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  1. Patience is a way out of the dark. - Parvati, Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary

    Why Opening to the Gift of Patience Has the Power to Light Up Our Holiday

    I have been thinking a lot about patience this year. Perhaps you have too, as we have had to adjust to life in repeated lockdowns and ongoing social distancing. Patience may feel like a skill we are challenged to develop, or a kind of self-imposed control. Yet perhaps it is deeper and more natural than these. Nature is masterful at both practicing and teaching patience. The pandemic – both in its cause of which we are a part, and in its solution to which we are being summoned – is a perfect example of Nature calling us to live with patience. We may think we need to wrestle and toil to learn patience. But it comes more through a quiet unveiling than through willful mustering. Patience is like the way our eyes adjust to a dark room. We need to allow our perception of control to shift. We have a tendency to perceive the moment as inherently wrong somehow, as though we must fight or control it. Patience is a gentle yet immensely powerful letting go of that perception. This past year has been humbling proof of how little control we have over anything—other than the way we perceive and choose to respond to a given situation. Just as we don’t question when night comes after…

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  2. Patience brings lightness of being - Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary

    How to Find Light in a Dark Time When You Feel Thwarted

    Out of work, away from family and friends, and off our usual routines: this is not where most of us were expecting to be in December 2020. A year ago, no one knew that we were on the verge of a global pandemic. In the wake of cancelled plans, social distancing, and financial turbulence, as well as the tens of millions of cases and 1.6 million deaths due to COVID-19, we are nearing the end of a year that has changed the face of the world. The upheaval has affected my life with vanished tour plans, 16 months away from my husband, and pauses on my work in the music studio to lead several major pivots for MAPS (the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) with Parvati Foundation. When plans are thwarted by circumstance, we may feel like roadkill at the side of our life’s path. This year, we likely all have felt thwarted in some way. Though we may like our lives to return to “normal”, we cannot will our way out of our current situation. Whether we protest or deny it or sink into despair, we are where we are. And we have the freedom to choose one of the most deceptively powerful responses to it, one that Nature itself encourages at this time of year:…

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  3. Forgiveness is Anti-Viral Medicine - Parvati - Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary

    How Forgiveness is an Anti-Virus to Heal Our Hearts

    What role does forgiveness play in your life? Do you quickly and naturally return to peace after a painful incident? Do you try to act forgiving, when all the while you feel knotted up inside? Or do you act out in anger fueled by pain? If we wish to feel more at ease within ourselves and the world, we must be willing to practice forgiveness. Through the past few weeks, we have been exploring how we can take the first steps in that direction. For example, we can humbly reconsider the way we perceive a painful situation, choose to reconnect with the fullness of the present moment beyond our limited perceptions, and recognize our shared humanity to awaken compassion. This week, let’s take a look at the power of forgiveness as an antivirus. There is an illness to which we are all susceptible: the tendency to feel “not enough”. It could be that we feel we don’t have enough money, or enough things, or enough love. The list is literally endless. Because of this, we can often see the world as against us in some way. We deny the possibility of true happiness, lasting love, and forgiveness. To perceive ourselves or the moment as fundamentally “not enough” is to believe we are separate from nature and…

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  4. Three Practices You Can Do Right Now to Feel Connection, Healing and Forgiveness When You've Been Hurt - Parvati - Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary

    Three Practices You Can Do Right Now to Feel Connection, Healing and Forgiveness When You’ve Been Hurt

    As several parts of the world are back in lockdown with another wave of COVID-19, in the northern hemisphere the days are increasingly short and dark. Even while Nature is introverted, the skies are dim and we are in isolation, we can discover a light that never ceases for renewed hope and energy. We are always connected, held within the wise and compassionate fabric of life. This week, as we consider how happiness arises from interconnection, let’s continue the exploration of our capacity to forgive. Here are three practical ways to put the power of interconnection into practice for greater health, peace and joy. 1. Reconnect with the moment. Our experiences colour our perspective. And because our perspective is limited, in turn it colours our experiences. When feeling hurt and called to forgive, we need to pause and consider that we may not be seeing the full picture. Without realizing it, we tend to engage in an ongoing struggle with the present moment. Most of us feel that it is somehow against us or failing to meet our needs. This is a painful way to live. It counters our essence and the natural flow of life. Living this way is what I call being in the impossibilities. We feel disconnected from love, from ourselves, and from…

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  5. Three Ways to Expand Your Perspective Toward Forgiveness - Parvati, Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary

    To Forgive, Begin with These Three Steps to See the Situation in a New Light

    How do you forgive when you feel hurt? Last week, I shared some of what I have learned about the process of forgiveness. This week, I would like to begin to share some practical steps you can take to find forgiveness that I will reveal over the coming weeks. They begin with the willingness to see your situation in a new light. As I look at the window after my morning meditation today, I see the array of patterns in the sky, as millions of fluffy snowflakes float to the ground. It is the first snowfall that I have seen this year and it brings with it a delight that invokes the childlike quality of wonder and awe. Just as we each are, every snowflake is unique. This reminds me that though we all share similar qualities with each other, such as the need for love or the fear of being hurt, the way we each express ourselves in the world is uniquely our own. The snow also reminds me of how life is not linear. We may like things to happen in straight lines, but nothing in Nature is that way. In a similar way, most events in our lives are a process with a non-sequential, interwoven quality. Forgiveness is no exception. Though we may…

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  6. How forgiveness heals your old feelings of "not enough" - - Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary

    How Forgiveness Heals Your Old Feelings of “Not Enough”

    While individually and collectively we have faced many challenges in 2020, I take comfort in knowing that interest in forgiveness has increased this year. For example, the Global Forgiveness Initiative reports that their website has had more visitors than ever. People are looking for freedom from pain. But what is forgiveness, really? The topic of forgiveness is so important that I have written a fair bit on it – hence the delay in this particular post. I would like to offer some thoughts on the tender topic of forgiveness together today and over the coming weeks, as we continue to develop our inner peace sanctuary, for a healthy world. I used to deeply struggle with feeling not enough. It gripped my life as a child, as I went to great lengths to seek approval from my parents. As a student, it fueled my desire to be at the top of my class in every subject, and the inevitable depression that would follow, should I feel I was anything less than perfect. As a spiritual aspirant, it has made me want to attain an unnatural, idealized state of being—a compulsion that has caused me immense suffering. As a person, it has been at the root of all my fears and doubts in myself and in the basic…

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  7. Remember that everyone just wants to be loved, and is afraid they won't be. - Parvati, Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary

    After the Polls Close, Reclaim Your Power to Vote for Love in Every Moment

    Now that one of the most bitter elections in American history, watched by the whole world, draws to a close, where do we go from here? Even as many are celebrating now with joy and relief, others are disappointed and angry. Beneath all this, there is a deep pain of antagonism that seems to pervade our atmosphere as our minds are heated and our hearts hard. Can you feel it too? I believe the pain we are all in cannot be assuaged by simply changing the person in power. The challenges we face go deeper than that. Our leaders reflect the collective mindset of our society. This is not simply about the people who voted for them. It is about a more profound truth. Those who rise to power are embodiments of something within our shared societal and personal consciousness. We have the chance then to practice self-honesty and compassion and ask ourselves what that may be showing us about our own choices. We must ask ourselves what it is we are voting for, not just at the ballot box, but in every moment. Regardless of the state of our democracy, each of us has the extraordinary power of choice. Are we using it to amplify love, compassion and peace? Or are we using it to…

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  8. How Love Transforms Ourselves and Our World When We Understand What It Really Is - Parvati, Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary

    How Love Transforms Ourselves and Our World When We Understand What It Really Is

    What is love? Is it the butterflies in our stomach we may get when thinking about someone? Is it a sentimental feeling about an adorable child? Or is it something beyond these? What can love do that our regular will cannot, and how do we access and live by that power? There is a poignant quote by Amma, the founder of the international charity Embracing the World: “In today’s world, people experience two types of poverty: the poverty caused by lack of food, clothing and shelter, and the poverty caused by lack of love and compassion. Of these two, the second type needs to be considered first, because if we have love and compassion in our hearts, then we will wholeheartedly serve those who suffer from lack of food, clothing and shelter.” These words deeply inspire the music and written work I do for GEM: Global Education for MAPS, as well as the approach I take in building and leading teams to swiftly realize MAPS. The sobering truth is that our world is overheating, agitated and polluted not just because of our external actions. These outer gestures reflect our inner world. As we look deeper, we discover that we live in a world with great need because our hearts and minds are overheated, agitated and polluted.…

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  9. See the good in everyone including yourself - Parvati, Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary free online workshop

    Heal Hearts, Cool Minds, and Clarify Your Vision by Seeing Your Own Goodness

    “When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu How can we respond to the intensity of anger and polarization in our world today and remain in a place of courageous presence? Dissention seems to be all around us: in the news, on our social media, and in the streets. If we are not mindful, this intensity can heat our minds, harden our hearts, and close our eyes to the needs, feelings, and inherent goodness in others. Now more than ever, we need cool minds and warm hearts to respond to our collective crisis. How do we cultivate our inner peace sanctuary so that we may act with compassion in a hurting world? With one of the most globally watched elections taking place soon, and a pandemic whose prevention may feel increasingly burdensome, how do we cross the chasm we may sense between ourselves and others? It begins by seeing the good in everyone. This is not a naïve choice, but a sober, practical and wise one, based on Nature herself. Several years ago, a shy friend told me that she felt relaxed, alive, and connected when…

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  10. Finding your inner peace sanctuary with self-confidence:

    Recharge Your Self-Confidence by Saying Yes to the Light of Your Soul

    This week, I would like to share a guided visualization you can do any time. It cultivates courage and confidence. It strengthens your emotional resourcefulness as you face doing something new. It helps you take stock of where you are stuck. And it offers you support to step past your comfort zone while building your self-trust.