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Magnificent Truths of Our Existence, Interview with Daniel Parmeggiani

Posted on May 5th, 2014 | Filed Under Spirituality

Today, I am delighted to be a host on Day 7 of Daniel Parmeggiani’s Virtual Blog Tour, whose new book, The Magnificent Truths of Our Existence, is currently celebrating its official launch.

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Daniel Parmeggiani is a modern-day spiritual teacher whose approach is unaligned with any particular religion or tradition. Driven by intense psychological turmoil when he was younger, Daniel discovered within himself a deeper reality that he says not only saved his life, but also showed him the way to permanent happiness and inner peace. Those revelations became the foundation of his book, The Magnificent Truths of Our Existence.

Yesterday, Daniel visited Janet Matthies’ ‘Infinity Flexibility’ Blog at visiting Janet Matthies’ ‘Infinity Flexibility’ blog at http://infinityflexibility.com/wp/?p=1276 where she asked him some questions on the three keys to finding truth and our universal need for safety.

Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Daniel when I got to ask him about the nature of the harmony we all seek and the key to inner peace.

***INTERVIEW***

MICHELLE: Could you discuss the nature of the harmony that we all seek?

DANIEL: Happiness depends on the perception of harmony in our lives. We seek harmony in two areas, internally within ourselves and externally with the world. Inner harmony is finding peace with ourselves and achieving self-acceptance and self-love. Harmony with the world has four parts:

• Meaning: We all need to feel like our lives, the universe, and our place in it makes sense and has deep, lasting meaning.
• Connection: We all want to feel like we are an integral part of something greater than ourselves and that we are connected to each other rather than isolated fragments.
• Fairness: We all share an intrinsic need for fairness in our lives and in our world.
• Safety: We all long to be eternally safe.

Most of what we do is an attempt to create more harmony in our lives. This common motivation is in large part what makes us innocent. It is also what makes us equal.

MICHELLE: What do you think is the key to inner peace?

DANIEL: Inner peace demands that we lack any desire for things to be different than they already are. Therefore, the key to inner peace is the awareness of the perfection of all things, yourself included. You must come to understand why nothing that ever happens is a mistake and that everything happens the only way it can. You must see that everything and everyone is ultimately traveling on the best possible path, and that all paths eventually lead to spiritual realization, wisdom, and total fulfillment.

MICHELLE: Hmmm….I love that. So what can we do mindfully and spiritually to find our true purpose in life?

DANIEL: Between TV, the internet, social media and our mobile devices, modern life is filled with so much noise that we often cannot listen to our inner voice. That inner voice is wise and knows our true purpose, so the most important thing we must do is disconnect everyday from the noise and spend some quality time with ourselves. Take some time out and sit quietly to meditate, read, or write in your journal. Go out into nature and allow your mind to quiet. It is during these times that you can access your inner voice and find your guidance. Ask yourself the important questions at that time, and listen closely for the answers.

Sometimes, the first voice you hear is what you want to hear and not necessarily the truth. It may be a while until you tap into your real voice of wisdom, but stick with it and eventually it will surface.

Thank you, Daniel!

*** END OF INTERVIEW***

I hope you enjoyed this brief interview with Daniel Parmeggiani, author of The Magnificent Truths of Our Existence.

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In Daniel’s words, “this book provides deep spiritual insight about who we really are, the cause of our suffering, and how to transform our lives.” If you are intrigued to find out more about Dan’s approach to achieving the highest spiritual aspirations of happiness, love and inner peace, pick up a copy of The Magnificent Truths of Our Existence at:

http://www.MagnificentTruths.com/order

AND…when you buy the book now during the official launch, you’ll receive dozens of beautiful free gifts from Daniel and his friends and colleagues. It’s their way of saying ‘thank you’ for supporting Daniel in this important spiritual work.

Thank you for reading! Please share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.

Be sure to follow Daniel tomorrow on the next stop of his Virtual Blog Tour, when he’ll be visiting Carl Bozeman’s blog’ at http://cbozeman.wordpress.com where they will be discussing the practical way to find happiness and how we can find the purpose in our lives.

In gratitude,
Michelle

Push the Pause Button!

Posted on May 23rd, 2011 | Filed Under Life Balance, Self Care

My four year old daughter has now mastered how and when to push the pause button on the television remote.  Usually this action is taken so as not to miss her favorite show  when needing a potty break!  Children that age are so eager to experience EVERYTHING that they become desperate not to miss ANYTHING.  Whether it is ‘push the pause button!’ for the potty break or ‘five more minutes’ at the playground that they are asking for, they are, in their own little way, fully experiencing the NOW or engaging in the present moment.

It occurred to me that as adults our moments are filled with so many thoughts, responsibilities and tasks, that experiencing the NOW or present moment almost requires us to “push the pause button” on everything else going on around us, and even within us.  While experiencing calm in the midst of the storm may be reached by some who have perfected the art of meditation or enlightenment, most of us are still looking for ways to carve out snippets of time and space to experience being in the present through quiet and uninterrupted meditation or prayer.

A wonderful tool for living in and between the two worlds of EVERYTHING and NOW is mindfulness.

Mindfulness allows us to continue in our day to day activities of human ‘DOing’ to experience human ‘BEing’.  Practicing mindfulness is the art of being fully present with yourself in whatever you are doing or experiencing, without having to step away or out of your life.  As busy women, we often delve into the much admired ability to multitask – it makes us feel productive, important and allows us to feel like we are getting a lot done.  After all, that is what is encouraged in our culture – the yang energy of doing, doing, doing.  Being productive feels good!  It feels like action!  We like the kudos we get from our accomplishments being witnessed and we like checking things off our To Do List.  Have you ever added something to you To Do List after you did it just so you could check it off?  We all have!  The problem with staying in the energy of yang is that eventually, it depletes.  And more importantly, it diminishes experiencing the fullness of Being in the NOW.   Has this ever happened to you?  You are driving somewhere and your mind wanders and then all of a sudent you notice you don’t remember the last few minutes of your driving and wonder how you drove safely without being aware of driving at all?  That is the opposite of mindfulness.  You didn’t fully experience those moments, those moments in time are gone and they cannot be retrieved.

One thing I hear people say all the time is “there isn’t enough time” or “time flies”.  We all have the same twenty four hours a day.  And we all have thoughts, responsibilities and tasks that fill every hour of each of those, but we also have the ability to slow down.  To slow down time.  We slow down time by experiencing it as fully as possible.  By being mindful.  Remember those long, endless summers of our childhood?  We can recapture some of that feeling if we choose to live in the moment, and not live in the past where things cannot be changed and not live in the future thinking constantly of what happens next – of our To Do List.  Being fully in the moment has the magical effect of slowing down time.

Another benefit to mindfulness is our peace of mind.  When not eternally engaged in yesterday and tomorrow, not in the Doing but rather in the Being, we allow our minds to slow down, and make room for peace.  Experiencing peace in each moment.  Then expanding that peace to being mindful of the task at hand – whether that is washing dishes, bathing our child or taking out the trash.  Cultivating the ability of mindfulness in all aspects of our lives allows us to push our inner pause button – we can still be in the world, and do all the things we must to live in this world, but we are experiencing it in our way, and at our pace, rather than the hectic, sometimes even frantic pace of our culture.

How can you ‘push the pause button’ today and allow mindfulness to penetrate your Being from the inside out?

Expand your peace!

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