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November 2011 Archives

Give Yourself a Gift

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Being in the present, conscious and awake to the beauty around you is a gift. We can chose to live with heightened awareness and become increasingly conscious of what’s going on both inside us and all around. By bringing attention […]

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Another Christmas Story

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Father Christmas is not just a fiction character or someone from fantasy land. The tradition of “Babo Natale” or Father Christmas dates back centuries and started with Saint Nick. Nicholas was a bishop living in Demre, Turkey hundreds of years […]

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28 Days to a More Spiritual Holiday Season

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With the count down on to December 25th, the next 28 days Awake in the World will focus on ways to make the holiday season less commercial and more spiritual.  Whether you celebrate the day as  Christmas, Kwanza or based […]

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Conscious Consuming: Beyond Shopping This Holiday Season

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While we’re bombarded with commercials to go out and shop ‘til you drop today and over the coming weeks, there are alternatives. We can choose to focus on what we already have, enjoy the simple and natural things of the […]

Finding the Way Home through Silence

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“I know the secret of silence,” Indian saint, Mahatma Gandhi wrote. In the silence the mind comes to rest and all of the pieces come home like bees to the hive. The senses gather themselves together and the fragments of […]

Preparing Foods with Loving Kindness

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Conscious cooking is a way to uplift and give the gift of love to family and friends during the holidays. In addition to creating a good practice for mindfulness, preparing foods with love nourishes their spirits and minds as well […]

Moving with the Rhythm of the Season

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As the days grow short and cold, a body naturally seeks to move inside and find quiet and comfort. This is a time of year that naturally invites us to introspection. The pace of nature slows as trees become still […]

Fast and Slow Down: A Purification Practice

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Fasting feeds the soul and cleanses the body. This practice which has been common throughout cultures down through the ages has fallen out of use. But it’s being rediscovered for health benefits, as a way to detox, and as a […]

The Art of Impermanance: Embracing Change Every Day

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“It is amazing that something so beautiful will be destroyed. But then again, that is the story of our lives.” — Woman who watched the creation of a sand mandala How much we yearn for things to stay the same. […]

Awakening to Emotions

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Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down. – Natalie Goldberg So often we are cut […]

Friendship: Connecting Hearts in Troubled Times

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“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him, his own.”  -Benjamin Disraeli It’s in troubled times that we discover the value of friendship. I once heard someone refer to […]

Turning Trying Challenges into Adventures

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Life is an adventure. Explore it. Opening the heart can become an adventure. Recently a friend wrote to me in a state of shock. She was on her way to the hospital for a surprise – open heart surgery. I […]

The Energy of Love in Action

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“Love is neither sentiment nor emotion. Love is energy.” – Sathya Sai Baba Some of my best and greatest teachers have been embodiments of love. They teach through example. My grandmother, Eva, gave me good lessons. Regardless of my childish […]

Awakened Aura: Experiencing the Energy of People and Places

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“We are all One. One Energy, from One Light. Let us band together as humans with love for all of humanity, living each day in harmony as we explore our spirit.” – Kala Ambrose We are all energy. Beyond the […]

Cultivating Joy and Harmony: Dolphins Show the Way

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On the beaches of South Carolina near Seabrook Island and Kiawah, dolphins come together to  “strand feed.” At low tide they swim to the shore at an inlet and collectively, they herd fish onto the shore and the dolphins jump […]

Stillness: A Place to Hear the Heart’s Whisper

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Noise is so common that most of us don’t know what true silence is and often we flee it by turning on the TV or music to fill up a silent room. Cars rumble by, sending out their vibrations. Refrigerators […]

One Love: Going Deep for Connection

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“If I go far enough in me I find you.” – Mark Nepo Despite the apparent diversity and separateness, the essence of all life is One. There’s something sparkling, vibrant and alive that, regardless of what you call it, animates […]

Neutral Mind, Quiet Mind: At Work and In the World

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Phillip Moffitt shares insights based on deep experience and heartfelt wisdom. Moffitt is the director of the Life-Balance Institute and teaches at Spirit Rock. He made the shift from a corporate career as editor-in-chief and CEO of Esquire Magazine into […]

Inspired Mind: Moving to Higher Levels of Consciouness

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“We cannot solve problems at the same level of thinking at which we created them.” – Albert Einstein The level of mind at which we function can have a huge impact on our lives and on the lives of those […]

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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 with dreams and intuition long before working with eit

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 the deepest, most soulful level. Though Mark Nepo‘s w

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 celebrated by jumping over bonfires as a way to gain cour

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 jobs, to stretch into new creative projects, and to so

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 agitation. Sitting in meditation is easiest for me for

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

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