StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Be Willing to Do the Work When the Work Shows Up

 

May you face difficult emotions with courage.

May you remember that emotions are just energies passing through.

May your weekend be blessed with authenticity and bravery and comfort.

May you be willing to do the work when the work shows up.*

 

Dear reader,

When difficult emotions arise, do you tend to run away from them and fill yourself with distractions? Or do you stop everything and tend to them?

In my experience, when difficult emotions arise, if I try to push through and carry on with my plans, I find that I cannot enjoy myself… So I think it is better to just stop and tend to the emotions first. That is called doing the work when the work shows up.

The thing is, our natural human tendency is to push away pain and seek pleasure. But, the things that really bother us are points of inquiry. Our triggers are actually very juicy and when we lean into them fully, by asking why and how questions, then they often will bear very sweet fruits!

So, my dear reader, my blessings for you this weekend are to face your juicy triggers. If you tend to run away from difficult emotions, make it a new practice to stop and tend to them. Surrender to the energies passing through you. If something is upsetting you, ask why and how, and then listen deep within for the answers.

If you currently do not have any difficult emotions passing through, thank your happy stars and enjoy your weekend plans!

This weekend my plan is to work on the final stages of publishing my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life… Well, that is my “plan” but since there have already been a few delays to publishing this book, I just have to trust that it will happen in “right timing” which I sure hope will be this weekend! 🙂

See you all back here on Monday…

With lots of love,
Teja

* Please see follow-up post on July 23rd: “What to Do with Difficult Emotions When You Cannot Stop to Tend to Them”

 

Oranges photo by Julie Aagaard on Pexels.

 

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Snake Medicine: Shedding Old Skins

Have you ever held a snake?

The photo* with this post is from five years ago when I had the opportunity to hold a boa constrictor. Well, it slithered around my body, so I did not feel like I held it, but rather, it felt like the snake was holding me!

I had never even touched a snake before, so I had no idea what to expect, and I was very surprised by my experience. When the snake was first placed on me, my whole body immediately relaxed and I fell into a deep state of consciousness that I can only describe as pure bliss. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that relaxed. All thoughts stopped and I just kept repeating the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya.”

“Om Namah Shivaya” literally means “I bow to Shiva, who is Pure Consciousness. I bow to my own deepest self, which is Pure Consciousness.” Shiva is the destroyer aspect of God in the Hindu trinity, and he wears venomous serpents as ornaments to symbolize that he is the conqueror of death. Essentially that means that his consciousness is so pure that he has no fears, like of death by cobra, for example. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I wear a gold snake ring (on my wedding ring finger) to symbolize that I am married to Shiva. Well, I held my ring up to show the snake, and that snake actually licked my ring!

My experience with that snake felt like such a blessing. Feeling that physical surrender in my body taught me how to access a deeper peace on all levels.

Snake medicine also brings peace because it shows us humans how to shed our old skins. Do you have some layers that you need to shed? Do you have any mental, emotional, or spiritual energies that are no longer serving your highest good?

Here is a simple practice for transmuting any old energies and shedding any old skins: Sit quietly and watch your natural breathing. Visualize a snake slithering around your body, and imagine that the snake is absorbing anything you would like to shed now, such as fears, disappointments, and so on. Next see the snake going away from you into a green field, and watch the snake shedding that old skin which contains all that you wish to shed… See the snake shedding your old skins! Conclude with three breaths to transmute the old energies. Breathing in peace, breathing out the old… Breathing in peace, breathing out the old… Breathing in peace, breathing out the old…

How do you feel now?

 

* For those reading this post by email, simply click on the title of this article and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog, where you can see the photo of me with the snake!

Writing a Book Strengthens Many Virtues

Throughout the process of working on my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life, I have managed to keep the work in balance with the self-care. Daily spiritual practices have sustained me, and more than once I have witnessed myself applying a concept from the book in my life. (Watch for a future post on that!)

Admittedly, I am currently in a very comfortable living situation, and each week I am only working out in the world a few afternoons as a hospice volunteer… So, I have had the gift of time for keeping the balance with work and self-care. However, my status as a boomeranger at age 49 is not necessarily something to be proud of, and at times it has seriously challenged my sense of self-esteem. It has also given me plenty of opportunities to practice self-compassion, surrender, and humility.

Writing a book also brings opportunities for strengthening many virtues. Over the past few weeks I have faced a few delays to getting my new book published. Naturally those delays are teaching me patience, as well as strengthening my surrender, humility, and self-compassion.

And, a couple of weeks ago I sent an email letter to more than 100 friends and family, explaining that I need approximately $300 more to complete the first phase of launching my new book, and only three people have replied… And only one of them said she is sorry she cannot contribute. Well, needless to say, that experience has been a golden opportunity for strengthening my surrender, humility, self-compassion, and self-love.

The process of writing and publishing a book is a lot of hard work, on many levels. It takes a lot of inner strength. And, it strengthens many virtues!

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May your mind be happy! 🙂

Guided Imagery for Shifting Negative Thoughts

Here comes the Sunshine Train!

How often do you witness negative thoughts going through your mind? Are you aware of what triggers negative thoughts for you? How quickly do you shift negative thoughts into positive thoughts?

Last night a simple little thing happened that set off a chain of negative thoughts in my mind. Because I have established a long pattern of cultivating the witness, I watched those thoughts quickly spiraling deeper into negativities, and I thought, “Wow, that’s a really dark train!”

I laughed to myself, thinking that yes indeed, that “train of thoughts” was very black and heading into a dark black tunnel… and that’s when I thought, “Good-bye dark train… Here comes the Sunshine Train!” Spontaneously I visualized a cheerful train filled with Sunlight… and I imagined that God was driving the Sunshine Train, and all I had to do was surrender and take my happy seat… then I mused that my small self had been driving the dark train, but on the Sunshine Train, my higher self could just relax and trust that all is heading in the right direction!

You can use this visualization anytime you notice a negative train of thoughts beginning to chug through your mind… Simply banish the dark train into a black tunnel… and get on the Sunshine Train! You can visualize your Sunshine Train to be however you like… paint it in your favorite colors… decorate it in your personal style… and notice who is driving your Sunshine Train… and is there any music playing on your happy train? Is coffee being served?

I hope this funny little visualization helps you to shift your negative trains of thought into positive trains of thought! This is yet one more way to help Happy Up your life! Choo, choo!! 🙂

And remember… Shift Happens!

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“Shift Happens” Hubble image credit: NASA/ESA/Andrew C. Fabian

Train Sunset Photo by Rene Rauschenberger on Pixabay

StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Soften Like Rose Petals

 

May you feel light-hearted curiosity about what is next in your life.

May your shoulders relax down as you surrender to what is.

May your weekend be blessed with beauty, rest, and peace.

May you soften like rose petals.