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Positive Possibilities Morning Sun Parvati
There once was a great spiritual master who was preparing to leave his village to meditate in isolation in the mountains for some time. The master said he would take someone with him to assist with the journey. Many of his devoted students hoped that the saint would choose them for the special trip. But to everyone’s surprise, the master chose the most unlikely person in the village to accompany him: the obnoxious chai boy who ran the local tea stall. As the master and the boy prepared to leaveRead More
A lifetime of travel has led me to appreciate the power of perspective on the moment. At times, as I move through my work day in Toronto, an inner giggle bubbles up from within, and I see the streets of East York as though they were a borough in Scandinavia. The supermarket where I get my daily needs becomes a Tesco in England or a Carrefour in France. Similarly, I have cooked rice over a camp stove by the back of my musical tour van in a campground in NorthRead More
Even though we may say we want change, many of us are actually afraid of it at a deep level. Though we may outwardly express a hope for something new, inwardly we may be in resistance. Holding on to old patterns in our hearts, minds and actions, we find ourselves too often in the same situations over and over again, without the transformation we had anticipated. We may blame circumstance, others, even the divine, for the events in our life. Or we may blame ourselves, getting stuck in self-criticism insteadRead More
The American mythologist, writer and lecturer Joseph Campbell had a lifelong passion for the cohesive mythological threads that run through disparate human cultures. He popularized the concept of the hero’s journey, the path through adventure, challenges, trials, temptations, atonement and victorious return. Campbell said that we must all undertake a hero’s journey to follow our bliss. I find the hero’s journey a useful analogy for the path of spiritual awakening and living our truest selves. Fear and doubt can hold us back from the courage to embark on the hero’sRead More
If you meditate, you may know of the momentary pause that exists between the inhale and exhale. It is a sacred space between thoughts. It opens the gateway to the underlying reality of pure consciousness, beyond the grip of the thinking mind. Athletes and artists touch this place when they are surrendered to their task and time dissolves. The sense of separate self is gone. All that exists is the perfection of what is. Lovers revel here, as life feels perfect and whole. It is as though a million-watt bulbRead More
We each have our own way of serving the world. Some are caring community members, quietly helping an elderly stranger cross the street. Others act without hesitation in a crisis to give care, food, water, shelter or protection. Even the everyday act of rearing a child in today’s hurried, demanding world is an unheralded miracle. Faced with a screaming, needing youngster, a parent is called beyond their limited sense of self to a place of interconnection, ever-deepening love, and shared compassion. The basic goodness of the human soul thrives, despiteRead More
To live in peace is to live free from fear of violence, conflict, hostility, tension and aggression. When we live in peace, we live in unity and wholeness. We are rooted in interconnection. There is reverence for all of life, because we understand that we are one with the essential fabric of the universe. In peacefulness, there is no againstness. Againstness arises as an expression of our ego, which only knows to separate and divide. Feeling separate from love is the source of tension, conflict and violence. In essence, weRead More
Love, the force of the universe, is ever flowing, eternally present, continually effervescent, whether or not we choose to perceive it. Many of us can be like the child who plays hide and seek with his caretakers. When covering his eyes, he believes that because he cannot see his environment, no one can see him. We laugh in delight at such innocence when we see a child doing it. We forgive his ignorance because we understand that he does not clearly see the limits of his perception. When you feelRead More
Life is in constant change. What in nature stays exactly as it is? If you tap into the flow of Nature, which is ever changing, you can begin anew in every moment. This happens when you are willing to see things as they are, rather than how you want them to be. By accepting what is, you are not giving in. You open to the flow of life that always moves in the direction of evolution, which is in your highest good and in the good of all beings. ButRead More
We are constantly in relationship with friends, family, spouses, our communities and with all that exists around us. We also have the very important relationship with our self, which sets the foundation for the way we interact with all else. Sometimes painful relationships can become life patterns, revisiting the same scenarios again and again. We may want change but too often try to transform our external world into what we want it to be, rather than witnessing what is and challenging our core beliefs. Relationships themselves are an abundant sourceRead More