Deep Realizations and States Inspired by a Virus Pandemic

Dear readers,

Greetings from my tree-house temple, where I am sipping hot black coffee in my happy orange mug, whilst listening to birds of many kinds singing quite cheerfully to the Sun. Those feathered love-beings have no awareness of social distancing and quarantines! Ahhh, ignorance looks like bliss!

And speaking of bliss, during this time of virus-induced staycations, are you doing any daily practices to help yourself be calm? Do you sit in meditation or go for meditative walks?

One day last week I went out for a walk and in the first block I saw a dead squirrel in the street… A little bit later, I saw a live squirrel and I said out loud, in my Dad’s voice, “Be careful there buddy… and don’t take any wooden nickels!” (If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know that my Dad died in January… Well, “Don’t take any wooden nickels” one of my Dad’s classic sayings!)

After that spontaneous connection with my Inner Dad, I remembered what my psychologist had reminded me recently, when I was expressing fear of more loved ones dying: “You have yourself.” As I walked on, I realized that I really need to cultivate inner strength… And then my sense of humor came back, and I found myself laughing at my thoughts…

That evening when I sat in meditation, I was focusing on the Atman (my Spirit) in union with the Brahman (the Great Spirit), which I wrote about in my post “It’s All One Air,” and then I started contemplating my attachment to the ideas I have for my own burial, and I realized that they were uncannily similar to the ideas I had for childbirth the first time…

In 1997, when I was pregnant for the first time, we took a childbirth preparation class, which was all about visualizations and artsy, spiritual notions of giving birth. Totally naïve to what the physical pain would be like, I prepared for childbirth as if we were throwing a dinner party: I bought colorful flowers, candles, fresh fruits, inspiring music, and beautiful jewelry!

Well, when the labor actually got going and I experienced the searing, excruciating pain of the contractions, I did not care one bit about flowers and fruit! I was completely incapable of doing any spiritual practices like imagining my “special place.”

During my second pregnancy in 2000, we took a very different class with our midwife. She was quite real and basically said, “It’s going to hurt like hell, and how are you going to cope?”

Anyway, during my meditation last week, I realized that the attachment I have about being buried (in a green burial) in a pine box, wearing a red shroud and orange shawl, with sunflowers, red roses, orange marigolds, cedar, sage, pinecones, and amethyst crystals around my body, is pretty similar to the attachment I had to giving birth with glowing candles and gorgeous fruits.

But when death actually comes, I probably won’t care about what kind of flowers are buried with me. My mind still holds those preferences dear, but the Spirit probably doesn’t have such desires… And, if I die during this virus pandemic, there probably wouldn’t even be a proper funeral and burial for me. (If my Mom died before me, that is.) Who knows, I might even be thrown into a mass grave!

And, the most important part of that meditation – and of my whole life, really – was/is the deep peace I felt/feel when tuning in to Atman-Brahman, and experiencing how the air in the jar is one with the air everywhere

… I could really feel the Oneness of all energies, inside me and all throughout everything. I felt like I was in Brahman-Sukha, the Supreme Happiness while being absorbed in the Supreme Being… I felt/feel like I am closer than ever to experiencing the deep state that I have been reading about for so many years!

Can you relate to my experiences? Is this virus pandemic bringing you to any deep realizations or deep states?

My dear ones, it brings me such joy to create this online StarFire Temple of Happiness! I hope my posts help you to Happy Up your life.

With depth, strength, and even a little bliss,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo by Bru-nO on Pixabay.

 

Guided Imagery for a Pandemic

Dear readers, I wonder how each of you are doing during this very strange time… My heart goes out to any of you who might be experiencing increased anxiety…

As a spiritual helper, my duty is to happy up myself, and then to shine the light of my own happiness out to you… Last night in meditation I worked hard to calm my anxieties, and this morning during spiritual study of the Ramayana, the following guided imagery arose for me to share with you…

Please take a moment to close your eyes and notice the state of your mind and heart… Then read the guided imagery out loud in a very soft, soothing voice…

Guided Imagery for a Pandemic

Settling in now to my deepest self… Watching my in-breath and my out-breath… breathing in peace… and breathing out all worries… and bringing my awareness to my heart center… imagining the Sun shining in my heart… the Sun is witnessing all of the feelings in my heart… the bright golden Sun is now dissolving any pains with its heat…

… and bringing my awareness to my mind… seeing a Fire burning brightly in the very center of my mind… the Fire is burning up all the diseases of the mind… huge, orange, glowing flames are burning all the worries, anxieties, fears, sorrows, attachments, and desires…

… a Supreme Light of goodness is now activated in my entire being… energies of deep peace and love are vibrating in all of my 37.2 trillion cells… I am now feeling sweetly connected to Everyone and Everything… and trusting that we are all on this Divine Journey together… we are all One Love Energy… shining together with the radiance of our inner suns…

… and closing my eyes for a moment to savor this experience…

My dear ones, I pray that this visualization calms and blesses you in every way…

With so much love,
StarFire Teja

 

Image by ipicgr on Pixabay.

 

You the Bell

 

“Let this darkness be a bell tower and you the bell. As you ring, what batters you becomes your strength. Move back and forth into the change.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Dear readers,

In my lifetime I have had a tendency to go into regular spells of darkness… But, I have a very strong base of happiness in me, so I know how to create happy moments, even when I’m being battered in darkness!

How about you, is your base of happiness strong?

My dear ones, I sincerely hope that my posts help you to Happy Up. 🙂

With happy hope even in my dark time of grief,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo color enhanced by StarFire Teja. Original photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash.

 

Happy Up Your Immune System!

Dear readers,

In a world of virus hysteria, your immune system will be strongest if you turn your attention away from fearful news stories, and instead focus your mind on practical ways to stay calm, healthy, and strong.

Handwashing is the single most effective way to stop spreading germs! There are four elements to correct handwashing, and you can happy up your immune system while you do them!

1. Warm water

2. Soap

3. 15-20 seconds of friction, while saying mantras or affirmations such as, “I choose to be happy!” 🙂

4. Thoroughly drying hands with a towel.

Another crucial tip, when in public restrooms, is using paper towels to turn on/off faucets and to open doors…

Your immune system will be stronger if you keep calm, happy up, and wash your hands!!! You might also enjoy my previous post, “StarFire Teja’s Three Tips for Strengthening Your Immune System.”

May you be blessed always by the Forces of Goodness.

With clean happy hands,
StarFire Teja

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Red flower field photo by Magdalena Smolnicka on Unsplash.

Keep Calm poster by keep-calm.net.

 

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.