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Sunday, July 26 2009
Breathing Love

In my personal cosmology,
connection is an antidote to human suffering.
And love is what heals.

On a recent morning jog,
I began playing with a breathing practice
that builds on the consciousness of connection
and the remembrance of love.
It starts with a self-healing warm-up
and moves toward universal healing.

If you decide to try it,
let one set of affirmations take root,
before moving on to the next.

Self Healing

On the inhale, affirm:  "I am connected."
On the exhale, affirm:  "I am loved."

Toward Universal Healing

Inhale the affirmation:  "I am loved."
Exhale the affirmation:  "I am love."

Then inhale:  "I am love."
And exhale:  "All is love."

Stay tuned next week for Breathing Spaciousness.
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Sunday, July 19 2009

Disguised Gifts

You know those stubborn, knotty,
recurring issues we face in life?

I find it helpful to think of them
as well-disguised gifts --
teachers inviting us
to deepen,
to grow,
to become more conscious,
more spacious, perhaps.

"No problem can be solved
from the same level of consciousness
that created it."  Albert Einstein

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Sunday, July 12 2009

Bliss Tolerance

I impress (and depress) myself with how adept
I can be at imagining the worst --
preparing for disappointment,
waiting for the other shoe to drop,
practicing for possible adversity.

I wonder about a kinder, gentler inner environment:
one that readies me for joy,
stretches my capacity for happiness,
raises my tolerance for bliss.

Making eye contact with the guy in the mirror, I ask:


(By the way, if you'd like to hear the Four Wisdoms audio broadcast, go to the SofteningtoLove home page and click on What's New.)
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Tuesday, July 07 2009

About God

The mystery of God is not to be unraveled -- at least not in writing.
Here are some quotes pointing us in the general direction:

"The nature of God is a circle, of which the center is everywhere
and the circumference is nowhere"
Empedocles (Greek philosopher)

"There is nothing in all creation so like God as stillness."
Meister Eckhart (Christian mystic)

"There is no place to which we could flee from God
which is outside God."
Paul Tillich (Theologian)

"Whether invoked or not, God will be present."
Carl Jung (Psychologist)

"We find God in our own being, which is the mirror of God."
Thomas Merton (Trappist monk)

"God is Love."
St. John (Apostle)
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