Opening the Floodgates of our Heart


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Do we challenge ourselves to embrace another into our world? Or do we allow fear to push us into contraction? Do we have criteria that has to be satisfied before we will allow our love to flow? Is our love a commodity up for trade? “If and only if you approach me with this kind of attitude, if you say these kinds of words, if you perform these actions  will I love you, if you don’t I won’t love you.” Don’t we long for another way?

Whenever we are together with others, whether they be family, colleagues or community members, we often experience irritation or impatience as we discover the limits of our love. We are invited into a more expansive inner space but we often misunderstand this prompt and become sucked into a blame game.

We’ve been talking about centers of intention. There is a powerful plexus of love that is located in the chest area. It is not physical but it certainly influences the physical organs and tissues in the region. It is like a vortex of energy. By tapping into this center we can connect with an ocean of love, a place of unconditional loving, no contracts. Our essential nature is love. We are all connected in that Source of infinite love. We are one in spirit. The Divine resides in all of us, freedom from emotional burdens of anger and depression lies in recognizing that.

I am reminded of the beautiful song by Parmahansa Yogananda:

Door of my heart

Open wide I keep for Thee

Wilt Thou come, wilt Thou come?

Just for once come to me

Will my days fly away without seeing thee my Lord?

Night and day, night and day

I wait for thee night and day

Door of my heart open wide I keep for Thee

Lets us breathe in the love of the universe and breath out, opening the floodgates of our heart, sharing our love with our world.

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How to Intensify Intentions Pt 2


In yesterday’s blog we started talking about the possibility of varying the intensity of our intentions. Today I’d like to explore this topic some more. Once I realized that intensity can be varied then the natural question is can I add different qualities to that intensity and what will be their effect? You see, curiosity leads to extension of the practise.

This is how I do it. I start by observing myself as I send out waves of love and make a wish that a special person  feels uplifted today. I note my inner state before I send the wish, I notice that I experience subtle changes during the wish sending, and even after the wish there is a shift in my inner space. The shift is so subtle that if I am not watching for it I might miss it.

Now I do a second practise.  This time I relax my body first. Then I focus on my breath.    I breathe out letting go of all other thoughts, emptying myself of stress. I breathe in filling myself with the love and vitality of the Universe.

On an out breath I focus on the base of my spine. I ground myself in the source of divine energy. As I breathe in I bring the focus up along the spinal column following an energy pathway which runs parallel to the spinal column. Allowing my awareness to travel up through the sacral area, vitality at the navel,  the ocean of love in my heart center, upward through the expansive tranquility of the throat, the focal point between the eyebrows and to the crown of the head. I breathe out going back to the base center and repeat the cycle.

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I am very interested in the process. Looking to see what happens in each area. I don’t need to do anything I only watch the process. The body already knows how to breath. I am the observer.

When I’m comfortable with the cycle and I’m at the base of the spine I introduce my wish to send love to a special someone. I observe the influence on the thought as I ground in the base. I see the thought taking on greater power and vitality. I witness how it becomes infused with love. I see how focus and attention strengthens the intention. I picture that special person seeing them uplifted by divine love. I do this practice until I feel fulfilled.

The experience of sending the thought in the second practise is very different, much more nuanced, deeper and really soul satisfying. Try it and see for yourself.

How to Expand Awareness


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What does it mean in a practical sense to expand our awareness? We can observe how we use our energies during our day; the way we treat people, people’s responses to us, how we impact on our environment and how the environment impacts upon us.

It might also be interesting to look at how we are using our energy. Are we looking for all the ways that we are sharing energies and trying to express them most powerfully from the deepest place within? Does our look have love? What kind of energy do our words carry? Have we ever thought about the kind of energy our hands carry? What about the energy of our thoughts?

When we become more aware of our soul’s identity, we begin to realise that we are beings of light, beings of energy, and there is more in terms of communication – that we do not communicate with words only,  we communicate with the power of intentions.  Just to intend or to think about something, energy is already in motion.  Just the intention to love channels love.  We may start to feel the energies of people,  to pick up the energies of ideas  around us and we relate to our world differently – this is energy awareness.

How A Sip of Water Can Help You Meditate


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I had a lot of private feedback about the last blog post on Diet As Spiritual Practice in addition to the marvelous comments posted here. It seems like that post hit a chord. Some of you were asking about how I learned to become so in tune with my body. You said that you don’t pick up the signals of the body the way I talked about in that post.

One thing to keep in mind is that I have developed a close relationship with my body over time. This closeness didn’t just happen, it has deepened over the years. I really believe in investing in a relationship, because one of the great values that I hold strongly to, is that I can make a difference in my life.

When I was very young I couldn’t stand pain in the body. Someone said to me, “Get used to it. That’s how life is.” I just couldn’t accept that life would throw pain to me at random and there was nothing I could do about it. It was pain avoidance that got me started in observing how my actions affected my experience of my body. I feel like my body speaks to me all the time, the thing is that I have to learn to listen to the body. This practice of listening and adjusting my behavior based on the feedback I am getting, also translates to every other area of my life, including my sitting meditation. It is a life skill! As you know listening is vital in every relationship.

So lets talk about how to start listening to the body’s signals. Today notice when you feel thirsty. What does thirsty feel like? I notice the dryness in my lips, mouth and throat. There is discomfort in my skin and internal organs but that is harder to describe and a much more subtle signal to pick up.

Then as I take a little sip of water at a time, I see the changes start to happen immediately as the dryness gets washed away. It’s like I can almost feel the cells in my body becoming more turgid as the water gets absorbed in the body because I feel more alert, refreshed.

Notice the feeling in the body that tells you how much to drink, that you have had enough.  As the water works its way through the body you might not notice it, but when it is time to eliminate the waste, notice what that feels like.

Now look back from the times you drank  water during the day, even if you can only remember one time when you consciously did it, to now that it has been eliminated.

What impact did this water have on you? What adjustments need to be made for a better experience? Even if I don’t feel I have the answers clearly, I might experiment by changing the temperature of the water, the quantity I drink, the quality of the water, my mood when I was drinking and any other factors I can think of that might affect the experience.

Do you see how the practice of observing the body signals can translate to other areas?  Don’t you feel more aware of the power of choice, not just in drinking water but in so many other moments in life? Do you see the same conscious way of observing ourselves as we drink water, is the same way that we observe ourselves in sitting meditation? Training yourself to consciously engage is a marvelous life skill. Consciously drinking water is a fairly safe practice ground. What do you think? Have I given you a good starting point?

 

Do We Need to Detach from Loved Ones?


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The Self has love for all.

The idea is not to be caught up in the object of loving but to give attention to the experience of love and where it comes from and what love truly is.  Because when you have true love within your being, that love will manifest towards all.                                 Sri Vasudeva

Non-judgment brings Lightness of Being


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When you are not caught in a judgment, there is a feeling that you are free.                There is a lightness that comes, so that you can really navigate, you can float in the space.                                                                                                                             The moment the mind is not tied to anything, there is a freedom in the consciousness.  Sri Vasudeva

Learn to Observe From an Expansive View


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When you define someone as “foolish” for example, you have put them in a box. Are you going to keep them there? And the same with yourself; if you judge yourself to be foolish, worthless, helpless and you keep yourself in that box, what is going to happen? You leave no room whatsoever for transformation and change. So the idea of observing with non-judgment is extremely important. I know that it is not an easy thing because we are so caught up in judgments. We need some kind of grace there to lift us in the space where we can see things differently, where we can observe in a more expansive view.                                                                                                                                                Sri Vasudeva

Relationships are Tools for Spiritual Growth


sparrows-2426763__340.jpgSome of us never look at ourselves. We look only outside and we blame everyone for everything. We create a lot of stress within us and outside, and we do not see how this impacts our wellbeing. We can’t sleep properly; we can’t eat properly. We live with these stresses and at some point they surface in terms of physical illness.
Our relationships, therefore, are really a mirror of our wellbeing. They tell how well we are centred within and how harmoniously we relate. So the goal will be to create harmony in all relationships and to see the meaning and purpose of them. The goal is to use them as tools for spiritual growth, for promoting more harmony within and around. It is for promoting more enlightened living because the goal of life itself is the evolution of the soul. It is the evolution of consciousness. Therefore, look at all your relationships and see whether they meet this. Sri Vasudeva

Seeking Divine Love


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I am Yours, O Supreme and infinite love within me. Let my ego melt in You.                     Let me become Your perfect instrument in this play.

I hold my body that You may drive away every bit of darkness that may be within me. Energize my every cell. I love you my body; you are God’s gift to me.                                      I love you my every cell; you are so precious to me.

I am a friend of all. I wish everyone well.                                                                                        I centre in harmonious co-existence with the elements of nature, and with all creatures in this existence. In this harmony, I feel free in my soul, unburdened, unfettered.               I adore You in all of creation.          

Let my mind offer you the most beautiful thoughts, fragrant with love.                             You are the wind beneath my wings of love.                                                                                                                               How can I exist without You?

I am Yours, O Supreme One, all of me; body, mind and soul.                                               Bless me; hold me in Your Being that my every moment will be filled with You.                                                                To You, my soul bows again and again.                                                                                       Om peace, peace, peace.                                                                                                                   Sri Vasudeva

Stay True to Who You Are


bleeding-heart-254010_960_720.jpgThe most wonderful relationship you can ever have with the Master, or anyone else, is not that of dependency, but that of sharing, that of collaborating, that of creating unity and harmony. Look for nothing else but for that relationship of oneness, where you do not lose yourself. “I am there and I am relating from who I am and I am staying true to who I am.” That gives me much more power when you relate to me like that. I feel happy because then I see you are becoming the Master, and when you become the Master, it brings me the greatest happiness, not when you are the slave. That does not give me any excitement at all, when everything is about Guru, “Guru said this. Guru said that.” What do you say? Speak from your own truth and as your truth grows, speak from that and hold anybody else’s word as a possibility. “You know, I have listened to what Guru says and this seems like a strong possibility. I want to explore this.” The “I” remains strong.

Then somebody may tell you, “Oh that experience you are having is not true. That is in the imagination.” When you have no sense of Self, you are wiped out. The person has destroyed you because you gave your power away to them, “Oh my God, is that true? Oh my God, what is happening to me?” We become powerless. How many times have we become powerless in speaking with people and feeling we are not where we think we are? No, do not ever do that. Stay in your own seat of power, what you know to be true, and stand up to it.

You need to stay in your own “I” throughout the journey. Your own “I” is the best “I” you can ever think about. The moment you stay there, I am more attracted to you. I want to support you more. The moment I can see that you are staying in your own “I,” and you are really exploring the journey, I become more interested in you, because I am seeing that you are making the true journey. So do not get caught up in the externals. Look for the internal. That is the goal of this journey. Look for it inside and you will find it. You have everything the Master has inside of you. You have everything inside of you that anyone has for that matter. Do not give your power away. Sri Vasudeva