ‘The giver is going to grant me what is the best for me’, does the job!

~ Sri Sri

When you look closely, you see that people of the present are none other than people of old, and the functions of the present are none other than the functions of the past; even going through a thousand changes and myriad transformations, here it is just necessary for you to recognize it first hand before you can attain it.

- Foyan

Live each moment

Today is when your life is happening. Now is when life’s opportunities are yours. Within you is a dream, a longing, a purpose, a desire to experience life’s richness in your own unique way. Surrounding you is a universe filled with energy and abundance, and possibilities. Now is when you have the opportunity to connect your most treasured dreams with that abundance, and to bring them to life. Focused, purposeful, inspired action is how you can most effectively do so. On this day, in this moment, the possibilities are more than just intellectual curiosities. Right now, the possibilities are real. Today you can choose, you can take action, you can make a difference and you can make real, satisfying, lasting progress. Today you have the priceless opportunity to live your life as you envision it. The best life you can imagine is today within your grasp. So go beyond mere imagining, and live each moment in the direction of the very best you know life can be.

Resistance leads to persistence. Whatever you resist or push against simply persists and pushes back in equal measure. Instead, transform resistance into acceptance by practicing "Que Sera, Sera ... whatever will be, will be..."

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Light a lamp

Whenever you entrust your heart to a thought,
something will be taken from you inwardly.

“When we are mired in the relative world, never lifting our gaze to the mystery, our life is stunted, incomplete; we are filled with yearning for that paradise that is lost when, as young children, we replace it with words and ideas and abstractions - such as merit, such as past, present, and future - our direct, spontaneous experience of the thing itself, in the beauty and precision of this present moment.”
― Peter Matthiessen
A wealth you cannot imagine
flows through you.
Do not consider what strangers say.
Be secluded in your secret heart-house,
that bowl of silence.


Namaste to you my Sweet Friends! NAMASTE!

'Namaste' is a wonderful way of greeting each other. This word is a sacred Sanskrit word, originated in India, that has a deep meaning. 'Namaste' is a salutation done when people meet each other, in South India the word is said as 'Namaskaram'. The deeper meaning of this beautiful word is powerfully awakening human consciousness. Namaste or Namaskaram means "I acknowledge that my body is the temple where the Divine resides, and I also acknowledge that your body is a temple for the Divine, and so the Divine in me salutes the Divine in you". 'Namaste/Namaskaram' is said by looking into the eyes of the person in front of you, folding your palms in front of your heart and gently bowing your head. In this way you salute the Divine. This is a powerful way of reminding one another to love God in the other person. The extent to which you can love another human being absolutely depends on the extent to which you are connected with respect and gratitude to your own Divine Essence.

The difficulties can get you down, but only if you let them. The setbacks can make you discouraged, but only if you allow them to do so. You always have another choice. You can choose to focus on the good places you intend to go to, instead of on the painful places you’ve had to go through. Sure, life is tough and the journey is difficult. Yet at the same time life can be exquisitely beautiful and immensely rewarding. It doesn’t really accomplish anything to complain about, or to dwell on, life’s unfairness. What will make a positive difference is to put your energy and enthusiasm into following a meaningful purpose. Decide that you will put the difficulties to work for you. Let them inspire you and make you more and more determined. Each time you experience a setback, use it as an opportunity to remind you of the good and desirable places you intend to go. Then step confidently forward, leave that negative incident behind, and move ahead with more energy and passion than ever before.

When you do not upset yourself thinking about how others must change and instead you concentrate on your own change, good things start to happen. First, you will feel better about yourself. Second, you will start to have positive feelings towards others and start to understand them. Third, others start having a more positive attitude towards you.
There are examples of how perfectly realized people never uttered a single word or half a phrase without purpose. Whenever they tried to help others, they never gave random instructions, and they did not approve people arbitrarily. Nowadays there are teachers all over who sometimes speak correctly and sometimes speak without a grasp. Why? Because they have not yet attained perfect realization. Sometimes they approve people and say they are right, but then sometimes they say they are not right; how is it possible to clarify "from birth to death, it's just this person" in such a manner?

 - Foyan

Monday, 28 May 2012

Know that you can, and you can. Decide that you will, and you will. The most essential ingredient in your success is you. Your authentic intention and solid commitment will bring into your life whatever you choose. Just because achievement... is not easy or instantaneous, doesn’t mean it’s impossible or out of your reach. Know that you can, go make it happen, and what you truly desire you will most certainly achieve. The problems and challenges give you the opportunity to prove you really want the achievement. Your effectiveness in reaching it comes directly from the authentic passion you have for doing so. In every moment, you make a choice, and those choices add up to the life you experience. You can choose to follow your purpose, and to achieve what you know deep inside you can, or you can choose to avoid your greatest possibilities. In this moment, and the next and the next, choose to go forward to a life that grows ever richer and more fulfilling. You know you can, so get going, keep going, and bring your dreams magnificently to life.
We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are.

When I see
The purity of
The lotus flower,
Then my heart
Can no longer be stained.

- Mokuan

It is wise to bend rather than to break. Those who change will get spiritual wisdom. Conversely, those who have wisdom will decide to change. Change is the first law of Nature.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Embrace

Silence is a source of great strength
Lao Tzu

Striving to become one

You and your beloved have found each other again. This love is rare, extraordinarily beautiful and serene in its nature. This is love that does not know it is love, that is beyond poetry and songs, paintings and dreams. This is reality dancing intimately as two, as close to becoming one that is possible while staying in two unique expressions. This love is a true gift and when expressed and shared, it expands the whole universe and all souls that it touches in its way. You are truly blessed.

“When the Ten Thousand Things are seen
in their Oneness
we return to the Origins
where we have always been”



Saturday, 26 May 2012

This moment is here, the situation is as it is, so go with it. Your best option is to adopt a positive, enthusiastic attitude, and to move forward with what you have. Wishing, complaining, blaming and harboring resentment won’t do much other than waste your time. Instead, use that time to use what’s available to you and make things better. Your goals and dreams are too important to put off until conditions are perfect. Go with the conditions as they are, and get busy right now with making those dreams come true. There’s much to distract you, and it’s easy to make perfectly reasonable excuses out of those distractions. Yet you can choose instead to focus on the task at hand, using your diligent efforts to create what you desire from what you have. Go with what you have, from where you are, with the powerful passion of authentic purpose. And you can end up anywhere you choose.

Peace In Silence

The most difficult thing in your life — which should really be the easiest — is to sit by the side of the flow of your mind. Your mind is just like a river. Thoughts and thoughts and a crowd of thoughts go on passing. You simply sit by the bank, unconcerned, just a witness, and you are in for a great surprise.

Slowly slowly, as you become more and more centered and simply a witness, thoughts start disappearing. They can exist only with your identification.You give energy to your mind. When you pull yourself out, you have stopped giving nourishment to the mind. And once there is no nourishment — thoughts are very fragile things — they start dying out.

Soon there is silence, there is peace. And this peace is not the peace of a cemetery. This peace is not dead, it is not flat. It is such a tremendous experience that once you have reached the first rung of the ladder, the ladder goes to infinity. You can go on and on discovering new layers of peace. This is the real excitement, unending excitement. That’s the meaning of the word “ecstasy”: unending excitement. You cannot exhaust it, you cannot come to a point where you say, “There is no more to discover and I am feeling flat.” It has never happened. On my own authority I say to you, I have been going as fast as possible, deeper and deeper into silence, but there is no bottom, there is no limit.

Each moment of silence brings new fragrance. Peace brings new flowers. Nothing is said, but much is heard. Nothing is shown, but much is seen. Nobody guides you, but some magnetic force of peace itself takes you farther and farther away from the mind, from the body, from the neighbors, from the wife, from the husband. And the excitement is continuously deepening.

Unless we can create millions of people around the earth who have experienced this kind of peace, war is inevitable, because people cannot survive flat lives. It is better to go into a war and have a little excitement, although it means death.

If a man who has not known inner peace is forced to live peacefully, he will either murder or kill himself. Even that will provide some excitement. Excitement is a great nourishment, but only the right kind of excitement is nourishment. The wrong kind of excitement is poison. And up to now humanity has been dominated by the wrong kind of excitement.

WE are here to learn a very simple thing: to enjoy peace, to enjoy silence, to enjoy something that is within you and you do not have to depend on others for.
Snow covers earth and sky
Everything is new
My body is concealed
Inside a silver world
Suddenly I enter
A treasury of light
A place forever free of
Any trace of dust.

- Han-shan Te-ch'ing

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
When your open your eyes in the morning, sit for a moment and appreciate the gift of a new day, create a peaceful thought and enjoy some moments of silence throughout the whole day.

Friday, 25 May 2012

TODAY'S LIFE LESSON: shares the intention that we are able to transcend any and all of our current conditions. The idea that our wonderful field of potential is expanding and opening up to new levels of awareness and possibilities is good to know, but what does that mean?
As humans we have been a long time in the realms of illusions and limitations playing our 'who am I' games. We have been searching, looking, finding and longing to remember what our heart knows to be true.
Take a few moments today and envision your own field of potential as if it is a vast area of nature where there is plenty of everything, and something incredibly special is waiting for you there. Enter with the intention to discover your blessing as it is now time to identify yourself in a new way.
Please share what you find as we see the similarities in our common energy goals and desires these days.
DREAMS= inspirations of a new reality coming
DESIRES= insights into the true happiness you deserve
DESTINY= information about what direction to take

Donna Hamilton

With all the global activities both man made and nature made, we are in a place of rapid changes that are taking us places we have not been before.  These times can be challenging and exciting at the same time.  Once we let go of the idea that everything is moving forward in a way that benefits us, we can relax a little more into the idea that everything will be fine.

The most difficult part for us as humans, is to be able to trust that even though things look a certain way, it does not mean that it will stay that way - or even be that way for long.  We are moving through layers and layers of  old ways of thinking and being that are in an update program.  It is up to us to allow the process to flow as freely as possible.  When we are less stressed and less resistant to the changes, they can happen more gently and gracefully.

Take time each day - even if it is only for a moment and just envision yourself entering into the cosmic pond of energy that creates all things and life.  Enter into it as gently as possible.  Try not to make too many waves as you slow your movement and your busy energy down to a silent whisper that just floats on the surface effortlessly.

This will feel so good after all the chaos of your daily world.  It is simple and yet profound what a difference it can make in your health and well being. Always remember that more blessings happen in the stillness and silence than in the hectic and chaotic energy field where they can get lost or forgotten.

Enjoy the peaceful feelings and the sense of relief it brings to your soul. 

Donna Hamilton

A little extra effort can buy you a lot of additional options. Instead of always being hindered by what you must do, put yourself in full control of what you can achieve. A little more self-discipline and initiative can give you a lot more power over your own destiny. By embracing full responsibility for your own actions, you make those actions much more beneficial and effective. Avoiding that responsibility, and seeking to take the easy way out, will quickly add to your difficulties. Being less than you can be, and doing less than you know you can do, will cause far more pain than any external challenge ever could. There’s a reason why you have a burning desire to matter, to make a real difference in the world. It’s an essential part of who you are, of your deepest purpose, to get good and valuable things done. So use the opportunity of this moment, and of every moment, to live and work and love and enjoy at your highest level. Let your unique value flow forth without holding back. Live each day with the courage of your own special, beautiful possibilities. Always give your best, for it is your most profound and fulfilling desire to do so.

For those with a big heart, even impossible tasks become possible.

Abundance is not something we aquire. It is something we tune into.

In order to create good relationships... - with your mind, think about what you have to learn from others, - with your eyes, look into good qualities of others, - with your words, recognise, value and appreciate their accomplishments, - with your actions, cooperate and do something for others.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

A life without hope would be no life at all.


Having belief in yourself is the inner strength/thread that has to be present always in order to create or be anything in life. That belief has to be so strong that you will take all the knocks, the dissapointments, the moments of frustrati...on and times of hopelessness and keep going no matter what for when your moment in time arrives you will know that everything you went through to get there made you into the person you had to become to handle the next stage of your beautiful inspiring life and to show people the way, adversity is like your best friend, when it shows up welcome it with open arms.

Derek Reid
To walk the earth in friendship is to embrace the highest human potential. Friendship bathes us with warmth and life while inspiring our soul to blossom.

Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that.

Wait for evening.
Then you'll be alone.

Wait for the playground to empty.
Then call out those companions from childhood:

The one who closed his eyes
and pretended to be invisible.
The one to whom you told every secret.
The one who made a world of any hiding place.

And don't forget the one who listened in silence
while you wondered out loud:

Is the universe an empty mirror? A flowering tree?
Is the universe the sleep of a woman?

Wait for the sky's last blue
(the color of your homesickness).

Then you'll know the answer.

Wait for the air's first gold (that color of Amen).
Then you'll spy the wind's barefoot steps.

Then you'll recall that story beginning
with a child who strays in the woods.

The search for him goes on in the growing
shadow of the clock.

And the face behind the clock's face
is not his father's face.

And the hands behind the clock's hands
are not his mother's hands.

All of Time began when you first answered
to the names your mother and father gave you.

Soon, those names will travel with the leaves.
Then, you can trade places with the wind.

Then you'll remember your life
as a book of candles,
each page read by the light of its own burning.

Li-Young Lee

To live your life without expectation–without the need for specific results–that is freedom. That is Godliness.