Intentions

Most of us have heard of intentions these days. We have certain behaviors we want to change or goals we want to achieve, so we make a list or have an action plan in place to achieve our objectives. It can be a potent exercise.

Did you also know that in medical terms intention means the healing process of a wound?

Learning that changed how I looked at setting intentions. The word has become overused and was beginning to lose its power for me. Once I started seeing it at an in-depth healing process, the word became meaningful again.

What does setting intentions mean for you?

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Meditation Monday: Mudra for Protection

Today’s meditation will help you ward off negative energy from your environment.  It helps strengthen the auric field.  It strengthens the endocrine and immune system.  Helps cultivate healthy boundaries.  It also centers us in the present moment.

 

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Meditation Monday’s: Heart Beat Meditation

Welcome to Meditation Monday’s!  Each Monday I will create a new video for you to meditate with.  I draw from many different meditation technologies to bring you a variety of breath, mudra, guided and kundalini yoga meditations.   This first in the series is adapted from the Kundalini Yoga tradition.  Enjoy!

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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.

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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.

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