Positive Possibilities Living Category

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
The divine is always with us, no matter where we are or what we may be doing. The divine continually showers us with grace-filled flower petals. The question is, are we open? Are we listening for the phone call from the divine? I was in my music studio working on a new composition, when the phone rang. I had been creating a new piece for Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu deity who brings good fortune and removes obstacles along our path. Devotional offerings, in the yogic traditions, start respectfully with firstRead More
I get a snapshot of world politics from the things I experience as I move through each day: captions in newspapers and on magazine stands, conversations on social media, and through the atmospheric vibration I touch in my daily meditation practice. I know that there have been clouds of dissension in the ethers for some time. I can see them in the media and sense them in the unseen. Over the past decade, our world has been struggling with increased local and global unrest as well as greater natural disasters.Read More