Happy Christmas in July: Treat Yourself to Something Special!

Growing up, I always loved the concept of Christmas in July. We never celebrated it as a holiday, but the idea of it tickled me. I just did a little googling and learned that it began in the southern hemisphere, because it is Winter there in July. Those residents celebrate the official Christmas on December 25th during their Summer, so they decided to also throw Christmas parties in July during the middle of their Winter.

So, perhaps you would like to treat yourself to something special for Christmas in July… Here are a few gift ideas…

The Cosmic Cushion Meditation/Yoga Pillow by Sun and Moon Originals. This is the best meditation cushion ever! I have used mine daily for many years, and it is still great. Definitely worth the investment!

The Oracle of Rama (Divination Cards and Booklet by Dr. David Frawley). Over the years I have used many different divination decks, and this one is my current favorite. Ultimately I rely on my own inner guidance, but from time to time I do find it helpful to explore outer perspectives on important threads of my life.

Rosewood Mala by Health and Yoga. A mala is a necklace with 108 beads that is used for repeating mantras, a practice from India that is called mantra japa. At different times in the past I used a couple of different malas, one made of sandalwood beads and another made of rudraksha beads. Recently I decided that it was time for a new mala, since I am in a new nun chapter, so I ordered this rosewood mala. It was supposed to have a sweet rose-like scent, known to calm the nervous system, but unfortunately it does not have that scent. However, I still really like this mala because the beads are very smooth so it is easy to move through them.

Here is a photo of my spiritual altar, in which you can see my burgundy Cosmic Cushion, a few of the divination cards from The Oracle of Rama, and the rosewood mala…

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I describe creating an altar, as well as many practices to do at your altar, in my new book, coming out very soon… Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
May you feel happier and happier!

Happy Christmas in July to All Who Celebrate!

 

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Meditation to Get Beyond Irritation

Do you ever find yourself in a state of complete and utter irritation with everything?

The next time you notice yourself feeling irritated, try this simple meditation practice… Sit in a quiet place and close your eyes. Bring your attention to your breathing. You don’t need to try to make your breathing be a certain way. Simply witness the in-breath and witness the out-breath.

Next add a mantra or affirmation. For example, I think “Om Namah Shivaya” with the in-breath and again with the out-breath. You might want to think “I am Peace” with the in-breath, and “I am Love” with the out-breath… Or you could think “I am Love” with the in-breath and “I am Light” with the out-breath…

Sit and think your mantra or affirmation with the breath until you feel the irritations dissolving. It may take twenty minutes (or longer) to achieve a feeling of peace.

Let me know how it goes!

 

May All Beings Know Deep Peace.

 

 

StarFire Teja’s Three Super Simple Spiritual Practices

The following practices are so simple that you can do them throughout the day: when you are waiting at a stoplight or waiting in line somewhere, or when you are using the toilet or washing your hands. It helps if you decide in advance when you are going to do these practices. For example, you might plan to do the first practice each time you have to wait and the second practice every time you wash your hands. You could also decide to do them when you are lying in bed, right before you fall asleep at night, or when you first wake up in the morning.

Super Simple Spiritual Practices You Can Do Throughout the Day:

1. Choose to be happy. ~ This one I keep repeating because it is so important. We really can choose to be happy. Per the Upanishads (a collection of wisdom by the ancient mystics of India), the mind is the means to happiness. We really can decide to be happy. This doesn’t usually happen immediately, but if you regularly tell yourself that you are choosing to be happy, then over time it will become true for you. So to apply this in your daily life, try this: every time you have to stop at a red light (or some other time you have to wait), think to yourself, “I am choosing to be happy.”

2. Mantras, affirmations, blessings. ~ Take some time to write out a few phrases that you want to focus on throughout the day, and then decide when you will think them to yourself. For example, you might decide that you want to silently bless each person you meet, so you could write a blessing, such as “May your life be blessed with goodness” and then throughout the day, as you meet people, you could silently think towards them, “May your life be blessed with goodness.” For another example, if you are feeling some depression, you might write an affirmation such as, “Every day in every way I am feeling better and better,” and then you could intend to think that affirmation to yourself each time you wash your hands (or some similar activity).

3. Cultivate a celebratory mindset. ~ Most people enjoy celebrations. When we celebrate our birthdays and other holidays it is as if we go out of ordinary time and into magical time. For this reason we look forward to celebrations and then feel a bit deflated when they’re over. So why not cultivate a celebratory mindset on a regular basis? Throughout the day, at previously decided times, think to yourself, “What can I celebrate about myself or my life in this moment?” Whatever comes to you, take a few seconds to visualize it surrounded by bright balloons, banners, and colorful lights. Remember that 1980 song “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang? That oldie-but-goodie sparks joy for sure! Enjoy it here: Celebrate Good Times, C’mon!

May All Beings Be Happy!
May Your Life Be Blessed With Goodness.