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    Post  mudra on Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:34 pm

    96 Words for Love

    “Sanskrit has 96 words for love; ancient Persian has 80, Greek three, and English only one. This is indicative of the poverty of awareness or emphasis that we give to that tremendously important realm of feeling. Eskimos have 30 words for snow, because it is a life-and-death matter to them to have exact information about the element they live with so intimately. If we had a vocabulary of 30 words for love ... we would immediately be richer and more intelligent in this human element so close to our heart. An Eskimo probably would die of clumsiness if he had only one word for snow; we are close to dying of loneliness because we have only one word for love. Of all the Western languages, English may be the most lacking when it comes to feeling.” - Robert Johnson, “The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden“


    There are so many ways to experience love.

    The “I love you” I say to my older son, like sweet summer light, is different than the “I love you” that I whisper into my husband’s ear, like a steady river, and different still from the “I love you” I tell my younger son, a redwood grove. The “I love you” that I’ve said to my various cat-friends that have graced my life over the years is different than the “I love you” that I say to my best friends. The “I love you” I say to my brother is different than the “I love you” I say to my mother. This might sound obvious, but it’s important to note that we generally accept and normalize these different shades of love.

    Yet when it comes to our intimate partners, we expect to feel one kind of love in one measurement: namely, “madly in love” without a hint of doubt or uncertainty clouding the pure, ecstatic experience. We exert immense and unrealistic levels of pressure on ourselves — especially during the early stages of a relationship and during an engagement — to feel an exact amount and sentiment of love for our intimate partners. We believe that we can measure love, that there’s a right way to love or an adequate quantity of love that signals that you’ve met the “right” partner and now you’re legitimized to marry.

    Just as our culture propagates one image of physical beauty and one measure of success, so do we absorb one definition of romantic love: namely, a heart-fluttering, ecstatic feeling accompanied by 100 percent certainty that we’ve found “the one.”

    Sadly, and all too often, we hear that an engagement or marriage ends because one person “fell out of love.” What does this mean? I can only assume it means that the butterflies escaped and the “in love” feeling dimmed, causing the one who “fell out of love” to arrive at the conclusion that the relationship must be fundamentally flawed and inevitably over. It’s a false conclusion that too many people jump to, which causes them to walk away from a healthy, loving relationship that may need a little fine-tuning — or, most likely, an adjustment in the way they’re thinking about love.

    Just as there are many ways to have a healthy, fulfilling marriage, so too are many ways to love. In order to widen our perspective on romantic love, it’s helpful to break down the phrase “I love you” so that we start to see its variance. And when you break it down, you see that there are so many ways to love your partner.

    There’s the appreciation you feel when he does something thoughtful and kind, like brush the snow off your car in 20-degree weather or buy your favorite kind of bread.

    There’s the comfort you feel when you come home at the end of a hard day at work and she’s there, waiting for you with a plate of hot food and your favorite TV show cued up.

    There’s the gratitude you feel when she attends the 12th family gathering of the year.

    There’s the warmth you feel when you see him across the room and know that he’s your guy.

    There are the tingles you feel when she kisses you, maybe not every time, but enough to know that a spark still burns between you.

    There’s the trust you feel when you walk through a difficult conflict together and emerge stronger than ever on the other side.

    There’s the awe you feel when you remember how rare it is to find someone who “gets” you and who you “get.”

    There’s the softness you feel when you focus on one physical quality in your partner that melts your heart and brings a smile to your face.

    There’s the joy you feel when you listen to your favorite song together or have a blast on the dance floor.

    There’s the contentment you feel when you read together but separately before going to bed.

    There’s the stability that grows when you nurture the garden of your marriage year after year, enduring challenges and celebrating joys, and always knowing that you support your own and each other’s growth and happiness.

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    Post  mudra on Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:27 am

    Holocaust Remembrance: a father's past revealed, a bond rekindled

    Regina Zorman of Montreal knew little about her dad's tragic past — until she received a Facebook message from a stranger in rural France.

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    The Facebook message from a stranger went unnoticed by Regina Zorman for nearly three months. But the contents, once read, would prove life-changing for the Montreal daughter of a Holocaust survivor.

    “Hello. I contact you because I think you’re the daughter of Max Zorman,” began the note received at 12:53 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2015. “If so, I am the granddaughter of the family that has welcomed your father in France.”

    Regina began to tremble when she finally saw the short missive on April 29, 2015.

    Yes, she was the daughter of Max Zorman, who had passed away 12 years earlier.

    Yes, her father had been in France during the Second World War. He’d last seen his mother there before she had been sent to her death at Auschwitz. He’d been separated from his younger brother there.

    Yes, he’d been in hiding, though she had no idea where or with whom.

    But a family? Who had welcomed him? And who remembered him all these years later?

    The next line was perhaps most astounding of all: “I have letters that he wrote in 1944 and 1960 to my family. My grandmother told me a lot about him and his family.”

    Regina wrote back immediately. And thus began an odyssey of discovery for the 51-year-old Dorval resident that has helped her to piece together the shards of her family’s tragic history, uncover secrets her father took to his grave and rekindle a bond forged during one of history’s darkest moments.
    Regina Zorman sifts through photos along with letters her father wrote to the family that sheltered him, his brother and mother in rural France in 1941-42. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette

    The history of the Holocaust is well documented. There have been inquiries and war crimes trials, government reports and historical analyses. There are museums and memorials devoted to the Nazi state-sponsored genocide of 6 million Jews. And on Jan. 27, the world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    Yet three-quarters of a century later, we are still learning new stories of cruelty, escape, bravery and heroism that have been vaulted away in the memories of those who lived through them.

    Like the children of many Holocaust survivors, who began new lives in cities like Montreal after escaping the horrors of war, Regina knew little about her father’s misery.

    She knew he was born in Mannheim, Germany, in 1927, though his parents were from Poland. Her uncle Herman was born less than two years later, in Antwerp, Belgium. She doesn’t know why they were on the move so much.

    Max was five when he and Herman lost their father in 1932. Life was tough even before the persecution of Jews started, with their widowed mother raising two boys alone. The family was living in Antwerp when the war broke out and somehow ended up in France.

    Regina knew her father last saw his mother, Brendla Fogelgarn, in France before she was deported to Auschwitz. She knew he’d been on the run, hidden on a farm, and spent time at the Château de Montintin, a safe house for orphaned Jewish children run by an underground network. She knew he was separated from Herman, who escaped to Switzerland, and that both ended up in Israel after the war.

    Both brothers eventually resettled in Montreal, Max in 1958 and Herman a few years later. They reunited with uncles and aunts on their mother’s side, relatives they had never met as children, but who had also come to Montreal after losing children, siblings, parents and spouses during the Holocaust.

    These survivors, each of whom bore their own scars, formed a tight-knit circle. Regina and her brother grew up with this silent suffering as the unspoken backdrop of their childhood.

    Regina remembers her father showing them documentaries and films about the Nazis and death camps. But he didn’t say much about his own misfortune, and his children thought better of asking.

    So the message that landed out of the blue, a dozen years after her father’s death and over 70 years after this terrible chapter of history, already provided more details than Regina had ever previously been told. But it was only the beginning.

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    Post  mudra on Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:45 am

    Love and Compassion in an Age of Uncertainty | Sharon Salzberg, Roshi Joan Halifax, Karen May

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    When we wake up to who we truly are, the stillness becomes ever pervading as that of self and nature are unified and whole. We hear only the silence of the heart in which creation comes forth from, to allow our divinity to be expressed unhindered and limitless. Let us sit with the self and remember that from within our presence is the totality of our eternal being. The origin of our very essence of love. Intrinsic and unwavering, alive and all giving.

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    Post  mudra on Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:26 am

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    For when two truly meet
    They first have met the Self
    As they have allowed the journey forth
    To see one as total within their being
    Without the filter of separation
    For they recognize their own divinity
    Within the whole of creation
    The self has come to embody the Self
    As one dances in Eden ever as spring
    Reborn as the eternal child within
    For this is the stage set in motion
    In which true love can be the epic spoken
    As both muse the mirror to manifest
    The art of now becomes the canvas
    For the only real desire
    Is to master the receivership of each other
    And to show up to be the gift to one another
    Sovereign angels of the light
    In service to source always at core
    This is the heart of the creative relationship
    Not to become lost in the beloved
    Yet to rise into kinship with the family
    As stewards of the presence
    Together as One
    Truth be told
    For they have let go of the fairy tale
    And chose to be in real story
    Ever so improv with the moment itself
    This be the love so many seek
    The reason it is never found
    Is because we were looking in the first place
    Just be, and it will find thee

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    Post  mudra on Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:34 pm

    A Zen Master Explains the Art of ‘Letting Go’, And It Isn’t What You Think ~ April 11, 2018

    Thich Naht Hanh, the Zen Buddhist master, has some interesting advice about what it means to truly let go. Many people mistake detachment or non-clinging to be a form of aloofness, or emotional disconnect from others, but as Hanh explains, truly letting go often means loving someone more than you have ever loved them before.

    The Buddha taught that detachment, one of the disciplines on the Noble Path, also called ariyasaavaka, is not a physical act of withdrawal or even a form of austerity. Though the Buddha teaches of a “non-action which is an integral part of the Right Way,” if it is taken out of context it can give the impression that we should develop a lack of concern for others, and that we should live without truly feeling or expressing our emotions – cutting ourselves off from life.

    These type of misinterpretations are sadly common, since there are not always direct translations from the Paali language into English.

    This form of “detachment” is an erroneous understanding of the Buddha’s message. Master Hanh states that to truly let go we must learn to love more completely. Non-attachment only happens when our love for another extends beyond our own personal expectations of gain, or our anticipation of a specific, desired outcome.

    Hanh describes four forms of complete detachment, which surprisingly, aren’t about holing yourself up in a cave and ignoring everyone who has broken your heart, or ignoring your lust or desire for a romantic interest. This is not detachment. Letting go, means diving in. For example:
    Maitri (Not the Love You Know)

    Hanh describes the importance of Maitri, not love as we normally understand in a Westernized use of the word. He states,

    “The first aspect of true love is maitri (metta, in Pali), the intention and capacity to offer joy and happiness. To develop that capacity, we have to practice looking and listening deeply so that we know what to do and what not to do to make others happy. If you offer your beloved something she does not need, that is not maitri. You have to see her real situation or what you offer might bring her unhappiness.”

    In other words, your detachment may come in accepting that certain things you would normally do to make another person feel loved and appreciated may not be what the person you are actively loving now, needs. Instead of forcing that behavior on another person, with an egoic intent to “please” them, you simply detach from that need in yourself, and truly observe what makes another person feel comfortable, safe, and happy.

    Hanh further explains,

    “We have to use language more carefully. “Love” is a beautiful word; we have to restore its meaning. The word “maitri” has roots in the word mitra which means friend. In Buddhism, the primary meaning of love is friendship.”

    Karuna (Compassion)

    The next form of true detachment is compassion. When we let go, we don’t stop offering a compassionate touch, word, or deed to help someone who is in pain. We also don’t expect to take their hurt or pain away. Compassion contains deep concern, though. It is not aloofness It is not isolation from others.

    The Buddha smiles because he understands why pain and suffering exist, and because he also knows how to transform it. You become more deeply involved in life when you become detached form the outcome, but this does not mean you don’t participate fully – even in others’ pain.

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    Post  mudra on Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:13 pm

    Jack Kornfield: The Ancient Heart of Forgiveness

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    The renowned teacher and author shares extraordinary stories of forgiveness--and explains how the next story could be yours.

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    Post  bobhardee on Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:07 pm

    Thank you Mudra.
    This was great video and perfectly timed.

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    Post  mudra on Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:20 pm

    How to Harmonize Heart and Brain - Gregg Braden


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    Post  mudra on Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:18 pm

    LOVE SIMPLY ‘IS’
    -John McIntosh

    Love cannot be ‘taught’ … IT is ‘revealed’ as the Reality of Who You Are. IT does not ‘grow’ … IT is exposed more and more as the clouds of your conditioning dissipate. IT is not ‘earned’ … being an ever-Present existing expression of the ONE – YOU. You do not ‘evolve’ upward toward Love, there is no ‘place’ where Love is not, being boundless.
    In the midst of the deepest darkness – Love ‘is’. The ‘humility’ borne of ‘suffering’ opens the inner knowing and ‘there’ … Love is experienced. In the bent knee of ‘surrender’ … even if not yet absolute, Love is felt.
    There is no evolution of anything Real … only Awareness of Love ‘seems’ to evolve as the chains of ancient beliefs fall away. Where there are ‘no beliefs’ of any kind – Love Simply ‘is’. As the load of your attachments lightens – Love replaces what used to capture your ‘attention’.
    When the Grand dream is exposed as the illusion it is, what you experience ‘if’ you remain ‘in’ it, is Love ‘as’ All That Is. And in the endless-end of timelessness you become Aware that Love ‘is’ Who You Really Are.

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    Post  mudra on Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:22 am

    Poem written by Kim McMillen

    As I began to love myself
    I found that anguish and emotional suffering
    are only warning signs that I was living
    against my own truth.
    Today, I know, this is Authenticity.

    As I began to love myself
    I understood how much it can offend somebody
    if I try to force my desires on this person,
    even though I knew the time was not right
    and the person was not ready for it,
    and even though this person was me.
    Today I call this Respect.

    As I began to love myself
    I stopped craving for a different life,
    and I could see that everything
    that surrounded me
    was inviting me to grow.
    Today I call this Maturity.

    As I began to love myself
    I understood that at any circumstance,
    I am in the right place at the right time,
    and everything happens at the exactly right moment.
    So I could be calm.
    Today I call this Self-Confidence.

    As I began to love myself
    I quit stealing my own time,
    and I stopped designing huge projects
    for the future.
    Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness,
    things I love to do and that make my heart cheer,
    and I do them in my own way
    and in my own rhythm.
    Today I call this Simplicity.

    As I began to love myself
    I freed myself of anything
    that is no good for my health –
    food, people, things, situations,
    and everything that drew me down
    and away from myself.
    At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.
    Today I know it is Love of Oneself.

    As I began to love myself
    I quit trying to always be right,
    and ever since
    I was wrong less of the time.
    Today I discovered that is Modesty.

    As I began to love myself
    I refused to go on living in the past
    and worrying about the future.
    Now, I only live for the moment,
    where everything is happening.
    Today I live each day,
    day by day,
    and I call it Fulfillment.

    As I began to love myself
    I recognized
    that my mind can disturb me
    and it can make me sick.
    But as I connected it to my heart,
    my mind became a valuable ally.
    Today I call this connection Wisdom of the Heart.

    We no longer need to fear arguments,
    confrontations or any kind of problems
    with ourselves or others.
    Even stars collide,
    and out of their crashing, new worlds are born.
    Today I know: This is Life!

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    Post  mudra on Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:03 am

    A poem by Mickey Bergman

    There is love here
    It’s not owned by anyone
    There is no possession possible
    To attempt to do so just blocks the flow
    It’s always available for free
    A well that never runs dry
    Radiating from the sun in infinite supply
    Bursting forth from the earth in all its variety
    We are simply vessels for loves expression
    Our responsibility is to keep the channel open
    Through prayer...through song...through dance...through acts of kindness...through thoughts of gratitude
    Through all the ups and downs of experience
    There is love here
    If we just stop for a moment and tune into the moment
    This love is always what will be found
    Beating as our precious hearts
    A love that births universes through sound
    A silence that swallows everything back into a formless hug

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    Post  mudra on Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:28 am

    How emotions shape your heart

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    Post  mudra on Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:25 pm

    Whenever someone accepts you completely, unconditionally, you begin to change. Acceptance gives you such courage. When there is someone who loves you just as you are, do you notice the miracle of changing happening, how soon it turns into a quick transformation? The very fact that you are loved and accepted just as you are, that nothing is expected from you, it warms you, it animates you, it integrates you, it gives you confidence. It makes you feel that you EXIST. That you don’t have to meet any outside expectations, that you’re true Being is respected and loved.

    Even if you find one single person who respects you completely (because any judgment proves a lack of respect), that accepts you as you are, that doesn’t demand anything of you, that says: “Be yourself. Be authentic. I love you. I love you, not what you do. I love you as you are in the depths of your Being, I don’t care about your outside shell or your clothes. I love your being, not what you have. I’m not worried about what you have, I care about one thing: What you are. And you are extraordinary beautiful!”

    This is LOVE. This is why Love fulfills us so deeply. Love and accept yourself first and know, that whenever you find a woman or a man who simply loves you for no reason, just for the sake of love, that kind of love transforms!

    There is only one way to love people, and that is to love them as they are. Here lays the beauty: that when you love them as they are, they change; not according to your reality - they change according to their own reality. When you love them, they transform. They don’t convert, they transform. They are renewed, they expand, they reach new dimensions of their being. But that happens inside them, according to their own nature.

    Suddenly you become a different person, one that you’ve never been, you remember YOU, you become YOU. Suddenly all the sadness disappears, all difficulties disappear. Your steps will be turned into a dance and your heart will sing the song. 💕

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