As a parent, I remember that single word, the one; often irritating word coming from our beautiful child’s mouth every time you ask them to do something… . WHY? Time after time in the course of the day of a small child, they ask…WHY? WHY? WHY?
The Magic Happens Crew would like to wish a happy September to everyone!
September is a nice time of year here in the Northern Hemisphere. The kids are back in school, the weather should change at some point this month to become more palatable and for me anyway, it is a time to renew my commitment to working towards my dreams and goals.
I hear that we are in the age of ascension. I have to admit that I am a little bit confused about that idea. I thought that ascension would come to be as fear drops away, as we learned to trust the process called life and use our expectation to build a life that supports and nourishes us. And yet, it seems to me that there is more fear today than ever.
One thing has become abundantly clear as I witness the communication on almost all fronts in our nation in the upcoming election, whether you are in Canada or the United States: most of us haven’t got a clue how to have healthy communication on this planet. Many people are expressing their opinions and if someone disagrees with that opinion, they get really angry, take their toys and go home. They make the person who disagrees with them wrong. We have been doing that for years and years and years, It doesn’t work. It never has. Remember the definition of insanity?
“If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart…”
― Pema Chödrön
I lost focus – and I found myself having a hard time making sense of anything after the passing of my brother. .
The following first month is best described as walking in a fog. My inner peace, happiness, positivity – it was all gone. I was back in a ‘all but mindful’ mess, doing random stuff. .
Most of the time I did not know what to do with myself. I was on autopilot. But at least, I did not stop, I just kept going, even though I could not see or feel my direction. I got scarred. My foundation had a massive shake so no wonder. And it became an inner fight to keep sanity.
Blooming through summer. It’s almost over, but filled with memories. .
Jamaican tunes sets the beat outside my window.
‘What’s that’, my friend asks me.
‘It’s life’, I answer and smile.
‘It’s London’. .
Rain pooring down. Fall is slowly arriving. We are currently in the last days of summer, wearing wellies. I dance down the street like a little girl.
The warm late-summer air makes me melancolic. I find myself with a friend in a cosy Italian café, having brunch, listening to the music being created by the unique noise from the coffee macine and rainy streets.
I dip my crossaint in my coffee.
Yesterday I looked at my day’s schedule and wished I had time to write my first post on “The Magic Happens”. As it turned out, I wrote the first draft when my 4:30 client and I got our dates mixed up. So, did I create this opportunity by wishing for more time? Or, is this an example of divine timing? Am I co-creating with my higher self, not only in the content of this piece, but also in timing it’s writing? How can being mindful of the easy flow of time and timing provide us guidance about both the big and small aspects of our lives?
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So here I sit… quietly… nothing pressing to do, no big demands, no urgency. Just allowing myself to be. .
At times my mind is quiet too, and I am enveloped in the sense of being fully within myself… yet far more vast than this mere mortal body could contain. How is it that one can be fully present in this seemingly small body but feel as expansive as the Universe itself? That is the magic of mindfulness. .
I sit… my attention focused on the inner sensations… the pressure of my body against the chair… the coolness of the air I breathe in that then feels warm as I exhale… the tactile sensations of holding a pen as I write. Any one of these can take me further into myself – if I let it. . Perhaps the greatest fascination lies within the energetic sensations I feel. Today it is the crown, back of head and temples that pulse with energy flow, filling my 3rd eye and opening my heart chakra wide. These sensations are beyond the conscious mind; there is no logic my mind can follow to explain it. .
Accepting that, it can be easy to sit back, relax and simply observe the pressure and the movement. And in doing so, I continue to go deeper and deeper into my own Being. . Mindfulness is a great gift we give ourselves. It fills us with a sense of peace and presence… a welcome break from distraction, multi-tasking and overwhelm… too often the norm in our modern day world. .
It allows us to really listen to ourselves – not our thoughts, but who we are underneath our thoughts. It is in this place we create space. We open to allow more clarity, more creativity, more inspiration, more compassion, more divinity to flow to us and through us. .
WITHIN you will find indescribable treasures, beauty and truth. It’s simple to access by being quiet and present… and allowing yourself to explore the vast world you hold within yourself. Allowing is perhaps the hardest part.
Ah mindfulness, its concept so simple yet at times so hard to practice with the business of our modern lives. Really, how hard can it be to remain in the Now? The Now is all we have according to Eckhart Tolle. .
The mind appears to like to journey into the past and the “what ifs or could have been” or to consider future possibilities. I am even finding it harder and harder to remain in the moment. It has seemingly gotten harder since my cell phone and IPad became part of my life. My attention span shortens daily.
Families ~ Families are made up of Mother & Father, Sons & Daughters, Grandmothers & Grandfathers, Aunts & Uncles, Cousins, Brothers & Sisters, Nieces & Nephews and possibly a pet or two; cats, dogs, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs and so much more. .
However small or large your family, it is your family, your treasure, your joy. .
You may be a Mother & Daughter & Sister & Niece & Aunt & Cousin & Grandmother or a Father & Son & Brother & Nephew & Uncle & Cousin & Grandfather. Yes you can be all of these at the same time depending on the size of your family.
When I think of the word mindfulness many images start dancing in my head. What do you see? . .
How do you set the tone of your day? What are your daily intentions? By choosing mindfulness these questions are put into perspective. This allows for understanding the imprint and moving forward. Mindfulness is the mosaic of everything coming together.
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What if you woke up one day in an alternate reality and discovered that you were on your true soul path, in alignment with your purpose, being fully supported by everyone and everything – and you knew you were alive and well?
The poet and theologian Rumi once asked: “Do you pay regular visits to yourself?” . .
Our mind is preoccupied with visiting all the continents of the world and areas of life that we presume would make us feel secure and happy. Mindfulness is to find time to just STOP. It is like stopping at the stop sign, and then proceeding. Even a moment’s stop and then paying attention to our inner world can trigger the light of consciousness, the luminous divinity in us to bless our way ahead. Visiting our own self is what mindfulness is all about; it is self-awareness, self-love.
Mindfulness Meditation, also known as Vipassana or Insight Meditation, is based on a twenty-five hundred year old tradition that is non-sectarian and non-religious. It is one of the most popular styles of meditation in the world. This path is of self-transformation through self-observation and focuses on the deep interconnection between the mind and the body.
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