Awake in the World

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 for creative expression, so becoming an art student means pretty much starting from zero and…

Big change on the hero’s journey is one of the hardest steps. All through a story the hero or heroine is faced with incremental changes that lead to making a big decision – one that will change his life forever. A heroine stands up to an ogre and she defeats him, or a knight finally…

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 Om symbol,  represents the various states of consciousness. This practice of repeating the twenty-one Oms, …

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 bring burnout, but going at a slow, steady pace brings endurance. When the new year…

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 on a few values that really call to me to explore them in depth I…

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 balance. Moving beyond self-defeating habits like overeating or negative thinking will improve chances of greater well-being and…

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 perseverance asked his teacher for help to develop the quality he lacked. The teacher led…

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 met we sat in a circle in complete stillness. In their tradition, no preacher or…

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 may be known….– Yogananda * It’s easy for many people to talk about spiritual matters,…

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 else falls away then it mars our vision and disconnects us from nature and each…

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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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