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Micro Moments of Love, by Barbara Frederickson

FaceBook  On Jun 18, 2013 Rod Templin wrote:

 A very strong reaction comes to me when someone says, "there is no such thing as unconditional love." Just because one has never experienced something does not mean it does not exist. Indeed, the highest form of love is unconditional love.


Gaining Mental Power, by Swami Sivananda

FaceBook  On Oct 16, 2012 Rod Templin wrote:
 Have been a runner for over 50 years. A couple of decades ago began using "running mantras" (after doing TM for about 25 years). These mantras can be created based on personal experience. Using them in rhythm with breathing and footstrikes, one can reprogram the mind to replace unwanted thoughts. One of the first ones to come to me, "Living love erases fear, as flowing water carves out stone, and morning light dispels the darkness." (Inspired by an early morning run along a high mountain stream.) Now working on a book to share this technique and the "controlled thoughts" that have come over the years. Another example, "To let the mind just empty out, that's what this run is all about. Oh what Joy this is, feeling lifeforce bubble and fizz! "  Thanks for offering this forum allowing folks to share in MEANINGFUL dialogue.

One February Morning in Vietnam, by Eugene Hilderbrandt

FaceBook  On Aug 28, 2012 Rod Templin wrote:
 That Alan Watts book, "On the Taboo...." was my gift to my son as he went off to study at Cal Tech. Indeed it can shift one's perception in a most profound way.

Believers in Small Graces, by Kent Nerbern

FaceBook  On Feb 8, 2011 Rod Templin wrote:

As the Tao Te Ching says, "Content with a simple life, you can show all people the way back to their own true nature."  Years after he passed, I learned that my father, knowing I was on a full scholarship, had anonymously used all of the money he saved for my college education to send another young man to school. No one would have ever known.  To me, that is Love in action.


Reality Poses No Danger, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

FaceBook  On Oct 5, 2010 Rod Templin wrote:

What if we are good enough just as we are in this moment, and there isn't anything we need to change. That knowingness, which is truth, is what sets us free. No resistance, no attachment, no judgement sets us all free!GZDLK


Being Judicious, not Judgmental, by Thanissaro Bhikku

FaceBook  On Feb 23, 2010 Rod Templin wrote:

To expand slightly on the wisdom of the famous RamDass saying, "BE HERE NOW"  .   .   .

This significant entry in my journal came many years ago:

Simply BE Mindfully aware to Witness HERE in non-judgmental Gratitude NOW.

A good question to take into meditation ; How can I be non-judgmental about judgmentality itself  (both my own, as well as that of others)?

This notion of "judiciousness" speaks well to that inquiry. Thanx for sharing it.


Forgiveness & Your Life's Unfinished Business, by Stephen Levine

FaceBook  On Feb 2, 2010 Rod Templin wrote:

I believe the Dalai Lama is one of our wisest contemporary teachers. He says that two of the most truly powerful qualities we can cultivate are forgiveness and compassion. He is referring to real power, not the illusion of power that is commonly accepted as position, money, fame, etc.


Are You Ready To Lose Your World?, by Adyashanti

FaceBook  On Oct 6, 2009 Rod Templin wrote:

After being a runner for over 50 years, working with the rhythm of breathing, footstrikes, and mantra, one of the most powerful to emerge recently is:

nonresistance .   .   .nonattachment .   .   .nonjudgment .   .   .sets us free


Deciding What You Want to Keep, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

FaceBook  On Aug 25, 2009 Rod Templin wrote:

To paraphrase the Dalai Lama:

While engaging in material progress and maintaining physical health we need to give equal attention to developing peace of mind.


Beyond Being Present, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

FaceBook  On Jun 9, 2009 Rod Templin wrote:

For me, if there is an awareness of thinking at all, (about past, present, or future) then I am not truly being present? The great tennis player, Arthur Ash coined the phrase "being in the zone". It refers to the mental state of a person who is totally absorbed in what they are doing and just allowing the knowledge and training of their whole being (of which the mind is only a small part) to function at its highest level. My own experiences of this have occured while playing an intense tennis match, skiing in challenging conditions, piloting an aircraft in crucial situations, and responding to an emergency, to name a few.

I do agree that the thought of either the past or the future can only occur in the present moment. And these suggestions for the skillful use of these thoughts are quite insightful and helpful. Thanks for sharing this perspective.



My Stroke of Insight, by Jill Bolte Taylor

FaceBook  On May 26, 2009 Rod Templin wrote:

Yes, Yes, Yes!

My first introduction to this notion that we choose our own responses to literally everything, was about 35 years ago in a wonderful little book by Ken Keyes called Handbook to Higher Consciousness. I still return to it's simple wisdom frequently.


Be With the Storms, by Sri Sri Ravishankar

FaceBook  On May 19, 2009 Rod Templin wrote:

It also occurs to me that this approach to accepting pain is useful for those who suffer from chronic pain. Anyone interested in reading more about this could check the work of Steven Levine.


Be With the Storms, by Sri Sri Ravishankar

FaceBook  On May 19, 2009 Rod Templin wrote:

This brings to mind a piece of wisdom from a Cherokee elder, "What goes on in and around you reflects your own mind and shows you the dream you are weaving".



Open to Release, by Arthur Zajonc

FaceBook  On May 12, 2009 Rod templin wrote:

I agree wholeheartedly (wholeBeingly).  This reminds me of a brilliant statement by John Lilly many decades ago, in his book The Center of the Cyclone.  John Lilly was the pioneer of research into dolphin intelligence and communication. He was also the inventor of the "isolation tank" which has been used successfully to explore human consciousness.

This is a close paraphrase of his conclusion which is so pertinent to this notion, "In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true is true, or becomes true within certain limitations. These "limitations" are merely further boundaries to be transcended. Within the province of the mind there are no limitations!"


On Good and Evil, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

FaceBook  On Apr 28, 2009 Rod Templin wrote:

Would there be any concept of "good" without the concept of "evil"? Would we see the stars in the infinite night sky if there was no "darkness" surrounding them? Would we hear the "music of the spheres" without the vast silence in which it occurs?  Would anything manifest in material reality without the unmanifest void from which it springs? Good and evil are a part of the Tao, the unspeakable genius of the void (GOV) which many know as GOD. If the Universe were not "bi-polar" it would not exist. Looking from this perspective, we can even be gratefulfor evil.


Attunement: an Agendaless Presence, by Daniel Goleman

FaceBook  On Apr 21, 2009 Rod Templin wrote:

Ganoba has hit the key element here.  In my opinion, in order to be fully present, the ego must be "submerged".  Another useful perspective on this, is to think of just leaving your ego "on the shelf" unless you need it.  If active listening is going to happen, there is no need for my ego.

The practice of "active listening" also requires that one attempt to paraphrase what the "other" is saying. For example,  .   .   ."it sounds to me like you are saying (put it in your own words), is that right?"

Also, once you sense that you have "attuned" yourself to the other's head/heart space, remain in that space yourself. Do not attempt to convince another of your own perspective unless that is specifically requested by the other. You cannot force another to take your viewpoint by beating them over the head with it. As someone wisely advised, "Quiet your mind, open your heart, and exercise your spirit!"


Going Beyond Hope and Fear, by Meg Wheatley

FaceBook  On Apr 14, 2009 Rod Templin wrote:

I see "hope" as a prerequisite to "faith". If one truly has faith, there is no need for hope. True faith springs eternal  from a deep place of silent stillness. It is the residence of the "peace that passes all understanding". Living in the depths with this awareness allows one to look at both hope and fear as mere ripples on the surface of life where form is always changing. If we truly realized the beauty and perfection of what is in this moment, we might all just bliss out!


Learning to Stay, by Pema Chodron

FaceBook  On Apr 7, 2009 Rod Templin wrote:

This little poem on meditation came to me recently. It seems germaine to the subject here:                                                                  Time really has no meaning                                                              dwelling in the depth of Presence.                                                     Time only matters on the surface of your life                                                                   Dive down deep to the                                                       &  See full.

This little poem on meditation came to me recently. It seems germaine to the subject here:

                                                                 Time really has no meaning

                                                             dwelling in the depth of Presence.

                                                    Time only matters on the surface of your life

                                                                  Dive down deep to the

                                                             strength of the silent stillness.

                                                                      Rise back up to help

                                                                       others in their strife.


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The Phenomenon of Boredom, by MJ Ryan

FaceBook  On Mar 17, 2009 Rod Templin wrote:
More relevant wisdom from Stephen C. Paul: "The place in which you find yourself isn't nearly as important as where you place your attention while you are there." "All it ever takes to shift from ordinary to magical is your undivided attention."

The Phenomenon of Boredom, by MJ Ryan

FaceBook  On Mar 17, 2009 Rod Templin wrote:
Several years ago I was considering the phenomenon of "boredom". Feeling bored is indeed nothing more than a failure to pay close enough attention. Therefore the solution seems self-evident. When one is feeling bored it signals the need for a change in perception. The possibilities for new perceptions are unlimited, and new perceptions keep "boredom" out of the picture. As Stephen C. Paul says, in his amazing little book, "Inneractions", begin to see what is in front of you rather than what you learned was there. This concept of changing one's perception is at the heart of teachings by folks like Byron Katie, Eckhart Tolle, and Deepak Chopra, just to name a few. Of course Ram Dass was onto this notion some 40 years ago in his first book, "BE HERE NOW". It is a significant factor in all "perrenial philosophies", to use a phrase coined by Aldous Huxley in his book of the same title. My sense is that much of our societies severe suffering of enui results from feeling disconnected from our true authentic selves. There are many ways to approach this issue. Simply becoming aware of it is a good beginning.