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detoxing the spirit

THE DETOX PERIOD
“When you refrain from habitual thoughts and behavior, the uncomfortable feelings will still be there. They don’t magically disappear. Over the years, I’ve come to call resting with the discomfort “the detox period,” because when you don’t act on your habitual patterns, it’s like giving up an addiction. You’re left with the feelings you were trying to escape. The practice is to make a wholehearted relationship with that.”
(From Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change-Pema’s new book!)

Thank you Shambhala Publications for our weekly Heart Advice of the Week!

Half the Sky- Premiere tonight on PBS

2012’s most inspirational film airs on PBS: Mon. & Tues. 9/8pm C. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide premieres tonight at 9/8pm CT. on Independent Lens | PBS!

Please share, and invite your friends to join you tonight!

everything has a purpose

… Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence. —Christal Quintasket
” If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other” – Mother Teresa
 
 

The Dream….

THE DREAM OF CONSTANT OKAYNESS

It’s not impermanence per se, or even knowing we’re going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, it’s our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Our discomfort arises from all of our efforts to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream of constant okayness. When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment, or awakening to our true nature, to our fundamental goodness. Another word for that is freedom—freedom from struggling against the fundamental ambiguity of being human.
(From Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change)
And thanks to our friends at Shambhala Pubs for the always insightful Heart Advice of the Week!)

Let Your Light Shine

 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

– Marianne Williamson (Nelson Mandela’s 1994 Inaugural Speech)

 

one of my favorite poems

SWEET DARKNESS

When you eyes are tired
the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.

There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb
tonight.

The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

– DAVID WHYTE –