Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Write Your Life! - May 2016 - Week 4: BECOMING - Wisdom from RUMI

"Everyone has been made 
for some particular work, 
and the desire for that work 
has been put in every heart." 

MEDITATION: In the Center of Your Heart

The following is a simple meditation that will allow you to start to discover what is in your own heart. What work? What desires? What hidden talents or passions? 

For this meditation you will need a meditation timer and about twenty-five minutes of uninterrupted time. Set the timer for twenty-one minutes, or the longest amount of time you feel comfortable with.  
Start by taking three deep breaths. 
Now shift your attention to the center of your chest, to your heart chakra. Begin to breathe from this place. Breathe IN through your heart chakra; breathe OUT through your heart chakra. 
Allow your chest to expand and contract as you breathe. Notice any feelings or sensations that arise. What desires are in your heart space? What does your heart yearn for? (MORE what?) What makes your heart sing and soar? 
Continue to breathe from your heart chakra for the remainder of the time, listening to your heart. 

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Write Your Life! - May 2016 - Week 4: BECOMING - Wisdom from Don Miguel Ruiz

"If you can see yourself as an artist 
and you can see that your life is your own creation, 
why not create the most beautiful story for yourself?"
--Don Miguel Ruiz

Monday, May 30, 2016

Write Your Life! - May 2016 - Week 4: BECOMING

"We have to rewrite ourselves again and draw all new maps." --Mary-Louise Parker

This quote is from Mary-Louise Parker's book entitled, "Dear Mister You," in which she writes letters to a number of men who have been significant in her life. I read it while finishing up, "Write Your Life!" and it fit perfectly for the introduction to the penultimate - and perhaps most important - chapter called, naturally, "Write Your Life!"

There is too much going on in that chapter to cover it in one blog post, so I am going to share a different exercise today, one that hopefully will give you a roadmap for where you want to go next.

For this exercise you will need a few sheets of paper (or your journal if you prefer), a pen, and two sessions of about forty-five minutes each of uninterrupted time, maybe a bit less.

Start by taking three deep breaths. Set your meditation timer for five minutes and allow yourself to just BE for a few minutes before you begin.

Now draw a map of your life. Where did you come from? Where have you been? Where are you going? Draw pictures, write notes, whatever works best for you. Draw a map of your WHOLE life, including the parts you haven't lived yet. Have fun with this and let your creativity flow. Try not to censor or react to what you are drawing (and don't judge the artwork, that is SO not the point), just draw.

When you are done, set it aside for at least thirty minutes, up to a day or so.

When you come back to your map, look at it objectively. What do you like about it? What don't you like? (Again, not the artwork, but the content.) What would you like to change?

Take a second piece of paper and draw a new map - the map of your dreams. What do you wish your life had been like? What do you wish it was like now? What do you wish for your future? Again, don't censor or judge, just draw.

When you are done and pleased with your map, find a place to hang it up or keep it where you can look at it often. Allow this "re-do" to infuse your life and guide you in the future.

In reality we cannot change our pasts, but that does not mean we cannot draw all new maps and live "as if" that were our reality. How would this change how you move in the world? How would it change how you see yourself? How you see others? Allow this new map to overlay your original life map and make positive changes wherever possible.

I would love to hear how this experience was for you and am always open to questions about any of the exercises or meditations. Feel free to comment below or on my Facebook Community Page, Being & Becoming. Have a great week!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Write Your Life! - May 2016 - Week 3: RELEASING - Wisdom from www.personaltransformation.com

"To awaken to your true nature,
who you really are, 
simply 'let go' of all the stories
and 'be' right now." 

What story do you need to LET GO so that you can BE right now? What story do you need to LET GO so that you can embrace what comes next? 

Spend some time meditating on your "story" and what parts of it are ready to be released. Then release it into the Violet Flame (or with some other ritual of your choice) and LET IT GO! 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Write Your Life! - May 2016 - Week 3: RELEASING - Wisdom from Amara Rose

"Be grateful 
for all the challenging people 
in your life -- 
bosses, co-workers, in-laws, 
children, friends -- 
because they're 
your greatest teachers. 
These relationships are difficult 
precisely because of 
your resistance to the lesson, 
which might be about compassion, 
self-worth, generosity, 
or unconditional love." 
--Amara Rose

This week I am reading the prosperity classic, "The Game of Life and How To Play It," by Florence Scovel Shinn and there are some great reminders in the book. One, in particular, relative to our work this week with RELEASING. 

Here is the affirmation: "I cast this burden of resentment on the Christ within, and I go free, to be loving, harmonious and happy."

Is there someone on whom you have heaped your resentment over the past few days, weeks, or even years? Let it go by repeating this mantra whenever you think of this person. Allow yourself to be free from resentment and anger. RELEASE it to the Christ within. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Write Your Life! - May 2016 - Week 3: RELEASING - Wisdom from Gloria Burgess

"What is the story you need to let go of so that you can step into the story that is waiting just for you?"       --Gloria Burgess, PhD, Jazz INC

When I did my own RELEASING meditation, what came to me was the word CONTROL. I need to let go of CONTROL over all aspects of my life. I need to "let go and let God."

This may sound crazy or even fundamentalist, but if you sit back and truly think about it what can we control in this life? Pretty much NOTHING. So why not admit that and live from that reality instead of spending so much time and effort trying to control that which I cannot control anyway?

The physical manifestation of RELEASING, for me, is taking a deep breath. When I take a really deep breath and let it all out in one long AH-H-H....I feel the sensation of letting go and it is such a relief.

I am no longer pretending that I have it all together, that I have all the answers, that I am in control. I am releasing control and it is such a relief.

After my meditation I asked God to take control of my life. To remind me constantly that I do not know what the next second will bring - not to mention tomorrow - and to lead me to do only that which is in my heart and mind right now.

Meditate. Breathe. Put one foot in front of the other and trust that I will be led wherever I need to go as long as I let go of the need to control exactly WHERE that is and exactly HOW it will happen.

This doesn't mean that I don't have hopes and dreams and preferences. Of course I do. And of course the Universe takes this into account, but I am not in control. And it is such a relief.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Write Your Life! - May 2016 - Week 3: RELEASING - Wisdom from Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. 
He who is devoid of the power to forgive 
is devoid of the power to love."  
--Martin Luther King, Jr. 

As I mentioned yesterday, RELEASING can take many forms, and one form is forgiveness. Who do you need to forgive in order to move forward in your life? 

Try using the Violet Flame Meditation today for forgiveness. As you ask that the Violet Flame be sent from the center of the Earth, place an image of the person you need to forgive in your heart chakra. Allow the Violet Flame to burn away any hurt, any resentment, any attachment, any negative energy you may feel. Release and let it go. 

If you find that you want to do more forgiveness work, click here for Day 1 of my 30 Days of Forgiveness challenge from 2014 or above on the word forgiveness for the 2015 challenge. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Write Your Life! - May 2016 - Week 3: RELEASING

"It is not what we carry with us, but what we let go that defines us."
--Charlie Crews, "Life," S2 E9

The focus for this week (Week 3) is on RELEASING. 

Releasing can take many forms: letting go of something that is not working, moving on from a relationship that no longer feeds us, forgiving someone who has hurt us, detoxifying our bodies and minds from that which we consume that somehow damages us, etc. 

One of my favorite tools for releasing is The Violet Flame Meditation. If you are a long-time reader you have almost surely heard me talk about this before. It is one of my favorite tools for forgiveness and is also great for RELEASING. In fact, I have a whole page on my website devoted to it. If you would like to learn more about this meditation, I encourage you to check it out. 

Or, if you just want to give it a try, follow the instructions below: 

Think of one thing that you would like to work on releasing and use the Violet Flame to help facilitate its release. If you would prefer to listen to the meditation, click here for a recorded version.  (The recorded version is slightly different from the version included here.) 

Start by taking three deep breaths. Bring to mind the thing that you would like to release. 

Imagine that you are holding three pieces of paper in your hands.  In your mind, write on these pieces of paper that which you would like to release. Set them aside.

Using flat stones, build an imaginary base on which to start a fire. Start with one stone in the middle and build out, one stone at a time in a circular pattern, creating a circle of stones about three feet in diameter. 

Now imagine crumpling up each of the three pieces of paper on which you "wrote" the thing you would like to release, and place the three balls of paper in the center of the stone base.

In your mind gather a handful of twigs, three medium-sized sticks, and three small logs. Place the twigs on top of the balls of paper. Then take the three sticks and prop them up on the base, over the twigs, in the form of a triangle or a tepee. Take the three small logs and position them on the outside of the three sticks in the same formation.

Ask Saint Germain to come forward and hand you some matches. Take the matches and offer him your thanks. Strike a match and light the fire with the violet flame. Watch as it burns away all of your stress, your attachments, grievances, and hurts.

As the fire builds in your mind, step into the fire and allow it to burn away any negative energy you are holding in your body or in your aura. Release all negative emotions, negative thought patterns, and negative energies past and present that are currently effecting you. Stand in the fire until you feel clean.

If you are using the Violet Flame Meditation to forgive someone, imagine that person standing next to you. Stand up and take their hand. Ask them to step into the fire with you.  If they agree, step into the fire. [If they do not agree, step into the fire yourself and let them watch or walk away. The meditation will be effective either way.]

When you feel complete, step out of the fire and give thanks to God and St Germain for this meditation.

If you have any questions about the meditation (or anything else), feel free to comment below and I will respond. Or find me on my Facebook community, Being & Becoming. Don't hesitate to contact me - I love questions! 

And don't forget to enter your email address in the box to your right -------> to receive posts via email. This is especially nice for the inspirational quotes that will be posted throughout this week. These daily reminders to focus on RELEASING can really help. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Write Your Life! - May 2016 - Week 2: KNOWING - Wisdom from The Universe

"If you LISTEN, 
you will know everything
 you need to know." 
 --The Universe 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Write Your Life! - May 2016 - Week 2: KNOWING - Wisdom from Albert Einstein

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. 
We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."  

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Write Your Life! - May 2016 - Week 2: KNOWING

"We all have a better guide in ourselves, 
if we would attend to it, 
than any other person can be." 

The theme for week two is KNOWING. This week is all about INTUITION and how to tap into yours. Making time for meditation and just BEING is a big part of that so I hope you will continue your work from last week and make time every day this week to just BE. 

If you would like to start to play with your intuition, try out the exercise below. For this exercise you will need your journal (or a couple of sheets of paper), a pen and a comfortable place to sit and write.

Start with at least five minutes of just BEING. Then take three deep breaths. IN...and OUT....IN...and OUT...IN...and OUT....  
Ground yourself by placing your feet firmly on the floor. Sit up straight, resting your torso and head evenly on your sitting bones. Take another deep breath.
Bring to mind the biggest challenge or problem in your life right now. What are you struggling with? What question seemingly has no answer? Write a brief description of your problem at the top of the page. 
Take another deep breath and, as you do, start to access your inner voice. This can mean locating it in your body or engaging it in conversation. Maybe start by just saying "Hello." 
If you can't locate it or hear it, that's okay, just know that it is there and engage with it in whatever way feels most comfortable to you. 
Sit with this inner voice for a few minutes, just getting to know it. Where is it? What is it like? Do you hear it or feel it? Does it speak to you in pictures, words, feelings or impressions? 
Once you feel like you have a sense of your inner voice, return to the page and start writing a solution (or solutions) to your problem from the perspective of this inner voice. 
Write down everything that comes to you. Don't edit or sensor or judge. You are simply here to take dictation.
Often what comes out first will be junk - "I can't do this." "This is ridiculous." "I am too busy for this." - whatever your negative mind thoughts, get them all out and then just let them go. 
Soon you should enter a space of non-thinking, of just intuiting. Write everything that comes to you. Get it all down. When you feel complete, stop writing and set your journal aside for the rest of the day. 
Tomorrow, or whenever you feel ready, read over what you have written and see how it feels to you. Did you come up with some good ideas? Do they seem a bit out there or very different from how you would normally approach a problem like this? Are they a bit scary and outside of your comfort zone? 
Take baby steps this week and start to try out your suggestions. How do things go? Better than usual or about the same? 
As you go about your life this week watch for signs that you are on the right track. You may hear a song, read a quote or run into someone, and be reminded of what you wrote. Let this be a sign that you are in the flow of your intuition and that you are on the right track. 
Have a great week. Please let me know how this works for you and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Write Your Life! - May 2016 - Week 1: BEING - Wisdom from Phillip Shepherd

"If you open yourself to the hum of the world
--if you live in the present rather than in your idea of it--
it will change you." 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016

Write Your Life! - May 2016 - Week 1: BEING

"Close your eyes and just BE." --From "Write Your Life!"

Welcome to Week One of WRITE YOUR LIFE!

Before you get started, here are a few things it will be handy to have as you move through this process:
  1. A journal.
  2. Your favorite pen. 
  3. A meditation timer. 
  4. A quiet spot to meditate. 
If you don't have one or more of these things, no biggie, just do the best you can with what you have and you will be just fine. Now let's get started! 

Week one is about BEING. Just BEING. That's it.

In the fast-paced, ever-changing world we live in how often do you take the time to just BE? Not very often I would wager. So give it a try this week. 

First find a comfortable position, sitting cross-legged on a pillow or blanket, or in a chair with your feet flat on the floor, or even lying down with your arms at your sides and your legs splayed out in front of you (in corpse pose). 

Once in position, take ONE DEEP BREATH. Breathe IN....and then breathe OUT...

As you breathe IN, fill your lungs completely with air, all the way to the top. As you breathe OUT release all the air in one big WOOSH with an open mouth. Repeat two times.

Breathe IN....breathe OUT. Breathe IN....breathe OUT. 

Now close your eyes and just BE

There are no other instructions, Don't follow or regulate your breath. Don't visualize anything or count down from one hundred or chant OM. Don't DO anything. Just BE. 

Most likely you will not be able to do this perfectly. Your mind may wander. You may find yourself thinking or counting or making your grocery list. If this happens, don't panic and don't judge yourself. Simply STOP and just BE once again. Do this as often as necessary. 

Sit for as long as you are able. Twenty minutes is a nice amount of time, but if that is too much for you right now start with five or ten minutes and work up to twenty as the week goes on. If you are having a busy day and simply don't have that much time, do this for just one or two minutes. Even a minute or two is better than nothing. 

Make time every day this week to just BE. Check back daily for inspirational quotes to support you on your journey of BEING.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Write Your Life with Me!

"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." --Anaïs Nin

Starting next Monday I will be doing a month-long series of Write Your Life mini-sessions. Woah, that's a mouthful! So what does that even mean - "a month-long series of Write Your Life mini-sessions?"

Starting May 9th I will be posting one exercise from my new book "Write Your Life!" on my blog every Monday, allowing you to get a taste of the book and to begin to write your life. How will that work, you ask?

FIRST, sign up in the sidebar ---------------> to receive blog posts via email. That way you are sure to receive the exercise for the week every Monday.

NEXT, join my Facebook Community - Being & Becoming - to receive daily inspiration and responses to your questions LIVE every Tuesday and Thursday between 10:00 and 2:00 PST (I may not be online the whole time, but will respond as soon as I can during that time frame).

FINALLY, enter to win a FREE copy of "Write Your Life!" by asking a question, making a comment or retweeting one of my posts during the month of May. (The drawing will be held on Friday, June 10th and, yes, each comment means one more chance to win!)

So grab a journal and your favorite pen and START a new life today, WRITE a new life today, WRITE YOUR LIFE!

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