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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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Life Within That In-Between Place

Most times I feel happy, joyful, elated…glad to be alive.

Other times I feel like…why am I here? What’s the point?

Today I’m in-between those extremes. Nothing bad has happened. No one has said anything hurtful. I have my health and all of my needs are met. Yet still, there is that in-between place where no word exists to express the emotion.

That said, is there an emotion to describe the state of in-betweenness? (more…)

Can’t Sleep? Are You Thinking Too Much?

At bedtime, do you ever find yourself thinking too much, so much so that you are unable to find that elusive and much-needed sleep?

You know those nights. You have a problem you’re trying to solve, or an issue you must address, or simply now that the weekend is over you’re having to face yet another workweek.

How do you shut off the mind to get a good night’s sleep?

While I am no expert at this kind of thing, I am one who suffers from occasional insomnia. When sleeplessness hits me, I do something that I learned by accident one night.

I think of something beautiful. (more…)

When The Rains Come…Rejoice!

Sometimes, a little rain must fall on everyone.

How do you respond to the rain? Hate it? Love it? Couldn’t care either way? (more…)

Taking time when you need the time

It seems like everyone I know is running in circles. Gotta go here. Gotta do this. Gotta run do that.

Sleep? Who has time for sleep, much less rest?

A few days ago, I jumped off that hamster wheel. It got to be a bit too much for me. (more…)

From my soul to your soul

For now and always.

Namasté.

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“…then there’d be peace.” – John Lennon

Truth.

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It’s your choice. Which do you need?

Allow yourself to accept that which you need.

The universe will provide.

Be open to receive.

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May there be peace and healing in Ferguson

The verdict has been shared with the world. Please join with me in prayerful thoughts for peace in Missouri and the entire United States of America.