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The Goodness Practice

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Goodness is the essence of all things. Viewing all in this way, being good and pure in thoughts, words and actions, leads to contentment and satisfaction. These are ways to divine vision. God who created all, sees all with eyes […]

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Elevate the Mind with Twenty-One Oms

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The omkara is the manifestation through sound of the highest consciousness or highest light. In India devotees gather before dawn in sacred temples to chant twenty-one Oms. It’s a powerful practice that elevates the mind and brings a deep connection […]

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Building with the Mind: Raise Vibrations with Good Thoughts

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“For mind is the builder and that which we think upon may become crimes or miracles. For thoughts are things.” – Edgar Cayce Thoughts are energy. They create and we can create consciously using them. The Upanishads say, “Let one […]

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Listen to the Voice of God

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Many spiritual teachers share their wisdom through story. On the Isle of Palms near Charleston, as I prepare for Hurricane Irene, I couldn’t help recalling this one. It’s one of my favorites. It begins to rain and waters start to […]

Nine Places for Daily Inspiration

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Places hold the power to inspire and uplift the soul. A sacred place speaks deeply to the heart and inspires expansiveness, gratitude, awe and wonder. But there’s no need to travel far for inspiration. Inspiring places can be found every […]

Bless Your Pets: A Ritual of Gratitude

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In the U.S. we have some 150 million pet dogs and cats and birds according to the census of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Birds, horses, rabbits and other animals contribute to the pet population. Pets and animals have become […]

Equanimity: Staying in Balance When Things Fall Apart

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Equanimity is a key teaching in Buddhist practices. Teacher and Tibetan Lama, Sogyal Rinpoche often spoke of the skill of maintaining equanimity in all situations. This is a term not often used in the West. We fly between extremes, seeking […]

Scents for the Soul

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Many spiritual traditions around the globe use scents to uplift the spirit. Catholic churches commonly use incense that wafts gently skyward. In temples throughout Asia, sticks of burning incense carry prayers and good thoughts up into the ethers. Scents like […]

Exploring the Final Frontier

posted by debramoffitt

We’ve explored deep into the seas, far out into outer space and yet we often don’t know what’s inside our own hearts and minds. This is the final frontier of unchartered territory. There’s a wonderful Indian story that reveals the […]

Dare to Move Out of Your Comfort Zone

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Comfort can be a trap. It’s not because we’re comfortable with things that they’re necessarily good for us. One may get used to a shoe that rubs the foot or a bad smell, but that doesn’t make it good or […]

Embracing Women Who Inspire

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In spiritual traditions there is a great emphasis on the masculine without many feminine role models. We’re familiar with Jesus, the Buddha, Krishna, Mohammad, Rama. But the enlightened women, goddesses and saints remain played down and often pushed aside altogether. […]

Thriving Through Breakups, Separation & Divorce

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During break up, separation and divorce, we are tested to the extreme.  Through relationship challenges we gain a chance to test the depth of our spiritual practice. It becomes an opportunity to use the practices and live the situation fully […]

Be Your Own Guru

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No one knows what’s better for you than you do. So why do we seek outside for help? Sometimes those around us can reflect back what our hearts are whispering. Friends and family can put into words things that we […]

Create Good Thoughts to Change Your Energy

posted by debramoffitt

Have you ever noticed how someone can walk into a room and brighten up the place? The atmosphere lightens, you feel sunnier and everything seems better. The opposite also holds true. Some people can walk into an office or your […]

Grieve Losses and Heal Your Heart

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In today’s fast paced society, we rarely take time out to address feelings related to loss. When a parent, friend, colleague or pet passes we quickly rush to the next thing to patch up the sense of unease and fill […]

Centering Prayer and Mantra: Spiritual Anchors for Challenging Times

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Using a centering prayer or mantra to focus the mind is an ancient practice that continues to bring peace and fulfillment. It helps to uplift the mind when all around are filled with worry and fear.  Using a centering prayer […]

Dreaming for Financial Guidance

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Back in April of 2008 I woke up with a dream where I saw an economic machine that was broken from top to bottom. I knew that hard economic times were coming and I told my husband to sell his […]

Creating Sacred Space: Altars for Home and Office

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An ideal way to make inner sacred space manifest in the world is to create an altar. The word altar comes from Latin and literally means “to lift up.” An altar is a physical place to put images and objects […]

Speech Practice: Choosing Words that Serve

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The tongue has the power to create wounds that may never heal. Like a sharp knife it can cut through another’s spirit and cause deep injuries. But once the harsh, angry words have flown to the mark, they can’t be […]

Gentle Practice of Self-Love

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In our society we tend to perceive softness and gentleness as being weak. But this is far from reality. As any hiker on a mountain trail knows, a mother bear is gentle and soft with her cubs, but fierce with […]

Cooking Joy into Food

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In the wonderful book, Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel, Tita, a beautiful woman with a great talent for cooking, cooks her heart out while life goes on around her. Because of tradition, as the youngest daughter she must […]

Courage: A Purple Heart for Spiritual Warriors

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I recall when my uncle was wounded in war and the army sent home his purple heart to my grandmother. It lay in a beautiful little box and it represented blood that had been shed in the line of duty. […]

Money Energy: Bringing Together the Sacred and Profane

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Take charge of your money. It doesn’t matter who you are, how you see yourself, how unworldly and non-materialistic you want to be, you can’t get away with ignoring it.- Lesley Garner In American culture we hold attitudes about money […]

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