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

3 Ways to Calm Your Nervous System in Spring

When the Earth energies are revving up in Springtime, it is super important to keep calming your nervous system. In addition to the usual suggestions for healthy food, regular exercise, and good sleep, here are 3 daily practices you can do to help yourself feel calm and grounded in Spring:

1. Go barefoot outside ~ This is one that I am really going to try to do each and every day. Simply go outside barefoot for five minutes! Put your bare feet on grass or soil, not on concrete. Tune in, and see if you can feel any energies coming into the soles of your feet. If there is any sunshine, that is a bonus, but try to do this even if it’s raining (as long as it isn’t too cold).

2. Listen to something soothing ~ Lie on your back for 20-30 minutes and listen to peaceful music or a visualization with guided imagery. Have a listen to my free chakras meditation, and let me know how you like it.

3. Journal at bedtime ~ As per the usual suggestions, turn off your computer and phone at least an hour or two before bedtime. Yes, I know, we have all broken that rule once or twice (wink, wink). After turning off your devices, sit down with your journal or notebook and write for 10-15 minutes. This can help to settle you before bedtime.

I hope these practices are helpful to you. If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below, or send me a private message via the Contact form.

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Does Coffee Give You Bear Power?

I joke that Coffee is my spirit animal, but actually I think it might be Bear. Do you drink coffee? Did you see my blog article in January about the health benefits of coffee? (“Coffee is Good Medicine”)

And do you love bears? Recently I discovered a fun Facebook page called Bears Make Me Happy, so now I can enjoy seeing photos of bears in my feed, while drinking my hot black Organic, Fair Trade, dark roast coffee!

In their book, Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals, authors Jamie Sams and David Carson write, “The strength of Bear medicine is the power of introspection.” They say that the special energy of Bear has to do with their hibernation in wintertime. Just like Bear, I feel as though I’ve been going deep inside my cave this winter. How about you?

Here’s a short little Bear visualization to bring comfort… imagining you are curled up in a cave with a Mama Bear and her cubs… you feel peaceful and completely at ease… and so do they… the Mama Bear pulls you close and cuddles you, just like one of her own cubs… you feel so much love… you melt in that love… and you send some of that Big Bear Love out to all beings…

May All Beings Feel Loved
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Bear image by mlorenzphotography/Getty

 

 

Enter the Green Sphere

Do you have any heavy feelings that you would like to dissolve? Are you feeling dense on any level?

I created the following visualization with guided imagery to help dissolve any physical, mental, or emotional pains you may be experiencing now. It will especially help to ease any tight feelings in your chest or gut.

Read the visualization out loud in a soft, soothing tone of voice. Then close your eyes, breathe naturally, and place one hand on your heart and the other hand on your belly. Allow yourself to simply feel what you feel. Please share any questions or comments here, down below where it says “Leave a Reply.”

Visualization to Dissolve Heaviness on Any Level

Settling in… getting really comfortable… breathing naturally… and allowing effortless relaxation to flow, from your head… down to your toes… and traveling out into space… somewhere out in the universes… in the fields of stars… and arriving at a temple made of blue crystals… in the center of the temple there is an emerald green sphere… enter the sphere and sit inside it…

… sitting in the emerald green sphere… in the center of the temple made of blue crystals… out in the stars… tuning in to any feelings and sensations… and noticing any images… scents… sounds… tastes… really feeling… and opening to the crystal energies… the healing light… noticing any places in your body or mind or heart that feel tense… allowing the healing crystalline energies to lighten any tension… feeling the tension dissolving… feeling the heaviness becoming light… allowing the density to lighten… feeling yourself healing and relaxing in that light…

… and then coming back out of the green sphere… leaving the blue crystal temple… traveling back through the stars… through the lightness of space… and coming back down fully into your body… feeling connected with the sacred Earth beneath you… and feeling centered and grounded in your being…

 

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

 

 

image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

 

Activate Your Greening Power with Hildegard of Bingen!

Awaken the holy fire of creativity within you, while deepening your spiritual connection with the Earth, through reading about the life and teachings of Hildegard, a bold 12th century German Rhineland mystic, prophet, healer, writer, and musician. Matthew Fox’s book Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century is alive with her strong spirit. This powerful Benedictine sister was declared a Saint and Doctor of the Church (Roman Catholic) in 2012.

Hildegard (1098-1179) was on fire with love for the Earth. She passionately invited others to wake up and join her in praise consciousness. Fox says that she was constantly getting back to “greening power.” He writes, “She even talks about the Holy Spirit as being green, like a green sap inside all of us. We are like trees, she says, and the Holy Spirit is the capacity for juiciness, greenness, and moistness.” He continues, “Hildegard teaches that the only sin in life is drying up. She wrote this to bishops and abbots, telling them they were drying up, and they should get outdoors more, doing whatever it takes to stay “wet and green and moist and juicy” – in other words, creative.”

Perhaps Hildegard has returned to Earth again as the passionate spirit in the young Swedish environmental activist, Greta Thunberg.

Drawing from phrases in Fox’s book, including some of Hildegard’s words, I created a visualization with guided imagery to help you wake up your greening power. I hope you enjoy it. Please share your experience in the comments below down where it says “Leave a Reply.”

Happy Spring Equinox!
May All Beings Passionately Love This Earth!

 

Visualization for Waking Up Your Greening Power

Settling in… and getting comfortable… breathing naturally… and allowing effortless relaxation to flow, from your head… down to your toes… and imagining yourself in a garden… walking along the path… hearing the bees buzzing… feeling the sunlight on your face… gazing at the beauty of earth’s greenings… and deeply inhaling the scent of all the flowers and herbs as you walk along… basil… calendula… lavender… oregano… purslane… parsley… nettle… rose… sage… thyme… spearmint… violet… yarrow… dandelion… rosemary… and wild strawberries… and tasting anything you like as you journey deeper into this green, alive garden… delighting in the honeybees on the flowers… attuning to the stones along the path… and finding a nice warm rock to sit down on to rest… with your back against a tree… feeling the support of the warm rock beneath you… and the strong tree behind you…

… and taking some time to settle in even more deeply… loving your body… loving life itself… opening spaces to experience the divine, the inner mystic… feeling nature’s aliveness and greening power… awakening your senses… rising from any lukewarmness to live with passion and with blood… praising existence… praising our glorious planet Earth… joining your praise with the praise from the whole of nature… the blowing wind, the mild, moist air, the exquisite greening of trees and grasses… finding your voice… your greening power… your juicy creativity… and hearing the universes vibrating with music and melody… feeling the sacredness of all beings… hearing the gifts of sun, moon, stars, and all the green things that grow on the earth… luminous and fiery… radiating life-light… the aroma of holy work… the blossoms flourishing with ripening fruits… the holy stones…

…. Falling in love with all of creation… getting juice from viriditas, the greening power, the life force… on fire with the living light… the taste of the wild… the music of the spheres… listening to nature… to the silence… and to what breaks the silence… the birds singing their unique songs… the squirrels dashing… the trees talking… and hearing the grasses growing… and the flowers exuding their colors and fragrances… the perfume of Spring on the breeze… and listening to the stones… and imagining a small being in your hands… a leaf, a stone, a feather, a flower, or an herb… holding it and asking it to tell you of its story… of its being… of its holy existence… and through it, inviting a mystical love of the cosmos… of the Earth… of all Earth’s creatures and beings… and letting this love wash over you… cleansing and exciting your soul… and returning to your day feeling relaxed and refreshed…