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You Are The Peace.

The peaked roof and the bell birds are behind me, once again I must needs find the sacred even in the profane and mundane world that I have returned to. Not a very nice thing to say about your mother’s house is it! Actually it’s a perfectly nice house, just feeling the loss of what was the perfect environment for me, more lessons on how to be flexible and adaptable in the ever-moving feast of my life.

I was thinking about sharing another doorway to life’s blissful blessings, and it occurred to me that this is one of those occasions when I ought to be taking my own medicine. So when I’ve finished this post I’m going to meditate, and then perhaps do a bit of writing in my personal journal. Meditation can help us in so many different ways, it’s great for simple relaxation but can also be part of manifesting your dreams, it all depends on how you choose to focus, and your intention.

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There are lots of ways to meditate, having a focus for your mind is a very common technique, this can be your breath, an image, a word or a phrase. It’s important to be in a comfortable position with your spine straight, I prefer sitting meditation but everyone is different so find what works best for you. There are lots of meditation cd’s out there too if you find it easier to be guided by someone else, or it may be that playing a particular piece of music will help you to drop into a deep space.

Your busy mind will want to go off on a thousand different paths, don’t be annoyed, after all that’s what minds do, they think. The trick is not to get attached to the thoughts, watch them from a distance or give them wings and watch them fly off into the sunset. And remember, when you are learning something new it takes time and repetition to get better at it, breathe into the frustration and keep at it! Even five minutes a day is worth doing, there is a cumulative effect that will take hold and you will probably find yourself doing more and more of it every day until you reach the point where your day just doesn’t feel right if you haven’t meditated.

That’s the theory anyway, sometimes I meditate a lot, and sometimes not, but one thing I can say for sure, when I meditate I always come away feeling like the world is a brighter place! Thich Nhat Hanh is someone who knows a lot about meditation, to find out more about him check out this interview with Oprah Winfrey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ9UtuWfs3U

And here is Thich Nhat Hanh speaking about walking meditation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdO1vZJgUu0

A Grateful Life.

I’ve had a request to write about the subject of how to open to life’s blessings, it’s a theme you will find running through a lot of my posts, but I think I will try to pop in something specific on this from time to time from now on. The first thing that popped into my mind when I read this comment was gratitude, simply being thankful for the good things that you do have in your life. In bleak moments this can be challenging, but there’s always something you can find, it might be the fact that you have all your limbs and air to breathe, or maybe it’s the fact that the doom you were certain was on its way didn’t actually arrive today!

I feel gratitude most days, but with this time of intense energies we have been going through, there have been times when I have struggled to find that place in myself, so don’t give yourself a hard time if you can’t manage to get there. Be present with whatever emotions are moving through you, and be prepared to look through the chink of light that will appear if you can allow those feelings to be released. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel no matter how long the journey may seem, and as the light begins to seep in it may become easier to genuinely feel that sense of gratitude.

Whatever you choose to focus on will grow, so that attention on what is good in your life will help the positive aspects to develop and grow stronger. You could formalise this process by keeping a gratitude diary, every day write down all the things you feel grateful for, if you have a friend to buddy up with so that you are each doing this and sharing with each other, it can become even more powerful. Not only keeps you on track in terms of the discipline of doing the process, but it also brings in the power of being witnessed.

Here is a brief meditation from Deepak Chopra on gratitude, he’s an inspirational teacher who has helped me a lot in the past to understand difficult concepts like quantum physics, not that I can really get my brain fully around that particular subject, but he definitely made it more accessible for my unscientific mind! He has a wonderful way with words, if you are not familiar with him why not go googling, he has also written many books. Love and gratitude to all who follow and read my offerings here on throughthevortex.org, grateful blissings…………

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIXIwdhOmSM