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Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience…Watts gained a large following in the San Francisco Bay Area while working as a volunteer programmer at KPFA, a Pacifica Radio station in Berkeley. Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism.

 

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Gems 4.91

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Gems 4.89

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Gems 4.89 Ekhart Tolle purify well of contentment

Inner Transformation

One night in 1977, at the age of 29, after having suffered from long periods of depression, Tolle says he experienced an “inner transformation”. That night he awakened from his sleep, suffering from feelings of depression that were “almost unbearable,” but then experienced a life-changing epiphany. Recounting the experience, he says,

“I couldn’t live with myself any longer. And in this a question arose without an answer: who is the ‘I’ that cannot live with the self? What is the self? I felt drawn into a void! I didn’t know at the time that what really happened was the mind-made self, with its heaviness, its problems, that lives between the unsatisfying past and the fearful future, collapsed. It dissolved. The next morning I woke up and everything was so peaceful. The peace was there because there was no self. Just a sense of presence or “beingness,” just observing and watching.”

Eckhart Tolle, Wikipedia

For the next three years after this epiphany, Eckhart Tolle did nothing.  He sat on park benches and slept on trams. Tolle’s family thought he was insane.  In actuality, he was exploring this vast new inner-space from which he emerged with a clear vision. His first book, The Power of Now circled the planet and brought joy and enlightenment to many people.

“I think Eckhart is a prophet of our times. I keep Eckhart’s book at my bed-side. I think it’s essential spiritual teachings. It’s one of the most valuable books I’ve ever read.”  — Oprah

Eckhart Tolle Now

This is much like what Nimo Patel of Empty Hands Music talked about in his Ted Talk regarding his own inner transformation.judgy opposite = free your mind  Nimo’s “nothingness” was, he said, about three things simplify, experiment and serve.  Like Tolle, Nimo also spoke of purification as part of the inner journey.  After three years, Nimo emerged to share his musical vision with the world.  Since then, his vision has circled the planet and brought joy and enlightenment to many people.

 

Your Nothingness
☼ Where can you find your nothingness?
☼ How would you explore it?
☼ How would you go about this purification?

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Gems 4.88

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from “Being Kind” EmptyHandsMusic.org

 

Tuesday is muse day.  Who inspires you?

Nimo Patel of Empty Hands music has been one of my biggest inspirations.  I met Nimo in DC two years ago. It was one of the happiest days of my life.  Hearing Nimo perform was like being bathed in love, from start to finish, the kind of love that is pure and contagious and literally inspiring — filled with Spirit.

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Today Empty Hands released a beautiful new video, “We Shall Overcome.”  I hope it unites the entire world in song.  Small acts of kindness really can change the world. I believe that.  Do you?

 

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Gems 4.87

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Idea for graphic came from: Reddit, B_GCS

How Introverts Make Friends

  1. Dogs* count as friends.  (*includes all non-humans, animate or inanimate, imaginary or real, alive or otherwise.)
  2. An extrovert found them, liked them and adopted them.
How Introverts Make Friends

This was posted ↑ this way on Reddit and re-created for under1000skies with the *details after reading several comments by cat owners, and others. =)

Are you an introvert?  (If so, put your hand up, then quickly down again.)  Me too.  Some of the most interesting people I’ve never met are, or were, introverts.  Jane Austin, Albert Einstein, Dr. Seuss… (An extensive, and delightfully surprising, list of more introverts is here).

The internet is the perfect place for introverts.  Finally, we can unite (separately, in our own quiet homes.)  Go to any social media, and we have our own hashtag.  For example: #introverts on Tumblr.

Well met, dear introvert, and Happy Monday (fun day) to all, intro-, extro- and ambiverts (balanced between both).  I hope that this re-created graphic made you smile today.  If you are an introvert, here’s a fun test.  “What kind of Introvert are you? (Mine was “healer.”)

The Champion- very smart, unique, and has a vast intellect that helps them to create and invent
The Artist- non-conformist and multi-talented with an eye for change and natural expression
The Mastermind- determined, strong and inspiring, while also very guarded and private
The Protector- emotionally complex, social, outgoing, kind and yet paradoxical
The Healer- understanding, spiritual, altruistic, calm and relaxed
The Architect- knowledgeable, hands on, intuitive, and enjoys teaching others
Read more at http://www.sun-gazing.com/quiz-type-introvert

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Starting today, I’m going to do an audio version of the posts both here, on Niki Flow and on Grammy Miami.  The first two are so that my husband (or anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time to read) can enjoy these too; the last is so I can send the link to my daughter for my beautiful granddaughters.  My husband travels a lot and is my biggest fan, but he doesn’t often get a chance to read during the day.   This way I can send him the link and he can listen while driving.  The audio isn’t the best here, but we have better mics to be installed soon.

♥. n.f.

Gems 4.86

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003 Gems 4.86 TGIForfatter

T.G.I.Forfatter (writer)

(23 June 2018)

Did you know that Norwegian is the only language that I know in which the word “writer” starts with a letter “F.”  I looked, as you can see by the extensive list below!  Thus it is the only language I could use yesterday to fit our “TGIF: What It Really Means” category. I love the beauty and diversity of these languages.  I apologize about the confusion.  This is a next day edit to explain! Our contributing homeless artists write beautiful poetry and I believe could sell their works, if they were so inclined.  Johnny O’s poems have been shared on television in Denver and he belongs to a vibrant and very hip writers group there.  Cord’s poetry and photos are exquisite, each one a work of art.  So I wanted to encourage Cord, Johnny and anyone who has the courage to “sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

“Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself…It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.” – Harper Lee

“Writing eases my suffering . . . writing is my way of reaffirming my own existence.” – Gao Xingjian

“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” – Flannery O’Connor

“I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.” – Octavia E. Butler

from Why I Write

TGIF – What It Really Means

Thank Goodness I’m a Forfatter*

*escritor
*skrywer
*shkrimtar
الكاتب*
*գրող
*yazıçı
*লেখক
*idazleak
*пісьменнік
*pisac
*magsusulat
*wolemba
*scritturi
*spisovatel
*schrijver
*verkisto
*kirjanik
*manunulat
*kirjailija
*écrivain
*skriuwer
*escritor
*მწერალი
*Schriftsteller
*συγγραφέας
*લેખક
*ekriven
*marubuci
*ka mea kākau
סופר*
*लेखक
*kws sau ntawv
*író
*rithöfundur
*onye edemede
*penulis
*scríbhneoir
*scrittore
*ライター
*ಬರಹಗಾರ
*жазушы
*អ្នកនិពន្ធ
*작가
*nivîskar
*жазуучу
*ນັກຂຽນ
*auctor
*rakstnieks
*rašytojas
*Schrëftsteller
*писател
*mpanoratra
*എഴുത്തുകാരൻ
*kittieb
*kaituhi
*लेखक
*зохиолч
*စာရေးဆရာ
*लेखक
لیکوال*
نویسنده*
*pisarz
*escritor
*ਲੇਖਕ
*scriitor
*писатель
*tusitala
*sgrìobhadair
*писац
*mongoli
*munyori
اديب*
*ලේඛකයෙක්
*spisovateľ
*pisatelj
*qoraa
*escritor
*nu nulis
*mwandishi
*Writer
*нависанда
*எழுத்தாளர்
*రచయిత
*นักเขียน
*yazar
*письменник
مصنف*
*yozuvchi
*người viết
*ysgrifennwr
*umbhali
שרייַבער*
*onkqwe
*umlobi

Source:  Google Translate.

 

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  If you get a moment, please send a prayer and/or good thoughts for two beautiful creatives souls and under1000skies’ artists, Johnny O who hasn’t been seen in a couple of weeks, and my son Ben Archer, missing since March 2, 2016.   ♡  Thank you. 

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