July-August 2016

EPIC_JA_2016_COVERBetter indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice.
Better than knowledge is meditation.
But better still is surrender in love,
Because there follows immediate peace.
– From the Bhagavad Gita

As I write this issue’s note, it is a mere few days after the horrific massacre in Orlando Florida. Pundits spin and spew in an attempt to sway our minds and keep us in the muck and mire of fear, anxiety and dread. But what is in your heart? Not your conditioned judgments and opinions, not your habitual responses programmed by past experiences that exist only as ghosts in your memory banks, not the beliefs of your surface mind that were spoon fed to you by family and society. If you are still, what is in your heart at this moment?

Our heart space is the space within us inhabited by the Holy Spirit (or however you wish to name the unnameable). The darkness that exists within the minds of men and women is a darkness of our own making born from our belief that we could ever be separate from the One Divine Presence. It was not placed there by the Holiest of Holies, but emerges from a mind that surveys external circumstances and beholds inequities. Inequity presumes there is an “other”; giving rise to the projection of fear, anger, blame and hate.

I am not saying we should deny our initial, visceral response nor should we suppress our emotions. But let us take them for what they are: responses to our thoughts, that if met fully in the present moment with no resistance, dissipate naturally.

No matter how stunned we are by the daily acts of violence perpetrated on humans by humans, now is the time to strengthen our resolve knowing that a world where all humans, regardless of sexual orientation, skin color, gender, or any other label, are not just accepted but celebrated for the diversity of gifts instilled by the One Divine Presence, is not only possible, but is becoming our reality. Breathe. Go into your heart. What is there right now? If it is anything less than peace, feel what arises, observe with curiosity and without attachment to mind’s usual machinations. Remember: There is no other.

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In this issue:

  • Consciously Creating Karma
  • Food Waste Matters
  • The Medicine of Forgiveness
  • A New Awakening
  • Spirit Having a Human Experience

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