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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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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

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How Joy Finds Us: Interview with Mark Nepo
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posted 7:27:32am Jun. 20, 2013 | read full post »

When Spirit Moves Us Out of Our Comfort Zone to Grow
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