Eckhart Tolle to lead retreat at Omega Institute, 6/12

ECKHART TOLLE TO LEAD RETREAT AT OMEGA INSTITUTE IN JUNE

Eckhart Tolle quote

‎”Sometimes a thought has a magnetic pull, as if it wants more of your consciousness. It wants to grow, because it’s a little entity. It wants attention and it tries to get it in subtle ways. It might even use a bodily feeling. “I’m hungry suddenly.” Then presence is gone, and you’re gone, looking for a restaurant in your mind…” Eckhart Tolle

Wake up Sydney! newsletter

I thought I’d share this :

 

An Experiment…

On rare occasions (and often on death beds), people give away the secret of life. These secrets are often profound, simple and easily overlooked.

One such example was when the Dalai Lama was asked about his religion and he replied, “my religion is kindness.”

Could it be that the whole point of our lives is to learn how to live from our hearts and cultivate kindness? Could it be that the measure of any good life is the small, “ordinary” gestures of warmth you show to yourself and others? Could it be that kindness is our planet’s greatest need?

What I like most about kindness is that it’s not some grand state of enlightenment. It’s really DOABLE – even if we don’t feel like doing it!

Here’s a 2 minute experiment (for real): Close your eyes and take 3 long, slow deep breaths. With each breath, let go of any tensions or anxiety. When you feel settled, bring your attention to your heart. After settling into stillness for a minute or so, ask yourself the question, “What could I do right now to make someone’s day?” Really listen. Notice any images, ideas or thoughts. Who could I be tender, warm and encouraging to today (including myself)? Allow yourself to be responsive to small and “ordinary” ideas. These are the seeds of the revolution. Maybe it’s picking up the phone and calling a friend or your mum; perhaps it’s writing a really thoughtful or appreciative email to a colleague; it might be taking yourself on a quiet walk to the beach for a swim; or putting a handwritten note on your partner or child’s pillow?

I know it’s simple, but it’s so filled with possibility.

Your life only exists now – in this very moment. The place where all the “ordinary magic” occurs.

I raise my glass to all the saints, scientists, songwriters, mystics and ordinary folk who have reminded us that in the end, “only kindness matters.”

Yours in the vision of Kind Society,

Jono

Seek and Ye Shall Find by Deborah Schoeberlein

Love love love this post!! Sooo true and meaningful.

You know how it goes: If you’re searching for personal meaning — in a fortune cookie, horoscope or even a HuffPost bog — you’re going to find it.

Losing psychic weight and the Danes- Eckhart Tolle

All the violent people left Denmark and became the Prussian army and football hooligans !! he can be hilarious!!

Eckhart speaks about dreams.

Judy Greer discusses ‘Jeff, who lives at home’ by Billy Tatum

In Paramount’s upcoming “Jeff, who lives at home”, family relationships are tested as the title character Jason Siegel struggles to find his place in the world. 

Shutting it Down: A Week in the Life of the Collective Now by Brian Campbell

Imagine what would happen if we shut everything down, collectively, for one full week. If we unplugged our televisions and laptops and tablets and music players and headed out the door to count the stars or take a walk.   If we stopped paying attention to popular culture and politics and the absurd notion that fame and fortune are the measures of mankind, and dove deeper into our communities. What if we stopped trying to get ahead and simply lived? If we lifted up our heads and looked every single person in the eye. If we stopped thinking, craving, imitating, buying, counting, worrying, ruminating, analyzing, identifying, comparing, complaining, and competing and went off to introduce ourselves to strangers. If we left the newspapers unread and cooked a meal instead. If we put the work down at a reasonable hour, regardless of those artificial deadlines we set for ourselves, and headed home to sit with family and friends.   If we dropped the smart phone in an old shoe and put the shoe in a closet. If we did the same with the digital camera, which was designed to disregard the present moment in hopes that we remember it at a future date (when the moment no longer exists). If we played board games instead of browsed, talked instead of posted, savored instead of scurried? If those of us who are parents pulled our kids out of practice and put aside that glad bag full of homework and found a tree that both parent and child alike could climb. If we rediscovered our front porches and stoops. If we turned the mundane into the sublime.

What would happen if we sat still for a long time and just listened? If we went for a walk and instead of thinking about what to do next, or what we did that day, or what we did many moons ago, simply felt our feet moving against the earth, the wind running through us. Or heard the church bells and the train horns, the hum drum of the world outside of our windows.   What if we found ourselves a book on how to juggle or do magic or how to perfect the moonwalk?

What if we touched each other more? A pat on the back. A hand on the head. A hug for everyone we knew, or maybe even those we are meeting for the very first time. If we stopped moving so fast, stopped questioning where the time went, stopped being uncomfortable in silence? What if we watched the moonlight against the windowsill for what it is, rather than harken back to a memory of some other moonlight against some other windowsill?

For one full week, what if we stopped being “informed” and “connected” and “productive?” Stopped identifying ourselves with things, titles, degrees, wealth, and looks. Stopped living through celebrities, professional athletes, politicians, pop stars, wall street journal executives, and even our former selves, and live through all inhabitants.

What if we reversed that old axiom, that we don’t live life, but relive it? That instead of grasping at the something gone or worry about something yet to be, we grab the now with two hands and watch it, listen to it, touch it, smell it and taste it. As Jon Kabat-Zinn writes in Wherever You Go, You are There, our life is at least as miraculous as the sun and the moon and the stars. What if we treated it with the same kind of wonder?

For just one week, what if we saw the world as children again? Those shards of sunlight holding our undivided attention.  Those sugar cookies making us dance across the room.  Those thunderstorms felt from head to toe. What if we rediscovered what it meant to just be?

All at the same time.   A week in the life of the collective now.  A week without screens.

Imagine that.

Free Awareness – Stop Trying To Create A State

“When we relax that tendency, that seeking, what’s noticing the seeking? whether you are experiencing silence or depression it doesn’t matter to awareness, peace is right there, as the depression, it’s amazing, you can wake up totally depressed, totally anxious, but if you relax the need to change that, then there’s a peace that is self-evident, because it is the peace that is noticing the depression, and we believe, because it is just a belief, that the depression is an experience, in of itself that we are having, it’s our experience, we claim every experience …. awareness doesn’t care”

The Things I Carry: House of Ladosha by ALEX FRANK

We always like to know what some of our favorite artists carry in their purses…..

Sex and Menopause by Celeste Perron

Sex is different once you hit menopause or perimenopause, but it can still be the best you’ve ever had. A female OB-GYN explains.