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OFFERING OUR LOVING PRESENCE INTO THE WORLD
Watching this beautiful video from Human Rights Watch is part of my five minutes a day practice, (from Thomas Huebl) of tuning in to someone, or some event in the world, and giving it my undivided and full attention and presence. Breathing in the feelings I am receiving, from the people I watch and hear, and from myself, as I stay fully present. Breathing out my willingness to hold what I am seeing and hearing in my heart, inside a circle of care that grows deeper and wider as I practice.

Thousands of children in Armenia are needlessly separated from their parents and placed in institutions due to disability or poverty, Human Rights Watch said...
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SAFETY & OUR FREEDOM TO CREATE
When I was growing up in our family, we had all kinds of people coming to our house: people working for the government, people in business and the trades, and artists. From the very beginning, I felt a strong attraction to the artists. They felt warm, alive and open. I liked being around them, though I couldn't have said why at that time. Now I know it was because of their availability, their vitality, and their sense of being comfortable inside... their own skin. They were genuinely interested in me, in life. They seemed to be less 'grown up' and more ready to play, than the other people who came to visit.

As a result of those early connections, I grew up wanting to be an artist. I was not so focused on painting, or music or sculpture, but much more interested in living a creative life, an emergent life, a life full of surprise and adventure. This love of deep creativity has never left me; much of my life has been about exploring the ways in which we can nourish this creative capacity in ourselves, in our communities and in our world.

These days, the question of how we will access our creative energy seems more relevant and more urgent than ever. Can we find our way through our current challenges without a breakthrough, without innovation, without leaning deeply into our collective creative intelligence? How will we find the courage and power to leave behind what we think we know, and discover something new, something that might disrupt all of our old ways of knowing and perceiving?

Working with people all over the world who long to live inside this creative energy, here is what I have discovered: it's not so easy to live this way. It's actually very challenging to embody this kind of creative vitality. There are all kinds of difficulties and obstacles that we encounter as we open to the desire to live in this creative flow. We have to find ways to ground the energy, to get support, to build momentum for whatever we want to create.

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As the violence around us escalates, and the fear and aggression along with it, creating a space of safety and radical creativity feels like a bright current in the river …
wideawakeheart.net|By Shayla Wright
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““One can heal by literally making a list of all the freedoms denied, and then working backward,
taking back all freedoms thwarted,
especially those that bring goodness to self and the world back into one’s consciousness,
re-setting all action and thought in the holy center, including the right to act, move, create, be, thrive fully.””

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— Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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Did you ever see a video that you just wanted to flash all over the world, from a satellite? That's how I feel about this one.

I feel a lot of gratitude when the truth is spoken in this way. Adya has the guts, the love and the clarity to do it.

Q: If your spiritual life is only about going into altered states, you don’t have a lived beingness, and you don’t think you need it. You’re deluded by the idea that that’s all there is or that’s enough.

Adya: As the awakening descends, you come into whole different areas of your being that are going to be seen through. When you get down below the neck, you g...et down and dirty, if you know what I mean. It’s like the spiritual time to put on your gloves, and there is a lot of human seeing on a very deep emotional level that’s required to really get there. If we are stuck, as you say, the spiritual state may actually be used to protect us from having to die more completely. So the high spiritual states are some of the most effective hideouts because they can seem so blissful and so complete. And there you are having these amazing experiences, but you are still kicking your dog when you come home from work.

~ Adyashanti

Emptiness Dancing

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Q: If your spiritual life is only about going into altered states, you don’t have a lived beingness, and you don’t think you need it. You’re deluded by the idea... that that’s all there is or that’s enough.

Adya: As the awakening descends, you come into whole different areas of your being that are going to be seen through. When you get down below the neck, you get down and dirty, if you know what I mean. It’s like the spiritual time to put on your gloves, and there is a lot of human seeing on a very deep emotional level that’s required to really get there. If we are stuck, as you say, the spiritual state may actually be used to protect us from having to die more completely. So the high spiritual states are some of the most effective hideouts because they can seem so blissful and so complete. And there you are having these amazing experiences, but you are still kicking your dog when you come home from work.

~ Adyashanti

Emptiness Dancing
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It's the day of love today. And love, obviously, is not what we have believed it to be. It's so much bigger, wilder, braver, and more inclusive.

Love, dear ones, includes it all. It includes every single thing, every emotion, every person, every quality we would like to get rid of, disqualify, eliminate, cleanse, improve. Whether those things are on the outside or the inside.

Love doesn't mean we like it all, or go along with it all. It simply means that we are able to host ...the energy of whatever we encounter in our own being. What a radical possibility. I believe there is nothing more radical than love.

Do we know how to do this yet? Not at all. We humans are pretty young, when it comes to love. We have a lot to learn.

That's why love needs to walk with us every step of the way. To offer us some drops of patience, clarity, boldness, and determination to keep going, to keep getting up each day, keep growing into the larger, much brighter reality of what love is.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

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SANGHA & THE SUPERBOWL
“Only the unexpected is real.” Nisargadatta Maharaj

I have a dear friend who lives in California. I practice with her and another woman on Skype, every week. We meet for the purpose of deep spiritual practice-this is our mutual intention. Last week she told us about a remarkable encounter that happened for her: she discovered sangha at a super bowl party. She had a conversation with two men at this party that evolved into a space of such deep love, cari...ng, and respect that she was no longer herself by the end of it. Or we could say that she was more herself than she had ever been. She felt these men seeing her, witnessing the magnificence of who she is, and inviting her to step into her own recognition of that, right now.

It was startling and exciting to hear that this sacred encounter happened at a super bowl party. The raw truth of this possibility is calling out to us at this time, nudging us, tapping us on the shoulder. Instead of looking for these moments of communion in special places, with special people, our awakening, our evolution, is taking us somewhere else. It is asking us to come out of our bubbles, our cocoons, even our spiritual sanghas.

To have people with whom we can practice, people who our aligned with our own deep priorities, is a great blessing. I experience the good fortune of this as something beyond any other kind of good fortune. And still, we need to stay close to the deeper meaning of sangha, of community. Authentic community is not a place, it's not a special group of people. It's the intrinsic nature of life itself. Thich Nath Hanh says it very precisely: Sangha is not just a community, it's the nature of practice itself.

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“Only the unexpected is real.” Nisargadatta Maharaj I have a dear friend who lives in California. I practice with her and another woman on Skype, every week. We meet for …
wideawakeheart.net|By Shayla Wright

I did an interview called "The Journey of Soul Work" with Leo Sofer, a very gifted intuitive story teller. We spoke about how learning to live from our soul asks a lot of us, as it nourishes, transforms and blesses us deeply. He created a powerful story from our interview.

You can get the audio program, which contains our conversation and his story here:

I’ve been a soul coach for a long time, helping people find ways to express the beauty and brilliance of their core creative energy. In the interview I did with Leo, he created a space in which I was able … Continue reading →
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I've become convinced that "practice" is one of the most powerful and underused words and distinctions in the english language.
It removes the idea that we can ARRIVE to some random skillset we haven't developed. I've been LOVING practicing integrity.. practicing love.. practicing authenticity.. practicing focus...

My practice of practicing brings lightness and softness... introduces patience.. reminds me i'm a student in these domains, no mastery here; quells the ego, introd...uces a curiosity.. a gentle forward pace.
A practice.

Jason Guille

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I can't stop thinking about, talking about this article.

RE-INVENTING EVERYDAY LIFE
"The process, the study reckons, takes about three years. The result is communities that are vibrant and attractive to live in, which generate employment, are environmentally sustainable and socially cohesive, and in which large numbers of people are involved in decision-making. Which sounds to me like where we need to be."

Our atomised communities can heal themselves. Through local initiatives we can regenerate our culture and make politics relevant again
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THE FULL MOON ECLIPSE TODAY
It's a full moon penumbral eclipse today, in Leo. An eclipse is a shift, an opening, an invitation...

I notice that these energies are very potent, and the field of possibilities seems wide open.

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The impact of an eclipse like this goes on for several days, and maybe longer, if we are sensitive enough to feel it.

"It's in winter,
in cold emptiness and silence, that the air
suddenly arches itself like this into infinity,
and glitters." (Jean Joubert)

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RE-INVENTING EVERYDAY LIFE
"The process, the study reckons, takes about three years. The result is communities that are vibrant and attractive to live in, which generate employment, are environmentally sustainable and socially cohesive, and in which large numbers of people are involved in decision-making. Which sounds to me like where we need to be."

Our atomised communities can heal themselves. Through local initiatives we can regenerate our culture and make politics relevant again
theguardian.com

Can you relate to this? I certainly can.

“Failing” and “succeeding” aren’t very poetic terms. In-between the labels of “failure" and “success" are all of the things that make us more beautiful.
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TAKING THE COURAGEOUS STEP
--Coaching & Mentoring Sessions with Shayla

Deep in your heart lies an impulse to participate fully in life, without holding back. How lucky you are, if this desire does not go away, does not leave you alone.

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How do you actually live this way? Through finding good help and support, so that you can take the courageous step you need to take now. Not next month, or next week, or tomorrow, but now. In our work together, we create a container in which you can access the kindness, courage and integrity you need to take this step. With each small step, you can begin to come out of hiding, and live in alignment with what really matters to you.

Sessions are for individuals, couples and groups. They happen on Skype, Zoom, the phone or in person, in Victoria BC.

For more information, or to register for a discovery session:
http://wideawakeheart.net/half-price-one-hour-discovery-se…/

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TAKING THE COURAGEOUS STEP
--Coaching & Mentoring Sessions with Shayla

Deep in your heart lies an impulse to participate fully in life, without holding back. Ho...w lucky you are, if this desire does not go away, does not leave you alone.

How do you actually live this way? Through finding good help and support, so that you can take the courageous step you need to take now. Not next month, or next week, or tomorrow, but now. In our work together, we create a container in which you can access the kindness, courage and integrity you need to take this step. With each small step, you can begin to come out of hiding, and live in alignment with what really matters to you.

Sessions are for individuals, couples and groups. They happen on Skype, Zoom, the phone or in person, in Victoria BC.

For more information, or to register for a discovery session:
http://wideawakeheart.net/half-price-one-hour-discovery-se…/

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This has been my experience too--with myself and with my clients and friends.

David Bedrick, JD, Dipl PW
January 2

ANGER AND RESENTMENT: In over 20 years of working as a psychotherapist, I have very rarely found resentment arising out of anger that is held onto too long. Ins...tead, I see resentment arise out of anger that has either not been directly expressed, integrated to become greater personal power, or used to create a more whole and authentic life.

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I've learned a lot in the last while about the damage that happens when we try to forgive, or are told to forgive, before we are truly ready. Instead of making it an outcome or a technique, forgiveness happens naturally, effortlessly, as our capacity to integrate what happened emerges in us, bit by bit.

When we advise people to forgive and move on, we may make things worse.
psychologytoday.com

Cups shatter–so do dreams and human hearts. Our broken dreams and hearts carry their own hidden resilience, waiting for a moment in which we are willing to turn back towards them again, to stop discarding them as hopeless. We can breathe life into them if we have faith that they will be more beautiful now, than they were before they were broken.

To know this we have to walk through our self pity, our resentment, our bitterness, into the clear sweet place where our body takes ...the shape again of a ‘yes’ to life as it is. This life in which so many things are broken, and in which new life, resurrection, is possible.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in
-Leonard Cohen

--from 'Where Our True Life Begins'

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Many years ago, when I was living in the Himalayas, a beautiful young woman named Pingala would come and wash my dishes every morning. She sang as she washed–it was …
wideawakeheart.net|By Shayla Wright

Moving from 'I to We.' Something we need to do, again and again and again.

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Three beautiful minutes. Do not miss it. Thank you TV2 Denmark for the video.

Share. Spread love. Spread understanding. And remember to put humanity first.

Director: Asger Leth. He thanks everyone for the love.