Belonging

“It is for love that the whole universe sprang into existence, and it is for the sake of love that it is kept going.”  -Meher Baba It amazes me how deeply I belong in India. You would think, from the outside, that I would feel out of place. There are …

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Align, Attune, Allow

Align yourself with your Higher Power, Source, Divine Energy — whatever concept works for you. Attune (become in tune with) this Higher Power, then Allow this Higher Power to flow in and through you into the world, into your day, into the interactions with those around you.

There are a number of ways to align, attune, and allow. Here is one version from my Esoteric Healing practice that you can use as a meditation. Energy follows thought so if you aren’t exactly sure where things are located, think it and trust that the energy will follow:

Close your eyes and bring your awareness to your heart center, an energetic center/chakra located in the center of your chest, this place of calm within. Breathe into this place. From your heart center visualize/imagine a line of energy leading up to your soul-light located about eight inches above the crown of your head. Breathe into this spiritual focal point. Now bring your awareness to your ajna center, between your brow on your forehead, imagine the energy of your heart center and your soul-light blending together in this center between your brow. Breathe. You can stay here in meditation, keeping your awareness focused at your ajna, your spiritual eye center.

As a daily practice this can be used to come into alignment and in tune with the world around you. Start with the above alignment and attunement and then bring your awareness to your soul light. Link your soul light to the soul light of a person, animal, place, group, or situation that you will be interacting with (just think soul of whatever it is you want to connect with, remember that energy follows thought). Soul-light to soul-light. Now visualize/imagine a line of energy from your soul-light up to Source and ask that the highest good come forward for this person, group, place, animal, or situation. Then allow Source energy to flow through you, through them, through the situation. Ask for the highest good, then let go and allow the Divine Plan to unfold.

I use this technique before I teach my yoga classes. I align and attune with the group, asking that the highest good come forward for our class. I use it as a prayer if I am concerned about someone or a situation. I do a general alignment and attunement as I start my day, connecting my soul to the soul of every being I will come in contact with that day, known or unknown, asking for the highest good to come forward. This process helps to infuse your day with a Higher Purpose, awareness and a spiritual intention.

Practice it and see if you feel a shift or notice a difference. Using this in our meditation time, and in our day to day interactions, we bring more light into our own awareness, and into the world around us. We can also use it to bring light and love to situations, people, and all beings on the planet. As we align, attune, and allow we help infuse ourselves and the Earth with spiritual light and love and are in service to the Higher Divine Plan unfolding around us. When we focus on the light, and on the Great Reality within us and others, we raise our own vibration and intention and help it manifest on the Earth plane.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”  ~Matthew 7:7

Self Care for PMS

Essential Oil PMS Bath

Add 5 drops Clary Sage, 5 drops Ylang Ylang, 4 drops Grapefruit,  3 drops Geranium and 1 tsp carrier oil to your bath water. I like to fill the tub with just enough water that I can lie down with my face exposed and put my legs up the wall. Then I can breathe in the smells while getting the benefits and relaxation of the inversion as well.

Clary sage is an incredible essential oil. In the book, “Ayurveda & Aromatherapy,” by Light and Bryan Miller, it reads, “Clary Sage is a gift to the female; no woman should ever be without it. It gives women a sense of clarity and empowerment, helping to get rid of monthly bloat, depression and anxiety, regulating menses, and cooling down hot flashes. It is a gift to the Goddess.” It also says that it is especially effective at feeding estrogen through the skin. I rub it on my lower abdomen when I start feeling the feels of PMS. You can put it in a diffuser as it will enter your blood stream breathing it in, add it to a carrier oil and rub it on, or in the bath.

Hormonal changes can be rough: insomnia, mood swings, intensified emotional states, fatigue, bloating, cravings…but it also is a time to listen, to slow down, and carve out space for yourself, to nurture and affirm your worth and inherent goodness.

Oils:

I used grapeseed oil because I have it so am using it up; but, I have fractionated coconut oil on my shopping list. There are lots to pick from: almond, jojoba, avocado, etc.

For the essential oils, I really love Plant Therapy and their oils. They have aromatherapists on staff that you can email and ask questions, fair prices, free shipping, and lotsa great info on their site; check them out (www.planttherapy.com). I have no stake in the matter, just sharing the love. There are a lot of wonderful companies in business today.

Oh, and for any bath to be complete, add chill BFF for good vibes.

Yin is In

The healing quality it provides the mind is incredible. There is something special that happens in a yin yoga class; it is a gentle, kind spiritual experience. We strive a lot in life: to pay the bills, accomplish, provide, keep up, progress, take care, etc. In yin we allow ourselves to be where we are and to press pause on the strive button. We come into a posture and notice how it feels, how our bodies feel, we surrender into it…as we breathe the tension releases, it is therapeutic, like a mini vacation.

Striving is important, we must continue to grow and accomplish and slay our goals. But balancing the striving with being, allowing, unfolding, feeling, gestating… these are essential. At times, underneath the striving is a need to be seen, to be loved, to be cared for, to be enough. In our Yin practice we are able to witness our own beingness in the Presence of Beingness. In this experience there are glimpses of our enoughness, our completeness, of our lack of truly lacking anything. It isn’t about “it” being out there and we gotta get it so we are somehow ok, worthy, lovable. We already are.

Appreciation

More and more I recognize the universality of whatever I am experiencing. It may be in different degrees, may manifest itself differently, may have different circumstances attached but underneath, we are all very much alike. That being said I thought the following incident could be helpful for you:

I tend to be critical of myself and this morning I looked in the mirror and started to mentally pick. I realized what I was doing (yay!) and stepped back so I could take a good look. I looked at my eyes and said, “I love my eyes”; then my teeth, “I love my teeth”; my face, skin, neck, etc. all down the line. I really looked at myself as a whole person and affirmed myself. “I love how my neck is nice and long.” “My hair is so thick, I really like it.” It felt nourishing and kind and made me feel better inside.

So much of our lives go by without really cherishing and appreciating who we are and it is easy to be critical and hard on ourselves. Take a moment today to really look at and appreciate your physical being. Make a point of saying good things: what do you like about yourself? Hold yourself in the light of appreciation and drink in the good feelings it creates. We all blossom with a little kindness and affirmation.

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