On Looking Deeper — Finding Gratitude — No Matter What
Eckhart Tolle has been deemed by the New York Times as “the most popular spiritual author in the United States.” His teachings, which I find both simple and profound, reflect his own experience on The Power of Now (his first best-selling book published in 2001). In the book, Tolle documents an ephinay following many bouts with depression, in which he realized that if he could just be present and available for whatever is happening—regardless of the situation, his reactions and resulting mood would diminish, fade, and eventually disappear. And so how can you be “present and available”—particularly when whatever is going on is painful? Maybe it’s as simple as taking some deep breaths and stepping back from the situation until you can return to neutral—regardless of how long it takes.
A Month for Thanksgiving…On Finding The Silver Lining
In Rick Hanson’s book, The Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, he states that… “Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Gandhi, and the Buddha all had brains built essentially like anyone else’s, yet they were able to harness their thoughts and shape their patterns of thinking in ways that changed history.” How did they do it?
Manifest What You Want by Being Aware and Paying Attention
By engaging in the art of being aware and paying attention to your thoughts and accompanying feelings, you’ll give your mind and your heart something else to do rather than go off on an emotional binge when you get triggered. Instead of imploding, take a few breaths and step back from what happened. Scientific evidence now demonstrates that when you have a daily meditation practice, it will support you in creating the space to take that breath, and then focus on what you want (rather than what you don’t want)—from the really small things too much more grand and glorious ‘stuff.’ By creating that space, you provide an opening to receive what you want to manifest.
Prying Loose from the Noose of Conditioning
It seems at times that our minds can be endlessly complicated by a multitude of stimuli, any part of which can trigger a response from our conditioned programming. In his book, “2012 The Return of Quetzalcoatl,” Daniel Pinchbeck, consciousness researcher and bestselling author agrees:
Breathe in, Breathe out
Step Back From Your Worry
On Merging Science and Creationism
Several weeks ago, someone asked me if I’d ever studied atheism. Over my 25 years of researching human consciousness, science and spiritual growth, I had to say the topic hadn’t crossed my radar. Apart from having read The Origin, where Dan Brown pits creationism against science, which was interesting (though not convincing) I’ve never had the slightest inclination to explore the subject.
Connection—"A Thousand Points of Light”
Angels and Grace
Dealing with Agnes
These are interesting times—no doubt about it… lots of drama and darkness in high places, and it’s so easy to get all swept up. Whether it’s Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity, Blitzer or Colbert, discussions in the media are often about what went wrong on any given day and who is to blame. Much less fashionable are talking points on what actually might work to support the greater good, regardless of political persuasion. And speaking of what might work to support the greater good, I’ve been thinking about that topic for a while now. I even wrote a book about starting a new love story on planet earth. A pretty lofty goal, I know. But, even so, what’s stopping us?
While some of you may have already received the message (blog) below, which I sent out a couple of weeks ago (bear with me here), I couldn’t resist forwarding it along again as a lead in to my latest insight related to letting go…
Flash of Insight
Using Our Relationships as a Template for Spiritual Practice
The late Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled, defines true love as this: “The desire to contribute to another’s spiritual growth.” Peck’s definition says nothing about finding someone to complete you or make you happy (or vice versa). So whether or not the relationship is sustainable, if you decide to use it as a spiritual practice, you can choose to grow in the presence of another (while contributing to his/her growth) without a need or desire to change him/her so that you can be happy and comfortable. Instead, you work on being present and available for...
There is an endless supply of resources on how to follow the yellow brick road to happiness. And in recent years, the scientific community has jumped on board fortifying us with impressive data providing empirical evidence to show that we as a species have been hardwired to operate from a foundation of happiness and well-being (Happily Ever After...Right Now, prologue xxx). All we have to do to create that possibility...
Inspirational Quotes on Your Heart's Deepest Yearning
--Luann Robinson Hull
Caring Science: Sacred Wisdom of Loving Kindness, Compassion and Forgiveness
Grateful for You
One of you wrote this to me after my last gem: “I am deeply thankful that neuroscience now shows us the positive brain evidence, that supports choice versus fight or flight and to nurture self is the key to our new evolution as human BEINGS.” I loved this woman’s insights reminding me that many of you “out there,” are making note, like those of us on the Happily team, that we have a plethora of choices on...
It was a Soulful Weekend…
For those of you who couldn’t be there, we spent time together reviewing some of our “inner workings,” looking at why and how we get triggered, which hijacks or log-jams our peace and creative potential. As neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux points out,
“human consciousness is the way it is because of the way our brains operate…emotions evolved not as conscious feelings,...
Your Sacred Soul ~ An Immersion with Luann Robinson Hull
Broadening Our Outlook
I am no newcomer to the planet and I have been studying human behavior for over twenty-five years. I gotta tell ya,...