…as a means to learning more about your self and accepting and loving who you are. Read more at our new blog for today’s inspiration.
– E.E. Cummings
Love. Of all the words in the English language “love” probably has the most meaning, or maybe the most elusive meaning. S0 basic to the soul of each one of us, love becomes the precious essence governing each of our lives. We ask ourselves; how do we find love? How do we share it? Can we maintain it with another person? And at the core of these questions we continue to wrap our thoughts around “what is love”? Constantly trying to answer this question and perhaps hitting a wall more often than not when it comes to finding the answer we ultimately end up taking pleasure and apathy in it’s elusiveness. But what if we change our thought process and perception around this word’s elusiveness and embrace it for what it is – the underlying root and foundational energy of all beings and things around us. Accept love and have faith in it!
Stepping into love we can begin to strip away the typical fears associated with it such as; am I good enough for it? Do I have enough love? Do I give enough of it? Instead of trying to find balance in love and answers to these questions work on stripping these questions from your psyche as if you were taking an eraser to a chalkboard. Start by reminding yourself that love is around you at all times supporting your every step through life. Once we decide to change our perception and choose to step into this faith, love will easily flow to and from every aspect of your life.
Source: Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life
As we move into August and move up our chakra ladder, we can finally celebrate and embrace all matters of the heart. Yes, that’s right the 4th chakra (and most beloved) is our heart chakra, known in Sanskrit as Anahata. The element for this chakra is air and the color is green. It’s purpose and focus is love, balance, self-acceptance, relationship, devotion and compassion. The demon associated with the heart-center is grief and the associated emotional deficiency that may arise from blockages are judgement, depression, fear of intimacy, lack of empathy, and loneliness. Just as the old adage goes – treat others as one would like others to treat oneself – this golden rule aligns perfectly with the the foundation of this chakra – the treatment to others and oneself is found in the ability and basic right to love.
According to the Veda’s love can always be found at the exact moment (and maintained) when consciousness expands. So for today’s meditation practice we’ll practice love without agenda. As we sit down and settle into our meditation creating time and space for our consciousness to expand we’ll feel, experience and give our love away with each inhale and exhale. To begin start by visualizing a bright green light radiating from the center of your chest. If this comes easily to you then start to bring this light into the shape of a heart. Once your awareness settles on the green glow begin to introduce the corresponding verb to this chakra “LOVE”. As you inhale silently say to yourself “I” and with each exhale “love”. For the remainder of your meditation repeat this mantra 12 times (the number of lotus petals associated with anahata is 12) and with each repetition don’t be shy to bring in a person, place, or thing that comes to mind – the very first thing that comes to mind. Not focusing on someone or something that you typically express love to daily but anything in general, what we’re trying to practice is love without agenda. Be open and natural as you practice and remember it’s ok, actually better than ok, to say “I love me”. Once you’ve completed your 12 breaths refocus your attention on your green heart glow, stay here with smooth inhales and exhales for 10-15 minutes.
“Accept everything about yourself, I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end, no apologies, no regrets.”
– Clark Moustakas
Photo: Note Card Poetry
Ok, so you may be thinking what a beautiful quote but too bad it doesn’t pertain to me. My response to you is that every being, every person is creative. All day, every day we create and co-create. Yes, that’s right. You may have thought or even voiced that you’re no artist and have thought that because you don’t paint and draw or have a “traditional” art practice but that does not mean you don’t have artistic expression. We create all day – the daily choices you make create the life you’re living and experience right now!
Creativity belongs to all of us and is something we actively pursue and participate in everyday. The word art comes from the root word “ar” in latin which means “to fit together”, an action we do everyday. We may not be painters or graphic designers but we are all artists of our own life, our own destiny. Every time we fit something together we’re creating – whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, even the clothes we choose to wear for the day. So the next time you find yourself creating take a moment to enjoy the process of action and choice and how this relates to your sense of adventure and love of play.
Photo: Suzie Cheel
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You’re playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson