WESTERN MYSTICS: Mary Oliver as nature mystic

A wonderful page with all sorts of goodies about Mary Oliver – thanks to Bob O’Hearn.

https://westernmystics.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/mary-oliver/

SEE ALSO – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Oliver

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MINDFULNESS for children – Susan Kaiser Greenland video

In teaching children mindfulness Susan Kaiser Greenland means by ABC – Attention, Balance and Compassion.

Mindfulness is taught via the Inner Kids program that teaches children eight strategies or life skills.

The first three strategies develop;

Attention (Stopping, Quieting, Focusing), the next two develop;

Balance (Choosing, Seeing) and the last three develop

Compassion (Reframing, Caring and Connecting).

Founder of the Inner Kids program, Susan Kaiser Greenland adapted adult meditation practices for kids, seeing a marked improvement in their capacity to focus, calm themselves, and manage stress. She is also the author of The Mindful Child.

Susan shares her insights on how children can learn practical skills to live more balanced, joyful lives. Her approach for teaching mindfulness to kids involves research-based techniques and playful activities.

SEE http://www.susankaisergreenland.com/

https://ucsdcfm.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/an-introduction-to-mindfulness-for-teachers-and-their-students/

Eckhart Tolle – new insights about him?

Some very interesting information about Eckhart Tolle.

http://forum.culteducation.com/read.php?12,73107,83297

I don’t think it changes the high esteem in which I hold him.

I still want to know about where the money goes and about those who manage his operation.

NB Some of the ‘cult watchers’ seem willing to rubbish anything and anyone – this would probably include saints and prophets!

‘The Light of Discovery’ – Essays and articles that affirm the power of being present now – By Toni Packer

‘The Light of Discovery’ – Essays and articles that affirm the power of being present now – By Toni Packer

“To really be with the raw stuff of this moment doesn’t need identification or labeling. We don’t need to know it. Just being has nothing to do with expectation. It has nothing to do with a goal. Having a goal is already moving away. From what? What are we moving away from? We think we can’t bear it — the boredom, the depression, the pain. We feel it’s too awful, too difficult. It’s not the ‘spiritual work’ we imagine. But these are all thoughts, feelings, labels. What is the real thing — this instant of not expecting anything!”

So writes Toni Packer, a former Zen teacher who now teaches and runs retreats at Springwater Center in Springwater, New York. She is the author of ‘The Work of This Moment’ and ‘The Wonder of Presence’ and ‘the Way of Meditative Inquiry’……..

It takes practice to listen and look carefully at what is going on in and around us. The brain is constantly active creating associations, feelings, reactions, judgments, and impulses. Packer shows the many ways we try to escape from the present moment through goals, expectations, competition, effort, old tapes, the stories we tell, comparisons, and remedies for improvement.

In an essay titled “The Quest for Enlightenment,” Packer reveals how even a good thing can be covered over with the ego, labeling, and craving an experience.

She ends with the admission:

“It’s such a relief to realize that we don’t have to be anything.”

In “Helping Others,” the author affirms the power of truly being present with other human beings in tough times without an agenda or wanting or resisting anything.

Source of full review – http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/book-reviews/view/16690/the-light-of-discovery

PRESENCE – from the ‘The Light of Discovery’ – By Toni Packer

Toni Packard on being present even if it’s unremarkable.

Nothing Spectacular

“There is the wind, the sound of rustling leaves, the brightness of the room, the breathing, the color of the wooden floor, the hands resting, the heart beating. There is saliva gathering in the mouth, and the swallowing of it. What’s so hard about being in touch with what is real, with what is actually here this moment, unspectacular though it may be?

“Is this one of our problems? That to be in touch with reality we expect something spectacular, something out of the ordinary? So we fail to be with our feet on the most ordinary of grounds, a soggy path or a wooden floor, a rug.

“Last night in the meeting room there was a lamp on the table, and just beneath it a small plant with the greenest of leaves, like tongues unfolding out of the little pot, and a few red flowers, as red as red can be, with yellow dots inside. That simple. Can we see it and not expect this to do something for us? Can we just see it, hear it, feel it completely?

“At the same time there is the breathing, the sound of the wind, the ticking of a clock, and the beating of the heart. A feeling of uncertainty or calm may also be there. The entire universe is there — the wonder of it, not the concept. Just the air, the ground, the sky, the night, the stars, and the lights of Springwater.” -0-

from the ‘The Light of Discovery’ – By Toni Packer

ONENESS Q & As Fr Keating & Llewellyn Vaughan Lee . Fr K says, "Let go of the thought-self." Video.

Father Keating on sparkling, relaxed, profound and witty form, along with Llewellyn Vaughan Lee

I liked father K’s use of the term ‘thought-self’ – “Let go of the thought-self.” – but there is much more. If you have only 10mins listen to the last 10mins.