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Celebrating the Five Elements

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Without the five elements of earth, air, fire, water and ether, there would be no physical life as we know it. All things and beings manifested on Earth are made up of these five elements. When we respect nature and […]

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Lotus Living: Growing Gracefully Out of the Muck

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The lotus is an extraordinary symbol in the East. It grows with its roots deep in mud and yet out of the gunk grows a singular, exquisite pink flower. As the lotus grows – so too the individual can grow. […]

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Living with Wisdom in the Four Stages of Life

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In Western culture, we tend to think of youth as the most important time of life. But in India and the yogic tradition, there are four stages of life and each one holds duties, responsibilities and opportunities. The stages are […]

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Empowering Thoughts at Work

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“If you cannot do the work you love, learn to love the work you do.” – Sathya Sai Baba When life gives us the fortune to have a job, we may not like the duties. It’s easy to complain and […]

Butterfly Meditation: A Way to Joyfully Embrace Transformation

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Butterflies go through an incredible journey. They start out as larvae; next they become caterpillars and they eat a lot, romp on the ground and finally they attach to a leaf or tree and enshroud themselves with a fine and […]

Soaring on Wings of Devotion

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Bhakti or devotion is one of the ways to merge in God-consciousness. Sri Ramakrishna, an Indian saint who lived in the 1800’s, expressed a deep and powerful devotion to his preferred goddess, Kali. Through his absolute love for her and […]

Sacred Sexuality: When Love Making Is a Gift

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Sexuality is a natural part of the human experience. On the spiritual path some ignore it or revile it as bad. But when done with the right person in a respectful and loving way, with a consensus and at the […]

Playing the Way to New Solutions

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Western society considers playtime for adults as unproductive and a waste of time. But some of our best ideas can come in when we’re focused on doing some other fun and creative activity. I find that scheduling time to be […]

Creating a Culture of Kindness

posted by debramoffitt

In Europe, very often people do business with you only once they get to know you. It mystifies many Americans, but signing a contract or doing a deal doesn’t come first – people and relationships do. This doesn’t mean kowtowing […]

When Rejection Becomes Protection:The Power of Shifting Perspective

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We may not always be able to choose what happens to us, but we can choose to shift our perspective and look at events as comical, interesting, or as a form of protection. Recently I heard actress and singer, Katie […]

Learning the Meaning of Sacrifice

posted by debramoffitt

One of the most common and most taken for granted sacrifices we see everyday is the sacrifice mothers make for their children. They sacrifice time, energy, money and attention to give life, teaching, education and love to their children. But […]

Facing Obstacles: 3 Easy Ways to Jump Life’s Hurdles

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Obstacles offer opportunities to open new doors and view things in another way.  Embrace and welcome them.  If none existed life would get pretty boring and we wouldn’t know our own strength and ability. But unless you’re a hurdle runner […]

Living in An Ocean of Peace

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The ocean is constant in its depths. It remains still and untroubled by the surface movement of the waves. While a storm may churn the surface, deep down all is still and silent. This is the way of the mind […]

Serving Up Happiness

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Doing selfless service opens the heart. Selfless service or seva as it’s called in Sanskrit, means helping another without consideration for reward, gratitude or any return. It’s done purely for the joy of offering energy and time to someone else. […]

Do Zen Masters Dance?

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“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” — Rumi Do Zen masters dance? That was my question as I […]

The Bubbly Meditation – Finding Joy in Spiritual Life

posted by debramoffitt

I love sparkling wines. The sound of a popping cork uplifts my spirit and makes my heart sing. Though I drink little, I still enjoy a small glass once in awhile. Sparkling wines, champagnes, prosecco (from the Veneto area of […]

Season of Change: Adapting to Fall

posted by debramoffitt

Stepping out the door this morning, it was obvious that crisp fall air has taken the place of the heavy, humid weather. It’s also showing up in foods at the supermarket and the ways my body starts to feel. In […]

Maya: Life’s Illusions on the Spiritual Journey

posted by debramoffitt

Buddhist teachers often refer to life as an illusion or maya. In India I heard Hindu teachers and sacred texts say the same. It’s challenging to understand the deeper meaning of illusion or “maya.” When we cut a finger or […]

Labor of Love: Work as a Spiritual Practice

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We often imagine we need to quit our jobs and volunteer for a non-profit or work for the Peace Corps or a soup kitchen for our work to hold meaning and spiritual value. But all work, when done with the […]

Tools for Meditation

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Focusing the mind in meditation takes practice and effort. It’s sometimes helpful in the beginning to have props or tools to help focus the wandering mind.  Here are some that can help to create a sacred space and bring the […]

Sacred Art to Open the Heart

posted by debramoffitt

For thousands of years icons and art have inspired seekers to open their hearts to higher spheres of life. The whisper to the mind that there’s something more, something mystical behind the veil of concrete things that we see everyday. […]

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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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