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Calm Your Mind, Ease Your Heart, Embrace Your Inner Wisdom

Month: July 2011 (Page 1 of 2)

Your 2011 Word: Dead or Alive?

Sun illuminating 2011 word

Is your 2011 word shining like the sun illuminating your path?  Is it like a star guiding you on the perfect course?

Is your 2011 perfect, powerful word dead or alive?

At the beginning of the year, many of us chose one word (or two or a phrase) as as an alternative to New Year’s Resolutions.  This special word was meant to capture our aspiration for the coming year in a simple but compelling way.

The halfway mark of the year floated by a little while back.  It’s a good time to check in on your 2011 word.   Is it continuing to serve and spark you?   Or, has it dissolved into thin air?

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Retreat and Digital Sabbatical ~ I’m Off!

Retreat and Digital Sabbatical

As you read this, I am cozily ensconced in my meditation retreat, which started today, and off the internet for one week   This is one of my six adventurous summer experiments.  I’m excited to let go and retreat.

Why Retreat?  

Because I know true happiness and freedom can only come from looking within.  It can only come from honestly facing one’s self.  From courageously embracing and releasing whatever we find –  the good, the bad, and the ugly – with love and gentleness.

Meditation is a powerful way to transform negative thoughts, emotions, and habits, and bring more  joy, confidence, ease, and compassion into your life.  This is how we can change the world, one mind and heart at a time.

I won’t be:

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I encountered road work as I was driving to town today.  Suddenly, my heart swelled up as I realized, “These people are working for me.”   The flagmen standing in the heat of the sun.  The heavy equipment operators encased in noise.  The ones shoveling all day long.  They are working on my behalf.

It was a perfect moment.  A moment of openness, love, and gratitude that enriched my life.

People are working for you in every moment in so many different ways.  Do you notice?  It might enrich your life if you do.

Feel Like It’s Impossible To Change?

Vipassana meditation in prison

Here’s a taste of my new article at the What Meditation Really Is blog.

“Recently, I watched an extraordinary documentary called Doing Time, Doing VipassanaVipassana is a simple, non-sectarian meditation technique.

This film moved me deeply.  It illustrates so vividly how anyone can change and the powerful transformation that can arise through simply looking at your own mind.

It might sound crazy, but Doing Time, Doing Vipassana actually renewed my faith in humanity and our inherent potential for goodness.  It gave me hope.  We can avert the environmental destruction of the planet.  We can dispel violence and terror.  We can create a harmonious world.  If only we can learn to look within and abandon our own negative tendencies, thoughts, and emotions.

Sure, we need to take practical steps too.  But without collectively changing the inner landscape of our minds, there is no hope for permanent, positive change in the world.

It’s funny because I avoided watching the DVD for a number of months.  The idea of watching a film about prison seemed depressing.  But in the end, this is one of the most inspiring and motivational films I’ve ever seen.

If you feel like it’s impossible to change yourself – or the world – don’t give up.  Watch this film instead.  And even if you are not discouraged, I think you may find amazing inspiration here.”

Please continue and read the rest of the  article, including the film description, at the What Meditation Really Is blog.

If you like the article, please share the link over at the WMRI blog.  And, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments there.  With love, Sandra

The Dalai Lama on Finding Contentment in a Troubled World

On the Today show, Ann Curry asks the Dalai Lama:  How can we find contentment when we are faced with so many difficulties in the world today like war, a bad economy, oil spills, and other disasters?  Listen to the Dalai Lama’s advice and optimistic response in this 7-minute video.

Please share this with others.  We all need hope and encouragement in these troubled times.

What Makes You Feel Better?

Filling out medical forms the other day, I came across these two questions:

  • What makes you feel better?
  • What makes you feel worse?

These are the quintessential questions, aren’t they?  They apply not only to our physical well being, but to our emotional, mental, and spiritual health as well.  They empower us to transform the negative into the positive; unhappiness into contentment.

In his book, Adrenal Fatigue, the 21st Century Stress Syndrome, Dr. James L. Wilson offers a similar exercise to determine what contributes to your health and what detracts from it.

He suggests taking a piece of paper, dating it, and drawing a line down the middle.   Write the heading “good for me” at the top of the first column; write “bad for me” at the top of the second column.  Then let you stream of consciousness pour onto the page in a simple list format.

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