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Mindfulness Mondays: Actualizing The Power of Intention

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“Every journey begins with the first step of articulating the intention, and then becoming the intention.” ~ Bryant McGill

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I just finished up leading a 30 day program on Setting Intentions & Visioning Your Dreams for  2016.  It was a powerful journey and I was amazed how it really helped me to deepen in my daily practice of mindfulness and meditation as well as the theme of intention setting and visioning.

How does actualizing the power of intention relate to mindfulness?

In mindfulness and other meditative practices, we tend to find something to focus our awareness on.  It may be our breath, our body or the beauty of nature around us.  The possibilities are endless.  We can also focus on our thoughts. This may include noticing the thoughts, worries or concerns that arise in our mind.  And, it may include cultivating positive thoughts or intentions such as gratitude, peace or loving ourselves.

To me, working with intention is a mindful practice. By setting intentions, both in an overall way and on a daily basis, I find I am more able to stay present with myself, to notice when I am aligning with that intention and to also recognize when I am distracted or off center.  In a way, an intention that we’ve created for ourselves is an anchor for our practice and for living mindfully.

I’ve shared several posts on Actualizing The Power of Intention previously on The Heart of Awakening.  For today’s practice, I’d like to share this audio meditation…

 

If you’d like to explore this topic more, I invite you visit my website’s Actualizing The Power of Intention, which includes a free 60 minute teleseminar previously recorded on 2/2/15 and a special offer, too!  Learn more…

Feel free to share you comments, thoughts and reflections on this week’s exploration below!  Or, join our Meditation & Mindfulness in a Rapidly Changing World group on Facebook.

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7 Day Writing To Heal Challenge! Cultivating Self-Compassion ~ Day 2

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7 Day Writing To Heal Challenge

Cultivating Self-Compassion

Day 2

Today’s exploration will involve a form of writing called a catalog or list poem. By catalog poem, we simply mean a poem that looks like a list.  And, in case you’re already thinking you can’t write poetry, just know all you need to do is create a list of something.  Sometimes writing a list is a way to get out of our heads and into hearts, to slow down enough to hear our inner voices and to gain clarity about what we are feeling and experiencing.  I’m a big fan of list writing as a tool for healing and will share more about this as the week goes on.

Take a few moments to consider all the lists that we make – grocery lists, to do lists, wish lists, waiting lists, top ten lists, etc.  Think about how the order of the items that are on the lists matters in some cases, e.g. waiting lists and top ten lists are usually ordered by importance.  Grocery lists, wish lists and sometimes to do lists may be in order of how they are linked to other items (all the fruits, next all the vegetables, last all the cleaning supplies). And, sometimes, it really doesn’t matter at all!

Daily Prompt

Take a few moments to slow down and take some deeper breaths.  Once you feel centered, begin to make a list of 10 – 15 emotions or feelings that you are aware you experience.  Notice what comes right up and also be willing to move beyond the most obvious feelings (i.e., happiness, sadness, fear, etc.) toward some that are more complex or you might not like to admit you experience (i.e., guilt, frustration, resentment, shame, etc.).  This is a way to begin to cultivate greater self-compassion – by being open and honest with yourself about your feelings, you begin to love and accept yourself in a deeper way.

Out of this feelings list that you’ve just created, choose one emotion that feels strongest to you today.  You may wish to go down the list and circle or mark the one or ones that speak to you the most right now.  You can explore all of them going forward but choose just one for now.  Use this feeling or emotion as a prompt to make a more detailed list or catalog.  For example, “confusion about my life purpose”, “sadness about my friend moving away”, “resentment for how hard life has been for me”…  Use the same one emotion or feeling and write 10 – 15 ways that you experience it now or in the past.  

Here is a great example of a catalog or list poem about a single emotion or feeling.  It’s called “Fear” by Raymond Carver…

Fear
By Raymond Carver

Fear of seeing a police car pull into the drive.
Fear of falling asleep at night.
Fear of not falling asleep.
Fear of the past rising up.
Fear of the present taking flight.
Fear of the telephone that rings in the dead of night.
Fear of electrical storms.
Fear of the cleaning woman who has a spot on her cheek!
Fear of dogs I’ve been told won’t bite.
Fear of anxiety!
Fear of having to identify the body of a dead friend.
Fear of running out of money.
Fear of having too much, though people will not believe this.
Fear of psychological profiles.
Fear of being late and fear of arriving before anyone else.
Fear of my children’s handwriting on envelopes.
Fear they’ll die before I do, and I’ll feel guilty.
Fear of having to live with my mother in her old age, and mine.
Fear of confusion.
Fear this day will end on an unhappy note.
Fear of waking up to find you gone.
Fear of not loving and fear of not loving enough.
Fear that what I love will prove lethal to those I love.
Fear of death.
Fear of living too long.
Fear of death.
I’ve said that.

Additional ideas for working with lists or catalogs: 

  1. Create a feelings inventory listing all of your feelings.  You may wish to do a list of all positive feelings and all challenging ones (I don’t like the word negative around feelings as it tends to create a judgement that we shouldn’t feel that).  I do this every night as one part of my journaling process and it really helps me to get clear on what I am feeling and how I may need to support or care for myself the following day. 
  2. Make a list of all the awareness you have around your life overall or around a specific situation, relationship, etc. 
  3. Create a list of all of your positive actions for the day.  This can be helpful especially when you are having a hard day or not seeing your progress. 
  4. Look over the lists you’ve made and circle or highlight any words or phrases that pop out that you might like to explore more.  Make a list about each of those things…
  5. Create a list of all the lists it would be helpful for your to write, e.g. all your strengths, all your celebrations, all your challenges, all the supportive people in your life, etc. 
  6. Share your ideas for other list or catalog writing that you feel will be helpful as part of your writing to heal practice…

Until tomorrow!

Love & light,

Beth Shekinah

 

 

Join HOA’s 7-Day Writing To Heal Challenge! Cultivating Self-Compassion ~ Day 1

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7 Day Writing To Heal Challenge

Cultivating Self-Compassion

Day 1

Member-JournalingAs I have been diving into the preparation for the next session of Writing To Heal ~ Transforming Our Grief, Loss & Change 30-Day Online Writing Program, I felt called to share an introduction of writing to heal here on The Heart of Awakening Blog.  Writing has been a part of my personal healing journey since I was a teenager.  If I didn’t have the sacred space of my journal, what seemed at times to be my only true friend, I am not sure that I would have survived some of the life challenges I faced.

I’ve continued to write in the form of journaling, poetry, personal essay, and articles related to holistic healing and spirituality.  Some of my writing is more public but it is a practice that continues to be at the heart of my own healing journey. And, it is one I love to share with others in a variety of ways as a tool for transformation and healing.  I invite to join us here on The Heart of Awakening Blog for 7-Days of Writing To Heal.  Each day, I’ll be sharing some thoughts, reflections and a writing prompt or two for you to explore.  You may wish to go day by day or just come back to them whenever you feel drawn to.  It’s your journey!

We live in exciting times when science can help us to understand tools which have been long practiced. Recent scientific evidence has discovered that the act of writing actually accesses your left brain, which is the analytical and rational part.  When you begin writing, your left brain becomes more strongly engaged which then frees your right brain to create, intuit and feel more deeply.  So, in a sense, writing takes you out of your head and into your heart; that’s a big theme here on HOA! This shift allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you. And is one reason why writing can be such a powerful tool for healing!

Writing and journaling can help you to:

  • Clarify your thoughts and feelings.
  • Know yourself better.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Be healthier.
  • Solve problems more effectively.
  • Resolve disagreements with others
  • Practice good self-care
  • Access your creativity
  • Release and Express Held Memories & Emotions
  • Set Intentions

You may be saying to yourself, “But, I’m not a writer, so how can writing or journaling work for me?”  There are many ways to explore journaling and many types of practices.  Writing offers an opportunity to explore who you are, what are your likes and dislikes, and your strengths and weaknesses.  It is a vehicle to find your voice and explore ways you can flow more easily with life.

Over the next 7 days, I’ll be sharing a variety of ways you can begin to use writing and journaling as a tool for healing.  Feel free to share in the comments your thoughts, feelings and reflections as well any other ways you might work with writing as a tool for healing.  I have chosen a theme for these 7 days that has been coming up strongly in my own personal work as well as my work with clients most recently – Cultivating Self-Compassion! Sometimes it may feel like we’ve done so much of that work and then suddenly it’s clear there is more to do. There are always deeper layers to explore!  As we discuss during annual May Is For Metta practice, it is in cultivating self-compassion that we create a foundation for offering it to others and the world.  And, so we our journey begins…


 

Day 1

You might like to take some time today to decide where you will write both physically in terms of your location, e.g. your desk, out on the deck, on a cozy chair in your living room, etc. And, also, in terms of your writing space such as in a notebook, journal or on your computer.  You may just like to play around with a few options during these 7 days to see what feels best for you.  Also, do you want to write first thing in the morning, before bedtime at night or at another point in the day.  I encourage you to be open, creative and explore.  

Each day I will be sharing a few prompts for you to use to spur your exploration in writing to heal.  This will include a variety of types of prompts so you can continue to create your own writing to heal process going forward.  Our theme for this week is on Cultivating Self-Compassion.  Here are some prompts to explore today…

Quotes ~ If you’ve followed HOA for any bit of time, you know that I absolutely love quotes! They inspire me in so many ways but I have found them to be particularly helpful when I want to begin writing on a certain theme or just need a thought to get my words flowing.  I have shared two quotes and prompts below on our theme of Cultivating Self-Compassion.  Feel free to use the prompts or just write stream of consciousness on what arises as you consider the quotes…

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
― Gautama Buddha

When you read the Buddha’s words, what thoughts and feelings arise?  Do you feel you are deserving of your own love and compassion?  What have you been taught about loving yourself?  Are there any negative messages you have received about cultivating self-compassion like it’s selfish or wrong?  Are you willing to begin to cultivate self-compassion in a bigger way? If not, what’s stopping you?

“Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” Pema Chodron

Make a list of all the parts of yourself that you are aware of need more self-compassion. Perhaps there are some wounded parts, your inner children or maybe some parts you just don’t like to see.  Begin to write stream of consciousness or create a list of any parts of yourself that you think might need a big dose of love and compassion.  Be willing to list any feelings, patterns and beliefs that you might like to keep hidden, even from yourself.  This is a way to bring light to the shadow parts of ourselves.  Be gently and loving with yourself as you explore…

Feel free to share your thoughts and reflections in the comments below.

See you tomorrow!

Love & light,

Beth Shekinah

Writing To Heal September Program Starts 9/22 Plus 7 Day Writing Challenge Starts Monday on HOA

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“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” 

~ Rumi

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As I shared prior to the June Writing To Heal Program, writing and journaling has been a tremendous blessing in my life. As a child and teen struggling with an incredibly chaotic and dysfunctional family life, I found my journal and writing poetry to be a way of staying connected to myself, of exploring a world beyond what I knew and a safe space to express who I was when there seemed little room for that in the life I knew.  As an adult, writing has become an important part of my life and my work.  It is at the top of my list of “healing tools” and one I recommend to all of my clients.  Even after many years addressing trauma, I’ve found that writing and sharing stories has allowed me to heal on a much deeper level; and, it is something I continue to do.  It is a joy to be able to support others in exploring this powerful healing tool as well. I am excited to be continuing my journey of co-facilitating with Andrea Hylen, founder of Heal My Voice, for a September Writing To Heal 30 Day Online Writing Program beginning on September 22nd. I’ve shared all the details below if you’d like to learn more or register to join us!

7-Day Writing To Heal Challenge Starts 9/14!

Additionally, I will be offering a 7-Day Writing To Heal Challenge starting on Monday, 9/14 right here on The Heart of Awakening Blog.  This will be a way to explore writing as a tool for healing and change and offer an introduction for anyone interested in the full 30-Day program.  So stay tuned for posts starting on Monday morning with reflections and daily writing prompts to jumpstart your own writing to heal! I hope you’ll join us!


I invite you to join myself and Andrea Hylen for a 30 Day journey to explore writing as a tool for transformation and healing…

Writing To Heal ~ Transforming Our Grief, Loss and Change

A Heal My Voice 30-Day Writing Program (With Teleseminar Support)

September 21st – October 22nd, 2015

Joining a Heal My Voice program is a bit like embarking on a vision quest.  It is a journey into the core of our being.  In traditional cultures, this is done through time alone in nature; in Heal My Voice our vehicle is writing.  The intention of the Writing To Heal ~ Transforming Our Grief, Loss & Change 30-Day Program is to create a space for exploring writing as a vehicle for transforming and healing.  During this time, you will have an opportunity to:

  • receive daily support for your writing for 30 days
  • explore your own life and uncover a story that wants to emerge
  • connect with a community of authentic women and men on a journey of self-exploration
  • get to know yourself more deeply to reclaim personal power
  • discover your inner gifts
  • alchemize your pain into remembrance, honoring and joy; and
  • explore or reconnect with the Heal My Voice program to see if our upcoming 9-month book program is a right for you!

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This 30-Day program with teleseminar support offers an opportunity to get to know yourself on a deeper level through the Heal My Voice process of Listening, Discovering and Exploring.  As you take this time to reflect on grief, loss and change in your life, Heal My Voice facilitators Andrea Hylen and Beth Terrence will support you in uncovering and identifying experiences and stories that wish to be expressed through self-reflection, writing and community sharing.  This program creates a container for you to go within, gain insight into your life experiences and access the gifts that emerge as we shine a light on our tender places.

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi

This 30-Day Program includes:

  • Three Weekly Teleclasses with exploration and discussion on grief, loss and change
  • HMV’s Sacred Sanctuary Writing Space (12 audio recordings of inspiration and silence for writing)
  • 30-Days of prompts to inspire and jumpstart your writing
  • A Secret Facebook Group for sharing and discussion

Teleclass Time: Wednesdays, 3 PM Eastern time with a special Autumn Equinox Ceremony to open the space and set intention on Monday, 9/21 at 3 PM.

Location: Accessible by Phone or Online Listening; Audio replay will be available

Investment: $97 for Full 30-Day Program 

or $197 for Full Program plus one Individual Coaching Session with Beth & Andrea.

To learn more or register, visit http://healmyvoice.org/30-day-writing-program/.

Here are some of my stories featured in Heal My Voice book projects for you to explore…

Lost & Found: The Birth Of A Shaman

I’m Okay, Really!

Writing To Heal ~ Transforming Our Grief, Loss & Change 30 Day Virtual Writing Program Starts June 1st!

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“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” 

~ Rumi

HealMyVoice

Writing has been a blessing in my life.  As a child and teen struggling with an incredibly chaotic and dysfunctional family life, I found my journal and writing poetry to be a way of staying connected to myself, of exploring a world beyond what I knew and a space to express who I was when there seemed little room for that in the life I knew.  As an adult, writing has become an important part of my life and my work.  It is at the top of my list of “healing tools” and one I recommend to all of my clients.  Even after many years addressing trauma, I’ve found that writing and sharing stories has allowed me to heal on a much deeper level; and, it is something I continue to do.  It is a joy to be able to support others in exploring this powerful healing tool as well.  I am excited to be joining with Andrea Hylen, founder of Heal My Voice, to co-facilitate a new 30 Day writing program.

I invite you to join me for this 30 Day journey to explore writing as a tool for transformation and healing…

Writing To Heal ~ Transforming Our Grief, Loss and Change

A Heal My Voice 30-Day Writing Program (With Teleseminar Support)

June 1 – 30, 2015

Joining a Heal My Voice program is a bit like embarking on a vision quest.  It is a journey into the core of our being.  In traditional cultures, this is done through time alone in nature; in Heal My Voice our vehicle is writing.  The intention of the Writing To Heal ~ Transforming Our Grief, Loss & Change 30-Day Program is to create a space for exploring writing as a vehicle for transforming and healing.  During this time, you will have an opportunity to:

  • receive daily support for your writing for 30 days
  • explore your own life and uncover a story that wants to emerge
  • connect with a community of authentic women and men on a journey of self-exploration
  • get to know yourself more deeply to reclaim personal power
  • discover your inner gifts
  • alchemize your pain into remembrance, honoring and joy; and
  • explore or reconnect with the Heal My Voice program to see if our upcoming 9-month book program is a right for you!

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This 30-Day program with teleseminar support offers an opportunity to get to know yourself on a deeper level through the Heal My Voice process of Listening, Discovering and Exploring.  As you take this time to reflect on grief, loss and change in your life, Heal My Voice facilitators Andrea Hylen and Beth Terrence will support you in uncovering and identifying experiences and stories that wish to be expressed through self-reflection, writing and community sharing.  This program creates a container for you to go within, gain insight into your life experiences and access the gifts that emerge as we shine a light on our tender places.

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi


This 30-Day Program includes:

  • Three Weekly Teleclasses with exploration and discussion on grief, loss and change
  • HMV’s Sacred Sanctuary Writing Space (12 audio recordings of inspiration and silence for writing)
  • 30-Days of prompts to inspire and jumpstart your writing
  • A Secret Facebook Group for sharing and discussion

Teleclass Time: Mondays, 7:30-8:45pm Eastern time (4:30-5:45pm Pacific time) ~ June 8, 15, 22

Location: Accessible by Phone or Online Listening; Audio replay will be available

Investment: $75.00 for Full 30-Day Program

or $175 for Full Program plus one Individual Coaching Session with Beth & Andrea.

To learn more or register, visit http://healmyvoice.org/30-day-writing-program/.

Here are some of my stories featured in Heal My Voice book projects for you to explore…

Lost & Found: The Birth Of A Shaman

I’m Okay, Really!

 

Join Me For A Free Teleseminar ~ Actualizing The Power Of Intention on 2/2 at 7 PM ET

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I am excited to be offering a free teleseminar on one of my favorite topics, Actualizing The Power Of Intention, on Monday, 2/2 at 7 PM ET.  This is a something I’ve shared on in prior posts here on HOA, through workshops and at other events.  Although most folks have defined their resolutions for this year, I find taking time during the winter months to go within is very important for creating intentions from a place of stillness and inner wisdom.  Also, we will be in a period of Mercury retrograde in Aquarius from Jan. 21st to Feb. 11th.  This is a wonderful time to explore our visions and dreams; and reflect on the life we would like to create for ourselves and our world.  I hope you will join me to explore what’s possible!

Actualizing The Power Of Intention

Free Teleseminar With Beth Terrence
Monday, 2/2 at 7 PM
As we bring our intentions into the forefront of our experience and work more actively with them, we begin to create changes in our consciousness, our energetic field and in the world. In a sense, we become a beacon carrying that energy both inwardly and outwardly into all of our experiences. We all have our own personal intentions that we can work with and we also have the opportunity to carry intentions that support ourselves, others and the world.  Embodying qualities such as peace, happiness, respect and serenity can become a part our active intentions thus assisting in our own personal transformation and shifting our world into a new paradigm.  
Join me for an exploration on actualizing the power of intention.  Together we will explore:
  • Exciting research on the power of intention
  • How to create intentions that come from our deepest essence
  • Ways to work with intention to create alignment in your life
  • Utilizing the power of intention to become a catalyst for change in the world
This is one of my favorite topics to explore.  I hope you’ll join me for this creative exploration.

Eventbrite - Actualizing The Power Of Intention Free Teleseminar With Beth Terrence

 

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My Word for 2015 is…CLARITY

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images-5It’s been a few years now that I have chosen a word for the year. Some years I have to really meditate and percolate to come up with a word.  Last year, my word was ALIGNMENT.   Interestingly, I read something about the current astrology around Saturn moving into Sagittarius in December and how this is fostering a greater sense of alignment.

One thing I have recently discovered about the new year is that choosing a word for the year or making resolutions, doesn’t mean your there.  It means you are setting the intention for the coming year and it will require work through the year to actualize that intention or resolution. This year, I had many invitations to join groups or sign up for courses in December to help me set goals and vision for 2015 so I could be ready when January 1st arrived.

I have to admit I dabbled in this a bit but didn’t get too far. I did struggle seeing others seemingly create a vision and action plan for the new year and feeling like in some way I must be slacking in this or already failing. Then, I remembered the awareness that came to  me last year at this time to really honor the rhythms of nature, of winter and the yin energy of this season.

For me, all the goals, resolutions, etc., need to come from within, not from the mind but from my heart and soul.  And, not from any forces outside myself, only those within.  This requires going slow, being patient, and honoring my own rhythm.  This is what a year of alignment has taught me.  I knew it before but now I feel more able to honor it in my daily life.

So here I am on January 16, 2015, just diving into my word of the year post and feeling my intentions, goals and visions for this year emerging.  I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few weeks meditating, doing inner work and allowing this year’s word to come forward. Once I created space and ask the question, the word came shining through.  My word for 2015 is…

CLARITY

I feel pretty strongly this energy came from the alignment of last year.  I can’t say 2014 was an easy year; in fact, it was challenging in many ways.  I struggled with finances, relationships and life direction.  Even more so, I had a layer of trauma surface that required my willingness to dive very deeply into old feelings, patterns and beliefs.

Although, I had done this many times before, this layer was particularly painful.  I was surprised at how much I had been continuing to hold patterns that were not my own, but were shaped my mother’s mental illness.  And, I discovered how in an unseen way, these patterns and feelings were continuing to drive my life experiences.

As a shaman, my work is to journey into the darkness to find the light.  I have been on this path for close to a decade now doing my own inner work and assisting others in their journeys.  Still, I was amazed at how powerful a hold the trauma and misperceptions of the past had on me even today.

Seeing it was the beginning of a process of unravelling that has taken the last 6 months and continues.  I imagine the word CLARITY has emerged from this exploration.  On a daily basis, I have been looking at what’s the real me and what’s the false me.  When I feel a feeling or hear an inner voice, I stop to ask it is the true me or a false me.  Each time I do this, I become clearer, stronger and more grounded in my true essence.

I am excited to see what CLARITY brings in 2015!

Do you have a word for the year or an intention you’d like to share?  Feel free to drop a note in the comments below.

Many blessings for a beautiful year!

Love & light,

Beth

Journaling, Journaling, Journaling…

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I’ve been busy writing in my journal (pictured above) this summer and not so much here on The Heart Of Awakening.  It was healing to take some time to be unplugged.   I am sorry for the gap, but I am excited to be back.  I have a number of posts in the works ~ so stay tuned!

I did a series of guest posts this summer on the Heal My Voice Blog on writing and journaling.  One of them was on “Journaling For Health & Well-being” and was picked up by Dawn Herring, the host of #JournalChat.  She shared the post and invited me to be a guest panelist on a Live JournalChat Event happening this week on Facebook.  I’d like to invite you to explore the JournalChat Facebook Group and this live event which is happening from 9/2 – 9/4.   Learn more…

Also, here are some of the posts I shared on writing and journaling for you to explore:

Journaling For Health & Well-Being

Journaling For Reconnection ~ JournalTalk Podcast

30 Quotes To Inspire & Ignite Your Writing

7 Ways To Jumpstart Your Writing This Summer

Empowering Women In Addiction Recovery Through Writing & Creativity

As always, feel free to share your thoughts, reflections or favorite suggestions for writing or journaling in the comments below.

Love & light,

Beth

 

Spring Cleaning Inside And Out, Part I

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As each season arrives, we move through a period of change and transition.  This can be seen in the natural world around us but is also something that is going on within our own selves.  By taking some time to harmonize with the energy of the season, we gain an opportunity to look at the patterns in our lives with a new perspective.  Spring, with its energy of new beginnings, can be powerful time to recreate ourselves in a more balanced and conscious way.

As Spring begins to set in the days begin to get longer, giving us more light.  We can begin to observe new growth in the natural world ~ shoots break through the previously frozen ground and buds pop up on plants and trees, all in preparation for the big Spring Bloom.  Spring is the truly the season of new growth and transformation.  With this, we may feel our energy is expanding, flowing and blossoming with new ideas. It is a perfect time to cultivate our own new beginnings and fresh perspectives so that more of our deeper essence can emerge.

According to Chinese Medicine, Spring is the season of the Wood Element.  The organs most active are Liver and Gall Bladder.  The color is Green.  This makes Spring an ideal time for cleansing and rejuvenation for our overall health and well-being.  We may tend to focus on the physical when we thing of cleansing but really there is an opportunity to do our Spring Cleaning on all levels ~ body, mind, emotion and spirit.  Here is a brief overview:

Wood element imbalances may be experienced in a variety of ways.  Let’s take a look at them from a holistic perspective:

Physical:                                                                  

  • Spinal Problems
  • Poor Flexibility
  • Headaches
  • Poor Resistance to Illness
  • Allergic Sensitivities
  • Skin Problems
  • Irritated, watery eyes
  • Muscle Fatigue and weakness

Mental:

  • Poor Judgement
  • Disorganization
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Control issues
  • Difficulty relaxing
  • Lack of clarity
  • Unable to focus

Emotional:

  • Anger
  • Shouting
  • Difficulty expressing emotions
  • “Stuffing” feelings
  • Control issues
  • Feeling of overwhelm
  • Sense of separateness

Spiritual:

  • Lack of enthusiasm for life
  • Disconnected from Nature
  • Lack of spiritual connection
  • Feelings of isolation
  • Missing a sense of soul purpose

A Balanced Wood Element would experience more of the following:

  • Sense of Connectedness to Nature
  • Clarity
  • Organization
  • Energized
  • Ability & Capacity for Control
  • Spiritual Connection
  • Enthusiasm
  • Healthy Expression of Emotions, especially Anger,
  • Mentally Relaxed
  • Creative

Spring is a great time to look at your life and make a new self-care plan.  Take some time this Spring to look at how you care for yourself, consider where you may be out of balance and where you need to give greater attention to support your overall health and well-being.  Consider what you may need to let go of and what you might like to create in your life – this is what Spring Cleaning Inside and Out is all about!  Here are some questions and ideas to explore:

Physical: Are you physically healthy and active? Do you feel comfortable in you body?   Do you have health issues that limit your life? Are you eating a diet that supports you where you are and where you want to be? Is your environment open and clear or is it full of clutter?  Begin to develop a program to keep you body fit and healthy.  Take a walk for 15 to 20 minutes daily.  Try a yoga or tai chi class.  Eat a balanced diet.  Listen to the messages that your body is sending to you.  Go for a massage.  Drink plenty of water.  Fast or cleanse to detoxify and rejuvenate your body.  Clear you space.  See appropriate health care practitioners or get supports as needed.

Mental: Can you think and express yourself clearly? Are you intellectually satisfied? Does your belief system support you?   What are the beliefs you are holding on to which are limited or no longer serve you? Do you believe in yourself? Are you able to focus? Can you relax your mind?  Pay attention to your thoughts.  Look for recurring patterns to see which support your well-being and which may limit your satisfaction and fulfillment in life.  Be open to creating new ideas and beliefs that will support your growth.  Journaling is a great way to explore our beliefs and begin to explore and release thoughts, which may no longer serve us.  Give yourself recognition for your own intelligence, talents and abilities.  Celebrate yourself!

Emotional: Are you in touch with your emotions? Are you able to express your feelings appropriately? Do you allow your self to experience a full range of feelings – anger and sorrow, love and happiness, etc? Are you able to develop close and intimate relationships?   Allow yourself the time and space to connect with your feelings.   Learn to receive and acknowledge other people’s feelings, as you would want to be received.  Develop relationships that allow you to express emotions honestly and freely.  Seek a counselor or support group if you need support.  Be open to your feelings and the guidance they provide for you.

Spiritual: Do you feel connected with your own inner voice? Do you spend quiet time just “being”? Are you able to feel a sense of oneness? Do you feel a connection to Spiritual Source? God? Spiritual Community? Nature? Do you know what Spirituality means for you?  Find a spiritual practice that suits you.  Attend a spiritual service or community.  Connect with nature.  Create time and space to meditate.  Find a creative activity that allows you to express yourself more freely.  Awaken your inner self.

I hope you enjoy this exploration!  Stay tuned for Part II – I’ll be sharing some Spring tips on nutrition, cleansing and holistic tools to support balance and ease of well-being.

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An Integrative Transformational Healing Approach utilizing a combination of holistic tools and resources can be beneficial in supporting the following areas: 

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Gratitude: A Path To The Heart And Happiness, Too!

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The mission of The Heart Of Awakening Blog is to support:
  • Living from the Heart
  • Embodying Awareness, Authenticity and Purpose
  • Integrating a Holistic Approach to Being
  • Embracing the Interconnectedness of All Things
  • Honoring and Respecting the Sacredness of Life

One of the best practices for opening the heart and keeping it open is the practice of Gratitude.  It is important to stress the word “practice” as it is one thing to experience a feeling of gratitude and another to actively work with it.  Over the month of December, we will be exploring a variety of ways to practice Gratitude in daily life.

When we speak about practice, whether it be exercise, meditation or gratitude practice, we know there can be many obstacles to developing a new practice or sustaining an ongoing one.  You may even ask “why should I practice gratitude?”  Aren’t there other ways I can be more open-hearted?  I would answer “yes and no”.  Yes, there are many ways to open the heart but gratitude is one of the most powerful ways.  Also, without an experience of gratitude it is difficult to maintain an open heart.

Spiritual traditions have honored the practice of gratitude for thousand of years and now science is getting on board as well.  There are a number of ongoing research projects on gratitude.  One is led by Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and author of the book Thanks: How The New Science Of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.  Here is an overview of Dr. Emmons research on how Gratitude affects both psychological and physical well-being (Source: http://gratitudepower.net/science.htm):

  • In an experimental comparison, those who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events (Emmons & McCullough, 2003).
  • A related benefit was observed in the realm of personal goal attainment:  Participants who kept gratitude lists were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals (academic, interpersonal and health-based) over a two-month period compared to subjects in the other experimental conditions.
  • A daily gratitude intervention (self-guided exercises) with young adults resulted in higher reported levels of the positive states of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy compared to a focus on hassles or a downward social comparison (ways in which participants thought they were better off than others).  There was no difference in levels of unpleasant emotions reported in the three groups.
  • Participants in the daily gratitude condition were more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem or having offered emotional support to another, relative to the hassles or social comparison condition.
  • In a sample of adults with neuromuscular disease, a 21-day gratitude intervention resulted in greater amounts of high energy positive moods, a greater sense of feeling connected to others, more optimistic ratings of one’s life, and better sleep duration and sleep quality, relative to a control group.

So, as you can see there are many potential benefits from the practice of Gratitude.  Wouldn’t you like to have more energy? Sleep better? Be more optimistic? Feel more connected to others? Have less stress?  Live a happier life?

Making A Gratitude List:  Take a few moments after reading this post to make a Gratitude list just for today.  It can be as short or long as you’d like.  You may want to put it in your journal or create a special Gratitude notebook.  You may just want to write it on a slip of paper and when you are done recycle it.  It’s not necessarily something you need to keep, but it’s what feels right to you.  For some people it helps to have a list to look back on when they are having a bad day or just want to review what they have been grateful for.  Keep it simple and make it work for you.  Taking just a few moments everyday to practice Gratitude can make a big difference in how you experience life.

Are you ready to cultivate an attitude of Gratitude to see what’s possible?

Here is my Gratitude list for today as an example.  Feel free to share yours in the comments below if you feel to as well as any reflections or comments on the practice of Gratitude.

Today, I am grateful for:

  1. Being Alive
  2. Visiting with family and friends over the holiday
  3. Doing work I love to do
  4. Books
  5. The sense of fun my cats bring to my life
  6. My loving relationship
  7. Going for a walk today
  8. Feeling my feelings even when they are intense
  9. The joy of writing
  10. Having a warm home and a bed to sleep in
  11. The sound of the wind chimes ringing outside my window

30 Gratitude Quotes To Inspire You!

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Thanksgiving may be over but cultivating an attitude of gratitude is something we can do everyday.  I have decided to invite Gratitude in as a theme on The Heart Of Awakening for the month of December.  One of the things I have learned recently in my explorations on the Path of Peace is that in order to truly achieve peace, we need to bring it beyond the feeling or mental state into an action state.  I feel the same way about Gratitude and will be sharing various explorations to support developing an active practice of gratitude.

Sometimes this simply begins with being inspired by others words and ideas, so here are 30 Gratitude Quotes for you to explore.  Also, please feel free to share your favorite Gratitude quotes in the comments below.

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.”
 – William James

He is a wise an who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

               “True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”  – Oprah Winfrey

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” – Meister Eckhart  

“Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.”   -Steve Maraboli  

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Cicero  

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you.”
– William Arthur Ward

“Be happy with who you are and what you do, and you can do anything you want.”
– Steve Maraboli

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
– Anthony Robbins

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” – Yogi Bhajan

“Love of God is pure when joy and suffering inspire an equal degree of gratitude.” – Simone Weil

If we want to keep the blessings of life coming to us, we must learn to be grateful for whatever is given.”
– Harold Klemp

“Gratitude and love are always multiplied when you give freely. It is an infinite source of contentment and prosperous energy.” – Jim Fargiano

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

“The more grateful we are, the more we practice this in our everyday lives, the more connected we become to the universe around us.” – Stephen Richards

“Be grateful for whatever it is that opens you up.” – Allan G. Hunter

“It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full. Be thankful that you have a glass and grateful that there’s something in it.” – Unknown

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
 – Oprah Winfrey

“To express gratitude is to put into words a beautiful sense of wholeness. Recognizing the people, the experiences, and the extraordinary gifts of life which feed our souls.” – Anna

“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.”
– Kahlil Gibran

“Gratitude is a form of worship in its own right, as it implies the acceptance of a power greater than yourself.” – Stephen Richards

Voices Of Peace: Peace Pilgrim

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“We who work for peace must not falter.  We must continue to pray for peace and to act for peace in whatever way we can, we must continue to speak for peace and to live the way of peace; to inspire others, we must continue to think of peace and to know that peace is possible.” ~ Peace Pilgrim

I remember the first time I heard about Peace Pilgrim.  I was at meditation gathering in NYC and the leader read a bit from the book Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words.  I had heard about many saints, mystics and sages who carried the message of peace, but most of them lived in other parts of the world or in other times.  As I learned more about the life of Peace Pilgrim, it was hard to image a woman who had so much strength, courage and faith to make the journey of “25,000 miles on foot for peace” right here in the United States.  And, as it turned out not only did she achieve that goal, but she surpassed it, becoming a guiding light for peace in our world whose message continues to inspire people today.

Peace Pilgrim was born Mildred Lisette Norman in Egg Harbor City, NJ on July 18, 1908.  She was the first woman to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one season in 1952 and this led into her journey of walking for peace.  She began her walk for peace in Pasadena, California on January 1st, 1953, intending to cross the country for peace one time and when she died in 1981, she had walked across America seven times, possibly even more.  She had stopped counting when she achieved her goal of 25,000 miles for peace in 1964.

As Mildred set off from the Rose Bowl Parade in 1953, she left behind her name and all of her belongings, taking on the title of Peace Pilgrim.  It was there that she began her journey of walking for peace with just a blue tunic labeled “Peace Pilgrim” on the front and “25,000 miles for peace” on the back.  She carried a few belongings in her pockets but had no money and no organizational support.  She was a woman on her own choosing to walk for peace.  As she began her pilgrimage, she vowed to “remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.”

Peace Pilgrim’s journey spanned close to three decades; she continued to walk until her passing in 1981.  She walked for peace through the period of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and beyond.  During that time, Peace Pilgrim was a frequent speaker at churches, universities, and on radio and television.  She was a true messenger of peace!

Today, the Friends Of Peace Pilgrim continue to carry her message and share her legacy of peace with the world.  Reading her book, Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words, is like being on a pilgrimage with her.  And, her final talk given on the day before her death has become a spiritual guidebook for cultivating peace, Steps Toward Inner Peace.

Here are some of the words of Peace Pilgrim offered:

“You have much more power when you are working for the right thing than when you are working against the wrong thing.  And, of course, if the right thing is established wrong things will fade away of their own accord.  Grass-roots peace work is vitally important.  All who work for peace belong to a special peace fellowship — whether we work together or apart.”

“In order for the world to become peaceful, people must become more peaceful.  Among mature people war would not be a problem — it would be impossible.  In their immaturity people want, at the same time, peace and the things which make war.  However, people can mature just as children grow up.  Yes, our institutions and our leaders reflect our immaturity, but as we mature we will elect better leaders and set up better institutions.  It always comes back to the thing so many of us wish to avoid: working to improve ourselves.”

“The world may look at you and believe that you are facing great problems, but always there are the inner resources to easily overcome the problems. Nothing seems difficult. There is a calmness and a serenity and unhurriedness—no more striving or straining about anything. That’s a very important thing I’ve learned.  If your life is in harmony with your part in the Life Pattern, and if you are obedient to the laws which govern this universe, then life is full and life is good but life is nevermore overcrowded.  If it is overcrowded, then you are doing more than is right for you to do—more than is your job to do in the total scheme of things.”

“We can all spend our lives going about doing good. Every time you meet a person, think of some encouraging thing to say – a kind word, a helpful suggestion, an expression of admiration. Every time you come into a situation, think of some good thing to bring – a thoughtful gift, a considerate attitude, a helping hand.”

“In this world you are given as you give
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And you are forgiven as you forgive –
While you go your way

Through each lovely day

You create your future as you live.”

Of all the messages that Peace Pilgrim shared, the message of her life and her commitment to peace is the one that speaks to me the most.  She showed us in her words and her actions that peace is a choice that we can all make and as she shared so beautifully,

“One little person giving all her time to peace, can make news.  Many people giving some of their time, can make history.” 

What can you do today to choose peace?  How can you create more peace in your own life? In your relationships? In the world?

In the spirit of Peace Pilgrim, I have begun walking daily with the intention of cultivating peace.  For now it is just in my neighborhood, but imagine if each person would just walk a few steps for peace each day, how that might change our world.  I hope you will join me in taking a step toward peace today.

Change Your Life Message #1

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“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~ Viktor Frankl

Original Artwork by Beth Terrence

Countdown To May Is For Metta 2013

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                 “When we practice metta, we open continuously to the truth of our actual experience, changing our relationship to life.”- Sharon Salzberg

We have one more day until the beginning of May Is For Metta 2013 which will happen from May 1st to May 31st.  This time offers an invitation to explore changing your relationship to yourself, others and the world through a 31 day practice of meditation and self-reflection.  My intention is to create a container for people to explore in a way that is accessible, user-friendly and opens a gateway to transformation on many levels.  The mission of The Heart Of Awakening Blog is to support:

Living from the Heart

Embodying Awareness, Authenticity and Purpose

Integrating a Holistic Approach to Being

Embracing the Interconnectedness of All Things

Honoring and Respecting the Sacredness of Life

I have found Metta meditation to be one of the most beneficial practices in supporting this vision on a daily basis both in my own life and in my work with others individually and in groups..  In order to become more conscious and awake, it is vital to find a practice that you can work with on an ongoing basis.  Additionally, creating a foundation of living from a heart-centered, open and compassionate space is a key to all transformation and healing.  The practice of Metta meditation fulfills both of these foundational needs and as we will learn through our practice, many more.

Metta, or Loving-kindness meditation, is a Buddhist practice that involves the repetition of phrases, similar to mantra, that help to generate the energy of loving-kindness and in a sense offer blessings to ourselves, to others and to the world.  Although we work with the phrases as the anchor of the practice, the essence of it is the generation of the energy of loving-kindness and compassion.  There are variations on the phrases which focus on cultivating happiness, safety, and ease of well-being.  Here is one of the simplest versions:

May I be safe.  May I be happy.  May I be healthy.  May I live with ease.

The Buddha offered 11 benefits of Metta meditation, which included peaceful sleep, a serene mind and protection from outside influences.  The greatest benefit of Metta meditation seems to be that it tends to increase our happiness.   For those who wish to participate, this May will offer a time to come together energetically, wherever in the world we may be, to begin to plant seeds of loving-kindness and compassion and to cultivate them in our daily experience.   We will begin gradually, building a foundation of loving-kindness and compassion for ourselves and the Metta practice and then extending it out to others and the world.   There will be an opportunity to practice as a formal daily practice, to integrate Metta into  your life and work experiences and to share with others in community.

Our first lesson in Loving-kindness is that we must cultivate loving-kindness and compassion for ourselves as a foundation, which can then be shared with others.  This can be an obstacle for many of us who were taught to love others first and ourselves last.  This is an opportunity to shift our paradigm.  I hope you will join us and gift yourself with this time to create your own foundation of loving-kindness and compassion so that you may become a conduit for these energies to flow more deeply in our world.  Imagine if each of us does that, and if all beings were to take this time, what our world might be like.  Let’s explore what’s possible together this May!

Here are some of the ways to participate:

1. Join in the daily reading and practice, which will posted on here on the Heart of Awakening each morning from May 1st to May 31st.  If you sign up to “Join The Heart Of Awakening Blog Community” in the top right column, you will receive email updates of posts, which will be daily during the month of May.  Or,  you may prefer to bookmark the homepage and just check in for daily posts.

2. I also share posts on Facebook on The Heart Of Awakening Facebook Page.  If you “LIKE” the page and also, add to your interested lists, you will get daily posts there or can check that page for updates.

3. Explore Metta meditation and cultivating Loving-kindness and Compassion on your own, with your family, at work and in the world.  Resources will be posted here and on Facebook to support your exploration.

4.  Share your experiences, thoughts and reflections on your practice here on The Heart Of Awakening Blog or on our Facebook page.  My hope is for us to learn and grow together as we support one another in our expansion of loving-kindness and compassion.  Feel free to comment or drop a note as you feel called to.  Also, if you have questions or difficulties, feel free to share and ask for support.

4. Attend a May is for Metta event live in the MD/DC area or by teleconference. Details TBA.  Currently, I will be offering a May Is For Metta Community Gathering on Tuesday, May 14th at 7 PM at Wellsview Cottage in Annapolis, MD.  I will be also adding some tele-gatherings and will include details on the blog and Facebook soon.

5. Consider creating your own gathering or practice group with folks in your area or if you are in a meditation group or sangha consider bringing Metta meditation into your circle this month.

6. Invite others – friends, family, co-workers, community groups – to participate in May is for Metta 2013.

Looking forward to exploring together in the coming month.

May you be happy.
May you be peaceful.
May you be free of suffering.
May you have ease of well-being.

Love and light,
Beth

Bach Flower Remedies For 2012 Transitions – Walnut

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There are many different ideas about what 2012 is all about.  Whether we look at the Mayan Calendar, various Native American interpretations or our own experiences of living on earth at this time, it is clear that we are in a time of great change and transformation.  How this change manifests is uncertain, however there is the sense of tremendous movement both inwardly and outwardly.  It is clear that we are experiencing many changes personally, socially and globally.

In a spiritual sense, there is a strong pull or perhaps even push toward moving into the energy of the heart and into greater alignment with our world.  There are many ways that we are out of harmony with life, with our Mother Earth and with our fellow beings. As my teacher Shaman Ross Bishop often says, “You are going home one way or another; I’d rather that you “choose” to go as it will be a lot easier.”  At this point in our world, it’s hard to know what “easier” would look like as we seem so far out of alignment in so many ways – environmentally, socially, economically, etc.  Still, we have the ability to choose to change.

I sometimes find myself feeling like “it’s just too late or things have gone too far” for the changes that need to happen to actually occur.  I know others may feel this way, too.  For me, I have a sense this is a very old pattern, maybe one that goes beyond this lifetime, but at the very least has been present in my current life experiences.  This is clearly a belief or pattern I need to let go of as it can keep me limited and from making greater choices toward change.  Often, it can be easy to focus on what is going on outside in the world and not be willing to look within.  I may not be able to change anything that is happening in the world today, but I can change how I respond to what is happening and how I choose to live and be in the world.

Many people living in our modern world have experienced a powerful sense disconnection from Mother Earth.  Although it may vary from culture to culture and location to location for many of us it requires choice to actually cultivate and sustain a connection with the earth at this time.  It takes work and effort to keep the big picture of our world in our consciousness.  Going out and spending time in nature is a powerful way to connect.  But, as we go about our daily lives, especially for those who may live in more suburban or urban areas, this can be challenging.  Thankfully, Mother Earth has given us many gifts that can help us in cultivating our connection to nature in any moment.  Some of these include herbal & plant medicine, stones & crystals, ceremony & ritual, energy practices and one of my favorite tools, flower essences.

There are many varieties of flower essences that are available at this time and benefits vary.  It is really a personal choice as to which types of remedies to work with.  Both personally and professionally, I have found the Bach Flower Remedies to be one of the most powerful tools available for supporting emotional and spiritual healing.  I can honestly say that in many ways, I am the person I am today, in part because of my use and relationship with the Bach Flower Remedies and Dr. Bach’s teachings.   They have helped me to move through many transitions and to create the changes I have felt called to make in my life, some of which I never imagined were possible.

The Bach Flower Remedies are highly beneficial for supporting change and transition.  The repertoire of 38 remedies, developed by the British physician and visionary Dr. Edward Bach, assists in transmuting emotions and personality traits which prevent us from moving into greater harmony with our soul purpose.  Dr. Bach, who was man of science, was also highly intuitive.  He was able to connect with nature to correlate the energy or vibration of certain flowers with various emotions or personally traits.  Over the years, he developed 38 remedies, which he felt was a complete system of healing.  Since it’s creation, it has been used by people all over the world to support healing and change in a variety of ways.

The remedies work similarly to homeopathic medicine; they are working on a vibrational or energetic level rather than medicinally, like an herb or drug.  In essence, each remedy is flooding our energy field with a vibration that helps to transmute something we are experiencing – this may be an emotion such as fear or a pattern such as perfectionism.  As our field is flooded with more positive or harmonious vibrations, we begin to transform energetically.  The remedies are created by two methods, either sun soaking and boiling the flowers to distill the essence of the flower.  This water is then combined with brandy into what is known as a mother tincture.

The essences that we find in our health food store are made from the mother tincture.  They carry the vibrational qualities of nature and in taking the remedies, we are able to connect more fully with nature wherever and whenever we choose to.  This is one of the many benefits of the Bach Flower Remedies or any flower essence.  At this time, it is highly beneficial to have such a tool, which we can carry with us in our purse or pocket.  It can support holding a stronger connection with Mother Earth wherever we may be.

By their very nature all of the remedies support transition, energetic alignment and ease of well-being.  In treating, each person often has 5 – 7 remedies that may be beneficial at a given time based on the emotions and experiences that are at the surface for them.  A custom blend is a common way of working with remedies, however taking a single remedy may be beneficial as well.

In my personal experience and work with clients over the last year, I have found several remedies to be beneficial for the transitions we are currently experiencing.  If I were to choose a remedy to be the remedy of 2012, I would choose Walnut.  Overall, it is considered the remedy of change and transition.   All of the remedies will support creating change and easing our transitions, however Walnut has some specific effects in these areas.  Dr. Bach shared the following words about the Walnut remedy:

“For those who have definite ideals and ambitions in life and are fulfilling them, but on rare occasion are temped to be led astray from their own ideas, aim, and work by the enthusiasm, convictions, or strong opinions of others.  This remedy gives constancy and protections from outside influences.”[i]

“Walnut is the remedy of advancing stages, teething, puberty, change of life.  For the big decisions made during life, such as change of religion, change of occupation, change of country.  The Remedy for those who have decided to take a great step forward in life, to break old conventions, to leave old limits and restrictions and start on a new way.  This often brings with it physical suffering because of slight regrets, heart-breakings, at the severance of old ties, old associations and old thoughts.  A great spell-breaker, both of things of the past commonly called heredity, and circumstances of the present.”[ii]

It is clear that Walnut provides a powerful support as we move through changes in life, from one stage to another, but is also has other properties that can really support staying centered and grounded as we move about in the world.  Just as the shell of the walnut is very hard and protects it’s softer center, the Walnut essence helps to strengthen and stabilize our energy field so that we are more able to hold our center and engage in the world with clarity, focus and intention.  In a sense, Walnut offers a shielding quality that helps us in holding center, maintaining our choices and flowing with changes that are occurring both inwardly and outwardly.  I am also struck by how much the center of the Walnut resembles the shape of the heart and have a sense of Walnut being a heart protector, not in a way that shuts down the heart but actually supports its opening more fully through the energetic alignment of soul purpose.

Walnut has many benefits, which I feel really support our ability to move through the transitions of 2012 and beyond.  Here are some of the ways in which it can help us to sustain our choices and intentions:

  • Provides a shielding quality that supports creating & maintaining our boundaries and borders
  • Helps protects us from outside influences
  • Eases emotional and energetic sensitivity
  • Helps to adapt to periods of change and transition
  • Helps to let go of or break old patterns, limiting beliefs and core issues which no longer serve
  • Aids in resolving dysfunction stemming from family of origin
  • Helps acclimate to new ways of being, such as new phases of life, work, family, etc.
  • Supports spiritual transformation and growth
  • Protects from influence of suppressive energies or parasitic infestations (including physical, mental, emotional & spiritual)
  • Supports finding and holding our center and connecting more fully to our soul purpose

Whether we actually choose to work with the Walnut essence or other remedies, we can learn from the energetic quality of Walnut.  At this time it is important to find ways to move through transitions more fluidly, to hold our center, to let go of patterns no longer serving us and to find ways to deepen our connect with our soul purpose.

I hope you will take some time to explore how you are moving in the world at this time.  Do you need to take time to connect with nature?  Do you need to spend more time going within?  Or, to find tools which support transformation and ease of well-being?  Do you have a clear sense of your soul purpose at this time?  What choices you are making or would you like to be making to engage in the world in a more intentional way?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and reflections.


[i] Bach, Edward. The Twelve Healers, p. 17.

[ii] Chancellor, Phillip.  The Bach Flower Essences, p. 201.

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Meditation On Actualizing Intention

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I hope you had a chance to read my last post, Actualizing The Power of Intention.  Today’s post offers a guided meditation to support actualizing intention.  It is the first of a series of audio posts I will be offering.  A main intention of The Heart of Awakening blog is to offer inspiration and resources to support the shift into a new paradigm.  My vision is include practical tools that can support transformation.  This meditation is a heart centered practice for actualizing intentions that emerge from deep within ourselves.  It supports moving into greater alignment energetically with our essence and our intentions.  Explore what’s possible!

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Actualizing The Power of Intention

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“For the last four hundred years, an unstated assumption of science is that human intention cannot affect what we call “physical reality. Our experimental research of the past decade shows that, for today’s world and under the right conditions, this assumption is no longer correct. We humans are much more than we think we are…” – Dr. William A. Tiller

We have come to a place where science and spirituality meet in many ways. For those who have had a focus on energy, whether through Acupuncture or Eastern Medicine, Energy Healing such as Reiki or Pranic Healing, Yoga or other spiritual practices, it has long been accepted that matter follows energy. It is exciting that science is now on board with this concept. A major focus on the Heart of Awakening blog is to support a shift into a new paradigm. This begins with an inner shift in our thoughts, energy and focus – it begins with Intention.

At this point, there is greater acceptance and understanding of the role of intention in creating change. The work of Dr. Tiller is called Psychoenergetic Science. It involves an expansion of traditional science to include human consciousness and human intention as being capable of significantly affecting the properties of materials (non-living and living) and what we call our “physical reality.” Basically, our intentions affect our experience and our actual world. And, we have the ability to change our lives and our world.

Using intention in a positive way is a powerful tool for transformation. Intention is used in many aspects of our lives. We may have general intentions or wishes, which we are holding but they may not be in the forefront of our consciousness. Our conscious mind is actually only a small fraction of our mind, the vast part of it being unconscious. However, when we bring something into our conscious awareness and give it meaning, we are creating a relationship with our unconscious and support transformation on a deeper level.

As we bring our intentions into the forefront of our experience and work more actively with them, we begin to create changes in our consciousness, our energetic field and in the world. In a sense, we become a beacon carrying that energy both inwardly and outwardly into all of our experiences. We all have our own personal intentions that we can work with and we also have the opportunity to carry intentions that support ourselves, others and the world. Embodying qualities such as peace, happiness, respect and serenity can become a part our active intentions thus assisting in our own personal transformation and shifting our world into a new paradigm.

Finding a way to actively work with intention helps us to move more consciously in the world and to create alignment within ourselves. As with all practices, it is important to explore and find what resonates for you personally. This is part of moving into greater alignment with oneself. Some ways to work with Intention include:

1. Affirmations – Affirmations are a powerful tool for transformation. To affirm means to “make firm” that quality or message you are working with. Affirmations offer a way to change our inner dialogue, in a sense to short-circuit the unconscious messages or tapes that are always playing in our minds and to create new ones. This practice can transform our attitudes and our expectations. It can also show us the negative or unconscious messages that we are carrying within us. Affirmations can be done silently, spoken aloud, written down or even chanted. They can be posted in places you will see them, tucked in hidden places where you will find them unexpectedly or recorded so you can listen to them repeatedly.

2. Ceremony & Ritual – Participating in ceremony and ritual helps us to feel connected to ourselves, to others and to the world. It is a time when we enter into sacred space. Whether it is a ceremony that marks a major life event such as a marriage or death or the simple ritual of lighting a candle, there are two elements at play – intention and action. We can create our own ways of working with ceremony and ritual to take our intentions into a place of action. This helps us to embody our intentions more fully on all levels – body, mind, emotion and spirit. One of my favorite ways is through Fire Ceremony. I use this personally as well as with clients and groups both to set an intention to let go of experiences, feelings and energies, which are no longer serving; and, to invite in the energies or qualities (the intentions) that can support transformation and moving into a new way of being. The energy of fire is one of transformation. Taking action in this way helps to support a powerful shift as well as bringing us more fully into the present moment. Perhaps this is the greatest intention of all – to be fully present in this very moment.

3. Creating – Creating something to represent our intention helps to concretize it and brings it more fully into our own consciousness and into the world. This can also be a way to let one’s own creativity emerge, which in and of itself is a way to access our inner self. Creating can be through artwork such as a drawing, painting, or mandala making. It can be through the written word such as a poem, slogan or just writing your intention in your journal or somewhere that it is visible to you. Another option is to make a Vision Board in which you use pictures and words to help to invite in your intention and the vision you wish to create into your life. Being creative is an opportunity to explore your own essence and to create a connection between your conscious and unconscious self. Through you own self-expression, you are making your intentions visible.

4. Contemplative Practices – Contemplative practices such as meditation or prayer help us to move into the present moment, to quiet some of the busyness in our minds and to connect more deeply with our intentions. Moving from a place of stillness, clarity and focus supports being in alignment with our intentions and carrying them with us as we move in the world. When we take the time to pause, center and reconnect with our own self and spirit, our energy becomes clearer and we are able to align with our intentions in a more focused way. This creates a clearer, stronger energy field that helps us to truly embody our intentions.

5. Authenticity – Allowing ourselves to be authentic and to speak from the heart, openly and honestly, is part of actualizing the power of intention. When we share our intentions with others, we are sharing our deeper being. We are also moving into greater alignment as we merge our inner and outer self. Many of us are hesitant or afraid to share all of who we are and particularly those greater intentions for change in ourselves, others and the world. Imagine if every being were to speak from the heart and share their intentions openly. Really, these intentions are our good wishes for ourselves and all beings. It is often easier to speak about our negativity and judgments, which causes a contraction of energy, rather than expansion. Sharing our authentic selves and our positive intentions openly is a powerful way to transform ourselves and the world.

As we work with intention, we are bridging our conscious and unconscious self. In a sense, working with intention is helping to bring a new infrastructure to our being which allows us to be in greater alignment with those energies we are carrying into our consciousness and into the world. As we begin to move more consciously, new possibilities emerge. Cultivating intention is an action step in shifting to a new paradigm.

I hope you’ll join the Heart of Awakening in exploring and actualizing the power of intention to support transformation in your self, others and the world.

I’ve included a video of Dr. Tiller for inspiration…..

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