Inspiring Women-Angeles Arrien

I was first introduced to Angeles Arrien when I started my training in vibrational healing.  It was a goal of the school director and myself to attend a workshop by this amazing woman.  I am sad to say it never happened.  However, through her books and tapes, I have experienced her teachings.

Angeles Arrien was a cultural anthropologist, award-winning author and speaker. She developed through her books and workshops practices using the cross-cultural components of leadership and communication skills, creative problem-solving, health care, and education.

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Her book, The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary gave me the following archetypes to study.

Warrior: Show up and choose to be present
Healer
: Pay attention to what has heart and meaning
Visionary
: Tell the truth without blame or judgment
Teacher: 
Be open to outcome, not attached to outcome.
Inspiring Women-Angeles Arrien

Another Inspiring Woman we will truly miss.  Thank you Angeles Arrien for being such a bright light and leader.

“In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery.

It’s the place of reflection and contemplation,

and it’s the place where we can connect with the deep knowing,

to the deep wisdom way.” ~ Angeles Arrien

 

februaryattendtotheheartgratitudewithbirdsI continue to refer to Angeles Arriens’ book, Living in Gratitude – A Journey That Will  Change Your Life.  One of the sentences from her February chapter she writes  “The month of February offers daily opportunities to both say aloud what is in our hearts and communicate our love through our actions: our own unspoken verses of love.”  The following quotes are found in the February Chapter:

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God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.

Have you used one today to say

“Thank you”?

WILLIAM A. WARD

 A Gratitude - Building Exercise – from The Dali Lama

februaryattendtotheheartwithswans1.  Spend five minutes at the beginning of each day

remembering that we all want the same thing;

to be happy, to be loved, and to feel connected.

2.  Spend five minutes cherishing yourself and others.

Let go of judgments.  Breathe in cherishing yourself,

       and breathe out cherishing others.

If the faces of people you are having trouble with appear,

cherish them as well.

                                                     3.  During the day, extend that attitude to everyone you meet -

                                                      we are all the same – with “I cherish myself and you too

                                                        (the store clerk, the client, a family member, a coworker,

                                                       a fellow bus-rider).”

                                                       4.  Stay in the practice no matter what happens!

                                                        (Disarmingly simple, though not necessarily easy.)

livingingratitudebyangelesarrienI am excited to be highlighting Angeles Arrien’s book, Living in Gratitude a Journey That Will Change Your Life, in ‘Feature Posts’ on the Welcome Page each month of 2013.  Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade, Sacred Pleasure, and the Real Wealth of Nations, writes “In Living in Gratitude, Angeles Arrien once again gives us a treasury of wisdom and practical tools.  Written with her trademark flair and love, this is a transformative book of month-by-month reflections and practices that effectively shows us how to integrate the healing of gratitude into every day of our lives.” The author writes there are four Universal Portals to Gratitude:  Blessings, Learnings, Mercies and Protections.  These portals will be explored as each monthly chapter presents a theme that examines universal, cross-cultural, and perennial wisdoms related to the cultivation of gratitude.  Thank you, Angeles Arrien for being such a gifted teacher.

 

 

 

 

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I have chosen each month of this year a feature post dedicated to Gratitude and share from Angeles Arriens marvelous book, Living in Gratitude – A Journey That Will Change Your Life. In her book review the question is asked “What would happen if you made Gratitude your focal point for one full year?” 

The following prayer and quote are at the beginning of Angeles Arrien’s January chapter along with this thoughtful question, What do you need to stop, consider, change, and correct, to better support what you envision for yourself  in this New Year?

    

                                                

                                                 May We Appreciate and Remember

januaryfeaturepage          Today may we appreciate this food, and remember those who are hungry.

        May we appreciate our family and friends, and remember those who are alone.

May we appreciate our health, and remember those who are sick.

May we appreciate the freedoms we have,

and remember those who suffer injustice and tyranny.

Peace on Earth.

 A BUDDHIST BLESSING FOR FOOD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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                          BEGIN ANEW

               For all that has been – Thanks!

                   For all that shall be – Yes!

                    DAG HAMMARSKJOLD