We all contain paradoxes within ourselves. As well, we encounter paradox in others and the world around us. These seemingly contradictory propositions create tension and ambivalence, but if can “hold the tension" and travel through them, we can find beauty, growth and creativity. Thanks for listening!
From the time we are born, we are shaped by our experiences. We develop our sense of self based on feedback we get from our environment and inevitably end up with some rigid "programming," which we believe defines who we are. The goal is that we become aware of this programming and develop more flexibility in how we see ourselves. Thanks for listening!
In order to continue expanding our consciousness, we must have an abiding trust in existence itself. Amazingly, we can assimilate even the most difficult of circumstances into a resilient narrative. Life is there to shape us by transforming our "programming" so we can connect with the Largest Self or being-ness and become more flexible and complex beings. Thanks for listening!
We form ideas of ourselves through interaction with our environment. The relationships we have with people around us and the feedback we get from our environment reflect back to us important information. We form impressions of ourselves which are discarded as we grow and develop. It's important to know ourselves and be exactly who we are, and be willing to surrender these impressions for the next evolution of our being.
We naturally judge ourselves and others based on the small self's desire to be valuable, and create safety and control. The goal is that we would be able to suspend our constant judgments of ourselves, others and the world and accept ourselves and others, even in our "mistakes."
We have a tendency to analyze and categorize our experiences - of ourselves, others and the world around us. This is a necessary function our brains have, but if we are constantly approaching our life just dividing what we see into "good" and "bad," or other categories, we limit our experience. Non-dualistic thinking is about receiving and encountering the whole of our experience - the "good" and the "bad." This helps us be more present and have more robust and cohesive experiences. We are...
People's ability to be resilient despite their loss and pain is amazing. How do we continue to move forward and want anything when we are constantly experiencing grief? We are grateful for your input and questions. They help us shape this discussion and make it richer!
The discussion of grief continues. This episode is about connecting with the Larger Presence through our grief. There is something larger than just the attainment of our desires or being guided by our ego’s agenda. Also, we would love to have your feedback and questions here or on facebook at facebook.com/asingletree!
We are constantly in grief - not just when we have experienced "big" losses. Any time we experience any kind of change or even just unmet expectations for our lives, grief is active. In our culture, we orient ourselves toward having what we consider "the good life," but there is wisdom in being oriented toward and in tune with our grief. It is happening in us on a daily basis, and is our avenue to a deeper joy.
Amazing trees are a pattern for our growth personally and in our organizations and communities. They effortlessly demonstrate that growth is a natural part of the world around us and the wisdom of realizing our existence is equal parts life and death. Pruning and a little death are necessary for health and growth.
Connect with the Larger Self through contemplative and meditative practices. The goal of connecting with the Larger Self is to be more in touch with ourselves, others and a larger meaning. We hope you will join us in this process of discovery. As we examine our own inner selves, we will discover how connected we are with one another and the world around us.
More about the "small self" (or ego) and how we can take a proper stance toward it to shed layers and become our fullest selves, connecting with the "large self," where we find connection and wholeness.
We all search for context to help us find meaning in our circumstances. The largest context that exists is consciousness itself. We are all a part of it and it is that from which we came. If we go back and connect with this largest context which we can call "being-ness," then we can have a better understanding of our existence. And we can focus on "just being" in the being-ness. This helps us diminish the role of our ego (aka "small self"), having less thoughts of ourselves and achieving a...