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Try appreciation over gratitude.

(Gratitude has been co-opted by the ego/mind and laced with the subtle or overt sense of, “Had it not been for this thing/event/person…” And this puts one back in conditional and incidental existence: something out there “makes” me happy or “gives” me something, and so I am grateful.)

Appreciation says: I see the goodness in this. Without condition or reservation. And, I appreciate myself for seeing the goodness in this. When we appreciate as such, everything we see in this way appreciates (expands), and the rest dissolves.  (more…)

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There may arise a mental belief that if the action is all there is and there’s no doer involved, then there’s no ‘ownership’ of the action.

When action arises always and inevitably as inspired calling, we’re so completely One with it, that we are the action. I am it. There’s no ‘me’ that exists separately from it. So, in a paradox, there is complete ownership of the action in the only way that matters. (Observe any true athlete or dancer and see how they are the movement — there’s no doer making movements!)  (more…)

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The total solar eclipse is not only a wonderful metaphor but also a physical event that can be used to become totally still, and to look within at what really happens in the shadow.

Often, the shadow is spoken of as “another side” like it has substance — the latent dark matter of human consciousness — but this is the thinking mind getting wrapped up some more in itself! Much like the eclipse demonstrates, the shadow isn’t another side to Self; it’s just the experience in the absence of Light. There is no other side to the sun; there is only an experience of shadow when the sun is obstructed. Similarly, the shadow in the human experience has no substance and no source. (This is why the enlightened one says, “There’s no evil and no imperfection.”) The shadow isn’t who we really are “on the other side”; it is only an experience of darkness created by the mind obstructing the Light of who we really are: Love.  (more…)

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Procrastination is the unconscious wisdom of Self; a knowing that there is no leverage or power in action without being in Love, without alignment, without being in the energy frequency from which inspired action can spontaneously arise.

It is easy enough to observe that when one is continuously driven and motivated by the mind into all sorts of busyness and causes and deadlines and achievements, the things closest to one’s heart seem silly and “pointless,” and get postponed or shelved. Allowing that poem to come forth. Planting that flower bed. Writing that letter. Practicing that song. Dancing that number. Sketching that jewelry design. (Things you’re happy doing when no one is looking, and no Facebook reports of them need be made 🙂 Things children do all the time until we teach them that they need to “get real” and do things viable and valuable in the world.) Or apparently “bigger” things. Writing that book. Opening a restaurant. Acting in that play. Launching that line of silly T-shirts. Making that breakthrough discovery. Nothing that arises from the (expansion of) heart can be motivated into action, it must always be inspired, and allowed to flow. It arises spontaneously in Love, in alignment with Self. Without mission or permission, without justice or justification. And so, in a mind-identified psychological environment, it withdraws and hides behind procrastination, waiting for the timing of alignment, for a moment of Love. An inherent wisdom prevails — Nope, this bud will only flower when you fall into your heart!  (more…)

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This inspired and potent drawing by Leah Pearlman of Dharma Comics reminds me to share more with those who wish to discern between inspired thought that is simply received or arrives in awareness and in turn translates to spontaneous action (non-doing), and projected and recycled thought that the mind generates in reaction / response to perceived external conditions, which then leads to motivated effort in mission-orientation (doing).20507129_1421498784597731_1384810115700941336_o

The former feels like being drawn, like being called, inexplicably, unreasonably and unconditionally. (Unconditionally = unattached to external conditions.) The latter feels like being driven, by a patterned and conditioned response to observed external conditions, in which we perceive a “need” to meet or a “problem” to solve.  (more…)

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My father wrote an affectionate congratulatory note to a young man, son of his dear colleague and someone our family has known since his childhood. He just graduated with his PhD. He wrote back a generous and loving note in turn, and said he was “graduating with gratitude.”

What a wonderful expression! And with so many nuances. If we could all graduate with gratitude (in/from) every experience, unconditionally (i.e. no matter what it is like), we’d instantly be intimate with the truth of our being. And no PhD can teach us that… something this young man seems to be awake to!

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Many years ago, I played some squash and had the opportunity to enjoy a few lessons with the world-renowned Khan family of coaches in Seattle. I heard one of them say, “You don’t play squash to get fit, you get fit to play squash.”

Some years later when I was riding a profound low and a beloved guide wondered why I didn’t seek out music for healing, I heard my inner guru say, “You don’t do music to be healed, you must be healed to do/serve music!”  (more…)

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