I am in the Heart of Love


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Say “I place my “I” in that infinite space of love. I am in the heart of love.” Observe what it does: it brings ease, it brings flow; it brings rhythm to the breath. You want to move with joy, with happiness. So welcome your new day with this energy of loving being. And let that love ripple through your body; to every cell. “I love you my body. You are nature’s gift to me. I love you my every cell, you are so precious to me.”

Keep on remembering that you are in the heart of infinite love – a love that you cannot possess, but a love that you can channel; it is free to share, but not to possess. Allow it to color your thoughts, let intentions and the feeling of loving your world appear within you ,,, loving your Self, loving the Source of Being. And feel comfortable with your love,  feel comfortable with your emotional space. It shines like the sun to all. Sri Vasudeva

When opportunity knocks


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Sometimes openness takes on rather unusual appearances. I can remember walking into a seminar I had been invited to facilitate. The tension in the room was so strong it was almost a physical presence. When I shook hands with the manager of the group I felt a wave of hostility sweeping towards me. The unwritten part of my contract asked for help to deal with this atmosphere, on paper I was there to train the department in Leadership and Delegation. This group didn’t believe that they needed me, they felt they were being forced to attend and they would be wasting this whole day. The manager had reluctantly agreed to be there for a few minutes since I had asked for his presence.

I felt the group was ripe for change because of the strength of emotion in the group. For me it was an indication of their passion for their work and I was so very pleased to be there. If that same power could be directed into more uplifting emotions, if there could be a movement from individuality to more of a group consciousness, then wow, what an amazing group this could be.

As we talked it was just so heartwarming to watch the self-awareness grow and to see the manager take the lead in the process. I watched the shift from my facilitating, to the manager and I facilitating, and finally when the group Self took responsibility. We started at 9:30 am and by lunch time there was such a turn around. They laughingly agreed to take part in the one activity I had planned, on their own, over lunch they were to celebrate one member of the group. Lunch had to be extended by half an hour. When they returned it was unanimous, they were excited about coming in to work on Monday. Since their manager had spent the day with us he could authorize the early completion of the seminar.

When we shook hands at the end of the day, what a difference, that driving hostility was now expressing itself as a powerful force that could hold the group together in a dynamic co-creative space.

That manager and that whole department taught me a lot about being open. When they had the opportunity to see from another point of view, they not only readily embraced it, they made changes in themselves right away. As that manager became more self-aware I had great admiration for the way he empowered the group. Change could not have happened so quickly without each individual’s openness, which translated into a group openness. They were great role models for me.

Today I will strive to be more open to grasp the opportunities life presents to me, to open the door when opportunity knocks.

 

 

Throat Chakra-Meditation Part 1


Yesterday I said the throat center is a center of purification. We talked about how as this Vishudha chakra opens up we have the capacity to energize our words and so they can have a powerful positive or negative influence on those around us.

Today I’d like to bring attention to the fact that our words, through our internal talk, have a tremendously powerful impact on ourselves. So it is essential that we purify our internal talk. Lets start by connecting to the Source from which all expressions emerge.

Meditation on Throat Center

In our meditation when we were doing mental training of the mind I said to listen to the mind repeating the mantra, to follow the vibrations of the sound, to notice as the sound subsides, to experience the silence within.

Today we extend that practice into observing the space of silence from which the mantra emerges, repeat the mantra, then observe. We can combine the mantra with the breath if we feel that inner prompt to do so. Repeating the mantra breathing out. Repeating the mantra breathing in. Take time to experience the silence between each repetition of the mantra.

Use the brow chakra to keep a one pointed focus on the sound vibrations of mantra, the arising of those sounds, the fullness of the sound of the mantra and the subsiding of the sound, then the silence that follows. The exquisite silence.

I will be developing this meditation practice in the coming posts. It will be easier to follow what comes in the next few days if we begin with this practice today.

 

 

Healing Burn Out-Part 1


Each energy center is a like a doorway to a new level of consciousness. As we continue our discussion of the navel center, or to use the Sanskrit name, the manipura chakra, let us explore more about this plane of radiant energy, vitality and dynamism. In Japanese this area is called the hara. In Qi gong and Tai chi the focus is just below the navel, what is called the dan tien. The navel center is also sometimes called the city of jewels because of how beautiful and radiant the body looks when this center is tapped. As we get ready for work won’t it be great to put on the jewels of the navel center which is available to all of us?

The navel center can store energy and keep it in reserve so it’s available to us whenever we need it. Today I’d like to share the first part of a practice that helps with healing and preventing burn out. We will add to our practice from yesterday.

As we begin we want to keep the body alert and comfortable, not so much relaxed. We can place the palms of the hands on the navel area. As we breathe out feel the stomach contract and as we breathe in feel the stomach expand. Keep the consciousness in the navel area. This is the way to begin to empower this chakra. Let the inhale and exhale be slow and long. Keep the awareness of the navel very strongly. Hold the navel area with just a little bit of tension so that it is not flabby. The more we breathe out the more we can breathe in. Follow the breath for a while.

When ready we can take it further. It’s important to follow these steps gradually. There is an inner guide which will  prompt you, look for it.

This time when we breathe out all that we can, breathe out some more. As we inhale all we can, breath in some more. Go gently. To do this very smoothly we might like to pause after every inhaled and exhaled breaths. Breathe in fully. Pause. Breath out fully. Pause. If the focus is very strong on the navel center you can remove the hands while keeping the focus as intently as possible. Enjoy the rhythm of the breath.

When we begin to work with the manipura follow closely what this energy is doing. Notice where it is carrying us and we will feel that we are guided in doing the exercises.

Once again at the end of the exercise look at the experience of well-being built up in the body, a feeling of comfort, like the body is held, supported. Notice the tranquility of the mind and the emotional stability.

During the day just take a few moments and place the hands on the navel and consciously breathe into that area. Keep the tank filled.

Tomorrow I will continue. Have a great day.