Why are you here? What are you supposed to do with your life? What is your purpose?
These are giants, as far as questions go. The answers are not simple and not always clear. Perhaps it is not known until the end, looking back, when everything becomes understood.
What has made all the difference to me has been meditation. When I sit in meditation I become connected to a higher point of view. Things settle in. I get to see my life through the eyes of my source. From that perspective, it is easier to feel and sense when I am on the path or off of it.
When your thoughts and emotions are settled in meditation, there is a distinctive calm energy that can be felt. When your thoughts are distracted or unfocused, a tension resides in the body.
This ease and tension dichotomy is a clear indicator of what is closer to your purpose and what is further from it. It is like your own magic compass that constantly points you toward your dreams.
The feeling of joy expands as you begin to choose life experiences that are aligned with your path.
It might be difficult to put words to the path you are on, or even know exactly where you are headed, but you can always know whether you are on track or not, by how you feel.
The more you meditate, the easier it is define the feeling of being in joy and on your path. The signals get stronger and clearer after even a few minutes of sitting in stillness.
Your true life purpose goes beyond a job, a relationship, or an accomplishment. It is a trajectory. It is a direction. It is orienting yourself towards the Divine wisdom that already lives within you. It is about being willing to travel full circle, to humbly return home again knowing that you did your best, uplifted a few others, and experienced the gift of your life. Your purpose is to travel that sometimes meandering journey and discover the sweetness of each step.
There I am. At the top of my mat. Again. Wobbling. Balancing. Losing balance. Resting. Trying again.
In a recent class, I got a whole new perspective on what yoga can do. It felt like I was inside the test tube looking out. I was in the practice but not in it. Observing the sway and swirl of emotions that scattered through me as I transitioned from pose to pose.
I felt like I was wringing the unwanted emotions right out of my cells, just like you would a cloth. Each pose shifted some new emotion to the surface. The breath, beautifully capturing and dispelling the unneeded thoughts, left me slightly emptied, like the somewhat hollow feeling after a good cry. A void where the old thought once lived. Now empty and waiting for the light to pour in.
Standing in Warrior, I felt weakness creep up my limbs. Not a physical tiredness, but an emotional one. Some small corner of my body was holding on to an old way of being. Even though my normal daily thoughts did not match what was now rising to the surface, the yoga practice shook it loose from my cells and allowed it to drift up and out. Riding the wave of breath and movement.
This powerful releasing is deeply healing. This is yoga. Union with the Divine. A surrendering and filling with spirit.
What does it take to be a yogi? Showing up. Surrender. Kindness.
That is it.
Make your practice simple. No matter what is happening, no matter what you are doing, if you strive to hitch yourself to the divine, you are doing yoga.
This is all that is needed. All that is required. Just a true wish to lean your cheek next to God’s. Letting the divinity sink in as you sink into the poses.
I also saw how incredibly powerful yoga and Reiki are together. Yoga knocks old patterns and thoughts loose. It brings them up and out. Reiki does that too and can help ease the process. Reiki smooths the rough edges of deep emotions as they are released from the body-mind. Reiki also adds in a massive influx of light, pure energy. It heals and fills you up with the essence of Divine Love. It establishes a new pattern of energy within you so that you can begin living from this new, healthier perspective.
Yoga and Reiki. A perfect balance. Yin and Yang. Active and passive. Between these two pillars, there is unity.
It can be so easy to hold someone else’s dream in your mind. I can easily see each and every one of you as wildly happy, healthy, joyful, and abundant. It is so easy.
It is likely why crowdfunding and microlending sites are so fun. We get to share in someone else’s dream and be that little angel that helps make it reality. The true success is not so much that the project gets funded, which most do, but that all of those eyes have shared the same vision, if only for a moment.
That brief look is hugely powerful. We can instantly dream alongside all of the other dreamers. We can share in the magic, if only for a moment. The possibilities that can happen are amazing when we dream a better dream for ourselves and others.
I truly believe the litmus test in self healing is to hold the positive vision for your own projects as easily as you hold it for others.
Can you see yourself as wildly happy, healthy, joyful, and abundant? Can you see that dream for you as easily as you see it for me?
If so, huzzah!
Love, compassion, and dreams are just as much yours as they are mine. You deserve this. You are allowed this. You can have this. It is already yours.
In Buddhism, where the concept of mindfulness originated, the heart is considered the seat of the mind.
The true mind, the wise voice within us, always resides in the heart. Our hearts contain unlimited compassion, wisdom, and Divine connection.
In our western philosophy, the mind has normally been equated with the brain. I have nothing against brains. I, personally, have lots of them! 😉 It is just important to remember that the intellect’s true purpose is to serve the wisdom of the heart. Not the other way around.
So if you live in North America, I recommend changing your meditation practice to heartfullness.
Use the power, wisdom, courage, and compassion of the heart to lead you to stillness. Surrender your clever brain and let your heart lead the way.
Brains only work if they are connected to a functioning heart. Let the heart lead and the brain follow.
March has been a turbo, jetpack of a month for me. The creative ideas have been coming fast and furious and I have willingly surrendered to the amazingness. YogaReiki (now a thing), meditation courses based on my book material, a new practitioner space, book writing, blogging, essential oil meditation, teaching Reiki. It is a really cool space to be, the the centre of my vortex of goodness.
Not a ‘fear’ scary, but a sense of being on what Abraham calls the ‘raw and ragged edge’ of expansion. I really don’t know what is around the bend. I cannot possibly see what is in store for me. I get the sense that it is BIG. Amazing. Phenomenal. I feel it.
It is like the feeling of gravity. The subtle acknowledgement of the pull of the moon on the ocean. Swooping the tide, massively, from shore to shore.
It feels exposing. Real. Honest. Like the fresh air truth brings. But deeper into the heart. Like a soul-filling song, sung from the inside. From the heart.
Part of me is timid. That part wants to know and predict and have guarantees. But mostly, I just want to throw my arms wide and rush in, heart first.
Getting to this point, being able to tell the difference between true fear and the vulnerable edge of growth, has taken me almost 20 years of personal and spiritual work. It is a process. I am in progress.
Now I know the difference. True fear leads you away from actual danger. You know in your heart something is not right, but you stay (or go) anyway. Usually just to be polite. That is fear.
Vulnerability pops up when you are moving out of your comfort zone, towards a life expanding and enhancing experience. You know in your heart, it is right for you. It is a magnetic, resonant pull. Vulnerability is good. It means you are growing. Doing what you mean to, not what you should.
That nervous feeling can be breathed through. Just like a contraction. It rolls on through, right over top of you, and on the other side is courage. The arms flung wide in victory moment you are fearing will never come.
Move toward your vulnerability. Arms open. It is the best way to receive.
Travelling is wonderful. The challenge of the journey creates a present, mindfulness that sharpens your experience.
The trick is to keep the same attentiveness in your day to day life that you would if you knew that you only had two weeks left on the vacation clock. Ticking away.
The truth is… you don’t really know. You don’t know how long your journey to earth will be. There is no guarantee of an old age.
Rather than freak out or forget this concept – seek the middle road – stay attentive, open, learning, witnessesing, absorbing, savour all of life and truly live.
We were talking in class the other day about how much time we spend focused in the present moment. It was actually one of my favourite classes in Master Level where my students teach me the class.
The discussion was brilliant and I was left pondering this odd sensation of our attention swinging like a pendulum back and forth across past, present, and future.
Hey! Hi There!
Did you know that you are awesome?
No really. I do this for a living.
I get the great gift of hanging out with amazing people and teaching Reiki and meditation. So, you know I have some background in noticing the amazing in people, and trust me when I say – you rule!
One of the tremendous gifts I receive in my classes is getting to witness people recognize their own inner spark of light. The twinkle returns to their eyes, the smiles return to their faces, and their bodies (and their lives) open up and become healthier and more relaxed. It is amazing to witness that change in people. It is truly one of the best things in life to help people access that kind of consistent joy and happiness.
Along that journey I have been asked some great questions that have prompted me to think deeply about the stuff I teach. I get inspired to create more ways of sharing the magic that happens in a Reiki class with more people. One of the biggest questions I get is about the Reiki Ideals and it prompted me to write a whole book!
The Reiki Ideals are five simple principles for leading a happy and fulfilled life.
Just for today:
- do not anger;
- do not worry;
- be grateful for your many blessings;
- do your meditative and self-care work honestly; and
- be kind to every living thing (including yourself!).
Oh sure! That is easy, right!?
Well, no. It is not so easy. That is why I wrote a book about it!
Living by these five principles has formed the core foundation of the work I have been doing over these last few years of teaching. Keeping the Reiki Ideals in my mind throughout the day has allowed me to reach a stable and lasting sense of contentment in life. They allow me to better deal with the ups and downs of life and to release old thoughts and unhelpful behaviours for good.
I have also witnessed other people shift so much, just by including the Reiki Ideals into their daily lives.
The sweet thing is that these are universal principles!
Everyone can use these five ideals to radically change their lives for the better.
I am helping to get the message out about the power of these simple ideas by publishing my book this year (For reals! This is happening!). I have also created an online webinar style meditation course called Secret Art of Happiness Meditation Course to begin teaching this self-development gold to others.
You don’t need to know Reiki to join, just have an open mind and a willingness to change.
The course is 5 weeks long and – you guessed it! – each class will focus on each Reiki Ideal. It runs five consecutive Thursdays from 8 to 9 pm, April 2 to April 30, 2015. The investment in this course is $250 and 5 hours of your time.
If you are interested, I am also hosting a free Meditation Class Sampler on March 19, 2015 from 8 to 9 pm. It is a little amuse bouche of a class to let you experience what the full course class would be like.
I would be so happy to see you there!
ps. I am also offering Reiki classes again starting April 14th. Look below for more cool stuff that is happening in GenevaLand. 🙂
I love little independent cafés. They are geared down sanctuaries for our city-life. Little eddies of time in the fast flowing pace of modern, twitchy life.
These little shops have a personality. They have character. The feel like a cozy tea and good book. They allow us the rare opportunity to connect. Not plugged in connection, but actually connect with human faces, connect with ourselves, connect with the present moment, connect with the physical space.
This process of connecting is a vital need. Just like drinking water. Without it we dry up inside and become brittle, jaded, and stagnant.
Just a few moments is all it takes to nourish this need. Taking a tiny bit of time to do things slowly. To focus on what is precious. To nurture our connection.
I invite you. Right now. To connect more deeply to the space and the people you are with right now. If you are by yourself, you are with the most important person in the world.
Take your time.
Gassho means meditation with hands together, a foundational practice of Reiki. Holding your hands together, in prayer position or anjali mudra, in front of your heart, signals the beginning of any Reiki session. It centres us in the Reiki energy and activates the flow of energy through the body.
This activation of energy in Gassho is amazing as part of a meditation practice, whether or not you know Reiki. Your hands and your heart are two important ways that you interact with your world. By taking a moment and stilling both in meditation, you are able to deeply transform yourself and your world.
Give it a try now.
Notice the energy between your hands. Listen to your quiet heart beat. This is the stillness your soul is longing for. Just taking the time to be aware of the the YOU that is beyond the physical you.
I always open my Reiki classes with a short guided meditation with everyone’s hands in Gassho. I close the meditation with Rei-Ji-Ho, a practice used in Reiki to set your ego-self aside from the healing that occurs and a surrendering to the Divine wisdom that you can sense with your hands.
Both Gassho and Rei-Ji-Ho are important to help build a strong focus and intention in the practice of Reiki. But they can be used by anyone as part of a meditative practice.
Rei-Ji-Ho is simply a prayer to put your mind, your intellect in the service of the energy in your hands. You bring your hands, still palms together, to your forehead as a signal that you are putting the wisdom of Reiki above your own ego-centric thoughts. Ego here means the part of you that views yourself as separate; separate from other people, separate from the earth, and separate from the Divine.
The prayer itself is one I wrote, using the principles of healing as guided by Master Usui. In the final line of the prayer, I use the word surrender. Here I am using the word surrender in the sense that we are letting go of our own ideas about what is needed for a person and solely focusing on where the Reiki energy is guiding us. It is listening in the deepest sense of the word.
You are perfectly healthy whole and complete.
You easily align yourself with your highest good and you work in harmony with the healing principle of the Universe.
Everyone and everything in the Universe is moving easily and freely toward perfect health.
Every motion of this Universe is towards pure love and light.
The Universe is moving steadily toward this state of pure being and you are perfectly aligned with this motion.
You move with love and light because you are love and light.
Every motion of your hands and movement of your energy is guided by the infinite wisdom of the Universe.
I surrender to the wisdom in my hands.