Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rev. Ed's Charleston Unity sermon at Bowen's I. last Sunday: Nature is the Soul of God

Why does it feel so good to be in nature? There are probably several reasons, but here is a spiritual one: Nature is the soul of God. We are IN God's presence when in nature. Nature is the visual and sensual expression of God's presence, as we each understand God to be. We talked about this at Bowens Island this past Sunday and I want to give a kudo to Nefesh Chaya for helping with my message prep!
These are my two favorite nature places: Live Oaks above nearbye where I live.
and Folly River Inlet which leads into Folly Creek, where Bowen's I. is located.

Heaven is your choice...

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Drop the idea of becoming someone: YOU ARE ALREADY A MASTERPIECE!

Drop the idea of the pursuit of greatness:

The foundation of greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment, instead of pursuing the idea of greatness.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hands Across the Sand - Folly Beach

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No offshore drilling! Yes clean energy!

Could we breathe in Spirit?

There is a spirit that pervades everything, that is capable of powerful song and radiant movement, and that moves in and out of the mind. The colors of this spirit are multitudinous, a glowing, pulsing rainbow.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Quiet Miracles

May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Vipassana meditation is unlike other meditations, in that it helps you become

Breathing, watching a candle and/or using a mantra or mandala can help you become with less thoughts and obtain mindless bliss. Vipassana takes you a step further with sensory awareness.

Redemption and nothing left to prove...

Good Morning: I added this after someone wrote about being of service because of "feeling needy": I responded:
Ron Alexander: Redemption may be what some of us are seeking after a wild younger life. And it can turn into delusions of grandeur, in my case anyway. Balance is what I have found, if serving feels good, and is not too wearing, then go for it, and the satisfaction received is enough reward.
Chris Uswe Plastow:😊 I like your thinking Ron Alexander

...when you seek the kingdom, when your specific goal is to live consciously, to be aware of the Presence, many things happen, and what happens is none of your business.

Meditation really helps me to live consciously. 
Jim Rosemergy
Not long ago, I was talking with a friend. She was asking about goals. There was something she wanted to happen. I thought my reply to this dear friend might b...e helpful to you or at least cause you to consider the mystical way of life. I replied...
For many years, I have lived a life without earthly goals. In fact, a couple of statements are my daily bread, "Nothing needs to happen," and "Manifestation is none of my business." This seems contrary to the guidance that we must have a specific goal.
The truth is I have a specific goal: consciousness, awareness. My specific "goal" is to be increasingly aware of the presence of God. The good news is that life flows from this consciousness. There is a great principle at first the kingdom (a consciousness of God) ...and all things will be added unto you. Remember Jesus saying this? Mt. 6:33.
Most of what we pursue is life is what Jesus called added things.
Here's what I have discovered...when you seek the kingdom, when your specific goal is to live consciously, to be aware of the Presence, many things happen, and what happens is none of your business. However, no matter what is made manifest, it is an "added thing."

Transformation without trying......(meditation helps me to understand.)

If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.
Jiddu Krishnamurti(

Friday, May 19, 2017

How great character is formed.

These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.
Viktor Emil Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997)[1][2] was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaustsurvivor. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, which is a form of existential analysis, the "Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy". His best-selling book Man's Search for Meaning (published under a different title in 1959: From Death-Camp to Existentialism, and originally published in 1946 as Trotzdem Ja Zum Leben Sagen: Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager, meaning Nevertheless, Say "Yes" to Life: A Psychologist Experiences the Concentration Camp) chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate, which led him to discover the importance of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most brutal ones, and thus, a reason to continue living. Frankl became one of the key figures in existential therapy and a prominent source of inspiration for humanistic psychologists.[3]

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Love Awareness

Siddhartha Bordoloi
Continuous Love
The essential practice is to love awareness.
I remember when I was in college I was very attracted to a particular girl. I had already been practicing meditation daily for several years. The aim was to be aware of thoughts, feelings, words and actions all day long. Even on the best of days I could not sustain awareness for more than a few hours at a time. There would be long lapses into forgetfulness.
So I was attracted to this particular girl and was amazed how I managed to be mindful of her all day long and often in my dreams. I could be driving or talking or studying or eating or talking to family over dinner...the whole time she would be at the back of my mind. It was a very interesting phenomenon to me. How could it be possible to have such keen awareness, such unbroken awareness, and so effortlessly?
Over the years with the ripening of my practice and guidance of several masters - in this case specially HWL Poonjaji - I came to understand that the secret to living in the moment is to literally fall in love with the now! To be infatuated, to be completely enthralled, to be captivated and filled with the love of the now.
Some people say it is better to say ‘rise in love’ than to say ‘fall in love’. I still prefer to say ‘falling in love with the now’. Falling, it’s effortless, it’s what happens when we let go. We fall back into ourselves, into reality, into the silence. We fall in love with the silence between words and thoughts and within words and thoughts. There is great richness here. Life is very sensual when we love the now. Simple things like the warmth of one hand touching another becomes blissful.
I invite you to ‘fall in love with the now’ for today. You will be amazed at how deep the love can go and how it glows brighter and brighter burning away all suffering and attachment in a blaze of clarity.
I never feel complete unless I supplement theory with practical tools. So what can be a practical way to have continuous love in our relationships? I like what Jack Canfield shares in his book Success Principles: He asks his wife every single week, "Honey, how would you rate our relationship this past week on a scale of 0 to 10. And if it’s not a 10 then what would make it a 10?"
So if she says it’s a 7 and its not a 10 because he didn't help take the garbage out or keep his promise to take her out or whatever...he gets the message and knows how he can improve. She gets a chance to say what’s on her mind and feels better. He re-affirms his commitment to their relationship by inviting authentic sharing in a space of deep listening. We can all use this powerful question to improve our relationships. Ask it and then just listen defenselessly!
The continuum of love extends from the heart of the universe to the hearts of all beings. As we fall in love with the now we expand our capacity to love all that enters the now and be receptive and responsive in fresh, delightful ways. Being like a sun, loving everyone.
The essence of wisdom is to be aware of love. To be in awe of love.
(Post by) : Nithya Shanti

On purpose of life and

“I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”  Leo C. Rosten
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”  Mother Teresa


Lighten up, for those

The unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy.
DJUNA BARNES(gratefulness.Org)

Have a Blessed Day. Every day is a Bonus.

Good Morning, I am developing this 91 y.o. man's attitude. I am not there yet, but I have over 18 years to go thankfully!
Remember these simple guidelines for happiness.
1. Free your heart from hate.
2. Free your mind from worry.
3. Live simple.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

Siddhartha Bordoloi
7 hrs

Beautiful message explaining how Happiness is a State of Mind. All of us should try to develop such attitude
A man of 92 years, short, very well-presented, who takes great care in his appearance, is moving into an old people's home today.
After waiting several hours in the retirement home lobby, he gently smiles as he is told that his room is ready.
His wife of 80 has recently died, and he is obliged to leave his home.
As he slowly walks to the elevator, using his cane, I describe his small room to him, including the sheet hung at the window which serves as a curtain.
"I like it very much", he says, with the enthusiasm of an 8 year old boy who has just been given a new puppy.
" You haven't even seen the room yet, hang on a moment, we are almost there. "
" That has nothing to do with it ", he replies.
" It is already decided in my mind that I like my room. It is a decision I take every morning when I wake up. "
" Happiness is something I choose in advance. Whether or not I like the room does not depend on the furniture, or the decor rather it depends on how I decide to see it. "
"I can choose. I can spend my day in bed enumerating all the difficulties that I have with the parts of my body that no longer work very well, or I can get up and give thanks to heaven for those parts that are still in working order. "
"Every day is a gift, and as long as I can open my eyes, I will focus on the new day, and all the happy memories that I have built up during my life. "
"Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw in later life what you have deposited along the way. "
So, my advice to you is to deposit all the happiness you can in your bank account of memories.
Thank you for your part in filling my account with happy memories, which I am still continuing to fill.
Remember these simple guidelines for happiness.
1. Free your heart from hate.
2. Free your mind from worry.
3. Live simple.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
If you have been blessed by this message, send it to your loved ones and your friends. It is the way we touch each other with simple truths that spread goodness in the world. Who knows, a miracle may happen as a result.

To Love Oneself...

Ron Alexander
May 18, 2016
To Love Oneself...
To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.
Oscar Wilde(
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