Spiritual Fitness

IF YOU CAN start the day without caffeine or pills. IF YOU ARE cheerful, ignoring aches and pains. IF YOU CAN resist complaining and boring people with your troubles. IF YOU CAN understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time. IF YOU CAN overlook when people take things out on you when, though no fault of yours something goes wrong. IF YOU …

Le..Annie Drop Your Gun

I get lost in my thoughts, like every other human being in the entire world.  For me this “getting lost” is most prevalent in the morning.  They are thoughts fueled by anger and sadness and before I know it I have spent a good hour shuffling through my morning “doings,” and sometimes even driving while lost in them.  I go on this kind of automatic …

Death And The Merging With Life

Death, it is a funny thing and not something, in my experience, anyone enjoys talking or thinking about with sincerity.  We keep death at a distance.  It is known but always a known that will be “later.” It seems, for the most part, we avoid the reality that this thing called death is the one thing that is a for sure in life.  We all …

How A Personality Test Brought Acceptance

I ran into some old papers last evening from a job I had over 20 years ago and included in them I found a personality test I had taken, a Myers Briggs test.  I vaguely remember taking the test back in the day and the feeling of disdain I had for being placed in a defined box.  The last sentence in the summary of the …

What If?

What if you accepted this moment, and everything and everyone in it, including yourself, as exactly enough?        

Expectations Obscure Reality

Expectations are a funny thing.  I feel I am someone who harbors many expectations.  My expectations so often obscure my view of reality to such an extreme I cannot see things as they are or people for who they are for that matter. Dropping expectations often feels like a thin line to walk, for I fear I will become tolerant of being mistreated or detached …

Breathe

Breathe Right now, where you are – breathe. Take a deep breath and imagine a rubber band around your lower ribs and inhale through the entire circumference of your ribcage. Exhale fully. Repeat three times. Take your time. Resume whatever you were doing and may your day be filled with lots of space. (photo by Tim Goedhart)

Your Self Perfect

Self-condemnation and self-distrust are grievous errors…all I plead with you is this:  make love of your self perfect. -Sri Nisargadatta

The Personal Mind, Is It Really So Serious?

Oh, my personal mind!!  It churns and searches for something to latch onto and grasp.  If given its preference it would do leaps and bounds into the future every minute of every day.  Dear mind you show me the yearning to fix, solve, create, implement, buy, change, and modify. Experiences stored, memories created and strategies planned off of the information of the personal mind.  When …

The Answers Lie Within The Question

What happens when you wake up one day and you realize you have no connection with your Self?  You realize you have never seen your Self, acknowledged your Self or honored your Self.  Where on god’s green earth do you begin? My experience is you begin with listening, and you begin by seeing.  Seeing all the things you may have been running from all of …