Surrender Saturday!

“You have to surrender to your hair,” a hair stylist once told me when I was fretting over how the left side would curl under while the right side would flip out, making the lengths look uneven. Well, I tried to follow her advice and surrender to my hair, but I can’t really say I succeeded… Instead of surrendering, I started getting buzzcuts! (Well, that wasn’t the only reason for the buzzcuts, but that’s another story!)

Now I’m hearing a voice in my head saying similarly, “You have to surrender to your body.” After dealing with chronic health issues for years, I am feeling weary and needing to continually reset and refresh my attitude… And there isn’t a simple solution like a buzzcut for the body! But hey, at least my sense of humor is intact!

Besides surrendering to the body, every day when I sit to meditate, chant, or write, I pray to surrender my life and my work to God… And there are moments when I truly feel absolutely one hundred percent surrendered, but I haven’t yet mastered the ability to maintain that surrendered state all the time. Can you relate to this? Do you feel surrendered? Are there aspects of your life in which you would like to surrender more fully?

Years ago I was telling a friend that I was working on surrendering to God, and she said, “Well, if you have to keep working on it, then you haven’t really surrendered.” I understood her point, but how many people are capable of just completely surrendering all at once into a lasting state of surrender? It seems to me that it is an ongoing spiritual practice. What do you think?

 

“May you surrender to the Sun in your heart. ~ May the Sun in your heart shine its healing rays on everyone and everything.” ~ from the “Blessings for humility” section in my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life.

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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.

 

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Three Hours Left

Dear readers, the intention of this post is not to induce fear, but rather to impart feelings of awe, appreciation, positivity, connectivity, and rootedness in the priorities dwelling in the ground of your being.

Imagine that we humans discovered that in three hours time, some natural force was going to cause planet Earth to explode and entirely disintegrate.

What were your first thoughts when you read that?

When I imagine that there are only three hours left, my first thoughts go towards trying to grok what would happen to everything and everyone… Where would all of our souls go? What would happen to all the memories and experiences and energies?

All of the stories would just be done. All of the histories, cultures, art, music, inventions, and creations would be gone. It is mind-blowing to even consider the ramifications of such an explosion. All of the mountains, oceans, rivers, deserts, canyons, forests, flowers, birds, butterflies, cows, and bears would be gone. And what would happen next?

After considering all of that, my next thoughts go towards deciding how to spend the last three hours. I decided I would spend the first hour calling loved ones and saying good-byes, and the last two hours praying and chanting (singing sacred mantras). My intention would be to die consciously while feeling connected to the Divine Source. To me, that would be the ultimate Surrender to God. I am not sure what happens to us after we die, but I know that when I am singing spiritual songs, I feel connected with Something Greater, and I feel calmed by that Force from beyond this realm. So, I feel that chanting at the time of death would be a way to die peacefully.

I began chanting as a daily spiritual practice more than fifteen years ago. I usually sing along with CDs by my favorite chant artist, Krishna Das. One day in 2008, I was evaluating my priorities in life, and I suddenly found myself saying out loud, “I want to live inside the chant.” Well, at that time my sons were 8 and 11, and I was busy with many worldly responsibilities, so it was not possible to live inside the chant all the time!

Now I’m in a new nun phase, but still there are many things to do each day beyond chanting. So when I think about my priorities if there were three hours left, versus what is happening in my life now, it makes me wonder if I could somehow commit to chanting more each day… But, then I also think that if you knew you were about to die, and you wanted to die a peaceful, conscious death, then of course you would drop everything and just focus on that. Whereas, if you are still in the midst of full-on living, you can’t just drop everything and do your top passion all the time.

What do you think about all that? What would you do if there were only three hours left, and how would those priorities line up with how you live your daily life now?

I hope this post inspires you to feel awe and appreciation for this sacred planet Earth, as well as rootedness in the priorities dwelling in the ground of your being.

May you feel positively connected to everyone and everything!

 

 

image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

Guided Imagery for Shifting Negative Thoughts

Here comes the Sunshine Train!

How often do you witness negative thoughts going through your mind? Are you aware of what triggers negative thoughts for you? How quickly do you shift negative thoughts into positive thoughts?

Last night a simple little thing happened that set off a chain of negative thoughts in my mind. Because I have established a long pattern of cultivating the witness, I watched those thoughts quickly spiraling deeper into negativities, and I thought, “Wow, that’s a really dark train!”

I laughed to myself, thinking that yes indeed, that “train of thoughts” was very black and heading into a dark black tunnel… and that’s when I thought, “Good-bye dark train… Here comes the Sunshine Train!” Spontaneously I visualized a cheerful train filled with Sunlight… and I imagined that God was driving the Sunshine Train, and all I had to do was surrender and take my happy seat… then I mused that my small self had been driving the dark train, but on the Sunshine Train, my higher self could just relax and trust that all is heading in the right direction!

You can use this visualization anytime you notice a negative train of thoughts beginning to chug through your mind… Simply banish the dark train into a black tunnel… and get on the Sunshine Train! You can visualize your Sunshine Train to be however you like… paint it in your favorite colors… decorate it in your personal style… and notice who is driving your Sunshine Train… and is there any music playing on your happy train? Is coffee being served?

I hope this funny little visualization helps you to shift your negative trains of thought into positive trains of thought! This is yet one more way to help Happy Up your life! Choo, choo!! 🙂

And remember… Shift Happens!

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“Shift Happens” Hubble image credit: NASA/ESA/Andrew C. Fabian

Train Sunset Photo by Rene Rauschenberger on Pixabay

God Gives Our Globe A Good Shake

Perhaps we are each inside our own snow globe, and all the little snowflakes are the elements of karma, destiny, fate, free will, chance, luck, synchronicity, grace, coincidence, temperament, personality, and so on… And when we are born, God gives our globe a good shake, and where it all lands creates our own unique constellation… This would explain why there is no set rule book, and it can be mysterious (and maddening) to discern which elements are at play at any given time in our lives.

For example, how do we know when to surrender to destiny and when to take action with our own free wills? They say to align your will with the Divine Will, but how do we exactly do that?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below, down where it says “Leave a Reply.”

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

 

Image: “Botanical Robin Snow Globe”

StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Surrender to Something Greater & Enjoy the Humility Vibration

 

May you appreciate all the women in your life.

May you feel your wholeness.

May your weekend be blessed with deep peace.

May you surrender to Something Greater and enjoy the humility vibration!

 

When you let go of the idea that you are doing everything alone, in that moment of surrendering a relaxation happens in your being. It’s like when you suddenly realize that you are tensing your shoulders and you let them relax down. Ahhh. Yes. That’s right.

That feeling of relaxation arises from the humility vibration. When you surrender to a power beyond yourself, that activates the humility vibration, which gives you feelings of peace, calm, trust, and lighthearted curiosity. While enjoying the humility vibration you still take action, but you take action knowing that you are being assisted by Something Greater. “Let go and let God” does not mean that you lie down and quit, but rather it means that you let the Divine help you.

I’m reminded of that beautiful story about Jesus called “Footprints in the Sand” in which he tells the person that during their most difficult times he carried them. It is a good reminder that we are never alone. No matter what your religion or other cosmic belief system, there is Something Greater that supports you.

May All Beings Know Deep Peace.

Happy International Women’s Day!

 

 

image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech