Friday, December 25, 2009

Breathing Meditation

One of my clients has taught me this simple and yet profoundly beautiful meditation.

The instructions are simple:
1. Breath in love
2. Breath out joy
3. Repeat ad infinitum until you feel done

Give it a try. I found that this meditation quickly aligns me with such delicious feelings of well-being!

Thank you, R.S., for sharing this wonderful meditation with me.

Stillness



It is winter here in the Bay Area. The temperature has plummeted, the rain has visited, the sunlight is paler, and many of  the trees have dropped their leaves. Mother Earth is making space for a new beginning.

Winter inspires gentle stillness within me. In that stillness, I can feel the acknowledgment of what has been and the quiet excitement of what is to come. Winter teaches how we can hold a graceful balance between the old and the new. It teaches how we can honor the process of transformation.

Take a moment to be still and go inward. Honor that place, where what has been and what is coming can come together in peace.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thank You, 2009!


What are you happy with in 2009? What are you grateful for? What surprised you this year?

I love using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to tap while naming what I am grateful for and appreciate in my life. This process allows me to embody the vibration of appreciation (which feels really good!) and also shifts my energy even more towards Love. Not only do I feel very peaceful, but I also notice that it is easier to attract what I want in life when I vibrate in this gratitude state!

So, here's an example of my Gratitude Tapping that you can use to express your appreciation for 2009 as you welcome 2010! Of course, change the words around to fit what you are truly grateful for.

I skip the Karate Chop point and go straight to the meridian points on the face, body and head. I also skip all the tapping points on the fingers, but you can definitely add them back into your gratitude tapping routine. For details on EFT Tapping Points, click here.

Eyebrow: I am grateful for a life full of growth, joy and well-being that I have been blessed with this year!

Side of Eye: I appreciate my health, my freedom, my body, my family, my friends, my clients, my colleagues, my students and teachers, my home...

Under Eye: I love experiencing new things and discovering more of who I am and what I am capable of...

Under Nose: I appreciate my freedom to be whom I want to be...

Chin: I am so grateful for the opportunities and support to grow in all aspects of my life, to joyfully fulfill my life purpose and to do what I love...

Collarbone: I love knowing and experiencing that there are always beauty and gentleness around us...

Under Arm: I love the insights, guidance and inspiration I receive every day. I love feeling so connected to my Source! I love the synchronicities I experience regularly in my life...

Top of Head: I appreciate all the blessings in my life! I am delighted to know that I live in an abundant Universe and I welcome the many more blessings that are coming my way!


Please note:
The EFT script above is provided as a good faith effort to expand the use of EFT in the world. It represents my ideas and do not necessarily represent those of Gary Craig or EFT. Complete understanding of EFT and the EFT training videos are available at http://www.emofree.com.

Faith

The following post was first published as an article in December 2006 Metta Center Newsletter.
 
As the holiday season approaches, I couldn't help but read all the messages of peace, hope, joy and love everywhere I look. These messages delight me because, whether or not they are consciously noticed at all, they subliminally invite us to explore and experience these wonderful qualities of ourselves. Ask yourself: Do you give yourself the license to feel and accept these high vibration feelings, or do you shrink away from them?

This season also brings me to contemplate the topic of faith, particularly faith in oneself. What is “faith” really? Is it a conviction, or is it trust? What does it feel like, to have faith in yourself? How do you know if you have enough of it? And, if you are short of it, where do you get more?

To me, having faith in myself means having complete trust that I contain within me all the skills, talents, guidance and wisdom I need to manifest my spirit, my own unique signature and vibration, into the physical world. When I have faith in myself, everything is possible and doable. When I have faith in myself, in my heart and inspirations, I am one with the universal creative power. When I have faith in myself, I feel engaged in life. Obstacles are not problems, just challenges that are surmountable.

When I have lost faith in myself -- or perhaps more accurately, when I hear fearful thoughts within me and value the fears more than the faith in myself -- I will feel "off". Life becomes a series of tedious and complicated processes. Small problems loom huge. I feel stuck, irritable, anxious, confused, flat or simply depressed. When these symptoms appear in my life, that's a clue to me that I am heading off course.

To stay on my spiritual path, Spirit is constantly inviting me to cultivate more faith in myself, to remember who I really am, and to develop even more trust in my inspirations. I often happily oblige, but when I resist it, that's OK too; it simply means I have more learning to do, particularly on loving myself. This is the time for resolving my shadows, healing past wounds, recognizing my unique contributions and potentials and learning new ways to fill my own needs. As I do my spiritual work on myself, I grow in my understanding of myself. I grow in my compassion and faith in myself, and in all humanity.

Cultivating faith in myself has been a journey of understanding and accepting who I am, where I am and where I am going.

I love this quote from James Thorton: "Ultimately, we must learn to trust ourselves. When we do this intimately and intelligently, the world opens full of meaning before us. We find that we ourselves are the doorway to a fathomless understanding of the source of life itself. We need only to learn to walk through it."

Wishing you great peace, wonders and joy as you walk through your life, learning to unfold your magical self, one inspiring breath at a time!