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so much goodness.. and growth.. with music

August 8, 2014

Grow ……. Enjoy in its entirety HERE

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1 – All That You Give – The Cinematic Orchestra

2 – Hold On (feat Sampha) – SBTRKT

3 – To Describe You – Kungs & Mozambo

4 – Left & Right – D’Angelo

5 – Say You’ll Be There – MO

6 – Coffee – Sylvan Esso

7 – The Girl from Impanema – Sergio Mendez

8 – Our Love Comes Back – James Blake

 

from the forest to one’s body: the changing landscape of spiritual practice

August 7, 2014

forestIn the Buddhist past, when questions have arisen about the authenticity of institutionalized, conventionalized Buddhist organizations, politics, beliefs, and practices, practitioners have retired into the “forest” (sktî, vana, aranya), the classical term for the uninhabited jungles of India. The “forest” was regarded as a place beyond the reach of conventional culture and institutionalized Buddhism, a place where the atmosphere was open and unobstructed.

Within Indian culture, the forest was considered the ideal place for spiritual practice because, in the forest, there are no rules and there are no presiding authorities. The only authority is the chaos of the forest itself. The only rule is what awaits there for each practitioner, uniquely, to discover. Memories of the past and plans for the future, the psychic infrastructure of civilization, do not apply: they have no bearing and they have no footing. The forest is about something else. In the forest, there is only the ever- present possibility of events, encounters, and insights that emerge directly from reality itself, pure and unpolluted by human wants, expectations, and attitudes. Uniquely in the forest, the most radical of all human journeys can take place, one which brings us into direct contact with primordial being.

Increasingly in this world of ours, there is no longer any geographical forest for us practitioners to retire to…the true forest is quickly disappearing, perhaps forever, from our world.

But there is a new wilderness, a new unknown and limitless territory, a new terrain of chaos, that calls us. It is a territory that has not been, and cannot be, colonized and domesticated by human ambition and greed, that in its true extent cannot be mapped by human logic at all. This is the “forest” of the human body. The body is now, I believe, our forest, our jungle, the “outlandish” expanse in which we are invited to let go of everything we think, allow ourselves to be stripped down to our most irreducible person, to die in every experiential sense possible and see what, if anything, remains.

(R Ray)

 

no-thingness contains every possibility..

August 6, 2014

the beauty and space inherent in no-thingness and emptiness as described by osho…   continue the practice of not knowing..

‘Being “in the gap” can be disorienting and even scary. Nothing to hold on to, no sense of direction, not even a hint of what choices and possibilities might lie ahead. But it was just this state of pure potential that existed before the universe was created. All you can do now is to relax into this no-thingness … fall into this silence between the words … watch this gap between the outgoing and incoming breath. And treasure each empty moment of the experience. 

Something sacred is about to be born.’ 

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wholeness: knowing myself, knowing us..

July 23, 2014
 
              Look within, you are the world.          
                                (Krishnamurti)10431347_1423611417920041_9217955635912986265_o
 
“We need to be intimate with our own interior, to know our needs, wishes, fears, boundaries and hopes. Through knowing the self within, we can honour the self that lives within another. We need to be able to love our own self enough to offer it openly to someone else.
As we reflect upon ourselves, we integrate more and more the essential pieces of ourselves. Our sense of the whole becomes stronger and stronger, we gain stability and beauty as more and more parts become integrated. 
As we become more integrated, we become more relational. Our capacity for understanding and working with outer relationships is enhanced by the sophistication of our inner one. 
We begin to see our role within all the complex relationships around us and can bring balance to the larger components of our culture.”
(A. Judith)
 

learning languages…

July 18, 2014
namaste. forget about pronunciation, but what does it mean and do i have to say it?
I love this interpretation and whether or not you choose to use the word itself, its meaning is a simple prayer to keep in your heart.
 
 
Namaste

 

and the group process..

July 14, 2014
Dear Tribe,   I am not ready to compile a coherent letter to us all just yet… thus, below are a  few thoughts and perceptions on being in group and our unfolding together… it was not always clear or sensical or even-keeled, but the work we did was life changing. So much love to us! We need it! 
 
‘We all begin the process before we are ready, before we are strong enough, before we know enough; we begin a dialogue with thoughts and feelings that both tickle and thunder within us. We respond before we know how to speak the language, before we know all the answers, and before we know exactly to whom we are speaking.’
(C Pinkola Estes)
 
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trust the process..

July 5, 2014

I am learning to trust the journey, even when I do not understand it…  (Mila Bron)

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