locus_ofcontro: (Satiated & satisfied)
July 27, 2007

Honesty Is Best
The Energy Of Honesty

As children most of us learn that honesty is better than dishonesty, and we may
not question this beyond whether or not to do what we’re told. As adults,
however, we can go deeper to examine our choices as investments of energy with
predictable risks and returns. When we speak the truth, we affirm what already
is. This is like using a paddle when the stream is already moving the same
direction. We are already supported by the universe and its energy flow, so we
don’t need to exert much energy, leaving more for other pursuits. But dishonesty
redirects a portion of our energy against the flow, which requires extra effort.
In addition, it creates an alternate reality that requires further energetic
input to be maintained.
So we can easily see that we are best served when we
work with the flow of the universe.

Life is not always clearly defined, so we may find it useful to follow our
choices to their logical conclusions. We may feel that little untruths are
harmless, but they can be like small cracks that weaken an overall structure
over time.
Even giving someone a compliment or trying to protect them can create
problems later when the alternate reality we’ve created becomes the basis for
further actions. Even if the actions that follow are honestly done, the
underlying unstable foundation of dishonesty will threaten to topple things
eventually. This can lead to further energy being spent on keeping things
hidden, working to remember the tales we’ve spun and fearing the consequences of
being found out.
Life doesn’t need to be this draining, but we can make the
choice to free ourselves from the bonds of dishonesty at any time.

Speaking and living our truth may involve risking, among other things, the
possibility of rejection.
But when we allow ourselves to follow the flow of
life, we are supported. We can then use our energy to cultivate physical,
emotional, and spiritual well-being and to create our dreams, rather than
leaving ourselves too drained to even maintain our existence. Today we can make
honesty our choice in every interaction, bringing the nurturing power of the
universe’s energy into our lives to bring positive, lasting results.

Today

Jul. 2nd, 2007 11:04 pm
locus_ofcontro: (Satiated & satisfied)
July 2, 2007

Finding Your Joy
Be Happy Every Single Day

Our lives are rich with potential sources of happiness, but sometimes we become victims of negative thinking because we believe that focusing on all that has gone wrong will provide us with the motivation we need to face the challenges of survival. When we choose to focus on what makes us happy, however, a shift occurs in the fabric of our existence. Finding something to be happy about every single day can help this shift take place. The vantage points from which we view the world are brought into balance, and we can see that being alive truly is a gift to be savored. There is always something we can be happy about—it is simply up to us to identify it.

On one day, we may find happiness in a momentous, life-changing event such as a marriage or the birth of a child. On another day, the happiness we experience may be a product of our appreciation of a particularly well-brewed cup of a tea or the way the sun shines on a leaf. If we discover that we literally cannot call to mind a single joyful element of existence, we should examine the cause of the blockage standing between us and experiencing happiness. Keeping a happiness journal is a wonderful way to catalog the happiness unfolding all around us so that joy has myriad opportunities to manifest itself in our lives. Writing about the emotions we experience while contemplating joy may give us insight into the factors compelling us to resist it.

Happiness may not always come easily into your life. You have likely been conditioned to believe that the proper response to unmet expectations is one of sadness, anger, guilt, or fear. To make joy a fixture in your existence, you must first accept that it is within your power to choose happiness over unhappiness every single day. Then, each time you discover some new source of happiness, the notion that the world is a happy place will find its way more deeply into your heart. On this day, find one thing to be happy about and let it fill your heart.

Timely

Apr. 19th, 2007 10:24 am
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April 19, 2007

Returning Home
Open Heart

Spiritual teachers have always pointed to the heart as the seat of consciousness, and recently Western science has found evidence to support this realization. It turns out that the heart has its own central nervous system and is not simply under the rule of the brain as formerly believed. Anyone who has taken the time to explore the heart knows this and, more important, has realized that the heart is the source of our connection to a consciousness greater than the ego. Approaching life with an open heart means that we have opened the door to this greater consciousness, taking up residence alongside it in the seat of our soul. Fortunately, at this time there is a lot of support for this shift energetically as well as practically. To some degree, approaching life with an
open heart is as simple as shifting your attention onto your heart.

Eventually you will be able do this any time, any place, but at first it may help to try it in a quiet place where you won't be disturbed. Simply sit with your eyes closed and draw your breath into your heart. As your breath expands your chest cavity, your heart expands and opens. You may feel tenderness or sadness in your heart, and you may also feel relief. Any emotions that arise can be effectively witnessed and healed through the meditation process, which benefits both your physical heart and your energetic heart. The more you practice, the more you will find your heart opening to your own presence and to all the situations your life brings.

When we open our hearts, they may feel tender and vulnerable, which simply means that they need our loving attention as we cleanse and heal them of past hurts and blockages. This process asks us to practice some of the heart's greatest lessons-patience, compassion, and unconditional love. On the other hand, we may take up residence as effortlessly as a bird returns to its nest. Either way, approaching life with an open heart simply means returning to our true home.
locus_ofcontro: (Faith and Rants)
March 1, 2007

Essential Authenticity
Revealing Your True Self

Identity is an elusive concept. We feel we must define ourselves using a relatively small selection of roles and conscious character traits, even if none accurately represents our notion of "self." The confusion surrounding our true natures is further compounded by the fact that society regularly asks us to suppress so much of our emotional, intellectual, and spiritual vibrancy. Yet we are, in truth, beings of light-pure energy inhabiting physical bodies, striving for enlightenment while living earthly lives. Our true selves exist whether we acknowledge them or not, often buried under fears and learned behavior. When we recognize our power, our luminosity, and our divinity, we cannot help but live authentic lives of appreciation, potential, fulfillment, and grace.

At birth and throughout your childhood, your thoughts and feelings were more than likely expressions of your true self. Though you may have learned quickly that to speak and act in a certain fashion would win others' approval, you understood innately that you were no ordinary being. There are many ways you can recapture the authenticity you once articulated so freely. Meditation can liberate you from the bonds of those earthly customs that compel you to downplay your uniqueness. Also, communing with nature can remind you of the special role you were meant to play in this lifetime. In order to realize your purpose, you must embrace your true self by letting your light shine forth, no matter the consequences.

Rediscovering who you are apart from your roles and traits takes time and also courage. If, like many, you have denied your authenticity for a long while, you may find it difficult to separate your true identity from the identity you have created to cope with the world around you. Once you do find this authentic self, however, you will be overcome by a wonderful sense of wholeness as you reconcile your spiritual aspect and your physical aspect, as well as your inner- and outer-world personas. As you gradually adjust to this developing unity, your role as a being of light will reveal itself to you, and you will discover that you have a marvelous destiny to fulfill.

Daily OM

Feb. 12th, 2007 07:34 pm
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February 12, 2007

A Warm Refuge --Best Friends

By the time we reach adulthood, many of us have had the good fortune to have at least one best friend. If we have moved around or changed our life situation repeatedly, we may be lucky enough to have had several. The best friend relationship is often our earliest intimate peer relationship, and it can be a source of great warmth and connection throughout our lives. The details of best friendship change as we grow up and grow older, but the heart of it remains the same. Our best friends are a warm refuge in which we feel free to be fully ourselves, to share our deepest secrets, to rest when we are tired, to celebrate when we are happy-a place in which we feel utterly welcome to give and receive that most precious of all gifts, love.

Most intimate relationships hit bumps from time to time, and one of the hallmarks of an enduring best friendship is its ability to ride out the turbulence and remain intact even as it faces changes. Our best friends are those who manage to love us through all of our transitions, as we do the same for them. We find ways to embrace and appreciate the differences that set us apart and offer love and support no matter what. We allow each other to be exactly as we are at a given moment, even as we allow each other to change over time. In this way, best friends sometimes feel like family. We know we will stick together regardless of where our individual paths lead.

We may be on the phone with our best friends every day, or we may not have spoken for a year, yet we know that our bond will be strong and immediate when we do connect. This bond ties us together even when we are apart and draws us blissfully back into the warm refuge of each other's company when our paths bring us together again.

Daily OM

Jan. 31st, 2007 04:02 pm
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January 31, 2007

Freeing Our Inner Desires
Using Our Outside Voice

Each of us has developed an internal filtering process that helps us choose which parts of our constant inner monologues get voiced outside of our heads. Sometimes the choice is based on what we consider to be polite or appropriate, using subtlety instead of directness to try to get our point across. Other times the choice is made based on our expectations of the other person and what we feel they should know about us, our feelings, and our needs. But our best chance of getting what we need is to communicate specifically by converting our inner voice to our outside voice.
This may seem unnecessary sometimes, especially when we think the other person has the same information we ourselves are working with, but we have to remember they also have their own inner voice, evaluating what they hear in light of their own issues and needs. With so much to consider and sift through, we are truly better off if we communicate precisely. Not only does doing this minimize the chance for misinterpretation, but voicing our thoughts it is an act of creation. We convert thought and imagination to sound, releasing it from the chamber of our minds into the outside world. This carries energy and intention with it, making our thoughts, wishes, and even dreams come true.

When we have the courage to speak our minds and use our voice to send the desires of our hearts from our inner world to the world outside, we take a bold step in making them happen. By removing fear of what others may think and expectation of what others should understand, we free ourselves and our thoughts from the bondage of the mental chamber and let loose our desires onto the canvas of the world. Next time we become aware that we have a choice about how to communicate, we can choose to use our outside voice and watch its creative power at work.
locus_ofcontro: (Faith and Rants)
January 22, 2007

The Joyful Flow -Good Vibrations

Feelings vibrate, just as all things in the universe do, at a particular frequency. Negative feelings like anger, guilt, and depression vibrate at low frequencies, while positive feelings like joy, appreciation, and passion vibrate at high frequencies. These high frequency vibrations make us feel good. This is why people and places that inspire and cultivate positive feelings have what we call good vibrations.

Good vibrations inspire health, happiness, and optimism. When we are tuned in to good vibrations, our bodies heal, our hearts open, and our minds shift toward the light. We see new possibilities and feel powerfully energized to follow our inner visions. At the same time, we feel relaxed and capable of manifesting these visions without giving in to stress or struggle. Good vibrations put us in a state of perfect receptivity so that we feel it is the energy flowing through us that accomplishes what needs to be done. We feel guided, supported, protected, and nourished within this joyful flow. We sometimes forget that we are allowed to feel this way all the time.

Lower frequency vibrations are not bad in a moral sense, but they are bad in the sense that they simply don't feel good. Still, they have a purpose, which is to alert us to the fact that we are blocking out the higher frequency vibrations that we need to function well. They are a call for healing ourselves from within. The key to our healing lies in remembering that it is our birthright to feel good and that feeling good is the essence of our true nature. When we are receiving and sending out good vibrations, we are in the flow. When we are not, we can begin to raise our vibration by seeking out people, places, and situations that vibrate at a higher frequency. Whether we need to go on retreat or just call a friend who makes us laugh, seeking out those good vibrations and basking in them is a sacred and loving practice that returns us, time and again, to the joyful flow of the universe.

Emancipation Day - Virgo Daily Horoscope

You may be feeling emancipated today, as you find that you have let go of previous personal burdens. This lightness of being gives you a sense of freedom to create the life you truly want. Until we let them go, we may not fully realize the extent to which past hurts and concerns have drained our energy. When we begin to unplug from these encumbrances and let them go, we feel our energy renewed as we plug back into ourselves. This gives us the incentive we need to determine where else we have connected ourselves to situations, people, or emotional issues that we no longer want to supply with our energy. We have a new chance today to create a better life when we free ourselves from unnecessary emotional and spiritual weights.
The more of the past we release from our load, the more fully present we can be. We are doing the work of calling our spirit back from the places we have sent it and invested it. The past can serve to help us grow, but there is no need to carry it around like a beast of burden; it will always be accessible to us in our memories. The present is the only place we can use the energy we have available to us, and it is where we create and experience life. The more we focus on the here and now, the more energy we have to create the life we want to live.

Masks

Jan. 15th, 2007 03:13 pm
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January 15, 2007

Uncover Your True Face
Underneath the Mask

Many of us know the feeling of being stuck in a particular role within our
families, as if we are wearing masks whenever we see the people we love. Maybe
we are the good daughters, expected to always please others, or perhaps we are
the family clowns, expected to be jovial and make everyone laugh. This same
scenario can play out within a work situation or a group of friends. We may be
so good at our role that we hardly even notice that we are wearing a mask, and
yet, deep down, we know that we are not free to simply be who we really are.
This can leave us feeling unseen and uneasy.

There is nothing inherently wrong with wearing a mask or playing a role. It is a
natural part of any social dynamic and it can even be creative and fun. It only
becomes a problem when you feel that you have no other choice than to wear that
mask, and this is especially challenging if you realize you are never without
one. Perhaps you have forgotten who you really are—a vast and unrestricted being
of light—and have identified yourself completely with a role. You may be the
dutiful, caring son who keeps his parents’ dysfunctional marriage intact. You
may be the angelic wife who enables your husband to continue on a destructive
path. You may be the cheerful daughter to a deeply depressed mother. Whatever
the case, knowing the motivation behind your performance—the function of your
mask—can help to uncover your true face.

Anytime we find ourselves stuck behind a mask, it is an indication that we are
entangled in a dysfunctional dynamic in which our true self cannot be seen. We
have been placed in this situation for the purpose of our own healing and, in
some cases, the healing of others. From this perspective, life can be seen as a
series of situations that call us to remove our masks—gently, and with great
compassion for all concerned—to reveal the beauty underneath.

Daily OM

Dec. 26th, 2006 03:18 pm
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December 26, 2006

Growing Day By Day
Becoming A Better Person

At some point in our lives, many of us find ourselves overcome with the desire to become better people. While we are all uniquely capable of navigating this
world, we may nonetheless feel driven to grow, expand, and change. This innate need for personal expansion can lead us down many paths as we develop within the
context of our individual lives. Yet the initial steps that can put us on the road to evolution are not always clear. We understand that we want to be better
but have no clear definition of “better.” To ease this often frustrating uncertainty, we can take small steps, keeping our own concept of growth in mind
rather than allowing others to direct the course of our journey. And we should accept that change won’t happen overnight—we may not recognize the
transformations taking place within us at first.

Becoming a better person in your own eyes is a whole-life project, and thus you should focus your step-by-step efforts on multiple areas of your existence.
Since you likely know innately which qualities you consider good, growing as an individual is simply a matter of making an effort to do good whenever possible.
Respect should be a key element of your efforts. When you acknowledge that all people are deserving of compassion, consideration, and dignity, you are
naturally more apt to treat them in the manner you yourself wish to be treated.You will intuitively become a more active listener, universally helpful, and
truthful
. Going the extra mile in all you do can also facilitate evolution. Approaching your everyday duties with an upbeat attitude and positive expectations can help you make the world a brighter, more cheerful place. Finally, coming to terms with your values and then abiding by them will enable you to introduce a new degree of integrity and dignity into your life.

As you endeavor to develop yourself further, you can take pride not only in your successes, but also in the fact that you are cultivating consciousness within
yourself through your choices, actions, and behaviors
. While you may never feel you have reached the pinnacles of awareness you hope to achieve, you can make the most of this creative process of transformation. Becoming a better person is your choice and is a natural progression in your journey of self-awareness.
locus_ofcontro: (Johnny The Homicidal Mania)
August 24, 2006 Fuel That Nurtures - Eating Right To Feel Better

At its simplest, food is fuel. Though our preferences regarding taste and texture can vary widely, we all rely on the foods we eat for energy. Most people are aware that it is vital we consume a diverse assortment of foods if we aspire to maintain a state of physical well-being. However, the intimate connection between diet and our mental well-being is less understood. Just as the nutritional components in food power the body, so too do they power the mind.Some foods can impair cognitive functioning and sap our energy while others heighten our intellectual prowess and make us feel vigorous. What we eat and drink can have a powerful effect on our ability to focus, mental clarity, mood,and stress levels. Food allergies, which don't always manifest themselves in forms we recognize,can also play a significant role in the maintenance of mental health. Thus, for most of us, even a simple change in diet can have a profoundly positive impact on our lives.

Taking the time to explore whether anxiety, muddled thoughts, or inexplicable tension can be linked to a food allergy or food sensitivity can empower you to treat your symptoms naturally. The benefits of a healthier, more personalized diet are often felt immediately. Sugar, saturated fats, wheat, and dairy products are frequently allergens and can stress the body. For people that are allergic, consuming them can cause imbalances in the physical self that have a negative effect on the body's ability to nourish the brain. Water, fiber,nuts, unprocessed seeds, raw fruits and vegetables, and vegetable proteins, on the other hand, support physical and mental functioning by providing those nutrients we do need without additional substances we don't. A balanced, natural diet can ease mood swings, panic attacks, anxiety, and mild depression. Intellectual clarity and agility is improved when the mind receives proper nourishment. Even those individuals who are blessed with the ability to consume almost any food can benefit from a healthier and simpler diet. Since the mental and physical selves are closely bound to one another, we must feed each the foods upon which they thrive.

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