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I joined Deva Premals and Miten 21 day chanting challenge.
I was fortunate enough to see these guys when they visited Victoria and it was such a beautiful and inspiring experience. I love their down to earth and reachable approach to a deep and spiritual life and how freely they share what the journey of the mantras have given them.
After a beautiful yoga practice in the sun on the deck surrounded by my dogs and the eager hummingbirds buzzing by the feeder I listened in to their day two of the meditations. Today’s mantra was Om Shanti Om and it is the mantra of Peace that we chanted 108 times. Beautiful and simple. As we came to an end I sat there, still, feeling very quiet. Vibrating with energy but calm…. a smile tickling my lips …. I felt very present in my body and simultaneously not in my body. Then I noted a sensation that I almost missed , actually I did for a little while. A cry welling up . I kind of dodged it ever so subtle. I reached for the bliss the beautiful peace. Then my practice of inquiry awoke and gently curious I turned my awareness to that sensation that I almost decided to re-stuff into my unconscious and merely noted… I feel like crying .
I could not tell if it was a cry of the unbearable beauty of this incredible beautiful sense of connection and peace or of the grief of life lived disconnected from this or something entirely different. I totally surrendered to sit there and allow the feeling to well up. I just let is emerge just like that allowing the tears the sounds and the feelings course through me. Tears streaming. Whimpering . Sobbing. Simultaneously beautiful and painful and I put judgment and analyzing aside and just allowed the feeling to express itself. After some time it passed. As sudden as it emerged the cry subsided. I now entered an even deeper place of peace and stillness simultaneously one with all within and around me and not at all. Breathing in . Breathing out. Present. Still. Vibrant . Eternal . One of these states that really can not be described with words . I just rested there till that also passed and I with the breath returned to this body and this world. I opened my eyes and in gratitude dedicated this feeling of connection and peace to all beings.
Returning to the mind it made me realize how in our search for bringing what we desire into our world we will undoubtedly encounter precisely that which is in our way of experiencing this. So in searching for for example Peace any emotion or belief system we have held in our body-mind that stand in our way of experiencing this may arise and have the opportunity to be expressed and released. It takes courage to let these uncomfortable emotions arise and it can be easy to miss or dismiss them. Know and trust that if any emotions or belief system arise it is because you are ready and able to deal with what is coming up. This is a beautiful opportunity to permit something we before suppressed to be allowed its full expression. In dealing with these emotions I do not mean taking any action but rather to just allow its arising emergence and sit with and feel the emotion through its full expression. It can be intense and sounds and movement can be involved. Do you best to stay really present and observe the emotions natural life cycle . It has as all other things a beginning a middle and an end and when it is fully expressed for now it will fade away. On the other side thorough your emotion you may just find that which you came searching for. So pay attention in your search also to that which seem contrary to what you want to bring into your life. Trust that what comes up for you is your perfect medicine for where you are at right now. If today you do not “get” there do not despair or get discouraged . Sitting with what comes up when it comes up is an act of GREAT courage.
The journey IS the destination!
By the way I think you can still join Deva Premal and Mitens 21 day mantra meditation challenge. I recommend it if you are curious about chanting and Mantras or if you need some inspiration and encouragement for a daily practice.
Today I want to share an article that my teacher Nikki Manzie wrote on Thai massage and not least the more than physical aspects of the work. It gives you a beautiful picture of the teachings that inspire my work today. I feel so very blessed to have met Nikki who teach in such a profound and broad way from the detailed intricate mechanics and techniques of the physical to the equally detailed energetics of the psyche psychology and spirit. Her deeply compassionate heart and high standards of discipline and ethics guide my work personally and professionally every day. Enjoy!
Lately my heart and my yearnings have been speaking loud and clear . It is not necessarily the most comfortable or easy as the heart could care less of the practical implications of the hows and whens of its deep callings. Sometimes it speaks in whispers and murmurs and in the misty mystical time between waking and sleeping. There are times when I have to take time and care to explore to hear the hints of what my soul yearns for. At other times I may busts into tears in the midst of a casual conversation and feel the pangs of my heart so hard that I can not ignore that I need to listen lest I go to sleep and let my self down. So I am listening. And I bring in my skills of planning, organizing and visualizing and I know it will take effort and I know it will push me to step out of my comfort zone and also that sometimes things do not turn out exactly as I thought it would.
My heart is speaking to me of taking leaps of faith and daring to make dreams come true. I have committed to doing my best to make it so and to surrender the rest to the powers that be!
What is your heart speaking to you about?
In the midst of our busy lives our daily and ordinary rituals can add richness depth joy and be an opportunity to connecting deeply to ourselves and life.
You can choose to take your time just for this one cup of tea. (or anything that you want for that matter…). For now let go of all should’s and oughts. Start as you are making the tea. Consciously paying detailed attention to all the sensations. The pot getting heavier as you fill it and put it on the stove. The space of time while the water is heating. The sound of the water coming to a boil. The breaths that come and go.The fluidity of the water as you pour it over the tea. The scent that arises as the ingredients release into the water and becomes tea. The breath you are breathing while holding the cup. The weight of your footsteps walking over to you chosen place to savor this cup. The heat on your hands . The texture of the cups shape and the material it is made of. Awareness. The sensation the flavor and the texture of the liquid. The sensation of ahhh coursing through your body and every cell as you ingest the liquid. Presence. Where are the herbs from . Where is the water from . Herbs of the earth. Water in the ground. Fire that heats. Air and water mixed as the steam you can inhale and infuse into you own being. All the elements of creation right then and there. All the senses involved.As you mind wanders merely gently return to the moment here where you are having a cup of tea. Go deeply into your experience and let it be all that you do.You are here and now. Sipping tea. It is a blessed moment. It is always here available to you. In this moment doing what you are doing . Simply . With awareness.
By paying detailed attention we have an opportunity in every moment to find the sacred in the ordinary and everyday life and make the ordinary moments extraordinary. It makes life feel sooooo rich!