Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Living in Gratitude

"Grateful seeing is the ability to look first for what is good and working in our lives without minimizing or denying the hardships or challenges that are also present. Many traditional societies hold the perspective, or worldview, that what has been given to us ultimately ignites growth and strengthens us. Individuals who are viewed as seers in Indigenous societies are highly respected, honored, and valued for their gifts of insight, vision, and grateful seeing. The Maasai of East Africa, for example, call their seers diviners, ones who perceive in the seen and unseen worlds, that which is divine and good. We, too, can learn to be seers- seers of the blessings, learnings, mercies, and protections that are ever present on a daily basis. "

from Living in Gratitude
Angeles Arrien (1940-April 24th, 2014) 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Eternal Consciousness

Our real self, the soul, is immortal. We may sleep for a little while in that change called death, but we can never be destroyed. We exist, and that existence is eternal. The wave comes to shore, and then goes back to sea; it is not lost. It becomes one with the ocean, or returns again in the form of another wave. The body has come and it will vanish; but the soul essence within it will never cease to exist. Nothing can terminate the eternal consciousness.

Paramahansa Yogananda