THE VERY FIRST WORDS in the Dhammapada—the collection of teachings directly from the Buddha—is that the mind is the key to all things. “Mind is the forerunner of all things; all things are mind-made,” it teaches. “When one allows impure (not beneficial) thoughts, sorrow and suffering are sure to follow. When one encourages and cultivates pure (beneficial) thoughts, happiness is sure to follow.” The Christian Bible agrees and advises us in Philippians 4:8 “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is beautiful, whatever is encouraging, whatever is worthy of admiration—meditate on these things, and Continue Reading —>
JOANA SAAHIRAH is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer (specializing in Egyptian Oriental and Folkloric Dances), actress, and author of the book The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond. Joana has created a style of teaching, choreographing, and performing that unites East and West, technique and expression, healing and art—the reconnection of Mind, Heart, Body, and Soul. In The Power of Stillness, she speaks to us about turning within first and foremost, waiting to feel the stillness first, before ever making a single movement, whether dancing or talking to each other—anything where quality and meaningfulness is needed. Joana Saahirah — Continue Reading —>
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. —Rumi Translated by Coleman Barks Continue Reading —>
AS WE GO about our daily lives, especially in this day and age, there is absolutely no way we can get around the fact that we are all interconnected. Our lives, beliefs, and even our different faiths intersect each other on every level. Nearly every single one of us encounters those walking a different path than us every single day. And at the end of the day, has this interaction made any sort of difference whatsoever? Each path we cross that is not our own can be found to be just as beautiful, enhancing and enriching rather than threatening and Continue Reading —>
The waves of mind demand so much of Silence. But She does not talk back does not give answers nor arguments. She is the hidden author of every thought every feeling every moment. Silence. She speaks only one word. And that word is this very existence. No name you give Her touches Her captures Her. No understanding can embrace Her. Mind throws itself at Silence demanding to be let in. But no mind can enter into Her radiant darkness Her pure and smiling nothingness. The mind hurls itself into sacred questions. But Silence remains unmoved by the tantrums. She asks Continue Reading —>
WE MEDITATE TO BRING ourselves to stillness, to find our center balance point where the whirlwind dust of our days can settle and be processed, and we then find we can keep going, keep pressing on with our strength renewed. We know from our direct experience that this is very necessary for us, so we don’t crack and cave under the pressure of daily demands. What is affected by our stilling of ourselves? Everything. We know that everything everywhere is interconnected—why should this apply any differently in the case of meditation? We may sit down to do it with only Continue Reading —>
MOOJI speaks on using stillness and working with fear, in order to reach—you guessed it—stillness. When we do not buy in to an unhealthy fear, and are able to sit with it and really look deeply into it, we see that there is no real danger, and no real Self being threatened or harmed… “In the past, you’ve purchased thoughts like this, and it’s plunged you into a state of fragmentation, of pursuit, which is all imagined…” —Mooji Mooji — From Fear to Stillness .
PICO IYER speaks with us on the importance of taking time to slow down and be still. Whether you’re taking one day off each week to truly be still, or going on a three-day retreat each season of the year, the experiences of life cannot turn into useful wisdom for us until we still ourselves and allow them to settle in. “In an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still…” —Pico Iyer Pico Iyer – The Art of Stillness