HOW WE CONNECT

That awkward moment when an introvert falls into the need to cooperate with others through study of protein synthesis. You just can’t make this stuff up. I spent most of my life pretty introverted and withdrawn into myself. At times I’ve had this deep sense that I am just diametrically opposed to the common worldview. […]

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WHY MINDFULNESS WORKS

We all know about mindfulness meditation. It’s an ancient practice that stretches back thousands of years. Most teachers start students off with some variation of awareness as the foundation of the spiritual path. That being said, how many of us stop to consider why mindfulness holds the key to inner transformation? The answer is simple. […]

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THE BRIDE & BRIDEGROOM

“A person can receive not even one thing unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’ He who has the bride is the groom; but the friend of the groom, who stands and […]

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JACOB BOEHME AND THE VIRGIN SOPHIA

“Dear Soul! Here sincerity is required: but sincere and determined will must prosecute this or else it will not be achieved. For, if the Soul wants to gain Christ’s knightly crown from the Virgin Sophia, she (i.e. the Soul) must woo it from her (i.e. the Virgin Sophia) with great Love-desire. She must beg for […]

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MAKING LENT ENJOYABLE

FIRST THINGS FIRST Just smile. It sounds like some new wave “positive vibes only” head trip but it’s not. Your body releases three different hormones when you smile- dopamine, endorphins and serotonin. You don’t need a PhD to know that these chemicals send signals to your body that you’re happy which, in fact makes you […]

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HOW TO MEDITATE ON THE SENSES

CONCENTRATION Concentration is the ability to channel our physical, mental, or spiritual energy to obtain a specific goal. Physical concentration consists of channeling all of our muscular energy in that part of the body- arms, shoulders, legs, whatever- which is about to be used. Yoga and Qigong practices combines this form of energy to awaken […]

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THE POWER OF IMAGINATION

“The true imagination leads life back to its spiritual reality, & then it takes on the name of meditation.” -Paracelsus For those of you not in the know Paracelsus is alluding to our ability to use our objective faculties to visualize. Visualization meditation is a powerful tool for inner transformation- Think Cloud of Unknowing, Metta […]

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THE GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS

“Then the angel who spoke with me returned and aroused me, like one awakened from sleep. He said to me, “What do you see?” I replied, “I see a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on top of it. There are seven lamps on it, with seven spouts on each of the lamps that […]

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HOW TO ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES

LIFE KEEPS BEING LIFE “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth!” -Mike Tyson We all feel Iron Mikes sentiment here. The training ground is a must for the go getter. So we plan meticulously. We make all of the necessary arrangements, dotting all the I’s and crossing all the T’s. We […]

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What Is Christian Meditation

This week I bring in a special guest and dear friend of mine to discuss what Christian meditation is. We take a look at breathing, how it brings our body in tune and outline a few prayers and meditations you guys can start doing: The Jesus Prayer Lectio Divina The Cloud of Unknowing I will […]

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