StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Accept Things As They Are

 

May you be with yourself exactly as you are in each moment.

May you understand the roots of your feelings.

May your weekend be blessed with loving kindness, happiness, and cheerful thoughts.

May you accept things as they are.

 

Dear readers,

Here’s a funny one to help you remember today’s blessings:

Accepting Things As They Are = ATATA!

By the way, “accepting things as they are” doesn’t mean that you give up on your visions and do nothing… Rather, it means that even while you are working towards your goals, you can relax and be okay with What Is happening right now… You can find small ways to Happy Up each day, even if you are currently having a difficult time.

Cheers to a weekend of Atata! 🙂

With much love,
Teja

 

Photo by Morais on Unsplash.

 

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Do You Want to Be Happy?

“A strong determination to be happy will help you. Do not wait for circumstances to change, thinking falsely that in them lies the trouble. Do not make unhappiness a chronic habit, thereby affecting yourself and your associates. It is blessedness for yourself and others if you are happy. If you possess happiness you possess everything; to be happy is to be in tune with God. That power to be happy comes through meditation.”
~ Paramahansa Yogananda

 

Dear readers,

If you have been following my blog for a while, then you know that I am all about helping the human species to elevate to healthier and happier vibrations. I believe that being happy is very important, and many of the world’s spiritual teachers also place great emphasis on the importance of being happy…

So, you can imagine my surprise when recently, on two separate occasions, two different males in my inner circle expressed that they do not value happiness as a goal in life. One said to me, “Hmm, I’m not so much concerned with “happiness”.” So I asked what he is concerned with, and he replied, “Excellent question.” The other fellow told me, “I don’t want to be happy – I want to be productive.”

It’s always an interesting, juicy moment when one of our cherished assumptions is challenged! There I was assuming that everyone wants to be happy!

Do you want to be happy?

If you do want to be happy, then you might enjoy reading my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life… available now on Lulu and Amazon!

By the way, this new book is not about the fruit, but I selected the oranges photo for this post because it feels so warm and happy to me. 🙂

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering!
May All Beings Be Happy (even if they don’t want to be)!!! 🙂

With lots of love and happy vibes,
Teja

 

Oranges photo* by Pauline Bernfeld on Unsplash.

* If you are viewing this post in an email, simply click on the title of the article and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog where you can view the happy oranges! 🙂

 

Two Simple Healing Practices

“There are many refreshing and healing elements in nature around us and in us… get in touch with these healing elements to get the nourishment and healing you need… nourish yourself with joy and happiness so then you are able to help people around you.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, in a video in which he answers a question from his one million Facebook friends: “How can I fight the injustices of this world without being consumed with anger, bitterness, outrage, and resentment?”

Here are two simple ways to practice getting in touch with the healing elements around you and in you ~

~ Each time you see simple beauty, think to yourself, “There are refreshing and healing elements all around me and inside me.” ~ For example, each time I see the sunlight on the fresh green leaves outside our bathroom window, I am reminded of the refreshing and healing elements that are available all the time.

~ When you drink water, use your pure drinking water as a bell of mindfulness. Let the water be a refreshing and healing element that you bring into your body as you sip it throughout the day.

I hope this post was helpful to you!

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Photo by John Jennings on Unsplash.

 

StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Enjoy Practicing Mindfulness

 

May you notice the beauty around you and within you.

May you be nourished by mindful breathing and smiling.

May your weekend be blessed with many little happinesses.

May you enjoy practicing mindfulness.

 

Dear readers, these blessings were inspired by the mindfulness teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who is 93 years old today!

Happy Birthday, Thich Nhat Hanh!

Love to All Beings!
Teja

 

Photo by Anita Austvika on Unsplash.

Transforming Difficult Emotions Through Singing

“The Name repeated with either good or evil intentions, in an angry mood or even while yawning, diffuses joy in all the ten directions.”
~ Tulsidas (1532–1623), Indian poet-saint. (Quote shared by Krishna Das in the jacket cover of his CD, “Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga.”)

Chanting (singing) has been one of my daily practices for more than fifteen years, and I have been chanting a forty-verse prayer called the Hanuman Chalisa for more than ten years. Each day when I sit down to sing along with a CD by Krishna Das, I acknowledge whatever is present in me in that moment, and then ask for help as needed.

One morning last month I got really triggered by something right before I was going to do my chanting practice. I was in an utterly reactive state, so I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to do the practice, but I sat down anyway, feeling angry and depressed. I said a prayer, asking that my difficult emotions could be transformed into love…

Well, it took the entire forty verses for that transformation to happen! This was the first time I had this experience: I chanted the forty verses in a gruff angry non-singing voice with clenched teeth, and felt like I was possessed. And in fact, I was possessed, by my own toxic angry reaction… After chanting the forty verses that way, as I began the after prayers, suddenly I was singing in my normal singing voice! The healing, transformative power of the chants is so miraculous! I felt so incredibly grateful to be softened into love again.

Sometimes when we get angry we have to do the mental work of searching for the root cause and then consciously transforming and releasing the anger through understanding… But sometimes we can just simply sit and sing, allowing the healing sound vibrations to melt the anger into love and joy.

Can you relate to this experience? Have you ever dissolved anger through singing?

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy.

May our singing diffuse joy in all directions!

 

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.