Tolstoy said, "When you understand your spiritual being and live with it, then instead of despairing, you understand the joy that can never be destroyed, which always grows."
In order to understand your spiritual being, you must begin to engage your soul.
In doing so, you will see that your soul can guide you. It will show you how to live a spiritual life, a life in harmony with your soul.
Of course, you must act on the wisdom you receive from the soul. That is where your real work lies.
And if you can implement your soul's wisdom into your daily life, you will find a joy that can "never be destroyed, which alway's grows."
The more I grow through presence, the more I see the common thread of divinity from which the earth and all its inhabitants—nature, wildlife, man—have been woven.
I see myself in the mountains, oceans, trees, flowers and clouds—in all of nature.
I see myself in birds, dolphins, elephants, turtles and deer—in all wildlife.
I see myself in babies, adolescents, young adults, middle-aged and elderly—in people of all ages.
I see myself in Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, Lao Tzu and Krishna—in all the great teachers.
I see myself in Africans, Asians, Hispanics, Indians and Europeans—in all ethnicities.
All—nature, wildlife, man—are God manifest in various forms. All are in me and I in them.
And, all are in YOU.
When we abuse, disrespect or mistreat the planet, animals, and our fellow man, we also do it to ourselves.
This is why our heart aches when we see the oceans poisoned with trash,...
The spiritual journey of awakening is a journey towards Self-realization. It consists of liberation from the ego—from anger, jealousy, envy, greed, bigotry, worry, anxiety, imagination, and fear. All negative emotions pertain to the ego, the false self. The spiritual journey of awakening is one of liberation from the false self in pursuit of aligning with our true Self, the soul.
At birth we are body, mind, and soul, but in a very short time, our ego develops and we gain an identity that defines us physically, mentally, emotionally, and psychologically.
The ego is a mask—a fragile, false identity—that shields us from our true nature. The more we identify with our thoughts, feelings, and physical characteristics, the further we remove ourselves from our true Self.
The natural process of developing an ego occurs at the expense of the soul. The power hungry ego takes control while the gentle soul slowly recedes into the background and...
I recently started attending bikram yoga classes. If you aren't familiar with bikram yoga, you may know it's other name, "hot yoga." It consists of two sets of 26 postures over the course of 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees with 50% humidity.
I have certainly benefitted from it in many ways, the most important being the practice of awakening via the moving center.
It has also further enlightened me on the importance of the body-mind-soul connection.
I have really begun to understand how what you put into your body/mind and how you care for your body/mind, has a dramatic effect on your ability to be more present.
But, it's not just your moving center that needs attention. It's important that you be balanced in all four of your centers: instinctive, moving, emotional, and intellectual.
That's what this video is all about...being balanced in your four centers. I hope you find it beneficial.
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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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!