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LET’S PLAY

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Rodrigo Reijers1 Comment

We sit in a circle. I wait until the group is silent, and then we begin. First I shake my hands in the air and the kids join in automatically. Then we tap on our knees, soft, louder, soft again, we tap on our chests and cheeks. The kids focus to not miss a gesture and follow the dynamics joyfully.

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THERE IS NO PUNISHMENT

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Beth Lee-Herbert1 Comment

When we encounter suffering in our lives, we sometimes incorrectly view it as punishment. For some of us, this comes from our childhood sense of a punishing God. We are suffering because God is punishing us for being bad. This is not a Buddhist view.

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GRIEF OF YOUR SPOUSE

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Shirley Brand14 Comments

A heart-rendering documentation of loosing the person closest to you. I held his hand all night, we talked, actually I talked, he was in a coma, I pretended he remembered and we laughed a bit, I told him how much I would miss him, how I was a strong woman and he knew I would be okay. Boy did I lie.

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FREEING LIVES

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Erik Pema Kunsang

A person with a open mind and noble heart respects everyone, animals too. Not only by refraining from causing harm but rescuing those in danger and saving their lives, setting them free. Such person is universal hero.

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GRATITUDE

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Beth Lee-HerbertLeave a Comment

The cornerstone of my spiritual life can be summed up with one word: gratitude. Without gratitude, no matter how “spiritual” I might look or act, my heart is closed and cold, and there is no room for the mystery of the divine.

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DANCING WITH HABITS

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Niels Viggo Hansen

Habits and lifestyle change has made it more and more clear that self-control is a poor strategy in lifestyle change in the long run, because it is as if part of the body must be in a permanent state of effort to control another part.