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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by debramoffitt

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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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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