Open Heart Extra

15 May 2013
May 15, 2013

Meditation

Image Credit: Gene-Manuel Whirlinghttp://www.gene-manuelart.com “When you are with someone you love very much, you can talk and it is pleasant, but the reality is not in the conversation. It is simply in being together. Meditation is the highest form of prayer. In it you are so close to God that you don’t need to say.. read more →

09 May 2013
May 9, 2013

Practices of Purification

Practices of purification are done in order to “cool us out,” so we’re not creating so much heavy karma for ourselves. We are constantly preoccupied with the creations of our minds. Einstein said, “The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.” What.. read more →

The following is an excerpt from Ram Dass’ new book, “Polishing the Mirror” – which is out now. Inside of me there’s a mantra going on that reminds me of who I am. It’s that place inside – that niche in the wall where the candle flame never flickers. Always bringing me right to my.. read more →

24 Apr 2013
April 24, 2013

Perceptions of the Mind

To facilitate the exploration of the mind it is helpful to understand the various levels of reality, to examine the perceptual fields that different beings have, to see what different realities look like. It is well known that motivation affects our perceptions. We don’t necessarily see things as they are we see them as we.. read more →

17 Apr 2013
April 17, 2013

Conscious Connections and Aging

As our roles shift in older age, so does our sense of community, and feelings of isolation often accompany elder life. When I spoke about this to Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Master, he said that in spite of the information age and advances in technology, which allow us to communicate with each other.. read more →