Feeling The Now

Where are you, right now? In every respect, where are you? And what does it feel like?

It’s amazing, when you get really present with where you find yourself right now. Your inner world, your life circumstances-  countless choices have brought you here.

What is determining your perception of your reality right now? Your mind or your heart? How different does life feel from a feeling place instead of a thinking one?

If you would like some help finding out, below are a couple of guided open eyed meditations. One was recorded in this very spot by Oak Creek.

They can be listened to alone or back to back. Each is about 8 minutes. I would suggest listening alone, or with someone you are  ready to be utterly authentic with.

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Coming Home to Peace

 

For me, it seems to be getting simpler. Feeling troubled? Unpack, find the blame or guilt, feel it, forgive it, let it go. All that bothers me reflects something from my own past.

The road back to inner peace can be a lot easier than I used to believe.

Life Feels Like I Feel

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Where there is resentment,
The world feels empty and cold.
Where there is anger,
Our world is full of turmoil.

Where there is fear,
The world is a dangerous place.
Where there is mistrust,
Lack of integrity appears everywhere.

Where beliefs are unchanging,
Everything is black and white.
Where there are endless questions,
We struggle to find solid ground.

Is this not so?

Where there is forgiveness,
The possibility of change is real.
Where there is love,
We can allow the unfolding of it all.

Where there is inner peace,
The world is a safe place.
Where there is trust,
Everyone is serving a purpose.

When our own hearts are the compass,
The world is a softer place.
When we stop, and start listening,
Right Now is foundation enough.

Life feels like you feel.
This is easily seen.
Does the news feel different
Than your children or pets?

It all starts with you,
How you feel about you.
When you’re enough for yourself,
The world will be too.

The world is a reflection
Of how we all feel,
Change starts with me,
Love is what heals.

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Self Acceptance, on a Global Scale

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What would happen if people all over the world let go of the need to fix, heal or improve any and all aspects of themselves?

A couple millennia of cultural conditioning has many of you envisioning disaster. But notice I used the word need, and not desire. While desire has many mothers, need has only one. Fear.

How often to we feel we need to be something other than what we are?

Do we look at infants this way? The elderly? They are off the judgement hook. How does it feel to view them this way? Warm? Light? Happy? How does it feel to think someone else needs to change? Just as warm, happy and light?

What if all your resistance to who YOU are right now was dropped? Truly let go of. How would you feel? Breathe into this idea for a moment.

Your willingness to do this will determine how peacefully you will one day leave this life. How conditional, then, is the peace in your life now?

There is nothing wrong with the satisfaction gained from hard work. From growth and change. And fear and judgement are indeed motivators. But if there is no lasting inner peace, what sort of love are we sharing? We can’t give what we don’t know within ourselves.

Observe Nature. Judgement does not exist there, yet we see growth and change occurring all the time. It is part of the natural flow and evolution of all things. Change will happen without us needing it to. It does not require our control. Without resistance to our Now, it will often happen much faster. And it’s always more gracefully.

But most people who haven’t faced death don’t know this to be true because most haven’t actually accepted ourselves completely for more than a few moments, if at all. Or we’ve accepted only the present version of ourselves, as just that. And only that. More conditional acceptance.

Why do it together? How does a holiday like Christmas feels? Or any national day of celebration? Or anger, for that matter? If your heart is open you can feel the collective energy. You can either fight against feeling jolly during Christmas season or go with the flow of it. The power of mass consciousness affects us all.

So what would a global day of self acceptance on a large scale feel like? A day of unconditional self love?

Let’s find out. Sunday Feb 9th.

We have a few weeks to practice, and share this idea.

Our thinking minds may resist this idea. It sort of puts it out of a job.

Much of our rational mind is tasked with offering solutions, moment to moment, on how we can survive, and beyond that, feel good. It offers these from its record of past experience along with all the information you’ve ever read, listened to or been told. Especially as a child. And if your mind shouted NO to the first sentence of this post, that’s ok. Like almost all minds, yours has been conditioned with some degree of judgement and away from unconditional love. It’s constantly bringing its labels and beliefs to bear on the present. All of that falls away in the pure present moment when we get there.

And we can get there several ways. Flowing freely in the expression of art, dance or song are powerful ways. The age old practice of focusing all of our attention on the breath is another. Much like the breath, gentle and expansive music without lyrics can take us there if we can put all of our attention on it.

Now, the mind is clever. It will allow for self acceptance for a moment if it sees it as a solution. A fix. If you approach it this way it’s not actually self acceptance, is it?

What I’m speaking of is an complete acceptance of yourself, as you are right now, forever. Yes, forever.

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And not because you have to. You don’t. Or need to. You don’t. That’s the whole point. Consider doing it simply for the joy of it. For a taste of true inner peace.

The resistance you may feel right now will hopefully add to the importance of actually doing this. Much of the world today reflects the absence of such unconditional love. We have it for puppies, babies and the dying, but not ourselves most of the time.

It is our resistance with what is both inside and outside of ourselves that keeps our defenses up. When we experience true wholeness there is nothing to protect. We are free to live from love and not from fear.

If this idea appeals to you, please share it. In your own words or mine. Let’s see how many hearts want to shift the collective consciousness a bit closer to peace. 

Global Self Acceptance Day~ Sunday February 9th

Below are a few tips on this simple practice.  If yoga, dance, art or other artistic flow is your way of quieting the mind and finding presence, simply use these tips once you are in your process. Or just sit or walk in Nature, or look out a window. Do this somewhere you feel safe. Move slowly through these steps. There is an audio guide below if you would like to use it. 

*Take a few deeps breaths. Follow your out breath down into the belly and notice the pause between breaths as you let your breathing relax.

*Rest in this pause, and let your whole gentle breath become a rest. Keep your eyes open.

*Relax your brow and jaw. Your shoulders.

*Keep your awareness on your breath, and feel the safety it holds.

*Let all your efforts drop away. Come to a complete stop inside.

*Notice how this moment feels as the breath flows up and around your heart, and back down to it’s pause.

*Allow the breath to flow into and embrace whatever this moment feels like.

*Keep breathing with an open heart.

*Feel into how the breath feels…about you. Open yourself to this.

*Let yourself agree. Whisper it out loud.

*Keep breathing, and choosing to accept yourself more deeply until it feels complete.

*Let your smiling heart shine.

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