Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Mystery of Enlightenment

Initially, enlightenment is living in the present moment and accepting your situation as it is. That is a pretty heavy task for anyone in any time. It is often said that an enlightened person cannot be angered by small talk or negative energy.

Many people are humble and believe that they will never be enlightened in this life. They also believe: The goal of enlightenment is too vast for the average person to achieve. However, should you just give up?

What can you do to attain enlightenment?

You should meditate daily: This will help you connect to the world around you. This is an awareness of plants, animals, people and many things around you that are often not appreciated or overlooked.

Meditation will enhance awareness of yourself, everything around you, and the connection between the two. This will bring out the ability to see reality as it is - with the ultimate goal of reaching a state of pure consciousness.

Understand the value of prayer, mantras, and singing. Even if you only practice in your mind, this will strengthen positive energy within you. Many people resort to theses practices; to gain comfort in times of need. This is a shame because you can gain the positive benefits of prayer, mantras, and singing, any time.

Remember, enlightenment is not a race: You would be shocked at the number of people who put pressure on themselves to be instantly enlightened.

It is good to have goals in life, so creating a log to track your progress is a beneficial practice. Your log may track your meditation sessions, your ability to deal with, or diffuse, negative situations, your ability to create positive energy and project it to others, and your ability to see reality.

If you continue the process of keeping and maintaining a log, your results will be encouraging. You may also want to join a group with compatible religious beliefs, search for a teacher, or share your practice with a friend on the same path.

Lastly, do not be frustrated by uncertainty and learn to accept what you cannot control. If all humans could maintain enlightenment, we would experience world peace. We could all accept each other, despite differences of culture, nationality, color, sex, religious beliefs, or any other thing humans can find to develop a pre-conceived notion about each other.

About The Author

Paul Jerard, is a co-owner and the director of Yoga teacher training at Aura Wellness Center in North Providence RI. He has been a certified Master Yoga teacher since 1995. He is a master instructor of martial arts. He teaches Yoga, martial arts, and fitness to children, adults, and seniors in Providence. Recently he wrote: Is Running a Yoga Business Right for You? For Yoga students, who may be considering a new career as a Yoga teacher.

AURAWellnessCtr@aol.com

Dance With Words: A new Writers Portal for the experienced and the amateur writer

Are you a writer looking for a great place to share stories, experiences, to communicate with other creative souls? And individual who wishes to meet new and interesting people? If so, you need to visit www.dance-with-words.com

A diverse culture of writers with a wide range of experience and savvy participate in this group. Unlike other writing groups, www.dance-with-words.com is a free writers community, where you can find affordable resources for self-publishing, printing, and on-line courses that can inspire you to tap into your creative spirit.

Description of the Group:

In this Group we will speak about the love we have for language and how using words motivates us to write poetry, meditations, stories, dialogues, journal entries, novels, novellas, all genres and styles, in order to both create and find joy and meaning. We will share the work of those poets and writers who have and do inspire and teach.

I am Margot Van Sluytman, Published Poet and Writer, Administrator of www.dance-with-words.com, and I am holding the First International Dance-With-Words Poetry Contest. I am a Professional Member of the Canadian Author s Association, Peterborough Chair of the Federation of Canadian Poets. Lover of language.

I have a wonderful dream of dancing around the world with language, with words, sharing within communities and groups who value how the process of using words inspires richness, springing from soul, even souls that have been hurt finding and creating joy. www.dance-with-words.com was create to have a place to go to talk with respect and passion, to write poetry and prose, to listen to the words of others. To dance. To dance. To dance.

It is my other dream to promote artists who would otherwise not be able to promote themselves to create a site for the work of individuals whose work must be known. Must be shared.

The First International Dance With Words Poetry Contest, which has already drawn television and newspaper coverage, offers an opportunity to showcase your work.

Let me introduce those involved with: First International Dance With Words Poetry Contest

**the individual who offered $175.00 for the contest prizes, and who wishes to remain anonymous;

**Rick McKenna www.rpm-computing.com who has donated all of his time to www.dance-with-words web design and marketing and who has committed to creating the web site for the artists we will promote;

**Joan E.Cadham, National President of the Canadian Author s Association, who believes deeply along with our members in the motto, Writers Helping Writers. www.canauthors.org She is a judge on the panel.

**Lesley Parrott, well known public speaker and media interviewee. She is particularly noted for delivering uplifting and inspiring messages, based on life experiences. She runs a successful Toronto-based consulting firm. www.lesleyparrott.ca She is a judge on the panel.

**Gerry McCarthy, publisher of the highly successful, incredibly well written e-Zine, with mind-blowing content www.thesocialedge.com He is a judge on the panel.

For more information contact: info@margotvansluytman.com or visit: www.dance-with-words.com

I look forward to sharing this amazing dance with you all, Margot.

About The Author

Margot Van Sluytman
For more information about the author visit http://www.margotvansluytman.com

info@margotvansluytman.com