Prana: Something to Take With You Today

I’ve been determined these past few weeks to meditate every single day, and it’s been extremely helpful for my practice of internal balance and individuation.

I decided to do a 25-minute long session today, unguided — meaning, I was left alone with none but myself for 25 whole minutes, haha!

What I kept coming back to was my breath. I kept reminding myself that, while my body changes over these 25 minutes (I started sweating, my foot started falling asleep, my back needed to be reminded to rest on the easy flow from my diaphragm, etc…) — while all of that was happening, my breath never changed.

Prana is defined as “life force”:

[It] comprises all cosmic energies that permeate the Universe on all levels… In living beings, this universal energy is considered responsible for all bodily functions through five types of prana… Indologist Georg Feuerstein explains, “The Chinese call it chi, the Polynesians mana, the Amerindians orenda, and the ancient Germans od. It is an all-pervasive ‘organic’ energy.” — wikipedia

While some techniques of pranayama are meant to control the breath and life force, ceasing what is thought of as the origin of our mental restlessness, we can also focus on simply accepting and relying upon our prana, our breath. (I’ve been working on acceptance of my Shadow and other parts lately.)

So, to recap what I learned, my body will undergo changes throughout the day, my mind will stir with endless thoughts and feelings and beliefs… but my breath is always there, always flowing… in and out… and I can focus and rely on that regular pulsation of Life throughout my day. ❤

Choose Your Biofeedback Loop

Being Aware… Bringing yourself into the present moment…

What is biofeedback?

Biofeedback is just the idea that your brain is always sensing what is happening in your body and it reviews that information to decide how it should feel about the world.

…Since most stimuli that we experience is ambiguous, if you start to push the probability in the positive direction then that’s going to have a really beneficial effect. (Source)

When I sit and meditate on my breath I am choosing to direct my focus on how my physical body feels. When I’m sitting in the calm of this present moment, I recognize that my body feels relaxed.

True, my thoughts will often wander, especially when I’m in a chaotic season of my career (as I often am). But by letting those thoughts simply float away and by redirecting my focus onto the calm in my body, I am actively choosing to create a biofeedback loop based on the relaxation I presently feel. And in this manner, my thoughts are better able to fall in line.

Then, though my mind may be stirring, it holds no direct power over my mindset; indeed I am better able to direct my thoughts in the directions I choose them to go.

The Knight of Pentacles represents the element of Air (Thought) surrounded and grounded by Earth (Physical Reality)

Some of My Favorite Things

Things that always bring me happiness:

  • Sunflowers
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  • Mountains
  • Hematite
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  • Candles
  • Quiet Forests
  • Fluffy clouds
  • Butterflies
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  • A vast starry expanse
    galaxy clusters
  • Positively impacting a young person’s life
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  • Receiving a genuine smile or kind word from a stranger… Making an unforeseen connection

What is it that, without fail, brightens your life with the light of joy?

…Hold and embrace it closely today, and share your joy with others…

A Word of Wisdom

Where I live, I am surrounded very closely by a large, beautiful mountain range. The mountains, of course, are looming and plainly visible every day, even in adverse weather. However, isn’t it interesting?– How easily my mind can run in daily distractions to the point where I don’t even perceive the grandiose shape of the mountains in front and all around me!

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In the same manner Truth (in all it’s multifaceted beauty and complexity) is looming all around us; indeed it is inside me. Truth is in my heart; it is my Heart Voice; it is me, ever near me, in front of my nose at all times!

“As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27

The heart chakra–the Heart Voice; God or Goddess or Spirit–is connected (woven into the very fabric) of The All. The Truth and all it speaks, is inside of us.

20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
–John 17:20-21

But, like the grandiose and clearly evident truth of the visible mountains, we must quiet our minds from the everyday distractions that run it around that we might take notice. Too, one cannot force the truth to appear. We cannot through extreme study and effort on our part force to appear what is already there “in front of our noses.” Rather, we simply clear our own vision to see clearly what is there, and only then can we be in a position to look and study and get to know it better.

Listen deeply, listen inward, and your eyes will be opened to what you seek. It is already there; quiet your mind, live in the Now, and you’ll see it.