StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Feel Harmony At Every Level of Your Being

 

May you let the little things go and feel connected to the One Love Energy that permeates everything.

May you feel compassion for yourself and for all beings.

May your weekend be blessed with inner and outer peace.

May you feel harmony at every level of your being.

 

“Never in this world has hate ever cast out hate. Love alone wins over hate… with this and the knowledge that we will all die, how can you argue with each other?”
~ The Buddha

(Quote from Jesus, Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings, by Richard Hooper.)

 

Buddha image by pixel2013 on Pixabay.

 

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StarFire Teja’s Sad Photo Challenge for Suicide Prevention

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and I am launching a Sad Photo Challenge. I invite everyone to share photos of themselves crying and/or looking sad, to help those who are suffering in despair to realize that they are not alone in their sadness.

Think about how much we all put on our happy faces for others, especially for social media. I think that as a society we need to allow sadness and realness and authenticity of feelings. I don’t think that we should wallow in sorrow or overindulge in it, but rather, we need to allow sadness to naturally flow through everyone, including men, women, teenagers, and children.

When I took the photo featured in this post (almost ten years ago), I was crying and feeling very, very sad. As I looked in my sad eyes in the mirror, I suddenly became inspired to snap a photo, never dreaming that I would ever show it to anyone! At the time I thought, “Why not capture this sad moment, like I capture all the happy moments?” So now I challenge you to also share a sad photo of yourself, with the caption “I am accepting StarFire Teja’s Sad Photo Challenge for Suicide Prevention.”

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know that I have been dealing with a Fibromyalgia flare lately, and I have to consistently work to happy up my mind and to keep a good, positive attitude. Well, one night a few weeks ago I dreamt that I walked up to two fellows from my high school class, and I said, “Guys, I’ve come to the end of my rope.”

People who commit suicide have truly come to the end of their ropes. When I say that I would never commit suicide, because I couldn’t do that to my family and friends, and because I don’t believe in killing living beings (which is why I choose a plant-based lifestyle), and then I say “but I am in such despair that I wish I would die of natural causes,” no one is alarmed and sends me to the psych unit because I first stated that I would never commit suicide. Not only are they not alarmed, they might say something like, “sorry you’re having such a hard time,” and then go about their day, without realizing that the despair I’m feeling might be every bit as alarming as the despair of someone who would commit suicide… Perhaps the only difference is that I would not kill myself… But, as I said in my dream, sometimes I feel like I’ve come to the end of my rope…

How can we truly help people who have come to the end of their ropes? I believe we can help through active listening, genuine compassion, and understanding. Even if you have never felt deep despair yourself, you can still listen and try to understand. You can also remind people that they are not alone in their pain. In fact, suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States, and according to the World Health Organization, “Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is a global phenomenon and occurs throughout the lifespan.”

We need to welcome the tears of others and meet them where they are, so that they can feel that where their rope ends, a greater rope begins. We are all connected as part of one continuous energy. We all feel pain. We all want happiness. Not just the human species, but all living beings feel suffering as well as happiness. We are all part of the same rope, and we need to help each other feel that connection to everyone and everything.

If ever you feel that you have come to the end of your rope, please know that you are not ever alone in your pain. Help and connection are always available to you.

For further hope and inspiration, please read my previous post, “It Is Your Duty To Live” and my new book Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life.

If you live in the United States, you can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It is available 24 hours everyday. You can also visit the website: SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

So, will you accept the challenge and share a sad photo of yourself for the world to see? Your sad photo might just help someone in despair to grab onto that greater rope that we all share.

May this post be helpful to many beings.

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

 

 

23 Possible Benefits You May Gain Through Reading Reaching for Orange

Hello Good People!

Welcome to Day 2 of my Virtual Book Launch Week! In this post I will share 23 possible benefits you may gain through reading my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life

“Reap the benefits of Sister Teja’s many years of daily practices, in-depth studies, and expensive workshops, in the comfort of wherever you are, for only ten dollars!”

This book is all about you. Throughout the pages, you will be guided to explore your inner being, through questions and writing exercises. The book even ends, after the typical “About the Author” section, with a section entitled “About You” in which you are invited to create your own biography.

When you read Reaching for Orange, you will learn tools to help you ~

~ relieve stress and anxiety.

~ manage work stress.

~ recover from burnout.

~ navigate difficult emotions.

~ dissolve heaviness on any level.

~ work effectively with anger.

~ ease loneliness, depression, and despair.

~ release traumas that you have absorbed from others.

~ reduce chronic pain, on any level (physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual).

~ face death and dying more openly.

~ find comfort, peace, and protection during times of grief.

~ contact the Divine Source of healing energies within you.

~ replenish yourself on every level.

~ clear out the energies of others, and strengthen your energy field.

~ balance your chakras (energy centers).

~ feel more grounded and centered.

~ connect more deeply with others, with the Earth, with all the creatures, and with yourself.

~ cultivate greater awareness of who you truly are.

~ appreciate any sensitivities you may have.

~ expand your mind and heart.

~ increase feelings of self-love, acceptance, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion, positivity, creativity, humility, and trust.

~ vision your future self.

~ Happy Up your life!

 

I am really looking forward to hearing about your experiences with this book, Reaching for Orange, available now on Lulu

May a radiant orange light of peace surround you and bless your entire being!

May you feel happier and happier, every day, in every way.

 

Photo* of orange flowers by Sue Hughes 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 see the pretty orange flowers!

 

Something to Ponder: Bees

In the version of the Ramayana called the Shri Ramacharitamanasa, when Prince Rama and his wife Sita were banished to the forest for fourteen years, the poet-saint Tulsidas wrote that the people of the kingdom “felt as miserable as bees robbed of their honey.”

Something to Ponder:
Why do bees make honey?
Are bees feeling creatures
who experience happiness and misery?

 

Bee photo by Krzysztof Niewolny on Unsplash.

Are You of the World?

Jesus said, “Be in the world but not of the world.”

When I think of how it is for me, I see that I am definitely not OF the world, and I am trying to figure out how to be IN the world!

What about you? Are you of the world? Or, like me, are you not of the world, and trying to figure out how to be in it? Or, are you balanced in the way that Jesus recommended, in the world but not of it?

I am a spiritual helper… I am not a perfect spiritual being. I am walking my path and dealing with what arises as best I can. I know a lot of tools for happy-ing up, that I use regularly and they work for me, so I am inspired to share them with others… But, I am not perfectly peaceful at all times. I get triggered, I get irritated, I get sad.

And, I experience some very high vibrational states in which I feel incredible love and an uncommon amount of compassion for all beings… But, I do not live in those amazingly blissful states all the time. I find myself judging and worrying. I get offended and hurt. I expect too much of others and then feel disappointed.

And, lately I am feeling very, very happy about this new nun chapter of my life, and I am feeling super inspired to help others as much as I can (given the limitations of my body)… So perhaps I am figuring out how to “be in the world” more than I realize!

Maybe when I launch my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life, I will truly be in the world…

So, dear readers, what is your status on this topic?

 

Image of sunrise in space by Qimono on Pixabay.