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Living From The Expansiveness Of Your Soul

free to be me higher self Jun 30, 2020

In spite of the changes in our lives as a result of the pandemic, some amazing things are coming out of all of this. Not the least of which is the opportunity to explore and live from the expansiveness of your soul.

There are many ways to describe the Essence of Being that is manifesting through this body and personality. This Essence is known as the spirit, soul, True Self, Inner Wisdom, Higher Self, etc. When I become aware of "someone" looking out the portals of my eyes to see this world, I am connecting with this Inner Being. This is the real me. I like the terms True Self and Soul. This is that part of me that is untouched by the traumas of human life. It is One with All That Is. It is eternal.

The process of enlightenment is remembering (re-membering, re-connecting with) that Essence that is Divine, that is Love manifesting in human form. Once remembered, the Soul flourishes and brings the higher levels of awareness that heal and expand me physically, mentally,...

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Are You Listening To Your Body?

awareness healthy choices Jun 23, 2020

I often participate in the free 21-day meditation experience offered by Deepak Chopra with Oprah Winfrey. Each session takes just twenty minutes and I would encourage you to visit their web sites and consider participating at some point.

One day a meditation focused on being successful in the care of your body. A journal is provided after you meditate to bring your experience into your practical life experience.

I want to share this idea with you and ask if you have learned how to hear your body's messages, its voice. A very simple example comes from my own life. Years ago, when learning to buy and prepare healthier foods, I attended a women's retreat one weekend. One of the speakers was presenting ideas on introducing brown rice, unrefined sugars, higher nutrient foods to our families. This was 30 years ago so it was all new to us at that time.

One of the things she said that day struck me as so simple that I have never forgotten it. She put out the idea that most of us...

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Peace in Pandemic & Protesting

true peace turn within Jun 16, 2020

It's a lot, isn't it? These last 4 months...It's a lot.

Peace is defined as "freedom from disturbance; tranquility."

How in the midst of all that is going on in our world do we have peace/tranquility?

First of all, we remember or realize that True Peace comes from the world within rather than the outside world. I can hear some of you saying "Are you kidding me!? How an I have peace within when the world has gone crazy!!??

That is a valid question and one I have been confronted by for most of my life.

It is seldom easy in human terms to be peaceful during truly traumatic, chaotic times.

Now our world, and specifically my country, is demanding change on very fundamental levels. First, we must create peace within. Then we will be instrumental in creating peace in our families, communities, countries, world.

For me, the path to true, abiding peace begins within me. The past 4 months of the pandemic and the separation from others that resulted have tested me at those very...

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Free To Be Me

Emerging into and from True Self is the adventure of a lifetime. The initial discovery of the truth of "I Am All That I Am" is like the high we experience when we fall in love because that is exactly what we are doing. We fall in love with ourselves because we now understand that there is no judge, no condemnation, no punishment. There is only the unfolding into the depth and width of this True Self, this divine being currently having a human experience.

This morning as I rummaged through several drawers looking for a journal with study notes, I came across one with entries from 1996. They all were from a series of retreats that involved long periods of silence and solitude. At the end was a short poem I wrote from my heart, without thought for rules or forms, though it actually rhymes! I will share this and trust it touches a chord in others as it did in me. There is a blessing in looking back for a moment to acknowledge the beginnings of our awareness and to see how far we have...

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Coming Back Around

grace learn to dance Jun 02, 2020

Life truly is a circle that never ends. A circle can be open with a section of its arc not connected. A circle can be closed with no openning in its border. A circle can draw into itself and encompass a smaller area. It can also expand and enlarge the area it encompasses. When you walk the circumference of a circle, it brings you back to where you started.

How often have you said "I take one step forward and three steps back"? I no longer resonate with that statement. Seeing life with more fluid movement rather than linear (going forward or back along a given line) has changed my perspective. When I find myself dealing with a familiar issue, I now experience it as revisiting something to see how far I have come or to clear a bit of residue that has risen to the top of my awareness. At times I receive an insight that was blocked by my earlier interpretations.

Life is a process and it brings me back around to experiences, attitudes, even people that I need to revisit, whether I always...

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The Wonder Of You

wonder-full May 26, 2020

I sat and listened to the birds outside my window this morning. It is a symphony. Such a vibrant, happy sound. It is available every morning. Wonderful.

This is how I feel about each of you in this symphony of life. You are a wonder of creation. There is no one on the planet just like you. Oscar Wilde said, "Be yourself! Everyone else is already taken." Throughout my teen years, my father invited me time and again to just be myself. The challenge was that I had no idea who I was! So I kept trying on different personalities, behaviors, and personas. None of them fit because, of course, those were already taken. It was several decades before I began to discover True Self. Teachers came into my life to guide me into the unfolding of my True Self. Learning that, like you, I am a wonder of creation and that there is no one on the planet just like me, continues to be a wonder-filled experience.

You are love manifesting in human form. You are infinitely and unconditionally loved. You...

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Let Your Heart Open - This Tree Reveals Its Heart

balance breathe wholeness May 19, 2020

We are designed for balance and wholeness on every level of awareness and being. Most of us understand, at least on a rudimentary level, the process of homeostasis. The physical body actively seeks its balance 24 hours a day. Years ago during a six-month stint in diagnosis, my doctor encouraged me to stay positive as test after test failed to reveal the cause of my deteriorating health. He told me that it was a miracle any of us are healthy on any given day because of the billions of elements that must be in balance for us to be healthy.

Several years after regaining my health, I returned to college and majored in psychology. While volunteering on a crisis phone service, I spoke with one of my professors about memories of abuse emerging decades after the events. I knew someone who had experienced that. He explained that the psyche (the mental & emotional bodies) also seeks balance and wholeness. As a person matures, the walls of dissociation begin to crack and crumble and...

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Balance!

Balance is the answer to so many things on so many levels. It is the morning of our recent time change and I have physical balance on my mind. I woke up over two hours earlier than usual and may have dozed a bit but never returned to true sleep. Meditation and pranayama (guiding the breath) filled the time. My body consistently shows me the folly of human beings thinking they can manipulate and control nature. My body doesn't know what time a clock says.

There is a simple meditation with breath and finger acupressure that ventilates the chakras. I love that word ventilate. Let's open up and air out our energy system! Read through the instructions and then begin. Throughout this practice hold the intention of balance.

Sit comfortably with your hands in prayer position at the heart. Breathe softly and slowly until you feel your shoulders relax and your mind begin to focus. Bring the awareness to the hands and separate them about a half-inch, keeping the palms facing...

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"Here I Am. Yes, It's Me..."

awareness what works? May 05, 2020

I awoke one morning with these words from a song recorded by Lyle Lovett repeating in my barely conscious mind. I lay still for several moments, as I tend to do, and let the world re-enter my awareness. The light was dim and I heard a bird singing outside my window. My face smiled because I love waking up to birdsong. There it was again:  Here I am, yes it's me...

What? I had not listened to that cd in some time. Why so clearly this morning? I remain still and softly close my eyes, letting myself feel. It slowly becomes clear to me. Here I am and everything is different in my world and yet nothing has changed. It is still me, waking up in my same bed, slowly feeling the day begin, listening to a bird sing outside my window, wondering where I went during the night, feeling the anticipation of writing as a new day dawns.

"Here I am, yes it's me..."  We are all experiencing changes we have not created as we seek to cooperate in keeping ourselves &...

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Can Meditation Be Simple?

It most definitely can be simple. Here are a few simple examples.

The drawing I am sharing with you was done by my granddaughter, Hannah, when she was 4 years old. I can look at this, breathe it in, and feel Divine Love and Joy, and my face smiles. In that moment, nothing else occupies my attention and that, my friends, is meditation.

I took a long walk this morning and, upon my return, I smiled with contentment because it was a beautiful time of meditation...and I had not planned to do a walking meditation. It was a natural response as I walked. I focused on the beauty of nature, the sound of voices as I passed homes & yards, or the feeling of the road under my feet. There were few random thoughts, just an awareness of what I was experiencing through my physical senses. Walking meditation.

I keep Daniel Levin's card set ZEN Cards on my desk and often read one before going online for any reason but especially before blogging. Can you guess what today's card was...

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