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Girl Sits Down To Meditate

Girl Sits Down To Meditate

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Girl sits down to meditate. Lights incense and candles, bows before her alter and pulls out her perfectly formed cushion. She sits… With a timer… She sits… See, there are many benefits to this practice: Stress relief, mindful present moment awareness, calm, patience, peace, gratitude, and builds gray matter in the brain. Timer goes off, she opens her eyes smiling. She bows before the altar, blows out the candles, smells the incense, gives thanks and begins her day. She gracefully takes out her newly purchased liquid supplement in its big glass jar, drinks in all its nutritional value, and comments on its beautiful glass design; and when returning it to …

In The Noisy Confusion Of Life, Keep Peace In Your Soul

In The Noisy Confusion Of Life, Keep Peace In Your Soul

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality, Moving & Eating.

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing …

Who Is The Enlightened One?

Who Is The Enlightened One?

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One day an enlightened master was driving down the street. He had just left his ashram and was feeling really high, full of love as the chants of his followers played in his mind. Being a yogi, and not the best driver, he lost track of the physical moment and his foot weighed on the gas pedal. He began to speed toward an intersection where a little girl was crossing on her way home from school. That same day, a convicted murderer had escaped from prison and was fleeing, on foot, through the same town. He had committed heinous acts and for that had been branded a criminal and jailed …

It's Dark Because You Are Trying Too Hard

It’s Dark Because You Are Trying Too Hard

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It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. To think, I was so preposterously serious in those days. Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me. Lightly, lightly. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling, lightly… Aldous Huxley Island   Interested in Mindfulness, Coaching, A healthier Happier You? – Work with …

Suffering Brought You Here

Suffering Brought You Here

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Suffering brought you here – which is cool- which is common. Most of us come to know and learn the ways to suffer less (and possibly not suffer at all) because we are over our current suffering. Eventually we come to that place where the pain of change is far less than the pain of remaining the same. I present to you an alternative view. A call to action per say, an adventure: A place where meditation and knowing thyself is a way to unlock powers you can’t even begin to fathom. I’m talking x-men type powers, marvel, avengers, super-powers! Powers you have to unlock to believe. And the relief …

Love Is Easy

Love Is Easy

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Love is ecstasy. Love has no fear or vengeance. Love is easy. Easy. Don’t confuse love with relationship necessities like communication and sacrifice. Love is easy. Love comes before all of that. And that love, that easy-no-fear-no-vengeance-ecstasy-love you got in a high doses! You got a love reservoir that will never tap out, ever. – Christopher Rivas This is a home for all things related to maximizing ones life. Join us.

Your Most Valuable Possession: Your Mind

Your Most Valuable Possession: Your Mind

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Forces are watching and waiting to take your mind. It’s not your money and it’s not your goods. It’s your mind. Protect it all cost! The thief that takes your mind has no body. No camera can capture it and no watch dog will spot it. Why is mind more profitable than oil? Our awake mind contains within it in fire treasure and power. A power to wake up other minds from mindless delusion. Our awake mind makes us rich and free. To guard against such mind thief’s as fear, doubt, worry, lust and greed, we need agency, wisdom, and courage. Without these 3 things we are done for. “The …

Don't Believe The Hype

Don’t Believe The Hype

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It’s easy to become attached to the “success” – things achieved. Easy to become attached to the stories that people say about you – “you’re gonna be a star, you need this big name and this big thing, you deserve it, you have the touch, you got it.” – stories you now believe. Easy to forget yourself without these things. These things become you… and when the wave is down, because all currents have a flow, and seasons come and go, and every dog has its day – you get it. When that day comes you start to forget that you are not the things. Your mom gets sick and …

4 Essentials To A Succesful Practice

4 Essentials To A Succesful Practice

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“I do whatever works and change it when it no longer works.” – Thich Nhat Hanh 1. Don’t make a rigid structure and then chastise yourself for not living up to it. If we want a practice to be in our life, a practice that we are implementing for health, wellness, happiness, a practice for less suffering; we must not set up rules and conditions that cause us more suffering or any suffering when we don’t stick to them. Life changes, always, go with the flow. 2. Structure is a good thing. It is significantly easier to return to something solid rather than somethign floating around in space. Structure can help …

You Must Stay In Concentration

You Must Stay In Concentration

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality.

You must stay in concentration. I repeat, You must stay in concentration. No matter what, you must stay in concentration! The devil, Mara, witches, evil, anything outside of you (and often belonging to someone else – i.e. social media and advertising of all kinds) are trying to make you fall away form concentration. You must stay in concentration. You must not drift. You must recognize the temptation and watch it vanish. This is why we become mindful of who we are and what we want. What we want, not what we’re told to want. If we stay in concentration we have open road full of infinite possibilities to all that we desire and …

Compassion Is About Finding The Work That Can Be Done

Compassion Is About Finding The Work That Can Be Done

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What can be done? When needed most, and seeming too large to even begin to tackle, stop looking at all that can’t be done, and ask, “what can be done?” Like,. how does one show them self kindness? Can you do that? How does one have some sort of appreciation for their day to day life and struggles? If you’re still approaching your emotions and moments and thoughts like enemies on a battlefield, how will you be able to appreciate their creative play or discover their wisdom? What you’re doing here is simple but it’s not going to be easy. The whole process will work much better if you relax …

Why Meditate?

Why Meditate?

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Why Meditate? Because negative thought needs thought to survive. Without thought, no negative thought. Without thought, life and existence! The pristine mind is one with fewer thoughts, less anxiety and fear. The pristine mind is the true mind. – Christopher Rivas Interested in Mindfulness, Coaching, A healthier Happier You? – Work with me here With mindfulness comes patience, and with patience you will learn the rest.

We Are Effecting All The Time

We Are Effecting All The Time

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All the time. Everything we do is effecting somethign and everything around us. Not only our actions, but also our thoughts. You can live as you want as long as you don’t harm other people – right? Are you not harming other people? Are your thoughts and simple actions innocent? Inaction … If we persecuted inaction, we’d have no world left. But even that makes a difference, the things you don’t do. We are effecting all the time. Even invisibly effecting. With our whole being. Our whole essence. So what are you doing? Who are you? What are you not doing? This doesn’t mean go out and change the world right now. It …

The Thing You Want Most Is The Thing You Should Give Most Of

The Thing You Want Most Is The Thing You Should Give Most Of

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality.

You want a care package Give a care package. You want a job Prep people with the tools to get the job. You want wealth and success Put people into a position to achieve wealth and success. You want to travel, show, allow people, send people travelling. You want letters, send letters. The thing you want most is the thing you should give away. I often have to remind myself of this beautiful law of life. The world really is a giant return to sender, what we give always comes back. So you want love, love more. Forgiveness, forgive more, forgive yourself more. When I think I have nothing, nothign …

True Success Lives Inside

True Success Lives Inside

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True success lives inside, it has nothing to do with isolated things or attainment. Being successful as a total person, attaining a successful lifestyle that benefits not only yourself but everyone around you, that is success. Little-self needs more success, as it can go away any minute. Big-self is humble and grateful for success knowing that they are not better than anyone but more fortunate than others. Success then becomes a gift for which we are thankful. Our success then becomes a stewardship, a responsibility to exercise influence for the greatest benefit of all. Solid confidence comes from the knowing that the source of success is already within. That A …

All We Want Is Bliss

All We Want Is Joy

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JOY.  FUN. BLISS. Absolute abandonment, not a care in the world. We all know what that feels like. We’ve all had a blast, those days and night we will never forget. Right? (Ideally, sober, but even alcohol and drug induced). We all know that day, that time, that moment, moments of bliss – yes? They are moments that stand out compared to the rest, because not everything is fun and bliss and easy and joy. Not everything is the same, yes? But we know these moments, this joyous state of being is possible – right? Because, we’ve experienced it, so IT IS POSSIBLE. I used to think everything was to quiet the noise, but now I’m …

I Am Absolutely Capable Of Perfection

I Am Absolutely Capable Of Perfection

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I am absolutely capable of perfection I am absolutely perfect I don’t need to have flaws I don’t need to have mistakes I don’t need to have weakness I don’t need to have something wrong I don’t! I always want someone I love to say that something I do still needs work and / or adjustments because I don’t believe I am capable of perfection. I don’t need that story anymore. I don’t need people to tell me my work is bad or flawed or needs work. I am moving up. I am. I already am. – Christopher Rivas

Being An Artist Is Hard, Being Mindful Can Help

Being An Artist Is Hard, Being Mindful Can Help

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Mindfulness can help for those in-between moments when it matters most. Art. Meditation. They’re a good fit, since awareness of your body, speech, and mind, and of the surrounding space, is a key element in art making. Indeed, contemplative art groups have existed for a long time. Many theater and dance exercises—such as body scans and spatial awareness drills—are meditative to a great degree, and many acting teachers believe the craft demands a process of self-discovery. When I first discovered mindfulness through meditation, I had an instinctual feeling, that meditation and are feed each other—that meditation can enhance acting, creating, writing, dancing, and any artistic pursuit for that matter. Since that day, mindfulness has leaked …

Mindfulness For Actors

Mindfulness For Actors

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Mindfulness Many of us will be familiar with this term. It has become more and more widely used. For the sake of clarity, though, let’s be absolutely certain of its definition. Mindfulness is, essentially, present moment awareness. It is similar to selflessness, but, strangely enough, it is achieved by becoming aware of ourselves! It is an awareness of the present moment—of being in the now and existing within it. The term ‘mindfulness’ can appear misleading to some, as it might hint at intellectualizing or rumination. For those of us who feel ‘stuck in our heads’, mindfulness, at first glance, sounds like throwing petrol in a fire. In fact, it is quite …

Flower from the cracks

Out of The Rubble

by in General, Mindfulness & Spirituality.

 Out of the rubble comes something beautiful.  Well earned and well deserved. There will always be rubble. There will always be hard times. There will always be adversity. But if we can stay positive, present, and persistent; realize that it’s all a part of the journey of self, then we can flourish! Out of anything we can make something. We are always growing. Always moving forward. Turning dirt into gold. Embrace the broken in your life. embrace the unknown. Live in the, “I don’t know.” Know that all things are here to help shape and strengthen you. Within all of it is something beautiful. Something extraordinary. Your truth, shining and powerful beyond measure. …

I Wish I Didn’t Know What I Wanted…

I Wish I Didn’t Know What I Wanted…

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I wish I didn’t know what I wanted… That’s freedom. The, “I don’t know.” It basically saying, “I love it all”, or “I love”, or “yes”, or “I let go.” From Alan Watt… “That what I want, basically, what I really want, is what you want. And I don’t know what you want. Surprise me’. But that’s the kinship between “I” and “thou”. So when I ask, I go right down to the question, which we started with: “What do I want?” The answer is “I don’t know”. When Bodhidharma was asked, “Who are you?” which is another form of the same question, he said “I don’t know”. Planting flowers …

True Success Lives In Spirit

True Success Lives In Spirit

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True success lives in and supports the spirit, it has nothing to do with isolated things or attainment. Being successful as a total person, attaining a successful lifestyle that benefits not only yourself but everyone around you, that is success. Little-self needs more success, as it can go away any minute. Big-self is humble and grateful for success knowing that they are not better than anyone, but more fortunate than others. Success then becomes a gift for which we are thankful. Our success then becomes a stewardship, a responsibility to exercise influence for the greatest benefit of all. Solid confidence comes from the knowing that the source of success is …