The week in review

Energy Musings. Here. Now

The real state of this union

Waking up to each new dawn, there is a feeling “what will this day bring?” And although this is truth each and every day regardless, right now, that inquiry has a particular tone to it.  A level of uncertainty and weariness.  We can learn to roll with the punches, so to speak; to rise about it all, so to speak; to stay centered and grounded, so to speak.  And yet the unrelenting signature of this inconsistency around us, is to wear us down over time.  In other words:  Its not that easy to escape or remove yourself from this all pervasive incertitude.  

After the state of the union address this week, I noticed a distinct  shift in my personal students.  A new level of “stress” if you will.  That stress originates from the massive disconnect between what was said in that address and what is really going on in our communities and lives right now.  This disconnect feels unprecedented in its enormity. And the disconnect creates an energetic rift in our being.  

Healing this rift, this disconnect, is what is “up” right now. 

Resisting the overwhelming tendency to either run away from it all, hide from it all or be triggered by it all is the first step in this process.  Take a deep breath in and know that you are not alone in this struggle.  It is a personal and collective strain.

We need tools intended to literally clear and work the inner landscape, like meditation (not visualization), tuning forks and Qigong.  

We don’t need “expansion” at the moment because this can be overwhelming and overstimulating to the nervous system and energetic body.  While this acceptable form of escapism might feel good in the short term (depending on your preferences), in the long run, it will contribute to the likelihood of being more triggered and less able to cope.  

The state of the union is chaotic and unpredictable.  Blanketed in deep unknowing and embedded in fear and false pride.  Thats just what is happening.  And we are all truly “in” it.  This lens we are seeing through right now is cloudy and mirky.  Just knowing that, helps to make more informed decisions and to be more centered. 

Take a deep breath in, and blow it away.  (repeat, if necessary)

Wednesday, Nov29th, 2017

Energy Musings.  Here. Now.

Today!

Each day is a brand new 24 hours.  But sometimes, it can feel like you’re stuck on repeat. Asking yourself “haven’t I DONE this already?” :  “haven’t I been here before?”.  The question is always:  what is new in what is old?

Patterns are a part of Nature and Life itself.  Patterns are present everywhere in our mind, body, pyche, history, family, and so on.  A pattern, by its nature, is repetitive.  In that repetition there can either be stability or blockage.  The blockage comes when you are a stuck in a loop.  Some kind of feedback creates a reactionary response and then you’re doing it all over again.   But a pattern, when seen in its expanse, can also be grounding, anchoring and freeing.

Which patterns serve you and which are your Achilles Heel?  These patterns are up for deep understanding.  Remember, deep understanding may have a component of analysis to it, but that is only a small piece.  Don’t just ask your brain what IT thinks, be sure to check in with your heart, your belly, your body, your soul, your higher self.  Balancing out these lenses, you will see a clearer picture of what is happening and were and how to direct your life force.

Is change needed now?  Is routine needed now?  Is whats comfortable needed now?  Look for the patterns and make a conscious choice on how to approach them.   Then breathe into the newness of the present moment.

 

Word of the day:  Pattern

Song of the day:  Patterns by Simon & Garfunkle

Monday, Nov 20, 2017

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Today!

This week.  A week of Gratitude & Family, offers us the opportunity to embrace both the challenges and rewards of these personal, familial and societal traditions.  No matter if you celebrate, what you celebrate, how you celebrate or who you celebrate with.

To create the space for acceptance, love, wholeness, unity…. start with you.  Before the family, the friends, the events, the traveling, the cooking, the conversation, the activity, the liveliness of this holiday, take the time to spend time for YOU.  Perhaps alone even.

What are the practices that you go to for self care.  Massage?  Quiet time alone?  Meditation with your Sangha?  Creative outlets?  Something that both clears and fills you:  fills you with the spaciousness you require now to be the love and gratitude you know you are.  It might require getting away from the “busy-ness” temporarily.  Going out to the mountains, the sea or even the spa.

Take a moment today to ask yourself what you might need.  Remembering: this practice involves sensing these needs before we are in crisis mode.  The more we can practice THIS, the more truly present we can be in all situations for ourselves and each other.

Just breathe.  Place your hand on your heart and your belly.  Listen deeply to the information from these places.  Slow down, soften just a little, and keep listening.  How quiet do you need to become in order to really hear yourself?  Thats your work today and when you listen, acknowledge and respond to this inner voice for self care.

Poem of the Day: Buddha in Glory (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Center of all centers, core of cores,
almond self-enclosed, and growing sweet–
all this universe, to the furthest stars
all beyond them, is your flesh, your fruit.

Now you feel how nothing clings to you;
your vast shell reaches into endless space,
and there the rich, thick fluids rise and flow.
Illuminated in your infinite peace,

a billion stars go spinning through the night,
blazing high above your head.
But in you is the presence that
will be, when all the stars are dead.

 

Song of the Day: Don’t Bring Me Down by ELO

Tuesday, Nov. 7th, 2017

 

 

Energy Musings. Here. Now.

Today!

Take a deep breath in, close your eyes, listen to the sound of your breath.  Spend a moment here, just being with what is.  What “IS”, is always the breath.  Nothing less, nothing more.  How deeply can you connect with your breath?  The flowing river of your Be-Ing?  The breath is both your physical presence here & now AND it is your universal, formless, nature.  Understanding this helps us to cope, release, shed and let go during difficult times.

Now is one of those times.

Look outside, at the colors, the movement, the patterns around you.  Connect with something other than the news, politics, “stories” today.  Connect with something deeper, richer, longer lasting than any of these outlets can offer you.  Connect with the Earth and with your Life Force.  The breath will lead you to both.  Take off your shoes, play in the leaves, light a fire.  Or simply be still.

Today, even if just for a moment, Just Be.

Drink in the nourishment of this sacred place of Be-ing.  Restore your Self.

 

Song of the Day:  Stillness of the Day by Paul Adams

 

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017

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Energy Musings. Here. Now.

Today!

Rhythms & Cycles are up today and this weekend.  Particularly around the number 12.  Think of what this number means to you. What is your perspective? As you consider the number 12 and its relationship to your life, ground through the soles of your feet.  Now round through the SOULS of your feet.

You may need to first open up the bottoms of your feet.  You can do this through massage.  Maybe you need to remove calluses for better blood flow to the feet? See what care your feet need today.  Make your feet happy!  Maybe they need to dance or be elevated?  This is a vital piece before connecting in and grounding through the feet.

Then consider rhythms & cycles. YOUR rhythms and cycles.  How they move, how they flow, how they repeat.  Notice the patterns in your life and week and day.  Notice the patterns in each moment.  Think of the number 12.  Where and how does it play out in your world? These rhythms have something to show you in the next few days.  Be open to their personal messages.

 

Word of the Day: Cycles

Song of the Day: Show Me by the Pretenders

Monday, April 24, 2017

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Today!

Rest.  Clear.  Ground.  Slow down your pace.  Re-frame your week by nurturing and taking a time IN today.

Typically, Mondays are seen as “manic”, a leap back into the business of our lives after our weekend.  But this is largely manipulated by our perception.  Try changing your perception today.

Instead of leaping into your work week, how about stepping in mindfully?  Allow the fullness of your work to come in one steady gentle step at a time.  See if this new approach gives you new tools, a new perspective, a new outlook on your work load.  You might feel like you have no control over the work you have to do. That you don’t have the  opportunity to slow down.

I ask you this:  Do you have the time to take one extra breath?  One conscious inhale and One conscious exhale?  This alone, will make a difference.  Use your breath to clear away any attachment, stress, anxiety that creeps in so you can see your work more clearly.

“Breathing in I know that I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out. ”

Your work will still be there. No one will notice you’ve taken one extra breath before walking into that meeting, before speaking to a group, before turning on your computer, before responding to an email.  But YOU will notice.  You will.

Song of the Day:    We are Alive by Paul van Dyk

Friday, March 10, 2017

Energy Musings. Here. Now.

Today!

Feel the soles of your feet on this earth with each step.  Breathe into and through your feet as you walk through your day.  Touch the ground with awareness and gentleness and ease. Each step is sacred.  Each breath matters.

As we get lost in thinking and watching and doing and going, our attention shifts away from these feet, this walking, this touching the earth.  Bringing ourselves back to this awareness keeps us grounded, solid, present.  Keeps us connected to our Nature.  Keeps us remembering where we are and what it is we are walking towards.

Feel your feet, barefooted and free, coming into contact with all the textures & sensations of your world. Walk in the rain, the snow, the mud, the leaves, the dirt, the sand, the water, the rocks, the concrete.  Feel it all. Breathe it in.

Pay attention through the soles of your feet today, not through your head.  Pay attention to the sensations here as you align with the earth herself. Bringing your attention back to the feet time and time again.

What is it you want to send into the heart of the Earth with each step you take?  Breathe that in, and send it down into the earth, planting seeds one step at a time.

Watch your step. Remember your feet.

Song of the Day:  Walkin in the Rain by the Rosettes.