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I’ve been off scouring the Internet for the creme de la creme of helpful tools for mindful living, and found this little gem from Eckhart Tolle:

“Suffering needs time, it cannot survive in the now.”

Wow! Talk about ending suffering in one sentence or less!

Ah, yet I know it can still remain just a concept without self awareness. And sometimes habit mind is already off and running before awareness kicks in, what to do then?

So I also found this exercise which is a perfect grounding tool to help bring us back around to fully inhabiting the present moment:

“Take your thumb and connect it with your pinky, take 5 deep breaths, in through the nose, out through the mouth.  Do the same with your ring finger, then your middle finger, then your index finger.  Then finally, bring all 5 fingers together and take 5 deep breaths.” (excerpted from thespirtscience.net)

I have used this exercise several times a day since I first came across it, and have also found it a successful tool to use during night time wakefulness, especially when it’s accompanied with being anywhere but in the now. Great tool over all to use day or night!

And finally one more mindfulness quote. This one is from Thich Nhat Hanh who is a beautiful resource for walking meditation. I am especially appreciating him right now as he was seriously ill earlier this fall, but seems to have recovered.

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

Try that, even if just for a few moments – habit mind takes a holiday, while your feet are kissing (and connecting with) the earth and the result is pure bliss!

May we all experience less suffering and greater freedom and peace!

 

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Screwiness

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I was listening to Abraham (channeled by Esther Hicks) in my car yesterday.  It’s been many moons since I had tuned into them, and I had about a 10 minute window in which to listen.  Don’t you know the Universe just gives you exactly what you need to hear at just the perfect timing?!  Here’s what Abe had to say:

“Does Source always need to find the positive aspects?   Can Source not be objective enough to see that something is screwy with that?  Well, it isn’t that Source doesn’t see the screwiness; Source accepts the screwiness as not wrong, not threatening.  Source sees the contrast.  Source just … and you may want to write this down because it is just profound beyond profound …

Source just doesn’t freak out!”

And Source has a sense of humor, too!

I really resonate with the truth of Eckhart Tolle when he says: “whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.”  I’d take it a step further and say that on some level we have chosen it, no matter how abhorrent the moment seems.

As Abraham says: “we are eternal beings”.  Eternal has to include expansion and it must follow that expansion includes new doorways to new experiences, new directions, choices, decisions, and new focus and clarity.

There are a multitude of ways to walk through that doorway of uncharted territory — freaking out, walking in trust, crying foul all the way “somebody screwed up my order”!  It doesn’t matter how any of us walk through that doorway, but walk we must.  It’s what we do, it’s how we play with the energy here on Planet Earth, for as long as we are blessed to be here.  And one thing I know for sure, I AM blessed to be here!

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When you completely accept this moment,

when you completely accept what is,

the compulsion to think, lessens.

And, is replaced by an alert stillness.

You are fully conscious, yet the mind

is not labeling this moment in any way.

This state of inner non-resistance

opens you to the unconditioned consciousness

that is infinitely greater than the human mind.

This vast intelligence can then express itself through you

and assist you both from within and without.

That is why, by letting go of inner resistance,

you often find circumstances change for the better.

Am I saying – enjoy this moment, be happy?

No.

Allow the such-ness of this moment, that’s enough.

Surrender is surrender to this moment, not to a story

through which you interpret this moment,

and then try to resign yourself to.

Can you accept the is-ness of this moment, and

not confuse it with a story the mind has created around it?

~Eckhart Tolle~

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I’m Here

 

“If you have a strong need to be on a journey,

you will find yourself on one.

If you have the strong urge

that I need to be home,

very quickly you find yourself,

you are Home.”

~Mooji~

Neither path good nor bad.  Merge that with Eckhart Tolle’s:

“accept the is-ness of this moment”

and you and I find ourselves, exactly wherever we need to be at this time.

Be, in peace, my friends.

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Can you accept the is-ness of this moment,
and not confuse it with a story the mind has created around it?

Surrender comes when you no longer ask:
why is this happening to me?

Even within the seemingly most unacceptable and painful situation, is
concealed a deeper good and within every disaster is contained the
seed of Christ.

…accepting the seemingly unacceptable,
and thus finding the peace that surpasses all understanding

Acceptance of the unacceptable,
is the greatest source of praise in this world.

When you fully accept that you don’t know, you give up
struggling to find answers with the limited thinking mind,
and that is when the greater intelligence can operate through you.

Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand,
and becoming comfortable with not knowing.

Surrender, one could say is the inner transition from resistance to acceptance,
from no to yes.

When you surrender your sense of self shifts from being identified
with the reaction or mental judgment
to being the space around the reaction or judgment.

It is a shift from identification with form, thought or the emotion
to being and recognizing yourself as that which has no form.
Spacious Awareness.

Whatever you accept completely will take you to peace,
including the acceptance that you cannot accept that you are in resistance.

Leave life alone
Let it be.

~Eckhart Tolle~

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Emotions change,

they come and go.

You are that

which doesn’t

come and go.

You are the awareness

behind what arises.

 So…

the moment

you accept what arises,

you are free.

~Kim Eng with Eckhart Tolle~
Resist Nothing: Guided Meditations

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The primary cause of unhappiness

is never the situation

but your thoughts about it.

~Eckhart Tolle~

I hope that quote from Eckhart Tolle brought you some relief today.  It certainly did for me.  My thoughts were: this is hard, I didn’t sign up for all of this, it’s too much of a drain on me, I don’t like this, I feel stuck.

Ultimately, stuck equals powerless to me.  Yet when I went to read some Tolle for inspiration, I spotted this quote right away as the truth in what was going on.  It’s not the situation, it’s what I am telling myself about the situation.  What I tell myself about it, is what makes it hard.

It’s not even that I want to change the story I am telling myself, I don’t want to tell any story at all about it.  The facts are – here’s the situation, the rest is extraneous mumbo jumbo that is the cause of my stress.  Not only that, I allow the Universe to act more freely on my behalf when I am not locking things in as – it’s this or it’s that.

I did a post awhile back entitled Just the Facts that addresses this very topic.  When I let go of the story I was telling myself the Universe delivered with more surprises and synchronicities then I could ever imagine.  The U loves to show off for you and me.  Question is – are we letting it or are we limiting it?  Today, right this minute, I am letting it.

Whew, that just feels so much better then the story I was locked into just a few short minutes ago!

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Whatever the present moment contains,
accept it as if you had chosen it.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

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Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.
How do you know this is the experience you need?
Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

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Right Left Right

My friend Amy shared with me paraphrases of the following teachings and I loved them so much, wanted to share with you also:

“You are not the contents of your life.”  Tolle would say.

“if you can observe it, it is not you”  Mooji would say.

“This shouldn’t be happening….is that true?”  Byron Katie would say.

“Who knows what is good or bad.”  An ancient Taoist proverb says.

I’ve chosen other quotes on my blog from Tolle, Mooji, Byron Katie, and the Taoist parable and appended them below.

Eckhart Tolle:

When you are present in this moment,
you break the continuity of your story, of past and future.

Then true intelligence arises, and also LOVE.

The only way that LOVE can come into your life is not through form,
but through the inner spaciousness that is presence.

LOVE has no form. The world can only change from within.

Mooji:

We are missing what is obvious, what is pure, what is beautiful.  But we don’t have to go so far to find this, because the truth is distance-less, it’s here.  It’s here; it’s only somehow concealed by distraction.  Our eyes move and plant themselves onto transient things.  But if the aspiration is inside a human being to grow, to find the truth, then he will find a way and the way will find him.

Byron Katie:

How do we respond to a world that seems out of control? The world
seems that way because it ‘is’ out of control—the sun rises whether
we want it to or not, the toaster breaks, someone cuts you off on
your way to work. We’ve never had control. We have the illusion of
control when things go the way we think they should, and then when
they don’t, we say we’ve lost control, and we long for some sort of
state where we imagine we’ll have control again.

But suffering isn’t a result of not having control or of things
accelerating. It is a result of arguing with reality. When we
believe our thoughts, we suffer, but when we question them, we don’t
suffer. Freedom is as simple as that. When the unquestioned mind
moves out of its arguments with reality, we move into alignment with
constant change. After all, change is happening anyway, whether we
like it or not. Everything changes, it seems. But when we’re
attached to our thoughts about what that change should be, being out
of control feels uncomfortable.

If there is, in fact, an acceleration of changes, it’s a gift. The
apparent craziness of the world, like everything else, is a gift
that we can use to set our minds free. You can’t free yourself by
finding a “timeless, changeless dimension” outside your own mind.

When you question what you believe, you eventually come to see that
you ‘are’ the timeless, changeless dimension that you’ve been
seeking. Then you may find that you don’t need to navigate a future
at all—that what appears now is all you’ve got, and even that is

always immediately gone. And when you’ve stopped doing war with
reality, you ‘are’ what changes, totally without control. That state
of constant change is creation without limits, efficient and free
and beautiful beyond description.

Insights from the parable Who Knows What’s Good What’s Bad:

This parable is such a beautiful illustration of why it’s relevant to suspend judgment, conclusions and assumptions about anything.  Judgements and the like don’t reflect the bigger picture.  We don’t always know in the heat of any moment, what is good what is bad.  What is a blessing, what is a gift, what is a challenge in the moment that provides further expansion for us later.  We don’t always know, but we can remain open.  We can lay aside the impulse to make any seeming fact mean anything.  We can trust that the nature of all things is continually unfolding – and perhaps find a lot more ease in this open and receptive place.

Click here to see the parable in its entirety.

Those of you who follow this blog, know we recently had a puppy die suddenly in our home.  There was plenty of “this shouldn’t be happening” being felt.  There was so much serendipity around this little guy and his transition.  And while I was grieving I put all my biggest worries on the back burner.  I grieved and to some extent I still do.  But meanwhile, I forgot to take those big worries off the back burner.

Another little baby came to us from a rescue group in SoCal.  That’s Abby Rose you see at the top of this post.

As my friend, Luana reminded me, Life turned left to go right.  Life is actually always turning right, it’s we who have gone left and abandoned the truth that our good is always there, sometimes as yet unseen, but it’s there.  Some times it waits for us to catch up and trust, some times you are scooped up in the arms of grace whether you’d momentarily lost your faith or not.  That’s because another word for Grace is Love, the foundation of the Universe.  I can try to buck that current that is back of all things, but not for long.  Thank God for that!

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