Monday, May 31, 2010

What's the elephant in the room? It's you, pretending to be a mouse for so long you've forgotten your magnificence. ~zenshine



What's the elephant in the room? It's you, pretending to be a mouse for so long you've forgotten your magnificence. ~zenshine


Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it's dark. ~Zen Proverb


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. ~Marcel Proust

No one remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. ~Thomas Mann



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Sunday, May 30, 2010

When freedom flies into your experience, resist the urge to trap it. ~zenshine


When freedom flies into your experience, resist the urge to trap it. ~zenshine


Freedom is not overcoming what you think stands in your way. It's understanding that what is in your way is part of the way. ~Guy Finley

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. ~Unknown

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. ~Mahatma Gandhi



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Saturday, May 29, 2010

The heart holds the key to the voices imprisoned in the mind, and when it's opened, all those voices speak love. ~zenshine



The heart holds the key to the voices imprisoned in the mind, and when it's opened, all those voices speak love. ~zenshine

Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come most alive, because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~Howard Thurman


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson




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Perfection is what you are, not what you do. Never listen to the voice of perfectionism--it doesn't understand you. ~zenshine


Perfection is what you are, not what you do. Never listen to the voice of perfectionism--it doesn't understand you. ~zenshine


Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, That's how the light gets in. ~Leonard Cohen


Does "anal-retentive" have a hyphen? ~Alison Bechdel


Friday, May 21, 2010

You are real--your story is not. Freedom comes when you drop the story, let go and just be. That's the real magic. ~zenshine





You are real--your story is not. Freedom comes when you drop the story, let go and just be. That's the real magic. ~zenshine 



You cannot stand anywhere in the universe that is outside of yourself. ~Deepak Chopra


I realized that if I'm obsessing about my own feelings,I'm not present with the people around me—and am frankly of no use to them. ~Jane Lynch





“Monkey Mind” is a term familiar to yogis, but we’ve all experienced the chatter inside our own brains that seems to come from nowhere.  And why is so much of it negative?  We have been telling ourselves the story of our life, moment by moment, day by day, every day of our lives.  Much of it is us re-living moments of anxiety, anger, fear, and other negative emotions in the hopeless attempt to process them somehow.  Much of it is stuff other people have told us about ourselves that we may or may not want to believe, but we hear it over and over again nonetheless.

Another yogic term is “Samskara”, which is Sanskrit for impressions that we store in the subconscious mind that form our beliefs, attitudes and personality, or as some call it “some scars”.  They are like grooves in our minds that get deeper and deeper as we relive them and add more of the same—they are well-worn paths that are familiar to us,  so we follow them even if they are painful.

Can you ever process all of that stuff?  Can you ever be free to wander away from the old paths?  Yes, but the way is found by letting go, aggressively letting go.  I know it sounds like a contradiction, but it is a loving practice.  Whenever you find yourself thinking something negative or painful, try this:  stop and listen, really listen to yourself.  Don’t judge yourself like you’ve been doing countless times over years and years, just listen, and open your heart to that voice.  It is not you.  It is a story you told yourself long ago, or a story someone else told you long ago, that has been compounded daily by other similar stories, deepening your Samskaras, weighing you down, chattering constantly, telling you something that no real friend would ever say!

Be a friend to yourself now, in this moment.  Accept that it’s only a story—it is not you, and never was you.  And in this moment, drop all of that resistance, all of the mental chatter , and say to yourself, “Let...go, let... go, let... go”, as you breathe deeply and slowly in and out.  It’s a very simple meditation, but very powerful.  Meditation does not need to be done 20 minutes twice a day, or for hours a day on some retreat.  Real meditation is learning to still the mind at a moment’s notice, even if just for a few minutes, freeing yourself up to open to new worlds.  You are so much bigger than your story, so much richer than the poverty of the rut you’ve been treading.  Believe and Be Love.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Who am I? I am BeComing. ~zenshine


Who am I? I am BeComing. ~zenshine

I am who I Am, that is that...I am who you are looking back...You are who I Am can you imagine that? ~Seal and Guru Singh

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem. ~David Carradine

You were born an original. Don't die a copy. ~John Mason



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Monday, May 17, 2010

I write so that I can transcend words and replace them little by little with heart. ~zenshine


I write so that I can transcend words and replace them little by little with heart. ~zenshine 


It's easier to leap if you're already dancing. ~Rain Bojangles

There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do. ~Anais Nin

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Faith flies high on the wings of desire. ~zenshine

A male Stripe-tailed Hummingbird (Eupherusa ex...Image via Wikipedia

Faith flies high on the wings of desire. ~zenshine

Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly. ~
Richard Bach

The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly. ~G.K. Chesterton

When
 once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. ~Leonardo Da Vinci


There's magic in our desires that summons our faith to ride along for the trip. ~zenshine


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Sunday, May 9, 2010

When you kneel and press your head to the earth, you are absorbing the love of the Mother and releasing all else. ~zenshine



When you kneel and press your head to the earth, you are absorbing the love of the Mother and releasing all else. ~zenshine 


We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. ~Dalai Lama

I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love. ~Mahatma Gandhi


On this Mother's Day, we celebrate unconditional love.  Whether you grew up feeling that kind of love from your mother or not, there was a moment in time when your birth itself spoke much louder than anything your mother ever said or did, and from that moment on, you were touched by unconditional love.  This is the undeniable partnership between a mother and the Universe, an unconditional love forged by acceptance and release.

It doesn't matter now what your relationship is like with your mother.  That moment has come and gone, and today it is important only to know that she brought you into a loving Universe that celebrates your birth with every breath you take and give back.  Love exists in the poetry of your genetic code, in the beauty of the dance of your 50 trillion cells together, in the song of your heart, the light in your eyes, the warmth of your smile, the lightness of your breath passing back and forth between you and the Unknown, and the support and embrace of this Earth that holds us close if we would but only notice.

MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - MAY 17:  Tibetan S...So when you kneel and press your head to the earth, it is not because you have to bow to a deity.  If anything, the miracle and the deity is you.  The Earth and the Universe recognize you always in every moment, in every step and in every breath.  There is no greater love than that, and yet we look for reassurance--we're not certain.  

Just try it once--kneel and press your head to the earth, and see what you feel.  In yoga, we call it "Child's Pose", but it's also called "Wisdom Pose", because if you practice it, and relax into it totally, it will speak to you of the truth.  It opens up your body, too, from the neck, the spine, the sacrum down into the hips, thighs and tops of the feet.  You relax, and release all your body weight down into the earth as you open up.  You can feel the calling of the Earth's rhythms, the most calming of all rhythms to our heartbeat and nervous system, and when you get in sync with that, you are in sync with the feeling of Unconditional Love.  If you listen longer, if you relax more, you will start to release whatever is not love into the earth.  

When you do this, you open your energy up--all of it--light and dark, love and unloved, open and hidden.  The blockages dissolve, and the energy of love starts to flow freely.  You are a child of the Universe, with every cell made up of the elements of this earth.  Nothing can disconnect you from this power except you, and even then the most you can do is go back unwillingly.  But why not let it flow?  The support is there for you always, and right now.




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Orangutan and the Hound

I've never seen such a happy couple :~)  Thanks for sharing this Ovid!

Orangutan and the Hound

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gregg Braden Fractal Time 2012 Event Free Interview

Cover of "Fractal Time: The Secret of 201...


To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour. ~Blake

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant? ~Thoreau

Miracles are natural. When they do not occur something has gone wrong. ~ACIM

I had the pleasure of listening in to a conference call with Gregg Braden last night, and I'd like to share it with you in the audio link below. Gregg Braden is one of my mentors, and is described by Deepak Chopra this way: Gregg Braden is a rare blend of scientist, visionary and scholar with the ability to speak to our minds, while touching the wisdom of our hearts.

Here's the audio link:  Gregg Braden Fractal Time 2012 Event Free Interview
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