Conversation with Don Baham

A Lotus Flower in Muddy Waters

Published on Aug 15, 2014 Host, Don Baham, interviews repeat guest about his approach to happiness through breathing and meditation. Guest is immensely interesting and a pleasure to be with.

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“Within every person there’s a voice that guides him or her to higher levels of consciousness, a voice that speaks from the heart. We have to learn to trust it. It’s our teacher;”

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“It’s easy to keep one’s heart open when good times are here, but nobility of soul is found in people who keep their hearts open during bad times as well... Can we find love, joy, sweetness, and gratitude in the dark night of the human soul? That’s a true test of our connection with God.”

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“The less ego we have cluttering up our inner lives, the more room there is for spiritual energy, but people cling to anxiety and neurosis out of familiarity. They’d rather be crazy than be nothing... it takes guts to surrender to the unknown;”

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When a book helps people to re-examine themselves and find clear insight and motivation to live more creative lives, it has to stay in print. Originally published as A Deeper Surrender: Notes on a Spiritual Life, I decided to change the title to a more befitting, A Lotus Flower in Muddy Waters. It struck me that every human being is like a lotus flower, every human being lives in muddy waters and has to find a connection to light and love and happiness in their lives. We weren’t born here to be miserable. Infants are sweet and cuddly and radiate joy. It’s a pleasure to hold them, to play with them, to allow their sweetness to be part of our lives. Somewhere along the way, that cuddliness disappears and we’re conditioned to believe that struggle and unhappiness is all life has to offer. It’s not true. Every one of us was born here to have a wonderful life. We just have to transform our suffering into love, our fear into joy, and develop inside ourselves the security to live with an open heart. –Stuart Perrin, Author’s Note.