We Are All Connected

I love the idea of Namasté…

              “The Divine in me recognizes and honors
                                                                                                   the Divine in you”.



There is a definition of God which has been repeated by many philosophers. God is an intelligible sphere—whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. And the center is right where you’re sitting. And the other one is right where I’m sitting. And each of us is a manifestation of that mystery. That’s a nice mythological realization that sort of gives you a sense of who and what you are.” ~ Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Although not everyone views Namasté this way – as a deeply spiritual acknowledgment of the soul in one,  by the soul in another – this is how I experience it.

Namasté represents a belief that:

  • The Life Force, the Divinity, the Self or the God, in me, is the same in all living things
  • That we are all made from the same One Divine Consciousness
  • According to one source I came across, a spiritual frequency is generated when two people greet each other with Namasté

    They wrote:

    When a person greets another with the feeling that “I am paying obeisance to the soul in the other”, a ring of spiritual emotion is created within him. Where there is spiritual emotion, there is Communion with God, and one is better able to access the sense of God’s presence. As a result, a ring of spiritual emotion  is created around the person who is being greeted as well. This in turn attracts a flow of the Divine Principle or God’s power. Wherever there is Divine Principle, a flow of Bliss is attracted.”   (Spiritual Research Foundation.org).

    Well, I don’t know about that – but I can sense that it may, in fact, be true…

    Namasté

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    A Short Mindfulness Moment

    Being Mindful By Engaging Your Senses

    being in the moment

    Please read the following script through until you feel familiar with it, then follow the instructions on your own.

    Start this exercise by finding a comfortable position sitting or lying down. Take a few deep breaths—relax.

    Now bring your awareness to your fingers. Rub them together and notice their texture, temperature, and the sensations as they move. Can you feel the indentations of your fingerprints? Take your time noticing all of this.

    Now rest your fingers where they were before. What are they touching? What does that feel like? Is it soft? hard? What are its features and textures? Really notice what you feel.

    Now bring attention to your hands and arms. What do they feel like? Relaxed? Heavy? Tense? Painful? Try to observe these sensations, including uncomfortable ones, without judgment.

    Notice your toes now. Wiggle them and feel whatever is around and under them. How does it feel? Can you tell what it is just by feeling?

    Next, notice how your head is positioned. Is it upright? drooping? Is your neck turned in a particular direction? Simply notice this without trying to change it. Also note the sensations in your head and neck, including temperature, pain, and relaxation. Take your time noticing.

    What about your face? Is your brow smooth or wrinkled up? How does it feel? …  Now notice your nose. Can you breathe freely? As you breathe, notice the sensations in your nose and lungs— expansion, tickling, warmth, or coolness. Then notice how your mouth is positioned.  Is it pursed? Open? Closed? Is the inside of your mouth wet or dry? Just notice. Also, notice how your skin feels. Is it dry? Itchy, tingling, hot or cool? Is there no sensation?

    Now notice your chest and belly. Place one hand on your chest and one on your belly. Can you feel your body breathing? What is that like? Are you breathing fast or slow? Is your breath going more into your belly or your chest? Just notice all these sensations.

    Next expand your attention to include your whole body. Where are you sitting or lying? Can you feel the back side of your body touching the chair or bed in places? Without moving, just observe your body’s position… Notice that you are being supported completely in this moment.

    When you are ready, look around the room and notice your surroundings, without judgment. When you are ready, stop this exercise and continue with your day.

    Ahh!

    Why Practice Mindfulness?

    Why Practice Mindfulness?

    peaceMindfulness-Based Stress Reduction pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn shares several good reasons for us to make mindfulness part of our lives and our communities.

    The ultimate promise of mindfulness is much larger, much more profound, than simply cultivating our attentiveness. It helps us understand that our conventional view of ourselves and even what we mean by “self” is incomplete in some very important ways.

    Mindfulness helps us recognize how and why we mistake the actuality of things for some story we create. It then makes it possible for us to chart a path toward greater sanity, wellbeing, and purpose.

    “If our thinking is not balanced with awareness, we can end up deluded – Mistaking reality for some story  that we created.”

    Today, as we bring science together with meditation, we’re beginning to find new ways, in language we can all understand, to show the benefits of training oneself to become intimate with the workings of one’s own mind in a way that generates greater insight and clarity. The science is showing interesting and important health benefits of mind/body training and practices, and is now beginning to elucidate the various pathways though which mindfulness may be exerting its effects on the brain (emotion-regulation, working memory, cognitive control, attention, activation in specific somatic maps of the body, cortical thickening in specific regions) and the body (symptom reduction, greater physical well-being, immune function enhancement, epigenetic up and down regulation of activity in large numbers and classes of genes). It is also showing that meditation can bring a sense of meaning and purpose to life, based on understanding the non-separation of self and other. Given the condition we find ourselves in these days on this planet, understanding our interconnectedness is not a spiritual luxury; it’s a societal imperative.

    Even very, very smart people—and there are plenty of them around—are starting to recognize that thinking is only one of many forms of intelligence. If we don’t recognize the multiple dimensions of intelligence, we are hampering our ability to find creative solutions and outcomes for problems that don’t admit to simple-minded fixes. It’s like having a linear view in medicine that sees health care solely as fixing people up—an auto mechanic’s model of the body that doesn’t understand healing and transformation, doesn’t understand what happens when you harmonize mind and body. The element that’s missing in that mechanical understanding is awareness.

    Genuine awareness can modulate our thinking, so that we become less driven by unexamined motivations to put ourselves first, to control things to assuage our fear, to always proffer our brilliant answer. We can create an enormous amount of harm, for example, by not listening to other people who might have different views and insights. Fortunately, we have more of an opportunity these days to balance the cultivation of thinking with the cultivation of awareness. Anyone can restore some degree of balance between thinking and awareness right in this present moment, which is the only moment that any of us ever has anyway. The potential outcomes from purposefully learning to inhabit awareness and bring thought into greater balance are extremely positive and healthy for ourselves and the world at large.

    Working on our mindfulness, by ourselves and along with others, hinges on appreciating the power of awareness to balance thought. There’s nothing wrong with thinking. So much that is beautiful comes out of thinking and out of our emotions. But if our thinking is not balanced with awareness, we can end up deluded, perpetually lost in thought, and out of our minds just when we need them the most.

    Jon Kaba t-Zinn is the founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is  the author of Coming to Our Senses: Healing the World and Ourselves through Mindfulness.   Article from Shambala Sun

     Recognizing Soul in everyday life

     We sense, intuitively, that there is a soul. 

    For me, it feels like eternal wisdom… it is the part of me that knows I am one with everything… that know’s everything is okay.

    It is calm, By Michael Pravin from Chennai, India - Surya Namaskar, ccommons.wiki:index.php?curid=41696116

    radiating,

    loving,

    peaceful.

    This inner awareness has guided me – when I remember to tap into it.

    Pause a moment to  examine how you experience soul… have you found a way to tap into it?

     

    “Good To Be Alive Today” 

    Amazing video… Click the link, then read the lyrics HERE

    It’s Good To Be Alive Today!

    “Everyday I wake up and turn my phone on

    I read the news of the day, just as it’s coming down

    I do my best not to let it get me down

    I try to keep my head up, but it’s  Babylon

    This world’s in crisis, we try to fight it, this changing climate

    The scientists and politicians divided by it

    So many ways we could solve it but they would never sign it

    This mountains tumbling down, but still we try to climb it

    It’s in the Torah, Quran and in the Bible

    Love is the message ; But some how we turn to rivals

    It’s come to people always picking up their rifles

    Another school getting shot up; homicidal
    Some people trying to fly, some people trying to get high

    Some people losing their mind, some people trying to get by

    And when you look in my eyes, you see the sign of the times

    We’re all looking for the same thing
    But what if this song’s number one…

    Would it mean that love had won?

    Would it mean that the world was saved?

    And no guns are being drawn today?

    What if everybody had a job?

    And nobody had to break a law?

    What if everyone could say…

    That it’s good to be alive today?
    Oh, Is it good to be alive today?

    Oh… Is it good to be alive today?
    People used to feel safer when they would hear a siren

    Like help is on its way but now they only think of violence

    Another youth in the streets and police are in a conflict

    And now they hear the guns click.

    Ebola crisis and ISIS is taking heads off

    A drone is bombing a village and now the kids all

    Signing up to be soldiers, all willing now

    To do the killing now, now are you willing now?

    Some politicians out there making up some problems

    And trying to tell the people that they can solve them

    With TV shows and soundbites and quotes

    But everybody knows that it’s all about the cash flow

    They telling you and me, they’re making progress

    But tell it to the millions of jobless

    It’s like a players club with billions of dollars

    To get the votes you got to make it rain in congress
    Some people trying to fly, some people trying to get high

    Some people losing their mind, some people trying to get by

    And when you look in my eyes, you see the sign of the times

    We’re all looking for the same thing…
    But what if this song’s number one

    Would it mean that love had won?

    Would it mean that the world was saved?

    And no guns are being drawn today?

    What if everybody had a job?

    And nobody had to break a law?

    What if everyone could say

    That it’s good to be alive today?

    Oh… Is it good to be alive today?…

    And we all say: One day, we all will say
    That it’s good to be alive today

    One day, one day

    One day, one day

    One day, we all will say

    That it’s good to be alive today”

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    You Are All This …

    “The Real ‘You’ Comes and Goes” – Alan Watts

    Creative by Nature Worth Reading – From Off The Web!

    “The only real ‘you’ is the one that comes and goes, manifests and withdraws itself eternally in and as every conscious being. For ‘you’ is the universe looking at itself from billions of points of view, points that come and go so that the vision is forever new.” ~Alan Watts

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    “There is a Zen poem that talks about ‘IT,’ meaning the mystical experience, satori, the realization that you are, as Jesus was, the eternal energy of the universe. The poem says, ‘You cannot catch hold of it, nor can you get rid of it. In not being able to get it, you get it. When you speak, it is silent. When you are silent, it speaks.’

    This phrase—not being able to get it, you get it—is the feeling Krishnamurti tries to convey to people when he says, ‘Why do you ask for a method? There is no…

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    To Live Our Lives Like Water

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    A Guide For Living

    Worth Reading! From Off the Web   By:  Parker J. Palmer, On Being columnist

    The best are like water…

    The best, like water,
    Benefit all and do not compete.
    They dwell in lowly spots that everyone else scorns.
    Putting others before themselves,
    They find themselves in the foremost place
    And come very near to the Tao.
    In their dwelling, they love the earth;
    In their heart, they love what is deep;
    In personal relationships, they love kindness;
    In their words, they love truth.
    In the world, they love peace.
    In personal affairs, they love what is right.
    In action, they love choosing the right time.
    It is because they do not compete with others
    That they are beyond the reproach of the world.

    I’ve been drawn to Taoism ever since I read Thomas Merton’s 1965 book, The Way of Chuang Tzu. The teachings of Chuang Tzu — a 4th century BC Chinese Taoist master — introduced me to a spiritual path often called “the watercourse way.

    Taoism counsels us to live our lives like water, but that does not mean “go with the flow” passivity. Taoism is all about nonviolent action. It invites us to flow quietly but persistently around the obstacles that stand between us and the common good, wearing them down as a river erodes boulders.

    I don’t think Taoism — or any other wisdom tradition — has the whole answer to living well. Sometimes we must swim upstream against cruelty, injustice and untruth.

    But rightly understood, Taoism is an important corrective to the Western obsession with force, even violence, as the way to get things done — which often results in little more than an escalation of violence.

    The passage above is from the Taoist master Lao Tzu who names a few of the virtues that come from living  “the watercourse way.”  They won’t make you rich or famous. But they serve the common good, make life worth living, and help keep hope alive!