Hearing Voices

Dear readers,

There are so many voices inside our heads!

A few mornings ago, I awoke hearing this:

History and humanity are ever-repeating on this earthship, and yet there is a novelty to this virus pandemic that is profoundly changing our global story in new ways.

As a global tribe, we now have unprecedented opportunities to unite and innovate; to love and elevate; and to heal and harmonize.

Let us choose paths of peace for all beings.

With pep talks of good cheer,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo by Jan-Mallander on Pixabay.

 

Teja’s Tips for Making the Best of Staying Home

 

“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

 

Dear readers,

I know how hard it is to feel like your life is shut down.

In early August, 2019, I was finally finding my groove in a new chapter of life. I was volunteering with hospice, publishing a new book (Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life), and preparing to lead healing circles again… But then a debilitating relapse into Fibromyalgia stopped me in my happy tracks. Suddenly I was homebound, canceling all of my plans and dreams.

After several months and many medical appointments, it was determined that along with Fibromyalgia, I have an Anxiety Disorder. Similar to the “which came first, the bird or the egg” question, it is unclear as to whether the anxiety caused the fibro, or the fibro caused the anxiety, but in any case, the symptoms are ongoing, ever-changing, maddening, and debilitating.

Needless to say, after being home for 8 months, I have figured out some ways to make the best of the situation. It helps that I was a homebody anyway, and my heart really goes out to those of you who are not naturally homebodies. If you are the kind of person who really thrives on extroverted worldly connections, I hope you can find some hidden internal pathways to joy that will sustain you during this time.

So, here are some tips for making the best of staying home ~

~ Acknowledge what you feel, and allow space for all the negative thoughts… Express your thoughts and feelings through writing them down or speaking them to others. Give yourself permission to be negative for some time, but don’t let yourself get stuck in negativity. Air it out, like you would shake out a rug, and then settle yourself down neatly into a calmer state. You can settle down through focusing on your breath, or tuning in to your heart (or belly or feet), or cultivating gratitude.

~ Choose to be happy… Per the Upanishads, a collection of wisdom by the ancient mystics of India, the mind is the means to happiness. Say over and over, “I am choosing to be happy.” Focus on doing things that really bring you joy, such as singing, dancing, and drinking coffee or tea.

~ Get dressed… Even if you are staying home all day, getting dressed will make you feel good. Lately I have even been putting on dangly earrings each day! And, even though I’m not going anywhere, I really enjoy the artistic feeling of putting together colorful outfits!

~ Cultivate Gratitude… Feeling grateful gives a big boost to your immune system, so take some time each day to count your blessings. Write them down, or tell others, or visit the Gratitude~Up Community Page here in this StarFire Temple of Happiness!

~ Keep perspective… Remember that you are not in prison, that you are staying home for your own safety and to protect others. And anyway, even if you were in prison, just like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, you can use the time wisely for writing or other creative endeavors, with a strong mind and a brave heart. Be relentless in seeing the Big Picture as you navigate this surreal time.

~ Create and follow a daily routine… The stability of a daily schedule will help to calm your nerves during this time of extreme change. Be sure to include some practices, such as sitting meditation, chanting (singing), visualization, and/or cultivating the Witness Consciousness. (You can read about these practices and many more in my book Reaching for Orange.)

~ Consciously work on elevating your virtues… The following qualities are really needed now: Patience, Understanding, Acceptance, Trust, Surrender, Loving-Kindness, Self-Love, and Peace.

My dear ones, I really hope this post is helpful to you. May you be of good courage and be of good cheer. May your days at home be blessed with goodness. May the Force of All Light energize and elevate you! May you be calm and happy in the midst of this bizarre sci-fi novel we are living in!

Happy Ram Navami to all who celebrate! Jai Sri Rama!

With happy high vibes,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo by Andrian Valeanu on Unsplash.

 

StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Light a Living Fire of Love

 

May you face changes with grace.

May you accept and bless everything that has happened in your life.

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

May you light a living fire of love in your heart, in your mind, and in your whole being.

(The last three blessings are from my book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life.)

 

Dear readers,

Change is the only constant here on our sacred planet Earth, and yet, the kinds of changes we must face are always changing.

Change comes in many sizes, shapes, colors, and varieties! Some changes are exciting, while others are devastating. We have time to prepare for some changes, but others surprise us quite suddenly.

May you face your changes with grace.

And speaking of change, I have decided to let go of writing these StarFire Friday Blessing posts… After writing them weekly for more than one year, it is time for a change. Let us see what arises next!

With living heartfire,
StarFire Teja

 

Fire photo by Zoegar on Pixabay.

 

Some Changes Take A Long Time

Do you write in a journal? If so, do you ever go back and review some of your old journals?

I have been keeping journals for more than for forty years! When I began writing in my first “diary” I was about eight years old. I still have all of my diaries and journals (in many boxes), with a vision to read them again when I’m in my nineties!

One time, during my late thirties, I was feeling very frustrated with myself because I felt like I wasn’t growing and changing as quickly as I thought I should be. So, I pulled out a stack of old journals, and read through them, and while it was painful to see how I had written about the same issues and problems over and over again (for decades, ad nauseam), it was also very encouraging to see all the many ways that I really had changed for the better. It was a good lesson for me in understanding that some changes take a long time. Patience is a virtue, indeed!

Sometimes, when we are caught up in our daily activities, we can’t see the progress we are actually making on the timeline of our lives. This is why it can be so helpful to regularly review and reflect. To that end, I now have a practice in which I review my journal and calendar at the end of each month and then I set keywords for the next month to help me focus my energies. You might also benefit from doing these practices.

The photo* with this blog post is of my recent journal covers. I used to buy expensive journals, but then I discovered the fun of making my own collages on the covers of plain sketchbooks. The journal I’m about to finish is the one with the frog, and I’m sure going to miss that cover! The one on the far right is the one that I just decorated today. I found both the sketchbook and the glittery green paper at the Dollar Tree!

Recently I enjoyed a blog post by my blogger friend Andrea, of The Hummingbird’s Journal, “How I Pick the Perfect Writing Journal” in which she shared that she prefers dot ruled paper in her journals. I have never used dot paper, but the idea is intriguing to me, so I might try that in a future journal.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Please share your thoughts on journaling down below where it says “Leave A Reply.”

 

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StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Embrace Change

 

May you see the Consciousness moving through everything.

May you feel how all things are connected.

May your weekend be blessed with understanding and simple joys.

May you embrace change.

 

The winds of change are rocking the planet, both literally and metaphorically. Both can be upsetting to the nervous system, especially for highly sensitive persons (HSPs). But even if you aren’t highly sensitive, the physical wind outside can be a force that rattles the nerves. Does the wind ever bother you?

If the wind bothers you, it can help to re-frame your thoughts about it. Instead of thinking of the wind as irritating, try thinking of it as exciting. It is a natural force that has the power to move energy from place to place. It’s about change. And change can be exciting.

Change is the nature of life on Earth, and it has always been constant, but lately the times seem to be changing at a faster pace. When change feels scary or unsettling, it can help to focus on your feet, and to focus on the ground beneath your feet. Breathing down into your feet, which are the farthest away from your brain, can help to calm your nerves.

This next week we will change to a new season, and shortly after that we will complete the first quarter of 2019. So it is a good time to take a look at the goals you set for the year. Are you living in alignment with those goals, or do you need to make some changes in your trajectory?

 

May All Beings Know Deep Peace.

 

 

image Courtesy NASA/MSFC