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Friday Practice: You Are Bountiful

Friday Practice: You Are Bountiful

Bountiful’s synonyms are: ample, abundant, inexhaustible, magnanimous, lavish.

Let yourself relax into the feelings those words engender, and feel into the reality that at your best, you are bountiful.

The love that you are will never run out and does not need to be conserved.

Your true self is unfettered by fear, grasping, need, hoarding, or “mine.”

Find the best of you, the bountiful you, this weekend. Rest and express your inexhaustible love.

Monday Mantra: I Am Devotion

Mantra: I Am Devotion

Devotion at its best is selfless service to a higher cause, whether that be one’s own awakening, or alleviating human suffering, or creating more love in the world.

At times we find ourselves devoted to more ego-driven pursuits. There is nothing inherently wrong with this-it is part of being human. But it is good to notice, examine, and choose. What has my attention? Where do I spend my time? What do I do unfailingly, every day? To what end?

To whom or what are you devoted?

Mantra: I Am Devotion

Integrity

What is integrity? Words such as “strong,” “honest,” “decent,” “true” come to mind. And within integrity is GRIT. Integrity denotes courage and resolve, a willingness to see something through despite the inevitable challenges, or changes of season, or invitations to do something else instead.

I know that I personally struggle at times with my integrity. My word is not always set in stone; sometimes it is loose and flabby and easy-come, easy-go. This is particularly true around personal goals, self-improvement plans, and any sort of personal behavior modification. The first thing to go for me is always my morning meditation […]

Monday Mantra: I am Receptive

Monday Mantra: I am Receptive

We spend so much of our time focused on output. Doing, giving, striving, proving, working.

We expend so much energy on output, that we fail to receive. We don’t even fully receive what is already ours.

Receptivity is a divine, profoundly feminine quality. We believe that we are safer when we brace ourselves, or control the flow, or block receptivity and give instead.

Today, notice where you are blocked, or where you are putting a lot out without relaxing and receiving in return.

Relax and receive. Relax, and receive.

Mantra: I Am Receptive

Friday Practice: I am Gentle

Friday Practice: I am Gentle

First, be gentle with self. Next, be gentle with others. Third, be gentle with your world.

Soften your eyes and your heart today. Remind yourself again and again to relax and stop bracing, to soothe and to hold. 

The world is crying out for peace, calm, and gentleness.

Mantra: I Am Gentle

You Are Courage

You Are Courage

Courage is a wobbly steppingstone to a higher plane.

Courage is longing for more while bearing all the weight of all the fears in the world, and choosing action that feels risky.

Courage is following heart and gut while saying “to hell with my head.”

Courage precedes transformation.

Courage creates energy and momentum.

Today, take a courageous act in service of your higher self.

Monday Mantra: I am the Narrator of my Life

Monday Mantra: I am the Narrator of my Life

You are writing the story of your life, every day, and you are the narrator. You get to decide if you are writing a tragedy or a comedy, a coming-of-age novel or a wild, thrilling adventure short story.

You are also the star, the protagonist in this first-person drama, and as you tell the tale, you create the tone, of woe or triumph, of divine connection or despair. Every time you recount a story or memory to another person, you get to cast your characters as hapless victims or heroes, big shots […]

Find Your Humility

I have a regular walk around the Charles river that I complete a few times each week. At one point, there is a small wooden bridge to cross as the river bends and splits off into a pond.

In the pond, in summer, float lily pads and pure white lotus blossoms. It feels sacred there, and I always pause to reflect on the beauty and the wonder of the floating lotus. I also bemoan the trash that is inevitably floating alongside in the pond. I have gotten angry and self-righteous many times as I played out the movie in my […]

Monday Mantra: I Am Kindness

Monday Mantra: I Am Kindness

 

Kindness isn’t sexy, flashy, or stylish. In a culture where edginess, snark, sarcasm, and irony abound, true kindness is often met with disbelief. What’s the punchline? What do you want from me? Is this person for real?

 

Kindness is the gentle melding of earnestness, compassion, patience, generosity and love. Its giver overflows with warmth at its transmission, and its receiver feels touched by grace. Kindness is quiet and sacred. It leaves beauty in its wake.

 

Kindness challenges the giver to set down the ego’s desire for an equal exchange. True kindness comes from a place within untouched […]