Word of The Day: Awareness

Leaf (1 of 1)Definition:  the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness:

Today is a good day to pull in your scattered energies and listen to your intuition.  What are the messages being offered that you may not be aware of?

One of the ways to achieve going inward is by placing your fingertips and thumb tips together as if you are holding a ball.  Now rest this mudra in front of your solar plexus and begin to breathe long, slow and deep.  Notice how when your breath slows down your mind slows down.  The quieter the mind can become the more you are able to tap into awareness.  Now ask Spirit what message does It have for you today?  Listen in the stillness for your answers.

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Surrender

surrender_balloonDefinition – to cease resistance.

I have been contemplating surrender for several days now.  Every time I feel like I am ready to surrender I pause.  I pause because surrender always meant giving my power away to some nameless, faceless being.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am a believer in a power greater than myself.  But the idea of surrendering to that power is something I find myself reluctant to do.

After many nights of reflecting on the word, I realized I don’t need to surrender to some being.  I just need to surrender.  It’s the act of surrender that is important here and not the who or what I am surrendering to.

As I write this I can feel my body and mind easing into surrender.  I know this is not a one time deal.  It is a practice just like anything else I want to commit to in my life.

How do you feel about surrender?

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Word of The Day: Obedience

What-Does-Loving-Yourself-Mean--760x428Word of The Day:  Obedience

Definition – Compliance with a command or law; submission to authority; performing that which is required.

I immediately got rankled when I heard that obedience was the word of the day.  Obviously, I have some resistance here.  Once I calmed down I realized my guides were saying this word is about obeying the heart and not any kind of external submission to man.

guru-pranamMy heart always knows the truth.  It’s getting out of my head and into my heart that is the challange.  There is a meditation in Kundalini Yoga called Guru Pranam.  The idea is to bow down in childs pose with your hands above your head into prayer pose.  This raises your heart above your head.  The breathing automatically becomes long and deep.  This pose is an easy way to get out of your head and listen to the wisdom of the heart.  I invite you to try it.

 

Della is a yogi, healer, intuitive reader and hypnotherapist.  You can find out about her services here.

 

 

Eclipse Blues

 

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Photo Credit:  Linda Reed

Are you feeling “off” now that the eclipse is over?  I know I am.  Leading up to the eclipse I was experiencing a great deal of fatigue and anxiety.  Now that the eclipse is over I feel depressed and even more fatigue.  The energy of the eclipse brought a lot of my issues to the surface.   I had been happily ignoring them where they were buried.

Now that those issues are uncovered I have no choice but to face them.  Yes, of course, there is always a choice, but do I really want to let those buried emotions come out of their hidey holes in inappropriate ways any longer?  Nope.

 

I live in an old historic school-house and the building is quite large.  I live here with many other people.  The weird thing is that for some reason everyone but me left for an extended period of time and I am here all by myself.  I live on the very top floor in the attic.  My first night alone I was completely creeped out to be here by myself.  I hardly slept at all and I was too afraid to go down stairs to pee in the middle of the night so I used a Tupperware container to relieve myself in.

The next morning I was able to get in touch with just how ridiculous my fear of being alone in the school was.  I decided to see those night time fears as a metaphor for all the scary monsters in my unconscious’ closet.  I haven’t peed in Tupperware since!  The point is, my issues (monsters in my closet) are all fears, fear of being abandoned, fear of rejection, fear of not having enough money, fear of being alone, and the list goes on and on.  Fear is what wants to be healed right now and I am going with it.

There is a huge physical response when you let go of something that no longer serves you.  It is like a virus that your body is trying to purge.  The symptoms can be very similar.  In my case, the virus (fear) is still wiggling around in my body trying to find purchase.  The eclipse was the microscope that found the virus and my intention to heal is the antigen that will bring me back to myself.

Fear isn’t the enemy though.  It was created to keep us safe.  Back in the day, this was necessary for survival.  Fear told us when to run and hide from the giant saber tooth tiger that wanted to eat us.  As humanity evolved fear took on a new role.  It adapted to its new environment.   No longer is it needed to warn us of saber tooth tigers.  Now days fear tells us to be afraid of everything and everyone.  It even tells us to fear love.  Yet love is the only thing that can face fear and shine a light on the truth.

I am going to say this right here and you may wince when you read this.  I still need my fear.  I am not always paying attention and I want a warning if I am in harms way.  I have a strong survival instinct within me and fear can help me stay alive.  Where it gets tricky is knowing when you are in danger or just being afraid because you are afraid. This is where discernment comes in.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary discernment is the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure.   The very nature of fear is obscure which means it’s hidden in darkness.  Think about the moon hiding the sun during an eclipse.  If the moon is our fears and the sun is our light then we can see how the Universe is giving us a metaphor that is impossible to miss.

How do we get to discernment?  Here are some of the tools I use:

  • I write every day.  I have a 500 word a day practice.  You can read about how I go about this here
  • yoga & meditation
  • Pranayam – you can’t hold fear in your body and breathe deeply at the same time (wise words from my first yoga teacher)
  • music – mantra music really works well for this
  • connecting with nature
  • move your body – walking, dancing, tai chi, etc.
  • long, hot baths
  • anything that gets me out of my head and into my heart.

This message isn’t about eliminating fear.  It is about using fear to our advantage.  I live in a world where fear thrives.  That is the nature of living on this planet where duality is the theme.  I don’t believe we are to ignore fear, or expunge it, nor deny it.  The key to enlightenment isn’t the absence of fear but freedom from it.  It is up to us to choose it.

Della is an intuitive reader, teacher, and healer.  If you would like to find out more about how she can assist you with the eclipse blues click here.

 

Is This Mine?

question-mark-headIn a previous blog post on being an empath, I talked about how an empath picks up on the feelings of the people around them.   This can become very confusing for the person who is just trying to live their life.  For example, one morning while practicing yoga I began to feel anxiety in my chest.  I didn’t know what the fear was about until I was journaling about it later.  As I was writing, I asked my body if this anxiety was mine?  The stress immediately left me.  I was able to pinpoint who I was picking up on and recognize that, once again, I was unconsciously tuning into someone else’s feelings and experiencing them as my own.

The interesting thing about this is the person I was picking up on was hundreds of miles away.  The closer you are to people in your life the more “connected energetically” an empath is to the people around them regardless of how close or far away.  As I said, this can become confusing.  It took me many years to remember to ask if what I was feeling was mine.  This kind of inquiry has worked every time for me in navigating what is mine and what is other people’s stuff.  I have found that if the energy I am feeling is my own, it stays with me when I ask the question, “Is this mine?”  If it is NOT my stuff, it leaves immediately.

Della is an intuitive healer and a yoga teacher.  You can find out more about her services here.

No Yoga Mat Required

639030218b5e57555445da323b07c18cOn the rare morning that I don’t do yoga it’s because my whole being is called to the tub.  I nice hot bath, for me, is another form of meditation.  The warm water surrounds me and I feel encased as if in the womb.

I use to feel guilty when the tub’s call was louder than my yoga mat.  It wasn’t until recently that I recognized the value of the deep silence that soaking in the bath brings.  This silence is what I seek to attain through my more formal meditation practice.

I believe that whatever or where ever you can find the silence thats meditation.  Whether that be a walk in the woods, a hammock by the sea or a nice warm bath.  No yoga mat required.

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What We See In The Mirror

Archer Pose
Photo Credit:  Linda S. Reed

If you are anything like me when you look in the mirror you don’t take in the whole image.  It’s hard to do, actually.  The eyes tend to gravitate to what we perceive as flaws instead of seeing the beauty that is undoubtedly there.

A friend of mine recently took some photos of me out in nature.  For the first time in a very long time, I could see the whole me.  I could see the strength and power in my body.

This photo shows that I am a woman with curves.  My programming (media, advertising, etc.) says that people with this many curves are not attractive.  I’ve recently begun a practice of self-love and it is helping me, along with this photo, to be more comfortable in my body, more accepting.

I like that I am beginning to inhabit my skin instead of disparaging it.  Drawing on the strength that years of yoga and meditation have built I can be a light that shines through the social constructs of what “they” say beauty is.  I am creating a new program of self-love and self-care that is dissolving the old messages of “not good enough”.  This is my mission and I choose to accept it.  Would you care to join me?

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