01/03/2015 Comments Off on Ancestors

Ancestors defined:
one from whom a person is descended and who is usually more remote in the line of descent than a grandparent
antepasados-mujeres ancestor blessings

“I am the now of the then. My body is the embodiment of all my ancestors who came before me. They live on in me.”
― Jarod Kintz

“The songs of our ancestors are also the songs of our children.”
― Philip Carr-Gomm

“When we know about our ancestors, when we sense them as living and as supporting us, then we feel connected to the genetic life-stream, and we draw strength and nourishment from this.”
Philip Carr-Gomm

“The Aboriginal world began long ago when the Ancestors sang in Dreamtime the cosmic rhythms that give shape to the things we see, and it is the beginning right now, when a living Tiwi sings the Dream songs that continue, or are, the world.”
-Huston Smith

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors.  All of them are alive in this moment.  Each is present in your body.  You are the continuation of each of these people.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man’s skin, – seven or eight ancestors at least, and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Distinguished ancestors shed a powerful light on their descendants, and forbid the concealment either of their merits or of their demerits.
Gaius Sallustius Crispus

Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time-to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?
Laurence Overmire


One Light

08/24/2014 Comments Off on One Light

There is One unchanging indivisible Reality which, though unmanifest, reveals Itself in infinite multiplicity and diversity.
~ Anandamayi Ma

Is it not a fact that the three doctrines (of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism) may be three, but the Way is ultimately one?

— Introduction of Understanding Reality by Chang Po-tuan (11th C. Taoist master)

Ask of those who have attained God; all speak the same word. All the saints are of one mind; it is only those in the midst of the way who follow diverse paths. All the enlightened have left one message; it is only those in the midst of their journeywho hold diverse opinions.
— Dadu (16th c. Indian saint)

The Hierarchy is one, and the esoteric sides of all religions were launched by it, as was the great experiment started through Ouspensky and Gurdjieff for our own time.
— Rodney Collin (20th c. Fourth Way spiritual teacher)

Daily Prayer, Daily Practice, Daily Observance

08/17/2014 Comments Off on Daily Prayer, Daily Practice, Daily Observance

Daily Prayer:

Definition: Any form of communication with a higher energy that is performed every day. It can take the form of meditation, supplication, intention, healing, yoga, taichi, qigong, or wordlessly merging with All.

adjective: daily

done, produced, or occurring every day


Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with a deity, an object of worship, or a spiritual entity through deliberate communication. Prayer can be a form of religious practice, may be either individual or communal and take place in public or in private.

carry out or perform (a particular activity, method, or custom) habitually or regularly.
noun: observance
the action or practice of fulfilling or respecting the requirements of law, morality, or ritual.



Meditate at least five minutes daily along the line prescribed by your own religion. Not less than five minutes, but if you can give more time, the more the better. Try to give at least a quarter of an hour of every day, no matter what kind of life you may choose.
– Anandamayi Ma


“True prayers are born of present trials and present needs. Bread for today is bread enough. Bread given for today is the strongest sort of pledge that there will be bread tomorrow. Victory today is the assurance of victory tomorrow. Our prayers need to be focused upon the present. We must trust God today, and leave the morrow entirely with Him. The present is ours; the future belongs to God. Prayer is the task and duty of each recurring day — daily prayer for daily needs.”
E.M. Bounds

“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees. ”
~ Corrie ten Boom

“Accessing the spiritual realm through the daily practice of meditation opens the way to manifesting your deepest desires. By changing your thoughts, beliefs, expectations, and intentions and connecting with stillness, you will allow the unbounded, unlimited abundance of the universe to flow easily and effortlessly into your life.”
-Deepak Chopra


“In Japan, a number of time-honored everyday activities (such as making tea, arranging flowers, and writing) have traditionally been deeply examined by their proponents. Students study how to make tea, perform martial arts, or write with a brush in the most skillful way possible to express themselves with maximum efficiency and minimum strain. Through this efficient, adroit, and creative performance, they arrive at art. But if they continue to delve even more deeply into their art, they discover principles that are truly universal, principles relating to life itself. Then, the art of brush writing becomes shodo—the “Way of the brush”—while the art of arranging flowers is elevated to the status of kado—the “Way of flowers.” Through these Ways or Do forms, the Japanese have sought to realize the Way of living itself. They have approached the universal through the particular.”
H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation

“We’re so used to just glancing at the environment through the eyes of the past that we’re frequently not certain if we are in fact paying attention or if we merely think that we’re paying attention. Dynamic meditation in everyday existence involves the act of truthfully seeing.”
H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation

“The examen is an immediate solution to the problem of what do Ipray about? The answer is: everything that’s happened to you today. You might have the impression that your everyday life is the dreary same old, same old. It isn’t. Daily life is rich and meaningful. Every encounter, every challenge, every disappointment, and every delight is a place where God can be found.”
Jim Manney, A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer: Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Examen

Kneel together in prayer at the beginning and end of each day to thank your Heavenly Father for one another and to unite in asking for His blessings on your lives, your home, your loved ones, and your righteous desires. God will then guide you, and your daily conversations with Him will bring the peace and joy that can come from no other source. Your companionship will sweeten through the years; your love will strengthen. Your appreciation for one another will grow.”
― LDS Church – True to the Faith
Observant Jews daven (pray) in formal worship services three times a day, every day: at evening (Ma’ariv), in the morning (Shacharit), and in the afternoon (Minchah). Daily prayers are collected in a book called a siddur, which derives from the Hebrew root meaning “order,” because the siddur shows the order of prayers
~Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin


“Take the time to meditate each morning on the good you will do for others during your day”
-Robin S. Sharma

Every religion has its own prayer. Pray in the early morning – it is more effective. Let prayer become habitual. Pray at all times. Pray not for wealth, position, wife and children, success in lotteries or horse racing – ask for darsan (vision) of the Lord. Pray for devotion and communion.
Swami Sivananda


Avoid extremes: the middle way is better. Neither force the mind too hard into concentration nor let it wander aimlessly. Meditation is to pay attention, to be aware of your breathing, your posture, your feelings, your perceptions, your thoughts, and all that passes through your mind and the mind itself; whatever is going on within you and between you and the universe. Meditation is not just sitting for an hour here or an hour there; meditation is a way of life. It is practiced all the time. There is no separation between meditation and everyday living. When you have ceased to be bound by the past or by the future, when you are fully present in the here and now, then it is meditation.”
Satish Kumar, The Buddha and the Terrorist


“• “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes everyday – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.”
Sukhraj S. Dhillon

“Zazen practice and everyday activity are one thing. We call zazen everyday life, and everyday life zazen.”
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

“If you want to discover the true meaning of Zen in your everyday life, you have to understand the meaning of keeping your mind on your breathing and your body in the right posture in zazen.”
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

“While you are continuing this practice, week after week, year after year, your experience will become deeper and deeper, and your experience will cover everything you do in your everyday life.”
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

Mindful breathing is your seatbelt in everyday life—it keeps you safe here in the present moment. If you know how to breathe, how to sit calmly and quietly, how to do walking meditation, then you have your seatbelt and you’re always safe.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives

There is a very special reason why we have to seek our Lord in daily prayer. In Scripture, God says, “My thoughts are not like yours, and my ways are different from yours. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways and thoughts above yours” (Isaiah 55:8-9). When we spend time with him, we grow in familiarity with his word, his thoughts, and his ways.

God wants us to learn his ways and his thoughts and he wants us to be familiar with his voice. Daily personal prayer time is the key to becoming accustomed to hearing the voice of God in our hearts.
~ Vic Gutierrez

“We cannot escape from our daily routine, because it will go with us wherever we go…. God must be sought and found in the things of our world. By regarding our daily duties as something performed for the honour and glory of God, we can convert what was hitherto soul-killing monotony, to a living worship of God in all our actions. Everyday life must become itself our prayer.”
Karl Edward Wagner

“Make an attempt to spend some time each day in a state of meditation, wherein you let go of all ideas about time, space, and linear directionality. Just allow yourself to be … Imagine yourself without a body or any possessions or attachments—in this way you’ll begin to emulate the world of Spirit. It’s out of this nondirectionality, with no backward or forward, up or down, or north or south, that you’ll brush right up against inspiration.”
-Wayne Dyer “Inspiration”

“What is enlightenment? In its most basic form, it is abiding inner silence. It is directly and automatically experiencing who and what we are in every moment – while we are awake, while we are in dreaming sleep, and while we are in dreamless deep sleep. Always aware, always awake inside. That is the possibility that deep meditation puts before us. From this basic form of enlightenment, we find additional possibilities as our unshakable inner silence expresses further within us, and outward into the surrounding environment. In this way are we able to bring much good into the world, simply by living our everyday life in a state of perpetual personal freedom.”
Yogani, Deep Meditation – Pathway to Personal Freedom

“happiness: happy habits. Each morning, write down three things you’re grateful for. Not the same three every day; find three new things to write about. That trains your brain to search your circumstances and hunt for the positive. Journal for two minutes a day about one positive experience you’ve had over the past twenty-four hours. Write down every detail you can remember; this causes your brain to literally reexperience the experience, which doubles its positive impact. Meditate daily. Nothing fancy; just stop all activity, relax, and watch your breath go in and out for two minutes. This trains your brain to focus where you want it to, and not get distracted by negativity in your environment. Do a random act of kindness over the course of each day. To make this simple, Shawn often recommends a specific act of kindness: at the start of each day, take two minutes to write an email to someone you know praising them or thanking them for something they did. Exercise for fifteen minutes daily. Simple cardio, even a brisk walk, has a powerful antidepressant impact, in many cases stronger (and more long-lasting) than an actual antidepressant! According to Shawn, if you do any one of these things faithfully for just three weeks, twenty-one days in a row, it will start to become a habit—a happy habit. You will have literally begun to rewire your brain to see the world in a different way, and as a result, to be happier on an everyday basis. An interesting thing is that you don’t have to do all five at once—in fact, Shawn actually recommends that you don’t even try to do that, but instead start with just one and keep repeating it until it becomes a habit, then add another, and so on. There is fascinating logic and powerful research behind all five, but these are not the only happy habits that the research supports; these are just five good examples. Other happiness researchers have different lists, including things like: Make more time for friends. Practice savoring the moment. Practice having a positive perspective. Put more energy into cultivating your relationships. Practice forgiveness. Engage in meaningful activities. Practice simple acts of giving. They all share similarities, and they are all drawn from the same body of research. Because I place a high value on personal development and learning, my list would include: Read at least ten pages of a good book daily. And you would probably have your own especially favored happy habits, too, that might be slightly different from mine. We’re including a few of the best happiness books at the end of this book, and you can feel free to read through those, choose your favorites, and make your own list. But I’ll tell you one thing they all have in common: they work. Do these simple things consistently, every day, and in time—a lot less time than you might expect—you will become a significantly happier version of you. And that will make everything else in your life work better, too.

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Illusion, Maya

10/04/2011 Comments Off on Illusion, Maya

1. A false idea or belief: “he had no illusions about her”.
2. A deceptive appearance or impression: “the illusion of togetherness”

1. The supernatural power wielded by gods and demons to produce illusions.
2. The power by which the universe becomes manifest

The world illusion, maya, is individually called avidya, literally, “not-knowledge,” ignorance, delusion. Maya or avidya can never be destroyed through intellectual conviction or analysis, but solely through attaining the interior state of nirbikalpa samadhi.

~ Paramhansa Yogananda


09/18/2011 Comments Off on Trials

tri·alverb /ˈtrī(ə)l/
Test (something, esp. a new product) to assess its suitability or performance
A person, thing, or situation that tests a person’s endurance or forbearance

The gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
Chinese proverb

Centered/ Even-minded

09/18/2011 Comments Off on Centered/ Even-minded


noun /ˈsentər/
centers, plural; centres, plural

  • The middle point of a circle or sphere, equidistant from every point on the circumference or surface
  • A point or part that is equally distant from all sides, ends, or surfaces of something; the middle
  • A point at which an activity or quality is at its most intense and from which it spreads
  • The point on which an activity or process is focused

Whether you are suffering in this life, or smiling
with opulence and power, your consciousness should
remain unchanged. If you can accomplish even-mindedness,
nothing can ever hurt you. The lives of all great masters
show that they have achieved this blessed state.
Paramahansa Yogananda, “Man’s Eternal Quest”

There is nothing good or bad in the world outside.
Everything is neutral.
Swami Satchidananda


Who serves both friend and foe with equal love,
Not buoyed up by praise, nor cast down by blame,
Alike in heat and cold, pleasure and pain,
Free from selfish attachments and self-will,
Ever full, in harmony everywhere,
Firm in faith—such a one is dear to Me.
Krishna to Arjuna, `Bhagavad Gita’


08/20/2011 Comments Off on Attitude



1. A settled way of thinking or feeling, typically reflected in a person’s behavior

2. A position of the body proper to or implying an action or mental state

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. “~ Kahlil Gibran

“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.” – William James

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.” ~ William James

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”-Jimmy Dean

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.” – Charles R. Swindoll

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