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Could You Turn the Other Cheek?

posted by debramoffitt

If you are slapped on one cheek, turn the other too. – Jesus Non-violence is an elevated way of being. Many of us are raised with feelings of, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But […]

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Do the Right Thing!

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“Do your duty until it becomes your joy.” How often do we have to make choices between doing the right thing and doing the easier thing?  My favorite story about doing the right thing which is called dharma in Sanskrit, […]

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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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Money and Spirituality: Marrying the Sacred and the Profane

posted by debramoffitt

There’s nothing wrong with money or prospering on the spiritual journey. Though often people who have made a commitment to spiritual practice see money as being evil. Money alone has not attributes. But when it becomes the goal and all […]

Peace Starts at Home

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“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 […]

Give a Gift Without Expecting a Return

posted by debramoffitt

Some people give to others and keep an account of what they feel is owed back to them by the individual they help. Others give to someone today expecting they’ll receive a return from someone else when they need it […]

A Lesson from Starbuck’s on Letting Go

posted by debramoffitt

You never know where spiritual lessons will find you. Recently a man at Starbucks taught me to let go…and he didn’t even know it. I was sitting at a table outdoors writing and reflecting when the man came over and […]

The Formula for Love

posted by debramoffitt

Wouldn’t it be easy if we just had a formula where we could see that if A + B happened we would know that love is present? I’ve found one for Love. I’d been puzzling over that illusive spiritual concept […]

From Chrysalis to Butterfly: Facing Fear of Change

posted by debramoffitt

Last year, a friend invited me to see her monarchs. She grows milkweed (caterpillar food) and they gorge themselves on the plant. When the time is right the caterpillars begin to go through big transformation. They hook themselves onto a […]

Rituals for Letting Go of Ties that Bind

posted by debramoffitt

    Almost no words can soothe an aching heart during a break up. But rituals can help make the transition easier. Though intellectual, Western culture often denigrates rituals as meaningless, they are powerful tools to help in transitions and mend broken hearts. They […]

When the Black Madonna Meets Victoria’s Secrets

posted by debramoffitt

Desire is a part of human nature. Without it we can’t live. Yet the way desire is directed can lead us to elevated spiritual heights or into base animal reactions. A few days ago I received a Victoria’s Secrets catalog […]

Cultivating Spiritual Prosperity

posted by debramoffitt

There’s nothing wrong with money or prospering on the spiritual journey. Though often people who have made a commitment to spiritual practice see money as being evil. Money alone has not attributes. But when it becomes the goal and all […]

Memorial Day Tribute to Selfless Service

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 […]

How Relationships Heal: Moving Into Divine Union

posted by debramoffitt

“There is nobody else but you. You are everybody. Therefore, how you treat anybody is how you treat yourself. Anything you do to somebody else, you are doing to yourself.” – Mirabai Devi  Relationships may be one of the greatest […]

Peaceful Revolution: Vision of a Life Without War

posted by debramoffitt

Can you imagine a world without conflict and war? Paul Chappell can. He has been a warrior much of his life and yet his mission is to write about ways to conquer conflict. His insights in his new book, Peaceful […]

Tests of Love Through Relationships

posted by debramoffitt

A true soul mate is one who grows your capacity to love. As spring turns many people’s thoughts to finding love, hearts yearn to finding someone who understands and loves them perfectly. But what if the equation is backwards. What […]

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 […]

Spiritual Growing Pains: Releasing Attachments and Expectations

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

Measuring Contentment: Am I Happy?

posted by debramoffitt

The highest form of happiness is contentment. Our 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 […]

Celebrating the Body Temple

posted by debramoffitt

Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies.  ~Frank Gillette Burgess  The body is the most incredible instrument. It is self-regulating. There’s no need to ask it to digest the sumptuous meal you just digested. The lungs seek breath of […]

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 […]

Happiness at Christmas Rule Number 1: Reduce Desires and Expectations

posted by debramoffitt

If you make no appointments, you will not suffer disappointments. – Sai Baba One of the biggest things I remember about Christmas as a kid was a pervading sense of disappointment. The holiday was so built up, so out of […]

28 Days to a More Spiritual Holiday Season

posted by debramoffitt

With the count down on to December 25th, the next 28 days Awake in the World will focus on ways to make the holiday season less commercial and more spiritual.  Whether you celebrate the day as  Christmas, Kwanza or based […]

Conscious Consuming: Beyond Shopping This Holiday Season

posted by debramoffitt

While we’re bombarded with commercials to go out and shop ‘til you drop today and over the coming weeks, there are alternatives. We can choose to focus on what we already have, enjoy the simple and natural things of the […]

Rituals of Gratitude: Remembering to Be Thankful Once a Day

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

When Rejection Becomes Protection:The Power of Shifting Perspective

posted by debramoffitt

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

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

Labor of Love: Work as a Spiritual Practice

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

Dance with the Divine

posted by debramoffitt

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

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

Joy Is Your True Nature

posted by debramoffitt

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

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

Keeping Cool Headed and Open Hearted When the Heats On

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

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 […]

The Lesson of 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 […]

“Do the Right Thing” Practice

posted by debramoffitt

“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 […]

Love in Action – The Highest and Hardest Spiritual Practice

posted by debramoffitt

“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 […]

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 […]

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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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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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 »

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