by Janya Wongspa RYT, CAS, PKS
Actually, it is very helpful to look outside and dream. I did a lot of it growing up. I still do. But now I make sure that I look inside as much if not more often. I listen to Dharma talk as much as I listen to NPR. Buddhist teachings help me relate to external things internally. If I see a misery out there I need to recognize it inside my heart...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: A true self-reflection is worth its weight in gold. Ayurveda and Yoga teacher Janya Wongspa offers some insight into our deepest inspiration in her personal reflection, "Secrets of a Charmed Life." Since 2013 offers new light and opportunities for us to grow, learn and share, take a moment to reflect on your life, your goals and the people that surround you. Namaste & Happy New Year
"When you become enlightened, you personify goodness."
~ Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya
by Geshe Rabten
Concentration is important in both Dharma practice and ordinary life. The Tibetan word for the practice of concentration is shi-nä (zhi-gNas). Shi means peace and nä means to dwell; shi-nä, then, is dwelling in peace or being without busyness.
Editor’s Note: Geshe Rabten was a great Buddhist scholar, debater and meditation master. He escaped to India in 1959 where he was the teacher of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. In the mid-1960s he was appointed as a spiritual assistant to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. And, to make this easy for those who aren’t as familiar with Buddhism...Dharma is the teachings of Buddha. “Dharma” means “protection.”
by Cynthia Kneen
No one is maturing solo. No one is a turquoise flower blossoming exquisitely in the air without the help of dirt, water, sunshine and roots that came from seeds that were cared for and produced an effect. We blossom because others help us...
Editor's Note from Diane Renz: How to come into your full human potential with a brave, strong, yet tender heart. From a longtime Dharma teacher, words to support and inspire your journey.
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: What are our goals in life? How do we explain that which we are meant to do? In this unique TED talk from Ayurvedic and Chinese Practitioner Jonathan Glass, 5 goals of Ayurveda are explored. Dharma, artha, kama, moksha and the overarching goal of love. Sanskrit has at least 96 words for love, as it the most important gift we can give ourselves and others. Enjoy Jonathan's Glass discussion of these goals and how they can be applied to your personal world. Namaste.
by David G Arenson ND
ATH Co-Editor of Sacred Living
We are born of the Earth, neither of the East nor of the West.
Wisdom is everlasting, never-ending and always changing. The wisdom of the ages is to be cherished and venerated, yet if we cannot filter it through our own internal resources, then we can be easily misled...
Editor's Note from David Arenson: What did the Buddha mean by the “middle path” and how is it relevant to our living philosophy? How can we incorporate "balance" into the rhythms of daily life? How can we understand and reframe the Eastern versus the Western approaches for spiritual evolution in a modern context? What is the purpose of our life within a framework of "dharma?" If every person sang their song as Divine particles and instruments of God, the universe would vibrate ecstatically. Imagine this world – or better, create it.
by Catherine Ingram
One day a six-year-old friend said to me, “Pretend you are surrounded by a thousand hungry tigers. What would you do?” I visualized the situation as he had suggested and, coming up with no viable plan of action, said...
Editor's Note from J. Stewart Dixon: I posted an article by Catherine earlier this year. I'm a fan. Here's another little gem...Catherine Ingram teaches a beautiful, non-traditional, non-denominational dharma which is influenced by zen, nonduality, self-inquiry and advaita. I have spoken with her on numerous occasions and found her inviting, warm, sincere and courageous.
by David Starlight,
ATH Co-Editor of Sacred Living
The Buddhist concept of dharma has a central philosophy that all is whole and complete as it is. There is no accident in the entire universe. Even your reading this right now is not accidental, nor my writing it. We are together in this grand interplay of cosmic elements...
Editor's Note from David Starlight: Living a meaningful life requires that I live in 'dharma' - in service to the whole of creation. As James Hillman said, “You are born with a character, it is given, a gift as the old stories say, from the guardians upon your birth.”By this definition, I speak of living in dharma as meaning to live one's life purpose. Dharma is a truth, a teaching, a practice and path to enlightenment itself. Since there are no spare parts to the universe, each individual part is needed by the whole - it is necessary, it is wanted. What is your dharma and would you like to find it?
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