Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Count My Blessings To Do List

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Here is another list to stick on your computer monitor or on your fridge or even on your mirror.  It is a simple reminder that we can let go of our ego and listen with our heart.

When we listen with our heart, it is easy to be kind, happy, and in harmony with the world.

Namaste.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Grounded

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When we are grounded, we have the feeling of being home.  Home is being at peace within yourself and within your world.  Grounding happens when you connect with the richness of the Earth. 

Grounding allows us to:

  • feel confident
  • remember that we are all elemental – made up of basic minerals and water and gases
  • be grateful that we can ground and connect
  • resonate with harmony that life is good

Namaste

Friday, 17 November 2017

Autumn Blessings Clearing

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This Autumn Blessing is a good way to do some clean up of some of the toxic energies that you may have been releasing for the past several weeks.

Print out the blessing and read it to yourself, out loud, looking into a mirror, so you can see yourself as you read it.

It will surprise you just how much clearing happens.

Namaste

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

What I Will Do Today

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Often we write lists and notes for ourselves so that we don't forget something important.  The list above is a great post-it note to stick on your fridge or your computer monitor to remind you that there is more to life than what we focus on.

Gratitude – being grateful – is a characteristic that all of us need to work on.  It does not seem to come naturally.

Kindness – being kind to all – is a gift to yourself as well as others.  Hearing the words, "You are very kind", is a boost to well being.

Namaste.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Do Not Worry About What You Lose

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It seems funny that plants and animals can accept the changes that happen in their lives but that humans cannot accept change. 

Change is such a part of everything, it is puzzling that humans are so resistant to it. 

If things did not change, we would be stuck doing one thing, one way, all of our life.

That would truly be monotonous and prevent us from growing by learning new things.

Be grateful for the abundance of change.

Namaste.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Just Let Go

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When people ask us in our early life what we want to be when we grow up, they are not usually doing us a kindness.  For some reason, people need to have labels based on career to attach to others.  It seems to be how the world is organized.

The fun part about life is that when we move through life without fighting it, the harmony of the world becomes available to us.  We have inspiration and courage and compassion.  We do not feel overwhelmed.

Letting go is about getting past obstacles.

Namaste.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Letting Go of Control

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When we let go of control, we find that life flows more smoothly.  Unexpected, miraculous things happen.  Letting go is learning about the flow of life.  When life seems hard and it seems there are huge obstacles, then we know that we are on a path that hasn't been cleared for us. 

When we are on the correct path for us, things are smooth.  There is a sense of timelessness about what happens.  We are filled with hope.  We notice the earth changes and liken them to how our life is changing. 

When we are journeying through life, and we can see the destination, we know all is right.  We feel calm and at peace.

Namaste

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

There Is Not Always a Reason

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Because we all believe in cause and effect, we are convinced that everything that happens has a purpose.  Maybe it does have a purpose.  However, sometimes things happen so far in advance of the event that they influence that we cannot see the cause and effect.  Think a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil and a storm in England.

We do not have a broad enough vision to see everything and to understand everything.  Accepting that we cannot know everything allows us to be at peace with seemingly random events. 

We can say good-bye to analyzing life to pieces and say hello to accepting the beauty and the abundance and all the things that are sent our way.

Namaste

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Releasing Things From Your Life

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Some folks have asked for help in releasing things.  This brilliant short prayer is about releasing from your life and asking to be released from other people's lives. 

It is a prayer of creativity and expansion that allows you to heal parts of your life that seemed beyond healing.  At the end of the prayer, you can add the phrase – With harm to no one – and know that this request is in the highest and best interest of all.

Namaste.

Friday, 3 November 2017

You Cannot Fail At Being Yourself

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Today is the time to remember that you are unique.  What you do, how you do it, and why you do it, are all part of who you are.  Not anyone else can be you.

So, it is important that you do not let others try to change you by giving you what they believe is well intended advice.  Take everything in, examine it, and then let it go.

We all have talents that make us who we are.  Today is a good day to practice those talents.

Namaste.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

November 1 2017

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As November kicks off, people in the Northern Hemisphere are settling in for Winter with its cold and snow and Christmas preparations. 

November is a good month for practicing "letting go" of things, feelings, and family/friends that no longer serve you.  Note that serve does not mean in the sense that they are your servants but in the sense that they do not provide any support or encouragement in your life.  If the person makes your life more difficult by demanding that you do this or that, then that person has an agenda that excludes any benefit to you.

For example, if you want to do something like take art classes and those around you tell you that it is a waste of money or that you do not have talent, then they are an example of someone that does not serve you.  Their most common comeback for what they say is, "I am just looking out for your best interest".  This is a falsehood because it would be in your best interest to experience something new.  They don't want you to move ahead or progress so they make up reasons to hold you back.

Namaste

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Healing - Invest in Yourself

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There are lots of healing modalities available for anyone to try.  Some modalities offer classes so that you can learn to do deeper self healing.  Some modalities require practitioners to work their expertise on your body/mind.

Regardless of the modality that you choose, spend some time exploring it.

Some of my favorite methods of healing are:

  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Reiki
  • Reflexology
  • Chanting

Try to find the things that make your heart sing, and follow them.

Namaste.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Healing - Its Not About Success; Its About Interacting

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Life is about moving forward.  It is hard to move forward when you are ill, or in despair, or depressed, or fighting an injury, or living with PSTD, or…..

All of those things interfere with life.  They make us stuck.  Healing is about being unstuck. 

Like the poster says, we need so many people that are able to heal with their art, peaceful ways, stories, love, and with their helping hands. 

You can choose what you want to be.

Namaste.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Healing - Self Care

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The theme of healing comes about because most of us are just not very good at self care.  Oh, we may hit the gym and run and do strenuous workouts as part of what we believe is self care, because others have told us that it is.  However, self care is about taking care of your bodies – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. 

I love the meditation in the poster above.

Try it.

Namaste.

Where Do You Start?

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Listening to two young women talking about changing their lives. The phrase that pops up over and over is, "where do I start?".

The answer is always – not where – when do you start?  Now!  Today!   This is the day to make changes.  This is the day to explore.  This is the day to be grateful.  This is the day that abundance will bring you more.  This is the day to be you.

Namaste.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Healing - Group Healing Situations

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Some people believe that for healing to occur, the healing must be done within a group setting.  The belief is that the power of each individual combines to create a massive healing energy that transforms everyone in the group.

The group does not have to be large.  A common setting for group healing is a group meditation.  The words of the meditation have an influence on the process as do the thoughts/intentions/energy of the participants.

There are many testimonials from people that have had remarkable healings through a group session.

Remember, the information in this blog  is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider for a medical condition.

Namaste.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Healing - Reiki

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The part of healing that western medicine seems to ignore is the energetic healing of the body.  The beauty of the energy healing practice, like Reiki, is that it heals the physical, the emotional, the spiritual, and the mental (mind).  Energy practitioners will tell you that when one of these areas is out of balance, you are not well because you are out of balance.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy." (from http://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html)

There are many Reiki practitioners and there are several schools of Reiki.. all good.  Reiki classes are available to those who wish to work on some self healing. 

Several years ago, on a Saturday morning, I was in a bicycle accident when the trail we were riding crumbled beneath me and dropped me and my bike about eight feet down into a creek bed, amongst trees that had been chewed off by beavers.  I dislocated my shoulder and had massive bruises and several pulled muscles.  Four Reiki sessions over Saturday and Sunday had me mobile and able to go to work on Monday morning.

Remember, the information in this blog  is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider for a medical condition.

Namaste.

Positive Talk

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This is the positive talk that we all need to be saying to ourselves everyday! Throw out the negative talk.

We can be our own healers with positive talk.

Namaste

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Healing - Chanting

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A powerful form of healing is chanting. Many of us do this unconsciously when we hum.  Mothers hum to their babies and young children. We hum to ourselves in times of stress or of happiness.

A common spiritual chant is OM (AUM).  This sound – the OM sound – was sung in the original pitch of 136 Hz, so that the power of Om, as it resonates with the Earth's own frequency (https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-2776/5-Facts-You-May-Not-Know-About-OM.html)

There are many chants that one can repeat for calming, healing, nurturing, or for praying.  Try several – you can listen to them on YouTube – and then stick with one, repeating it three times a day for 21 days.  You will see a difference.

Namaste.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Healing - Healing with Horses

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One of the healing methodologies that seems to bring peace and quiet for many seeking healing is horse therapy.

Horse therapy has worked for individuals with the following health issues:

  • Anxiety (GAD, worry, phobias, fear of failure, performance anxiety, social anxiety, PTSD)
  • Self Esteem/Self Worth (shame-based disorders)
  • Depression (negative thinking, hopelessness, rumination about the past)

You can find listings for equine facilitated wellness in your area. The horses are used to help re-establish your power, and to help you find your voice.

Remember, the information in this blog  is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider for a medical condition.

Namaste.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Healing - Ability to Heal Ourselves

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Healers have been telling the world for the last several hundred years that each human has the power to do self healing.  The medical profession has disagreed, saying that if one is not medically trained then the patient cannot possibly heal themselves.

In a recent article http://returntonow.net/2017/07/16/placebo-effect-proves-can-heal-minds/, the writer lists several experiments that show individuals do the healing, rather than a form of medicine.

From the article:

In a documentary called The Power of Thought, stem-cell biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton estimates at least a third of all healings – including those involving drugs, surgery and all other allopathic treatment – have nothing to do with the treatment itself, but everything to do with the patient’s belief in the treatment.

The placebo effect, as defined by Google, is a “beneficial effect, produced by a placebo drug or treatment that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.”

What this means is that you can find a way to heal an ailment.

Remember, the information in this blog  is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider for a medical condition.

Namaste.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Healing - Changing Your Self Talk

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We all have a running dialogue with ourselves.  The key is to make sure that the dialogue is positive and reinforcing.  Unfortunately, many of us have a negative self talk where we berate ourselves or punish ourselves with words.

The following exercise comes from http://self-compassion.org/exercise-5-changing-critical-self-talk/

Changing your critical self-talk

This exercise should be done over several weeks and will eventually form the blueprint for changing how you relate to yourself long-term. Some people find it useful to work on their inner critic by writing in a journal. Others are more comfortable doing it via internal dialogues. If you are someone who likes to write things down and revisit them later, journaling can be an excellent tool for transformation. If you are someone (like me) who never manages to be consistent with a journal, then do whatever works for you. You can speak aloud to yourself, or think silently.

  1. The first step towards changing the way to treat yourself is to notice when you are being self-critical. It may be that – like many of us — your self-critical voice is so common for you that you don’t even notice when it is present. Whenever you’re feeling bad about something, think about what you’ve just said to yourself. Try to be as accurate as possible, noting your inner speech verbatim. What words do you actually use when you’re self-critical? Are there key phrases that come up over and over again? What is the tone of your voice – harsh, cold, angry? Does the voice remind you of any one in your past who was critical of you? You want to be able to get to know the inner self-critic very well, and to become aware of when your inner judge is active. For instance, if you’ve just eaten half a box of Oreo’s, does your inner voice say something like “you’re so disgusting,” “you make me sick,” and so on? Really try to get a clear sense of how you talk to yourself.
  2. Make an active effort to soften the self-critical voice, but do so with compassion rather than self-judgment (I.e., don’t say “you’re such a bitch” to your inner critic!). Say something like “I know you’re worried about me and feel unsafe, but you are causing me unnecessary pain. Could you let my inner compassionate self say a few words now?”
  3. Reframe the observations made by your inner critic in a friendly, positive way. If you’re having trouble thinking of what words to use, you might want to imagine what a very compassionate friend would say to you in this situation. It might help to use a term of endearment that strengthens expressed feelings of warmth and care (but only if it feels natural rather than schmaltzy.) For instance, you can say something like “Darling, I know you ate that bag of cookies because you’re feeling really sad right now and you thought it would cheer you up. But you feel even worse and are not feeling good in your body. I want you to be happy, so why don’t you take a long walk so you feel better?” While engaging in this supportive self-talk, you might want to try gently stroking your arm, or holding your face tenderly in your hands (as long as no one’s looking). Physical gestures of warmth can tap into the caregiving system even if you’re having trouble calling up emotions of kindness at first, releasing oxytocin that will help change your bio-chemistry. The important thing is that you start acting kindly, and feelings of true warmth and caring will eventually follow.

Namaste

Friday, 13 October 2017

Healing - Letting Go of Toxic Situation

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Life is about exploring new things, practicing skills to become masterful at them, and its about meeting new people and having new experiences.

What do you do if your life has a toxic situation in it – for example a toxic person or toxic group? Well, you need to let go of them.  How do you recognize these people? 

Qualities of a Toxic Person

Life coach Cheryl Richardson describes five types of toxic qualities in people:

  • Blamer (keeps complaining)
  • Drainer (always needs you and contacts you only when he needs you)
  • Shamer (keeps criticising you)
  • Discounter (discounts or challenges everything you say)
  • Gossip (keeps talking about others at their back)

If he/she is any or all of the above, you just get him/her out of your life, please. (From https://thoughtcatalog.com/surabhi-surendra/2016/08/this-is-how-you-let-go-of-a-toxic-relationship/)

Why You Need to Let A Toxic Person Go

The following advice comes from https://tinybuddha.com/blog/letting-go-of-unhealthy-relationships-and-rediscovering-yourself/.

If you, like me, have considered letting someone go, ask yourself these questions:

How do you feel in their presence: drained or alive? Does the person always have your best interests in mind? Do they belittle you when you share your feelings? Do they make promises and never follow up?

If you answered yes to the final two questions, it might be time to move on to make space in your life for healthy, happy relationships.

The Process of Letting Go Of A Toxic Relationship

(From https://tinybuddha.com/blog/letting-go-of-unhealthy-relationships-and-rediscovering-yourself/)

1. Express your feelings in a letter.

Focus on one relationship that’s draining you and write a letter to the person you want to let go. Pour out your feelings onto the paper. The letter can be as long or short as you want.

End the letter with, “I release you across all space and time. Thank you for helping me learn and grow.” Fold the paper, burn it, and bury it in the ground to signify a complete release to the universe. This particular ritual is magical. I instantly start to feel lighter.

2. Clear your physical space.

Physical cleaning is so helpful when you are letting go of the past. Our physical space is a representation of what we’re giving space in our life.

Sell or donate any gifts you received, and burn any letters from the person you’re tying to let go. You’re going to face a lot of resistance; you’ll come up with reasons to hold on to these things. Remind yourself that this crucial to moving on and feeling happier with yourself and your life.

3. Get clear on what you need.

Write down how you want to feel in your life and within your relationships.

This is how I want my life and relationships to feel:

  • Alive
  • Filled with laughter
  • Supportive
  • Loving
  • Understanding

If you’re not sure how you want to feel on the whole, start with just the immediate future. How do you want to feel this month?

4. Start filling the empty space.

Now that you’ve created space by releasing unhealthy relationships, write a list of activities that will help you feel and experience your desires. For example, you could join a dance group to feel alive.

Put a little time into your passion every day. Writing makes me come alive, so I make sure to write daily.

As you start dedicating time to things that are important to you, the right people will come into your life—people who see and appreciate you for who you really are.

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Namaste.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Healing - Releasing Resentment

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It may seem to readers that have been following this blog for the past couple of days that the theme seems to be SELF LOVE.  That is true.  However, there are so many aspects to the harm that we do to ourselves that we need many ways of undoing the harm, and many ways to promote healing.  One of the most common destructive emotions I see in clients is resentment.

I like this exercise on releasing resentment.  It appears in many books and articles.  The exercise write up comes from the blog http://indigointentions.com/a-quick-exercise-to-dissolve-resentment.htm

Dissolving Resentment

Dissolving resentment can be simple, not easy but simple. One of the best exercises I have used in my own life and offered to my clients is an exercise that Louise Hay shares in her book, “You Can Heal Your Life” and she point out that this is an old Emmet Fox exercise that helps to dissolve resentment. Since it helps to dissolve the resentment, it will also help you in forgiving others and in forgiving yourself.

  • Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths and when you feel relaxed, imagine yourself in a special place. This special place can be anywhere that your imagination takes you, perhaps somewhere in nature or to a special forgiveness room that you can return to again and again when doing forgiveness work.
  • In the spirit of forgiving others, think of someone who you resent in some way or someone who has upset, hurt or offended you. See this person sitting in front of you, at a distance that feels comfortable to you. If for any reason it is not comfortable for you to invite this person into the sacred space that you have created with your imagination envision them behind a wall of glass or in a room across from yours or see them on the TV screen, be creative and do what feels comfortable.
  • When you see this person clearly, visualize good things happening to this person – things that would be meaningful to him. See him or her smiling and happy. Hold the image for a few minutes and then let it fade away.
  • Now take a moment to do the same for yourself. Once the image of the other person fades, see good things happening to you. See yourself smiling and happy. Feel how good this feels. Close your session with gratitude.

Remember, the information in this blog  is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider for a medical condition.

Namaste.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Canada 2017

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Happy Thanksgiving to all beings. 

The following prayer of gratitude comes from the site https://programminglife.net/6-beautiful-prayers-of-gratitude/.  Enjoy.

Iroquois Prayer of Gratitude

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with waters.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicine for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters, the beans and the squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the wind, which moving the air has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun, that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied all goodness, and who directs all things for the good of his children.

Namaste.

Healing - The Hawaiian Concept–Ho'oponopono

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The Hawaiians' have a practice that allows them to clear themselves of issues. The following definition of Ho'oponopono comes from Uplift Connect at http://upliftconnect.com/hawaiian-practice-of-forgiveness/.

What is ho’oponopono?

On the surface level, many people have understood ho’oponopono to be a mantra where one repeats the words ‘I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you’ as a form of mental and spiritual cleaning that could be compared to Buddhist techniques for clearing karma. It has been defined as a forgiveness and reconciliation practice, cleansing of ‘errors of thought’ – the origin of problems and sickness in the physical world, according the the Hawaiian worldview. The literal translation is ‘to put to right; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up, make orderly or neat.”

The process that you can use is neatly summarized in the website at http://www.ancienthuna.com/ho-oponopono.htm.  

Try the process and see how it works for you.

The Process of Ho'oponopono:

  1. Bring to mind anyone with whom you do not feel total alignment or support, etc.
  2. In your mind's eye, construct a small stage below you
  3. Imagine an infinite source of love and healing flowing from a source above the top of your head (from your Higher Self), and open up the top of your head, and let the source of love and healing flow down inside your body, fill up the body, and overflow out your heart to heal up the person on the stage. Be sure it is all right for you to heal the person and that they accept the healing.
  4. When the healing is complete, have a discussion with the person and forgive them, and have them forgive you.
  5. Next, let go of the person, and see them floating away. As they do, cut the aka cord that connects the two of you (if appropriate). If you are healing in a current primary relationship, then assimilate the person inside you.
  6. Do this with every person in your life with whom you are incomplete, or not aligned.
    The final test is, can you see the person or think of them without feeling any negative emotions. If you do feel negative emotions when you do, then do the process again.

Remember, the information in this blog  is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider for a medical condition.

Namaste.









Saturday, 7 October 2017

Healing - Regaining Self Love

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Sometimes, we get into a self destructive rut where we have a fear that we cannot control, and in trying to quiet the fear, we end up doing other damage to ourselves.  Sharon Salzberg, Buddhist teacher has a great blog about exactly this phenomenon at https://onbeing.org/blog/sharon-salzberg-a-standing-meditation-for-self-care/.

The following meditation exercise comes from Sharon's blog and will help one with regaining self love.

Standing meditation to take a stand for self-love

I recommend doing standing meditation barefoot, as you will have a greater sensitivity to your sense of balance and the micro-sensations happening in your muscles and skin. But if it is more comfortable, wear socks or comfortable shoes.

  1. Stand upright with your back straight but not strained. Close your eyes gently and relax the muscles in your face and jaw. Note the feeling of the earth beneath you supporting your weight. Make deliberate contact with the floor by pressing through your big toe mound on each foot, and feel how the floor presses into the soles of your feet. If you are standing on a rug or carpet, notice the sensations of the fabric. If you are standing on a hard floor, notice the temperature, the texture. Take in these sensations.
  2. Once you have established a sense of how the posture feels generally, try experimenting with your stance. Make micro-adjustments to your balance by subtly shifting your body weight from side-to-side. After shifting your weight from leg to leg, experiment with rolling each foot from side to side, loosening your ankles and stimulating the sole of the foot.
  3. The next part of the meditation focuses on experimenting with your posture, and the ways that your bones stack up on top of each other. Start with your knees slightly bent, and slowly straighten them as you strengthen your quadriceps muscles, imagining them moving back toward your thigh-bone. Make sure your knees aren’t locked, but that your legs feel extended.
  4. As you feel your legs in this extended position, notice the angle of your pelvis, and how it is lifting your spine to its straight position. Then, pull your shoulders back and down as you feel how they connect to your spine. You may notice that this posture feels easier on your back, as it elongates the body by removing pressure on the lower spine. As you experiment with straightening your spine greater and lesser amounts, modulate your breath, seeing how it feels to inhale and exhale more deeply as you stand taller and stronger.
  5. Continue making these adjustments and enjoying the rhythm of your breath. Visualize this ritual as an opportunity to take a stand on your right to be happy.

Remember, the information in this blog  is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider for a medical condition.

Namaste.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Healing - Everything Does Heal

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Science has proven that our physical body can heal itself.  When the physical body does not heal, some doctors believe it is because the organ or area damaged has a memory of trauma that stops it from regenerating.  To help our body heal, we need to undo the trauma that it is storing in its memory cells. 

Sometimes, the trauma is caused by the painful memories.  Have a look at the following information from www.GoodTherapy.org, which is an excerpt of information from Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, by neuropsychologist Rick Hanson. (link to the whole article https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/four-steps-to-erasing-trauma-of-painful-memories-061214)

How to HEAL

Based on the latest in neuroscience finds Rick Hanson offers a simple, yet effective, method for rewiring the brain from the negative emotions associated with trauma to the positive emotions associated with health and wellness. In his book, he describes a four step process using the acronym HEAL.

  1. Have a positive experience.

Step 1 activates a positive mental state, and steps 2, 3, and 4 install it in your brain. In step 1 we notice a positive experience that’s already present in the foreground or background of your awareness. In the example I offered at the beginning, I tuned into an experience where I felt safe and supported, and brought to mind experiences of safety and security.

  1. Enrich it.

Too often we spend minutes, and sometimes hours and days, ruminating over a negative experience, but we gloss over the positive. Here we take time to deepen the positive experience. I would open myself to the feelings of support I have in my life. I would picture and my wife and friends and the many supports I have, filling my inner conscious with at least 10 to 20 seconds of positive memory.

  1. Absorb it.

Here we imagine ourselves drinking in the experience. I imagine all my cells being infused with the experience. I feel it sinking into me and becoming part of my brain and all the parts of my being.

  1. Link positive and negative material.

Hanson describes this as an optional step. We don’t want to become overwhelmed by the negative, but to hold the negative in consciousness while it is infused with the positive. Hanson uses the image of a garden. We imagine the beauty of beautiful flowers we are planting. We become aware of the weeds and gently pull them out so there’s room for growth. He concludes by saying, “Whenever you want, let go of all negative material and rest only in the positive. Then, to continue uprooting the negative material, a few times over the next hour be aware of only neutral or positive things that may have been associated with the negative.

Remember, this information is not meant to replace or refute any advice from a physician or medical expert.

Namaste.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Healing - Send Healing Energy To Others

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When we have self healing to do, and when we are feeling sorry for ourselves, we can get so focused that we forget that there are others out there that also need healing.

Sometimes, the first step to self healing is to look at someone else, and see their pain, or circumstance, and wish for healing for them.  Some rules for this… 1) make sure the person has asked for help and 2) make sure that you are sending the healing from a place of love.  You can always ask someone if they would like you to send them healing energy. An easy way to start is to exchange energy with a friend.

Here are some suggestions for sending healing energy.

1) Find a quiet place to sit, and ask for angel light to surround you to keep you safe.

2) Visualize yourself surrounded in white light or in purple light, so that you see yourself in a big ball of light. 

3) Then invite the person needing healing to step into your healing ball of light.  Hold them there for several minutes. Increase this to five minutes after a week.  The aim is to be kind and helpful, not to play yourself out.

You may notice that after doing this practice for several weeks, that the other person feels lighter, and that you feel a change in your body.

Remember, this information on healing does not replace healing advice from a medical professional. Do consult your doctor if you are in chronic pain or discomfort.

Namaste.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Sunday Oct 1 2017–About Healing

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October is a time of big change for us because we go from fall into winter.  In fact, our first snowfall is forecast for early tomorrow morning.  As Mother Earth changes, it is a time for us to look at change.  Maybe, this is the time for you to practice some self healing.

The world is shifting at an ever changing pace.  The fears that are surfacing and then come to pass, are fears:

  • about loosing one's identity,
  • about poverty including lack of food and/or money,
  • about people having power over you
  • about lack of control
  • about loosing what one has
  • about pain and illness
  • about doing the wrong thing
  • about dying

Many of these fears may be overcome by spending some time learning how to do some quick, self healing.

Note that the self healing that will be discussed over the next month does not replace medical doctor's advice, and these blogs should not be taken as medical advice.

What these blogs are intended to do is to provide some coping mechanisms for the turmoil and pains that one might feel in their daily life.

Watch for the next blog posts about some healing strategies.

Namaste.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Buddha Speaks - The Garden

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The thought of karmic gardening is a very clever way to point out that we have choices in our lives.  When we are moving forward in life, we need to attend to the positive thoughts, identify the negative thoughts, and release the negative thoughts. 

Negative thoughts or weeds, are usually thoughts of judgement, jealousy, anger, displeasure, envy, condemnation, or any other thought that is not supporting you and others.

Today, do not give the weeds any fertilizer to grow into thoughts that pull you down and keep you from being happy.

Namaste.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Buddha Speaks - On Generosity

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Over the past year in North America, different areas of the continent have been hit by floods and fires and wind via tornadoes and hurricanes.  We have all had a chance to be generous to those who have had misfortune, through no fault of their own.  We have had the chance to help people/families rebuild.  Many people do not give, however.  We wonder why. 

It is not the way of people today to be overly generous.  Most often it is because they live from pay to pay, and have little put away for emergencies.  Regardless of the circumstances, the abundance will flow to you if you practice generosity beyond your immediate family.

Namaste.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Buddha Speaks - Forgiveness

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Forgiveness is really not about someone’s harmful behavior; it’s about our own relationship with our past. When we begin the work of forgiveness, it is primarily a practice for ourselves.
—Gina Sharpe, “The Power of Forgiveness”

There is much to be grateful for in life.  However, when we are carrying around intense anger, resentment, and blame, we are not able to live in the present moment and enjoy the time to be grateful.

We have the free will to shift our thought patterns.  We often forget that.  We do not need to carry around the same thoughts and old grudges.  Clean your closet and forgive. 

Namaste.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Buddha Speaks - You Cannot Hide Three Things

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When you observe conflict between people – families, friends, co-workers – quite often it seems the conflict is caused by someone keeping "something" a secret.  The secret or lack of communication causes the conflict.

As the poster says, the sun and the moon are natural phenomenon that must shine because of the natural bodies that they are.  In the same way, truth always shines because it occurs naturally, and will always be.

Namaste

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Buddha Speaks - Speak Mindfully

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What I find is that people talk a lot!  They seem to be afraid of silence.  And, often, the words lack substance; they are empty without conveying true thought or commitment. 

The chatty people criticize the silent people for their silence.  The silent people wear ear plugs to be able to tolerate the noisy people.

How would the world be different if people only spoke when they had something meaningful to say?

Namaste.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Buddha Speaks - Do Not Compare Yourself to Others

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The hardest thing in life is to stop comparing yourself to others.  We do  a comparison because from the earliest time that we can remember, our parents are comparing us to other people. 

As a baby, the question is, "who does she/he look like?"  In school, are you as smart as …  your dad, your mother, your sister, your brother, or the kid down the street.  Comparison is a learned behavior

If you can change one thing this month, refrain from comparing yourself to others.

Namaste.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Buddha Speaks - Remembering Old Wrongs

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I was sitting with a group of friends and the discussion came up about family and the things that disappoint you or bother you about family members and their traits.

The most common trait that the friends brought up was that one or two members in the family remembered and brought up any wrong that they thought had been done to them, whether it was real or just their perception.  The list of hurts was surprising.  Things like:

  • they served me a cold meal
  • they did not make me feel welcome
  • they laughed at .. "something"
  • they didn't give me a good present
  • they didn't remember my birthday, or anniversary, or…
  • they didn't treat me as special
  • they didn't appreciate all the work that I went to
  • they didn't appreciate what I did for them
  • they didn't appreciate how far I travelled

The list was much longer, and, I am sure that you get the idea.  The other common trait was that all of the sufferers were also very sad or angry.  They typically were not pleasant people to be around. 

The conclusion was that "something" caused the person to be sad/angry/depressed and that this made them turn everything in their lives into a slight towards them or a deliberate action of hurt.  Is there a cure?  Most in the circle thought not.  They believed the condition was self inflicted, by carrying the memory of all wrongs.

Namaste.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Buddha Speaks - Don't Take Revenge

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Most people that feel that they have been wronged also feel that they would like a revenge of some sort.  Wanting revenge is a human condition that mankind cannot seem to grow out of.

Buddha's message is that people that cause purposeful harm to others will usually have some event happen in their life.  The key is that the harm is purposeful.

I overheard a man chastising a woman for a perceived wrong that he thought she had done to someone else, and it was obvious that he did not know the whole story.  He told her that karma would get her.  First, he interfered in something that was not his concern; he just like to point out people's faults. Second, when you interfere without permission, but think you are acting for someone's best interest, you are creating a harmful act.  Third, she had not done any intentional wrongs; she was acting in her child's best interest as the child's only caretaker. Fourth, there was huge irony in the fact that the man cited karma as her punishment when he was the one actually doing something harmful.

Namaste.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Buddha Speaks - Our Thoughts

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September starts, and it is a perfect time to become mindful about our thoughts.  Physicists have been proving what Buddha has taught thousands of years ago – that thoughts are energy and that the energy is a cause that creates effects in our lives.

When we think joyful things, we are joyful and those around us become joyful.  The reverse is also true.  We have little idea of just how truly powerful our thoughts are.

For this month, send out truly positive, powerful thoughts that evoke an action of some kind.  Note the date and time, and then watch how quickly the thought manifests.

As an example, I wished that, with harm to no one,  my massage therapist, who is extremely busy, would have time open up around my appointment so that I could have an hour and a half massage for my sore back. An hour and a half before my appointment time, I got a call saying that there had been a cancellation before me and did I want to start my massage earlier.  The answer was "yes!".  I got my extra time.

Namaste.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Good-bye, Louise Hay - August 30 2017

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Louise Hay, beloved author, spiritual teacher, and inspirational leader, passed away yesterday morning.

Here is her biography from the www.hayhouse.com website.

LOUISE HAY

Louise Hay was an inspirational teacher who educated millions since the 1984 publication of her bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, which has more than 50 million copies in print worldwide. Renowned for demonstrating the power of affirmations to bring about positive change, Louise was the author of more than 30 books for adults and children, including the bestsellers The Power Is Within You and Heal Your Body. In addition to her books, Louise produced numerous audio and video programs, card decks, online courses, and other resources for leading a healthy, joyous, and fulfilling life.

You can read the tribute to Louise Hay on the HayHouse website at http://www.hayhouse.com/louise-hay-legacy.

All of us that read your books, listened to your teachings, and called you, "Mentor", will miss you!

Blessings.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Spirit Animal - Lion Says Enjoy Life

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Lion tells us that Life is Good.  He tells us that life is about the journey.  The destination is always to return to Creator.  However, in the time between being born and passing, the greatest purpose is to grow and to have fun.

Lion tells us that everyone's life is exactly what you make it.  There is not one good way to move forward.  There are many ways!  For Lion, choosing the most interesting path, not the easiest, leads to better hunting and food.

For more info on Lion's thoughts, check the blog postings below:

Namaste.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Spirit Animal - Gorilla on Strength

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Teachers tell us that when animals appear in our dreams, visions, and through pictures in our daily lives, that the animal has a message or wisdom to share.

Gorilla has been showing up to give remarkable demonstrations on strength.  Some of her thoughts are:

  • Strength must be both physical and mental.  To achieve your strongest physical capability, you must practice (workout). To achieve your clearest mental state, you must take on challenges.
  • Your personality must be clearly defined with a strong sense of goodness and fairness.  Bullies and nasty actions are not accepted.
  • Make either your hearing or your sight one of your strongest traits.  Hearing will let you hear those that plan to harm you.
  • Strength lies in the loyalty of the tribe to one another and to finding food for the good of all

Gorilla tells us to evaluate where we stand with family, with friends, and with our colleagues at work.  She asks us to measure the worth of sticking with them.

Namaste.

To see more about Gorilla, see the links below.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Spirit Animal - About Permission

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When we move through life, we do so within the company of many other beings… other humans, animals, birds, aquatics, insects, and possibly animals that we do not yet know.  Man is not kind, generally, to other beings.

Today, let us start a trend to kindness to all beings.  Others do not require our permission.  They require our compassion.

Namaste.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Spirit Animal - Animal Rights

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The one thing that we can all be clear on is that all inhabitants of the Earth have the right to be here as each unique being is part of Earth's balance.

Today, find some way to help the animals, whether it is dogs and cats, or animals in the zoo.  Or, perhaps, endangered animals in your area need help.

You can give time or money, or both.  Every time that you are in service to Nature, you show your gratitude for Mother Nature and all that are in her domain.

Namaste.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Spirit Animal - Tiger Talks About Life

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Although Tiger may seem an unlikely guide on life, she comes forward with many thoughts to share about how to live and enjoy your life.

Here are her thoughts:

  1. Walk your territory (neighborhood) several times a week to keep up with changes around you.
  2. Stay in harmony with Nature. 
  3. Eat only those foods that are good for your body.  These foods increase your health, strength, and longevity.
  4. Drink lots of clean water. 
  5. Create a routine.  Stick with it as much as possible for it will keep you grounded.

Namaste.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Spirit Animal - Dog on Love

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More and more is being written about dogs and about their purpose.  Some people fear dogs because of snarling, biting, or other aggressive acts.  Dogs are not aggressive unless defending "something" or unless they have owners that have taught them to be aggressive. 

Dog will tell you that her purpose on Earth is to teach unconditional love.  She says that she is to reach out to as many people as she can, even when she is with a loving family.  Dog provides something that people cannot – love without rules or conditions. 

Today, find a dog and close your eyes and look at it to see if you can see the light around its body.

Namaste.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Spirit Animal–Fox's Message

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As the world gets more crowded with humans, the animals are pushed into habitats that are amongst people.  The animals follow the rivers and streams and live in the river valleys and parks.  The animals may be aggressive if one steps into their territory with disrespect and with arrogance. 

Fox lives in the cities and towns and raids the garbage and steals the odd small dog and cat.  Fox tells us that we humans must adapt to them as Fox has had to adapt to humans.  When we speak to Fox, Fox tells us that he can recognize whether we are sincere, whether we are trustworthy, and whether we can cohabitate together.

Today, when you are out in Nature, look for Fox and make an agreement to live with him and with other animals.

Namaste.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Spirit Tree - About Struggle

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We humans think that life is about struggle, and that struggle is made to challenge us or break us.

Spirit Tree tells us that struggle is the mechanism that Mother Nature uses to strengthen plants, animals, and other beings.  As the environment changes, the flora and fauna within the environment must change.  Most humans will not change of their own will so change becomes part of the human conditioning.  Hence, the struggle.

When we move with the rhythm of the world around us, then we no longer need to struggle.  Our challenge is to find the rhythm that suits us.

Namaste.