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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Tools for Meditation

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Graduate from Human Doing to Human Being

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Conscious Cooking: Mindfulness in the Kitchen

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

Wisdom as a Path and Practice

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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