spirtuality

The universal Law of Attraction states that we draw to us those people, events, and circumstances that match our inner state of being. In other words, we attract experiences that are consistent with our beliefs. If we believe that there is plenty of love in the world and we are worthy of giving and receiving that love, we will attract a different quality of relationships than someone who believes in scarcity or feels unworthy of happiness.
—  Arielle Ford
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KAZUO OHNO

Kazuo Ohno, died in 2010 aged 103. He was one of the pioneers of butoh,Japan’s striking contribution to contemporary dance. Butoh, which incorporated elements of existentialism, surrealism, German expressionism, kabuki theatre and eastern spiritual thought, was a reaction in part to the horrors of the second world war.

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I recommend finding some clips on YouTube to get an idea of Butoh in motion.

“The good you find in others, is in you too.  The faults you find in others, are your faults as well.  After all, to recognize something you must know it.  The beauty you see around you, is your beauty.  See the best in others, and you will be your best. Give to others, and you give to yourself. Appreciate beauty, and you will be beautiful.  Admire creativity, and you will be creative.  Love, and you will be loved.  Seek to understand, and you will be understood.  Listen, and your voice will be heard. ”—Unknown

Adyashanti's Five Foundations of Spirituality

The spiritual teacher Adyashanti describes his Five Foundations as the context within which spiritual teachings and lifestyle unfold. You may find them very useful. 

1. Clarify Your Aspiration. What are you looking for when delving into spirituality? Some people aim too low and miss their true potential while others aim too high through egoic desires. 

Above all else, be sure you want and are willing to be ready for the Truth. As Adyashanti points out, few people have Reality as a deep value in their life. 

While peace, freedom, and happiness are essential aspects of the spiritual way, they are easily hijacked by the ego if you are not dedicated to Truth above all else. 

At any given moment, acknowledge truth and clarity to be what is best for your inner awakening. This will allow you to be faithful to the best you know even while your ego may kick up a fuss at times. 

2. Unconditional Follow-Through. Once you have clarified your aspiration, now you have to follow through on it. 

It is not that you need to work toward some idealized version of yourself in the future but rather hold true to the values of peace and clarity which you are continually discovering within yourself each moment. Be total about this process and trust the old saying that “The truth will set you free.”

By truth and reality, we mean the preference to learn and abide as the truth behind reality rather than just the beliefs and desires your ego my prefer. Follow through and live your truth as you begin to discover it.

3. Never Abdicate Your AuthorityThis means take full responsibility for your life and hand it over to no one. No one can bring you to enlightenment for you. No special mantras or blessings or rituals can make it so. Discovering the reality of your existence lies within your own purview and no one else’s. 

A truly enlightened teacher can clear away your confusion and help to create the space for you to discover the ever-present truth, but you must be there to allow it to happen. 

When you are dedicated to this truth, you will make the time to do your daily spiritual practice and abide continuously in mindfulness.

4. Practice Absolute Sincerity. Some people find it easy to become contrived along the spiritual path. Certain spiritual identities appeal to the ego, be that the earth-loving flowerchild or the psychedelic modern monk. 

When you try to be an image, you become stale and lifeless. One becomes inevitably more concerned with appearance than with feeling. Sincerity is the beautiful honesty we have with ourselves and the moment. 

There is no need for perfection when you have sincerity. It is the only elixir that can turn shit into bliss. When you are sincerely sad or sincerely confused, then peace and clarity are only one step away. You aren’t struggling to uphold a sense of self but rather to make sense of the moment. 

5. Be A Good Steward of Your Life. Spirituality is not a way to avoid the unpleasant aspects of life. It is not a way to shield yourself against the unpleasant, negative, or ignorance vibes of the world around and within you. 

It is the way for going deeply into life, bearing the torch of compassion fearlessly into the dark. 

Embrace every aspect of your life, both the pleasant and unpleasant. All of your life is your path to awakening, not just some moments to be enjoyed and others to be endured. 

Say ‘yes’ to life’s fierce, ruthless, and loving grace. 

Put that in your pipe and smoke it. :P

Find Adyashanti’s free online PDF The Way of Liberation here

Namaste, sangha. 

Breaking excessive thinking is easy, people think that it is a really hard thing to do and it is like the core step to enlightenment but that is not true. Just be aware of it, you do not have to engage with those thoughts also thinking is not just a bad thing, the mind is a tool and when used correctly there are no limits. Instead of being at war with yourself be at one with yourself, the mind is not separate, it is one. Just enjoy your life. If you have a problem solve it, if there is no solution then it is not a problem. People are always looking for some complicated philosophy but the truth is all the answers you need you already have, you are already enlightened, you are already god. Just get out of your comfort zones and live.
Batman v Superman Review

My husband and I saw Batman v Superman today!!! I promised I’d write my reactions to the movie. Well, let’s just get the obvious out of the way. I LOVED IT. 

I didn’t read a single review on the movie because I didn’t want to be spoiled or swayed in any way. However, Nick told me the critics were trashing it. After the movie, I was UNBELIEVABLY frustrated by that response. 

Cheers to the fans for sticking it to the man and making this movie a global success. 

The reason I became so angered is that Batman v Superman captures the very essence of a hero’s stories. It captures the very essence of these wildly different, yet strikingly similar, legends. By drilling down on their differences Batman v Superman found the commonality in Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. Perhaps they didn’t stray too far from the source material, but they certainly drilled down to a depth that’s been lacking in other interpretations. Batman v Superman found the reason why we love these stories and why we tell them again and again and again.

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Truthfully? I would never desire to make a person mine. And you can call me crazy for that, but I don’t get why anyone would want to make somebody else theirs. We have enough responsibility trying to take care of ourselves and the second you call someone yours, you are saying you take on the responsibility for them. You take on the things that they are, and should fully be capable of taking care of for themselves. And news flash… If they aren’t capable of taking care of things on their own, they aren’t ready for a relationship with you. Relationships aren’t meant to be your life and happiness, they are meant to be a side project. A work of art, something that gives you leisure, and an added happiness to your already chaotic life. Be with someone who makes you feel like you’re already at the top when you’re alone and their job is to recognize that they just get the prize to see you keep growing.
—  No one will ever belong to me, that’s the beauty of it.