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Even when being generous feels forced, even at times when giving your time or money feels about as attractive as getting into a cold shower, you can still do it as a practice. Even imperfect generosity is beneficial. Being generous transforms us, which means that the more we do it, the better we get at it, just as practice improves our meditation or our tennis serve or our social skills.

The practice of generosity confronts us on several levels. It tests our trust in abundance. It tests our ability to empathize with others. And finally, it calls us on our sense of separation. The more “different” we feel from other people, the harder it will be to give freely. The more we recognize that we are one and that other people’s happiness is as important as ours, the more easily we can offer what we have. At the same time, acting generously strengthens our feeling of connectedness to the rest of the world. That’s the true fruit of practicing generosity. Sooner or later, it will give us the insight that giving to others is really giving to ourselves — because in truth there is no other.

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He who should inspire and lead his race must be defended from travelling with the souls of other men, from living, breathing, reading, and writing in the daily, time-worn yoke of their opinions. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Daily Quote 19.11.2010

Action expresses priorities. –Gandhi

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Be Courageous

What does courage tempered by wisdom look like?

Basically, we’re talking about the difference between the raw and the cooked, the green and the ripened. Between the two lies a world of discipline, surrender, and experience.

Raw courage, for one thing, is based on emotion, fueled by anger and desire. Yet raw courage can also operate without morals or ethics; it can work in the service of aims that are unconscious, deluded, or even sleazy. The real mark of uncooked courage is the trail it leaves, a karmic minefield of misunderstanding, pain, and enmity that can injure us if it isn’t cleared.

Cooked or ripe courage, on the other hand, contains discipline, wisdom, and, especially, a quality of presence. Skill has something to do with it, of course. It’s much easier to act bravely when we know how to do what we’re doing. Ultimately, though, ripened courage rests on a profound trust in something greater than your own abilities — it lies in trusting the Self, the Divine, the stability of one’s own center.

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DROP-IN QIGONG CLASSES

When: Thursday evenings until December 16th

Time: 5:30pm – 6:45pm

Where: The Church of the Good Shepherd on the corner of Margaret and Queen Street in Kitchener

(enter by the side door from the car park)

$10.00 (sliding scale in either direction)

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Today’s Quote 12.11.2010

Leave me here when the winds are sweet and the sky is as blue as the ocean. – Author Unknown

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Daily Quote 10.11.2010

“There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.” – Buddha

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This is a very beautiful healing and calming meditation for peace and harmony.
1. Sit quietly in a chair or floor with a straight posture and relax your muscles for a couple minutes.
2. Meditate on your liver (upper right rib cage); visualize the color green for one minute.
3. Meditate on the heart and visualize the color red for a minute
4. Meditate on the stomach (upper left rib cage) and visualize the color yellow.
5. Meditate on your lungs and visualize the color white for one minute
6. Meditate on your kidneys and visualize the color dark blue for a minute.

Practice this meditation until you feel the peace of God or Tao flowing through you. Meditate when you have good energy and feel rested. Perform morning or night or when you feel upset, angry, fearful, anxious or out-of- balance. Go inside to find inner peace, then go out into the world with love. Learn to do things for the joy of doing them. Sing for the joy of singing, dance for the joy of dancing, work for the joy of working, serve for the joy of serving, without thinking of a reward.

Above all, see the beautiful in life and be thankful for what you have.

The love of God-Tao will shower blessings upon you beyond your wildest expectations!

May it be so.

Peace and Love for everyone.

Peace and Love for you.

Peace and Love for me.

 

Namaste.

Suzie

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Quote of the day 09.11.2010

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” –  Mahatma Gandhi

 

“The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.” – Leonard Nimoy

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