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November is all about Celebrating Silence as a Spiritual Practice. The Silence, we're learning, is your communion with the Divine.
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Dr. Edward Viljoen, author of The Power of Meditation, speaks at The Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.
The danger of sarcasm is that it divides and hurts.
Rude and Condescending
The turning point came when someone called me rude and condescending and I painfully faced the recognition that I was. And, I didn’t know how to stop it at once. Rather, I struggled, like a person struggling to quit smoking; I wrestled daily, sentence by sentence, to strip mischief from my communication and suppress my sarcastic reflexes.
A Time And Place for Everything
Sometimes I tell myself that there is a time and place for everything and that suppressed sarcasm can come out safely when I am among close friends, or with colleagues. But that’s a lie I tell myself when I feel too lazy to look for a more beautiful way to talk about what is truly important. In stepping down my sarcasm I have come to witness people’s feelings being lacerated by the kind of sarcasm I used to be an expert at. It brings tears to my eyes now, and a deep, dull, sick feeling when I witness it, or when I feel it wanting to vomit out of my own mouth again after all these years.
To Tear Flesh Off
The origin of the word sarcasm, in the Greek language, means to tear flesh, and generally, definitions of the word point to the intent to hurt. Sometimes I hurt when I read message boards and comments sections on the internet and I remain quiet, not because I have nothing to say, but because I have not yet found a way to express it that is consistent with what I believe I value: kindness.
Our amazingly beautiful world of technology has brought so much to us in terms of new ways to connect and communicate, and yet some of our most important skills related to its use are suffering, such as the practice of genuine thoughtfulness, old fashioned decency, listening, and responding to other points of view with grace, subtlety and finesse.
Completing the month of Chanting as a Spiritual Practice we sang Amitabhan's version of the Gayatri Mantra. Ami will be performing at the Center on Wednesday, October 2 with me at our monthly, Prayer, Meditation and Song service. And, all who attend will receive a free spiritual resource booklet.
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"Repeating an affirmation is leading the mind to that state of consciousness where it accepts that which it wishes to believe." Dr. Ernest Holmes
Adding music and rhythm to inspiring words and repeating them for a fixed number of recitations is a powerful practice. Dr. Edward (author of The Power of Meditation) shows us how we can establish a practice of chanting.
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Dr. David Bruner interviews Dr. Edward Viljoen about
The Power of Meditation: an ancient technique to access your inner power.
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Giving as a Spiritual Practice has been the focus for August 2013. I've heard from so many people who struggle with self-esteem related to finances and their ability to contribute. My hope is that they will retrieve their natural-born innocence and joy for giving, and separate the act of giving form a dollar amount.
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Money is closely connected to self-worth and power. When it comes to giving, these connections prove to be powerful influencers. How to give joyfully? That's the focus of Giving as a Spiritual Practice.