Shine the Light on the Elephants in the Corners!

According to the Free Dictionary by Farlex, the elephant in the corner is defined as “An obvious truth or fact, especially one regarded as embarrassing or undesirable, that is being intentionally ignored or left unaddressed.”

Are there any “elephants in the corners” in your home, workplace, or social groups (including on social media)? If so, you might like to consider shining the light on the elephants in the corners! If you do not feel comfortable verbally speaking your concerns, then you could craft clear and compassionate emails to voice your truths in writing. These actions can bring about much understanding, clarity, healing, peace, and resolution.

Shine the Light on the elephants in the corners, and breathe the wonderful cleared air!

Let me know how it goes! 🙂

Lots of Love to Everyone,
Teja

 

Awesome photo of elephants at sunset in Botswana by Jordan Heinrichs on Unsplash.

 

Two Simple Healing Practices

“There are many refreshing and healing elements in nature around us and in us… get in touch with these healing elements to get the nourishment and healing you need… nourish yourself with joy and happiness so then you are able to help people around you.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, in a video in which he answers a question from his one million Facebook friends: “How can I fight the injustices of this world without being consumed with anger, bitterness, outrage, and resentment?”

Here are two simple ways to practice getting in touch with the healing elements around you and in you ~

~ Each time you see simple beauty, think to yourself, “There are refreshing and healing elements all around me and inside me.” ~ For example, each time I see the sunlight on the fresh green leaves outside our bathroom window, I am reminded of the refreshing and healing elements that are available all the time.

~ When you drink water, use your pure drinking water as a bell of mindfulness. Let the water be a refreshing and healing element that you bring into your body as you sip it throughout the day.

I hope this post was helpful to you!

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

 

Photo by John Jennings on Unsplash.

 

Transforming Difficult Emotions Through Singing

“The Name repeated with either good or evil intentions, in an angry mood or even while yawning, diffuses joy in all the ten directions.”
~ Tulsidas (1532–1623), Indian poet-saint. (Quote shared by Krishna Das in the jacket cover of his CD, “Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga.”)

Chanting (singing) has been one of my daily practices for more than fifteen years, and I have been chanting a forty-verse prayer called the Hanuman Chalisa for more than ten years. Each day when I sit down to sing along with a CD by Krishna Das, I acknowledge whatever is present in me in that moment, and then ask for help as needed.

One morning last month I got really triggered by something right before I was going to do my chanting practice. I was in an utterly reactive state, so I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to do the practice, but I sat down anyway, feeling angry and depressed. I said a prayer, asking that my difficult emotions could be transformed into love…

Well, it took the entire forty verses for that transformation to happen! This was the first time I had this experience: I chanted the forty verses in a gruff angry non-singing voice with clenched teeth, and felt like I was possessed. And in fact, I was possessed, by my own toxic angry reaction… After chanting the forty verses that way, as I began the after prayers, suddenly I was singing in my normal singing voice! The healing, transformative power of the chants is so miraculous! I felt so incredibly grateful to be softened into love again.

Sometimes when we get angry we have to do the mental work of searching for the root cause and then consciously transforming and releasing the anger through understanding… But sometimes we can just simply sit and sing, allowing the healing sound vibrations to melt the anger into love and joy.

Can you relate to this experience? Have you ever dissolved anger through singing?

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

May our singing diffuse joy in all directions!

 

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.

 

Domestic Violence Awareness Prayers

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States, so I offer this post as my small part in raising awareness…

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233 and on their website they say the following:

“Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence, domestic abuse, or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. It can happen to anyone at any point in a relationship. Domestic violence includes behaviors that physically harm, cause fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish, or force them to behave in ways they do not want. This October… we are bringing awareness to domestic violence through the #1Thing campaign and celebrating DVAM.”

I pray that domestic violence will end, and I offer these prayers for those who are suffering in that abusive realm ~

~ For the victims of abuse who are living scared, may they have strength, and may they leave if it is safe to do so, and then may they be comforted in their grief and healing.

~ For the abusers who are causing so much harm, may they heal their own wounds, and may they become better people on the planet.

May October be a month of healing and peace for all human beings. This being human is very challenging, but together we can all rise above the wounds and create harmony for all beings.

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

 

Photo by Sarah Brown on Unsplash.

 

Violet Fire Guided Imagery for High Level Healing

Hello dear readers, I have a gift for you today. Last night I recorded a video of myself reading one of the visualizations from my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life.

There are 20 visualizations in Reaching for Orange, including guided imagery to help with difficult emotions such as grief, anger, and anxiety. Many of the visualizations help you to feel more connected with your deeper self.

In the video below you can hear me reading “Guided imagery for connecting with the healing Violet Fire of the Universe…” and I am also including the text at the bottom of this post.

Wearing headphones can help to enhance your relaxation experience… And please do not ever listen to guided imagery while driving!

Violet Fire Guided Imagery for High Level Healing

 

Guided Imagery for connecting with the healing Violet Fire of the Universe… This visualization brings high level healing and expansion…

And so, settling in now for your special time… your time to be by yourself… to let go of the outside world for a while… and beginning to settle in… and beginning to settle down… breathing in deeply… and exhaling fully…

… breathing in healing energies… and breathing out, releasing all tension… breathing in healing energies… and breathing out, releasing all worries… drifting down, deeper and deeper relaxed… feeling how healing it is to just rest quietly inside your own being… feeling that deep sense of connection with your inner world…

… and knowing that you are a being of Violet Fire… the healing Violet Fire of the Divine is burning in your heart, and in your whole being… the vibrant tingling energy of the Violet Flame is blazing through all of your cells and radiating out, surrounding you and protecting you…  

… seeing your whole body as a system of electromagnetic energy, with the energies flowing freely, from head to toe… deeply sensing the Intelligence of the Violet Light as it burns through you… creating magic in your body as it burns away the past… tuning in to the electricity of this moment… releasing the past… embracing this moment… hearing bells of delight ringing in all of your cells…

… every cell glowing in beautiful Violet Light… every cell is now purified and renewed… allowing the rejuvenation… the expansion… and bringing the healing energies back with you to the outside world… ready to move forward, feeling expanded and aligned with the Divine…

(Guided imagery from my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life.)

May the Violet Fire continue to reverberate in your being!

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Cosmic Violet Fire Image, Source Unknown.