Encountering Human Nature

As you move through your day today, you will undoubtedly encounter fellow human beings. And how will you feel, respond, react… when fellow humans interact with you, especially if the encounter is negative?

Remember:
Responsible = Able to Respond.
React = Re – Acting (acting out, mimicking) what you see and/or hear from the other person.

You alone are responsible for your feelings and how you choose to act upon them. But don’t fret– this is, in fact, good news! Because, through practice, observance, patience, and meditation, you can decide and shape your inner conditions, to make way for peace in your life!

So, today, will you simply mimic and blindly throw back what the other person is confronting you with? Or will you pause, get grounded, and take Responsibility?

Make it a beautiful day! You have all the resources and power you need within you to make it so.

Get Grounded

One of the most important and most enjoyable experiences I’ve encountered (and have been practicing regularly now for nearly the past week) is that of the Grounding Meditation as described and taught by the wonderfully in-depth and knowledgeable author at Kundalini-teacher.com.

The challenge set forth is to practice this meditation eight times a day for 45 days, as this will build the process and constant awareness of grounding into a habit. I have taken an immense interest and joy in maintaining this challenge successfully now for almost the past week. I have found a beautiful sense of balance, awareness, peace, well-being, acceptance, and more dwelling and arising within me.

Some notions I have become conscious of during the course of my meditation-experience:

  • that I am connected and intertwined intricately with the forces of this planet and universe (it puts Carl Sagan’s statement that “We’re made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself” in a very real light!)
  • therefore, we have “all that it takes” within us, as we exist as a part of the All (more on these thoughts to come, promise…)
  • I feed the energy of the All as it also feeds my energy
  • I am never alone and I am always loved unconditionally
  • I have learned to discern and hear my Heart Voice
  • I have begun to just scratch the surface of understanding the beautiful complexity that is me (and by nature, all of us); that my Heart Voice is in actuality, Me; but it is the true me, my spirit, my unconscious…and who else would know me better than, well, me?
  • I’ve begun to note and take a curiosity in how the myths and religions of so many cultures seem to speak of this very thing, this Heart Voice, this Unconscious Self that is connected to All… giving it names we can relate to, such as God, Inner Guru, Allah, Ra, etc…. but in terms and parables relevant to its ability to comprehend such intimate complexity (plenty more on this to come in the future, too…Lots more details and examples I can think of…)

And this is all only after a week of getting to know myself a little better. 😉

Will you take the challenge? Read through the article, give grounding a chance and see what it can do to improve your perception of the world and your place in it!

Myth as Allegory

What if…

…the cultures of the past and their ancient myths — stories of G/god(s), Goddesses, man, creation, spirit… some familiar, others not as familiar to some of us — are all saying essentially the same thing? Speaking to us from afar, as it were?

What if the ancients were far wiser than that for which we modern-folk tend to give them credit; what if, by way of painting the grander picture of things unseen yet intimately known — through the vehicle of Myth — our ancient forefathers explained to the best of their ability the nature of Us, our duality of body/mind vs. spirit, the non-duality of our consciousness, and the workings of the Universe? And what if we were not meant to take these stories as literal truths, but to ponder them and learn from them as analogous to our deeper nature?

As John Lennon states very effectively in his beloved song, Imagine there’s no heaven… no hell below us…

Our Optical Delusion

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest: a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”

–Albert Einstein

very wise words…

Imagine

This has been resonating in my head all day… Sing along! 🙂

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will live as one