January 2010 Blog Posts (69)

Time for You

This little article from DailyOm is just perfect for me for today. Oh boy, do I need some replenishing.



Finding Time for You



Within each of there is a well of energy that must be regularly replenished. When we act as if this well is bottomless, scheduling a long list of activities that fit like puzzle pieces into every minute of every day, it becomes depleted and we feel exhausted, disconnected, and weak. Refilling this well is a… Continue

Added by Alexa on January 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

February 14th, 2010 - Chinese New Year!



The Tiger is said to be lucky vivid, lively and engaging. Another attribute of the Tiger is his incredible bravery, evidenced in his willingness to engage in battle or his undying courage. Maybe he’s so brave because he is so lucky. But the Chinese say a Tiger having a Tiger in the house is the very best protection against the evils of fire, burglary.



Years of the Tiger



Tiger Years are third in the cycle and recur every…
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Added by Marianne on January 11, 2010 at 9:35pm — 1 Comment

OH! OH! Chinese New Year is Near!

I just noticed that the Chinese New Year is getting closer, I comes in about a month after our new year, I love to see the productions that they go all out for. The colors are so wonderful and the happiness of the people are marvelous

February 14, 2010 will ushers in the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Metal Tiger! 2010 is predicted to be a tumultuous year, but the Tiger's influence will offer us courage, while inviting bold actions and risk taking. The Metal element will provide… Continue

Added by Nancy Anderson on January 11, 2010 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

A Buddhist Thought For Today

By becoming attached to names and forms, not realising that they have no more basis than the activities of the mind itself, error rises and the way to emancipation is blocked.

-Buddha


Added by Marianne on January 11, 2010 at 7:28am — No Comments

Know Thyself - A Hindu Quote



"All the scriptures tell us one thing: “Know thyself.” If you have known yourself, you have known everything else. Know That, by knowing which, you will know everything else. The Bible says, “Seek that kingdom within you.” It is not outside. Seek That within you. Once you have found That, then everything else will be automatically added unto you; you don't have to go looking for outside things, they will all come to you. So learn that first.… Continue

Added by Marianne on January 10, 2010 at 10:41am — No Comments

Your secret is really you*

Your secret is really you*



God has a secret about you but you already know

The subjective in your life takes a turn and you grow

This is the Soul and it is fully Aware of who you are

Many searched better life's outside themselves but went so far

Now with a little common sense and a positive attitude to boot

You will get yourself cemented in your being and to start to take a root

Once you do this you see…
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Added by Dominic on January 10, 2010 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Taming The Mind



Taming the Mind



After winning several archery contests, the young and rather boastful champion challenged a Zen master who was renowned for his skill as an archer. The young man demonstrated remarkable technical proficiency when he hit a distant bull's eye on his first try, and then split that arrow with his second shot.



"There," he said to the old man, "see if you can match that!"



Undisturbed, the master did…
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Added by Marianne on January 10, 2010 at 6:18am — No Comments

Understanding Oneness

It can be difficult to accept our Oneness when we are simultaneously angered or hurt by another's action. However, it is always a good reminder that we are indeed one with all on the earth, and there is a higher perspective to aspire to. In times of personal challenge, the greatest thing we can do is to process our feelings and know that we will be guided to the gift of Higher Consciousness in perfect timing if that is our intention. Of couse, when… Continue

Added by Alexa on January 9, 2010 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Because I'm Here - A Zen Story



Because I'm Here



An old monk was sweeping the yard in a monastery under the scorching sun.



Another monk passed by and asked him, "How old are you?"



The old monk replied, "I'm seventy-seven."



"You are so old! Why are you still working so hard here?"



"Well, because I'm here."



"But why are you working under the scorching sun?"



"Because the sun is there."



Act…
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Added by Marianne on January 9, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Easier Known Than Done - Buddhist Wisdom



Easier Known Than Done



One day, the famous poet Bai Ju-Yi (Po Chu-I) asked Master Niao-Wo, "What is the essence of the Buddha's teaching?"



Master Niao-Wo said, "Refrain from all unwholesome deeds and perform all wholesome deeds."



Bai chuckled, "Ha! Even a child knows that."



The master replied, "A child may know it, but not even a one-hundred-year-old can do…
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Added by Marianne on January 8, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Karma - A Question About Past Karma (From My Own Life)



This question comes from a discussion about my life of physical pain (in the Write'N'Recovery Group). To fully understand my question, perhaps it would be a good idea to read my post and the responses in that Group.



Deepak Chopra says that Karma is really a lesson. He says that when you fall down and break your leg, you should ask the Universe "What is the lesson in this?" However, many believe that when bad things happen to good…
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Added by Marianne on January 7, 2010 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

My own personal ZEN(+)

My own personal Zen(+)

This is the story of my own personal facts about my own Enlightenment and the Zen experience.

The Chinese characters in Zen spell out, SUFFER-LOVE-JOY-FORGET. As in a previous blog you can see that as you go along in life these might come across you in that order or scrambled but according to a Zen experience, this is the order I have found to be most useful.

As long as I can remember, as Bodhidharma portrays,…
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Added by Dominic on January 7, 2010 at 9:50am — 3 Comments

A Buddhist Poem By Dogen


On Non-Dependence of Mind

Coming, going, the waterbirds
don't leave a trace,
don't follow a path.

Added by Marianne on January 7, 2010 at 7:16am — No Comments

Have you heard about Honey and Cinnamon

> > Facts Of Honey

> > >

> > > It is found that a mixture of Honey and

> Cinnamon

> > cures most

> > > diseases. Honey is produced in most of the

> countries

> > of the world.

> > > Scientists of today also accept honey as a

> "Ram

> > Ban" (very effective)

> > > medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey

> can be used

> > without

> >… Continue

Added by Nancy Anderson on January 6, 2010 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Healing Gardens - from DailyOM



Healing Gardens - Hand in Hand with Nature



Time spent in nature’s embrace is a soothing reminder of the fact that we also are products of the natural world’s ingenuity. We feel at home in a quiet forest and are comforted by the pounding surf of the seaside. In both the sunny meadow and the shaded waterfall’s grotto, stress and tension we have long retained melts away. Finding opportunities to reconnect with nature to enjoy its…
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Added by Marianne on January 6, 2010 at 9:53am — No Comments

Pema Chodron Quote About Escaping



"Most of us do not take these situations as teachings. We automatically hate them. We run like crazy. We use all kinds of ways to escape -- all addictions stem from this moment when we meet our edge and we just can't stand it. We feel we have to soften it, pad it with something, and we become addicted to whatever it is that seems to ease the pain."

— Pema Chödrön (When Things Fall…
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Added by Marianne on January 6, 2010 at 6:25am — No Comments

Essential Authenticity - from DailyOM



This falls in line with the Toltec wisdom I'm studying. Enjoy!



Revealing Your True Self - Essential Authenticity



Identity is an elusive concept. We feel we must define ourselves using a relatively small selection of roles and conscious character traits, even if none accurately represents our notion of “self.” The confusion surrounding our true natures is further compounded by the fact that society regularly asks us to…
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Added by Marianne on January 5, 2010 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Why Worry? It Will Happen As It Happens! (True Story)



Yes, I am working on "no worrying". And I AM getting better, less worrysome There once was a time when worry was a way of life for me. I suppose it was rooted in a lifestyle of pure chaos. But this journey out of worrying is indeed challenging.



To this day, I worry if my husband is five-ten minutes late coming home even though we are having a terrible rain/snow storm. Worry comes at the smallest (meaning "unimportant") times, too.…
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Added by Marianne on January 4, 2010 at 3:26pm — 1 Comment

Good Vibrations - from DailyOM



Good Vibrations - Sound Healing



Everything in the universe is in a constant state of vibration, including our bodies. Sound is vibration that can be translated by the delicate structures of our inner ear, but it moves more than just those tiny receptors. It is part of the spectrum of energy vibrations that affect us on the mental, physical, and spiritual levels. Long ago shamans recognized the power of sound when they first used…
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Added by Marianne on January 4, 2010 at 9:20am — No Comments

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