Monday, November 16, 2015

Paris - What Can I Do? --by Gary Zukav

The first thing you can do is look inside yourself. Look at the emotions you feel. Were you shocked, overwhelmed, angered, righteous, grieved, humiliated, or despondent when you heard the news? Did you feel superior to the suicide bombers? Did you judge them contemptible? Did you want to go to war with them? Are you already at war with them in your mind? Did you want to eliminate them so that you can be safe again at home with your beliefs and those who share them?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Three Months Around the World ... With Two Kids Under Five --by Shanna Singh Hughey

NOTE TO OUR FOLLOWERS:  I used to work with one of the world travelers in this series, Derek Hughey, who married seven years ago and then amazed everyone when he left work for one full year to travel the world with his new wife, Shanna!  You can read about that first trip here, and it's well worth reading!  NOW, they are traveling the world for 3 months -- with their young children!  Their experiences are regularly documented here. This is well worth following, and we hope you will!  You can also follow on Twitter.  We hope you enjoy this travel blog as much as we do!  The latest post regarding their experiences in Bhutan is not to be missed. Enjoy! Perhaps when they return we can convince them to give a talk at one of our meditation sits about their experiences! --ACOF Admin. 

In the narrow lanes of Bangkok’s ICP Flower Market

From their Blog, One Family on Earth: "It’s really happening.  We’re about to hit pause on our 'real lives' and once again depart for places unknown.  It doesn’t feel quite real—we’ve been daydreaming about this trip for so long it almost feels like a figment of our imagination—but it must be. 

There’s no other explanation for the packing lists and suitcases strewn wildly around the house. In six days (and counting!), our family will leave behind our beloved home in Nashville, our family and friends, our pre-schools and my job. 

We’ll miss the lives we love, but we know this will be the trip of a lifetime. And the thing is, Derek and I already TOOK the trip of a lifetime.  We traveled the world for a year on our honeymoon, and we kept a record of our trip at One Year on Earth.  Now that we’ve added two young children to the mix, we know we’re in for an entirely different sort of adventure.  And we can’t wait."

#oneyearonearth - #onefamilyonearth

Monday, October 26, 2015

PROGRAM-NASHVILLE, TN - How to Re-Program Your Brain for Happiness --by Pablo Bodini

In this workshop, we will explore the relationships between the conscious and the subconscious as well as concepts including ego, emotions, belief systems and how your brain is programmed to deal with everyday circumstances in life. We will then discuss a method to rewire your brain so instead of reacting to events that take us out of balance we instead respond making our life more peaceful and therefore, happier. The workshop will include an interactive exercise where we will practice the method with volunteering participants.

Moderator: Pablo Bodini

Cost to Attend: $25

To reserve a seat, please call Cosmic Connections at (615) 463-7677. Questions regarding the workshop may be sent to

Pablo Bodini is a professional who is currently the host of a spiritual group with more than five hundred members. He is an active host and member of several meditation groups.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Billy Bob Thornton Says We've Lost Our Sense Of Wonder. Here's How To Get It Back --by Lisa Capretto

Originally Posted HERE

"We need to slow down, take the good parts of the old days, leave the bad parts behind, and start to live moment-to-moment again."

When Billy Bob Thornton's daughter Bella was 8 years old, she was doing something that too many kids that age don't do: reading books. Real, page-turning, front-and-back-cover books -- not the electronic versions that come on tablets and e-readers.

In a modern society with all its technological advances, this type of return-to-basics has become more and more of a rarity, says Thornton. For as much as technology has helped people be more connected than ever, it can also take away from true human connection and our underlying sense of wonder, the actor explains to "Oprah's Master Class: Belief Special." 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Lenny Kravitz's Childhood Encounter With 'The Presence Of God' --by Lisa Capretto

Lenny Kravitz
"We were both crying because whatever this presence was, was so overwhelming that it just hit you in your spirit."

When he was a boy living in Los Angeles, Lenny Kravitz was a member of the prestigious California Boys Choir, then rated one of the best boys' choirs in the world. While this experience certainly provided a young Kravitz with an incredible outlet for flexing his musical muscle, that's not all it offered the future Grammy winner. It also left him with a memorable encounter involving what he believes to be "the presence of God."

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Your Emotions and PTSD; Identify Your Emotions So You Can Respond in a Healthier Way –by By Matthew Tull, PhD, Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) Expert

>>Originally Posted HERE

PTSD diagnosis can have a major impact on your emotions. People with PTSD may experience very strong feelings of anxiety, sadness, anger, guilt, and/or shame (to name just a few). In addition, when all these feelings occur close in time to one another, it can be very difficult to decipher exactly what you are feeling. Not knowing what you are feeling is connected with a number of negative consequences.

By not knowing what you are feeling, your emotions may feel very unpredictable and out-of-control. As a result, you might find it difficult to effectively manage your emotions. When this happens, people often tend to rely on more unhealthy ways of managing emotions, such as avoidance and self-medication through the use of drugs and alcohol.

Balancing Negative Emotions --by Eckhart Tolle

What is a negative emotion? It is an emotion that is toxic to the body and interferes with its balance and harmonious functioning. Fear, anxiety, anger, bearing a grudge, sadness, hatred or intense dislike, jealousy, envy—all disrupt the energy flow through the body, affect the heart, the immune system, digestion, production of hormones, and so on.