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WORKING WITH A MENTOR

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Scott TusaLeave a Comment

Many of us struggle to stay afloat these days. We have increasing social, financial, and work burdens that often stretch us in many different directions at once, and a meditation or spiritual practice can unfortunately easily slip into just being one more thing on the to do list.

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ABOUT FRUSTRATION

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Sonia Gomes2 Comments

In our society, there is a constant and intense quest for pleasurable and satisfying experiences, but no room for dealing with disappointment. Things do not always happen as we plan, inevitably resulting in frustration and a lot of effort to avoid it. Increasingly incapable of handling frustration, because on being unprepared for it, we seek illusory alternatives and flee from a real confrontation with the causes. 

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FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Martha Boyden1 Comment

The longing for wholeness commits us to a perpetual state of dualistic suffering. We search for God, a soul mate, philosophical ideals, creative ecstasy through the many human values such as power, greed, jealousy and hatred. These dualistic patterns run through out all of samsara creating an endless perpetual dissatisfaction.

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WHAT COMES FIRST

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Jason EspadaLeave a Comment

There is something that comes before all other contemplation, that if it is lacking whatever time and energy is spent in studying is as good as wasted.  I’m referring here to a clarity of mind that grasps what’s being talked about, and that can understand it and make connections with our own life, at least to some extent. If we are not moved inwardly by what we hear or read, then something essential is missing.

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HUMAN HEALTH: ON MOVING INTO CONSCIOUS SEXUAL & EATING HABITS

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Kathrine Elizabeth Lorena JohanssonLeave a Comment

While working with techniques to release sexual energies in a healing manner, it is important to support this work with a healthy diet. The first step towards a healthy diet is not just the choice of what to eat, or to follow particular instructions from different health experts. It is actually to make oneself aware that the unfortunate condition of today’s society is that the primary goal of big businesses is to create profit. This means that food companies do not primarily focus upon the benefits of their products on the human body. They focus upon ways in which they can make people buy their products, and continue to buy their product, no matter if they are healthy or not.

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FOLLOW YOUR PATH?

In GRACEFUL LIVING by David Frank Gomes1 Comment

As the body crumbles, the soul awakens. This is why dying people always tell the living to follow your dreams. Don’t wait for sickness or death. Do it while there is still time. But now, here is the mystery. There is no path because everything is the path; and inside of that everything, there are two important distinctions: our master path and our secondary path. The master path is our inner path, our path of meaning. The secondary path is our outer path, where we put that meaning into action out in the world. The master path is about being and the secondary path is about doing.

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SMILE, YOU’VE FOUND PRECIOUS HUMAN LIFE

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Sergio MorenoLeave a Comment

Studies find that people in more diverse countries, countries with great numbers of immigrants, rely on smiling to build trust and to build cooperation. A simple reason for this is the fact that we don’t all speak the same language. But there is a different, and I think, more meaningful reason for smiling in countries with more immigrants, and that is that smiling is a way to bond socially. A smile is a rather universally understood thing. Surely we can recognize a fake smile, a genuine smile, a wicked smile, a forced or sarcastic smile. But we know a smile when we see it.

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DISAGREEMENT AS PRACTICE

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Anja Hartmann1 Comment

Every disagreement – even the tiniest quibble about how to correctly squeeze a tube of toothpaste – is a display of contradictory perspectives that, by definition, cannot co-exist in the very dimension in which they collide.

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BLUE TO REMIND US

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Lyse LaurenLeave a Comment

In the midst of a happy life are we likely to stop and ask ourselves; what is this all about?’ But when sorrows blight our existence nothing is more natural than that we should step back and question our existence. We need not shun our mind or our emotions, because, in time, they can become our greatest motivators and our staunchest allies.

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BE LIKE A LIGHTHOUSE

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Frans StieneLeave a Comment

As practitioners of a spiritual practice, we have to be like a lighthouse. We just shine the great bright light of our true identity out into the world so that others can see their own inner light. A lighthouse doesn’t judge, label, or distinguish; it just shines out its light.

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GIFTS FROM SACRED SMOKE

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Lowell Cook2 Comments

“How real are the deities? Well… How real is your suffering?” This deserves to be contemplated. Until we realize the emptiness of all experience, appearances, and phenomena, whether they be positive or negative, we have to play by their rules, the rules of the conventional world.

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PAUSE, BREATHE AND OPEN YOUR HEART

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Lyse Lauren2 Comments

We get so caught up in the little dramas going on in our lives and in our minds; that we take them to be true and real. But if we stop for a moment and look up into the sky, be it day or night and let that vision touch us in that secret, silent place beyond thoughts and words, something can happen.

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BOUNCING FORWARD

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Michaela Haas1 Comment

Most people have heard of posttraumatic stress. Yet, beyond the medical community, few are aware of the evidence of post-traumatic growth. Survivors and experts begin to focus increasingly on the possibility that we could use even the most harrowing experiences for a greater good in our own life and to impact the world.

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THE WIND IN YOUR HAIR

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Lyse LaurenLeave a Comment

When I was growing up in New Zealand there was a motorcycle advertisement that used to be played a lot on the radio. It was before the days of compulsory helmets for motorbikes and bicycles. I can still remember the tune so clearly and the feeling which it used to evoke.

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HEALING POWER IN THE RADIATION SUITE

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Kathleen Prasad16 Comments

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41. To say this experience changed my life would be a great understatement. To say this experience was extremely difficult would show a bit more candor. To say that my spiritual practice was absolutely transformed and strengthened and that I learned the true healing power of meditation – that I can say with certainty.

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THE POWER OF THE PURR

In GRACEFUL LIVING by TillyLeave a Comment

Isn’t a ROAR designed to impress or intimidate others? I mean, look at a pride of lions? It also seems, rather wrapped up in the me, myself and I, and less of the compassionate service to others. Unless it’s fiercely defending someone. But it leads me to wonder if there is so much intent on finding that ROAR these days that we are forgetting how to purr?

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DANCING WITH FEAR

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Lyse LaurenLeave a Comment

Zombiism is a word that encapsulates the rise of a modern trend; the age of the living dead. When having too much of everything has simply overwhelmed the senses and left an awful lot of people in a semi-conscious state.