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Tibetan Healing Meditation. Tonglen (Sending and Taking) Efforts toward developing basic sanity, using mindfulness/awareness practice, can help us to improve our own health and other aspects of our personal situation. As we become more aware of what is really going on, we are more effective in working with it. However, when other people are involved, and especially if we are trying to help them, we might need something more. When Buddha discovered sitting practice, he was living alone under a tree, and when he started teaching he had already discovered his true nature. Part of what he learned was that he was not separate from other living beings. Meditators who continue interacting with other people, rather than living alone in a cave, may find them highly irritating at times. Tonglen practice — exchanging oneself, in our imagination, with others who are suffering — gives us a way to work with that, a way to dissolve our desperate clinging to separateness.

"Compassion is a far greater and nobler thing than pity. Talking With God. I met god the other day. I know what you're thinking. How the hell did you know it was god? Well, I'll explain as we go along, but basically he convinced me by having all, and I do mean ALL, the answers. Every question I flung at him he batted back with a plausible and satisfactory answer. Which is odd, because I'm still an atheist and we even agree on that! It all started on the 8.20 back from Paddington. What did he look like? Well not what you might have expected that's for sure. 'Anyone sitting here?

' 'Help yourself' I replied. Sits down, relaxes, I ignore and back to the correspondence on genetically modified crops entering the food chain... Train pulls out and a few minutes later he speaks. 'Can I ask you a question? ' Fighting to restrain my left eyebrow I replied 'Yes' in a tone which was intended to convey that I might not mind one question, and possibly a supplementary, but I really wasn't in the mood for a conversation. 'Why don't you believe in god?

' The Bastard! 'Who am I? ' 'Stottle. World Prayers - Prayer Index. By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Our society continues to perpetuate a number of myths about grief and mourning. These myths may seem harmless, but I have found that they can quickly become hurdles to healing. This article describes five of the most common myths about grief. I hope that this information will help you overcome these myths and better understand how to help yourself or others heal. Myth #1: Grief and mourning are the same experience. Most people tend to use the words grief and mourning interchangeably.

Simply stated, grief is the internal thoughts and feelings we experience when someone we love dies. In reality, many people in our culture grieve, but they do not mourn. Myth #2: There is a predictable and orderly progression to the experience of grief. Stage-like thinking about both dying and grief has been appealing to many people. The concept of "stages" was popularized in 1969 with the publication of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross' landmark text On Death and Dying. About the Author Dr. Living Consciously Guide to Waking Up | Natural Fertility, Pregnancy Health. Wake up to a fuller existence Written by Helen Zee 2nd April 2013 Conscious living is a value. It cannot be measured against someone else’s beliefs and way of life. It’s a state of being that isn’t turned on or off.

Is your mind littered with redundant worn out thoughts and actions How to Live Life More Consciously 1.Reflection and downtime. Together we are making a difference x Helen runs classes on yoga and meditation in Melbourne Australia. Pic source ~ Renata Ratajczylc Like this: Like Loading... Breath Meditation | The Breath of Life. Funeral Home and Crematory, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia | Griefword Library. The play of the Mind. About Shambhala - Vision, Lineage, Meditation, Community. Shambhala Vision It is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation, following ancient principles, and it can be further developed in daily life, so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

In the course of our lives, this goodness, warmth and intelligence can easily become covered over by doubt, fear and egotism. We tend to fall into a kind of sleep or stupor, believing in the conditioning we have as the ultimate truth, and coming under the sway of fear. The journey of awakening is known as the path of the warrior, as it requires the simple bravery to look directly at one’s own mind and heart. Shambhala vision is rooted in the contemplative teachings of Buddhism, yet is a fresh expression of the spiritual journey for our time; it is available to practitioners of any tradition.

Shambhala Community Shambhala is a global community. Pema Chodron. Rainbow Family Center for Alternative Living Medicine. Rare Rainbows in the Dark [24 PICS] Upper Yosemite Falls Moonbow. Rainbows in the dark have been delighting the few who are fortunate enough to witness the phenomenon since Aristotle’s time. Photo #1 by Teddy Llovet This spectacular picture from Easter Island shows the Milky Way, the Magellanic clouds, and a Moonbow. Photo #3 by Phil Plait Moonbow and starry night. According to Wikipedia, “Moonbows are most easily viewed when the moon is near to full (when it is brightest).

For true moonbows, other than those produced by waterfalls or sprays, the moon must be low in the sky (less than 42 degrees and preferably lower) and the sky must be dark. Rainbow ‘Round the Moon: a rainbow made exclusively with the light of the full moon. Moonbow – Cumberland Falls, KY. Moonbow? The photographer called this “Scorpius in Moon halo.” 22° halo of the moon was observed in Salvador Bahia Brazil for about 10 minutes. Okay, so not a real moonbow. Lunar Rainbow taken from the Zambia side of Victoria Falls. A Preference for the Infinite | Not long ago, on Christopher Hitchens’ web pages, I wrote what I thought would probably be a much-derided post in response to the tenor of the article in question, i.e. that religion, with its changes of rules and forms, is man-made: Yes, of course religion is man made; so is art, science, astronomy, physics, geology, medicine, chemistry, poetry, industry, literature and publishing, fishing, hunting and fine dining!

Name one of those which is not prone to changes and development. The question is, why in every age which history or archeology shows to us, is a religious feeling of some sort, present? Even Darwinian reasoning, which is crudeness taken to the utmost – random, chaotic mutations lead to hugely sophisticated equipment – supports a biological root. If it is man-made, what of it? To my surprise, one of the (presumably atheistic) posters thanked me and welcomed what he said was a thoughtful and well put argument. The hardness of a rock is an unarguable quality. Like this: Conflicts & agreements between science and religion. Lilly Endowment, Inc. All about religious tolerance: the web site.

Religious tolerance .org Welcome to the OCRT. Sponsored link. Overview: Before making use of anything on this web site, please read copyright and legal notices in a separate essay. The following is probably more than you ever wanted to know about us and our web site. However, we want to explain our "agenda" in promoting religious tolerance and to help you understand how this web site was written. It is important for us to be open with our beliefs and positions on various matters. You need this information in order to judge the credibility of our writing.

Our thoughts about religion: Religion is a unique force in society. Religion motivates some to dedicate their lives to help the poor and needy. Religion has the capability to generate unselfish love in some people, and vicious, raw hatred in others. About our group... We are a multi-faith agency of five volunteers in the U.S. and Canada who follow five different religious beliefs (Agnosticism, Atheism, Christianity, Wicca, and Zen Buddhism).

Definition of religious tolerance: Our goal: Thanks for reading! | Thanks for reading! Thanking a higher power for the beauty of our lives or when things go well is something often jumped upon as absurd. After all, a higher intelligence would hardly care if we thanked them or not. Unfortunately, like other criticisms of instinctive spiritual ideas, this dismissive approach does not take into account our biology. I was amazed to read today about gratitude and its effect on the brain: Actually ‘giving thanks’ – expressing gratitude to another person, whether verbally, physically, or even in the form of a letter – has profound effects on us, not just mentally but physically.Ungrateful people are actually cheating themselves, scientists believe. The mere act of thanking people releases chemicals within the body including ‘reward’ chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin – a neurotransmitter that makes us feel serene and happy – and oxytocin, the ‘cuddle’ hormone that loving couples release when together.

‘Cos the scientists now confirm – it’s good for us! CPS International | Response to Controversy. De la Sérendipité. Leçons de l'inattendu, par Pek Van Andel et Danièle Bourcier · Viviane Huys. Pek VAN ANDEL et Danièle BOURCIER, De la Sérendipité. Dans la science, la technique, l’art et le droit. Leçons de l’inattendu, Paris, L’Act Mem, collection Libres sciences, 2009. Les deux chercheurs, auteurs de cet ouvrage présentent une étude relativement approfondie de ce que l’on nomme « sérendipité », une notion qui désigne une forme de déduction inventive dans laquelle les inférences construites à partir d’indices jouent un grand rôle.

Structurant leur propos autour de trois grands chapitres, ils organisent leur réflexion à partir d’un état des lieux étymologique permettant de comprendre l’origine du terme, ses usages mais aussi, — et c’est sans doute l’un des aspects les plus intéressants de cette partie de l’étude — son apparition tardive dans la langue française. En effet, cela en dit long sur l’inexistence, de fait, de cette notion tant qu’elle n’est pas nommée, et par conséquent sur l’absence de reconnaissance du phénomène qu’elle désigne. Serendip.lab. Inspiration, Spirituality, Faith – - Divinity – a natural ideal for the mind | There does seem to be a tendency for all cultures, all peoples, to invent gods. They may differ in detail, but I think I’m right to say- anthropologists will tell you – that all peoples have gods of some sort.It doesn’t mean that all individuals do.. but it is a kind of universal feature of humanity.

Perhaps not quite as universal as sexual desire, but it’s sort of like that. So I think there is a genetic tendency to behave in some sort of way which you might call religious...Richard Dawkins, interview with Sally Quinn (date unknown) As James Watson points out in his excellent book DNA, even the Neandertal – a separate evolutionary branch from homo sapiens altogether – had funerary rites, which he interprets as evidence of belief in the soul and an afterlife. In all its forms from ancient to modern, the remarkable thing about religion is that it arises at all. The universal does not attract us until housed in an individual.

Gobekli Tepe predates Stonehenge by 6000 years. The Psychic Body: Spiritual Evolution | “Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act.” ..Annie Besant The development most likely to unite science and religion is verification that apart from the physical body we know and love, there is a more subtle element which so far, is only detectable by inference from external bodily actions, and of course by intuition. This element is the architect and scaffold of what we perceive as the physical structure, reacts in a consistent and predictable way, and forms the most influential part of the human personality. If it can be shown that religion is actually man’s first steps at understanding the nature of this intangible element, science and religion would become partners, each changing the other’s view of mankind, life and the universe. The psychic body has long been spoken about in literature concerned with psychic matter.

Music of Mendelssohn, from Thought Forms by Besant and Leadbeater Braque’s Fruit Dish, 1909 “What do you think an artist is? Like this: Beliefs :: “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love” - Augustine (354-430 AD) Summary In the essentials of the faith we have unity: “There is one body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all.” – Ephesians 4:4-6 In the non-essentials of the faith we have liberty: “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… so then each of us will give an account of himself to God… so whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” – Romans 14:1-22 In all things we show love: “If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains, but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” – 1 Corinthians 13:2 Essential Beliefs in Plain Terms There is one God and the Bible contains his message of loving truth.

God is both loving and just. Essential Beliefs in Theological Terms Why We Focus on the Essentials. Dharma Haven: A Harbor from the Storms of Panic and Confusion. International Museum of Religion - An Open Collaboration - Explore | Contribute | Discuss.