The Mind Needs to Be Worked With First

To open the heart, first calm and happy the mind.

Some people say that first you have to open the heart, but after many years of studying this, I have come to understand that the mind needs to be worked with first, and then the heart naturally opens.

The human species has reached a state in which the human mind has become quite dense. Many people’s minds are tangled up by the anxieties and traumas of this fast-paced world. So, sitting and focusing on opening the heart may feel soothing temporarily, but it won’t be lasting unless the mind is calmed first.

When you work with your mind, calming it down and happy-ing it up, then your heart opens naturally, and you can relax into the sweetness in your heart.

Choosing to be happy is the first practice listed in my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life. Here is that practice:

Choosing to be happy ~ You 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. You really can decide to be happy. This doesn’t necessarily 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: anytime you have to wait in line or at a red light, think to yourself, “I am choosing to be happy.”

Focusing on calming your mind down, and also happy-ing it up, will open your heart, and then you will feel overwhelming love for everything and everyone!

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

If you haven’t already, please read my previous post, “23 Possible Benefits You May Gain Through Reading Reaching for Orange.”

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StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Feel Pure Love in Your Heart

 

May you have loving thoughts towards others and towards yourself.

May your heart be open to experience the sweetness of many kinds of love.

May your weekend be blessed with loving kindness.

May you feel pure love in your heart.

 

 

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StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Feel the Compassion Vibration

 

May you feel deep love for yourself, no matter what is happening in your life right now.

May you be blessed with an open mind and an open heart.

May your weekend be blessed with quiet moments of understanding.

May you feel the Compassion Vibration in all of your 37.2 trillion cells.

 

Do you regularly stop to put yourself in someone else’s shoes? Do you ever judge other people? Do you consider yourself a compassionate person?

Did you know that the Compassion Vibration is a virtue that can be cultivated, through regular practice? One way to practice is through imagining yourself as another person who is suffering or wounded, and wondering about how they feel. Another way to practice is through loving yourself more fully, because when you truly care for yourself then you naturally care more for others.

When you are in the Highest Vibration of Compassion, you feel an all-encompassing love for all beings. You feel overwhelming love, not only for the beings of the human species, but also for all the creatures of the land, sea, and air. All feeling beings, including cows, bears, birds, and pigs, experience both happiness and suffering. When you feel the compassion vibration, you understand how everything and everyone is connected in one continuous web of loving, living energy.

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

 

 

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