Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Andrew Cohen: Eckhart, what is your life like? I’ve heard that you’re a bit of a recluse and that you spend a lot of time in solitude. Is that true?
Eckhart Tolle: That was true in the past, before my book The Power of Now came out. For many years I was a recluse. But since the publication of the book, my life has changed dramatically. I’m now very much involved in teaching and traveling. And people who knew me before say, “This is amazing. You used to be a hermit and now you are out in the world.” Yet I still feel that inside nothing has changed. I still feel exactly the same as before. There is still a continuous sense of peace, and I am surrendered to the fact that on an external level there’s been a total change. So it’s actually not true anymore that I am a hermit. Now I’m the opposite of a hermit. This may well be a cycle. It may well be that at some point this will come to an end and I will become a hermit again. But at the moment, I am surrendered to the fact that I’m almost continuously interacting. I do occasionally take time to be alone. That is necessary in between teaching engagements.
Cohen: Why is it that you need to take time to be alone, and what is it that happens when you take the time to be alone?
Tolle: When I’m with people, I’m a spiritual teacher. That’s the function, but it’s not my identity. The moment I’m alone, my deepest joy is to be nobody, to relinquish the function of a teacher. It’s a temporary function. Let’s say I’m seeing a group of people. The moment they leave me, I’m no longer a spiritual teacher. There’s no longer any sense of external identity. I simply go into the stillness more deeply. The place that I love most is the stillness. It’s not that the stillness is lost when I talk or when I teach because the words arise out of the stillness. But when people leave me, there is only the stillness left. And I love that so much.
Read the rest of the article in EnlightenNext Magazine here.
Listen to the complete Eckhart Tolle interview online here. Be sure to note the 15 day free membership trial. COF believes this free trial should allow you to listen. In any event, there is a short free clip.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
This coming Tuesday, April 28, we will meet in the Radnor Lake parking lot for walking meditation. We will begin promptly at 5:30.
If you arrive late, please catch up with us in the park. There are two entrances to the park. We will meet on the Granny White Market side. You can find directions here.
It is still pretty cool out at the park, so plan to bring a light jacket. Oh, and if Tanya is able to attend, wheelchair pushing volunteers are needed!
You may enjoy reading a summary of last year's walking meditation written by Tanya. Keep in mind that one never knows when they may have the opportunity to view the rare deer stick! Good memories to Marjie on that one! See you Tuesday!
Walking Meditation at Radnor Lake Last Night. Rare Deer Stick Sighting!
Wed May 14, 2008
Good morning everyone,
Several of us gathered for walking meditation at Radnor Lake last night. It was good to see some folks we don't get to see all the time, as well as a new friend, Hunter!
We began with a short meditation and then entered the woods. The weather was perfect for such a walk and we were very surprised that the park was mostly all ours! Hardly anyone was there but us, and so our walk was able to be even deeper than usual.
We walked quietly, enjoying the sights and sounds, and leaving our weary office experiences of the day behind us. We were totally absorbed in the sights and sounds. Also, we got to notice a lot of things others might not ... simply because we were silent. There is something about that collective, group silence that is very healing.
On our way back around the lake, Marjie excitedly motioned to us because she had spotted something across the lake. We all gathered together and peered intently where she was pointing. We looked for a long time at a deer drinking from the lake. What a sight to behold! We stood there smiling for a while when, lo and behold, we realized that this great beast had not moved in quite some time. It was then that we realized we'd been gifted with a rare treat - an actual deer stick sighting! (LOL) We enjoyed that realization immensely.
Further around the lake, we actually saw several deer, thanks to Virginia's eagle-eye, that were deer of the typical sort, meaning they moved and were alive -- not quite as exciting as the first sighting of the deer stick, but exciting nevertheless. Speaking of Virginia's eagle-eye - we also were gifted with a sighting of an Eagle. Now that was really exciting. Marjie spotted that one, too! And, it even moved!
After we made our way back to the entrance and parking lot, we gathered in a circle, held hands, and enjoyed singing together "Dear Friends." Marjie and Dani, being the talented musicians they are, made it into a round, complete with harmonies. Very beautiful.
We talked about how there is a whole world out there that doesn't involve phones, computers, and office stress. A whole culture called Nature. I hope you will take some time to notice that :)
Look for "Cloud Meditation" soon at Centennial Park. We will bring blankets, lie on our backs, and notice the clouds quietly together (just like children used to do before Game Boys [or whatever they gaze into now - I am probably out of touch / out of date on the Game Boy reference].
I hope you can join us the next time. In the meantime, have a happy day and look forward to your own deer stick sighting - It can happen! Tanya
Monday, April 20, 2009
Spiritual partnerships are not exclusively for couples in marriage or relationships; they can be created in families, between friends, in the workplace, on sports teams, at school – anywhere two or more individuals decide to create a relationship as equals in order to grow spiritually. For example, among co-workers, even if one is the boss, another is the manager, and others are hourly employees, the commitment of each is to his or her own spiritual growth, although co-workers of different job levels have different responsibilities in the workplace. Their intention to grow spiritually with every interaction rather than blame or judge each other when reactions occur becomes the defining point of their relationship.
- Focus on what I can learn about myself all the time, especially from my reactions (such as anger, fear, jealousy, resentment, and impatience) instead of judging or blaming others or myself.
- Notice my emotions (by feeling the physical sensations in my energy centers).
- Notice my thoughts (such as planning my reply, judging, analyzing, comparing, day-dreaming, etc.)
- Notice my intention (such as blaming, judging, needing to be right, wanting admiration, escaping into thoughts (intellectualizing), trying to convince, etc.)
COURAGE –STRETCHING MYSELF BEYOND THE LIMITED PERSPECTIVES OF THE FRIGHTENED PARTS OF MY PERSONALITY.
- Take responsibility for my feelings, experiences, and actions (no blaming).
- Practice integrity at all times (often requires action, such as speaking when frightened parts of my personality don’t want to speak and not speaking when they feel compelled to speak).
- Say or do what is most difficult (sharing what I notice, if appropriate, when someone speaks or acts from a frightened part of her personality; sharing about myself what I am frightened to say and know that I need to say.)
COMPASSION –SEEING MYSELF AND OTHERS AS SOULS WHO SOMETIMES HAVE FRIGHTENED PARTS OF THEIR PERSONALITIES ACTIVE.
- Change my perspective from fearful to loving (choose to see myself and others in a loving or appreciative way).
- Release any distance I feel from anyone.
- Be present while others are speaking (not preparing replies, judging, etc.)
COMMUNICATION AND ACTION –STRIVING TO MAKE ALL MY INTERACTIONS CONSCIOUS AND LOVING.
- Consult my intuition.
- Choose my intention before I speak or act.
- Act from the healthiest part of my personality that I can find (rather than caretaking, fixing, teaching, judging, blaming, gossiping, etc.)
- Speak personally and specifically rather than generally and abstractly (use “I” statements rather than “we” or “you” statements).
- Release attachment to the outcome (trust the Universe). If I find myself attached, begin again with Commitment, Courage, Compassion.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The Sangha River is a community of friends who practice the way of harmony, awareness, and compassion. In the sangha we practice mindful walking and breathing. The sangha radiates a collective energy that can support us and make us strong. The sangha is a boat that transports us and prevents us from sinking into the ocean of suffering. This is why it is so important that we take refuge in the sangha. Allow your community to hold you, to transport you. When you do, you will feel more solid and stable and will not risk drowning in your suffering. Taking refuge in a sangha is not a matter of belief. "I take refuge in the Sangha" is not a statement of faith; it is a practice. As a river, all the individual drops of water arrive together at the ocean."
Friday, April 10, 2009
"In March of 1621, in what is now southeastern Massachusetts, Massasoit, the leading sachem of the Wampanoag, sat down to negotiate with a ragged group of English colonists. Hungry, dirty, and sick, the pale-skinned foreigners were struggling to stay alive; they were in desperate need of Native help. Massasoit faced problems of his own. His people had lately been decimated by unexplained sickness, leaving them vulnerable to the rival Narragansett to the west. The Wampanoag sachem calculated that a tactical alliance with the foreigners would provide a way to protect his people and hold his Native enemies at bay. He agreed to give the English the help they needed. A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English colonists and a confederation of New England Indians, the wisdom of Massasoit’s diplomatic gamble seemed less clear. Five decades of English immigration, mistreatment, lethal epidemics, and widespread environmental degradation had brought the Indians and their way of life to the brink of disaster. Led by Metacom, Massasoit’s son, the Wampanoag and their Native allies fought back against the English, nearly pushing them into the sea."
"The Cherokee would call it Nu-No-Du-Na-Tlo-Hi-Lu, 'The Trail Where They Cried.' On May 26, 1838, federal troops forced thousands of Cherokee from their homes in the Southeastern United States, driving them toward Indian Territory in Eastern Oklahoma. More than 4,000 died of disease and starvation along the way. For years the Cherokee had resisted removal from their land in every way they knew. Convinced that white America rejected Native Americans because they were “savages,” Cherokee leaders established a republic with a European-style legislature and legal system. Many Cherokee became Christian and adopted westernized education for their children. Their visionary principal chief, John Ross, would even take the Cherokee case to the Supreme Court, where he won a crucial recognition of tribal sovereignty that still resonates. Though in the end the Cherokee embrace of “civilization” and their landmark legal victory proved no match for white land hunger and military power, the Cherokee people were able, with characteristic ingenuity, to build a new life in Oklahoma, far from the land that had sustained them for generations."
"In February of 1909, the indomitable Chiricahua Apache medicine man Geronimo lay on his deathbed. He summoned his nephew to his side, whispering, “I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive.” It was an admission of regret from a man whose insistent pursuit of military resistance in the face of overwhelming odds confounded not only his Mexican and American enemies, but many of his fellow Apaches as well. Born around 1820, Geronimo grew into a leading warrior and healer. But after his tribe was relocated to an Arizona reservation in 1872, he became a focus of the fury of terrified white settlers, and of the growing tensions that divided Apaches struggling to survive under almost unendurable pressures. To angry whites, Geronimo became the archfiend, perpetrator of unspeakable savage cruelties. To his supporters, he remained the embodiment of proud resistance, the upholder of the old Chiricahua ways. To other Apaches, especially those who had come to see the white man’s path as the only viable road, Geronimo was a stubborn troublemaker, unbalanced by his unquenchable thirst for vengeance, whose actions needlessly brought the enemy’s wrath down on his own people. At a time when surrender to the reservation and acceptance of the white man’s civilization seemed to be the Indians’ only realistic options, Geronimo and his tiny band of Chiricahuas fought on. The final holdouts, they became the last Native American fighting force to capitulate formally to the government of the United States."
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Everyone is awakened, soothed, nurtured, and revitalized by the Spring, but how often does your Spring come? If you are a prisoner of the calendar or astronomy it comes once a year. If you are creating authentic power it comes again and again, sometimes more than once a month; sometimes more than once a week; and often more than once a day. It comes when you recognize a frightened part of your personality for what it is – an aspect of your personality that you were born to challenge and heal. It is the freedom of realizing that your painful experiences of anger, jealousy, resentment and more are not part of the unchangeable ground of your being (“Who I am”) but signals drawing your attention to what you need to change – and can change – in yourself in order to move into your full potential.
Creating authentic power is a continual Spring Cleaning. Painful emotional experiences reveal to you again and again all that prevents you from creating the life of harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life that you long to create so that you can be rid of those painful experiences at last. What looked attractive or worth keeping in the Winter appears unnecessary in the Spring. What anger, jealousy, or resentment now looks unattractive to you? What out-of-control behaviors, such as over eating, gambling, shopping, searching for sex or watching pornography are candidates for disposal? Disposing of them is not easy, but the more you do the more you are free to create the life that is calling to you – a life of more joy and less pain, more freedom and less captivity, more love and less fear – and to give the gifts that you were born to give.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
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Our Subscription Service offers you fresh, local produce and flowers grown without chemicals. We send out weekly emails with our available produce, and you can place your order online at our website. You only order what you like, in the amounts that suit your needs, and you are not obligated to order every week. You can pick up your order Wednesday afternoon or Saturday morning at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Green Hills. We ask for a $50.00 deposit, which acts as credit for your account.
When you buy from Fresh Harvest, you are buying directly from the farmers who grew your food. Everything is picked to order, meaning that that your food comes right from our fields to your table! Your food is fresher, healthier, and better tasting than anything you can get in a store, and you are supporting local, sustainable agriculture.
Please visit our website to read more about us and see pictures of our farms. Please sign up for an account with us at www.freshharvest.locallygrown.net and start receiving our weekly emails! We are now taking deposits for the 2009 growing season. You can send deposits to
3514 Gray Ln.
Thompson Station, TN 37179
Thanks for you support, and we look forward to seeing you in the spring!
John Drury, Drury Family Farm
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