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Merging the mind with the wisdom mind and offering prayers when the mind is in between sessions of practice.
13/03/2019

Merging the mind with the wisdom mind and offering prayers when the mind is in between sessions of practice.

‘Beautiful String of Jewels’

Homage to the venerable lamas!
This life of ours is fleeting, the same as autumn clouds:
Now we have it - but now it is gone.
This body’s like a bubble, floating on a stream,
Our very breathing like a candle in the wind.
Those best friends of ours, they seem like children of the gods,
But once we’ve left them behind, they can never be by our side again.
We may have stacked up wealth and possessions the size of a mountain,
But not even a single needle can we carry with us.
Him, the one called Yama, Lord of Death,
Does not let us go, but drags us off into the next life.
This body, glowing with youth and beauty,
May look like a lovely flower in bloom,
But one day the frost of impermanence will destroy it.
Our opponent, Yama Lord of Death, bares his fangs.
As he binds us, helpless, with the noose of our negative karma.
And when heaven and earth fill with cries of “Strike!” and “Kill!”,
Then there’s no refuge anywhere, except the lama, the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
Now is the time when freedom is still ours,
So if we turn our mind towards the Dharma,
Then whatever we do will become truly meaningful.
This mind of ours is like a wild horse,
So tame it with the whip of renunciation, and
Give up clinging to the delusory perceptions of this life.
See all beings as your father and mother, and
Then cultivate love, compassion, and the two bodhicittas,
And perfect the mind training of the Mahayana!
Never forget the root lama - and his unrepayable kindness -
But meditate on him in the centre of your heart.
Pray to him, receive empowerments, and merge your mind one with his wisdom mind.
Mind is primordially unborn, and so by nature dharmakaya;
Its radiant nature is clear light, unceasing;
Its display is nirmanakaya, arising in manifestations of every kind.
These three kayas are indivisible, spontaneously present.
Rest in this natural state of rigpa self-awareness:
Don’t let the ordinary mind contrive and spoil it, but release everything, spacious and even.
Don’t follow rising thoughts; leave them be.
Let whatever appears unfold and naturally liberate itself.
In the breaks between sessions, recite mantras and prayers, and
Excellent aspirations like The Prayer of Good Action.
And so, this garland of words of advice
For Tsering Chodron, ‘Long Life, Light of the Supreme Dharma’ -
My good heart spoke meritoriously;
And may that merit bring us swiftly to enlightenment!

~ Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro offered these words of heart-advice to Khandro Tsering Chodron, his spiritual consort.

Speaking about the pathless path of seeing samsara and nirvana as coexistent entities. Check out this article and give i...
23/02/2019

Speaking about the pathless path of seeing samsara and nirvana as coexistent entities.

Check out this article and give it a like if it interests you!

The Pathless Path At the heart of soul-searching is a pathless path; one with eyes gazed inward instead of footsteps carrying us away. It goes against

Just getting out of coaching Misericrodia’s powerlifting team at the special Olympics there are so many lessons to learn...
23/02/2019

Just getting out of coaching Misericrodia’s powerlifting team at the special Olympics there are so many lessons to learn still about being authentic in emotion. The display of joy and accomplishment on display today was so unfiltered that it lifted the hearts of everyone there. The last 2.5 years at Misericordia has allowed me a place to grow and expand myself and I feel I’m only beginning to understand what it means to have faith and be vulnerable. A resident that participates in a mindfulness class I help facilitate shared this drawing they made for another class with our group and it’s a tree of bravery. I think I’m beginning to discover that bravery isn’t an external act, but starts with internally accepting who we are and being vulnerable enough to share that with the world. I think that kind of action requires faith not just in a higher power, but in others. That in being brave enough to show our true selves to others we become brave enough to fully accept ourselves and deepen our connection with a higher power because we are no longer hiding. To find out more about faith and surrender check out a blog I wrote recently and give it a like if you enjoy it! https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/02/of-time-and-eternity/

I believe to be filled with the spirit is to be incarnated with breath, a communion of flesh & divine. It’s a willingnes...
18/02/2019

I believe to be filled with the spirit is to be incarnated with breath, a communion of flesh & divine. It’s a willingness to embody time and space, yet be of eternity... Check out more as I answer questions on Quora

Tommy Ni**od's answer: I believe to be filled with the spirit is to be incarnated with breath, a communion of flesh & divine. It’s a willingness to embody time and space, yet be of eternity. I once heard a quote…. “God needs man in order to be known” When flesh and divine embody the other th...

An article about our bodies relationship with technology. It highlights the Alexander Technique a form of bodywork that ...
17/02/2019

An article about our bodies relationship with technology. It highlights the Alexander Technique a form of bodywork that brings awareness to muscle patterns. Worth a read if you are wondering how cell phones and computers are influencing our posture and what we can do about it!

"As a generation of people, we are the most comfortable generation ever, but we cannot say we are the most joyful generation. We cannot say we are the

How many of us are willing to risk being in relationship to the evil in ourselves and the world to fulfill our highest p...
14/02/2019

How many of us are willing to risk being in relationship to the evil in ourselves and the world to fulfill our highest potential? The path of the White Wizard takes courage, faith, and surrender, a conglomeration of traits needed now at the turn of tide more than ever, in the world of man...continue reading on the blog, with a video to illustrate more!

A battle that transcends time and space, what we have to learn from the white wizards journey of becoming.

Though the past offers a tailored explanation and the future has its ideas, let compassion arise naturally for these gho...
14/02/2019

Though the past offers a tailored explanation and the future has its ideas, let compassion arise naturally for these ghosts and dreams, thus they may never be fed and still they to constitute a part of our fabric. When they are touched they too vanish, leaving us another step further along the pathless path of understanding who we are.

The soul is held somewhere between earth's air and the breath.

Mooji Baba at it again
12/02/2019

Mooji Baba at it again

Nothing has to be wrong for the mind
to launch an attack.
Nothing has to be wrong for it
to make up big stories, out of nothing actually.
There only has to be a seed of a thought
given attention, ‘Hmm, there's still some separation…?’
And the mind says, ‘You see?
I’ve been trying to tell you!’ and there you go,
sailing off down the road with the unstable
and unreliable mind. It can happen just like this.
The mind doesn’t need any substance or truth.
You can give him anything.
He is like a goat—he eats anything.
And we are quick to believe anything it says.
Our life is chiefly made up of thoughts, interpretations
—and wrong interpretations also,
based upon fear, desire and rejection.
This is why I say: pay attention
to the sense of being—the Self.
Be one with the Self, rather than trying
to pick and choose through
the innumerable thoughts and sensations
that mind tends to see
—which one is true and which is false.
You can spend lifetimes doing this
and you will never come to the end of it.
As soon as you finish pruning this tree,
new leaves are coming.
So don’t waste time cleaning up the mind.
Stay as the Self. As you train your attention
and mind to stay as the Self, the space
in which the mind and person lives vanishes.
Thus you come to experience a completeness,
a contentment in just resting in and as the Self.
And when you are content, the interest
will fall away from these other rooms
and their contents.
The feeling of separation, or even union,
all of this becomes redundant as thoughts.
You simply are. There is a unity in that.
There is a harmony in this.
And where no doubts come,
there is even no need for union or separation.
You experience real unity
beyond even the concept of unity.
This is your natural state.

~ Mooji

For those of us blessed enough to have sat alone for a long enough period of time to find our own uniqueness do we not o...
12/02/2019

For those of us blessed enough to have sat alone for a long enough period of time to find our own uniqueness do we not owe it to ourselves and others to live and breathe from that place, even if it’s uncomfortable? Our uniqueness is beautiful and vulnerable because it’s at the core of who we are, it’s tender, yet resilient because no matter what it comes across it lasts.

“Most people believe it is only by constraint they can get any good out of themselves, and so they live in a state of psychological distortion. It is his own self that each of them is most afraid of resembling. Each of them sets up a pattern and imitates it; he doesn't even choose the pattern he imitates: he accepts a pattern that has been chosen for him. And yet I verily believe there are other things to be read in man. But people don't dare to - they don't dare to turn the page. Laws of imitation! Laws of fear, I call them. The fear of finding oneself alone - that is what they suffer from - and so they don't find themselves at all. I detest such moral agoraphobia - the most odious cowardice I call it. Why, one always has to be alone to invent anything - but they don't want to invent anything. The part in each of us that we feel is different from other people is just the part that is rare, the part that makes our special value - and that is the very thing people try to suppress. They go on imitating. And yet they think they love life.”

André Gide, The Immoralist

Art: Lucian Freud

The Kingdom of God is my true nature....got to love mooji, if your looking for something to do on a Sunday night try one...
11/02/2019

The Kingdom of God is my true nature....got to love mooji, if your looking for something to do on a Sunday night try one of his guided meditations. Mooji uses inquiry into the nature of our awareness as his base to cut through dillusions and get us in touch with the Kingdom of God.

Check it out! A new Mooji video posted every Sunday on Mooji.tv/satsang-of-the-week

I love this man!
05/02/2019

I love this man!

The everyday practice is simply to develop a complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions, and to all people, experiencing everything totally without mental reservations and blockages, so that one never withdraws or centralizes into oneself.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Pure awareness, the primordial mind, subject to subject awareness, mooji baba is one of the great teachers that points t...
03/02/2019

Pure awareness, the primordial mind, subject to subject awareness, mooji baba is one of the great teachers that points to our capacity to relate to others this way. If you have never tried a guided meditation by mooji I highly recommended it as his clear direct instructions cut through the layers of identification we surround ourselves with.

As we go through life, we accumulate layers of ideas about who we are and what we’re capable of achieving. As these layers accumulate, we tend to become increasingly rigid in our identification with certain views about ourselves and the world around us. Gradually, we lose our connection to the basic openness, clarity, and love that is the essence of our being. Our awareness is overwhelmed by hundreds of different thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Some we latch onto because they’re attractive fantasies or scary preoccupations; some we try to shove away because they’re too upsetting or because they distract us from whatever we’re trying to accomplish at the moment.

Instead of focusing on some of them and pushing away others, though, just look at them as feathers flying in the wind. The wind is your awareness, your inborn openness and clarity. Feathers—the thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations that pass through our awareness—are harmless. Some may be more attractive than others, some less attractive; but essentially they’re just feathers. Look at them as fuzzy, curly things floating through the air.

As you do so, you begin to identify with the awareness that is watching the feathers and allow yourself to be okay with whatever feathers happen to be flying at the time. You’re accepting them without latching on to them or trying to shove them away. This simple act of acceptance—which may only last a few seconds—offers a taste of that open space of essence love, an acceptance of the warmth that is your basic nature, the heart of your own being.

~ Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Jungian analysis takes a wide breadth and incorporates the unconscious influences of the Self into its scope. Definitely...
31/01/2019

Jungian analysis takes a wide breadth and incorporates the unconscious influences of the Self into its scope. Definitely don’t see a jungian though if you are trying to get over a fear of something such as flying there would be way better models for that which would be much more efficient. But as it pertains to embracing one’s full self through the life cycle jungian analysis can be a fruitful and beneficial experience.

“Millions of people never analyze themselves. Mentally they are mechanical products of the factory of their environment, preoccupied with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, working and sleeping, and going here and there to be entertained. They don’t know what or why they are seeking, nor why they never realize complete happiness and lasting satisfaction. By evading self-analysis, people go on being robots, conditioned by their environment. True self-analysis is the greatest art of progress.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

Art: Elena Milushkina

The most basic teachings are the most profound, their wisdom is beyond logical comprehension and has to be experienced t...
29/01/2019

The most basic teachings are the most profound, their wisdom is beyond logical comprehension and has to be experienced to be understood to its depth. Such simple words, but so much heart, guidance, and support.

I feel I am just beginning to scratch the surface of the first noble truth that there is suffering and the first worldy concern the hope of happiness and the fear of suffering. To fully embrace suffering is a gesture of self-acceptance that transcends time and space because it takes the current moment of pain which engulfs the origins of the pain and thoughts or emotions of the future. To embrace our pain and be okay with what is, whether its the burden of our bodies, consciousness, or mental illness, to truly accept ourselves we have to accept suffering as a reality, not as something to be atoned for, or righted, but simply as it is.

Not to say we shouldn't do something about our suffering, because we should if there are available means, but to suffer and realize even this moment is okay, is a great gift we can give ourselves. I think to suffer and be okay with our suffering is the first step to creating a narrative or story that we can derive meaning from. If all we do is avoid or correct our suffering without this embrace full relationship towards its existence it would seem where missing out on a large piece of the human condition and unfortunately also throwing our divine position out with the bath water.

I think what these great teachings are pointing us towards is being patient and possibly even being okay, with not being okay. They point to understanding that even suffering has its reasons, meaning, and purpose, no matter how illogical, absurd, or blasphemous it is, and that its meaning is something that has to unfold in the course of a lifetime. That answers don't come overnight and neither does purpose of our suffering. This kind of patience is unique in our culture we don't really tolerate our suffering with this relationship towards it. Instead, we curse, avoid, correct, burry, shame, and lie. We don't understand it, and I think this is the meaning of the mystery of faith, that there may be a purpose to our at times unbearable disposition in life, meaning that we can't understand with our minds, but can trust will unfold over the course of our lifetimes. No one is born who they should be, we must all suffer growing into who we are to become. In that process things fade away, we lose, we gain, we live, we die, its apart of this mystery and attributing a worthy meaning to our suffering is a way of one day being able to give back to the world something useful. Relating to our suffering in this way I believe we directly touch the heart of our personhood and possibly even transcend to a divine plan that unites us all.

Embracing suffering and happiness as they are brings an ease, we can surrender the fight, and feel grace. It's not to say that we shouldn't get out of suffering or improve our position in life, to become who we are destined to be we must improve ourselves, but to simply relate to who we are today with acceptance and patience is a gift, a balance, and a blessing that we don't often feel. Embrace is beyond tolerance embrace is acceptance, an okayness with how things are.

No matter where you stay, be it a busy place or a solitary retreat, the only things that you need to conquer are your mind's five poisons, and your own true enemies, the eight worldly concerns - nothing else.

~ Chatral Rinpoche

(Five poisons: Ignorance, attachment, aversion, pride, jealousy.)

(Eight worldy concerns: Hope for happiness and fear of suffering. Hope for fame and fear of insignificance. Hope for praise and fear of blame. Hope for gain and fear of loss.)

As my theology of suffering professor has been telling me we need to find a light adaptable to the darkness, for then we...
26/01/2019

As my theology of suffering professor has been telling me we need to find a light adaptable to the darkness, for then we can explore it without casting it away.

"There is a great bias in our culture toward the light and away from the darkness. When we meet with someone who is down, hopeless, empty, or otherwise not beaming and joyful, we can become quickly convinced that something is wrong, that they are “broken,” and that we must act urgently to “fix” them.

We scramble to put them back together, to remind them of all the gifts in their life, impart spiritual techniques and advice, suggesting that they just “focus on the positive,” letting them know that everything will be better soon, and that it will all turn out okay. Or, in an even more aggressive way, we admonish them to “get over it” (this can often happen very subtly in our communication or body language), to stay in the present moment, to immediately forgive the one who has hurt them, or to just be grateful for the “opportunity” that their suffering is providing to them.

It is so natural to want to help another and to lessen their suffering and pain. It is a noble intention to help and to use whatever skillful means we have at our disposal. But we might also begin to see the subtle aggression in our strategies, this insistence that they come out of their immediate experience and into the one we believe they should be having instead. We can start to see how much of this “fixing” activity arises out of the disconnection with that which remains unmetabolized within us. For it is to the degree we are out of embodied contact with our own rage, heartbreak, lack of meaning, and the looming shadows of our unlived lives that we will remain misattuned to what is arising for integration in the life of our sweet, precious, suffering friend.

It is possible the kindest thing we can offer our friend is to sit in the darkness with them, conscious of what their suffering is evoking within us, and removing the burden that they change, transform, feel better, or heal in order for us to stay near. As we turn to embrace our own unmet sadness, grief, and despair, we remove the projection of our unlived lives from them. And by doing so, we lift the weight that they take care of our unresolved anxiety for us.

As we learn to trust and to rest in the wisdom-field of our present, embodied experience, we see that love is a movement of the totality. It is whole, never partial, and is raging and alive even in the darkness. In the core of the fire, the sadness, the grief, and the despair is something very real, making an attempt to break through the thick forest of partiality. But what this is may never support our cultural and spiritual fantasies of a life of invulnerability and endless happiness. The psyche is always attempting to reach us and to remind us of what is possible.

May we stay close to our own suffering and to the suffering of others, careful not to cut it too quickly, curious and available to the wisdom as it unfolds in unexpected ways. May we open our hearts to the golden, full-spectrum nature of love, as it shines out of the dark, and stay open to the mystery and the wisdom of the one in front of us, daring to know them for the very first time."

Matt Licata

Art: Dean Cornwell

The primordial mind, for Christians a great teacher of this concept is Richard Rorh and I couldn’t recommend him enough....
24/01/2019

The primordial mind, for Christians a great teacher of this concept is Richard Rorh and I couldn’t recommend him enough. The teachings of the east sound esoteric to the western mind, but with a place to relate to them from their wisdom can be implemented into daily life naturally Richard Rorh can hold that place of reference for many.

Note that all dualistic concepts and emotions – even positive ones such as caring, compassion, and wishing others well – are accompanied by grasping at ‘self’. So although positive emotions are good, they still fall short of perfection, which is the primordial wisdom beyond dualistic thinking and emotional sensations.

Grasping at positive qualities is nonetheless a stepping-stone to perfection, helping us eventually to loosen the grip of grasping at ‘self’ and to experience sensations of peace and joy. So transforming from negative to positive, and then from positive to perfection, is the ideal way to move towards the full perfection of buddhahood.

~ Tulku Thondup

Small exert from a poem I wrote, check out the full version below.During my time in Maine I got to live at a Zendo and l...
01/03/2018

Small exert from a poem I wrote, check out the full version below.

During my time in Maine I got to live at a Zendo and learn about NVC(non-violent communication)
Sitting on a rock overlooking the Morgan Bay I wrote...

My mind drifts like waves in the ocean, humming a sweet song tumbling into itself. Fog looms above and glaciers ripple on its surface, yet there is calm in its depths where life plays like a ribbon dancing in the wind.
Sometimes I feel like an ant traversing a mountain, other times like a mountain as an ant traverses me and fewer as both.
Can you ease into the gentle wind,
Hear thunder in a birds wings
Feel its song echo in your heart
Is your consciousness a garden or fiery brimstone
Can you listen to the melody that a 1000 leaves sing along with
Is there space in your mind for the wisdom of silence to speak?
There is so much to say, but words only take away from the infinite cosmos that dwells in our being.

“The things that matter most in our lives are not the fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another.”-J...
27/02/2018

“The things that matter most in our lives are not the fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another.”
-Jack Kornfield

This is an exert from my notes/strategy while coaching a water polo game from last year.

I love being a high school coach, everyday I have the opportunity to point out and remind our youth how incredibly amazing they are.

Today was the first practice of the season and I’m excited to share with my players everything I’ve learned over the course of another off season about resiliency, mindfulness, and communication.

I missed yesterday post, and I’m going to be cutting back my posting to 2-3 times a week now that I’m coaching again. I am going to keep the daily meditation going however because it has been so impactful in such a short amount of time.

I’m also still working on getting my blog up and running, hopefully by the end of March I’ll feel comfortable making it public for everyone. Until then though follow the gram and Facebook to get more!

Big love,
-Tommy

Day: 11/40 meditating for Lent.Catching up on school work today, but still wanted to get a post up. One of my favorite q...
24/02/2018

Day: 11/40 meditating for Lent.

Catching up on school work today, but still wanted to get a post up.

One of my favorite quotes, easy to remember, but hard to practice. Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Day: 10/40 meditating for LentJon Kabbit Zin is the founder of mindfulness based stress reduction and whose work has mer...
23/02/2018

Day: 10/40 meditating for Lent

Jon Kabbit Zin is the founder of mindfulness based stress reduction and whose work has merged mindfulness and science. He speaks internationally about the benefits of mindfulness and was the creator of the stress reduction clinic at the university of Massachusetts medical school. Zinn rejects the label of Buddhism and prefers to “apply mindfulness within a scientific frame”

He’s a great teacher and one book in particular wherever you go, there you are, is a great introductory book to mindfulness.

Practicing mindfulness of the breath we begin to concentrate on our inner world and see how it connects to our outer wor...
22/02/2018

Practicing mindfulness of the breath we begin to concentrate on our inner world and see how it connects to our outer world.

Through sustained concentration we begin to realize areas of ourselves we didn’t know existed or see old patterns in new ways.

By having insight into ourselves we gain freedom and the choice of how we want to be with ourselves, harshly, compassionately, joyfully, sadly. The way we are with ourselves then generally dictates how we will be with others.

21/02/2018

20/02/2018

Hey guys,

Great endings from humble beginnings! Thanks for liking the page, the blog is almost designed so stay tuned. I'll be sitting down and interviewing leaders in spirituality, psychology, and mind-body practices locally in Chicago and hopefully expanding over the next few years. If you know anyone who may be interested in some free publicity and fits these criteria, send them my way, and I would be happy to sit down and have a chat with them about their respected field. As always, big love and thanks for the support!

Mindful Inspiration & Wisdom Talks

Day: 6/40 meditating for Lent Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen Monk. He offered compassionate aid to both sides in th...
19/02/2018

Day: 6/40 meditating for Lent

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen Monk. He offered compassionate aid to both sides in the Vietnam war. For these efforts Vietnam exiled him from his home country. Later in 1967 these same efforts got him nominated by Martin Luther King Jr. for the nobel piece prize.

Thich Nhat Hanh has many books detailing the view on mindfulness that are in-depth yet easily understood.

Uniting the mind and the body in the present moment, the work of inner healing can take place on a deep level.

We spend most of our time sleepwalking, our bodies moving, but our mind is somewhere else. When the mind comes home to the body and both are unified this is mindfulness of the body.

As our practice of mindfulness grows our ability to understand and be compassionate towards ourselves and others also grows.

18/02/2018

Change starts with your seat.

18/02/2018

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