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Sitting in Circles

Sitting in Circles

Five years after leaving Berkeley, I found myself sitting in circles again. This time it was at Pendle Hill, a Quaker living-Learning community near Philadelphia, where I spent eleven years starting in the mid-1970s. But these circles, I soon discovered, were of a different sort. They were not heady, aggressive, self-congratulatory, or manipulative. They were gentle, respectful, and reverent in …

The Secret to Happiness Around the World

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Is there a secret to happiness? Is happiness spending time with loved ones, or spending time alone in nature? Is it losing yourself as you dance to music, or finding yourself while quietly meditating? The secret to happiness is actually all of these things and more, and it varies from country to country and culture to culture. According to the …

Why Retreat?

why retreat

The benefits of retreating from our familiar surroundings and busy schedules and ‘pulling back’ are manifold. The word “retreat” comes from the Latin root meaning to ‘draw back’. If you’re willing to honestly challenge yourself, a retreat can be a life-changing experience. It allows you the space and time to contemplate life, reevaluate paradigms, and become better equipped to walk …

The Sun Is The Perfect Example

sunshine

The sun is the perfect example of acting without desire. When the sun rises does the idea enter its mind to say, ‘I shall banish the darkness, I shall urge the birds to fly, and I will set people working’? No, the sun always stays still, and yet its stillness makes the world go around. If we were to thank …

Happy Birthday, Dear Sister

Happy birthday dear sister

Happy Birthday, Dear Sister. Welcome to the festival of this world. I pray in silence on this day, That you are bestowed with the gift of Nothingness! That Nothingness which is full of space, Like the universe that holds this cosmic life. That Nothingness which resides without an address, amidst a world otherwise full of visiting cards. That Nothingness which …

Awakin Circle (Harrow) with Nipun Mehta and Jamie Bristow – 27 Sep 2017

  Click here to see photos of the event Event audio coming soon…. About Nipun… At the age of 25, Nipun Mehta quit his job to become a “full time volunteer.” He is the founder of ServiceSpace, an all volunteer-run organization using technology to inspire greater volunteerism. What started as an experiment with friends is now a global ecosystem of over …

Sangha

sangha

In sangha, we commune deeply with one another. We commune deeply with the forces of nature. We commune deeply with the divine. We become a part of something much bigger than ourselves. We become a part of what is going on in the world around us. We become a part of the solution. Instead of scarcity we celebrate enough. Instead …

Symphony Of Peace Prayers At Mount Fuji – Masami Saionji

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A Profound Sense of Life

A Profound Sense of Life

Those of you, especially the young people, who are still unencumbered and unentangled, I want you to look at how you want to live your lives. Is all you want to do just eat, sleep, reproduce, and die one day? Or do you want to create something bigger than yourself? Do you want to stand up for something that is …

The Sacred Art of Pausing

The Sacred Art of Pausing

In our lives we often find ourselves in situations we can’t control, circumstances in which none of our strategies work. Helpless and distraught, we frantically try to manage what is happening. Our child takes a downward turn in academics and we issue one threat after another to get him in line. Someone says something hurtful to us and we strike …

Enhancing Perception

enhancing perception

An individual human being becomes who he or she is only because of what he or she perceives. You are who you are right now only because of what you have perceived in your life until now, and you will be who you will be only because of what you will perceive in future. The whole system of yoga is …

State of Consciousness

state of consciousness

Becoming Free of Our Substitute Life

Becoming Free of Our Substitute Life

A Zen student walked in to see the master. Sitting down, he blurted out, “There’s something terribly wrong with me!” The master looked at him and asked, “What’s so wrong?” The student, after a moment’s hesitation, responded, “I think I’m a dog.” To that the master responded, “And how long have you thought that?” The student replied, “Ever since I …

Neither Good or Bad – Just Silent!

Neither Good or Bad – Just Silent

There have been teachers who taught goodness to people. There have been others who taught evil to people. But there have also been teachers who did everything to destroy both good and evil so that life may happen just the way it should, not by some principles of goodness or some thoughts and emotions of the ego. Only then one will know …

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and …

Response Able

response able

We now know that the true meaning of responsibility is response able or ability to respond. Whatever we may think, say, do or feel – these are our responses for which we, and no one else, are responsible. This is easy to see but hard to live, for we have been taught to believe and think the opposite. So we …

Becoming Truly Meditative

becoming truly meditative

The whole purpose of yoga is to set up various dimensions in you which are not you. What I mean by “not you” is: whatever you are identified with is what “you” are right now. But to set up a space within you beyond your limited identifications is yoga. Initially, it starts as a tiny speck. If you start clearing space …

Inner World of Moods

inner world of moods

“Give me a place to stand on,” said the Greek mathematician Archimedes, “and I can move the world.” He was talking about his invention of using pulleys and levers to raise very heavy objects. A physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer as well, Archimedes revolutionized geometry and anticipated Integral Calculus 2,000 years before Newton and Leibniz. But he was also a practical man who invented …

Radiating Grace

Radiating Grace

Grace is an important aspect of expanding our happiness, because it is through grace that we express love and blessings completely and unconditionally. We are each a source and conduit of grace. Grace is a loving power and presence that elevates and brightens whatever the challenge or situation might be. As we mature into our authentic selves, we are more …

Movement and Stillness

movement and stillness

Everything that we recognize as life is movement. The planet is moving and that is why it churns up life. If it were still, it wouldn’t be capable of life. So there is something called movement in which every creature is involved, but if there has to be movement, this movement has to be housed – this movement can only …

Challenges

Challenges

Radiate Happiness

radiate happiness

Have you ever noticed that happiness is not a dependency, it is a decision? You don’t actually need anything to be happy. It’s not something that comes from outside, it comes from inside, and when you radiate a happy energy you’ll be amazed what it attracts into your life. Don’t worry, be happy…sound familiar? Decide now, be happy and watch …

How to Live If You’re Going to Die

How to Live If You're Going to Die

I got a call that a dear friend of mine, who received precepts from me years ago when I lived at Green Gulch, was dying. I arranged with her husband to go and see her and give her the precepts again. One of the things that have been very helpful to me around this matter of birth and death—around this …

Make Your Life Spectacular

make your life spectacular

Human beings who do not break their self-created boundaries will remain trapped in them. Breaking your limitations is an essential part of your spiritual growth. This spiritual process is not based on a scripture, philosophy, or dead tradition – it is a living thing. You have to live it every day. I do not want you to miss this possibility …

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Feeling Complete

Feeling Complete

‘To be great, be whole; Exclude nothing. Be whole in everything.’ ― Fernando Pessoa The feeling of completion is an important part of inner happiness. Feeling complete means we feel whole. We glimpse the vastness of our higher self and know we do not lack anything. We have everything we need within us; we are everything we need. This awareness …

Yield to Overcome: The Power of Nonresistance

yield-to-overcome

Nonresistance doesn’t necessarily mean doing nothing. All it means is that any ‘doing’ becomes nonreactive. Remember the deep wisdom underlying the practice of Eastern martial arts: Don’t resist the opponent’s force. Yield to overcome. Having said that, ‘doing nothing’ when you are in a state of intense presence is a very powerful transformer and healer of situations and people. In …

The Secrets

the-secrets

You can’t grasp at the secrets Prise them from the earth Or pluck them from the air. The harder you try to hold them The more they lose their form Until they leak away. You can grind matter down to the tiniest grains Until it collapses into nothing But its essence will always elude you. You can pin nature down …

Be the Director of Your Life

Be the director of your life

When a drama happens, there are three sets of people. One is the audience, another is the actors, yet another are those who make the play happen, such as the director and the stage designers. Out of these sets of people, the director understands the drama better and is more involved than anyone else. Because he has conceived the drama, …

Restoring Balance and Meaning in Ourselves

restoring-balance

During a time of great drought, a Taoist master was asked by members of a village if he could help bring rain to their dry fields. They confessed trying many other approaches before reaching out to him, but with no success. The master agreed to come and asked for a small hut with a garden that he could tend. For …

Response

response

‘Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.’ ~ Viktor E. Frankl

Three Millimeters of the Universe

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Dear Sam, One night in the hospital, a friend came to visit me. I told her I didn’t think I could go on anymore. What I was feeling went beyond despair. It was a loss of hope — of everything I valued, trusted, and loved. The pain had become simply unbearable. That night, I had a dream. I dreamed that …

Happiness is a Daily Choice

happiness-is-a-daily-choice

What I am experiencing at this moment is the result of choices and decisions made in the past; what I will experience in the future depends on choices and decisions I make now. Happiness is a daily choice.

The Canvas of Existence

the-canvas-of-existence

Everyone experiences life according to his or her individual sensitivities. Some people take great pleasure in food, others in the body, music, art or some other expression of life. But in their very nature, external pleasures cannot be sustained. The only sustainable pleasure is that of the basis of all life. Unfortunately, very few people experience this fundamental dimension that …

Feeling Love

Feeling Love

‘A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love.’ ~ Mother Teresa Love is our joyful spiritual center. We don’t need to go anywhere to find love. This is love that never fades. We never lose this love because it comes from inside. We are our own source of joyful love. If we look for love …

Noticing the Gaps: The Fourth State of Consciousness

Noticing the Gaps

As Eckhart teaches us, in the ancient spiritual philosophy of India, there’s a term called ‘turiya’ which refers to the fourth state of consciousness. The first state of consciousness is the waking state we all know, while the second and third are the dream state and dreamless sleep. The fourth state of consciousness is thoughtless awareness. You can bring true perspective and balance into …

Build A Culture Of Peace

building-a-culture-of-peace

What you call peace, is a certain kind of chemistry; joy is another kind of chemistry; anxiety is another kind of chemistry. Every human experience has a chemical basis to it. Recent research into the human brain has yielded some incredible results. An Israeli scientist spent several years researching certain aspects of the human brain, and he found there are …

Spiritual

Spiritual

There is something within you which cannot stand boundaries. Or, in other words, there is something within you which wants to become boundless. What can be boundless? A physical form can be small or big, but never boundless. There is something within you which is longing to touch a dimension which is beyond the physical. There is something within you …

Shedding the Burden of the Past

shedding-the-burden-of-the-past

You can go far in life only when you can leave your past. This is like a snake shedding its skin. One moment it is a part of the body, the next moment it is shed and the snake goes on without turning back. If every moment, one is like a snake leaving the skin behind, only then there is …

Yoga – A Subjective Tool

yoga-a-subjective-tool

Yoga is not a morning-evening kind of practice. There is a practice but that is not the only aspect. Every aspect of your life, the very way you walk, breathe, interact – everything should become a process of yoga. Nothing is excluded from this. Yoga is not something that you do. Yoga is something that you become. It is not …

Joyful

Joyful

Internally, all of us are equally capable, we are not capable in different ways. There is no human being on the planet who has never been joyful. Every human being has been joyful at some point, that means he’s capable of joy. It is just that he’s unable to stay there, so he needs a technology as to how to …

Fullest Expression

Fullest Expression

True human capabilities will find expression only in absolute relaxation. Your mind and body will work best and find fullest expression only when you are joyful, peaceful and quiet within yourself. ~ Sadhguru

Presence: The Quality of Consciously Being Here

Presence The Quality of Consciously Being Here

A common theme runs through all the great spiritual traditions. It goes by many names – awakening, recollection, mindfulness, dhyana, remembrance, zhikr, presence – and by no name at all. This state of consciousness adds further dimensions to being in this world. Beyond the narrow band of awareness that has come to be accepted as the conventional state of consciousness …

Moving from Compulsiveness to Consciousness

Moving from Compulsiveness to Consciousness

Hatha yoga is not just about bending and twisting the body. Essentially, it is about consciously working towards eliminating all that is compulsive in us – compulsions that we have carried on over millions of years of evolution. What distinguishes human beings and animals, or, in other words, the essence of being human is the possibility to move from compulsiveness …

I Am Life

I Am Life

I am not my thoughts, emotions, sense perceptions and experiences. I am not the content of my life. I am Life. I am the space in which all things happen. I am consciousness. I am the Now. I Am. ~ Eckhart Tolle

Fear

Fear

The physical in the existence is constantly under threat because the physical is always within limited boundaries – it is always demarcated. With anything which is demarcated, there is always a fear of losing it. For instance, this physical “you” is constantly under threat, no matter how healthy, strong or young you are right now. Fear has become so fundamental simply …

Death – Be Truly Life Oriented

Death – Be Truly Life Oriented

A significant thing that every human being has to do is to structure their psychological and emotional framework around the most fundamental fact of their life – their mortality. Only when you do this will you naturally become eligible for a spiritual process, to a dimension beyond the mundane. The nature of your logical mind is such that it would …

Simply Loving

simply loving

To be loving every moment of your life – not only if a certain situation occurs, or if you see a certain person – if you are simply loving, indiscriminately, your intelligence blossoms in a completely different way. In making choices, intelligence gets crippled. To be loving is not a gift to someone else. It is a beautiful thing for …

Self-Talk

self talk

‘Every fragment of self-talk is a little story in the head that goes around, and then you look at reality through the lens of the little story.’ ~ Eckhart Tolle  

Creating Consciousness to Grow in Presence Power

Creating Consciousness to Grow in Presence Power

In ordinary unconsciousness, habitual resistance to or denial of what is creates the unease and discontent that most people accept as normal living. When this resistance becomes intensified through some challenge or threat to the ego, it brings up intense negativity such as anger, acute fear, aggression, depression, and so on. Deep unconsciousness often means that the pain-body has been …

Yoga: Finding Ultimate Expression to Life

Yoga Finding Ultimate Expression to Life

When we say “yoga,” for most people it probably means twisting the body into impossible postures. That’s not what yoga is about. Among the Yoga Sutras, which form the bedrock of today’s yoga, only one sutra is dedicated to asanas. All Patanjali said was “Sthiram sukham asanam” – a posture which is comfortable and firm, that is your asana. Asanas …

The Stillness of Space

The Stillness of Space

When you are no longer totally identified with forms, consciousness – who you are – becomes freed from its imprisonment in form. This freedom is the arising of inner space. It comes as a stillness, a subtle peace deep within you, even in the face of something seemingly bad. This, too, will pass. Suddenly, there is space around the event. There is also …

Say Goodbye

Say Goodbye

The most powerful anchor on our potential to soar high in life is the past. The past contains the dead weight of experience, learned beliefs and all our mistakes. Life cannot truly begin until we are able to say goodbye to the legacies of yesterday at will. Like a filing cabinet, the past is a resource of information for learning, …

Mental Events

Mental Events

‘The future, the worry, the regret, the anxiety – these are all mental events that do not have to be part of the difficulty of life; these can be transcended here and now.’ ~ Eckhart Tolle

Taming The Mind and Ego

taming the mind and ego

Searching for truth is itself a big illusion because whatever we term “the truth” is always and everywhere. We don’t have to search for it or seek it. It always is. The only problem right now is you are capable of experiencing life only through the limited dimension that we call “mind”. Patanjali defined yoga as “chitta vritti nirodha”. That …

When I Become Very Agitated

When I Become Very Agitated

Agitation is interesting. Something is stirring up, wanting to be changed. And the mere asking of a question about it implies that there is some resistance to agitation, some form of non-acceptance. Somehow we’ve learned to not be okay with what arises within. However, life becomes much easier if we can learn to accept whatever arises, instead of denying or resisting …

Stress – Changing the Context of your Life

Stress - Changing the Context

Stress is just an inability to manage the inner situation, not the outer situation. Essentially, the quality of our lives changes and transforms not because we change the content of our lives, but only because we change the context of our lives. If someone is living a beautiful life, it does not mean he is doing something different. When he …

Mental Resistance

Mental resistance

‘The greatest difficulty is the mental resistance to things that arise, and the underlying assumption that they should not.’ ~ Eckhart Tolle

Baggage-Free

baggage free

There are doors of opportunities and possibilities And there are doors of deeper perceptions In opening doors of opportunity You shall access new ways to live In opening doors of perception You shall experience richness of creation Through opportunities you may gather riches of wealth, comfort and recognition Through perception unpeeled, you know the nature of creation and the source. …

A Strange Predicament

A Strange Predicament

When I stop to consider the facts They astonish me. There you are, couched in your own skin, And here I am in mine. No matter how close, We must each do our own living. Your heart cannot be persuaded to pump my blood. My lungs will not consent to breathe for yours. It is an odd arrangement. Inside me, …

Exercising the Etheric Body

Exercising the Etheric Body

In yoga, we look at a human being as five sheaths or layers of body. Three – the physical, the mental and the energy body – are physical realities; maybe subtle but still physical. The other two – the etheric body and the bliss body – are in a different realm. The etheric body is a transition from physical to …

Living with Passion

Living With Passion

“You can only feel creative when there is joy. When there is a sense of passion.”— Andreas MoritzPassion is the powerful, focused force of happiness directed to a specific interest in life. Passion is a tremendous asset in expanding our happiness, because it draws our happiness out. When we think of passion, we usually think about what we are passionate …

The Beginning of Freedom

The Beginning of Freedom

The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing entity — the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. …

Falling Below and Rising Above Thought

Falling Below and Rising Above Thought

When you are very tired, you may become more peaceful, more relaxed, than in your usual state. This is because thinking is subsiding and so you can’t remember your mind-made problematic self anymore. You are moving toward sleep. When you drink alcohol or take certain drugs (provided they don’t trigger your pain-body), you may also feel more relaxed, more carefree and perhaps more …

One Drop of Sweetness

One Drop of Sweetness

Every human being has at least one drop of sweetness in them. Why don’t we see this? Please do this with everyone around you – try to recognize that one drop of sweetness in even those people who you otherwise consider to be horrible. Only if you recognize it in others, it will reflect in you. On the other hand, …

Spirituality Is

Spirituality Is

‘Spirituality is a state of connectedness to life. It is an experience of being, belonging and caring. It is sensitivity and compassion, joy and hope. It is the harmony between the innermost life and the outer life, or the life of the world and the life universal. It is the supreme comprehension of life in time and space, the tuning …

The Joy of Being

The Joy of Being

‘The joy of Being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you through any form, possession, achievement, person, or event – through anything that happens. That joy cannot come to you – ever. It emanates from the formless dimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who you are.’ ~ Eckhart Tolle

Your Inner Journey

Your Inner Journey

‘Your inner journey only has one: the step you are taking right now. As you become more deeply aware of this one step, you realize that it already contains within itself all the other steps as well as the destination. This one step then becomes transformed into an expression of perfection, an act of great beauty and quality. It will …

Not Minding What Happens

Not Minding What Happens

J. Krishnamurti, the great Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher, spoke and traveled almost continuously all over the world for more than fifty years attempting to convey through words – which are content – that which is beyond words, beyond content. At one of his talks in the later part of his life, he surprised his audience by saying, ‘Do you …

Peace or Drama? The True Power of Presence

Peace or Drama

You want peace. There is no one who does not want peace. Yet there is something else in you that wants the drama, wants the conflict. You may not be able to feel it at this moment. You may have to wait for a situation or even just a thought that triggers a reaction in you: someone accusing you of this or that, …

Love Like Water

Love like water

Water in its clear softness fills whatever hole it finds. It is not skeptical or distrusting. It does not say this gully is too deep or that field is too open. Like water, the miracle of love is that it covers whatever it touches, making the touched thing grow while leaving no trace of its touch. Most things break instead …

Silence in the Sunrise

Silence in the Sunrise

  You cannot see space, of course, nor can you hear, touch, taste, or smell it, so how do you even know it exists? This logical-sounding question already contains a fundamental error. The essence of space is no-thingness, so it doesn’t “exist” in the normal sense of the word. Only things – forms exist. Even calling it space can be misleading because by naming …

Self-Talk and Self-Awareness

Self-Talk and Self-Awareness

To end the misery that has afflicted the human condition for thousands of years, you have to start with yourself and take responsibility for your inner state at any given moment. That means now. Ask yourself, “Is there negativity in me at this moment?” Then, become alert, attentive to your thoughts as well as your emotions. Watch out for the low-level unhappiness in whatever …

The Perfect Paradox

The Perfect Paradox

When you can hear silence behind the noise and feel space amongst the crowd when you can sense peace amidst chaos and conflict and see the beauty of the ugly and drab When solitude never leads to loneliness and emptiness seems to overflow when every stranger looks familiar and every foreign place feels like home Then you’ll know that duality …

What is Consciousness? A Mystic’s Perspective

What is Consciousness

“Consciousness” is a highly abused word, used in many different ways. First of all, let me define what we refer to as consciousness. You are a combination of many things. As a piece of life, as a body, you are a certain amount of earth, water, air, fire, and akash or ether. And there is a fundamental intelligence that puts …

Guru Purnima – When the First Guru was Born

Guru Purnima

‘The full moon day in the month of Ashadha (June-July) is known as Guru Purnima. It falls on 31st July in 2015, and honours the ancient lineage of enlightened beings who have graced the world with their presence, imparting the knowledge of the ‘Self’. The word ‘Guru’ in Sanskrit is translated as ‘dispeller of darkness’. Guru Purnima marks one of …

A Time For Grace

A Time For Grace

This is the time of year when the Aadhi Yogi’s attention first fell upon the seven now celebrated disciples. We are in the month when an ascetic and yogi, who is completely uninvolved with what is around him, is beginning to get involved. Slowly, the intention of sharing his experience is beginning to blossom. From the last full moon day …

Moments Without Thought

Moments Without Thought

A moment without thought And the background noise ceases And I can suddenly hear The silence between sounds The silence beneath sound From which all sounds emerge Like waves from the sea. A moment without thought And the fog disperses And the world is filled With translucent light New dimensions of detail And sharpness and colour and depth. A moment …

From Discrimination to Yoga

From Discrimination to Yoga

Living a life of fulfillment, living a life of knowing, living a life of merging with the universe, becoming larger than the physical self is the only worthwhile thing to do. If you have paid attention to life and you are not a deprived human being, you will know the only worthwhile thing to do in the world is to …

Spirituality

Spirituality

Spirituality essentially means an all-inclusive experience. When there is an all-inclusive experience, being concerned and caring about everything around you is very natural because anyone who looks into himself, anyone who turns inward, naturally realizes that his existence and the outside existence are not different. ~ Sadhguru

International Yoga Day: Glimpses of A Historic Event

International Yoga Day - Glimpses

A compilation of events around the world, conducted by Isha Foundation on June 21, International Yoga Day. From Sydney to Beirut, from the US to China, and even 35,000 ft up in the air on SpiceJet flights, Isha Foundation volunteers conducted sessions of short, powerful Upa-Yoga practices, specially designed by Sadhguru for Yoga Day.

Love

Love

‘We are using people and loving things. This is a complete misunderstanding of life. Things were made to be used. People were made to be loved.’ – SadhguruIn every relationship, you experience moments of true love, but do they seem to come and go? What if you could maintain this quality always? Watch as Sadhguru explains the nature of love …

Namaskar – The Simplest Form of Yoga

Namaskar

The United Nations’ declaration of International Day of Yoga on June 21st comes at a critical time in the history of humanity. It is of much more significance than a few more people twisting and turning their bodies. For the first time in the history of the UN, 177 countries co-sponsored the resolution for Yoga Day. Never before has any …

Conditioned by the Past: Karma and Consciousness

Conditioned by the Past

The voice in the head has a life of its own. Most people are at the mercy of that voice; they are possessed by thought, by the mind. And since the mind is conditioned by the past, you are then forced to reenact the past again and again. The Eastern term for this is karma. When you are identified with that voice, …

Now

Now

‘Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.’ ~ Eckhart Tolle

Spirituality Is Not About Attitudes – Podcast

Spirituality is not About Attitudes

Spirituality: A Homecoming

Spirituality - A Homecoming

The moment I say “spirituality”, people say, “Yes, I want to be peaceful.” You do not have to walk the spiritual path for peace. A glass of wine could do it or take a long walk and then lie down in the shade of a tree; you will sleep peacefully. Spirituality is not for someone who is seeking peacefulness. Spirituality …

Who Are You, Really?

Who Are You, Really

Any thought that you have had about yourself, however deflated or inflated, is not who you are. It is simply a thought. The truth of who you are cannot be thought, because it is the source of all thoughts. The truth of who you are cannot be named or defined. Words like soul, light, God, truth, self, consciousness, the universal …

Stillness

Stillness

‘Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.’ ~ Eckhart Tolle

A Question of Perspective

Larger Perspective

Instead of identifying with what kind of thoughts or emotions you are getting, just see that in the larger perspective of life you are a tiny speck of dust. In this cosmos, our galaxy is a small happening. In the Milky Way, this Solar System is a speck. In that tiny speck, planet Earth is a super-tiny speck. In that, …

Become the Sky

Become the Sky

The cage that you’ve been trapped inside for longer than you can remember – it might seem so sturdy and secure that you don’t even dream of escaping anymore like a bird that used to beat its wings but now just lets them hang limply by its side. But the bars of the cage aren’t even solid They’re a mirage …

Growth

Growth

Only freedom can be infinite. Bondage cannot be limitless. Only freedom can be limitless. This is not just semantics and ideas. In terms of life’s experience, don’t waste your time talking about or thinking about freedom or the Ultimate. The body is a limitation, the mind is a limitation, emotions are limitations – but they are also possibilities. Look at …

Attachment is Habitual Thinking

Attachment is Habitual Thinking

We all judge our experiences through the filter of habitual think­ing. In other words, we are unconsciously driven by how we think, and how we think determines the feelings and opinions we develops toward people, objects and situations. But such opinions and perceptions only distort reality, and unfortunately, we cannot help but interpret reality through self-centered thinking. For example, when …

Wake Up and Set Yourself Free

Wake Up and Set Yourself Free

What we put first, the choices we make in life are a direct reflection of what we value. What this means is that our experience of life — for its pain or pleasure, darkness or brightness — is a perfect reflection of what we want most in that same moment. Prove this truth to yourself and you will put yourself …

The Matrix of Manifestation

The Matrix of Manifestation

The skill of manifestation is in using our awakened self-awareness. There are three components to this awareness: expanded consciousness, focused consciousness, and fluid consciousness. The unity of these three creates the matrix of manifestation. Unbounded awareness is our silent, expanded self. It is the un-manifest potentiality from which everything emerges. It is a unified field of infinite possibilities. Through meditation, …

Your Deepest Desire

Your Deepest Desire

Our deepest desire is for spiritual awakening, which is the state of fulfillment and completeness. All other desires are variations on this basic desire for actualization. Every desire is a fragment of our being that seeks awakening, completion, and wholeness. ~ Deepak Chopra

Radiating Compassion

Radiating Compassion

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” ~ Albert Schweitzer Compassion from the soul level happens when we spiritually embrace another soul without reservation or judgment. Compassion validates people in a profound way . . . it is a deep heart connection that heals by overcoming the feeling of …

Happiness

Happiness

Happiness does not only come from achievement. When you were a child you were simply happy. That is your nature. If you go against your own nature to be happy, you will never get anywhere. To be happy is not the ultimate aspect of life. It is the fundamental aspect of life. If you are not happy, what else can …

I Am Life Without Boundaries

I Am Life Without Boundaries

This body is not me. I am not limited by this body. I am life without boundaries. I have never been born, and I have never died. Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, manifestations from my wondrous true mind. Since before time, I have been free, Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, …

Always Peace

Sadhguru on Peace

Peace is achieved in different ways. Let’s say you eat to a full stomach and lie down, just see how peaceful you are. Somebody else may drink alcohol and become very peaceful and so on. Whenever your ego is satisfied, you are very peaceful. Wherever you go, in that place, if people are willing to support and boost your ego, …

I Am

I Am That

’I am’ itself is God, the seeking itself is God. In seeking you discover that you are neither the body nor the mind, and the love of the self in you is for the self in all. The two are one. The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love. …

Radiating Serenity

Radiating Serenity

“We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.” ~ Swami Satchidananda Let us bring our attention to the peaceful and serene influence we can offer the world around us. For our serenity to have a powerful transformative effect on others, it needs to come from our inner being, not just …

Building Relationships of Joy – Get Your Fundamentals Right

Building Relationships of Joy

If you had a choice between pleasantness and unpleasantness, between joy and misery, between beauty and ugliness, what would you choose? Definitely, you would choose joy and pleasantness. But why is unpleasantness happening? Why is misery happening? Simply because nothing of you is in your control; everything is happening accidentally. Your mind, emotion, energy and body are not happening the …

Choose to Change Now

Choose to Change Now

You can’t change the kind of person you are later. There is no later. It’s always now or never. You can’t be kind later. And you can’t learn later. Choose to change now, and that moment will never come for you to worry about how to be better next time. Why? Because your conscious choice for real change in the …

Feeling Peace

Feeling Peace

‘Happiness consists not of having, but of being. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself.’ ~ David O. McKay. Let us connect to an aspect of our joy that expresses itself as inner peace. This is not ordinary peace of mind or peaceful interactions with others. This is the permanent feeling of peace that comes …

What is the Purpose of Life?

What is the Purpose of Life

If you were very blissful and ecstatic at this moment, would you think, “What is the purpose of life?” – No. Only when in some way, life has become burdensome, these questions arise: “To be or not to be?” “Is there a good enough purpose for me to exist?” Your experience of life itself has not become grand and worthwhile …

The Wise Man

The Wise Man

The wise man knows the Self, and he plays the game of life. He understands the nature of things. His heart is not smudged by right or wrong, just as the sky is not smudged by smoke. How rare he is! ~ The Ashtavakra Gita

Acceptance

Acceptance

If you learn to accept the way things are your energy is free, your attention is free, and you are available to experience things that you couldn’t imagine before. That is when you become profoundly available to evolve. When we learn to stop struggling with the way things are, we are available to be lifted into higher possibilities. ~ Jeff …

Human Suffering

Suffering

There are two ways people can suffer. Generally, people think in terms of physical suffering and mental suffering. Physical suffering could be caused in different ways but 90% of human suffering is mental, which is caused within ourselves. People create suffering for themselves everyday – suffering anger, fear, hatred, jealousy, insecurity and so many other things. This is the maximum …

Yoga – an Inner Technology

Yoga an Inner Technology

As there is a science and technology for external wellbeing, there is a science and technology for inner wellbeing. Yoga is an inner technology. This is a deeper understanding of your own body, mind and energy, and about creating an inner situation where you are joyful and peaceful by your own nature. Being peaceful and joyful is not the ultimate …

Destiny

Destiny

What you refer to as “destiny” are those situations which are going on without your permission; they seem to be unfolding themselves without your intent. Whatever you call destiny is something you have created unconsciously. You are doing more things unconsciously than consciously. Only about two percent of your life is conscious. You create an enormous amount of your life …

Your Duty

Your Duty

As a human being, your only duty is that you grow to your full potential. If you grow to your full potential, your very way of being is absolutely useful. The best things will happen around you. If you do not know how to make yourself happy, is there any possibility of you making the world a happy place to …

Flow with Life

Flow with Life

Regardless of how sophisticated its knowledge, the self that knows itself only through its own conditioned thinking can never develop beyond the content of itself. Genuine self – knowledge is being fully self – aware in the present moment. Each moment appears in whatever its form or colour to reveal us to ourselves. When you are present to yourself, quietly …

Nothing Else Matters

Nothing Else Matters

The only thing that matters, that really matters at all, is whether you are willing to be completely alive, awake and free, this very moment – this very instant. The only thing that makes any difference – any difference at all, is whether you are willing to let go of all mental and emotional – all historical and future versions …

Your Creation

Your Creation

“Your whole personality, everything you are, is a complex accumulation of your impressions of life. This is like your software. It’s the volume of your impressions. Everything you have perceived has imprinted itself on your mind and on your energy. The very way your body behaves, the way your life energies behave is a result of past impressions. The very …

After A While

After A While

After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul. And you learn that love does not mean leaning and that company does not mean security.   And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises. And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes …

Dimension Beyond the Physical

Dimension Beyond the Physical

The very fundamentals of spiritual longing are to transcend the limitations of the physical. For an individual, the most intimate part of physical creation is his or her own body. So the very basis of a spiritual process is to explore the possibilities of the body and to go beyond its limitations. Your physical body is designed and structured to …

Within

Within

Neither health nor joy can be created from the outside. There may be external stimuli, but essentially both come from within. ~ Sadhguru

The Most Sacred Pursuit

Sacred Pursuit

Of all the human pursuits, striving to transform oneself into a higher possibility is considered the most sacred. It is this pursuit that fulfils the purpose of the human form and it is this pursuit that brings well-being to all life. ~ Sadhguru

Like the Flowing River

Like the Flowing River

Be like the flowing river, Silent in the night. Be not afraid of the dark. If there are stars in the sky, reflect them back. If there are clouds in the sky, Remember, clouds, like the river, are water, So, gladly reflect them too, In your own tranquil depths. ~ Manuel Bandeira

Stop Being Blown Away by Passing Thoughts and Feelings

Stop Being Blown Away by Passing Thoughts and Feelings

‘A tree has many leaves, and the wind touches all of them… in one way or another. Some shake, some quiver, some hardly move at all. Yes, the tree knows their trembling; but neither the wind, nor the leaves it stirs are the tree that feels their touch. Thoughts and feelings are like leaves; learning to watch them wave is …

Present Moment

Present Moment

If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. As soon as you honor the present moment, unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care and love – even the most simple action. ~ …

A Joyful 2014!

Joy

If you allow the source of creation within you to find expression, joyful is the only way you can be. The Egyptian legend says that if one wants to enter heaven, at the point of entry you will be asked two questions. Unless you are one big “Yes” to these two questions, there is no entry for you. The first …

Liberating Action

Liberating Activity

Every action that you perform can be either a process of liberation or entanglement. If you perform any activity with absolute willingness, that activity is beautiful and creates joy for you. If you perform any activity unwillingly for whatever reason, that activity creates suffering for you. Whatever you are doing, even if you just sweep the floor, give yourself to …

See Through These Six False Beliefs and Be Free

Be Free

The only way we can be released from any painful sense of false responsibility is to see that it is based in a false belief. To see through the false belief is to be released from the weight of useless false responsibilities. Study carefully the following list of six false beliefs and the false responsibilities that are never far away …

Reverence and Gratitude

Reverence and Gratitude

Being in reverence and gratitude towards everything that matters in our lives leads to success and victory. Of the many things that we are in touch with, of the many things that contribute in making and creating our lives, the most important devices that we employ in making a success of our lives are our own body and mind. Being …

Gratitude

Gratitude

There are an infinite number of gifts to which you can open your heart. Open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you, so that everyone you meet on this day will be blessed by you – just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch, just by your presence. Let the gratefulness in you …

Who Am I? – Jeff Lieberman

In this thought-provoking video, Jeff Lieberman, an MIT-trained artist, scientist and engineer, explores some fascinating topics which stir up some profound questions and realizations. From exploring our consciousness, to demonstrating our ability to create alternate realities, to reminding us that we are all one. He pinpoints a key element that if we accept it and trust, suffering would no longer …

HuffPost Live interviews Sadhguru

HuffPost Live interviews Sadhguru

Huffington Post – one of the web’s largest news and blog sites – hosted Sadhguru on their live webchannel, HuffPost Live, on October 17. Nancy Redd, host of the channel’s Third Metric show, interviewed Sadhguru on finding success, exploring one’s full potential, and the benefits of bringing a meditative process into life.

Blessing

Blessing

To bless means to wish, unconditionally from the deepest chamber of the heart, unrestricted good for others and events. It means to hallow, to hold in reverence, to behold with awe that which is always a gift from the Creator. He who is hallowed by your blessings is set aside, consecrated, holy, whole. To bless is to invoke divine care …

What Is, Is

What Is Is

I have simply stopped arguing with reality. How do I know the wind should blow? It is blowing. How do I know this is the highest order? It’s happening. Arguing with WHAT IS is like teaching a cat to bark. Hopeless. I know that reality is good just as it is, because when I argue with it, i expereince tension …

Peace

Peace

Acts and thoughts of peace and violence have ramifications in the world and within ourselves. Today, see if you can maintain witnessing awareness in which you consciously choose to express peace in every thought, word and action. As you are preparing to go to sleep tonight, review your words and actions and see if you added to peace today. If …

Embracing All

Embracing All

Light that lies deep inside of me Come forth in all thy majesty Show me thy gaze Teach me thy ways That I a better person may be Darkness that lies deep inside of me Come forth in all thy mystery Show me thy gaze Teach me thy ways That I a better person may be Love that lies deep …

When You Don’t Choose Love You Choose Fear

Choose Love

If we could literally reach into you and remove all your fears – every one of them – how different would your life be? Think about it. If nothing stopped you from following your dreams, your life would probably be very different. This is what the dying learn. Dying makes our worst fears come forward to be faced directly. It …

Sea of Life

Sea of Life

Learn to attend with the mind so that you can study, not from books, but from observation, which is the first awakening of the soul. Learn to study by practice. Learn to study by application. Become a student of life and live life fully, and as you merge into the sea of life, you will realize that you are not …

The Gentlest Thing in the World

The Gentlest Thing in the World

The gentlest thing in the world is an open mind. Since it doesn't believe what it thinks, it is flexible, porous, without opposition, without defense. Nothing has power over it. Nothing can resist it. Even the hardest thing in the world — a closed mind — can't resist the power of openness. Ultimately the truth flows into it and through …

Feel Good

Feel Good

Tell everyone you know: "My happiness depends on me, so you're off the hook." And then demonstrate it. Be happy, no matter what they're doing. Practice feeling good, no matter what. And before you know it, you will not give anyone else responsibility for the way you feel — and then, you'll love them all. Because the only reason you …

Your Thoughts

Your Thoughts

“If there is nothing you can do, face what is and say, ‘Well, right now, this is how it is. I can either accept it, or make myself miserable.’ The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about the situation. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always …

On Death from The Prophet

On Death

     'You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life? The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light. If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life …

The Art of Living

Art of Living

The only thing that makes the difference in the way you feel right now is the thought that you are thinking right now. How you feel is about how you are allowing the Source that is You to flow. So when we talk about the Art of Allowing, we're talking about the art of living; about the art of thriving; …

Real Love

Real Love

“As soon as the love relationship does not lead me to me, as soon as I in a love relationship do not lead another person to himself, this love, even if it seems to be the most secure and ecstatic attachment I have ever experienced, is not true love. For real love is dedicated to continual becoming.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

Let Go of the Past

Let Go of the Past

Two monks were walking back to their monastery when they came to a ford at a stream. At the ford, a pretty farmer's daughter asked them to help her cross the stream as she did not want to get the mud on her new dress. The first monk ignored her and continued on his way remembering the strict rules of …

Meditation as an Act of Love

Meditation as an Act of Love

“Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to heal yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself; rather, do it as an act of love, of deep warm friendship to yourself. In this way there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for the endless guilt of not doing enough. It offers the possibility of an end to the …

Serenity Prayer

Serenity

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be …

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

A great and powerful warrior came to the head monk of a monastery. He asked the monk to show him the difference between heaven and hell. The monk sneered at the warrior and said, "One as arrogant and small minded as you would never be able to learn the difference between heaven and hell." After more such abuse, the warrior …

You are the Earth

Earth Day

How audacious that we can even think we can allot a day for the earth! Both day and night happen only because the earth revolves. Our very body is an extract from this planet. For human beings who have forgotten that they have just temporarily come out of the womb of this earth and one day will be sucked back …

Now is the Only Time

Now is the Only Time

Now is the only time. How we relate to it creates the future. In other words, if we’re going to be more cheerful in the future, it’s because of our aspiration and exertion to be cheerful in the present. What we do accumulates; the future is the result of what we do now. When we find ourselves in a mess, …

The Discipline of Self-Discovery

The Discipline of Self-Discovery

Every truth ever discovered — each new light that will ever burn bright — already exists in our consciousness. All we will ever know and share about love, humility, compassion and sacrifice — the secrets that will reveal and then resolve old sorrows — awaits us within ourselves. Hidden in this truth is our great promise, both as individuals and …

On Being Present

On Being Present

Countless spiritual teachers from Buddha and Lao Tze to Ram Dass and Eckart Tolle have urged us to be in the present moment. In a sense, we are always in the present. Our past we know from memories, but those memories are experienced in the present. Similarly, our future is something we imagine—again an experience in the present. Whatever we …

In Touch with Reality

In Touch with Reality

If life happens, death is a natural process. Being afraid of a natural process is unnatural. This fear has come because of a certain sense of ignorance and unawareness. We are not in touch with reality and we have gotten deeply identified with this body. This has happened because we have not explored other dimensions. If we had explored and …

Being

Being

There exists in every person a place that is free from dis-ease, that never feels pain, that is ageless and never dies. When we journey to this place, limitations that we commonly accept simply cannot exist. They’re not even a possibility. This is our Ground of Being – the deepest part of who we are. It is beyond anything we …

Dealing With Anger, Resistance and Pessimism

Anger by Zorin Denu

How can we deal with anger and pessimism in a healthy way so it transforms into positive energy? In this insightful 13-minute video, Eckhart Tolle answers this question by revealing how we can become aware of what’s fueling our anger, how to distinguish it as being separate from who we are, and how to use it to harness our spiritual …

Silence of the Soul

Remember, silence maintain secrets. Therefore, the sweetest sound is the sound of silence. That’s the song of the soul, some listen to the silence in prayer, other sings it’s song while working. Some look for the secrets in quiet contemplation. When mastery is achieved or experienced, the sounds of the world can be turned off. All of life becomes meditation. …

Fortunate Misfortunes

Fortunate Misfortunes

The spiritual process is not about causing a particular event. It is about causing a certain way of being that whatever the situation, it turns into a fortune. Those who look at certain situations as fortune and certain other situations as misfortune are the unfortunate people on the planet because then you are a slave of those situations. – Sadhguru

Everything is a Miracle

Miracle

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people; first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for …

Reality

Reality

The source from which the world and mind rise and into which they set is termed Reality, which does not rise nor does it subside. – Ramana Maharishi

Inner Transformation

Inner Transformation

There is a beautiful story about a caterpillar that lived much of its life believing that it had come into being only to eat and sleep and do what the rest of the caterpillars did. However it was unhappy. Somehow it sensed that its life had another dimension not yet experienced. One day, driven by a strange longing, it decided …

Silence

Silence

Behind all creation is silence. Silence is the essential condition, the vital ingredient for all creation and all that is created. It is a power in its own right. The artist starts with a blank canvas – silence. The composer places it between and behind the notes. The very ground of your being, out of which come all your thoughts …

The Path of Evolutionary Enlightenment: From Minus One to Plus One

Evolutionary Enlightenment

Enlightenment means consciousness beyond ego and evolution means development in time. So Evolutionary Enlightenment means the development in time of consciousness beyond ego. The path, in the context of evolutionary enlightenment, is at least in theory quite simple. It is a journey from identification with ego to identification with the evolutionary impulse. It is a radical transformation of our relationship …

A Moral Obligation to Transform – by Craig Hamilton

A Moral Obligation to Transform

We might call it the malady of contemporary spirituality. As a speaker, writer and spiritual mentor, I hear it all the time. The refrain usually goes something like this: “I’ve been on the spiritual path for years. I’ve meditated, gone to therapy, and attended dozens (if not hundreds) of workshops, seminars, satsangs, and retreats. I’ve had a lot of peak …

An Interview by Richard Moss with Deepak Chopra on “What Is Transformation” by Richard Moss

What is Transformation

Richard Moss: The words, “personal transformation” are increasingly used in the community of people seeking psychological and spiritual healing and exploration, but there isn’t general agreement on what the words mean. To some people it has to do with personal improvement. To others, like myself, it has to do with a fundamental transformation in the very structure of consciousness. What …

An Excerpt from “Loving What Is – Four Questions that can Change your Life” by Byron Katie

Loving What Is

Introduction The Work of Byron Katie is a way to identify and question the thoughts that cause all of the suffering in the world. It is a way to find peace with yourself and with the world. The old, the young, the sick, the well, the educated, the uneducated—anyone with an open mind can do this Work. Byron Kathleen Reid …

The Biggest Mistake Most of us Make on the Spiritual Path – Craig Hamilton

The Biggest Mistake Most of us Make on the Spiritual Path

Many of us today are engaging in a tremendous amount of spiritual work on ourselves. We’re meditating, praying, attending workshops, seminars, and retreats. And yet the vast majority of us are making the same mistake. We tend to put far too much significance on the need to work out our personal psychological issues as part of our spiritual path. It’s …

Defusing Anger – adapted from Vishvapani

Defusing Anger

What can you do when things are about to blow? Here are some thoughts on working with anger – or any other strong emotion – with mindfulness. We’ve never had to defuse a real bomb but we’ve probably had our moments with metaphorical ones: the times when you feel you are about to blow. That’s when we need emotional bomb …

Our Relationship to the Earth – adapted from Caroline Myss

As we all know, the Earth has shifted once again. Just the slightest change from deep beneath the waters, a crack in the fabric of her lining, and islands quake while tsunami waves rush across shorelines. We awake believing the world – our world – is stable, only to learn again and again that this Earth is as much a …

Life Script to Re-Awaken to Health, Happiness and Wholeness

Drop on petal

I was recently asked if I could put some affirmations on the website to help empower and open us up to higher guidance. I am grateful for this suggestion and thought I would share a Life Script. This is a description of what you’d be experiencing if you were living the life you want and is extremely powerful. Each day, you …

Welcome to Awakenings Blog

Welcome to Awakenings Blog

It’s great to have you here…thank you! My wish in creating this space is to share inspiration, wisdom, tools and info from all around the globe to help us along our collective journey towards health, happiness and wholeness; to deepen and nurture the impulse to evolve that’s awakening in us right now. We’re all on an endless evolutionary journey and …