Saturday, January 13, 2018
What is karma? Sometimes it is best to define something by what it is not. Karma is not about good or bad. That would means judgement. We are not here on earth to judge. We are here to observe. Karma is about cause and effect. Every action creates a reaction so it behooves us to pay careful attention to everything we think, say and do. Karma means work. When we think of work we think of our professions, but that is not the nature of karma. Karma is about working to develop virtues and removes vices and this can only be done when you take on an earthly life.
You are here to work on purifying your being and to do this you must take on and live out all aspects of your life; pleasure and pain. What you do for a living gives you an opportunity to work on your karma, but karmic work is of a soulful nature and not for mental satisfaction and physical comfort.
Part of working on your karma is to work on establishing balance, being flexible and finding your strength. Let’s get stated.
Just remember that life becomes what life does. Every thought, word and action creates a reaction so pay careful attention to what you think, say and do. Karma means work. You are here on earth to do your karmic work. Do it with conscious thought and you will reap the rewards.
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Power is being able to withstand all sorts of events and situations without losing your flexibility, balance and inner strength. With this power comes the ability to feel confident knowing that we may not be able to control the situations that come into our lives, but we can control our perceptions and attitudes and this empowers us. When you begin to observe life from a beginner’s point of view everything is simply an opportunity to begin again with a fresh perspective.
Throughout this coming year no matter what your goals or resolutions there will be challenges. Meet these challenges with a beginners mind. Come back to each moment with a sense openness and eagerness by staying focused and enthusiastic about your goals even when confronted with disappointment and discomfort. Now you are empowered!
Namaste ~ may all your days be filled with health, happiness and peace
Saturday, December 16, 2017
The origin of giving gifts at Christmas is rooted in the birth of Christ. In the context of the time Mary was to give birth to a king. So it would only be expected that the three wise men would bring gifts befitting a king. Gold, frankincense and myrrh, in ancient times were highly prized commodities.
Myrrh being commonly used as an anointing oil, frankincense as a perfume, and gold as a valuable metal made the giving of these three gifts a spiritual meaning of; gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense as a symbol of deity, and myrrh as a symbol of death.
Somehow through the commercialization of Christmas we have lost the real meaning of giving. It is not about how much money you spend or how the big the gift. It is about giving for the sake of giving; sacrificing for the sake of sacrifice. The real reason we give gifts at Christmas is to remind us that birth and death are two ends of the life spectrum. What we give in-between is a mark of the value we place on life.
Here are some free gifts worth giving. These won’t cost you a cent, but they will bring joy and good will.
To your enemy give forgiveness, to an opponent give tolerance, to a friend give a helping hand, to those you love give an open heart, to a customer give good service, be charitable and give your time, to every child give a good example of what it means to give unselfishly and to yourself give respect.
These are gifts that come from the heart. Think what would happen if we gave these gifts, not just at Christmas, but all year round? We would then experience the true meaning of Christmas, which is to make the world a better place for all of humankind and in this we all thrive.
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Saturday, December 09, 2017
The basic nature of energy is the potential to create or destroy. It is void of judgment and so can move in any direction. However, how we harness this energy and use it determines the outcome. We can choose stability and balance over anguish, fear and pain.
When we learn to direct energy we become the masters of our lives. No matter how chaotic life may be we come back to the present moment and it is here that we find our grounding and our strength.
However, it is important to remember that this process is work and will not come without a lot of conscious effort. The paradox is that although the process takes tremendous strength and endurance coming back to the present moment brings us to a place of stillness and serenity.
Let’s begin to work on our balance, flexibility, strength and ability to be present here and now as we discover moment of stillness, quietude and serenity.
Along the pathway of life there will be many temptations. The greatest temptation of all will be to let yourself be guided by your ego. It is the ego that finds it hard to forgive and believes it can justify anything including violence. The basic nature of life is potential energy with the ability to create or destroy. Harness and master this energy and you will become the master of your destiny. Choose always the highest potential of your being; be gentle and, kind and in this you will always be grounded and strong.
Namaste ~ may you go with health, happiness and peace
Saturday, December 02, 2017
The basic nature of cosmic energy is chaos with the potential to create or destroy. It is void of judgement and so can move in either direction. Choose stability and balance over anguish, fear and pain.
Discovering and harnessing the energy of consciousness awareness we are empowered to continually create anew. No matter how chaotic life may be we can come back to the present moment and here we have the power to establish our balance and strength.
However, it is important to remember that this process is work and will not come without a lot of effort. The paradox is that although the process takes tremendous strength and endurance, when living it we find peace and tranquility.
Along the pathway of life there will be many temptations. The greatest temptation of all will be that of the ego. It is the ego that thinks it can justify anything and everything; even violence. Releasing the ego (diversity) and embracing the cosmos (unity) is soul walking.
Try to let go of negative feelings. Try not to feel anything accept using the strength of your body and the strength of your mind to connect with the consciousness of your soul. That is where your virtues lie and your vices can be extinguished.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Moods change from day to day, hour to hour and moment to moment. Science tells us that diet, environment, chemicals, lifestyle, etc. affect our moods. This is called biochemistry. Biochemistry is about the chemical substances (hormones, peptides, and neurotransmitters) that dictate our moods and affect our bodies. And although moods affect certain types of individuals to a greater degree than others, all moods affect everyone. The major negative mood states that affect us are:
3. Worry – mental turmoil
6. Boredom or indifference
7. Doubt – discouragement
10. Weakness or powerlessness – despair
12. Pride or aloofness
There are many variations of these mood states, but these are perhaps the most prominent. These moods compromise the integrity of the body-mind and thus cut us off from our soul. However, awareness of the energy of the moods and implementing conscious change presents the opportunity to know the nature of our karma. Only through conscious awareness of the separation of self ( ego form soul) can we set about to make these changes.
This requires balance, strength, flexibility and tranquility. Let’s get started.
When we begin to replace the vices with the virtues we begin to change our karma. Through the content of our lives, we have the opportunity to discover both the correction and the qualities that ultimately allow us to experience heaven on earth; better known as happiness. Developing virtues is the soul purpose of our existence here on earth. Therefore practice compassion, patience, courage, integrity, honor, strength, steadfastness, love, discipline, peace, creativity and devotion, and in this you will discover the joy of wisdom.
Saturday, November 04, 2017
The troublesome four, envy, jealousy, greed and resentment are at the head of human vices. To conquer these requires a look at human virtues or the reason we are here on earth; to rid ourselves of vices and to gain virtues.
The opposite side of vices is virtues. Virtues are steps towards happiness. True happiness is the result of following the footsteps of the soul. Happiness is our ultimate birthright, bringing with it all the qualities we strive to attain during our life on earth.. The virtues we are here to obtain are compassion, patience, courage, integrity, honor, strength, steadfastness, love, discipline, devotion, creativity, peace and wisdom.
If the health of our body is controlled by the state of our mind and our mind is the storehouse of our moods and emotions, then it would make sense to address our state of mind to ensure physical health. Negative thoughts, moods and feelings cut us off from our soul. At the soulful level of our energy, pure intellect reigns. This means that at the soulful level one is not disturbed by any emotion, thought or mood and simply looks upon the earthly self as an extension with the free will to act or react. It is the ego that creates envy, jealousy, greed and resentment. So our job is to tame the ego and elevate the soul. This requires balance, strength, flexibility and peace body, mind and soul. Let’s get started.
Your ego is your earthly persona. Your job is to tame it not to extinguish it. The ego is a mighty force and necessary for preservation. It gives us our identity and allows us to succeed in a competitive world. The problem arise when the ego consciousness supersedes the soulful path. We do not need to extinguish our importance in the world. We are all important parts of the whole. We just need to remove the vices and replace them with virtues. When we do this we tame the ego and begin to live from the seat of our soul and this is a power far greater than the mightiest ego.