StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Harness the Strength of Your Happy Orange Place Inside

 

May you connect with the strength of your roots.

May you feel at home in the ground of your being.

May your weekend be blessed with reminders of your inner resources.

May you harness the strength of your Happy Orange place inside.

 

Dear readers, as I shared in my June 1st post, “Shifting Focus and Starting Fresh,” I am only blogging occasionally this month of June, so that I can focus primarily on writing the next book… Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life.

This week I have very much enjoyed working on this next book, and one evening during my sitting meditation practice, I heard: “This book, Reaching for Orange, is going to be life-changing and important for many people.” Well, we shall see if that will be true! In any case, I can hardly wait to share this next book with you! In Reaching for Orange you will learn many ways to harness the strength of your Happy Orange place inside.

As I’m writing Reaching for Orange, in my daily life I am doing many of the practices suggested in the book, so what you will read in its pages is infused with my practical understanding of the information.

My current affirmation comes from a recent blog post, “Guided Imagery for Shifting Negative Thoughts”… I have been saying this daily: “I am on the Sunshine Train… God is driving, and all I have to do is relax in my happy seat, and do some writing, and trust that all is heading in the right direction!”

What are you enjoying this week?
What inner strengths are you celebrating?
What affirmations are you saying?

 

Buddha statue image by mikegi on pixabay.

 

 

 

 

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Meditation to Get Beyond Irritation

Do you ever find yourself in a state of complete and utter irritation with everything?

The next time you notice yourself feeling irritated, try this simple meditation practice… Sit in a quiet place and close your eyes. Bring your attention to your breathing. You don’t need to try to make your breathing be a certain way. Simply witness the in-breath and witness the out-breath.

Next add a mantra or affirmation. For example, I think “Om Namah Shivaya” with the in-breath and again with the out-breath. You might want to think “I am Peace” with the in-breath, and “I am Love” with the out-breath… Or you could think “I am Love” with the in-breath and “I am Light” with the out-breath…

Sit and think your mantra or affirmation with the breath until you feel the irritations dissolving. It may take twenty minutes (or longer) to achieve a feeling of peace.

Let me know how it goes!

 

May All Beings Know Deep Peace.

 

 

StarFire Teja’s Three Tips for Strengthening Your Immune System

Crazy weather patterns can challenge your immune system, but there are many things you can do to stay healthy.

1. Handwashing ~ Washing your hands is the single most effective way to stop spreading germs. It helps you to stay healthy, and it is an act of kindness to everyone around you. Proper handwashing includes four elements: warm water, soap, 15-20 seconds of friction, and thoroughly drying with a towel. So remember:

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2. Affirmations ~ Try saying this affirmation to yourself anytime you feel “on the edge” of “something”… “I have faith in my immune system.” This is a good one to say at times when you might feel nervous about catching something, such as when you’re eating with someone who did not wash their hands (and you don’t have the nerve to say something), or when you’re in a store and someone near you is coughing and sneezing. In such situations, calmly think to yourself “I have faith in my immune system.”

3. Strengthening the protective shield around your energy field ~ Begin by intending to create a force field around your energy field. You can gently push away any “other” energies with your hands, and then intend that there be a strong protective shield around you. You can imagine this force field filling up with mantras, blessings, and presences of protective beings (in alignment with your religion or other cosmic belief system). Spend a few minutes each morning and/or each evening doing this practice, and your immune system will strengthen. (This is one of many practices described in the Radiance Rising section at the beginning of my new book, The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.)

Being happy also helps the immune system, as explained in a previous blog “Protection Prayer When Grieving”… So anything you can do to Happy Up will strengthen your immune system. For that, see this previous blog “StarFire Teja’s Ten Tips for Happy-ing Up During the Wintertime Blues.”

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

 

StarFire Teja’s Three Super Simple Spiritual Practices

The following practices are so simple that you can do them throughout the day: when you are waiting at a stoplight or waiting in line somewhere, or when you are using the toilet or washing your hands. It helps if you decide in advance when you are going to do these practices. For example, you might plan to do the first practice each time you have to wait and the second practice every time you wash your hands. You could also decide to do them when you are lying in bed, right before you fall asleep at night, or when you first wake up in the morning.

Super Simple Spiritual Practices You Can Do Throughout the Day:

1. Choose to be happy. ~ This one I keep repeating because it is so important. We really can choose to be happy. Per the Upanishads (a collection of wisdom by the ancient mystics of India), the mind is the means to happiness. We really can decide to be happy. This doesn’t usually happen immediately, but if you regularly tell yourself that you are choosing to be happy, then over time it will become true for you. So to apply this in your daily life, try this: every time you have to stop at a red light (or some other time you have to wait), think to yourself, “I am choosing to be happy.”

2. Mantras, affirmations, blessings. ~ Take some time to write out a few phrases that you want to focus on throughout the day, and then decide when you will think them to yourself. For example, you might decide that you want to silently bless each person you meet, so you could write a blessing, such as “May your life be blessed with goodness” and then throughout the day, as you meet people, you could silently think towards them, “May your life be blessed with goodness.” For another example, if you are feeling some depression, you might write an affirmation such as, “Every day in every way I am feeling better and better,” and then you could intend to think that affirmation to yourself each time you wash your hands (or some similar activity).

3. Cultivate a celebratory mindset. ~ Most people enjoy celebrations. When we celebrate our birthdays and other holidays it is as if we go out of ordinary time and into magical time. For this reason we look forward to celebrations and then feel a bit deflated when they’re over. So why not cultivate a celebratory mindset on a regular basis? Throughout the day, at previously decided times, think to yourself, “What can I celebrate about myself or my life in this moment?” Whatever comes to you, take a few seconds to visualize it surrounded by bright balloons, banners, and colorful lights. Remember that 1980 song “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang? That oldie-but-goodie sparks joy for sure! Enjoy it here: Celebrate Good Times, C’mon!

May All Beings Be Happy!
May Your Life Be Blessed With Goodness.

Happy Up Your Life With Creative Visualization

Shakti Gawain’s bestselling book Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life* celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2018, and then the author passed away in November (2018). I highly recommend this book. It is beautifully written and packed with simple tools you can begin using right away, such as visualizations, affirmations, meditations, and other creative techniques to help you achieve your goals on any level — mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual.

I especially loved the exercise called “Ideal Scene” in which I thoroughly enjoyed writing out my vision of working on the movie set with James Cameron as he turns my book into a film that elevates many beings! (You can read more about my book here: The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.)

One thing about working towards our goals is that we have to find a balance between accepting what we have now and simultaneously working towards what we want in the future. I really appreciated Shakti’s advice on that. She wrote, “Take the attitude that you are accepting and handling whatever already exists in your life, and at the same time taking every moment as a new opportunity to begin creating exactly what you desire and will make you happiest.”

Are you happy now in your life? Are you doing what you love to do? In this wonderful book, Shakti says that when we are in alignment with our higher purpose, our contribution “may involve many things, or it may be something very simple…. It always involves being yourself totally, completely, and naturally, and doing something or many things that you genuinely love to do, and that you have a natural gift for.”

I loved this book and I will read it again and again. There is also a companion workbook that I have on the shelf but haven’t worked through yet. I’m looking forward to doing so at the right time. It is called The Creative Visualization Workbook: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life*, by Shakti Gawain.

I hope you will also benefit greatly from reading Creative Visualization*. May it help you to Happy Up your life!

May All Beings Be Happy!

 

* Please note that as of May 27th, 2019, if you purchase these books through the links in this post, Teja will gratefully receive a small commission.