I reazd this in the Mandala Ashram newsletter, and thought that I'd share it with you all.
THE HARVEST PRAYER
(Anonymous 17th Century Sermon)
Please be gentle with yourself and others.
We are all children of chance,
And none can say why some fields blossom
While others lay brown beneath the harvest sun.
Take hope that your season will come.
Share the joy of those whose season is at hand.
Care for those around you.
Look past your differences.
Their dreams are no less than yours,
Their choices in life no more easily made.
Give in any way you can.
Give in every way you can.
Give whatever you possess.
Give from your heart.
To give is to love.
To withhold is to wither.
Care less for the size of your harvest
than for how it is shared,
And your life will have meaning
And your heart will have peace.
thank you...just what I needed to hear.
-- And none can say why some fields blossom/While others lay brown beneath the harvest sun./Take hope that your season will come./ Share the joy of those whose season is at hand.
Wow, that part particularly resonates with me. This is such a major challenge of life--not to feel bad when someone seems to be having it all and having everything go their way when things aren't going yours.. and to truly be happy for others.
Thank you for this!
You visiting Mandala ashram this year Phil ?
Many of us spend our whole lives
Running from feeling
With the mistaken belief
That you cannot bear the pain.
But you have already borne the pain.
What you have not done
Is feel all you are beyond that pain.
"Here is the secret of inspiration. Tell yourself that thousands of people, not very intelligent and certainly no more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you."
Let it be me again Phill.
"When we walk to the edge of all the light we have; and take the step into the darkness of the unknown; we must believe that one of two things will happen... There will be something solid for us to stand on.. ..... or we will be taught to fly."
From yoga International Magazine. "One meeting, one life." Each moment is unique. Each moment is a one-in-a-lifetime event.
When I read this it stuck with me. I try to mentally take pictures of those precious moments in my life such as watching my kids play and hearing their laughter. I try to make more of an effort to embrace each moment as precious and be thankful for it.
Noone can go back and make a brand new start,
Anyone can start form now and make a brand new ending..
God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain
But He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way..
Be gentle with yourself and others, we are all children of chance....
Thank you Phil,
that is a beautiful prayer.
We all need to have more tolerance with ourselves and especially with others.
Tolerance(def): 1. The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others 2. the capacity of enduring hardship or inconvenience without complaint 3. forbearing or lenient treatment
(Tolerance is a good mantra for enduring a challenging posture)
"Let the beauty we love be who we are." -APK
"The way you speak to others can offer them joy, happiness, self-confidence, hope, trust, and enlightenment. Mindful speaking is a deep practice."
- Thich Nhat Hanh
"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone." - Henry David Thoreau
Mindful speaking, also goes for typing since we all communicate via computer these days. How else could I have had conversations and influence to and from people around the world? Ani, the Mindful Speaking post is like a shot of good medicine I need.
Thank you Phil G,Tania M,Ashya H,Nadia N and Ani K,
You made my day,I'm inspired and the thoughts brought a smile on my face.What inspired me most is the poem the''Harvest Prayer''.It's always good to give from the heart,to give with love,without hesitation.And beauty comes from within,always love yourself first,then you can love others and can you give love to others.I'll keep your inspiring thoughts close to my heart.
Love and Peace!Winefred M.
"Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." - Mahatma Gandhi
"Love does not measure, it just gives." - Mother Teresa
Hi Phil G
That inspiring piece of writing was fantastic. It has given me hope that things can work out.
"If a wo/man should travel far along the mystic road, s/he must learn to be with God/dess intensely, in stillness."
- Aldous Huxley
You left here some healing power
"Commitment is the face of character." - APK
Light of Sun,
Radiance of Moon,
Splendor of Fire,
Speed of Lightening,
Swiftness of Wind,
Depth of Sea,
Stability of Earth.
I found this on another care2 member's page, though I don't remember whose. I like it because it enumerates our connections to the earth.
"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."
- Carl Jung
Thank - you Phil for sharing The Harvest Prayer and others for sharing their inspiring thoughts. I will surely come back to this discussion thread
"If you give your life as a wholehearted response to love, then love will wholeheartedly respond to you." - Marianne Williamson
THE HARVEST PRAYER
(Anonymous 17th Century Sermon)
"That was good prayer "
I HAVE ONE SINGLE POINT TO REFOCUS ABT YOUR 17TH CENTURY GREAT DRAFT
WE ALL REALY LOOKING 21ST CENTURY
LOVE ....HOPE... TRUTH....
THE JOY OF BEING Unhappiness or negativity is a disease on our planet. What pollution is on theouter level is negativity on the inner. It is everywhere, not just in theplaces where people dont have enough, but even more so where they have morethan enough. Is that surprising? No. The affluent world is even more deeplyidentified with form, more lost in content, more trapped in ego. People believe themselves to be dependant on what happens for their happiness,that is to say, dependant on form. They dont realize that what happens isthe most unstable thing in the universe. It changes constantly. They look uponthe present moment as either marred by something that has happened andshouldnt have or as deficient because of something that has not happened butshould have. And so they miss the deeper perfection that is inherent in lifeitself, a perfection that is always already here, that lies beyond what ishappening or not happening, beyond form. Accept the present moment and find the perfection that is deeper than any formand untouched by time. The joy of Being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you throughany form, possession, achievement, person, or event through anything thathappens. That joy cannot COME to you- ever. It emanates from the formlessdimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who youare. - Eckhart Tolle Journey Through the Light and Back Mellen-Thomas Benedict's - Near Death Experience Mellen-Thomas Benedict Writes: In 1982 I died from terminal cancer. The condition I had was inoperable,and any kind of chemotherapy they could give me would just have made me more of a vegetable. I was given six to eight months to live. I had been an information freak in the1970's, and I had become increasingly despondent over the nuclear crisis, the ecology crisis, and so forth. So, since I did not have a spiritual basis, I began to believe that nature had made a mistake, and that we were probably a cancerous organism on the planet. I saw no way that we could get out from all the problems we had created for ourselves and the planet. I perceived all humans as cancer, and that is what I got. That is what killed me. Be careful what your world view is. It can feed back on you, especially if it is a negative world view. I had a seriously negative one. That is what led me into my death. I tried all sorts of alternative healing methods, but nothing helped. So I determined that this was really just between me and God. I had never really faced God before, or even dealt with God. I was not into any kind of spirituality at the time, but I began a journey into learning about spirituality and alterna¬tive healing. I set out to do all the reading I could and bone up on the subject, because I did not want to be surprised on the other side. So I started reading on various religions and philosophies. They were all very interesting, and gave hope that there was something on the other side. I ended up in hospice care. I remember waking up one morning at home about 4:30 AM, and I just knew that this was it. This was the day I was going to die. So I called a few friends and said goodbye. I woke up my hospice caretaker and told her. I had a private agreement with her that she would leave my dead body alone for six hours, since I had read that all kinds of interesting things happen when you die. I went back to sleep. The next thing I remember is the beginning of a typical near death experience. Suddenly I was fully aware and I was standing up, but my body was in the bed. There was this darkness around me. Being out of my body was even more vivid than ordinary experience. It was so vivid that I could see every room in the house, I could see the top of the house, I could see around the house, I could see under the house. There was this Light shining. I turned toward the Light. The Light was very similar to what many other people have described in their near death experiences. It was so magnificent. It is tangible; you can feel it. It is alluring; you want to go to it like you would want to go to your ideal mother's or father's arms. As I began to move toward the Light, I knew intuitively that if I went to the Light, I would be dead. So as I was moving toward the Light I said, "Please wait a minute, just hold on a second here. I want to think about this; I would like to talk to you before I go." To my surprise, the entire experience halted at that point. You are indeed in control of your near death experience. You are not on a roller coaster ride. So my request was honored and I had some conversations with the Light. The Light kept changing into different figures, like Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, mandalas, archetypal images and signs. I asked the Light, "What is going on here? Please, Light, clarify yourself for me. I really want to know the reality of the situation." I cannot really say the exact words, because it was sort of telepathy. The Light responded. The information transferred to me was that during your near death experience your beliefs shape the kind of feedback you are getting before the Light. If you were a Buddhist or Catholic or Fundamentalist, you get a feedback loop of your own stuff. You have a chance to look at it and examine it, but most people do not. As the Light revealed itself to me, I became aware that what I was really seeing was our higher Self matrix. We all have a higher Self, or an oversoul part of our being. It revealed itself to me in its truest energy form. The only way I can really describe it is that the being of the higher Self is more like a conduit. It did not look like that, but it is a direct connection to the Source that each and every one of us has. We are directly connected to the Source. So the Light was showing me the higher Self matrix. I was not committed to one particular religion. So that is what was being fed back to me during my near death experience. As I asked the Light to keep clearing for me, to keep explaining
Is there more???? I really loved this post.
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Is there more???? I really loved this post.
i m looking more in to this group and also share more n more.
have a good day ........i will...draft soon
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Hi, we we we............are as good as any........ one eals. Open up!! Throw your doors and windows open. Let wind and rain and sun come on in. let people enter into you and you enter into peoples lives. That is the only way to become aware of the tremendous mystery of life . Life is not a problem is to take a wrong step .It is a mystery to be lived ,loved experienced . “ Wearing divine garlands and apparel , anointed with celestrial perfumes and ointments, full of all wonders, the limit –less god with faces on all side”. Thanks vijay.
Dear Sophia D,
I'm very curious,could you cotinue the story!
I'm inspired,I'l like the story. I there more?
"God is a friend of silence. See how nature moves in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls."
- Mother Teresa
"Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style." - Maya Angelou
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.
- Marianne Williamson
"To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to night.To
know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own
understanding of love; and to bleed willingly and joyfully."
- Kahlil Gibran
"Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." - Arundhati Roy
"On the long journey of life, faith is the best of companions. And love is the most keen." - APK
"I am the miracle." - Buddha
"A lie cannot live." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Miracles are the natural artwork of God/dess." - APK
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part
limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and
feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical
delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for
us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few
persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this
prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living
creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
- Albert Einstein
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. - Buddha
"One compassionate word, action, or thought can reduce another person's suffering, and bring him joy. One word can give comfort and confidence, destroy doubt, help someone avoid a mistake, reconcile a conflict, or open the door to liberation. One action can save a person's life or help him take advantage of a rare opportunity. One thought can do the same, because thoughts always lead to words and actions. Within compassion in our heart, every thought, word and deed can bring about a miracle." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Whatever you hold in your mind will tend to occur in your life. If you continue to believe as you have always believed, you will continue to act as you have always acted. If you continue to act as you have always acted, you will continue to get what you have always gotten. If you want different results in your life or your work, all you have to do is change your mind.
"Often, when we're unhappy, we fall into the habit of thinking that, if only one or two particular things in our life would change, everything would be fine... a new car, or a raise, or a change in our living situation. We dwell on this one thing and strategize, or complain, or daydream about what it would be like to have it. Meanwhile, underneath the surface, the real reason for our unhappiness sits unrecognized and unaddressed...if we are able to locate and explore the underlying cause of our discontent, all the surface concerns have a way of working themselves out in the light of our realization..."
Read more here: http://www.dailyom.com/
Sir Edward Dyer's poem, "My mind to me a kingdom is..."
My mind to me a kingdom is;
Such perfect joy therein I find
That it excels all other bliss
Which God or nature hath assign'd.
Though much I want that most would have,
Yet still my mind forbids to crave.
No princely port, nor wealthy store,
No force to win a victory,
No wily wit to salve a sore,
No shape to win a loving eye;
To none of these I yield as thrall,--
For why? my mind despise them all.
I see that plenty surfeit oft,
And hasty climbers soonest fall;
I see that such as are aloft
Mishap doth threaten most of all.
These get with toil and keep with fear;
Such cares my mind can never bear.
I press to bear no haughty sway,
I wish no more than may suffice,
I do no more than well I may,
Look, what I want my mind supplies.
Lo ! thus I triumph like a king,
My mind content with anything.
I laugh not at another's loss,
Nor grudge not at another's gain;
No worldly waves my mind can toss;
I brook that is another's bane.
I fear no foe, nor fawn on friend,
I loathe not life, nor dread mine end.
My wealth is health and perfect ease,
And conscience clear my chief defence;
I never seek by bribes to please,
Nor by desert to give offence.
Thus do I live, thus will I die,--
Would all did so as well as I!
DailyOm has an interesting piece about relationships. Examining our motives in any situation can be quite useful, I've found.
Changing The Way We Relate-
Making Over Our Partners
A relationship, in the truest sense of the word, means relating to another. Usually when we say that we relate to someone, it is because we’ve found common ground. But part of relating is finding ways to make ideas that seem different come together. So often when we choose relationships, we try to fit another person into our predetermined ideal. When they don’t fit perfectly, we may try to make them over, creating our own vision from the raw material they’ve brought. But unless someone asks for guidance and direction, entering into a relationship with someone we want to change is dishonest. Then our relationship becomes with someone we’ve imagined, and anytime our partner steps outside of that imaginary projection, we will be disappointed. An honest relationship is one in which we accept each other as whole individuals, and find a way to share our life experiences together. Then, whenever we want, we can choose as a couple to give the relationship a makeover by renewing the way we interact.
By wanting to give another person a makeover, we are basically saying we don’t accept them for who they are. If we take a moment to imagine the roles reversed, we can get a sense of how it would feel if our beloved only committed to us because they thought we were, or would become, someone else entirely. In such an environment, we are not relating to each other from a real place, and we are keeping ourselves from being able to learn and grow from the different viewpoints that our partners offer.
If we feel that a change is needed in our relationship, the only makeover that we truly have the power to make is on ourselves. By accepting our partners for exactly who they are—the ideal and the not-so-ideal—we will create an energetic shift in our relationships, and we may find ourselves really appreciating our partners for the first time. Working from within, we determine how we relate to the people and the world around us, and when we can accept it and embrace it all, without conditions, we make every act of relating a positive one.
For more information visit dailyom.com
Unifier of Opposites
The Colour Green
Green is a combination of the colours yellow and blue, each of which brings its own unique energy to the overall feeling of the colour green. Blue exudes calm and peace, while yellow radiates liveliness and high levels of energy. As a marriage between these two very different colours, green is a unifier of opposites, offering both the excitement of yellow and the tranquility of blue. It energizes blue's passivity and soothes yellow's intensity, inspiring us to be both active and peaceful at the same time. It is a mainstay of the seasons of spring and summer, thus symbolizing birth and growth.
Green is one of the reasons that spring instigates so much excitement and activity. As a visual harbinger of the end of winter, green stems and leaves shoot up and out from the dark branches of trees and the muddy ground, letting us know that it's safe for us to come out, too. In this way, green invites us to shed our layers and open ourselves to the outside world, not in a frantic way but with an easygoing excitement that draws us outside just to sniff the spring air. Unlike almost any other colour, green seems to have its own smell, an intoxicating combination of sun and sky-earthy, bright, and clean. In the best-case scenario, it stops us in our tracks and reminds us to appreciate the great experience of simply being alive.
Green balances our energy so that in looking at it we feel confident that growth is inevitable. It also gives us the energy to contribute to the process of growth, to nurture ourselves appropriately, without becoming overly attached to our part in the process. Green reminds us to let go and let nature do her work, while at the same time giving us the energy to do our own.
The colour green balances our energy so that in looking at it we feel confident that growth is inevitable.
Exerpt from DAILY OM: Going Back By Going Within - Healing Childhood Wounds
"With the wisdom of an adult, we can be the loving parent or guardian we needed as a child.
"Events from childhood, our first experiences, have the power to shape our lives. Some do so immediately, offering us challenges to overcome and encouragement to make use of our talents and interests. In the process character is built, and we make the first steps upon our personal paths. Other events seem to lay dormant until adulthood, when our closest relationships help to bring out the deepest aspects of ourselves. This is when unexamined lessons can be put to use and untended childhood wounds make themselves known in a call for healing."
watercolour, bookcover 2008, anita krietuse
note from jenny: Reparenting has been a beautiful experience for me . At first I was hesitant, then finally realized the parent I could be for myself had the potential to be without limits in unconditional love, generosity, compassion, enthusiasm, loyalty, and wisdom. In fact, the parent I deserved as a child. But it meant having to let go of 'stuff'. I wasn't able to do this alone.
The Gift of This Journey - Why We Don't Remember
exerpt from DAILY OM
"Most of us come into this life without memory of our prior life so that we focus on the life we are living now. Many of us wonder why we do not remember who we were before we were born. We wonder what it was like to be a soul without a body and what it will be like to be one again. Many of us have a strange sense that we do remember, as if we did experience a bodiless existence, but we can't quite recall the details. We may remember feeling as if we were flying, or as if we were just incredibly light and unrestricted in our movements. Still, most of us do not recall anything in detail about the time before we incarnated into a human body."
If you'd like to read more, here's the link: http://www.dailyom.com/articles/2010/26586.html
This post was modified from its original form on 03 Jan, 10:28
exerpt from Daily Om
"Many of us take the benefits of walking for granted. Each day we limit the steps we take by driving or sitting for long periods of time. But walking even a few blocks a day has unlimited benefits - not only for our health, but our spirit as well, for as we walk, we connect with the earth."
Prayer and Meditation - prayer is when we ask the universe for something, and meditation is when we stop and listen.
Sentences extracted from Daily Om:
"When we pray, we use language to express our innermost thoughts and feelings to a higher power...Prayer is reaching out to the universe with questions, pleas for help, gratitude, and praise.
"Meditation, on the other hand, has a silent quality that honours the art of receptivity. When we meditate, we cease movement and allow the activity of our minds and hearts to go on without us in a sense. Eventually, we fall into a deep silence, a place that underlies all the noise and fray of daily human existence...Both prayer and meditation are indispensable tools for navigating our relationship with the universe and with ourselves. They are also natural complements to one another..."
Read more here: http://www.dailyom.com/
When Pain Comes Our Way
"It is especially important when pain comes our way to honour the experience, because our natural tendency is to push it away and move past it as quickly as possible. Yet, if we don't, it reveals itself to be a great friend and teacher.
As counterintuitive as it seems, we can honour pain by thanking it and by welcoming it into the space of our lives. We all know that often the more we resist something, the longer it persists . . . We can honour a painful experience by marking it in some way . . . by creating a work of art, performing a ritual, or undertaking some other significant act . . . to mark the ways in which our pain has transformed us, and to remind us to recognize and value all that comes our way in this life."
Read more here:
Letting Nature Work
"The same laws that govern the growth of plants oversee our own internal and external changes. We observe, consider, work, and wonder, tilling the soil of our lives, planting seeds, and tending them. Sometimes the hard part is knowing when to stop and let go, handing it over to the universe. Usually this happens by way of distraction or disruption, our attention being called away to other more pressing concerns. And it is often at these times, when we are not looking, in the silence of nature's embrace, that the miracle of change happens."
Read all of the article here
Temporarily Off Balance
Exerpts from DailyOm.com - Going Through A Phase
We are all almost always in the process of learning something new, developing an underused ability or talent, or toning down an overused one. Some of us are involved in learning how to speak up for ourselves, while others are learning how to be more considerate. In the process of becoming, we are always developing and fine tuning one or the other of our many qualities, and it is a natural part of this process that things tend to get out of balance. This may be upsetting to us, or the people around us, but we can trust that it’s a normal part of the work of self-development.
In this process, we are overcompensating for a quality that was suppressed in our life, and the swinging of the pendulum from under-use to overuse serves to bring that quality into balance. Understanding what is happening is a useful tool that helps us to be patient with the process. In the end, the pendulum settles comfortably in the centre, restoring balance inside and out.
These are beautiful, loving, and simply great. Here is one I would like to share: http://earthwaysyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/LOVELY-QUOTE.jpg
And this as well:
"Life is short, Live it.
Love is rare, Grab it.
Anger is bad, Dump it.
Fear is awful, Face it.
Memories are sweet, Cherish them.
Friends are everything, Appreciate them."
Some people need this, to get stirred gently awake. Anger is a slightly healthier vibration than fear, it stems from fear. Above that is righteous anger, the desire to mend wrongs through vengeful action. Love is beyond that. It is a process. Do not forget what gates you walked through to get here. - xsomethingxscaryxnotxreally