Saturday, April 29, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/29/17

“Love is the essence of life. If we can not love, we can not be ourselves because we don’t feel free to do so. At one point in our journey, we lost the spontaneity of our Being. We broke from our essence and started to use a mask. Over time, we forgot about our essence to the extent that we believed ourselves to be this mask and thus lost our connection with our real self.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma / The Benefits of Heightened Awareness

If you’re sensitive to what’s going on around you—sensitive to the weather, to your immediate environment—then you’re going to be sensitive to current events and everything else that enters your life.

—David Budbill, "A Voice from the Outside"

Friday, April 28, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/28/17

“Love is the breath of life. If we are not loving, we are not breathing - we are dying of suffocation. What is suffocating us are the layers of hatred and fear that cover the truth of who we are.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma / Rejecting Consumer Consciousness

A world that truly understands the nature of consciousness could shift away from the hedonic treadmill of consumerism and toward the infinitely renewable resource of genuine happiness that is cultivated by training the mind.

—B. Alan Wallace, "Within You Without You"

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/27/17

“Where there is fear, there is hatred. Where there is hatred, there is fear. This is a vicious circle that perpetuates when we indiscriminately put new human beings in the world. The human species has been driven by unconscious impulses that are rooted in religious and social conditionings. This type of ignorance has breed even more ignorance. As long as we are unaware of the purpose of bringing a being here to this planet, we have no way to break this vicious circle.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma / How to Meditate Anywhere

Anytime you can go out and keep all of your visual and auditory senses alive—looking above eye level, hearing behind you as well as in front of you—you’re performing meditation in the natural world. You’re poised for any stimulus coming from anywhere. It’s as down-to-earth as you can get and still be up in the sky.

—James H. Austin, quoted in Zenshin Michael Haederle’s, "This Is Your Brain on Zen"

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not ‘I love you’ for this or that reason, not ‘I love you if you love me.’ It’s love for no reason, love without an object.

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/26/17

“There is a subtle anatomy that is hidden to the physical eye that is also connected with the world of matter. Unfortunately, medicine has advanced very little in this sphere of knowledge. However, it has taken strides towards discovering that by manipulating the subtle body, we influence the physical body. The subtle body can be manipulated through vibrations, music, needles, crystals, stones, scents, and other natural elements. This is what some of us call magic of the elements. But in truth, it is a hidden science to be discovered by the world of science.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma / Changing Your Way of Being

Meditation is not merely a useful technique or mental gymnastic, but part of a balanced system designed to change the way we go about things at the most fundamental level.

—Judy Lief, "Meditation Is Not Enough Alone"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/25/17

“It is true that if we imagine we will be rejected, we end up actually being rejected. We create that which we are thinking. We attract what we are feeling. If we think and feel something constantly, we are actually making it concrete in the material world. The accumulated fear held in our system make us compulsively think that we will be rejected and so we wind up creating this reality. When we are rejected, we prove our theory and this continues to strengthen this vicious circle.”
- Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma / Breaking Habits

Habituation devours work, clothes, furniture, one’s wife, and the fear of war. . . . And art exists that one may recover the sensation of life; it exists to make one feel things, to make the stone stony.

—Viktor Shklovsky in Henry Shukman’s, "The Unfamiliar Familiar"

Monday, April 24, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/24/17

“The greatest challenge for the human being is to stop mistaking the unreal for the real. This happens because the mind is directed outwardly towards the world and thus we get lost. The psychological selves that transit through this false sphere are infinite. This reality is full of lies but if we are identified with them, we believe them. We are always protecting ourselves because we believe there is never enough and that the universe is our enemy.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma / Are You Ready to Meet Reality?

In order to open—in meditation and in life in general—we must let go of our familiar thoughts and emotions, we must step out from behind the safe curtain of our inner rehearsals and onto the stage of reality, even if it’s for just a brief moment.

—Michael Carroll, "Bringing Spiritual Confidence in the Workplace"

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Via Ram Dass

My path is the path of Guru Kripa, which means ‘grace of the guru’. It seems like a sort of strange path in the West, but my path involves my relationship to Maharajji, Neem Karoli Baba. The way I do that is that I just hang out with him all the time. I have an imaginary playmate in a way, I mean, he’s dead. He dropped his body, yet he seems so alive to me, because I have invested that form in my mind as an emotional connection to that deeper truth.

Because for me, Maharajji is the cosmic giggle. He is the wisdom that transcends time and space. He is the unconditional lover. He is the total immediate presence.

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/23/17

“Purpose is the program of our soul. This program can not be revealed while we still carry anger towards the other because the purpose is about making the other happy. Regardless of what we do in the world, our purpose is always contributing to the awakening of human consciousness. It is always about making the other shine. If we don’t want to see the other happy due to our system being poisoned by anger, it is not possible to actualize our soul’s program.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma / What Makes a Good Sit?

Great ecstatic meditation periods have never been celebrated by teachers; we’re always told to go back to the cushion, to let go of all that arises.

—Trudy Walter, "Leaning into Rawness"

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fight Back!

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/22/17

“It’s not possible to expand consciousness without learning how to deal with the mind for it is the greatest power of the being. It is like a wish-fulfilling tree. Without dominion over the mind, our tendency is to create a miserable destiny. Yet, having such dominion, we can create a favorable and blessed destiny.”
Sri Prem Baba