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Thursday, November 24 2011

Happy Thanks Giving

 

       In this nation and on this planet, poverty – as in lack of food, shelter, health care, education and other basics – is real.  It's a major challenge in our world, one that deserves concentrated and coordinated efforts by all of us.

 

       Impoverished spirit – a belief in scarcity and a grasping for more – is perhaps even more pervasive on this planet.  Especially in the west, we've become quite skillful and practiced in noticing what we don't have.  In our restlessness, we hunger.  In our grasping, hearts contract and grow stingy.  Spiritual scarcity begets emotional emptiness.

 

       I see a synergistic relationship between gratitude, abundance and generosity.  Like good family members, these qualities nurture each other.  For example, to experience abundance, we cultivate an attitude of gratitude, which allows us to see, appreciate and actually have the abundance within and around us.  As we freely open to life's cornucopia, our sense of abundance overflows naturally into generosity toward others.  Gratitude gives birth to abundance.  Generosity confirms it. 

 

       Imbedded in my wish for all of us to have a Happy Thanksgiving is this blessing:  May each heart beat in grateful resonance with the one heart.  May gratitude guide our release into the generous and abundant flow that is the heartbeat of this universe – a heartbeat we share.  

 

       Have a wonderful Thanks Giving. 

 

Posted by: AT 09:33 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, November 20 2011

 

 

New Now

 

Feeling bored?

Life a bit stale?

 

Try opening

Eyes and ears

 

Skin and

Taste buds

 

To novelty

And mystery

 

In this moment

Unfolding now.

 

Ego ho-hums,

"Same old, same old."

 

Not true,

Not true.

 

Spacious hearts

And intimate eyes

 

Greet and treat

Each life-moment

 

As unlike

Any other.

 

Want aliveness?

Adventures new?

 

All yours –

Right now.

Posted by: AT 05:00 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, November 11 2011

       The week in Ojai with Richard and the mentoring group was beyond awesome.  We practiced presence, nobility in the body, focused spaciousness, and eyes-open meditation.  We sang, danced, hiked, spent a night under the stars, shared dreams and enjoyed fabulous vegetarian fare.  Back home now, I received the seed for this short poem yesterday evening during group meditation.  It germinated overnight.  Its roots are in Ojai.

 

 

Conversation Complete

 

Breathing in

and

Breathing out

 

Letting in

and

Letting go

 

Being loved

and

Loving forth

 

Conversation

with

Life flows.

 

 

 

 

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 "James has a very welcoming presence and an easy going demeanor in addition to an excellent sense of humor . We are all free to be our own goofy selves."
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