Balancing Pride and Gratitude

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We have all heard the term, “Pride comes before a fall”. In the scheme of things, we all can let “ego” drive our perspective on our experiences. When we strive to gratify ego with a self-centered attitude, and if we are ignoring the interconnected nature of the universe that we live in, we can fall into the trap of ego and pride. This is not to say that we should not promote a positive impression of our experience of “self”. It is to say that when we disconnect from the world we live in and take all the credit for the “positive” events, we are also going to have to take credit for the “negative” events in equal measure. We end up stuck in a dynamic where we are “proud” of the positive, and then we are “ashamed” of the negative. This pattern of pride and shame creates a rollercoaster ride of self-perception. It also creates a pitfall where we can get stuck in shame, and limit our perceptions to the negative. This can create a filter in awareness that limits the ability to see the positive and move toward the “pride” state. For anyone in this pit, it is very difficult to climb out of it. read more

Amazing and Powerful (Repost)

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 I posted this two weeks ago and I think it did not send properly. Apologies if you are receiving this a second time.

So often we are led to believe that if we “change” we will become what we are truly meant to be. The assertion is – we are not in touch with the real “being” that is behind or below or somewhere where we currently are not. If we could only shift our awareness or consciousness, we would finally see the reality that will resolve the lack or absence that is at the root of our existential crisis. Frequently the underlying message is that we are “broken” or “not whole” and the way to fix this is to shift our awareness to realize that we are “Being” or “Presence” or in the “Now”. We are also told that it is our “mind” or “ego” that deceives us, creating the illusion that we are not “Being”, “Presence”, or in the “Now”. If we accept that we are always “Being”, “Presence”, or in the “Now”, whether we are aware of this in any given moment or not; can we realize that we are already “there” and there is no real need to go anywhere or do anything to get “there”? This acceptance would be in disagreement with our “mind” or “ego” that creates the illusion. read more

Equinox and Wellness

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Did you notice the equinox? The first day of spring! It is the center point. The point where the day and night are the same length. The point on the Earth’s travel around the sun that is the threshold to longer days. The equinox is a state of balance.

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And yet, if we did not see this event in this light, we may have just experienced the day as any other day. I would like to give some thought to how we can apply the symbolism of the equinox to our wellness journey.

The theme for equinox is balance, equilibrium, harmony. The spring equinox is also a portent for the increased growth and energy of the return of warmer temperatures, lush gardens, and the greening of the landscape. There is something about this time when the environment is coming to life and we are energized. If you pay attention, you will see and feel the flow of this energy all around you. The sounds of the songbirds, the return of the bees to pollinate the blooms, the tender buds on the trees and shrubs. All of these are signs of renewal. read more

Amazing and Powerful

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So often we are led to believe that if we “change” we will become what we are truly meant to be. The assertion is – we are not in touch with the real “being” that is behind or below or somewhere where we currently are not. If we could only shift our awareness or consciousness, we would finally see the reality that will resolve the lack or absence that is at the root of our existential crisis. Frequently the underlying message is that we are “broken” or “not whole” and the way to fix this is to shift our awareness to realize that we are “Being” or “Presence” or in the “Now”. We are also told that it is our “mind” or “ego” that deceives us, creating the illusion that we are not “Being”, “Presence”, or in the “Now”. If we accept that we are always “Being”, “Presence”, or in the “Now”, whether we are aware of this in any given moment or not; can we realize that we are already “there” and there is no real need to go anywhere or do anything to get “there”? This acceptance would be in disagreement with our “mind” or “ego” that creates the illusion. read more

Turning Lead into Gold

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We hear about how the ancient alchemists worked to divine the secret of turning “base metal” into gold. The most common element that they concentrated on was lead. Whether we interpret the writings of the ancients as literal attempts to learn how to take lead and transform it into actual gold, or as metaphorical; we can see the intention is to transmute something of lesser value to something of greater value. The process has been attributed to the transpersonal journey of the evolving human. read more