Unburdening Spiritual Relationships

August 29, 2012 4 comments

Tweet Lets make happiness work! That’s not an easy thing for two people with conditioned minds. But for a spiritual partnership to succeed, we must change how we think, feel and act – and especially what we have learned to expect from our partner. It’s fundamental, often confusing, and always wonderful work! Unknowingly we are [...]

The Four Types of Silence

August 14, 2012 1 comment

Tweet Our thoughts are almost continuously restless. This is the nature of the thinking mind. It is seeking, restlessly, for relief from its self-created tensions, for its essential enlightenment, for the peace of the heart. This seeking is in itself a sign of our coming awakening. Behind the stream of thoughts, our inborn intuitive intelligence, [...]

Problems are the Agents for Grace

July 30, 2012 No comments yet

Tweet Our true Self is enlightened and flawless. In the true place of the soul, in the cave of the heart, we have tremendous love, unshakable peace, and all the happiness we could ever hope for. But why are we so often troubled and out of touch? It is because our mind is conditioned for [...]

Enlightened Community

June 27, 2012 No comments yet

Tweet When we speak of the mind, we mean many things. There is the thinking mind with its constant stream of attachments and worries. We are all very familiar with that. But there is also the higher mind, the mind of intuition, which sometimes has been called “the still, clear voice within the heart.” This [...]

3 Steps to Stop Negative Habits and Drama

June 13, 2012 No comments yet

Tweet You know the set-up: your child says something in that tone of voice, you look at the numbers in your bank statement, you find your husband’s shirt wadded up under the chair. The rest is automatic: you complain, you worry, you fret. And you thought you were over your old reactivity! We’re conflict junkies, [...]

The Results of Spiritual Work: Overcoming Shyness!

April 18, 2012 1 comment

Tweet I write much about the challenges of spiritual work, the skills that facilitate our awakening, and the great reality of enlightenment. Today I want to write about the simple day-to-day outcome, the normal-life benefits of the transformation we are creating inside us and how it changes our world. This morning I got an email [...]

Finding the Heart of a Warrior

April 3, 2012 4 comments

Tweet It is early in the morning and I sit in meditation, trying to find the elusive heart. Like clouds of fog, thoughts move by, shrouding my search. I sit still. I wonder, why does it seem so difficult to get to the core of our being, the heart of the matter, to find the [...]

“I Have to Do what my Parents Want”

March 7, 2012 No comments yet

Tweet Your parents have pure love for you in the depth of their heart. Of course their personalities may not always be aware of that. Unconditional love is easily forgotten and replaced by manipulation or even coercion: “We want you to be different from the way you are (—or we won’t love you).” All of [...]

What 2012 Brings is Up to You

January 2, 2012 3 comments

Tweet You are the architect of your destiny. There are parts of your life that are working, and others that aren’t. It is in dealing with your challenges differently, that you can find your true potential to make this new year a time of real transformation and victory! Never mind the hype about 2012: this [...]

The Yoga of the Lover and the Beloved

December 20, 2011 5 comments

Tweet There is no time better than now to remember that in your heart lies the immense potential of all the unconditional love that is possible.  And the wisdom to use it. Imagine that! You have a Buddha inside of you. The second coming of Christ can take place—where else?—in your heart! What could you [...]

I Love Myself: When I’m Laughing and when I’m Crying!

September 14, 2011 6 comments

Tweet Life will always have its ups and downs. This is inevitable. And in this continuous change, in this unpredictability, life meets beauty in its entire dimension. Here is where I ask myself and I invite you to do the same: How am I dancing with life? Am I meeting life with a balanced and [...]

Celebrating the End of the Rule of the Tyrannical Ego

September 5, 2011 No comments yet

Tweet The people of Libya have rid themselves of their oppressor and are celebrating. Celebration of Freedom Women in Tripoli after Eid day 2-9-2011 I cannot help but be struck by the symbolism of this wonderful party, and what it can mean for us. We too are involved in a ‘holy war.’ It is the [...]

“My parents shouldn’t have to suffer”

June 30, 2011 1 comment

Tweet How to Rise Above the Pain of Attachment to Find Love, and Why only a Clear Mind is Capable of True Affection and Caring The most surprising Aha! moments come when we realize that something we have been absolutely sure about is completely untrue. Like a sudden ray of light into darkness we realize [...]

Classic Tales of the Painbody, Part 1

June 16, 2011 1 comment

Tweet I’m in the prime spot for Flamenco here in Miami, in a restaurant on Calle Ocho (that’s ‘8th Street’ for you gringos), right in the heart of Little Havana. The place is bubbling with excitement. Tonight there is a performance by Miami’s First Lady of Flamenco Clarita Filgueiras, and Natalia Merino, a famous dancer [...]

The Place of Ultimate Refuge

September 17, 2010 No comments yet

Tweet Life is full of pain sometimes, where do we turn to find some relief? Look at your fear, depression, anxiety, worry. They are all about the past and the future, are they not? Now bring your attention to the present moment. Not ‘sort of,’ but really come into the now. Get focused on the [...]