Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Enter to Win a Copy of Core of the Yoga Sutras by B.K.S Iyengar




Core of the Yoga Sutras: The Definitive Guide to the Yoga Sutras Giveaway!

Today is a happy day for anyone who is a lover of Iyengar yoga, and the teachings of its founder B.K.S. Iyengar. Harper Collins has just released Guruji's new book, Core of the Yoga Sutras: The Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga, and I am delighted to announce I am hosting a giveaway for one copy of the book on my blog!


First a little information on this insightful work from one of our great yoga masters.

From the press release: 
Iyengar has devoted his life to the practice and study of yoga. It was Iyengar’s unique teaching style, bringing precision and clarity to the practice, as well as a mindset of “Yoga for all,” that has made it into a worldwide phenomenon. Iyengar, who turned 94 in December last year, and calls this his “last major work in this lifetime.”
In Core of the Yoga Sutras, he applies the philosophical core of yoga–the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. These are 196 aphorisms forming the foundational text of yoga philosophy. Each sutra is presented as Sanskrit text, transliteration and English translation, followed by Iyengar’s unique commentary and authority only he can bring to the work.   This is a wonderful introduction to the spiritual philosophy that is the foundation of yoga practice, and we are excited to share this wonderful new title with you.   To view an excerpt of this title, please click here <http://www.scribd.com/doc/120672906/Core-of-the-Yoga-Sutras

I recommend you visit the link above. A glance at the Table of Contents alone will give you an indication how important this work will be to the study of yoga.

Iyengar yoga and the teachings of B.K.S. have been transformational in my own life. His teachings transmitted through excellent teachers such as Phyllis Rollins, Mary Reilly, Ramanand Patel and Aadil Palkhivala have brought so much clarity to my practice and saved me from years of frustration and injuries. These teachings have also informed and expanded my knowledge as a teacher, to the great benefit of my own students.

For the wisdom of Mr. Iyengar and for all of these teachers I am eternally grateful. Namaste.

To enter my giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book, just follow the steps below. You may enter every day. Bon chance!

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Sunbeams by Hafiz



Even

after

all this time

the sun never says to the earth

"you owe me"

look what happens

with a love like that --

it lights the whole

world.

— Sunbeams, Hafiz

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Happiness Never Decreases By Being Shared

My niece and nephew, who REALLY know how to make a person feel looooooved... 

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- Lord Buddha

Have you shared your happiness today? Have you let the joy in your heart reach out and put a smile on someone's face? It's so easy with a gesture or a word to change the energy in a room, to change the direction of someone's day. Energy and enthusiasm are even more contagious then lethargy and apathy. Every time we use our own positive energy to influence the life of just one person, for just one moment, we bring a little bit of light and healing into the world. Imagine if we all did this all the time! Our planet would shine like a star.
Even  when we don't feel too bright and shiny we can do this by "practicing the opposite." In yoga it's sometimes referred to as "bhavana" or cultivation of a certain state of mind. In the Western vernacular sometimes we call it "fake it 'till you make it." If you feel sad or out of sorts, don't deny your feelings, but put a little energy (or a lot!) into practicing the opposite and you will feel a shift inside. Share this will another person and your happiness will increase and increase and...

Friday, February 26, 2010

The universe is a vessel full to the brim with wisdom and beauty


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--- L I S A   D I E T R I C H



Know, O my son, that each thing in the universe is a vessel full to the brim with wisdom and beauty. It is a drop from the river of His Beauty...It is a hidden treasure because of its fullness. It has exploded and made the earth more brilliant than the skies. It has sprung up and make the earth like a sultan wearing a robe of satin.
- Rumi

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

God is Awake

Found this quote today...

Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. When you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.
–Victor Hugo

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Seize This Moment for Change

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

- Andy Warhol

It's easy to fall into the trap of waiting for change. Waiting for things to get better, waiting for someone or something to make us happier, thinner, richer, more positive...insert your *wish* here ______.

But the truth is if you want something to change you've got to change it yourself.

This is good news because THAT is an empowering thought and as you all know, 
"you are what you think."
The other good news is that it starts NOW in this present moment because that is all there really is. 

So, whatever it is you want to change forget "seize the day" and seize this very moment my friends. 
Be that change NOW!


Sat Nam 
( Kundalini yoga mantra meaning "Truth is my Identity"...and it's yours too by the way:-)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lao Tzu on True Wisdom




This quote really caught my eye:

"Those who know others are intelligent; those who know themselves are truly wise . Those who master others are strong; those who master themselves have true power." 

-Lao-Tzu

I notice a lot how much time I spend thinking about other people.

Often, this is in seemingly good ways. I think about troubles in their lives and how I can help. I think it is important that we reach out and try to help each other, I mean, what else are we here for really? But, it is also important to honor people's ability to struggle with and solve their own problems on their journey through life. And it is important to make sure that our "helpful impulses" stay pure and don't become another way to criticize, judge and attempt to control others.

As the quote points out "self mastery" is the greatest power any of us can achieve and it is perhaps in our own self development that we help the rest of our world most of all.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Let go and Live



Image above is by the amazing artist Rick Berry. View his work online at www.braid.com.


These words are so beautiful and so true; embrace them. 
Let go. 
Live.


Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life.
 

What is it you would let go of today? 

--Mary Manin Morrissey

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fear and Freedom

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To live with the conscious knowledge of the shadow of uncertainty, with the knowledge that disaster or tragedy could strike at any time; to be afraid and to know and acknowledge your fear, and still to live creatively and with unstinting love: that is to live with grace.

--Peter Henry Abrahams, The View From Coyaba


Wow, this brought tears to my eyes. I love the line, "to be afraid...." You know, this is the point isn't it? As human beings we can not usually completely conquer our fear, but to be able to sit with it, to hold space within a quivering heart for courage and perseverance is truly what makes us the exceptional creatures that we are. To live with a boundless, loving heart in the midst of uncertainty and fear is the definition of courage; it is the definition of Freedom.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Keeping an Untroubled Spirit


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The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.

– Marcus Aurelius

I love this quote because it so simply sums up the philosophy of yoga. First, we must calm the mind, then we can reflect clearly on what really is, seperate from the illusion and ignorance of avidya. But, as always, easier said, than done.

Two things that help me to keep an "untroubled spirit" when I find myself getting caught up in the illusionary drama of a situation.

1. I sit down and breathe a 5/5 ratio 5x (5 breath cycles of an inhale with a count of five and an exhale with a count of five.) If that doesn't work, I do five more rounds...and then another...another, and so on.

2. I think of 5 things that I am grateful for right now at this moment in my life and I think of  five things that are going right. (These could be big or small. Sometimes it might be just being grateful that I am not out of milk for my morning coffee, or happiness that I am doing a better job flossing my teeth at night. I am not being cute here. When the chips are down it is important to remember that there are always some small, wonderful things going right and to be grateful for. We need to start there.

Please leave some comments and share some ways that you keep an "untroubled spirit" and a clear view of things as they are.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Living the Length and Width of Life.

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I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.


– Diane Ackerman


Is there something that you can do today, in this very moment, to open up to the endless possibilities and abundance of this Universe?

Can you open your arms in gratitude for the light on your face, even if your heart is heavy with darkness?

Can you take one step forward, setting fear aside if only for a moment and embrace, "what if?"

Stop, just now, and open the palm of your hand. See what falls into it.

Om shanti, shanti, shanti - Om peace, peace, peace.
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Friday, May 1, 2009

The Lord's Prayer in Aramaic

The Lord's Prayer written in Aramaic.


I recently received these two beautiful versions of the Lord's Prayer from my old and dear friend Alicia. These two versions are scholarly translations direct from the ancient Aramaic. I think they are wonderful, more inclusive and expansive versions then the version I learned as a child and is most commonly known.

Enjoy, and Blessed Be...


The Lord's Prayer, version one

O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos,

Focus your light within us-make it useful

Create your reign of unity now--

Your one desire then acts with ours, as in all light, so in all forms.

Grant what we need each day in bread and insight.

Loose the cords of mistakes binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others' guilt.

Don't let surface things delude us.

But free us from what holds us back.

From you is born all ruling will, the power and the life to do, the song that beautifies all, from age to age it renews.

Truly--power to these statements--may they be the ground from which all my actions grow;

Amen.


The Lord's Prayer, version two

Oh Thou, from whom the breath of life comes, who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration.

May Your light be experienced in my utmost holiest.

Your Heavenly Domain approaches.

Let Your will come true - in the universe (all that vibrates) just as on earth (that is material and dense).

Give us wisdom (understanding, assistance) for our daily need, detach the fetters of faults that bind us, (karma) like we let go the guilt of others.

Let us not be lost in superficial things (materialism, common temptations), but let us be freed from that what keeps us from our true purpose.

From You comes the all-working will, the lively strength to act, the song that beautifies all and renews itself from age to age.

Sealed in trust, faith and truth. (I confirm with my entire being)

Amen.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

How Much Gratitude Can You Handle?

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We often hear people say, "Don't sweat the small stuff."

That's great, and I agree, but if you are feeling a bit stressed out that comment might just turn your dial to ELEVEN instead of helping you to let go and feel better.

Gratitude is really all about PAYING ATTENTION to the "small stuff", and seeing the beauty, wonder and goodness available to us in each moment.

In paying attention to the "small stuff" we often find it is really the "big stuff", and in fact the "only stuff." Our lives are truly only lived moment to moment and how present and aware we are in each of those moments is often a great measure of the joy we experience.

So, how much gratitude can you handle today?

Try this experiment:

Say "thank you" for EVERY little thing that you do or encounter... And I mean EVERY LITTLE thing.

When you put cream in your coffee say, "Thank you for this delicious cream in my coffee." See if it tastes a little sweeter.

When you put on your shoes say, "Ah, hello and thank you beautiful feet for carrying me on my way today." See if you have a little more spring in your step.

When you do the laundry say, "I am so grateful for you: water, soap, washing machine. Thank you for making my clothing clean and fresh." You may find this mundane task feels a little lighter and your clothes seem a little softer.

When you have an argument with your spouse say, "I am so grateful to live in a world where we all have different perspectives, let our communication be peaceful and harmonious and create no illusion of separation between us." You may find you return to the discussion with a more open heart and a clearer head.

When you drink a glass of water say, "Thank you for the amazing refreshment of this pure water, may it nourish my body." See if you can feel the rejuvenating energy of the water entering every cell in your body.

You may say, "Hey, that's an awful lot to be saying to myself during the day." But, the truth is the nature of Mind means that we are constantly saying things to ourSelves. Mindfulness and gratitude help us to ensure that we are saying things that will elevate us to higher planes of existence and fill our hearts with the boundless bliss that is our True Nature.

May every little thing in your life be filled with beauty and may you feel wonder and gratitude for it.

Namaste.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Be the Living Expression of God's Kindness


Today, a quote from one of our world's most radiant lights...

Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.
Be the living expression of God's kindness.

- Mother Teresa


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Friday, March 20, 2009

How to Be a Miracle



Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle.


— Phillips Brooks

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Value of Life

Love this earth. Love each other. Period.

The value of life does not depend upon the place we occupy.
It depends upon the way we occupy that place.


-- St. Thérèse de Lisieux

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Put a Grateful Thought in Your Heart

L to R my brothers Richard and Christopher (who I am forever grateful for) and Me.

We are never more than one grateful thought away from peace of heart.



— Brother David Steindl-Rast


This morning I woke up with a overwhelming sense of gratitude for my family. In particular, my brothers. They were both such cute, sweet babies (they are five and eight years younger than me so they will forever be babies to me:-) and somewhere along the way they have become wonderful, talented grown men. Still not sure when that happened...how time has flown.

Today and every day I can take a moment and look at this picture on my mantle, or in my heart where I carry it always, and the gratitude just rolls in. How lucky am I to have these boys in my life? Quite lucky I think, quite.

Take a moment and pause in your day. Take a deep breath. Find a picture in you pocket, or in your mind that fills your heart with gratitude.

May your heart be filled with peace.

Love, and Jai Bhagwan (Victory to the Light)

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Friday, March 6, 2009

$7 on the 7th | The Liz Logelin Foundation

Don't forget. Please give to our families who have lost so much. A little bit goes a long way...

$7 on the 7th | The Liz Logelin Foundation

Friday, February 27, 2009

How to Find What You Need Next

Glowing through the pages of timeImage by Kounelli via Flickr


The next message you need is always right where you are.



— Ram Dass





Staying centered in the present moment allows us to stay grounded in the perfection of what is and secure in the knowledge that what will come is perfect as well.

When we "let go and let God"...open our selves to "Source"...use the "Force"... we are supported by an endlessly abundant Universe.

Let go a little today. Surrender. And see what floods in.

Namaste.


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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Truth and Love Will Always Win

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When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.

Think of it - always.


- MK Gandhi
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Source of a True Smile


The source of a true smile is an awakened mind.
Smiling helps you approach the day with gentleness and understanding.


— Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace Is Every Step

Put a big smile on your face this morning and greet the beauty of the day.

Namaste.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Just when you least expect it...


the universe gives you something else to be grateful for!

Today, I am so grateful to have found two great new partners in my journey to bring yoga to as many people as I can.

Phyllis Rollins, owner and incredible Iyengar yoga teacher at The 8th Street Yoga Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina is graciously allowing me to hold my prenatal yoga series (in April) and a few other upcoming workshops and classes from her studio. It is a beautiful space and she is terrific, and I am just so lucky to have met her and to have her as a mentor.

Today, I met with Maureen and Mike Rhoads at Mike Rhodes Karate here in Gastonia, North Carolina. I was looking for a local place to teach group classes, and especially my private instruction clients. The Rhoads have a beautiful, brand new space just down the street on Robinwood Road (this is their 4th LOCATION!, they are the premiere Karate training facility in the area.) I will be using their space to hold classes, workshops and private instruction! It is a HUGE space and I can't wait to fill it with lots of eager yogis and yoginis. I am also excited to do some kids yoga classes out of this location.

You can email me here for more information on up coming classes.

And if the week weren't quite exciting enough, I was on Rachel Ray this week!!! Ok, it was only for about 30 seconds, but it was COOL and for a really good cause.

My life is always really blessed and I am really, really grateful for it. But, WOWIE thanks Universe! for an especially awesome week.

Namaste




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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Win this beautiful amethyst and Czech glass necklace made by me!

Win this beautiful amethyst and Czech glass necklace made by me!
This necklace was handmade by me and contains beautiful chunks of amethyst (which symbolizes the spirit), Indian crow beads, and Czech glass. The center pendant is a pewter Celtic cross. The necklace is 15.5 inches long and has a safety clasp. Jewelry making is a meditation for me and I infuse all the pieces I make with good energy and light for those who wear them.

How do I win?
FIRST
If you have already downloaded one of the classes - AWESOME- and thank you! Simply go to the yogadownload.com site and leave a review for either or both meditations. You will be entered once for each review you leave.

SECOND
If you haven't downloaded a meditation yet, do so and leave a review between now and March 6 and you will be entered to win!

DESCRIPTIONS AND LINKS TO DOWNLOADS
At only $2.95 per downloadable class (less then a cup of coffee!) you can give the gift of bliss to yourself, or a friend.

Two meditations are currently available:

Progressive Relaxation #1 will take you to a place of complete and utter serenity. "Teal's warm and meditative voice is ideal to help you get deep into a state of calm and tranquility. In this meditation Teal has you visualize a white light as it moves through you body and rids it of any and all stress and tension. Ahhhhhh!"

Click here to download your copy today.

Sivasana Relaxation #1. Sivasana is a posture often practiced at the end of a yoga class, but you can do this relaxing Sivasana meditation any time you need to take a break and rest. Sivasana helps the body, mind and spirit to relax, integrate, and restore. This Sivasana Relaxation meditation will take you into a deep state of calm and is also great as a cure for insomnia.

Click here to download your copy today.


I can not express my gratitude to all the people who downloaded my guided meditations over the last 3 months. It was wonderful to see such a positive response and it makes me happy to know they are helping to bring stress relief and relaxation into so many lives. There will be many more to come, so stay tuned...

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Always something to be grateful for...

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If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel,

we can find something to be thankful for.


— Terry Lynn Taylor

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Trust in Yourself and You Will Know How To Live

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As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

— Goethe

Trusting ourselves, believing in our abilities and intuition is one of the hardest things for most of us to do.

Whether it comes in a moment, as a flash of clarity, or becomes some thing we know deep down in our bones over a long period of time, learning to trust ourselves is one of the greatest forms of liberation.

Today, when you are confronted by moments of self doubt, or fear, try just letting it go. Just like that. Just that simple. "Pretend," if you have to, that you are someone who already does this all the time. Try that on as you might try on a beautiful new coat...you may find it is a good fit, and never take it off again.

Affirmation:
Today I trust in my own Truth; my intuition, abilities and judgement. I abide in constant gratitude for my perfect and whole place in an abundant Universe.


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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gratitude and Giving


There is probably no greater way to experience gratitude then through giving to others.

When we give with hands open, arms stretch out, we are also assuming the best possible posture to recieve. When we become captivated by our own pain, or our own fear of not having enough, we close ourselves off to the infinite abundance that is Source. Source that pours into us, and pours out of us, in a ceaseless, bountiful flow.

Staying open in this way is usually easy enough to do when times are good, but what about when things go terribly, horribly wrong? How do we continue to give, when we feel the Universe has abandonded us?

I think the answer is we simply have to make that choice, and then try our best to stay grounded in it, in every moment. No easy task, but I believe the alternative is a cold and empty

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place.

This year I have come to know a little bit about a man, named Matt Logelin, who made this choice when his life took an unimaginably tragic turn. I can only imagine the depths of his sorrow; the enormity of his anger and feelings of abandonment. (You can read Matt Logelin's blog, matt,liz and madeline, here.)

In a nut shell:

On March 24, 2008, little Madeline Elizabeth Logelin came into this world.

The next day, her mother left it.

From this impossibly tragic event, a community was born. A community of individuals, united in their desire to help and support Madeline and her father, Matt. This community formed the basis for what would become a worldwide charitable foundation:

The Liz Logelin Foundation – For the Love of Liz.


I am sure he had many a day where he crumbled into a heap. But, that is not the choice that he made overall, or what he has carried forward with. Instead, he has used his time and energy to reach out for help from others, and to help those who find themselves in similar tragic situations.

So strong and large was the community that spontaneously formed around Matt and Madeline, it seemed not only natural, but necessary to harness the strength of that network and turn it into something – something that could help ease the pain and lighten the load felt by widows and widowers everywhere. And it all sprang from the Love of Liz.Link


I hope that you will consider The Liz Logelin Foundation, in your charitable donations.

Also, the foundation is currently accepting applications for those in need. Visit the web site, for more information.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

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Be universal in your love.

You will see the universe to be the picture of your own being.
Complete and total perfection will come about only when we feel that our perfection is no perfections as long as the rest of humanity remains imperfect.

If we call ourselves children of God, then others are also children of God. If we do not share with them what little we have, then what right have we to call them our brothers?

They may be traveling a few miles behind us, or they may be fast asleep.
But they must reach the Goal before perfect perfection can dawn on earth.


- Sri Chinmoy


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Thursday, January 8, 2009

How Not To Piss Off God.

Some purple flowers.Image via WikipediaWell, now that I have your attention!!!

In reality, my concept of God is not one that maintains that there is a "figure" out there to be angry or pleased with us. I believe in a non-dual, energetic and universal form of God. But, to each her own...

The reason for this post title is a quote I came across this morning that I really love. It is from Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple. She says:


"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."


I think in a way, that is very true. It is in some way an insult to the grand and glorious creation of this Universe when we, for what ever reason, fail to notice it's splendor.

And this ties in very much to our study and practice of gratitude, because gratitude is the ultimate "offering back" to the beauty and bounty that surrounds us. Taking time to notice and appreciate all that we have been given is a sacred and profound form of prayer, and one that is available to us in every moment.

So, in your day today don't fail to notice

the fragile beauty of some lingering sprig of green grass

the white pristine silence of falling snow

the cornflower blue of a child's eyes

the warming golden radiance of the sun

or, the color purple in a field somewhere.


Om shanti.


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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

In the End What Matters Most...




As you embark upon a new year, consider these wise words:


In the end what matters most is
How well did you live
How well did you love
How well did you learn... to let go.

May your year and your life be filled with peace, and empty of suffering.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.


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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gratitude Around the Table



Sitting down to eat is one of the easiest places for us to incorporate mindfulness and gratitude into our lives.

We have to eat many times a day, and so it is an ideal opportunity to take a deep breath, center our selves, and express our gratitude for the nurishment of our bodies.

An added benefit is that studies show that people who pause before eating, and eat in a calm, mindful manner, eat less, and digest what they eat much more fully. This is also a good way to heal the disjointed and unhealthy relationship many of us Westerners tend to have with food as a result of eating too fast and on the run, consuming poor quality food, and fixations with our weight and appearance.

Here is one offering for a meal time prayer from the Zen tradition known as,
Gokan-no-ge, the "Five Reflections."

First, let us reflect on our own work and the effort of those who brought us this food.

Second, let us be aware of the quality of our deeds as w
e receive this meal.

Third, what is most essential is the practice of mindfulness, which helps us to transcend greed, anger and delusion.


Fourth, we appreciate this food which sustains the good health of our body and mind.


Fifth, in order to continue our practice for all beings we accept this offering.

You can read more about this tradition, here.

As you sit down for you next meal, take the time to take a deep breath, and give thanks for the pleasure and benefits that food provides.


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Friday, December 12, 2008



All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.


Rainer Maria Rilke


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