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@Sabrina at MyMiBoSo @Lori Oh yes! you're so right. In fact, I had love in mind. And the neat thing is that our truth (love) can be expressed in so many ways that can be unique to us! Life is so much richer that way, isn't it? :-)
9 months, 1 week ago on Is The Universe a Friendly Place?
@Lori LOL ... he would be fun to talk with and debate, wouldn't he be? I have a feeling I'd be a bit overwhelmed ...
Your points are excellent, Lori. If our goals don't match the universe's then it will forever seem like we're at the mercy of the cards or dice. I guess it's a matter of perspective - do we see things from our inner being truth (our universal being) or from the outer, environmentally influenced self? And, do we see it as the hand we're dealt or as a pre-emergent choice we made?
All in all, yes, we decide! Decisions are easier when we let go of long held limiting beliefs. Thank you for the tea, Lori. :-)
Let’s look at it this way: We ARE the Universe, not separate from it. We don’t “deal with it” we simply represent our own manifestation of it. We could say it’s in our minds, yes. Jesus (and others) said, the “kingdom is within you” or, in my words, IS us.
It’s not friendly or unfriendly in that sense – it’s a canvas upon which we and all things evolve according to choices that are made (we could say jointly and individually if we want.)
Yes, we are truly influenced by our circumstances in life from the very beginning. (perhaps even by a predetermined choice.) We don’t all have the same opportunities or belief systems. It might sound horrible for me to say this but is it possible that whatever hand we were dealt (or chose) is exactly what we needed in order to express this Universe in all its versions whatever the ramifications might be? Whether “good” or “bad” doesn’t it all contribute to the advancement of consciousness?
Some choose to change their circumstances and the ways they express the Universe. Some don’t. Through awareness and allowing we can move beyond our current circumstances and recreate our surroundings.
Should we fight for change? We could, as we do love to overcome and fight the good fight, but I see that as separation and self-defeating, a judgment. And another battle will always find its way to us if we take that route. Do we want a life of struggle or a life of peace? If we see ourselves as trying to relate to the Universe rather than being the Universe, the battle will never end.
@Lori @DrAliceChan The walks aren't based on music, no music. You could say there are different intentions but mostly it's a unique awareness I focus on for each. I isolate senses, combine them differently, etc. It's not the routes - basically the same route although mixing that up at times is nice. It's all about discovering various ways to activate awareness and centeredness.
Yeah, we have a table tennis club in town. It's fun. :-)
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Are You Doing the Rarest Thing in the World?
Getting out of my head has been my practice for quite some time now ... even though I'm a natural-born thinker. (if there is such a thing!) Nature is such a beautiful example of just plain living. @DrAliceChan mentioned tennis and sports can also be a great way to stop analyzing unless you're too intense and critical. I play a lot of table tennis (ping pong) and find that it's so fast and requires so many instant decisions that it's really the body that decides, not the brain (simplistic explanation! ha!)
I'm also a walker, Lori. I've identified 30 different walks I take - some more than others. They range from walks that emphasize feelings, to emotions, to smells, to mantras, to dances, to sounds, to visualizing, to evolution and creation, to spiritual connections, to pure appreciation, to ... well you get the idea. Some involve thinking but not brain thinking. Nature and its animals play a big role. Each walk is grounding but also enlightening.
Getting out of the mind is about letting go. and that, in my mind, is the rarest thing in the world. I still have a long ways to go. But what I nice goal or way of life. :-)
We could probably talk for weeks on end about NDEs. My wife has read tons about it over the years. Of course the jury is out on what's going on (naturally.) While I am personally prone to believe that the "other side" is all around us I'm also intrigued by the complexity of the brain and its proclivity to do strange and wonderful (or scary) things.
It's quite interesting to see how NDEs are so often colored by the culture and experiences of the person having them. People "see" God, friends, family, hierarchies, and the here-after in different ways that are often directly related to their religions and other belief systems. Is the other side multidimensional or what else is going on?
As I spent many hours with my friend as he passed, I heard him speak aloud to famous explorers as if he was with them ... sometimes arguing with them. This happened shortly before he died so I could not ask him about what he saw. But, Brad was a history buff extraordinaire.
So, do NDEs mimic our deep-seated emotional needs? Do we somehow access what's beyond in the way we can relate to it most easily? Is someone actually guiding our experience? Are we particularly susceptible at this time of near death or are we exquisitely pure and clairvoyant?
I have no idea.
10 months ago on What’s it Like on the Other Side?
@ginidietrich They will look great on you! And probably up your effectiveness 2x or more. Glad you like them!
10 months ago on I Hate PR People: The Rules of Pitching Bloggers and Media
@ginidietrich @belllindsay What?!?!? Where the heck was I? Happy Late Birthday Wish Gini! Gee, I knew there was something special about yesterday.
Your birthday gift http://antranik.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/cx160-lake-cycling-shoes.jpg ... I just need to know your size! Spring is just around the corner, Gini.
@Lori Yes, I know, Lori. That is a most difficult thing and an understandable "hold-out" on your part. Maybe it's an understanding only achieved in the perfection of God.
10 months ago on Would You Like to Live in a Perfect World?
@Lori Oh I think it's a great game to play! :-) (and you presented it exquisitely)
Yes, we're shaping the world we live in both in the evolutionary aspect of it as well as in the current perspectives we take as @razwanawahid said.
You know Lori, just as they say we can't become more (grow) until we are fully invested in, aware of and accepting of the way we are now, perhaps the world will not be more perfect until it is seen as perfect as it is. That's kind of an easy thing to say but a bit harder to swallow. It may hold a lot of truth, however.
Maybe the other question we could ask is just what is a perfect world?
Isn’t it all relative? As in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs there’s similarly a hierarchy of perfection, perhaps. If sickness and death disappeared then our other issues would move to front and center. Once they’re solved, what other things would then arise that we don’t even consider now?
Would we ever feel things were perfect or wouldn’t we continuously find other things that would give us grief?
In a perfect world maybe we would simply lose all our wants. You brought up the fact that struggle and necessity have spurred some of our greatest accomplishments. We can also say that passions and desires (perhaps even egos?) might contribute to the rest of human advancements. What if humans had neither struggle nor desire? Where would we be? What would our world be like or become?
Would we (and all progress) stop? We’re encouraged to live in the now moment, be accepting, forgiving, allowing and non-judgmental. Does this preclude us from making huge strides in the advancement of our lives? Some say it would be inevitable!
But, what if, absent these typical drivers of struggle and passion, an incredible inner creativity took hold and blossomed and we became free to contribute to the advancement of humanity simply because it was a blast? I’d like to think that fun and pure creativity is the next phase of evolution (or growth of consciousness) and that our current suffering and challenges will soon be the old paradigm.
Maybe today’s world is just an imperfect perfection on its way to a more exciting, freer and less painful perfection.
@belllindsay Wow, another year younger, smarter, and more beautiful ... happy birthday Lindsay! :-) Pouring you your favourite drink.
@Lori In a way, a hot bath is the very essence of acceptance. You're right, it's not about escaping (Calgon, take me away!) At first blush, we might see it as such. Just as we may see surrender as weakness.
Neither surrender nor acceptance is weak. Try seeing them as powerful. Instead of struggling to control ourselves or the situation, what if we understood that the greatest power we can exert is that of allowing, accepting and surrendering.
We don't want "out." We want through. Row the boat gently down the stream.
Thank you, Lori. It's good to be here. :-)
10 months, 1 week ago on Where is Your Solid Ground?
You said "I can’t pretend it isn’t so. It is." For me, that about sums it up. And that's my solid ground. it's the non-judgmental acceptance of whatever is, whatever is going on, whatever I'm experiencing.
It leads me to ponder the notion that we should be seeking something. It leads me to question whether we should be solving things. It makes me doubt the need to answer the conundrums of life. Why struggle against them? Why DO we feel the need to do these things?
So, personally, when I am in that state of hurt, unknowing and/or confusion, I step back and realize that I'm never going to master these things because no one ever has. All I can do is accept, experience, and allow the moment to envelop me and enrich me in whatever way it wants to. I can then move on without external expectations or any contrived "duty" someone else (or my false self) lays on me.
And it brings me peace. Nothing else is needed.
Thanks for being you and for sharing exactly where you are even if you're baffled at times. It's all perfect. :-)
@Sevans Deal! :-)
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Join Sarah Evans for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today
@Lori @Raji Mohan @PennyK @Julie | A Clear Sign I think I understand. I think I mentioned before that when my best friend died years ago, his wife was very much into the books, the stages, etc. I think it just must be different for everyone which is what prompted my question. It's probably so important to be yourself and to not try to live from another's perspective or in some "right" fashion. It has to work for you ... and you're doing it organically. :-)
10 months, 3 weeks ago on What Do You Say to Someone Who is Grieving?
and thanks to you too, @ginidietrich
@Sevans Really neat stuff! I'm up in Carson City, NV which is almost a world away, i know. I was in Vegas for the NMX Blogworld event a couple weeks ago. This is going fast and furious (naturally) but I've been trying to catch up since i came late.
I've just finished my book and I'm fascinated by the questions and answers. Would dearly love to know the results of this "interview" and its impact on sales! Will you return to tell us?? :-)
Hi Lori. I'm grateful for your thoughts on this. Knowing how hard it must be for the mourner makes it difficult to find words, of course ... just as with your cousin. Maybe it stems from having a lot of self-consciousness about saying just the right thing? Anyway, it's really helpful to see what is better for you to hear and receive from others.
I have an extended question. Have you found that the words you want to hear have changed over time? They talk about stages of grief and for me, that complicates things ... not knowing "where she's at" emotionally at that particular moment.
I find myself wanting to know so much more about Alex ... his fearlessness for one, and how that translated to the way he lived.
Hugs, Lori :-)
@Lori A wild and circuitous ride, eh? :-)
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Are You Trying to Change Your Life?