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The Teaching of Your Soul – Everything You Need is Within You

clear-day-pic-of-womanI have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul. ~Rumi

One of the most liberating and empowering things I have discovered over the course of 25+ years of searching, studies, and self-reflection, is that the secret to beginning to discover your natural frequency of authenticity is much more simple than it seems, or that you’ve been led to believe it is.

Everything outside of yourself is simply a tool to discover what all of those “things” are reflecting about what you already have inside of yourself. Recognition and full embodied embrace of this will help to unravel the stream of innate wisdom within the Source of you.

Part of this comes with recognition that you are a boundless multidimensional being with no real basis for fear, other than a decision to keep feeding and believing in it, in order to set up whatever teachings and experiences you choose need to go through.

Part of this comes with learning wise discernment that stems from the core truth of your heart and Divine Source Center. Everyday you are bombarded by so many levels of over-stimulation that comes even in the form of New Age spiritual explanations and teachings, along with every kind of “right” and “wrong” verbiage that can be very confusing, as they all will play see-saw with your mind and feelings, as well as negate and desecrate each other.

It’s a constant war of duality and “either/or” mentality, completing ignoring the myriad of possibilities and experiences that serve only the Law of Free Will that everyone conveniently forgets when they “seem” to discover some breakthrough that feels really good to them.

It can become very confusing to decipher truth, especially if you are seeking from “outside”, rather than turning “within” to run everything through your own heart filter.

I’m not negating the exploration of learning in whatever form you are led to, but I am making an emphasizing point that just because things “look” a certain way and a lot of people are following it, doesn’t make it the end-with-all answer. The answers will only come in the form of your own filtration of personal and authentic truth.

And far too often we are giving away our power and energy and feeling we need to keep searching for these epiphany answers and the flood of light that will bolt us out of this existence, in order to think and feel we are on the so-called “right” path and have discovered “the” answer.

Constant studies, while can help you to decipher what is you and what is not you, and to expand your perspectives, and abilities to discern and think wider, can also be a trap to keep you in perpetual soul-schooling devised to keep you from ever walking in the empowered embodiment of you that you already are.

It would be of benefit to take time in silence and in nature, to take portions of your days, or a day each week, to designate to feeling what it is like to be you outside of everything else in your life.

Yes, life will go on without you and you will benefit far greater than continuing to engage incessantly with the outside world, only. This will also help you to take back your energy and power and to learn what it feels to be in your frequency and what it feels like when something infiltrates that and takes you out of that balance, harmony, and centeredness.

You will learn very quickly how to then decipher what is really a reflection and alignment with YOUR truth because you’ll know when something triggers from outside, taking you off-kilter, and is just a passing story.

It will benefit you tremendously to stop all searching outside of yourself for fulfillment and start bringing your undivided focus and energy within yourself where the infinite Source of love, awareness, and liberating truth is.

It does not come without the need for courage to look within at all aspects of yourself, as it is here that you will also face your shadow parts – parts that are crucial and invaluable to the journey of wholeness you seek.

Laura Bruno succinctly expressed this belief I share, in her earlier post today:

“Part of effective Shadow Work includes sifting through the so-called darkness in order to find, heal and reclaim forgotten pieces of ourselves. We don’t transcend duality by rejecting half of it, but rather by empowering ourselves through love and wisdom, so that we can rebalance anything unnatural in ourselves and world.”

Yes, we have focused our attention long enough on the outside world and on every other thing possible that simply must have the answer or simply must be the “problem”. We also allow everything to suck us dry with worry over this, fear about that, who’s doing what, how you are told to look, act, feel, live, and what the next “quick fix” or “miracle” discovery is that will be the answer you seek.

But it is within your inner landscape, ultimately your best friend awaiting your recognition of her/his love for you, where clarity of the truth of who you are can reveal itself if you patiently, lovingly, and fearlessly reach out your hand in the dark to receive their eternally unwavering, outreached hand.

It is here that the answer lies and no where else. Any person or teacher that tells you otherwise, that doesn’t help to empower you into your own authenticity and truth, is someone to be wary of.

j0402579The inner world feels more unknown than anything outside because you have spent more waking hours exploring everywhere but there. This creates resistance, as the mind and ego doesn’t like the unfamiliar and certainly doesn’t want to know that it could be that easy to reflect within, when you’ve been taught that life is long, hard work, not to mention that there’s some ideal experience you must attain to reach.

It is ridiculous to think it could really be simple, right? It’s ridiculous to think that your natural essence is all there is to “be”. 😉 But it is.

And this unknown factor and the willingness to embrace your greatest fears and pains are the only reasons it may “seem” scary, but with engaging your FULL inner realm, this can become the most invaluable, fulfilling, and irreplaceable treasure you’ve ever experienced or had.

As I expressed in resounding agreement with this month’s energy forecast from Lee Harris:

I fully believe and agree that the more centered and grounded you are, the more ready you are and will be for ANYTHING that comes your/our way. And the more centered you are, the more empowered you will be.

Embracing your own sovereignty of heart, you are untouchable to anything and anyone.

And the more you reveal of your authentic self, the more whole and powerful you will become.

Sea Lion Wisdom – Balancing Inner & Outer to Reveal the Truth & Beauty of You

galapagosI love when nature reflects messages to me and especially love when it comes in the form of an animal spirit guide. I cherish my time outdoors connecting with our dear Gaia (Mother Earth) and am grateful for the blessings she is always so generous in gifting.

I see many animals always and sometimes they are reflecting a magical moment, confirmation of something that I just was thinking about or asking, reflecting what I’m currently focused on or moving into, or are providing guiding wisdom for things currently in my life.

After an 8-mile hike, which I enjoyed once again in my flip flops – the best way to go for me these days – we made our way to the beach for a picnic lunch, reading, and napping. I usually see a lot of interesting things at my favorite beach, Crystal Cove, and today I was instantly greeted, as I galapagos2approached the water’s edge, by a large male California Sea Lion. He was not more than 20 feet away swimming and playing in the waves and following me as I walked the same direction. It was really a sweet experience.

Of course I wondered about his appearance and while I knew some basics about Sea Lion symbolism, I wanted to delve into it further, so I started doing some researching and came upon some info that I thought I’d share, as I know people not only have similar experiences, but they may come up in dreams, thoughts, or be an animal totem for you. I also felt that the Sea Lion medicine was particularly timely and relevant to things collectively and even in terms of my post yesterday on intuition and the importance of listening to that inner guidance.

galapagos3Sea Lion wisdom includes such things as creativity, protection during change, lucid dreaming, movement through emotions, and the inner voice. They are symbols of abundance in many Northwest Coast tribes and in some Nuu-chah-nulth tribes, Sea-Lion plays the mythologically important role of Earthdiver, bringing mud from the bottom of the ocean for Raven to use to create the earth.

The new info I found was in Ina Woolcott’s piece “Seal, Sea Lion, Power Animal Symbol of The Inner Voice” of, which was particularly interesting to me. Here is what she shares, alongside the same wisdom I already mentioned above:

Seals spend much of their lives in the sea, but they give birth on land. This shows us that there are 2 necessary things that help fulfill our dreams and visions. These are formed deep within us, and are nurtured through the power of our ability to envision them using all our senses. They are most easily made ‘real’ by us when we implement practical and material acts. A lot of the time when us humans are ‘creating’ something, the feeling side of things is absent. 

During the mating season, males can partake in extremely savage battles one minute and be playful and amusing the next. Seals have the agility to move from anger to complete calm. 

Seals are (obviously) sea mammals, and are highly symbolic of our feeling, sensual selves. The seal helps us to remember our connection to our deep inner rhythms, feelings, and knowing, as represented by the sea. As humans generally believe themselves to be apart from ‘animals’, when really we are a-part of them, we often fight giving in to these deep rhythms and are afraid of ‘losing’ what we consider to be ourselves. When we are afraid of drowning in these depths, Seal being a good swimmer and knowing how to flow with the ever changing current, reminds us how to swim with the current. When we do this the negative feelings we have created such as worry, fear and anxiety are released from our minds. If seal enters your life, you are being asked to review the ebb and flow of your thoughts and emotions and find and keep up a point of balance.

galapagos4Water is a creative element and symbolizes the feminine imagination and intuition. If the seal appears in your life, pay close attention to your imagination and insight – in the waking state and in dreamtime. A lot of what you imagine generally has a strong basis in reality, no matter how far-off it may seem. People with seal as a power animal are generally highly imaginative and very creative. They will need activities that channel and direct this. The Seal/Sea Lion can show you how to develop and focus your imagination.

Rather than having external ears, seals have small openings. This shows their deep affinity with their inner voice, and can show you how to listen to your inner self, balance your life to it. Your dreams will become more vivid and significant.

Seals swim both below and above water, giving them the ability to experience both the inner and outer worlds.

They teach those with this totem how to flow, how to hear, and how to discover the deeper mysteries of their true nature. Seals are keepers of wisdom. They reveal to us what is hidden deep within ourselves, and teach us how to integrate our imagination with the reasoning power of the intellect. This will give balance and harmony on all levels. 

The seal which is so sleek and gorgeous in the water, teaches us how to feel at home in our bodies, and to uncover our inner beauty. 

I LOVE Sea Lion’s message and I feel that he was definitely another added nod to yesterday’s post and provided a fluid continuum to the theme of honoring that voice within, the importance of staying balanced so that you can sustain clarity, the importance of flowing and not attaching to any emotions and things, embracing cycles and swimming with the currents of life, be willing to courageously explore the depths of experience and your creative expression, and trusting the feelings and visions you receive.

All answers lie within your beautiful heart and will be reflected for you – As within, so without – As above, so below.

Risk False Security to Gain Wholeness – When You Receive Direction from Your Intuitive Self Do You Listen?

in-the-pyramid-vortexHave you noticed how more and more you are being asked to trust your intuition and follow through in support of what its message is? Intuition seems to be a common and prevalent theme to pay attention to, from what I’m hearing, sensing, and experiencing, and what I find is that we simply don’t have the luxury or the grace period we used to, to NOT listen and act up on it anymore.

I was talking to my friend yesterday about this, as we strolled along the beach, and she shared the same has been coming up strongly for her in terms of needing to be very mindful and honoring of her intuition and when I shared the story below with her, she was grateful for the reminder and the message. Our own experiences are not just helpful for our own processes, but can also help others going through the same. This is why I like to share things I go through, as I find it always is connected to and supportive for what others are feeling.

Along our walk some both interesting and magical, immediate messages/signs took place as well, which is simply evidence of the instantaneous and “now” experience of everything when you put out a question or intention, speak a truth from your heart, and get a feeling you act on or disregard. The effects of synchronicity, gifts, messages, and help asked for, all come immediately.

A very strange/synchronous appearance of a large dead Moray Eel showed up on the beach, as my friend was sharing something with me (an odd sighting I have never seen before and was quite “alien” looking in its bloated form.) It was definitely a message, symbolic of the conversation and the fact that I believe it had been spear hunted (as I saw a puncture through the side of its neck where water was bubbling out), and the eyes were missing, also had meaning. Later, after I was discussing Marsh Hawks and their graceful appearances in my life quite often and recently, as well as saying how much I LOVE them, I immediately found a hawk feather on the beach (my second hawk feather, but very interesting to find it along the shoreline, as I usually see the hawks on hikes or more inland). A lovely and magical message for me in reciprocating love and vision.

And messages come in many forms, but the most important and originating form, is as your intuition.

Here’s what Shakti Gawain shares about intuition in her book, “Living in the Light” :

“The true solution is to re-educate ourselves to listen to and trust the inner truths that come to us through our intuitive feelings. We must learn to act on them, even though it may feel risky and frightening at first, because we are no longer playing it safe, doing what we “should” do, pleasing others, following rules, or deferring to outside authority. To live this way is to risk losing everything that we have held onto for reasons of external (false) security, but we will gain integrity, wholeness, true power, creativity, and the real security of knowing that we are in alignment with the power of the universe.

I am not attempting to disregard or eliminate the rational mind by suggesting that our intuitive awareness is the guiding force in our lives. The intellect is a very powerful tool, best used to support and give expression to our intuitive wisdom, rather than to suppress our intuition as we now use it. Most of us have programmed our intellect to doubt our intuition. When an intuitive feeling arises, our rational minds immediately say, “I don’t think that will work,” “nobody else is doing it that way,” or “what a foolish idea,” and the intuition is disregarded.

As we move into the new world, it is time to re-educate our intellect to recognize the intuition as a valid source of information and guidance. We must train our intellect to listen to and express the intuitive voice. The intellect is by nature very disciplined and this discipline can help us to ask for and receive the direction of the intuitive self.”

We all have our moments when we are a little “off”, not fully balanced, have a lot going on and may not be functioning as clearly as we are used to in terms of hearing or supporting our intuition – and all of this is perfect and not anything to get upset about, judge, or get stressed over – it’s simply part of the evolution of your soul and is so beautifully assisting you to greater heights and depths of experience. Once you become aware of something, just make the new adjustments and changes to support it, and move forward. There will always be something new to learn, but over time, perhaps they will be just that – new things 😉

I know that for myself, if I for one second don’t act upon my intuition, I will get a very large Universal/Cosmic message and sign immediately as a reminder that I know better and I simply can’t afford at this stage in my experience to disregard anything I feel and know. Part of this has to do with not only it being important personally to my path, but in terms of the connective thread of that path with the collective, in responsible service, it is all interwoven with. Every choice made is not isolated to ourselves and has impact in greater ways than we realize. I’ve seen how ultra-presence is needed always in choosing responsibly. This is why I am very much more discerning about things in my life now and don’t put myself in unnecessary risk of anything, if I can help it. While I know I am always protected, I also know I can’t go around acting irresponsibly. You can always shift something by a choice that will set a different course.

Luckily, there are very few times anymore that I do not listen and act on my intuition, but if I don’t, the experience seems very tied into something large I am working on in terms of my path. So the small “random” seeming thing I didn’t listen to, is connected to a larger picture I’m being asked to move into. But, as shared, whereas in the past I had more leeway, now I find that immediately I will get a very loud reminder.

Sometimes it can seem like such minute, random, or inconsequential things that your nudges tell you to do or not do. And yet, you come to find they aren’t so little, when you experience the “reminder” and, later, connect the dots with the meaning for you. There is much more at work going on behind the scenes than you may be aware of.

One of the times I did not trust my intuition happened just a couple of days ago and felt it important to share, as a good example of what I am talking about.

I was invited to go somewhere – a spiritual center that was re-opening. Seems pretty harmless and perhaps even aligned or supportive, right? It was sort of a weird, energetic day to start off with, and I had a lot going on, so my usual clear and strong inner support system was skewed. It didn’t seem like a big deal at first, but I had the feeling it wasn’t really something for me to go to, for whatever reason. (I don’t always know why I feel something, but I just KNOW). Yet, with the energetics feeling off-balance that day, my mind got into the mix and started thinking, “what harm could it do?”, “it’s really close to home”, “it’s a free spiritual event”, “friends are going”, “why not?”

So you can see how the left brain started to override the right, rather than support the right with its first insight.

So, I tried to call the place to see about scheduling a couple of free offerings and when I did some weird stuff on the phone took place where the first person I talked to didn’t have the right information and gave me over to someone else and then they put me on “fake” hold, lol, and then said, “well just come in and we’ll get you in an appointment.” I thought, “hmmm, that’s odd, but ok fine.” (second dismissal of intuition and heart nudge).

Then just right before I was going to leave, my intuition got stronger and started to override the left brain (coming more into its power again) and I decided not to go. I wasn’t sure why, it just felt not right, not important and a waste of time, or some other reason I wasn’t aware of. In some ways this could seem silly, but I just really was not on board in the same way others were for this. The teeter-totter was playing out in my mind, rather than staying centered in my heart.

I messaged my partner, Dave and told him I wasn’t going to go, as earlier I mentioned to him that I would be. I said to him that I thought I’d waste my time. And I sat for a moment and then my mind said, “oh why not just go, what harm can it do? It’s less than 10 minutes away, you can go quickly, check it out and leave.” (Silly in my book, as this is not my usual protocol, as I honor my feelings and things like this haven’t been a challenge for me for a long time.)

But, for whatever reason, my Higher Self and the Universe had a lesson for me today on this energetically off-day. It seemed very strange to be wishy-washy, but like anything, it’s always perfect and my choices would help me to see why.

I then re-messaged Dave and said, “I’m not feeling it, but I’m trying to be open, so I’ll just go quickly and come back.” (Another dismissal). When I messaged this, the time of my message said 2:22 pm and that means the angels are supporting your thoughts, it’s a sign of confirmation and a call to further action along your path. It’s about faith and trust and your Divine life and soul mission. It has to do with balance and keeping up the good work you are doing, as evidence of your manifestations are coming into being.

And I have had this come up recently, the 2:22 when I have had intuitive nudges and then followed them, then received this message and they’ve always been supporting my acting upon my intuition and result in fortuitous things. In this case, it was a message to trust my intuition (not the decision to go despite it) and yet I still didn’t for whatever reason.

So, I left the house and not more than 30 seconds down the street I miss getting into a bad car accident by literally an inch, when someone not watching pulls out of their driveway and almost hits me. It was such a bizarre experience too, as it was surreal and the way my car and my hands at the wheel reacted with perfect precision, angle, and timing to “just” miss the hit, was a bit supernatural. Even the angle at which my car moved, was not normal and I felt the car do something not normal, as I know my car quite well. It felt like something beyond me had moved my hands and car.

I instantly knew what this all meant. That what I’d known in the first place – I was not to go to this event, for whatever reason – was far more important than it seemed, and this was my reminder warning that I cannot afford NOT to listen at any given moment in my life, even when it seems so inconsequential.

I instantly got chills, thanked the Universe and my guides, and drove past the freeway on-ramp I would have been taking, and went a different direction, instead, to a metaphysical store by my house I’d been wanting to visit for a while. There I re-centered, breathed, spent time with some crystals to rebalance, and was back on track, feeling clear and confirming my intuitive feelings, forgiving myself for not listening, having gratitude for the support, protection, messages, the process and the growth it provided, and then went back home in peace and renewed connection to what this meant with bigger things going on in my life right now.

When I got home, I messaged Dave to let him know I hadn’t gone, what happened, and how I felt back in my center, balanced and renewed on a whole other level with my intuitive trust, the message time was 3:33 pm (exactly 1 hour and 11 minutes later). 333 is a message that the Ascended Masters are with you, loving, guiding, protecting you always, and working with you on all levels to assist you in your endeavors and with serving your Divine life purpose and soul mission. It is also a reminder that you can call upon them when feeling perplexed or confused, as to your life purpose or anything you need assistance with.

Even though I had some senses on why this may have been, it ultimately doesn’t matter what the reason was for why I was not to go, nor do I need to know. All I need to know is that my intuition is always right, always has been, and always will be. Our intuition and heart always has the answers. When the heart and intuition are supported, there becomes no necessity to reiterate with reasoning, as that is wholeness in itself. (11:11 am as I just wrote that)

Everything is always in Divine perfection, but we can always be a more present, conscious, and co-creative partner to experience in our highest way.

The message here is to listen with all of your senses, be as present as possible with yourself, support your feelings despite all else, and be gentle with yourself along the process. There is no greater time than this now moment, to walk in the fullness and wholeness of you.

A Little Hummingbird “Time Out” to Receive the Heart of You

hummingbirdRight outside the bathroom we have a beautiful and mature persimmon tree. This tree seems to attract, in her nurturing stillness, hummingbirds. We have a hummingbird post on this side of the yard too and it seems to beckon them into the yard via the path of the persimmon tree.

Yesterday morning, as I woke and readied myself in the bathroom something called my attention to the window. Pretty regularly I hear and see hummingbirds dance outside the window as they fly by and seem to hover a while at the window itself, seeming to say hello. But on this day, silence drew my attention and when I peered out the window I found a sweet, plump little fella sitting with feathers all fluffed out in stillness on a branch of the persimmon tree.

It’s not often you get a chance to see hummingbirds still and this was a very rare occasion indeed, as he sat for a very long time as I watched for 30+ minutes, (and still likely continued to sit, as I went off to my hair cut appointment). I was so drawn in by his comfort in taking a “waking” restful time out.

Hummingbirds are known for living fast, flitting around between flowers (sound like a familiar lifestyle to some two-legged mammals we know?),  as their wings flap up to 200 times per second. Occasionally you find them sitting for a moment, but sitting without actually sleeping for this long, is a bit unusual. Yes, they do sleep! And apparently their sleep state is like a mini-hibernation.

But this little one was in fact, not asleep, and he was very attentive to me when I spoke to him, but also very calm, comfortable, and settled in a relaxed state. After a while when I made a little “birdy” noise, he began to sing back in a very tiny, low-pitched voice. It was really a beautiful connecting time.

The hummingbird symbolizes timeless joy and the Nectar of Life, as well as a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible and will teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own life circumstances. They also symbolize energy, vitality, renewal, sincerity, healing, persistence, peace, infinity, agility, playfulness, loyalty, and affection. They are also messengers of hope and remind us to be persistent with the pursuit of our dreams. Apparently, a not-so-known fact is that their wing flutters move in the pattern of an infinity symbol, which then embodies the symbolism of eternity and continuity of infinite cycles.

They are seen as being tireless, always seeking the good and beauty of each moment and day – and yet let us know that the sweetest nectar is found within.

Since hummingbirds call our attention to how we expend our energy, when they appear (and in this case, so profoundly), it heralds us to honestly look at how we are managing our energy – are we wasting it on needless things like fears, worry, or unimportant details and things to avoid something? Or, are we staying well-balanced and efficiently honing in on productive use of our energy?

I found my little hummingbird friend to be mirroring of the unlimited depth to our experience that there is. By embracing more stillness and focus, I discover even greater revelations that come from this active receiving mode. And he was a reminder of keeping true to my heart and focusing only on what is most important to my path right now.

By allowing this time to focus on creative pursuits and finishing creative projects, as well as just letting go of any restraints whatsoever, I am discovering some hidden messages through this sole focus that are completely evolving what one might have thought this time was about. It is revealing something new birthing that is beyond this one particular mode of creating. Some truths are coming to surface and drawing in, as well as pointing me in directions most aligned with my path. It is in these moments of allowing and following the inner voice that I am able to really understand what it was trying to get my attention for. And that answer is something beyond self-sabotaged contriving and will constantly evolve, as I keep embracing each wave.

Nothing is permanent, so even if things change right now in the way I may have thought, it can still spiral back around later, but in a very different and more encompassing/evolved way, by letting it flow through.

And particularly interesting is that I’m increasingly seeing the layers of meaning behind the guidance I follow. It may seem like one thing could be the reason for doing something, but by listening to the guidance and embracing doing it, you can actually discover something totally different and even deeper for why it is you were led to do it in the first place.

The extent of my little hummingbird’s stillness mirrored a reiteration for me that my own inner guidance will lead the way when I stop to listen to my heart’s whisper, and the way I am creating my balance is just that, “my” balance and “my” way. And that even more stillness and even more active “undoing” is revealing my truth that lies beyond any perceived veils.

The sweetness of the moment has many hidden gems when we really open to allowing it to reveal itself, rather than trying to unwrap it in a certain way.

I thank my hummingbird not just for the mirroring of his deliberate and ever-present stillness, but for his reiteration that infinite peace resides within, no matter what is going on, and for his tidings of joy and continual hope in all of life at hand.

I thank him also for reiterating that my dreams and things I’ve felt, but may have seemed impossible to some or even at times was unsupported or deterred by others, are in fact actualizing the more I have embraced the truth of me and my path. My little hummingbird allowed me to take a sweet time out to feel the heart of things and relax into the flow that, in the past, I worked so hard to create and now am able to naturally tune in with ease, realizing everything always is in Divine perfection. Even in that moment with him I was behind on getting to my appointment, but had decided to relax and then received a text that my hair stylist needed more time herself and so my hummingbird friend and I had more connective time to be in the sweetness of the moment.

Sometimes doing exactly what is not expected of you and what you think you can’t possibly do right now, is the very thing you would benefit from. My little hummingbird friend knew this and not only was he sharing his wisdom, but walking the walk as well.

taniaIt is also synchronous his showing up right before I headed out to get a hair cut, which always heralds a supportive energy shift that has been unfolding. I am feeling transformed once again and aligned with how I am feeling from the inside out. There is a lightness, ease, and freshness to the nature of me that is revealing itself in my receiving with a resounding “yes”, aligning with how that weaves into the collective tapestry.

Reconnecting with the sweet nectar of our luminous heart light is the evolution we are sharing in the journey of experience. I am grateful for all the Universal guidance and support that is ever-present.

What messages are you receiving to beckon and ignite your embrace?

To be still means to empty yourself from the incessant flow of thoughts and create a state of consciousness that is open and receptive. ~John Daido Loori

Mind can be compared to an ocean, and momentary mental events such as happiness, irritation, fantasies, and boredom to the waves that rise and fall on its surface. Just as the waves can subside to reveal the stillness of the ocean’s depths, so too is it possible to calm the turbulence of our mind to reveal its natural pristine clarity. ~Kathleen McDonald

We do not have to get out of the stream of daily life; its undertows and eddies have no power to drown us. We need only look through the rushing waters to the stillness in its depth. ~Sharon Lebell, Brother David Steindl-Rast

You need not do anything. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, just wait. You need not even wait, just learn to be quiet, still and solitary. And the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked. It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. ~Franz Kafka

Be still and know who you are. ~Kirtana

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