Stop doing. Start being.

“Did you read that poem?” Dorrance asked from behind Ralph. “The one that starts ‘Each thing I do I rush through so I can do something else’?”

Steven King, from Insomnia

How many of us rush through what we have to “do” because it is boring or tedious or we just do not feel like doing it? We are leading unmindful lives, allowing moments to rush by in a flurry of frustration and angst always thinking the next thing will be better, more entertaining, more rewarding.

When we go through our days unengaged with the present moment we have a tendency to forget our days, conversations and moments. We are so caught up in thoughts and to-do lists that “doing” becomes frustration. So we need to learn how to flow through our days in a state of being, a state of awareness.

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Being comes from our authentic self; our deepest inner knowingness. It is effortless, flowing, dynamic, honest. Most of us have experienced moments of awareness, true focus and immersion into what it is we are doing. Those states of flow, when the background chatter is reduced to non-existent, we become one with our task. I experience these stretched out moments of awareness when reading, painting, or drawing. Notice these are all creative endeavors. We are inherently creative beings, which is why a flow state is so natural in artists, writers and musicians.


Through practice we can begin to experience this moments of flow, of pure being more frequently. We can align ourselves with the Universe and live in harmony.

Escape is doing. Gentle awareness is being.

In addition to mindfulness practice/training we also need to look deeply at our motivation and intention. We need to understand the WHY of our actions. When we participate in practices that encourage mindlessness it is usually for escape. We try to escape stress and unpleasantness whether from our work, families or our own minds. Incessant scrolling on social media or imbibing substances recklessly are both examples of escapist behaviors. Escape is doing. Gentle awareness is being.

We must learn to sit with our toxic and unpleasant emotions when they arise. The next time you get frustrated doing the dishes or taking out the garbage, ask yourself “Why?”. What about performing a task (that must be preformed) is frustrating? Does your frustration actually relate to the task, or is there something deeper that gets triggered when performing certain tasks?

When we can take a moment to pause and look at the cause for the frustration, we begin to peal back the layers until we reach our central motivations. For example let’s say I get frustrated every time I take the garbage out. I recognize my frustration and pause to consider why. Perhaps I have repeatedly asked my son to take the garbage out, then I’m frustrated with his negligence. This could be evidence of a deeper issue, perhaps my son is lazy and this is one more example; yet I choose to ignore the connections to avoid confrontation. Magically we have arrive back at me. If I have problem with confrontation then I am most likely frustrated with myself for not dealing with the situations; instead blame-shifting first to my son, then to the garbage.

(My son would probably give me a look if he read this as he take out the garbage 98% of the time.)

A lot of the time our frustration is because we have expectations of others that are not met. Again, the problem lies within. We cannot place unrealistic expectations on others. Life happens and sometimes it is no ones fault the expectation is not met. We need to be able to pause and see situation clearly and not through the lens of “how it only affects me”. This takes practice. In order to experience more flow in our day we must make time for stillness.

Through practices such as yoga, meditation and breath work we can begin to feel some ease and adjust to a slower pace; allowing space for gentle awareness to arise naturally. We begin to stop doing and start being.

Namaste.

Please contact me if you would like more information on how to start your own personal practices of ease and flow.

Healing

heal[hēl] VERB (of a person or treatment) cause (a wound, injury, or person) to become sound or healthy again.

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Life isn’t perfect. We are not perfect. We stumble, we fall; we try to pick ourselves up. Sometimes we can. Sometimes we need help from others.

Asking for help is the first step in healing, yet it can be so challenging to admit we need help.

Healing is a one moment at a time journey. Our needs influence the boundaries we must set to foster a safe healing space/time.

A vast expanse
silent chaos
echo’s blissful awakening
Ephemeral grasp
slip
slip slip
Sweet seductive sleep
silent chaos
drowning in entropy
crash
crash crashing waves
The ocean of mind
Surfacing
a breath
Perfect darkness expedient
latibule for the soul



KMS

Chakra Balancing

As we continue into week two of our chakra healing adventure, we will begin to look at how an imbalance in one chakra can affect the others. We will be working with the Vishudda (throat) chakra because most of us use our voices every day. The vishudda governs communication in all forms. It is how we express ourselves; how we express our beliefs, emotions, likes and dislikes; it shows up in our tone, inflection, and even our body language.

The Vishudda also links our inner true self with the self we put on display for the world. Most of us lead two lives. Our outer persona typically morphs into what others expect of us (or what we THINK they expect of us.) We have a role to play and show up willing to don what ever hat we have been asked to wear. Then there is our inner voice, the voice of our AUTHENTIC self. It is this voice which we need to bring forth. We need to release the fear of being ourselves.

Vishudda (Throat) /Muladhara (Root)

The root chakra grounds us, connecting us to the rich Earth energies. Support, courage, survival are the key elements of the root chakra. When the Muladhara is balanced, we KNOW who we are; we stand tall, grounded and sure footed in our understanding of our place in the world. When the root chakra is suffering from imbalance we become unsteady and can allow others to overly influence our decisions.

The imbalance of the root chakra can lead to issues with how we communicate because the energies of the root will entangle with the energies of the throat chakra. If we are lacking confidence in ourselves it show up in our speech and body language. We essentially have a hard time being our authentic self.

Our speech may begin to be colored with words of appeasement in difficult situations if the root chakra has been weakened. If we are unable to stand up for our truth, we may then have feelings of shame or inadequacy. If the root chakra is carrying an excess of energy, our speech can become clipped and insincere and we begin to dwell in the realm of the ego.

Return to Balance

In order to balance our root chakra and bring authenticity to our voice we need to ask ourselves the following questions:

Who am I?

What do I value?

Do my words, tone, and body language resonate with my inner truth?


Additionally, we can practice energy work to align our root and throat chakra.

Try this: Stand tall, barefoot in the grass. Relax your shoulders and your jaw. Take a few deep breath’s and feel the Earth energy flow in to you body. You are rooted to the Earth energy, you are grounded and supported. Breathe in slowly and feel your breath swirl down your throat bathing you throat chakra in healing energies. Exhale fully, emptying the stale breath from your lungs. As you exhale, feel your throat relax and open as all of the stale breath (energy- thoughts and emotions) leave your body. Repeat these slow deep breath’s; breathing in strength and truth; breathing out what no longer serves you.


This exercise can be repeated daily, strengthening our awareness of the flow of energy within the body while balancing our root and throat chakras.

If you are interested in deepening your practice or learning more about Reiki training, please contact me.

Namaste.

Midsummer Magic

The harvest is upon us as the days slowly shorten and we begin to prepare for cooler, darker days ahead. Yet now we are in the midst of abundance, a time of plenty as traditionally midsummer was the first harvest of the year. This is a time of gratitude for the nourishment which has been provided by Mother Earth. A time to appreciate the seeds (bija) we have planted in the fertile valleys of our mind which have come to fruition. It is a time of gathering with family and friends and breaking bread.

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In Celtic lore, the god Lugh was associated with the harvest, and a celebration bearing his name, is celebrated to this day. Lughnasadh (midsummer; August 1st), was celebrated as a harvest festival which included athletic games, ritual ceremonies, and bountiful feasts. It is celebrated today with feasting, songs and fresh baked breads and fresh picked corn can usually be found on the menu.


So many of are are blessed with abundance and have never known need or want for food, shelter, or LOVE. We can make this a time to practice gratitude for our many blessings. Break bread with friends and family; express you gratitude to someone who made a difference in your life, share your good fortune by donating time or money to a local charity, find some way to give back. Harvest time is a time of plenty and thanks.

Live simply so that others may simply live.

Ghandi

So now for some Midsummer Magic! I would like to share with you a simple Lughnasadh Chakra Clearing to help you feel the soul filling gifts of abundance and gratitude.

In case you are new to Chakras or need a refresher I am happy to oblige!


CHAKRAS

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Chakra is the Sanskrit word for “wheel.”  These “wheels” are the energy centers of the body. They are spinning vortexes of energy situated in a column along the body from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.  There are seven major chakras and each corresponds to various glands of the endocrine system and governs the energy of certain organs.  Each chakra is associated with one of the seven colors of the rainbow and seven specific musical tones (harmonic resonance). They are the embodiment of spiritual energy on the physical plane.

Energy created from emotional responses to physical stimuli run along the chakras and “feed” our cells tissues and organs. Like our unseen breath, which nourishes the body with life giving oxygen, the unseen energy we create can nourish us or deplete us. 

Try this:

                The next time you experience a strong emotion, take careful note of how your physical body responds.  Does you heart rate go up? Do you feel warmth in you arms, face etc? 

This is the emotional energy manifesting as physical sensation. Prolonged emotional responses such as anxiety will manifest physically as ulcers, headaches etc.  This is why it is important to be aware of your body’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states.

Having balanced, unblocked chakras, assists in keeping the rest of the body in balance. Based upon the location in the body, the chakras relate to certain states of consciousness, emotional function and philosophical constructs.  Lower chakras govern the more practical, physical aspects of our lives like survival, stability, trust; while the upper chakras govern spiritual aspects, symbols, and concepts.  Together, they provide the body-mind, physical-spiritual connection.


Midsummer Chakra Clearing

Sit comfortably and take a few deep breaths to relax yourself. Continue to breathe slowly and evenly while completing the following exercise.

Root Chakra

While visualizing the color red, say to yourself, “I am grounded, my roots grow deep absorbing the fertile life giving Earth energies.”

Sacral Chakra

Visualize the color orange and say “As Mother Nature creates this bountiful harvest, I too, create my life every day. The Universe supports my natural creative state.”

Solar Plexus Chakra

Visualize the color yellow and say “As the sun shines its life giving light, I to radiate light. My souls shines with sacred universal light and love.”

Heart Chakra

Visualize the color green and say “My heart is full of abundance. My life is full of abundance. I am part of the Universal cycle of unconditional LOVE.”

Throat Chakra

Visualize the color blue and say “I honor my voice. I nourish myself with the divine enenergies and release what no longer serves me.

Third Eye Chakra

Visualize the color indigo and say “I honor my intuition. I know I am part of something greater than myself. I am energy in form. I am abundance.”

Crown Chakra

Visualize violet light bathing you from above. You are surrounded by an ethereal radiance. You feel deeply connected to everything. Repeat to yourself “The Universe supports my BE-ing. I am LOVE.”

Take a few moments to breathe slowly and deeply, feeling yourself settle back into your body. Feel the flow of breath and the calming, balanced energies created during the meditation.


If you would like more information about Chakras or energy healing please contact me.

Blessings, Love, & Light on this bountiful Midsummer.

Namaste🙏