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Be Adventurous – Go Vegetarian for One Day

posted by debramoffitt

When one tugs at a single thing in Nature, he finds it hitched to the rest of the universe.” — John Muir While BBQ ribs, burgers, hotdogs and steaks may be part of the summer grill-out fun, try something different. […]

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Memorial Day: A Tribute to the Power of Serving Others

posted by debramoffitt

Memorial Day honors those who have lost their lives in national service. The ideals of service to others comes from deep wisdom traditions that extend across the world. Seva (in Sanskrit) or selfless service teaches high ideals that value others […]

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Find the Gift in the Problem

posted by debramoffitt

“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hand.” – Richard Bach Without problems life would be very dull. What if we invite in problems as ways to teach us to grow? Some […]

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The Art of Patiently Waiting

posted by debramoffitt

“Patient and regular practice is the whole secret of spiritual realization. Do not be in a hurry in spiritual life. Do your utmost, and leave the rest to God.” – Swami Shivananda In American culture we want our desires fulfilled […]

Wisdom as a Path and Practice

posted by debramoffitt

Wisdom or jnana, in Sanskrit, is a spiritual path recognized by ancient wisdom traditions. It means using inquiry, contemplation and reflection to discover the Truth. Truth with a capital “T” relates to the absolute, unchanging reality. Two kinds of truth […]

Radical Peace: Cheerfully Endure All Things

posted by debramoffitt

If someone hits you or insults you at work will you consider it a blessing? Jain monks and lay people strive to live the ideal of complete imperturbability even if attacked. The underlying feeling is one of “whatever happens today, […]

Finding Your Unique Way to Be Spiritual

posted by debramoffitt

“Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life.”  – Maya Angelou What does it mean to live a spiritual life, why do we do it and how, are some of the questions that call to anyone seeking a […]

Prayer for Light and Wisdom

posted by debramoffitt

The Asatoma is an ancient prayer from India. In Sanskrit, it prays for guidance to grow from darkness to light, to distinguish the real from the unreal, and to be guided from death of the physical to the immortality of […]

Cicadian Cycles: Learning to Accept Divine Timing

posted by debramoffitt

There seems to be an order in the universe, in the movement of the stars and the turning of the earth and the changing of the seasons, and even in the cycle of human life. The cicadas know it. They’ve […]

From Pieces to Peace: A Simple Daily Practice for Serenity

posted by debramoffitt

Everyone says, “I want peace,” as if it will fall out of the sky and suddenly all will be peaceful. I’ve found that peace requires a lot of effort – at least as much as working in a corporation and […]

Behind the Monkey Mind and How to Train It

posted by debramoffitt

Both Buddhist and Hindu teachings address controlling the monkey mind, but this didn’t make much sense until I travelled to India. In Andhra Pradesh monkeys scampered along the roadsides and populated villages. They sat at temples and ate the offerings […]

Centering for Sanity

posted by debramoffitt

Anchoring in one’s Self during the storms and trials is a way to stay centered during the rush of the day. In Native American traditions, the circle is a powerful symbol of wholeness. The Plains Indians used medicine wheels made […]

The Grace of Saying Grace

posted by debramoffitt

When I was a child, not a meal passed when we didn’t “say grace.” Someone , usually my father, would take a meaningful pause. We would all bow our heads and he would begin, “Thank you for this meal that […]

The Power of Sacrifice as Spiritual Practice

posted by debramoffitt

By Debra Moffitt Author, Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life The recent catastrophe in Japan has shown us the power of self-sacrifice in a way unfamiliar to us in recent history. When the earthquake […]

Laugh Through the Spiritual Growing Pains

posted by debramoffitt

Can you believe it? Laughter can be a spiritual practice. We tend to take anything spiritual with such seriousness that we lose our sense of humor. Humor is spiritual. Think of the laughing Buddhas in the East, and I can […]

Exploring Contentment as a Way to Happiness

posted by debramoffitt

The highest form of happiness is contentment. The media and our consumer society often play on discontent. They show us images of what life could be if we were something better or if we only had something more. But contentment […]

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Discovering You're Enough with a Leap of Perception
If you’re feeling hemmed in and know that there’s much more to you than what you’re currently experiencing but don’t know quite how to access it, then “Leap of Perception,” by Penney Peirce deserves a read. Penney wrote about working ...

posted 10:16:51am Sep. 18, 2013 | read full post »

How Joy Finds Us: Interview with Mark Nepo
The things we need arrive at the right time, and so it has been with Mark Nepo and his work. For those of us on a spiritual path, Mark’s writings possess the power to immediately move us into connection with a subtle and powerful awareness at ...

posted 9:42:16am Jul. 16, 2013 | read full post »

Hot Rituals to Celebrate the Summer Solstice
Can you feel the excitement in the air? The days are hot and sunny, and summer officially begins this week on June 21st. It’s the longest day and the shortest night in the Northern hemisphere. I love this day. In the South of France it’s ...

posted 7:27:32am Jun. 20, 2013 | read full post »

When Spirit Moves Us Out of Our Comfort Zone to Grow
Stepping onto the spiritual path isn’t all peace and roses. It pushes us into a place that moves us beyond our usual comfort zone. As we attune to the highest within us and listen to inner guidance, that guidance sometimes pushes us to try new ...

posted 8:04:01am Jun. 18, 2013 | read full post »

When Life Races By Replace Stress and Anxiety with Gentle Awareness
Even though I’m a seasoned traveler I still get stressed before trips. It’s not big jitters, just a general anxiety about: 1) Did I pack everything? 2) Will my travel connections go smoothly? And 3) What about the unexpected? Movement brings ...

posted 5:26:35am May. 28, 2013 | read full post »

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