16 Sep 2013 Written by Caroline Chaplin Comments 0

There is a beautiful prayer:

"Give me the grace to accept that which I cannot change

And the courage to change that which I cannot accept"

This inspires me to let go of that which does not matter or which I am unable to change and accept that not all of life is under my control. What I can do is change the way that I react to external circumstances; change my attitude, change my outlook and seek to bring understanding and love into even the darkest of circumstances.

 

12 Sep 2013 Written by Caroline Chaplin Comments 0

Compassion seems like an old fashioned word but it is as full of relevance today and for the future as it ever was. The dictionary definition for compassion is to feel for the distress of another, or to have pity or mercy, towards another. My intuition tells me that compassion is an act that rewards the giver because in allowing yourself to identify with the suffering of another being, you deepen and enrich the depth of your own heart space.

12 Sep 2013 Written by Caroline Chaplin Comments 0

Finding joy in the small things in life, living with love and integrity, trusting that everything is perfect however much we fear the outcome.

19 Jul 2013 Written by Caroline Chaplin Comments 0

Orbs or grit on the camera lens? What do you think? All my other photos are crystal clear, but this one, taken at night in Chiang Mai is of a young monk playing with a dog. I have no opinions one way or the other.

20 Jun 2013 Written by Caroline Chaplin Comments 0

It is written that in the beginning was the Word, and from the power and intent of that word came the whole of creation. Words have power and coupled with intent can create.

20 Jun 2013 Written by Caroline Chaplin Comments 0

A few years ago became a grandmother for the first time. Little Elisa Josephine was born in Holland and in true grandmotherly style, I hot footed it across to see this new little being when she was just two weeks old. I was totally unprepared for the depth of emotion I would experience, and the instant bonding with another generation of Chaplin’s that occurred. I was blown away by this beautiful new soul and the miracle of her life. Those perfect little hands, those tiny ears… I could go on forever! It has added incredible impetus to my embracing of the technological age in the form of my learning to use Skype and to put pictures on my cell phone to show off to friends!

14 Jun 2013 Written by Caroline Chaplin Comments 0 Last Updated on 14 Jun 2013

" We cannot chose what Life throws at us but we can choose how we react to it."

We make choices in every area of our lives, in what we eat, what we wear, what we say and what we do. It is our own choice as to whether we make healthy or unhealthy choices. Our choices affect not only ourselves, but those around us, the environment and the planet.

15 Apr 2013 Written by Caroline Chaplin Comments 0 Last Updated on 14 Jun 2013

The StarElders are saying that by mid-year (JUNE) we will start to see the light at theend of the tunnel; thus beginning a shift to the stalled / disconnected energythat we have been feeling.

03 Apr 2013 Written by Caroline Chaplin Comments 0 Last Updated on 14 Jun 2013

May I be filled with lovingkindness

“I am larger and better than I thought. I did not know I held so much goodness.”

- Walt Whitman

This meditation uses words, images, and feelings to evoke alovingkindness and friendliness toward oneself and others. With eachrecitation of the phrases, we are expressing an intention, planting theseeds of loving wishes over and over in our heart.

With a loving heart as the background, all that we attempt, all thatwe encounter will open and flow more easily. You can begin the practiceof lovingkindness by meditating for fifteen or twenty minutes in a quietplace. Let yourself sit in a comfortable fashion. Let your body restand be relaxed. Let your heart be soft. Let go of any plans orpreoccupations.

Begin with yourself. Breathe gently, and recite inwardly the following traditional phrases directed toward our own well-being. You being with yourself because without loving yourself it is almost impossible to love others.

May I be filled with lovingkindness.

May I be safe from inner and outer dangers.

May I be well in body and mind.

May I be at ease and happy.

As you repeat these phrases, picture yourself as you are now, andhold that image in a heart of lovingkindness. Or perhaps you will findit easier to picture yourself as a young and beloved child. Adjust thewords and images in any way you wish. Create the exact phrases that bestopen your heart of kindness. Repeat these phrases over and over again,letting the feelings permeate your body and mind. Practice thismeditation for a number of weeks, until the sense of lovingkindness foryourself grows.

Be aware that this meditation may at times feel mechanical orawkward. It can also bring up feelings contrary to lovingkindness,feelings of irritation and anger. If this happens, it is especiallyimportant to be patient and kind toward yourself, allowing whateverarises to be received in a spirit of friendliness and kind affection.When you feel you have established some stronger sense of lovingkindnessfor yourself, you can then expand your meditation to include others.After focusing on yourself for five or ten minutes, choose a benefactor,someone in your life who has loved and truly cared for you. Picturethis person and carefully recite the same phrases:

May you be filled with lovingkindness.

May you be safe from inner and outer dangers.

May you be well in body and mind.

May you be at ease and happy.

Let the image and feelings you have for your benefactor support themeditation. Whether the image or feelings are clear or not does notmatter. In meditation they will be subject to change. Simply continue toplant the seeds of loving wishes, repeating the phrases gently nomatter what arises.

Expressing gratitude to our benefactors is a natural form of love. Infact, some people find lovingkindness for themselves so hard, theybegin their practice with a benefactor. This too is fine. The rule inlovingkindness practice is to follow the way that most easily opens yourheart.

When lovingkindness for your benefactor has developed, you cangradually begin to include other people in your meditation. Picturingeach beloved person, recite inwardly the same phrases, evoking a senseof lovingkindness for each person in turn.

After this you can include others: Spend some time wishing well to awider circle of friends. Then gradually extend your meditation topicture and include community members, neighbors, people everywhere,animals, all beings, the whole earth.

Finally, include the difficult people in your life, even your enemies, wishing that they too may be filled with lovingkindness and peace. This will take practice. But as your heart opens, first to loved ones and friends, you will find that in the end you won’t want to close it anymore.

Lovingkindness can be practiced anywhere. You can use this meditation in traffic jams, in buses, and on airplanes. As you silently practice this meditation among people, you will come to feel a wonderful connection with them – the power of lovingkindness. It will calm your mind and keep you connected to your heart.

03 Apr 2013 Written by Caroline Chaplin Comments 0 Last Updated on 14 Jun 2013

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Weigh the true advantages of forgiveness and resentment to the heart. Then choose.

~Jack Kornfield

More