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The Practice of Chanting Om

posted by debramoffitt

The omkara is the manifestation through sound of the highest consciousness or highest light.  Practice of the repetition of Om or Omkara elevates the mind and raises the vibrations. It helps to focus on and calm the wayward mind. The […]

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A Christmas with Friends

posted by debramoffitt

Yesterday I joined with a group of Quakers to celebrate Christmas. I don’t know if you’ve ever met a Quaker or participated in their meetings, but in their gatherings, silence is golden. During the hour or so when the group […]

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Peace Starts at Home

posted by debramoffitt

“World peace starts with each individual finding peace and working toward it in her own heart and making efforts to create a terrain of calm and serenity at home. Next take this peace out and share it with neighbors and […]

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Dancing with Rumi

posted by debramoffitt

It’s revealing that Rumi, a poet who wrote in the 13thcentury, finds his works on today’s bestseller lists. There’s something mystical that he communicates through his divine experiences. “I am a painter, a maker of the seen and the hidden, […]

Living In The Light with Mirabai Devi

posted by debramoffitt

 In every moment ask yourself, are you are going to choose ego, or you are going to choose Divine Love. – Mirabai Devi Is it possible to be lifted into the light by the company you keep or the thoughts […]

Praying From the Heart

posted by debramoffitt

Praying is a way to connect with the divine. In the traditional sense, in prayer we often ask for our heart’s desire. The heart yearns for many things and those yearnings bring lessons that help us to grow and understand […]

Spiritual Tourism to the Island of the Gods

posted by debramoffitt

Bali’s ancient spiritual traditions and culture of rituals and healers make it a sacred destination for spiritual tourists from around the world. Since the international success of the book, Eat, Pray, Love where author, Elizabeth Gilbert ends her spiritual journey […]

Harmonizing Mind, Body and Spirit Through Sound

posted by debramoffitt

The ancients have known it for centuries — sound heals and harmonizes the body, mind and spirit. If you’ve sat in a temple listening to monks chant Tibetan invocations or hearing the Vedas, you can feel the powerful vibrations and […]

Returning to the Teacher: Renewing Meditation Practice in the Midst of Maddness

posted by debramoffitt

I have been meditating regularly usually twice a day for years. But sometimes it doesn’t seem to matter. Something happens, my mind and emotions go off balance and no matter how hard I try I keep getting stuck in that […]

Make Your Life A Rose

posted by debramoffitt

Make your life a rose that speaks silently in the language of fragrance. – Sathya Sai Baba Few aspects of spiritual practice become more profound and transforming than working with silence.  Despite the noise, the chattering mind and the loud […]

Teachings from Trees

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

Mantras and Centering Prayer to Focus the Mind

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

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, […]

Elevate the Mind with Twenty-One Oms

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

Grieve Losses and Heal Your Heart

posted by debramoffitt

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

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

Embracing Death: Changing an Old Dress

posted by debramoffitt

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

posted by debramoffitt

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

posted by debramoffitt

“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

posted by debramoffitt

“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 […]

Live Life as an Adventure

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

Memorial Day: A Tribute to the Power of Serving Others

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

Prayer for Light and Wisdom

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

From Pieces to Peace: A Simple Daily Practice for Serenity

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

The Grace of Saying Grace

posted by debramoffitt

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

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

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