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The Siren’s Song

The Greek mythology of Sirens can be seen as an allegory for the mind; the stories and hypnotic trance it generates, and the unnecessary suffering caused by believing it. There are a few different versions of the story, says wikipedia. The most common is that; “Sirens were dangerous creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting songs, causing them to…

Tenderness

This time of year can be difficult for many people; with low levels of light affecting the body, the suffering in our world and the stories of what the holidays should look like, but don’t.   And, this time of year marks the return of the light, both literally, and symbolically — as a reminder to turn up the light of compassion…

Avoid The Void

A part of the spooky folklore around halloween is the idea that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead become thinner.  Scary stuff!  From the perspective of the body and ego, there is life and death. The “other-side” of life equates to a void of non-existence or death, so fear will come and with it, a…

The Interconnectedness of Life

It may be common knowledge today that the largest living organisms on earth (by mass) are aspen forests. The trees are all connected under the ground. And while each individual tree has a birth, a time of existence and a death, the organism lives on. This is an obvious analogy to us and all other (apparently separate) life forms. Just…

Anchored to the Truth of Life

That we live in crazy, uncertain times may be the understatement of the week. How to navigate this life and live fully engaged when it is so easy to be buffeted by the winds of events in our world, feeling the range of emotions and maybe becoming dismayed and heavy hearted?   A common mistake, in spiritual circles, is to…

Independence

Another July 4th has rolled by, where our country celebrates independence from the tyrannical yoke of the British Empire. Yet for many people, a struggle for inner freedom goes on because their experience is one of bondage and enslavement by the tyranny of their mind.  Listening to and believing the voices of the mind causes one to feel isolated and…

A Change of Perspective

For those who have a hunger to know the truth of life, the challenge is to not use the usual tools; mental concepts, beliefs and sensory information. The actuality of life is here, just not seen. It is always formless — and the mother of all forms. So what I am pointing to is more of a change of perspective,…

The Power of Relaxation

There are many things we can get stressed about these days and we all know that long-term stress negatively affects the health of our body, clouds the mind and reduces our ability to effectively deal with the challenges in our lives. While the power of relaxation may seem paradoxical, having the capacity to ‘flip the switch’ and initiate the relaxation…

Cultivating Gratitude

For those who may not already know, there is a significant study on the effects of gratitude by Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis. His research shows that having a gratitude practice can produce a 23 percent reduction in cortisol (stress hormone) levels, lower blood pressure, and reduced systemic inflammation (a marker for cardiovascular disease). The study…