Cracking the Code of Time

Cracking the Code of Time-  By Deepak Chopra, MD and Robin L. Smith MD

The time has come to have brave new ideas about time itself. If you want to make a breakthrough in human lifespan or prove the existence of higher consciousness or reach the mysterious region beyond the physical universe, all these possibilities require our concept of time to be reshaped in a new way.

Everyone knows the old ides, which have sufficed reasonably well until now. Time puts events in order by cause and effect. Time measures the distance from birth to death, for people and the universe as well. Time emerged at the Big Bang, and it has ticked away ever since, for 13.8 billion years.

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See What’s Likable

See What’s Likable - Rick Hanson Ph.D

What’s to like?

The Practice:
See what’s likable.

Why?

Liking feels good, plus it encourages us to approach and engage the world rather than withdraw from it.

Your brain continually tracks whether something is pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral. In essence, is it a carrot, a stick, or safely ignored? Naturally, we like – we enjoy – what’s pleasant, dislike what’s unpleasant, and with what’s neutral would get pleasant pronto.

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Half Full, Half Empty, or…?

Half Full, Half Empty, or…?

Most of us are familiar with the saying “Is the glass half full or half empty?”, which points out how perspective affects our experience of life. In other words, do you count your blessings or tally up your grievances? Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you feel life is a gift or a burden, joy or tragedy? On any given day, you may feel one of these extremes and then extrapolate to a world view that sets you up for future experiences. You may keep an inner tally sheet of the “good” and “bad.” It seems to be a human tendency to divide up life events in this way. Yet life is made up of many emotions, many experiences. None of them permanent. What if the greater wisdom is to be inclusive of it all?

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Life Is Simply Meant To Be Experienced

Life Is Simply Meant To Be Experienced - Panache Desai

What I like about my life is that I get to utilize my time in the most productive way. Once you figure out the purpose of an instrument or a tool that you own, it makes it way more efficient to use that tool; to optimize the use of it. 

Life is simply meant to be experienced. The end. 

If life is just an experience we are having, then we, as human beings, are a part of that experience. The question is who is having it? What is it that is in me, observing through my eyes, that is experiencing through my being and is here on this journey of experiencing? Not learning lessons or solving riddles, but what is it that is in me that is hearing, feeling, seeing? What part of me came back here to have this fully immersive experience? 

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Peaceful Spaciousness

Peaceful Spaciousness - Peggy Kornegger

How do you describe emptiness? How do I wrap words around the peaceful space I have been opening to since being diagnosed with breast cancer last August? Language seems inadequate to translate something so vast and limitless. My experience has been one of emptying out, sometimes called “dying unto yourself” in spiritual traditions. The dissolving of past identities, opinions, questions, expectations, fears, hopes, disappointments. All the parts of our selves that we accumulate over a lifetime and don’t even realize we carry around with us. Gradually, day by day, week by week, pieces fell away. No grief was involved; it was a lifting off, a lightening. Space opened up within me. I felt increasingly empty, but with no sense of loss or regret. In many ways, it was like opening the door to my soul, which was a room without walls filled with nothing but light. I observed all this without any particular emotional response. It was just happening, peacefully.

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Maria Shirver's Sunday Paper: You Deserve to Feel Invaluable

You Deserve to Feel Invaluable - Maria Shriver's Sunday Paper

“For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.”  
—Charlotte Brontë


 

I've Been Thinking...

On Friday, I awoke to the devastating news coming out of Kentucky. Entire towns are underwater. Schools that were about to open are now in rubble. Families are searching for loved ones, and first responders are once again stepping up to help.

Watching the flooding in Kentucky and in other parts of our country made me reflect on climate change, but it also made me reflect on how, at the end of the day, people just want to help others. In times of crisis, we rush to step up. We rush to donate. We put aside differences and just help one another. That’s fundamentally who we are as Americans, at our core. The news may tell us that we are hopelessly divided, but we aren’t.

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Enjoy Now

Enjoy Now - Rick Hanson Ph.D

When are you?

The Practice:
Enjoy now.

Why?

There’s a profound and miraculous mystery right under our noses: this instant of now has no duration at all, yet somehow it contains all the causes from the past that are creating the future. Everything arising to become this moment vanishes beneath our feet as the next moment wells up. Since it’s always now, now is eternal.

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Lean in to the chaos to find stability

Lean in to the chaos to find stability - Dr. Sue Morter

Because humanity is in the process of letting go of how we’ve actioned in the world to feel safe, now is the perfect time to lean in and collaborate..

We’ve used the mind and its idea of how things “need to be” to control things. We’ve been conditioned to perceive the ways others need to behave, how we need to behave, or how things need to go. This has developed a rigidity in our lives.

A byproduct of forcing that sort of structure is that a lot of energy has been suppressed. Especially, energies of emotions, authenticity, mattering, and of a sense of clarity about who we are and what this world is really all about. 

The chaos and uncertainty we are experiencing in the world is in divine order. It is a friction and a polarization that allows for what has been suppressed to come up and be expressed. If life feels like a challenge in this moment, lean in because even though it looks crazy, it’s actually a great healing for people.

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... The Meaning Of Happiness

... The Meaning Of Happiness - Dr. Rev. Temple Hayes

One day, a Buddhist teacher from the forest monasteries of Thailand—was teaching, one of his students asked him, “How can you be happy in a world of such impermanence, where you cannot protect your loved ones from harm, illness, and death?”

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How to Deal with Feelings of Loneliness

How to Deal with Feelings of  - Kute Blackson

“No matter what you are going through, you are not alone.”


On this episode of SoulTalk, I share exclusive tips on how to deal with feelings of loneliness.  Regardless of who you are or where you are in life, we've all felt loneliness. In this episode, I share simple ways to ease the feelings of loneliness through practicing daily gratitude and appreciation for what you have and what the Earth has given you.

Listen and learn how to expand your sense of feeling interconnected with all of life and existence, thus deepening your feeling of Oneness with all life on this planet.  With these take aways, you will feel love for yourself and for those around you.

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Two Degrees Makes All the Difference

Two Degrees Makes All the Difference - Maria Shriver's Sunday Paper

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”  —John Steinbeck



I've Been Thinking...

“Preach the gospel at all times. Use words only when necessary.”

I have heard that message echoed in church many times, but I share it with you this morning because I believe it is especially pertinent today.

Spreading good news—being a messenger of what’s good in the world—is something we can all be doing today. Think about it. We don’t even have to speak or write something to spread love, compassion, kindness, or goodness. It’s all about how we show up in the world. It’s all about our actions and how we make people feel.

Are you a messenger of hope, love, and good news? Or are you stuck in a cycle of negativity and doom, pointing fingers and spreading bad news?

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The Return To Wholeness Is What We Need Now

The Return To Wholeness Is What We Need Now - Deepak Chopra, MD

Human beings made a bad bargain when we gave up our wholeness. Every other living creature takes wholeness for granted, meaning that bacteria, ferns, horses, and chimpanzees survive and thrive simply by being who they are—they have no other choice. The material processes, from cell to tissue to organ are the foundation of their existence.

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The Magic Behind Your Childhood Books

The Magic Behind Your Childhood Books - John Holland

During a recent interview I was asked: “What was my favorite book as a child?" I didn’t have to think too long about the answer. Two books came to mind almost immediately, and both ironically have the word “magic” in their titles.

The first one is Spooky Magica Scholastic book written by Larry Kettelkamp, first published in 1955. It’s filled with instructions and illustrations on how to do magic tricks for your family and friends.

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Hope, Love, and the Web of Life

Hope, Love, and the Web of Life - Peggy Kornegger

“I don’t know about hope, but I know about love…. Our job is to love.”
—Robin Wall Kimmerer


In this time of heartbreaking political tumult and ecological grief, where do we turn for wisdom or comfort? For a reason to continue, in spite of how the world looks? This past weekend, I had the great honor and blessing of attending a program with Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass. She is a botanist, professor, member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and beyond all else, a wise and caring soul. Repeatedly, during those three days, she asked the question: What does Mother Earth ask of us? Not what can we get, but what can we give? We are living in a time of shifting focus: from taking to giving, from self to community. Earth herself teaches reciprocity and connection. This is our heritage and our guidepost, if we pay attention, if we drop the cloak of self-centeredness and don the cloth of humility.

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Feeling Trapped? Set Yourself Free!

Feeling Trapped? Set Yourself Free! - Dr. Margaret Paul

Tiffany consulted with me because she was unable to control her anger. Anytime someone told her what to do - someone she was in a close relationship with like her mother, her husband, or her best friend - she would instantly respond with anger. She was struggling with serious marital problems when she first consulted with me.

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Keep Your Heart Open In Hell

Keep Your Heart Open In Hell - Maria Shirver

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” —Viktor Frankl



A few years ago, after a serious bout of vertigo actually landed me in the ICU, I was instructed to start practicing my balance. “Stand for at least one minute on each foot,” I was told. “It’s important not only to regain your balance, but to keep it so you can move forward.” Great, I thought to myself. Here’s that balance thing again.

As a young journalist and mother, I often heard that I should pursue “balance.” It was the holy grail. Being told to achieve balance while juggling four young kids, a career, a marriage, and aging parents left me feeling anything but. What I felt instead was unbalanced, unsuccessful, and unseen.

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What Your Dreams Are Trying to Tell You About Your Anxieties (and What to Do About It)

What Your Dreams Are Trying to Tell You About Your Anxieties (and What to Do About It)

It’s the first day of final exams, and you show up unprepared. Worse, you’re naked. At least until the alarm rouses you from sleep, that is.

What are stress dreams? Why do they always seem to strike when you need sleep the most? What do they mean, and how can you stop these frustrating night visions?

What Are Stress Dreams?

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Quick Inspiration Tricks When You've Lost Your MOJO

Quick Inspiration Tricks When You've Lost Your MOJO

A factory outputs identical pieces of plastic merchandise, no matter what. But you are “operationally challenged” –for you are made of conscious bold choices, moods, and miracles.

A mechanical life requires output, form, and results measured down to the chin hair of the decimal point. An organic life is natural. It’s blemished and mythic. You will not endlessly “produce” without having awakening times of getting to know yourself again and again– and working with riotous forces. . You will not endlessly “produce” without having awakening times of getting to know yourself again and again– and working with riotous forces.

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Be the New You that Sees the Moment As It Is

Be the New You that Sees the Moment As It Is  - Guy Finley

Before we can experience the truth of a higher state of consciousness, before we can stand on the ground of ourselves that is the secret stuff of Reality, we are asked to quietly be who and what we are in the Now.  

To do this we must learn to let go of those parts of our present nature that are never quite pleased with what is. After all, doesn’t it seem that we are always in some sort of a struggle to change whatever or whoever it may be before us that misses the mark?

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It Will Take All Of Us

Maria Shirver's Sunday Paper- It Will Take All of Us
“One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.”  —Lao Tzu


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The people came to Washington DC to testify this past week. They testified about fearing for their lives in our nation’s classrooms. They testified about what they endured while defending our nation’s democracy. They testified about loss, the need for gun reform, and dishonesty in our elections process. They came to Washington with pleas for hope. They put their lives on the line to testify about not just what they endured and experienced, but also what they felt in those harrowing moments and still feel today.

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