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Three Buddhist Beliefs


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  1. Dukkha: Life is painful and has suffering.

This is where Buddhism gets a bad rep. Most people think this philosophy is pessimistic because of its direct translation from Sanskrit. It’s not just about dealing with the rough downs of life.

The deeper translation is knowing that nothing found in the physical world or even the psychological realm can bring lasting deep satisfaction.

In our modern day, it is about seeing how to eradicate the perpetuation of this suffering. If we suppress or avoid the difficult feelings that arise when life throws us curve balls, we can actually suffer more.

And if we also attach ourselves to an outcome, expectation or feeling that is opposite of what we feel, (i.e. joy vs. sadness), we end up disappointed, frustrated and angry. So the philosophy teaches that instead of being afraid of our suffering or discomfort, or instead of constantly trying to end…

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You Are The Universe – Philosophy


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A little Alan Watt’s time.

Since he died in his sleep in 1973 at the age of fifty-eight, Watt’s interpretation of Eastern spirituality has continued to resonate with Western seekers. Although he read and studied widely and traveled the world interacting with some of the twentieth century’s most influential minds (D.T. Suzuki, John Cage, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, and poet Gary Snyder, among them), Watts would be the first to say that, most importantly, he was on a de-conditioning mission.  I like the expression de-conditioning, it resonates with me! 🙂

Here’s one of my favourite Alan Watt’s quotes.

“Jesus Christ knew he was God. So wake up and find out eventually who you really are. In our culture, of course, they’ll say you’re crazy and you’re blasphemous, and they’ll either put you in jail or in a nut house (which is pretty much the same thing). However if you…

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Mendocino/Fort Bragg Vacation


This is an intro to the story I alluded to in my “Neverending Story” flashback post today, dedicated to Laura. She reminded me she had posted a bit about our magickal experience back in September of 2009, from which my today post: https://taniamarieartist.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/a-little-neverending-story-flashback/ was inspired. I didn’t have a blog back then, and forgotten she’d written this, so I share it with you now.

Here’s a fun little trip down memory lane with Laura and I, which but scratches the surface of what took place. The story went on quite a journey that continued more than was shared here and took us down a winding road after our second 5-hour sit-down, and even into dream time that night that we woke to.

The way Laura ends her post is perfect:

“Two fair maidens met a werewolf on Full Moon’s Eve” or “the shaman and the faeries walked together and down the road” or “a person’s word is bond.”

But I think I’ll just say, “we tiptoed into the Pomegranate Garden, tasted the fruit and smiled.”

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Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything! Last week, my friend Tania Marie and I traveled to the Mendocino Coast for some much needed rest and relaxation. She had just finished the fourth in a series of five major paintings, and I still hadn’t officially celebrated the release of Schizandra and the Gates of Mu. I only had a few days for this getaway, so we picked somewhere close and dear to my heart. (Some of you may remember how much fun I had in Fort Bragg/Mendocino on my birthday last year.)

We truly experienced a magical, mind-blowing trip this time, much of which I am still processing. I’ll give you a bit of a recap here, though:

The Food

OK, first and foremost, Tania and I wanted to eat. We had originally planned to go to Santa Cruz, CA, but when we learned that their raw…

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4 BEST SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN BENEFITS OF MEDITATION


A good share on how meditation supports you on all levels, especially the big one many people struggle with – stress management.

Any level of quiet meditative time you can invest will do you good. And that simply also includes stillness and doing nothing.

Sometimes you simply would do well to unplug from everything. Don’t try to figure anything out. Don’t try to analyze and find answers. Just feel into your body and really sit with what is revealed in that experience. Be quiet. Do nothing. Think nothing. Just feel and listen.

This is far more valuable than anything you can fill your time with forcing yourself to do.

This article has some great “science” behind meditation and its benefits to you.

Thank you Stephanie and Ascension Angels for sharing!

What If?


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I have believed for a long time, that life  is a “walking meditation” that seamlessly and consistently conveys the practices I choose to embody, in the integrity of my own example. 

What If?

What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words.
What if the temple was the earth
If forests were our church
If holy water – the rivers, lakes, and oceans
What if meditation was our relationships 
If the Teacher was life 
If wisdom was self-knowledge 
If love was the center of our being

 
~ Ganga White ~

Patience Creates Magickal Flow – A Return to Natural Harmony


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Today’s blog post share is a new article I wrote for Mindful Muscle Blog at the request of its Founder, Chris Willitts. Mindful Muscle was created from Chris’s intention to “research meditation and to carefully observe its inherent capacity for personal development, fulfillment, and thriving health,” as well as “introduce other complimentary initiatives that ultimately can lead to a more altruistic society.” I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Mindful Muscle’s focus and for Chris’s interest in my work. This is the second article I was able to share with Mindful Muscle readers. I hope you enjoy:

http://www.mindfulmuscleblog.com/patience-creates-flow-harmony/

And if you are interested in reading my previous article titled, Reiki – Redirecting Energy to Support the Now, you can find it here:

http://www.mindfulmuscleblog.com/reiki-redirecting-energy-support-the-now/

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