I’m sitting at my desk, gazing at Venus, shining bright during blue hour. A red glow still visible at the horizon with a soft gradation upwards of orange, yellow, sky blue, to deep blue. It’s breath taking, if you like that sort of thing, and reminds me that 40 days from today is the longest day, summer solstice…Summer. It’s hard to fathom because of the cold weather (another frost warning tonight) and COVID-19 hibernation.
This week, I’ve been feeling like I’m missing out on something, like I’m squandering an amazing opportunity to do something, to create something. Yet, I have no idea what. I have a lot of ideas of what I’d like to do with my life, but it all involves money…money to purchase land, money to build, money to start up… And then I shift gears from dreaming about “what could be” to “how do I make it happen”? How can I make more money to realize my dreams? Then I get discouraged and shut down. Really, I should know better. I’ve read many books on manifesting and letting go and letting God. And, for some reason I’ve moved away from that thought process. Why? I don’t know. I’ve witnessed it working in my own life, so what’s stopping me from moving forward now? If I knew, I wouldn’t be here right now asking these questions.
I went for a walk around the yard this evening. Thirty minutes in nature during golden hour, walking up and down the hill to the river and back, stopping here and there to take pictures of things that caught my eye, such as the leaves opening on branches. I stood by the river watching a turkey vulture fly towards and then by me. So quiet, so graceful. Then four geese flew overhead, followed by two ducks a moment later. All so quiet and graceful. Not a sound came from them, which is rare. It made me realize I need to quiet my mind, quiet my words, just be quiet and go within. The answers I seek are within. I know this. I used to teach this, yet the teacher becomes a student, as the student becomes the teacher. It’s cyclical. Life is cyclical: Birth -> Death -> Rebirth. Nature is cyclical: Spring -> Summer -> Fall -> Winter.
Time to be quiet and go within.
I love these daffodils and just want to share their beauty with you. Enjoy!
Yikes! The dreaded “M” word. For some, meditation comes easy but for a lot of us, it’s down right scary. I think of the scene in Eat Pray Love where Julia Roberts’ character sits in lotus position and tries to meditate but is distracted with the clicking of a clock, bugs flying around and a busy mind. Some days this is what meditation is like for me too. I find it impossible to sit quiet long enough to quiet my mind, yet there are days I have no problem at all. I came to realize that, what I refer to as “formal meditation” (i.e. lotus position) is not the only way to quiet one’s mind and tune in to the inner you and all that is. There are many ways such as walking in nature or walking a labyrinth, or a stroll along the ocean.
Oh, I can hear the waves crashing now, the seagulls calling out, the infinite blue sky as it touches the blue-green ocean. Ahhhh. My happy place! But I digress.
Meditation is a way for spirit, the universe or inner you to communicate with you.
Meditation is about quieting your mind so you can hear the answers to your questions or receive the guidance you’ve been looking for. It’s a way for spirit, the universe or inner you to communicate with you.
For the record, our questions are answered immediately. Really, they are. We just aren’t tuning in to receive the answers. Often times we have our heads so deep in the sand there’s no reaching us or we have dozens of thoughts, doubts, worries buzzing around our brain that the answer is floating around, trying to find a way in but our heads are too full and there’s so place for it to come in. That’s where meditation comes in. Finding a way, that is comfortable for you, to quiet your mind.
There are many ways to quiet your mind. The challenge, however, is to discover what works for you. I’d recommend you try as many methods as possible until you find one or three that work for you. To get you started I’ve compiled a list of things I enjoy doing to quiet my mind:
Yoga, T’ai Chi, or Qi Gong;
Walk or hike in nature;
Walk a labyrinth;
Paint, draw, or write;
Colour a mandala (free mandala created just for you – see link below);
Strum a harp, guitar or other stringed instrument;
Play a singing bowl; and/or
Listen to a guided meditation.
I find guided meditations useful when I’m having difficulty focusing on quieting my mind because I can focus on the voice and words and before long I let go and find myself drifting off to that place where answers await me.
So, it doesn’t matter how you meditate, just that you do. Find what works for you and stick with it. The rewards are worth it!
I’m including a couple of useful links below to help you with your meditation. One is a singing bowl meditation I created one warm, sunny, summer afternoon on the banks of the Blanche river in Gatineau, QC and the other is a mandala I created just for you so get your markers and/or colours ready and have fun!
When I hear this word I think of the prayer, peace be with you, peace be in you, peace be around you.
Peace. What does peace mean to you? Peace and quiet?
Peace for me means being grounded, in the moment, completely connected with myself and earth and heaven all at the same time. Some may find this hard to believe, but achieving peace is relatively easy. You just need to connect with yourself, find happiness and love from within then peace comes to you.
Don’t look outside for love, happiness and fulfillment… look INSIDE!
So many people look outside of themselves for love, happiness and fulfillment. They surround themselves with material things trying to fill a void they’re feeling within. Buying bigger houses, bigger TVs, trucks/cars. Some people turn to alcohol, drugs or food to fill that void. Everything they try only lasts a little while. Then they find themselves right back where they were. Lonely, like they’re missing something. What they’re missing is love and happiness and it can be found from within.
I don’t know if you’ve heard of the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 and what some people in the New Age/Metaphysical world are calling the end of time. I’m no expert on this subject, but I do have some thoughts about it. I don’t believe the world is going to end. What I believe is the world we know today, will end. It’s changing already. As I mentioned earlier, so many people have been feeling a void within themselves and have been trying to fill that void with material things. More and more people are realizing that the material things aren’t doing the trick and they’re looking for more. Many are turning to organized religions or finding their own spirituality. They’re discovering what’s been missing all this time, was always within them. Call it God (I do) or a higher power, doesn’t mater what it’s called, just that you recognize there is more to this world than material stuff. What I see happening in 2012 is more and more people will turn away from the “me” consciousness and the “material” world and will become more focused on the spiritual world and on helping and serving others.
So what does this have to do with Peace or How do we find peace?
You find peace by focusing on service to God
You find peace by focusing on service to God. When we do this, we suddenly become awake to our spiritual gifts and what our purpose here on earth is. The more we focus on this, the more love and happiness fills us. The more love you feel for yourself, the more you’re able to love everyone around you. Loving yourself and others, brings happiness, which brings…PEACE!
How do you focus on serving God?
You can start with meditating. I know, I know. I’ve heard it before and most of it from myself. Meditating? Are you crazy? I don’t do that? I don’t have time for that. Trust me, meditating is the best way to connect with your higher power and to receive messages from the Divine. I’m not going to lie to you and say it’s easy, because it’s not. It takes practice and patience. We’ve been raised in a very fast-paced society where, taking five minutes a day to just sit still and listen, is a very difficult task. But trust me, it’s sooooo worth it.
First thing you need to do is open your heart and your mind.
You don’t need to sit cross-legged on a pillow on the floor, (unless you want to!) You can lie on the floor, on your bed, sit on a chair, doesn’t matter. What’s important is you’re comfortable. Begin with five minutes. Close your eyes, take several deep breaths. Pay attention to how you’re breathing. In and out, in and out. Can you hear or feel your heart beat? Listen to the beat of your heart. Feel your body. How does it feel? Heavy? Light? Tight muscles? Feel yourself in your body. Take another deep breath, wiggle your fingers and your toes, open your eyes and Congratulations! You just meditated!
Next time, make it longer and take it a step further. Thank God (or your higher power) for everything you’re grateful for in your life. The more gratitude you have, the more abundance you bring into your life. Now you’re ready to talk to God, your angels, Spirit Guides, whomever you wish! Just put your question out there and listen for the answer.
How can I best serve you God? What is my life-purpose? What do I need to do to find happiness? I don’t like my job, what career would best suit me so I can serve you? Is there a soul-mate out there for me? I’m having a hard time financially, what can I do to have an abundance of wealth in my life?
Remember Noah and his ark! Now that was faith!
You’ll get guidance, usually right away, so be open to receiving it. If you’re doubting what you get, then ask the messenger to send you a sign in the physical world that is very clear and easy for you to understand, validating the messages you received. Then be open to the signs. One thing I’ve learned with the angels, spirit guides and ascended masters, is they don’t give you the whole plan up front. They give you bits and pieces a little at a time. Kind of like handing you pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and you’ve got to put it together, or shining a light on the next step on your path, but the rest of the path is still in the dark. Only one step at a time. So, if you get a message to go to a store, join a club, etc., then just do it, because you don’t know what the next step will be or what it will bring you. Remember Noah and his ark! Now that was faith!
How do you love yourself?
You start by looking yourself in the mirror every morning and, looking yourself in the eye, you say, I love you (your name), I really really love you. You are worthy of love!
Trust me, it’s not easy and may take some time, but it is so worth it!!!
Louise Hay’s “You can Heal your Life” DVD is a great tool for brining more joy, love and happiness into your life.
If you’re interested in learning more about loving yourself and using affirmations, Louise Hay’s DVD “You can heal your life” is a great resource.