The Calm Center: Reflections and Meditations for Spiritual Awakening by Steve Taylor, Eckhart Tolle (Introduction) [updated July 16, 2015]

Publication date: 5/12/2015

These stirring meditations and poetic reflections comfort, inspire, and gently bring readers out of the harried, hectic day-to-day and back to the bedrock of peace, and even joy, of our true, essential, and authentic selves. The Calm Center is a guide to spiritual awakening, touching into some of the deepest and highest areas of human experience, and showing us the obstacles and landmarks that appear on the journey. All together, these pieces constitute a profound modern spiritual text that has the power to transmit awakening to the reader.

As Taylor writes at the book’s beginning:

When the future is full of dread
and the past full of regret,
where can you take refuge except the present?

When maelstroms of tormenting thoughts
push back the barricades of your sanity,
the present is the calm center where you can rest.

And slowly, as you rest there
the niggling thoughts and fears dissolve
like shadows shrinking under the midday sun
until you don’t need refuge any more.

The present is the only place
where there is no thought-created pain.

The present is the only place.

Steve Taylor is the author of books including Waking from Sleep, Out of the Darkness, and The Fall, which have been published in sixteen languages. He lectures on psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, and lives in Manchester, England.

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‘The Calm Center’ Book Launch – with Steve Taylor

Streamed live on May 31, 2015

I’ll be reading several of the pieces from my book of spiritual reflections The Calm Center, just published as an Eckhart Tolle Edition. I’ll discussing the book and leading a couple of meditative exercises based on it. You’ll have the opportunity to ask me questions about the book too.

Spiritual Awakening – Steve Taylor, UK

Published on Sep 4, 2012

Steve Taylor is a lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, and the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality. These include Waking From Sleep, The Fall, Making Time and his new book Out of the Darkness. His books have been published in 11 languages, including Dutch, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Polish, Spanish and French. His work has been described by Eckhart Tolle as ‘an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present.’ Steve is also a researcher in transpersonal psychology at Liverpool John Moores University.
Steve’s articles and essays have been published in over 30 academic journals, magazines and newspapers, including The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, The Journal of Consciousness Studies, The Transpersonal Psychology Review, The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, The Scientific and Medical Network Review, Psychologies, Soul and Spirit, Resurgence and The Daily Express. His work has been featured widely in the media in the UK, including on BBC Breakfast, BBC World TV, Radio 4 and 5, and in The Guardian and The Independent.

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A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World by Daniel Goleman (Author), Dalai Lama (Introduction)

For more than half a century, in such books as The Art of Happiness and The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace, the Dalai Lama has guided us along the path to compassion and taught us how to improve our inner lives. In A Force for Good, with the help of his longtime friend Daniel Goleman, the New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence, the Dalai Lama explains how to turn our compassionate energy outward. This revelatory and inspiring work provides a singular vision for transforming the world in practical and positive ways.

Much more than just the most prominent exponent of Tibetan Buddhism, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is also a futurist who possesses a profound understanding of current events and a remarkable canniness for modern social issues. When he takes the stage worldwide, people listen. A Force for Good combines the central concepts of the Dalai Lama, empirical evidence that supports them, and true stories of people who are putting his ideas into action—showing how harnessing positive energies and directing them outward has lasting and meaningful effects. Goleman details the science of compassion and how this singular guiding motivation has the power to

• break such destructive social forces as corruption, collusion, and bias
• heal the planet by refocusing our concerns toward our impact on the systems that support all life
• reverse the tendency toward systemic inequity through transparency and accountability
• replace violence with dialogue
• counter us-and-them thinking by recognizing human oneness
• create new economic systems that work for everyone, not just the powerful and rich
• design schooling that teaches empathy, self-mastery, and ethics

Millions of people have turned to the Dalai Lama for his unparalleled insight into living happier, more purposeful lives. Now, when the world needs his guidance more than ever, he shows how every compassion-driven human act—no matter how small—is integral for a more peaceful, harmonious world, building a force for a better future.

Revelatory, motivating, and highly persuasive, A Force for Good is arguably the most important work from one of the world’s most influential spiritual and political figures.

DANIEL GOLEMAN is the author of the international bestsellers Emotional Intelligence, Working with Emotional Intelligence, and Social Intelligence, and the co-author of the acclaimed business bestseller Primal Leadership. His latest books are What Makes a Leader: Why Emotional Intelligence Matters and The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education. He was a science reporter for the New York Times, was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and received the American Psychological Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his media writing. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Daniel Goleman on the Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World: Compassion

Published on Jun 9, 2015

http://www.joinaforce4good.org/

Daniel Goleman, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and A Force for Good, talks about compassion as it relates to the Dalai Lama’s vision for our world.

The Scientific Basis for Compassion, Part 1

Published on Jul 15, 2014

A “Day of Science and Learning” with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and part of the Seeds of Compassion tour on Friday April 11 from 9:00 — 11:00 a.m. The Dalai Lama joined a panel of leading researchers to discuss the quantitative benefits of compassion. Held on the University of Washington campus, the event included Daniel Goleman, author of “Emotional Intelligence,” who moderated a panel including Andrew Meltzoff, co-director, University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences; Richard Davidson, director, Laboratory of AffectiThe Scientific Basis for Compassion, Part 2ve Neuroscience; Alicia Lieberman, president, Board of Directors, Zero to Three; and Daniel Siegel, author of “The Mindful Brain” and “Parenting from the Inside Out.”

Music
“Carolina” by Tingstad & Rumbel (iTunes)

The Scientific Basis for Compassion, Part 2

TANTRA FOR THE WEST A Direct Path to Living the Life of Your Dreams

What does tantra have to do with your relationships, work, money, creativity, sex, food and drink, being alone, meditation and yoga, aging and healing, politics, freedom, and enlightenment? Everything!

Tantra is usually thought of as sex with some kind of mysticism thrown in. Marc Allen goes back to the original meaning of tantra and shows how it can be applied to every moment of your life, excluding nothing. Tantra for the West is filled with ancient and modern principles and practices that help you use all your experiences as part of your mental, emotional, and spiritual growth.

Within your way of life — whatever it may be — within your everyday thoughts and feelings, within your fantasies and dreams are the keys to love, freedom, and fulfillment. As soon as you can see this, you’ll find yourself on a direct path to realizing the life of your dreams.

This highly acclaimed book has inspired readers all over the world for over thirty years, and is now completely revised, with new material added. It gives you simple keys and practical tools that can be wildly, creatively adapted to your individual needs. If you spend even a brief amount of time with this book, you will discover for yourself the transformative power of tantra.

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Marc Allen talks about TANTRA FOR THE WEST

Published on May 29, 2015

New World Library publishers and cofounder Marc Allen talks about TANTRA FOR THE WEST and the common misconception that tantra is all about sex. For more info visit http://bit.ly/1GJNbR1.

Marc Allen: The Tantric Perspective For A Juicy Life

Published on Jul 14, 2015

Tantra in Sanskrit means “woven together”. In this amazing conversation with bestselling author, Marc Allen, Freeman and Sandi discuss the extended application of Tantra to include every area of life. Tantra becomes a context that generously holds and organizes our day-to-day experience to make life more meaningful and more fulfilling.

For more information about Marc Allen’s work, please visit: http://www.marcallen.com/

New moon in Gemini Jupiter in Leo

Jupiter transit in Leo in 2015-2016 in Astrology (Jupiter through nakshatra and padas)

Jupiter will transit in the sign of Leo from June 20th 2015 to August 23 2016. Jupiter exalted in Leo

#Kapiel Raaj, This video is hosted by Kapiel Raaj.

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