What a fun week this is turning out to be so far with the focus on Kindness, remembering acts of kindness, writing it in the community Alliances, and checking it off on a daily column.
My neighbors helped me solve a problem I was having with another neighbor
Writing words of encouragement for someone’s sick mother
Writing words of condolences and peace for someone who lost their mother
My sweet darling friend buying soup, flowers and chocolate for me when I was sick
Packing lunch for my son, when he told me he wasn’t able to pack enough to eat daily
Hiding notes of appreciation and affirmations for loved ones to find
Massaging my dog with loving kindness
Responding to other’s kind deeds with
I am a CSL Singer!
This was my first week at the Center for Spiritual Living where I stepped into the role of Vocal Lead, and did I ever feel Jazzed! I opened with a Yoruba welcoming song – Mamaliye, and invited the congregation to sing along with Enthusiasm! And what a rocking opening it was – they didn’t want to stop!
The night before, I had to create a program without the help of the reverend, who usually tells me what the talk is going to be about. The theme for this month is Awareness, and I had to come up with a good song to sing for the end of the program. I usually close my eyes and tap into Supreme Consciousness when I can’t think of anything. “Put music to the MKE affirmation!” was what I heard.
I am whole, I am perfect I am strong I am powerful I am loving I am harmonious And I am happy!
In studying a New Thought singer’s videos, I found that she used very simple melodies that people could quickly grab onto, and decided to do the same. This affirmation powerfully moved everyone into another dimension. Some members were standing up with their hands to the heavens as we sang, our full voices filling the air! After the program, the interim reverend came up to me and showed his appreciation. He asked me if I would lead workshops on spiritual music and meditation. I have also been approached by several members to do a CD recording of the affirming songs that I bring in. I am ecstatic to be serving in this new community!
Blessings on your week, and remember to show, see, and appreciate Kindness wherever you go!
It often takes several readings in order to deepen my understanding of Haanel’s writings. By the third time, when I start highlighting the main points, that is when I finally get it, and say to myself, “Aha!”
“In order to possess vitality, thought must be impregnated with love. Love is the product of the emotions. It is therefore essential that the emotions be controlled and guided by the intellect and reason.”
Law of Relaxation – only a calm mind can receive the channels of wisdom, intellect and reason.
“If we wish our ideal to be beautiful and strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, that they are put together carefully, because accuracy in the building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.”
“Words … they may contain all knowledge; in them we find the history of the past as well as the hope of the future; they are the living messengers from which every human and superhuman activity is born.”
Be careful with your words. My spiritual master said, “Think a thousand times before you speak.” Surely, we won’t think a thousand times, but the idea is to be very careful with your words. Use your intellect, reasoning and rational mind to convey your thoughts. And (Law of Substitution) change your thoughts before you speak your words. I practice this constantly. If I see my mind reacting, I keep my mouth closed, find a positive thought, and strive to speak only once I know that my words are going to be helpful.
“How shall we identify a vital thought? It must have principle… …there is principle in health, but none in disease; there is a principle of light, but none in darkness; there is a principle of abundance, but none in poverty.”
“…thought containing principle is vital and therefore contains life and consequently takes root, and eventually but surely and certainly displaces negative thoughts, which by their nature can contain no vitality….”
Thought must have vitality; must be alive! Think of a green plant, a flowing river, the red and orange sun! Thought must have prana – the life force! And what a great practice we are doing now combining the words, thoughts and actions through our Gratitude Flash Cards, and Franklin Makeover!
“Insight is the faculty of the mind whereby we are enabled to examine facts and conditions at long range; it enables us to understand difficulties as well as possibilities.”
“Insight enables us to be prepared for the obstacles which we shall meet.”
“Insight is a product of the world within and is developed in the Silence by concentration…”
This all ties in neatly. Meditation and contemplation help to relax our mind, use our imagination, and to develop our “Insight” or “Intuition”. Tantra Yoga talks about the different layers of the mind, the highest being the Supra Conscious layer of the mind. It is the layer of intuition, of creativity, and invokes the feeling of being one with Supreme Consciousness. Musicians often times go into this realm of consciousness while performing, which stimulates the pineal gland to release “happy hormones”. A regular practice of meditation in a rotation of 12 hours (twice a day) helps to keep ones mind in that relaxed state, or spiritual flow. I see how the practices of the MKE in a rotation of 3 plus times a day has its value in comparison, and though it is a personal challenge for me to make it a habit, I appreciate it greatly!
The New Year flew in with Abundance, and I met it with Gratitude. There was Harmony all around me, and I was in the flow of Giving, which brought great Insight!
I have been asked to be the weekly Vocal Lead at the Center for Spiritual Living in Tacoma – a New Thought, Science of the Mind center! The reverend also booked me for several concerts in the city throughout the year. Hello 2018!
For New Year’s Day, I was called upon to lead the kiirtans (spiritual chants) at the Ananda Marga spiritual gathering in Puyallap. At first, I was compelled to decline, as I had too many commitments that weekend, and foresaw myself being exhausted. Well, during the MKE webinar, I received the 3rd text, begging me to come and lead the kiirtans, just as Mark J. was encouraging us to dive into our Personal Pivotal Needs. Mine are Spiritual Growth and Helping Others – how could I not lead the kiirtans for the community?! So I decided that I could catch up on my sleep during the week, and forged ahead.
There at the gathering, I was put in charge of orienting a new visitor to our Dharma Chakra – Wheel of Dharma practice. She was a recovering addict who had dabbled in meditation before, and shared with me that she always felt better when she had a spiritual practice. I closed my eyes, and tuned into the Divine Mind before talking with her. Suddenly, the Words began to flow out of me, as if someone else was speaking for me. I felt an incredible surge of spiritual energy while engaging with this woman. Tears trickled down her face as I spoke, and she apologized for being emotional. I mentally and emotionally held her throughout our Dharma Chakra, which including dancing and singing a spiritual chant for one and a half hours, and doing meditation. I felt a deep connection with her, as if I had known her for several lifetimes, and a sisterhood was planted.
So, I listened to Mark, to the Divine call to follow my Bliss, I’m in the Flow, let my Compass be the Guide.
Blessed New Year, and Sweet Love to you all!
Song of the week: Harvest for the World, The Isley Brothers
Our assignment for this week was to watch one or more inspirational films from a given list. I had already seen Coco, which wasn’t on the list, and really should have been, so I chose Cool Runnings. My son and his friend had watched this movie several times, and I wanted to understand why it was a favorite of theirs.
The story centers around three Jamaican runners vying for the Olympics, and don’t make it in, due to the mistake of one of the runners. The lead character is determined to get into the Olympics, as his father was a sprinter before him. He comes up with the idea to form a bobsled team when he hears that a friend of his father’s, an Olympic bobsledder believed that sprinters would make the best bobsledders. He seeks out this man, and asks him to coach his team.
Watch these guys move!
The Four Point Formula
Definite Major Purpose: The DMP in this case was the young man wanting to be in the Olympics, no matter what. He was going to do it via bobsledding, even though he knew nothing about it, and lived on a tropical island!
Plan of Action: How did they achieve their goal? Training however they could, on the dusty roads of Jamaica, using the 5 Ps – Perfect Practice Prevents Poor Performance. Raising money, they got to the Olympics. They acquired a training sled, trained in the cold winter of Canada, did it “their way”, and crossed the finish line!
Master Mind Alliances: They master minded with the coach, their own team members, and the coach’s friends in Canada who helped them along the way.
Positive Mental Attitude: Several moments stood out to me in this regard.
The rich kid (Junior) encourages Yule Brenner to follow his dreams after he is ridiculed by another team member.
In one scene, Yule is telling Junior to toughen up by using the “man in the mirror”, and this affirmation: “Take a deep look inside. What do you see? Pride, power, a bad ass mother who don’t take no crap off of nobody. What do you see?” He makes him say it over and over again, and Junior gains strength from it.
The coach tells them at one point “If you are not enough with winning the gold, you won’t be enough not winning it. Be who you are. Be enough now.”
They call themselves “Cool Runnings” which means “Peace be the Journey”.
The team succeeded only when they realized that they had to be their true, authentic selves as Jamaicans.
Even though they crashed terribly, and were injured, the team was determined, and walked across the finish line. Though they didn’t win, they finished.
My takeaway: It’s not about winning, it’s about being authentic, being enough, being your best and truest self, following your dream and putting everything into it, regardless of the outcome, and holding on with firm determination!
A sweet moment in my week. I spent over 5 hours making different kinds of tamales from scratch for the holiday dinner with the help of my gorgeous and awesome son! I always feel the presence of my mama, my abuelita and my indigenous ancestors in the process of making the sauce, the masa, the filling; and steaming the tamales. The best part is the dark, rich flavor of the sauce and the sweet taste of corn in your mouth.
What did I accomplish off my DMP? I held my goals in my mind. I had two great master minding sessions with my colleagues, and came away with some sweet gems – do my best for me, scale down my goals so that I am able to realistically accomplish them, be grateful for the things I do, and find a photographer to do a “glam shoot” (thanks Bobbi!).
I have been enjoying writing and using the flash cards, bathing in a sea of gratitude and positivity this week, and looking for the Harmony in everything!
Bright Beginnings, and a Very Happy New Year to All!
What a statement! I have been reading this 3 times a day for almost one month now, and can feel it vibrating in my heart chakra. I persist until I succeed! For me, it is about self-confidence, mastering my emotions, serving and giving to others, breaking through the barriers of my mind, and replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. I persist until I succeed!
This weeks webinar on the MKE was pow-er-ful! We are moving from several weeks of developing our inner selves with some of the most profound, external exercises, to executing the practices in our practical world of business. I especially enjoyed the NARC process of “Gestalting” emotions, and using the Law of Dual Thought: “We can attach any feeling to a thought we want” in order to trick your mind into doing things that you don’t want to do, such as calling contacts for business. Yes, I am that person. I will do everything throughout the day to feed my endorphins and keep my brain in that happy space. Calling people and saying, “Oh, I am so and so, the great singer, and you need me for your next occasion!” is painful and humiliating for me. So, Mark has just given us a beautiful tool called NARC – Neurological Associative Reactive Conditioning, a “Gestalt therapy” hack, if you will. Exaggerate and amplify your negative feelings, dramatize them by throwing away your written life dreams before making your calls. Then, make your calls, and reward yourself with a positive image, or a tangible talisman from the past with feeling. Hmm… This lovely photo of my abuelita and I when I was 4 years old is just the right thing!
My abuelita came from Mexico every year to take care of us. She woke me up early to make tamales with her, forced me (with love) to learn to speak Spanish, and carried me into a wild world of fantasy. Once, my abuelita lit a candle and led me into the closet, where she had brought a special box. Sitting in the glow of the candle, she opened it up and said, “We came from gypsies, and these are the trinkets and scarves that were stolen from the rich!” In the candlelight, I could see the shiny objects and silky scarves. I looked into her fiery brown eyes, and asked, “Really Abuelita?!” “Yes!” she said emphatically, “We lived in a caravan with wagons and horses, stopping on the roadside to make our camp.” The stories would go on and on, and I in my naiveté, would believe every single word!
I adored my abuelita – she could do not wrong. I recently purchased the most wonderful wild rose butter from the Native American longhouse near my home. The sweet scent of roses reminds me of my abuelita’s smell, and that it came from the Native American center is another reminder. Abuelita’s photo and the rose butter are the perfect combinations for my most pleasurable experience!
I had a setback this week, where I could not rein in my emotions during a very strong reaction to someone’s words and a negative image that enveloped my mind. I really beat myself up for that, as I thought I had gone beyond that. But the jewel that came out of it was that I was able to pull myself back in after several minutes, and working hard to pulling all of the tricks out of my hat. I apologized, and asked for forgiveness. It scared me to see my mind and body take over. But, what a win that I was able to take back control after such a short time. Yes. That was a win for me, not to hold the negativity and allow it to color my mind for more than a few minutes. I persist, and I succeed!
This has been a magical MKE week for me! Let’s start with the movie “Coco”. I am Mexican-American, and a musician, so this movie spoke to my soul. I had heard several of my friends say that it was authentic and true to our culture, and I also found it to be so. What spoke to me about the movie was the firm determination of Miguel to become a musician, against all odds. His family was against music, yet he created a space where he could practice and study in secret. His passion and “I will persist until I succeed” attitude helped him achieve his goal against all obstacles. If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend it. The music, colors and flavors of Mexico were almost tangible.
“You must first have the
Knowledge of your power
The courage to dare
The faith to do”.
Have the knowledge of your power – know the ledge of your power.
“I am powerful!”
The courage to dare – “coragem” in Portuguese. The image of the courageous lion.
Where in your body does courage rise from? Your heart? How do you develop courage?
Faith: complete trust or confidence in something or someone; strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
I have the faith to “do”.
While at the gym one day, I was listening to the recordings of my Definite Major Purpose, Plan of Action, and Laws of the Mind. While listening, I noted the shapes in the room as they correlated to my DMP. As I listened to the Laws of the Mind, I began to realize a few things a little deeper…
Law of Substitution – “We cannot think of two things at one time. If a negative thought enters your mind, think about God instead…” So, what do I think of instead? I have the perfect image of my spiritual master in my crown chakra, moon face, bald head, thick black glasses, pursed smile, infinite and all knowing tender gaze… this is the sweetest image to replace any negative thought!
Law of Relaxation – “Mental effort defeats itself.” The light finally came on for me around this. If you are thinking of something negative; if you are angry or irritated, you cannot relax your mind. If you are non-forgiving, you cannot relax your mind. “Relaxation of thought is the only access to Infinite Intelligence”. Do you want to access it? Try a little exercise. When someone is talking to you, and you want to react; to speak, to give an opinion, try relaxing your mind instead. I imagine my brain as an oval sphere inside of my head, and it is sinking in, relaxing. I can repeat to myself, “Relax, relax, relax my mind”. Thus, you are doing several things: using the Law of Substitution by replacing a thought; using the Law of Dual Thought by attaching a new feeling; using the Law of Growth by growing your garden of relaxation in your beautiful brain; and using the Mental Diet by substituting positive thoughts for negative ones.
I was able to use the power of my mind to not react to negativity this week, while having a conversation with someone who has a habit of projecting negativity onto me – images and words that do not serve me. The old me would have internalized those words, and painted my mind with the negative colors – holding them for hours, if not days. My mother was a psychotherapist, and gave me many tools to carry with me throughout life. One of them was to use a mental shield when others are trying to harm you with words. She called it the “Teflon Shield” (I still laugh at this!)
While living in the mountains of North Carolina, a pre-teen girl, Amora came to my yoga camp one summer. On a walk by the river, she shared with me that her father belittled her often. In that moment, I remembered Mama’s Teflon Shield, and encouraged her to create a mental shield around her when her papa began to criticize her. I took a moment to help her visualize it, “What color is it? What does it look like?” “It’s a wall of flowers!” She said. “Good! Every time your papa starts to say something negative to you, you put up that shield of flowers, and repeat the mantra ‘**Baba Nam Kevalam’, and feel the love surround you.” The next day, Amora came to me, very excited and told me that she had used the shield when her papa was shouting at her, and that it worked!
In the same moment that this person was trying to project his negative blueprint onto me, I created a beautiful, translucent shield of flowers as a barrier between myself, and his words. I saw the most beautiful colors, and was fascinated by the bubble. How funny now, looking back at this. The poor guy didn’t stand a chance with me in my flower la la land!
Hanukkah is upon us this week, a time to reflect on miracles, on God’s love and omniscience, a time to kindle our inner light. I am happy for, nay I live for these rituals, these connections to others, these prayers and reverent moments in time. I leave you with one of my favorite Hanukkah prayers:
I am sick today as I write this, and have had to modify my week. After slacking off last week, I was determined to start anew, and have been doing much better. One day at a time.
My mama’s birthday was on the 4th, and it colored the events of the week. On Saturday, I attended a marvelous event at the Evergreen College, about 5 minutes from my house. It was the much awaited documentary on the life of Dolores Huerta. She would make a great MM leader, I thought, as I watched her firm determination, focus and will. She had 11 children, and no husband; and spent her life fighting for farm workers’ rights in unconventional ways. One of my favorite moments from the movie was when she spoke of sending a group of grandmothers to a political leader’s office with their knitting. “You are going to sit there knitting until you get an answer from this leader”. The idea was that they were not going to move until their need was met.
Dolores was the one who coined the phrase, “Si se puede” or “Yes, we can!” She was the other wing of the movement – the woman who “got things done”, the co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, and the only woman on the board! It took me watching this film to even understand the depth of the work, intelligence, and drive Dolores Huerta has. She is still helping young women nationwide today.
I also saw an amazing female artist in concert this week – award winning clarinetist, Anat Cohen. With a stellar tentet of New York’s finest musicians, her music was one long stream of fascinating experiences in Klesmer, rock, jazz, Brazilian and more. As I watched her, I reflected on the 7 Laws of the Mind, particularly The Law of Practice. How many hours of practice had she put in to get to where she is today? And The Law of Dual Thought and Subconscious – she sees something she wants to manifest, and keeps it in her mind until her subconscious makes it so. This is how she achieved greatness. It doesn’t hurt that she’s adorable and charming – the Mental Diet perhaps?
These experiences tied in neatly with the advent of my mother’s birthday. My (Chicana) mama was a labor union leader and civil rights activist in the 60s and 70s. She and my grandmother were involved with the United Farm Workers Movement at the time, and helped with integration in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was also a classical pianist, and as a Jewish woman, would have felt connected to Anat, her music and impish spirit! No coincidences in life, only incidences..
I would really love to go to the MK Retreat in Kauai this June. I know it will help me advance in my goal to build self-confidence and eliminate fear in my life. I am manifesting confidence that I can do this, and still have enough income to sustain myself, and take another important trip in December.
The new reading is just what I needed this week. I have needed to feel motivated about moving forward. I am writing my OATS down (thanks Dan), and chipping away at my list. I like the image of taking small bites at a time, rather than getting overwhelmed with the big picture – tapas!
I am about to take a big leap into a new paradigm, and need all the strength I can muster to do so. This week’s read comes at the right time, and is in alignment with my universe. Watching the webinar helped me get inspired again to “do my best” and not beat myself up for moving forward and backwards. It takes a lot of work to create new mental tapes – like gestating a baby. Be kind to yourselves folks, and remember how to walk like a baby again!
Be sure to click on the inspirational music link below!
I have been feeling the effects of eating turkey all week, and I’m a vegetarian! This means: I have been slacking off, and enjoying the holiday flow. Yes, enjoying it! I am keeping up with some of the reading, and put great effort into recording and editing the 7 Laws of the Mind, but I took a break from intensely pouring myself into the MKE practices this week.
So, my enjoyment. My oldest son was home for the holidays, and we schmoozed for 3 whole days! He is brilliant, handsome, intuitive and spiritual. I shared with him what I am doing in the MKE, and he told me of his newfound love for Zen meditation. He even gave me a little tip on what to do when you feel anxious. “Just observe your thoughts instead of getting into your emotions, notice them passing by”. Schmoozing with him brings me great joy! And I cooked for him – incredibly delicious things to feed his taste buds and soul.
I also went to Seattle over the weekend, and spent quality time with a good friend. We enjoyed a concert of lively Bluegrass music, took a walk in the artsy Georgetown District, lunched at a Jewish deli, and had one of the best sandwiches and rugelachs I have ever tasted, sang a few hours of karaoke with great abandon, and went shopping for lighting at IKEA – joy of joys!
I spent more time focusing on my Spiritual Growth by singing kiirtan and meditating, which helps to ground me, and refills my spiritual reservoir. I also spent an evening at the Chabad center, meeting new people, and emerging my understanding of classical Judaic teachings and Jewish mysticism.
Today is Wednesday, and I am newly committed to getting back on the MKE bus, and so far, I have had a perfect day. I believe this has been a good week to review how much I have retained. As a former Waldorf teacher, I put much value in taking breaks from study and practices. When you can “sleep” on something, it allows your brain time to rest and to deepen teachings.
This week, I chose to record the 7 Laws of the Mind to the background music of Clair de Lune, and Gymnopédie No.1 – two of my mother’s favorite pieces to play on the piano. I remember her, playing on the other side of the wall to our room as a child. Three girls in one room, I on the top bunk, listening to mama play, as we drifted off to sleep. Every single night. This is where I got my passion for music.
Mama’s birthday is coming up – December 4th. She is my go to when I look for strength and courage – a very good marker for positive thoughts to replace negative ones. And the music brings me back every time. What a lovely tool you have given us to explore this week Mark J.
The Seven Laws speak deeply to my soul, and hearing my voice speak them behind the music is illuminating. Such beauty and depth in these laws :
LAW OF SUBSTITUTION
We cannot think about 2 things at the same time. If a negative thought enters your mind – try to think about Source/Universe/Higher Power/God instead. If that is too big a reach at the time, use any fond memory or other pleasant thought.
LAW OF RELAXATION
Mental effort defeats itself – It’s the exact opposite of physical effort. A relaxed, calm state of mind is the only doorway to mental progress. Relaxation of thought is the only access to Infinite Intelligence.
LAW OF PRACTICE
Practice makes perfect. The 5Ps – Perfect Practice Prevents Poor Performance. Our bewilderment of magnificence in others, upon further inspection we find is really just practice. With practice of the correct things, we improve on the other 6 Laws of the mind.
LAW OF FORGIVENESS
To access the Divine and connect the subconscious to the Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent Creator we must forgive everyone and anyone to clear the channel. There can be no connection to the Divine mind where anger or resentment against a brother or sister justified or not, exists.
LAW OF DUAL THOUGHT
Thought is a combination of ideation and feeling. We can attach any feeling to a thought we want.
LAW OF SUBCONSCIOUS
As soon as the subconscious accepts an idea it becomes a demand and it works constantly, 24-7, to manifest that demand – accessing a reservoir of infinite resources.
LAW OF GROWTH
Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies.
Love is still flowing, and I am still remembering to love everyone that I meet. This practice is helping to smooth out some of the rough edges in my day to day life. I can love and forgive those who are in pain; who are not aware. And I have added the practice of speaking to their higher self. When we cannot reach others on this earthly plane, we can do so in the spiritual realm. And love of family, and those closest to us, especially during the beginning of the holidays, a very sweet time to be reminded to keep the river of love at the surface of our hearts.
This is the first real “Sit” that I have done. I have a long standing daily practice of singing kiirtan and meditation, and have used the MK exercises to enhance my own practices. Yes, flowers… I can visualize that! It’s nearly December, and the Christmas Cactus are in bloom. Magical, bright, colorful, pink flowers that open to my soul – the Mexican connection to mama, abuelita, and my friends around the world. In my mind’s eye, I can watch these flowers as they grow. This “Sit” is particularly tangible, relatable and enjoyable.
Master Minds! I enjoyed my first session with my MM friends. We talked about our struggles with certain things, and our successes. Mostly, we made a pact to support one another. We feel like having an MM friend is a step in the right direction, as we are in the same program, and can understand the speak-ease, and truly work towards the common good of one another. I look forward to exploring this part of the program.
Another great week of stretching, learning, clashing, loving and growing. Most grateful to be on this journey with you all!
This week, I was put to the test when my friend left town for several days, and I had to face the girl in the mirror. I have struggled with trust for most of my adult life, living in fear of separation. I told myself that I was going to be fine this time – no anxiety, fear or mistrust. I am shifting the blueprint to learn how to trust again.
I have had painful experiences in the past, including abuse, infidelity, and abandonment, which taught me to mistrust others. Well, now with the new blueprint builder, I am building self-confidence and self-reliance. “People believe in me because I believe in myself and in them.” Wow! Yes, I am living in trust this week, self-trust. I also made a little index card to help shift my thinking, which I read a few times each day, stating that I am secure, anchored and calm, and even experience joy when faced with separation. My friend teased me, “Well, don’t get too comfortable not thinking of me. It’s good if you miss me a little bit!”
On one of those days, I felt my anxiety building for several hours, and used my tools of thought transformation, including a mantra that I was taught years ago, that means “God is everything, and nothing more than that.” I also chose to focus on the positive images and not the negative things. Great job Anjali, you did it!
And interestingly enough, on the same day that I was feeling a psychic disconnect in the lack of communication, working so hard to transform my thoughts, the car door hit me in the head, and damn! So much pain! I cussed, and felt into the pain, and allowed myself to cry. Karma. I was working so hard to shift, shift, shift thought, that the Universe said, “No honey, you have got to feel that pain!” Feel the pain of separation, of abandonment. I allowed myself to do so, because I am a human being, striving towards perfection. And then, I was back on track again, working the program, shifting thought, finding joy, focusing on the beautiful things this friend and I had shared. And, magic! My mind was clear again! I was able to keep the higher feelings, and poof, my anxiety was gone!
Here is a beautiful reminder from this week’s webinar of how we reach our goals:
What do I gleam from this week’s lessons? “Seeing love”, and “being love” is still living inside of me. Shifting fear, transforming it into power. “Concentrate on the things that you want, not on the things you do not want.” Bringing love to chaos in the most difficult situations. Listening, and not giving opinions. Work the methods chica!
Something new? Creating the movie poster has enabled me to sharpen my mind, and get clear. What are my goals? Whittle them down.
Spiritual Growth, Red Circle: finishing strong in the MKE, 2018, kiirtan and meditation 30 minutes per day.
Helping Others, Yellow Square: the most difficult one to pin down in a tangible, measurable way. In my doing kiirtan and meditation daily, I am helping others spiritually, transforming negative energy into positive. And then, this spirit force moves with me throughout the day. Everyone I meet, is consciously being transmitted with love and well-being. I am in the flow! So, a tangible act of helping others? Holding a women’s workshop in 2018.
Health Goals, Green Triangle: Losing 10 more pounds through Bright Line Eating. I worked hard to lose 60 pounds over 2 years, and would like to finish with 10 more.
Music Career, Blue Rectangle: Earn $3,000 per month through performances and CD sales. Not a lot, but significant for me. Also, finishing all of the things needed for my website in order to generate more work.
A tender moment this week, where I was able to hold space for a friend who was in their emotions. I did not react, but breathed into my belly, and tried to be present for my friend to go through their feelings. Anger turned to tears, and I thanked my friend for being vulnerable with me. I was able to be the sun shining down, and the reflective moon. And gratitude was expressed for being real with one another. I feel victorious when I can be present, and not react.
And music work? This Monday was one of the best concerts of the year at Rhythm and Rye, Olympia. I was relaxed, confident, and full of joy! I took the stage, and owned it. Fear was not allowed in my space. And the audience responded in kind. They clapped for the song interpretations after I sang (before the instrumental solos.) This was a first for me, and at first, I didn’t “trust” it. “Why are they clapping – is it just out of courtesy? Then, I realized that I was touching them; that my feelings were being transmitted to them, and it felt great! The next day, I felt the power of what had happened that evening. I have re-owned my place in the world as a performer. I had left it behind several years ago to raise my children, and have only been back at it for 2 years. I am self-confident and becoming self-reliant.