October 12, 2020 12:51 AM innerVoice
Forever and everywhere will I live and strive for the redemption of every creature throughout the world from the bonds of conditioned existence. ~Kwan-YinEvery hour we find ourselves inundated by news, views and opinions around a pandemic, wildfires, hurricanes and political unrest.On the one hand we hear deeply the cries of the world, but on the other hand we get jittery and angry. We feel grief, anguish, and terror and many of us want to respond with the immediacy inherent in today's news feed ......
September 11, 2020 12:19 AM innerVoice
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. ~RumiIt can be difficult to love ourselves and others and foster kindness toward the world around us, especially during such tumultuous political and economic times. Meditation helps us work on our relationship with ourselves and others, even those we find challenging in the world around us. Our inner practice and the deep roots in the beloved community hold the power t ......
July 31, 2020 10:12 AM innerVoice
Sit, be still, and listen, because you're drunk and we're at the edge of the roof.~RumiYou are a unique, divine emanation of Spirit! God loved Itself so much It created Itself as your life! Therefore, you express God as only you can and no one else!Take your seat in the heart center of the Universe and plant your feet firmly on its ground. Take your focus away from the everyday situations and circumstances. Reset, replenish, and restore your inner divinity, so your outward expression can be that ......
June 13, 2020 6:00 AM innerVoice
There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. ~Howard ThurmanOur everyday social interactions have changed, and some seem to even have completely evaporated. These interactions that normally create closeness and connection through coincidental gatherings at the water cooler at work, at the playground at school or at a coffee shop are now perceived to create distance between coworkers, families ......
May 8, 2020 1:18 PM innerVoice
Be Here Now.~Ram Dass Across from my apartment, healthcare workers at the hospital are doing all they can to keep us well and safe. Up the street there is a grocery store with wonderful workers keeping our community fed and a few blocks further the marquee on the local theater reads Standing together. The world is changing on an hourly basis and yesterday's path forward is today's fork in the road. The daily physical and emotional sprints we grew accustomed to of balancing work life with schoo ......
April 21, 2020 10:50 PM innerVoice
Nothing I say can explain to you Divine Love. Yet all of creation cannot seem to stop talking about it. ~Rumi The mind never sleeps! We all are co-creative beings in the Spirit - always, no exceptions! The images we hold in your individual minds as well as in the collective, combined with our beliefs can literally move mountains. Let us wake up on the bright side of the bed today and step into this world with the knowing we are perfect and that we are empowered to bring beauty, joy, peace, ......
March 6, 2020 4:34 PM innerVoice
The Lord is in me, and the Lord is in you; as life is hidden in every seed.~Rumi You are created in the image and likeness of the Divine! Hold that truth in your heart and never let anyone tell you otherwise. In fact, the Divine loved itself so much that It created you out of Itself as a unique, perfect, emanation of Itself. You are it, there is no difference between you and Love! Because nothing can be added on to you and nothing can be taken away from you, it is an easy step to surrender any g ......
February 29, 2020 10:19 PM innerVoice
But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.~Matthew 6:33 We are now one month into the new year and we already can look back on where we are with our new year resolutions. Healthier eating, less alcohol, more exercise, less complaining to friends, returning all phone calls, getting paid on time or being more loving in our relationships. When looking back, we mostly have a tendency to go through the “shoulda, woulda, and coulda’s” of o ......
January 4, 2020 10:18 AM innerVoice
And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?~Rumi It is a New Year and the new you is calling you forth to become more of yourself than the self you expanded into the year before. All cultures observe their traditional or religious New Year according to their own customs. Sometimes this happens in addition to the Gregorian civil calendar. Yet throughout one year we get to celebrate the newness within us between the Chinese New Year, the Islamic New Year, the traditional Japanese ......
December 1, 2019 12:42 PM innerVoice
Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I Am!~John 8:58 There is a gift Spirit wants to express in, as and through us especially during this holy season of Kwanza, Hanukkah and Christmas; and this gift is the gift of freedom! In those moments, when our mind is on auto pilot, we tend to focus on the mundane of objects, situations, circumstances, feelings, emotions, thoughts and all the things that when we mistakenly identify our true and infinite Self with them, will keep us small, limite ......
November 6, 2019 7:55 PM innerVoice
This world is a moment, a pouring that refreshes and renews itself so rapidly.~Rumi As soon as the world is spoken, or a thought is released, this moment has passed and what was the future is now the present and the current thought becomes the past. The tug and pull between the not yet present, which holds all the possibilities, and the moment that was, which holds all the made manifest, is the eternal gift of creation in the now moment. But how can the now be eternal although the moment is so f ......
October 23, 2019 10:35 PM innerVoice
If you have faith as small as mustard seed […] Nothing will be impossible for you.~Matthew 17:20Who am I as a being? Who are we as a human race? How am I being? Where are we racing?In a world where we define ourselves as us against them, where good is characterized as the opposite of evil, where opinions get higher ratings than truth and faster is the ultimate better, we need to remember that we ought to look with a single eye. A single view that knows that all opposites are two sides of ......
September 10, 2019 10:09 PM innerVoice
My soul is from elsewhere, I am sure of that, and I intend to end up there.~ Rumi How we are breathing can tell us something about our current state of mind. Maybe we are feeling good, thinking about going out with friends, or maybe we are feeling tense, wanting to wrap thing up before the end of the workday. While the breath acts like a barometer for how we are feeling, it is also one of our most powerful tools: breathing techniques help us to shift gears and change our emotional state. Our bre ......
August 8, 2019 7:32 AM innerVoice
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. ~RumiOur world is endlessly imagining itself into existence. It is endlessly generating the specific and individual things of which it is made, yet it is all created out of a divine dance of an energetic fabric that is continuously being weaved.As the great oriental teachers tell us, between you and I and the teapot on the table exists this energetic fabric, which they call the samadhi of the universe. Out of this weaving ......
July 9, 2019 9:27 PM innerVoice
At any moment, you could just cheer up! - Chögyam Trungpa RinpocheWhen things are going relatively smoothly in our everyday lives, it is easy to become complacent. We assume that everything that goes well will automatically continue. On the other hand, when life presents us with obstacles, we then assume that nothing ......
June 19, 2019 1:37 AM innerVoice
Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.~ A Course in Miracles Just as you were ready to leave to come into this human experience you turned around to the Divine knowing that you might forget the warmth, the embrace, and the love that is there for you, has been there for you and will be there for you. Before you took this leap of faith to go on your journey of becoming, you felt the graceful gaze and saw the gentle and love-filled smile that ......
May 13, 2019 11:11 AM innerVoice
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. ~ RumiLife is good! In our day to day lives we look at the thing called life through our own lenses and from our own unique vantage points. We experience our world through sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. Our bodies feel hot, cold, pain and balance and we do have an overall bodily awareness. Yet as spiritual beings we are so much more than our physical e ......
April 4, 2019 9:33 AM innerVoice
Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction. ~RumiIn our human experience it is very easy to look past the magnificence of Life and instead experience it as a fight, as a survival of the fittest, or as something to overcome. Especially, when we find ourselves in situations and circumstances that we experience as unpleasant, dense or unwanted, our basic reaction might be to fix, fight, set aside or ignore what is at hand. God is always for itself and never against itself! God is alw ......
March 12, 2019 5:51 PM innerVoice
What in your life is calling you, when all the noise is silenced, and all the meetings adjourned...~Rumi Following our spiritual practices can sometimes be a challenge. We are often so easily distracted by circumstances, advertisements, social media posts or the sheer demands of everyday life from taking care of children, making the next appointment to simply preparing dinner. This is true for everyone! Our perception is, that there is never enough time, or enough quiet space, to follow our pray ......
January 8, 2019 9:36 PM innerVoice
Don’t you know yet? It is your light that lights the worlds. ~RumiAs we step into the desired newness of another round around the sun, we get to take a moment to realize the stress and intensity with which we usually go through every day of our lives. We worry, we grow anxious and more often than not we magnify trivia to the extent, that we give the mask of the unimportant the power to superimpose itself onto the face of the divine. By doing so we dim the light that shines in our hearts.& ......
December 26, 2018 9:43 PM innerVoice
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris, from Ferris Bueller’s Day OffImagine you are sitting in a movie theater and you are watching an emotionally gripping, gut punching performance. There are many characters on this magnificent screen, yet you especially resonate with one of them, who is captivating and dear to your heart. At one point as you look over your shoulder you notice something magnificent as your eyes adjust t ......
November 5, 2018 7:50 AM innerVoice
Mediate. Feel Better. Help Others. Repeat.~ Gen Kelsang Rigpa You are the gift you are giving to this world! Even when the places around us seem chaotic and callous and we might think we have forgotten what the sense of inner peace feels like, we can cultivate the moments of stillness, and realize that we are in this world, but not of this world. We know that even as we may be in the eye of the storm, we still are caring and attentive to one another’s needs. As we breathe into these moments of ......
October 8, 2018 9:40 AM innerVoice
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. ~Ansel AdamsTaking photographs is a passion of mine. It is a delight capturing a moment in time and discovering something in the image that the naked eye could not perceive. It is the unraveling of a single moment. The essence of being crystalizes out of the overwhelming business of a scene and the focus of the lens chisels away anything unnecessary and reveals th ......
August 21, 2018 8:47 PM innerVoice
We are all astronauts on a little spaceship called Earth. ~R. Buckminster FullerWhen I came across the above quote from Buckminster Fuller, who coined the phrase ‘spaceship earth’ in the mid 1960’s, it changed my perspective of how I look at myself and who we are as people. Up to this point I looked at people and objects as independent of each other, independent of our mind and independent of other phenomena. The universe appeared to consist of discreet things that have an existe ......
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