"But if you have nothing at all to create, perhaps you create yourself." ~ Carl Jung
Do you remember what you were doing the weekend of August 16-17, 1987?
Perhaps you were part of the thousands of people who gathered together to hold hands while inviting world peace and harmony. People gathered at power points across the globe: the Great Pyramids, Machu Picchu, Mount Fuji, Greece, California and Arizona.
This time was known as the 'Grand Trine,' when all nine planets were in their astrological fire signs and positioned precisely 123 degrees apart from each other.
I remember the day like it was yesterday. I stayed with my sister in Redondo Beach, and together we gathered with our hearts open wide where the Pacific ocean met us at the boardwalk. It was a beautiful day and a memory I will keep forever.
I believe that is what most of us want, and it's important that we keep looking to the good in ourselves and others.
There are many ways to develop our insight and achieve harmony through the divine grand trine of mind, body and spirit. "In undertaking a spiritual life, what matters most is simple," master teacher Jack Cornfield reassures us in his book A Path with Heart. "We must make sure that our path is connected to our heart...no one can define for us what our path might be."
How do you discern your own truth?
We must allow the mystery within to guide us. When we are still and listen deeply, we will know if we are following a path with our heart, even for a moment. Our heart holds our strengths and vulnerabilities, our character and beliefs.
Each of us is born with an extraordinary gift and opportunity to express it in our daily lives. When we make a choice to honor each priceless gift, we participate in the re-creation of the world.
When we follow our path from the heart, we are living in the truth of who we are and what we offer out into the world each and every day. Even if we think we're just planting a garden, tending house, teaching a class, painting a picture or cooking a healthy meal for a loved one. It's not about what we are giving but the spirit in which we are giving it.
Our hearts connect us to all of life...
May your heart be full and shine brightly with gifts of gratitude, blessings, peace and harmony!
How can we enjoy zen and maintain our spiritual self-care and daily mindfulness?
A day represents the microcosmos of your entire life, so it's important to make mindfulness a habit to live your life to the fullest each day.
It is here, living amongst oak-studded hills, that my ritual of walking meditation begins. Life in the country has a way of slowing you down. There is a stillness in the air, a soft light as it brushes the trees with rolling hills, pastures, vineyards and open sky for miles upon miles. All that can be heard are the occasional hawks soaring overhead.
As we set out for our daily walk (my 4 fur babies), I feel "light," knowing there is no destination, simply a romp in nature beneath the gentle light of the ever-present sun. Each step leads to a letting go of any needs or to-do lists.
It feels as though my feet once in motion find a pace all their own – there is no effort being made, simply breathing in the fresh, dry air. The sound of the road base beneath my feet is a familiar one and reminds me of summer day hikes in the Sierras.
As we reach the far end of the property, the shade is a welcome respite for the dogs and myself. We find a smooth patch of grass to linger, dream and soak it all in.
As we begin to make our way back to the ranch house, creative plans and visions seem to appear from out of nowhere.
Even if for only a little while, stepping away from the mundane and daily repetition of work and plugging into nature is a reset for the mind, body and spirit.
Walking in nature allows us to shift our focus away from distractions and instead find reverie. In this heightened state of presence, we become more self-aware, and we can establish a deep sense of peace and clarity.
Oftentimes 15 minutes is all we need for a reset, so I hope you'll join me in moving your body!
Moving Meditation Field Guide
"If you seek creative ideas, go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk." ~ Raymond Inmon