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Building a Bridge to the Soul

Living a soul-inspired life is not easy. The tasks of everyday living can create conflict and demands that distract us from the subtle whispers of spirit. Inherent in our humanity is a gulf between our personality nature and our highest potential of being in the world. Through intention and effort we can build a bridge to the soul, enabling us to live a life more divinely inspired. There are three regular practices that facilitate the building of your soul bridge (understood in Sanskrit as the Antahkarana). These three are Meditation (Thought), Study (Word), and Service (Action).

Thought

The soul speaks in whispers and is most readily heard in the silence between thoughts. Learning to quiet the busy ‘monkey mind’ is an essential step to enable the voice of the soul to be heard. A regular meditative practice is essential to learning to quiet and steady the mind so that it can be receptive to the voice of the soul. Explore our meditation tools.

Word

Training the higher (abstract) mind supports developing soul consciousness. The soul expresses through our intuition – often in symbols and abstract thought. Learning to discern between intuition and personality is necessary to building the bridge to the soul. Our quality spiritual education tools are designed to foster your higher mind.

Action

What we do matters. Soulful action (service) is any action taken as a result of prompting by the soul. Service can be as small as a soul-impulsed kind word to a stranger or as immense as dedicating your entire life energy and resources to soulful work in the world. Small acts of service are training. We’ll give you ideas – practice them often.

“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it empowers us to develop courage. To trust that courage and build bridges with it. And to trust those bridges and cross over them so that we can attempt to reach each other.”
Maya Angelou
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
Marianne Williamson

St. Francis
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Mindfulness And The Power Of Appreciation

My reflections have uncovered a simple truth: To experience and feel appreciation, to show appreciation, to appreciate, requires the simple prerequisite of Mindfulness. And further, Appreciation is Power. Why don’t we experience the Powerfulness of Appreciation more often in our lives? Before we value anything, the fact that we value anything at all, is because we have first seen it and registered its value. Take our appreciation of a great work of art, for example, a beautiful piece of jewellery or furniture, or a Ming Dynasty vase. And yet we also know the experience of walking through a magnificent museum, past artefacts and exhibitions of great beauty and history, and yet, perhaps in a glaze and a daze, maybe with two or three toddlers in tow. We haven’t seen a thing.

By | May 29th, 2017|Categories: Mindfulness, Walking the Path - Pilgrimage|Tags: , |0 Comments

Summer Storm

The forest has a wild abundance of life and possibility. It holds all emotions: peace and joy and fear. The unknown and the unknowable are here. There is an intersection of the visible and invisible. I see the trees and know that I am only encountering a small part of the Being that is the tree. When you look at the forest, the forest looks back at you. The woods teem with animals, yet they are elusive and hidden. I know that bears, cougars, and wolves all live in this realm. Although we do not encounter them face to face, we can sense them on the periphery of our vision, dancing in the shadows. The soul is like that, shy and elusive, camouflaged by our roles and responsibilities. The forest beckons hidden aspects of our Being to come forward, offering us a glimpse of an unrealized truth, opening our hearts to a new understanding of ourselves.

By | May 26th, 2017|Categories: Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Being Present: A ‘How – To’ Guide For Finding Refuge and Delight

The reality of life is that there are so many things to do, choices to make, problems to solve. Add to that the endless shiny objects that entertain and pull at my attention. It’s easy to forget about the refuge, the calm and the simple delights of the present moment. It comes down to how much control I decide to exert over where I put my attention.