Ananda Joy Bliss

Morning reading #meditation from Sally Kempton.

“The third aspect of the self is ananda, or joy. The ananda aspect of the Self encompasses many different kinds of experience, including love, bliss, and ecstasy. Ananda is the source of all true creativity: the impulse to make something – to do anything – actually comes out of our unborn joy, excitement, and delight.

The Taittiriya #Upanishad says, “All things are born out of bliss. They live in bliss and dissolve into bliss.”

…our experiences of happiness are possible only because #happiness is already inside us. In short it is not the other person, the beautiful scene, the film, or the tiramisu that creates joy. These things may trigger it, but the joy is intrinsic to us. In fact, the pleasure we experience through the senses is literally a shadow of the joy we gave inside.
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If you want to understand why I am the way I am or who I am at my core being then look no further than this basic teaching.
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As you look ahead to 2018 where in your life can you reconnect to the #ananda feeling of fulfillment and completeness?
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“Ananda is there when things are going well for us.
Ananda is also there when things are falling apart .”

My #christmas book recommendation is Meditation for the LOVE of it.
Also look for my free meditation series to start your #newyear with bliss steeped in ananda. ❤️

Simplifying Life Layer by Layer

The grounding that yoga brings serves us as a simplifying force in order to stabilize our minds. When grounded, we plug back into our best selves and become fully present and balanced. Our energy stabilizes. Once centered, we are able to clearly see the circumstances of our lives. We no longer over-respond or over-worry because the static noise of chaos doesn’t pull us apart.

“Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do but won’t get you very far.” -Proverb

Simplify. Be Inspired. Love Yourself. Love your Day. Love your Life.

That’s my mission. The hardest part has turned out to be the first one, simplifying. Life naturally seems to be about addition and society pushes us to do more and more. Honestly, it feels highly uncomfortable to go against the norm, do less, and let go of the “more is better” mentality. This cycle of consumption is everywhere and it’s easy to buy into it, literally buying stuff we don’t need.

In an effort to live my mission and Simplify even further. I choose to make this year about  letting go even more than ever before. I’ve never worked harder to release distractions that clutter my life. Inspired by Safire Rose poem (see below), I let go of fear, judgments, opinions, perfect reasons, advice, worry, my past, and all the right timings.

I have been an official digital nomad since January 6, 2017 when my Seattle, Washington, USA home sold and I put my final things in storage July 25, 2017 when I left Santa Cruz, California, USA. I’ve simplified to 2 suitcases and a backpack on this journey of simplicity.

I wasn’t sure what I’d find at the start, but I can say that this has been my version of walking the Camino di Santiago. Yes, maybe I will go on to do this pilgrimage too. But for now, the one I’m on has been profound. The learnings are life changing. From my experiment I offer you these ways you too can Simplify your life.

1. STUFF. Give away things you don’t need. Clothes, furniture, equipment, anything and every sort of stuff. Just let it go.

2. MIND. Quiet your mind. Let go of the thoughts you don’t need to replay over and over. Stop rehearsing the future. Practice seated mindfulness meditation for 3 minutes a day. Empty out what you don’t need in your head for less brain clutter.

3. TIME. Reduce time on line. Let go of the habit to numb out by watching hours of tv every day. Make a point to limit your screen time. Take digital detox regularly. Enjoy a social media cleanse every now and again. Edit the apps on your smart phone, you don’t need all that stuff. Put healthy boundaries to responding to email. Choose what you say Yes to.

At the very least, consider letting go of something small. Start there. I didn’t get to where I am overnight. Trying is worth the effort because simplifying increases our happiness, I promise you that. Ultimately, you can think of simplifying as the most straight forward way to practice Spiritual Maintenance to love yourself, love your day, love your life!

She let go By Rev. Safire Rose

Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of fear.

She let go of judgments.

She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her.

She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice.

She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She just let go. She let go of all the memories that held her back.

She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.

She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go.

She didn’t journal about it.

She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.

She made no public announcement.

She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.

She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.

She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.

No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort. There was no struggle.

It wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that. In the space of letting go, she let it all be.

A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her.

And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

What’s In My Wallet

What I have in my wallet right now?

I was taking time to organize my currencies.

What I saw was only New Zealand and Indonesia had #female faces. Indonesia has 3 different females represented in my few bills.

And as I looked front and back New Zealand and Costa Rica has a human on one side and an animal (eg bird) on the other side.

Indonesia has a Male on one side and female on the other.

USA was man on one side and building on the other. For USA I only had 10, 20, 100 dollar bills so I know there are more.

☮️ What’s in your wallet?

🕉 I learned from being a Human Resources Director with a specialism in recruiting that “like hires like.” We hire people that look and act most like us. We feel good about similiarities.

💜 I’m wondering how many female faces are represented on currencies worldwide? What is it that little girls, and us as women see every day? What people consider valuable is money.  And this in your face message that was has the greatest value to society is represented mostly, and in some countries only by men must affect us.

What you see here: Colones from Costa Rica, Euros, rupiah from Indonesia, New Zealand dollars, Australian dollars, American dollars. 6 currencies.

How do we change something so fundamental?

Can we envision a day where our wallets look like the human race?

If women are half the population shouldn’t our currencies reflect and support that view?

Just an observation.
And no I didn’t try to make this scientific. I simply looked at what I had in my wallet. I didn’t try to dig up the outliers.

I just have to believe #thefutureisfemale and I can’t wait to “see” this mirrored fairly in ordinary every day life.

#travel #wonderlust #meditation #balance #hope

My Daily Morning Ritual

My morning ritual begins with Meditation in Bed. The routine begins the same way every day in Four Parts:

1. I am so grateful for…. (I list my gratitudes)

2. May I be empty so LOVE flows through me (repeating this over & over to cleanse the channel to be a conduit of love)

3. I forgive myself for… (I practice forgiveness every day so I know how to forgive)

4. What would you have me know? or What would you have me do? (I reach to The One, to Great Spirit and ask and from there I simply listen for as long as I want to meditate).

I will do 11 minutes = the angel number or 13 minutes = the most powerful divine feminine number or 20-30 whatever moves me. But every day I meditate because life is chaotic and I need to know how to find the quiet amidst the noise.

My meditations themselves are often “loud” so the rest of my day can be peaceful.

#stillnessissexy

Labyrinth Meaning and Healing Power

“Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.” – Caroline Adams

We are all on the path… exactly where we need to be. The labyrinth is a model of that path.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.

A labyrinth is an archetype with which we can have a direct experience. We can walk it. It is a metaphor for life’s journey. It is a symbol that creates a sacred space and place and takes us out of our ego to “That Which Is Within.”

A labyrinth has only one path. It is unicursal. The way in is the way out. This means there is no ONE right way. All paths if heart are the way.

A labyrinth is a right brain task. It involves intuition, creativity, and imagery. With a maze many choices must be made and an active mind is needed to solve the problem of finding the center. With a labyrinth there is only one choice to be made. The choice is to enter or not. A more passive, receptive mindset is needed. The choice is whether or not to walk a spiritual path.

At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.

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I am Not Afraid of the Dark

I am not afraid of the dark and neither should you be. I am your loving guide into Shadow work in a gentle way. At your own pace. I am honored that you trust me this way. I love you!

“Personal discovery and growth come from letting there be room for all this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.

Suffering comes from wishing things were different. Misery is self-inflicted, when we are expecting the “idea” to overcome the “actual,” or needing things (or people, or places) to be different for us so we can then be happy.

Let the hard things in life break you. Let them effect you. Let them change you. Let those hard moments inform you. Let this pain be your teacher. The experiences of your life are trying to tell you something about yourself. Don’t cop out on that. Don’t run away and hide under your covers. What will you learn if you face it with courage? With full honesty and – lean into it.” #pemachodran

Join me here at Prana del Mar
Nov 25 – Dec 2, 2017
Dec 2 – 9, 2017 with Emily Perry Yoga Training + Retreats
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Meditation is like Aerobic Exercise for Your Mind

“Meditation is to the mind what aerobic exercise is to the body. Like exercise, there are many good ways to do it and you can find the one that suits you best. Meditation is the quintessential training of attention. Since attention is like a vacuum cleaner – sucking its contents into your brain through what’s called “experience-dependent neuroplasticity” – getting better control of your attention is the foundation of changing your brain, and thus your life, for the better.” – Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
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Just like aerobic exercise the only way to get the benefit of #Meditation is to do it.
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I would be honored to teach you #mindfulness meditation on a #yogaretreat or #yogateachertraining or invite me to your #yoga studio to lead a workshop.
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Silvia@alchemytours.com

Peace Mantra

The dream that won’t let me fall back asleep in this lifetime is to #teachpeace

So today try a reciting a peace #mantra like

“Om Mani Padme Hum”

Or

Shanti shanti shanti

Peace peace peace

 

Repeat 108 times or for 10-15 minutes

According to Harvard medical school, Of the many different meditation techniques being taught today, mantra meditation is one of the most highly effective in terms of increasing happiness, well being and health. And of the highly effective meditation techniques, mantra meditation is by far the easiest to learn and practice.

You learn to meditate by meditating. The silence and stillness you experience in meditation and the increased happiness and diminished stress you experience outside meditation are so attractive and welcomed that you naturally teach yourself how to go deeper into that silence and stillness each time you meditate.

To meditate you sit comfortably and quietly with your eyes closed and effortlessly and silently inside repeat a word or a short phrase called a mantra. Your mantra can be any word, sound, prayer or short phrase you like that is in your native language.

Continue repeating your mantra in that same simple, effortless way for 10-30 minutes. That repetition may not be a clear pronunciation of your mantra but instead may be just a faint idea of it.  As you continue thinking your mantra, thoughts and distractions will come, and that’s fine; having thoughts during meditation is natural. When thoughts and distractions do come just gently return to thinking your mantra in the same simple, effortless way as thoughts come. Choose the amount of time you meditate based on what suits you.

It’s important to not strain to make the mantra come, but rather to relax into effortlessness and let the mantra come in the same simple, effortless way as thoughts come. If you strain to make the mantra come that can create stress that tires you.

Avoid looking for experiences or signs of progress or failure with your meditation because that hinders meditation. Just be confident that after some time you will start to notice the benefits of meditating during your day. You may be happier, feeling more at ease and calmer, and getting along better with others. You may start noticing these benefits soon, or it may take up to six months of meditating regularly before you start to notice these benefits. So just get in the habit of meditating regularly and then stick with it. And be patient with yourself – if you stop meditating for a day or two, just go back and start meditating again.

Lens @pranadelmar #baja #mexico #travelchick #wanderlust #wonderlust @alchemytours

The Difference between Distraction and Disturbance

We live in an increasingly chaotic world where everything is sped up and super sized.

We are constantly being stimulated by the immediacy of technology. We are distracted thousands of times a day externally and a million more times internally. It’s not getting any easier; technology has made it harder for us to focus. There is now almost nowhere you can go where someone can’t reach you with something urgent and important (at least to them.)

However, with this said, distraction is not the problem.

It is the suffering we experience as a result of focusing our energy on that distraction that causes a disturbance.

Disturbance is defined by Wikipedia as “the interruption of a settled and peaceful condition, the disruption of healthy functioning.”

Distraction is defined by Wikipedia as “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else. And an extreme agitation of the mind or emotions.”

We live in a world of constant distraction. It’s easy to get agitated by the over stimulation of bells, whistles, alarms. With that said we could still overcome this if it wasn’t for how we try to deal with it in our left-brain centered world. The left-brain according to psychologists is adept at tasks that involve logic, numbers, reasoning, language and analytical thinking. We try to make peace by over controlling or denying the distraction. This will not bring us peace in our left-brain world.

Instead this feeds the disturbance to our mental patterns because it requires our brains to keep choosing to refocus on the distraction over and over again. We want to understand or fix the distraction thereby repeating it and giving it power. Our energy is being drained from us as we put it all towards the distraction that creates the disturbance. As a result we are living in mental poverty.

The solution to learning how not to be pulled into the tug of war of disturbance is Meditation.

 

Meditation will teach you the following:

  1. The difference between Attention and Awareness: Awareness is the forest, attention are the trees
  2. In our brain focused society rebuilding our awareness through a more global perspective will help us be less caught up in the details of our thoughts that distract us in a gazillion ways.

Attention and awareness and action are the intelligence of the soul

  1. How to concentrate. We have become a nation where the old saying you have my undivided attention is a thing of the past, these days if we’re honest we’d tell people “you have my divided attention.” Nobody knows how to listen these days.
  2. In grade school we had an opening meditation in the form of the pledge of allegiance; can you create an opening day mantra that can serve you today?
  3. In grade school we had recess to get rid of this excess energy-causing disturbance. Why not make a point to take an adult recess today? Run around, sit quietly, unplug.

Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

Life as a Roller Coaster

“Life can be like a roller coaster… And just when you think you’ve had enough, and your ready to get off the ride and take the calm, easy merry-go round… You change your mind, throw you hands in the air and ride the roller coaster all over again. That’s exhilaration…that’s living a bit on the edge…that’s being ALIVE.”  #staceycharter

Standing in the water and receiving healing at water purification ceremony yesterday in #Bali I was blessed with the clear download of where to move. The answer was so obvious. It was always there. All I had to do was throw my hands up in the Air and ride the roller coaster again. 

Now the challenge is to listen to the advice of spirit and move thru the fear of resistance.

Lens Goa Gajah #meditation temple with 7 goddess fountains. Favorite sarong wearing #ganesha 💕 in #lakshmi colors