Category Archives: Midweek Mindfulness

Midweek Mindfulness with Michael J. Green: Flowing — June 8, 2016

Image by Michael J. Green from our Celtic Blessings 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

Image by Michael J. Green from our Celtic Blessings 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

Flowing

Within every human breast shine two mystic hearts, one woven subtly within the other. One points downward and so loves and attends the graces of the world, and in obtaining them is led into happiness and song, but in losing them is led to grief and lamentation.

The other heart is a secret heart. Its form is grace, and it gazes with unbroken rapture upward into the Great Mystery of the soul’s desire. There, in the domain of neither gaining nor losing, all things are perceived truly and there is face-to-face seeing into the deepest nature of things.

And so it is in the communion of these two hearts that the fullness of Being presents itself, like coming upon a light in thick darkness, like receiving a treasure in poverty.

In this fashion we make a mysterious whole. Existence is delivered from its limitations, spirit flowing out of body, body flowing out of form.

And Blessed Be.

— Michael J. Green


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Midweek Mindfulness with Joseph M. Marshall and Jim Yellowhawk — May 25, 2016

Image by Jim Yellowhawk from our Lakota Way 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

Image by Jim Yellowhawk from our Lakota Way 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

SILENCE * There is a place that has neither space nor form, and admission to it requires a simple desire and willingness to enter. Yet it can also be a place of darkness and uncertainty, where fear and doubt can manifest. Whatever else can be said of this place without space or form, it must certainly be said that it strips away pretense and reveals the truth, no matter how cruel or kind. This place only has room for one, because it is for that one that it exists – for that one to find herself or himself. It is a place of reflection, meditation, introspection, and, above all, honesty. Its entrance is through sadness or joy, falling snow, a meadow, or the night sky. No matter how you enter or why, there is no place like silence.
Joseph M. Marshall


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Midweek Mindfulness with Pema Chödrön — May 11, 2016

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If we don’t act on our craving for pleasure or our fear of pain, we’re left in the wide-open, unpredictable middle. The instruction is to rest in that vulnerable place, to rest in that in-between state, to not hunker down and stay fixed in our belief systems but to take a fresh look with a wider perspective.
Pema Chödrön


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Midweek Mindfulness with the Dalai Lama — April 20, 2016

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Continuous practice with continuing effort is essential when trying to implement Buddha’s teachings. Inner development naturally takes time and cannot be achieved within a short period. It is quite normal and completely to be expected, as I have confirmed from my own limited practice, that gaining even the smallest level of actual experience of what the teachings describe requires many years of unbroken hard work. So, naturally, we must make effort continuously, with courage and determination.
H. H. the Dalai Lama, from The Gelug/Kagyü Tradition of Mahamudra


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Midweek Mindfulness with Ram Dass — April 13, 2016

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To Live consciously you must have the courage to go inside yourself to find out who you really are, to understand that behind all of the masks of individual differences you are a being of beauty, of love, of awareness.
Ram Dass


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Midweek Mindfulness with Eckhart Tolle — April 6, 2016

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Image from The Power of Now 2016 wall calendar. Giraffe herd at sunset, Etosha National Park, Namibia © Andrew Schoeman. Chachi tree frog © Murray Cooper. Click image for more info.

Most people are trying to escape from the present moment and are seeking some kind of salvation in the future. The first thing they might encounter if they focused their attention on the Now is their own pain, and this is what they fear. If they only knew how easy it is to access in the Now the power of presence that dissolves the past and its pain, the reality that dissolves the illusion.
Eckhart Tolle


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Midweek Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh — March 30, 2016

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When you pay attention to your in-breath and out-breath, you bring yourself home to the present moment, to the here and the now, and you are in touch with life. Breathing in, I know I’m breathing in. Breathing out, I know I’m breathing out.
Thich Nhat Hanh


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Midweek Mindfulness with Pema Chödrön — March 23, 2016

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Image from our Pema Chödrön 2016 wall calendar. Sandhill cranes and snow geese, New Mexico © Tim Fitzharris. Click image for more.

The commitment to take care of one another, the warrior commitment, is not about being perfect. It’s about continuing to put virtuous input into our unconscious, continuing to sow the seeds that predispose our heart to expand without limit, that predispose us to awaken.
Pema Chödrön


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