Healing Into the Light of Consciousness
Beset by Fears and Anxieties?
As we head into 2017, we all take pause to consider who, how, and what we want to be and do in this next year.
Some of us are beset by fears and anxieties over the changing political and social climates, as well as the fate of our Mother Earth. We worry that our own positive intentions may be engulfed and overwhelmed by the negativity around us.
Set your own intentions for yourself
One sure way to prevent your consciousness from being swept up by the negativity around you is to set your own intentions for yourself with clarity and a sense of purpose, not just once in January, but each and every day of the year.
Any time you get thrown off course, don’t despair, simply return to your own clarity of purpose. (more…)Read More
Proud to wear my busyness badge.
Just like I imagine you to be, I am a very busy person. A friend once said to me, “Joni, you are the busiest person I know.” She said this admiringly, and at the time I took it as a deep compliment.
Like a good scout I was proud to wear my busyness badge. It meant that I was an accomplished juggler of the bouncing balls of life.
The Dilemma of Busyness.
Juggling requires perpetual motion. If the juggler gets still or gazes away, the balls stop moving. Any parent or professional understands the dilemma of busyness: keep the balls moving or everything will collapse. (more…)Read More
"A man cannot jump over the shadow of his own hat."
This rather puzzling statement posed by the 11th century master of Kashmir Shaivism, Abinavagupta, is like a koan to me, something I have mused over for quite a while. Of course we can jump over the shadow of our hat. As long as we are not wearing it!
I recently experienced a series of events that caused me to take a look at the hats I have been wearing and the shadows they cast. As well as understanding that in interactions with others we are often interacting with each others’ shadows rather than with what is the source of the shadow.
An anonymous letter came
It was delivered to my mailbox this week, typed, with no return address and no signatures. The letter stated that it was written by a “collective” of my neighbors who were complaining about the parking situation on our small court, claiming that my guests were commandeering too much of the precious curb space. (more…)Read More