The known formula for happiness is: Commitment will give you character. That will give you dignity. That will give you divinity. That will give you grace. That will give you the power to sacrifice. Then you’ll feel achieved, and you’ll be happy. -Yogi Bhajan

It doesn’t really feel like a graceful time on the planet right now. Confusion, instability, stress, and conflict feel heavy and distracting, and good reasons to keep busy and stay protected. But the deeper experience of grace is the revelation of receiving beauty and kindness when seemingly undeserved.
“Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.” -Hāfiz
So the biggest challenge is the notion the we have to earn loving kindness, or that the world owes us something in order for us to transactionally offer it back.
It’s easy to love something that’s easy to love, right? Your favorite meal, a sleeping baby, a beautiful sunset. But what about a difficult conversation, a judgmental relative, an unmet need. Do you offer the same loving kindness to those situations?
When we decide something/ someone is unworthy of our kindness or beauty and we withhold it, we are starving the world and ourselves from the only gift that can truly heal and harmonize our situation. We can no longer walk through the world constantly thinking “Does this moment or person or situation deserve my love, or not”? What we are really saying in those moments is, “Love is scarce”. Scarcity mindset creates more scarcity and more separation.
Instead can you think, “Who am I not to love”?
It is a surrender to that higher nature within that is grace. Choosing to let go of the resistance, the judgement, the armor, the righteousness, and allow this lovingkindness to meet you where we are, soften, and let it fill your presence.
When you’re in a mindset of abundance, you embody the capacity for unconditional kindness, then you are not only prosperous within yourself, but your entire being is an emanation of grace. It’s no longer a competition of who’s pain is greater, but how we recognize each other’s fragility and offer the one thing there truly is an infinite abundance of, love.
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Meditation for Peace

With the most corrupt person, you can be honest; with the most angry person, you can be cool; and with the most insulting person, you can be graceful. If the balance of your personality and your sensitivity can remain under your control and your projection, you have learned the art of living. -Yogi Bhajan
Join Rian Bodner and Johanna Bell,  co-directors of Illumina East as they discuss how to be a “spiritual” person in the real world.

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February 2020

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January 2020

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Nov 2019