Do you Meditate? The Benefits of Meditation.

Do you meditate? Do you take time everyday to just get still and relax? The long term benefits of meditation have been studied and accepted by the medical community. OK, so some doctors may not call it mediation. However, all doctors will agree incorporating some form of relaxation and rejuvenation time is essential for a human being’s long term health. They just may not call it meditation. I actually take time everyday to meditate in some form and if I could change one thing in this world it would be that everyone would incorporate some form of a daily meditation practice. I believe that a regular meditation practice brings an inner peace that is reflected in how you deal with the world around you. A co-worker once asked me how I would solve the challenge of world peace. My answer – inner peace. Then he asked how to achieve inner peace. My answer – meditation

Why am I bringing this up this week? I’m reading an interesting book – The Secret Teaching of Plants. If you have been following my What Am I Reading section you might realize that I didn’t really like the way this book started out. My impression was that the author, Stephen Harrod Buhner, was saying that math and mathematical thinking, which I find to be very elegant and beautiful, are a waste of time. I was able to reconcile myself to his opinion and continue reading. I’m glad I did. He has been writing, in the current chapter I’m reading, about how when we put our attention on our heart and our emotions for an extended period of time, all of our electromagnetic fields will synchronize to the heart’s field. That synchronization strengthens all our fields beyond the combination of them alone – the sum is greater than the parts sort of thing. Then he goes on to list all of the many benefits of this synchronization, most of them very technical in nature and very cool to read. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a different view on how our bodies work. So, reflecting on these concepts brought me back to the benefits of meditation and using that meditative time to focus on our heart’s space and our emotions.

When people think of meditation usually they think of Transcendental meditation or of someone sitting cross legged and chanting the word OM over and over. These are only two forms of meditation. Meditation techniques and styles are quite varied. The simplest is spending time everyday just following your breath in and out of your lungs. If you have tried one type of meditation in your life and you didn’t like it, I challenge you to check out some different forms of meditation. There are an amazing amount of guided meditations available for free on the web. If you are in the area, I co-host a guided meditation group the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month. We try to explore different types of guided meditation to give people a different sampling of what’s out there. Contact me for more info. However you do it, put aside time every day to to get still and to be quiet with yourself. The changes in your life will be amazing.

In love and light

Celina

Choice is Our Greatest Gift.

One of the greatest gifts we, the human race, have been given is the gift of free will, or in other words: the gift of choice. One can argue that this gift has caused countless years of brutal treatment, torment, pain and suffering. However, it has also caused amazing beauty, kindness, bravery and peace. It has given people the ability to overcome the human being’s basic instincts and to rise above them. It has given us the ability to respond to situations and not just react based on past conditioning. The ability to reason, to grow, to expand beyond all that has come before in our history as a race, this is also a gift of choice. As with anything, what we do with our free will is our choice.

If you fully embrace this gift and incorporate it into your life, it will give you the opportunity to live life with less stress, frustration and anger. It will help you to incorporate new ideas, new perspectives and new opportunities into your life. With a simple step into full awareness and acceptance of the belief that you have a choice about anything and everything that comes into your life, you will create a life filled with abundance, health and joy.

The key to this awareness is to remember that regardless of what is going on around you, you have a choice of how to view this situation. No matter what else happens, that choice can never, ever, ever be taken away from you. There are horrible and awful situations happening around us and to us every day. One choice is to view the situation as “I can’t do anything about it” and stay trapped in that situation. Other choices are to look at what you can learn, where you can serve, where is there an opportunity to change, what you can do to make this a better situation or where you can go to get out of the situation. As long as you believe you have no choice, you will never look for those opportunities.

In love and light

Celina

Anger & Fear – Are You Using Them Creatively?

Today I’d like to talk about anger and fear – two emotions that seem to have gotten a bad rap in our society. Actually, most emotions have gotten a bad rap. If you demonstrate any emotions when you are speaking to people, they seem to use that as a way to dismiss what you say as “emotional” and therefore not worth their attention. However, that is a post for another day. Today I am writing about fear and anger.

Most people will do anything they can to be sure not to exhibit fear or anger. For that matter, most people are not even willing to feel or to acknowledge that they are feeling those emotions. When we do see someone who is exhibiting these emotions we get uncomfortable and then proceed to coerce them into not feeling these emotions. A child who wakes up afraid from a dream is told, “It’s just a dream.” This dismisses the fear as irrelative because “It’s just a dream.” We are told to push past the fear, to feel and do it anyway, to put aside the fear, and take action. When we are angry, our words are dismissed because they “were spoken in anger.” When we see someone who is angry, everyone backs up and backs away, no longer giving attention to that person, just to that person’s anger. When we are asked “Why are you angry?” it is asked in such a way that we are made to feel like we have no right to be angry. A child throwing an angry tantrum is told to “Behave!” or else “I’ll give you something to cry about!”

Anger and fear are emotions, the same as joy, love, and excitement. They are not positive or negative. These emotions are as much a part of the human condition as blue eyes and brown hair. They just ARE and like any emotions, they give insights and clues into what is going on for us as humans. Both anger and fear are indicator that somewhere in our mind and body we believe that something is not the way it should be. These emotions let us know that something is “Wrong.” When you allow yourself to feel these emotions you can get to the base of what the “wrongness” is about. You can use these emotions as indicators to take another look, assess the situation, find out what is going on for you, and find out what’s going on in the situation. They are amazing opportunities for growth and change.

These emotions have a place and a purpose. If you are a woman alone on a dark street and someone approaches you – fear keeps you alert and it will give you energy for action if needed. If you see an act of injustice, anger can give you that push and energy you need to take action to right that injustice. However, if you are in a business meeting and you are angry with someone when they disagree with your suggestion, this is an excellent opportunity to feel the anger and learn what is going on with you and the situation. Maybe you feel like you are being threatened; maybe you are intolerant because they can’t see the “right” thing to do; maybe you feel defensive, unheard or unworthy. You can use this as an opportunity to look and see what belief system this anger is defending. Then you can look and see if that belief system is supporting you or not. The emotion of fear can be used the same way – “Why am I afraid?”, “What is going on here?”, “Am I paying attention to my instincts?” All emotions that we feel are great spring boards to learn more about our belief systems. Fear and anger are especially great opportunities to learn from, because they are emotions that we become very aware of. We are aware of them because they have gotten such a bad rap and we do everything we can to suppress and ignore them! Use these emotions as the opportunities that they are.

In love and light

Celina