Staying Present is a Priceless Gift ~ Tich Nhat Hanh

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You’ve made this blogging year an outstanding experience.

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mindfulness = health TNH

Care is a Priceless Gift 

“Your home is in the here and the now.” 

Tich Nhat Hanh

This holiday season, we have a chance to express our love and care for Mother Earth by the way we care for our self, our family and our environment. We can practice mindfulness to care for our inner environment, our feelings and our emotions so that we do not lose our self in worries about the future or regrets about the past, or lose our self with our feelings and thinking in the present moment. We practice in such a way that we are peaceful, free and happy right in the here and now.

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the Ascension Continues within Us

 Ascension is a state of Mind

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Ascension is a state of mind, as is everything – the weather outside, this monitor we’re looking at, even ourselves.
So just how the Ascension energies affected us will be different for everyone.
But what happens now?
Well that’s up to us. Just as the affects of the Ascension were felt internally, progression has to be on an internal level. It is our mind that’s creating this world, so for the positive change to continue, we have to cultivate and maintain a light and loving state of mind.  

Ascension Energy Shift… to Where?

Energy shift sceptisism

So how are the 21.12.12 and 22.12.12 cosmic energies feeling to you?
I guess it just depends on how you’re wired up, religious preferences, and how sensitive to these things you are. It might feel, as a reader commented yesterday, like “New Age clap trap”. And she’s not alone in thinking this. carl sagen
I’ve got to admit, I don’t set much store by Mayan prophesy. Just how trustworthy can a society that sacrificed humans and animals be?
And surfing other sites can be a bit disheartening. ‘Cataclysmic’, ‘life defining’ and ‘moving from a 3D to 5D existence‘? I think I must’ve missed something. Homage to anybody who didn’t.
Even quantum physics is fuzzy on what 5D is. (The brilliant Carl Sagen only goes as far as explaining the 4th dimension in this Matrix-like video, and that sounds strange enough.) So some sceptisism is understandable here.

A subtle shift

But then as aisha north says, You might not even be able to tell the difference in your surroundings. Because the changes that are about to take place will not be seen on the surface.”

Ghandi quote

These energy changes can be subtle. That’s mostly been my experience, although their effects have been quite life changing.

But isn’t that the important thing?
How we react to these changing energies?

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Wishing you all a Blessed Ascension Weekend!

Kat Day said yesterday,
This is a truly magical time on Planet Earth for we, as human beings, are awakening all over the globe to experience our personal and planetary Ascension process, which is well underway..”

Here’s what Tumblr had to say…
How do you feel about the Ascension?

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If you are still unmoved by the beauty of the universe, then you haven’t grasped its entirety yet.

Don’t you know? It is your light that lights the worlds ~ Rumi
via starseedthoughts

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Ascension 21.12.12 ☆ Guest post by Kat Day

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A truly magical time on Planet Earth 

This is a truly magical time on Planet Earth for we, as human beings, are awakening all over the globe to experience our personal and planetary Ascension process, which is well underway.
Earth has been aligning herself with the central core of our galaxy, an event which marks the dawn of a new Golden Age & the ending of a Universal Age of 26,000 years of evolutionary development! It is a time when humanity, Planet Earth and all of creation has the choice to take a simultaneous leap in evolution.

The powerful energies of unconditional Love sweeping the planet are readily available to us at this time, enabling strong connections to our Soul and The Divine, and allowing us access to loving guidance and insight like never before in our lifetimes. We are all raising to a new higher vibration and way of life that will empower us to return to our natural state of Love and re-establish Heaven on Earth.

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1 Week until Christmas? DON’T PANIC!

If you’re enjoying the run-up to Christmas, go for it! 
Here’s wishing you and yours have a very merry time 🙂

But if the glittering excess of Christmas brings on a colder chill than the frost on Santa Clause’s sleigh…

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Don’t Panic!

Fretting about next week now only brings it into the present.
Why ruin today by summoning the ghosts of Christmas past and future.
Live today while it’s here!

Enjoy your Christmas when it comes,
don’t worry about the expectations of others,
and forget it once it’s over.

Breathe the sigh of relief that only mindfulness of now can give.

Focus as well on a mind of love ~
hidden in all that tinsel and gift wrap there is genuine love.
But we can only touch this and share it with others if we’re true to ourselves.

 

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Image via Marci Robin, Pinterest
ASCII via FSymbols

Pure Mind, Pure World

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Pure Mind, Pure World TNH

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This image is dedicated to anybody who is trying to change their mind to make the world a better place, because  it does work.
How could it not?
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Our world is created by our mind.

We all know this on some level, don’t we?

So we can see that the creation of a purer world depends upon the purity of the minds of the beings who inhabit it.

ڿڰۣ(̆̃̃

“Pure Mind, Pure World”
Buddha

(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ

We can see that if we want to make a difference in this world

– which undeniably needs to be done –

it is up to each and every one of us to be brave, and take a look at our own mind.

* Even if we think we’ve already done that…
look again.

There’s always a dark alley hidden away somewhere we can illuminate with the compassionate light of wisdom.

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Vajrasattva, Buddha of Purification

Vajrasattva, Buddha of Purification

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Our Vajrasattva retreat at Amitabha Centre finishes today.
Many other Buddhists out there are just starting or finishing their winter purification retreats.
So this goes out to all who participated, and most definitely, anybody anywhere who is trying to make the world a better place. Keep up the good work ˚͜˚

You are in very good company!

Through the blessings of all the Holy beings
The truth of actions and effects,
And the power of my pure, superior intention
May all my prayers be fulfilled.

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For more on Vajrasattva see Vajrasattva Empowerment.
Vajrasattva is a Buddha of purification. The practice of meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva’s mantra is a very powerful method for purifying our impure mind and actions.

Credits:

Quote from Gen Chönden adapted from his simplified version of the Bodhisattva vow, which is a Buddhist’s promise to gain enlightenment to help all others.
(Vajrasattva Empowerment, Bristol, Dec ’12)

See the Transcultural Buddhism  blog for more on purification practice.

Tich Naht Hanh calligraphy via MySoul’sOnIce
Solitary Vajrasattva image and verse (adapted) via Tharpa Publications
Quote from Geshe La

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bottom right mountain image
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*full versions of adapted text given below (in comments).

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