Can you find joy in suffering?
Without suffering, we would not know joy and compassion.
Occasionally we experience real suffering, such as the passing of a loved one.
Yet, in the midst of our suffering, we can find joy, and we can still connect with our loved ones for the truest part of them, their soul, never dies.
I hope you find my video helpful in your desire to live with presence, intention, peacefulness, and joy.
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“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”
– Paulo Coelho
Not only is each day a miracle, but even more so, each moment is a miracle.
I have often said that if you slow down just enough to pay attention to what is happening in the moment, no matter where you are and no matter what you are doing, you will see that miracles are happening all around you.
The routines and behavioral habits that we develop are key to preventing us from observing the tiny miracles around us. These patterns become rote and take us out of the present such that we often passively experience life, as though on auto-pilot. As such, it becomes easy to take many things (miracles) in our lives for granted.
It’s important that we try to break up some of our daily routines and be more present to our lives. It’s not hard to do,...
– Taizan Maezumi
In Buddhism, nirvana is freedom from suffering and desire. It is transcending the ego and experiencing the true nature of reality.
When suffering and fear fall away, we experience pure joy and bliss. We lose our sense of an individual self, we understand our connectedness to everything and experience the enlightened state of nirvana.
Although some believe you need to join a monastery and study for years to experience it, nirvana is attainable to anyone. It is attainable to you, right now.
Take a mindful breath and be present to what is occurring in this exact moment in your life. Be present while you read these very words.
A subscriber to my blog recently asked me the following,
This is a great question and one that many of you can probably relate to. Dealing with negativity from others can be extremely difficult, even more so when it involves a family member.
The answer is presence, compassion, and love.
Often, people are negative because they are in psychological and/or emotional pain. Trying to persuade or coax them out of their negative state can sometimes create more negativity.
I recommend the following…
In becoming present, your ego is taken out of the equation. This will make it easier for you to see their negativity objectively. It will also assist you in not being offended or at risk of taking personally what they are saying. If you find your ego wanting to engage, simply focus on your breathing and rejoin the present.
They may not realize you are...
When we are present, we engage the soul and experience the divine.
In this video, I share 15+ tips and tools that you can immediately use to practice mindfulness and be more present.
Please leave me a comment or question, and if you have a technique or tip to share, please do!
This short, guided meditation is based upon a dream I had recently.
I awoke in the middle of the night, feeling at one with my higher self and in a state of deep presence. I pulled a notepad and pen from my bedside table and quickly jotted down a few notes from the dream as I did not want to forget it.
Throughout the day, when I would recall the dream, it would be accompanied by this strong sense of presence and connection to my higher self.
I have attempted to convert the images and experiences I felt that night into a guided meditation with the hope that it might assist others in connecting to their higher self, or at the very least provide you six and a half minutes of peace and relaxation.
I hope it benefits you.
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Have you noticed there tends to be a lot of focus by spiritual teachers on false personality? And rightfully so, as our false personality is opposed to our spiritual growth and enlightenment.
Fortunately, there’s also an aspect of you that works in opposition to false personality It’s your true personality and you can cultivate it and have it assist you in your desire to grow personally and spiritually.
To clarify, your false personality is who you imagine yourself to be. Its development begins at an early age and is more or less fully in tact around adolescence. Many factors influence our false personality – parents, siblings, peers, teachers, society, television, film, advertising, etc.
As a child, its one’s false personality that believes having the latest, greatest pair of Nike shoes or wearing a certain brand of clothing will make you popular at school.
As an adult, its one’s false personality that believes that money will make...