Karma by Nisargadatta Majaraj

“Karma is only a store of unspent energies, of unfulfilled desires, and fears not understood. The store is being constantly replenished by new desires and fears. It need not be so forever. Understand the root cause of your fears-estrangement from yourself; and of desires -the longing for the self, and your karma will dissolve like a dream.”

– Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Fear of Disease by Marianne Williamson

Fear of disease can attract disease, because we’re at the effect of what we think is real.

The fear of Ebola is a spreading thought virus, at least as much as the disease itself is a spreading physical virus. Use this daily meditation to boost your immune system, surround yourself with a spiritual shield, and contribute to the dissolution of all disease by dissolving it within your mind….

1) Close your eyes and affirm that as you have closed your outer eye, your inner eye has opened.

2) See a burst of holy white light — it could be a general Light, or the Light of the body of Christ or Buddha or whatever your mind relates to — and witness it covering your body.

3) Pray that every cell within and around you be suffused with this Light, that no darkness might enter.

4) With your inner eye, see your entire body infused with this Light and transformed by the Light.

5) Hold this vision for two minutes a day.

6) Pray that everyone else be protected by the Light, as well.

Amen

Life Too Serious…..by Paramahansa Yogananda

“Do not take life’s experiences too seriously. Above all, do not let them hurt you, for in reality they are nothing but dream experiences…. If circumstances are bad and you have to bear them, do not make them a part of yourself. Play your part in life, but never forget it is only a role. What you lose in the world will not be a loss to your soul. Trust in God and destroy fear, which paralyzes all efforts to succeed and attracts the very thing you fear.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

Grief by Jack Kornfield

“When after heavy rain the storm clouds disperse, is it not that they’ve wept themselves clear to the end?”

~Ghalib

Grief is one of the heart’s natural responses to loss. When we grieve we allow ourselves to feel the truth of our pain, the measure of betrayal or tragedy in our life. By our willingness to mourn, we slowly acknowledge, integrate, and accept the truth of our losses. Sometimes the best way to let go is to grieve.

It takes courage to grieve, to honor the pain we carry. We can grieve in tears or in meditative silence, in prayer or in song. In touching the pain of recent and long-held griefs, we come face to face with our genuine human vulnerability, with helplessness and hopelessness. These are the storm clouds of the heart.

Most traditional societies offer ritual and communal support to help people move through grief and loss. We need to respect our tears. Without a wise way to grieve, we can only soldier on, armored and unfeeling, but our hearts cannot learn and grow from the sorrows of the past.

To meditate on grief, let yourself sit, alone or with a comforting friend. Take the time to create an atmosphere of support. When you are ready, begin by sensing your breath. Feel your breathing in the area of your chest. This can help you become present to what is within you. Take one hand and hold is gently on your heart as if you were holding a vulnerable human being. You are.

As you continue to breathe, bring to mind the loss or pain you are grieving. Let the story, the images, the feelings comes naturally. Hold them gently. Take your time. Let the feelings come layer by layer, a little at a time.

Keep breathing softly, compassionately. Let whatever feelings are there, pain and tears, anger and love, fear and sorrow, come as they will. Touch them gently. Let them unravel out of your body and mind. Make space for any images that arise. Allow the whole story. Breathe and hold it all with tenderness and compassion. Kindness for it all, for you and for others.

The grief we carry is part of the grief of the world. Hold it gently. Let it be honored. You do not have to keep it in anymore. You can let it go into the heart of compassion; you can weep.

Releasing the grief we carry is a long, tear-filled process. Yet it follows the natural intelligence of the body and heart. Trust it, trust the unfolding. Along with meditation, some of your grief will want to be written, to be cried out, to be sung, to be danced. Let the timeless wisdom within you carry you through grief to an open hear.

The meditation is taken from the book, “The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace“ by Jack Kornfield

Self and self by Sri Ramana Maharshi

“The mind is only thoughts. It is a form of energy. It manifests itself as the world. When the mind sinks into the Self, then the Self is realized; when the mind issues forth, the world appears and the Self is not realized.”

Sri Ramana Maharshi.

When to let go by Jeff Brown

I distinguish between those situations where there is still work to be done in a relationship and those where the work has come to an end. All too often, we remain locked into connections that no longer serve us. And, all too often, we let go of connections before our work together is completed. We have to decide – is this relationship a laboratory for my own expansion, or a prison of my own making? Does it invite growth, or induce sleep? Can we find a way to become conscious together, or are we better off apart? This is the (he)art form of relatedness – knowing when to dive in deeper, knowing when to step away. Once we perfect this art, we can grow forward in our relational life.

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