Last Fire

Dear readers,

We never know when we might be having our last conversation, sipping our last cuppa coffee, or lighting our last fire… For this reason, the wise sages advise us to keep death always close to our minds. This may seem like a morbid, negative teaching, but actually the essence of the teaching is for us to live life positively, with joy and with zest!

The fire in the photo with this post was one of the last fires my Dad lit, a couple of months before he died. It was a joyous time, with family gathered around… He loved making fires, but he did not know that that fire was to be one of his last…

I have fire on the brain today, because yesterday I met with my psychologist and she suggested that I write my Dad a letter about my guilt and regrets with him, and then burn the letter so that the ashes and smoke will take the written words to him in the spirit realms.

Soon I will write that letter and then burn it in his beloved fire pit. I may cry when I do that ritual, or maybe I will smile in gratitude for all the fires and cups of coffee and conversations I got to enjoy with him during the past two years. (Btw, I had thought that being a boomeranger at my age was so terrible, but now it seems like a blessing because I got to live with him for the last two years of his life.)

Dear ones, try to be so grateful for the beloved people in your life… And try to enjoy each moment with as much zest as you can muster!

With gratitude and fire sparks,
StarFire Teja

 

It’s All One Air

“The air in a jar is one with the air everywhere. In like manner, your Atman is one with Brahman.”
~ from Shankara’s Crest-Jewel of Discrimination (Viveka-Chudamani) translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood.

Dear readers,

Your “Atman” is the Pure Spirit within you, and “Brahman” is the Great Spirit that is in everything and everyone… Also described as the individual soul and the Great Soul or the Radiant Supreme Reality!

The revered Indian sage-philosopher Adi Shankara (686-718 A.D.) made these concepts very easy to understand with the jar analogy above. If a jar (a human body) breaks (dies), the air (Spirit) within the jar (body) naturally joins the air (Great Spirit) outside of the jar (body)!

I simply love this teaching and I am so grateful that a couple of nights ago, whilst sitting in deep meditation, I suddenly remembered the jar!

When you read this teaching, can you feel yourself connecting spiritually way outside of yourself? Can you feel your spirit soaring out horizontally, vertically, and through many stacked diagonal energy lines?

Mentally soaring, like the wild geese through the holy sunrise, can you feel that your Spirit is part of the Supreme Great Spirit?

It’s All One Love Energy!

With gratitude and a shining glimpse of Reality,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo by skeeze on Pixabay.

 

StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Enjoy Practicing Mindfulness

 

May you notice the beauty around you and within you.

May you be nourished by mindful breathing and smiling.

May your weekend be blessed with many little happinesses.

May you enjoy practicing mindfulness.

 

Dear readers, these blessings were inspired by the mindfulness teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who is 93 years old today!

Happy Birthday, Thich Nhat Hanh!

Love to All Beings!
Teja

 

Photo by Anita Austvika on Unsplash.

The Power of the Stars is Within

“Now let all rejoice. Seek the Light, that the power of the stars which is in you, may live.”
~ The Pistis Sophia

Dear reader, the above quote is from a wonderful book that I have just finished reading, called Jesus, Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings, by Richard Hooper.

This quote just sparked right out of the page into my mind, especially the part about “the power of the stars which is in you.”

May the power of the stars be alive in your mind!

With lots of love,
Teja

 

Photo* of stars in Utah by Tom Gainor on Unsplash.

* If you are viewing this post in an email, please click on the title of the article and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog where you can see the amazing photo!

What Kind of Yoga Do You Practice?

When you hear the word yoga, do you think of the physical poses practiced on yoga mats?

Many people only think of yoga as being the asanas, the postures done for health and relaxation, but yoga encompasses much more than just stretching the body. There are actually many ways to practice yoga.

The word yoga means “union” and so the goal of the yogic practices done by a yogi (male) or yogini (female) is to achieve a state of union with divine consciousness. Depending on your beliefs, you may call that consciousness God, Goddess, Divine Love, Nature, the Universe, or many other names. In the yoga tradition it is believed that your deepest self is connected with that divine consciousness, so when you do yogic practices you feel that union inside yourself.

I began spiritual practices on the yogic path more than fifteen years ago, and while I have occasionally attended yoga classes, the physical postures generally do not work for my body. So I have gravitated towards other kinds of yoga. I practice the yoga of the mind, the yoga of the heart, and the yoga of the soul…

Yoga of the mind ~ Since I tend to orient towards mental activities, like reading and writing, this yoga is a good fit for me. I regularly study spiritual teachings and sit daily in meditation.

Yoga of the heart ~ This is my favorite kind of yoga! It is called bhakti yoga, which means the yoga of love and devotion, and the main practice is chanting. The sacred singing opens the heart and the yoga of sound harmonizes the energies. I chant every day! My favorite chant artist is Krishna Das.

Yoga of the soul ~ There are many ways to practice soul yoga, which you will enjoy reading about in my new book coming soon… Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life*… One way is to cultivate the witness consciousness in which you watch yourself closely and learn to not get so caught up in the difficulties of life. Another way is to send healing energies out wherever they are needed, for healing and for peace. Sending love to others connects us with our own deepest selves, which are ultimately pure love energies.

So, what kind of yoga do you practice? What helps you to feel connected with your deepest self?

Dear reader, I hope you enjoyed this post.
May your days be happier and happier!

 

*This weekend I did get the new book uploaded and published successfully. Now I am waiting to receive the proof copy, and once I approve it, Reaching for Orange will be available for you to order! (Later I added the ordering links: Reaching for Orange)

 

Sunset image by Geralt on Pixabay.