Inspiration – Your Joy is too Small

I came across these words from one of my earlier posts. It really resonated. Time to break out in celebration of nature and Existence. No event required. xo

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Joy Is Big

Your joy is too small, caged by the jailor of your thoughts.

It lives in the land beyond Infinity and is big beyond measure.

It teaches each tree to dance her own private blissful dance with the wind.

It is what the moon sings every night, holding us as we sleep with her streaming light-song.

Joy lives in your own drunken electrons, billions of them, spinning and dancing without end in their own intimate Universe, longing for You.

Do not look for joy anywhere else.

It is living in you, and gives meaning to all Existence.

Turn your heart’s eyes inward right now, and let them gaze in awe at the immensity

~ Judith Lasater

* Tao Inspiration – Push and Pull

 

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“The way of the universe is a symbiotic flow.
As one part pulls, another part pushes.
A part that has excess will lose. A part that is lacking will gain.

Presently, society acts against this flow.
Where there is abundance, there is power to acquire even more.
What is it when excess is freely offered, rather than accumulated?
It is the way of Tao.

The sage works without expectation of return:
Achieving without need for recognition,
Doing without dominating.” *

~ Lao Tzu

 

How relevant to society today. Yet the Tao te Ching dates back to the second century BC.
The wisdom is never ending as the universe continues to flow. May we find understanding in the balance of yin and yang in all things.

 

 

*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 1015-1026). . Kindle Edition.

* Music Inspiration – Luminous

Realize deeply that this moment is as it is

That you are not fragmented from the universe

You are the universe

Just relax

You are complete

Just rest in the warmth of your awareness

* Blogging and Serendipity

People sometimes ask how I am able to post so often. They imagine it is somehow hard work or at least requiring will and effort.

Well, I can tell you that it is such a delight to be a blogger! I had no idea when I started that this would be as much fun as it is. It feels as natural as yoga. Yup – its takes practice and you have to engage fully in the process. But when you know the basics, you can let go and go with the flow.

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“Serendipity” by Josephine Wall at http://www.josephinewall.co.uk

Every day I wake up with ideas and thoughts about people, what I have learned and how I can share it with others. I usually have someone in mind that I am communicating with. (Yes – it could be you). There is inspiration everywhere on the blogosphere … and from the piles of books on my bed side table.

I admit that when it comes to reading books, I am a dipper rather than a “start to finisher”. I believe in serendipity. A part of me wants to believe that the universe will show me what I need when I open to a random page. In my yoga classes I do this with my favorite inspiration “Yoga Gems” by Georg Feuerstein.

And, now that I think about it, its just like in the mornings, when I choose what earrings to wear.
I have a jewellery box with small earrings in it. They are all mixed up. When I reach in, I have in my mind to use the one I find and then pair it up. Every time its partner finds its way quickly between my fingers. It never seizes to delight me! How does it do this?…

In writing this post I decided to share my thoughts as they came up. I was curious about what I would write. I notice that there is some vulnerability when I don’t have a particular thought or idea to build from.

Perhaps the universe gently nudged me so I hit the right spot with you …

May you too have a day filled with serendipity and ease.

* Return to Nature

These words are from a really inspiring post by Christopher over at Creative by Nature. I encourage you to go and explore over there.

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“Like a drug addict, modern technologically developed cultures don’t seem to know what to do, how to break the spell of our habitual fears, aggression and ignorance, how to transform the destructive thinking and behavior of a species out of balance with Nature.

Meanwhile, all around (and within) us the Universe moves to a different paradigm, a more natural and balanced beat. Our physical bodies function as a harmonious whole, all the cells and systems working together as one, in synch with the surrounding world.

yin tang of natureWe breathe in oxygen given to us by the trees, drink water from lakes and springs, take in materials from plants that grow in the earth, their leaves gathering energy from our local star, the sun. Every moment of our lives, whether we are aware of it or not, we live in unity and interdependence with the creative wisdom of the natural world.”

Christopher Chase

So many of us have forgotten who we are and have lost our way. Yet we are still all connected and part of nature and the universe.

May we wake up and appreciate all that we have been given … before doing irreparable damage to ourselves and the world.

Namaste

* February 14th Anniversary

Today is not only a day to celebrate the love we have for those closest to us. It is also an anniversary of an event that changed my thinking  about the world I live in.

February 14th is the anniversary of the first photograph of the earth taken from outer space. This was the beginning of a whole new cosmic reality and appreciation of our planet and where we are in a much greater reality than we thought!

Through the observations of Carl Sagan we started to see a new frontier beyond the earth. We saw that we are a part of something more – and that we are a part of a cosmos interwoven with divinity.

planet earth in the universe

When I saw this little blue dot, my thinking shifted about how I saw myself and the world.

Oh boy!  I am not the center and commander of the universe! I am in fact very insignificant.

What I thought mattered to me in my world … became redundant and irrelevant in the reality of the cosmos.

Who knew?… I certainly didn’t learn this from my parents.. or from my teacher Miss Douglas in high school!

So please take just a few moments to join with me to embrace and appreciate our pale blue drop… and commit to breathing life into it, preserving it, informing others,  and coming together to meet the challenges that we all face to preserve it for the future.

We may appear to be insignificant, but I believe that each of us can make a difference in our own local sphere!

Namaste

* Tao Inspiration – the universe is its own

rule the world

By taking control of the universe, would you improve it?
The universe is its own, and no one can better it.

Its complexity is deep and unimaginable.
It cannot be harnessed.

Try to manipulate it and it will eventually slip away.
Try to keep it and it will eventually spoil.

Sometimes tension, sometimes ease;
Sometimes sickness, sometimes health;
Sometimes leading, sometimes led;
Sometimes clear, sometimes confused.

The sage consciously avoids extremes.*

I love this first question. Without realizing it, many of us  try to control the world and life.

Recognizing that the universe is better than anything we could come up with,  puts me in my rightful place… 😉

In this place there is a natural rhythm like a pendulum of life.

The place I call our middle ground.

Namaste

 

*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 435-446). . Kindle Edition.

* Haiku – onenness

Oneness

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Find Your Middle Ground

From “self” to “we” expansion

transcends into One

~

Oneness

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* Yūgen (幽玄) – Deep Awareness of the Universe

This is such an interesting perspective, and an insightful article on the Japanese Buddhist tradition. Thank you Chris over at Creative by Nature. May we find new appreciation through these words.

Creative by Nature

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“Yūgen is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. Yūgen is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world, this experience…

“To watch the sun sink behind a flower clad hill. To wander on in a huge forest without thought of return. To stand upon the shore and gaze after a boat that disappears behind distant islands. To contemplate the flight of wild geese seen and lost among the clouds…” ~Zeami Motokiyo

Japanese aesthetic ideals are most heavily influenced by Japanese Buddhism. In the Buddhist tradition, all things are considered as either evolving from or dissolving into nothingness. This “nothingness” is not empty space. It is rather a space of potentiality.

If the seas represent potential then each thing is like a wave arising from it and returning to it. There are no permanent waves. There…

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* Ego 101

People around me are starting to ask questions about ego, what it means and how it has an impact on our spiritual journey. I was inspired to go ahead and publish my own insights , following  Trini’s post this morning asking What is Ego?. Lets get the conversation going on this big and edgy topic.

EGO

Here goes:
The term “ego” can be confusing as it has come to have different meanings. In every day conversations it is often associated with people who have grandiose ideas. When we see someone “getting too big for his boots” we tend to think that this is what ego is about. Our ego is far more than this and is very complex.
Its no wonder it can be hard to “get” it.

First of all, we all have one. The ego is our thinking mind and beliefs, as well as our image of ourselves. Ego can sometimes be referred to as “self hood” or “persona”. If you find you have a negative reaction to the word “ego” itself, then choose an other one.

These musings are from an non expert perspective, and come from my personal experience and readings from psychology, yoga and spirituality.

I call it Ego 101 and not Ego Ph.D so please take in the spirit it is intended – to enlighten and uphold the journey that we are all on to awaken to and connect to something more than our individual self.

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When we are born, we don’t have any knowledge or consciousness of our own self as an individual human being.  We are innocent and completely vulnerable in this world.

As babies we become aware of  ourselves as a reflection of our interactions with our mother and then others. Our ego identity is born. But this identity is a reflected one. It is not our real being. We do not yet know who we truly are; we know what others think about us.

baby in mirror

As we interact more in the world, we form our beliefs and thinking about ourselves, others and the world around us. We must have this to survive. At its core is an intelligence that responds to external circumstances. We learn what hurts and what feels good, and we adapt our behavior to fit in to the world around us.

As we grow up, the more interactions and reflections we experience, the more complex our ego becomes…. and the more we believe it to be the truth about who we are.

Our ego is an accumulated phenomenon, a by-product of living with others. As human beings we have to have an ego to survive in the world. Our ego is not our enemy, its keeps us alive.

Awakening

“Awakening” or “self realization” is when we wake up to a  sense that there is something more than our individual self. That we are all somehow connected and that we are part of an expanding consciousness, spirit or universal presence.

This is when many of us find ourselves drawn to spirituality and become seekers of the truth beyond our ego and separate self. We want to connect to the essence of who we are and embrace a new way of being in the world. This way is one of interconnectivity, compassion and loving kindness. 

I believe that we have to have a strong ego in order to get to know  the truth. We cannot know the higher Self without embracing this functional part of our mind or smaller self.

First we have to know that which is not true. We have to see the untrue nature of our ego. Some refer to it as our false self vs. our true self. At this stage we are likely to reject this ego part of ourselves and judge it as “bad”. However, it is our own thinking that is creating judgments. Our ego isn’t good or bad, it just IS.

woman looking sat self

When we are ready we begin to explore this ego part of ourselves. What do I believe is “me”?  What is “mine”? What are my needs? What image of myself do I cling to? What aspects of my self do I reject? “Who am I really”?

We can only grow beyond our ego when we accept it and love it for what it is, rather than reject it and try to overcome it and push it away. As Trini says, imagine your soul is the parent and the ego, its child.

The more we judge our ego and reject it, the more it is threatened … the more we persist in not recognizing it, the more it resists. And we create an inner battle of our own making. When we try to deny it, it will raise itself to be seen in a new way…. And it may take us a while to realize that what we thought was the Truth is actually an other image of ourselves and set of beliefs that our brilliant ego has created for our survival.

The journey is from one of “being separate” to one of “interconnectivity”.

From one of  “me” to one of “we”.

From one of “small self” to one of ” higher Self”.

From one of “judgment” to one of “acceptance”.

From one of “thinking” to one of “knowing”.

From one of “fear” to one of “love”.

I have more to share about ego and its part in our spiritual journey. Looking forward to having conversations here and over the blogosphere. 🙂

Namaste

 

* Patience and the General Manager of the Universe

There has been quite a bit written this week about going with the flow and being more patient. Nancy wrote about how she let go of  being the General Manager of the Universe. I love this metaphor Nancy!

God

Someone else wanted to harness patience as if it was something that we can strive to achieve in our lives.

Can you really try harder in order to be more patient?

We are conditioned to think that in order to achieve something we have to focus on it, look at the options and then strive for it. Take action!
Here, the opposite is true. In choosing inaction, releasing and letting go, we experience patience. We try softer instead of harder.

Patience really only has meaning through a lens of impatience. Impatience is wanting things to be how we like it … now!

Its that General Manager of the Universe taking over again. 🙂

resign as general manager of the universe

 

Patience is found in the present moment.

In the sacred pause at the end of an exhale.

No need to rush and gasp for air on the next breath.

Trust that it will happen in a natural flow.

Patience is found in your Middle Ground.

Its like a big long exhale in life 🙂