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Those Dark Moments, and the Breath of Light

Dark moments.

Everyone has them, some more than others. While there are those who may be in the midst of one right now, there are others who may be emerging.

No matter what, we all have those dark moments in our spiritual and emotional lives.

How do we cope? We all look outside for answers.

Which book to read?

What podcast to listen to?

Who is the best guru?

While there is nothing inherently wrong with any of these things, the truth of the matter is simple.

Sometimes, we each need to stop, silence ourselves, and look within.

Most people take breathing for granted. However, when stress and worry, depression and doubt, rear their ugly heads, we begin to breathe a bit less deeply. Our entire being suffers because of it.

Breath is life. Breath is love.

That said, the darkest times in my personal life have taught me to use my breath to find a solid space within where I can sit and look at the things that might be bothering me. Usually they are things of which I’m not immediately conscious.

Sounds a bit too simplistic, maybe, but it is a very important thing to make time to inquire within the self. This is especially true during those times when it seems like the sun will never shine upon us again.

Without going into a long, detailed description of how to reach that place within, I will share a simple way I use to focus my attention on my inner self and find that place inside where the darkness is brooding.

Take a moment to get comfortable. Close your eyes. Take three deep breaths, holding each one for as long as possible. Expel the breath slowly.

On the first breath, imagine the light of the universe entering the dark spaces within. Breathe out as much darkness as you can. Sense the burden of that heavy emotion lifting.

On the second breath, imagine more light sweeping into the deepest recesses of your soul. As you hold your breath, see the light filling every corner of your Inner Room. Expel any remaining darkness and hold the emptiness until you simply must take a breath.

This emptiness is the entirety of the Void.

It is the essence and origin of Who You Are.

You are the Universe. Allow that truth to sink into every molecule of your body.

On the third breath, you should feel lighter. Buoyant. Simply breathe in as deeply as you are able, clear your mind of thought, and hold that breath as long as possible. Focus on the light within.

Expel the breath slowly. Open your eyes. If you need to take more breaths, do so. Hold each consecutive breath a little longer than the first. Expel the breath slowly. Hold the resulting emptiness until your lungs demand more oxygen.

By breathing deep, we draw life-giving oxygen deep into our core. And this life-giving breath will heal and nurture you on every level of being.

May peace be in your soul.

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Ram Dass.

Once you have acquired even the slightest taste of interconnectedness, your world will change forever.

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True Love

It’s even found amongst the stars…

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Too Much Anger

Lately, I have noticed that there is way too much anger in the world. It seems that people are fed up with everything right now. The sad part of this is how people are taking their anger out on others…especially those who have done nothing to warrant receiving it.

It’s a volatile time right now, politically and racially and any other -ally you can think of. Too much is going on that is causing people to erupt. Yes, the world is messed up. There is no doubt about it. The key right now is to not allow ourselves to get sucked into the madness.

I suggest we all take a deep breath and stop for a moment. Consider the world. Consider the situations we find ourselves in. At the core, all of us are trying to survive and move forward in this life.

Let’s try to remember this. Also, let’s try to spread a little love. One kind word or deed can go a long way toward making a positive difference in another’s life.

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If Velvet were made into a film…

…this would be the song closing out the final scene and carrying on through the credits. I can’t tell you how many times I listened to this song while writing that last chapter. I cried and cried.

Here is a link to the song: The Air That I Breathe – The Hollies

If you’ve read the book, think back on that last chapter and let me know if you can see where this song fits.

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Relevant for today…and every day.

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The Beauty of Rumi

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Velvet – An Excerpt from Chapter Two

Please enjoy this short excerpt from the novel Velvet, available here from Amazon.

Mercedes sat at a table close to the entrance so I walked over and took the seat next to her. Dee saw me as soon as I entered the restaurant and ran over to meet me.

“Holy one, so glad to see you.” He bowed then grabbed me into a hug. His dreadlocks were now just about to his waist. The beads around his neck looked like they weighed several pounds.

“Hi, Dee.” I laughed out loud at that. Holy one, indeed.

He held me a moment too long, and then a moment more. (more…)

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