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

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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.

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Dear Friends,These are my favorite meditations at present. They are lead by Thích Nhất Hạnh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, zen master, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. These meditations are based on the Buddha’s

Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing

Thích Nhất Hạnh lived for many years in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France. These meditations were recorded there.

1) Short introduction spoken by Thích Nhất Hạnh (2:49) 

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2) Bell meditation just the sound of the bell at intervals to allow mindful breathing in the intervals (38:21) From minute 33:00 to minute 38:21 Sister Jina van Hengel explains the structure of the meditations. I recommend listening to this part before continuing to part 3.

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3) Guided bell meditation spoken by Sister Jina van Hengel, Plum Village Monastery, France (9:51) 

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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)

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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.

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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.

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  • 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

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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

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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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