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Amma ❤️

I got to be with Amma for the first time this past weekend at her ashram in Elburn, Illinois. They call her “the Hugging Saint” because when you are in her presence and she has you in her embrace, it’s like being enveloped in pure love. I can’t explain the experience, you just need to be there. I really felt at home and welcomed in her environment. I will never forget the experience.

Repost – You. Me. Some. One. Now.

Right now there are Tibetan Buddhist monks in a temple in the Himalayas endlessly reciting mantras for the cessation of your suffering and for the flourishing of your happiness.

Someone you haven’t met yet is already dreaming of adoring you.

Someone is writing a book that you will read in the next two years that will change how you look at life.

Nuns in the Alps are in endless vigil, praying for the Holy Spirit to alight the hearts of all of God’s children.

A farmer is looking at his organic crops and whispering, “nourish them.”

Someone wants to kiss you, to hold you, to make tea for you.

Someone is willing to lend you money, wants to know what your favorite food is, and treat you to a movie.

Someone in your orbit has something immensely valuable to give you — for free.

Something is being invented this year that will change how your generation lives, communicates, heals and passes on.

The next great song is being rehearsed.

Thousands of people are in yoga classes right now intentionally sending light out from their heart chakras and wrapping it around the earth.

Millions of children are assuming that everything is amazing and will always be that way.

Someone is in profound pain, and a few months from now, they’ll be thriving like never before. From where they are, they just can’t see it .

Someone who is craving to be partnered, to be acknowledged, to arrive, will get precisely what they want — and even more. And because that gift will be so fantastical in it’s reach and sweetness, it will quite magically alter their memory of angsty longing and render it all “So worth the wait.”

Someone has recently cracked open their joyous, genuine nature because they did the hard work of hauling years of oppression off of their psyche — this luminous juju is floating in the ether, and is accessible to you.

Someone just this second wished for world peace, in earnest.

Some civil servant is making sure that you get your mail, and your garbage is picked up, that the trains are running on time, and that you are generally safe.

Someone is dedicating their days to protecting your civil liberties and clean drinking water.

Someone is regaining their sanity.

Someone is coming back from the dead.

Someone is genuinely forgiving the seemingly unforgivable.

Someone is curing the incurable.

You. Me. Some. One. Now.

~ Danielle LaPorte via Mary Standing Otter

You are Beautiful

I’ve notice these for quite some time in the city and I wanted to acknowledge it on my blog. Every time I see this while I’m in transit or walking somewhere it always makes me smile. Everyday we are bombarded with advertising and marketing regarding stuff we don’t even need. This is a simple yet effective message, and you never know what difference it can make to someone. The person who started this campaign was some one who moved to Chicago back in 2002 and since then it has become a world wide message. I really acknowledge this guy for putting the message out. It’s all about spreading the Light. 

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Mindfulness

I went to a meditation retreat this weekend at the Meditation Center of Chicago. The retreat was led my a monk of U.K. decent who has been teaching meditation for 20 years. The Buddhist practice of this meditation was from Thai origin. We were instructed to practice mindfulness in everything we did, even down to each bite of food for lunch. I was really amazed at how present I was while I was eating my lunch. I paid attention to each bite, looking at my fork full of food and appreciating how pretty and colorful it was, and then chewing it slowly and savoring it. I wish I could eat like this for every meal, I thought to myself. I believe that’s why most Americans are over weight and not healthy, it’s because they do t practice mindfulness when they eat. We are mostly asleep and robotic when we eat and do other daily routines. Mindfulness is huge, it’s everything; and mixed with the right intention, it can move mountains.