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Spiritual Tools for Conscious Living – an introduction

January 12, 2010 By: Julie Clayton Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit


This is an exciting time to be alive—because we are all pioneers on the edge of our awareness. Our potential is only limited by the constraints of our imagination. All of the world’s spiritual and wisdom traditions are now available for us to tap into. More so, the ancient knowledge is being updated, reinvented, and re-imagined to meet both our darkest human conditions and our brightest visions. Technology, science, and metaphysics have revealed and made available the truth of our interconnectivity: we are all connected; what we do matters, we belong to each other; we are all on this fragile and wondrous planet together.

Please join me in exploring some of the well known and lesser-known authors and luminaries of spiritual tools for conscious living. In this 3-part series I will introduce three books for each aspect of mind/body/spirit, and highlight the spiritual tools offered through them. As a new consciousness writer, editor, and book reviewer, I read hundreds of new consciousness books a year. Books (and film/Internet) are my primary means of keeping attuned to the movement and tempo of conscious awakening, both within myself and within the global family. Each of the books discussed have stood out for me personally, reinforcing or shaping my psycho-spiritual evolution, offering me new insights to digest or apply, and/or inspiring me toward my potential. I hope they do the same for you.

Please join me tomorrow for Body, part 1 of 3.

Live – and Live Some More!

January 05, 2010 By: Pamela Wright Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit


Creating resolutions at the beginning of a new year is not usually my thing. Perhaps it’s too mainstream, too impossible, too trite. Intentions, on the other hand, are right up my alley.  Setting an intention — a purpose — seems bigger, more royal and loftier an undertaking. Intentions require deep consideration from a place of heart, with an ideal of change which leads us to knowing ourselves a bit more. Discovery. Breakthrough. Becoming. Live as if you’re fully alive, experiencing each of the senses as though they are amplified.

A friend, visiting on the heels of a very full and heartwarming visit “home for the holidays,” asked me if we were in a hurry as we prepared for an outing in the city. I felt annoyed by what I perceived to be her dawdling and painstakingly slow preparations. I had ceased being in the moment of present life and was rushing ahead to whatever imaginary adventures lay waiting outside in the pre-new year  bustle. Unfortunately, this behavior prevailed without my realizing its meaning until after her departure. I thought we were living, traveling to this or that city site, showing off my new surroundings with the intention of being a good host.  Isn’t that what we do when friends and family visit; we do things?

How to live is different to each of us. As truth can be explored in a multi-facet of ways, so can living a conscious life. The running from one thing to another can be a way of avoiding ourselves or it can be the avenue for “getting to your life” by not allowing a moment to pass unaware. The evening landscape from the Portland City Grill’s 30th floor location is a treasure to share with anyone. Remembering to take it all in slowly amongst the buzz of table-seeking patrons, could be a challenge. Relishing the flavor of a lavender martini and the artfully presented stack of papaya, cucumber and avocado required some moments of stillness — a suspension of time. As I look back, I can say with certainty the lingering looks around the panorama, sips, nibbles and tidbits of conversation were truly superb.

I offer the notion we want  to experience our lives as though “everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein says this is one way to live life. Whether it’s a morning of solitude, bold coffee and quiet contemplation or deciding at the last minute to make that music event across town, live it and live it good!

Find a balance, seize the moment, prioritize, dream, check off #12 on your Bucket List, “create fate everyday,” aspire, be serious and silly, be kind, keep it real (no BS), say “cheers,” step outside your box for new ideas (keeps the brain young), give without condition, receive with gratitude, learn, love without fear, be willing to change.

Live and live some more, in all the moments of 2010.

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