This has always been my favorite Jimi Hendrix tune, of coarse I later found out it was written by my favorite song writer Bob Dylan.
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Someone shared this quote from Jimi Hendrix with me, "When the Power of Love over comes the Love of Power, the world will know peace."
You know when you have those moments when you hear something that seems to be significant. This quote seemed to coincide with concerns I have for the world today. I have been living with other people for the past two months and end up hearing more "news" than I would normally. I keep it to a minimum yet it is disturbing.
Much of the world is exploding with horrific violence. I think we have to do more than vote for Peace or protest against War. We have to be the difference. From this day forward, on into forever, may we all commit to creating a peaceful world. Healing ourselves of toxic emotions.
I recently spoke with a friend who expressed concerns about meditation. She knows people that meditate and seem to be having other spiritual experiences, some of which seemed to be unhealhthy. She thought meditation could be the reason for the other experiences. Since last weeks blog gave credit to meditation for a more balanced state of mind, I thought this weeks blog should be a clarification of the meditation process.
Some people believe that meditation opens the mind to spirit forces that can actually take the mind over. This is a gross misunderstanding. Meditation is a form of intense focus. That focus can be on our breath or a mantra. It can be on a loving kindness practice involving specific thoughts of good will. This last week in yoga class, our instructor took us through a walking meditation exercise. It was a powerful way of being present to breath, movement, and nature. Meditation is a part of most belief systems and should not be feared.
The purpose of mindfulness meditation is to allow the body and mind to calm. We do this by becoming the observer of our own thoughts. It is rare that anyone hears other peoples thoughts during this process. Whatever pops into mind should be observed and released. Spending time analyzing your thoughts is not the purpose of meditation. Meditation is discipline in remaining present. If you get caught up in your thoughts or "anyone's thoughts" you are not meditating. If you are unable to calm your mind, you may have other issues to deal with. Meditation is full focused attention, nothing more.
If you feel rested, relaxed, and rejuvenated after meditation. Than you are doing it properly. If you do not, then you need mentoring.
If you know someone who meditates and is experiencing dark mental states. If they seem to be depressed or unhappy, this is not because of meditation. They have other issues.
I have a list of self defeating mental states that I refer to and find helpful if I am unhappy for some reason. Once again I point to Dr. Joe Dispenza, the Indespenzable Joe. His book "Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself", has an extensive list of limiting states of mind on page 244. I will list a few: feeling overwhelmed, complaining, desperate, dishonest, needing recognition, controlling, deceptive, rushing. This is not the complete list but it is helpful to see how common these states of mind are. He also lists limiting behaviors: sulking, feeling sorry for yourself, gossiping or spreading rumors, talking too much about the past. You can find the more complete list on pages 263 and 264. The meditation practice in this book is a positive life affirming practice.
Have a great week and try to observe yourself and your beliefs and take time out to listen to your own breathing. It won't hurt you one bit.
This song speaks to me about perspective. Meditation can help keep things in perspective.
This painting is 1500.00 36"x48" oil on canvas, if you are interested in purchasing it please fill out the contact form. I thought it embodied the contemplative state of walking meditation. Peace.
Well, I couldn't think of anyone who embodied the healthy quality of humility more than Johnny Cash. This song written during the Vietnam war years is a perfect example of his enduring humility and compassion.
Humility- the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people. The quality or state of being humble. ---Meriam Webster Dictionary.
I came back from a trip recently and missed three days of morning meditation. I know it's important but I was feeling good about life and let it go. Then loneliness triggered an old wound and I witnessed myself falling back into an old pattern. I thought of the word humilty to describe my compassionate observation of myself.
Humility really feels good when we allow ourselves to have beginners mind. This morning I woke up and spent an hour in healthy meditation. I am happily humble today.
Seeing our small role in something so much bigger than us can give us a sense of humility. Astrology helps me to see I am part of a larger whole.
We all go through periods when we need to run our thoughts by someone else. Astrology can be used as a tool for greater self awareness and healthy timing of events in our lives. Sometimes we have to humble ourselves before a greater intelligence! Astrology is one manifestation of that intelligence.
I am going to share information sent to me by a dear friend and favorite yoga instructor. http://Www.peace.ca/mothersdayproclamation.htm
Let us remember the Mother that gives birth to all that is with this quote from Hildegard of Bingen, 12th century Christian mystic.
"Nature is the truest mirror of divine creativity, the earth is at the same time mother, Mother of all that is human. Contained in her are the seeds of all, all creation comes from it."
Enjoy Mother's Day with a new appreciation of it's origins.
I stole this title from a blog I am going to share. It is titled Full Moon = Surprise, luck, love and fun. The full moon was in Leo when this was written. https://coconutspice.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/leo-full-moon-surprise-luck-love-and-fun-will-all-take-centre-stage/
The year of the wood sheep is all about family and community. http://www.mysticmamma.com/2015-year-of-the-wood-sheep-meaning-and-significance/
Tonight we will have a Full Moon in Scorpio; EDT. It will be in Libra in Vedic astrology.
I find it interesting to see the consistency of planetary alignment without getting caught up in the signs. Vedic and Western astrology are accurate when they stick to what is consistent. So, enjoy the moon regardless of the sign it's in!
Family and community are being redefined to meet our individual needs. I love this blending of the individual and the collective. We do not need to conform to traditions that are uncomfortable or even unnatural for us. Children are happy as long as they are loved and accepted fully. It is my personal hope, that the days of harsh judgement and narrow definitions of family will soon come to an end. True tolerance requires sensitivity to individual need and expression. I celebrate a world that puts love above "how things are supposed to be".
This is worth taking a stand for. Love above all else!
I listen to Kevin Burke on Pandora while jumping on my trampoline. I never get bored with it. He is a fiddle player but he sings this tune. It's great fun!
Here's to the Moon. Sláinte!