Spirit – Non-Dual – Awakening – Nature – Community – Life

Talent, Ashland, Medford, Southern Oregon & Beyond

Spirit – Non-Dual – Awakening – Nature – Community – Life

Talent, Ashland, Medford, Southern Oregon & Beyond

Spirit – Non-Dual – Awakening – Nature – Community – Life

Talent, Ashland, Medford, Southern Oregon & Beyond

Spirit – Non-Dual – Awakening – Nature – Community – Life

Talent, Ashland, Medford, Southern Oregon & Beyond

Spirit – Non-Dual – Awakening – Nature – Community – Life

Talent, Ashland, Medford, Southern Oregon & Beyond

Ashland Spirit

Coming – Winter 2019

For the many of us who don’t have a sense of ‘the village’ in our own lives, the very mention of “community” can feel like that oasis of hope that disappears the moment we get close to it. We speak about it yearningly, like a fairy tale we ache to find ourselves in. And its absence has a great presence in our lives.

But instead of always asking, “Where do I belong?”— a question that is based in shortage — consider reversing your definition of the word from a noun to a verb, so that belonging becomes a practice of generosity, as in “I belong to that which I love.” A wise teacher once told me that the greatest spiritual practice he knows is to “discover what you are most missing in your life — and then give that thing away.”

Belong yourself to those who need you. Find the ones, human and other than human, who are drifting to the fringes, who are the least valued or most unexpected to have something to offer; look for those without a voice, and draw them in closer.

Rendered from Belonging: Remembering Home, by Toko-pa Turner

Community

Our longing for community and purpose is so powerful that it can drive us to join groups, relationships, or systems of belief that, to our diminished or divided self, gives the false impression of belonging…

Emptiness

What we call the Self is not a soul-like thing, and not a state, it is the uninterrupted flow of life. We cannot apprehend it with the faculties we use every day, such as impressions, feelings or memory…

Life

It soon becomes clear that we cannot readily save anyone, much less ourselves, from the heart’s response to the pain of this world. If we are to remain open to life and…

Correspondence

Sufi mystics say: There are three ways to relate to the Divine: One is through Prayer, a step up from that is Meditation or Self Abidance, and a step up from that is Sohbet…

Dialogues

We must be willing to be completely ordinary people, which means accepting ourselves as we are without trying to become greater, purer, more spiritual, more insightful. If we can accept our imperfections as they are, quite ordinarily, then we can use them as part of the path…

Quotes

Sufi mystics say: There are three ways to relate to the Divine: One is through Prayer, a step up from that is Meditation or Self Abidance, and a step up from that is Sohbet…

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