Awareness

Dealing with Agnes

Sep 10, 2018 by Luann Robinson Hull
Dear Friends,

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?

Cosmic Love Story Revisited

Cosmic Love Story Revisited
Mar 04, 2013 by Luann Robinson Hull
"For a fully enlightened being, the difference between what is neurosis and what is wisdom is very hard to perceive, because somehow the energy underlying both is the same." - Chodron (1991, p. 21)

Love Story ♡ (Photo credit: Flocke™)

Hope and fear are intimately connected. There are things we like and want to keep, and there are things we don't like and want to get rid of. We are attached, and repelled; repelled and attached. It is easy to let go when we don't want something anymore, but letting go of something that we still desire, or even crave on some level, is quite another matter. How can we come to know more intimately the feelings we...

Royalty We Have Known and Loved

Nov 05, 2012 by Luann Robinson Hull
No doubt, you've seen and perhaps even known men or women who have chosen to live in their Magnificence. They exude inner strength and confidence and are respected and admired by others. Mother Teresa, Oprah Winfrey, Katherine Hepburn, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, Audrey Hepburn and Queen Noor of Jordan come to mind as female examples. Consider the saintly qualities of Mary, Queen of Heavens, and Magnificent mother of Jesus - picture Hera, Queen of the gods, who reigned as an equal partner with Zeus. Literary characters can also serve as model. Visualize Ayala in The Clan of the Cave Bear (Auel, 2002) series, who maintained a sense of herself and embodied the Royal essence, even thought she was scorned by the less-evolved tribe...

Your Awakened Heart

Your Awakened Heart
Oct 21, 2012 by Luann Robinson Hull
 

The Heart (Photo credit: petalouda62)

  Keep awakening and opening your heart. Notice when you feel joy. Be present with this feeling and remember that this is your natural state. Be aware of feelings of pain that may arise. You might react because you instinctively resist this pain. Be willing to sit still with it for a minute. Become intimate with the twinge and tenderness that you are experiencing. See if you can pinpoint where the pain is most acute. Where are you the most sensitive? Where do you feel particularly vulnerable around this ache in your heart? Do you feel jumpy, heavy, restless or motionless? Can you have a conversation with this pain? If so, what does...

On Hummingbirds And Happiness

Apr 29, 2012 by Luann Robinson Hull
originally posted on website June 14, 2010

"The goodness of a thing lies in its awareness and realization of its specific nature." - Aristotle

Dear Friends,

The last time we connected in January it seemed it could be a long winter's journey into spring. Now, suddenly it is June when the days extend endlessly into dusk and dawn starts to light up the sky just a few hours after midnight. About the time I find the lengthy winters in Colorado intolerable, summer boldly announces itself. And to me, the hummingbird (appropriately named for its captivating hum) is the official ambassador of the season. They have a magical way of ushering in the warm, sunny days, and bear a stunning resemblance to Peter Pan's Tinkerbelle...

Holiday Reflections / New Year Ponderings

Apr 29, 2012 by Luann Robinson Hull
originally posted on website January 15, 2010

Dear Friends,

Yes, the holidays can be stressful, yes our emphasis on materialism as a culture is reflected in the season, and yes it is a time when “abundance rejoices, and want is keenly felt (David Rolph,1981).” Though most would have to agree - it is also a time when kindness and compassion can be more plentiful - when we take a moment to write a card, send a gift, or share a thought with someone we might otherwise forget - when we offer love more openly and with greater benevolence. And if we are really on top of our game, we remember to thank the garbage collector with some cookies, the mailman with a cup of...

Holiday Reflections/New Year Ponderings

Jan 15, 2010 by Luann Robinson Hull
Dear Friends,

Yes, the holidays can be stressful, yes our emphasis on materialism as a culture is reflected in the season, and yes it is a time when “abundance rejoices, and want is keenly felt (David Rolph,1981).” Though most would have to agree - it is also a time when kindness and compassion can be more plentiful - when we take a moment to write a card, send a gift, or share a thought with someone we might otherwise forget - when we offer love more openly and with greater benevolence. And if we are really on top of our game, we remember to thank the garbage collector with some cookies, the mailman with a cup of hot chocolate, and the UPS delivery...

Attracting What You Want By Being Who You Are

May 29, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
The town in which I am currently a resident will soon be having a mayoral election. Of course, the ideal circumstance for any such “race” is to be able to select from a group of people, who have integrity, character, and a desire to serve for the highest good of all. And, this being the case wouldn’t choosing a candidate simply be a matter of selecting the one with the values that most represent and resonate with your own?

An advertisement in the local paper today regarding the upcoming election caught my attention. It appeared that the mayoral candidate, who had placed the ad was attempting to attract votes by demonstrating his character, accomplishments, and how because of his experience and...

The Guest House

Aug 24, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings! Welcome to The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. —Rumi (Coleman Barks, 1995, Harper Collins, pp. 109)

Can you relate to Rumi’s words? Have you ever been able to make meaning out of a temporary “depression...

Learning To Stay

Jul 14, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings and welcome to our ongoing dialogue on how to make happiness a priority in your life… right now.

“[Sometimes] we feel that there is a large problem and we have to fix it. [Instead,] stop. Do something unfamiliar. Do anything besides rushing off in the same old direction, up to the same old tricks.”—Pema Chodron

Last week we began our discussion by looking back at our lives to times of difficulty, and then noticing the successes, which followed. We challenged ourselves to review how we had actually used loss as a launch pad for success, even if we hadn’t been fully aware at the time of what had facilitated our process of transcendence.

Ultimately, each of us has an innate awareness that...