When we are remembering our deepest intention in any situation, our lives become aligned, and we can act with grace, compassion and wisdom. These reflections will help you remember your intention when caught in conflict, and in a larger way, allow the truth of impermanence to carry you into the very source of longing – loving awareness itself.
NOTE: from the conclusion of “Realizing Your Deepest Desires.”
By connecting with your future self, this reflection guides you in accessing the deep wisdom and unconditional love of your own awakening heart.
“I returned to the river. I returned to the mountains. I begged – I begged to wed every object and creature. And when they accepted, God was ever present in my arms. And He did not say, ‘Where have you been?’ For then I knew my soul – every soul – has always held him.”
Excerpt from: When I Was the Forest – Meister Eckhart
NOTE: this reflection from the closing of Tara’s talk: Trusting Our Awakening Heart
Our capacity for love grows as we practice deepening the truths we share with each other. This short reflection offers guidance in how to bring your presence and heart to truth telling.
Listen to the full talk here:
Seeking What’s True – Within Ourselves, Beyond Our Self, With Each Other – (Part 3)
A guided reflection meditation that addresses limiting beliefs surrounding interpersonal conflict – from the ending of the “Real but Not True” talk.
Listen to the full talk, Real but Not True: Freeing Ourselves from Harmful Beliefs.
photo: Sherry Craft
Reflection: This Living Body – Our Portal to Freedom
Our habit is to leave home – the aliveness of our body – and seek happiness through avoiding unpleasantness and chasing after pleasure. This short talk and reflection point to embodied presence as the gateway to genuine openheartedness and freedom.
We have deep conditioning to disconnect from our body’s awareness and, in so doing, leave the site of our creativity, love and vitality. This short meditation uses the acronym RAIN as a guide in re-inhabiting our bodies and our full aliveness.
Listen to the full talk: “Embodied Awareness – Embracing Unlived Life – Part 2”
photo: Jon McRay
A guided reflection on “Awakening Through Conflict” ~
“We live in a field where our emotions are an open loop – we affect each other. When we’re with someone who’s blaming, we tighten. Anger makes us tighten. When we’re with someone who’s open and caring, we become more open. It’s very, very powerful what’s possible when we put down the blame and we connect with our own being.”
If we learn to release blame and deepen attention to our embodied experience, conflict can become a portal for more loving, alive relationships and awakening into the fullness of our being.
Full audio and video at: 2014-04-23 – Awakening through Conflict
photo: Shell Fischer
This short reflection, guided by the acronym RAIN, engages mindfulness and compassion as we open to life that we’ve been pushing away. By including unlived life, we reconnect with the fullness of our being, with vibrant, loving awareness.
NOTE: from the end of the talk: Embodied Awareness – Embracing the Unlived Life – Part 1
This short meditation helps us get unstuck from emotional difficulty with the practice of Inquiry. We use the acronym RAIN as a guide, starting with Recognizing and Allowing what is arising, and then systematically Investigating (through inquiry) the limiting beliefs and reactive feelings that are challenging. The meditation ends by offering Nourishment to our vulnerability with kindness, and discovering the shift in our own being…in our identity…that expresses increased freedom.
Guided reflection from the end of the talk: Part 1: The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening.
photo: Linda Stapleton Olsson
We open the door to healing by bringing a mindful and kind attention to inner vulnerability and fear.
“Learning to stay opens up the space that gives us our life. That’s when it becomes real with our inner life… with others. So just do a brief reflection on this.”
Notice what changes… in just a few moments of offering attention to something that you might habitually pull away from.
Listen and watch the full talk: “Secret Beauty – Seeing the Goodness” – Solstice Evening