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Living In The Landscape Of Enthusiasm

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
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In a recent newsletter from Clarity International by Gary and Cathy Hawk a comment grabbed by attention, “When does anxiety seem to have more power over enthusiasm?” I pondered that question because my friends describe me as a normally enthusiastic person, easily excited by life. And, for the most part,…

Looking At Our Habits Of Mind

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
Tulku Thondup Rinpoche
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Recently I was struck by the words of Tulku Thondup Rinpoche in an interview from the New Dimensions’ archive. He said that the only thing we take with us when we die are our habits of mind. I’ve heard this before, in fact I’ve heard it from various masters for…

What Is The Color Of Your Palette

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
Alan Clements
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Alan Clements speaking with Michael Toms about the quote from St. Frances of Assisi, “There are beautiful and wild forms within us.” Heard on program #3433 “The World Dharma of Freedom and Non-Violence.” Clements: It is interesting you bring that quote up. I learned meditation by seeing the beauty in…

No Longer A Time For Isolation

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 1 minute
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Almost every day I hear from a friend who’s feeling overwhelmed by the pace at which life is coming at them. So many of us are struggling to find ways to avoid becoming overwhelmed by the immensity of what is required to keep our emotional and physical bodies above water.…

A Most Gentle Passing

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
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Denys Cope, author of Dying: A Natural Passage, has said, “My dream is that everyone be able to find the support that allows the fear of dying to be replaced by a richer, more positive experience which embraces the gifts that are available during this extraordinary time.” I’m struck by…

Cave Mantra For 2012

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
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As many of you know, I participate in several “friends of the heart” circles.  I have my women’s circle that has been meeting for almost 30 years and my circle of men and women who have been meeting for nearly as long.  I’m one of 23 conveners of the Millionth Circle which has just…

Learning to Receive

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
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One of the hardest lessons I've had to learn is to accept and ask for help. I've had a lifetime to prefect self-sufficiency and going it alone. Care taking others, figuring out systems for them, and taking on tasks to ease their way, is a piece of cake for me.…

Sticks and Stones

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
international womens day
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This year I celebrated International Women’s Day with several friends by attending “Women and the World,” a performance art event, that benefited the Center for Domestic Peace, of Marin Abused Women’s Services. The benefit was sponsored in collaboration with the United Nations Association’s San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma chapters. The evening…

Cutting One Another Some Slack

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
General
Imagine you are asked to watch a short video in which six people-three in white shirts and three in black shirts-pass basketballs around. While you watch, you must keep a silent count of the number of passes made by the people in white shirts. At some point, a gorilla strolls…
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