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Namaste

While our journey's may be very different, the underlying truth of our Shared Human Experience remains the same.

Perhaps sharing the epiphanies and realizations of my journey also inspire you to realize that underneath it all we are all the same.

Buddhism

  • My Introduction to Buddhism

    After a couple false starts with Buddhism (early attempts were very dry or challenging to understand), Tara Brach was by far my first amazing source of Buddhism learning and information.  Her way of writing was very easy to understand, had a point, drew parallels, and hit home for me in so many ways.  Almost every page I turned lead another epiphany; a deeper understanding of Self, and the trance I'd been under.

    To me, Buddhism represents Mindfulness (loving-awareness) and Compassion (loving-kindness).

    Tara's book Radical Acceptance along with the NVC Feelings and Needs knowledge were my game changing combination.  While Tara walked through the unveiling of the Shared Human Experience, Compassion, The Pause, mindfully Investigating beneath the sensations, etc... NVC completely supported the exercise through its identifying the unmet need behind the thought/feeling... and having easy access to the feelings, needs, and evaluative words lists was instrumental in navigating these previously uncharted waters.

  • Mindfulness... Loving-Awareness

    The completely free and online 8-week Palouse Mindfulness course was my first (unknowing) introduction to Buddhism. Mindfulness helped lay the foundation for self-discovery, being present, identifying/recognizing unhealthy patterns of reaction, and checking those assumptions/reactions for truth.

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Food For Thought

It doesn't matter what you call the source of your abundance.
Call it God, the universe, the source or anything else that appeals to you
--The name is immaterial.
Concentrate instead on its endless blessings, love and bounty.

Jane Struthers, Attracting Abundance

Affirmations

I have come to this planet to learn to love myself more, and to share that love with all those around me. 

Louise Hay, I Can Do It Cards