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Bedtime Meditations and Ritual Ideas for Children (and Adults!)

Bedtime Meditations and Ritual Ideas for Children (and Adults!)

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” – Dr Seuss The prayer of the evening is quite unlike the morning. The morning is stark, simplistic… and serious. Often like pulling teeth. The prayers and meditations of the evening, however, are usually ones of celebration. And what better way to celebrate and give gratitude for life, than to ... »

5 Zen Koans that Will Open Your Mind

5 Zen Koans that Will Open Your Mind

“Out of nowhere, the mind comes forth.” ~The Diamond Sutra Koans are self-paradoxical riddles used as a meditation discipline in Zen Buddhism. The point of the koan is to exhaust the analytic and egoic mind in order to reveal the more intuitive no-mind. They are not about arriving at an answer, but to see for ourselves that our intellections can never provide us with a completely satisfying answer... »

7 Pitfalls on the Path to Enlightenment

7 Pitfalls on the Path to Enlightenment

Ah, enlightenment… So motivating. So inspiring. So misunderstood. Exasperatingly unattainable when sought after, and yet gratifyingly entangled with all things when practiced with authentic non-attachment. But where does our unenlightened-self end and our enlightened-self begin? Where does our caterpillar-self die and our butterfly-self emerge? In the cocoon? At the crossroads? Over the bridge fro... »

awaken to the power of mantras

4 Powerful Mantras that Will Change your Life

“You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.” ~ Amit Ray We know by now that words have the power to change our reality, power to change the way we think and reprogram our subconscious mind. Mantras are sacred words that resonate deep within our soul, matching with the frequency of the universe and when repeated frequently it purifies the mind ... »

Is it Time to Emerge from Your Spiritual Cocoon?

Is it Time to Emerge from Your Spiritual Cocoon?

“The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.” ~ Paulo Coelho You’ve started your journey inward, you realize that true happiness and fulfilment must be found within, you resonate with silence and stillness and the observer inside of you that watches all things from an unbiased standpoint, and you’ve begun to re-write your subconscious belief systems that have be... »

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... »