Light Poem

 

This pandemic is revealing
some bright lights of intelligence and compassion,

as well as some dark shadowy aspects.

Rise up, humanity.
Rise up in the Light.

Go toward the Light.
Go toward the Light.
Go toward the Light!

 

Dear beings of light,

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens Junior Novel by Michael Kogge, the ancient wise woman Maz says to Rey:

“The belonging you seek is not behind you. It is ahead. I am no Jedi, but I know the Force. It moves through and surrounds every living thing. Close your eyes. Feel it. The light. It’s always been there. It will guide you.”

May we all close our eyes and feel the light!

May the Force give you strength and guide you through this strange time…

With gratitude for the Sunshine of our brightest Star,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo of Sunshine through Pine Tree taken by StarFire Teja.

 

Hanuman Jayanti in the StarFire Temple of Happiness

Dear readers,

Who and what do you feel devoted to?

Devotion is a beautiful, sparkling quality that we can cultivate to nourish our minds and hearts…

In the Hindu tradition, Hanuman, the monkey god, is the Supreme Devotee. It is his supreme devotion to God that gives him super powers in the great ancient tale of the Ramayana*. Hanuman is Lord Rama’s messenger, and as such he transmits Pure Love, Strength, Courage, Wisdom, and Positive Energies.

For more than ten years I have been chanting the Hanuman Chalisa, a 40-verse prayer that sings Hanuman’s praises. I sing along with Krishna Das, and my favorite version of the chant is called “Prema Chalisa” on his CD, Trust in the Heart.

“Prema” means Love, and devotion to the people and things in your life raises you up into High Love Vibrations…

Happy Hanuman Jayanti to all who celebrate!

With great love and devotion,
StarFire Teja

* You can check out my version of the Ramayana here: The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.

 

Source of Hanuman image unknown; it appears on many websites. Background image of our beloved SunStar courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

 

Video: Guided Imagery for Releasing Anxiety

Dear readers,

This morning when I was singing my daily prayers, the inspiration arose to record this visualization for you. Ironically, just the thought of public speaking increased my own anxiety… But, I decided to shake out my nervous energies and do it anyway, because I want to help reduce the Collective Anxiety.

So here is a little guided imagery for you, to help you shake out your own nervous energies. This visualization is from my book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life. Below the video you will find the text for this guided imagery…

 

Guided imagery for releasing anxiety… This visualization includes some gentle movement that you might prefer to do while standing, however, it can be done while sitting or lying down. Alternatively, if you do not wish to do the physical movement, you can simply imagine yourself doing the movement…

Breathing naturally… drifting down… into your inner world… breathing down… into your center… allowing effortless relaxation to flow… from your head… down to your toes… relaxing… surrendering… opening to the ground of your being…

… following a pathway down… from your root… down into the Earth… and standing on the surface of the Earth… feet firmly planted on rocks and soil… and seeing the beauty of this blue-green planet… the oceans… rivers… mountains… meadows… deserts… canyons… forests…

… standing strong and calm like a tree… extending its roots down into the Earth… and beginning to very gently shake your arms… legs… hips… hands… and feet… and while gently shaking your body, imagining that all of your nervous energies are shaking right out of your body…

… and watching your anxieties shaking down into the Earth… down through the rocks and soil of the Earth’s crust… down through the layers of hot minerals… and all the way down through the inner layers of Deep Earth…

… and watching those anxieties entering the hot ball of iron at the center of the Earth… that iron is ten thousand degrees hot… like the surface of the Sun… seeing all of those anxieties burning in that hot ball of iron…

… feeling gratitude for releasing those nervous energies… feeling strong in the ground of your being… and bringing that feeling of release back with you to the outer world… feeling calm and centered…

I hope this guided imagery is helpful and healing for you…

With gratitude and strength,
StarFire Teja

 

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.

 

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

 

Photo by Captureson Photography on Unsplash.