Consciousness came first, awareness came next. Maturity followed. I am sure the answers to what maturity is would be different for each of us, but answering that helped me identify my values and my goals.
Holiday time -- as far as I'm concerned -- is the best time to be a New Yorker. There's life, energy, and beauty all over Manhattan. I sincerely thought I was paying attention to the greatness of it all -- until this past Friday afternoon, that is.
Americans who aspire to see America truly thrive need to understand that it is a battle to implement any substantial change in America, but this is a battle worth having - not just for our own sake, but for the sake of future generations.
I had a mission before the election because I knew that I was lost when it came to politics. The stories and information during political segments of the news seemed to go in one ear and out the other. I had a knowledge gap, a void that I wanted to catch in its tracks.
It would be easy to get lost in all kinds of philosophical arguments about how we define who or what we are. This is about finding some space in the mind, less judgement, a greater sense of perspective, in which we see this fundamental truth for ourselves in a very direct and personal way.
Choose freedom. Dare to think for yourself. Your very choice is an expression of affection for the true you. I think Alan Watts would agree there is no more noble act than to elevate your consciousness above the roar of what others have to say, so you can hear what you have to say.
Here and now are our birthrights -- like life. Do we need to do anything in this moment to be alive? No. Life takes care of life. Do we need to do something to be in now? No. It is already -- and always -- now. It can only ever be now.
The more we pay attention to the sense of another's love, to a place that provides beauty and ease, to our own strengths and aspiration, the more we connect with the heart space that will offer a healing refuge.
As soon as we enter into silence, there are gifts that renew and strengthen our essential selves. These gifts are qualities that enlighten and bring real joy. I call these qualities "muscles of the heart."
Saturday, December 1st is World AIDS Day. The theme this year highlights our public health goal of "Getting to Zero" -- that is, zero new cases of HIV. We couldn't be further from this goal, especially in the black community.
To me, if you want to perform your best, love, compassion, spirit, and concern for others are absolutely essential, and here's why: They don't require deliberate thought. They are the byproduct of consciousness.
There have been some great achievements in the last four years, as well as promises that haven't been kept. But perfection is knowing one's own imperfections, which gives us the ability to get up each time we fall.
It is interesting how a time of apparent scarcity brings about awareness. We may feel the strain of the power outages and the lack of convenience in our lives, but in being disconnected from our daily routines, we are actually more connected than ever before.
As he hands me a paper, I hand him a dollar in exchange, and the makeshift barrier that exists between two different social classes of people is broken down by both of our authenticity in this experience.
Out of fear, we learn to override our darkness or operate over the top of it. Here's the problem with this strategy: Suppressing our shadow doesn't vanquished it, it only pushes it off the screen of our conscious awareness.
Yes, high heels can be bad for you. But, if you want to wear high heels, here are some tips to wearing them responsibly, remaining as injury-free as possible and enjoying your pumps on a regular basis.
I have Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele. I can personally say that life with it is not as bad as people assume. I have accomplished all my goals thus far. My goal in life now is to help change the public's perception of people with this disability.
That which is seen in that which is sought is one and the same as that which is seeing. That which is seen can only ever be seen by itself. If that which is seen by you was not awake in you, you would not be able to see, hear, or recognize what you see.