Posts Tagged‘ascended’

Are Empathy and Compassion the Same? A Treatise

Okay, this is not technically a treatise; it’s more like a few paragraphs about very important ideas that confuse people (me) at times. Many people use compassion and empathy synonymously. They are light years apart in terms of mind/body states. I think we get confused because we practice one to get to the other. We dare to look at the suffering of others (empathy) to awaken this powerful state (compassion) that we scarcely remember. When we practice empathy as a response to witnessing another human suffering, we are relating to that person through similar feelings of suffering. In this way, we awaken our…

COMPASSION

A compassionate response to a friend or loved one who is suffering is a powerful, effortless, and perfect response of knowing. So the question is, if compassion requires “knowing,” how can we be compassionate if we don’t feel as if we know answers about their situation? How can we be compassionate with ourselves and heal our own lives? Compassion is an ascended posture of knowing, but I left out the good part.  This “magical ascended knowing posture” is also your authentic self.  The big epiphany we awaken to is that we don’t know how to be compassionate because we don’t know ourselves (or we are afraid to be ourselves in…

Skittles and Swimming Lessons

We were at the swimming pool after a swim lesson. I remember that clearly. My daughter, 6, and her 4-year-old bestie were ready for a treat after their long class. It was at least 95 degrees, and we had been there all afternoon. Adults and kids both were fried. My 2-year-old had wrapped herself around my neck like a giant breathing necklace. My only thoughts were dinner, baths, and bed—before they had a meltdown. As was the swim-lesson ritual, each child had carefully picked out a treat from the vending machine. Skittles at dinnertime, yes, awesome parenting, but hey they were starving. We were standing around letting the kids air dry…

SURRENDER DOROTHY!

I was the girl who wanted to be great at everything—without practice. I was great at nothing. NO. NATURAL. TALENT. Yet, because I had to practice a lot at everything, I learned that practice meant I was learning something new every time. As a spiritual teacher, I find this to be the coolest news I get to deliver. The goal of unrelenting, unending earthly processes is not to torture you, but to awaken you to this notion. The chores we perform 20,000 times in a lifetime were never meant to be the same experience even once. They were never meant as “chores” either. These rote tasks are to teach us every time—new…

Compassion: The Door to the Universe

Compassion. It’s a buzzword of the spiritual elite and the only word most psychologists get really excited about. The word itself appeared around the mid-1300s, so it’s not a new concept; yet in the real world, there are very few people speaking of compassion. One rarely hears parents in parks reminding their children to be more compassionate. For me, personally, compassion is a word whose meaning was completely elusive most of my life. All I can say is that, somehow, we know compassion is really important, yet we do not seem to be very compassionate as a whole. The idea…

RESOLVE: The Greatest Gift We Are Given (and the Only Thing We Are Seeking)

If Harry Potter could tell you what the magic force was in his wand, he would say “resolve.” Resolve is a universal force and sensation linked with the effortless power within you in unity with the universe. That’s why we all seem to want it come January 1 every year—we subconsciously remember its link with oneness. This is the time of year we naturally ascend and move into this powerful state of oneness (and resolve) naturally, which is why Christians celebrate the birth of an ascended being, Jesus, this time of year. According to Webster’s, “resolve” is defined as “finding a solution to something” or to…

Overwhelmed in Kansas…

Hi Dana, What do you do to stay grounded during the holidays, and do you get overwhelmed? ANSWER: First, thank you for supporting the blog! Excellent question(s), too. Know this: there have been periods this season where I’m sure my husband thought he was married to Snow White’s eighth dwarf, “Overwhelmed.” It began as a poorly engineered November with a pre-holiday road trip where I ate my way through 2,400 miles across Colorado, New Mexico, and North Texas as if there was an eating contest at every restaurant and roadside dive. So now, I have entered the party, present, and stress-out-the-wazoo season, in…