Reaching for the Stars

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman

What are you reaching for today? And what are you reaching for in your life in general? Are you reaching for the stars? Are you inspired to change the world?

When I think about how I would like to help change the world for the better, I often remember that Gandhi quote, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” That saying helps me to stay focused on doing my small part, right where I am today.

As for reaching… today I am reaching for coffee*, reaching for goals, reaching for Orange, and reaching for the stars ~

~ Coffee = my liquid happy-ing up medicine, black as the dark night sky.

~ Goals = helping others to happy up through helpful blog posts.

~ Orange = a state of inner happiness that you will enjoy reading more about in my new book, coming soon… Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life.

~ Stars = StarFire Teja shining brightly in the world! After a decade of hardships, I am ready to enjoy life! I hereby take the prosperity vow, and I ask the Stars to bless me with wealth to support my ministry! My mission is to help elevate the human species to happier and healthier vibrations! I work for the Forces of Goodness!

So, dear reader, what are you reaching for today?

 

*If you would like to order a bag of my favorite coffee, please click on this link, and if you order through this link I will gratefully receive a small commission: Kicking Horse Grizzly Claw, Dark Roast, Certified Organic Fairtrade Coffee.

 

Orange Stars Image: Source Unknown.

 

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Put A Sun On It.

Hello dear readers… Greetings from Indiana, where the wind is blowing and clouds are gathering, as the rains from Tropical Storm Barry make their way up here. I am grateful for the cheerful birdsong and for my colorful room, as I write and sip my strong black coffee*.

(*If you would like to order a bag of this coffee, which is my daily favorite, please click on this link, and if you order through this link I will gratefully receive a small commission: Kicking Horse Grizzly Claw, Dark Roast, Certified Organic Fairtrade Coffee.)

This morning while eating some soaked oats (watch for a recipe post soon), I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, and I noticed that there was a balance between good happy news and bad sad news, which made me think of the happy-ing up practice I already had in mind for this post… This practice brings a little humor and helps shift your perspective with regards to good and bad times.

Years ago there was an episode in the TV series “Portlandia” (that I never watched but heard about) in which an interior decorator’s solution was to “Put a bird on it.” That expression became a popular catchphrase, and when I heard it, somehow it tickled me deeply, so lately I’ve been playing around with the idea… That is how I came up with today’s practice: “Put a Sun on it.”

Having a bad day? Put a Sun on it.

In the Adhyatma Ramayana (translated by Swami Tapasyananda), Rama’s brother Lakshmana tells Guha, “In the midst of happiness, misery can occur, and in the midst of misery, happiness too can occur.”

So, beyond the humor of “Putting a Sun on it,” in this practice there is also a shift in your perspective. In times of misery, it is all too easy to spot the misery, but can you find the happiness in the midst of the misery?

The next time you feel less than happy, try this practice… Think to yourself, “Put a Sun on it.” Next, ask yourself, “What is right in this situation? What happy thing is happening? What small joy can I find in this moment?”

I hope this practice helps you to happy up… And if you are already feeling happy, that’s awesome… Put a Sun on it, and perhaps you will feel even happier! 🙂

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Shifting Focus and Starting Fresh

I love a fresh new month, don’t you?!

Today I awoke to the sound of birds singing in the fresh morning air, with a bright blue sky and sunshine! I felt so much delight as I turned the calendar to June! Holy Coconut Shells and Holy Cow Bells, I am feeling very optimistic about this new month…

Yesterday I really enjoyed reviewing the month of May in my journal and calendar. It was a very fruitful practice in which I gained clarity about my goals and keywords for the month of June. The primary keyword for me this month is Renewal, and there are four points to my renewal focus:

1. Shifting Focus ~ In June I will shift my focus to primarily working on the next book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life… Thus, I will only be blogging occasionally. To learn more about my next book, please read “Double Coffee Days Ahead.”

2. Starting Fresh ~ This month I intend to rise up to a new level of letting go of past hurts and starting fresh in my relationships.

3. Reaching for Orange ~ For more than fifteen years I have been doing daily spiritual practices to reach the Happy Orange place inside. In my new book you will learn much more about reaching your Happy Orange place inside! ~ This month I intend to deepen my connection with the Divine through doing even more daily practices than usual.

4. Happy-ing Up ~ I choose to be happy, no matter what physical or emotional pains may be passing through my system. This month I really intend to keep that choice front and center as much as possible!

Thank you for witnessing my June keywords and intentions. Please share your June intentions down in the comments below, and I will send you daily energies to help you achieve your goals.

Since I will only be blogging occasionally in June, if you are new to the StarFire Teja Blog, you will have time to get caught up on reading previous posts… And, if you have already read all the posts (thank you!), perhaps you will enjoy reviewing some of the previous posts. Here is a list of my favorite fifteen posts from the past five months of blogging ~

~ “Into the Fire”

~ “Radiance and Darkness”

~ “What Does the Word Magic Mean to You?”

~ “StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Prayer: May You Feel Loved”

~ “StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Prayer: Keep Feeling Fascination”

~ “StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Prayer: May You Feel Held By Something Greater”

~ “The Power of Intention is StarFire Awesome!”

~ “Sauerkraut is the New Yogurt… Or the New Apple”

~ “StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Embrace Change”

~ “Children Play With Earth”

~ “Create and Live Your Unique Biography”

~ “I wish…”

~ “My Dream Vacay in Sedona, Arizona”

~ “Orange you Happy?”

~ “Which Tribe Do You Belong To?”

 

Thank you so much for reading the StarFire Teja Blog!

Happy June to All! 🙂

 

 

 

Happy-ing Up Does Not Mean Putting on a Fake Smiley Face

In March, 2009 I got very sick with pneumonia. That began ten years of many hardships: physically, financially, emotionally, and relationally. The last year of that decade, this past year, was the hardest of all. But somehow I managed to publish a book and begin writing this StarFire Teja Blog.

That “somehow” isn’t so mysterious or magical. I am able to carry on working on my mission to help elevate humanity because I do daily spiritual practices which strengthen me and help me to keep happy-ing up.

Happy-ing Up is not the same as putting on a fake smiley face. When you do practices to Happy Up, such as the ones I’ve suggested in previous* blog articles, you actually shift your state Up to a feeling of happiness. So it isn’t an act of “fake it till you make it,” but rather, it is an act of elevating yourself to a higher vibration in which you truly do feel happy.

Sometimes that happy state only lasts for a few minutes, and that is okay. Simply keep practicing and happy-ing yourself up again and again. I mean, what’s the alternative? You don’t want to stay stuck down in lower vibrations, do you? I certainly don’t, which is why I pray daily to stay elevated to the Highest Love Vibrations no matter how the body or mind feels in any given moment.

*Here are a few links to some previous tips I’ve shared for Happy-ing Up:

“StarFire Teja’s Three Super Simple Spiritual Practices”
“StarFire Teja’s Three Tips to Help You Gratitude Up”
“StarFire Teja’s Ten Tips for Happy-ing Up During the Wintertime Blues”

Do you do daily spiritual practices? I would love to hear from you, so if you have a moment, please scroll down to where it says “Leave a Reply” and share your daily practices.

May All Beings Be Happy!