Friday, April 10, 2015

THE ART OF LIVING...

with Larry Rosenberg (far right)
 
The names of two of his books are Breath by Breath, and Three Steps to Awakening.

The name of his recent course at CIMC (Cambridge Insight Meditation Center) the meditation center he founded, is Don’t Turn Away. I am talking about the incomparable Larry Rosenberg. Larry is a truly gifted, compassionate, and wise meditation teacher, writer and scholar. I have had the great pleasure of sitting with him, studying with him, and even getting a hug from him!
Simply Being, not grasping, fearing, or worrying
 
Over the last nine years I have been a student at his center. They are very serious about meditation and the Buddha’s teachings. One thing I can say with certainty is when you truly open your eyes to your own life, and, see all of it fully (the good, the not so good, and the in-between) you will slowly be able to live a more full, vibrant, and awakened life. One thing I learned at CIMC is “Wise View is everything.” 
So many things bother us or get in our way, but, if we step back and truly see, fully see things as they are from a wise perspective, it can and will help us. The cause of our suffering usually leads back to us. Self-awareness is crucial to living a happier and less bogged down life. Freeing ourselves up to live a more vibrant life is an extraordinary gift to give ourselves, our family, and ultimately the world. It’s so much  easier to blame someone else for our problems and woes. But, for peace of mind, taking time to sit in silence, truly look at ourselves, and pay attention to how we are actually living, well, it sure seems worth it to me. You will literally breathe easier…and moment by moment appreciate life so much more as you fully bloom as a human being. What could be better than taking full  responsibility for your own life?! Not always so easy to do and that is why Larry titles the class, Don’t Turn Away.
Throwing fear aside and taking my Ideas to Harvard
The only secret is practice, practice, practice and be extremely kind to yourself every step along the way as you cultivate the extraordinary art of living well...

Please check out any of Larry’s gems; http://www.amazon.com/Larry-Rosenberg/e/B001K8CKRC

And, to learn more about the wonderful offerings at CIMC just go to: http://cambridgeinsight.org/

 


Monday, March 30, 2015

LIVING A COSMIC LIFE...

Drawings courtesy of www.cosmicperspective.net

LIVING A COSMIC LIFE
 
THE BEST ONLINE COURSE IN THE UNIVERSE

Course Description

This course is about the Big Picture, the Big Questions, and Living a Life That Matters. It's about discovering how we are from a cosmic perspective, how are all connected to a larger universe, and how we can discover and align ourselves with the dynamics of the cosmos in our everyday lives. We'll also tackle big topics such as life, death, and spirituality and their role in our lives.
Imagine going forward into the world each day, knowing that you are part of something much larger than yourself. Imagine how your relationships might transform if you recognized that the forces drawing you to your partner are the very same forces that shaped the galaxies, created the stars, and formed the molten Earth? Imagine what you could achieve in your life, knowing that you had 13.8 billion years of cosmic history and the forces of the universe behind you? Imagine how your life would transform once you saw yourself and your life as part of a much larger pattern of cosmic proportions and meaning?
These and other questions will be explored in this series of short but impactful and richly illustrated lectures on our place in the cosmos and our relationship to it. Each lecture will be accompanied by a downloadable transcript of the material as well as follow-up questions to consider for further reflection and insight. The course is self-paced, and participants are welcome to explore in an afternoon, or over the course of several weeks or months. Once you enroll in the course, you'll have permanent ongoing access to the course and its materials, allowing you to revisit any aspect of it when desired or needed. 
Anyone interested in living a spiritually-informed life aligned with the dynamics of the evolving cosmos will find a rich experience in taking this course. Whether you take this course as an individual or as part of a study group, you'll have food for thought for years to come.
 
Highly recommended....my friend Stephan Martin is an astronomer, educator, and writer who has taught astronomy and physics at colleges and educational centers across the U.S. for over twenty years. For more information, a free preview, or to enroll, simply go to
 

 

Monday, March 16, 2015

TOP OF THE MORNING TO YOU....

Here at Ageless with Aunty we LOVE to CELEBRATE
Especially a Saint's Day!
 
On St. Patrick's Day
We Celebrate Colorful People we meet at the Mall
WE can't resist Little Irish Lads with
Top Hats!
We display ALL THE GREEN WE CAN
EVEN GREEN DISCO LIGHTS
and Tableware
But the day wouldn't be complete
without the Irish Soda Bread
and Irish Breakfast TEA...
While we listen to Van Morrison...
 
Have a Wonderful March 17th
Sending a lucky Leprechaun your way....
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

DASHER...

A VISION IN WHITE

Dasher is not my dog. He’s a Samoyed breed that resides at the top of my street and has for many years. I love Dasher. There are many reasons I have such a strong affinity for this truly gorgeous animal.
First of all, Aunty loved Dasher too. We would always comment on how pretty he is. He’s a vision in white who continually graces our neighborhood. But, for me it’s even more. Dasher represents home and security. Dasher is always there. NO matter when I come home there he is to greet me as I turn down our street. When you want a big hug and a kiss Dasher always obliges. That dog is just a reminder of love, nature, friendship, home, and even family.  My family doesn’t live that close to me and while they might not always be around, Dasher is! I feel enormous comfort whenever I walk or ride by and say hi to Dasher. And, on some level I know that Dasher senses my good hearted feelings for him. WE connect.
These days, its makes me a little sad that Dasher is sick. His family must give him a shot every day. And, he may not be as big and fluffy as he once was.
Yet, he’s still out there EVERY DAY enjoying his spot in the world, and, a most wonderful part of the neighborhood. He still makes me feel cozy and happy every time I see him. And, he loves the snow. He seems to be even more alive in the snow. These days you can see him sitting high atop mountains of snow. And, that makes Dasher a very happy pup.
Thanks Dasher….and a special thank you to your family for taking such impeccable care of you. I agree, you are worth it!
We love you…
Samoyed is dog from Western Siberia where they are used for dog sled, for protection, herding, but also to keep their owners and little kids worm in cold Siberia. Samoyed is one of the oldest dog breeds dates at least 3,000 years in history.  They have beautiful white double layer coat. Top layer keeps bottom coat clean which make Samoyed appearance beautiful. They are perfect dogs for families and little kids, they are active and playful even when in older ages… that is according to www.blinkydog.com
Bottom photo courtesy of Blinkydog.com


 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

RAISE YOUR CUP...

 
 I got Aunty a cup of coffee today.

I was walking in the snow with a delicious cup of hot coffee, and, I heard her say from heaven…

“I would love a cup of coffee.” So, I raised my cup to her, and smiled, and said "This is for you Aunty. I love you forever and ever and ever. AMEN!"
 
As I looked up to the sky I sensed her delight. I felt like each little snowflake falling
on my face
was a kiss from my precious Aunty...
 
Completely over joyed and loved....
with the snow, the aroma, the memories,
and the steam from my coffee connecting us...

Happy Valentine's Day Aunty!
Happy Valentine's Day World!
 
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
~TODAY AND ALWAYS~