- Issue 93, Thanksgiving -

Published by The Conscious Living Foundation


Home   Free Downloads    Quotations     Products    Free E-Books

Welcome to Conscious Living, our newsletter designed to share our current activities and growth, along with articles and information that we hope will be supportive and encouraging in your efforts to live each moment with more joy and satisfaction.

The Thanksgiving holiday season is upon us and, as always, it gives us a new opportunity to appreciate the constant blessings that flow through our lives - whether seen or unseen.

In addition to several articles expressing gratitude or explaining the history of Thanksgiving day, we've also provided some thoughts on what gratitude is and how we are served by expressing it.

We also are offering some affirmations of thanksgiving by Ernest Holmes.  As you know, Ernest Holmes was one of the most significant figures of the 20th century in living and espousing the power of thought.  These particular affirmations are powerful in their ability to generate an authentic feeling of thankfulness.   I hope you'll find time to practice them.

We are also pleased to offer another insightful essay by Steve Roberts entitled, "Everyone Has The Best Seat In The House".   Steve is a regular contributor to our newsletter and his new book, Cool Mind, Warm Heart - Adventures With Life's Biggest Secret is available now on our website and at booksellers everywhere.

As always, you'll find a new spiritual poem, this one entitled, "Thank You Lord" and several vegetarian recipes perfect for Thanksgiving.

For the first time, CLF is now making gift certificates available. If you're considering buying a gift for a friend or loved one during the holiday season, why not let them select gifts that can genuinely make a difference in their lives?  Give them the choice of products that will continue to inspire, encourage and uplift throughout the year. 

Finally, in our continuing series of articles offering examples of the wisdom contained in 12 step programs, we include in this issue sayings from Over-Eaters Anonymous.  We continue to find the wisdom contained within them applicable to so many parts of our lives, regardless of our personal desires, habits or situation.

As always, we are so grateful to all of you who visit our website, and contribute through your generous donations, purchases, emails and article submissions.  Thank you for letting us share this issue of our newsletter with you.  Happy Thanksgiving!

William Simpson










We respect your time and privacy. If you do not wish to receive these updates, please reply with REMOVE in the subject line.


(If you've missed any past issues of our newsletter, or you'd like to reread an articles or clip that favorite recipe, click Here.)


Essay:  The Origins of Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day in the United States is an annual day of thanks for the blessings of the past year, observed on the fourth Thursday in November in each of the states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It is a historical, national, and religious holiday that began with the Pilgrims. After the survival of their first colony through the bitter winter, and the gathering of the harvest, Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth Colony issued a thanksgiving proclamation in the autumn of 1621. This first thanksgiving lasted three days, during which the Pilgrims feasted on wild turkey and venison with their Indian guests.

Days of thanksgiving were celebrated sporadically until, on November 26, 1789, President Washington issued a proclamation of a nation-wide day of thanksgiving. He made it clear that the day should be one of prayer and giving thanks to God. It was to be celebrated by all religious denominations, a circumstance that helped to promote a spirit of common heritage.

Credit for establishing this day as a national holiday is usually given to Sarah J. Hale, editor and founder of the Ladies' Magazine (from 1828) in Boston. Her editorials in the magazine and letters to President Lincoln urging the formal establishment of a national holiday of thanksgiving resulted in Lincoln's proclamation in 1863, designating the last Thursday in November as the day. Succeeding presidents annually followed his example, except for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who in 1939 proclaimed Thanksgiving Day a week earlier--on the fourth but not the last Thursday--to encourage holiday shopping. In 1941, Congress adopted a joint resolution setting the date on the fourth Thursday.


Essay:  Affirmations of Thanksgiving                                     by Ernest Holmes                                  



I will give thanks to my Inner Life for all Its Marvelous Wonders, and for all Its Wonderful Works.

I will sing and be glad, for I know that I am hid with Truth in a Perfect Life.

The fullness of Joy is mine.



The Power within me is blessing all mankind, and is forever healing all with whom I come in contact.

The Power within me is God, and It must bless and help and heal all who come near It.

Silently the work goes on, and silently all are being helped by this Inner Power which is operating through me.

I will give thanks that my Power within is silently blessing and helping everyone to whom my thought reaches.

The Life within me blesses all mankind.



Today I realize that I am One with the All Good; my God and I are One.

I cannot be hid from His face.

I behold Thee, O Most High, enthroned in my temple of flesh.

Thy secret place is within me. I feel Thy presence,

I hear Thy voice, I rejoice in Thy Light.

To-day my body responds to the Divine Behest: "Be perfect."

I know of my perfection and wholeness; I am complete and perfect now.

Let every thought of disease flee from me, and let Thy Light shine.

O Light Eternal, O Light of my Life, I come into Thy presence with joy and thanksgiving.

So be it.


The Conscious Living Foundation has just released its recording of one of Ernest Holmes most famous books, "Creative Mind and Success".  To learn more about the recording and hear several FREE selections on such topics as:

- How to attract friends
- An affirmation on love
- The power of words
     - Old age and opportunity
      - Money as a spiritual idea
                                               - How to know just what to do
                                  - Developing Intuition
                                   - What we will attract

Just click Here.

If you enjoy our inspirational stories and articles, be sure to visit our website for more:
Articles on Personal Growth, Health and Positive Change - Click Here.
Inspiring Stories - Click Here.
Affirmations - Click Here.
Spiritual Poems - Click Here.


Return To Top

Essay:  Everyone Has the Best Seat in the House                                        by Steve Roberts


On the ring finger of my left hand is the bust of Aristotle.  On my right wrist is a watch sporting the image of Curious George.  I figure the universe is telling me that somewhere between the father of Western philosophy and a mischievous monkey is the secret of life. 

So far as I can tell, the universe is forever showering us with loving, useful insight.  Whether we stop, look and listen is another matter…speaking for myself. 

I’m obliged to be in regular association with a man who usually dislikes just about everything about me.  To say that I’m a poor fit in his view of how things ought to be is an understatement.  This has been so for a number of years.  During the bulk of that time, I grew to find most everything about him worthy of avoidance—until, spurred by pain as we all eventually are, a number of icy realities emerged.  I had become what I rejected.  The guy was a mirror.  Whatever I found lacking in him was something about me I’d yet to forgive.  The man was actually God trying to get a rise out of me, asking, “Just what do you think needs to be loved if it isn’t what pisses you off?”  I got this intellectually, but I’m a recovering addict and the gratifying buzz of judgment is among my drugs of choice.  My initials SR could stand for self-righteous.  Actually my initials are SXR—extra self-righteous.  Might as well be the best.  Anyway, for some reason (divine generosity the most likely), I started to note the humor in my insanity, that and how my passion for Oneness had drawn to me this sacred opportunity to forgive myself for all sorts of destructive choices in this and other lives.  Today, my spiritual practice includes seeing my pal as God wearing a mask of huffing and puffing.  That and self-forgiveness whenever I find my goat got leads (whether gracefully or kicking and screaming) to an inward bow of gratitude.  Other than my guru, my bride and my kids, this man is my most valued acquaintance.  One of these days we’re going to realize we’re friends.

I didn’t acquire the ring and watch deliberately.  Like everything else in my life, they just sort of appeared.  I saw the ring in a dream, an oval cameo, white on lavender, set in gold.  A few days later poking around an unfamiliar town I ran across a funky shop—the purveyors of estate jewelry.  Only when the proprietor mentioned it did I learn that the cameo’s portrait was of Aristotle, about whom I knew as close to nothing as it is possible to know without assuming he was a rock star. 

I take the lazy man’s approach to learning, based on the assumption that when the universe wants me to be aware of something it will place that information in my path.  Which is why as I write this, a good half-dozen years after sliding Aristotle on the finger of my heart, I know only two things about him.  First, he is one of the springs from which the river of the world’s philosophical thought flows.  This means he had a lot to say.  I, however, am familiar with virtually none of it.  Bringing us to the second thing I know about him, a single platitude I happened across in Bartlett’s or some such reference.  Character is revealed through action.  While I may have committed it to memory because it’s just five words, its meaning grows within me, nourished by every circumstance, every encounter, every choice.  Like a marble in my dancing shoe, Aristotle is transforming me.  A snail, by comparison, would be Seabiscuit, if we’re talking speed, but transforming nonetheless.

The moment I saw the monkey in the timepiece kiosk, the watch all but leapt off the counter and handcuffed itself to my wrist, me laughing once again at the zany array of guides the universe provides—this time a kind-hearted simian who could get himself into and out of all manner of rascality without saying a word.  Rather the perfect icon of “character being revealed through action,” wouldn’t you say?    

If the secret of life lies between Aristotle to my left and Curious George to my right, then, hey, that secret must reside within me.  Isn’t this what Jesus and other enlightened ones have been teaching forever?  The kingdom of heaven is within sort of thing?  I find the universe nothing if not persistent in reminding us of simple truths.

For instance, God masquerades as a plumber in Cleveland.  How do I know?  Because He gave me a kiss from there.

A Clevelander named Bob had written a lovely letter to my publisher saying how my book of essays and stories, Cool Mind Warm Heart, had been helpful to him and his family at a time of special challenge.  I called Bob to thank him for his kind words and found a new friend.  Our chat was like two old jazz performers in musical dialogue about our respective gratitude for all we had been privileged to learn about such things as love, surrender, trust, heartache, and the gifts inherent in every moment. 

All of a sudden Bob says, “Can I call you back in a few minutes?  The plumber has arrived to fix some things that exceed my meager expertise, and I need to point him in the right direction.”

Ten minutes later the phone rings.  Bob says, “Speaking of gifts….”

Turns out, mister plumber, whom Bob had never met before, fixed Bob’s drips and whatnot with barely a flick of the wrench.

“Boy,” said Bob, “that was impressive.  Thank you.  How much do I owe you?”

“Oh, I can’t charge you for this,” said the plumber.  “It was nothing.”

Bob, like many of us, was familiar with plumbers for whom it is common practice to charge X just to walk in the door.

“That doesn’t seem fair,” Bob said.  “You made an appointment and drove here.  It’s only right that I pay you for your time and expense.”

“Well, how ‘bout if you give me lunch money?” the plumber says.

That still didn’t seem enough to Bob, but what could he do?  So he takes out his wallet and hands the man a twenty. 

The plumber then takes out his own wallet and gives Bob back fifteen bucks.

It’s at this point in our conversation that I feel the heavenly smooch: a chuckle, “Hello playmate, I am here.”

While writing this essay I went to Manhattan for a day of museums and movies.  I’m in a cab heading up the West Side Highway and pass Ground Zero to our right.  And just as we do, I notice traveling in the lane next to us the back end of an SUV on which are two bumper stickers.  In black letters on pink is the statement: “Elvis: the world will never be the same.”  Affixed just below it is an American flag with the words “Support Our Troops.”

I’m not sure what the universe is trying to teach me via that odd juxtaposition, which, I admit, doesn’t hinder me in the slightest when it comes to making up a story.

I support our troops because they are willingly meeting themselves in horrific ways few of us will ever encounter.  I support them now, and for the rest of their lives.  But as a guy who has a soft spot for Elvis and who reflects on the unprecedented nuclear devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki of 1945 only occasionally and fleetingly, I do wonder if, 61 years from now, more Americans will note how “the world will never be the same” because of Elvis than because of 9/11. 

What would it take to be otherwise, do you suppose?—that generations from now Ground Zero would be, at the very least, as resonate in many human hearts as Elvis, a man whose addictions, pedestrian rock & roll, cheesy movies, and rhinestone ostentation couldn’t obscure his passion for Love with a capital L.  Elvis could’ve sung the Samoan phone book and still conveyed the sound of man hungry to be completely naked, completely vulnerable, completely at one with the call of his heart.  That hunger, to me, is at the core of his charisma.  I hear it most directly in his gospel recordings, soulful expressions of spiritual devotion that may forever be a source of inspiration. 

How could Ground Zero be the same?

Maybe by creating a memorial that nods in the direction of West Nickle Mines, Pennsylvania, and the response of the Amish to the murder of five of their daughters and the wounding of five more—all schoolgirls—by a deranged neighbor who then took his own life. 

A photograph in the paper the day after September 11, 2001 showed a man with graying hair and grim expression holding high a small, marker-printed placard which read, Someone Will Pay.  Compare this to news accounts the day after October 2, 2006 (the date an Amish elder called “Our 9/11”), when it was reported that the grandfather of one of the slain girls, as he stood next to her body, instructed younger relatives about the killer, “We must not think evil of this man.”

Indeed, among the first people the Amish reached out to console was the killer’s widow.  “I don’t think there’s anybody here that wants to do anything but forgive,” one resident was quoted as saying.  “We don’t need to think about judgment; we need to think about forgiveness and going on.” 

In this case, “going on” included razing the schoolhouse where the murders took place and turning the site into pasture. 

Imagine if the goal of the Ground Zero memorial were to remind not just those of us living today but also subsequent generations of the harm that is inevitably caused whenever any of us considers someone else to be “the other.”  A garden created and maintained in perpetuity by the world’s children might serve that goal by being a “hands in the earth” interactive stimulus of endless reflection on the meaning of life, the requirements of health, the richness of differences, the strength in collaboration, and the power of forgiveness.

Is there a moment when the Divine isn’t whispering in our heart, teaching us, calling us “Beloved,” and wearing a t-shirt that says, “Everyone has the best seat in the house”?  Not so far as I can tell. 

Whether I stop, look and listen is another matter.

To find out more about Steve, see examples of his stone sculptures or read a chapter from his book, click Here.

 Steve Roberts is the author of Cool Mind Warm Heart, a collection of essays, stories, and photographs of stone sculptures he builds on his Vermont farm.  He can be found on the web at CoolMindWarmHeart.com and at TheHeartOfTheEarth.com.

If you enjoy our inspirational stories and articles, be sure to visit our website for more:
Articles on Personal Growth, Health and Positive Change - Click Here.
Inspiring Stories - Click Here.


Return To Top

News:  The Conscious Word is Now Available With A 2 Week FREE Trial

The Conscious Word is an email newsletter sent directly to you each day.  Each issue contains an inspirational affirmation designed to help uplift your spirits and support your conscious efforts at personal and spiritual growth and development.

By practicing the affirmation which we email to you, for 3 to 4 minutes a day, you create an effective tool that will help you experience an ongoing positive change in your life. 

We all “know” many things.  However, “knowing” something, in and of itself, does not make it “true” to us.  We can read all about oranges; we can look at pictures of oranges and we can talk to people who have eaten oranges.  But, until we taste the orange ourselves, we do not truly understand the full truth about what an orange is. 

Likewise, we can experience the “truth”, the real nature, of many more subtle and essential concepts by “tasting” them.  One of the capabilities of an affirmation is to provide us with a “taste” of the subject matter of the affirmation.

However, something else is also at work in an affirmation.  One of the secrets of the universe is that when a human believes something is so, it becomes what he or she believes.

Jesus said “Verily I say unto you, if ye have faith and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, `Be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea,' it shall be done.  And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”  (Book of Matthew verses 21 and 22)

The key words in this quote are “If ye have faith and doubt not..” and “all things whatsoever ye shall ask believing..”

Jesus is describing this receptivity of the universe to human belief.  However, there are requirements for this belief to be effective.  Jesus says we must have “faith” without doubt and that we must “believe” as we ask.

James Allen’s famous premise “As a man Thinketh, so it is” expresses this same truth.

In essence, when we become utterly convinced of the truth of something, which means we have absolutely no doubts about it, the universe will be molded and shaped to match our conviction.  The challenging part is to find a way to become convinced of something that is not yet actualized.  To cultivate our faith.  This is where affirmations can help.

By taking a thought or collection of thoughts and impressing them deeply upon the mind with persistence and concentration,  a conviction can be cultivated.  Developing our own personal convictions, especially about ourselves, and then deepening and persisting in those convictions is a major key to our health, happiness and success in life.

For More Information and A Two Week Free Trial, Click Here.

Looking for a unique gift for the holidays?  Consider gift subscriptions to The Conscious Word.  For more information, click Here.


Return To Top

Gratitude and Thanksgiving        (Quotations)     
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
--Henry Ward Beecher
In order to develop...a motivation of compassion, we must have tolerance, patience. In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. Your enemy can teach you tolerance whereas your teacher or parents cannot. Thus from this viewpoint, an enemy is actually very helpful - the best of friends, the best of teachers.
--H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama
Gratitude is heaven itself."
--William Blake
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. 
--John Fitzgerald Kennedy
When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
--Chinese Proverb
Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.
--William Faulkner
Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted--a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.
--Rabbi Harold Kushner
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. 
--William Arthur Ward
No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.
--John Greenleaf Whittier
Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.
--John Henry Jowett
Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. 
--Edward Sandford Martin
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
--Albert Schweitzer
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.
--Henri J. M. Nouwen
Some complain that roses have thorns, others rejoice that thorns have roses!
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you.
This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
--Mark Twain
I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into the fields, nature and the sun, go out and seek happiness in yourself and in God. Think of the beauty that again and again discharges itself within and without you and be happy.
--Anne Frank
Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.
--Theodore Roosevelt


Return To Top

News:  Gift Certificates Now Available - Give the gift of Spiritual Inspiration and Renewal
Consider a Gift Certificate from The Conscious Living Foundation.  What better gift to give friends and loved ones than the gift of new hope, inspiration, encouragement and upliftment?  If you are considering buying a gift, why not let your loved ones select something that can genuinely make a difference in their lives?

Your Gift Certificate can be printed out for your personal delivery, or it can be emailed directly.  Our Gift Certificates are available in denominations from $5.00 to $1,000 and every product in our catalog is available for purchase with our CLF Gift Certificates. 

 Click Here for more information.

This time give the gift of a deeper spiritual life and increased personal growth.

Return To Top

In our attempt to offer new products and services which support your efforts at personal and spiritual growth, The Conscious Living Foundation is now offering for the first time, tours and pilgrimages to various parts of the world.  Our first effort in this direction, is the following collection of escorted tours to India: 

Tour No. 1 - Exotic India:

It is impossible not to be astonished by India.   Experience luxurious palaces and romantic desert tents, chauffeurs and rickshaws, colorful bazaars and ancient forts, timeless observatory technology, temples, turbans, tribal dances and regional folk music, historic architecture, Mughal art, exquisite jewelry, sumptuous fabrics, incredible handicrafts, exotic foods, - the culture, the people, the land of Incredible India – it is all there for you to experience on your Exotic India tour! 

Nowhere on Earth does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues. Every aspect of the country presents itself on a massive, exaggerated scale, worthy in comparison only to the superlative mountains that overshadow it.

Visit - DELHI – AGRA – JAIPUR – JODHPUR -MANVAR– DELHI- -KOLKATA  (formerly Calcutta)

The Exotic India escorted tour features 4 and 5 star hotels, to give you a taste of the Raj.

Next Exotic India Escorted Tour:  February 10 - 24, 2007
(We are also planning our next escorted Exotic India tour for the fall of 2007, check back for details.)

For a complete itinerary and details, click Here.

Tour No. 2 - Pilgrimage To India - A Journey of the Heart:

Recommended for those who wish to experience the spiritual side of India at it’s best.  Focusing exclusively on reverential visits to the places associated with the great Guru Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda and His spiritual lineage, this journey of the heart takes you to northern India to visit many of the places described in the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda. 

You will thrill at seeing the lofty Himalayan mountains and you will blissfully float on the ancient holy Ganges River, but even greater experiences await you!  On this soul-etching pilgrimage, you will soar in gratitude as you take the dust of Babaji’s Cave or sit under the litchi tree where The Master taught on the sacred grounds of Ranchi.  Your heart will know the grandeur of immersion in lofty thoughts of The Great Ones as you visit the spots hallowed by Them, and you will be floating in joy each time you give your heart in stillness to the spiritual vibrations that abound in these holy places. 

If you are wanting a spiritual boost or a new beginning, this journey of the heart is a trip of a lifetime, and for many the pilgrimage experience gives a new perspective on their spiritual life; it is a dream fulfilled for those wanting to say with The Guru ‘…I am hallowed, my body touched that sod.”

Next Pilgrimage:  Jan. 13 - Feb. 10, 2007

NOTE: This fall’s Pilgrimage to India will be very special because it will include an historic event at the
YSS Ranchi Ashram during their Sharad Sangam (Convocation).  An expansive new YSS temple will be inaugurated during the week of classes and festivities.  It is anticipated that at least one of the SRF Board of Directors will be going to India to dedicate the beautiful new temple on the YSS Ranchi Ashram grounds during the Sharad Sangam. 

There are 2, 3 and 4 week itineraries available.  Click Here for details.

Return To Top

Appeal:  We Depend On Your Donations -

The Conscious Living Foundation's only source of income is your donations and purchase of our products.  If you enjoy our newsletter and website, if you receive inspiration and encouragement from our efforts, we urge you to make a donation to help sustain and grow this work.

By helping us, you are supporting the spiritual growth of the tens of thousands of people from all over the world, who regularly visit our website.

Click Here for more information.  Thank you!


Essay:  Thanksgiving Proclamation - George Washington                                

Whereas, It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor;

Whereas, Both the Houses of Congress have by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now, therefore, I do recommend . . . next, to be devoted by the people of these states to the great Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks—for His kind care and protection of the people of this country.…

And also that we may unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all people by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed…To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue and the increase of science among them [other nations] and us—and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.


Return To Top


News:  Special Discounts Continue - Buy 1, Second at 1/2 Price -      

If you've been thinking about purchasing books and recordings that support your personal and spiritual growth, now is the perfect time - take advantage of our special discounts and save money while, at the same time, you substitute more meaningful entertainment for that which is readily available on TV and radio - but which rarely uplifts. 

Also, The holiday season is fast approaching, if you're considering buying a gift for a friend or loved one, why not select gifts that can genuinely make a difference in their lives?  This time, give books, videos and CDs that will continue to inspire and encourage throughout the year.  To view our entire catalog of products, click Here.

We make buying even easier with our "Second 1/2 Price" special discounts.  Buy any of our selected products at the usual price and buy another great book or CD at 1/2 price.  Click Here to see our great selection of best sellers and favorites.  They include audio versions of your all time favorites, perfect to listen to while driving or exercising.

Deepen your practice of the techniques that bring new joy and hope into your life - and give the gift of a deeper spiritual life and increased personal growth.

Return To Top


News:  Exploring The Free Downloads Library of The Conscious Living Foundation


One of the most popular sections of our website is our Free Downloads Library.  It is made up of several sections which are updated on a continuous basis (Click on any underlined words to go directly to that section):


Spoken Word Audio 

(Lectures, Talks, Sermons, Recorded Comments, Classes and Workshops)


Our Spoken Word Audio section currently includes recordings made by Mahatma Gandhi, Rabbi Michael Laitman, Billy Graham, Amee Semple McPherson, Kathryn Kulman, William Simpson, Krishnamurti and The Dalai Lama.


In addition, it contains recordings of works such as:  The Book of Proverbs, The Game of Life by Florence Scovel Shin, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A' Kempis, Practicing The Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan, The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles, The Dialogs of St. Catherine of Siena and As a Man Thinketh and Byways To Blessedness by James Allen.



(Music and sounds from a variety of sources, styles and historical periods)


Our Music and Audio section contain a wide range of musical styles from various historical periods, but all "spiritual" in nature.  They currently include selections from such albums as:  Yoga Heart Healing, MasterPeace, Harmony in Disarray, Siddartha, Hush and Feel, Gospel Music, Tara Mantras, Soul Calls, The Kyoto Connection, Daughter of Love, Dream World, Buddhist Chanting, Songs For The Soul, Mind Sailing, Timeless Vibrations, Heart of the Mother, Yosemite Suite, Connected, The Cosmic Chants of Paramahansa Yogananda, Marti Walker, Hindu Chants, The Reflecting Pool, Winter Snow and Strings and Root Road Flute.



(Large variety of films and videos, historic and modern, documentary and talks)


Our Video section currently contains:  The Ocean At Dusk - Guided Relaxation, A Biography of Mother Teresa, Meditation and Movement, Imagination Meditation, Laughter Meditation, Music for Meditation and Healing, A CNN Report on the Health Benefits of Meditation, A Biography of Mary Baker Eddy, A Man of God - An Interview with Leonard Ravenhill, Paramahansa Yogananda & Sri Yukteswar, Paramahansa Yogananda & Ramana Maharshi, Paramahansa Yogananda at Mt. Washington, Paramahansa Yogananda on a Walk In New York, Paramahansa Yogananda Demonstrating How To Sleep, Krishnamurti Talks on Freedom, Krishnamurti Talks on Life and Death, Krishnamurti  Talks on Meditation and Krishnamurti Talks on World Suffering.


Still Images

(Nature Pictures, Saints, Sages, Gurus, Mandalas, Chakras, Fine Art)


Our collection of pictures is too large to list in detail, but we promise that you will browse for quite some time in order to see them all.


Complete Audio Classics

(Complete Plays, Radio Dramatizations, Books Read Aloud

and Stories To Entertain The Entire Family

- With a special collection for children)


Our audio classics are dramatic portrayals designed to primarily entertain, but with wholesome content that expresses positive values and that are suitable for the entire family to experience together.  They include such titles as:


The Importance of Being Earnest, Treasure Island, A Tale of Two Cities, War of the Worlds, Abraham Lincoln, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Immortal Sherlock Holmes, Around The World In 80 Days, Pickwick Papers, Julius Caesar and Jane Eyre.


In addition, there is a special Children's Section containing dramatizations and readings especially created for younger children.  They include such titles as:  The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, Jack and The Bean Stalk, Puss and Boots, Blue Beard, Thumbelina, Cinderella, Twas the Night Before Christmas, Snowdrop and the 7 Dwarves, Robin Hood, The Golden Fleece, Beauty and The Beast, Rapunzel, King Arthur, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Magic Carpet and many, many more!


Wall Paper

(Large Beautiful Pictures with Inspirational Quotes Suitable To Place on The Background of Your Computer Desktop or Screensaver Program.)


The images in this section of the newsletter are a few of the selections contained in our Wall Paper Download Library.  To read the inspirational inscriptions, visit us by clicking "Wall Paper" above.



Let's share the gifts for which we are most grateful:
 joy, wisdom, love and the means to increase them in our lives. 
Click Here for our special discounts.

Return To Top

The Twelve Steps - Sayings From Over-Eaters Anonymous


Switching from one compulsion
to another is like switching seats
on the Titanic.

Only God can turn a mess
into a message.

The disease is progressive.
So is recovery.

You don't have a problem.
You have a solution you don't like.

If you want what the winners have,
do what the winners do.

If you feel like taking something to feel better,
take one of the Steps.

I was living in the pollution
instead of the solution.

My life is none of my business.
I just show up every morning
and report for duty.

If you're working your own program properly,
you won't have time to work someone else's!!

My relationship isn't my problem ~ ~
and it isn't my solution.

I'd better be careful when I say I'm grateful.
Gratitude can Only be expressed in deeds, not words.

We get a *daily* reprieve,
based on what we do *today*
for our recovery.

OA didn't tell me what would happen
if I kept eating compulsively so much
as it told me what would happen if I stayed abstinent.

I was sick and tired
of the high cost
of low living.

Food never really made me happy ~
but it made me think I was going to BE
happy in about 15 minutes.

Once I admit that I
cannot manage my own life (Step One),
I relinquish the
right to try to manage someone else's.

A smooth sea never made a good sailor.

God loves me where I'm at,
but "he" loves me too much
to leave me there.

I've been driven to a good attitude by being hit over the head by self-will.

You can complain about the same problem three times.
Then you'd better be in the solution.
If you have to talk to more than three people
about the same problem,
you don't want help,
you want attention.

We have to change completely
when we get abstinent.
The me who ate compulsively
will eat compulsively again.

I get lots of messages from God,
but most are in my own handwriting.

He gave his almost.

I came to OA not only to start living,
but to quit dying.

Gratitude is the hinge
upon which an abstinent life swings.

If I'm truly grateful
for today's abstinence,
I'm making a down payment
on tomorrow's.

Instead of praying
"God be with me,"
I pray "God bear with me!"

God doesn't close one door
without opening a better one.

God doesn't close one door
without opening a better one ~ ~
BUT ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
we've got to get our fingers
out of the closing door. The reason you're in
pain is because you have your fingers
in a door God is trying to close.

When in doubt -- don't.

If you don't want to follow time-honored guidance, you're welcome
to shop around for an opinion.

You break bad habits
by breaking bad habits.
You form good habits by
forming good habits.

When you smile,
your brain thinks you're happy!!

We'd be surprised
what people think of us
if we knew how seldom
they do!!

If you're going to pray,
don't worry.
If you're going to worry,
don't pray.

PAIN: The effort required to cling
to old ideas and old behaviors.

Don't place a question mark
where God has placed a period.

If you don't take a chance,
you don't have one.

Hatred destroys the hater.

I may not be responsible
for being a compulsive overeater,
but I *am* responsible for my recovery.

Stop watering the weeds!!

It's really hard for God to guide you
if you keep running out ahead of him!!

How about letting three people off the hook today?

Anger may identify a problem,
but it will never solve one.

Gossip and criticism
do not belittle the other person;
they belittle me.

A person singing her own praises
is usually singing solo -- and out of tune.

Luck is living under correct knowledge.

I was giving permanent reality
to temporary things.

The MIRACLE happens when we get abstinent.
The MAGIC happens when we apply
the principles to all our affairs.

Letting go of others
will lift my own spirit high today.

Coincidence is God's way of
remaining anonymous.

My serenity is inversely proportional
to my expectations.


For a collection of affirmations, click Here.
For a large variety of inspiring quotations, click Here.

Return To Top

News:  Gurutej - Kundalini Yoga Video Collection

For thousands of years in India, the sacred science and technology of Kundalini Yoga was veiled in heavy secrecy. Knowledge was shared verbally from master to chosen disciple. 

“Yoga” means integration or union of the soul with the Cosmos or a Supreme Being.

Yoga comes in many forms specifically designed to suit different kinds of people. As the yoga of awareness, Kundalini is an ancient, specific system using posture-exercises, breathing and sound. 

Practicing it integrates and balances body, mind and spirit. Kundalini, known as the seat of all knowledge, is one of the few yoga practices which is practical and easily incorporated into everyday life, regardless of your beliefs, philosophy or religion.

To learn more about:
- Kundalini Yoga For Mental Clarity
- Kundalini Yoga For The Immune System
- Kundalini Yoga Awakening Intuition For Women
- Kundalini Yoga For Balanced Chakras


Return To Top

Let's share the gifts for which we are most grateful:
 joy, wisdom, love and the means to increase them in our lives. 
Click Here for our special discounts.

New Delicious Vegetarian Recipes:

Vegetarian and Vegan Pumpkin and Sage Pasta Sauce Recipe

Savory and aromatic, this vegetarian and vegan pumpkin pasta sauce recipe is naturally low in fat, and perfect for an unusual main dish. Unlike many pumpkin pasta sauce recipes which use butter and cream for added flavor (and added fat!), this recipe stays low in fat by using soymilk instead of cream, and uses vegetable broth, walnuts and sage for a rich texture and flavor.


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup soymilk
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin, canned or pre-cooked
  • 1 tsp sage
  • dash salt and pepper, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts or pine nuts (optional)


If using fresh pumpkin, rather than canned, puree in a blender first until smooth.

In a medium-sized pot or large frying pan, sautee garlic and onion in olive oil 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and add broth, soymilk, pumpkin and sage.

Stir gently to combine ingredients.

Allow to simmer until flavors are well combined, about 8-10 minutes. Add salt, pepper and walnuts or pine nuts, stirring to combine, then remove from heat.

Serve over cooked pasta and enjoy!


  Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Vegetarian                      
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2       c            Rolled oats
    2       c            Hot water
    2                    Green onions, minced fine
    4                    Eggs
    2       tb           Cooking oil
    2       c            Ground nut meats
                         (walnut preferred)
    1       c            Ground sunflower seeds
    2       tb           Peanut butter
    1       t            Poultry seasoning....?
    2       ts           Sea kelp
   Servings: 6
   Pour the hot water over the rolled oats.  Add the rest of the ingredients.
   Oil a baking pan and shape the mixture in the form of turkey, using stalks
   of celery for the legs and shaping the mixture around them. Use small
   oblongs of the mixture for wings.  Pat oil over the outside and bake in a
   moderate oven until done in the middle, probably 45 minutes. Loosen with a
   spatula and remove to a meat platter. Garnish and serve hot. Serves 4 to 6


Blue Raspberry Fruit Shake

This is an extremely fruity shake which turns out a pleasingly purple hue. You can use other berries as well, strawberries are also good, but this is my favorite combo. It's a fast healthy breakfast if you don't feel like eating; I also like them after exercise.


2 Servings
5 min. prep
1 cup frozen blueberries (unsweetened)
1 cup frozen raspberries (unsweetened)
4-5 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup water (optional)
  sugar, to taste (I use 3-4 Tbsp of sugar but it depends on the sweetness of the fruit)
  1. Put blueberries, raspberries, yogurt, sweetener, and 3/4 cup of water in blender.
  2. Blend for a while - you may need to stop your blender and mix things about with a long-handled spoon occasionally.
  3. If fruit shake is too thick, add the other 1/4 cup of water.
  4. Drink immediately for best flavor and texture.
  5. May be kept in the refrigerator for a while but will separate - stir to recombine.

        Delicious Salad Recipe - Cauliflower and Lemon Salad

This salad recipe uses the tangy lemons to bring out contrast and wonderful flavors. Mixed with tomatoes, and olives, this is an all year round salad recipe - good for every occasion.

Cauliflower florets - 2 cups
Cherry tomatoes - 2 cups (cut in half)
Lemon - 1 (thinly slice)
Olives - 1/2 to 1 cup
Extra virgin olive oil - 1/4 to 1/2 cup
White vinegar - 1/4 cup
Parsley - 6 to 8 strands (chopped)
Oregano - 1 teaspoon
Minced garlic - 1 teaspoon
Salt and pepper
  • Pour boiling water over cauliflower and lemon slices. Let it soak for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Drain, and mix with tomatoes and olives.
  • Mix olive oil, vinegar, parsley, lemon juice, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Pour the salad dressing over the vegetables and mix well. Let it sit in the fridge for 2 hours. Serve.

       Winter Vegetable Hash


READY IN  50 Min


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small acorn squash, diced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 4 sprigs fresh sage


  1. Place oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Melt butter and mix in potatoes, mushrooms, pepper, squash, and shallot. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender.
  2. Mix kale and sage into skillet. Continue cooking 5 minutes, until kale is wilted. Serve and enjoy!

        Tofu Turkey with Stuffing


    5 pounds of firm tofu
    1 pound of tofu for the drumsticks - optional


    2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
    1 large onion, chopped fine
    1 and 1/3 cup celery, diced (about 4 stalks)
    1 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
    3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
    1/4 cup sage (may use 1/8)
    2 teaspoons marjoram
    2 teaspoons thyme
    1 teaspoon winter or summer savory
    salt and pepper to taste
    1 teaspoon rosemary
    2 teaspoons celery seed
    1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
    3 cups Pepperidge Farm Herb Stuffing

Basting mixture:

    1/2 cup toasted sesame oil
    1/4 to 1/3 cup soy sauce or tamari
    2 tablespoons miso
    2 tablespoons orange juice
    1 teaspoon mustard of choice


Mash tofu or mix well with hands.  Be sure that all of the lumps are out.  Line a 12 colander with wet cheesecloth over lapping the sides.  Add the mashed tofu to the cloth covered colander, press down and cover with the overlapping sides.  Place the whole thing in a large bowl.  Cover the cheesecloth with a plate that fits inside the colander and place a 5 pound weight on the plate.  Refrigerate and let sit for 2 to 3 hours.

When time is up, start the stuffing.  Saute the onions, celery and mushrooms in the 2 tablesoons sesame oil.  When soft, add the garlic and all the rest of the stuffing ingredients, except stuffing, mixing well. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.  Add herb stuffing and mix well.

Remove tofu from fridge and take off weight, plate and top of cheesecloth.  Hollow out tofu to within 1 inch of the sides and bottom, placing the tofu in a bowl.  Place the stuffing inside the she'll and pack in firmly.  Cover with the remaining tofu and pat down firmly.  Turn stuffed tofu onto a greased baking sheet, flat side down.  Gently press on sides of turkey to achieve a more oval shape.  If desired at this point, you may mold drumsticks out of one pound of tofu, and place on each side of the turkey.

Mix up the basting mixture and baste tofu turkey with half of it.  Cover the turkey with foil, and bake at 400 degrees for about 1 hour.

Remove foil, baste with all the remaining mixture except a few tablespoons and return to oven for 1 hour more, or until the turkey is golden.  Remove from oven and use rest of basting mix.  Using at least 2 large spatulars, move to a large plate.  Serve with the gravy of your choice, if you wish, and cranberry sauce.



Return To Top

News:  Conscious Money Circulation "Abundant Blessings"

Would you like to have a greater feeling of being in the flow of abundance?   Is the activity of paying your bills a time of stress and anxiety for you?  The meditation, affirmations and background music on this CD were created to provide an uplifting and expansive experience of abundance and prosperity while paying bills.

Abundant Blessings contains a meditation and affirmations for Conscious Money circulation. The meditation guides you within, to a place of centered calm. Affirmations of abundance and gratitude play in the background while you pay your bills or any time that you would like to be uplifted.

Play this CD and transform the mundane into the miraculous as you pay bills with gratitude and JOY!

To find out more about Abundant Blessings, click Here.

Return To Top


News:  Destiny Designer - A Practical Aid To Organize Your Life

Even when we read spiritual books; even when we exercise; even when we practice affirmations and positive thinking;
even when we pray and meditate - it is not enough until we undertake these actions - consistently every day.  If we aren't organized, we aren't committed.

Virtually all organized, responsible business professionals carry them. They are essential.  They are the omnipresent symbols of our busy, complicated lives. They are, of course…day planners. And until now they have performed just two functions, where to be or what to do next: the next meeting, the next event, the next task, the next party, the next phone call...

Now there is the Destiny Designer,™ a breakthrough personal calendar/planner that demands your focus on enhancing the fullness and richness of your life as much as it does managing your daily routine. If you use this one-of-a-kind tool every day, you will create the life you most passionately desire!

In our busy lives we often do that which screams for our attention first, not what truly moves our lives forward in a real and fulfilling way. Destiny Designer™ is designed to keep you centered on what is actually important in your life - not merely what you must get done in your profession.  Find Out More - Click Here.


Return To Top

A Poem by William Simpson -


Thank You Lord                        


When I walk into my work room

And see my day waiting before me,

I remember, and my mind says,

“Thank You, Lord”.


When the fleecy clouds of dusk reflect the setting sun

And I am overwhelmed with their beauty,

I remember, and my mind says,

“Thank You, Lord”.


When another unexpected occurrence

Reveals Your hidden unearned blessings,

I remember, and my mind says,

“Thank You, Lord”.


When my daughter interrupts my prayer

And for a moment I am caught in inner disturbance,

I rejoice, and my heart says,

“Thank You, Lord”.


When I am misunderstood and wrongly accused

And I can not explain our difference,

I rejoice, and my heart says,

“Thank You, Lord”.


When my intricate plans dissolve in the light of Your unfolding moment,

And my unsurrendered will urges me to push against You again and again

I rejoice, and my heart says,

“Thank You, Lord”.


When a weathered woman with drawn tight-lipped smile

Shouts at her child and draws back her hand to strike,

I am overcome with the agony of Your presence

And my soul prays,

“Thank You, Lord”.


When a elderly man sits alone in his wheelchair, staring at a blank wall,

Vaguely remembering that he once had a wife and children,

I am overcome with the agony of Your presence

And my soul prays,

“Thank You, Lord”.


 And as warfare fills thousands of innocent families

With the pain of doubt, confusion, loss, uncertainty and death,

I am overcome with the agony of Your presence

And my soul prays,

“Thank You, Lord”.


And as this mortal frame shall one day slowly drop to the ground,

And this mouth shall no longer speak,

Perhaps I shall hear Your voice

Echoing throughout my being,


“Thank You, Lord”.


(From the collection, "From The Path - Verses On The Mystic Journey" click Here for more)

Copyright 2004 by The Conscious Living Foundation, All Rights Reserved

Let's share the gifts for which we are most grateful:
 joy, wisdom, love and the means to increase them in our lives. 
Click Here for our special discounts.

Return To Top


News:  Two New Music CDs:  "Soul Calls" and "Yoga Heart Healing"


Spirituality is a quiet inner quality that eclipses all boundaries of land, caste, profession, and religion, - and it manifests in many ways. For those whose spirituality seeks an ever deepening personal peace, the music of the SOUL CALLS provides a peaceful, soothing vibrational environment for the heart and mind of the listener. For those who are actively engaged in the interior life of loving God, the lyrics of the SOUL CALLS affirm the longing for and the presence of the Divine Beloved. Touching the heart of the peace-giver, the spiritual seeker and the devotee alike, the SOUL CALLS take the consciousness within ~ to the place of peace.   Click Here




YOGA HEART HEALING was created from the need to heal Anahata, the fourth chakra, considered the seat of universal love.   Anahata is the color green.  Our recording was created to support your practice of yoga, massage and other nurturing and healing activities.


Inspired by Dharma teachings from both Hindu and Buddhist wisdom, Yoga Heart Healing will open your heart chakra with its rich vibrant textures of soothing melodic transitions.  - just click Here!


Return To Top


A Thanksgiving Prayer          by Robert Louis Stevenson

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank Thee for this place in which we dwell;
for the love that unites us;
for the peace accorded us this day;
for the hope with which we expect the morrow;
for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies,
that make our lives delightful;
and for our friends in all parts of the earth.
Let peace abound in our small company.

Purge out of every heart the lurking grudge.
Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere.
Give us the grace to accept and to forgive offenders.
Forgetful ourselves, help us to bear cheerfully
      the forgetfulness of others.
Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind.
Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.

Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors.
If it may not, give us the strength to encounter
      that which is to come,
that we be brave in peril, constant in tribulation,
      temperate in wrath,
and in all changes of fortune, and, down to the gates of death,
      loyal and loving one to another.

Robert Louis Stevenson


Return To Top

News:  New Audio CD - Embracing The Stillness - Lessons In Meditation


Embracing The Stillness is a collection of meditation techniques explained and practiced with the Director of The Conscious Living Foundation, William Simpson.

It contains the following tracks:

  1. Discovering The Purpose of Our Lives  (2:29)
  2. How To Meditate  (3:22)
  3. Meditation on a Devotional Phrase  (11:01)
  4. Affirmation for Relaxation and Happiness  (6:45)
  5. Learning the Technique of Meditating on Om  (5:46)
  6. Meditation on Chanting Om  (6:25)
  7. Affirmation for Health, Wealth and Wisdom  (8:28)
  8. Sitting in the Stillness  (3:31)
  9. Affirmation for Perfection, Immortality and Light  (11:25)
  10. Visualization and Prayer for Others  (2:44)
  11. What We Believe  (1:31)

"There is an essential part of our being which exists beyond thought and feeling - pure awareness.  When we can remain present, alert and calm, we discover the fertile ground upon which we can plant the seeds of immediate growth, positive change and joy". 

William Simpson -
from "Embracing The Stillness"

To hear some sample selections from this new recording, click Here.

Return To Top

Let's share the gifts for which we are most grateful:
 joy, wisdom, love and the means to increase them in our lives. 
Click Here for our special discounts.


Essay:  Gratitude      by H. E. Manning

GRATITUDE consists in a watchful, minute attention to the particulars of our state, and to the multitude of God's gifts, taken one by one. It fills us with a consciousness that God loves and cares for us, even to the least event and the smallest need of life.

It is a blessed thought, that from our childhood God has been laying His fatherly hands upon us, and always in benediction; that even the strokes of His hands are blessings, and among the chiefest we have ever received. When this feeling is awakened, the heart beats with a pulse of thankfulness.

Every gift has its return of praise. It awakens an unceasing daily converse with our Father,—He speaking to us by the descent of blessings, we to Him by the ascent of thanksgiving.

And all our whole life is thereby drawn under the light of His countenance, and is filled with a gladness, serenity, and peace which only thankful hearts can know.



If you enjoy our inspirational stories and articles, be sure to visit our website for more:

Articles on Personal Growth, Health and Positive Change - Click Here.
Inspiring Stories - Click Here.



Return To Top

Let's share the gifts for which we are most grateful:
 joy, wisdom, love and the means to increase them in our lives. 
Click Here for our special discounts.

We respect your time and privacy. If you do not wish to receive these updates, please reply with REMOVE in the subject line.

All Contents Copyrighted, 2006, The Conscious Living Foundation