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So a friend of mine from Sangha emailed me this the other week and it was awesome enough I felt compelled to share it with you.

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An aging master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.

How does it taste? the master asked.

Bitter, said the apprentice.

The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, Now drink from the lake.

As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, How does it taste?

Fresh, remarked the apprentice.

Do you taste the salt? asked the master.

No, said the young man. At this the master sat beside this serious young man, and explained softly,

The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains exactly the same. However, the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things.

Stop being a glass.

Become a lake.

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“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama

Metta – The Practice of Loving Kindness

Some time ago I shared a really nice Dharma talk by Andrea Fella on this post:
http://scenicmeditations.com/metta-the-practice-of-loving-kindness-part-1

I thought I would post the second part of this series for those of you finding a need to bring more love and compassion into your life or those around you. If you need another quote or reason to incorporate this type of meditation into your practice here’s one that I dig:

“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” ~ Ernest Holmes

Send out love, receive love…when you turn your life and perspective around into being of service and having compassion for others…life can get amazing.

Here’s part two:

Andrea Fella: Metta – The Practice of LovingKindness – Part Two
http://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/3221.html

I hope you all are having an amazing holiday season.

Until later…

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Walking The Path

by S.I. Mitchell

“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Walking The Path in San Luis Obispo county

The magic of life begins when you understand this:

“The spiritual path – is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it.” ~ Marianne Williamson

When you come to the realization that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, life can get interesting. It can allow you to accept this life and all it gives you as a gift to grow and evolve as a spiritual being.

You are here to grow and to help others. In forgetting oneself through service to others you are living the dream.

When you are challenged with life’s struggles, you are being given an opportunity to grow. To find understanding, to find the meaning behind it. It’s OK…accept life, embrace life…it is a wonderful opportunity.

When good things happen it’s easy to rejoice and be happy. Enjoy these moments fully. Remember each smile of your child, enjoy every time you hold your spouses hand…enjoy every chat you have with your parent and good friend. Life happens, life changes…swim in the present.

Do not hold too tightly to the past. Do not worry about the future.
As it has been said: there a reason why now is called the present. :)

Ok, so during these times, I have a wish.

I wish and challenge each of you to be tenacious in your love and compassion.

For those struggling in the Middle East…if you are a native of Gaza, have compassion for the Israeli citizens…if you are an Israeli, have compassion for your neighbors. Each and every one is struggling and walking on this path. If they are doing something to harm you it is likely because they are living in fear or anger. Pray for them to evolve spiritually and overcome these obstacles.

People fight over ‘things’ and ‘concepts’…please remember that we are born into this world, naked with nothing…and that is exactly how we leave. The only thing we take with us is our learning.

Live well.

Learn well.

Until later…

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Quotes on Gratitude

by S.I. Mitchell

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” ~ John Milton

Gratitude

Quotes on gratitude: who can ever get enough of these? I love them as I find them useful in transforming life into something amazing…which it is.

Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the US and I hope all of the readers in the US (of course everyone else too) had a great day with their friends and family. For those that are having a hard time in life, I want to share this ‘pass it along text’ that I saw posted several times on Facebook yesterday:

“The holidays are upon us and it can be a very joyful time of year. Some of us have problems during the holidays and sometimes are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. And, many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness. We all need caring thoughts and loving prayer right now. If I don’t see your name, I’ll understand. May I ask my friends wherever you might be, to kindly copy, paste, and share this status for one hour to give a moment of support to all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares. Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune. I hope to see this on the walls of all my friends just for moral support. I know some will!! I did it for a friend and you can too. (You have to copy & paste this one, no sharing)”

I thought it was a really cool sentiment and worthy of passing along.

My gratitude list:

1. Family. For all of those still in my life today and for my mother who passed recently…grateful for having the time I did have with her in this life. She taught me so much.

2. Friends. I appreciate them all…they teach me so much about humanity and myself.

3. My Health. While I am challenged with an issue, it could always be worse…and I’m grateful that there is wisdom in nature that will allow me to heal. Thank you Dr Gabriel Cousens and Dr Max Gerson.

4. Clients. For the past, present and future clients in allowing me to be of service.

5. Everything. The good, the bad the neutral events in life. Everything is a gift that presents itself so that I may grow, evolve and have a bigger life experience and understanding.

I will try and remember to post more quotes on gratitude as my wish is that they are as helpful to you as they are to me.

Until later

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Love Your Life

by S.I. Mitchell

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” ~ Arthur Rubinstein

Love Your Life

Love your life…

Through all the joys…through all the struggles. It is perfect. It is all a gift.

The richness of life is to be found in moments. It is to be found in acceptance of this gift.

Do not fight against your struggles. Grow through them. You are the strength you overcome.

Do not cling to the joys…they will pass away…and yet they will return. Cherish each and every one of them.

The wholeness of your life, the wonder of this universe, of this existence is magical when you step into the present.

Remember, living in the past or the future are not where you’re meant to be.

The flower of life is in the now…smell it, take it in.

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” ~ Alphonse Karr

Until later.

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Live Your Life

by S.I. Mitchell

“Every step towards your dream today is a step away from your regret tomorrow.” ~ Steve Maraboli

Live Your Life

So, I got some interesting news this past Friday. It’s official, I have diabetes. To be honest, I wasn’t completely shocked. I’ve put some wear and tear on my body over the years.

While I understand this is a serious health issue, I look at it simply as a gift…as a challenge. My numbers were high enough to have the doc tell me that most doctors would put me on insulin right away, but since she knew I’m something of a hippie in this regard she said she wanted to put me on some pills instead.

My personal belief is that this health challenge can be dealt with primarily with diet, exercise, prayer and meditation. So this is the path I’ve chosen. I will be retested in 3 months and fully expect that my numbers will show that I don’t need pills or insulin. I will be following the advice of Dr Cousens and other natural healers to address this.

Disclaimer: What I’m doing is right for me. I do not offer medical advice but will share with you my personal experience and path to healing. You should always consult with a medical professional before making decisions for yourself.

Yes, I truly consider this diagnosis as a gift. It is a gift that is allowing me to be more kind to my body and to allow it to heal. An aside is that I’ve always been interested in the health and healing field, so now I will have a personal experience to share with others once I overcome this challenge. I have no regrets that this is where I find myself in life. I embrace it and am grateful for this opportunity. This opportunity to live the life I was meant to. To learn how to heal and share with others.

I will also use this opportunity to give myself enough reason to shed the things in my life that are causing me negative stress. Yes, some stress can be positive, but this, and other recent life events, have caused me to be more serious about living the life I was meant to live and to be strong enough to take action on my dreams.

My hope is that you also find challenges given to you as a gift. As a reason to learn, grow, evolve and have a bigger life experience. And then, when you’ve gained experience to share your gift of wisdom with others.

Live your life with all of it’s challenges.

Love your life.

Share your gifts, wisdom and strength with others.

Until later.

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“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” ~ Socrates

Shell Beach, California (Memory Park)

Have you found yourself chasing ‘things’ in this life? Have you had the belief at some time that some ‘thing’ would make you happy if you had it?

It’s amazing when you finally discover that happiness is truly and inside job.

Every day can be your perfect day. Every day can be your happiest if you decide to make it so.

No ‘thing’ will ever be the true source of your happiness. Sure for a brief period of time, then your ‘self’ comes back into play…if you plan your life to chase things, you may find life more of a struggle than it needs to be.

Each day be grateful for what you have… The important stuff, like friends, family, life, an opportunity to help others, etc.

I promise you, if you do that, your life will change forever and you will be at peace.

Until later.

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“The power to change your life lies in the simplest of steps.” ~ Steve Maraboli

Morro Bay, California at sunset

Every day is a new day. What you do today matters most.

Don’t live in the past, don’t worry about the future. Focus on the actions you can take today to create the life of your dreams.

You came to this life for a reason. All of your struggles mean something and you can turn them into learning and a reason to move into the life you should be living.

What is holding you back?

What fear, what hesitation, what doubt…let’s walk through those and get them out of the way. They are actually a blessing and there is a way to get rid of them.

I’d love to hear from you. Please comment below if you have something that’s keeping you stuck. I’d love to help.

Until later.

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“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

The Lake Shrine at the Self Realization Center in Pacific Palasades, California

I am blessed in life. I had the opportunity to visit with some friends this past weekend that I hadn’t seen in around 20 years. It was as if we had never left eachother…sure we had all grown up and evolved in various ways but that spark, that connection we shared was as intact as ever. It’s a blessing to have friends like that in life.

Open your heart, find yourself, and share with others…be fearless in living life fully and to attract the right people into your life that will enrich your life and those around you.

You can help make your friends life better and vice versa.

I love this story from Buddha’s teachings as it relates to the value of friends:

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Happiness is wanting what you get

October 11, 2012

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” ~ Dale Carnegie Success and happiness…while cousins of each other are definitely not one in the same at all times. There are clearly differences as this quote so simply stated. While success in life is grand, happiness, in my opinion, is a far […]

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