Monday Morning Musings from a Living Starbird

Dear readers,

Greetings from the bird’s nest in my tree-house temple, where the black coffee is hot and the morning light is golden…

My first musing is about the fun I have with words. I selected “StarFire” as my blog name because it represents some of my favorite elements, such as the stars, the sun, fire, and source energies. Since choosing that name, I have noticed that I also love other words that begin with “star” like starflower and starfish… And recently I came across the word “starbird” and fell instantly in love with it! Can you relate to being so amused by words?

According to the Urban Dictionary’s top definition, a Starbird is “A guardian of love and hope that takes the form of a bird at sunrise and a star at dusk. It shines on all who believe in the spirit of those that passed before us who are watching over us.” Some examples given:

“I feel the warmth of my Starbird watching over me.”

“It’s like my Starbird is right on my shoulders.”

“I lost my Uncle, but I gained a Starbird.”

Isn’t that so wonderful? Have you heard of a Starbird before this moment? I love that meaning, and for my own word-playing purposes, I’ve altered it so that I can be a living Starbird, one who shines love and hope on all beings. As a spiritual helper I do feel that that is part of my role.

This Starbird’s mission is to help elevate humanity to healthier and happier vibrations, and in order to do that I need to generate the energies of love and hope, and to shine the visionary light out into all directions and dimensions! So, as you are reading these words, I pray you feel elevated and inspired…

My second musing is about my review of October. As I sat reading through my journal and calendar for the past month, I felt so happy to be done with that month! October was my third month of feeling rather sick, and at this point I am not sure if I am stuck in a Fibromyaliga flare-up, or if this is my new normal… Either way, I am seriously ready to have some good days again! I wrapped up last month with this affirmation: “I am learning how to manage things better.” Can you relate?

My final musing for today is about the keywords that I have selected as my guiding lights for November. After reviewing October, I sat down in meditation, and the following four intentions arose ~

~ Acceptance ~ As I wrote in a previous post (“StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Accept Things As They Are”), I am working on “Accepting Things As They Are = ATATA!” ~ Well, it is very hard to accept chronic illness, but I know that acceptance brings peace and happiness, so I am continually reminding myself of this intention. Sometimes I say out loud, “Atata, Atata, Atata! I am accepting things as they are!”

~ Gratitude ~ Cultivating the gratitude vibration generates the energy of Love!

~ Ease ~ I am feeling a tad wearied, after 10.5 years of hardships, so now I am really calling in some easeships!

~ Magic ~ I am really needing to experience some magic in my life again…

Can you relate to these keywords? Are you accepting your life circumstances? Do you feel grateful each day? When was the last time you experienced the feeling of ease? Are you experiencing magic in your life now?

What are your keywords for November?

I hope you enjoyed this post…

May your week be blessed with bright shining light!

With much love,
Your Starbird

 

Amazing crow photo by MabelAmber on Pixabay.

 

StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Feel the Sacredness of Life and Death

 

May you honor the living and the dead by celebrating your loved ones and remembering your ancestors.

May you feel connected to the Earth, Trees, Sun, Stars, Fire, Water, and Air.

May your weekend be blessed with holy moments of gratitude, goodness, and peace.

May you feel the sacredness of life and death.

 

Happy Day of the Dead to all who celebrate!

Happy November to Everyone!

 

Skull and flames image by Alexas_Fotos on Pixabay.

 

StarFire Teja on Pixabay!

Greetings, dear readers!

I’m excited to share that I am now on Pixabay! Even though I am an amateur photographer (and currently only have my Happy Tablet for my photo-taking habit), I so love taking photos that I decided I might as well try to have a portfolio… And today I found out that they accepted a couple of the images I uploaded!

This certainly happy’d up my mind on a very difficult fibro day! It was such fun downloading my own creations! I’ll share the photos here below… Autumn in Indiana! 🙂

With gratitude and delight,
Teja

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Autumn photos by StarFireTeja on Pixabay!

 

Peace Is Every Step

“Breathing and smiling together — that is peace education…. Peace is available in every moment, in every breath, in every step.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, in the closing paragraph of his book Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, originally published in 1991.

 

Dear reader,

Have you read any books by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh? If so, I welcome you to share your experiences in the comments below… If not, perhaps you will be inspired by this post to check him out… Here is a link to some of his 100 books: Plum Village Key Books.

For many years I had Nhat Hanh’s book Peace Is Every Step on my shelf, and from time to time I read a few random parts… But this Summer I was inspired to read it cover to cover, and now I have read it at least three times! It is so very good that I took eight pages of notes and now I am studying those notes daily. I highly recommend this book! In this post I will share a few of my favorite parts…

The book is organized into three parts, and I found the second part to be the most helpful because it is primarily about working with feelings. This is the best book I have ever read about how to skillfully work with difficult emotions. Nhat Hanh points out that our feelings are parts of us; that they are not separate from us. So he says, “Instead of acting as if we can dispose of parts of ourselves, we should learn the art of transformation.” He then goes on to explain, step by step, how to transform the energies of anger, fear, depression, anxiety, and so on. If this section of the book was taught in all of our schools and workplaces, the world would become happier, healthier, and more peaceful within one generation!

One of my very favorite parts is called “Nourishing Healthy Seeds” in which Nhat Hanh writes, “Consciousness exists on two levels: as seeds and as manifestations of these seeds. Suppose we have a seed of anger in us. When conditions are favorable, that seed may manifest as a zone of energy called anger. It is burning, and it makes us suffer a lot. It is very difficult for us to be joyful at the moment the seed of anger manifests.”

He continues, “Every time a seed has an occasion to manifest itself, it produces new seeds of the same kind. If we are angry for five minutes, new seeds of anger are produced and deposited in the soil of our unconscious mind during those five minutes. That is why we have to be careful in selecting the kind of life we lead and the emotions we express. When I smile, the seeds of smiling and joy have come up. As long as they manifest, new seeds of smiling and joy are planted.”

I believe this is a very important book. I want to give a copy to everyone I know! Have you read this book already? If so, what was your favorite part?

One last quote that really resonates with me:
“We all have the seeds of love and compassion in our minds, and we can develop these fine and wonderful sources of energy.”

May All Beings Know Peace, Love, and Compassion!

With great love and gratitude,
Teja

 

Photo of lone dandelion at sunset by Natalia Luchanko on Unsplash.

 

Guided Imagery to Relieve Teeth Grinding

Whether or not you grind your teeth, you can enjoy the relaxation benefits of the visualization in this post.

A couple of days ago I went to the dentist for my six-month cleaning and exam. I love my dentist and his assistant. They are both very warm, caring, knowledgeable, and really outstanding in their work. The dentist recommended that I get a mouth guard, due to nighttime teeth grinding, to prevent cracking any teeth. Since that will probably not be covered by my insurance, I asked how long I could wait to do that, and he said it should be done in 2020.

At the end of the visit I gave the dentist a copy of my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life, and he held the book up to his forehead and said, “I see a mouth guard in your future!” I’m still laughing about that one, and I am filled with gratitude that I found such a wonderful dentist here!

So, until that mouth guard appears in my future, I will be practicing visualizations with the intention to relieve at least some, if not all, of the nighttime teeth grinding. The past two nights I did visualizations at bedtime, and I did not wake up with that tight feeling in my teeth, so I have hope that this practice will be helpful. I am sharing some guided imagery with you below, in case you or someone you know might also need to relieve some teeth grinding.

The key to this visualization is the repetition, and the slower you read it the better. Read it out loud in a very soft, soothing tone of voice, and slow your pace down even more during the repetitive parts. Feel free to change any of the words to words that resonate more deeply for you. And, if you are not a teeth grinder, you may wish to change the parts about the mouth and jaw to other body areas such as the heart and belly.

The guided imagery exercise below is not meant to replace standard dental care. If your dentist recommends a mouth guard, please follow that advice in conjunction with practicing the visualization.

And, please do not ever practice guided imagery relaxation exercises while driving a vehicle!

I hope this visualization is helpful to you or to someone you love…

 

Guided Imagery to Relieve Teeth Grinding

And so… settling in now for your restful time… your time to be by yourself… to let go of the outside world for a while… settling in… deeper and deeper into your inside world… breathing in comfort… and breathing out all tension… feeling surrounded by safety and protection… drifting down… deeper and deeper relaxed… breathing in calm… and breathing out all tension… Letting go…

… feeling the support of the surface beneath you… feeling held and supported… held… and supported… held… and supported… waves of relaxation now flowing… from your head… down to your toes… and noticing that your hands are becoming very warm and very heavy… and your feet are becoming very warm and very heavy… your whole body beginning to feel calm and still… drifting down… and a pathway opens… through your mind… into a forest…

… and a pathway opens… through your mind… into a forest… and a pathway opens… through your mind… into a forest… and arriving in the center… of your reality… and arriving in the center… of your reality… and arriving in the center… of your reality… and walking through the trees… feeling warmth… seeing a mountain ahead… a mountain made of Violet Fire…

… and above the violet flames, a copper bridge over the mountain… and feeling an invitation to lie down on the copper bridge… lying on the warm healing copper… Stars above… Violet Fire below… relaxing on the warm copper… body calming… mind calming… mouth calming… jaw calming… letting go… relaxing and calming… calming and relaxing…

… relaxing your jaw… relaxing your mouth… relaxing your mind… relaxing your body… deeper and deeper relaxed… letting go… calming your mouth… calming your jaw… mouth calming… jaw calming… mouth and jaw remaining calm and still while you sleep… while you dream… while you wake… calm mouth… calm jaw… calm and still… calm and still… calm and still…

… feeling the stillness deep in your center… and now… if it is bedtime, drifting into peaceful sleep… but if it is not yet bedtime, then slowly and gently returning to the outside world, feeling calm and relaxed…

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Purple flame image by BarbaraALane on Pixabay.