|Posted on March 5, 2018 at 1:05 AM||comments (0)|
Last night we had more SNOW…adding to the SNOW from yesterday and the SNOW from the day before. For me, having lived the majority of my life in Southern and Northern California, SNOW is a new experience.
Unlike living in southern California, if you want to go outside, you just don’t walk out the door! You PREPARE! Two pairs of pants, two sweaters, one jacket, one scarf, gloves, heavy socks and then the boots! THEN you are ready to go out.
Although the need to help take out the trash barrels was the main reason for preparing to going outside, after the task was completed, the snow called to me. It drew me into the mountains around the house, to explore this mountain of snow. It was captivating! Each step was an experience! Sometimes, the snow was 6 inches deep, sometimes just 2 inches deep. In the 6 inch snow, the steps were almost like a stomping, because the entire foot had to come up out of the snow, you couldn’t just do a regular “walk” in this snow. I actually became lost in the experience of walking around… not knowing what the next step would bring. Crunch! Crunch! Crunch! Even the sound was fascinating.
At one point I looked up and was once again mesmerized…this time by the hills all around which were spotted with the bright clumps of white snow. Hill after hill, spotted with the white snow was breath-taking. The bushes closest to me also had branches which were holding the snow, but as the sun rays touched them, clumps of the snow would fall to the ground.
As I continued walking the snow became deeper and deeper, thus my steps became higher and higher, making deep indentions in the sheet of snow covering the ground. The snow was calling to me…I needed to be closer to it, so I feel to the ground on all fours, playing in the snow. I flattened a section of it and then drew a large heart on it. I felt like a child…just me and the SNOW. It was magical! I continued crawling around in the snow and sensed I was being like an animal…with the bushes even with my eyes. I was at the same level as the bushes. One bush caught my attention. I stopped and starred at the bush, seeing all the intricate little needles coming off of a hundred small branches. The golden browns tones were gorgeous. I still wanted to be nearer to the snow, so turned around and just sat down in it, feeling the coldness on my legs, the wetness of my pants and the tingling in my hands from crawling in the cold snow.
My teacher, Sat Shree, often talks about being in the immediacy of life; noticing what is happening, feeling the sensations of the body, being immersed in the moment as it arises, without “thinking”. This SNOW experience certainly had me immersed in the immediacy of life...living in the now!
As I stood up and looked back toward the house, I glanced at the ground and the snow was sparkling like glitter….pinks, gold, blues, greens…it was gorgeous. Fascinated by the sparkling glitter I continued walking back toward the house. The different depths of snow on the mountainous terrain once again caught my attention, never knowing how deep my foot was going to go into the snow pack. Numerous animal foot prints caught my attention! Each left its own very unique imprint in the snow. One unusual one called to me. There were two small imprints side by side and behind (or in front of it) were two single imprints. As I glanced over the snow packed hillside, I could tell that many different animals had covered the same ground I was covering just a little earlier, some leaving trails for 20 or 30 feet. However, none were there now, except for an occasional rabbit here and there. And thus ended my experience in the SNOW for today!
Many teachings speak about Living in the NOW and the importance of being in this moment. AND I must say that after this mesmerizing time in the snow, I feel it gave me a deeper appreciation of being in the moment..."Living in the NOW”
Where were YOU when you felt you were Living in the NOW?
Do you want to live in the NOW, to a greater degree? What might that look like?
Have you ever observed a child at play, totally immersed in the moment? Can you think of a time when you could be like a child...and play? Does this sound like fun?
Wishing you a wonderful DAY of living fully in each and every moment!
With love, Sharon
|Posted on March 1, 2018 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
As we choose to want to live more consciously, opportunities arise to become aware of the way we are in the world.
How do we treat our self?
How do we treat others?
Do we have to have things our own way, or are we flexible?
What pushes our buttons?
Before we became conscious, we might just accept whatever we do, as just being “ME”. But as we become conscious, knowing that our actions do many a difference, we begin to ponder what we do.
All of these questions are ones that we can ask our self and then sit with during times of silence, and reflect on them. When we want to become more conscious, then everything matters. The way we act, our responses and the quality of our interactions do matter.
My spiritual teacher, Sat Shree, was just speaking about this in a talk he gave from India this week. He shared that as a teen he had lived a rather wild life, not seeing a reason for living otherwise. And when he had his spontaneous awakening in 1998, immediately he saw that EVERYTHING MATTERS. In that moment, he knew that Life was Purposeful and what a person does or doesn’t know makes a difference.
And as he began living in his new consciousness much was revealed to him, so he came to just KNOW how the universe works. One aspect of this knowingness was that he saw it was important for individuals not to avoid experiences or turn away from those situations that are difficult to deal with. He saw that energetically, all situations need to be met; otherwise one’s system will create structures or patterns to avoid similar situations in the future.
As I reflect on this now, I find the human system AMAZING in its complexity and so beautiful. We came here in a body…to learn and to grow! So it would make perfect sense that if we tend to avoid something, it would be the perfect learning opportunity for us.
In the same way, if we have strong desires for certain things or certain types of experiences, this too is not the most favorable way to live. As a human we want to learn to be more neutral, to ACCEPT WHAT IS and to learn to handle whatever arises. Would not life be so much easier, if we were able to go along with the flow of life and BE PRESENT to each moment, as it appears in front of us?
If this is the first time you are hearing these ideas, you might have a strong reaction to what you are reading. I can understand that this can be a challenge at first, because for many, having strong preferences may have been a way of life for you. We see others around us wanting this or that, so it becomes the way we learn to live too. We accept this as normal. And yet, when one chooses the spiritual path, the conscious life, we are introduced to new ideas, truths and guidelines for living more aligned with universal principles.
But doesn’t it make sense that being able to accept what arises would make live SO much less stressful.One way to be able to live in a more neutral manner, is to take time to sit in the silence; to become still and allow these new ideas, new ways of being to flow through you. When we allow the universal energies to flow through us, things can shift. It’s only when we are living as a separate “person”, wanting this or that, that such preferences come into play so strongly.
The truth is that we are MORE than our little separate self. The “Being” that animates our life through our personality is of a different nature. And when we give our self over, we can relax; we can allow things to shift and this actually supports us with living aligned to the universe in a much deeper manner.
Do know that the Universe is Purposeful! And as we listen to our heart, to our inner guidance, we can learn to relax into a new way of living… with less stress, less preferences and to ACCEPT life as it shows up.
Sending great love to you,
|Posted on February 17, 2018 at 4:35 AM||comments (0)|
For most of my life, I’ve expected PERFECTION from myself. I wanted to do things in the “right” way, to have them turn out 99% perfectly. WOW, what a lot of stress that put on me…and I didn’t even realize it at the time.
This past year, I had a big opportunity to do a new radio program… on a wonderful internet station. I had raised funds for it for over a year and put much preparation into the content. For a variety of reasons, I was not content with the first few programs. It was devastating! I felt I had let down those that had supported me greatly. It was very difficult to accept what was happening.
So, I really had to look at the situation from a spiritual perspective. My spiritual Teacher, Sat Shree, is a Realized being and thus has had the personal experience of “seeing” and “knowing” the Truth about Life. And from that perspective he teaches how to appraoch life rightly. Here are some Truths and Guidelines that relate to this situation from his Teachings:
Choose What Is
Do the work without demand or expectation
Meet what is before you
Let go of expectations
Do not believe your negative story
Once I looked fully embraced the situation from this perspective, I accepted what was happening. I actually came to accept the situation as it was. And in this, there was a great freedom. It was a huge lesson!
From past experience, when I blog for 30 days straight, I put myself in a place where I have to “reach deep” into my consciousness to create the content for the blogging. And so the content is fresh! It’s new! And thus, wanting to post it daily, I don’t feel I have the time to have it formally edited. My preference would be to have it “perfect”. However, it’s just not realistic. This has been a challenge to live with. And yet, it’s very refreshing, very enlivening, to keep up the momentum of a daily blog.:)
Then, on top of my imperfections, I’ve noticed that the new platform I’m using at Vista Print also has some imperfections in it. So, I spent almost an hour on the phone today with their customer service, which is awesome. I learned that I actually caused the problem by not copying and pasting to Note Pad first before pasting print into the site. SO, as much as we attempting to create the proper spacing and delete extra characters, it wasn’t coming out perfectly.:/
SO, I decided I also need to allow “systems” to be imperfect. Another great lesson.
So, here are some questions for self-inquiry:
Are you able to allow yourself to be imperfect?
Are you able to allow others to be imperfect?
Are you able to allow “systems” to be imperfect?
When you sit with your responses, how does your body feel?
Could listening to your body be a measure for learning to response to life situations?
Wishing you a splendid day of being imperfect,:)
|Posted on February 15, 2018 at 1:10 AM||comments (0)|
Today being Valentine’s Day, you might have been the recipient of LOVE or the giver of LOVE. Or perhaps you were disappointed by what a day of “LOVE” could have looked like for you.
We often have high expectations of such a day as Valentine’s Day, wanting it to be “perfect” and anticipate what might take place. If we have high expectations then disappointment may follow. And if we are really honest with our self about life and living, there is much we may be exposed to that is not what you would call “loving”. And yet we want desperately to live in the field of LOVE! Thus, how do we find harmony, peace or contentment with all this?
There are some spiritual Truths that have helped me when everything doesn’t seem perfect…so thought I’d share them.
1. Everyone is always doing the best they can in that moment.
2. Life is purposeful
3. Each of us have a role to play
4. You have choice
5. Accept what is
Karla McLaren, author of The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You wrote this about LOVE.
“The truth about love is this: Love is constant; only the names change.
Love doesn’t just restrict itself to romantic relationships.
Love is everywhere-in the hug of a child, in the concern of a friend,
in the center of your family, and in the hearts of your pets.”
In addition, the situations, that appear imperfect, because we would like things to be differently, are perhaps an opportunity for us to learn and grow, to open our heart…if we can be open to such imperfection. Rumi’s poem, The Guest House, puts this so beautifully.
If you day wasn’t perfect according to you expectations, perhaps this will bring some comfort to you… even some LOVE.
THE GUEST HOUSE
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Sat Shree, a Realized Teacher, writes this about the heart.
“The human heart expands through trials, troubles, disappointments, losses and failures.
Human maturity is the capacity to include everything in our lives.
The purified heart carries a capacity to accept and love without repulsion or judgment.
The mature heart surrenders to what IS.”
So no matter what you day brought…
Know that even with the ups and downs….
The so called good or bad….
As Rumi says….all “has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
Sending much LOVE your way….
S h a r o n A n n W i k o f f
Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner EFT-CC, EFT-ADV, Minister, Elementary Educator, Parent-Child Educator
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