A Yogi’s Welcome

Please allow your stories to be left at the door with your shoes. You may pick them up if you really want them on your way back out. They are not required to enter here. Kiss your ego and allow it to be still. As you achieve your comfortable seated posture and consciously take in your next breath, Also take in this assurance… There is no need to achieve anything here… There is no need to...

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Writin’ Her Own Bible Now

Auspicious it was The day she arrived She pawed at the earth Eyes glistened She cried Dived in headlong With Valkyrie song I’m takin’ on life Here and now! Sunday School Pummeled her with Chapter and Verse Some a little weird Some perverse She cried “It’s Eve who got shafted!!” Teeth clenched to smile Head turned to mutter… “I oughta be writin’ My Own Bible Now” — Her...

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Living the Questions – Round 4 – The Shadow

What pushes my buttons? Where do the majority of my fears  come from? If I had to confess my worst ‘sin’ what would I say? What does my ‘shadow’ look like, feel like? Do I want to change it?  – How? Why? What have I learned most when my shadow gets...

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Who is the author ?

Sari-tree by Linaji Who is the author…..really? of… Thoughts Expression Words Chords Brushstroke Who are they and who can claim them? Buddha, Mohamed, Jesus, Babaji ? Rumi, Kabir, Hildegaard, Lao Tzu, Mira, Beethoven, Mozart, Michaelangelo, Picasso, Krishnamurti, Ramana, Campbell… ? …and their disciples and their disciples and… They speak, write, compose, and sing from the...

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Questions – Vol 2 – Inspiration

Well loyal “Living the Question”  readers Time for round 2 of some salient questions to get the gray matter churning….. 1. What inspires you? 2.  Who has inspired  you?  Who has been your ‘guru’, or teacher that has made a marked influence on your life? 3.  Do you give yourself time to inspire yourself?   What does/would that look like? 4.  How do you...

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Questions – Round 1

Photo by Lefty Kasdaglis on Unsplash Our weekly offering ‘Living the Question’ has for almost a decade now collected  verse, poetry, prose, lyrics, video and audio  from varied sources. These offerings could be categorized or defined into items like, “answers” “inspirations”,”observations” or “ah-ha’s”. Perhaps it’s time to...

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Aren’t we all on a Vision quest – right now?

How often do we see in  spiritual journeys the example of the monk, who has retreated into the small cave, high in the Himalayas where no one would dream of going;  sustaining him/herself  on just the most meager bits of sustenance,  battling his/her demons in an effort to become ‘more’ of what?, attain what? Or perhaps  to answer the “big” questions. Who am?  Why am I...

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What happened…On The Day Before You Came?

On the day before you came You sat with  Universe and had tea— “Is there anything you need of me this time ‘round ?”  you asked. Universe smiled – and sipped the tea “Perhaps-” you continued, “You need a great leader to help the people break their chains of bondage” Maybe a wise sage – or a healer!” I can do that!” “Hmmm…” was all  Universe could reply. “Or...

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A Song for the Search

…And the song rang out ‘midst the silence of the lodge I have sat in the pews of hundreds of churches Praised your name-Praised your name I have greeted Mecca more times than I can remember I have sat in the Zen-do with Buddha And you came you came So many sutras I’ve sung And posed ten thousand asana You were there Before I channeled the avatar- You counseled, “I am with you...

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Le Guru

Question: How is one to decide upon a proper Guru? What is the swarupa [nature or real form] of a Guru? Ramana Maharshi: He is the proper Guru to whom your mind is attuned. If you ask, `How to decide who is the Guru and what is his swarupa?’, he should be endowed with tranquility, patience, forgiveness and other virtues; he should be capable of attracting others even with his eyes just as a...

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