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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Doing for Others, Seeing for Ourselves

A tribe migrates west because they are being persecuted. They emigrate into the mountains. They settle on a plateau and, together, they clear that part of the forest and build their homes, creating a settlement, which the elder of the tribe names Crestview. In time, their children are born where they have arrived, into a place where they wake each day in a clearing with a view of the vastness.

The paradox at the center of this small story is that sometimes we have to make pilgrimage to live in the open in order to have a view of the vastness of life, and sometimes we are in debt to those before us for what we assume is a birthright. Sometimes, we have to stand on the commitment and hard work of others. Yet, there are other passages in life that everyone has to journey through by themselves.

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How To Get Inspired And Beckon Your Extraordinary Life

Believe me, I know about inspired space. I work in this realm with others.

I’ve been leading retreats in nurturing, scenic places for years. I am the one who encourages others to let go and trust the process. Participants arrive tired, excited, and some slightly frightened with faces white as goat cheese. I sometimes wonder if they think I am going to make them call their bosses, quit their jobs, and run away with me to follow their bliss—or maybe join a new age circus. Some may be secretly hoping I will.

Naturally the bright-eyed overachievers want to get their money’s worth. They are hoping that in the opening circle I can start giving them exercises to figure out their lives now, before they unpack their luggage. I feel the need pulsing within them to attack the problem at hand. I tell them we are going to spend the weekend relaxing, undoing conditioning, and receiving what is already within. I am setting them up to be guided. Because this is how to get inspired.

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Mindful Tips for Drama-Free Holidays

How to Stay Calm When Things Go From Festive to Frustrating


The holidays are upon us. And along with family gatherings, gifts, and cheerful lights in the dark of winter, the season brings mixed feelings for many people.

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Check In With Yourself

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
Helen Keller

I've Been Thinking...

I must confess, this week I found myself thinking again and again, "What the heck is going on in our country?"

What is going on in our schools? In our families? In our Supreme Court? In our media? In our cities? In our stores? Here we are in the thick of the holiday season, a time when we're supposed to feel joy and gratitude, and yet it's hard to focus on feeling those positive vibes when everything around us seems completely upside down.

It’s maddening to think that we now live in a country where kids go to school and learn active shooter drills alongside lessons in math and science. It’s hard—impossible, actually—to understand how a 15-year-old could walk into school and start shooting his fellow students. It’s hard to understand why he would show off the gun on social media. It’s appalling that his parents bought him the gun. It's hard to comprehend that when one of his teacher's found him searching online for ammunition, the boy's mother texted him: “LOL I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.” The boy's parents have now been charged with involuntary manslaughter and one can only hope that other parents will now make more of an effort to ensure firearms are securely locked away.

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An Improbable Mystery: Who’s Minding The Store?

One of the strangest mysteries in everyday life is that it is much easier to stay alive than to be alive in the first place. There’s a cascade of processes inside us that is perfectly synchronized—a body remains alive as long as its organs are alive, organs remain alive as long as tissues are alive, and tissues remain alive as long as cells are alive. This cascade has been understood for centuries, and yet no one knows why cells are alive to begin with. They don’t deserve to be, because the teeming chemical reactions inside a heart, liver, or brain cell can easily be reproduced in a test tube without showing any signs of life.

Science is far more comfortable asking “how” than “why,” and if you ask how cells operate, the picture is fairly clear once each microscopic process inside a cell is analyzed as biochemistry. The bottom line is that 99% of biology centers on the “how” of living things. The nagging question of “why?” is ignored as basically unscientific. Unfortunately, there is no “how” without “why.” If two cars collide, the physics of one machine crashing into another is cut and dried, but to really explain what happens, you have to determine if one driver was distracted by a phone call, drunk, or something else.

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Seeds of Life

My second chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer took place on 2 Qanil in the Maya calendar. The sacred symbol Qanil stands for “the seed that generates life and creation.” For me, a perfect analogy, because I envisioned life’s seeds of light and love being transmitted to me via the infusions, at the same time that I felt them radiating out from me in my own vibration. This is the circular process of God creating God in the world. We each embody God in our physical forms, and God experiences life through our experiences. As we create, or express our soul selves, God is creating simultaneously. The entire universe is a divinely designed participatory symphony of living light and love. I feel this almost continuously now.

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Common Law Of Attraction Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The Law of Attraction works perfectly, but that doesn’t mean we operate it perfectly!

Just like the Wright brothers studied gravity and faced failure along the way to achieving flight, your frustrations with manifestation may simply be a disconnect with how the Law of Attraction really works. 

And if the Law of Attraction fails to produce the results you desire, I invite you to consider some of the most common Law of Attraction mistakes that result in self-sabotage and manifestation blocks.

Today’s post will help you overcome your frustration and disappointment and guide you through some of the most common Law of Attraction mistakes so you can begin living a life you love!

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Being a Conscious Conductor of Your life

Just imagine that you are a conductor of an orchestra and every instrument is playing the exact composition that you’ve asked to be played based on where you are in your energy, and in your consciousness. 

For example, when you are a beginner, or novice conductor, you’re not going to have the complete grasp of the tonality, over the rhythms, over the melodies, the composition, as you would once you are an expert conductor. 

Life is about getting the highest, most vibrant energy filled composition out of everyone in your reality. We do this by realizing that every single person in our lives is showing us what we have to feel inside of us in order to go to the next place in our own being. For example, work is showing you where you are still anxious. Relationships, as well as ex-husbands and ex-wives, are showing you where you are living in victim consciousness. Children are showing you where you feel guilty or ashamed. Your life is showing you who you are internally. 

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Everything or Nothing

Every life within every generation must struggle between the appearance of nothing and the appearance of everything. When hurt and unable to explain pain and loss, we are tempted to make a god of nothing, banishing all that is connective about light. Similarly, when touched by kindness and lifted by inexplicable grace, we are tempted to make a god of everything, wanting to exile the genuine difficulties of being alive. But the tides of life are always replete with both everything and nothing, as they mix within us and around us.

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Positive Self Talk Affirmations and How They Can Make You Money

Positive self-talk affirmations are one of my secret weapons in building wealth.

I talk a lot about dealing with what I call, “crabs in your bucket”.

These “crabs” are negative words, actions, and vibe-killing thought processes from other people that cause serious damage to our self-image, dreams, and big goals.

These energies get their claws into the deepest parts of your psyche, tearing you down jab by jab, reversing any progress you’ve made, and knocking you back down to where you don’t want to be.

The truth is, though, sometimes we are our own worst crabs. And I think this has a big part in how we speak to ourselves.

Our self-talk is truly the gateway to what our future could hold. I believe, and know, that we speak things into existence.

For example, if we tell ourselves that today will be a bad day, then we more than likely will experience a bad day.

If we say to ourselves that we can’t do something, then we’ll never attempt to do it.

So, how are you talking to yourself? About your job? About your finances?

If you’re speaking negatively to yourself and into the universe, you can expect negativity in return.

To cultivate lasting wealth—both inner and outer—we have to start talking positively to ourselves.

How do you do that?

I like to start with positive self-talk affirmations.

In today’s post, I want to talk about what affirmations are and how I’ve used them to attract money into

my life.

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Manifest Your Future

"Nothing is, unless our thinking makes it so."
William Shakespeare


I've Been Thinking...

How was your Thanksgiving holiday? Rushed, stressful, or just right? Do you feel like you got a break, or was it all too much? The travel, the food, the emotions.

Now here we are looking ahead to what is described as “holiday madness.” We are inundated with messages to “buy, buy, buy,” lest there be nothing left. We are bombarded with images of gifts that are out of reach, trips that others are taking, and picturesque family gatherings that leave many feeling alone or less than.

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How To Write Your Memories In Air

Memories are cherished or feared, depending on whether they are good or bad memories, so it makes sense to have as many happy experiences as possible. We can call this sound psychological advice, but spirituality is different. From the ancient Indian tradition comes a saying: “First experiences are written in stone, then in sand, then in water, and finally in air.”

In this one sentence the path of enlightenment has been encapsulated, once you unravel what the sentence means. It concerns the ability of experiences to stick with us as memories. If a memory is so strong that it makes a deep, even lifelong impression, it is like words engraved in stone. To find freedom, to live in the present moment, you can’t be bound up in the past, which is what strong, sticky, stubborn memories do. Therefore, the spiritual path isn’t about getting as many positive memories as you can. It’s about whether your memories are holding you back, overshadowing the present with ghosts from the past.

The past is a mental illusion created by memories. The present moment is free from the past, and as we live in the moment more and more, our memories loosen their grip. As the Indian axiom says, they are no longer engraved in stone but are like writing in sand, then water, and finally air. If this sequence sounds mysterious, that’s chiefly because modern Western science hasn’t solved the mystery of memory in the first place.

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Lower Your Stress

Can you take a moment?

The Practice:
Lower your stress

Why?

[Note: This JOT is adapted from Mother Nurture – a book written for mothers – focusing on typical situations that are experienced by many, though not all, mothers during the years before their children enter grade school. These are most commonly the years when mothers (biological and adoptive) experience the greatest demands of parenting. The article has been adapted to use non-gender specific language.]

Nobody likes being stressed, but parents often seem to have a hard time doing anything about it. First, it might look like nothing can help. But while it’s true that parents no longer have the kind of control over their lives they once had, it’s important to remember that no matter how bad it gets, there is always something that can be done to soothe nerves and boost spirits. Right now, for instance, try shifting positions, loosening tight clothing, or taking a full breath. Does that feel even a little better? It’s a small thing, but it shows how small actions and adjustments can affect stress levels.

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Stop Running and Bumping and Start Seeing

Self-observation is the key to a higher order of awareness; it is how we learn to become inwardly vigilant to our own thoughts and feelings, even as they pass through us. When we can observe ourselves in this new way, our higher nature naturally prevails over any troubling thoughts or feelings that want to drag us down into their lower world.

Self-observation allows us to understand what we witness in ourselves, instead of being washed away by our reaction to it. This new and higher interior “position”—as the observer of what unfolds around and within us—is at once a part of the proceedings and, at the same time, untouched by them.

When we are awake this way, we always make the right choices because we are acting from a level of consciousness that has no past investment in any event or its possible outcome. This means that it is free to select what is intelligent.

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: What It Means to Perceive 1

Poetry is a portal, a means of perception. All art is. And just as we can see the very energy of existence through a microscope, we can see the vibrancy at the center of all life through our heart or our mind, when we are clear of bias and noise. Under all the shaping of words, poetry is the threshold of perception through which we taste the shimmer of Spirit that informs everything.

The word “perceive” and the word “receive” have the same Latin root, percipere which means “to understand,” from per which means “entirely” and capere which means “to take.” To perceive, then, means “to take things in entirely, completely, in a way that covers us with understanding.”

But first, we must put down our screens and filters. Once life enters us, then it is useful to discern what has entered. But often we block the true gift of perception by sorting things before they reach us and touch us.

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Are You Grateful for YOU?

At Thanksgiving time, many people reflect on what they are grateful for. They often say things like family, home, work, health, and friends.

Gratitude opens our heart and raises our vibration to the realm of love, joy, and abundance. Feeling grateful feels fabulous.

However, if you take a moment to look internally, how grateful are you for YOU? What do you like about being you? What personal qualities do you appreciate about yourself? What have you done this past year that you’re proud of?

Most of us have an inner bully who drags us down with self-criticism. The inner bully would never dream of praising us! The inner bully loves to remind us of our faults and all the things we do “wrong” and could have done better. This brings us down into a vibration of shame, which is the lowest vibration we can experience. Shame weighs us down and blocks the flow of creativity, love, joy, and abundance.

Self-gratitude counteracts your inner bully. It helps you take your power back from your inner bully. Instead, you can raise your vibration and uplift yourself with gratitude for you. Self-gratitude is an important part of self-love and true inner confidence. There is no shame in recognizing and celebrating your outstanding qualities. You deserve to hear nice things from yourself! Plus, when you shine, you inspire others to shine.

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Giving Thanks

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." —Melody Beattie

I've Been Thinking...

I love Thanksgiving. I also love the week that leads up to it. This has always been my favorite holiday and favorite time of year.

I love Thanksgiving not just because it focuses on food, family, faith, and football, but also because it is steeped in gratitude. Gratitude is always in the air at this time of year. I can feel it, I can sense it, and I love expressing it to the people in my life. I also love being on the receiving end of it.

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The Remarkable Importance of the Goldilocks Zone

In the search for life on other planets, a concept known as the Goldilocks zone is critical. This is the region, not too close to a star but also not too far away, that makes the development of life possible. The critical factor is heat, since being too close to a star, as Mercury and Venus are in our solar system, is intolerably hot while being too far away, as Saturn and Jupiter are, is intolerably cold. The Goldilocks zone makes sense, although there has to be a fudge factor, since large enough planets and moons can generate their own heat.

Yet simple as it sounds, the goldilocks zone determines in many ways how successful someone’s life will be and at the same time the likelihood of enjoying wellness to age 70 and beyond. The human Goldilocks zone begins with our physiology. The human body has a surprisingly narrow range of temperature for survival—it is life-threatening to have a fever over 105o F. or hypothermia below 95o F. for a sustained amount of time. Our Goldilocks zone for internal temperature is therefore only 10 degrees.

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Goal-Setting Tips to Create an Extraordinary Life

If you want to create an extraordinary life, first you must know what personal success looks like for you – and what you must do to make your vision a reality. 

That’s where goal setting comes in. Goals give you a clear sense of direction. They allow you to pinpoint your destination and map out the journey you must take to achieve your goals and make your dreams come true. 

When you understand your life purpose, have a clear vision of what you want, convert your desires into achievable goals, and then take unstoppable action toward those goals, you will have the power to accomplish anything you can imagine! 

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” – Andrew Carnegie

The purpose of this guide is to give you the goal-setting tips and resources you need to leverage the power of setting and achieving goals in your life.  

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National Geographic: “Pilgrimage is on the Rise”

Pilgrimage is an art form. It’s an ancient practice with roots in times where the veil between physical life and the sacred was much thinner.

Since 2003, Sacred Earth Journeys has worked tirelessly to show the world that it’s in dire need of the reinstallation of pilgrimage as a common reason to travel.

Since then, we’ve worked with various teachers, healers, medicine people, and elders from the world’s many sacred traditions. 

From the Maya in the Yucatan all the way to Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal, we’ve woven powerful, educational, and healing journeys throughout various landscapes, bringing people together from all walks of life.

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