Recently I saw Awake, a documentary about the life of Yogananda who is widely recognized as the Father of Yoga in the West. There’s a scene in the film in which Yogananda poses a question to the audience that impacted me deeply. Noticing how busy Americans were, Yogananda compassionately asked (and I’m paraphrasing here), “When do you have time for bliss?”
I could hear nothing else in the movie for the next few minutes as I pondered this question. Weeks later, it is still on my mind.Read more
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.
We know when we're grasping, gripping tightly, digging in our heels, or clutching something and won't let it go. Why are we holding on so vehemently, and to what? We’re in the midst of unprecedented transformation and miraculous new beginnings on our planet, but we still hold onto our old destructive habits because we’re afraid of what is not familiar. We might fear that we’ll have to give up some conveniences about how we live, even if it’s truly very uncomfortable or unsustainable.
Recently a friend of mine sent me the words of wisdom below that made me laugh:
When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser and realized the world would not change I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country: but it too seemed immovable. As I grew into my twilight years I settled on changing only my family and those closest to me, but alas they would have none of it. Now as I lay on my deathbed and I suddenly realize that if I had only changed myself first, then by example I could perhaps have changed my family, and from their inspiration and encouragement to me I would have been better able to help my country and from there I may even have been able to change the world. (said to be Taken from the tomb of a Bishop in Westminster Abbey 1100 A.D. I was unable to verify that).
The words made me laugh because I can remember having that young and free, and might I add naive, imagination.Read more
What will it take to awaken and transform individuals and society at large during this time of uncertainty, potential peril, and rapid change? Ordinary citizens and leaders in every field of endeavor are contemplating this question, sharing their insights, and playing their part in building a more peaceful, compassionate world.
As a student of conscious evolution and proponent of co-creative practices, I believe that the following are some of the principles that are foundational for building this new world and awakening humanity to its full potential:Read more
Transformational New Year Agreements
These times call for Revolutionary Agreements!
Instead of the usual New Year’s Resolutions, consider adopting, adapting, or creating your own conscious agreements that foster greater inner peace. Share them with your family, friends and associates to expand the possibilities for peace in your communities and together co-create greater Peace on Earth in 2016.
Click here to download a free, original art poster of Agreements used by thousands around the globe. Share freely and widely!
Enlightenment, whatever it is, must manifest its harvest on Earth, as it does in Heaven. The simple realizations of an expanded and altered consciousness cannot be focused on another dimension alone. After all, if the Source was so disinterested in this fourth dimensional plane, why did It bother to manifest it, create it, make it so painfully beautiful, elegant and integrated?
Evolution - the creative process itself – is an essential aspect of Source. It is not merely change, static transformation without direction. These are bold statements, no doubt, mystically substantiated, recently extracted as a truth by members of the evolutionary intelligentsia.
But if evolution is that intrinsic an aspect of creation, then even the most basic particles of creation-quarks, leptons, the Higgs boson, etc - all these should be evolving as well. The most fundamental units of creation should be evolving towards what and from where? Further, shouldn’t each dimension, however we name it, have its own evolutionary directive, angels into archangels, and so on?
Is Source Itself evolving? Not in terms of Its Manifestation (the endless universes of Creation) but It Itself? Is that a good question? Can one separate Source from Its Creation? Can I separate the evolution of my liver from my evolution?
Gifted with curiosity, the ability to ask fundamental questions, some wisdom traditions instruct us to discover that Place where there are no questions.
Is that the be-all and the end-all? After all, the design of Man is not his own, curiosity is as much an aspect of Source as Love must be, and perhaps, just perhaps, it is that curiosity with its endless dissatisfaction that is the evolutionary driver itself.
Not to worry, I have many more dumb questions!
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We believe that a compassionate world is a peaceful world.
We believe that a compassionate world is possible when every man, woman and child treats others as they wish to be treated--with dignity, equity and respect.
We believe that all human beings are born with the capacity for compassion, and that it must be cultivated for human beings to survive and thrive.Read more
A mosque, a church and a synagogue go up on the site of an old Jewish country club ...
It sounds like the setup to a joke — but it's not. It's actually happening in Omaha, Neb. The Tri-Faith Initiative may be the first place in history where these three monotheistic faiths have built together, on purpose, with the intention of working together.
The project has inspired some, and antagonized others.
May Peace Prevail on Earth...
This year’s CBS Christmas Eve Special will present a groundbreaking interfaith program on the theme “MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH”, produced by the United Religions Initiative (URI), a global grassroots interfaith peacebuilding network, and broadcast on Thursday, December 24 (11:35 PM ET/PT, 10:35 PM CT) on CBS stations nationally.
The message of the celebration is that news stories of religiously-motivated violence and darkness are only one side of humanity. What rarely makes the news are the hundreds of thousands of people around the world, of all religions, who work together daily for peace. The actions of these people, of the friends and family of URI who engage in interfaith trust and cooperation to make the world a better place, are the "gift" we "unwrap" in this celebration.
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year from: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu
It’s time once again for our favorite year-end ritual here at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center: Our annual list of the top scientific insights produced by the study of happiness, altruism, mindfulness, gratitude—what we call “the science of a meaningful life.”
We found that this year, the science of a meaningful life yielded many new insights about the relationship between our inner and outer lives. Cultivating mindfulness can make us more aware of knee-jerk prejudice against people who are different from us; believing that empathy is a skill helps overcome barriers to taking another person’s perspective; concern for others, even for animals, can move people to action for the greater good more quickly than focusing on ourselves.
But this year we also learned more about how to cultivate pro-social skills like gratitude—and we discovered how those skills can yield far-reaching benefits to our mental and physical well-being, and even to our pocketbooks.
With input from our staff, faculty, and some of the leading outside experts in our field, here are the 10 findings from 2014 that we anticipate will have an impact on both scientific research and on public debate for years to come. LINK TO FULL ARTICLE