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29 06, 2019

What I’ve learned from Snoopy

When it's a Dark and Stormy Night, you're in a touch of bad weather. As a girl I was a Snoopy fanatic, in fact, one of my great parenting joys has been in passing off my complete (now vintage) Peanuts collection to my son. We share a common language of substantive humor through Schulz's works.

29 06, 2019

With Time, Magic Arises: by Sharon Gannon (Focus of the Month, July 2019)

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abhyāsa vairāgyābhyām tan nirōdhah (PYS 1.12) Identification with the fluctuations of mind is stopped by practice and non-attachment. In our relative world, growth, transformation and the rearranging of elements occurs where there is time. Sadhana (spiritual practice) involves discipline— a process over time—a steady, repeated application in order to attain results. We can think of

29 05, 2019

L E A P.

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Most of us have regular opportunities to break out of our comfort zone, a chance to try something new. Whether that is waking up a little earlier to go for a walk, changing what is at the end of your fork, reconnecting with an old friend or reaching out to a stranger, the truth is

28 05, 2019

The Light of Knowledge: JFoM by Anja Kuehnal

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om. asato mā sad gamaya tamaso mā jyotir gamaya, mṛtyor mā amṛtaṁ gamaya. oṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ. Lead me from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality. Om peace peace peace. from Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad Most human beings act as though the purpose of life is to seek happiness derived

6 05, 2019

Our Interconnectedness and the Environment, by April DeChagas

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oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ tatsaviturvareṇyaṃ bhargo devasyadhīmahi dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt Earth Space Heavens. We meditate on the Divine light of the radiant source. May that inspire our hearts and thoughts. – Gayatri Mantra, Interpretation by Manorama D’Alvia In an essay posted on audubon.com entitled ‘What Do Birds Do For Us’, Barry Yeoman writes about

1 04, 2019

Where do we go when we disappear?

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Richard Pilnick Where do we go when we disappear? What risks would you take if you weren’t so attached to your name, face, physicality, reputation? Can you imagine being known simply as an imprint of kindness and goodwill? Three things in my life keep these questions alive on a daily basis. The first, having a

19 03, 2019

finding stillness….

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Choose any given day on a street corner in a bustling city, and you will see bodies in motion.  All around, sirens scream, motors throb, voices chatter, mobile phones ding, horns honk. The pace of sound unfolding in urban environment is so pervasive that it can sometimes be relentless. Of course, almost every environment has

1 03, 2019

Stretching into Uncertainty.

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In my life, I have never seen a time with so much instability that appears to be so widely out of our control. According to the press, the planet is literally melting on our clock; here in the UK, Brexit may or may not happen (which may or may not promise to disrupt everything from

28 02, 2019

Feed the Birds: Jivamukti FOM March, by Sharon Gannon

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yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas tat tad evetaro janaḥ sa yat pramāṇaṁ kurute lokas tad anuvartate yat—whatever; yat—and whichever; acarati—does he act; sresthah—best among people; tat—that; tat—and that alone; eva—certainly; itarah—common, other; janah—people; sah—he; yat—whichever; pramanam—evidence; kurute—does perform; lokah—the whole world; tat—that; anuvartate—follows in the footsteps. The activities and actions of a wise person or leader are often observed and repeated by most common people and they walk in the leader’s

5 02, 2019

A Slice of the Truth

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satyam brūyāt priyam brūyāt na brūyāt satyam apriyam priyam anritam na brūyāt esha dharmah sanātanah ~ Manusmriti 4:138 This Sanskrit verse is from the Manusmriti 4:138 and summarizes the crux of perennial philosophy or sanātana dharma. It translates as: “Say what is true, say what is sweet, but do not say what is true but