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Awake in the World

Awake in the World

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Debra Moffitt is author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life. A visionary and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices at the Sophia Institute and other venues in the U.S. and Europe. Her mind/body/spirit articles, essays and stories appear in publications around the globe and were broadcast by BBC World Services Radio. She has spent over fifteen years practicing meditation, working with dreams and doing spiritual practices. Visit her online at http://www.debramoffitt.com and http://www.awakeintheworld.com.

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

The Quiet Practice of Patience

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“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 […]

Cooking with Loving Consciousness

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Did you know that you can sow love into the foods you eat? Soyana, a Swiss company, includes “loving-consciousness” as one of its main principles. Founder, Walter Danzer, encourages all of Soyana’s employees to meditate to achieve this. In the […]

How to Dance with the Divine

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to experience sacred dance at a women’s conference. The experience left me radiating with vibrant energy. It brought an experience of joy that I don’t get from meditation.  One of the women […]

Spiritual Superheros for Inspiration

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We are the hero of our own story.–Mary McCarthy We make choices everyday to be a zero and make no effort or to become spiritual heroes to ourselves and those around us.Elevated souls like the Buddha, Jesus, Ramakrishna, Mohammad, Krishna […]

Living on Purpose

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When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous. – Wayne Dyer Remember as a child […]

Journaling to Heal the Heart

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Journaling is a way of taking a trying experience and finding the nugget of gold in it.  Our word choices and the stories we tell can create and form our experience of life and altar our future.  An exercise from […]

Speaking Words of Wisdom

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A kind, soft spoken word can change the course of our lives and touch those around us.  Though most of us rarely take time to think of how we speak and think language provides the one element that separates humanity […]

Rituals of Gratitude: Remembering to Be Thankful Once a Day

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This time of year our thoughts turn to things to be grateful for and for ways to express it. We have Thanksgiving or what I like to call Gratitude Day where we have a chance to gather and appreciate the […]

Night School: Creating, Healing and Learning Through Dreams

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Working with dreams is one of the most exciting and creative things we can do. They open the door to one of the most creative aspects of ourselves. Dreams can predict the future, warn about directions not to take and […]

Keys to the Path of Wisdom

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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 […]

Cheerfulness Insurance: Choosing to See the Glass Half-Full

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Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity.  – Joseph Addison If someone hits you or insults you at work will you consider it a blessing? Jain monks and lay […]

Inquiry as a Spiritual Practice for Revelation

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“I set my sights on being free so that I can offer myself to the family of humankind.” – Lala, a Sufi Poet and Mystic who ran away from her abusive husband and mother-in-law. Who am I? Where have I […]

From Breakdown to Breakthrough with Barbara Marx Hubbard

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“Crisis offers a possibility to awaken as a participant in conscious evolution.” – Barbara Marx Hubbard “Crisis has been a part of evolution of the species since its conception,” says Barbara Marx Hubbard. Hubbard is a futurist and evolutionary thought […]

Uniquely Spiritual: What’s Your Way?

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“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 […]

The Asatoma Prayer for Light and Wisdom

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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 […]

Learning to Accept Divine Timing

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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 […]

Taming the Monkey Mind

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

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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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

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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 […]

Dance with the Divine

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Dance can elevate a soul to the divine. When the Sufi mystic, Rumi walked through the market, he heard the jewelry makers hammering gold. Through the pounding, he heard the voice of God and the rhythmic sounds and energy moved […]

Do Not Harm: A Deep Practice of Non-violence

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When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. – Mahatma Gandhi Non-violence is an elevated way of being. Many of us are raised with feelings of, “an eye for an […]

Yoga Reflections: Putting the Teachings into Practice

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“Yoga is the cessation of agitation of the mind.”  – Yoga Sutras of Pantajali The word, yoga, comes from the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit. It literally means “to bind one to” or to yolk someone to something. In the ancient […]

Rainbow of Light: Colors and Stones for Harmony

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A few years ago I awoke to a dream where I saw that wearing an amethyst would be beneficial. Though I lived on the French Riviera where Cartier and Van Clef displayed windows filled with exquisite giant emeralds, rubies and […]

Learning Cooperation from Loggerheads

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The one thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation. – Bertrand Russell Loggerhead turtles once filled the beaches of the South. Today their survival depends on conservation-minded women and men who comb the beaches for nests and mark or move […]

Debt of Gratitude: Planting Seeds for Tomorrow’s Harvest

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My eight grade English teacher made a surprise appearance on my recent book tour and I felt a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation. To write a book takes many years of study. Many teachers imparted knowledge and wisdom. They […]

Discover Natural Joy

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Life is a series of ups and downs. It’s a pleasure between two pains. We get something we want and are happy for a little while and then something breaks down or gets in the way and we feel upset. […]

Spiritual Growing Pains: When Old Places and People No Longer Fit

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If we’re committed to a spiritual life, it means we’re prepared to grow. But sometimes those around us make other decisions. It may feel that – like a child who outgrows clothes – we expand beyond the people and places […]

Synchronicity: Spirit’s Way of Sending Signs

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When we begin to wake up and pay attention to the world around us and look for meaning, Spirit begins to play and present synchronicities. Synchronicity was a word coined by Carl Jung in the 1920’s. Jung was on a […]

Joy Is Your True Nature

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In India, a dear teacher repeated often, “Ananda (Sanskrit for Joy) 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 plans. But […]

Simple Living 101: Letting Go of Fluff Stuff

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Much of what we think we need is really fluff stuff. It’s not vital to living a full and meaningful life. It simply weighs us down and makes the journey harder. Have you ever tried travelling with a lot of […]

The Human Experience: Connecting with Human Nature

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Recently I saw a film called, “The Human Experience.” It followed some young guys on a quest around the world to understand human nature. The two brothers in their early 20’s had suffered abuse at the hands of their father. […]

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Healing Power of Nature

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The US national parks were born from a recognized need to preserve nature. Stephen Mather, one of the men who advocated for creation of national parks, had suffered from several nervous breakdowns. He found that quiet time in nature restored […]

Discover the Antidote to Fear

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Fear plagues many people. It’s an unfriendly companion that stifles life. There is rational fear – that is fear that occurs when a body is physically endangered. This fear brings us to fight the threat or flee from it. It’s […]

Night School: Dreams for Growth, Creativity and Joy

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Every night a vast resource hidden in the night can open the door to solve problems, improve creativity, provide life direction and give advice on relationships and health.  For millennia dreams have been used to divine the future, understand the […]

Invest in Character

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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 […]

Graduate from Human Doing to Human Being

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In Europe, four weeks of summer vacation are common. Families and friends take off to mountains and seas to relax and renew from the long periods of work. Good food and fine wines mingle with good company to create memorable […]

The School of Life: Get on the Bus to Grow

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Life is a school. From day one until old age it can bring new discoveries and help us to grow. But many people hold the attitude that once they leave high school, college or grad school that they’re exempt from […]

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.” […]

July 4th: Free Your Spirit Day

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July 4th or Independence Day, marks a symbolic separation from burdens and outer controlling forces. More than a national holiday, imagine it as a day to free yourself from habits, thoughts, things and relationships that have hindered your independence and […]

Karma 101: Cause and Effect for Beginners

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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 […]

Power of Emotion: Moving to Spiritual Heights with Devotion

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At the gates of this beautiful temple, a sari-clad woman prepared her devotion to a tree. In the Indian tradition, much as in Wicca tradition, nature is an embodiment of God and a part of us to be revered and […]

Keeping Cool Headed and Open Hearted When the Heats On

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When it’s hot outdoors, the oppressively hot weather brings us to heat up emotionally and mentally. Here are some quick ways to cool down and keep your cool and stay spiritually anchored in quiet contentment. Energy expended on anger seriously […]

Embracing Death: Changing an Old Dress

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We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Teilhard de Chardin Identifying with the body sows insecurity and fear. Realizing our divine, eternal nature of Love, peace and joy brings […]

Light the Inner Lamp of Wisdom with a Divine Name

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Meditation practices are only a first step on the spiritual path. One must light the lamp of inner wisdom and march on, clear and unobstructed. In India the jyothi or inner light is the light of wisdom. Ignorance is often […]

Silent Days: A Practice to Keep Quiet While the World Chatters On

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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 […]

The Power of Impermanence: Finding Comfort in Change

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“Life is a joy between two pains.” – Sai Baba When times are tough, it seems they will last an eternity. We get so caught up in the worry and anxiety that it’s hard to see beyond to the better […]

The Lesson of Trees

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Trees. We rarely consider them, but without them we’d breathe at lot less easy! They give and give, even when we harm them. They give us oxygen, fruits and nuts. They provide shade to everyone. They open their limbs to […]

Dancing with Fire: Summer Rituals for Joy

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In the South of France the summer solstice is a time of celebration. In Antibes, a bonfire is lit to pay tribute to the summer sun. Crowds circle around it and brave people jump the fire. This festival harks back […]

“Do the Right Thing” Practice

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“Do your duty until it becomes your joy.” My favorite story about duty or dharma in Sanskrit (which literally means “right action”) takes place on a battle field. Arjuna, a brave young man has been trained as a warrior. But […]

The Power of Sacred Spaces

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The sacred space at Assisi, Italy played a key role in the inspiration for the polio vaccine. Jonas Salk was at St. Francis’ birthplace when he conceived of the vaccine that has saved millions of lives. He attributed his inspiration […]

Grow A Secret Garden

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In France it’s not uncommon to hear someone say, “Keep that to explore in your jardin secret.” The secret garden is an ancient European symbol that grew out of the chaotic and troubled times of the Middle Ages. Sometimes called […]

Soul Vitamins for Spiritual Health: Fast and Slow Down

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Summer is a great time to fast. It 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 […]

Embracing Impermanance: Lessons from Sand Mandalas

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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 Tibetan Buddhist monks spend days creating exquisite sand mandalas only […]

When I Am Here and Now

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Zen Buddhist author, Natalie Goldberg teaches a form of walking meditation in her writing workshops. She instructs people to coordinate each step with a breath as a way to become more aware and present. The pace of walking slows significantly […]

Live Life as an Adventure

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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 […]

Love in Action – The Highest and Hardest Spiritual Practice

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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 […]

Expand into the Place of Inspired Mind

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The level of mind at which we function can have a huge impact on our lives and on the lives of those around us. Remember Einstein’s comment, “The problems we face cannot be resolved at the same level of mind […]

Conscious Cooking: Mindfulness in the Kitchen

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The kitchen offers one of the best and most creative places for practicing mindfulness. Many mindfulness practices are done in yoga studios or meditation rooms where everything is designed to be calm and peaceful. This is a nice way to […]

From Zero to Hero: Spiritual Superhero Attitudes for Everyday

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We make choices everyday to be a zero and make no effort or to become spiritual heroes to ourselves and those around us.Elevated souls like the Buddha, Jesus, Ramakrishna, Mohammad, Krishna and Guru Nanak were all spiritual superheroes. They approached […]

Making Work Matter: Finding Meaning and Purpose on the Job

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“The key questions for today’s managers and leaders are no longer issues of task and structure, but are questions of spirit.” – Jack Hawley, Reawakening the Spirit in Work Most of us spend eight or more hours a day at […]

Who Am I? Three Questions for Spiritual Self-Discovery

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Who am I? Where have I come from? And where am I going? These three questions open doors to spiritual self-discovery. We often get so caught up in material life that we begin to identify with our possessions, our jobs […]

Spiritual Power: Connecting with the Authentic in Ourselves

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“For me, there is no real power without spiritual power. A power that comes from the core of who you are and reflects all that you were meant to be. A power that’s connected to the source of things.” – […]

Conscious Cooking: Mindfulness in the Kitchen

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The kitchen offers one of the best and most creative places for practicing mindfulness. Many mindfulness practices are done in yoga studios or meditation rooms where everything is designed to be calm and peaceful. This is a nice way to […]

Be Adventurous – Go Vegetarian for One Day

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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. […]

Memorial Day: A Tribute to the Power of Serving Others

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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 […]

Find the Gift in the Problem

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“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 […]

The Art of Patiently Waiting

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“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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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