Friday June 9, 2017

Energy Musings. Here. Now.

Today.

On the cusp of the Full Moon.

Beautiful Dreamer.  Moonbeams aglow.  Sinking into the watery darkness shining our inner light.

Preparing for the impact of the Full Moon, we practice softening and creating space in our breath, our being, our mind, our day.

Slow down.  Pause between things.  Notice the details.

Bring an extra dose of patience into everything you do today.  Give yourself the room to look around, pay attention and acknowledge.  In each moment of acknowledgement, let go of judgement, hooks, triggers.

It doesn’t matter how busy or slow you day and work are.  Theres always time for an extra breath, a moment of awareness, a time-in. Take as many of these as you can today.

Then dream well, sleep well, restore well, heal well, relax well, and sink deeply into well-ness riding the waves of the Full Moon.

 

Song of the Day:  

Beautiful Dreamer sung by Cheryl Crow

1. Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me, Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee; Sounds of the rude world, heard in the day, Lull’d by the moonlight have all pass’d away! Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song, List while I woo thee with soft melody; Gone are the cares of life’s busy throng, Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me! Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

2. Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea, Mermaids are chanting the wild lorelei; Over the streamlet vapors are borne, Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn. Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart, E’en as the morn on the streamlet and sea; Then will all clouds of sorrow depart, Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me! Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

Tuesday,August 9th, 2016

Energy Musings.  Here.  Now. 

This Week!

Beginners Mind.  Adapt the willingness to be a “beginner”.  All over again.  Forget what you think you know.  Who you think you are.  What you think is true.  Step into that place of raw learning.  Of shaping and shifting and being receptive to considering all options.  Be willing to listen, speak, and show up with beginners mind.  As you face you day, your work, your family, your conversations… be on the lookout for what is it for you that might be new. A new perspective, new information, new understanding.  What is new for you?

You might try taking a beginners yoga class if you usually attend the advanced class.  Or show up in a beginners art workshop even if you are a professional.  Find a way to challenge yourself by showing up as a beginner where you consider yourself an “Expert”. Through this experience, allow yourself the ability to let go of expectations and see through this beginners lense anew.

What is here, in beginners mind, for you today…. this week?

 

Word of the Day: Beginner

Song of the Day:  I Dunno by Grapes

 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Energy Musings.  Here. Now.

This Week!

Take a careful look at the thoughts circling around your head.  The ones that loop and loop in a seemingly never ending frenzy.  The thoughts that follow you through your day as you wash dishes, make food, go for a walk, sit on the bus.  The thoughts the almost stalk you with their insistence.  Whatever we see in our day, hear in our day, creates thoughts in our mind.  We must be very careful about the thoughts we allow in through the lenses of our senses.

What are these thoughts? Are they of a particular person?  an incident?  a memory?  What emotions do they inflict as they invade your consciousness and sub consciousness?  Do they cause you worry?  anger?  fear?  frustration? judgement? Do they spin out of control?  Do they cause you to loose touch with the present moment?  Your breath?  This here and now?

What disrupts your inner silence?

These are thoughts to look at this week. The “heckler” thoughts, if you will!  The ones that seem to want you to become agitated.  With  50-70,00 thoughts a day, what would happen if you cleared out those obsessive ones? What would you be making room for?  What would come in? More silence?  More space?  More presence?  To clear them out, simply give them a way out. A back door.  As they enter, invite them to leave.

And notice, notice where they are coming from.  Is there a hole, an entry way, that seems to allow these thoughts to multiply and march right in?  Is it Facebook?  The internet?  Is it a particular person or relationship? Is it a conversation you keep having? Is it a group you belong to?  Think carefully about these entry points as you may want to consider closing them or at least putting up a better security system!

This is for YOUR security after all. For your peace of mind.  For you true steady discerment. For your health.  For your sanity.  For your balance.  For your ability to be present with those you love.  For all of this and MORE, consider the role your thoughts play and how they get in in the first place.

Word of the day:  Chitta.  Sanskrit for Mindstuff.  [chitta (Sanskrit: “memory”;) — derived from the root chit, “to be conscious”. Chitta is the Subconscious mind. It is the mind-stuff. It is the store-house of memory. Samskaras or impressions of actions are imbedded here. It is one of the four parts of antahkarana.] from http://veda.wikidot.com/chitta

Chant of the dayYOGASH CITTA-VRITTI-NIRODHAH
Yoga happens when there is control of the thoughts or Your yoga practice will become successful when you can master your restless thoughts.

Fri, June 10 – Sun, June 12, 2016

Energy Musings.  Here.  Now.

This Weekend!

Equanimity brings peace, healing and profound states of awakening.  It allows us the space and ability to not get triggered by our blind spots.

Blind spots are exactly this:  we are truly “blind” to them.  Once you see it, once you know it, you have the ability to shine the light there.  But true blind spots, by their nature, are not seen.  We even may stubbornly refuse to look at them when others point them out.  This is part of the difficulty in a lively debate over ideological issues or belief systems.  The inability to listen and see what another person may be pointing out as a blind spot in our own thinking.  Pay attention to this.

But all of that resolves if we can come into this graceful state of Equanimity.  Equanimity literally translates as  the combination of the Latin words: “aequus” meaning level or equal and “animus” meaning soul or mind. But it is more than just the combination of these words.  It is a blame free, trigger free state of discernment that allows one to see clearly through many layers of mist, fog and confusion.   Hostility, defensiveness and ill will are notably completely absent in this state of Equanimity.

Often we see anger and frustration as natural manifestations of what we call “passion”.  In fact, we almost expect them to give legitmacy to a persons words.  But Equanimity does not need or rely on these exuberant expressions.  It rests in a soulful, mindful place of awareness… what Buddhists call “the middle way”.

In a world, or in a time, when tempers flare, divisions are heightened, and dissatisfaction becomes the norm, it is extremely challenging (and quite unpopular!) to embrace this place of Equanimity.  However, it is in these times when it is needed most.  When the value of the vision created by Equanimity has the most importance and the most to teach us.

Listen. Listen.  and come into Equanmity as best you can .  Especially in a hostile, heated, argumentative debate or situation.  And just notice the affect this has on You and those around you.

Word of the Weekend:  Equanimity

Song of the Weekend: Equanimity by Ryan Stuart (piano composition)