Awake in the World

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 moving to a place where vengeance and forgiveness take precedent over payback is a way…

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 to be a daunting task. But miraculously, by taking one step at a time, the…

“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, comes from the Bhagavad Gita and is applicable to anyone. It takes place on a…

“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 key to spiritual life. Do you remember what it feels like to ride a bike?…

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 out. Instead of turning her back on the Divne she has come through with deeper…

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 communion. The period of quiet is a way to move more deeply into union with…

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 lives of those around us.So how do we go beyond and climb upt to enjoy…

“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 be that way in life too. I like to plan ahead and know (more or…

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 organized religions and spiritual retreats as ways to socialize, meet new mates and find entertainment.…

“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 hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath…

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Debra Moffitt

Debra Moffitt is author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life. A visionary and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices at the Sophia Institute and other venues in the U.S. and Europe. Her mind/body/spirit articles, essays and stories appear in publications around the globe and were broadcast by BBC World Services Radio. She has spent over fifteen years practicing meditation, working with dreams and doing spiritual practices. Visit her online at www.debramoffitt.com.

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