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Letting Meaning Flow Into Purpose, by Brother David Steindl-Rast

FaceBook  On Feb 2, 2017 pray4peace wrote:

 Today, after few weeks I was back home, hosting the meditation in the common room.
I was not sure if anyone would attend, but was glad when there were 3 others who came by and 4 of us together had a silent sitting.
During the discussion, one member shared, how she was taught from childhood, that she is 'replaceable' and that has helped her a lot. Another lady said that she loved all her people so much that death is scary and she never thinks about it. One man stated few words of Gandhi ji - 'Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.' One woman shared, how being close to death, taught one person to release negativity and design a course which helps others do so as well.
Overall, the Awakin circle was a great welcome!

 

Destiny is Within Us, by Hawah Kasat

FaceBook  On Oct 18, 2016 madhur wrote:

universe winks :) i have felt it too at times :)

 

Becoming Free of Our Substitute Life, by Ezra Bayda

FaceBook  On Oct 6, 2016 madhur wrote:

 From our circle of sharing - This lady went to a spiritual program , where every time teacher asked a question, she would answer immediately. Later, when teacher discussed, her answer would change and she will put this new answer in the box. Thus for each question there will be multiple answers from her end. The teacher asked her to wait and watch multiple times but this exercise made her realize that she was over-confident of herself. She was able to become aware of her ego and now can say 'I probably don't know' with comfort.

Another story: We run away from being with ourselves , from pain, from facing our disturbance. This woman would always go out or be with people - avoid being with herself until one day, she chose to meditate during a difficult situation. She burst out crying loudly during the meditation but it melted the pain away and calmed her in a permanent way on that hurt. After that she chooses to be with herself during any pain, disturbance and that gives her a clear path to go forward. During death of a close family member, she chose to mourn for 4-5 days and that helped to clear the emotions such that the pain did not disturb her with the same intensity ever again - she was able to accept.

 

What is Meditation?, by Vimala Thakar

FaceBook  On Oct 5, 2016 madhur wrote:

A summary from the circle of sharing of 3 of us is as follows:

Meditation is about being aware of our own selves, our mind and bodies, what is happening & why and what is our thought process behind it all. 'Vipassana' technique and retreat are awesome , life changing experience in this regard. Yoga also helps to remain aware of breadth and silent within while doing actions on outside. Experiencing that silence is so wonderful and needs an initial effort to reach that state and then happens once in a while. 
Being aware while eating food , as per naturopathy is another technique to practice awareness and also have a better digestion. I is difficult initially but very rewarding practice of mindfulness.
A story was shared tha during a meditation retreat , 'sambhar' was so watery day on day that this lady got extremely angry and wanted to slam the plate. However, she was able to calm her mind in couple of minutes with meditative practice and had completely accepted the food along with an awareness of her anger by the time lunch was over.
Another session of sharing wisdom, loved it....
 
 

Trees are Sanctuaries, by Herman Hesse

FaceBook  On Sep 26, 2016 madhur wrote:

 I have started hosting a small circle for residents of the apartment complex, where I stay. It has been a slow start.... Last Thursday morning, on the day of Awakin, I found fresh flowers in the middle of my path--twice, while walking. I brought them home and kept in a pot. These seemed like a gift from the universe and made me smile :) Later, we had our most beautiful Awakin so far. There were 3 people in the circle but the discussion went deep. Below are few thoughts from the circle of sharing: We have so much to learn from plants: Acceptance and Gratefulness -Trees are always in one place, they cannot go anywhere. They cannot have their way but need to accept whatever is given. However, they seem so calm and cheerful with their colors.  In their shade we find peace. Human beings are becoming greedy and egoistic, in today’s world and these are causing so much pain and sadness. This is such an essential lesson to be on a noble, humane path. Dedicated contribution without comparison - Trees do their own work with so much dedication - each tree producing its own crop. They interact with the universe and do the task for which they are sent, without comparing with other trees. This is a big lesson for us humans who create competition and dis-satisfaction: ‘Contribute to the best of our ability, with all our assets for supporting the universe positively, without wanting what others may have’. Go deep - the deeper our roots, the more strength & ability we have to undergo any difficult situation. Going deep also enables one to be in contact with earth and universal powers which strengthen us from within. Nowadays, in a race to go fast we are missing out on the benefits of depth. Dirt in, Life out - Trees happily take in Carbon Dioxide but give out Oxygen. This teaches us to create goodness and positivity, even when we receive shit, convert it to some good use, if possible. Always give our best even if we receive worst. Be Non-judgmental a  See full.

 I have started hosting a small circle for residents of the apartment complex, where I stay. It has been a slow start....
Last Thursday morning, on the day of Awakin, I found fresh flowers in the middle of my path--twice, while walking. I brought them home and kept in a pot. These seemed like a gift from the universe and made me smile :)
Later, we had our most beautiful Awakin so far. There were 3 people in the circle but the discussion went deep. Below are few thoughts from the circle of sharing:
We have so much to learn from plants:
Acceptance and Gratefulness -Trees are always in one place, they cannot go anywhere. They cannot have their way but need to accept whatever is given. However, they seem so calm and cheerful with their colors.  In their shade we find peace. Human beings are becoming greedy and egoistic, in today’s world and these are causing so much pain and sadness. This is such an essential lesson to be on a noble, humane path.
Dedicated contribution without comparison - Trees do their own work with so much dedication - each tree producing its own crop. They interact with the universe and do the task for which they are sent, without comparing with other trees. This is a big lesson for us humans who create competition and dis-satisfaction: ‘Contribute to the best of our ability, with all our assets for supporting the universe positively, without wanting what others may have’.
Go deep - the deeper our roots, the more strength & ability we have to undergo any difficult situation. Going deep also enables one to be in contact with earth and universal powers which strengthen us from within. Nowadays, in a race to go fast we are missing out on the benefits of depth.
Dirt in, Life out - Trees happily take in Carbon Dioxide but give out Oxygen. This teaches us to create goodness and positivity, even when we receive shit, convert it to some good use, if possible. Always give our best even if we receive worst.
Be Non-judgmental and Serve all equally- Trees teach us to nourish every being with our work and presence equally, without any judgement or differentiation. Even while cutting a tree, if wood-cutter sits under it for a while, the tree gives shade and fruits. Be generous to all, forgive others (even those who harm us) and be kind are messages to take from these wise beings.
Selfless giving for others' benefit – allow complete utilization in every possible way of all our possessions and ourselves, we should be useful even after our death. This was also illustrated by the story of a tree who served a boy with all he had; until the boy became an old man and tree had nothing left to give. At this point the old man realizes that tree (with only roots left) was still his best buddy.
Create good seeds - Seeds will yield results in future, which may multiply and serve millions - one never knows the positive ripples possible over centuries. Trees produce their best possible seeds by putting in all they can. A big learning for humans. On the other hand, each destructive thought could be like a seed of negativity; so we need to be aware of our mind. Thoughts are seeds to actions. When thoughts are pure & positive, words and actions are bound to be good.
Importance of community or sangha - During a cyclone it was found that few trees could withstand the most powerful winds, while every other structure fell. The study showed that these are trees have very deep roots, growing down for miles underneath. Their roots spread for large areas and even get connected to other trees. Thus any calamity cannot impact them easily. This could translate to noble connections for human beings which can be our biggest wealth.
Follow ancient teachings - In India people worship trees – ‘Tulasi’, ‘Pipal’, ‘Banyan’ etc. What a wonderful message they left that don’t destroy trees, they are our saviors. If we respect and follow what wealth of messages our ancestors left for us, life could be much more meaningful and beautiful :)

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Taking a Stand, by Lynne Twist

FaceBook  On Aug 29, 2016 madhur wrote:

 Thank you for sharing and inspiring us to take courage and stand - not only for ourselves but for others too, where situations demand.

 

Blessings for Earth-Healers, by Starhawk

FaceBook  On Aug 1, 2016 madhur wrote:

  I just went to a 3 day 'vipassana' course where this reading kept coming back to me. Not only did the 'metta' sound familiar to above passage but also the centre's environment. Trees with several types of leaves, filled the space and it was an awakening to realise the valuable asset and gift given to us in form of plants and leaves by Lord Almighty. It's a blessing and in wonderful abundance. I felt much gratitude. Thanks.

 

Planetary Beings with Planetary Hearts, by Clare Dakin

FaceBook  On Jun 6, 2016 madhur wrote:

 Wow! 'Planet sized heart' what a depiction of the possibility and motivation to adopt largeness of generosity and compassion :) 

 

Renewability Makes Something Valuable, by Martin Prechtel

FaceBook  On Apr 24, 2016 madhur wrote:

 Beautifully put Kristin :)

 

Be Cool to the Pizza Dude, by Sarah Adams

FaceBook  On Jan 12, 2016 madhur wrote:

 Being grounded, being humane is what the article sums up for me. The wisdom is put forth simply to make a beginning with one guy, this time your pizza delivery dude. The only concern I had was the mention of 'pizza delivery' so many times in the article as it brought water in my mouth , I was fasting :)

 

Letter to My Grandson, by Daniel Gottlieb

FaceBook  On May 1, 2013 madhur wrote:

Loved your comments, thanks for the wisdom. 

 

The Great Tragedy of Speed, by David Whyte

FaceBook  On Apr 24, 2013 madhur wrote:

 Dear Audrey,


I keep reading your posts and so I kind of feel like a friend who knows about some of your activities and thoughts. Your comment here is very useful as an addendum to the passage to bring the message out more clearly. I agree completely with your decision that slowing down and sinking in when so much is going through head is very important.
Blessings to you and your family. May all attain peace and your father's soul rest in peace.


Love, madhur

 

Applying Realization to Relationships, by Adyashanti

FaceBook  On Apr 20, 2013 madhur wrote:

 Powerful exercise! Thanks for sharing

 

Applying Realization to Relationships, by Adyashanti

FaceBook  On Apr 20, 2013 madhur wrote:

A lot of wisdom in this comment, thank you