Mindfulness for Beginners

Mindfulness for Beginners – Uncovering Inner Peace This 90 minute class will introduce you to the practice of mindfulness.  In the classroom we’ll chat about the physical, emotional, and mental benefits of mindfulness and how to call …

Charactering

I opened our local newspaper this morning and saw this nondual comic while looking to see if my name is listed in the obituaries as Carl Reiner suggests. Apparently I am still here. I took myself quite seriously until …

A Me Wanting to Be

Let’s dig into the tendency to make meaning of what is appearing. When peeling the proverbial nonduality onion we often see duality as a concept to be hacked, dissolved, erased, believing duality is the problem.  Most, if …

Intellect

Many are obsessed with intellectual accomplishments and use the body as a vehicle to service the brain/mind. This is can be quite satisfying to those addicted to information and knowledge. When it’s all been read, said, studied, …

Surrender and Silence of the Lambs

Today we’ll walk towards what frightens most of us…surrender, falling through ourselves and letting go.  Before 2011, reading sentences like the previous one would have sent my heart rate soaring as I had major control issues.  My …

Center of “Me”

It feels like we have a center, yes? I certainly thought so for most of my life…until one day I noticed I (as anita) was a well-developed concept and set of beliefs. Logically, and with all you …

Thinking About Thoughts?

When we begin to soften, to let go a bit, and perceive with an attitude and lens of not-knowing, we ease into vulnerability, rawness, and a willingness to meet and greet what is appearing instead of living …

Longing

Most of us long to fix and improve ourselves and make an imaginary entity (a me) feel better, even more spiritual. Religions are famous for perpetuating this notion of being a separate and personal self in need …

Glimpsing Perfection

I kiss the lips of oblivion and my name is abyss. So deeply washed as this mystery I cannot comprehend or explain how I’ve awakened as an endless swoosh of the cosmos through my heart. The ideas …

Easy Breezy Waking Up

I am not surprised to read the misleading content below from a well known and respected website about the science of nonduality: “Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual, and scientific understanding of non-separation and fundamental intrinsic oneness. For …

What is Nondual Philosophy?

The essays and posts on this website are about the science and philosophy of infinite, edgeless, timeless, aware presence based upon a simplified philosophy of life or creation appearing as “not-two.”  Jesus the Christ, the Buddha, Lao …

Relationships

Today’s essay is brought to you by the joys and heartaches of relationships. I received a note this week from “I’m Outta Here” — a younger fella who is about to strangle his very chatty girlfriend and …

Ashtavakra Gita

I devoured the paradoxical and powerful teachings of the Ashtavakra Gita, in particular, and other Advaita teachings on the spiritual path.  Advaita (the Sanskrit word meaning “not-two”) are the scriptures within the ancient Vedanta teachings pointing towards a singular omnipresent …

Paradoxical Jesus

I identified as a Christian pilgrim since the 1960s when I was baptized in a Southern Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC.  As an adult, I began attending the United Methodist Church since, in general, the UMC seems …

Politics

I received these current events questions below via email: Anita, here are some questions for you regarding conscious responses to the current political unfoldment: How to Be the accepting of all as is while saying no to actions that …

Karma

Many pilgrims worship and explore the nature of an Absolute or God when pondering a spiritual life, existence, and the afterlife. It seems there is nothing scarier than to imagine an endless oblivion at the death of the …

Archetypes

Humans, believing themselves to be separate beings, begin collecting stories about themselves because they believe what others tell them they are and they believe the thoughts passing through the mind are personal thoughts. All this collecting…of stories …

Animals

Animals do not think and do not believe they live in a relative world of subjects and objects.  Nor are animals saddled with the tendency to name, label, and claim experiences and judge or evaluate life or …

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

The belief that creation unfolds at the feet of seven billion individuals, each with a personal awareness and consciousness, is the belief of the vast majority. I also believed this until 2011 when I witnessed the falling …