Ground yourself

Understand the importance of keeping yourself grounded, here’s an exercise from Staci Boden’s Turning Dead Ends into Doorways: How to Grow Through Whatever Life Throws Your Way

PRACTICE: GROUND YOURSELF

Imagine an invisible circle of support, ground yourself, and recognize body as a teacher in your life. Remember your intention and notice if it relates to your body awakening consciousness in some way. How might your body already be informing your intention?

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Four Noble Truths of Suffering

For the those interested in the foundations of Buddhist belief, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s Tell Me Something About Buddhism: Questions and Answers for the Curious Beginner can be a helpful introduction. In times of turbulence, remembering the simple teachings of Buddha, the Four Noble Truths of Suffering in particular, can help soothe the spirit.

“Once Buddha became aware of all the suffering that had been hidden from him, including old age, sickness, birth, and death, he left his family’s palace. He went to many teachers to understand their suffering, and they taught him various lessons about ending suffering. He excelled with all of his teachers, to the point that they asked him to become a teacher. However, Buddha refused their invitations to teach, feeling he had not yet been fully awakened to the condition of suffering . He continued his journey…

  1. There is suffering.
  2. There is a cause for suffering.
  3. There is cessation of suffering.
  4. There is a path leading to the end of suffering, called the Eightfold Path.”

July 25 in Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening

July 25

Cracks of Light

The human soul is to God is as the flower to

the sun; it opens at its approach, and shuts

when it withdraws.

—Benjamin Whichcote

God, like the sun, emanates on all: on the hill exposed in the open, on the plant growing in the window, even on the weed getting cracks of light under the porch. The same source of spirit emanates on our different lives, regardless of our circumstance. Thus our experience and perception of God in the world may be limited and different, may even change, but that doesn’t define or limit the Source.

And though the sun appears to disappear every day, it is the Earth that turns away, causing night. Likewise, when it appears that God is nowhere to be found, it is we, in the turmoil of our lives, who turn away or are turned away and back, again and again.

But unlike weeds that grow under the porch, we can move back into the light.

  • This is a daytime meditation. Sit quietly in your room and watch the light outside move through the trees.
  • After a time, keep breathing deeply, and slowly rise and go outside into the light.
  • Walk directly into a patch of light.
  • Inhale cleanly and feel its warmth all over.
  • Stay there.

The above excerpt is from The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo.

Learning to Let Go

Do you feel like you’re juggling a bit much lately? Afraid you’ll burn out? Don’t let your spirit and psychic health take a backseat to board meetings and bargain shopping. Check out Lorraine Roe’s Psychic Laundry List of activities and crafts to try in order to let yourself let go, sit back, and allow the Universe to do some of the work for once.

“This lesson is about letting the universe do for you! You deserve it. Physical tools can really assist you in growing spiritually and opening up psychically. Try at least half of the following suggestions. See what results you get by letting go and letting the universal energies take on some of your concerns. This is like hiring a nanny to take care of your problems.

  1. Get a cardboard toilet paper roll and paint or color a design on the outside. Mine has black and white paint, representing yin and yang or positive and negative force in the universe. Put some sea salt in the roll and seal the ends with plastic wrap and a rubber band. This is your transformer. Whenever something is really bugging you, mentally send it through the roll. I’ve had some real miracles come from doing this.
  2. Go to a crystal/stone store and let a crystal choose you. It will if you’re ready. When you bring your crystal home, it is important to clear its energy. Place the crystal in a bowl outside, cover it with spring water, throw in some sea salt, and let it sit in the sunshine for at least ten minutes. Set it somewhere special in your house. Light a candle and put it in front of the stone and say a prayer of surrender.
  3. Get or make a God or Goddess box. That’s where you write what’s on your mind or what you’re attached to on paper and put it in the box. Then you release it.
  4. Write someone’s name or the name of a situation that you are feeling upset about. Then burn it. That releases your connection to it.
  5. Buy some old plates at a garage sale or secondhand store. Write down topics on them with permanent marker and smash them with a hammer. This is my favorite–a big energy release!!
  6. Find a stick, go outside, and draw a circle around you with the stick. As you do this, repeat the circle prayer: Circle of Light / Burning Bright / Let it Be / Blessed Be.
  7. Head to a new age or church bookstore and see what icons are calling your name. Does Mary appeal? How about Buddha or Jesus? Perhaps a fairy? Or maybe you have something at home, such as a child’s toy, a ceramic dog or snake, or something cute and cuddly. All can represent the energy you want to bring in your life.
  8. Take a bath and soak up some essential oils or take a sea salt bath to clear your energies. Sometimes when you’re at your kids’ school, work, or the store, you pick up unwanted energies. The bath can wash your troubles away.
  9. Sign up to become Reiki certified.
  10. Practice with a pendulum. See where it takes you and if you get accurate and helpful information. Round and round it goes, where it lands, nobody knows.

These techniques may seem goofy but they really work. They allow your ego to let go and the universe and your higher self to step in to help.”

Meditation Lemonade

Lately the office has been abuzz: a couple new employees have started settling in, long awaited books have been arriving in our warehouse, and everyone has been preparing for our Marketing Launch at the end of the month. Often when life gets crowded with schedules and sticky notes our minds get crowded and overwhelmed as well. In order to keep a clear head and focus on the tasks at hand I’ve scoured Elise Marie Collins’ Chakra Tonics, in search of a tasty smoothie to alleviate the brain fatigue and put some more perk in your summer step. Enjoy!

Meditation Lemonade

“Meditation calms the mind and has an alkalinizing affect on our water bodies. However, if we are in an acidic state, the mind is rampant with mental chatter, making meditation a challenging feat. Meditation Lemonade will help alkalize the body’s pH, making it less difficult to sit. You will fidget less and feel refreshed. Watermelon is a highly alkaline fruit, while whispers of lemongrass invoke the wisdom of the ajna chakra. Fresh lemons, although acidic, have an overall alkalinizing effect on the body.

  • 4 cups watermelon cut in chunks
  • 4 cups lemongrass tea
  • Juice of 5 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup agave or 1 tablespoon stevia to taste

Make lemongrass tea with 2-4 lemongrass tea bags and four cups of boiling water. To make lemongrass tea with fresh lemongrass, take 2-3 stalks of lemongrass and cut into 3-inch pieces. Place in a saucepan and with 4 1/2 cups of purified water, bring to a boil, and then simmer 5-10 minutes. Allow tea to cool. Place in a blender with other ingredients, blend, and voila. Your mind is at peace as you sip this delicious elixir.”