Opening the Doors of Perception: Choosing To Be Present and Fully Aware

Opening the Doors of Perception: Choosing To Be Present and Fully AwareOur perceptions are based on our beliefs, and those beliefs influence how we see the world, which dictates our sense of reality. If we're open minded, we'll see the world through a much clearer and wider lens, and be more accepting, tolerant and compassionate. But if we're closed off or small minded, we're not going to be as tolerant, and can make snap judgments before we even give something or someone a chance.

Relaxation and Meditation for Beginners: Daily Benefits

Relaxation and Meditation for Beginners: Daily Benefits

Nowadays meditation is sometimes confused with other activities. Meditation is not simply relaxing the body and mind. Nor is it imagining being a successful person with wonderful possessions, good relationships, appreciation from others, and fame. This is merely daydreaming about objects of attachment.

Choose Joy -- Again and Again and Again

Choose Joy -- Again and Again and AgainIf you were to observe yourselves very carefully and observe the choices that you allow yourselves to make in your existence, you would observe the limits to which you yourselves choose to impose on the joy of your existence. You would observe the degree to which you limit your joy of existence.

How To Breathe in Relaxation, Confidence, and Better Health

How To Breathe in Relaxation, Confidence, and Better HealthHow you breathe reflects your self-esteem. How you breathe directly correlates to your enjoyment and satisfaction in life. If you breathe deeply, you imbibe of life and what it has to offer. If you are a shallow breather, perhaps you are not confident and feeling safe.

Considering The Impossibly Possible: Loving, Living, and Beyond

 Considering The Impossibly Possible: Loving, Living, and BeyondThere really is no explanation nor prescription for loving, for being with and available to those you love until the last breath and then on. And there is no one way to provide the best possible care for your loved one or for yourself and others who are the caregivers.

What Is The Significance Of Friday Prayers In Islam?

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Following the terror attack on two New Zealand mosques in March 2019, many Muslim communities across the world gathered as usual for their most important weekly ritual – Friday prayers.

Practicing Altruism, Compassion, and Love Bring Happiness and Stress Relief

Practicing Altruism, Compassion, and Love Bring You Happiness and Stress ReliefModern neuroscience has now found that altru­ism brings us happiness in addition to being a stress reliever. This mirrors Buddhist teachings. Through our meditations and practice of loving-kindness and compas­sion, we gradually come into an experiential sense of our basic goodness. 

How To Short-Circuit Judgment and See Only Love

How To Short-Circuit Judgment and See Only LoveOnce you decide to see only love, you can relinquish judgment and see people for what they are. In the end, everyone benefits, including you. As it says in A Course in Miracles, “You have no idea of the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourself and your brothers totally without judgment.”

Do I Need Will Power To Grow Spiritually?

Do I Need Will Power To Grow Spiritually?Spiritual development doesn’t happen automatically. You may want enlightenment very badly, but it only happens through your daily application of spiritual principles. One of these principles is sankalpa, which means "will power" in Sanskrit.

Trust the Dance of Life: Live an Experience of Expansion and Joy

Trust the Dance of Life: Be Who You Were Made to BeWhat keeps us from reaching that state of continuous expansion and joy? What stands in the way of experiencing that place of no separation? What gets in the way of experiencing ourselves filled with light? What stops us from living life with gales of laughter?

Doing Everything 100% and Being Where Your Heart Is

Doing Things 100%: Being Where Your Heart IsAnything that is worth doing, is worth doing with a whole heart. And mind. And body. I saw a romantic greeting card which showed a couple kissing in the front seat of a car. The message said, "If you can kiss while driving safely, you are not giving the kiss the attention it deserves."

How To Be Patient and Tame The Monkey-Mind

How To Be Patient and Tame The Monkey-MindAlthough there are many different approaches to meditation, all meditation methods share some basic characteristics and work in similar ways. The fundamental requirement in meditation is that we find some way to manage the monkey mind so that we can start training it.

Dancing and Spirituality: God Loves When We Dance

Dancing and Spirituality: God Loves When We Dance"When I have a problem and I dance, at the end the problem is gone!" Ultimately, I am convinced that it is the connection to one’s sense of the spiritual that infuses dance with the power to heal and transform.

How To Move From Worldly Complexity Into Divine Simplicity

How To Move From Worldly Complexity Into Divine SimplicityFor someone on the spiritual path, one of the most beautiful discoveries is that everything becomes inwardly simpler and simpler as she or he progresses in their quest. The complexities of social relations just vanish in the discovery that the essence of every being is divine.

Are Yoga And Mindfulness In Schools Religious?

Are Yoga And Mindfulness In Schools Religious?

The number of U.S. children age 4 to 17 practicing yoga rose from 2.3% to 8.4% – or from 1.3 million to 4.9 million – between 2007 and 2017, federal data show.

From the Mundane to the Sublime: Living, Loving, and Laughing

The Peacemakers' Message: All For One and One For All
It was three days after I met with her that I realized Grandmother Twylah Hurd Nitsch is a small woman. Her fathomless eyes, her great good humor and the magnitude of the peace that effortlessly flows from her heart convey a physical presence that reaches far beyond her diminutive frame. She is warm beyond measure, mercurial and deeply connected to the Earth...

What Ramadan Means To Muslims

What Ramadan Means To Muslims

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world will not eat or drink from dawn to sunset. Muslims believe that the sacred text of Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad in the final 10 nights of Ramadan.

The Problem With Thoughts Is That We Take Them Seriously

The Problem With Thoughts Is That We Take Them SeriouslyThe problem with thoughts is not that we have so many of them but that we identify ourselves so closely with them. Thoughts come and go. Some are clearly more interesting than others. But regardless of their content, we take the emergence of thought seriously because we tend to believe that...

Victory is Yours! Creating What You Want, Not What You Fear

Victory is Yours! Creating What You Want, Not What You FearEvery world religion and every form of education has tried to teach us Universal Law in one form or another: the Law of Cause and Effect, the Law of Karma, an eye for an eye, reaping what we sow. In more scientific terms: like attracts like, action and reaction, radiation and magnetization.

Who Are Sri Lanka's Christians?

Who Are Sri Lanka's Christians?

Nearly 300 people were killed in several coordinated bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter.

Meditation For Mental Balance and Grounding

This 17 minute guided meditation welcomes balance and clarity to your mental and emotional self. Practice regularly to connect brain to body for mental health and optimal physical wellbeing. This practice

Learning How to Listen: Listening Is Active, Not Passive

Learning How to Listen: Listening Is Active, Not PassiveElliott Jaffa, Ed.D., a behavioral psychologist who conducts "active listening" seminars for businesses and other groups, says, "In reality, very few people really know how to listen. There's more to active listening than sitting back and letting your eardrum collect vibrations. When done properly, it's actually hard work..."

How The Role Of Nuns Highlights A Low View Of Women's Work

How The Role Of Nuns Highlights A Low View Of Women's Work

So runs the story of one of the Italian nuns I interviewed earlier this year, as part of a wider investigation into the unsung contributions of women workers, and why they have been historically undervalued. 

The Earth is Your Teacher: Honoring Spirit in Your Life

The Earth is Your Teacher: Honoring Spirit in Your LifeBy engaging in sacred reciprocity with the raw forces of nature as well as the spiritual powers present in the area, you deepen your awareness of interdependence with all life’s dimensions...

Judgment is a Teacher on The Path of Transformation

Judgment Is As Judgment DoesIt has been tremendously helpful for me to understand the difference between consciousness and spirituality. Spirituality is one type of energy — the energy that links us to our deepest essential nature and to the universal source. Consciousness is the awareness of all of the energies within us..

You Are The Light of the World

You Are The Light of the WorldWithin all of us, there’s a light that shines like a lantern’s bright flame. We may call it love, divine energy, or an expression of our Source. No matter what name we give it, that light never goes out.

Practicing Acceptance with The RAIN Method

Practicing Acceptance with The RAIN MethodThere is a lovely teaching (or ‘Sutra’) of the Buddha that clearly illustrates the importance of acceptance. It is called the “Sutra of the Arrows” and it relates how even the good and the wise are regularly struck by the first arrow, which is that of the unavoidable pain of life.

You Are A Light Worker: Owning Your Personal Power

You Are A Light Worker: Owning Your Personal PowerThis planet needs as many of you as possible to create the consciousness shift now occurring. And how you feel it! It can feel beautiful, wonderful, joyous, humorous, light, fun. It can also feel torturous and wretched. The shift involves a whole spectrum of emotional states. 

Learning to Relax and Let Consciousness Express Itself

Learning to Relax and Let Consciousness Express ItselfOur real existence is as Spirit, and only in the degree that we perceive our real existence as Spirit, do we drop the false sense of life as material. Then we see that the structural life of man, animal, and plant is but the false sense of existence; that our concern for the so-called necessities of material living has been unnecessary...

Why Are We So Moved By The Plight Of The Notre Dame?

Why Are We So Moved By The Plight Of The Notre Dame?

Scrolling through news of the Notre Dame fire on social media feeds was like watching a real-time archive of grief in the making, as people expressed their dismay and sorrow at the damage wrought.

Becoming Aware of the Voices in Your Head

Becoming Aware of the Voices in Your HeadOnce upon a time, a boy named Alexander was living on an island in the middle of the ocean. He was joined by a special mentor who had become quite close to him there. This mentor was a peculiar sort in that he appeared and disappeared at will, and the boy never knew when these visits might occur.

Can You Hold? Having an Experience of Silence...

Can You Hold? Having an Experience of Silence...Silence is not particularly my thing. I remember, many years ago, when my closest and dearest friend shared with me that she was attending an eight day "silent retreat" -- just the thought put me in a twitter. Yet, now that I'm in my fifth decade, I'm beginning to appreciate at least a measure of silence...

Should Euthanasia Be Available For People With Existential Suffering?

Should Euthanasia Be Available For People With Existential Suffering?

Euthanasia debates often focus on people experiencing unbearable physiological or psychological suffering. But research suggests “loss of autonomy” is the primary reason for requesting euthanasia, even among patients with terminal cancer.

The First Spiritual Law Of Success Is The Law Of Pure Potentiality

The First Spiritual Law Of Success Is The Law Of Pure PotentialityThe first spiritual law of success is the Law of Pure Potentiality. This law is based on the fact that we are, in our essential state, pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is pure potentiality; it is the field of all possibilities and infinite creativity. Other attributes of consciousness are...

How Not To Ignore Your Inborn Intelligence

Why It Is Common To Ignore Our Inborn IntelligenceWhatever kind of body we have, it is our vehicle for realizing inner light. Our bodies are the matter in which the light of our soul temporarily resides. 

You Have the Power to Change Your Life for the Better

You Have the Power to Change Your Life for the BetterNo matter how many psychics you consult or how many readings you have, only bits and pieces of one's personal path is ever revealed. The rest remains your mystery -- for you to solve. While I cannot tell you the why of your life, I can briefly offer spiritual and mundane viewpoints to consider...

Is Out of Body Intimacy Possible?

Is Out of Body Intimacy Possible?What happens after death? Do deeply loving feelings exist when we are no longer in physical bodies?

The Perfect Teacher Who Is Always With Us

The Perfect Teacher Who Is Always With UsGenerally speaking, we regard discomfort in any form as bad news. But for practitioners or spiritual warriors — people who have a certain hunger to know what is true — feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad...

Your Sacred Vow: To Be A Clear Instrument of Light

Your Sacred Vow: To Be A Clear Instrument of Light
We are powerful beyond our wildest imaginations, and our ability to make a profoundly significant difference in what is happening on Earth at this time is staggering. All we have to do is remember who we are and where we have come from. I am not referring to the specifics of particular lifetimes; I am talking about who we are at the very core of our Beings, within the deepest recesses of our Divine Blueprints.

The Truth About St. Patrick's Day

The Truth About St. Patrick's Day
In 1997, my students and I traveled to Croagh Patrick, a mountain in County Mayo, as part of a study abroad program course on Irish literature I was teaching for the University of Dayton.

How We Can Stop Projecting Our Hate and Our Love Onto Others

How We Can Stop Projecting Our Hate and Our Love Onto Others
If hate arises for someone or against someone, or love arises for someone, what do we do? We project it on the person. You project your love or hate or whatsoever. You forget completely the inner center of your being; the other becomes the center.

Seven Myths and Seven Facts About Meditation

Seven Myths and Seven Facts About Meditation
For the secularized mind, meditation fills a spiritual vacuum; it brings the hope of a better, happier individual and the ideal of a peaceful world. That meditation was primarily designed not to make us happier but to destroy our sense of individual self – who we feel and think we are most of the time – is often overlooked in the science and media stories.

4 Things To Know About Ash Wednesday

4 Things To Know About Ash WednesdayFor Christians, the death and resurrection of Jesus is a pivotal event commemorated each year during a season of preparation called Lent and a season of celebration called Easter.

Why Not Now? Forget The Past and Be Content Now

Why Not Now? Forget The Past and Future and Be Content NowThe present is the only time we can choose between love and fear. When we fret about the past or worry about what to do in the future, we accomplish nothing. And yet, our mental habit of reliving the past and rehearsing what is to come generates various forms of pain.

Do You Believe You Can Receive Messages From Heaven?

Do you believe you can receive messages from heaven?No matter what your beliefs, all you need to be able to recognize signs from heaven are an open mind and heart. Opening your mind to receiving signs simply means believing it can happen. If you have faith in God or in the next life, you are already ahead of the game.

How Black Women Preachers Spoke Truth To Power

How Black Women Preachers Spoke Truth To Power
African-American women comprise more than 70 percent of the active membership of generally any African-American congregation one might attend today. According to one Pew study, African-American women are among the most religiously committed of the Protestant demographic – eight in 10 say that religion is important to them.

Twelve Ways To Tell If You're A Spiritual Being

Twelve Ways To Tell If You're A Spiritual Being
Twelve beliefs and practices for you to cultivate as you develop your abilities to manifest miracles in your life. I use the terms spiritual and non-spiritual in the sense that a spiritual being has a conscious awareness of both the physical and the invisible dimension, while the non-spiritual being is only aware of the physical domain.

Contemplating and Integrating the Power of the Force

Contemplating and Integrating the Power of the Force
The more you observe, the more you allow yourself to experience the infinite field of energy swirling in you and around you, the more you will discover that orderly patterns exist everywhere in Nature. Then it will probably dawn on you—if it hasn't already—that not only is the Universe intelligently organized, the Universe Itself is Intelligent!

How To Practice Silence: Be Quiet and Listen Carefully

How To Practice Silence: Be Quiet and Listen Carefully
From TV sets and radios to sirens, jet aircraft, horns, and the constant yammer of too many people with too much to say, our world is filled with noise. When we are not engaged in listening to something or someone, we are usually yapping away ourselves, either externally or at least in our own heads.

God Is In The City; Wherever I Am, God Is!

God Is In The City; Wherever I Am, God Is!
Many people have this fear of the city. It's understandable. Each night, on the evening news, the major emphasis seems to be on the latest stabbings, shootings, rapes, and suicides. The good news is often not heard. But fear of personal danger isn't the only problem people have with the city, and out-of-towners are not the only ones guilty of misconceptions.

The Open Heart: Antidote to Fear, Limitations and Restrictions

The Open Heart: Antidote to Fear, Limitations and Restrictions
Is it likely for most of us that past life, early childhood, and then community experiences all generate doubts and self-imposed limits that cloud our ability to see that we can be a successful creator of a terrific life. Further, such experiences cause us to question our own lovability and the goodness of the universe.

Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World Is Up to You and Me

Repairing the World Is Up to You and Me
In the sixteen-century, people suffered from hunger, disease, hatred, and war. "How could God allow such terrible things to happen? Perhaps," Luria suggested, "it is because God needs our help." When you see something that is broken, fix it...

A Planetary Awakening: The Deep Inner Calling Of Hidden Truth

A Planetary Awakening: The Deep Inner Calling Of Hidden Truth
Have you felt the deep inner calling of hidden truth? Do you feel sacred knowledge is just waiting for you to grab it? The Mayas believe this is a time when everyone will begin to remember. In the spring of 1995, we entered a new cycle of time that the Mayas believe to be deeply profound and exceptionally transforming.

Looking for Presence: What Is Catching Your Eye?

Looking for Presence: What Is Catching Your Eye?
I had a strong feeling that if I see it, it is my responsibility. I began won­dering what would happen if I started responding to everything that caught my eye. So I began an around-the-clock practice that went like this: anything that entered my awareness became my respon­sibility, anything that was my responsibility I would attend to, and anything I attended to I would complete.

In This World of Distraction, Manifesting the Impossible and Transforming Life

In This World of Distraction, How to Manifest the Impossible
The world of distraction spins around and around, while moving continuously to keep itself amused and entertained. It transports us to a world of fantasy, or a world of controversy, or competition, or of just about anything other than the one true existence that is right before us. Distraction keeps...

Hang On For the Ride and Face Aging Without Fear

Hang On For the Ride and Face Aging Without Fear
We are all getting older every day. One day you and I will both be old, if it is our destiny to live that long. It is our choice whether we live in fear and act according to other people's expectations of what an older person is or whether we allow ourselves to be authentic and real. Start now; you are an elder in training...

How The Catholic Church Came To Oppose Birth Control

How The Catholic Church Came To Oppose Birth Control

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark “Humanae Vitae,” Pope Paul VI’s strict prohibition against artificial contraception, issued in the aftermath of the development of the birth control pill.

Send Love Ahead and Make Your Dream Come True

Send Love Ahead and Make Your Dream Come True
Before you start any action toward your Dream—a call, meeting, class, exam, presentation, creative session, difficult situ­ation—use this visualization technique: Send Love Ahead. I learned this most precious method from a study group in A Course in Miracles. Here’s how it works...

Meditation: Surpassing the Rational, Logical Mind

Meditation: Surpassing the Rational, Logical Mind
I began meditating at the young age of 20, when meditation was not com­mon in the United States, and I took very much to heart my guru’s instruc­tions to develop a regular and committed meditation practice. Over the years I found an intuitive faculty developing, a way of knowing that surpasses the rational, logical mind.

How to Work with Angels and Call Them to Action

Learning How to Work with Angels and Call Them to Action
Some people say, If there are all these angels waiting to help us, then why haven't they already done something about this problem in my life? But what they don't realize is that the universe doesn't work in a top-down management style; it's based on free will and team work.

How To Be Yourself: Finding Your Original Face

How To Be Yourself: Finding Your Original FaceJust be what you are and don't care a bit about the world. Then you will feel a tremendous relaxation and a deep peace within your heart. This is what Zen Buddhists call your "original face" - In this essay Osho, through parables and narratives, helps you understand how to find yourself.

Affirmation Prayers and Blessings: Adapt and Create Your Own

Affirmation Prayers and Blessings: Adapt and Create Your OwnThe power of affirmation, prayer, and blessing has been used for thousands of years in both spiritual and folk rites, by priestesses and priests, and by people trying to bring health, harmony, and happiness into their lives. In earlier times at the gigantic stone temples that dot the English countryside...

Mindful Breathing for Children (and Parents) of All Ages

Mindful Breathing for Children (and Parents) of All AgesMost of us have heard the word mindfulness, which we instinctively recognize as something beneficial for us and our children, but what is it, really? And how can it possibly help, especially in the midst of the daily grind of ensuring that homework is completed, devices are turned off, and drama is kept to a minimum?

The Confusion of Karma: It's Yours... Good or Bad

The Confusion of Karma: It's Yours... Good or BadKarma is a strange word. No matter how many times I talk about this issue, people are still convinced that karma is something they're working through with another person. No -- you're working through your own karma, which means your own experience.

Why Jefferson’s Vision Of American Islam Matters Today

Why Jefferson’s Vision Of American Islam Matters TodayAn estimated 3.3 million American Muslims celebrate Ramadan. The month of Ramadan marks the time when Prophet Muhammad is believed to have first received revelations from God and has been celebrated at the White House since 1996.

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