Sunday, June 21, 2009

There is No Limit to How Much Joy We Can Receive

I was sitting on the grass in my garden, looking at the blue sky, and I asked myself, "How am I feeling now?" And, the answer came, "I am happy." I was feeling happy for no reason at all. Just pure happiness. Simple and pure. I felt like a child, so delighted and in love with life!

I laughed with such great joy!

In that moment of clarity, I realized that there is no limit to how much joy we can receive. There is absolutely no limit! To top off this sweetness, we don't even need a reason before we can allow ourselves to feel so happy. We don't have to win, or to be right, or to be well, or to be whatever we think we need to be, to have or to do before we can allow ourselves to be in joy.

We can be joyous because we are Joy incarnate.

A client told me once that, to him, happiness is elusive like a butterfly. It never comes when you want it to.

I think happiness comes when we allow ourselves to receive it without putting a condition on when we can receive it or how much of it we are allowed to have.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Meditation: Going to Your Source

Inside Michael J. Tamura's book, "You Are the Answer," there are several simple exercises to help you nurture your intuition and awareness. (To find out more about his work and his lectures, visit his website at www.michaeltamura.com.)

For fun, I practiced one that is called, "Awareness Exercise: Seeking First That Which Gives Everything." It is so wonderful that I want to share it with you!

When I do this meditation, eyes opened or closed, I connect to a beautiful energy of peace, love and joy. I can feel how deeply accepted and loved I am by my own Spirit. Not only that, I am aware that my awareness is aware of many things at once, which is simply amazing to me.

So, here are the steps, adapted from Michael's book:
  • When you are new to this meditation, you might want to do it with your eyes closed to help you focus more easily. Find a time where you can be free of interruption for about 10-15 minutes, and find a place to be comfortable in. Close your eyes.
  • Relax your body, take several deep breaths, easily and gently.
  • First, bring your awareness to your breathing.
  • Next, bring your awareness to your body, noticing your toes, your legs, your hip, your abdominal area, your chest, your back, your neck and your head.
  • Next, allow yourself to be aware of your emotions and your thoughts. Allow whatever you are feeling or thinking to just be there. There is no need to fix or change anything.
  • By now, you are aware that you have an awareness.
  • Say "Hi!" to your awareness like you would to a friend. Michael Tamura says, "Your awareness is your friend!"
  • Then, gently, ask your awareness to go "towards that which gives me everything," and it knows how to find this. Just relax and observe.
  • Allow yourself to be surprised with where your awareness takes you to.
  • When your awareness is first given this task, there could be some confusion and it might first go to your mom, your dad or a person whom you have had assigned the role of "the giver of everything I need." But, you will notice that your awareness has an incredible way of discerning that these people are not truly your Source. Keep reminding your awareness to go toward that which gives you everything. Your awareness will move on until it finds your Source.
  • Notice what you observe when you feel that your awareness has arrived at its destination.
  • Notice what changes within you as you connect with your Source. Notice what changes in your awareness. Take a deep breath.
  • Allow yourself a few moments with your Source, taking deep breaths as necessary.
  • When you feel complete, say, "Thank you" to your awareness and yourself.
  • Take a gentle deep breath, stretch and open your eyes.
  • Notice how differently you feel after this meditation, before you get up and continue on with your day.
  • Allow yourself to bring back with you the best feeling from the meditation.
Just for fun, after you are familiar with this meditation, do it with your eyes wide open!

I noticed that when I did this meditation with my eyes wide open, I was in love with everything I see. I was amused and delighted with life. Looking with the eyes of my Source, everything was beautiful and perfect as it was -- nothing to fuss about. I simply love the glorious and liberating feeling of deep peace and contentment I felt inside of me!

Enjoy this meditation! I would love to hear about your experience practicing it.

A Healing Song

H.P., whose story I shared below, has written a beautiful song that I want to share it with you (with her permission, of course.)

I love her uplifting lyrics and soothing voice. I hope you find this song healing and inspiring for you as well.

This is how she described her song to me,

"I went out to watch the sunset and it was wonderful... I also felt inspired to write a song after our session, so i came home and recorded it... It is not done, I need to fine tune it, but here is what I have so far. I am not playing the guitar, it is prerecorded on garage band."

Thank you, H.P., for sharing the beauty of your spirit.

Click here to listen to it.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Taking Care of Self

How would you like to care for yourself? How would you like to be cared for? What does caring for yourself look like? What within you is asking for your care and attention?

We all care for ourselves, one way or another. We care for our physical selves in obvious ways like driving carefully, brushing our teeth, eating nutritious food, dressing and housing ourselves, and so on.

There are also numerous ways we can care for ourselves emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

My client, H.P., recently wrote me her insights about what taking care of herself is about. I hope you find it as inspiring as I do.

I got to communicate with my dad.

At first, I was just watching myself as a one year old playing with him... Christine then asked me how it feels to be with him... It felt safe, comforting,and free, like I was "home."

Then Christine said, "He lives on a higher plane and h.e has a lot to teach you, what is he saying?" ... And then it got really quiet and I heard him say, "I love you, and please don't take life so seriously," and then he hugged me as the one year old and me as I am now... We were all three hugging...

Then the one year old was left alone, he went away.

Christine asked how she feels, and I said confused, sad, afraid... She told me to hug the one year old, and ask her what she needs from me... She said she just needed me to be there to hold her and love her and not try to fix how she is feeling... so I did just that... And all of a sudden, I felt so free and light, and my anger, confusion, grief... all that stuff I must have felt then and carried with me until today... was leaving my body...

It was so crazy... I am experiencing that, when you take the time to go in and look at old wounds and face them honestly, they heal... I feel like a huge weight has lifted off of me. It is so hard to even explain...

For the first time ever, I understand what it means and feels like to take care of yourself. It means deep listening and finding the origin of your pain and then shining your light of unconditional love onto those parts of you that are screaming for your attention, and then giving them a hug.

Gently Held

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." ~ John Muir

I haven't been feeling well lately. Yet, I was inspired to go to nature for some sunshine and to celebrate life anyway.

As I walked in the meadow up the hill from my home, admiring the gentle ripple of the grasses, I felt a gentle and peaceful energy enveloping me. It was as if Mother Earth had embraced me in her arms. As I walked down the path, I felt all tension and resistance just melt away from my body. I felt like there was a cocoon of softness around my physical body. It was a new and strange sensation, and I loved it!

I allowed myself the experience and appreciated every sweet moment of it.

The tranquility available in nature is so inspiring, healing and comforting. I invite you to treat yourself and go out there to commune with nature. May you feel yourself touched by Grace, and held in gentleness and love.