Category Archives: Meditation

The Heartbeat to Eternity

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Drop a pebble in a still pond and watch the ripple travel out in an ever expanding ring.

Thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters.

They create ripples that spread and expand as they move outwards.

Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives.

And their reactions in turn affects others.

The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine.

The choices you make have far-reaching consequences.

Every transformation, just like every ripple, has a point of origin.

A new millennium is here and a great spiritual awakening has begun.

It resides within your heart.

People everywhere are seeking answers.

To the true nature of our souls,

To what God has to do with our lives,

To whether our small contributions can really effect great changes.

The pond is the world. Your heart is the pebble.

The ripple is the love and positive intention you send out with every heartbeat.


Your heart sends out a ripple

It beats in time with another heart and the ripple doubles.

Which beat in time with other hearts…

And the ripple grows…

Spreading from heart to heart with gradually increasing influence over the community.

The ripple effect is a connection between those in need and those who want to help.

If all of us give just an hour a week to good works,

Or one hour sending out a blessing with every heartbeat,

Think of the combined effect of the growing ripple on our communities and our culture.

Each of us carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse.

We can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of loving kindness that will wash over the world.

Each act of charity. Each thoughtful deed.

Each positive thought can ripple from heart to heart and evoke changes in time and space.

Bringing heartbeats to vibrate in time.

The momentum of your influence will grow as your ripple moves onward and outward,

The ripple growing in size as your heart connects to another and their contribution is added.

The ripple becomes a wave. The wave growing in strength as more heartbeats begin to resonate together.

Rippling out to reach countless souls.

As our heartbeats vibrate in time and space.

The wave becoming a rising tide sweeping across the globe.

Each choice we make causes a ripple effect in our lives. When things happen to us, it is the reaction we choose that can create the difference between the sorrows of our past and the joy in our future.

Each individual must believe in their ability to use their heart as the pebble in the pond.

To send a ripple outward with every heartbeat.

To touch the lives of everybody they come in contact with. And outward to everyone those people come in contact with.

And outward. And outward.

Until the hearts of all humanity create a tide that will raise the level of consciousness on this planet.

Encouraging change and transformation through inner energy and resonance…

This butterfly wing mosaic is in a set of two that tells the story of a handicap artist. Suffered from polio, she was a burden to her family. Didn’t accept her destiny, she pursued the path of embroidery artisan, and, unbelievably, made it.
That valiant lady now flies with her own spirit’s invisible wings.
Now, she can support not her own self, but the whole family as well.
This organic mosaic is made from real butterfly wings, all farm-raised.
Everything is handmade, covered by UV-protection glass and wood frame.
All the butterflies are farm-raised and were recycled to the artworks only after their natural death.
Medium size: 8×12

Change is transformation; things transform or change because they contain that into which they change. Qi is that connection, that common thread, between one form of the existence and the next. Change occurs through resonance. A caterpillar contains the seed of a butterfly, but for metamorphosis to occur there needs to be a resonance between that caterpillar and its butterflyness. When the weather begins to cool and the days grow shorter, the caterpillar begins to feel the change. A resonance between it and the butterfly, which it both is and will become, begins the transformation. In the same way, we contain many seeds of possibility. When we are sick, we also contain the seed of wellness. It is the job of the healer – often our own selves in our own yoga practice – not to try to force a change from sickness to wellness but to look for that which encourages the resonance between the two. In the same way, while recognizing that we contain joy and sadness, peace and violence, courage and fear, we need to find a practice or a way of life that will help us to water the seeds that bring us to our true heart’s desire. Our path. – Inspired by Biff Mithoefer


Relaxation is the basis of meditation. When you relax, all tensions are dropped. In a meditative mood, things happen. Discoveries of all kinds arise out of meditation – not out of mind. Mind is a small mechanism in you – a technical device that can answer technical questions and solve technical problems. Insights come from beyond the mind. Meditation takes you to the center of insight. (inspired by Osho)

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs…

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman


This delicate and deceptively simple pen drawing of a curled gum leaf is from the Meditative Studies 2012 series.

This delicate and deceptively simple pen drawing of a curled gum leaf is from the Meditative Studies 2012 series.

Paying attention during our yoga practice, we build our awareness muscles so that we can pay attention at other times during our lives when we find ourselves suffering or living unskillfully. We can awaken to the realization that we have a choice. We don’t have to live life on auto-pilot and we can choose whether we want to react or act in any given situation. We can choose how we want to feel and whether our feelings should or could inspire action or reaction or simple stillness. There are psychological and physiological benefits to mindfulness as well. There are many studies that show that mindfulness – just simply paying attention to what is actually happening – can reduce our stress level, calm the heart, reduce blood pressure, reduce inflammation, improve insomnia, lessen anxiety and depression, heal chronic pain, improve energy levels, improve exercise tolerance, improve concentration, among many other benefits. When we have mindfulness, we gain all of these benefits. When we are mindful in our yoga practice, we build all of these benefits along with the benefits that come from being in the pose itself. – inspired by a video from Bernie Clark

Simple Gratitude…For This Day…

To think this is just another day in your life, it is not just another day – it is the one day that is GIVEN to you – it is given to you – it is a gift…and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.

“Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day” – quoted from You can find this on Ted Talks and YouTube.

True non-attachment is an intimacy with life…

Non-attachment is often confused as disassociation…which it is not at all…non-attachment is not clinging to fixed or rigid ideas – and dropping into the truths of the world…

“Intimacy is the byproduct of giving up fixed views of the way things are. fixed and rigid ideas are really the enemy of intimacy…it’s really what shuts down relationships. What we need is a way to let go and drop in to the truth of how things are…both what’s beautiful and what’s devistating….opening up to the fact that this world is stunningly beautiful and also a total catastrophy….and how to hold both….we need to reimagine this idea of non-attachment as a practice of not clinging to fixed ideas so we can be engaged with the world.”

Yoga and self-transformation…

This blog was written with inspiration from reading yogi author and teacher Mark Stephens.

“What if our religion was each other, if our practice was our life, if prayers our words? What if the temple was the earth, if forests were our church, if holy waters – the rivers, lakes, and oceans. What if meditation was our relationships, if the teacher was life, if wisdom was self-knowledge, if love was the center of our being?” – Ganga White

If you practice yoga, you discover an awakening and a positive moving energy in your body – something that gives you a feeling of radiant well-being and wholeness. When you first begin on your yoga path – everything seems separate – your body is separate from your breath, your mind is separate from your body – there is an apparent disconnect – little balance, little flexibility, little strength – often visible within your physical body – but equally present in your emotional, mental, and spiritual body. This separateness is expressed in many ways – stress, anxiety, strong desires to control things that are out of ones control, sense of helplessness or a desire to overachieve, longing and loneliness, disease, sickness, and physical and mental pain, inflexibility, and tightness.

Hatha yoga offers tools to unravel these knots. “Yoga makes you more yourself and opens you up to loving with greater depth…it involves a honing and refining which releases your true essense….just as a scupltor brings out the beauty of form in the stone by slowly and carefully chipping away the rest.” – Joel Kramer

It’s important to know yoga is not a practice of attainment where you are aiming for a certain goal, or a perfect posture, or a perfect life for that matter. “Yoga is an unending process of self-discovery and self-transformation.” It is also important to know that it is not the teacher that does this work – you do your own work – teachers are merely facilitators, providing a safe, clean, calm, positive, supportive space and environment for you to do your work.

“When used as a tool for self-transformation and a path of spiritual being, yoga starts the moment (you) first pay attention to what (you) are doing in (your) practice.” If you are unbalanced and fall, for example, you will go back to your mind – often upset. As you build your practice, you will begin to become calm, strong, stable, flexible – and you will begin to reduce the time you spend in your analytical head. “Each asana (or posture), each moment within and between the asana, every breath, every sensation, and every thought and feeling becomes windows into the nature of the mind, consciousness, and spirit. Your work and practice becomes a platform for healing and self-transformation – peeling back layer by layer, erasing any negative tapes and negative emotions (especially those stuck deep within ourselves), finding and cultivating and nurturing your true wonderfully radiant self – becoming alive, aware, flexible, strong, peaceful, balanced, calm, restored…Your practice becomes incredibly meaningful and  spiritual.

What is this thing called bliss?…

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And, how can we encourage its presence in our everyday lives? Bliss is perhaps more easily defined by what it is not. It is not fear. It is not dread. Bliss comes into being only in the absence of anxiety. Furthermore, it is not anger or judgement or rejection or denial. Bliss is not anything negative.

Bliss thrives in the presence of love, compassion, acceptance, trust, and all things positive. Bliss is the flow of pure Spirit into our lives. It is our natural state when we let go of all our thoughts and judgements and contractions and beliefs and other cognitive baggage and simply open up to the passion of being alive and filled with our ultimate life source, your higher power’s infinite creative joy and love.  – John Selby – Seven Masters, One Path

The mind is like the sky…

“The mind is like the sky: clear and crisp at one moment, cloud covered and confused the next. Full of hopeful thoughts now, despairing of the future later. Angry and agitated, and then kindly, calm. It is a landscape of changing, shifting thoughts. The mind is not our thoughts, just as the sky is not the weather. Mind and sky are both spacious containers for life’s continual, creative impulses. If you were to examine your thoughts – really examine them, as they roll across the landscape of your mind – you would begin to notice how repetitious they are, and how you are tricked, over and over, into believing that each new combination of mental stuff is a solid picture of reality. Sit quietly for sixty seconds if you need to be convinced of this, and watch the way your mental weather continually changes.”

“There is something we can do that gets to the root of our most stormy mental weather. It doesn’t get rid of a stormy mood and replace it with a sunny one. Meditation does something much more subtle and even more magical. It wakes us up and leaves us standing tall in any weather.”

– Elizabeth Lessor – The Seeker’s Guide