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Emerson: “Where but in the intuitions which are vouchsafed us from within, shall we learn the Truth? (page 58)”
Zen Bhante Gunaratana: Meditation sharpens your concentration and your thinking power. Then, piece by piece, your own subconscious motives and mechanics become clear to you. Your intuition sharpens. The precision of your thought increases, and gradually you come to a direct knowledge of things as they really are, without prejudice and without illusion. (page 10)”
Just another great reason to start 2017 off with a meditation and mindfulness practice. How would you like to be more intuitive about things in your life—relationships, job opportunities, health, healing, and wholeness? Well, if you believe what both Emerson and Bhante Gunaratana offer in their teachings you have the power to enhance and grow your intuition through meditation and mindfulness.
Ratnaghosa says in his talk The Angel in the Rock: So the first level of Faith in Buddhism is based on intuition. Then comes reason and finally experience. So what these various teachers are saying to us is that it is important that we sharpen our intuition and one of the best ways to do that is through meditation. Or as Emerson said going “within.”
As we develop a good meditation practice we begin to see our lives change in dramatic ways. Our health improves, our relationships improve, and we can depend on our “intuition” more and more to ensure our actions are in alignment with what is best for all concerned in any situation. Everyone has had an occasion in his or her life where you did something and you did not know why. You might have said, “I just had a gut feeling about this.” And you were right! If you had not gone with your gut things would not have turned out as well as they did, that’s for sure.
So get ready to be amazed in 2017 at how powerful your intuition will become in all areas of your life. This is a great time to open yourself to meditation, to mindfulness, and to trusting your intuition! Go within and watch what happens!
Keep me posted!
I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
 Dillaway, N. (1949) The Gospel of Emerson. The Montrose Press: Wakefield, MA
 Gunaratana, B. (2011) Mindfulness in Plain English. Wisdom Publications: Boston, MA
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“All the great prophets taught that you will find a sense of peace and purpose in stillness. They all wanted you to be able to find peace within yourself (page 42).”
~Russell Simmons (Success through Stillness)
Stillness can be seen sometimes out my office window when not a single leaf is moving on the trees. Sometimes I see stillness in my dog Annie as she lays contentedly next to me sleeping in her little bed. At times she is so still that I have to look at her stomach to see if she is still breathing!
I find stillness in my mind and body when I am sitting each morning meditating. I even have felt stillness as I’ve sipped my morning coffee savoring the taste of it on my tongue, feeling the warmth of it moving down my throat while breathing in the fragrance of the coffee and the hazelnut creamer.
Stillness can be found anywhere and anytime if you are looking for it. Even at the Fourth of July fireworks celebration you can be so focused on the beauty of the fireworks and the sound of them that your entire being is one with them. You are so connected that you don’t hear the screams of the children or the barking of the dogs.
Stillness is not a thing—it is a place that we go when our minds are focused so thoroughly on one thing that time has stopped and space and eternity is everywhere in that moment of stillness. When I was a child I loved to read the Nancy Drew mysteries. I was there in the stillness of the book and the moment. I was Nancy walking, running, jumping, solving the mystery. I sat still for hours on the couch or on my bed engrossed in the book. There were many days when my mother would literally have to walk into the room and shake me to get my attention. She was so exasperated that I did not respond to her calling my name to come in for supper.
Stillness, what is it really? What mysteries does it hold? Oh, the places you will go! There is no time in stillness. Stillness can last a nanosecond or an hour without differentiation. We welcome stillness sometimes when things are getting too busy at work, school, or home. We crave it when we are stuck in activity, thinking, emotions, and the adrenaline rush!
Such is a time to hold up a big STOP sign in your mind. Such is a time to take hold of your breath and breathe three times slowly simply counting one on the in breath and two on the out breath. To find stillness in the breath, to live between the heart beats, where eternity lives is divine.
Take charge of your life, find time every day, as often as possible for a “stillness break” instead of a coffee break or an ice cream break! Meet the peace within yourself. You’ll be glad you did—so will everyone around you, I’m sure!
Let’s meet in the stillness where we will definitely find our good today! See you there! I await your presence!
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