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Let Us DARE Faith

Let Us DARE Faith

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Let’s be real. Sometimes, life, happiness, spirituality, can be hard work! Heroes of the faith like Abraham, Moses, and Elijah make it look so easy. Okay, maybe not easy, but certainly predictable. Predictable because we can read a few chapters ahead and know how their story ends. We don’t get the luxury of skipping forward a few chapters in our own lives to see how things will turn out. It doesn’t take much faith to recognize God was at work in someone else’s complete story, BUT it takes a whole lot of trust to believe Jesus is writing you a great ending while still quite a few chapters away from completion. And …

There Is No Win In Comparison

There Is No Win In Comparison

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From the first time we complain to Mom at the family dinner table that “it’s not fair” when our sister gets a bigger slice of dessert, we’re constantly looking to our left and to our right to see how we measure up to those around us. Sometimes we come up short—she’s skinnier, funnier, or smarter. Sometimes we come out on top—our house is bigger, fancier, cleaner. But this game of comparison is a game with no winners. When we don’t measure up, envy and jealousy take root. Your kitchen was perfectly fine until you saw your friend’s newly renovated one. When comparison ends up in our favor, pride and arrogance …

LOVE IS NOT A RELATIONSHIP

LOVE IS NOT A RELATIONSHIP

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Love relates, but it is not a relationship. A relationship is something finished. A relationship is a noun; the full stop has come, the honeymoon is over. Now there is no joy, no enthusiasm, now all is finished. You can carry it on, just to keep your promises. You can carry it on because it is comfortable, convenient, cozy. You can carry it on because there is nothing else to do. You can carry it on because if you disrupt it, it is going to create much trouble for you… Relationship means something complete, finished, closed. Love is never a relationship; love is relating. It is always a river, flowing, …

Your Heart Is Really What You Are

Your Heart Is Really What You Are

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“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart” (Proverbs 27:19) You are not what others think you are or what circumstances force you to be. Your heart is the real you. It determines why you say the things you do, why you feel the way you do, and why you act the way you do. Physically, each of us has a unique heartbeat. Just as we each have unique thumbprints, eye prints, and voiceprints, our hearts beat in slightly different patterns. It’s amazing that out of all the billions of people who’ve ever lived, no one has ever had a heartbeat exactly like yours. Who do I …

You Can't Change

You Can’t Change

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Not like that… You may be saying, “I can change.” I hate to say this, but you can’t. Every New Year, you may make a list of resolutions, and by the end of January, that list will be in the dumpster. Why? Because you can’t change with all that stuff that isn’t yours; The truth is if you are honest about it, sometimes you feel like your life is out of control. That’s a pretty common feeling. Welcome to the human race! The apostle Paul felt that way over 2,000 years ago. He says this in the Bible: “I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my …

Everything Is God Filtered

Everything Is God Filtered

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Life is not a series of random, freak accidents. Life is not totally unplanned. Life is not without meaning. Life knows what’s going on. Life is weaving the tapestry, and it has light and dark threads — happy and sad times — to give richness and texture and color to your life. Nothing can come into your life without being filtered first by god. Don’t misunderstand. I am not saying that everything that happens to you in life is God’s perfect will, is perfect harmony and happiness. That’s just not true. There are a lot of things that are not okay- If you go out and hurt someone deliberately, that’s not life’s way. If …

Celebrate Your Shape

Celebrate Your Shape

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Celebrate who you are Celebrate your shape Celebrate the authentic in you God given and nothing else like it Your SHAPE was sovereignly determined by God for a purpose, so you shouldn’t resent it or reject it. “Who are you, my friend, to talk back to God? A clay pot does not ask the man who made it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ After all, the man who makes the pots has the right to use the clay as he wishes” (Romans 9:20-21a TEV). Instead of trying to reshape ourselves to be like someone else, we should celebrate the SHAPE God has given each of us. Understanding your SHAPE …

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The Question Is Not, “What Are You Spending Your Money ON?”

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As much as- “What are you NOT spending money on”? The $1,000 suit doesn’t hurt anyone – True. The $1,000 donation for clean water and simple medicine for small illness such as diarrhea does help someone – True. It’s all perspective. It’s all in simple everyday choices. Should we not own nice things? No. We should. Should we give all our money away? No, we shouldn’t. We have to be reasonable. We have to play the game. If we’ve worked hard and want to celebrate, we should celebrate. but moderation and balance are essential to sustaining one self. We should know what we give to others vs what we give to …

Mindfulness Will Never Get Rich

Mindfulness Will Never Get Rich

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Mindfulness Will Never Get Rich b/c Mindfulness is not instant – this I know. It’s slow. As much as the word mindfulness gets thrown around these days, in all fancy ways, like anyone with the right yoga clothes knows the positions. Mindfulness will never get rich because it’s not instant. But it is effective, the MOST effective way to knowing the TRUTH – and society has never been able to monopolize truth.  Lies – yes, Truth – no. Truth pisses people off, sets people free, speakers of truth are forced to drink the poison; truth creates change. Lies are sold everyday. Quick fixes that don’t last are perpetually being guzzled down your …

Honesty Is Not About Revealing The Truth

Honesty Is Not About Revealing The Truth

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But understanding how deeply afraid of it we are. Honesty is unknown, it’s not knowing. Honesty is the reality where we actually stand; a reality in the unknown. We do not know the full story, we do not know where we are in the story, we do not know who will win and who will lose. We do not know. Interested in Mindfulness, Coaching, A healthier Happier You – Work with me here With mindfulness comes patience, and with patience you will learn the rest.

TODAY MY DREAMS ARE UNFOLDING

TODAY MY DREAMS ARE UNFOLDING

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Deep within my heart, my intentions and my faith intertwine to reveal glorious possibilities. Despite any outer appearances of seeming lack or limitation, I remain firm in my faith to live my dreams. My intentions are powerful, and they contribute to a new vision for my life. The thoughts I hold in mind shape the experiences of my day. In my quiet times, I draw upon divine ideas as the building blocks of my life. As I tap in to divine ideas, my life manifests new and positive outcomes. Moment by moment, my dreams are becoming reality. I focus on the highest vision for my life. As I notice my …

This Is The Kind Of Fasting I Want

This Is The Kind Of Fasting I Want

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Free those who are wrongly imprisoned. Lighten the burden of those who work endlessly. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from those who need your help. “Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of heaven on earth will protect you from behind… Then when you call, the world will answer. “Yes, I am here, Remove the heavy yoke of lies and fear. Stop pointing your finger and …

What Happens When You Interrogate Yourself?

A Mindfulness Practice Is A Courageous One

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What Happens When You Interrogate Yourself and are forced to become a different kind of person? It takes tremendous courageous! The courage to think, the courage to love, the courage to hope. “It takes more courage to look into the darkest corner of the soul than it does to fight on the battlefield” – William Butler Yeats If we’re honest – we will see it all. – We will know it all. The simple truth of this interrogation is – We are dying & we are desiring things in the face of death. We don’t know what we will see in this interrogation, what will be learned and revealed, what this will …

Our Hard Hearts Staying Hard

Our Hard Hearts Staying Hard

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Soft body Hard heart. Life will soften you. Always. Your flesh will soften. Always. Give it time. It’s happening. You’ll see. Accept things as they are and allow it come. But, your heart, your heart will remain hard unless you soften it. Soft body Hard heart. When we create suffering for another person they often respond in the same way. And so we suffer and suffer and stay on the suffering train, suffering. Our hard hearts, staying hard. Leave the shore behind – stop caring the things that remind you of your anger. – any any symbol of your anger may (should you choose) become the symbol of gratitude. The …

The Secret Is This

The Secret Is This

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The Secret Is This You have been looking for God. You will find it Here, Now. Gods been here the whole time. You’ve been eating God Drinking God Bathing in God God is a living pilgrimage God is living So you are a living God. With mindfulness comes patience, and with patience you will learn the rest. Peace and Blessings  Interested in Mindfulness, Coaching, A healthier Happier You – Work with me here

Every Human Being Has A Great Mission To Perform

Every Human Being Has A Great Mission To Perform

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Every Human Being Has A Great Mission To Perform   Develop thyself.   The greatest hazard of all – losing thyself, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, a wife, a job, 5 dollars is sure to be noticed.   Cure us of the disease of our mistaken way of thinking – that we are nothing worth knowing and developing.   With mindfulness comes patience, and with patience you will learn the rest. Peace and Blessings  Interested in Mindfulness, Coaching, A healthier Happier You – Work with me here

The Heart Is The Center Of Life

The Heart Is The Center Of Life

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The Heart Is The Center Of Life. The Heart Is The Center Of Life. It is within this uniquely created internal organ that we have physical life. Without it, life is just not possible. The heart is also the center of spiritual life. Life tell us that we must guard our heart because it is the wellspring of both physical and spiritual life. Our heart determines our actions and reflects whether or not peace, bliss, love, and joy are at the center of our lives. That is why it is important that we ask life to continually renew our hearts. Take an inventory of your heart today. Is your heart where it needs …

The Purpose Of ____ Is To Remind Us

The Purpose Of ____ Is To Remind Us

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The Purpose Of ____ Is To Remind Us The Purpose Is To Remind Us… The purpose of sex is to remind The purpose of art is to remind us The purpose of love is to remind us how The purpose of family is to remind us how difficult it is The purpose of grief is to remind us how difficult it is to remain The purpose of spirituality is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person. With mindfulness comes patience, and with patience you will learn the rest. Peace and Blessings  Interested in Mindfulness, Coaching, A healthier Happier You – Work with me here

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism “We do not have to be ashamed of what we are. As sentient beings we have wonderful backgrounds. These backgrounds may not be particularly enlightened or peaceful or intelligent. Nevertheless, we have soil good enough to cultivate; we can plant anything in it.” ― Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism In this modern spiritual classic, the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa highlights the commonest pitfall to which every aspirant on the spiritual path falls prey: what he calls spiritual materialism. The universal tendency, he shows, is to see spirituality as a process of self-improvement—the impulse to develop and refine the ego when the ego is, by nature, …

My Life Is Not A Self Improvement Project

My Life Is Not A Self Improvement Project

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My life is not a self improvement project “…We leave our homeland, our property and our friends. We give up the familiar ground that supports our ego, admit the helplessness of ego to control its world and secure itself. We give up our clingings to superiority and self-preservation…It means giving up searching for a home, becoming a refugee, a lonely person who must depend on himself…Fundamentally, no one can help us. If we seek to relieve our loneliness, we will be distracted from the path. Instead, we must make a relationship with loneliness until it becomes aloneness.” ― Chögyam Trungpa, The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation Get …

Kodo Sawaki Roshi

17 Pieces Of Life Advice From A Zen Master

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17 Pieces Of Life Advice From A Zen Master Kodo Sawaki Roshi [1880–1965], or “Homeless Kodo,” as he came to be known, was one of the most influential Soto Zen teachers of the 20th century. Born in 1880 and orphaned in early childhood, Sawaki ran away from his caretaker at the age of 16 to become a monk. Not long after he was ordained, he was drafted into the Imperial Japanese Army and served during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05. When the war concluded, he returned to his study of Zen, eventually taking responsibility of Antaiji Shichikurin Sanzen Dojo in 1949. Sawaki was by no means a conventional abbot, however, …

I Have To Have A toothache In Order To Be Enlightened

I Have To Have A toothache In Order To Be Enlightened

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I Have To Have A toothache In Order To Be Enlightened It seems our brains are wired to notice interruptions or changes in our daily grind, and notably anything that jars or threatens. Scientists call this mechanism “negativity bias.” Essential for survival in hostile environments, it continues to color our everyday experience even after having outlived its usefulness. We pay attention to the bad stuff, take the good stuff for granted, and overlook the neutral. In broad terms, “bad stuff” is whatever jeopardizes individual or tribal survival or physical or emotional wellbeing. We usually realize how wonderful it was to have a reliable, air-conditioned, odor-free car if a problem surfaces. …

What Breaks The Back? A Poem For Zaevion William Dobson

What Breaks The Back? A Poem For Zaevion William Dobson

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15-year-old killed while shielding Tennessee girls from bullets… There’s no doubt of Zaevion William Dobson’s character, according to the 15-year-old’s friends and family, who are mourning his death… Full Article Here What breaks the back? A Poem For Zaevion William Dobson   Yearning for freedom. Not acknowledging that we’ve always had it and have been blaming everyone else for why we don’t have it.   Freedom. Knowing that I am responsible for my choices, my actions, my situation.   Responsible, to be the author of – each of us being the author of his or her own life design.   We are free to be anything but unfree. We are condemned to …

I Had Always Wanted To Become A Great Artist But Now I Want To Become A Great Human Being

I Wanted To Become A Great Artist, Now I Want To Become A Great Human

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I Wanted To Become A Great Artist, Now I Want To Become A Great Human – Christopher Rivas Everything created must first be imagined. Dare to imagine a future you want to inhabit. The courage to speak. The courage to create. Dare to imagine a different narrative for a different future. “Whoever uses the spirit that is in him creatively is an artist. To make living itself an art, that is the goal.” ― Henry Miller As Mindful artist we have the ability to – Reveal the World & Unearth what is. In doing so, we can be set FREE, we can set others free. HERE, NOW, in this space, all things are …