Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 07/25/17

“There are many protection mechanisms within the human psyche. One of them is the mechanism of projection that causes you to constantly project your past images onto others. You project the people from your past who didn’t love you and caused your first frustrations onto the people with whom you relate today. You may not objectively see your father and mother when you look at these people, but on an unconscious level, you are subjectively seeing them in rich detail. Even without being aware of it, you are projecting.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Stepping into the Unknown

We’re always stepping into the unknown. And to trust that and be present with the moment without going into the stories is a lifesaver.

—Carol Wilson, “If We Watch, Wisdom Comes

Monday, July 24, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 07/24/17

“The remembrance of oneself is closely related to the virtue of trust. At one point in your  journey, you had to use a mask because you thought that by being yourself, you would not be accepted. You thought that you would be rejected, abandoned and perhaps have to undergo some kind of deprivation. Due to this fear, you needed to protect yourself. So, removing this mask means having to face this deeply rooted fear. Try to ask yourself, “If I were to just be myself, would I be accepted?’ Look honestly to see if it’s possible now to take a step in the direction of self-confidence.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Buddhist Exercise

Right intention is like muscle—you develop it over time by exercising it. When you lose it, you just start over again. There’s no need to judge yourself or quit when you fail to live by your intentions.

—Phillip Moffitt, “Brief Teachings

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - July 23, 2017

Compassionate action gives us an opportunity to wake up to some of our motives and to act with more freedom. It gives us the chance to put ourselves out on the edge, and if we are willing to take a clean look at what we see there, we can come to know ourselves better. We can’t, of course, change what is arising in us at any moment, because we can’t change our pasts and our childhoods. But when we listen to our own minds and stop being strangers to ourselves, we increase the number of ways we can respond to what arises. 

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 07/22/17

“Illusion is sustained by the idea that by pretending to be the way society expects you to be, you will be accepted. This is true of any social group. For example, a person is born into a family of criminals and ends up believing that if he is a good criminal, he will be accepted. So, he does his best to become an expert in crime. If one is born into a religious family, one believes that he or she will only be accepted if they are religious. So they force themselves to be so in order to ensure their inclusion. But this religious person or criminal is not real, it’s a mask. The main symptom of wearing a mask is dissatisfaction, but the mask often numbs you so much that you aren’t able to see it.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Happiness Within Doubt

We can be quite happy with a question mark. It’s not a problem at all, actually, as long as we don’t solidify it or base our whole life on feeling threatened by it.

—Ani Palmo, “Necessary Doubt

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 07/23/17

“There are certain areas of your life where you are not able to be yourself, where you can't be spontaneous and love doesn’t flow. You need to wear a mask and have to pretend you are something you are not. You do this because you were led to believe that if you wore this mask in a particular environment, your needs would be met. You thought you would be accepted, respected and loved. But this strategy inevitably leads to suffering because the greater the lie or the greater your identification with the mask, the greater the disconnection is with yourself and consequently, the greater the resulting anguish and dissatisfaction you feel.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: The Way to Happiness

Pay attention. Stay open. Note discomfort and go back to your breathing. Use your curiosity. Be patient.

—Pamela Gayle White, “The Pursuit of Happiness

Friday, July 21, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 07/21/17

“To remove the armor that masks your true identity, you must first be aware of it. One way of identifying it is by observing the symptoms present. One of the main symptoms is dissatisfaction. Perhaps you can identify other symptoms, such as anxiety, shame, inadequacy, depression or continuous anguish that can not be explained. These are symptoms that you are wearing armor. You learned that you need to use it in order to protect yourself, to please and to be accepted by society. This is sustained by the idea of normality or that to have these symptoms is normal. This is why it is often difficult to identify your own armor.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via More 4 of 12 Daily Dharma: Every Moment is Useful

To me, then, the way to not waste time is to find something useful in every moment, no matter what is happening.

—Brad Warner, “How to Not Waste Time

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Isso Existe - um filme sobre Sri Prem Baba - Versão em português

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 07/20/17

“What I call ‘illusion’ can be described as a set of defense mechanisms, an internal armor, that serves to protect us from suffering. But this is just an illusion because these mechanisms generate even more suffering. This armor covers our essence and we end up forgetting to be ourselves. There is no greater suffering than this.” 
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Do You Know What You’re Doing?

If we don’t know what we are doing, how can we be our self? If our mind is somewhere else, it means we are trying to be someone else, not who we are in the present moment.

—Les Kaye, “The Time Is Now

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

‘Ancient porn’ sheds new light on Bible verses

Gay sex is a sin.  The New Testament makes that abundantly clear.
Or does it?

According to one of the UK’s most prominent evangelicals, if Christian scholarship engages with archaeological evidence from the rediscovered ancient city of Pompeii, much of St Paul’s teaching on sexuality must be radically reinterpreted.

In a new online video for the Open Church Network, Revd. Canon Steve Chalke argues that by studying the remains of Pompeii, and understanding the ancient Roman world’s highly sexualised culture, we can find new meaning in chapters such as Romans 1, which have traditionally been misinterpreted to condemn same-sex relations.

Make the jump here to  read the original and more here

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 07/19/17

“In general, our planet has a low vibration. The level of consciousness here is still very low precisely because we have forgotten the truth about who we are. The layers of illusion are very thick and once we are identified with them, we give way to cruelty and perversity which, in turn, creates even more ignorance. We create vicious circles that are the unfolding or different manifestations of what I call the vicious circle of sadomasochism.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Ram Dass: Words of Wisdom - July 19, 2017

It's very hard to grow, because it's difficult to let go of the models of ourselves in which we've invested so heavily.  

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Allowing Space Into Your Practice

When we allow space into our practice we begin to see the impermanent nature of the thoughts and feelings that arise within our experience—as well as of the conditions, over many of which we have no control.

—Tsoknyi Rinpoche, “Allow for Space

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 07/18/17

“Awakening means remembering oneself. Remember that you are a manifestation of divine love and, as such, you have no enemies. If the other wants to kill you, it’s his problem, not yours. This still is no reason to close your heart. Just as the sky doesn’t cease to be just because there are dark clouds, you do not cease to be yourself because the other is disturbed.”
Sri Prem Baba