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Midweek Mindfulness with Eckhart Tolle — September 14, 2016

Image from our Power of Now 2017 wall calendar. Blue Dacnis, La Selva, Costa Rica © David Tipling. Click image for more info.

Image from our Power of Now 2017 wall calendar. Blue Dacnis, La Selva, Costa Rica © David Tipling. Click image for more info.

The sooner you realize that your outer purpose cannot give you lasting fulfillment, the better. When you have seen the limitations of your outer purpose, you give up your unrealistic expectation that it should make you happy, and you make it subservient to your inner purpose.
Eckhart Tolle


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Midweek Mindfulness with Mark Nepo — August 24, 2016

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“Loving yourself requires courage unlike any other. It requires us to believe in and stay loyal to something no one else can see that keeps us in the world – our own self-worth.”

Mark Nepo


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Midweek Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh — August 17, 2016

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Sitting meditation is not to arrive
at some kind of enlightenment
in the future. When we sit, we have
a chance to be fully with ourselves.
Sitting on our cushion, we breathe
in such a way that we become fully alive;
we are fully present, in the here and the now.

Thich Nhat Hanh


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Midweek Mindfulness with Eckhart Tolle — August 3, 2016

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Image from A New Earth 2017 wall calendar. Cathedral Rock reflected in Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing, Arizona © Tim Fitzharris. Click image for more info.

We can learn not to keep situations or events alive in our minds, but to return our attention continuously to the pristine, timeless present moment rather than be caught up in mental movie-making. Our very Presence then becomes our identity, rather than our thoughts and emotions.
Eckhart Tolle


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Midweek Mindfulness with the Dalai Lama — July 27, 2016

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Inner development comes step by step. You may think, “Today my inner calmness, my mental peace, is very small,” but still, if you compare, if you look five, ten, or fifteen years back, and think, “What was my way of thinking then? How much inner peace did I have then and what is it today?”– comparing it with what it was then, you can realize that there is some progress, there is some value…. Progress comes by maintaining constant effort in daily practice.
H. H. the Dalai Lama, from Kindness, Clarity, and Insight


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Kuan Yin’s Feast Day

Kuan Yin journal featuring the beautiful artwork of Duirwaigh Studios. Click image for more info.

Kuan Yin journal featuring the beautiful artwork of Duirwaigh Studios. Click image for more info.

The 19th day of the 6th lunar month is one of the feast days for Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. This holiday, which falls on Wednesday, July 12 in 2017, celebrates her vow to renounce going to live in heaven and instead remain in this world as long as there are living beings who suffer here.

Here are some simple ways to honor the day:

Great Compassion Water
Grandmaster Lin Yun taught us to take a cup of drinking water and chant “Om Mani Padme Hum,” one of the mantras of compassion, 9 or 108 times over the water. Drink nine mouthfuls first thing in the morning and another nine mouthfuls before going to bed while visualizing that any negative energy, bad luck or illness is eliminated. Continue reading

Midweek Mindfulness with Marianne Williamson — July 20, 2016

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Our real self is the love within us. It’s the “child of God.” The fearful self is an imposter. The return to love is the great cosmic drama, the personal journey from pretense to self, from pain to inner peace.
Marianne Williamson


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Midweek Mindfulness with Mark Nepo — July 13, 2016

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To be accepting of the life that comes our way does not mean denying its difficulties and disappointments. Rather, it means joy can be found even in hardship, not by demanding that we be treated as special at every turn, but through accepting the demand of the sacred that we treat everything that comes our way as special.
Mark Nepo


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