The Matter of Hope

“Hope is important, because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. But that is the most that hope can do for us — to make some hardship lighter. When I think deeply about the nature of hope, I see something tragic. Since we cling to our hope in the future, we do not focus our energies and capabilities on the present moment.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist Master, in his book Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.

Dear readers, during this strange time it seems that most of us need hope to lighten the load of our global hardships. And, even while we cling to hope for the future, we can simultaneously try to remain focused on the present moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh continues, “I do not mean that you should not have hope, but that hope is not enough. Hope can create an obstacle for you, and if you dwell in the energy of hope, you will not bring yourself back entirely into the present moment. If you re-channel those energies into being aware of what is going on in the present moment, you will be able to make a breakthrough and discover joy and peace right in the present moment, inside of yourself and all around you.”

Are you able to enjoy the present moment now? During this time of quarantines, do you feel hopeful or hopeless?

Before my Dad died suddenly in January, I had been struggling for some time with feelings of hopelessness regarding my health and financial issues. Now, suddenly millions of people are homebound and worried about money like I was! I never would have dreamed this could happen.

Strangely, I am actually feeling more hope now than I did before… And even if hope is not enough, right now it is very important. If you feel hopeless, consider these strong words by Christian Mihai, in his post “Life in The Time of Coronavirus”:

“I encourage each and every single one of you to not become hopeless. It’s a sin not to hope. Truly. If you are hopeless, you think of yourself as helpless, and then you’re really screwed. Maintain a positive attitude, make the best out of an awful situation, and keep working towards your goals. One way or another.”

May you be blessed with hope, courage, and strength. May you take delight in small joys and find peace dwelling in the energies of each sacred moment.

With much love and hope,
StarFire Teja

 

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Confronting Fear

 

“Confronting fear is the destiny of a Jedi – your destiny. The Force will be with you always.”

~ Luke speaking to Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

 

Dear readers,

May you be calm in facing your fears.

May you feel the underlying Peace encoded in your blood and bones.

May you stay safe and healthy.

Sending good cheer and good courage from my quarantine to yours,
StarFire Teja

 

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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

 

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Staycations, A.K.A. Quarantines

“Though there may be many beautiful sights to see, one achieves peace by staying at home.”
~ The Tao Te Ching, as translated by Richard Hooper in his book Jesus, Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings.

Dear readers, are you currently practicing “social distancing” to prevent spreading the virus?

My Mom and I are homebound, trying to make the best of this staycation. Last night she cooked some amazingly delicious plant-based Irish Potatoes!

As stated in The Tao Te Ching, peace can be found in staying home. Each day of this quarantine, we can take some time to do practices for Peace. Sitting in silent meditation, for even just ten minutes, we can focus on sending peaceful energies out to everyone, everywhere!

Hooper translates another similar quote from The Tao Te Ching thusly:

“A wise man is not compelled to leave home and search out grand vistas. He stays home and remains peaceful, above it all.”

No matter how crazy this virus pandemic gets, just keep remembering that deep inside your being is a calm, peaceful place. You can go there anytime through meditation, singing, and other practices.

Dear beings of peace, I pray you are well inside yourselves.

With peaceful intentions,
StarFire Teja

p.s. Yesterday, while lying on the Amethyst Crystal Biomat, I got inspired to up-level my website, changing the tagline to StarFire Temple of Happiness… check it out here: Home Page!

 

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A Message for Humanity

Last night, while listening to 40hz music with headphones on, I heard this message for humanity:

Dear human beings,

Please remember that we are animals. At some point in time we developed our brains in certain ways that led to us becoming the dominant species on Earth…

But the other species of animals, fish, and birds are extremely intelligent in their own ways, and they have complex emotional lives, just like humans, cats, and dogs. They belong to families and social networks just like we do, and so it is not right for humanity to kill and eat all of those feeling beings.

We are animals. Let us live side-by-side in peace with our brothers and sisters of the land, sea, and air. Today is a good day to eat a whole foods plant-based diet. In fact, every day is a good day to choose peace and freedom for all the animals, fish, and birds.

With love and compassion for all beings,
StarFire Teja

 

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