Asheville Spirituality, Satsang, Meditation
It seems a very difficult thing,
this just noticing the mind
so possessively intertwined
with our fearful, dark,
often hostile memories.
It may very well be,
that if you patiently wait and see,
what you will really encounter,
is no more than your covered over,
scared little boy or girl,
who, at the…Continue
Added by Howard McQueen on March 27, 2013 at 2:04pm — No Comments
“Ashes to ashes and dust to dust.
Living we try – dying we must”.
Digging the soil with trowel in hand
Humbles and beckons me,
As only death can.
I am honored to perform this basic task.
I do not need distractive thoughts,
anxiety, philosophy or dread.
It is a simple and pure action to undertake.
I am grateful – saddened and awed by this friend’s passing.
His gentle kindness has filled my…Continue
Added by Howard McQueen on March 27, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Added by Sally Ross on March 1, 2013 at 3:36pm — No Comments
Sounds like a great thing going on down there in Asheville. Be nice to have something like that close to me in Plymouth, Mass. Guess I'll have to visit sometime!
As I sit here, our daughter Izabella, who is now 9 months old, is crawling around the living room looking for ways to pull her self up to standing. Iza, as Shelby likes to call her, is such a wonderful gift. Not only do we get to revel in her discovering everything for the first time, but we get to see her…Continue
Added by Trey Carland on January 12, 2013 at 2:33pm — No Comments
From Chapter 2 of The Selfward Facing Way ("Multiple Concepts, A Singular Wholeness"):
Something quite wonderful is occurring at this stage of our human story. We are now developing a quantum understanding of reality, based on mathematical principles (and backed by discoveries in astronomy and molecular biology as well as other fields of natural science), to reflect and confirm what the greatest saints and sages…Continue
Added by Sally Ross on November 23, 2012 at 2:52pm — No Comments
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Originally posted / Version 1.0 October 21, 2012; Fernandina Beach, FL
All to often
I feel that
Added by Howard McQueen on November 21, 2012 at 11:48am — No Comments
Eight years ago today, November 7, 2004, I had my first grand mal seizure and was diagnosed with epilepsy. Interestingly enough, it was on the day that John Kerry conceded the presidential election to George Bush. Though I was not a fan of Kerry, at that time I was strongly opposed to Bush. When I learned the news I was very upset and went into the kitchen to tell my wife, Shelby, the bad news. The next thing I remember I was sitting on our stairs with paramedics looking up at me and…Continue
Added by Trey Carland on November 9, 2012 at 1:51am — No Comments
© 2012 Howard McQueen
Come to a full stop.
Bring your awareness and attention to your inner states of balance and harmony.
And, be honest with yourself.
What disturbances and conflicts are exacerbating your inner balance and harmony?
Once you identify these invasive thoughts and uncover their beliefs,
recognize that they are your guests.
Perhaps they have extended their stay?
It’s a huge house you…Continue
Added by Howard McQueen on November 1, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
© 2012 Howard McQueen
Everything made of love
and everything made of fear
incubated and harbored in the human mind.
Ours is a journey of discernment,
of recognizing where love has gone astray
and escaped in the forms of anger,
distrust, sadness, depression …
Ours is both an inward journey,
As well as an outward journey.
We may try to cloister ourselves from the external…Continue
Added by Howard McQueen on October 28, 2012 at 10:36am — No Comments
Something that has become undeniable to me, is the presence of a sacredness that is infused within all people and all things.
It is a sense of great beauty that fills my whole being with love. Ever since this sacredness made itself known to me, or any other words, ever since I realized I am this sacredness, or essence, or presence, a deep healing and restoration of true sanity began to take place.
There is a sense that every place of division inside myself is being…Continue
Added by Dylan Eller Smith on October 26, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Where do thoughts come from? They seem to just appear out of the silence of our mind. They come in the form of words predominantly, but also images. No one else can hear them or see them, which makes them very private and personal. For the most part they are purely unintentional and random, but we take this voice in the head to be the only authority on what’s true and what’s not. Therefore, thoughts make up who we think we are and who we think the rest of the world is.
© 2012 Howard McQueen
All the inner voices,
calling out for attention;
some of them advocating for discord.
there is also a soft voice calling forth from a simple wholeness.
It is not the loudest.
It lacks the drama carried by the other voices.
And, yes, even when you clearly hear it,
you still sometimes clam up into a forced silence,
denying yourself your own…Continue
Added by Howard McQueen on October 8, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Guardian Angels are thought to be spiritual beings that are "assigned" to assist people here on Earth in various ways. Whether there is one angel per person, one angel for several person or several angels for one person is open to question. But whether you believe in them or not, or whether you want one or not, believers insist that you do have a guardian angel. What is their assignment? According to "Encounters of the Angelic Kind" at Future365 (now defunct), "they intercept at many…Continue
Added by Izabella Malenka on August 21, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments
Spiritual well-being, and the role it plays in your life, is stronger than you may believe. The word "spiritual" refers to that core dimension of YOU - your innermost self. It provides you with that profound sense of who you are, where you came from, where you're going and how you might reach your goals. Spiritual wellness may mean different things to different people. For some, spirituality may be synonymous with traditional religion, while for others it relates primarily to the quality of…Continue
Added by Izabella Malenka on August 20, 2012 at 10:05pm — No Comments
I was just sitting in silence when a voice started to speak: “Just look around dear one and tell me what you see”. I was surprised and I opened my eyes to see where the voice was coming from. I looked around and was facing t
Added by Margriet Hagens on August 13, 2012 at 9:27am — No Comments
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Spiritual awakening is not always straightforward and well-paced. Mine wasn’t. That I am here at all caring for my family, working, able to express my experience, speak with and inspire others, is to a large degree due to the healing work of Charlie Morris. This does not mean the other supports, incredible teachers, teachings and practices I have been blessed to receive are not also very…Continue
Added by Teala on August 10, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
© 2012 Howard McQueen
We are each on a journey,
a journey into opportunities to uncover our courage,
to encourage ourselves and others
to look beyond and feel beyond the lenses of what we fear.
A journey to notice that when we contract in fear,
we close like a beautiful flower
and we deny ourselves of receiving life sustaining love
and of giving life sustaining love.
A journey to notice that our…Continue
Added by Howard McQueen on August 10, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
Added by Margriet Hagens on August 6, 2012 at 3:26pm — No Comments