Posts Tagged ‘Alan Cohen’

Thank You For Everything. I Have No Complaint Whatsoever.

March 11, 2010

Alan Cohen

I enjoyed this essay by Alan Cohen on the value of gratitude. Repeating this affirmation sounds like a worthwhile exercise!

Alan is the author of many books, including Dare to be Yourself and I Had it All the Time.

Here is a wonderful essay by Alan that I posted earlier.

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The story is told about a woman Zen master named Sono who taught one very simple method of enlightenment. She advised everyone who came to her to adopt an affirmation to be said many times a day, under all conditions. The affirmation was, “Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever.”

Many people from all arenas of life came to Sono for healing. Some were in physical pain; others were (more…)

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November 22, 2008

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Enlightened beings have their moments of humanness just as human beings have their moments of enlightenment.

Alan is the author of many books, including Dare to be Yourself and I Had it All the Time.

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They’re Playing Your Song

October 18, 2008

I love this essay by Alan Cohen, author of Don’t Get Lucky, Get Smart and lots of other books. He’s right, we all have music within us.

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Alan Cohen

When a woman in a certain African tribe knows she is pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness with a few friends and together they pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone else.

When the child is born, the community gathers and sings the child’s song to him or her. Later, when the child enters education, the village gathers and chants the child’s song. When the child passes through the initiation to adulthood, the people again come together and sing. At the time of marriage, the person hears his or her song. Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, the family and friends gather at the person’s bed, just as they did at their birth, and they sing the person to the next life. (more…)