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How do We Work with Power?

How do We Work with Power?

When I was in India, this very powerful Shiva swami took me at four in the morning and lead me down the street.

He took me up to a little temple at the top of the street, and he whispered a mantra into my ear. He did puja (prayer) over me for two hours, and I went out of my consciousness, I went out somewhere, I don’t know where I went, and later they came and whispered in my ear and brought me back. I couldn’t stop doing this mantra, and I said to him, “What’s that mantra Baba-ji?” He said, “It will give you vast wealth and vast power.” So I said, “But I don’t want that wealth and vast power unless you will promise me an equal amount of love and compassion.” It’s a nice thing to have said, and he said to me… “Just do the mantra.”

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Closing the Truth Gap and How to Close It

Closing the Truth Gap and How to Close It

There's a truth gap that has nothing to do with facts versus lies in politics. Rather, it has to do with how we verify that something is true. Without doing it consciously, everyone shifts their “mode of knowing” all the time. That phrase is necessary because everyday truth is relative. It depends on what viewpoint you take and nothing else. For example, everyone trusts their five senses, but when the eyes tell us that the sun rises over the horizon in the morning, we shift our mode of knowing because intellectually that sensory perception isn’t true. If looking at a sunset makes us happy, we are shifting into an inner knowing that’s entirely private, since only the person having an emotion knows that it is real.

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Different Ways to Work With the Universe

Different Ways to Work With the Universe

When your body is out of whack, you figure out how to get it straight. You try to sit down and meditate, but you can’t get your knees quiet – they hurt too much. You sit down to meditate and your back hurts. You can’t leave your body for 40 minutes without freaking out, so you may decide, “I gotta work on my body.” Maybe you’ll go into Hatha Yoga Asanas.

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The Secret to Guided Visualization Meditations ( hint its not about seeing things!)

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I spend the morning as I love to do hand on heart, smiling with gratitude and listening to the ambient noise that fills my room from the open windows. The wind has changed lately now that the trees have leaves on them and the sounds have a soft flutter to them.

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A Meditation to Restore Hope, Faith, and Trust

A Meditation to Restore Hope, Faith, and Trust

Everyone has been experiencing the ill effects of disruptive politics. Thinking of the present situation in terms of a partisan divide doesn't go far enough--there has been a wholesale loss of trust. Hope for a better future is defeated on a daily basis. Faith in the democratic system is perhaps at an all-time low. This malaise isn't about issues and parties. It's about how we view bad events and react to them.

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Soul Recognition: The Practice of Namaste

Soul Recognition: The Practice of Namaste

In our daily trance we experience ourselves and others through a filter of wants, fears, stories and beliefs. Drawing on an engaging story from the legends of King Arthur, this talk explores how we can see past this conditioning by learning to see – in ourselves and others – vulnerability, goodness and awareness itself. Sometimes called “soul recognition,” this seeing is the essence of “Namaste” – realizing and honoring the sacredness that shines through all beings.

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7 Tips to Strengthen Your Intuition and Take Soul-Inspired Action

7 Tips to Strengthen Your Intuition and Take Soul-Inspired Action

When we have a big question or an important decision to make, many of us look outside of ourselves for the answers.

We turn to Google. We get advice from our friends and family. We read books or consult the teachings of experts. Yet we often neglect to consult the most important authority of all: our own intuition.

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The Deepest Peace

The Deepest Peace
I have discovered that the more I want a situation or person to either change or stay the same, the more I suffer. Yet I have also found that there is a peaceful core within me that understands impermanence and nonattachment. These two Buddhist principles have helped me accept the transitory nature of life. When I am deep in meditation, experiencing profound inner peace, I see clearly the truth of impermanence (nothing, good or bad, ever stays the same) and how letting go of attachment to a particular outcome frees me from the mental/emotional habits of the personality self. At the soul level, all is well, unfolding perfectly for my own expansion and evolution.
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Techniques for Coming into the Moment

Techniques for Coming into the Moment

You can see the way in which almost all of the spiritual practices are designed to bring you into the moment. Like when you’re doing Tai Chi, at first you’re thinking about it, but after a while each movement is a fixed moment in which you are right where that moment is. In a way, when Tai Chi is working, you die into it, and then the moment is just the movement of the hand at that point.

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Honoring where you are in this moment

Honoring where you are in this moment

Past, present, and future are all here – you just have the illusion of going through time and going through incarnation, but when you are fully awakened out of that, you realize that it was here all the time, all of it was here, and the fact that you think you’re on a time trail is just within your mind.

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Meditation on Donald Trump: Breaking Through to Oneness

Meditation on Donald Trump: Breaking Through to Oneness
When Donald Trump was elected President, I vowed never to look at a video or photo of him for the next four years. I couldn’t stand to see the visual that went with the arrogant bulldozing bully. I kept to that intention until the inauguration, when I actually did see a photograph of him and Melania and the Obamas together, in which he looked like a terribly unhappy and disturbed man (she looked “absent” entirely). The Obamas, on the other hand, looked joyful, alive. I felt real sadness looking at that picture—that some people could live such miserable lives, and make others miserable in the process. Still, the fear and depression I experienced as he began to implement his destructive campaign promises grew ever stronger. I knew I had to come to terms with my reaction to him. I had no idea the form it would take, however.

Background: In some Buddhist traditions, the monks take part in a practice that would appear odd and repulsive to many: meditation on a corpse. The reasons behind what may seem like macabre behavior are two-fold: 1) to overcome one’s aversion to death and the loss of the physical body; and 2) to realize that the external aspects of the physical form are not who we truly are. It apparently has a powerful affect on the monks who practice it.

At the end of January, I flew cross-country for a spiritual gathering in California. On the six-hour flight, for some reason I suddenly remembered that Buddhist practice and thought that perhaps my strong aversion to Donald Trump would make a good focus for a similar meditation (picturing him alive, not dead!). I closed my eyes and began. I didn’t feel much of anything for a while, but then slowly a softening began to occur within me as I pictured his face—a movement to a greater non-reactiveness. A remembrance that beneath every physical form there is a soul. These weren’t conscious insights—more like an opening of a closed door within.

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Trusting Our Awakening Heart

Trusting Our Awakening Heart

The more we trust that our awareness and heart are awakening, the more we find ease, grace and true empowerment in our lives. This talk explores two pathways of deepening our sense of belonging and trust: direct presence with the pain of separation, and turning toward the loving presence that is increasingly manifesting through these human forms.

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Simply Being

Simply Being
As I meditate for longer and longer periods of time (1­–2 hours) at daybreak each morning, I am finding complexity and simplicity are merging into one flowing experience. Seems contradictory, I know, but only because of the constraints of language. Put another way, layer upon layer of awareness is opening up within me, yet all the layers are part of one whole, one seamless state of being. I’m discovering it is possible to feel inner peace at the same time that I’m feeling sadness or distraction. I am aware of silence at the heart of all sound, of light at the center of darkness. Beyond the illusion of separation, there is wholeness. Within complexity itself is infinite simplicity. Perhaps the best way to describe all of this is oneness, feeling one with everything, at times just resting without thought in simply being, in simply breathing.
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Coming to Terms with Suffering and Injustice

Coming to Terms with Suffering and Injustice

The issue of integrity was haunting me. The issue of living my life in a way that doesn’t acknowledge what I know. I am part of the small percentage of the universe, of this world, of the 7 billion people of this world, that uses an inordinately large amount of resources. I am part of the wealthy, middle-class of America. I’m not wealthy, but by standards of the world, I’m wealthy, so I have to struggle with a question, really the issue of suffering.

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We Are Blessed

We Are Blessed

Today I woke up and thought – hmmm what wisdom can I tap into to share in my weekly blog? Usually I find it pretty easy to talk about something relevant by tuning into the collective but after frying myself in the crazy energy lately, I knew I had to temporarily close up the connection for repairs.

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Invite God To Help You Manifest

Invite God To Help You Manifest

There are many different ways to pray and I believe one of the most powerful and effective ways are prayers of gratitude.

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Holding the Horrible and the Beautiful Together

Holding the Horrible and the Beautiful Together

All of these practices that alter consciousness and open the heart and quiet the mind – all the meditative practices, all the ways of serving as a yoga to awaken, the karma yoga that I do… All of that stuff, all of it slowly, slowly starts to establish you in the part of your awareness where things are not separate from one another, where they’re interdependent and they’re not separate. That’s the level of consciousness from which ecological sensitivity arises, by the way, if you’re asking where humans could be ecologically conscious.

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Let Go of the Branch and Swim

Let Go of the Branch and Swim

Imagine knowing that down a proverbial stream is a vast treasure with your name on it. You can’t see it but you know it’s there. So you think, hmm how do I get there? What if I don’t know what’s in the water?

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