Saturday, December 14, 2013

Home-Coming

(This article was first published in December 2008 Metta Center email newsletter.)

In a recent personal EFT session, I connected to a deep part of me that was so anguished because she couldn't find what she has been looking for on Earth. This part connected me to a felt-sense memory of sweet and total abiding love, a place where I felt like I had melted into the gentle bosom of the Universe. It was a glorious and wonderful feeling. My conscious and adult self recognized it as Home to me, even though this was not how my childhood home felt. Somehow, I remembered that this is the blissful place I came from, and I realized that this is where I go to when I find my alignment with Source. But strangely to me, it seemed that this deep part of me wasn't aware that I had learned to find my way Home quite often. It was as if she had not been connected to me as I grew up spiritually.

This part showed me that she was tired of looking. She trusted my soul, and was expecting to find Home, heaven, unconditional love or god on Earth, and she hadn't! She felt homesick. She showed me that she was yearning to go Home. I felt a great wave of disappointment, grief and a deep sense of defeat. Tears just rolled down my cheeks as my heart opened up to this deeper part with profound compassion. I recognized how difficult it must be for this part to keep her faith in my soul, to keep believing that there is Go(o)d in this world and to keep looking for heaven on Earth. I understood that she was done searching.

As the sadness eased, a new thought came through, as if my angels planted a seed of possibility in me: "What if I am what I have been looking for?" A light-bulb suddenly went off. Whoa...What if I am the unconditional love, god, and heaven I have been seeking in the world all this time? No wonder I hadn't found it, because I had been looking at the wrong places. I had been looking outside of me. The unconditional love, god and heaven I seek on this planet are inside of me!

This part of me and I were both stunned by the enormity of the realization. I felt exhilarated and liberated. And... lonely. I sat with all those feelings for a while, allowing this new knowing to integrate gently into my psyche.

Then today, as I was contemplating a tooth-ache -- yes, there's wisdom even in tooth-aches! -- I had realization after realization. One of them was that fear of rejection is an indicator of a desire for deep and total acceptance. Somehow, we believe that we will be safer if we are accepted (loved) by a lot of people. Many people, including me, have been looking outside to others for acceptance. We deeply yearn to be accepted as who we are and we hope, nay, sometimes we expect, that others do it for us. We don't (or won't) trust our own wise-whispers that we have always been acceptable, loveable and worthy no matter what. Haven't we realized yet that, after many trials, not everyone can, and not everyone wants to, meet our hopes and expectations that they completely accept and love us as who we are?

So often we look around and outside of us to find the acceptance, appreciation, approval and love that we want. What if the unconditional, deep abiding love that we seek is in us already, and is us? What if we are that gift we have been looking all over the world to find?

When I chewed on this (see the connection with the toothache, now?) it was clear to me that rejections and disappointments teach this: acceptance is an inside job, and unconditional love is to be found within ourselves first! Heaven on earth begins within!

I thanked this deep part of me for letting me know how strongly and unequivocally she wished to be Home and, thus, showed me clearly my powerful desire to find Home here on Earth. Just becoming aware of this deep and true desire was so healing already. It had brought me to a deeper clarity for the Home that I wanted to create in this space-time. I contemplated some more about me being what I have been looking for. As I surrendered to this invitation from my Spirit, I knew that it was the beginning of a deeper healing for me. I felt peace permeate every fiber of my being. It felt good to be Home.


"And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." ~ T.S. Elliot

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Quick Tips for A More Harmonious Family Gathering on Thanksgiving Day


Thanksgiving Day usually involves getting together with one's own family. For some people, that is both good news and bad news. If it's bad news to you and you'd like to find a way to be appreciative rather than grumpy while you are with your family, here are some simple tips:

  • Using EFT, you can tap with the setup phrase of: "Even though I don't like my family, I deeply and completely love and accept myself," and tap on all the points. Don't worry if at first you feel guilty admitting you don't like your family. After tapping, you most likely will see that there are aspects of your family that you DO like after all. Then, you can choose to focus on those aspects to maintain a loving connection with your family while you are together. Even I don't like my family all the time, and after tapping using this setup phrase, I am able to realize and remember that I LOVE my family.
  • Using TAT, get in the TAT Pose and focus on whatever it is that is bothering you at that moment and put your attention on the statement: "(This issue) is bothering me now, yet I am OK, I can relax and not let it bother me anymore." (Of course, you can come up with your own statement.
  • Or, you can decide to be amused and practice "keep appreciating!"

If you are not familiar with EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique by Gary Craig), you can find a brief introduction to this powerful self-healing technique on my "EFT Tapping Points" webpage.

If you haven't checked out TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique by Tapas Fleming) yet, I recommend that you visit www.tatlife.com to download their free "How to do TAT for a stressful event" booklet.

Disclaimer: This quick tip using EFT and TAT is provided by Christine Metawati as a good faith effort to expand the use of EFT and TAT in the world. It represents her ideas and do not necessarily represent those of Gary Craig or Tapas Fleming.  EFT and TAT are very powerful self-healing tools but are definitely NOT meant to replace appropriate medical treatment or mental health therapy. No guarantee of results is either stated or implied. If you use the EFT and TAT tips provided above, you are advised to take complete responsibility for your emotional and physical well-being. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of EFT, TAT or any other healing modalities. 


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Keep Appreciating


“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I was driving when I asked the Universe what will be helpful for me to focus on. I didn't really need to work on a particular issue but rather I wanted to get a sense of direction where best to put my energy. Thirty seconds later, a black car pulled in front of my car from the other lane. It had a yellow bumper sticker that said: "Keep Appreciating". I literally burst out laughing. What a simple yet wonderful, joyful, terrific message! Was it from the Universe? Well, technically, it was from the driver in front of me. Yet, as we are all messengers of the Light, the impeccable synchronicity told me that the Universe perfectly answered my question. Best of all, my heart has been full of love and gratitude for that yellow bumper sticker and everyone involved in getting it visible enough for me to read it.

I am now passing on that beautiful message: "Keep Appreciating."

On November 28th, we in the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day, a day set aside to give thanks to the Universe, God, Spirit, Mother Earth -- or whatever one would like to call this life-giving power -- for all the good and bounty received in the year.  In that spirit, I would like to give thanks to the Universe for you, my readers and clients, who come from all over the world. Your presence in the world and loving support not only strengthens my commitment to my work but also inspires me personally.

With my love and blessings to you,
Christine

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Giving Thanks to Your Body

(This article was first published in November 2007 Metta Center email newsletter.)

In Taoism and Chinese Energy medicine, there is an exercise called "Inner Smile", where you smile at your inner organs.

This exercise has a very practical purpose: self-acceptance and appreciation. This simple and gentle practice is very effective in balancing your meridian system and is very nourishing to your spirit.

Here is a slightly different version of this exercise:
  • Sit or lie comfortably. Alternatively, you can even do this exercise when you are walking or in the shower. Begin by taking several deep breaths, exhaling slowly.
  • Allow yourself to recall the time someone extend a kindness to you and you can feel a sense of appreciation gently arising from within your heart-center.
  • Noticing this feeling of appreciation, you bring your attention and extend this feeling to various parts of your body.
  • Starting from the top of your head, bring your attention and appreciation to your hair, brain, ears, eyes, eyebrows, eyelashes, nose, mouth, teeth, tongue, jaws, and all the supporting tissues around and in your head.
  • Next, appreciate your skin, the largest organ of your body.
  • Move your attention down to your neck, your shoulder, your arms, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers, and nails. Also thank your thighs, knees, ankles, feet, toes and nails.
  • Don't forget to thank your internal organs: heart, lungs and the bronchials, stomach, small and large intestine, pancreas, spleen, liver, gallbladder, kidneys, gonads, and so on.
  • Give thanks to your central nervous system, hormonal system, skeletal and muscular system for their support.
  • In short, appreciate all your various cells, and the incredible intelligence built into you so that you can function and live.
Notice how you feel, emotionally and physically, afterward.

Many of my clients report feeling energized afterwards. Some say that they feel contented, appreciated and loved in a very deep level. Some clients report healing on their physical issues. Many notice a reduction in their stress level and an increase in their ability to stay centered.

Your body is a vehicle for your spirit. Spend some time recognizing it as a marvelous and miraculous creation that it truly is!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Gift of Autumn

 "The foundations of a person are not in matter but in spirit." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The leaves are beginning to turn colors. I feel that suddenly fall has begun in earnest with the first rain of the season. The air smells different and feels crisper.

As mother nature slows down in preparation for winter, you might want to check in with yourself to see if there is a need for you to turn inward as well. As the trees change and drop the leaves in autumn, and then grow more roots in winter, you might be going through similar changes internally.

Perhaps there is an internal urge to drop old ways of being and to change something in your life. Perhaps there is the call to nurture your spiritual self, the root of you. Perhaps this is the time to ask yourself, how are you nurturing yourself?

We nurture ourselves when we connect with and meet our soul's needs. Our soul's needs are always spiritual, expressed as qualities or virtues like acceptance, freedom, peace, respect and purpose. How do you give yourself what you need to nurture yourself?

"Learn the art of taking care of yourself and remember that there is a very fine distinction between being selfish and taking care of yourself. If you take care of yourself, others won't have to." -- Lucille Ball

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Conscious Communication


"If we want to be compassionate we must be conscious of the words we use. We must both speak and listen from the heart." -- Marshall B. Rosenberg

Conscious communication requires us to be truly present to what is occurring. When we are unconscious, we both speak to and react to others out of habit. And in the face of what we perceive as someone's judgment and criticism, we automatically (and unconsciously) defend, withdraw or attack.



To communicate consciously requires attention to two areas:
  •     You speak from awareness of what you are observing, feeling and needing, and
  •     Through watching and listening, you are aware of those same needs in others

I learned about conscious communication through NVC (Non Violent Communication.) It is a process of learning to communicate compassionately and authentically. NVC was created by Marhall B. Rosenberg who wrote "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life" (available through major bookstores and amazon.com.)

For those of you who are interested in this subject, there is a group in the Bay Area that runs NVC workshops. I am not affiliated with them so you will need to contact them directly for information. Check out http://www.baynvc.org and see whether this is a process that may benefit you. I have found NVC to be a profoundly liberating process personally and professionally. The process is simple and yet powerful. Check it out!

"When we focus on clarifying what is being observed, felt, and needed rather than on diagnosing and judging, we discover the depth of our own compassion." -- Marshall B. Rosenberg

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Eight Concepts of Healing



from "Woman As Healer" by Jeanne Achterberg

Healing is a lifelong journey towards wholeness

Healing is remembering what has been forgotten about connection, unity and interdepence among all things living and non-living

Healing is embracing what is most feared

Healing is opening what has been closed, softening what has hardened into obstruction

Healing is entering into the transcendent, timeless moment when one experiences the divine

Healing is creativity and passion and love

Healing is seeking and expressing self in its fullness, its light and shadow, its male and female

Healing is learning to trust life

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Developing Equanimity

(This article was first published in November 2008 Metta Center email newsletter.)

I was asking Spirit about what to write for this newsletter that would be most beneficial for my readers.

Spirit answered, "Remind them of their Truth."

Hmmm, I didn't know what that meant, to tell you the truth. (No pun intended.) So, I asked for more guidance on it.

Spirit showed me that deep inside ourselves, we already know that all is well -- that all has always been well, will always be well and can only be well. Often, however, we don't remember this Truth.

Like many of you, I don't always feel that all is well nor do I think that everything is well all the time. Again, I asked for more guidance.

And, this time, Spirit asked me a question: "Have you ever seen your daughter having a tantrum and feeling anxious about something and you know it was not as big a problem as she thought it was, and that all is well, because you have the advantage of having a broader perspective? Perhaps you even had had similar experience and came out triumphant at the end?" I answered that question with a resounding YES!.

"Wouldn't you comfort her and assure her that whatever the current challenge is will surely pass, that she will have the clarity and resources to resolve her issues, and that she will come out stronger and wiser at the other end?" Again, I answered yes.

That's what equanimity is about: knowing and trusting all is well, despite what transpires in life. It is choosing and allowing ourselves to reconnect to the wealth of peace and joy deep within ourselves and with the blessings in our lives, even if there are parts of our lives that are not feeling well.

But, isn't there a risk of being blinded by the "all is well" philosophy and getting stuck in denial? Doesn't this prevent people from seeking appropriate assistance? I asked about this.

I was shown that when we remember that we are well, we remember our value, we honor our gifts, we respect ourselves, we take care of ourselves, we allow and appreciate our mistakes (and others') as learning tools, we acknowledge the challenges we are facing and we move inspiredly in the direction of solution that is just right for us. When we know we are well, we are not afraid of change and we don't allow ourselves to be stagnant (because we feel rotten when we do that.) When we remember we are well, we trust the bigger perspectives and deeper wisdom of our Soul, and listen to our inner guidance. When we remember we are well, we feel a satisfying sense of deep inner peace as we live in alignment with our deeper Truth. When we remember all is well, we relaxed into the flow of life instead of resisting it.

May you remember how well you are and may you experience your sweet, deep connection with the Well-Being within you.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What brings you joy?

(This article was first published in May 2006 Metta Center email newsletter.)

Joy, I think, comes in two flavors: the euphoric feeling (Hurray! Amazing! Yes! Hallelujah!) and the easy-and-happy feeling (Ain’t life good? Ahh, bliss, life is sweet!) Both flavors are delicious.

How do you get to joy, and how do you maintain it?

There are many paths to joy, as many as the grains of sand. Recall the various times you felt happy, and at ease. Was there any one formula for your happiness? Or were they varied, and in that variation, you felt alive and happy? What is “joy” to you?

Perhaps your joys come in predictable patterns: you love nature, flowers, clouds, winds, water, music, birds, etc. So, by allowing yourself to experience and notice these wonders as much as possible, you feel joyous. Some of your joys may not be so predictable. They might come from your allowing your self to grow in your awareness, to bring healing to yourself, to explore life, to have adventures, to rest, to listen and connect deeply with your loved ones, to feel well in your body, to do well in your practice of gentleness and patience, to learn new things, to be deeply connected with life, and so forth and so on.

A lot of my joy comes from me listening to my heart, and connecting to my spirit and my family. I love that feeling of well-being, that all is love, that I am love and love is all there is. What a wonderful and sweet feeling it is to connect with the energy of love! (I can see why children crave candy, they somehow must remember the sweetness that their spirit is and are attempting to connect to that vibration again.)

When I get too focused on my to-do-list, and forget to pay attention to what brings me joy in my life (yes, I do that, too), I notice that my joy-meter drops. My body, loyal friend it is, brings me the awareness that something is amiss in my life. I will feel “off” or “anxious”. I will feel this tightness in my chest as an alarm that I am in stress mode, and not in joy mode. I will take the cue to stop what I am doing, and take the time to re-prioritize what is really important to me.

My body sensations and my feelings are my “wake-up” calls to align myself, deliberately, with the vibration of joy and with feeling good. This is where my personal power comes in play: exercising my choice to feel better by choosing my own thoughts and directing my life.

For example, yesterday I was feeling really miserable after eating something that didn’t agree with me. I started thinking, what would the Dalai Lama focus on if he were feeling miserable? In a split second, I found myself noticing how lovely the sunlight interplayed with the shadows on the leaves of the trees. I was lost in the scene, for maybe two minutes. I felt really happy being there. I felt connected to the softness and gentleness that I witnessed, and I felt all soft and gentle in my being. When I woke up from my reverie, I felt really good. No more tummy troubles.

Another way I return to joy, after becoming aware that I am out of joy (either through being aware of my body sensations or feelings), is by using different energy therapy tools and other practices. I use EFT, Reiki, Angel Healing, meditation, self-inquiry process, and whatever else that feels right at the moment to help me raise my vibration to feeling good, feeling joyful again. Often, energy healing is all that I need to shift my energy and get back to joy. Sometimes, I need to inquire within and take different actions.

If you make the decision to be joyful, then the more time you focus on joy, the more of it you will feel and the more of it you will attract. Each moment you are out of joy calls for a different response from you and this is an opportunity for you to practice what you know to align yourself again with joy. The good news is: your heart knows how to guide you to fulfill your intentions to be joyous. And as you grow in your awareness, your level of joy increases as well. Your capacity to experience joy grows.

Wishing you incredible happiness and well-being!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

How to Create Effective Positive Affirmations


(This article was first published in May 2007 Metta Center email newsletter.)


Our thoughts are something we can control. At some deep level, we choose our thoughts. What we choose, we focus on and it grows! Be willing to be aware of every thought you have without fear or judgment. This is how we can be "in control" of our lives. Not through controlling others, but by being aware of our thoughts and knowing we have the freedom to choose a new way of thinking when we realize the old thoughts don't serve us. This is a process of self-realization.

Every thought we think is an affirmation. To borrow a computer acronym, what you think is what you get (WYTIWYG) in your life. Your thoughts create your life experiences. Negative thoughts are negative affirmations and create life-alienating experiences. Positive thoughts are positive affirmations that support the creation of a life that you prefer. Positive affirmations can really help shift your energy vibration to be more aligned with ease, peace and joy.

For a positive affirmation to be effective in your life, it needs to be clear of tail-enders (the "but..." that you think of right after you say the positive affirmation). Here are some tips for creating effective affirmations:
  •     State the affirmation in present tense
  •     Only positive statements
  •     Must be something you would truly enjoy occuring in your life
  •     You feel positive emotions (such as gratitude, joy or peace) when you say the affirmation
Louise Hay (author of "You Can Heal Your Life") writes some of the most wonderful affirmations. Here are some of my favorites:

    I am (good) enough
    My life is full of joy and wonderful surprises
    I am worthwhile
    I allow myself to be fulfilled
    I am deserving
    I am ready and open to receive all the good the universe is bringing me today


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Soul Wisdom

(This article was first published in the July 2007 Metta Center email newsletter.)

When we embrace the soul's prompting to follow our inner desires and timing, the deeper wisdom of the soul is expressed.

Here is an example from a Reiki/EFT session where I had the joy to witness the soul at work. This is why I love my work: when we trust our inner guidance, everyone involved is uplifted --  it is pure magic in action!

This client had been a shy person for most of his life.  He came to our session without really knowing what to work on next. So, we decided to leave it to his Higher Self to guide us. As we did our Reiki session, I felt his inner yearning to become more of the person he is capable of being, and yet there was a voice that indicated how shy and fearful he was feeling about becoming who he really is. Here was an inner conflict about moving forward.

I mentioned this inner conflict to the client, and we agreed to use EFT to peel the onion and go to the next layer for more information.

As we tapped, what came up was a realization for him that his shyness was not about feeling afraid of being not liked, it was more the fear of being liked. There was a risk of shame, of exposure. There was a fear of being true to himself.

He contemplated that "you can't always be honest with everybody, or you will have conflict with others." We tapped out this belief with the intention to allow his inner wisdom to guide him how to be true to himself and still be in harmony with others.

What came up was a beautiful wisdom. His inner yearnings came up with solid and powerful words: "I will look for the good in others. If I can't see the positive, and are stuck in the negative, I will try to help the person."

As soon as he said that, electric currents went through me as whatever old and outdated energy patterns that were not in alignment with his higher wisdom were released. There was a profound calm and peace in his energy body.

It was awe-inspiring to witness the process. I felt extremely blessed to be able to witness the majesty of human spirit coming forth from him. I am very grateful to him for giving me the permission to share this beautiful session with you.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Donna Eden's Energy Exercises


I love Donna Eden's work.

Donna Eden has taught thousands of people how to understand the body as an energy system, to recognize their aches and pains as signals of energy imbalance, and to reclaim their natural healing capabilities. She has written many books on the subject, and one of my favorites is "Energy Medicine."

I have sent the link to Donna Eden's short video-clip to many of my clients, and many have emailed me back telling me that her exercises are very beneficial and effective in helping them shift their energy.

Here's her wonderful little video showing you a 5-minute daily energy exercise that is bound to pep your energy up.




You can find out more about her work in her website: http://www.innersource.net/

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Constricted Breathing Technique


Gary Craig, the creator of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), developed this tapping exercise and noticed that people were getting wonderful healing results by doing this process 2-5 times a day. It can greatly reduce anxiety and bring a sense of deep relaxation.

Perhaps you have noticed that when you feel fearful or stressed or anxious or angry, your breathing is shallower than if you were feeling relaxed. When faced with a traumatic or shocking experience, or any experience we don't want to accept, we often hold our breath as a way to say "NO" to the incoming data. It is basically a defense mechanism that many of us develop, often on an unconscious level.

When we do this tapping exercise, often our body will simply release the unconsciously-held trauma and we just feel better. That's a wonderful experience! Sometimes, as a result of doing this exercise, we will be in touch with some long-forgotten (or repressed) emotional issue because it is time to bring healing to it. Either way, we benefit greatly by doing this exercise regularly.

Here are the steps as outlined by Gary Craig:
  • Inhale 2 or 3 maximum deep breaths. Take your time and don't hyperventilate. This step is to stretch out your lungs.
  • Take another deep breath. This time, gauge the deepness of your breath on a 0-10 scale where 0 is very shallow and 10 is your estimate of your maximum capacity. There's no right or wrong answer in this estimation, and its purpose is so that you can assess how different your breathing is after you completed this exercise.
  • Do several rounds of EFT with Setup phrases such as:
    "Even though I have this constricted breathing..."
    "Even though I can only fill my lungs to an 8..."
    "Even though I am not supposed to breathe in more deeply..."
    "Even though it is safer to breathe shallowly..." and so on.
  • In between each round, take another deep breath and note the depth of your breath. Most likely, you will notice a higher number (your breathing is deeper.)
  • Sometimes, during this process, memories or limiting beliefs rise to the surface, giving you some information as to why you are not breathing deeply. You can also inquiry within yourself: "What feeling does this constricted breath remind me of?", "In what situations do I breathe this way?", "When in the past did I breathe this way?", "If there was an emotional reason for this constricted breath, what might it be?" Often, the answers will give you a big clue to an important unresolved emotional issue.
If an emotional issue came up, then address it with EFT right away rather than repressing it again, or call a coach or an EFT practitioner to help you.

I have made an EFT audio recording for you to try this technique. To listen to it, click on this link: The Constricted Breathing Technique (10:42).

If you are not familiar with EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), you can find a brief introduction to this powerful self-healing technique in my "EFT Tapping Points" web page.

Again, be mindful that when emotional issue comes up, take it as an opportunity to resolve and bring healing to this issue! Please seek appropriate help when you need it. You deserve healing!
 


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Gift of Love



Giving positive energy to others creates spiritual well-being.

Imagine the light and love of the universe flowing into everyone you interact with today, bringing them peace and well-being. Give them your full attention and appreciation.

Please remember to take some time to also give yourself your full attention, appreciation and love as well.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

In recognition of the many forms of Light that walk with me on Earth,
I am holding this Lakota Sioux Prayer close in my heart.


Aho Mitakuye Oyasin
All my relations. 

I honor you in this circle of life with me today. 

I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer...
To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.

To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.

To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.

To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.

To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.

To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.

To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.

You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. 

We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. 
One, not more important than the other. 

One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. 

All of us a part of the Great Mystery.

Thank you for this Life.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Life's Riches



This afternoon, as I was about to start on my next task on my to-do list, I felt a nudge, an invitation to play, from Spirit. I went outside to my garden and took a deep breath, feeling the cool wintry air on my face. I turned westward and saw the tree tops drenched orange in the late afternoon sun, and my heart skipped a beat. The scene was so glorious! So magnificent!

In that split second, I felt so deeply nourished. My soul was fed! And, interestingly, I felt so rich, like I owned the world. 'Tis a wonderful feeling! Yes, life is full of riches for us to enjoy, even if they come in small slices of time and in unexpected packages.

I invite you to allow yourself to take a moment out of your life and witness moments of life's magic. It is worth your while! You are worth your while!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What Dreams Are Calling You?


(This article was first published in July 2007 Metta Center email newsletter.)


"Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country." ~ Anais Nin

What do you dream for yourself? I am talking about the kind of dream that really tugs at you, that whispers to you and calls for you in your heart. The kind of dream that has a powerful yearning to come to life.

We all have such dreams. But, we often squash them for the sake of "security", 'acceptance", "respect", etc.

What would happen if you give that dream a voice and an opportunity to express itself? If you could be that who you want to be, do that what you want to do, have that what you want to have, what would your life be like? What is stopping you?

Exercises:

1. During the coming week, be aware  of what longings you hold in your heart, no matter how insignificant your mind might judge them.

2. Close your eyes, day dream, and see your happiest self. What do you look like? What are you like as a person? How did you get to be so happy? What is the predominant thought that this self holds? What is the message this happiest self has for you? If you can sense the happiest feeling in your body, where is this feeling? Can you describe this feeling and let it grow even more? Thank your happiest self when you are complete. You can always visit your happiest self again whenever you want to, in the same way, by allowing yourself to soften and day dream again.


"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now." ~ Johann von Goethe