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

ڿڰۣ(̆̃̃ღ  

Pure Mind, Pure World TNH

(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ

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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*full versions of adapted text given below (in comments).

Death & Love, My Very Old Friends

When Friends Connect

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My oldest friend looks for me
On a dark road
Nights I can’t sleep,
We are lonely together.

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ڿڰۣ❀ڿڰۣ(̆̃̃

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We are yellow jackets in late summer,
Beating at the screen
We are two old women holding hands
At the funeral of a friend.

We are two children playingend kids eyes http-::thewitlessairhead.blogspot.co.uk:2009_10_01_archive.html
“Who Am I?”
You put your hands over my eyes
And in their darkness,
I know for sure
That at the end,

The playful stranger who appears
Is not death
But love.

ღ(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ✿

Links:
By Kathleen Norris, via Idealistic Rebel
For more of Kathleen’s poems, click the 
↑ link.
These are thoughts on Priceless Art ~ a Christmas Present

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Priceless Art ~ a Christmas Present

Priceless Art ~

 

A Christmas Present

Grieving lost ones at Christmas

A touching and poignant piece by Julia.
I’m dedicating it here to all those who have lost loved ones, and still feel that empty space in their lives at Christmas.

I don’t think time heals so much as helps us cope. If they left our lives awhile ago, we can think fondly of those who have passed on; they will still benefit from our positive energy directed towards them. We can offer their memory a smile.

Grief has no time limit

It’s more normal than commonly accepted to still miss loved ones years after their passing. It’s OK do this; just hold ourselves and them with a mind of loving kindness.
Grief takes as long as it does.” (Namaste Consulting Inc)

If their passing was more recent and the pain is still raw, sending them our love in the form of prayers and lights will be of mutual benefit to them and us.
When someone has just died, they are still very present in our minds. The loving energies we send to them become guiding lights on the next stage of their journey.

Be mindful of the love we have in us and all around us this holiday

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To remember the dead is to acknowledge the coexistence of pain and love.
(Tim Muldoon)

By remembering those who have gone onto pastures new with loving kindness, we are honouring their memory. As long as we feel comfortable doing this, it’s a beautiful thing to do.

Be kind to ourselves, as well. When we are in pain we are like injured children, who need to be treated gently and tenderly. Being patient with our own suffering helps it to heal. And we’ll never forget our loved ones, “Something in our minds will aways stay.” (Sting)

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Cherish those who are still in our lives now. Really be with them. Part of honouring those who have gone from our lives is treasuring the people who are still here.

The greatest gift you can offer loved ones is your true presence.” (Thich Nhat Hanh) Celebrating Christmas as you normally would, giving genuine smiles of joy – this is a real Christmas present to our loved ones.

ღ(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ✿ 

* Related links (underlined) are given as offerings to go with this post.
Further thoughts on this:  Death & Love, My Very Old Friends

Dr.Suess image via deep-in-the-woods on Tumblr
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Journey with Julia

Another day, another loss . . . all great love has a cost.

Please remember just to breathe, as you take this time to grieve.

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Life is our gift from God above, and He blesses it with love.

Some folks say these gifts don’t last, but God won’t rob us of our past.

These blessings that we receive come with no special guarantees.

One day here, gone tomorrow . . . one day joy, the next, great sorrow.

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You won’t see that face again?

Just close your eyes, my troubled friend.

God’s gifts will never leave your heart

your memories are your priceless art.

 

One of the few pics I have of all the Kovach kids. It’s hard to believe that Teri, Chris, and Steve have all passed on. These memories are my priceless art.

 (Pic: Teri w/arms around Joe and Brenda; Chris next to her, holding…

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Vajrasattva Purification Practice and Empowerment

Vajrasattva Empowerment
with Gen Chönden

~ Sat 8th Dec 2012 

Buddha Vajrasattva

Vajrasattva is a Buddha of purification. The practice of meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva’s mantra is a powerful method for purifying our impure mind and actions. This makes us feel better now, and prevents us experiencing a similar but worse event in the future. (See karma articles for more on this.)

The short version of Vajrasattva’s mantra is:

om Vajrasatto sarwa siddhi hum

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