4 Friday Favs

“Be brave, be courageous. Be spiritual warriors.”

~ unknown

* I have 2 workshops starting up soon. I’m excited about them, really excited, because I love the whole creative ‘thing’ and I really enjoy seeing people discover & enjoy it too.

Specifically designed for healing anxieties, people are able to explore creativity & experience the fun in the process. Meanwhile, the ‘work’ of noticing, releasing & healing things proceeds in a way natural to the individual around the things that which caused anxiety.

The workshops are informal and intimate and the degree of release is connected to the degree to which a person is comfortable and feels safe. With the use of color, texture, images & photos and the collaging process, we build upon strengths & insights while transforming anxiety into something more manageable.

The 2 workshops gather mid-morning, beginning on 2 different dates. If the start date of 1 doesn’t work for you, you have the opportunity to register for the other so choose the beginning date that works best for you. 4 Sessions - $150. Workshop 1 - SATURDAYS 10-12 noon Workshop 2 - THURSDAYS 10-12 noon Nov 25 - Dec 16 Nov 30 - Dec 21

* While still in bed, taking a few deep breaths and saying a prayer will start your day off in a most harmonious way. Here is just one example so find the words that resonate most within your heart --

Great Spirit, You are inside of me, within my very breath, within each bird, each mighty mountain. Your sweet touch reaches everything and I am well protected. Thank you for this beautiful day before me. May joy, love, peace and compassion be part of my life and all those around me on this day. I am healing and I am healed. ~N. Polizzi

* What do you know about Mindfulness? It’s a word that pops up in conversation everywhere you go these days – yoga classes, the workplace, in books, online ….do you know that in it’s different forms, it has many benefits, both physically and mentally? Include some form of mindfulness in your life, be it taking a moment to sit on the porch at sunset, breathing deeply & becoming aware of the changing light or some form of meditation or via informally focusing your attention on moment-to-moment sensations as you do everyday activities like brushing your teeth, washing the dishes, or shoveling snow (doing one thing at a time and giving it your full attention). Within a short time, the benefits associated with Mindfulness will add up and become noticeable in your life.

It will help with symptoms of:

  • depression

  • substance abuse

  • eating disorders

  • couples’ conflicts

  • anxiety disorders

  • obsessive-compulsive disorder

Some experts believe that mindfulness works, in part, by helping people accept rather than avoid their reactions to their experiences (which includes painful emotions).

So, consider how you might include some form of daily mindfulness practice in your life. To read further about the benefits, you might want to look here https://www.helpguide.org/

* Feeding your demons -- Since the subject of anxiety is on my mind these days, have you ever knowingly invited in your demons, whatever they might be? And what is a demon? To the Greeks, the word daimon (which is where the word demon originated from long before Christ was on the earth) was often used for the word "god" or "goddess," "divine power, "fate," or "fortune," but was also used to convey a "spirit being." The adjective, "daimonios," often meant "inspired by heaven," "divine," "of heaven," "by divine power," etc. It's quite likely that over time, the meaning of the word was adjusted to fit a religious intention but that was not it's origin. St. Thomas Aquinas perpetuated this belief by blaming natural disasters and even bad weather on demons, while Pope Eugene IV referred to demons as "agents of Satan." Demons came to be taught by religious leaders as the messengers and followers of evil. Hmmm... makes you think, doesn't it? Anyway, these days we have many inner and outer struggles. We've got demons aplenty and we could use a fresh approach as to how we handle the conflict within us (adapted from Machig Labdrön (1055–1145) by LAMA TSULTRIM ALLIONE) and perhaps this might be useful for you too.

Step 1 : Find the Demon in Your Body

After generating a heartfelt motivation to practice for the benefit of yourself and all beings, decide which demon you want to work with. Choose something that feels like it is draining your energy right now. If it’s a relationship issue, work with the feeling that is arising in you in the relationship as the demon, rather than the other person.

Thinking about the demon you have chosen to work with, perhaps remembering a particular incident when it came up strongly, scan your body and ask yourself: Where is the demon held in my body most strongly? What is its shape? What is its color? What is its texture? What is its temperature?

Now intensify this sensation.

Step 2: Personify the Demon

Allow this sensation, with its color, texture, and temperature, to move out of your body and become personified in front of you as a being with limbs, a face, eyes, and so on.

Notice the following about the demon: size, color, surface of its body, density, gender, if it has one, its character, its emotional state, the look in its eyes, something about the demon you did not see before.

Now ask the demon the following questions: What do you want? What do you really need? How will you feel when you get what you really need?

Step 3: Become the Demon

Switch places, keeping your eyes closed as much as possible. Take a moment to settle into the demon’s body. Feel what it’s like to be the demon. Notice how your normal self looks from the demon’s point of view. Answer these questions, speaking as the demon: What I want is…. What I really need is…. When I get what I really need, I will feel… (Take particular note of this answer.)

Step 4: Feed the Demon and Meet the Ally

Take a moment to settle back into your own body. See the demon opposite you. Then dissolve your own body into nectar. The nectar has the quality of the feeling that the demon would have when it gets what it really needs (i.e. the answer to the third question). Notice the color of the nectar.

Imagine this nectar is moving toward the demon and nurturing it. Notice how the demon takes it in. You have an infinite supply of nectar. Feed the demon to its complete satisfaction and notice how it transforms in the process. This can take some time.

Notice if there is a being present after the demon is completely satisfied. If there is a being present, ask it: “Are you the ally?” If it is, you will work with that being. If it is not, or if there is no being present after feeding the demon to complete satisfaction, invite the ally to appear.

When you see the ally, notice all the details of the ally: size, color, surface of its body, density, gender (if it has one), its character, its emotional state, the look in its eyes, something about the ally you did not see before.

When you really feel connected with the energy of the ally, ask these questions: How will you help me? How will you protect me? What pledge do you make to me? How can I access you?

Change places and become the ally. Take a moment to settle into the ally’s body and notice how it feels to be in the ally’s body. How does your normal self look from the ally’s point of view? When you are ready, answer these questions, speaking as the ally: I will help you by… I will protect you by… I pledge I will… You can access me by…

Take a moment to settle back into your own body and see the ally in front of you. Look into its eyes and feel its energy pouring into your body.

Now imagine that the ally dissolves into light. Notice the color of this light. Feel it dissolving into you and integrate this luminosity into every cell of your body. Take note of the feeling of the integrated energy of the ally in your body. Now you, with the integrated energy of the ally, also dissolve.

Step 5: Rest in Awareness

Rest in whatever state is present after the dissolution. Pause until discursive thoughts begin again, then gradually come back to your body. As you open your eyes, maintain the feeling of the energy of the ally in your body.

For more information go here: http://taramandala.org/about-kapala-training/faq/

“One day you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted. Do it now.” ~ Paulo Coelho

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