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Gratitude Day

Oct 12, 2015

How about including your body?

It’s your vehicle, your instrument, the house of your spirit, the sacred vessel of consciousness and the living, breathing miracle of your existence on this earth.

Amidst the aches and pains you might be experiencing, think of the thousands of things that go right to make it possible for you to get out of bed in the morning.

For a moment, set aside your judgments and complaints about all the ways it doesn’t  live up to your expectations for it, and thank your body for its immense and unceasing efforts in service to all you do.

Then, if you wish to go a step further, consider who is doing the thanking.

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Seriously, Though, Don't Go Back To Sleep

Oct 09, 2015

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Don’t go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.

Don’t go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the doorsill

Where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open.

Don’t go back to sleep.

Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

I take these words quite literally these days. As the weather turns colder and I become ever more comfortable under the covers, when the alarm clock rings and its time to get up for meditation, hopefully I can remember, Don’t go back to sleep, and all that implies.

More profoundly, though, this poem calls on us to nurture our experience of awakening. It asks us to clarify and then commit to the shifts we really want to make. It encourages us with the possibility of stepping through the doorsill into a new way of being. It also speaks to the perseverance needed to stay engaged with and interested in our own...

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