The Heart of the Matter
June 29, 2011
A Word to the Wise


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June 26, 2011
We Are All In This Together

They're dancing in the aisles at the UN! Look at what can happen when inspired and committed people get together to deliver a message of peace and love. (In what ways can you and your friends come together and communicate a powerful message to the world?)

Thanks to Ron Frank for the link to this Amnesty International video.

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June 24, 2011
I Pray at the Altar of Your Lips


I pray
at the altar
of your lips
and there
sip sweetness
from your breath,
the perfume
of your hair,
the way
the evening air
subdues you

More poetry
Mystery Link

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June 13, 2011
The Middle Path



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June 05, 2011
Maharaji in Lima, Peru: 4/27/11


"I can show you the cadence of this breath, and when you play to this metronome called the breath, it will be the sweetest music you have ever heard in your life."


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June 04, 2011
Maharaji in Sao Paolo: 4/17/11


"What is the first thought that comes into your mind in the morning? Is it something to do with your responsibilities? Or is it something to do with your contentment? It's a good question. Responsibilities? Or contentment? As a human being, you still have that part in you that wants contentment. And if your first thought is about your responsibilities, then you are empty-handed. And you will go empty-handed. Why? Because the responsibilities will never end."


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June 02, 2011
Stone Walls Do Not a Prison Make


Inmates in correctional facilities around the world are listening to Prem Rawat's message of peace... and responding in extraordinary ways. Like this, for example, from a prisoner in Texas:

"Thank you for providing a perspective that has given my life significance, meaning, and most of all, peace applied directly to the wounds of my life that personally, privately, and powerfully give me the direction I longed for."


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June 01, 2011
Results of the Inspiration Poll


Last year, I posted an INSPIRATION POLL on this blog, asking readers to rate (on a scale of 1-5) a variety of "inspiration triggers" (the experiences, internal or external, that help them connect with the feeling of inspiration).

194 readers responded. What follows is their response...

4.56 Nature
4.55 Love
4.54 Music
4.44 Learning
4.41 Meaningful work

4.41 Freedom
4.38 Creativity
4.38 Compassion
4.37 Accomplishing the seeming impossible
4.37 Authentic people

4.35 Wisdom
4.34 Kindness
4.33 Inner peace
4.28 Giving
4.28 Hope

4.27 Having an AHA!
4.27 Gratitude
4.27 Beauty
4.26 Friendship
4.26 Courage

4.25 Good conversation
4.24 Inspiring others
4.24 The ocean
4.23 Connecting with others
4.21 Laughter

4.19 Possibility
4.18 Trust
4.15 Fun
4.14 Selfless service
4.10 Falling in love

4.08 Being appreciated
4.04 Sunlight
4.03 Simplicity
4.02 Art
4.02 Anyone who has mastered their craft

4.01 Travel
3.98 Looking up at the stars
3.98 Spontaneity
3.97 Solving a problem
3.94 Good stories

3.93 Surnise/sunset
3.93 Springtime
3.92 Big ideas
3.92 Meditation
3.91 Letting go

3.91 Success of friends
3.90 Your Teacher/Master
3.90 Wise elders
3.89 The sky
3.89 Great quotations

3.89 Forgiveness
3.87 Children
3.85 Books
3.80 Mountains
3.77 Walking on the beach

3.71 Photography
3.71 Playing
3.70 Birth
3.70 God
3.67 Family

3.66 Singing
3.64 Fearlessness
3.63 Summertime
3.59 Starting a big project
3.58 Writing

3.58 Flowers
3.57 Spiritual Masters
3.52 Your heroes
3.51 Your home
3.48 Making love

3.46 Dreams
3.45 Vacations
3.44 Poetry
3.43 Dancing
3.39 Movies

3.32 Faith
3.31 Celebrations
3.25 Winning something
3.24 Thunderstorms
3.18 Sex

3.10 Making a lot of money
3.10 Prayer
3.08 Your pet
3.07 A teacher from your past
3.03 Theater

2.96 Holidays
2.95 Asking for help
2.85 The town/city where you live
2.78 Honest politicians
2.76 Death

2.62 Sports
2.61 Scriptures
2.52 Having nothing to do
2.51 Space travel
2.37 Yoga
2.34 Championship teams
1.98 Religion

Insights? Surprises? Conclusions? Comments?


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Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter | Playing For Change from Playing For Change on Vimeo.

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