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A Meditation on Mandela

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Join Hands

Join Hearts

Listen to one another

Stand up and speak up

Be peace in words + deeds

Forgive the past

Create a world of harmony

Open the prison of your mind

Expect to work hard

And laugh (at yourself)

Make something happen

Change your world ─ for the better

Walk your journey with an open heart.

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Cultivating Compassion

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

“Compassion is our capacity to love – without the story attached to it. It’s the acts of doing and the heart of being. It’s being our own best friend & having the capacity to befriend others.” Mary Anne Flanagan

My meditations this week have all been about compassion. I have listened and read various writings on compassion. One of my favorites came from Pema Chodron. She wrote, “In cultivating compassion we draw from the wholeness of our experience – our suffering, our empathy, as well as our cruelty and terror. It has to be this way. Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

I have found that compassion might bring me to the places still in need of healing. Cultivating compassion takes practice. I have experienced situations where people have moved quickly to blame and judgment before gently looking within. The biggest lesson I have learned about compassion is that it means showing up with vulnerability and at times, gently moving towards what scares us.

Mantra: I am open to making friends with myself in new and loving ways.

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Innocence

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Innocence has reappeared in my meditations the past few weeks. The word keeps showing up. While in Peru on my first day, we visited the Saint Frances Monastery in Lima to see a famous painting of the Last Supper. I had flown all night and felt myself start to drift when I heard the tour guide say, “Notice what is different about this painting of the Last Supper. You can find children in the painting and that represents innocence.”

Perhaps the journey is not about releasing guilt. Perhaps the journey is welcoming innocence.

I am listening to innocence…

Breathing into innocence…

Mary Anne

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Occupy Forgiveness

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

The peace you are seeking is seeking you. The forgiveness you are waiting for is waiting for you. ~Enlightened One

This week I picked up an old favorite to re-read — Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist, was imprisoned in Auschwitz and Dachau, and he writes eloquently about his harrowing experiences in the death camps. It was through unimaginable suffering that Frankl was able to find meaning not only in his life, but to fully understand how others find meaning in theirs. He writes in his book, “When we are no longer able to change a situation…we are challenged to change ourselves.”

How can we change ourselves? Viktor Frankl writes, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” I have been choosing an attitude of “Occupy Forgiveness” for a few months. Forgiveness has taught me to live in the present and leave the past behind. When I find myself seeking peace, I have noticed that peace is seeking me.

Are there people and situations in your life you are still carrying around with anger, disappointment, and sadness? Please join me on a journey of peace in an upcoming telecourse on Forgiveness. Resting in Radical Forgiveness telecourse starts Monday, November 7 at 8PM (ET). Peace, Mary Anne

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Cultivate More Good

Friday, July 8th, 2011

I spent the holiday weekend reading Noah Levine’s new book, The Heart of the Revolution. It’s an incredible book about challenging ourselves to do the hard work of opening our minds and hearts to more compassion, more forgiveness, and more love. Levine refers to the spiritual 1%ers who are the ones willing to put in the effort of meditation and mindfulness. In one chapter, he uses a phrase cultivate the good. It became a mantra for the rest of the day and the weekend.

How do I cultivate the good? How can I cultivate more good? I sat in meditation and asked for a deeper understanding of cultivating the good. After 15 minutes, I wrote the following:

Cultivating the good starts with living your soul moments rather than your survival moments. It’s recognizing all the good in yourself and sharing it with the world. It’s stretching beyond all doubt and fear into the place of joy. You are bigger than any one moment. It’s releasing doubt. Anger is merely fear and fear is merely doubt. When did you stop believing love? Take a deeper look inside. What is your loving heart saying to you? Can you meet yourself with kindness?

Cultivate the good – grow a garden of love in your heart and remember to water it daily. Cultivate more good. Cultivate more love.

Today, I will meet myself with more kindness and cultivate the good.

Mary Anne

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Striking at the Root of Bullying: Lead with Love

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

In this series, MyOutSpirit.com asks LGBTQ spiritual leaders what the root causes of bullying are and how we can heal them in our children and ourselves. 

{Mary Anne Flanagan, Toning the OM, contributed to the series} 

Anytime we remove human dignity, we are bullying. Whether in the streets of Libya or Cairo, classrooms in the inner city, college dorm rooms, or Gay Pride Parades – when we make others feel less-than with our words or actions – we are bullies. It’s the mentality of creating separation through comparison.

We have grown up with it – winter/summer, light/dark, right/left, masculine/feminine, power/vision and on and on. But maybe now is the time to release dissimilar energies and welcome complimentary opposites. This offers all of us an opportunity to look more deeply at our “us-vs-them” mentality.

In his book, Us and Them: Understanding Your Tribal Mind, David Berreby explains why people are wedded to the notion that they belong to differing tribe-like categories. David Berreby describes how each person creates his own mind map, identifies others with similar mind maps and ostracizes all those who are different. Based in solid scientific research, David Berreby exposes new discoveries about the mind and brain. It’s a book about looking at “human-kind” thinking.

According to neuroscience research, there are approximately 20,000 moments in each day. A moment is defined as the few seconds our brains record an experience. At every moment we are presented with either an opportunity or a threat. Since the beginning of time, we were more likely to view the world as a threat – survival of the fittest. But through evolution, we have learned to co-operate, collaborate, and co-habitate.

To continue reading this article, please go to:
http://gayspirituality.typepad.com/blog/2011/03/striking-at-the-root-of-bullying-lead-with-love.html

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What Would Love Do?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Many of us were shocked after watching the news about a 22-year old that went on a shooting spree that killed six people and wounded 14. I am finding that as more information is revealed about both the suspect and the victims, it is difficult to make any sense of the tragedy. All of our thoughts and prayers are with U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and all the other victims and their families.

What have we learned from this tragedy? I know I have learned that blame and violence hold no purpose in all of this. As my sister-in-law wrote, “We all need to stop blaming one another and simply agree that violence and violent metaphors have no place in American political discourse.”

It only takes one to heal. It only takes one to forgive. What would love do if we allowed it to heal our fear of one another?

As more facts get revealed and emotions rise, I invite each of us to keep asking: What would love do?

Mary Anne

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Give and Forgive

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

“It is your forgiveness that will bring the world of darkness to the light…Forgiveness is the demonstration that you are the light of the world. Through your forgiveness does the truth about you return to your memory.”  A Course in Miracles – Lesson 62

In this season of giving, one of the best gifts you can give is forgiveness. Living the love that we are is a gift we give ourselves. Forgiveness is a gift we can share and remind ourselves of our capacity to love. Unwrap your heart and forgive at least one person this season.

Who are you willing to forgive this season?

Forgiveness is opening to endless love.
Mary Anne

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Forgiveness Brings Peace to All

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

“I want to forgive my father for kicking me out of the house, hating and rejecting me. And I want to forgive myself for believing him.” ~Email from a teenager 

How has forgiveness brought peace to your life and your heart?

According to Positive Psychology founder, Martin Seligman, forgiveness can actually increase our overall health and well-being.  As Seligman says, “People who are forgiving have less anger, less depression, less hostility, and are less neurotic and less vengeful. Forgiveness increases your own happiness.”

When asked if he has forgiven China, the Dalai Lama said (paraphrased): “They’ve stolen my land and country. I’m not going to let them steal my mind.”

To deepen your experiences of forgiveness, register for the upcoming 4-week course on radical forgiveness:
Resting in Radical Forgiveness 4-Week Telecourse
In this 4-week telecourse we will deeply examine forgiveness from many points of view. We will see where we are carrying the pain of not forgiving and why it is important to be free. We will spend time looking at the 4 levels of forgiveness.

You will leave the course with a deeper understanding of resting in radical forgiveness and the impact it has on your daily life. Guided meditation/imagery, deep listening, examining world views, and inspired writing are all a part of this course.

Mon., November 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2010. 8:00PM – 9:00PM(EST)
Investment: $99 (Limited to 10 participants).
Location: On the phone. The teleconference number will be given upon registration.
Pre-Registration Required: Email Mary Anne Flanagan at maflanagan@toningtheom.com

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What Does Forgiveness Mean?

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Last week I received a response from one of my blogs about Tolerance. A young boy wrote that he was kicked out of his house because his father found out he was gay. He told me how ashamed and scared he felt. But even more powerful was when he said, “I want to forgive my father for hating and rejecting me. And I want to forgive myself for believing him.”

What parts of ourselves have we not forgiven?

If you are interested in expanding your thoughts and experiences about forgiveness, join me for an upcoming Resting in Radical Forgiveness 4-week telecourse (on the phone from the comfort of your own home).

In this 4-week telecourse we will deeply examine forgiveness from many points of view. We will see where we are carrying the pain of not forgiving and why it is important to be free. We will spend time looking at the 4 levels of forgiveness. You will leave the course with a deeper understanding of resting in radical forgiveness and the impact it has on your daily life. Guided meditation/imagery, deep listening, examining world views, and inspired writing are all a part of this course.
Monday’s, November 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2010 at 8:00PM – 9:00PM (ET)

For more information and/or to register: http://www.toningtheom.com/events/?event_id=105

Peace!
Mary Anne

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