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open your heart

Research is continually showing that meditation is beneficial to our life and our health. Meditation helps us to take a distance from what is going on in our mind and our life rather than constantly being immersed and controlled by it. It helps us to be more focused and reduces stress. Opening your heart is a simple step you can take towards accepting things as they are and being more open to others and the blessings of life. This is a meditation that can be used each morning to center yourself… Continue

Added by Larry on September 17, 2009 at 10:14pm — No Comments

meditation with nature

The Seasons of the Day



Build your day around the rhythms of the day. Forget clock-time, and make time to respond to what the day presents you. The greatest symphony in the world happens as the pre-dawn light rises into day and the sun comes up to the songs of birds. Make time for it, often.



Nature's rhythms, because they are our own deepest rhythms, can be the greatest healer.



Consider this prescription for whatever ails you: Sunrise and sunset, each day, in… Continue

Added by Larry on September 15, 2009 at 8:16am — No Comments

patience...a meditation

Please put your attention on the breath for a few moments.



Find patience and acceptance in your heart for your own difficulties, your own mistakes, …for all the things that you think about yourself which you might not like. Find the acceptance and the patience to endure that in your heart. Let the patience and acceptance grow so that they fill you from head to toe, a feeling of ease. And with that love arises and you can surround yourself and embrace yourself with… Continue

Added by Larry on September 15, 2009 at 8:06am — No Comments

balance

Slow Down Already! Quieting Our Minds, Beating Bad Habits

We live in a time of uncontested availability. Through our cell phones, laptops, and social media networks, we volunteer ourselves to friends, foes and colleagues regardless of time change or desire. It has become increasingly difficult to shut out the world and concentrate in a culture where speed and productivity are valued over mindfulness. More and more children are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder… Continue

Added by Larry on September 1, 2009 at 8:39am — No Comments

meditation on patience

Please put your attention on the breath for a few moments.



Find patience and acceptance in your heart for your own difficulties, your own mistakes, …for all the things that you think about yourself which you might not like. Find the acceptance and the patience to endure that in your heart. Let the patience and acceptance grow so that they fill you from head to toe, a feeling of ease. And with that love arises and you can surround yourself and embrace yourself with… Continue

Added by Larry on August 28, 2009 at 12:05am — No Comments

compassion*

May you be held in compassion





To cultivate compassion, let yourself sit in a centered and quiet way. In this traditional form of practice you will combine a repeated inner intention with visualization and the evocation of the feeling of compassion. As you first sit, breathe softly and feel your body, your heartbeat, the life within you. Feel how you treasure your own life, how you guard yourself in the face of your sorrows. After some time, bring to mind someone close to you… Continue

Added by Larry on August 25, 2009 at 3:04am — No Comments

listening inside...

There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself.” Howard Thurman



Perhaps the most challenging listening that we attempt in this life is learning to listen to ourselves. We know our inner voice well in childhood, but often lose touch with it as the opinions of others dominate our life in adolescence. It is tragic really, how we are trained to not listen to ourselves, to believe that other people know what we want to become or do… Continue

Added by Larry on August 22, 2009 at 3:18pm — No Comments

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

While mindfulness can be practiced quite well without Buddhism, Buddhism cannot be practiced without mindfulness. In its Buddhist context, mindfulness meditation has three overarching purposes: knowing the mind; training the mind; and freeing the mind.





Knowing the Mind

It is easy to spend an hour, a day, or even a lifetime so caught up with thoughts, concerns, and activities as to preclude understanding deeply what makes us operate the way we do. People can easily be… Continue

Added by Larry on August 18, 2009 at 2:35am — No Comments

best friend-loving kindness meditation

Please put the attention on the breath for just a few moments.



Think of yourself as your own best friend; the one you can rely on to help you, to make you happy, to know what is best for you, who loves you. Feel yourself embraced by that friendship.



Think of yourself as the best friend of the person sitting nearest you in this room. Fill him / her with your helpfulness, your care, your concern, be at that person's disposal. Fill him / her with the sincerity of your… Continue

Added by Larry on August 17, 2009 at 2:02am — No Comments

legend of atlantis

When the great gods divided the Cosmos between them, Poseidon the Lord of the Ocean took possession of a chain of islands stretching from Spain to central America. The largest of these islands was as big as the whole of Asia Minor.

When Poseidon inspected his new domain he found the islands to be more beautiful than anywhere else in the world. Every leaf on every tree glistened as brilliantly as an emerald, and the rolling pasturelands were as sleek and green as the waves of a summer sea.… Continue

Added by Larry on June 30, 2009 at 11:12am — No Comments

BODHICITTA

Bodhicitta

In Buddhist practice we develop awareness of the motivations that underlie each of our actions. We also open to the possibility of expanded aspirations, enlarging our sense of what we can accomplish in our lives. Bodhicitta, a Sanskrit and Pali word that literally means "awakened heart", is the deep aspiration to awaken from the dream of ignorance in order to benefit all beings. It is the dedication of our spiritual practice, and our lives, to the happiness and welfare of… Continue

Added by Larry on June 15, 2009 at 3:16am — No Comments

starting a daily meditation

First select a suitable space for your regular meditation. It can be wherever you can sit easily with minimal disturbance: a corner of your bedroom or any other quiet spot in your home. Place a meditation cushion or chair there for your use. Arrange what is around so that you are reminded of your meditative purpose, so that it feels like a sacred and peaceful space. You may wish to make a simple altar with a flower or sacred image, or place your favorite spiritual books there for a few moments… Continue

Added by Larry on June 14, 2009 at 6:16am — 1 Comment

ocean meditation

Waves of Healing

Ocean Meditation

Like us, the sea is ever-changing. And, like us, the earth’s vast oceans appear at a distance to be stable and homogenous. But beneath the mask of solidity that both we and the sea wear, there lies unpredictability, sensitivity, and power. There is much we can learn from the ocean, representative as it is of our inner landscapes. The rough sounds of the sea’s waves are spiritually soothing, and its salt can purify our physical selves. Yet not everyone… Continue

Added by Larry on June 9, 2009 at 4:54am — No Comments

ho'oponopono

Ho'oponopono means to make right. Essentially, it means to make it right with the ancestors, or to make right with the people with whom you have relationships. We believe that the original purpose of Ho'oponopono was to correct the wrongs that had occurred in someone's life including Hala (to miss the thing aimed for, or to err, to disobey) and Hewa (to go overboard or to do something to excess) which were illusions, and even 'Ino (to do harm, implying to do harm to someone with hate in mind),… Continue

Added by Larry on June 6, 2009 at 9:10am — No Comments

meditation

Meditation was originally developed to help achieve the ideal meditative state as a way to enlightenment. Modern science has discovered that meditation has a positive effect on the mind and body that can improve various medical and psychological conditions. Discover these meditation benefits for yourself and make daily meditation part of your healthy lifestyle.



One of the main benefits of meditation is stress relief. We live in such a busy, fast-paced world and stress is becoming… Continue

Added by Larry on June 6, 2009 at 8:25am — No Comments

the first healers

Wolves and Coyotes - aka The First Healer

An American Indian Legend - Nation Unknown

One day as a man was walking alone he met a coyote.

Coyote spoke to the man and said, "How would you like to smoke my pipe?"

The man thanked the coyote and said "Sure!"



When the man was finished, the coyote said to him, "You have smoked my pipe so now you are my friend and I will not harm you, but will take you to meet my people. I want my people to know that you have smoked my… Continue

Added by Larry on May 31, 2009 at 12:54am — No Comments

legend of the werewolf

Origin of the Werewolf Legend



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During middle ages, especially from 15th to 17th century, Europe was under the dark shadow of ignorance and superstitions. Towns were underdeveloped and people lived near woods. The fear of wolves was like a nightmare. Their attacks were so frequent and atrocious in nature that people even feared to travel from one place to another. Every morning, countryside… Continue

Added by Larry on May 30, 2009 at 11:40pm — No Comments

friendship

And a youth said, "Speak to us of Friendship."



Your friend is your needs answered.



He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.



And he is your board and your fireside.



For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.



When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay."



And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his… Continue

Added by Larry on May 23, 2009 at 6:29pm — No Comments

compassion

Meditation on Compassion

May you be held in compassion





To cultivate compassion, let yourself sit in a centered and quiet way. In this traditional form of practice you will combine a repeated inner intention with visualization and the evocation of the feeling of compassion. As you first sit, breathe softly and feel your body, your heartbeat, the life within you. Feel how you treasure your own life, how you guard yourself in the face of your sorrows. After some time, bring… Continue

Added by Larry on May 21, 2009 at 10:54am — No Comments

loving-kindness

The Buddha’s Words on Lovingkindness



This is what should be done

By those who are skilled in goodness,

And who know the path of peace:

Let them be able and upright,

Straightforward and gentle in speech,

Humble and not conceited,

Contented and easily satisfied,

Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways,

Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,

Not proud and demanding in nature.

Let them not do the slightest thing

That the… Continue

Added by Larry on May 14, 2009 at 1:18am — No Comments

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