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If you want to know what your values are, just look at your own life. Your life looks like your values. A lot of us think we have higher or spiritual values, but those values are not necessarily reflected in our so-called personal lives.
I want a dream to take us deeper, to see everything as a gauzy display of images. Dreams help me see through ordinary experiences to their underlying narratives and images and mysteries.
The power of love to dissolve negativity cannot be underestimated. This power becomes our closest ally in removing the emotional blocks that keep us isolated from our love source.
Living by deliberation means intentionally aligning your thoughts, behaviors, and choices with who you really are, and the outcomes you're trying to achieve.
There are two ways that you can experience the intoxicating joy, profound peace and ecstatic wakefulness of the Ground of Being: spontaneously or through effort.
Not all contemplative paths kindle the same doubts or present the same liabilities. There are, in fact, many methods of meditation and "spiritual" inquiry that can greatly enhance our mental health while offering no affront to the intellect.
Break-ups can be the pits, and they can also be incredible opportunities for personal and relational growth. I applaud anyone and everyone who has made the choice this year to part with someone to make space for something new. I honor you.
The feminine is a vast ocean of power, strength and flow. It is mother nature at it's best and nurtures us to grow, guiding us through this crazy life...
To be seen as different. To believe you are unlike anyone else you will ever meet, anyone in your life right now, or anyone you have met before. You live outside the norm, you think or act in ways that others can't understand, because they are not you. Only you are you.
Although meditation originated from the Eastern traditions, it is integrated into many religious traditions around the world. For a Christian, meditation is about pausing to get God's mind in the situation.
When you live this way, the right opportunities will start flowing your way, and you will end up attracting a job that suits you and makes you very happy. And even more important, you'll be living an amazing life.
I bristle against the word "survivor" when it is used to describe the violence and sexual abuse I endured in my childhood and teen years. "Survivor" is a kind of blanket misnomer for those who suffer all trauma. The word is just another unwanted marking for me.
As a young woman in the 1960s I defined beauty according to an ideal I saw in magazines -- one I had no hope of meeting. That didn't stop me trying though. I ironed my wild hair, lemon juiced my freckles and did the coconut oil thing in the hope of getting a tan.
A story is life seen and then translated from one perspective. However, unlike in that classroom where each student is positioned in one place, with the stories I tell, I can turn events in my imagination until I see them from the perspective that serves me best.
There is something to be said for growing old together. Being with someone longer than you've been without them brings the kind of comfort that a well worn pair of shoes does. Not exactly a romantic notion, until you consider the discomfort that can come from breaking in a new pair. As we age, our love deepens.