I have noticed that when all the lights are on, people tend to talk about what they are doing – their outer lives. Sitting round in candlelight or firelight, people start to talk about how they are feeling – their inner lives. They speak subjectively, they argue less, there are longer pauses. To sit alone without any electric light is curiously creative. I have my best ideas at dawn or at nightfall, but not if I switch on the lights – then I start thinking about projects, deadlines, demands, and the shadows and shapes of the house become objects, not suggestions, things that need to done, not a background to thought.

Jeanette Winterson, Why I adore the night

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 Ifyou put out love, then you immerse yourself in the sea of love. You don’t put out love in order to get back love. It’s not a transaction. You just become a beacon of love for those around you. That’s what Maharaj-ji is. Then from the moment you wake until the moment you go to sleep, and maybe in dreams too,you’re in a loving environment.Tryusing I am loving awareness to become aware of your thought forms and to practice not identifying with them. Then you can identify with your soul, notyour fears and anxieties. Once you identify with your spiritual being, you can’t help but be love.It’ssimple. I start with the fact that I’m aware, and then I love everything. Butthat’s all in the mind, that’s a thought, and loving awareness is not athought. Or if it’s a thought, it’s pointing to a place that’s not a thought.It’s pointing at a state of being the way the concept of emptiness is pointing at emptiness, which is really fullness.Soulslove. That’s what souls do. Egos don’t, but souls do. Become a soul, lookaround, and you’ll be amazed-all the beings around you are souls. Be one, see one.Whenmany people have this heart connection, then we will know that we are all one,we human beings all over the planet. We will be one. One love.Anddon’t leave out the animals, and trees, and clouds, and galaxies-it’s all one.It’s one energy. It comes through in individual ways, but it’s one energy. You can call it energy, or you can call it love. I like to look at a tree and see that it’s love. Don’t you?

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 If
you put out love, then you immerse yourself in the sea of love. You don’t put out love in order to get back love. It’s not a transaction. You just become a beacon of love for those around you. That’s what Maharaj-ji is. Then from the moment you wake until the moment you go to sleep, and maybe in dreams too,you’re in a loving environment.

Try
using I am loving awareness to become aware of your thought forms and to practice not identifying with them. Then you can identify with your soul, notyour fears and anxieties. Once you identify with your spiritual being, you can’t help but be love.

It’s
simple. I start with the fact that I’m aware, and then I love everything. But
that’s all in the mind, that’s a thought, and loving awareness is not a
thought. Or if it’s a thought, it’s pointing to a place that’s not a thought.
It’s pointing at a state of being the way the concept of emptiness is pointing at emptiness, which is really fullness.

Souls
love. That’s what souls do. Egos don’t, but souls do. Become a soul, lookaround, and you’ll be amazed-all the beings around you are souls. Be one, see one.

When
many people have this heart connection, then we will know that we are all one,we human beings all over the planet. We will be one. One love.

And
don’t leave out the animals, and trees, and clouds, and galaxies-it’s all one.It’s one energy. It comes through in individual ways, but it’s one energy. You can call it energy, or you can call it love. I like to look at a tree and see that it’s love. Don’t you?

The Pueblo Indians told me that all Americans are crazy, and of course I was somewhat astonished and asked them why. They said, “Well, they say they think in their heads. No sound man thinks in his head. We think in the heart.

Carl Jung (via abiding-in-peace)

Preparation for the Day

I am not
the thoughts in my mind.
Let them come and let them go.

Silence
is my natural state.
Let me control my tongue.

Stillness
is the way.
Give me
patience and humility
to act only when necessary.

Tranquility
is my natural condition.
Let my mind be
a placid pool
undisturbed by emotions,
reflecting only
Tao.

Compassion
fills my true self.
May my thoughts,
my speech
and my actions
be filled with compassion
and guided by wisdom.

Emptiness
is my essence.
Let me curb my ego.
No vanity
may enter my thoughts.
No pride
may enter my speech.
No arrogance
may enter my action.
Let me find comfort
in obscurity and anonymity.

I am emptiness only.
Nothing else.
Everything else is illusion.

Causing suffering
to any creature
no matter how remote
or how different
is cutting
into my own flesh.
Being kind
to any creature
no matter how remote
or how different
is being kind
to myself.

Separation is illusion,
unity is real.
I am part of every thing.
Every thing is part of me.

Let me move to
the rhythm of
Tao
in total unison with
Tao.

Everything comes from
Tao
and everything returns to
Tao.

So let it be.

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~ Remember, She never forgets~~
visit the sanctuary: http://www.elephants.com/

Facts about Elephants:
Swahili Name: Tembo or ndovu Scientific Name: Loxodonta africana Size: Up to 11 feet Weight: 31/2 - 61/2 tons (7,000 13,200 lb) Lifespan: 60 to 70 years Habitat: Dense forest to open plains Diet: Herbivorous Gestation: About 22 months
Predators:Humans
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~ Remember, She never forgets~~

visit the sanctuary: http://www.elephants.com/

Facts about Elephants:

Swahili Name: Tembo or ndovu Scientific Name: Loxodonta africana Size: Up to 11 feet Weight: 31/2 - 61/2 tons (7,000 13,200 lb) Lifespan: 60 to 70 years Habitat: Dense forest to open plains Diet: Herbivorous Gestation: About 22 months

Predators:Humans

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"As you dissolve into love, your ego fades. You’re not thinking about loving; you’re just being love, radiating like the sun."
 ~Ram Dass



source: http://www.ramdass.org/

Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities — the political, the religious, the educational authorities — who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing — forming in our minds — their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness, chaotic, confused vulnerability to inform yourself.~~~Timothy Leary

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"As you dissolve into love, your ego fades. You’re not thinking about loving; you’re just being love, radiating like the sun."

~Ram Dass

source: http://www.ramdass.org/

tim leary

Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities — the political, the religious, the educational authorities — who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing — forming in our minds — their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness, chaotic, confused vulnerability to inform yourself.~~~Timothy Leary

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Four Alternative ways to Meditate
Meditation can mean much more than sitting on a pillow for an hour. Try one of these alternative meditation styles to find the best fit and incorporate mindfulness into any daily routine.

1. Gazing Meditation: If staring into space or spacing out is your jam, try Trataka or fixed-gazing meditation. This unusual style of meditation encourages participants to focus inward by staring at a fixed object while sitting or standing. Trataka has many alleged benefits, from physical plusses like eye health and headache relief to mental advantages such as lower stress levels and better focus. If outdoors, fix the gaze on a natural object like a stone, tree, or even the moon (just avoid staring at the sun). Indoors, try looking at the center of a lit candle or an interactive computer graphic. Trataka can be pretty intense, so start very slowly — stare for just 15 to 20 seconds, with plenty of rest time. Eventually work up to 10 or 15 minutes.
2. Breathing Meditation: This technique takes those pre-yoga class “Oms” to the next level. Also called yogic breathing or Pranayama, this meditation style is all about controlling the inhales and exhales. Greatist Expert Dr. Jeffrey Rubin explains, “Longer exhales tend to be calming, while longer inhales are energizing. For meditative purposes either the ratio of exhale to inhale is even or the exhale is longer than the inhale for a calming effect.” This type of meditation can be done anywhere, anytime (except underwater, for obvious reasons).
3. Walking Meditation: In walking meditation, called kinhin in the Zen tradition, practitioners move slowly and continuously while staying aware of the body and mind. For this form of meditation, use good posture (just like seated meditation), take deep breaths, and experience the motions of the body. The walking movement should be continuous, so pick a safe place with space to roam around, like a large park or field.
4. Cat Meditation: sitting with your cat, petting them, feeling the purr…this is very healing and relaxing it lowers your blood pressure and your cat will love you for it (the best one I think)

  

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Four Alternative ways to Meditate

Meditation can mean much more than sitting on a pillow for an hour. Try one of these alternative meditation styles to find the best fit and incorporate mindfulness into any daily routine.

1. Gazing Meditation: If staring into space or spacing out is your jam, try Trataka or fixed-gazing meditation. This unusual style of meditation encourages participants to focus inward by staring at a fixed object while sitting or standing. Trataka has many alleged benefits, from physical plusses like eye health and headache relief to mental advantages such as lower stress levels and better focus. If outdoors, fix the gaze on a natural object like a stone, tree, or even the moon (just avoid staring at the sun). Indoors, try looking at the center of a lit candle or an interactive computer graphic. Trataka can be pretty intense, so start very slowly — stare for just 15 to 20 seconds, with plenty of rest time. Eventually work up to 10 or 15 minutes.

2. Breathing Meditation: This technique takes those pre-yoga class “Oms” to the next level. Also called yogic breathing or Pranayama, this meditation style is all about controlling the inhales and exhales. Greatist Expert Dr. Jeffrey Rubin explains, “Longer exhales tend to be calming, while longer inhales are energizing. For meditative purposes either the ratio of exhale to inhale is even or the exhale is longer than the inhale for a calming effect.” This type of meditation can be done anywhere, anytime (except underwater, for obvious reasons).

3. Walking Meditation: In walking meditation, called kinhin in the Zen tradition, practitioners move slowly and continuously while staying aware of the body and mind. For this form of meditation, use good posture (just like seated meditation), take deep breaths, and experience the motions of the body. The walking movement should be continuous, so pick a safe place with space to roam around, like a large park or field.

4. Cat Meditation: sitting with your cat, petting them, feeling the purr…this is very healing and relaxing it lowers your blood pressure and your cat will love you for it (the best one I think)

  

The Yogi remains unaffected by criticism, acclaim, praise, or blame. He is impervious to the attacks of his adversaries. Because his confidence and ability comes from within. Many people are seeking degrees to prove their values to employers and many still fail to secure good jobs. This is because a piece of paper, will never increase a person’s self-confidence. For confidence in ourselves, we must look deep within. The mental ability and physical vigor will wane with age. Yet beyond these outer aspects of our experience, there is a Divine spark within, which is eternal. When we can see this in our meditations, the concerns about the outer experiences drop. When we rely upon this spark of Divinity within ourselves, no outer obstacle can stop us.

Gananathamritananda Swami (via somamatha)