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Prayer Alone Is Not Enough

Prayer Alone Is Not Enough

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Even the Dalai Lama agrees, prayer alone is not enough. We need to be aware of the echo chamber most of us live in, and of expressing concern and outrage but actually  doing nothing—feeling as if our words on social media are actually doing something, when we are just in the echo chamber of people who already feel like us. I feel that direct action is called for. Courageous, compassionate action, but action most of all is what is needed at this time. We have to stand up against injustice, even if it means risking our own story, our own “life.” Prayer alone is not enough. Relearn and transform your stories …

That Moment You Realize You're In Love

That Moment You Realize You’re In Love

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Originally Made For & Published by SoulPancake We all have a unique story to tell, but some themes are universal. That Moment…. you realize your parents are only human. That Moment… you know your relationship needs to end. We talked with individuals who each have a story to tell about “that moment…” Who would you write a poem every day for? When experience with the police escalates, Chris can’t think about anything but how worried his partner must be. Featuring Christopher Rivas Instagram: @christopher__rivas Twitter: @lifestyledezine https://www.Christopherrivasstorytell… YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Rchris64   Relearn and transform your stories into powerful medicine. Set your stories free here! If you find joy and value in …

10 Easy Ways To Stay Happy This Year

10 Easy Ways To Stay Happy This Year

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This is a guest post from Rachel Summers:  This year is the year you’ve promised yourself you’ll be happy. Now’s a good a time as any to start picking up good habits that will help you live a happier and healthier life. If you want to start now, here’s 10 tried and tested tips that will help you stay happy this year. Manage Your Time Well Firstly, you’ll need to manage your time properly if you want to be happy. Poor time management can lead to stress, and in this fast paced lifestyle you’ve got to reduce stress wherever you can. Time management coach Tracy Green from Revieweal says, “Try mapping …

What Do I Need?

What Do I Need?

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“Knock and the door will be opened.” Ask for things. Be able to ask for what you need…  What do I need? It is necessary to learn to ask for what one needs. If I ask for a long life, it’s because I have the right to ask for it. If I ask that we use and energy other than oil, it’s because I have the right to ask for it. I ask that rivers be clean and wars stop and wealth does not accumulate for a select few, it’s because I have the right to ask for wealth to circulate around the planet, and for people to stop suffering. We …

You don't have to find meaning from a story, you get too.

You don’t have to find meaning from a story, you get too.

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Simultaneously, life does and doesn’t make sense. We don’t have to know what that sense is. She who believes in chaos is as vital and correct as she who believes in destiny. Entering and embracing this work is moving beyond the contradictions, moving beyond the right and wrongs; complete happiness in spite of complete suffering. We are always changing, with that our deductions and needs change; personal storytelling is the process of living inside that change. It’s like watering your garden, knowing on an intimate level what your garden needs to flourish or wither, your call. It’s not a question of perception, it’s about knowing yourself, which is about being …

You Create Your Life, Stop Waiting.

You Create Your Life, Stop Waiting.

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Afraid of being alone: You must love another wholly and fully. Afraid you can’t commit: You must commit. Afraid of being hurt: You must live without shields, walls or armor. You must give up asking and wanting and waiting. Right before you is an open door called creativity, through that door is the opportunity to do what you want and have what you want. Everything you want, without waiting, without asking, without fear, without being a victim. You create your life. Relearn and transform your stories into powerful medicine. Set your stories free here! If you find joy and value in what we make and share, please consider supporting with …

Living in limited space

Living in limited space

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The being that I perceive is not exactly the being that I am, because I have a sense of myself, and that sense is always shifting. For example: If my parents tell me that I am ugly; I see myself as they see me. And at times I see myself according to the looks of others. But I really do control the sense of myself, and that sense of my own self is still always changing. When I’m depressed, all my physical senses are distorted by the depression I have. When I’m happy, I look and feel better, the world is brighter. I can see in different ways. I am …

Be Weightless, Let Yourself Go

Be Weightless, Let Yourself Go

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I can remove all that I want from myself; I can release all that is heavy. Anything that is not clear, I do not allow. I expel everything that slows, weighs and holds me down. I can live without limits. This is strength. It is letting yourself go. Be weightless. Let yourself go. Relearn and transform your stories into powerful medicine. Set your stories free here! If you find joy and value in what we make and share, please consider supporting with a recurring or one time donation, between a cup of coffee and some Trader Joe’s snacks. Donate here. 

Mindful Storytelling

Mindful Storytelling

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The person who does not control their territory, their step, their imagination, does not control their existence. If someone is not conscious, they are taken over, not only outwardly but also with the thoughts and stories that assault them. For example: you live calmly with your wife, then catastrophe, suddenly you lose control because you’re falling in love with another. You don’t have to fall victim to that story, would you have to do with navigate in it, overcome the wins and sandstorms. Stay balanced, stay grounded. Amid the storms at sea and the signs, you must move forward calmly and look towards the port you’re headed for. http://www.christopherrivasstorytelling.com/ – …

When I know that it’s already broken, every minute with you is precious.

When I know that it’s already broken, every minute with you is precious.

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We don’t know what it’s gonna be like to die. We don’t know what this love will sprout into. We don’t know what we might accomplish out of this precious human birth. We don’t know when this glass will shatter, when this wall will fall and when this love will crumble (the possibilities are endless), but when it does, we will say, “of course.” Of course, because it was already broken to begin with. When I know that it’s already broken, every minute with you is precious. Relearn and transform your stories into powerful medicine. Set your stories free here! If you find joy and value in what we make …

If There Is A God, We Are Here To Help Him

If There Is A God, We Are Here To Help Him

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If there is a God, we are here to help him. This means that it is necessary to take ownership of the world and of ourselves. The worlds problems are my problems. Your problems are my problems. It is necessary that we do whatever we want to do with a full consciousness and with full responsibility and awareness that this too maters. Relearn and transform your stories into powerful medicine. Set your stories free here! If you find joy and value in what we make and share, please consider supporting with a recurring or one time donation, between a cup of coffee and some Trader Joe’s snacks. Donate here. 

Become The Other

Don’t just hold the other, Become the other.

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Don’t simply notice. Become. Move beyond noticing the breath, noticing the bird chirping, noticing their lovely smell, noticing they’re soft skin. Become the breath, become the bird chirping, become the intoxicating smell, become supple skin. Don’t just hold the other, Become the other. Become. Become. Be. Work with me to relearn and transform your stories into powerful medicine. Set your stories free If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider supporting with a recurring or one time donation, between a cup of coffee and some Trader Joe’s snacks. Donate here. 

Maybe This Is The Apocalypse- All of Us Trying To Be Something/Someone Else

Maybe This Is The Apocalypse- All of Us Trying To Be Something/Someone Else

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Most people want to be like others. They want to be like the people they see on TV or the people they claim as gurus or the cool ones or books they read or Tony Robbins. You can’t be something if you are trying to be someone, something else; that’s you slowly turning into a zombie. It’s vital to find what distinguishes us from others in order to be something. Maybe that’s the walking dead, maybe this is the apocalypse- all of us trying to be something/someone else. Work with me to relearn and transform your stories into powerful medicine. Set your stories free If you find joy and value …

Open your heart and your mind will follow

Open your heart and your mind will follow

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The greatest power of your life is to be able to help, and the greatest blessing a man has is to be able to live in peace. We can do this by opening our hearts, not our minds, but our hearts. Open your heart and your mind will follow. Don’t change your mind until you change your heart; until your bring your mind down to your heart level.   Work with me to relearn and transform your stories into powerful medicine. Set your stories free If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider supporting with a recurring or one time donation, between a cup …

4 Laws Of Success:

4 Laws Of Success:

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Love. Know what you love. Have an open heart and an open mind with that love. Dare.  Have courage. Dare to have it. Dare to go after it. Dare to be one with it. Dare to go forth, no matter what. Be capable. Develop the skills and tools to attain the thing you love. Take a class, meditate, read a book; develop your skills for when the moment arrives. Be quiet.  Listen. There is a secret to be discovered. Listen. Be patient. Allow. Let it be easy and let it be good. When it comes you, will be silent enough to grasp it. Work with me to relearn and transform …

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Mainly the Ugly

The Good, The Bad, and Mainly the Ugly: Storytelling’s ability to reveal what is, what truly is

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Storytelling’s ability to reveal what is, what truly is: It’s pretty human to want to identify with the good and avoid seeing the bad. We have to see the bad. Women or men, it is only through recognizing our bad, our ugly, our foolishness, our mistakes that we learn to grow. The more we become aware of our foolishness, of our fear filled stories and silly habits, the greater will be the awakening of a new, more compassionate story; the more we realize how we have been growing in or own foolishness. Your actions, your words, desires and fears are not bad or negative in and off themselves. I’m not …

BLAME ELEGANTLY

BLAME ELEGANTLY

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There is a Buddhist phrase that says, “The truth is what is useful.” I work with a lot of people who come in with a lot of baggage about family and parents and mom and dad, my job is too heighten their perspective. As in you can blame your parents for your birth, you can make them any means, you can blame them for a ton of things, or you can say, “I was something before birth, and I chose my parents because I needed them at the school. The limitations they gave me are what made me, and I am what I am thanks to them. They are marvelous …

With That Moon Language

With That Moon Language

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Admit something: Everyone you see, you say to them, “Love me.” Of course you do not do this out loud; Otherwise, Someone would call the cops. Still though, think about this, This great pull in us To connect. Why not become the one Who lives with a full moon in each eye That is always saying, With that sweet moon Language, What every other eye in this world Is dying to Hear.   The Gift Poems by Hafiz The Great Sufi Master   If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider supporting with a recurring or one time donation, between a cup of coffee …

What is the cost to never hurt again

What has been the cost of our determination to never hurt again?

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What has been the cost of our determination to never hurt again? To never fall or trust or be used in that way again? What has been the cost of everything we have created to keep us safe (what we think is ‘safe’)? How have our defense strategies designed to keep us safe actually become mandates that arrest our growth, comfort, and perpetuate the story of worst-case scenario? How much of our life is built up because we don’t want to be hurt, because we are unable to heal, because we are unable to trust ourselves and trust the world, because we are unable to become vulnerable? People really want …

In order to create

In order to create it is necessary to throw yourself off the top of the building.

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  At that moment, you are creating without knowing where you were going. Maybe the fireman will catch you, maybe there will be one of those big pillow-like things that will cradle you, maybe the ground is made of jello, maybe you aren’t falling, maybe you’re flying, maybe not. If your chief concern is security, you have to take the stairs. I create the needing security, creation creates security. Artists take leaps, and know they are secure in the unknown. … Don’t let the old new try and create a new project, you have changed, you are something else, let that thing do the crafting. … An artist predicts the …

The Gift Of Life

The Gift Of Life

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The Buddha said, “the gift of food is the gift of life.” With 900 million people hungry… Let me be food. Let me walk into the world knowing, I am food. Not simply food for thought, but nourishment, actual nourishment. I am food that upholds and supports you in all you practice, refuses to abandon you in the truth of suffering. I am food that replenishes and repairs. What greater prayer/goal/mantra/dedication is there then to be food and nourishment for a hungry world? I am food. I am food. I am food.   If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider supporting with a …

Living The Question

Living The Question

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What did my face look like before I was born? Do I wake up when I sleep, or do I wake up when I wake up? Is waking really sleeping? Who am I? What does it mean to be here? What if my tears aren’t liquid, but hard, frozen ice with geometrical points, that can cut out the blindness and make me see? I have a lot of questions, a lot, o answers, just questions. Rumi (the great Persian mystic/poet) speaks about not allowing the lack of an answer to create disparity in you; but rather holding the question, living the question, until one day we live into an answer. …

Every Human Body Is An Altar

Every Human Body Is An Altar

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All places are open doors. Humility is the key that opens these doors. There is nothing to wait for Nothing to receive. You are not a stranger or a Lone Ranger, but a participant. All of this is impossible without the others. Perfection is not possible Though excellence is. Beware of your story Your story contains thorns. If you keep it You will lose it. If you give it, You will finally be able to have it. You only own what you can let go of. Each thing in its own time. Enlightenment means being yourself. To find oneself Is to give oneself. Beneath the skin Is the soul. Develop …

The Gift Of Life

Imagine, being so secure in your well-being that ALL your actions have others in mind?

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Most people in your life rooms and in your jobs are coming from, “Me me me, how can this help me? How can this serve me?” And you’re the one walking in with “You you you, how can I help you? I’m good. How can I serve you?” While everyone else is thinking about their own well being, you know you’re good, so you’re thinking about everyone else, how can you serve them, so they can get to your level? Think about how that propels you forward in this life; because who doesn’t want the person around who’s there for them, really there for them. Simultaneously, who doesn’t want to …

dancing as the word of god

The truth: everything animate and inanimate, painful and blissful, is singing, vibrating, and dancing as the word of God.

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What would things look like naked? Without words? What’s beneath the costume? This. The every day. The ordinary that I fight so hard to run away from. Looking at outside sources and inside imaginings to heighten my experiences, to give meaning to a possibly meaningless life. Forgetting that this, this, this is the meaning, the question and the answer. I never had to look or try to create something out of nothing. I have this. This. The truth: that everything animate and inanimate, painful and blissful, is singing, vibrating, and dancing as the word of God. Start dancing.   Work with me to relearn and transform your stories into powerful …