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New Year’s Resolutions That Last

posted by debramoffitt

Ok, so more often than not, this time of year we make New Year’s resolutions that sound good on December 31st, but don’t make it past mid-day on January 1st. Because most of these resolutions are based on superficial desires, […]

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Taking Your Emotional Temperature

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The time leading up to the New Year rush causes more stress than most any other period.  Between high expectations, financial pressure and duties to family and friends it’s easy to lose sight of one’s feelings and forget about self-care. Often explosions, […]

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How Not to Be Successful in the New Year

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In the New Year there are some surefire ways to be assured of an unsuccessful 2012. Here’s a list. 1) Hold on to self-defeating habits. Changing  self-defeating habits like overeating or negative thinking will  improve your chances of greater well […]

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Happiness at Christmas Rule Number 1: Reduce Desires and Expectations

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If you make no appointments, you will not suffer disappointments. – Sai Baba One of the biggest things I remember about Christmas as a kid was a pervading sense of disappointment. The holiday was so built up, so out of […]

Opening Your Soul’s Gifts

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“There are so many gifts still unopened from your soul’s birthday. There are so many hand-crafted presents that have been sent into your life by God.” – Hafiz translated by Daniel Ladinsky Hafiz, an illuminated Persian poet who lived in […]

Synchronicistic Messages from Your Soul

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Synchronistic events offer us perceptions that may be useful in our psychological and spiritual growth and may reveal to us, through intuitive knowledge, that our lives have meaning.  — Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD When we begin to wake up and […]

New Patterns Emerging in 2012

posted by debramoffitt

Do you feel it in the air? Things feel different, more vibrant and alive. At the same time there’s a sense of uncertainty about the existing traditions, patterns and structures around us. It’s as if new energy and creative life […]

Yogananda on the True Meaning of Christmas

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“Let us meditate until we perceive the Infinite Christ reigning in our own hearts.  Let us learn to love those who love us not; and to forgive those who do ill against us. Let us break all our mental boundaries […]

Cultivating True Character

posted by debramoffitt

Money comes and goes. Character comes and grows. Money, too often, becomes the central focus of all of life. It becomes the be all and end all of existence. We need it for essentials, but should not let pursuit of […]

Bliss is Your True Nature

posted by debramoffitt

In India, a dear teacher repeated often, “Ananda (Sanskrit for Joy or Bliss) is your true nature.” It’s sometimes hard to believe this when life is whirling all around throwing out difficult situations, breaking your heart and disrupting your best […]

Circling to the Center

posted by debramoffitt

Once confined to ancient cathedrals, labyrinths are popping up in unexpected places as tools for creativity, healing, reconciliation and meditation.  Using labyrinths can reduces stress, aid in problem solving, build communities and replace more static practices like sitting meditation.  The […]

Native American Wisdom: Ecology of Body, Mind and Spirit

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  This we know …  The earth does not belong  to man; man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites one family. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a […]

The Science of Love

posted by debramoffitt

Wouldn’t it be easy if we just had a formula where we could see that if A + B happened we would know that love is present? I’ve found one for Love. I’d been puzzling over that illusive spiritual concept […]

Religion Versus Spirituality: Defining the Difference

posted by debramoffitt

Joseph Campbell said, “Religion is a defense to a true religious experience.”  The spiritual journey is different than following a fixed dogma or doing ritual worship once or twice a week.  Very often people use church attendance or participation in […]

Preparing for Big Change: Notes on 2012 Transitions

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This New Year, 2012, more than any before it, will bring a good number of changes. Time seems to be speeding up and the pace of change is accelerating. Many of the things that we thought we were will fall […]

Love and Embrace Uncertainty

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We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot. —Eleanor Roosevelt One of my teachers repeated, “Love my uncertainty.” […]

Karma 101: Learning Lessons of Cause and Effect

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Thoughts lead on to action; actions form habits; habits create character; and character creates our destiny. – Debra Moffitt Karma simply means the effects of our actions. When we eat a little too much today, tomorrow, and again the next […]

Crazy Wisdom: Fast Track to Enlightenment

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The Rubin Museum is well-known for its ability to combine Buddhist and Asian culture with tantalizing spiritual events. Over the next weeks it presents “Crazy Wisdom,” a film about Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche who is considered to be one of the […]

20 Days to Christmas – Giving Compassion for the Holidays

posted by debramoffitt

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.  -Peg Bracken Why is it that at the Christmas season, we often feel the most curt and strained with those who we love and who […]

Move into a Silent Night

posted by debramoffitt

As the days are short and the nights are long, the world seems to draw inward and turn its eyes inside to the inner realm of the spirit. In this dark, silence one can hear the whisperings of the heart. […]

Day 25: Light the Lamp of Love

posted by debramoffitt

In many countries in this side of the hemisphere, candles and fires are lit to bring in warmth and light during this season. The days grow short and we naturally draw inward, away from the cold to move more deeply […]

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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 ...

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