Maintaining a Balance

The Buddha refused the kingship in order to dive deeply into the nature of suffering. He did that because he felt driven to help others become free of suffering.

It all comes down to desires, expectations, and attachments causing suffering.

It sounds so simple in theory, but it is not in our human nature to just suddenly decide to let go of desires, expectations, and attachments.

So, what is the answer to this complex riddle called the human condition?

My answer is we have to do our best to maintain a balance between awareness of suffering (in ourselves, in others, and in the world), and creation of fun… We don’t have to go searching for suffering because it is all around us, so what we have to do is continually strive to happy up, to have fun, to get creative, and to do whatever it takes to feel inspired, juicy, and alive!

Are you having any fun lately? Do you feel sparked by the life force within you? Are you keeping a sense of humor in the midst of your challenges?

In 2020 (as per usual), I am feeling most inspired and juiced up by writing and reading… To that end, I’m going to take a few days off from blogging in order to re-read the books I published last year… If you also get inspired through reading, and you haven’t ordered my books yet, they are available on Lulu and Amazon!

(By the way, I make almost seven times as much on Lulu, as compared to Amazon, but I’m super grateful for all sales anywhere!)

Dear reader, thank you for reading this post!
I hope you have a great week… 🙂

May the Force of All Light be with you!

With happy high vibes,
StarFire Teja

 

Fun Buddha image by geralt (Gerd Altmann) on Pixabay.

 

Awakening Compassion for the Animals, Fish, and Birds

As an eight-year-old child on a small Indiana farm, I loved all of our animals, but when I watched chickens and rabbits being killed, I did not make the connection that they were living beings just like the pet cats I loved so much. There was a disconnect, and I did not make that connection until almost thirty years later while sitting in meditation.

Compassion for the animals, fish, and birds arises at different times for different people.

I lived through that complete disconnect so I understand it, and I have compassion for it…

And, I am inspired to write posts that bring awareness to how much the creatures of the land, sea, and air are suffering… The animals, fish, and birds are living beings who have complex emotional lives and families, just like humans, cats, and dogs. They are being tortured on a massive scale, and so I pray that more and more humans will awaken to higher levels of compassion for all beings.

With each person who chooses the plant-based diet and the vegan lifestyle, the suffering of the animals, fish, and birds is reduced.

A sitting meditation practice can help to awaken compassion. While sitting up straight with eyes closed, visualize cows, pigs, lambs, fish, chickens and turkeys. See how they are living, breathing beings who need protection so they can live their lives in freedom. See how they are living on this sacred Earth with human beings – not for human beings. See how loving and precious they are!

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Live in Freedom and Happiness!

With love and compassion for all beings,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo of mama sheep and baby lamb by Mónica Obando Molina on Unsplash.

 

How to Support Someone with Chronic Health Issues

Do you know someone who has chronic health issues?

Chronic health issues may be issues with physical health, emotional health, mental health, and/or spiritual health.

Here are some ways you can support someone with chronic health issues ~

~ Meet them where they are. Do not expect them to be any certain way, and honor their process, even if they are currently stuck.

~ Resist the urge to give advice. Respect their journey and acknowledge all that they have done and are currently doing to help themselves heal.

~ Do not judge them. Resist the urge to share your opinions, because even if you think you know what they should and shouldn’t do, you may not understand all of the aspects involved in the battles they fight each day.

~ Practice active compassionate listening. Ask them questions, listen carefully to their answers, and then say something that lets the person know that you heard what they said. Even if you do not understand their experience, you can say something like, “That sounds really hard” or “That must be so challenging.” Simple phrases like that can be very soothing to the person.

~ Ask if there is anything you can do. Even if they say no, you can offer to pray for them, or send them healing energies, or send them things such as bright cheerful greeting cards (by email or snail mail), money (if they need it), or gift certificates for healing services like massage.

~ Encourage their efforts. Giving a well-timed and genuine compliment can really help to brighten the person’s whole day.

I hope these suggestions are helpful to you or to someone you love. If you are supporting someone with chronic health issues and you have further ideas, please share them in the comments below.

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

 

Red sunset photo by Thiago Gomes on Unsplash.

 

Monday Morning Musings on Money

Some people say that all anxieties and fears arise from the fear of death. Do you agree? I’m not so sure I agree.

My first musing has to do with tracing anxieties and fears to their root causes. Do you ever do that? When I follow mine, they do not seem to arise from fear of death, but rather from fear of poverty… And a step up from that fear is the fear of sickness that can lead to poverty.

When I am feeling miserable due to chronic health issues caused by Fibromyalgia, I do not feel afraid of death at all… But what I do feel is extreme anxiety about not being able to work, and fear of the physical discomforts associated with poverty.

My second musing is what it feels like to actually have money. Do you have lots of money now? Do you appreciate it and enjoy it?

Throughout my adult life, several times I have had the good fortune to experience having money. I appreciated it so much each time, and I loved being able to buy whatever I needed at any time… But what I enjoyed more than being able to buy myself things was being able to give generously to others. I loved buying someone a plane ticket or sending them a special gift package. Can you relate to this? Do you enjoy giving generously to others?

My third money musing is about why some people have lots of money and others don’t… The speculations here are endless, but a few ideas come to mind: fate, karma, destiny, magic, astrology, luck, charm, skill, mojo, family inheritance or genes, law of attraction, and so on. What do you think? Why do you think there are billionaires on this planet, while there are poor people living in shacks with dirt floors? What is really going on here?

My fourth musing is a heart-warming story I heard years ago about a wealthy man who enjoyed walking down the city streets giving out one hundred dollar bills. He loved to see the surprised and joyous expressions on people’s faces!

Remembering that story led me to have this fantasy: Perhaps some wealthy person will find my blog and feel inspired to purchase one thousand dollars worth of copies of my book on Lulu, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life, and then they will go out on the streets giving them out! Spreading the Love! 🙂

My fifth and final musing for this morning is based on the title of a children’s book called “Are You My Mother?” Some years back, when my financial difficulties began, I got this idea that it would be so wonderful if we could somehow match up wealthy people with visionary mystics… I jokingly called out “Are You My Millionaire?” Then I posted this question:

Are you a millionaire looking for a mystic to sponsor?

Keeping a sense of humor is key when you are feeling any anxieties or fears!

Dear reader, I hope you enjoyed this post.

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

 

Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from StarFire Teja!

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!

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

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Pumpkins photo by Suju on Pixabay.