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?
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 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
by Maureen and Shanti from Twig & Toadstool
I was recently given some lovely white playsilks and it got me thinking... natural dyes... hmmm... what colors we could create?
I researched the possibilities and choose the simplest ways I could find.
Here is what we came up with...
Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Twig & Toadstool! Their blog and Pinterest boards are full of great activities. I have personally done this craft and the silks were just beautiful! I ordered silks from Dharma Trading Co. (8mm habotai scarves, 30x30 is a nice size, but they come larger and smaller). My son has a variety of playsilks that spark lots of creative play. The silks become superhero capes, ghosts, pirate gear, or many, many other possibilities. They also make a great alternative in the Easter basket to plastic grass.
Family & Parenting
by Catherine Ingram
We are hungry animals. Hungry for food, drink, emotional and physical stimulation, things, experiences, sex, lovers, kids, money, power–there is literally no end to our collective longings...
Editor's note from J. Stewart Dixon: 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. Here is a small piece of her work- on desire- an often confusing element of our spiritual lives.
by Dorothy Ratusny, MA, (C), OACCPP, PhD (Candidate)
When you create a life that is meaningful, happiness is effortless.
Authentic happiness is the natural state of our spirit. A central theme of Buddhist and Hindu teaching, happiness is a reflection of Dharma...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Dorothy Ratusny reminds you that your state of happiness is an inside job. She shares six questions you might ask yourself that will help you observe and connect to your current state of happiness. The answers to these questions lead you to the experience of inner happiness and feelings of self-worth. Connected to your Higher Self, you will enjoy more fully the pleasures in your life.
Editor's Note: Gil Fronsdal is the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California; he has been teaching since 1990. He has practiced Zen and Vipassana in the U.S. and Asia since 1975. He was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985, and in 1989 began training with Jack Kornfield to be a Vipassana teacher. Gil teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he is part of its Teachers Council. Gil was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center...
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.
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