Sunday, January 21, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: How to Find Harmony

Listening properly becomes a kind of harmonizing of parts of our being—our intellectual center, our emotional center, and our moving center.

—Philip Glass, “Listening to Philip Glass

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 01/21/18

“The planet is undergoing a moment of transition. A shift from fear to trust is taking place. What is crumbling is an empire built on fear - the fear of scarcity, which in turn creates consumerism, the need to accumulate, and many other compulsions that are destroying innumerable natural resources on Earth. We may feel that we have nothing to do with this, but if we’re incarnated here, in this moment, there is certainly a reason. What is your part to do? What is your role in this great planetary transition?” 
Sri Prem Baba

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: Sangha Is the Soil

If you don’t have anyone who understands you, who encourages you in the practice of the living dharma, your desire to practice may wither. Your sangha—family, friends, and copractitioners—is the soil, and you are the seed.

—Thich Nhat Hanh, “The Fertile Soil of Sangha

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 01/20/18

“Many forms of compulsion serve to numb our consciousness. There’s even a compulsion in regard to spirituality: spiritual consumerism. We can see that there is an actual market for this - a market that sells miracle cures and promises instant happiness. This is a total illusion. Awakening consciousness is a mental training that takes time, but many people look for immediate solutions, like TV dinners you can just pop in the microwave. Shortcuts don’t exist.”
Sri Prem Baba

Friday, January 19, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: The Many Paths to Openness

Each of us has the possibility of finding a way to experience our lives free of struggle. And one of the common features of all these different ways is a sense of extraordinary openness.

—Ken McLeod, “The Way of Freedom

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 01/19/18

“One way to understand what prevents us from realizing our maximum potential is to perform a check-up on all areas of our lives: relationships, career, finance, health, friendships, family and spirituality. We need to identify what we would like to be different - what is bothering us and causing us anguish. Gradually, we will see that what keeps us from attaining our desires actually lies within. We have limiting beliefs that act like unconscious voices. These voices constantly tell us that we cannot or will not be able to do what we want. We will see that, on the one hand, we want something, while on the other hand, we don’t. We have a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’ acting simultaneously in our system.”
Sri Prem Baba

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: Small Efforts, Big Changes

Positive transformation is usually incremental. Small efforts, if concrete, will pile up and bring about big personal, and even social, change.

—Shinso Ito, “Unconditional Service

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 01/18/18

“Though it may seem like situations and external events are trying to prove the theory that you are a victim, I can affirm to you that this is merely a trick of your negative intentionality.”
Sri Prem Baba

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - January 17, 2018

As you get more conscious, every act you perform increases the amount of consciousness in the universe, because the act itself conveys the consciousness. In other words, I could tell you the greatest truths of the world but if I don’t understand them inside myself, forget it - because I’m not giving you the key that allows you to use it, which is the “faith” in it, which I can only convey through my own success in whatever I’m doing.

- Ram Dass -

Via Lionsroar / Death: The Greatest Teacher

The Buddha said the greatest of all teachings is impermanence. Its final expression is death. Buddhist teacher Judy Lief explains why our awareness of death is the secret of life. It’s the ultimate twist.

Make the jump here to read the full article and more

Via Daily Dharma: The Art of Wakefulness

To me, that’s what art and poetry are: trying to be awake in a room of people who are committed to being awake, and who are being attentive without necessarily acting.

—Marie Howe, “The Space Between

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 01/17/18

“At one point in our childhood we were not accepted and this was imprinted on our subconscious. This image of rejection was recorded and programmed while our personality was developing. The basic structure of personality forms in the first seven years of life, and the programming that takes place in this phase is deeply rooted. Despite this, it is possible to rewrite these programs. But we can’t fool ourselves into thinking that this will happen magically; it requires both effort and commitment.”
Sri Prem Baba

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 01/16/18

“The romantic sexual relationship is one of the best barometers to gauge where we are on the evolutionary journey, since it is through others that we get to know ourselves. Our intimate relations act like a mirror that shows us where transformation is needed.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Practice with Gentle Persistence

Refinement of attention is only achieved through a gentle and persistent letting go; it is never attained by the brute force of sheer willpower.

—Ajahn Brahm, “Stepping Towards Enlightenment

Monday, January 15, 2018

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 01/15/18

“The soul’s purpose is a manifestation of love, regardless of how it expresses itself in the world. When we fulfill our own purpose, we also want the best for the other and to see them happy. If you truly love, you want to see the other shine.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Tricycle / Having Real Conversations (Even with My Sister)

When a gay Buddhist woman is asked by her sister why same-sex marriage is such an important issue, she is shocked into silence. Years later, she realizes that the only way we might communicate what we most care about is to have tolerance for another’s ignorance or confusion.

Via Ram Dass / 9 of 20 Words of Wisdom - January 14, 2018

You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success— none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.

Imagine that being in this love is like relaxing endlessly into a warm bath that surrounds and supports your every movement, so that every thought and feeling is permeated by it. You feel as though you are dissolving into love. This love is actually part of you; it is always flowing through you. It’s like the subatomic texture of the universe, the dark matter that connects everything.

When you tune in to that flow, you will feel it in your own heart—not your physical heart or your emotional heart, but your spiritual heart, the place you point to in your chest when you say, “I am.”

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Interdependence and Civil Rights

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was trying to deliver the same message as Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching of interbeing. He wanted us to understand interrelatedness.

—Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, “Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 01/14/18

“Sometimes the forces acting against us that are preventing our own evolution are very intense. But what are these contrary forces? They are the ways that our own power is used for destruction. Our power also connects with the power of others who are vibrating in this same frequency - after all, nobody wants to be in hell alone"
Sri Prem Baba