Spirituality

The Power of Walking Meditation

The Power of Walking Meditation

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh There is a pervading misconception about meditation; that one is expected to sit perfectly still and completely empty one’s mind. In actuality, meditation is about surrender; watching our thoughts, letting them take you wh... »

7 Buddha Quotes to Assist You On Your Journey

7 Buddha Quotes to Assist You On Your Journey

“Buddhism is made up of all non-Buddhist elements.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh. Buddhism teaches different ways of realizing the ultimate truths of this life, and also sheds light on the path leading to inner peace and happiness. Here are 7 potentially transformative pieces of wisdom from the Buddha which you can benefit from. (There are several quotes floating around on the Internet which have been misatt... »

7 Signs You May be a Cosmic Hero

7 Signs You May be a Cosmic Hero

“The urge to heroism is natural, and to admit it honest. For everyone to admit it would probably release such pent-up force as to be devastating to societies as they now are.” ~ Ernest Becker Cosmic heroism stands in stark contrast to cultural heroism. Cultural heroism, in general, is the passive drive of mediocre men as they obediently and complainingly follow the outdated rules of the system the... »

Enlightening Wisdom from 7 Unfamiliar Spiritual Masters

Enlightening Wisdom from 7 Unfamiliar Spiritual Masters

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” ~ Zen proverb We come across many spiritual teachers throughout time that guide us on our path and challenge our set beliefs; forcing us to look beyond the obvious. To the mind that is open to these teachings, it helps us with our inner work. Each teaching offers a valuable lesson, and a fresh outlook on life. Here are a few lesser ... »

5 Thought-provoking Questions that All Seekers should Ask Themselves

5 Thought-provoking Questions that All Seekers should Ask Themselves

“There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.” ~ Albert Einstein If you’ve ever experienced a piece of writing, music, art, etc., “speaking to your soul”, you’ll know exactly how it feels to have something move you in a way that the mind can’t logically explain. Whether it be the feeling of chills... »

Creating a Mandala to Manifest Your Intention

Creating a Mandala to Manifest Your Intention

“Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.” ~ Pema Chodron “Mandala” comes from the Sanskrit word ‘circle’. Mandalas have been used as a ritual tool in many cultures and religions around the world – Native American Indians, Tibetan Buddhists, Taois... »

7 Easy Ways to Cleanse your Aura

7 Easy Ways to Cleanse your Aura

“I cleanse myself of all selfishness, resentment, critical thinking for my fellow beings, self-condemnation, and misinterpretations of my life experiences. I bathe myself in generosity, appreciation, praise and gratitude for my fellow beings, self acceptance, and enlightened understanding of my life experience.” ~ Lidia Frederico Though we all know the importance of keeping our body cl... »

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8 Essential Oils to Cleanse the Mind, Body & Soul

From Ancient India, Egypt, Persia to European countries, essential or aromatic oils have been used for thousands of years for their physical, mental and emotionally- elevating properties. Extracted through cold pressing or a careful steam distillation process, essential oils are powerful healers. Each fragrance works uniquely on different parts of the physical and emotional body. Since direct appl... »

Dropping Your Illusion of Enlightenment

Dropping Your Illusion of Enlightenment

“In seeking there are several things involved: there is the seeker and the thing that he seeks after. When the seeker finds what he thinks is truth, is God, is enlightenment, he must be able to recognize it. He must recognize it, right? Recognition implies previous knowledge, otherwise you cannot recognize. So a man who is seeking truth lives a life of hypocrisy, because his truth is the projectio... »

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The Benefits of Tree Hugging: Connecting with the Healing Vibrations of Nature

I recently started a dog-sitting job that made me come face-to-face with a very sad fact: I don’t spend enough time in nature. I took her for a walk this morning and was struck with how beautiful the park was at that time of day. On the other hand, I was also so rushed to get to class, that I felt I couldn’t linger as long as we wanted. I wanted to release her from her leash and let her run around... »