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Discovering You’re Enough with a Leap of Perception

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

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How Joy Finds Us: Interview with Mark Nepo

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

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Hot Rituals to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

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When Life Races By Replace Stress and Anxiety with Gentle Awareness

posted by debramoffitt

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 […]

From Zero to Hero: Spiritual Attitudes That Change Your Life

posted by debramoffitt

We make choices everyday to be a zero and make no effort, or to become spiritual heroes to ourselves and those around us. Elevated souls like the Buddha, Jesus, Ramakrishna, Mohammad, Krishna and Guru Nanak were all spiritual superheroes. They […]

Looking For Love? Maybe It’s Time to Marry Yourself

posted by debramoffitt

Do you think that you need someone else to make you happy? Why not marry yourself instead? Nadine Schweigert, a woman in South Dakota who had been through a divorce created a wedding ceremony to marry herself. If that sounds […]

Writing for Emotional Health and Joy

posted by debramoffitt

Writing can help to heal the heart. Research related to health and wellness has proven that writing is a way to face illness and grow. I first learned about this through Dr. John Evans, who created Wellness & Writing Connections […]

Your Soul Says You Are Beautiful!

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If you let your soul dress you up, what would you look like? Would your soul choose different clothes and ask you to dress or style your hair differently? Sally Miller is a soul stylist, she helps people to connect […]

What’s Your Way to Find Your Bliss?

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Joseph Campbell suggested that when we “find our bliss” and it will lead us to where we need to be. Bliss goes beyond happiness. Everyone wants to find happiness. Happiness is good. It’s a wonderful feeling that comes from buying […]

Could You Turn the Other Cheek?

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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 […]

Making Big Changes One Step at a Time

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If you want to make big changes in your life, the easiest and only way to begin is one step at a time. If you’ve ever looked at a mountain from the bottom before climbing it, the trek can appear […]

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, […]

Striking a Spiritual Balance: Equal-mindedness for All Seasons

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“The ingredients of both darkness and light are equally present in all of us,…The madness of this planet is largely a result of the human being’s difficulty in coming to viruous balance with himself. ”- Elizabeth Gilbert Balance is a […]

Why Do We Have To Face Difficulty?

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Imagine going through some of life’s toughest challenges – rape, prison, abuse – and coming out with deeper faith. Patrice Gaines, an author and veteran journalist of the Washington Post, experienced some of the toughest things that life can throw […]

Celebrating Silence the Balinese Way

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Once a year Bali spends three days in silence. It’s the country’s way to celebrate the New Year and bring a sense of balance and move into harmony with nature. Streets fall silent; families move indoors and remain in quiet […]

Taking a Step Up to New Level of Mind

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Remember Einstein’s comment, “The problems we face cannot be resolved at the same level of mind at which we created them.” The level of mind at which we function can have a huge impact on our lives and on the […]

Loving Life’s Uncertainty

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“Love my uncertainty.” – Sathya Sai Baba I like to know what’s going to happen next. I’m the kind of person who will pick up a book, read the last lines and then start from the beginning. I tend to […]

From Religion to Spirituality: Walking Your Inner Path

posted by debramoffitt

Joseph Campbell said, “Religion is a defense to a true religious experience.”  The spiritual journey is different than following a fixed dogma or doing ritual worship once or twice a week.  Very often people use church attendance or participation in […]

Healthy Communication from Heart to Heart

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“Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are — chaff and grain together — certain that a faithful […]

Synchronicity: The Magic of Soulful Guidance

posted by debramoffitt

According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become […]

Making Work Matter

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“The key questions for today’s managers and leaders are no longer issues of task and structure, but are questions of spirit.” – Jack Hawley, Reawakening the Spirit in Work  Most of us spend eight or more hours a day at […]

Finding the Gift in the Problem

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“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hand.” – Richard Bach Without problems life would be very dull. What if we invite in problems as ways to teach us to grow? Some […]

Intuition: The Voice of Your Soul

posted by debramoffitt

“Intuition is the voice of our soul,” says intuitive Scotti Putnam Holloway. Scotti is the founder of SP Divine Explorations. She has studied with incredible teachers including bestselling authors, Sonia Choquette and Doreen Virtue, and she travels worldwide to do readings and […]

Writing to Know Your Heart

posted by debramoffitt

How often is it that I don’t know what I think and feel until I sit down and put pen to paper? Have you had that experience? I believe that the explosion in the number of people who want to […]

The Anchored Heart

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While traveling in the South of France recently, the anchored heart appeared as a symbol above the church at Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, on gates, and on postcards as a symbol of the seaside town. The Camargue cross […]

Wisdom of Job: Holding Onto Faith Through Adversity

posted by debramoffitt

Some of you may have heard of a guy named Job. He was famous in biblical times because he did all of the right things, loved God, and yet his life fell apart. He fell ill with painful boils on […]

Priceless Friends

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“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”  -Ophrah It’s in troubled times that we discover the value of […]

When Does It Add Up to Love?

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Add it up. 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 […]

Fifty Shades of Love

posted by debramoffitt

As Valentine’s Day approaches hearts turn to notions of romantic love. But, as shown in Fifty Shades of Gray, love doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone, and there are at least as many shades of love as there are […]

Wisely Wielding Power in Your World

posted by debramoffitt

In the corporate and political worlds power and getting it become major preoccupations. The human desire for power is about wanting to be in control. It seems strange that those who are most obsessed with power and control can rarely, […]

Food and Spirituality: Listening to The Body for Balance

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This past summer after 13 years of following a vegetarian diet I began to eat fish again. I’d fallen ill and found myself so depleted that my body could not get the necessary nutrients from vegetable proteins. Over the years […]

Consciously Evolving Through Crisis

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“Crisis offers a possibility to awaken as a participant in conscious evolution.” – Barbara Marx Hubbard “Crisis has been a part of evolution of the species since its conception,” says Barbara Marx Hubbard. Hubbard is a futurist and evolutionary thought […]

The Joy of Doing What’s Right for You

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When that inner voice contradicts the mind’s urges and desires it’s hard to make the difficult and often more rewarding decisions.  “Consciousness sucks!” This is what a friend of mine says. He’s on the spiritual path and sometimes his inner […]

Finding Meaning at Work

posted by debramoffitt

“The key questions for today’s managers and leaders are no longer issues of task and structure, but are questions of spirit.” – Jack Hawley, Reawakening the Spirit in Work Most of us spend eight or more hours a day at […]

Change 24/7

posted by debramoffitt

Despite a daily illusion that our lives may be fairly stable, in the physical world change happens all of the time. Our cells change. The breath changes. The heart rate increases or decreases according to what we see, hear, and […]

Working Toward Inner Peace

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 […]

Five Mindful Ways to Beat Winter Blues

posted by debramoffitt

When winter seems to drag on forever and cabin fever threatens, here are five ways to remain mindful and keep it away. 1)    Cook Up Something New: If you love food, cooking and creativity in the kitchen can focus the […]

Tapping into the Power of Spirit

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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 […]

The Humbling Experience of Starting from Zero

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How often have you wanted to try something new and then let fear or embarrassment block the way? As part of my New Year’s resolution I decided to start an art class. I’m terrible at drawing and generally use collage […]

The Practice of Chanting Om

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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 […]

Getting There with A Steady Pace

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If you’ve ever looked at a mountain from the bottom before climbing it, the trek can appear to be a daunting task. But miraculously, by taking one step at a time, the miles lead you to the peak.  Running will […]

Trading in Values for Resolutions in 2013

posted by debramoffitt

I don’t know about you but each December 31st I seem to make resolutions and by the end of the following week I can barely recall them. So this year I’ve decided to trade them in for values. By focusing […]

7 Ways to Maintain the Status Quo for 2013 — But Do You Really Want To?

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In the New Year there are some surefire ways to be assured of a mediocre 2013. 1) Hold on to self-defeating habits. If you’re like me you know you need to do certain things to stay fit and keep in […]

Nurturing Perseverance to Break Through

posted by debramoffitt

In the realm of the soul sticking to the practices is a key to success. Doing meditation once a week, or practicing meditation only when you feel like it will not carry you very far. A man seeking to develop […]

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 […]

Recognizing the Infinite In Me and You

posted by debramoffitt

Man is veritably a microcosm of the macrocosmic universe. His finite consciousness is potentially infinite. While his physical sensory organs confine him to the world of matter, his soul is endowed with all-powerful instruments of perception by which God Himself […]

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 […]

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, […]

The Discomfort of Being In Between

posted by debramoffitt

The other day I took a tram in Geneva to get to a meeting. The tram was stopped and I happened to sit down at the joint of the tram – the place that’s bound together with accordion-like sides and […]

Previous Posts

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

posted 5:26:35am May. 28, 2013 | read full post »

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