Divine by Design

Divine by Disign
Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depth of their hearts where neither sin nor know/edge could reach, the core of reality, the person that each one is in the eyes of the divine. If only they could see themselves as they really are, if only we could see each other that way all the time, there would be no more need for war; for hatred, for greed, for cruelty. I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.”
Thomas Merton

Can we see the beauty in all hearts? Perhaps the place to start is with our own and to trust that we are all Divine by Design. I invite you today to practice seeing the beauty and Divinity in everyone you encounter. Your work is the work of conscious evolution…

with Love and Gratitude,
michael

Finding Stillness

If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose,
becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation.
Chuang Tzu

Coming back from the high Sierra’s I felt a overwhelmed by the busyness around me. Especially, when I went to the gym that first morning with 14 televisions going full blast, each with a different perspective on the world, except for one common element, they all wanted me to buy something. But, what my soul craves is to be in that still place I savor in nature… We all seem to be suffering from Nature Deficit Disorder. Perhaps a walk in nature today would still our busy minds. If not that, let’s take three deep breaths together right now… Can you feel the heartbeat of the earth? She is breathing us. Let go and let her do her work.

Blessings,
Michael

If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose,
becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation.
Chuang Tzu

Coming back from the high Sierra’s I felt a overwhelmed by the busyness around me. Especially, when I went to the gym that first morning with 14 televisions going full blast, each with a different perspective on the world, except for one common element, they all wanted me to buy something. But, what my soul craves is to be in that still place I savor in nature… We all seem to be suffering from Nature Deficit Disorder. Perhaps a walk in nature today would still our busy minds. If not that, let’s take three deep breaths together right now… Can you feel the heartbeat of the earth? She is breathing us. Let go and let her do her work.

Blessings,
Michael

Upcoming Shows on Conversations - October through December, 2009

Upcoming Shows on KVMR’s Conversations with Michael Stone
Every Tuesday at 1pm PST

CONVERSATIONS, hosted by Michael Stone, brings you leading edge thinkers in the areas of Environmental Restoration, Evolutionary Cosmology, Social Justice and Spiritual fulfillment. We look for positive solutions to local and global issues that leave you touched, moved, and inspired to action. [...]

Blossoming

Nature supports our personal blossoming (if we have any quiet exposure to her) through her spontaneities, through her beauty, power, and mirroring, through her dazzling variety of species and habitats,and by way of the wind, Moon, Sun, stars, and galaxies.
Bill Plotkin (who will be on Conversations on KVMR next week)

Is the flower of your heart [...]

Evolutionary Compassion

“The human being is that space in which the comprehensive compassion that pervades the universe from the very beginning now begins to surface –within consciousness.(As compared with the natural displays of compassion by other creatures that is not necessarily ‘within consciousness.’) That’s the only difference. We didn’t create compassion, but it’s flowing through us-or it could. The phase change that we’re in seems, to me, to depend upon that comprehensive compassion unfurling in the human species.”
Brian Swimme, coauthor with Thomas Berry of The Universe Story

We are on the brink of a collective breakthrough in the evolution of consciousness. What allows for that breakthrough is that we have become aware of being aware and we are realizing that we have the power of choice. It is this conscious choice that will determine if we are to have an evolutionary bounce or crash. Having taken hold of the reins of the beast we must now train him to use this power with wisdom and compassion. How will you train the beast today? Do you realize that the reins are in your hands? How will you let compassion flow through you today? Let’s choose this life affirming power of conscious compassion today…

May our hearts melt open in the fires of our deep compassion…
michael

Story Blossoms

If you’ve heard this story before, don’t stop me, because I’d like to hear it again.
Groucho Marx

Ever notice how the stories we tell and the ones that continually replay in our heads emanate from a relatively small number of themes, like “not enough…”, “searching for love…”, “life is hard…”? Not all stories are negative — what’s important is to be aware of the stories we are telling with our lives. One of the reasons I love moving meditation is that it brings up our current story and leaves us with a choice of whether to act out that story or choose a new, perhaps more life affirming one. I invite you to explore your story today. What is it and how is it shaping my actions, my conversations and my life? If you were the author of your own destiny, which you are, what is the story you would begin writing right now, with this breath. This morning at Sweat Your Prayers we will be exploring our stories in movement…

May you life fully into your soul’s story,
michael

beyond duality

Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing is a field. I’ll meet you there.
Rumi
There is a tendency to sort and categorize everything and everyone. We often put people and things in boxes of right/wrong, good/bad, worthy/not worthy, all of which are based on our past experience. As we quiet the mind we begin to see the continuum between our inner world and our perception of outer reality. On closer inspection we begin to see the interconnection of all life. A simple practice is to catch our judgments, projections and perceptions and say “I am that”. If we really explore the I in the other we will begin to sow the seeds of peace and joy. Try it today. Let’s break down the walls of separation and step into to the field of pure love and compassion.

Blessings on your day.
michael

Love & Truth

Your ability to feel love is directly proportional to your ability to tell
the complete truth. The more truth you have in your life, the more love you
will experience. Honest relationships with direct and effective communication
are a source of increasing love and self-esteem.
John Gray

May the light of love be filled with the truth of your heart today. Isn’t it the authentic self of anyone that we fall in love with. To find my most authentic self, I go to my body. For me that is an essential part of moving meditation. Part of my personal practice in the dance is to keep repeating the question or mantra, “What is true right now”. I invite you to join me today in engaging in that question…

Love and Blessings,
michael

Self Connection

Ultimately, what we are looking to is the deepest connection within ourselves.
As we get more connected to that, we begin to feel in harmony with other people and with the rest of the world.
Shakti Gawain

How do we connect with ourselves in the escalating pace of our daily lives? It is by going to the natural world that we discover our relationship to all life. Let’s take a deep breath and feel our connection to life as it moves upwards from the feet, inward through the breath and outward through the heart… May you recognize the connections around and within on this beautiful day.

Blessings,
michael

A Voice for All Souls

A Voice For All Souls

By way of love, by way of attunement, by way of connection with the undying
spirit that lives and breathes and moves in all that is,
past/present/future, this weekend is devoted to venturing further into
experiencing the meeting of the visible and invisible worlds and dissolving
the veils that appear to separate us. Through dance invocations, tonal
incantations, through song, writing and full-bodied prayer ­ we will cross
over again and again ­ offering our bodies and voices as vehicles to honor
our dead ancestors and to journey all the way to communion with ‘that which
never dies’. $275 early reg, $320 reg.