Are you in a work rut? You may want to ask, what are you creating? There may be some habit energy that you are recreating and revisiting through your repeated passage to a thought, feeling, or behavior. Being in the same body and the same environment for our whole lives, we can develop ways of being that we reinforce without even knowing it. How many right turns must one make before ending up in the same place you started? It is this repetitive box that makes up our rut.
Being a creative who puts art out into the world is a strange exercise. When we spend a lot of time on a project that comes straight from the heart, we may feel that the art is coming straight from some inner sacred place. When we put out this intensely personal piece of art we may feel that it is a reflection of us. What if people don’t like it? Does that mean they don’t like us? The most successful art that we can ever make is that which comes most purely out of a desire to create, rather than that which we think is post appealing or popular.
Notes on distructiveness. When we’re not in spiritual alignment we may be like a tornado going from town to town wrecking everything in our path. There are many human pains and sufferings caused by people’s spiritual misalignment. In the moment, when we are distructive, we will have a sense that we are only hurting ourselves. That may not be true. May we heal our self distructive and outwardly distructive patterns today.
Are you in a hurry to get somewhere? Are you in a hurry to get the learning you want? Guess what! The universe is in no hurry! You are a jagged rock tumbling through space being smoothed over by life. This is a slow process, have faith. You will get your healing.
Gratitude is the staple of a spiritual diet. It’s one of those secret weapons which can transform any negative energy or attitude we hold. Whenever we call on it, gratitude immediately changes our inner experience. It turns problems to gifts, confusion into clarity. There is no situation or circustance in life that cannot be touched by the power of gratitude.
If we could have unconditional faith in a higher power we would be truly free. Often our faith in God isn’t unconditional, but we do actually have practice with this concept. We have unconditional faith in our perspective and thought formations. What you make in your own mind is what you put your faith into, just to prove to yourself what you believe is correct.
Every single thing you do is a repetitive behavior. When we do one behavior we are often setting ourselves up for another behavior. The hooks in our environment that trigger repetitive behaviors can reinforce bad habits. Today, be aware of them. Even if you’re not ready to let repetition go, be conscious of your doing it.
We live in quite a pent up and nonconfrontational society. Passive aggression is very common and many people have piles of anger inside. That is not spiritual! The experience and expression of anger is part of the normal range of human emotions. May you find your path to expressing it in a healthy way. Today, you’ve got to start with anger before you can get to acceptance.
Do you have the feeling that you’re in a hostile universe, a loving universe, or a neutral universe? If we were to go anywhere else in the universe we would immediately die. The fearful parts of our mind would have us believe that we never have what we need. Howver, the reality is that we ALWAYS have what we need, it’s just that we’re discontent and focused on the missing things.
Does it ever feel like life is throwing everything at you but the kitchen sink? It’s really easy to get discouraged! One of the first things we tend to do is head into panic. Have faith, lean on your people and your higher power, and know that you won’t be in this space forever. God would not bring you more than you can handle with God.
The universe never sends a problem that cannot be solved. When we have obstacles and issues in life that come about, that in itself is a sign that there IS an answer or a solution. If we had no problems life would not be enjoyable. Today, I can embrace the spiritual purpose of my problems.
Isn’t it interesting that sometimes we’re so caught up in making a decision that we’d rather have someone else make the decision for us, even if the decision is one that limits our freedom. If you shrug your way through life, you will find that you’ll end up somewhere you don’t ultimately want to be. Get clear today about what you want, and make that decision.
We have wounds that others touch with their words. When we’ve had an extreme reaction that doesn’t seem to fit the situation, we’re probably reacting to an old wound! The more wounds you have, the more people will be able to bother you.
It’s time to think in a different way- a way that aligns with the universe. Miracle: A surprising and welcome event that is not explainable by scientific laws. Essentially we’re always trying to get in alignment with the truth of who we are so we can receive miracles from the universe.
Giving help can be a messy thing! Sometimes we may feel taken advantage of, or we have trouble navigating boundaries, or we may find that we don’t have any at all. For some of us, this was the reason we avoided giving help altogether. Luckily, there are ways of giving help that be both spiritual and practical, and can work for us.
Asking for help is one of the most difficult things in this life. It’s also a very silly and unnecessary way we humans create pain in our lives. We try and be so independent and strong, and ultimately it’s self-defeating and destructive to not ask for help. May we all learn to ask for more help, that the universe may bring that to us.
What is you and what is your ego? Do you often feel defensive or care a lot about issues outside yourself? The ego will tell you you’re separate in all ways, and will tell you to pass judgement on things and people. The ego is about worrying and suffering, and it always wants something.
We’re talking about effort, and specifically balancing it. How do we balance the life forces available to us in each moment? Are we clear about the things we can and cannot change, or are we efforting in fruitless areas?
Sometimes we’re in the middle of abundance and we have no sense of it. In other words, we have everything we need yet feel we’re lacking. Think of all the beautiful moments you have missed because you were thinking about something else. Live now.
Today I’m joined by Paul Padmore of My Perfect Failure. We’re talking failure: what it does to our minds, how it shapes our perception and behavior, and ultimately how to channel it for good.
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The practice of meditation is a gift that you can revisit your whole life. Developing a practice of meditation helps us understand that our problems are waves in a vast ocean. We are not our probelms, we are the awareness behind them. Meditation can help us tap into the ability for self healing, reduce stress, and get to know our inner world.
How to practice the law of attraction. This is a very practical and body based approach towards using the law of attraction. For the most part, I must feel it instead of think about it. Spiritual knowledge is great but spiritual practice is the ultimate.
The law of attraction says that any thought we would hold in our mind can be manifested on the physical level. If we would hold positive thoughts in our mind as opposed to negative things, we would find that more positive things manifest in our life. This episode looks at that on a very literal and physical level.
Hardly any of the ideas in the podcast are original to me. The ideas here are a mosaic that I use to create a much larger picture of what spirituality means and how spirituality fits into every facet of our life.
I tell stories from my life, the lives of wise old people, and sometimes the lives of great spiritual teachers. There is no religious text I will not read, I find all religious and spiritual writing speaks to the same great truth with a capital T.