The Heart of the Matter
October 22, 2017
Draw a Breath, Not a Line

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Throughout history and even last Thursday, inner-directed people on the so-called "spiritual path", have had a tendency to perceive the world as "maya" -- the fancy sanskrit name for "illusion."

I used to feel this way a lot.

Back in the early days of my adolescent quest for meaning, I had a curious habit of drawing lines in the sand. On one side of the line was the "inner life" -- the place where God lived (or if not lived, at least vacationed). On the other side of the line was "the world." You know -- the laughable detritus of life on planet Earth: relationships, shopping malls, money, politics, ego, organized religion, high school geometry, taxes, Frosted Flakes, and anything I didn't understand, agree with, or like.

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October 19, 2017
James Taylor on the Secret of Life

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October 15, 2017
Kindness Boomerangs

Whatever path you follow, whatever religion you believe in, whatever your philosophy of life may be, this sweet video is a great reminder for all of us to come from a place of simple kindness.

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October 14, 2017
Light Reading for Tough Times

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The famous actor, Peter Ustinov once said something I will never forget. "Comedy," he explained, "is merely a funny way of being serious." Bingo! And one of the reasons why it was often the court jester who had the ear of the king.

And so... in the spirit of humor and laughter (much-needed during these turbulent times on planet Earth), I am happy to share ten light-hearted articles of mine that have been published in the Huffington Post in the past few years. My funny way of being serious. Enjoy!

(If you like what you read, please forward to friends.)

A Man of Few Words
The Syndrome Syndrome
How 13-Year Old Girls Can Wipe Out Terrorism
A Very Unexpected Journey
I Am Not a Handyman
The True Fruit of the Spiritual Path
What I Learned from Listening to Ravel's Bolero for 14 Hours
Consultant Outsources Sleep!
Mayan Calendar Prophecy Demystified
An Unforgettable Evening with Shlomo Carlebach

My favorite website

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October 11, 2017
When the Rain Begins

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Stuart Hoffman, Jennifer Edwards, and Stephen Rivera have joined their considerable forces to create an extraordinary anthem to love, hope, and possibility. Wow! When the Rain Begins is already a classic. Turn up the volume, turn off the news, take a deep breath, and enjoy.

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October 05, 2017
SPOKEN WORD and ENCHANTING MUSIC FOR YOU: This Thirst!

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A collaboration between Stuart Hoffman and myself. His music. My spoken word. Enjoy!

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October 04, 2017
The Biggest Global Crisis of All?

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There are a lot of crises going on around the world these days: the Environmental Crisis, the Refugee Crisis, the Water Crisis, the Monetary Crisis and many, many others. But the biggest crisis of them all, perhaps the root of all the other crises, hearkens back to an IDENTITY CRISIS -- human beings simply not knowing who they truly are. Here's my just-published rant about this phenomenon in the Huffington Post. If you resonate with the article, please forward it to anyone you think might find it useful. Merci!

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October 01, 2017
Even in Your Darkest Hour

We all get down from time to time -- even inwardly-directed people who have experienced great joy and bliss. No worries, mate! John Adorney's song is a definite pick-me-up. Listen to it a few times and forward the link to any friends of yours who might be feeling blue.

Johnadorney.com

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September 26, 2017
Is That So?

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Once upon a time, many years ago, before the invention of Starbucks, Velcro, or Fructose, there lived a humble monk in a remote monastery in China. His name was Wan Loo and he was much beloved by everyone he met, dedicated, as he was to realizing the highest truth with every fiber of his being.

Every morning, he meditated with the other monks in the Central Hall, then ate breakfast, washed his bowl, and worked in the garden for the rest of the day, taking brief moments now and again to read the sutras and teach calligraphy to the younger monks. Life was simple for Wan Loo. And very fulfilling. He couldn't have imagined a better life.

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September 25, 2017
I Take a Few Deep Breaths

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On a good day
I take a few deep breaths
and feel God's primal tide inside me.
A force of nature they are,
coming from who knows where.
They continue, these breaths,
one slow motion wave at a time,
and take everything I have
back into the ocean.
Nothing remains,
nothing at all,
just the blue sky overhead
and the shell of a body
at ease, at rest, at peace,
now thankful for a power
greater than me
hiding in my breath.


Some inspiration for you
My book of poetry

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September 24, 2017
We Were Made For These Times!

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What follows is an extraordinary call of the heart by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Not only is it worth reading, it's worth reading aloud -- so you hear it and feel it as well as see it. Then, you get to decide who you want to share it with -- and how. This is a piece of deep, soul-inspired, primal writing that deserves to travel to every corner of the Earth.

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September 22, 2017
Peace Quotes for All Time

The International Peace Day was yesterday, September 21st. But guess what? Peace needs to happen every day. And so, in honor of everyday peace, I invite you to enjoy the above slide show, featuring inspiring quotes about peace from well-known luminaries. And while you're at it, check out PeaceCast 2017 and TPRF's Medicine for Peace. Both of them will help you remember why peace needs to be our number one priority.

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September 21, 2017
Honoring International Peace Day

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The UN-sanctioned International Day of Peace Day is happening on September 21st -- an occasion for people, everywhere, to pause and reflect on what they can do help make peace a reality -- for themselves and others. If peace is something you care about, The Heart of the Matter invites you to tune into two inspired organizations and the multi-media they are producing to help get the word out.

The Prem Rawat Foundation
PeaceCast TV

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September 17, 2017
Alive and Well in Amaroo

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It is 4:49 am and I am sitting on a wooden bench just a 60-second walk from the tent that has been my home for the past five days here in Amaroo, my most favorite place on planet Earth. Almost able to see my breath, I am wearing four layers of clothes, a ski hat, and a wide smile on my face.

It's the morning after five days of seeing and listening to Prem Rawat hold forth beneath the vast Australian sky and I'm a stunned, bubbling brew of contentment. I am sure that on some planet there are actual words to describe what has happened to me these past five days. I just don't have access to them at this particular moment in time. Would I like to? Yes, I would -- me having lots of wonderful friends, also students of this marvelous man, who were unable to make it down under this time around -- big-hearted people who want a taste, a whiff, a blast of what has transpired here this week.

To all of you, I ask your patience. Please bear with me for just a moment. I'm sure that soon I'll find my bearings and start making some sense, even though I'm not really sure I want to find my bearings, delighted as I am by being so thoroughly rearranged these past five days that longitudes, latitudes, and my curious ability to make long lists of things I need to do hold very little sway with me.

If I was a helium balloon, someone has just let go of the string. If I was a love song, I have just been sung.

Somehow, through an extraordinary alchemy of storytelling, laughter, listening, pauses, jokes, pearls of wisdom, and cutting through the noise of the mind with a smile and a glance, Prem Rawat has done it again -- his work, the great play of life, helping people feel the peace there is to be felt beyond the dramas of our lives -- why anyone, anywhere ever feels the spontaneous impulse to sing or dance or serve.

I'm not talking about a self-centered-turn-your-back-on-the-pain-of-the-world kind of peace. No. I'm talking about the sweet-centered-in-the-self kind of peace that is the grand potential of all 7 billion people who inhabit this beautiful jewel of a world spinning through space.

This peace is our birthright. It is our home. It is what we were born for. All of us: Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sufis, Rastas, Jains, Agnostics, and Atheists.

What do I understand about this experience? Precious little. Am I a spokesperson for it? Not in the least -- just someone lucky enough to have entered into the general vicinity of a living Master -- a man on fire with love and dedication... a manifestation of my highest aspirations... a wise one with a deep connection to that which animates us all.

I first met him when he was 13. I was 24. In December, he will turn 60. I turned 70 just last week. And yet, it seems as if no time has passed since we first met. No time, indeed, because the essence of what it is he is here to help us experience is timeless -- the sweet nobility of the human heart and the irrepressible gratitude that comes when a person tunes into the feeling of how utterly amazing it is to be fully alive.

Photo: Courtesy of Timeless Today
TimelessToday

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September 07, 2017
AMAROO EXCERPTS: 9/19/16

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9/19 video excerpts on TimelessToday

THE PHOTOGRAPHERS
Michael B Wood
Ira Meyer
Thom Adorney

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September 06, 2017
AMAROO EXCERPTS: 9/20/16

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TimelessToday
Words of Peace Global
The Prem Rawat Foundation
PremRawat.com
Rawat Creations

Photographers: Michael Wood Thom Adorney
Illustrator: Lisa Dietrich

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September 04, 2017
Honoring the Soulful Music, Life, and Family of Richie Ingui

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If you are a long-time Heart of the Matter reader, there is a good chance you are familiar with the music of Richie Ingui -- an extraordinarily gifted singer and deep-hearted man who unexpectedly passed away this past winter.

In the entertainment world, Richie was most famous for his iconic 1967 song, with the Soul Survivors -- Expressway to Your Heart. But there was also another side to Richie's music that many in the music marketplace never got to hear -- songs of love, longing, and gratitude inspired by his long-time connection to his teacher, Prem Rawat.

Many of us who knew Richie miss him deeply, but none more than his wife and soul-mate of 50 years, Cheryl, and their two children.

Recently, a few of Richie's Philly friends came up with a beautiful way to honor his memory, provide some much-needed help to his family, and share inspiration with people who have been touched (or will be touched) by Richie's soulful music.

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August 30, 2017
INSIDE PEACE: The PBS Broadcast Schedule for September

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Click here to see the upcoming PBS broadcast schedule for Inside Peace, the extraordinary documentary that follows a group of inmates doing hard time in a Texas prison as they embark on a journey of personal discovery while struggling with society's roadblocks and dangers.

Inside Peace website
Inside Peace on Facebook

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August 29, 2017
INSIDE PEACE ON PBS!

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Inside Peace trailer

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August 27, 2017
NEW STUART HOFFMAN RELEASE: A Thousand Days With You

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Ta Da! Here is Stuart Hoffman's newest love song, A Thousand Days With You -- a single release from his upcoming CD.

Dedicated to the one and only Jennifer Edwards. All proceeds go to the "Get Stuart Hoffman Out of Debt" fund.

Click link below for the lyrics.

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