Saturday, May 12, 2012

Caring Meditation - Breathing Practice

April shared this wonderful Caring Medittation - breathing practice:
"You may have read or heard about the so-called positive thinkers of the West.  They say "When you breathe out, throw out all your misery and negativity. and when you breathe in, breathe in joy, happiness, cheerfulness."

Start being compassionate.
*When you breathe in, breathe in all the misery and suffering of all the beings of the world - past, present and future.

All the darkness, all the negativity, all the hell that exists anywhere, you are breathing it in.. And let it be absorbed into your heart.

*And when you breathe out, breathe out all the joy you have, all the blissfulness that you have, all the benediction that you have.

Breathe out, pour yourself into existence. This is the method of compassion: drink in all the suffering and pour out all the blessings.
And you will be surprised if you do it. The moment you take all the sufferings of the world inside you, they are no longer sufferings. The heart immediately transforms the energy. The heart is a transforming force: drink in misery, and it is transformed into blissfulness... then pour it out.
Once you have learned that your heart can do this magic, this miracle, you would like to do it again and again. Try it. It is one of the most practical methods - simple, and it brings immediate results. Do it today, and see."

From The Book of Wisdom : Discourses on Atisha`s Seven Points of Mind Training, by Osho


  1. Happy to find this blog. There must be very few pantheists in the world. There are only a few blogs, and most of them are rarely updated. Yours looks great though. I plan on visiting often.

  2. Hello! I was wondering if you would like to contribute to the animist blog carnival. Glen is very involved with the Green Sanctuary program at his UU church and another blogger is a naturalistic pantheist. The following is the call I sent for submission,please share with anyone you know who might be interested! Thanks!

    it is in parts as it is long....

    While many of us are still working on a BIRDS contribution for the August Animist Blog Carnival (deadline July 29th) hosted at animist jottings (, I wanted to give everyone a head’s up on September’s theme: BIOREGION. It shall be hosted by Lupa at Therioshamism ( Please have your essays/poems/pictures/etc posted on your blog before August 28th and a link sent to Lupa on or before the 28th (
    Your contribution can be older writing/art that relates to bioregion.
    Some ideas: Water shed, native food shed, foraging. Geology. How does one bioregion in your life feel different from another? Photos of your bioregion. Famous poems, slang or songs about/from your bioregion. Climate Change/development affecting bioregion. Internet or facebook as a bioregion. Totem of the bioregion. Saying hello to a new bioregion, saying goodbye to one when you move. Topophilia. Guide books for your bioregion. Ceremonies about a bioregion’s seasonal changes. A personal almanac. Astrological chart as bioregion. Local economy, locavore eating, local arts, local music scene. The maps in children’s books- what if you made one for your bioregion or one from your past? History of bioregion. Art made with found items from bioregion. Idealized goal for bioregion. Resources for studying bioregion. Teachers about your bioregion. Soil testing, putting in a garden, who grows where the best. Symbiotic relationships in your bioregion. Natural disasters. Why tourists come. Why you live there. What your role is in the bioregion. Body as bioregion. Weather patterns, animal migration, other cycles. Indigenous people of the bioregion, where are they now? Land restoration and wildlife rehabbing. Invasive species and extinct species. Interview with a human, tree, river where you live. Globalization and bioregion. A scene from your animist life interacting in some small way with the bioregion, the return of a migrating bird, the first rains after a dry spell, tending the community garden, shoveling snow, the first fruit of the year at the farmer’s market. An annual vacation spot. Bioregions of the past: where felt right for you, where felt wrong? How does the bioregion affect the human civilization, behaviors and cultures there?

  3. ABC Contributor Guidelines
    1. Write an essay, poem, memoir, conduct an interview, etc about the month’s theme. (To check the theme, go to the ABC HQ.) Or film a song or photograph an image or art piece that is about the theme.
    2. Post on your blog with a link to the month’s hosting blog and a link to the ABC HQ (
    3. Send link to your post to that month’s host by the 2nd to last day of the month.
    I created a bioregional re-indigenize quiz, which is in the TerraMystes ( wiki. Yep, Glen built a wiki just for bioregional animism and sacred ecology, to have another aspect of collaborative work. The quiz is meant as a jumping off point for getting to know your bioregion. If you take a look at it, it might spark some ideas. I filled it out myself on my blog ( and I think it would be cool if the wiki someday had a section of people worldwide’s answers to the quiz, so if you ever fill it out, please let us know! TerraMystes is rather ambitious and still in beta phase with me as the beta tester, but Glen hopes it will be a collective center for bioregional animists and sacred ecologist types. He’s still tweeking it so if it is down for a day, that’s why.
    For those thinking even farther ahead, September 28th deadline is for DEATH, hosted at Pray to the Moon.
    Does anyone want to choose to a topic and host for Nov, Dec, Jan or Feb?
    If you are on the fence, going “Am I an animist?” this month I’ll share some quotes from Emma Restall Orr’s book on animism, the Wakeful World:
    “As a metaphysical monism, animism is based upon the idea that nature’s essence is minded. We have no language just what that essence is, but- and indeed because – fundamentally it is all that there is. Moment by moment, interaction within that essence generates data that utilizes nature’s capacity for mind, rousing it to perceive and respond.”
    “(I)n his practice of learning and reverence, the animist will acknowledge the spirits of a place, the spirits of a river, of fire and storm, the spirits of tribe, of motherhood, of the dead, the spirits of a gathering, of an event in time, and so on. In doing so he is reaching to perceive those fleeting patterns that, so filled with energy and potentiality, are the essential moments flowing into moments, the raw creativity that manifests each form, saturating each experience. (He) is aspiring to play an active and respectful part on the creative process of life, even if only though gratitude, awe and devotion. (T)he animist will also acknowledge the soul, reaching here to catch a glimpse of what is the summation of all that has been.”
    “Everything in nature is awake, both perceiving its environment and with its own being….However, I am not proposing that everything is capable of making considered decisions, nor that everything could be then said to be accountable for its actions as if it were self-determining.”
    “(E)verything exists for itself. The conviction that everything has its place within the greater soul of nature, that everything is in wakeful relationship with every other member if its community or communities, confers to everything an inherent value…. “(E)verything is sacred.”