by David G. Arenson, ND ATH Co-Editor of Sacred Living
“You only lose what you cling to.” ~ Gautama Buddha
Stop clinging and there, you'll have your solution. Simple.
In relationships, not so simple...
Editor's Note from David Arenson: We love outrageously. We'll do anything to keep a connection - we're so afraid of losing love. Relationships always hold up a mirror to what is real and waiting to be addressed, felt, acknowledged. As needy and complex beings, relationships are the field in which we express our neuroses. The Buddha didn't reach enlightenment within a relationship, so perfection does not exist in relationships. To develop better relationships, we can find solutions in Tibetan Buddhism and the practice of Bodhisattva.
Editor's note from J. Stewart Dixon: BLUE COLLAR SPIRITUALITY: Unmani
This is a series of articles/videos I will be presenting here at ATH that I will call BLUE COLLAR SPIRITUALITY: What enlightenment looks like in ORDINARY FOLKS. Many of my spiritually awakened friends and I are in this category. We do not have the eloquence of Adyashanti, the mass appeal of Eckhart Tolle or the motherly sagacity of Gangaji or Ammachi. We are ordinary, imperfect and quirky human beings and we are spiritually awake. This is what enlightenment looks like in ordinary people and dare I say that this is probably what it will look like in YOU...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Louie Schwartzberg shares a beautiful video and inspiring message of love, mindfulness and gratitude. I cannot watch this video too often. Use it to start your day, and it will carry you through your challenges with ease and grace. Enjoy!
by Sandra Miniere, MEd
ATH Asst. Editor of Sacred Living
Are you addicted to seeing what is missing in your life instead of the fullness that already exists? After hearing my inner voice give thanks for my lovely home and wishing it had larger rooms and more storage, I had an epiphany...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere:Making the mental shift to abundance in the face of adversity takes awareness, commitment, action and grace. These four strategies will help you keep your attention on abundance while living in a reality that challenges this spiritual truth. When you are able to see the world through the eyes of Spirit, you will attract more fulfillment, harmony and abundance into your life.
Here’s a great example of one woman’s artistic expression of the new cosmology. I first met Betty-Ann at a retreat about the new cosmology with Dr. Brian Swimme in California in 1999. Her playful wit and intense curiosity about the nature of the universe are beautifully presented in her new book called “Great Ball of Fire! A Poetic Telling of the Universe Story” (Mearth Press, 2010). I was recently able to speak with her about this newly published epic poem, as well as inquire about her inspiration and her thoughts about cosmology...
When I say love, I am not only talking about the biological elements that cause chemical attractions, what has been called the "science of love" such as the study of dopamine and pheromones, the physiological components to mating. But I am also concerned with the metaphysical components of lovemaking, the poetics of the science of love. This poetics not only connects one’s lover in a mind, body and soul with the other, but also to the cosmos, biosphere and noosphere giving us a profound meaning for union.
The universe itself—sun, moon, stars, planets and "all things under heaven"—comes to us with a numinous quality and awakens us in our inmost depths with the tenderness of a lover. We think of it as something infinitely larger than ourselves, whether we receive it as beauty, a dazzling light, Nirvana, or the presence of God.
Drew Dellinger is a spoken word poet, professor, writer, activist and founder of Poets for Global Justice. He has inspired minds and hearts at hundreds of events in many countries, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology, activism, democracy and compassion. He has spoken and performed at numerous conferences--including Bioneers, the Green Festival and The Dream Reborn--as well as colleges, poetry venues, protests and places of worship. Dellinger has shared podiums and stages with luminaries such as Alice Walker, Cornel West,& Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,& Danny Glover, Ani Difranco, Billy Bragg, Michael Franti, Eve Ensler, Chuck D, Paul Hawken, Van Jones and many others. http://www.drewdellinger.org
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