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.
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
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”
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?
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,...
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,...
Taking the Road Less Traveled by Robert Frost
Today, I decided to take the “road less traveled by” so I could discuss the topic of resistance first-hand with you. Since our discussion last time was on courage, I thought it might be appropriate to explore the subject of resistance or avoiding the inclination to give into fear and taking the path of least resistance.
Courage! A Labor of Love
As we continue to learn, some of our conditioned fears and the responses caused by these are no longer useful—at least when they cause more harm than good—like running around your back hand in tennis—or, consider this: Suppose you have had a life-long fear of heights for whatever reason (like me). And, for the last 11 years, you have been living in an alpine town, filled with hiking trails, cliffs, ski-mountains, and a multitude of exceedingly high places. What are...
Taking Back Our Emotional Well Being
Among those participating in breakthrough studies on the brain (merging science and spirituality), is Dr. Richard Davidson, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin. “Dr. Davidson has unearthed some significant findings regarding how the emotion of happiness can be tracked in the brain. Davidson collaborated with His Holiness the Dalia Lama to study monks, who are experienced practitioners in meditation, having...
Balancing Your Emotions
Here are some insights from Joseph LeDoux, Professor of Science in the Center for Neural Sciences at New York University. “…we are evolution in progress… As things now stand, the amygdala (which governs your fight or flight response to perceived or imagined fear http://bigthink.com/videos/the-amygdala-in-5-minutes) has a greater influence on the cortex (reasoning centers of the brain) than the cortex has on the amygdala, allowing emotional arousal (fight or flight) to dominate and control thinking. Throughout the mammals, pathways from the amygdala to the cortex overshadow the pathways from the...
The Power of Emotions Over Happiness
“Here is a key point that I have learned from devoting much of my professional life to studying the effects of human emotions. The raw, impulsive ones, like fear, excessive worry, and anger will absolutely hi-jack happiness and well being—every single time. And, once these emotions take hold, they can have a fierce grip. So, if we are going to...
Inspired Atop Aspen Mountain
I was inspired as I reflected that I’d been hiking/climbing up Aspen Mountain for over eleven years. That is a long time. And yet, when I started I didn’t think I could do it. I never thought I could come close to successfully climbing that mountain, and yet I do it now on a regular basis.
The basic premise? You can accomplish anything you put your mind to. How? I offer a quick tip in this very short video.
I invite you to watch the one-minute video by clicking here, or if you are reading this online...
The Look of Real Love
It's High Time to Reprogram Our Brains
We must be vigilant around any negative thoughts that are self directed, and turn these thoughts into loving kindness. Notice how deeply conditioned negativity is. Here is a simple example. Suppose you are in school and you just have done poorly on a test (by your standards). What is your first inclination? Is it to tell yourself how wonderful you are for even trying to do your best on the test (compassion)? Is it to find all of the ways that you have been successful in this...
Soul Sister (or Brother)
And in the spirit of celebrating the season, I am offering the e-book version of Happily Ever After...Right Now at a special price for the summer months.
Here is what Deb Scott, host of The Best People We Know radio show said about Happily: A New Standard for Every Woman! Required Reading! March 7, 2013 "... I wish I had this book 20 years ago. Don't wait - get it - read it - give it - as a gift to yourself or anyone you love. I think this would be a fabulous book club read as well. A new classic. – Deb Scott I invite you to take...