Building the New Normal

Dear beings of the terrestrial sphere,

Greetings from the bird’s nest of my tree-house temple. How is it going in your nests today? Are you creating small joys for yourself each day?

Just as a bird builds its nest, one piece of earth fabric at a time, we can each help to build a future of happiness for all beings, one good work at a time.

Let’s create a world of goodness and love for everyone! We can do this, beloved human tribe… Stay strong, stay positive, stay healthy and safe…

Happy building, dear creators of the new normal…

With great love from my quarantine to yours,
StarFire Teja

 

Happy Sita Navami to all who celebrate… from Teja in the StarFire Temple of Happiness!

 

Photo by Saketh Upadhya on Unsplash.

 

A Falling Asleep Technique

Dear readers,

Do you ever have trouble falling asleep? If you don’t, you are among the lucky ones… Unfortunately, sleep issues plague many people, so even if you are blessed with lucky sleep stars, chances are pretty good that you know at least a few people whose sleeping stars aren’t as lucky as yours!

Take me, for example. I have dealt with a very complicated sleep disorder for about twenty years. Naturally I have tried many things… and sometimes something will work for a few nights, but then the disorder loudly sings that song, “Can’t touch this!”

Last Summer I watched many Q&A videos with Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and in one video he sweetly explained how to fall asleep easily. First, he said, you just stop thinking (hahahahaha!), and then, after you stop thinking, you just focus on breathing and relaxing your body…

Well, even though I laughed at the “just stop thinking” part, recently I have been using his words as a technique and it often helps me to fall asleep more easily…

After lying in bed thinking for a bit, I tell myself, “Thich Nhat Hanh says you can fall asleep easily if you just stop thinking, breathe in and out, and relax your body… All you have to do right now is relax your body.”

So then I focus on relaxing my body, either by the tool PMR (Progressive Muscle Relaxation), relaxing each body part one at a time, or by simply thinking, “Relaxation is flowing from my head, down to my toes.”

If, or rather when, I get distracted and start thinking random thoughts again, I just repeat the whole process again, with the primary thought, “All you have to do right now is relax your body.”

This technique really is helping me, and I’m sharing it with you in case it might be helpful to you or to someone you love.

During this strange time on planet Earth, sleeping is more important than ever… We need good, restorative sleep to help our immune systems stay strong and to be able to think clearly…

Stay strong, stay healthy, stay safe, Everyone!

With love and humor,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo of starry night at the high vibe Bell Rock vortex in Sedona by Darrly Brian on Unsplash.

 

April 2020 Keywords

Dear readers,

The month of March was so strange. Reviewing my calendar and journal was very interesting because I recognized that even in the midst of all this bizarre-ness, there is also a lot of goodness. Is that your experience also?

In considering some keywords for April, I decided to also continue with the previous three months’ keywords. I thought, “Let’s stack ‘em!”

January was Loving-kindness; February was Healing and Love; and March was Hold Onto Mantra and Take Delight in small joys.

For April I am feeling the need to call in some mojo. How about you?

Here are my April keywords ~

~ Strength ~ Stay strong, and get even stronger!

~ Courage ~ Be of good courage, optimism, and cheer! Be brave!

~ Power ~ Restoring my power after a long journey of recovery… recovering myself.

Strong, brave, powerful Teja!

And how about you? What are your keywords for April?

I hope you enjoyed this little post. Please stay calm, healthy, and safe.

With optimism and growing bravery,
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

 

Photo by AdinaVoicu on Pixabay.

 

Connect With the Watcher!

Dear readers,

Anytime you feel those branching anxieties, one thing that really helps is to connect with the Watcher… you know, that deep part of yourself that is always watching all of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations…

Watching, witnessing, and observing… without attaching, desiring, and reacting…

Just watching.

Even for just ten minutes.

My dear ones, this practice is helping me so much and I hope it will also help you…

Stay calm, stay safe, and stay healthy!

With much love,
StarFire Teja

 

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