November 2009 Blog Posts (79)

Thanksgiving Reflection

Thanksgiving Reflection

Gratitude . . . the sweetest of all the practices . . . mindfulness of gratitude leads to a direct experience of being connected to life . . . to the realization that there is a larger context in which your personal story is unfolding.

Cultivating thankfulness for being part of life blossoms…


Added by Alexa on November 25, 2009 at 10:23pm — 2 Comments

Blessing Space

I found this at DailyOM and I couldn't resist bringing it here:

Leaving a Positive Footprint, Blessing Space

Physical space acts like a sponge, absorbing the radiant of all who pass through it. And, more likely than not, the spaces we move through each day have seen many people come and go. We have no way of knowing whether the energy footprints left behind by those who preceded us will invigorate us or drain…

Added by Marianne on November 25, 2009 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

"Bliss" - A Hindu Poem


‘...Bliss is not something to be got.

On the other hand you are always Bliss.

This desire [for Bliss] is born of the sense of incompleteness.

To whom is this sense of incompleteness?

Enquire. In deep sleep you were blissful.

Now you are not so.

What has interposed between that Bliss and this non-bliss?

It is the ego.

Seek its source and find you are Bliss.

- Ramana Maharshi…


Added by Marianne on November 25, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

*The Magic of Candles*

Using candles is a simple and inexpensive way to alter the ambiance of your meditation room/area. Replacing artificial lighting with candlelight will lower the intensity of energies that are not consistent with being intune with our spirits. Calming candlelight helps us go within and reflect more deeply on our lives.

The mysticism of lighting a candle can be evidenced by the feeling of peace that ensues. Gaze into that candle while… Continue

Added by Sarah Sunny on November 24, 2009 at 2:08pm — No Comments

A Soft Place To Land

Just found this at DailyOM and it touched my heart.

Your Comfort Zone,Create a Soft Place to Land

Our day-to-day demands can quickly take their toll on our well-being if we are not vigilant about caring for ourselves as best we can. One way we can ensure that we have an opportunity to relax and recuperate each day is to create a soft place to land when we arrive home. This landing pad, whether it is an entire room or merely a small corner of a larger area, can provide…

Added by Marianne on November 24, 2009 at 12:53pm — No Comments

"Flowers" A Poem By Lord Buddha


Who shall conquer this world

and the world of death and the gods?

Who shall find the clear path of truth,

as a skillful person finds the flower?

The wise student will conquer this world

and the world of death and the gods.

The wise student will find the clear path of truth,

as a skillful person finds the flower.

Whoever knows that this body is like foam

and has…

Added by Marianne on November 24, 2009 at 10:40am — 1 Comment

Eating Close to the Earth

Know Your Food: Eating Close to the Earth

by DailyOm

The food we eat is a multidimensional aspect of our lives. Food provides us with the energy that enables us to grow and prosper. Yet it can be, and frequently is, much, much more. Our food can be an experience in and of itself if we allow it to be. The dishes we remember from childhood offer unmatched comfort. The act of preparing meals can be an art form of the highest caliber. And… Continue

Added by Alexa on November 24, 2009 at 10:23am — 2 Comments

*Walking On Water*

Three monks decided to practise meditation together. They sat by the side of a lake and closed their eyes in concentration. Then suddenly, the first one stood up and said, "I forgot my mat." He stepped miraculously onto the water in front of him and walked across the lake to their hut on the other side.

When he returned, the second monk stood up and said, "I forgot to put my other robe out to dry." He too walked calmly across the water and… Continue

Added by Sarah Sunny on November 24, 2009 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Having fun online: spiritual quizes

Hi all, I've set up some religious and spiritual quizzes on squidoo. The one I think you all will like most is the Yoga trivia and facts quiz.

Then there's the Buddhism trivia and facts quiz.

Added by Katinka Hesselink on November 23, 2009 at 2:29pm — No Comments

How To Meditate

How to Meditate , by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

The practice of mindfulness/awareness meditation is common to all Buddhist traditions. Beyond that, it is common to, inherent in, all human beings.

In meditation we are continuously discovering who and what we are. That could be quite frightening or quite boring, but after a while, all that slips away. We get into some kind of natural rhythm and begin to discover…

Added by Marianne on November 23, 2009 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

A Chinese Poem

"You ask me why I dwell in the green mountain;
I smile and make no reply for my heart is free of care.
As the peach-blossom flows down stream
and is gone into the unknown,
I have a world apart that is not among men."

- Li Po

Added by Marianne on November 23, 2009 at 6:05am — 1 Comment

*Scientists find strange species in ocean depths*

This undated photo released by Census of Marine Life and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shows a transparent sea cucumber, Enypniastes, creeping forward on its many tentacles at about 2 cm per minute while sweeping detritus-rich sediment into its mouth at 2,750 meters in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Thousands of marine species eke out an existence in the ocean's pitch-black depths by feeding on the snowlike decaying matter that cascades… Continue

Added by Sarah Sunny on November 23, 2009 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Positive Expectations

"Keep up your hopes, dreams, affirmations, visualizations, and prayers, as they will be wonderfully manifested right now. Don't quit five minutes before the miracle occurs!" ` Doreen Virtue

"I am safe, confident, and secure. I feel joyful about my future."

The interesting thing about "Positive Expectations" is that if we let negativity enter into our thoughts, our minds cling to those negative thoughts and that is what… Continue

Added by Time 4 Fun on November 22, 2009 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

" Topic: Trances "

Notes from a Workshop:

"Topic Trances."


For example, when waiting for buses and trains, reading or listening, or even being involved in strenuous physical exercise, it's quite normal to become immersed in the activity and go into a trance state, removed from any other irrelevant stimuli. These states are so common and familiar that most people do not consciously recognize them as hypnotic phenomena.

The same situation is in evidence in everyday life, however,… Continue

Added by Nancy Anderson on November 22, 2009 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Is That So?

Is That So?

...This reminds me of a Zen story. There was a Zen Master who was very pure, very illumined. Near the place where he lived there happened to be a food store. The owner of the food store had a beautiful unmarried daughter. One day she was found with child. Her parents flew into a rage. They wanted to know the father, but she would not give them the name. After repeated scolding and harassment, she gave up and told them it was the Zen Master. The parents believed her.…

Added by Marianne on November 22, 2009 at 2:56pm — 1 Comment

*Becoming A Gratitude Guru*

I was just reading one of Deepak Chopra’s Spiritual Laws of Success - The Law of Giving and Receiving. I have to say I’ve always been better at giving than receiving. As I’ve been on this spiritual journey, however, I’ve been finding out that in order to truly give, you must be able to receive as well. Another thing I have realized is I must also be able to give to myself in order to give to others in a huge way.

Here’s a couple of my own… Continue

Added by Sarah Sunny on November 22, 2009 at 11:53am — 3 Comments

A wonderful time to practice

There are gems in the darkness if you look for them. If you allow the raw and unfettered vulnerability that lives in your soul to emerge before god and spirit, and even yourself, then there, at the center of your loving heart, you will find the surrendering, at long last, in the moment of sweet and gentle release, to the reflection of your own true light.

It has been a long time since I have written poetry. I used to write it… Continue

Added by Alexa on November 22, 2009 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

A Buddhist Poem

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. "

- Lord Buddha

Marianne (no pain)

Added by Marianne on November 22, 2009 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

Small Books, Big Lessons

This is from Hay House. Please Enjoy!

8 Small Books with Big Life Lessons:

1. Power Thoughts (Louise Hay): Need a powerful thought in a hurry? This itty-bitty book is filled with Louise’s favorite affirmations for every area of your life.

2. Everyday Wisdom (Wayne Dyer): Wayne is big on wisdom and it all fits in this pint-sized gift book of his most motivational quotes.

3. 101 Ways…

Added by Marianne on November 21, 2009 at 9:39am — 1 Comment

A Buddhist Song

Song of Mahamudra

Sung in reply to the challenge raised by three scholars

At the time I'm meditating on Mahamudra

I rest without struggle in actual real being

I rest relaxed in a free-from-wandering space

I rest in a clarity-cradled-in-emptiness space

I rest in awareness and this is blissful space

I rest unruffled in non-conceptual space

In variety's space I rest in equipoise

And resting like this is native mind itself

A wealth of…

Added by Marianne on November 20, 2009 at 5:16pm — 1 Comment

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