The rhythms, the simple repetitive steps, and the primal connection of being part of a circle evoke in us an ancient memory. We form a circle, holding hands. There is a lovely seasonal center of flowers and candles to help us focus, and we move together to great World Music. The movement is mesmerizing, and as we are held by one another, we are transported back to a time when dance was an essential part of life. From slow meditative steps to jolly quick ones, our focus and intention generate energy that is universal, sacred and healing. We feel transformed.
World Laughter Day 2015 takes place on May 03. The first celebration was on January 11, 1998, in Mumbai, India, and was arranged by the founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. Laughter Yoga says: Laughter is a positive and powerful emotion that has all the ingredients required for individuals to master themselves and to change the world in a tubular way. The day is now celebrated worldwide.
“Did you meet someone?” Those were my mom’s famous words to me each and every time she saw me. She was my mom. She wanted the best for me. Her intent was completely unconditional.
The belabored breathing, the sporadic heaves of her chest with her eyes involuntarily twitching was an invitation to death. I sat on a plain chair, next to my mom’s lifeless body resting on a bed, watching her struggle in making her transition from the earthly plain to the other side of life. I tried to quiet the lobbing pain in my heart, as tears poured down my face. I held her thin hand, streaked with blue veins on skin so transparent. I was frightened that my touch would hurt her. Her hand did not flinch. I remained another 7 hours, grasping her fragile fingers, listening to the hum of my mom’s inhalations, and praying that she would gently pass. She waited. I finally left to go home to catch up on some sleep. Four hours later, I received a phone call from the hospice nurse. My mother just passed at 11:45pm, September 1st, my daughter’s birthday. It was a beautiful midnight, skies looming with stars; quiet, peaceful with a gentle wind whispering in the background. I could feel the drone of my breath as I entered the building. The throb of my heart grew in intensity as I neared my mother’s room. I saw enough death and dying in my lifetime, and I saw enough dead bodies to provide me with a mastership on how to handle death. My proficiency was defunct…lost…nil.
Love has always been easy enough for me to share and express. Being surrounded by supportive family, animals and children, love naturally overflowed from my heart and found others.
Receiving love, accepting love, and honoring my own heart has been a more turbulent journey. Could giving love too freely possibly be problematic? This question may seem silly in a world in which we love to say that love is about giving, and not receiving. Yes, it feels wonderful to love others, but what about receiving love? There was many a decision, in my earlier years, that should have flagged my issues with self-love, but I designed walls, fires, and excuses to block my pain and explain away my destructive behavior.
A great deal has been written about the health benefits of a meditation practice. Thirty minutes twice a day can lower your blood pressure, raise your happiness level, lower your cortisol (stress hormone) levels, and improve your sleep. But is that all it can do? Not in my experience. As I come up on my four year anniversary of a consistent mantra meditation practice, I find that it has manifested change in every aspect of my life from spiritual/ethereal, to emotional/material.
Water Molecules, in lab studies, show the reaction to vibration on a structural level, as the vibration of the sound increases the formation of water shifts itself into more complex structures of geometry. Water under a microscope not only showed changes with sound but also with emotion. Dr. Emoto began studies on the structure of water, to learn more about it’s composition. When he placed water from the tap under a microscope he found the structure was broken and created no patter. When holy water was studied, it showed very intricate patters of perfect geometry. He took this study further to see structures under a microscope given different labels view the pictures below. When we place the knowledge that vibration changes the structure of water in our daily lives, everything changes! Within our body we are made of more than 58% water.
Whenever we chase a dream or have an expectation, we are at risk to feel disappointed. Disappointment is a big glaring NO in response to what we hoped for. Those who study spiritual concepts have often been taught to write out wishes into affirmations or positive statements. The laws of manifestation state that the more detailed these declarations are and fueled with energy the better. This practice of envisioning is part of the creative life, investing our heart and soul into an idea and when it doesn't work, it hurts.
The Reiki community honors the founder of the system of Reiki—Mikao Usui- on the anniversary of his death, coming up on March 9. The occasion of any anniversary inspires the mind to reflect on themes of milestones and achievements, as well as continuity, firmness, and strength. As such, anniversaries are times for remembering the foundation upon which we build. This article honors Mikao Usui with a humble overview of the foundational principles of the system and practice of Reiki.
When the heart-mind (kokoro) is healed, the body can be made sound.
In the ancient Chinese medical text entitled the "Huang Di Nei Jing" (circa 200BC) it was said that giving someone medicine after they became sick was like digging a well after they became thirsty or going to war and then making weapons. The idea was that it was easier to prevent illness rather than treat it developed early as a part of Chinese medical philosophy and became part of Chinese culture. To this end Chinese physicians instructed people in diet and exercise in what we would describe today as "preventative medicine".
Native American animal symbols can encompass just about all the animals, and their symbolic representation to the many tribes of the Americas. To narrow down the focus a bit, this page is devoted to birth animals – or zodiac animals.
Many Native American cultures have the belief that a person is assigned an animal upon the time of birth. Below are interpreted Native American symbols of the zodiac and the characteristics for each one.
The classical definition of Yoga is yoke, but it is conventionally thought of as unity today. While the list of things Yoga might be talking about unifying, is nearly infinite, we talk about yoga as a unifier of the body and mind, as we travel the path of seeking our spiritual nature, (enlightenment).
But when we add a regular mantra meditation practice to a consistent practice of hatha postures we can find that we are connected to a reality much deeper and more expansive than anything we have ever imagined. While many forms of meditation exist, and they all have a very healing purpose, my particular form of practice has changed everything about how I deal with the world around me, because it has shown me that at the core of my very nature, I am an ageless, timeless field of vibration. And the more I practice, the more I feel my melding into the field around me with that practice.
Brown wood floor, brown porch, porch railing, gray ice on pond, yellow building, grey sky.
That is winter kyol che at Kwan Um School of Zen Monastery. It would seem like anything else going on is, as Zen Master Bon Haeng once said, entertainment.
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time
was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this
person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.
“You have cancer for the second time,” my doctor said. I simply stared into space and wondered how this could be happening to me again. I’d received a diagnosis of Breast Cancer, some 8 years since my first cancer diagnosis of Malignant Melanoma. At 36, the mother of a 4 year old, I simply wanted to know if I’d survive.
My journey into incredible healing began right then, in that room. I began research into healing modalities and made some significant changes in my life. Self care became a priority, so I changed my diet and explored my spirituality more deeply. Then I made the amazing discovery of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). It seemed such a simple method, I found myself wondering – can EFT really work?
Not knowing how to tackle such a huge health issue as cancer, I decided to try a simple EFT ‘tapping’ technique for my sinus problem. I was totally amazed when the problem disappeared after just two sessions. Of course, now my interest was peaked and I discovered some amazing EFT facts:
· EFT has been shown to eliminate negative emotions about an event, even many years later
· Researchers in the Philippines found that EFT produced a 72% reduction in depression after just four sessions
· Harvard Medical School research showed that EFT reduces blood flow to the Amygdala in the brain, producing more endorphins and calmer feelings overall. EFT is highly effective for reducing stress and general anxiety
Our first true Love in Life, we think about forever, we remember and we compare other Loves to it. Most of you may be recalling your first crush, your first boyfriend or girlfriend or even your spouse. It is that time of year when we notice those whom we love and who loves us. We remember past mistakes, past gifts, past hurts. We take time out of our day to play old memories, or hope for new ones. What we may be overlooking. Our first Love is Self Love.
Whether we were taught this in life or not, is not as important as what we do with this information today. We can only give freely that which we are willing and able to give to ourselves. How do you give your Love to others? It is telling of how you give Love to yourself. Do you only give to those who give it back to you? Do you take it away when you are feeling hurt? What do you do when someone gives you Love? Do you shy away, laugh it off, or embrace it openly and happily? Take some time to write down ways in which you give and receive Love, attention, affection, and time to yourself and to others. You will begin to see patterns emerge, and this exercise will bring about new awareness on how you actually give Love to yourself.
Early on in our lives we envisioned a life of accomplishment. We carved out our dreams and aspirations from simply doing the things we enjoyed to do in our lives. Back then we believed someday that our dreams would be our realities. Then a terrible thing happened; we were forced to grow up. Still, as young adults we had hope that we would marry the perfect person, produce wonderful children, have a high paying career, a beautiful home and basically drift off into the sunset on our yachts. So how did we deviate from a vision of grandeur to becoming an indentured servant?
It does not take the difficulties in life very long to diminish our spirit, does it? Now that I have you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, please allow me to elaborate a little further on why some of us might lose sight of our vision. Incidentally, there is no need to fret; warm and fuzzy will make its appearance more towards the end of this article. For the time being we are going to investigate the darkness that occasionally prevents us from living our vision.
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For early risers the twilight hours will bring you a rare view. At 6:25 am a full eclipse of the moon will be viewed as a giant red orb, weather permitting. Unfortunately we are also aware there is a big storm moving through the East Coast overnight tonight. If you become lucky and have clear sky's don't forget to look up!
Credit: Space.com/Joe Rao
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This Saturday we are in for a new show! The Camelopardalid Meteor, discovered in 2004, passes by the sun once every 5 years. On the night of May 23rd and early morning hours of May 24th scientists predict upwards of 200 meteors per hour raining down on us as we pass through it's dust tail.
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