Awake in the World
December 2011 Archives

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, […]

The time leading up to the New Year rush causes more stress than most any other period.  Between high expectations, financial pressure and duties to family and friends it’s easy to lose sight of one’s feelings and forget about self-care. Often explosions, […]

In the New Year there are some surefire ways to be assured of an unsuccessful 2012. Here’s a list. 1) Hold on to self-defeating habits. Changing  self-defeating habits like overeating or negative thinking will  improve your chances of greater well […]

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 […]

“There are so many gifts still unopened from your soul’s birthday. There are so many hand-crafted presents that have been sent into your life by God.” – Hafiz translated by Daniel Ladinsky Hafiz, an illuminated Persian poet who lived in […]

Synchronistic events offer us perceptions that may be useful in our psychological and spiritual growth and may reveal to us, through intuitive knowledge, that our lives have meaning.  — Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD When we begin to wake up and […]

Do you feel it in the air? Things feel different, more vibrant and alive. At the same time there’s a sense of uncertainty about the existing traditions, patterns and structures around us. It’s as if new energy and creative life […]

“Let us meditate until we perceive the Infinite Christ reigning in our own hearts.  Let us learn to love those who love us not; and to forgive those who do ill against us. Let us break all our mental boundaries […]

Money comes and goes. Character comes and grows. Money, too often, becomes the central focus of all of life. It becomes the be all and end all of existence. We need it for essentials, but should not let pursuit of […]

In India, a dear teacher repeated often, “Ananda (Sanskrit for Joy or Bliss) 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 […]