Talk Yourself into a Better 2014

How’s 2014 going for you?

Sorry, but now we’re into it; 2014 looks to be starting off as another challenging year for many.
Can mindful breathing with mantras, gathas or affirmations change this?

Road in Somerset Levels

Flooded road in Somerset Levels, UK

Blue Monday

Last Monday, 20th January, is known as ‘Blue Monday’.
According to the Bristol Observer, it’s the ‘gloomiest, most depressing day of the year‘.

So if this week didn’t have the best start, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Archangel Gabriel

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The first few months of 2014 are about integration and clearing.
Integrating the old and gracefully clearing the new
is a simultaneous CoCreative process
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Archangel Gabriel

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Buddhist Sutra & Tantra on Vajrayogini Day

 

The universal compassion accomplished through the practice of Sutra teachings and the wisdom accomplished through the practice of Tantric teachings are like two wings of a bird.

Just as both wings are equally important for a bird to fly, so both Sutra and Tantra are equally important for practitioners seeking enlightenment.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Sutra

Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, a poem written by the 7th Century Buddhist master, Shantideva:

“A Bodhisattva is a friend of the world who, motivated by compassion, spontaneously seeks enlightenment to benefit all living beings.”

Verses from Shantideva's Guide, GKG

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We Are All One Animated Lump of Stardust

Sagan Earth…It’s what we do with our time on this planet that is the important part.

☆ * •. ¸ A sparkly, spiritual podcast of my thoughts after the Perseid Meteor Shower, and stargazing up at the Pleiadies.
The universe is so big and special and we’re not separate from it,
so we’re  all special too. Which is a humbling thought.

 ─━★ Our place in space

 ─━☆ Please turn your volume up! I get even quieter later on ❤.¸¸.✧
(Video taken from previous post on the Perseids)

We Are All One ~
Not as Different as We Think

“Just as I wish to be free from suffering and experience happiness so do all other beings. In this respect I am no different from any other being; we are all equal.”
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

“We are all equal; we are all one.”
Ashtar, Pleiades

“Consider your own place in the universal oneness of which we are all a part, from which we all arise, and to which we all return.”
David Fontana

“We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate each other.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Stardust - Krauss

We Are All Stardust

Krauss’s quote rocks until the last few lines. 

That we are all born in the heart of a dying star isn’t just inspirational poetry, it’s scientific fact. (And used to be Cosmic Loti’s tagline ;~)
99% of the elements on Earth were formed at the heart of a star, and scattered throughout the universe as the supernova exploded into death, forming the basic make-up of planet and people.

Prof Brian Cox deliciously shows this here,
where he explains that ‘C’ is for Carbon:

Going back to Krauss, it’s fact that at the very least, Jesus was a historical figure who taught beautiful and profound truths which remain with us today.
Invidiously offending his followers is rude and unnecessary; and completely misses the point.

* nb. If you want to offend the deserving, then this is far more accurate:

Is this fair?

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re: top video:
* that 1st line: Perseid Meteor Shower – didn’t see many, but the Pleiades looked sweet.”

** this is just one Buddhist take on why We Are All One.
Thanks for watching :~)

as we ascend

From Sci-Fact to Sci-Fi, earlier posts on how we are all cosmically  equal:

Equalising Doctor Who & The Daleks with Buddha’s Wisdom (pt 1)
Equalising Doctor Who & the Daleks with Emptiness (pt 2)

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And talking of equality,
Happy 50th anniversary to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “
I Have a Dream” speech.

Let freedom reign

웃♡유♡유♡웃♡웃♡유

we are one

 

Plum Village Bell Meditation

The sound of the bell brings us back to peace.

* The Bell Meditation

We find peace in our mind by using the sound of the bell to bring us back to ‘the safe island of mindfulness.’
It is a simple means of bringing the mind back to it’s natural state of equilibrium.

For me, it is like the Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin, with the meaning of his words implied by the bell.
Within these meditations there are deeper and deeper levels of meaning for us to explore; each more beautiful than the last.

Peace at Home, Peace in the World

World peace starts here ♡

Peaceful Minds

   make for

     Peace at Home

        leading to Peace on Earth

resulting in Peace throughout the Cosmos.

and all of us here at Home

   can make Peace on Earth

     and even throughout the Cosmos

       just by holding Peaceful Minds

           all of the time.

                                       (* or just when we can)

ڿڰۣ

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“Each human being exists within the context of interrelationships that include other human beings, all living beings and the natural world. In other words, each person is sustained by the interdependent web of life. By awakening to this principle we are able to expand instinctive self-love into an altruistic love for others; we are able to nurture the spirit of tolerance and empathy for others.”

Dr. Yoichi Kawada, From inner peace to world peace, a Buddhist perspective.

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• DUENDEARTPRODUCTIONS : World Peace Starts At Home (pt2).wmv,
beautiful images (like the photo above!) and audio.

B4 PEACE logo

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Related Posts:

• the everyday gurus Monthly Peace Challenge: Peace at Home
by Kozo Hattori
• theINFP : Peace at home
“Perceptions and assumptions behave like clouds and dirty windows, they distort reality.” Home Truths.

❤ 

  • Rarasaur: Sara Teaches The Thud,
on brilliantly silly duck communication; and proper, diplomatic, proactive, flexible-solution-oriented, truthful communication.
• I am Grayson:  What’s important, right now?
a personal view on communication.
• the living light: Aura of Redemption,
“We will never be protected, By the walls that we’ve erected…”

• Monthly Peace Challenge: Peace at Home,
for lots of other Peace at home posts!

Inner Peace ☮ World Happiness

b4 peace tanks

Proper Peace Tanks
Bring Peace

If we are Peaceful, 

We are Happy.

“We can blossom like a flower,
and everyone in our family,
our entire society,
will benefit from our peace.” 

Being Peace, Tich Nhat Hanh 

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Without inner peace,

outer peace is impossible.

“We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be acheived unless we first establish peace within our own minds. We can send so-called ‘peacekeeping forces’ into areas of conflict, but peace cannot be oppossed from the outside with guns. Only by creating peace within our own mind and helping others to do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world.”

Transform Your Life, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

world peace graphic jpg

By creating peace in our own mind
we create peace between nations.

“The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us
is the work of contributing to the healing of the world.”

M.Williamson

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Related Posts:

everyday gurus: Monthly Peace Challenge: Art Thou Peaceful?
by Kozo Hattori
KM Huber’s Blog: The Art of Peace
Thoughts of yaussiechick: Art Thou Peaceful

theseeker: Peace is like a river….
Laurie’s Notes: Finding Healing and Peace Through Art
 Kozo Hattori: A Peace of Picasso

 Su’eddie in Life n Literature :
INNER PEACE (A Performance Poem) by Ode Attah
The Panama Adventure:
Monthly Peace Challenge: Art Thou Peaceful?

My Life In Color: Stand up for Peace
We hold the power. We, the people of this planet.

Click on the above links for more inspiring links on Art Inspiring Peace.

Credits:

All images created / adapted by Shanti,
except the Blog 4 Peace logo, via Everyday Gurus
and
Earth with Co-ordinate Grid via cyber-world1010 on  Tumblr

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Earth with Co-ordinate Grid

Art 4 Peace

Pay Attention to Peace

Attention focuses the mind on an object, or a particular part of it. Depending on what we fix upon, this can lead to an agitated or peaceful mind.


  We can experience trains of thought that go to bleak, unwelcoming states, with thundery skies,
bringing no good results.

Or our train of thought could be taking us to a heavenly place with blue skies and sunshine; where we feel at peace with the world, among pleasant people,
going somewhere beneficial

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Like my spiritual guide, Geshe Kelsang says, “We always have choice”. We can change trains and their destinations any time we choose. 



 

ڿڰۣHappy Buddha’s Enlightenment Day! ¨*•.¸¸.

(✿◠‿◠)❤ ॐ

* Just been along to Kadampa Life’s FB page to post this, and came across Luna’s article on Buddha’s enlightenment. It includes this quote:

“With our thoughts, we create our world.
We can choose how we think. We may think our thoughts rule us, but that is only if we are not exerting control over our own mind. We can learn to think big, enlightened thoughts instead of small, selfish ones. We can ignore the inappropriate attention that leads to all our baseless, disturbing delusions; and choose to think realistic things that will liberate and enlighten us. With our thoughts, we create our world, to summarize what Buddha taught us. We are what we think…. Buddha’s Enlightenment Day is a good time to remember all this and renew our intention to follow in kind Buddha Shakyamuni’s footsteps by developing compassion and wisdom.”

What is Buddha’s enlightenment? Kadampa Life
mmmm 🙂 love synchronicity.

Like this:
We always have choice in life ~ we bring to ourselves what we focus on: Our Energy Follows Our Attention

Credits:
ASCII train by dynoguru
Tumblr Screenshots via Babydoll1976 and Dancing Dakini

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Do we Feed the Good Wolf or the Bad Wolf?

 

‘The definition of virtue is

that which brings us happiness.’

via Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

                                   

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine

– and shadows will fall behind you.”

Walt Whitman

 

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2 Wolves

B/W birds on Russian Lake

 

Dancing Japanese Cranes – Hokkaido, Japan – Simone Sbaraglia

 It’s black and white

isn’t it?..

What do you think?

 

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Focus On The Good

Like this:
Poet 4 Justice’s Wolves
(the Cherokee story)
 Everyday Guru’s Friends and Enemies
(The Malleable Keys to Peace)
and Reiki Heidi’s My Own A.R.K.
(Act of Random Kindness)
Bodhisattva in Training’s poem o
n forgiveness
and Electronicbaglady on the challenges and joys of forgiveness

My 1st Bloggers for Peace post!

 

And because feeding the bad wolf is often our default,
find good reasons to feed the good wolf.

The good wolf benefits most

Besides, nothing annoys your enemies so much as forgiving them ;~)

☁☁

 

Image Credits:
Inside Each of Us Are Two Wolves and Focus On The Good from Alpha Alchemy
Dancing Japanese Cranes, Simone Sbaraglia, PhotoBotos
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* There’s white graphics on this post, but all apologies if the little fluffy clouds don’t show up on your screen, they were artistically irresistible ;~)

 

 

 

Kill Procrastination ⌚ image

Kill Procrastination with a Death Meditation

Kill Procrastination with a Death Meditation

Death Meditation:

✞  I will die
✞  I don’t know when
✞  I will walk my path purely now

Epilogue to:
HAPPY NEW YEAR! * as the Old Year Dies, can contemplating our own Demise make us Happy?
and
Make the Perfect New Year’s Resolution based on an Awareness of Death

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