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Where does wonder reside?
There is wonder all around us. When we live in awe, it has a positive effect on us and our whole way of being. Take a moment and look around, the furniture, outside the window, at all the people and things within your vision. For just a moment, pause where you are, soak in the current state of the area around you, and pay special attention to your own state of being.
Wonder is a state of exploration.
When we live in a state of wonder we are seeking the truth. Making us explorers of life. In this state of being we experience joy, a joy so natural that it builds curiosity, wisdom, and humility.

Life’s experiences are full of beauty.
Opportunities exist to see life as a never-ending invitation to explore grace that is found in our pure existence. Open yourself to the divine and walk your path easily like a child exploring the wonders of life. Your divine heart is wanting… yearning to be awakened to the beauty of living.
Wonder is simple.
We are made of Love so wonder is our natural state – to be in wonder – is as natural as it is for the trees to bloom, for birds to sing, for rivers to flow to the ocean. Wonder is a natural state of the present moment. Those that are not living in the moment are lusting for the future and postponing this moment, missing the exploration of now. The flame of hear and now dances in the reality of our fulfilling life.
Maintain your awe.
Go deep into this present now – whatsoever you are doing. You can be reading, eating, dancing, singing or maintaining your garden – whatsoever you are doing. This is the only time you have, why not do it totally? Why not be in wonder and joy? Wonder and Being Total mean the same thing. You maintain your wonder only when you are totally in something, and when you are totally in something you wonder.
That is only the beginning of the majesty of wonder.
Many geometric patterns have a universal appeal and can be found virtually everywhere. Explore the arrangement of branches along the stems of plants, of veins in leaves, and in the geometry of crystals and symbols. No one has eyes like you, they are deep and authentic, instantly recognizable as you. Listen for someone’s truth, see how beautiful their truth is. There is always something valuable in another’s words. Listen to the world around you. Just like the vibration of empowering music, sound can lift us up to fly high above our circumstances, and then there is nothing more beautiful than the sound of laughter.
Compassion is awe inspiring.
Imagine you are a part of a vast circle that includes everyone else on the planet, where everyone is connecting to their inherent light as they recognize the divine gift they have to share. Look at all individuals you meet, understanding that each of them have a wonderful gift of their hearts to share. Feel the compassion within as it builds for each person. As you live with wonder, you key into what life holds for us and your wonder unlocks and swings open the door of awe. Your new way of being provides a healthier way of living with less stress.
Fascination is more than a nice addition to our life.
Wonder has a purpose that plays a real role in the quality of our lives, and our mental state. There are studies that show patients heal faster when they have a view of beautiful surroundings in and out of the room. We are drawn to spaces that feel more natural and that inspire us. This week, decide to pay attention to your sense of fascination and find ways to consume it, just as you would anything that’s good for you. See and experience the wonder of life through enjoyment and participation. Therefore, take time to renew and honor playtime, to become receptive to synchronistic messages. Our level of happiness is based on how we choose to view and live our lives.

David Bennett a contemplative life spokesman, energetic healer, and transformational life coach. Author, of Voyage of Purpose.
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Man is lost and is wandering in a jungle where real values have no meaning. Real values can have meaning to man only when he steps on to the spiritual path, a path where negative emotions have no use. –Sai Baba

The Chinese philosopher, Lao Tse promotes the philosophy that our being is always connected to an Infinite Being – a transcendent consciousness that is behind all. It is not the active manifestation of the created universe, but the original consciousness behind it. It is that which, in stillness and unchanging perfection, always was and always will be.

The secret to a satisfying blend of mindfulness is to realize that there is a natural flow of influences at work in all parts of the universe, due to this interconnection to the original consciousness. Once you can accept this you can begin to sense the natural flow of universal movement and act within that flow. If this moment is not right for a certain type of action, then an aware person can choose to slow the task or simply postpones the action. An easy way of recognizing that a moment is not right is when feeling resistance for a task. When the same aware person senses that the right moment has arrived, then they act and easily accomplish the task.

In Stoic Philosophy the thought is to accept the current circumstances and instead focus on your choices what can you do that is within your spiritual ideal. It means not forcing a situation to be what it isn’t. Look for a better choice to achieve your objective, and/or wait for your innate sense of timing to feel right.

Let’s shift gears and consider our focus and concentration when looking for satisfying mindfulness. Consider that to some degree, we all concentrate or are mindful. Ordinary levels of concentration steady our mind as we read a book or perform tasks such as cook a meal. Because concentration is a neutral quality, it can be used for both skillful and unskilled, or even positive or negative purposes. Those are all choices. Our concentration/mindfulness develops from our wholehearted dedication to a subject or action.

Taking that thought deeper let’s look at meditation as the ultimate mindfulness/concentration exercise. In meditation, the methodical development of concentration brings access to deep inner states and insights. Meditative concentration grows as we become fully focused on one experience to the exclusion of others. Our consciousness becomes engaged and united, one with the subject of our concentration and the influence of the universal transcendental consciousness.

The subject of meditative concentration can be simple. We can focus on visualization, on the breath or a prayer. We can even reach a meditative state when we allow our concentration to carry us away with the flow of music or poetry. The subject of our focus flavors our consciousness, concentration, and choices. If we focus on love, the consciousness will be filled with the quality of love. Our inner states can become filled with their particular qualities of peace or compassion.

All of these schools of thought move us toward understanding our inner states and our connection to a greater consciousness. This, in turn, brings us a sense of virtue, happiness, and emotional resilience.

David Bennett a contemplative life spokesman, energetic healer, and transformational life coach. Author, of Voyage of Purpose and A Voice as Old as Time.
Webpage – https://DharmaTalks.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/DharmaTalks
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DavidDharmaTalks

 

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Grasping and holding on to something is not the usual way of nature. It distracts and turns us away from our ideal path. If taken too far craving makes us frustrated and miserable. When we allow gratitude and acceptance to show us where we are at any moment, it focuses us on what is really important. With this focus, a window appears letting in the light and illuminating our true nature. How beautiful…

Allow the future to unfold

Let go of worry, concern, and anxiety by breathing in the freedom of this moment. Life is a rolling wave; ever moving with incredible force and it’s constantly changing. We all have a connection to the universal infinite living mind. Let it be the rose in our hearts, constantly reminding us to be mindful, present, and to shine our Light. Positive attitudes build positive lives and create a more purpose-filled life.

When we expand our idea of who we are and broaden the scope of our awareness, it leads us to challenge other limitations. The Divine within is ever alert, expanding our awareness so that we see clearly. Expansion creates flashes and peaks of insight linking our conscious with our unconscious.

Be True

Although we are allowing change, stay true to yourself by knowing what is truly needed and significant in life. Focus on your unlimited potential, your spiritual connection, and your daily needs. Stay grounded with a connection to your higher self.

Build Self-Confidence

Do not underestimate yourself put everything you have into this life. The lesson is there with every breath. Every breath holds the possibility for all our futures. Every breath is an opportunity to share and teach. With every breath celebrate the joy of living in this moment of ever-expanding change. We have all the creative power of the universe in our hands, so dare to be all that is within you. Accept you are a magnificent Being with the empowering stamina to outlast time and acknowledge your true nature is interconnected to the universe.

David Bennett a contemplative life spokesman, energetic healer, and transformational life coach. Author, of Voyage of Purpose and A Voice as Old as Time.
Webpage – http://DharmaTalks.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/DharmaTalks
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DavidDharmaTalks

 

I’m very honored to let everyone know, I was just notified that my blog Dharma Talks has been selected by feedspot.com as one of the Top 75 Consciousness Blogs on the web.


I hope you’ll enjoy my latest Contemplative Living Podcast where I explore Authenticity, Non-Judgement and Breaking Free of Separateness. This month’s guided meditation is “Finding Your Authentic Self.”

https://contemplativeliving.podbean.com/e/authenticity-non-judgment-breaking-free-of-separateness/

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In this Contemplative Living Show we will explore Authenticity, Non-Judgment, and Breaking Free of Separateness. Toward the end of the podcast I’ll share a guided Contemplative Meditation.
Today we will be reflecting on Finding Your Authentic Self

The Buddha once said
See what is.
See what is not.
Follow the true way.

Let us be Authentic in our lives, unafraid to live with spirituality as our guiding light. Expressing love and receiving love is the only path needed. When we live as Authentic Beings, we experience the brilliance and majesty of life. Being Authentic in life allows us to be brave as well as tender, a different type of strength.

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170124-acceptance-of-oneselfOur uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together.   –Linda Thompson

Our unawareness keeps us believing we are separate individuals. Each of us is independently forging a life with so many other individuals. Am I my job, my family, or a conglomerate of all those personas, which can be put on and taken off as needed? At times we feel like a pillar in the middle of a hurricane, with humanity’s madness swirling around us. It is then that we are quietly reminded: “Be the Pillar.”

To be the pillar requires a shift, a change in focus, a review of sorts. Try to examine from a greater perspective. Looking for the wonder, the miracle unfolding. It may not be easy, but being the pillar sometimes reveals the clues to finding a direction or future path of empowerment that reflects our true nature. No matter what our life experiences are, or how we feel about ourselves, we are all divine with amazing gifts and abilities to share with the universe. We share the responsibilities of sculpting our personalities into loving Light. In the Light we are all the Elk, attentive sentries outlasting time.

Accept yourself to yourself. Acceptance of the past can free us from it. As you come to understand your imperfection, you learn to accept it with the intention of improving yourself. Know this is where we are at this moment and we can step out in the Light of Divine Love where there is no imperfection, there is only simplicity in Being. The freeing quality of acceptance allows us to soar as our True Being.

It can be difficult when seeing yourself clearly for the first time, so be gentle with yourself. Know that your true nature cannot be taken away or diminished by others, because your strength lies within. Continue with this practice until you feel the release of your self-imposed confinement. This may take many days or months, yet developing the practice of acceptance will eventually become a way of being.

Now liberated, flow forward with loving intention and heart-centered actions and life will begin to grow brighter tomorrows. Always identify yourself with gratitude and acceptance. This is who you are at this moment, and you are developing this moment with positive intentions.

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David Bennett is a public speaker, author, teacher, energetic healer, and transformational life coach. He’s appeared on radio and television, including on The Story of God w/ Morgan Freeman, Dr Oz,  Angels Among Us, NBC national news, and PBS. Author, of Voyage of Purpose and A Voice as Old as Time.
http://DharmaTalks.com

 

160930-free-time-to-free-the-mindHave you ever been working so hard and fast then to only realize you were getting very little done? Of course you have – we all have! We all have moments when we feel so crazed and scattered that our productivity simply vanishes. Its times like these there seems to be no solution.

 Rest and activity are the steps toward progress and always remember balance is key. It may seem counterproductive but in order to be productive we have to balance our outer life with our inner life. We generally have all our work time scheduled; and when we get home we have family, chores, and lists of projects. But what about time for play, rest, and relaxation, do we have time in our calendar for them? Many times rest and relaxation are just an afterthought.” Oh, I’ll take time off when I get caught up.” But we never really get caught up because the projects just keep coming, so the busy cycle continues, and we spiral downward.

 Our thoughts can work against us, greatly adding to our problems. Making them bigger rather than working for us and making problems smaller and more manageable. Do good and feel good. Do bad and feel bad. It’s that simple. Our work life depends on our inner satisfaction and peace. When we feel we aren’t getting anywhere our awareness leaves the present moment and attaches to the past or the future and we lose our sense of direction in the present. Try looking through the front windshield and not the rearview mirror.

 So, what can we do? We must set aside time to apply self-care to our real needs, what our true nature desires. Then life becomes much lighter. Mentally, we are hungry for nourishing experiences that free the mind to inner peace. Every cell of our body already knows to respond to the ever-changing circumstance with adaptability and creativity to maintain its health and balance.

 The creative core is a term for the deep well of creativity and creative capacity that is in every human being. Living from your creative core means you respond to every moment from a place of possibility and openness. When we are creatively and emotionally nourished, then our true nature is in balance with our physical self and we can accomplish more.

 Take a break from social media whenever you can to focus on the positivity in your real, immediate life. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and set time aside for activities that nourish your Being. Reading a book, meditation, or doing something to stir the creative spark within you; all of these things can be the key to your inner satisfaction. Successful people have found that if they spend time on their selves their professional lives prosper. So don’t forget to schedule vacations and make time in your day to bring peace and contentment to your Being.

 Focus your conscious mind on things you desire not things you fear. Doing so brings dreams to life. Self-knowledge has nothing to do with our ego or personality; it is about our True Nature and the unique and vital role that only we can contribute to the cosmos. You are only destined to become one person – the person you decide to be.

David Bennett enjoys the retired life of a public speaker, author, teacher, energetic healer, and transformational life coach. He’s appeared on radio and television, including on The Story of God w/ Morgan Freeman, Dr Oz, Angels Among Us, NBC national news, and PBS. Author, of Voyage of Purpose and A Voice as Old as Time.
David’s Website is: http://DharmaTalks.com