Positive Possibilities Living Category

Recently I was asked about how to tell when someone – particularly a spiritual acquaintance – is truly the light they project or when they are shining light as a decoy to nasties in their personal basement. It can be trickiest to see the ego in people who are spiritually minded. Having adopted a certain skill in the unseen, it is easy for people with spiritual knowing to learn how to manufacture perceptions that manipulate and twist reality to suit their own shadow. They know how to turn situations aroundRead More
This month, Parvati Magazine contributor Sunanda Jordon is visiting the Amritapuri ashram in Kerala, India, the headquarters of the Mata Amritanandamayi mission. This is her first visit to India, and she made the journey as part of her own quest for awakening. The following is excerpted from her first letter home. The day after I arrived, I pretty much slept the whole day. Not only was I extremely tired, I also felt like I wanted to hide, not ready to face this big experience just yet. I was worried thatRead More
Recently I was asked when compromise and acceptance are part of spiritual growth, versus letting yourself get walked all over. Acceptance is a powerful place. In fact, true change only begins once acceptance occurs. If we want change, we must soberly look at what is and accept it, which means not trying to push our will into trying to change the way things are to suit our needs. To accept is to be in non-resistance to what is. Acceptance is active in a non-forceful way. It is dynamic in aRead More
Recently, I was asked if it was appropriate to take courses and go travelling, or be “rational” and keep paying the bills. Being rational is an impediment to the spiritual path when it squelches joy and stops us from expanding and evolving. Joy is expansive. Joy amplifies evolution, as evolution in its very nature is in alignment with the fundamental vibration of the universe, which is love. Joy is one of the things we bring when we pass from this Earth. When our body disintegrates and all matter that weRead More
Having a light-hearted attitude towards ourselves and life in general brings a sweetness and joy to our daily experiences. When we face things we don’t like, we may tend to push rather than ease off the pedal and open to possibility. Keeping it light not only helps us stay buoyant amidst the roller coaster ride of life, but also helps us feel happier, see more options in the moment and have more choice in a fast pace world. Recently I was asked how even the things we don’t like aboutRead More
If we could be a bit more like the trees, rivers, butterflies and flowers, we might find ourselves a lot healthier, happier and wise. And what better time to feel inspired to surrender to and be part of such immensity than during the bursting power of life now upon us this spring? Do yourself a favor and go say hello to the budding trees. Notice how they do not struggle to be, but are in a rapturous state of deep surrender. Rooted in the rich Earth, trunks strong, growing upRead More
For most of us, the notion of surrendering can be quite bewildering, conjuring images of “throwing in the towel”, giving in or even becoming road kill to someone else’s overpowering will. From the point of view of the ego, surrendering may seem like we are giving up and somehow taking a loss. But when we look deeper, we see that nothing could be further from the truth. The ancient text called the Hatha Yoga Pradipika speaks of sukha-sthira, finding a balanced yogic state that is neither just relaxed nor justRead More
We all have stuff — and a lot of it! Do we really need all we have? Similarly, do we really need to be doing all we do? Could we not do, and have, and possibly find more joy with, less? Most of us are plagued with a deep, pesky thought of “not enough”. We want more stuff to try to fill an inner void we cannot place or satisfy. We try to do more to impress others, unconsciously still seeking approval from our parents, teachers, or caregivers, afraid thatRead More
We all have moments and periods in our lives when we feel stuck. When life is not quite flowing the way we want it to be, we need to pause and look within. Once we direct our awareness inward, we will likely find outmoded ways of being that we are holding onto that no longer serve our greatest good. Most of us hold onto the past, stuff it away in the recess of our psyche and hope it will go away. But it doesn’t. What was tucked away slowly growsRead More
Trying to find a lasting relationship while feeling lousy about oneself is like trying to catch rain with a sieve. We simply don’t have the containment to attract the nectar we seek to quench our hungry and lonely hearts. If we look within, we may feel a hunger that is deeply insatiable. This is a feeling that only we can satisfy. It would be impossible for anyone to do that for us. Until we feel we are worthy of love, we are unable to sustain the true love we ultimatelyRead More