Expanding Our Understanding Of Love

by Constance Kellough

Namaste Publishing Founder and Publisher of Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now.

There are many different meditation practices originating from various spiritual and secular traditions.  Most, however, stress the importance of quieting the compulsive thinking mind, which wanders on average 50 times in 5 minutes.  This on - going thinking -  often unsettling, non - productive and not related to what we are experiencing in the present moment - usually emanates from some level of egoic fear and pulls us into the past or the future.  

In order to feel the stillness which is always within us now but usually covered up by compulsive and mesmerizing self-talk, we endeavor to quiet the mind through various means.

Stillness rises on its own when there is no thought.  Eckhart Tolle has said, “Stillness is the language God speaks.”

We crave to experience blessed stillness.  Why?  Because stillness is our natural state;...

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Would You Date You?

by Derek O'Neill

When we open up the definition of the word ‘relationships’ to a wider and very important way of thinking, relationships with other people are just one piece of the puzzle. If we come to see that ALL of the relationships in our lives – to family, friends, your community, the world, your emotions, your belief systems, food, addictions, and even the family pet – are barometers of how we coexist in an intimate relationship we will expand our minds and have a better understanding of what connection means.

When you study and realize an approach to life that expands your consciousness and gives you a foundation, you are grounded within your own heart and soul. You have a lot to give someone else because you are fulfilled on your own. When you commit to really going deeper, into whatever belief system or mode you choose, you’re tapping into your abundant ability to love yourself, and others. If you never take the time to work at these things...

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Three Levels of Consciousness

WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS?

by Derek O'Neill

Consciousness is a huge topic, with as many interpretations of what it means. There’s the scientific view of consciousness which looks at details of the brain and its functions. Consciousness is also defined as our thinking, our perceptions, our system of beliefs and spirituality, and the entirety of our self-reflection. Though our reality seems dependent on what our external world looks like – where we live, our relationships, our economic situation, etc. – in truth, it’s our consciousness that creates our reality and determines what the external world is serving up at any given time.

Our consciousness that creates our reality and determines what the external world is serving up at any given time.

CREATING YOUR REALITY

The manifestation of your state of mind – your consciousness – influences your life in every conceivable way. Your consciousness will always be a stronger force than the external world around...

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How to Shift from Suffering to Joy!

by Brook Still

Have you ever wondered why an event that happens can seem to be so much easier or harder from one person to the next in the same circumstance? A great example is having a relationship end and for one person it seems to be excruciating and for the other they may be a little sad yet moving forward quickly. Why the varying degrees of suffering? Let’s look at suffering first and then we’ll breakdown the varying degrees.

Here is the basic principle behind suffering; everyone suffers and as much as we all would like to avoid it, suffering seems to be an inherent part of life itself. The Buddha himself stated, “All I teach is suffering and the end of suffering”. Even with a brilliant master and so many teachings we are still swimming in the scummy pond of suffering. So let’s break this down into something much simpler, let’s stop over thinking, wash off the scum, and go for a swim in the clean clear waters of the ocean of liberation. Now...

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What You Want Vs. What You Get

THE WAY YOUR MIND WORKS

by Derek O'Neill

Your mind listens to everything that you say. It will manifest whatever it is – good, bad or anything in-between – in vast amounts. In other words, if you have a mentality of abundance, you will have an abundance of it! The same is true for living in fear and a state of lack. That fear will feed on itself, as your mind is incredibly powerful. What you say to your mind, including positive affirmations, is important to shift your perspective away from a mentality of scarcity.

SAY IT OUT LOUD

Our lives are manifest by words, and the words in your mind are what your consciousness is powered by. Everything starts with a single thought. The sequence of those thoughts is what makes the difference on how you manifest what you want.

Here’s a technique to begin creating a connection between words and affecting change in your life: Start with a thought, and then speak it out loud. For example, “I would like to meet people who...

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Forgiveness Is Often Misunderstood

 by Derek O'Neill

Feeling pain and hurt is the only way to truly see that you are the one that gives it size and shape in your life.

Forgiveness Is Freedom

Forgiveness is a powerful, often misunderstood, human experience. When we have been hurt or wronged by someone, one of the most natural reactions is to feel anger. If the anger persists, it can lead to deep resentments that may affect us for years. The idea of forgiving the offending party can seem impossible, unfair, and perhaps too difficult to even consider.

While forgiving others can begin with an understanding of what happened, and draw from a wide range of spiritual teachings about human nature, it is important to understand that forgiveness benefits you more than anyone else. We give a gift to ourselves when we forgive. No matter how serious the action that harmed us, working towards the goal of forgiveness will heal your heart and soul in a way that no person or event can ever take from you. Being a forgiving person...

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Leadership Skills for Becoming a Powerful Leader

by Brook Still

There is a term that we use called a natural born leader, which is not the same as a powerful leader. Natural born leaders have the pulse on what will inspire others around them and they can hold a space of connection that makes people feel at ease with them. Most of them can also motivate others around them to really want to step up and play with what they are presenting to them. As awesome as this is, this does not automatically make them a powerful leader. It may make them a great cheerleader or presenter to get a group excited about a product or event,but without the skills of leadership they don’t usually get anywhere.

Powerful leaders on the other hand, use both their intuition and a powerful formula of skills to not only inspire people, but to help them start to problem solve as a team to look for different ways to move beyond the status quo. They are on fire, they are passionate, they have an inner inertia that gets them motivated to move forward and...

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Vulnerability Is Your Strength

STEPPING BACK FROM STRESS

by Derek O'Neill

When you step back from your stress and the emotions that come with it, you are practicing positive detachment. If there are changes we can make, such as learning to say “no,” or not over-scheduling ourselves, or looking for help with a task that has us extended beyond our ability, we can lower our stress. Yet no matter how much or how little the shape of our external life can be rearranged, the internal shift is the most important. The same events and situations that cause you stress can be emotionally detached from in a healthy way. Detaching doesn’t mean you no longer care, or that you are just going through the motions. It means that you don’t allow the external world to trigger you. When stepping back from negative emotions becomes a new habit, you begin to clearly see that you have a choice in how stress affects you.

WAITING FOR HAPPINESS

We think that we have certain material things, or are in a perfect...

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