Monday Morning Musings on Strength

 

“… the strength of his devotion and fortitude, like some sturdy bull, drove him forward.”

~ Tulasidasa describing Rama’s brother, Bharata, in his Ramayana, Shri Ramacharitamanasa, edited and translated by R.C. Prasad.

 

Dear readers,

Welcome to yet another bizarro week on planet Earth! This morning I’m thinking about Strength. The quote above inspires me to cultivate Fortitude.

Fortitude.

That is a great word for our current times! Just hearing the word makes me think of iron bars, charging bulls, and this cup of strong black coffee beside me.

As I sip (and thoroughly enjoy), this cuppa, I am using mental powers, somewhere between fortitude and mojo, to ignore the morning aches of Fibromyalgia and focus on writing this post for you. I am imagining that many of you are also forging through some pains, whether they be physical, mental, or emotional, in order to do some work this day. Are you finding surprising new levels of inner strength inside yourself?

Here’s another musing on strength… A few nights ago I showed my Mom a post by Lowe’s, in which they stressed only one person per trolley in their stores, and my Mom started reading the comments below the post… Well, this one guy was very angry in expressing his complaints, and a fellow shopper replied to him sternly, saying “Buck up, buttercup” to which he softened and admitted that he was having a really hard time with lots of woes, including losing his job…

It is easy to get angry and complain… It is a lot harder to be vulnerable and admit that you’re afraid you won’t be able to feed your family. It takes a lot of inner strength to be honest like that.

My final musing for this post is about how going out walking in the hood feels like a war zone now… It feels like I’m watching out for snipers (human beings) who might be carrying protein molecules (viruses) in their pockets… or worse, in their nostrils! Just going for a simple walk to see the flowering trees and hear the singing birds takes a lot of inner strength these days. You gotta be watching all the time to make sure you don’t come within six feet of one of those human creatures!

Thanks for visiting the StarFire Temple of Happiness. I hope you enjoyed this post!

May you stay strong, with fortitude of mind!

With happy coffee vibes,
StarFire Teja

 

Bull photo by sumanley on Pixabay.

 

Autumn Affirmations

Yesterday began with the usual aches and pains of Fibromyalgia, but after lunch the bright blue sky and cool breezes inspired me to push through fatigue and venture out for a walk in the hood…

Do you ever make yourself do something and then afterwards you feel so glad and so grateful that you did it?

Well that is what happened with yesterday’s walk. The sunshine felt so amazing, and I felt like my whole being opened up to the healing energies available in the green trees all around me…

And then, quite spontaneously, I celebrated the change of seasons by creating the following affirmations for Autumn… Perhaps these will inspire you to make your own affirmations for Autumn! (Or Spring if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere!) ~

~ I choose to let go of worries.

~ I choose to be happy (even when feeling tired and sick).

~ I choose to generate the energy of Love and to send that energy of Love out into the Universe!

 

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What do you choose for the season ahead?

 

Background photo of orange flowers by Sue Hughes on Unsplash.

 

A Tool for Chronic Pain and Anxiety: Focus On Your Feet

Are you dealing with chronic pain or anxiety? If you experience pain on any level (physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual), or if you struggle with anxiety, you can try this simple tool and see if it helps:

Focus on your feet.

The feet are the farthest away from the brain, and the brain is what perceives pain and creates anxiety… So, bringing your awareness down to your feet can really calm your mind and soothe your nerves.

Anytime you feel pain or anxiety increasing, think to yourself (or say out loud), “Focus on my feet.” Bring your full awareness down to your feet and notice how your feet feel… Imagine breathing in and out of your feet… Imagine that your feet are becoming very warm and very heavy… Feel the soles of your feet and imagine that they are glowing in a bright golden light… Notice any changing sensations in your feet as you focus on them…

The nice thing about this tool is you can use it anytime, anywhere. You can focus on your feet during a stressful business meeting, or while standing in the grocery line, or while driving. Anytime you feel hyped up, during the day or the night, you can simply focus on your feet.

I hope this tool is helpful to you or to someone you love. Please share your experiences in the comments below.

Please note: If you have pain in your feet, then you will probably wish to focus on your hands or belly instead of your feet.

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

 

Photo* of Teja’s feet taken on a barefoot hike last Easter Sunday in Audubon Woods, Henderson, Kentucky. It was my first barefoot hike of the year, and unfortunately the last… I did go barefoot in the yard for another month or so, but before I could get out on another hike, the season turned to muggy and buggy, so now I have to wait on barefoot hiking until the Fall!

* If you are viewing this post in an email, I am so sorry that WordPress doesn’t share the featured photos with the email posts… But, you can click on the title of the article above, and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog where you can see my happy bare feet!

 

Guided Imagery for Chronic Pain

Do you have any chronic physical or emotional pains? If yes, the guided imagery in this post may help you.

Visualizing the element of fire is a powerful tool. You can do this simple practice anytime, anywhere. When you feel physical or emotional pain, first cultivate the witness, by saying to yourself, “there is some pain passing through me.” Affirm that you are bigger than the pain… see that you are the consciousness which is watching the pain.

Next, visualize a fire burning brightly. See the colors of the flames, hear the crackling, smell the aroma of smoke, and feel the healing warmth… Now imagine that your pain is burning in that fire… And if you have any emotional reactions to the pain, let those also burn in the flames…

Here is the variation that I have been saying to myself daily, and you can tailor this to your individual religion or cosmic belief system…

“I am Shiva Consciousness, and Shiva’s Fire is burning in my whole being… And everything that is not Shiva Consciousness, like emotional and physical pain, is burning in Shiva’s Fire and is being transmuted into the Highest Love Vibrations.”

When we feel like we love everyone and everything, that is when we are in the Highest Love Vibrations… And it is possible to feel that extraordinary love for everyone and everything, even when we are in chronic pain. It simply takes a few minutes of awareness and practice. You can do this simple practice many times throughout the day or night.

I hope this article is helpful to you or to someone you love… You might also like to read my previous post, “StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Shine With the Holy Fire of Love Consciousness.”

 

Image credit: Arnau Soler on Unsplash

 

 

Enter the Green Sphere

Do you have any heavy feelings that you would like to dissolve? Are you feeling dense on any level?

I created the following visualization with guided imagery to help dissolve any physical, mental, or emotional pains you may be experiencing now. It will especially help to ease any tight feelings in your chest or gut.

Read the visualization out loud in a soft, soothing tone of voice. Then close your eyes, breathe naturally, and place one hand on your heart and the other hand on your belly. Allow yourself to simply feel what you feel. Please share any questions or comments here, down below where it says “Leave a Reply.”

Visualization to Dissolve Heaviness on Any Level

Settling in… getting really comfortable… breathing naturally… and allowing effortless relaxation to flow, from your head… down to your toes… and traveling out into space… somewhere out in the universes… in the fields of stars… and arriving at a temple made of blue crystals… in the center of the temple there is an emerald green sphere… enter the sphere and sit inside it…

… sitting in the emerald green sphere… in the center of the temple made of blue crystals… out in the stars… tuning in to any feelings and sensations… and noticing any images… scents… sounds… tastes… really feeling… and opening to the crystal energies… the healing light… noticing any places in your body or mind or heart that feel tense… allowing the healing crystalline energies to lighten any tension… feeling the tension dissolving… feeling the heaviness becoming light… allowing the density to lighten… feeling yourself healing and relaxing in that light…

… and then coming back out of the green sphere… leaving the blue crystal temple… traveling back through the stars… through the lightness of space… and coming back down fully into your body… feeling connected with the sacred Earth beneath you… and feeling centered and grounded in your being…

 

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

 

 

image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech