Purification Prayer

 

Dear God, the Supreme Light within and without,

I am sorry for any harm that I’ve ever caused anyone, anywhere.

I am sorry for any judgment that I’ve ever cast without the understanding to transmit compassion instead.

I am sorry for all the times that I’ve allowed irritation or anger to overpower loving-kindness in my thoughts, words, and actions.

Please purify me.

Please cleanse my spirit of all negativities and dis-eases.

Please help me to surrender everything to You, the Supreme Divinity, within and without.

Om Namah Shivaya*,
I bow to the Pure Consciousness in me, that is also in everyone and everything,
StarFire Teja

* Om Namah Shivaya essentially carries the same meaning as the teaching of Jesus: “The Kingdom of God is within you.” ❤

 

Photo by Daniel Zurnau on Unsplash.

 

StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Understand the Many Elements that Sustain Your Sacred Life

 

May you surrender to the Earth, like Autumn flowers.

May you know when to let go of things, like Autumn leaves.

May your weekend be blessed with gratitude for simple comforts like hot showers, wholesome food, and clean drinking water.

May you understand the many elements that sustain your sacred life.

 

Photo of Autumn flowers surrendering to the Earth taken by StarFire Teja, November 2019.

 

Shine the Light on the Elephants in the Corners!

According to the Free Dictionary by Farlex, the elephant in the corner is defined as “An obvious truth or fact, especially one regarded as embarrassing or undesirable, that is being intentionally ignored or left unaddressed.”

Are there any “elephants in the corners” in your home, workplace, or social groups (including on social media)? If so, you might like to consider shining the light on the elephants in the corners! If you do not feel comfortable verbally speaking your concerns, then you could craft clear and compassionate emails to voice your truths in writing. These actions can bring about much understanding, clarity, healing, peace, and resolution.

Shine the Light on the elephants in the corners, and breathe the wonderful cleared air!

Let me know how it goes! 🙂

Lots of Love to Everyone,
Teja

 

Awesome photo of elephants at sunset in Botswana by Jordan Heinrichs on Unsplash.

 

StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Accept Things As They Are

 

May you be with yourself exactly as you are in each moment.

May you understand the roots of your feelings.

May your weekend be blessed with loving kindness, happiness, and cheerful thoughts.

May you accept things as they are.

 

Dear readers,

Here’s a funny one to help you remember today’s blessings:

Accepting Things As They Are = ATATA!

By the way, “accepting things as they are” doesn’t mean that you give up on your visions and do nothing… Rather, it means that even while you are working towards your goals, you can relax and be okay with What Is happening right now… You can find small ways to Happy Up each day, even if you are currently having a difficult time.

Cheers to a weekend of Atata! 🙂

With much love,
Teja

 

Photo by Morais on Unsplash.

 

Transforming Difficult Emotions Through Singing

“The Name repeated with either good or evil intentions, in an angry mood or even while yawning, diffuses joy in all the ten directions.”
~ Tulsidas (1532–1623), Indian poet-saint. (Quote shared by Krishna Das in the jacket cover of his CD, “Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga.”)

Chanting (singing) has been one of my daily practices for more than fifteen years, and I have been chanting a forty-verse prayer called the Hanuman Chalisa for more than ten years. Each day when I sit down to sing along with a CD by Krishna Das, I acknowledge whatever is present in me in that moment, and then ask for help as needed.

One morning last month I got really triggered by something right before I was going to do my chanting practice. I was in an utterly reactive state, so I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to do the practice, but I sat down anyway, feeling angry and depressed. I said a prayer, asking that my difficult emotions could be transformed into love…

Well, it took the entire forty verses for that transformation to happen! This was the first time I had this experience: I chanted the forty verses in a gruff angry non-singing voice with clenched teeth, and felt like I was possessed. And in fact, I was possessed, by my own toxic angry reaction… After chanting the forty verses that way, as I began the after prayers, suddenly I was singing in my normal singing voice! The healing, transformative power of the chants is so miraculous! I felt so incredibly grateful to be softened into love again.

Sometimes when we get angry we have to do the mental work of searching for the root cause and then consciously transforming and releasing the anger through understanding… But sometimes we can just simply sit and sing, allowing the healing sound vibrations to melt the anger into love and joy.

Can you relate to this experience? Have you ever dissolved anger through singing?

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

May our singing diffuse joy in all directions!

 

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.