Sunday inspiration to help find the light at the end of the tunnel

art by Rassouli

Scientists are saying that this new wave of the pandemic could mark the end of it as immunity spreads in large numbers. Hopefully that is true, and in the meantime we can, and we must, find the nuggets of peace and the sacred where we can. I found this piece by Hafiz, a 14th century Sufi poet, to be especially poignant for this time and I hope you too will find some peace here. ❤️

I sometimes forget
that I was created for Joy.
My mind is too busy.
My Heart is too heavy
for me to remember
that I have been
called to dance
the Sacred dance of life.
I was created to smile
To Love
To be lifted up
And to lift others up.
O’ Sacred One
Untangle my feet
from all that ensnares.
Free my soul.
That we might
and that our dancing
might be contagious.
~ Hafiz
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By |2022-01-09T08:14:32-05:00January 9th, 2022|Inspiration|6 Comments

Sunday inspiration for the Gemini Full Moon

The energies of yesterday’s Gemini Full Moon still linger, and the longing to fill our lives with new experiences is one theme that can be experienced under this Full Moon.  With yet another Covid variant exerting pressure and compression just as the final-ish phase of the Saturn/Uranus square takes place this month it is tempting to despair as the world seems to close in.  But hidden in the small spaces are nuggets of opportunities to find tiny joys that can change our lives.

A friend posted this quote on Facebook and it echoes this idea perfectly for me.  We can still find those small things that help us to come alive, and allow that feeling of aliveness to permeate everything that we do. ❤️

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By |2021-12-19T09:13:26-05:00December 19th, 2021|Inspiration|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration: A global dark night of the soul

art by Wendy Andrews

There is no doubt that we are going through a critical time in human history under this pandemic, and indeed history tells us that pandemics have a tendency to reshape the course of history.  But this one is occurring as we transition between the Age of Pisces and the Aquarian Age, a tremendous shift of energies that occurs only once every 2150 years.

From an astrological perspective, we look at transits of the planet Pluto as reaching into the depths of the soul to evoke occasionally cataclysmic events in our personal life, after which we are transformed in new and beautiful ways. We call this the Dark Night of the Soul, and nobody writes about this more eloquently than Andrew Harvey.  I offer today a portion of his article The Great Event: Dark Night and Rebirth which I feel puts our current situation into a spiritual context from which we can gain greater clarity and comfort, and hope. ☀️

For thirty years now, I have believed three related truths; that the exploding global crisis we are obviously in is, in essence, an evolutionary crisis, on whose outcome depends the future of the human race and a great deal of the natural world; that this evolutionary crisis is a mystical crisis with two phases, that of the dark night process and the potential Birth that it makes possible of an embodied divine humanity; that the birthing force of this new humanity is Sacred Activism, the marriage of profound and universal spiritual stamina, faith, passion, compassion, and urgent inspired wise action in every realm of Earth life.

For thirty years too I have known that I and everyone else would be plunged into the burning core of […]

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By |2021-12-12T08:10:40-05:00December 12th, 2021|Inspiration|3 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Dharma medicine for compassion and justice

Dakini, the liberating feminine principle

Many of us live in perpetual dismay at the ways in which the world we knew seems to be crumbling away, and this seems to be happening no matter what our political, social or religious beliefs may be.  With more humans on the planet every years, pace and the intensity of social change is likely to increase – an Aquarian theme which is likely to become more prevalent as we move more fully into the Aquarian Age.

It’s tempting to want to cloister ourselves away in a safe place where we can meditate and experience spiritual bliss, and let the pieces of the world fall where there may.  But I really love Jack Kornfield’s idea of “Citizenship as Spiritual Practice.”

More than anything, I believe the world is in need of a spiritual perspective.

Currently we are experiencing suffering in multiple forms. There is a health crisis, an economic crisis, and there is a moral crisis. The pandemic has not only sickened millions, it has highlighted the ongoing systemic injustice of our world. The outpouring of protests after the murder of George Floyd show that after the centuries of racism, violence, and ignorance, they are still painfully widespread today. With all this, our political divisiveness has grown stronger.

How, as spiritual practitioners, do we respond? How do we practice in a complex political world and embody a way toward peace?

The Buddhist teachings of generosity, virtue, loving-kindness, and wisdom offer our world great medicine, so needed in our times. The Buddha’s words on wise society encourage creating communities of mutual respect, care for the vulnerable, and compassion for all. And with this admonition, he offers practices to awaken these qualities, individually and collectively.

This dharma medicine is nonpartisan — […]

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By |2021-12-05T08:28:30-05:00December 5th, 2021|Inspiration|0 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Facing our isolation

Many of us feel isolated during the holidays. It’s easy to look at the lives of others and envy what we perceive as their happy lives. The truth is, we can never know what goes on behind the veneer that we witness in the lives of others.

Isolation can be a great teacher which is why so many spiritual seekers spend time in retreat. This passage appeared on Facebook and I thought it was perfect for the loneliness and isolation many of us feel at the holidays. I hope you love it too. ❤️

Master, how can I face isolation?

Clean your house. Thoroughly. In every corner.
Even the ones you never felt like, the courage and the patience to play.
Make your house bright and well cared for. It removes dust, cobwebs, impurities. Even the most hidden.
Your house represents you: if you take care of it, you also take care of yourself.

Master but the time is long. 
After taking care of me through my house, how can I live the isolation?

Fix what can be fixed and remove what you no longer need.
Dedicate yourself to the patchwork, embroider the starts of your pants, sew well the frayed edges of your dresses, restore a piece of furniture, repair everything worth repairing.
The rest, throw it away. With gratitude.
And with the awareness that its cycle has ended.
Fixing and removing outside of yourself allows you to fix or remove what’s inside of you.

Master and then what?
What can I do all the time alone?

Even a seed in a vase.
Take care of […]

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By |2021-11-22T08:30:33-05:00November 21st, 2021|Inspiration|5 Comments
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