SparkPeople Be The Change Team Messageboard Be the Change you wish to see in the world by taking the steps to change the world from the inside out. AWAKEN to your personal Power (Inspired by Eckhart Tolle) SparkPeople Be The Change Team Messageboard WEIGHing IN: How Are You Doing <BR> <BR> <BR> weigh in... daily weekly monthly.... up or down... weight... what ever works for you... <BR> <BR> keep us posted on how you are doing / feeling Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:53:31 EST 100+ days CHALLENGE (Now till SUMMER) <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 100+ days Challenge ......... From Now till Summer 2017 <BR> <BR> choose your own personal issue(s) you wish to work on... <BR> <BR> Imagine.... it starts with the first step.... and before you know it <BR> we will be in the midst of Summer.... and glad we started Now <BR> <BR> check back with us on where you are in the challenge... <BR> and how its going... 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Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:48:52 EST Eckhart Tolle book links some background and info.. about <BR> <BR> AWAKENING by Eckhart Tolle and <BR> The Power of NOW <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> linking isnt working... so might have to copy n paste <BR> <BR><BR>kening-Your-Spiritual-Lifes-Purpose <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:24:22 EST SPIRIT * HEART * MIND * BODY - WHOLEness Challenge <em>414</em> ~*~ <em>26</em> ~*~ <em>58</em> ~*~ <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> ~SPIRIT~*~HEART~*~MIND~*~BODY~ <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> Started day off as usual with Prayer &amp; Meditation <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> feeling THANKfilled today...... <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Thinking I need to focus on THANKfilled thoughts <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> making sure I &amp; fit in physical movement today &amp; Healthy eating <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:05:28 EST YEARly GOALS <BR> <BR> set some goals Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:03:56 EST INDIVIDUAL Goals <BR> <BR> set some personal goals.... <BR> <BR> some dont actually have a time line... its a matter of choosing to change Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:03:11 EST Monthly Goals <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the month Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:02:11 EST Non-Scale Victories: Body, Mind, or Spirit I calmed my monkey mind, and was able to remain present in the middle of a chaotic workday. Go me! Wed, 12 Dec 2012 20:32:31 EST What are you December goals? Post your goals for December here: Sat, 1 Dec 2012 16:42:56 EST My life has been changed ~ ~ by Mr. Eckhart Tolle. <em>30</em> I try to watch, listen to or read something "Eckhart" every day. It improves my attitude 100%. <BR> <BR> I, also, meditate every day. My favorite meditation teacher is davidji, former Dean of the Chopra Center. I read Wayne Dyer's books a lot, as well. They are my three "teachers" ~ and I luv 'em. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I am an over-40 Canadian SAHM, who needs to lose about 50 lbs. I'm enjoying SparkPeople and am really hoping to lose the weight... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 14:54:07 EST IMPORTANT for OPEN MINDS I thought it was time to come in here and declare a bit of where I stand today. <BR> <BR> This group was made just about 5 years ago. <BR> <BR> I have learnt so much through this team, the friends I have made, and the doors it has opened. <BR> <BR> It was a HUGE stepping stone in my life and I am forever grateful... even if I resent Eckhart Tolle from time to time... lol. Ignorance was bliss... but awarness is peacefuler. <BR> <BR> I am forever grateful for all that it has taught me. <BR... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:44:22 EST Tolle's Uncourse Has anyone checked out the Uncourse on the Tolle website? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:29:41 EST This is Discipling... This gave me goosebumps! Truly worth your time and the music in it is beautiful too! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Wed, 8 Feb 2012 12:46:49 EST Really struggling with my spiritual beliefs... WoW... <BR> <BR> What a whirlwind of spritual insight I have gone through in this last little while. <BR> <BR> Background... I recently, and naively found out, and I suppose ignorantly found out... that I am in a sense a part of 'The New Age Movement'. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> What is that, you might ask? <BR> <BR> Well, to put it bluntly... <BR> <BR> It's humans wanting to basically re-wrtie or ignore the message of the Bible, and to allow all individuals peace of mind to foll... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:48:35 EST SONG - Remind Me Who I Am by Jason Gray This is one of my favorite songs that comes on The Message... but I always forget to look it up! <BR> <BR> Such a great rhythm and beat!!! <BR> <BR> My girlfriend just shared it on FB... so I just had to come share! <BR> <BR> SONG - Remind Me Who I Am by Jason Gray <BR> ___________________________________ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=share </link> <BR> ___________________________________ <BR> <BR> Verse 1: <BR> When I lose My way, <BR> And I forget... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:02:41 EST SONG - We Are by Kari Jobe This is such a beautiful and meaningful song, sung by such a beautiful young girl! <BR> <BR> We got it... <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> ______________________________ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=share </link> <BR> ______________________________ <BR> <BR> Every secret, every shame <BR> Every fear, every pain <BR> Live inside the dark <BR> But that's not who we are <BR> We are children of the day <BR> <BR> So wake up sleeper, lift your head <BR> We w... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:32:53 EST GODVINE - The Determined and Spiritual Squirrel Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Make sure you have your speakers on... such a great message! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>elp-from-an-Unlikely-Place-217.html </link> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:03:05 EST 20 Instructions for Life by The Dalai Lama The Dalai Lama's Instructions for Life <BR> ___________________________ <BR> <BR> · Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. <BR> · When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. <BR> · Follow the three R’s: <BR> ··· Respect for self, <BR> ··· Respect for others and <BR> ··· Responsibility for all your actions. <BR> · Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. <BR> · Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly. ... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:42:39 EST Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word I think anyone with an open mind, who is willing to challenge their views and thinking should really watch this video! <BR> <BR> I think this guy is AMAZING! He truly spoke my mind and everything I have been feeling so passionately about... and than some! <BR> <BR> Check it out! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:38:58 EST New Year Intentions - 2012 Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Today is <em>249</em> of the rest of your life! <BR> <BR> What do you intend to do with it? <BR> <BR> I intend to be... FIT, TONED, and HEALTHY! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sun, 1 Jan 2012 08:46:01 EST greetings from germany! hi, my name is puja and i am happy to find this special little team. i have read eckhard and follow a very similar road. <BR> <BR> i have been to india, meeting my teacher in rishikesh, since then my life has become very different although i live a very common live... <BR> <BR> looking foreward to getting to know you! <BR> <BR> puja Thu, 24 Nov 2011 20:12:44 EST What did one enlightened person say to another? I <BR> <em>88</em> Sat, 19 Nov 2011 19:46:17 EST SONG - You Lead by Jamie Grace SONG - You Lead by Jamie Grace <BR> <BR> I see a new CD on my wish list!!! <BR> <BR> This song TOTALLY speaks to me today! <BR> <BR> _____________________________ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> _____________________________ <BR> <BR> I've got waves that are tossin' me, <BR> Crashin' all over my beliefs, <BR> And in all sincerity, Lord, <BR> I wanna be yours, <BR> So pull me out of this mess I'm in, <BR> Cause I know I'm ... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 20:44:29 EST SONG - God Girl by Jamie Grace SONG - God Girl by Jamie Grace <BR> <BR> Really liking her... good beat to her music! <BR> <BR> ________________________________________<BR>___ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> ________________________________________<BR>___ <BR> <BR> Oh oh oh oh yeah <BR> If my eyes light up with I say your name <BR> And it's written all over my face <BR> Tell me does it make me crazy <BR> Well, maybe I got somethin' that I can't explain <... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 20:39:42 EST SONG - Come To Me by Jamie Grace SONG - Come To Me by Jamie Grace <BR> <BR> Just stumbled upon this song! I much like it! <BR> ______________________________________ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NR=1 </link> <BR> ______________________________________ <BR> <BR> I had a dream I was standin' on the shore <BR> <BR> Two feet planted in the sand <BR> <BR> Soakin' up Your glory yeah <BR> <BR> Saw You walkin' from a distance <BR> <BR> Without a hint of resistance <BR> <BR> Had Your arms open <... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 20:35:07 EST SONG - Hold Me by Jamie Grace ft. TobyMac Hold Me by Jamie Grace featuring one of my favorite Spiritual Singers... TobyMac! <BR> <BR> It's a great song, because depending on the way you look at it... you can see the love of you're partner or GOD, however you choose to feel the happiness this song sings to you! <BR> <BR> Anywho... this is dedicated to all my SPARKFRIENDS... whether your having a bad day or simply in the mood for an uplifting, upbeat song! <BR> <BR> ENJOY! <BR> <BR> <BR> SONG - Hold Me by Jamie Grace ft. TobyMac <... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 20:28:18 EST SONG - Healing Begins by Tenth Avenue North Healing Begins by Tenth Avenue North <BR> ________________________________________<BR>_________ <BR> <link> </link> <BR> ________________________________________<BR>_________ <BR> <BR> So you thought you had to keep this up <BR> All the work that you do <BR> So we think that you're good <BR> And you can't believe it's not enough <BR> All the walls you built up <BR> Are just glass on the outside <BR> <BR> So let 'em fall down <BR> There's freedom waiting... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:03:08 EST Nails In The Fence Nails In The Fence <BR> <BR> There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. <BR> <BR> The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. <BR> <BR> Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 16:07:31 EST Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I am currently picking up the book Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly, who is an authour of many spiritually based books. The Catholic Church in our community, and maybe yours too, has recently purchased 1000's of copies, and are giving them away free, in hopes to reignite the spirit of Christ in our lives today, and to give us all a better and clearer understanding of where our faith belief system stems from. <BR> <BR> A priests review: <BR> <BR> "An extraord... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 01:38:02 EST Newbie Hello! I'm Carrie and I've been a SP member for over 3 years and it has changed my life (physically.) But I recently discovered "The Power of Now" and am about 2/3rds through the book. I'm so grateful to have found Tolle and his philosophies. I've been suffering from depression and anxiety for years and this book is truly transforming how I feel on the INSIDE. I'm just now starting to dip my toes into the pool of teams and forums so I believe this is my first post ever??! Anyway, I'm glad to ... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 17:12:40 EST New 15 minutes a day Challenge... where are we posting? Thu, 4 Aug 2011 20:42:41 EST Just for today I.... Just for today is start of alot and in Reiki it is an exercise to get the juices flowing! So, Just for today I choose to: That I am a Wongerful person with some flaws, and release the beliefe that I am a flawed person with some good! Thu, 30 Jun 2011 07:46:31 EST 10 insights to make peace with with your life Don't seek happiness. If you seek it, you won't find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness. Happiness is ever elusive, but freedom from unhappiness is attainable now, by facing what is rather than making up stories about it. <BR> <BR> The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which always is as it is. There is the situation or the fact, ... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:25:22 EST SONG - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Aliza Hava Special thanks to ValerieMaha for sharing this! <BR> <BR> Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Aliza Hava <BR> _________________________ <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> _________________________ <BR> <BR> Martin Luther King was a preacher man <BR> He fought the system and the Ku Klux Klan <BR> Served his time down in Birmingham <BR> Fighting all his life, he never raised a hand <BR> August 28, 1963 he said, “I have a dream” for equality <BR> For brother... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 23:58:08 EST New to the group I have been struggling for the last few years and I realized that one of my biggest problems is all the mental blocks and emotional pain I have. I have yet to read the book but I'm headed to the library tomorrow Wed, 19 Jan 2011 03:49:51 EST SONG - My Savior, My God by Aaron Shust I am struggling... but still have faith... <BR> <BR> My Savior, My God by Aaron Shust <BR> ____________________________ <BR> _________________ <BR> <BR> My favorite song version! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Great video! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=M<BR>LGxdCwVVULXeMqSehBHcezBjfLfOIBdmd </link> <BR> <BR> Female UPBEAT version... very cool... <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 20:36:24 EST SONG - What You Are One of my absolute already are! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I’m driving around town <BR> Kinda bored with the windows rolled down <BR> See a girl on the bus stop bench <BR> Dressed to draw attention <BR> <BR> Hoping everyone will stare <BR> If she don’t stand out she thinks she’ll disappear <BR> Wish I could hold her, tell her, show her <BR> What she wants is already there <BR> <BR> A star is a star <BR> It doesn’t have to try ... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 09:04:07 EST Do you remember when you first Awakened? Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I am really curious? <BR> <BR> Do you remember when you first truly Awakened! When you first truly got it! When you first truly recognized the ultimate shift in thinking? When everything just clicked. When you first truly understood what it is that your purpose in life is? <BR> <BR> Was it before Tolle? <BR> <BR> After? <BR> <BR> A combination? <BR> <BR> I am a born and raised Roman Catholic, and grateful to have Spirtuality on my side. I always believed in ... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:31:59 EST Let's see how long it takes anyone to notice. Wiped out old dead thread! Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:16:08 EST Living A Life That Matters A fellow Sparkfriend recently shared this in a blog, and some of you may have already read it, but I just came upon it, and well... definitely worth sharing, definitely printing this one off for the fridge, for anyone to see: <BR> <BR> <BR> Live a Life that Matters by Michael Josephson <BR> <BR> <BR> Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. <BR> <BR> There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will p... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 23:42:54 EST SONG - Today I'm Gonna Try And Change The World While my husband was home, we went shopping at Costco! He noticed this CD and insisted we get it! He originally thought it was a Christmas CD, and soon realized that it was not that, but was SO meant to be brought into our home! GREAT CD! GREAT MESSAGE! And so worth listening to! <BR> <BR> And, now, to really get off the comp... hahaha! I put it in to tidy up my desk so I could face finances, and then just had to share with you all! <BR> <BR> ENJOY! <BR> <BR> Today I'm Gonna Try And ... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 12:44:48 EST October 2010 Eckhart Teachings Newsletter Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> Welcome to the October 2010 edition of the Eckhart Teachings newsletter. In this edition Eckhart speaks about the challenges that we all face in life, including one in particular: unemployment. He reminds us that how we respond to the challenges in our lives is completely up to us, and that alignment with the present moment always brings peace. <BR> <BR> Best wishes for a lovely fall season, <BR> <BR> Natalie <BR> Eckhart Teachings <BR> <BR> <BR> In the October ... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 11:20:31 EST SONG - If We've Ever Needed You by Casting Crowns This song is dedicated to all my wonderful sparkfriends who can relate to this song, even if in their own way! And one special dedication to my friend Leslie, who's friendship and perspective of life and what it would be like if my husband was taken away from me without a choice... your friendship humbles me... you are always in my prayers... and you give me more strength then one could ever realize! <BR> <BR> And to all of you who have reached out to me... I thank you! <BR> <BR> KEEP THE... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 11:28:20 EST SONG - Lead Me by Sanctus Real The following song was sent to my sister and myself by our mom! Recently... things haven't been easy for my sister... and well me either! This was just one more of my moms ways of showing us that she loves us, and that what we are fighting for is worth fighting for! <BR> <BR> Totally worth your time! <BR> <BR> I also share the link to The Story Behind the song... definitely worth listening to and passing onto your friends and family! <BR> <BR> <BR> Lead Me by Sanctus Real <BR> _______... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 19:00:23 EST Good Choices I've Made Today... I've been battling with the scale lately, and I'm tired of it! I refuse to allow it to dictate my mood one second longer! From this moment forward, I'm going to focus on all the good choices I've continued to make. Who's with me?? Sun, 29 Aug 2010 09:37:12 EST August 2010 Eckhart Teachings Newsletter Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> Welcome to the August 2010 Eckhart Teachings newsletter. How do we respond when a conversation with another person draws us into unconsciousness? In this month’s transcribed article, Eckhart answers a question about incorporating Presence into everyday interactions with others. Eckhart gives us some techniques we can use when engaging in conversation that help us maintain a sense of awareness as we interact. <BR> <BR> We are looking forward to seeing many of you ... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 18:14:43 EST Stillness Speaks Stillness Speaks is fast becoming my favorite Eckhart Tolle audiobook and perhaps may become my favorite print book too once I finish reading the hardcover. <BR> <BR> The audio is only about 2 hours and 34 minutes long. I have played the audiobook several times while I'm walking. <BR> <BR> If you have a basic understanding of Eckhart's principals this is a great book/audio to continually use as it reviews his key points in short segments and discusses ego, the mind, thoughts and of course ... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 16:57:45 EST Eckhart on Twitter I'm not much of a Twitter fan but I do have an account there. Recently I decided to check out Eckhart Tolle to see if he was on Twitter and of course he was - so I added him to my short list of people I follow. He's post two interesting links last night one of which contained this excellent article with a link to a post by Marianne Williamson - (this is one of my first posts here at Sparkpeople so I hope this 1. works and 2. is acceptable to post) here's the link to her article: <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 23:30:16 EST SONG - Made To Love by tobyMac On a journey through the mountains to maintain inner balance and peace! <BR> <BR> I have not forgotten... I'm just tired... <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Made to Love by tobyMac <BR> ____________________________ <BR> _____ <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> ____________________________ <BR> _____ <BR> <BR> The dream is fading, now I'm staring at the door <BR> I know its over cause my feet have hit the cold floor <BR> Check my reflection, I ain't fee... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:16:08 EST SONG - Alive Again by Matt Maher Sigh... another AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL song on the XM 32 Playlist! <BR> <BR> I have loved this song since the first time I heard it! <BR> <BR> It is sooooo representitive of how I feel today! <BR> <BR> And where I always strive to come back to when I forget! <BR> <BR> It is sooooo representitive of how I pray everyone has a chance to feel in this lifetime! <BR> <BR> There's just no other way! <BR> <BR> I know I will faulter... <BR> I know I will fall! <BR> But if I keep getting back ... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 11:08:36 EST A reminder from Coach Jen FYI <BR> <BR> Here is a message that Coach Jen wanted us to spread the word about.... <BR> <BR> **************************** <BR> If you are going to post something on the boards or in your blog that someone else has written, you need to credit the source. Our policy is that you can post a few sentences and then you need to link to the source so that people can read the rest of it. You should not be posting an entire article, for instance, and if you are going to post something you always n... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 12:00:25 EST Please Pray For... Please pray for Fauve-Peregrin, for I have just recently been informed that her and her husband have lost their 17 year old son! They are devasted, and my heart is so heavy for them! Please send her your prayers! Thu, 4 Mar 2010 22:50:59 EST Avatar <link><BR>side-Look-at-the-Spirit-of-Avatar </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a great article about the movie Avatar and how it can relate to our spirituality. <BR> <BR> I saw it and LOVED it! Mon, 15 Feb 2010 11:14:24 EST Woo Hoo - RunningSlow's BACK! Rachael's back! <BR> <BR> aka RUNNINGSLOW! <BR> <BR> aka... great friend and companion on a journey towards a better life! <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Yippee... skippy... booyah... dee bop... dee boo! <em>335</em> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Feb 2010 21:02:16 EST SONG/VIDEO - Playing For Change - Don't Worry My husband shared another video from the same people as the Stand By Me Song! <BR> <BR> They have many! Peace through Music! To bring oneness and peace to our earth! You can check out their website at: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I find it really interesting, that after listening to the Stand By Me song, that I wasn't quite sure what they were titling it! I knew it was Stand By Me, but I felt strongly compelled to title it We Are One - Making A New Heave... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 11:34:05 EST SONG - What Faith Can Do by Kutless I am a born and raised Roman Catholic! What is that... a title of a belief system that I was born into. I didn't truly start my Spiritual Journey until I was just shy of 30, I am only 31 now. In this short period, I have come to realize so many wonderful and miraculous things - I also suffered deeply, due to my awareness of the ego and trying to merge my new found knowledge with the way I had always lived my life! All the words of WISDOM my mother, and her mother, and the mother before her ar... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 12:11:19 EST Did you SHAKE or FLAP YOUR WINGS today? Eckhart Tolle, in A New Earth, discusses the concept of: <BR> <BR> THE DUCK WITH A HUMAN MIND pg. 137! <BR> <BR> It's a great idea to read or re-read that section so as to truly understand what I am trying to encourage here. <BR> <BR> And, I find that it is quite ironic that I choose the nick JustDucky, even prior to Tolle's knowledge and insight on the DUCK! It truly is how I want to live my life! Yes, that's a bit of ego... lol! <BR> <BR> The moral of the story is that when life throw... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:38:45 EST SONG/VIDEO-We Are One-Making A New Heaven On Earth Title above is not what they titled it, I couldn't find one, so put what I felt! <BR> <BR> I know the songs called Stand By Me! <BR> <BR> This is totally worth your time, and I bet you can't listen to it just once! <BR> <BR> My hubby sent this one to me!!! <BR> <BR> Sit back, relax, and ENJOY! Or... sing a long! It's a good day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2539741 </link> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 12:32:02 EST Presence Through Movement - Qi Flow Yoga Please share your experiences with Eckhart Tolle's wisdom inspired Yoga DVD!!! <BR> ____________________________________ <BR> <BR> I have been wanting to broaden my horizons when it comes to Yoga for some time! I have been picking up little tidbits of information here and there, but finally decided to go ahead and order the Presence Through Movement - Qi Flow Yoga DVD by Kim Eng w/Eckhart Tolle, and I am so grateful that I did! It really is exactly what I have been looking for! <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 21:17:34 EST DOUBLE TIME CHALLENGE - CHECK IN The end of each month, team Awakening CHALLENGES you to go DOUBLE TIME with your minutes of exercise, whatever shape way or form! <BR> <BR> 30 minutes Treadmill, go for an hour, even if at a reduced speed and incline. <BR> <BR> 15 minutes Yoga, go for 30 minutes with maybe more relaxing and soothing poses to refresh your mind, body and soul! <BR> <BR> And, if your normally don't do anything on the weekend, then anything you do is DOUBLE TIME! <BR> <BR> You get the picture!!! <BR> <BR> On... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:59:13 EST Not Tolle but in the same vein i was just getting ready for bed and flipped open a book of teachings by the Indian guru Ramana Maharshi. I landed on the most appropos line : "To identify oneself with the body and yet seek happiness is like trying to cross a river on the back of an alligator." Eat, don't eat, fat, thin, pretty, homely. So much drama! But I'll probably get just as caught up in it tomorrow, after a good night's sleep! <em>188</em> Tue, 26 Jan 2010 01:57:08 EST SONG - Born Again by Third Day This song pretty much summarizes up how I felt last year and towards the end of the year and now! <BR> <BR> It's truly what I feel like everytime I keep coming back to living life fully present in the NOW! <BR> <BR> I hope it resonates with you as much as it does with me! <BR> <BR> I would honestly say this is the most meaningful song that I could ever relate to in my life! thus far! <BR> <BR> _____________________________________ <BR> <BR> <link> Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:48:29 EST SONG - City On Our Knees by tobyMac Another beautiful song they have on the XM 32 - The Message Playlist <BR> _____________________________________ <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> _____________________________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> If you gotta start somewhere why not here <BR> If you gotta start sometime why not now <BR> If we gotta start somewhere I say here <BR> If we gotta start sometime I say now <BR> Through the fog there is hope in the distance <BR> From cathedrals to third... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 15:53:04 EST What are our team goals??? Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am curious on what you all believe we came together to do! What are our team goals? I don't necessarily mean the ones at the bottom of the team home page, but what do you believe, we as a team are trying to achieve! <BR> <BR> Please do share your thoughts and insight on this... I think it would be quite neat to see what we all believe! Let's clarify our goals, TOGETHER! <BR> <BR> And, it doesn't have to be Tolle related either! <BR> <BR> And, please... do take... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 12:56:33 EST SONG - There is a God by Lee Ann Womack I heard this on the radio the other day, and welled right up with tears while driving, and knew instantly I had to share it with you! ENJOY! <BR> <BR> ________________________________ <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> ________________________________ <BR> <BR> Try and put your arms around <BR> the 100 year old tree <BR> Climb up on a horse <BR> and let it run full speed <BR> Take a look down at the world from 30,000 feet <BR> on your next flight <BR... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 11:31:24 EST What's your favorite HEALTHY thing to eat? Hey! Small and simple challenge here everyone! <BR> <BR> Share your favorite thing to eat right now? <BR> <BR> That's it! That's all! <BR> _______________________________ <BR> <BR> My favorite thing to eat right now is: <BR> <BR> Veggie Chicken Wraps! <BR> <BR> The BEST thing I could have done, was buy myself one of those rotisserie birds from Superstore! I have been plucking away at that thing for 3 days now, and I still ain't sick of it! <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS: <BR> <BR> * One 6 in... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 22:23:44 EST 2012 Handbook of NO REGRETS!!! I stumbled across this in someone's blog, where they were sharing it with everyone since having received it in an e-mail! I thought it was definitely worth sharing with you all!!! <BR> <BR> NEW YEAR'S HANDBOOK 2010 <BR> <BR> Health: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink plenty of water. <BR> 2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. <BR> 3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. <BR> 4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, E... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 22:01:13 EST What is your DOORWAY into the NOW? Upon reflecting this morning, I realized that I, and perhaps you too, have doorways into the now! But, it's in realizing that you have the Key to let yourself in that matters. <BR> <BR> For example; <BR> <BR> My husband and I were laying in bed one morning, and he asked me to tickle his back, as I often do. He than said, "You are such a good tickler." I smiled and without thought said, "That's cause I am present with you when I do it!" And we left it at that! <BR> <BR> Upon reflection,... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 11:23:29 EST Dealing With Others...Just in Time for the Holiday Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my friends here on the Awakening Team. My gift to myself this end of year is to become more involved with this team in the new year that is fast approaching. I thought I'd start by posting this article I read today...thought we might be able to put the tips to good use over this stressful time of year. Good Luck all... <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Here are 10 ways to deal with difficult people without driving yourself crazy. <BR> <BR> 1. Have Compass... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 16:52:02 EST My Presence/Stress Level Is... ____________! Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> I thought it would be neat, and another motivator, as well as, an Awareness Enabler one could call it, to bring our attention to our State of Awareness, our Presence Level. <BR> <BR> Along with that, I am adding our Stress Level... because they ultimately can be the same, different from, and totally unrelated to our presence level! This will allow us to become aware of the connections to our present state of awareness! <BR> <BR> So... let's ask ourselves if we are ... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 12:07:34 EST Last post notification??? Was that last post notification always there? on the message board threads, or was I that blind... lol? I remember complaining in my brain that it bothered me that I couldn't tell at a glance which posts I last replied on, and if I was the last one in the thread... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 18:34:40 EST HOPE What is your take on hope! <BR> <BR> When you think of hope, what comes to mind? What emotions does it bring to surface? Wed, 9 Dec 2009 13:41:47 EST LET'S DISCUSS - A NEW EARTH - See AHA! Moments I could really use an 'Attitude Adjustment!' <BR> <BR> So, anyone who wants to dip into Tolle with me for the next little while, bring it on! <BR> <BR> I have decided to make a LET'S DISCUSS - A NEW EARTH thread! <BR> <BR> This will be seperate from any of the Individual Chapter Discussions in the sense that we can discuss anything that has inspired us, no matter what chapter we are on personally. <BR> <BR> It seems we always start A New Earth Chapter Discussions with a vengence, to f... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 13:27:49 EST Where do I start? I introduced myself to the team already. This team just sounds like the place I want to be! I've got a copy of Tolle's book ANE. <BR> I guess my question is, where do I start? I see you have chapter discussions, but, don't I need to get to that point in reading first? I guess I am having some trouble understanding what I'm reading thus far. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Or am I just a thick headed lunk? <BR> Please help, direction is needed! LOL Mon, 3 Aug 2009 20:43:29 EST Timidly wandering in!! Okay, not sure I should be here because I am not familiar with this team at all! But, somehow, I feel "right" here. <BR> <BR> I found my way here by following Karbie18's blog. LOL I joined Spark last fall and have been rather "inattentive" to the program. And, lately have been finding it so hard to be happy with myself and my lot in life! I really am blessed with so much and find myself happiest with the simplest pleasures in life. But, I find myself distracte so easily by what others have ... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 17:40:55 EST Keep forgetting present moment Hello1 Hello, <BR> Perfect place for me. I have started Eckhart T. book 3 times start it go ah hah! and then set it down and get lost in my dramas. <BR> I am a yoyo but have finally set myself up with my body that I need to lose now for health and not just vanity so I am using WW and SparkPeople to complete that task. I work in schools so have summers off, perfect time to finish his book(s) I have several of his and also My Stroke of Insight. Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:41:07 EST Hi I'm new here Hello, I've been on spark people for a few months and just found this team. I love this book, I bought it back when Oprah had it as her book club selection. I felt really good about life while i was reading it and now i think is a good time to re-read it. Tue, 23 Jun 2009 13:47:17 EST Just joined (again) Hello to everyone here. I was a member of this team last year, but fell off the Sparkwagon earlier this year. I'm getting my life back in order and would love to have the sanctuary of this team again. I'm glad to see it's still here! <BR> <BR> I've read A New Earth twice and will attempt to read bits of it everyday from now on. It seems to help keep me grounded when I do that. <BR> <BR> I look forward to joining in on some topics and discussions on the team! <BR> <em>172</em> Wed, 10 Jun 2009 00:48:13 EST Husband is Awakening! I am so excited...long hard 10 months at our house but, after a metaphorical train wreck, my husband is awakening! He is on chapter 3 of A New Earth and totally getting it! Yay! Sat, 9 May 2009 16:15:47 EST stopping the vicious cycle hello everyone, first i wanted to say how great it is that you have started this team!! Im so happy i found you. <BR> Im hoping that you may have some words of wisdom to share to me, I am too often caught in the binge purge cycle. I know im just labelling myself and making this my 'story' and Im sure many you have been in the same situation. I feel im often aware of my ego talking, 'eat more it'll make you feel better' or 'dont worry you'll stay slim if you bring it up again' and I realise i... Sat, 9 May 2009 11:44:37 EST Hi there - new to SP and new to the team Hi everyone: I'm new to just about everything and very thrilled to be here. I just keep seeing more and more on this site! And I'm glad to have found this group. I look forward to getting to know you all. <BR> <BR> Patricia Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:45:49 EST Story Time - Tolle Style Hey Team! <BR> <BR> LET'S GET CREATIVE!!! <BR> <BR> It's unidentified story time! <BR> <BR> Let's tell a story together, ONE WORD AT A TIME, Tolle STYLE. What this means is, keeping strong the concept and wisdom of Tolle, let's tell a story that develops around life lessons, and learning our awareness to them. <BR> <BR> The idea is... although we are telling a story, and that is all it is... there will be times that we will be able to 'identify' with what is happening to the main charact... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 10:28:06 EST Chapter 4 - Putting it into perspective The first time I read this chapter (during my first reading of "A New Earth" 1.5 years ago), I was blown away by the incredible insight and gems of wisdom contained therein. When I reread the chapter for the second time I had my highlighter in hand and ended up highlighting something on almost every page. <BR> In this my third or fourth reading I am once again reminded of the great gift Tolle has for identifying the many ways ego manifests itself in everyday life through role-playing indiv... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 23:00:08 EST The Ego and SUFFERING! Knowing what you know now about the ego, what are your thoughts and feelings on suffering? Tolle's insight on suffering is different then what most people would first think. Are you able to accept Tolle's definition? Or do you find yourself resisting it? Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:36:38 EST I'll be happy when... I don't forward too much, but I was in the mood for catching up on those sent to me, and this one struck me enough to share! <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> ___________________________________ <BR> <BR> I'll be happy when... <BR> <BR> We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are. After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will cer... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 23:58:39 EST The Ego and REACTIVITY! Knowing what you know now about the ego, what are your thoughts and feelings on being reactive to others? Are you still in the gripe of ego when you react to another or a situation, or are you able to find compassion and understanding, knowing that we are all the same? Sat, 21 Mar 2009 01:50:26 EST Have you been outside today? If you know me at all, you know that I'm all about getting outside. I never feel as peaceful, as close to God, as I do when I'm out in my yard. Tolle stresses the importance of nature, and recommends that we spend time outdoors to bring ourselves back to the present. As we all know, the mind/body connection is a strong one, and we'll be much better able to meet our physical needs if our spiritual needs are met as well. Have YOU spent time outside today? What did you do? How did it feel?... Fri, 20 Mar 2009 21:41:39 EST Who do YOU speak too? As I was reflecting and meditating this morning, it came to my awareness that I often carry on conversations with my sister in my head. Some, of which have already happend... some of which I imagine happening... and some of which I truly wish could take place with love as the main ingredient. I really want to start focusing on the last of the three. But, what I also realized is, I often have conversations with other people too... my sister just seems to be with me quite often, in my mind. ... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 12:53:33 EST I Dare to Declare... ____________! Hey! <BR> <BR> I just had a <em>3</em> moment!!! <BR> <BR> I seem to do better when I am held accountable for things. So, I figured if we had an Accountability Thread this would allow us to become Aware of the things we need to work on. <BR> <BR> THE IDEA IS... if you are procrastinating doing ANYTHING at all... be it, exercising, tracking calories, decluttering your home or mind, than this is the place to come and declare it! <BR> <BR> THE CATCH! <BR> <BR> If you dare to declare, you... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 20:45:56 EST Spread The Awakening! Hey Team! <BR> <BR> I challenge you to Spread The Awakening! <BR> <BR> For the next little while, make it your goal to talk to somebody about Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth, or anything else related to him. Just as you Spread The Spark, let's Spread The Awakening! <BR> <BR> It doesn't have to be a Sparker either... but perhaps, you could do both, get them on here Sparking, and Awakening!!! <BR> <BR> Think happy, positive thoughts, and report back here with your progress! <BR> <BR> What are ... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 01:10:01 EST The Ego and SUPERIORITY! Knowing what you know now about the ego, what are your thoughts and feelings on superiority? If one is honest, I am sure they can recall times where they have felt superior to others. And the opposite is true too, that one can most likely recall times of feeling inferior to others. Why do we allow this? Why do some thrive off of this, while others play the 'victims' of such behavior? <BR> Sat, 28 Feb 2009 13:18:58 EST WRONG MESSAGE BOARD - whoops... lol! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> The correct thread can be found here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=4340x19467x<BR>23340493 </link> <BR> <BR> Grr... lol! I don't know why that happens... I start it on the appropriate forum, but it bounces to the general forum from time to time. Sat, 28 Feb 2009 13:17:11 EST Team Fitness Goal... Has anyone noticed that we are going to make our goal of 25,000 minutes this month as a team! That is awesome!!! We were at 24,815 when I posted this! And we still have 2 days to get through! <BR> <BR> I guess we better make March 30,000, huh? Thu, 26 Feb 2009 20:52:30 EST Acai Berry? Who's trying the latest craze... Acai Berry! <BR> <BR> What Is Acai? <BR> _________________________________ <BR> <BR> Acai is a Brazilian berry original from the Amazon Region that is considered to be one of nature's most complete and healthy foods. The acai berry is loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, essential omegas, fibers and protein. Some of the health benefits associated with the acai berry are: increase in sustained energy, help with healthy cholesterol management, improvement of... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 22:46:26 EST Lent Is Upon Us - 40 Day Challenge!!! Lent is upon us, and that means, starting on Ash Wednesday, which is tomorrow, we are to give something up, for 40 days, leading up to Easter! Usually something of great difficulty for you! <BR> <BR> This Challenge is inspired by Lent, but not necessary for you to be Catholic or Protestant to participate! <BR> <BR> <BR> WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LENT? <BR> ______________________________________ <BR> <BR> Lent is a period of fasting and repentance, traditionally observed by Catholics and som... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 19:13:11 EST Foods That Life Your Mood - Oprah Article I thought the following article was great and to the point. Just a friendly reminder of what the good foods are... and why not let it be the ones that help us stay positive!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>essandprevention/pkgnewyear/20081114_o<BR>af_bgreene_201/1 </link> Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:25:28 EST Defensive Pessimism - Oprah Article This contradicts quite a bit of what I have been working on, so I thought I would share! Would love to hear your opinions!!! <BR> <BR> Are you a strategic doubter? <BR> <BR> Take this quick quiz on Oprah's site by clicking here: <BR> <link><BR>3_omag_doubt </link> <BR> <BR> And then read the following article by clicking here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>03_omag_pessimism </link> <BR> <BR> I SUGGEST TAKING THE QUIZ F... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:09:20 EST The Ego and WORRY! Knowing what you know now about the ego, what are your thoughts and feelings on worrying? Isn't worrying just incessant thinking of the past or future. Why do we allow the ego to have this control over us. Why do we allow our minds to ramble on in these dramatic re-inactments of the past, or dramatic projections of the future... often of which are all make believe. Fri, 20 Feb 2009 18:18:13 EST WRONG MESSAGE BOARD - whoops... lol! <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Whoops... it was suppose to be on the A New Earth and Related Content Forum. <BR> <BR> You can find this topic, and many more on the below link. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=4340x19467x<BR>23100851 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Fri, 20 Feb 2009 18:17:18 EST Oneness With All Life by Eckhart Tolle Hey Everybody! <BR> <BR> I just finished reading Tolle's latest, Oneness With All Life - Inspirational Selections from A New Earth! WoW! I can't believe that after reading A New Earth Twice, that I am still having many aha moments in reading the Inspirational Selections! <BR> <BR> This one doesn't deal with The Ego or The Painbody like in A New Earth! He has it divided up into 10 Chapters of Awakening, Inner Space, Consciousness, The Inner Body, etc. <BR> <BR> As he states in his introd... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 20:07:29 EST Milton's Secret by Tolle Happy Friday to my awakening friends. Last night I read Tolle's children's book with dds 8 and 10. They were surprisingly engaged and enjoyed the story. They immediately began practising to feel the light in their bodies, a method he uses to teach about the "inside" now. I was pleased. Often I find they resist the new age type books because they realize I am trying to teach, so I do recommend this book and would love to hear from others. <BR> <BR> The illustrations were good too. Fri, 30 Jan 2009 11:35:56 EST How do you unwind? So many of us started this path because we worried too much, or wanted to handle our stress better. Besides trying to stay in the present moment, how do you unwind? Fri, 19 Dec 2008 10:10:39 EST Eating in the moment This is my fourth day here. So far so good, I've managed to drink my waters and stay within the calorie range, give or take a few hundred calories. <BR> My daughter had just finished reading A New Earth and she said something that has worked for me in the past few days. <BR> I normally gulp my food down it tastes so good to me that I over eat. So instead I did what she suggested. I ate in the moment. I had a subway turkey sandwich the other day and decided to savor every bite in the moment.... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 12:57:20 EST New and excited! Hi, <BR> <BR> Just stumbled upon SparkPeople yesterday and am thrilled. I'm home sick today (from teaching high school!) and poking around on the site, finding different groups, etc. This is so interesting, to start with the commonality of weight issues, and then find all these other interesting groups of people: dog lovers, cat lovers, meditation groups, etc. It's great! <BR> <BR> I read Tolle this summer (ANE) and it changed my life. I read a lot of Buddhist stuff, Kornfield in part... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 14:30:33 EST Check out my last 2 blogs I'm finding cool stuff on the internet. <BR> <BR> Emma Mon, 17 Nov 2008 00:56:05 EST I Am Grateful For... ____________! I was having ANE withdrawals (I gave my book to a friend, and had to order another one. It should be here in a few days.) when I remembered I still had an unread copy of O magazine that contained an interview between Oprah and Eckhart Tolle. As he does in the book, Eckhart mentioned that gratitude is an essential part of being present. He said, "no matter what the situation is when you align yourself with the present moment, find something to be grateful for." <BR> <BR> Well, I've been ... Mon, 13 Oct 2008 08:42:34 EST New Co-Leader... I am happy to announce and share with you all, that Karen aka Karbie has stepped up to help co-lead our team Awakening. I am sure you will all agree that she has been a great contribution to our personal growth and continual awakening and awareness process, and I don't have a doubt in my mind that this is a great thing! <BR> <BR> WELCOME KAREN!!! Yayyyyyyyyyyyy! Sun, 12 Oct 2008 13:20:17 EST Letting Go Challenge - The Guilty Ego Share your experiences with recognizing the ego of the one who likes to play the guilty role! What have you witnessed? What still has ahold of you? Fri, 10 Oct 2008 23:00:56 EST I joined Curves! I have really been struggling getting back into my old routines. Resisting change I believe. But, the other day, I had an aha moment, that I have had before, but the awareness of it was being barried by my overwhelming negative thoughts of not having enough time in a day... lol... anywho... I realized that I was yearning for my old routines, without taking into consideration what the NOW requires of me. <BR> <BR> So with that said, with my life as busy as it is right now, I became honest w... Wed, 8 Oct 2008 22:49:21 EST I am looping Chapter One on audio in my car. Anybody want to discuss Chapter One? <BR> <BR> What about the first flowering. Why do we love flowers for their intrinsic value? They really do nothing for our survival, except that they just plain make us happy. <BR> Sun, 14 Sep 2008 19:31:49 EST Can we please start reading 'together'? :) Is the group currently, collectively, reading and discussing Chapters of "A New Earth"? It seems that all the threads are 'old'. If we are reading, where and what are we studying? If we aren't is there any way that we can begin reading and discussing again? I could sure benefit from doing that! I'm wondering if others could, too? Thanks. <em>184</em> Sun, 14 Sep 2008 15:00:01 EST Do you do church ? I am curious to find out how, or if, you great gals are melding your personal journeys with organized religion and if so, what does that look like for you ?? <BR> <BR> I went to Catholic grade school and my grandparents were Catholic but my parents never really practiced so to me, being Catholic is more like my nationality. The traditions and rituals are the only customs I grew up with. When I was first pregnant, I knew I wanted my dds baptized and I was very lucky that the priest at the c... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 11:06:14 EST Summers over, now what? Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I thought it would be neat if we all shared our honest thoughts and opinions and tell everyone how we are doing... what is sticking... what isn't? Are we finding ourselves falling weak to old habits, or still caught up in the amazing journey of living in the now. Are we still finding ourselves experiencing aha moments... or are we still battling to truly awaken. Please... share your thoughts and stories!!! Sat, 6 Sep 2008 18:45:15 EST HAS ANYONE NOTICED!!! Has anyone noticed that VAL has accepted to help co-lead this team!? <BR> <BR> Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Let's all give her a great round of applause! She is definitely an awesome part of our team, and her encouraging words and participation to this team are definitely appreciated and definitely not unnoticed! <BR> <BR> THANKS VAL! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2008 15:57:12 EST Is ANYONE here anymore? <em>87</em> I think this is a <em>250</em> group and I'm really glad to be a part of it. However, in the 2+ weeks that I've been a member, I've only seen 3 or 4 posts ~ and the dates of most 'last' posts seem to be in June or before. <em>39</em> Is anyone still coming here? Is this group still 'alive'? I sure hope so because I have just found 'A New Earth' and feel that I've just been 'awakened' <em>67</em> ~ and I am so needing to talk about it and learn more, etc. How can we get ... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 02:03:41 EST Hello everyone My name is Kelly, and I just found this team when I was browsing through the teams for a smaller, more personal one. I am currently reading The Power of Now and plan on reading A New Earth next. I have believed in a zen or yogic spirituality, staying in the present moment for a long time, however, The Power of Now is really bringing it all home for me, as well as helping me look at it in a new way. for instance, i have never heard of staying in the now by feeling your inner body until now,... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 12:15:21 EST Being present in difficult times My husband was laid off 2 months ago. While I am aware that things of form are not eternal, and that my ego wants financial security, I find myself "what iffing". Luckily, he is also awakening and we discuss this often. Has anyone else dealt with this, and do you have any pointers? <em>186</em> Sun, 13 Jul 2008 09:00:21 EST How are you feeling right NOW... [use emoticons only to express the NOW] <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>91</em> <em>274</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> *disclaimer: stolen from another team* Tue, 24 Jun 2008 21:51:19 EST Live Chatzy in the NOW! Hey Team! <BR> <BR> We thought it would be a great idea if we could have live chat. So, I looked into it a bit, and found this solution. It's called and allows any of us to chat in the same room at the same time... another words, live chat! Yayyy! <BR> <BR> So, feel free to pop in when yah feel like it, yah never know, some of us just may be in there. Or, wait for a team e-mail announcing a date and time. Or, if there happens to be a spontaneous combustion in the chatroom of... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 22:54:19 EST They Need Team Chatrooms! Dontcha Think??? <BR> <BR> I know that we would have some awesome conversations, in the now, in there! Tue, 3 Jun 2008 22:06:15 EST The Ego and EXPECTATIONS What are your 'thoughts' and 'feelings' on expectations? Tue, 3 Jun 2008 21:39:57 EST Oprah's Soul Series Anyone who is following Oprah's Soul Series on on Monday nights, or are playing catch up and feel like discussing them... this is the place to do it. Tue, 3 Jun 2008 21:28:35 EST A Poem by ME! Just wrote this and thought I would share it with you all. <BR> -------------- <BR> Moments <BR> <BR> There is only one moment. <BR> This one, this very moment. <BR> It is the only moment that we will ever have. <BR> <BR> Past moments have passed us by. <BR> And future moments are not yet <BR> Ours to hold. <BR> <BR> Can you get any moment from your past back? <BR> Can you reach beyond this very moment <BR> and hold it in your hand? <BR> <BR> God has given us a life <BR> full of millio... Wed, 28 May 2008 13:05:18 EST Being present through the eyes of a dog! I read this on my Dog Lovers team and wanted to share. <BR> <BR> "One of the best ways to learn to be mindful is to take a dog for a walk. Dogs are always in the moment. They can take the same walk every day for 10 years and still experience grass in an entirely new way each day.. They're not worried about the past ("Why didn't my people give me some of that chicken that they had for dinner?") or in the future ('I wonder if my people will give me any chicken when we get home?'). All they thi... Tue, 27 May 2008 15:22:26 EST The Power of NOW by Eckhart Tolle We are going to start a 10 week session reading the Power of Now! If you would like to join in, sign up here, or just throw in your 2 cents when yah feel like it. It's basically to be a little extra incentive to get the book read, because it's benefits are huge. <BR> <BR> So please join us on our very own 10 Week Journey of reading The Power of Now! <BR> <BR> You have until June 2, 2008 to get the first chapter read. After that, each chapter deadline will be every following Monday! <BR> ... Sat, 24 May 2008 21:44:29 EST I Accept... ____________! Let's take the time to be aware of the things we DO or NEED to accept! <BR> <BR> ___________________________________ <BR> <BR> Quote: p. 296 Chapter 10 <BR> <BR> Whatever you cannot enjoy doing, you can at least accept that this is what you have to do. Acceptance means: For now, this is what this situation, this moment, requires me to do, and so I do it willingly. <BR> <BR> ___________________________________ <BR> <BR> I accept that, at this moment, I am over weight! <BR> <BR> I a... Sat, 24 May 2008 21:22:42 EST Let's Get Moving Challenge My life has been pretty hectic lately, and routine exercise went out the window. I need to find it again, and I am starting Monday! You can join in too. <BR> <BR> Part One: <BR> <BR> I CHALLENGE ALL OF YOU TO MOVE at least 15 MINUTES 5 DAYS A WEEK! <BR> <BR> And no, that doesn't mean getting off of the couch and staring into the fridge or pantry to see what else you can eat. That means actually working up a sweat doing physical exercise. <BR> <BR> Part Two: <BR> <BR> Try to exercise w... Sat, 24 May 2008 21:04:55 EST 15 Minute Challenges This is very simple and ongoing. And don't worry, you will never fall behind. I just want to challenge everyone to take at least 15 minutes out of each day, do your entire day in 15 minute increments if you so desire, whatever works for you!, and really focus on what you are doing! <BR> <BR> SET A TIMER! This is the most important step. Don't have a timer? You probably do, use the one on your stove or microwave. <BR> <BR> Once the timer is set and ticking, really be present with and EN... Fri, 23 May 2008 14:29:03 EST Oprah's Soul Series All four parts of Oprah's interview with Jill Bolte Taylor are now on for viewing. Next Monday night, it's Tolle!!!! Tue, 20 May 2008 21:52:40 EST Question about writing and journaling Hey :) I like to write poems, short stories and journal. I am concerned that when I do these things I am not in the present moment. Am I writing these things my ego? Or is it just my mind running on with thoughts? I'm having trouble with this and wanted your opinion. I'm trying to figure out if writing is useful and positive in the 'AWAKE' sense... Tue, 20 May 2008 21:18:35 EST Oprah's Article on Tolle and Weigh loss I found this enlightening! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>200806_mission.jhtml </link> Tue, 20 May 2008 07:37:45 EST Please Help Congratulate... Hey Team! <BR> <BR> Please help congratulate RunningSlow aka Rachael to help keep team Awakening RunningSmoothly... hahaha! <BR> <BR> Thanks Rachael! You are definitely a great contribution to this team as a whole, and I am so glad you decided to help us keep the team great! <BR> <BR> Kendra Mon, 12 May 2008 12:52:59 EST A Poem by my son... please stop by my blog and check out the poem my son wrote this week. Freaked me out!!! Sat, 10 May 2008 15:47:47 EST I Enjoy... ____________! Let's take the time to be aware of the things we enjoy! <BR> <BR> ___________________________________ <BR> <BR> Quote: p. 297 Chapter 10 <BR> <BR> The peace that comes with surrendered action turns to a sense of aliveness when you actually enjoy what you are doing. Enjoyment is the second modality of awakened doing. On the new earth, enjoyment will replace wanting as the motivating power behind people's actions. Wanting arises from the ego's delusion that you are a separate fragment tha... Mon, 5 May 2008 22:34:49 EST JMARIES51 aka Joann.... JMARIES51 aka Joann has accepted her spot back as a co-leader with our group! <BR> <BR> Yayyy! I am so happy to have yah back and raring to go Joann! You truly our an inspiration to me in how well you handled everything that was going on in your life! <BR> <BR> BIG HUGZ! <BR> <BR> And... welcome back! Sun, 4 May 2008 12:31:51 EST What about music? What about the music that plays over and over in our heads? I wonder what Tolle would say about that? We've all said to someone..."Thanks alot, now I have that song stuck in my head!" It plays over and over until it drives you absolutely crazy! <BR> <BR> Is it ego? Fri, 2 May 2008 11:13:57 EST Suggestions for the NEW Team Goals? Below the message boards is a new section where we can add team goals and you can individually track your team Awakening goals and we can all see our teams progress as a whole. <BR> <BR> I would like to make those related to the theme of our group. <BR> <BR> I have some ideas of what we could put for our team goals, but would really appreciate all of your great input. <BR> <BR> We can have up to five... and they can be daily goals, weekly or monthly <BR> <BR> I have added one goal already... Wed, 23 Apr 2008 16:01:59 EST Daffodils Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, 'Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over.' <BR> <BR> I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. 'I will come next Tuesday', I promised a little reluctantly on her third call. <BR> <BR> Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and reluctantly I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedl... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 15:46:50 EST A THREAD FOR QUESTIONS AND HELP A THREAD FOR QUESTIONS AND HELP <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> This thread is 'sort of' the opposite of the AH'HA thread. <BR> <BR> This is the place when there is not an AH-HA, and LIGHT is needed from other sources other than our own clouded mind. <BR> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> So, come here and ASK for advice or pose a QUESTION that seeks an answer. Sun, 20 Apr 2008 08:12:13 EST Present Moment challenge! This is very profound and I think it will make a great challenge! It needs to be worked on every day. It would be great if we (or me if the rest don’t have time) go to each other’s pages (at random maybe 2 or 3 different people a day) and ask this question: What is your relationship with the present moment? Then we can share here on this thread. <BR> <BR> From chapter 7 page 201: <BR> <BR> The decision to make the present moment into your friend is the end of the ego. The ego can never be... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 23:58:50 EST The Ego and Gut Feeling How do you know if it's your ego or a gut feeling telling you something's wrong/someone's lied to you? And does it matter? Mon, 14 Apr 2008 02:50:48 EST Letting Go Challenge - The Fearful Ego Share your experiences with recognizing the ego of the one who likes to play the afraid, full of fear role! What have you witnessed? What still has ahold of you? Sun, 13 Apr 2008 00:37:08 EST Letting Go Challenge - The I Am Fat Ego Share your experiences with recognizing the ego of the one who likes to play the I am fat role? What have you witnessed? What still has ahold of you? Sun, 13 Apr 2008 00:35:59 EST Letting Go Challenge - The Miserable Ego Share your experiences with recognizing the ego of the one who likes to play the I am sooooooo miserable! What have you witnessed? What still has ahold of you? Sun, 13 Apr 2008 00:32:32 EST DEAD THREAD <em>227</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2008 00:29:54 EST The Ego and Conflict How aware are you of the role the ego plays when you find yourself in a situation where you are in a difference of opinions, another words, a conflict with someone else? What role do you play when arguing with someone? What roles do you recognize in others when you witness the arguement? Sun, 13 Apr 2008 00:20:12 EST The Ego and Death What are you feelings when it comes to the ego and death? Sun, 13 Apr 2008 00:16:53 EST The Ego and Old Age What is your opinion in relation to the ego and old age? Sun, 13 Apr 2008 00:16:15 EST I am Surrendering to the Present Moment I wasn't sure what the best way to do this is, but this seems ok. I have taken my name off of the leader position on the team. My elderly Mother is needing a lot more care these past few weeks, and knowing that I can be everywhere and nowhere at the same time, I am choosing to be with you all in spirit and my human body needs to be present with her. <BR> <BR> I will still post as often as I can and I hope that you all have a continued wonderful journey on Spark and with Awakening to the ... Wed, 9 Apr 2008 09:47:13 EST The Ego and Skepticism A post was just shared in another thread dealing with the skepticism of Tolle's approach. The following is what was stated: <BR> _______________________________ <BR> <BR> I have been doing some reading out in cyber space on Oprah and Tolle. There are a lot of people out there who believe that Tolle's New Age thinking is not compatible with Christian thinking. One person is calling Oprah the priestess of the New Age and unfortunately because of her influence she is leading people down a path... Tue, 8 Apr 2008 18:01:41 EST PAINBODY and CHILDREN Holy cow! The idea that I could have passed my pain body onto my children during pregnancy just freaks me out. My son has a big pain body and I was so stressed during my pregnancy with him. My daughter has a seemingly small one and I was so much more relaxed during my pregnancy with her. Also, I was a much more relaxed person during my pregnancy with my daughter. YIKES! I wonder if I passed my victim role onto my son? Mon, 7 Apr 2008 23:00:58 EST Leanna Needs Our Support! Hey Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Leanna needs our support! She is quitting smoking... and that is a nasty nasty ego to kick! For any of us who are familiar with trying to kick an addiction, I am sure you can relate! <BR> <BR> Let's show Leanna our compassion by being present for her now! <BR> <BR> Sending Huge Happy Vibes Your Way Leanna! <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> YES YOU CAN!!! <BR> <BR> Leanna, you need to talk about it... please share how you are feeling? What's going on? <BR>... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 15:25:34 EST Chatting in the Present Moment good morning! Hope everyone is having a great day so far. I just finished listening to Elizabeth Lesser's xm radio show that takes place after each Monday night's class and thought I'd post the link here for anyone interested. You can listen to it anytime just like the class. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone reading or has read The Power of Now? I'm currently reading it. Mon, 7 Apr 2008 12:02:13 EST Your Ego and FRIENDS! Knowing what you know now about the ego, what are your thoughts and feelings on friendships? <BR> Sun, 6 Apr 2008 02:48:18 EST Your Ego and WORK! Knowing what you know now about the ego, how do you feel it effects you when you are at work and when you aren't! What are your thoughts and feelings on work? Sun, 6 Apr 2008 02:46:23 EST Your Ego and HATE! Knowing what you know now about the ego, what are your thoughts and feelings on hate? Sun, 6 Apr 2008 02:43:21 EST Letting Go Challenge - The Angry Ego Share your experiences with recognizing the ego of the one who likes to be angry all the time! What have you witnessed? What still has ahold of you? Sun, 6 Apr 2008 02:40:41 EST Letting Go Challenge - The Attention Seeking Ego Share your experiences with recognizing the ego of the one who likes to seek for attention! What have you witnessed? What still has ahold of you? Sun, 6 Apr 2008 02:39:15 EST Letting Go Challenge - The Sensitive Ego Share your experiences with recognizing the ego of the one who likes to play the role of the sensitive one! What have you witnessed? What still has ahold of you? <BR> Sun, 6 Apr 2008 02:37:20 EST Is our team THE COLLECTIVE EGO? By joining and becoming apart of this team, does this make us apart of the Collective Ego? <BR> <BR> Eckhart Tolle says NO! <BR> ____________________________________ <BR> <BR> Chpt. 4, p. 126: <BR> <BR> As the new consciousness emerges, some people will feel called upon to form groups that reflect the enlightened consciousness. These groups will not be collective egos. The individuals who make up these groups will have no need to define their identity through them. They no longer look ... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 12:28:37 EST Is our team THE COLLECTIVE EGO? By joining and becoming apart of this team, does this make us apart of the Collective Ego? <BR> <BR> Eckhart Tolle says NO! <BR> ____________________________________ <BR> <BR> Chpt. 4, p. 126: <BR> <BR> As the new consciousness emerges, some people will feel called upon to form groups that reflect the enlightened consciousness. These groups will not be collective egos. The individuals who make up these groups will have no need to define their identity through them. They no longer look t... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 12:27:11 EST Interesting Article Thought you may find this article interesting! <BR> <BR> Well Being / Inspiration <BR> <BR> Are You Ready to Create Change? <BR> Daily Inspiration <BR> John H. Sklare, Ed.D <BR> Wednesday, April 2, 2008 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was out running some weekly errands the other day when I heard a quote on the radio that sent me immediately to my notepad. I knew I had to share it with you because it speaks to a subject I address constantly in my writings. The... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 15:34:03 EST A Walk with a SparkFriend Just wanted to share a 'fun' event that happened Tuesday. <BR> <BR> EmmaSmart knew that I was vacationing near her home and spark-mailed me about meeting. <BR> <BR> We did!!! <BR> <BR> We met at a park not far from her home that had a long walking trail. I was excited all day Tuesday wondering, wondering, wondering. DH tagged along as the park was about 30 minutes from where we are staying and we are both unfamiliar with the area. <BR> <BR> He was such a good guy - when we got there he t... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 15:13:51 EST ··· Oprah and Eckhart Tolle Webcast On Demand ··· For those of you just learning about A NEW EARTH and are wanting to learn all that you can, Oprah and Eckhart Tolle have a Webcast On Demand where you can go to watch the online class on or download it and watch it or listen to it later! They even have transcripts if you wish, and closed captioning!!! <BR> <link><BR>/archive/anewearth_archive_main.jsp </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Mon, 31 Mar 2008 01:03:48 EST ··· Eckhart Tolle You Tube Videos ··· For those of you who can't get enough of Tolle, need a pick me up, or haven't gotten your book yet, You Tube has a TON of videos for your viewing pleasure! I don't think one clip is over 10 minutes! <BR> <BR> They are great, and very calming! It's Tolle completely present and just being Tolle... I guess one could say! There seems to be a different presence about him, than with Oprah. But perhaps, that is because Tolle is playing the role of the interviewee... lol with Oprah??? Anywho...... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 00:57:52 EST Pain Body Question I was doing the workbook on Oprah's website and I realized that I have a pain body issue and I'm having trouble with it and I cannot seem to see this clearly and I thought you guys might just know what to tell me so I could see this issue clearly. <BR> <BR> My niece cut of contact with her daughters to my husband. I didn't like the implication and while I occasionally talk with her (she's working on surviving cancer) There is a huge wall between us and I don't know how to fix it without be... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 19:27:47 EST Talk about an awakening! BlueCameo posted this on our 55+female page quotes and inspirational thoughts etc. This was a major awakening and a beautiful story. Please read. I cried through most of it. <BR> Through God's Eyes <BR> <BR> <BR> By the time I was ten, I was totally ashamed of my father. All my friends called him names: Quasi-Moto, hunchback, monster, little Frankenstein, the crooked little man with the crooked little cane. At first it hurt when they called him those things, but soon I found myself agr... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 12:33:32 EST ··· Constant Awakenings - Awareness Challenge ··· Welcome to team Awakenings: <BR> <BR> Constant Awakenings - Awareness Challenge! <BR> _______________________________________ <BR> <BR> This thread is never ending because you constantly challenge yourself to dissolve the ego. <BR> <BR> It seems, that by putting our recognized 'weaknesses', old agreements, old negative egoic thought patterns to the test, that we really can conquer and dissolve them, if we choose to do so. Simply just by bringing our Awareness to them! <BR> <BR> So it's s... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 01:46:51 EST Your Ego and PERFECTIONISM! How many of you out there are a perfectionist??? Ha, I bet a lot of you! I use to be extremely anal... lol! But, I have over the past couple of years really slowed this one down. Thanks to some great wisdom of other people, I have learnt that practice makes progress... not PERFECT! Perfectionism in a round about way coincides with control. You want things perfect, and in order for them to be perfect, they must be done your way! In order for them to be done your way, you must be in cont... Sat, 29 Mar 2008 21:19:21 EST Not afraid anymore... I am so excited. My husband went out of town on Wednesday for 10 days and for the first time in my ENTIRE life I wasn't afraid to be home alone. I am usually filled with anxiety when he is about to go out of town and then lie in bed at night thinking about all the things that could happen ie., someone breaking in and doing horrible things to me and my kids. I know this stems from being left alone by my stepdad when I was only 9 and worrying that something would happen and I would have to take... Sat, 29 Mar 2008 10:20:14 EST Your Ego and SMOKING! I am an non-smoker! Having smoked before, I have really been able to see the connection the ego has with smoking! For those of you who smoked and wish to share your relations to this, or those of you who still smoke and are trying to quit, or not... what are your thoughts on the cigarette and your ego? Fri, 28 Mar 2008 22:13:36 EST Your Ego and CHOCOLATE! How does the Ego affect certain cravings, especially chocolate??? Fri, 28 Mar 2008 22:04:20 EST turn off the lights for one hour March 29 Is 7 minutes in the dark long enough? <BR> <BR> The Bite <BR> Only if you're an awkward, slobbery teenager. Otherwise, turn the lights off for a full hour (march 29 )tomorrow starting at 8 p.m. your time, and you'll join millions of people around the planet coming together for a cause even greater than a teen's first kiss: global warming. <BR> <BR> The Benefits <BR> <BR> <BR> Immediate impact. Last year's Earth Hour, which happened only in Sydney, Australia, had the effect of taking 48,00... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 18:50:34 EST The Ego and PARENTING What roles do you play as a parent? Are you bound by those roles? Knowing what you know about the ego now, how do you see yourself as a parent? How identified to that role have you become? What have you witnessed within that role that you really wish you didn't do? What are you proud of? Fri, 28 Mar 2008 16:52:40 EST Your Ego and Parenting What roles do you play as a parent? Are you bound by those roles? Knowing what you know about the ego now, how do you see yourself as a parent? How identified to that role have you become? What have you witnessed within that role that you really wish you didn't do? What are you proud of? Fri, 28 Mar 2008 16:51:54 EST Your Ego and DEPRESSION Knowing what you know now about the ego, what are your thoughts and feelings on all types of depression? Do you think there is a possiblity that your disease or disorder is your ego hard a work? Do you think that there is a possibility that you have become so identified with your disease or disorder that you in a sense have strenghened it? Fri, 28 Mar 2008 16:49:24 EST I LOVE THIS TEAM! I just have to share my feelings with everyone! I started this team because I wanted to share and learn with like minded people! I didn't realize the connection that would come with it! It is great learning, and experiencing with all of you very fine people! We laugh! We share very insightful moments of realizations! And... we continuously learn something more each day! We continue to Awaken! <BR> <BR> This is our never ending journey towards enlightenment! <BR> <BR> To One Awakenin... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 16:16:25 EST Please Help Congratulate... LEANNA who has graciously accepted to help lead team Awakening! <BR> <BR> Her enthusiasm and team member involvement hasn't gone unnoticed, and we greatly appreciate that! <BR> <BR> Thanks Leanna for accepting! <BR> <BR> This is really hard to write without being really egoic about it, so here's to bring on a ton of positive egoic behaviours... <BR> <BR> CONGRATULATIONS! <BR> <BR> YOU'RE THE BEST! <BR> <BR> THANKS FOR ALL YOUR GREAT HELP! <BR> <BR> TO THE FUTURE! <BR> <BR> Just a litt... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 11:16:37 EST About The Letting Go Challenges I am going to try and post 3 Letting Go Challenges a week! We will see how it goes! But try to focus in on 1 or all 3 of the challenges to see how often you play that role! By becoming aware, we begin the process to dissolve the negative that comes with that particular ego! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to share any Letting Go Challenge ideas you would like to see posted as a group challenge in here! Can't wait to see the egos we will dissolve together as a team! Thu, 27 Mar 2008 21:31:57 EST Letting Go Challenge - The Victim Ego Share your experiences with recognizing the ego of the one who likes to play the role victim! What have you witnessed? What still has ahold of you? Thu, 27 Mar 2008 21:23:56 EST Letting Go Challenge - The Sad Ego Share your experiences with recognizing the ego of the one who likes to be sad! What have you witnessed? What still has ahold of you? Thu, 27 Mar 2008 21:21:37 EST A question for Tolle so today, I started feeling agitated and worried and on the verge of tears any second. I thought to myself...what the heck? I've been doing so good why is this happening. Then I went over to the calendar and checked....yep, it's pms time. So, my question to Tolle would be, are hormones the ego as well or just hormones and there is nothing we can do about it? That seems to be the case. I'm aware of pms but I don't seem to have control over it. Oh, and I'm eating everything in sight too!... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 18:47:55 EST Letting Go Challenge - The Control Ego Share your experiences with recognizing the ego of the one who likes to control! What have you witnessed? What still has ahold of you? Thu, 27 Mar 2008 18:34:09 EST Welcome Letter Welcome to team Awakening! <BR> <BR> However you found out about our team Awakening, Tolle's book, or SparksPeople, it was all meant to happen! The paths you choose and the steps you took, got you to where you are today, and you are finally waking up! <BR> <BR> You are going to find a bunch of amazing individuals who are just the same as you! We are all on this journey together, and it truly is a wonderful ride experiencing this with like minded people. <BR> <BR> I would like to take thi... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 17:37:58 EST The Ego and FOOD! Have you awakened to your ego and food? Have you seen the connection and how sneaky your ego is when it comes to food! How does the ego feed on your food? Thu, 27 Mar 2008 16:32:20 EST The Ego and LOVE! Knowing what you know now about the ego, and you can't unknow something, what are your thoughts and feelings on love? Thu, 27 Mar 2008 16:16:14 EST Suggestion Box Consider this team Awakenings Suggestion Box! <BR> <BR> In here, you can play the role of more knowledgeable ,and tell us how you think team Awakening could be better organized and managed... lol! <BR> <BR> On a more serious note... lol... I really need your advice. I haven't lead a team in SP before, and I am finding it difficult to stay on top of everything. We all seem to be all over the place, and I think too much is going on, and we need a little more structure! <BR> <BR> The lack o... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 12:59:55 EST I need a WELCOMING COMMITTEE! Hey great team members! I need some help welcoming members to the team. <BR> <BR> I noticed Leanna was helping me welcome members to the team, infact beating me... lol... and I really liked that added touch! She is now officially the head of the welcome committee... lol! Just teasing. <BR> <BR> So, I am asking any of you, who feel that you have a few extra minutes, to help welcome new members to team Awakening on their comments section, if they have one of course. <BR> <BR> Let's make o... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 12:46:00 EST Easter Reflections Some of you may have gotten the SparkMail about really paying attention to what makes the ego smile, becoming aware of it, and letting it dissolve. Some of you may even gotten together with family or friends. I suggested to pay attention to how you reacted and responded with others over the weekend. <BR> <BR> Let's Share Our Stories Here! <BR> <BR> What did you witness within yourself and others? Sun, 23 Mar 2008 12:14:36 EST The sneaky Ego! My ego is very sneaky. Anyone else realizing this? Since reading the book, I've done fairly well with getting rid of my running commentary of worry that constantly replayed itself in my mind all day long. Now however, I find if I wake up during the night, there it is! I think my dreams have even been affected as well. They are all about worry! How do I stop this? Or can I? Sat, 22 Mar 2008 09:32:43 EST Role Playing - The Many Faces of the Ego In Chapter 4 we are learning about all the roles we play in life and how this is part of the ego. If you care to share, what role do you struggle most letting go of? <BR> <BR> For me I would say that the role of being a people pleaser is the one that is most difficult for me to give up. I find that the most difficult thing for me is to remain neutral. I either want to agree with people and give compliments, or keep quiet. Fri, 21 Mar 2008 01:31:01 EST Spread The Awakening How did you find out about team Awakening? Have you told your friends? Are you spreading the awakening? How did you find out about Tolle's Book? Is it wrong to mention spiritual enlightenment to others? What are you doing to contribute to A New Earth??? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 19:56:24 EST LET'S DISCUSS - Chapter 10 A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose <BR> <BR> Chapter Ten <BR> A New Earth <BR> _______________________________________ <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts and feelings on the tenth chapter? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 17:05:46 EST LET'S DISCUSS - Chapter 9 A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose <BR> <BR> Chapter Nine <BR> Your Inner Purpose <BR> _______________________________________ <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts and feelings on the ninth chapter? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 17:05:06 EST LET'S DISCUSS - Chapter 8 A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose <BR> <BR> Chapter Eight <BR> The Discovery of Inner Space <BR> _______________________________________ <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts and feelings on the eigth chapter? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 17:04:21 EST LET'S DISCUSS - Chapter 7 A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose <BR> <BR> Chapter Seven <BR> Finding Who You Truly Are <BR> _______________________________________ <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts and feelings on the seventh chapter? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 17:03:29 EST LET'S DISCUSS - Chapter 6 A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose <BR> <BR> Chapter Six <BR> Breaking Free <BR> _______________________________________ <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts and feelings on the sixth chapter? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 17:02:45 EST LET'S DISCUSS - Chapter 5 A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose <BR> <BR> Chapter Five <BR> The Pain-Body <BR> _______________________________________ <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts and feelings on the fifth chapter? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 17:01:43 EST LET'S DISCUSS - Chapter 4 A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose <BR> <BR> Chapter Four <BR> Role-playing: The Many Faces of the Ego <BR> _______________________________________ <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts and feelings on the fourth chapter? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 17:00:44 EST LET'S DISCUSS - Chapter 3 A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose <BR> <BR> Chapter Three <BR> The Core of Ego <BR> _______________________________________ <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts and feelings on the third chapter? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:59:17 EST LET'S DISCUSS - Chapter 2 A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose <BR> <BR> Chapter Two <BR> Ego: The Current State of Humanity <BR> _______________________________________ <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts and feelings on the second chapter? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:58:15 EST LET'S DISCUSS - Chapter 1 A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose <BR> <BR> Chapter One <BR> The Flowering of Human Consciousness <BR> _______________________________________ <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts and feelings on the first chapter? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:56:57 EST Eckhart Tolle Quotes Let's share quotes from Eckhart Tolle in here! It will be a nice refresher of his very profound outlook. <BR> <BR> Remember to state the Chapter, page and the title of the book, if NOT from A New Earth. <BR> ______________________________ <BR> <BR> "All that is required to become free of the ego is to be aware of it, since awareness and ego are incompatible." Chapter 3 Pg. 78 <BR> ______________________________ <BR> <BR> It really is that simple! Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:53:50 EST Must Reads - SP Articles I thought we could share any SP Articles that seem to be truly fitting with our theme here at Awakening! <BR> __________________________________ <BR> <BR> The first one, with it's title seems to be the total opposite of what Tolle is introducing us too, but it fits! <BR> <BR> It's called Think Yourself Fit! <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1012 </link> <BR> <BR> Basically, the way I see it, is we may not all be able to live a 100% Awakened lifestyl... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 19:33:07 EST Letting Go I had am amazing realization this morning while enjoying my shower! I realized it was time to let go! Let go of my worries! Let go of my anger! Resentments! Frustrations! Let go of my FEAR! And suddenly this rush of calmness came over me! <BR> <BR> Now, I hope I'm not going crazy... lol... and that I am truly becoming awakened... but I also had an epiphany within that about my husband! He has been dreaming about owning his own business for so long, and my fear kept forcing him to pus... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 12:16:52 EST Powerful Video I believe this fits right in with what we are all learning. Please watch. <BR> <BR> <BR> Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another. <BR> ... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 22:58:47 EST Chapter 3 Show - Share your thoughts! It was a good show! I truly believe I am getting this! <BR> <BR> I really liked the end when they said, not quoting exactly here, but they said, "The ego has fulfilled it's purpose when it has taken you to a state of awakening. We are waking up now!" <BR> <BR> What a rush that statement is alone! WoW! What a statement! We are waking up now! Mon, 17 Mar 2008 22:38:25 EST Great SPIRITUAL Must Reads I thought we could share titles and authors of books we have read that are Must Reads! Books that awakened you to a whole new way of thinking! It doesn't necessarily have to be about spirituality! Anything that you truly believe is worth reading! <BR> <BR> Obviously, the first suggestions must be: <BR> <BR> A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose <BR> by Eckhart Tolle <BR> <BR> The Power of Now - A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment <BR> by Eckhart Tolle <BR> <BR> I haven't read h... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 02:05:33 EST SONG - New Soul by Yael Naim I just had to share a link to the lyrics and video to a song by Yael Naim, called a New Soul. It's the commercial song for the new macbook air. Anyways, I always light up when I hear it on the t.v., so I went on a mission to find it, and the link is it! <BR> <BR> It is such a happy, uplifting, high spirited, nothing but postive song! <BR> <BR> Give the entire song a chance, even the part where it lulls! And make sure you watch the video! There is a hugely impacting part of the video tha... Wed, 12 Mar 2008 22:26:53 EST Calories To Go? Did you know that 1 lb = 3500 Calories? I didn't know that, until I started SP! Therefore, I have 175000 Calories to go! That's a big number, really puts things in perspective! <BR> <BR> I thought it would be interesting if we celebrated our Calories To Go! <BR> <BR> What does that mean? Well, it could mean take out, but it doesn't! It means we convert our pounds to go to calories to go! <BR> <BR> Let's use myself for example: <BR> <BR> My starting weight was 182 lbs. My target weight... Wed, 12 Mar 2008 21:34:20 EST Have a great Wednesday Everyone! I wish everyone a wonderful Wednesday! My husband and I have some running around to do, and I am going to take my cardio back outdoors, for a nice brisk walk around a beautiful park with my hubby and two babies! <BR> <BR> ENJOY your day! Wed, 12 Mar 2008 10:53:33 EST The Pamper Yourself Challenge When is the last time you did something nice just for yourself! When's the last time you had a bath, or put lotion on your feet! Got a pedicure, or painted your own! The list truly could go on! <BR> <BR> I challenge you to make pampering yourself a priority in your life! When you feel good about you, it radiates outwards from your inner realm and becomes infectious to those around you! I dare you to try it, and see the difference it makes in your life! <BR> <BR> I started using Body Wash... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 20:57:10 EST The Pamper Yourself Challenge When is the last time you did something nice just for yourself! When's the last time you had a bath, or put lotion on your feet! Got a pedicure, or painted your own! The list truly could go on! <BR> <BR> I challenge you to pamper yourself for 28 days, and take note of the difference it makes in your life! <BR> <BR> I started using Body Wash in my morning shower! Instead of rushing through it, to get to the next thing on my mental to do list, I take the time to relax and truly enjoy the ... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 19:47:25 EST Healing With The Angels - Oracle Cards I thought, when I felt inspired to do so, that I would ask the angels to tell me what I need to know for the group! Today, I drew two cards: Listening and Abundance! <BR> <BR> LISTENING <BR> <BR> Card Meaning: You are in communication with your angels, and the messages that you are receiving are very real indeed. Trust them. <BR> _____________________________________ <BR> <BR> This card is a validation from your angels that you really are hearing them. You have been receiving repetiti... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 14:12:06 EST Great Chapter Two Show Tonight! That was a great show tonight! I hope all of you were able to enjoy it live! It was a learning experinece last week, when it didn't work, to realize that that's the way it was meant to be! <BR> <BR> Anywho... feel free to talk about the show!!! <BR> <BR> What did you ladies think about the 13 year old? WOW! I only wish my children are as wise, as awakened at such a young age! I hope that comes with innocence though! <BR> <BR> Have a great evening everyone! Mon, 10 Mar 2008 22:36:37 EST I haven't forgotten you... I haven't forgotten you, and don't worry about me, if you don't see me around much this week! My husband is on days off, so I like to cherish every moment we have together! I will be checking in from time to time, and may add the odd post, but may not be able to get to every bodies posts! <BR> <BR> Have a great week! <BR> <BR> I hope those of you doing the webinar with Oprah and Tolle have a great spiritual journey this evening! I am looking forward to it myself! Mon, 10 Mar 2008 20:34:18 EST Motivational Words, Quotes, Sayings, Phrases I thought it would be nice if we shared our favorite quotes, words, anythings... that inspire, motivate, hit home, really mean something, or just simply are worth sharing! <BR> <BR> Feel free to explain, or just drop by with something that the rest of us can ponder! It's up to you! <BR> ______________________________ <BR> <BR> Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Sun, 9 Mar 2008 01:46:19 EST The Best of SparkPeople's Blogs I thought it would be nice to share the LINK to any great blog entries you come across on your adventures through SparkLand, that really inspire or motivate you! <BR> <BR> I think this will be a fantastic way to take advantage of the open Blog System they have here at Sparks! Consider this the best of SparksPeople's blogs... lol! <BR> ______________________________ <BR> <BR> I will start! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1062395 </link... Sun, 9 Mar 2008 01:38:04 EST I Am Determined! One of my goals is to be jogging in the outside world by spring, March 20, 2008! One of my summer goals, is to be jogging around this one beautiful park we have in my home town! Well, today was so gorgeous, it was perfect really, I had promised the daughter we would go for a walk after her bowling! So, I decided, I am going to walk my path that I will jog one day! So, we got down there, loaded the babies in the stroller, and off we went! I was feeling so powerful! So invigorated! It fe... Sun, 9 Mar 2008 01:06:25 EST What is Working for YOU and what is not? In another group we have an ongoing thread of what is working for you, and what is not. It is kind of fun to think about this every once in awhile. Sun, 9 Mar 2008 00:33:54 EST Have you been STILL today? Just a Friendly Reminder to take the time out of each and everyday to be STILL! <BR> <BR> As Tolle states: <BR> <BR> Invite stillness into your life, so that you are more alert than if you were thinking. Be STILL. <BR> <BR> Find the presence and stillness with nature and recognize it within yourself. <BR> <BR> Sacred is the escence of who you are. Recognize the sacredness within the tree, recognize it within yourself. <BR> <BR> Let's Be Still! Sat, 8 Mar 2008 17:48:01 EST Healthy Reflections Let's reflect on the Healthy Reflections Newsletter in here! I am not going to post one every day, or I don't plan to anyways... lol, but I do plan on posting one when it triggers something inside of me, or I feel is worth discussing! <BR> <BR> So, here is our first one... <BR> <BR> ______________________________________ <BR> <BR> Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching? <BR> <BR> - Anonymous <BR> <BR> <BR> What kind of emotional atmosphere are you creating? <BR> <BR> Positi... Fri, 7 Mar 2008 00:19:55 EST AHA! Moments - Great Place to START Let's share our AHA! Moments from "A New Earth"! What's an AHA! Moment? The moment the little lightbulb goes off in your head, and you here the click! When something truly resonates deep within you, and you finally start to wake up! I have had so many, and I am still having more each day! Don't feel like you have to tell us all of them in one reply, you might get overwhelmed... lol! <BR> <BR> So come on! Let's Share Our AHA! Moments! Thu, 6 Mar 2008 18:53:18 EST Bible Quotes I thought we could share and discuss Bible Quotes, either from the book - A New Earth, or from our own Bible, that you believe truly do back up what Eckhart Tolle is saying! <BR> <BR> ____________________________________ <BR> <BR> Romans 12: 1-2 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the re... Thu, 6 Mar 2008 15:55:08 EST Positivity Streak I am challenging you all to make positivity the utmost importance in your day! I am challenging you to have positive filled days! I am challenging you to take control of your life, and conquer the negative feeding egos in your head! I am challenging you to be happy, motivated, and conscious! <BR> <BR> This is an ongoing challenge! You don't fail! You just strive to go longer, to beat out your last streak! <BR> <BR> So who's with me? Let's see how long we can remain truly and honestly ... Thu, 6 Mar 2008 11:48:56 EST Give Up Your Weakness Challenge I am challenging all of you to give up your weakness for 21 days - or 28 days if you tend to be easily sidetracked... lol! <BR> <BR> That's doable isn't it? You don't have to give it up forever, just less than a month! You will be able to prove to yourself that you can live without it, that you really don't need it, and you might learn that you feel better without it too! Then you can decide whether or not you want to allow it back into your life or not! The choice is yours! <BR> <BR> You... Thu, 6 Mar 2008 11:38:58 EST What The "A New Earth" Forum Is About What is the "A New Earth" Forum about? <BR> <BR> It's where we can go to discuss Eckhart Tolle's latest book, A New Earth - Awakening To Your Life's Purpose, or any of his other books, if you have read them! <BR> <BR> It's where you can come to share your AHA MOMENTS! <BR> <BR> It's where you can come to share how it has affected your weightloss journey! <BR> <BR> It's where you can come to share how it has changed your life! <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing all about your Awakening! ... Thu, 6 Mar 2008 11:32:04 EST What The Challenge Forum Is About - PLEASE READ What The Challenge Forum Is About! <BR> <BR> Well... it's about helping you reach your goals and dreams! It's about helping you work on your weaknesses! It's about motivating you to go further than you have ever gone before! It's to help pick you up when you are feeling down! It's to instill a sense of accomplishment and pride! It's to challenge you to be the best that you can be! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to partake in any of the existing challenges that interest you, and to start an... Thu, 6 Mar 2008 08:50:01 EST Introduce Yourself To Our Team Welcome To Our Team - Awakening! <BR> <BR> We are a very positive, happy team, raring to support you in your New Life! <BR> <BR> Help us to get to know you better by saying hi, and maybe mentioning a few things about yourself! Some examples are: <BR> <BR> Where are you from? <BR> <BR> Married/Children? <BR> <BR> What is your favourite thing about SparksPeople? <BR> <BR> What is your favorite quote from A NEW EARTH - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose? <BR> <BR> How did you learn of Eckh... Wed, 5 Mar 2008 21:13:16 EST What This Group Is About - PLEASE READ We are a group of positive people, trying to live life to it's fullest! We are also true believers of Eckhart Tolle's Latest Book - The New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose! <BR> <BR> Because, I quote, "The joy of Being is the joy of being Conscious," we need to live this life in the now! We need to make the most of it, EVERY DAY! EVERY SECOND! Being truly aware of what we are doing, present, in the moment! Accepting life as it is! Enjoying life as it is! And living it Enthusi... Wed, 5 Mar 2008 16:55:29 EST