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

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

Talent, Ashland, Medford, Southern Oregon & Beyond

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

This website is a contribution towards new possibilities of human relationship and community.

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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…

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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…

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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 capable of engaging with our world…

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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…

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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…

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Quotes

All are tending to one and the same goal, at least all aspire to the same goal, from the wise man to the lowest murderer, but only by different ways. It is an old truth, but there is this new in it…

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People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
~Carl Jung~
“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke~
“There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.”
~C. JoyBell C.~
“What you truly have to give will not be born in the desperation to save the world but in the relinquishing of it.”
~Jeannie Zandi~
“Paradoxically, it is in your capitulation to the mystery that mastery is cultivated.”
~Toko-pa Turner~
“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.”
~Walt Whitman~
“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”
~Anais Nin~
“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”
~Mary Oliver~
“I don’t want a spiritual awakening. I’d rather have an instinctual remembering. I don’t want to spend my time on earth trying to transcend the fact that I’m here. I’d rather spend my time being more fully in relationship to the here and now.”
~Emily Athena Abrahams~
“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time – waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God – it changes me.”
~C. S. Lewis~
“Waking up is a continuing process. No one wakes up once and for all. There is no limit to wakefulness, just as there is no limit to aliveness….The surprise within the surprise of every new discovery is that there is ever more to be discovered.”
~Brother David Steindl-Rast~
“But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, and loved the sorrows of your changing face.”
~W.B.Yeats~
“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”
~Marcel Proust~
“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.”
~Herman Hesse~
“…believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke~
“The moment a woman comes home to herself, the moment she knows that she has become a person of influence, an artist of her life, a sculptor of her universe, a person with rights and responsibilities who is respected and recognized, the resurrection of the world begins.”
~Joan Chittister~
“Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul? “
~John Keats~
“Commitment isn’t simply promising to not leave someone or something. It’s to do the opposite of leaving. The word’s Latin roots mean to send forth fully. Commitment isn’t about sticking with something. It’s about moving towards it with your entire being.”
~David Burns~
“The Mother of the Universe refuses to let me worship her outside myself anymore. She has withdrawn inside me and tells me if I want to know her I have to come inside, too, which is the last place I want to be. Although she’s been telling me for years, she’s never gone to this extreme before – of actually hiding inside me. If I want to love her, I can only do it by loving myself now.”
~Cassia Berman~
“The practice above all practices is to relinquish the immature desire to be taken care of in false belonging and to parent our own originality. Again and again, our dreams demand leadership from us, calling our life’s vision forward into the world, step by tenderbrave step.”
~Toko-pa Turner~
“You must be clear about the nature of your desire. Do not let second-hand information influence you. There is only love and in this love the man and woman sometimes appear. “
~Jean Klein~
“Between pure Awareness and Awareness reflected as consciousness there is a gap which the mind cannot cross. The reflection of the sun in a drop of dew is not the sun itself.”
~JRamesh Balsekar~

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