Health is a common topic of conversation. People may focus on their emotional, physical or mental state of wellness or lack there of. For health and wholeness to be a reality we must pay attention to all parts of ourselves. This is easier than one might think. We have a whole day to tend to our whole being.
We do know change is upon us and many of us are making changes in our life on many levels. It is time to look a little deeper at who we are as a whole person, what makes us tick so to speak. Caring for ourselves from this whole view perspective, we will be able to rise to the occasion should change come unexpectedly or consciously create a successful plan for desired change. Gaining an understanding of ourselves as a whole being instills a knowing of what is good for us. This includes what we feed our bodies.
Here are some simple daily considerations to embrace that done over time will build momentum leading to an overall healthy lifestyle.
Practice meditation: Our emotional, mental and spiritual wellness will increase with as little as 3 minutes a day. Meditation has proven to increase the feel good part of the brain, just one of the many benefits. 3 minutes a day every day is far better than 10 minutes every once in a while.
Practice yoga or simple stretches: This simple daily commitment can be as little as 10 minutes a day. Yoga or simple stretching bridges the gap of separation we feel within ourselves. It calms, soothes and strengthens the nervous system and balances the immune system. You do not have to take a class to get started you simply have to begin stretching your body.
Take a walk: Get outdoors. Walk in the sun, the rain, under the stars or the moon. When we choose this simple pleasure for 10 minutes over television or snacking we begin to feel a deeper more connected sense of ourselves.
Alone time: We can get caught up in the hustle of everyday life fulfilling the needs of family members, work obligations and so on. 5 minutes a day to call your own will shift the way you feel. It can be spent with a good book, writing in your journal listening to music or, engaging in something creative.
Socialize: We are social beings and need to interact with other human beings. Computers are wonderful but they do not take the place of human interaction when it comes to total wellness. Alone time is necessary but isolation is detrimental to our overall health.
What feeds the spirit; our very soul is everything we do to care for our physical, mental and emotional self. We are whole and connected. It is time to consciously consider all parts of ourselves. Carving out small segments of time on a daily basis to care for our whole being will build momentum making total wellness a joyful reality.
love and light
It is amazing how fast time is flying. We are already in our first week of April. It brings to mind just how important it is to make the most of our days and nights. As we feel the increase of new energy we can make the most of it by simply devoting time on a daily basis to some very basic practices. Our bodies need to be cared for and that involves good nutrition and exercise. Our minds need to be cared for. It is essential that we continue to learn new things, venture out of our regular routine and see new things, read from a good book that inspires personal growth. Our spirit needs to be cared for. We can meditate in a variety of ways, implement fun, adventure and playtime into our world.
When we embrace self control we find ourselves creating from a very powerful place. Self control is not denial. It is knowing what makes our body/mind/spirit thrive and putting action to our knowing. As we enter the second quarter of the year 2013 take a moment to review your daily practices. What does it include? Be aware of whatever it is you do daily and then determine if it is really something that will serve you in the long run.
No doubt many people are waking up. Some are finding themselves rudely awakened. By that I mean the wake up call has arrived via some big attention getting scenario such as an illness. Don’t let this be your calling card to begin doing what you already know is best for you.
As time speeds up so does our manifesting ability. Be aware of what you are thinking and feeling. It is in our thinking and feeling that we are creating our reality. Look around at your day to day life. What is working and what is not working? Now check in with the way you think and feel for the most part in your day to day life. What is working and what is not working?
There is no better time then the present to set in motion positive change. In fact there is no other time but the present for us to begin making positive changes. If you have been sitting on the fence letting ideas float about in your mind the time is at hand to apply action. Without action to support our positive thinking very little will change.
This is your life. Make it the best life ever starting today. Share of your self, your talents, your resources, what ever they may be.
Bring a smile to your face and share that gift with those who cross your path.
Life can be both really good and very simple.
Here is to you living the best life ever ~ Starting right now
many blessings be yours
To release judgment frees our mind, to release emotions frees our Will.
an excerpt from “Conscious Mastery~ Freedom From the Inside Out”
Releasing is a process of freeing trapped energy. Trapped energy comes by many names such as blockage, old charge, old baggage, repressed emotions, shadows, inner demon, and so on. One of the by products of releasing trapped energy is the development of new perspectives and an expanded consciousness. Another benefit of releasing is renewed energy, patience, alignment with Source and true personal power, greater health, lighter attitude, and so much more. Emotion in its most natural state is energy in motion. Releasing pent up emotions can be done consciously yet often occurs when a person is triggered into a release via an experience. Conscious releasing begins with a desire for change. Recognition and acceptance of what has been denied sets the transformation into motion. It is a path that brings an end to suffering and confusion. It is a path that closes the gap between Source and ourselves. It closes the gap between who we think we are and who we truly are. A successful release brings light to truthful feelings as well as a new way of seeing and living life in physical reality. Energy is consciousness. Vibrations hold information. Releasing consciously as a means of transforming energy brings about healing and a movement toward wholeness. Many say this world is just an illusion. In many ways it is yet here we are walking, talking, eating, breathing, and relating in numerous ways both in this world and beyond.
So whether we think of life as an illusion or not I am learning how to be in the world but not of it. I find that to be an interesting and worthy journey. It is because I am “in this world” that I have found releasing old patterns, beliefs and pent up energy so important. It is in releasing all the dark and heavy invisible forces that I find myself experiencing more of the “ but not of it ” part of the statement which in turn makes being “in the world” so much more fun.
There comes a time when direct experience becomes the path and the answer. We can read and bring information into our mind, we can meditate and contemplate, all of which are valuable experiences unto themselves. Still, through it all it is our ability to experience what we feel that makes this Earth walk so fascinating and rewarding. Our emotions must be allowed to move, evolve and in so doing they bring greater awareness and true understanding, to the extent that we are open and ready to receive. The Will as much as the Spirit, must evolve. In these times of heightened awareness both are attempting alignment with Mother/Father God. When we are aligned, re-connected, with Source there is nothing about being in this world that doesn’t reflect our creator. A wise man once said “ Show me where God isn’t.” The birth of compassion tells us He is everywhere. Releasing that which blocks the light from illuminating our consciousness and blocks us from the truth is the path I share.
blessings love and liberation
Giving advice or guidance that is born of experience is likened to an explorer who found a way from here to there then created a road map for others. The road map would help those interested in venturing further into the great unknown.
Our consciousness is like a vast territory waiting to be discovered. The beauty of explorers who have gone before us is this:
They can share their experience from pitfalls to victories. Sharing from the heart of true experience provides plenty of gems to help us grow.
However, it is always up to us to identify what resonates true for us in the “now” because we may not be ready for some pearls of wisdom until much later or ever. When we choose to accept the love and wisdom, that currently rings true, into our heart we will discover a deeper sense of inner strength and courage supporting our growth. We find ourselves making healthy growth promoting decisions as we venture deeper within the vast expanse of our own consciousness. We will eventually come to discover our own inner healer.
Sometimes a teacher does nothing more than point the way.
The rest is up to us. One thing after another unfolds. We move forward, deeper, and truer with growing conviction to be all that we are and have always been. There comes a time when we come to see your own experiences for what they are, no more denial, no more pretending. When we are ready to explore this territory we can and will embrace the understanding that comes with it. These are the moments when we are giving ourselves the gift of transformation. Transforming our awareness, our energy fields and ourselves from a lower vibrational resonance to a higher vibration. Once the new higher frequency of energy stabilizes within us our outer world reflection begins to reveal a new form, a new shape.
If you are in a position to give advice, make certain you are open-hearted and kind whether or not others follow your guidance. There is no way for any one to know what is right for another or when they are ready.
Experience speaks volumes and it shows in the way we live our life, the way we handle unexpected situations, how we act during times of success and failure, the way we treat our body, the way we treat others and so on. True experience in the realm of spiritual growth shows itself in people. Be the wisdom you share. Be the love that you are. The transformation within is, in itself, the sharing of wisdom.
Information without transformation does little to create change:
It would be of little value to give great advice and not live it. That happens when we have not yet had real experience in the area where advise is given and not lived. Information without transformation does little to create the changes in life one so desires. We must feel, live, remain open, honest and experience transformation for change in life to be sustainable. Everyone’s journey is unique but that should not stop anyone from learning from others who have walked before us. Learning is the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, practice, or study. We must actualize knowledge so it grows to become a well spring of wisdom that guides our every thought, word and deed.
In our time we have lost the connection of wisdom sharing from our ancestors. We live in a time where many people are simply regurgitating what they have read. For our lives to reflect the love that we are, to live life whole, happy and free we must delve deeper. We must allow for the experience of growth to be felt, understood and integrated within ourselves and into our daily life. We must do what we feel is the right thing to do even if it is not popular with friends or family.
May this year of 2013 find you bold in your growth, in your ability to shine your light, share your talents, your love and your wisdom through your actions.
May this year resonate with peace throughout the world
It all begins with you and me.
love and peace, Astara
We are capable of more:
The body has wise counsel to give us if we would only still ourselves and listen. A mind filled with clutter and inner conflict makes inner listening very difficult and in some cases impossible. Repressed emotions add to this inner conflict and to a great degree are the very cause of it.
Sooner or later the physical body holds what the emotional body can no longer hold. Everything we ignore, attempt to suppress and successfully repress for a time, will eventually finds its way into the physical body. Symptoms provide clues to teach us the true cause for disease or injury.
If we would stop suppressing or ignoring the warnings or symptoms but instead began to listen and release the “cause,” disease would not come into full expression.
If it has already come into full expression then releasing the “cause” will bring about healing. Transformation and healing are one and the same. When we reclaim the power to transform our energy we heal ourselves. The agent of the healing is love, self-acceptance and a belief that all we need to heal ourselves is within us.
Find the wounded consciousness associated with the symptoms or break down of the body and you are well on your way to a life long intimate relationship with your inner healer and a healthy lifestyle.
Connect to the healing power within: Continue Reading »
The shift and subsequent awakening is upon us. The vast numbers of books available in the spiritual, self help, self empowerment, healing genre is telling us that people are seeking answers like never before. The amount of information, teachers, healers, self-proclaimed gurus, alternative therapies and so on is staggering.
The good news: There is definitely something for everyone. My word of caution lies in what people do or don’t do with the information they consume. Many people are gathering more and more information without taking the time to process it, use it, and actualize real change. Others are inspired by a certain healing technique or modality and with little to no time at all are calling themselves experts, gurus or healers.
If we have not attained some level of mastery of raising our consciousness with a willingness to self-correct and have self-control we probably won’t be very effective as a guru, teacher or expert. If we do not understand ourselves and our own energy enough to have experienced a sustainable degree of personal transformation, it is unlikely we will be effective as a teacher, guru or expert. By all means shine your light and continue to grow. The world needs more light and it is up to us to shine. There is an urgent need for us to use the tools and information we are bringing in. We must walk the talk, have the experiences that produce real change as well as have some degree of real success in the areas we proclaim to be experts. In short, share from a place of deep inner knowing. Do not ignore your own need for growth, understanding, and healing because the spiritual growth industry is now your career path.
To attempt to come from a place you have not yet attained, understood deeply or cultivated will lead to frustration and could prove to be a disappointment for others who might expect more from you than you can deliver. No one is beyond learning, no teacher, no self proclaimed guru of the modern age, no expert. The journey is truly on going. All I ask is this: Be honest with your skill set when dealing with other peoples lives. Embrace the responsibility with enthusiasm and an honest assessment of where you are.
Honesty is the best policy. Continue Reading »
Experience is the catalyst for real change. How you perceive your experience makes a difference.
The old becomes compost for the new in our life if we let go. If we hold on to the pain, the suffering, the anger, the fear it decays, putrefies and becomes the poison that makes us sick mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The dis-ease can take the form of depression, cruelty, illness, and weakness on all levels.
I am reminded of a time when I was just 19 years old. I had been involved in a horrific motorcycle accident a year earlier. I did have an awakening at that time about how I created this reality but I was too young and too wounded to make use of this profound information. Because of that I fell asleep again.
My experience of the accident and all that it tried to tell me became the poison in my life. My depression was deep, my thoughts dark, my will to live was very weak. I found an escape with drugs that created a whole new set of problems. I finally reached a point of no return. I had a choice. I could dig in and find out what was causing me to be so unhappy and care so little for my life or I could continue on in the same old way and live a very short life. I chose to find myself.
This was in the 70′s. The self help industry was nothing like it is today. What I did find was a book by Norman Vincent Peale, ” Power of Positive Thinking.” I also read Proverbs in the Bible repeatedly. These were the only two sources of information I had at the time but it was a start. Like so many things in life we simply have to begin. My journey was clumsy and unguided. I literally cried everyday for the first 2 years. I thought I was losing my mind. In some ways I did. Looking back on this now if I had had the tools made available to us today I could have saved myself a lot of pain, grief, and time.
Our journey in life is our own: Continue Reading »
I write FaceBook posts on my Conscious Mastery page. I put myself in it or should I say I allow what is in me to come out. I value my time and do not spend much of it on FB at any given login because I have many other interests and things to do. However, when I get an impulse to share I share from my heart in the hope it will meaningfully touch the heart of another with inspiration and love.
I read other peoples posts too. I came across one the other day that asked, ” Do you put thought into your FB posts.” I thought it was a good question and I could honestly say to myself, ” Yes I do.”
I see many wonderful posts on the pages that I have liked from my Conscious Mastery page. Sometimes I see posts that really tickle my funny bone and some that reflect the writers personal and unique perspectives of life and spiritual growth. Often I see the same quotes, common threads of thought coming up over and over. Some have a different picture or a slight variation but the essence of it is the same. We, the people learn through repetition so I take the repetitive posts in stride. The more we repeat a skill or ponder a thought the more we become it. Whatever thoughts and ideas we put out into cyber space or take in has an effect on us and others. Our thoughts have power, the spoken word has power, the thoughts and feelings we share in life and on the web have power too. It is wise to consider what we put out and take in from cyberspace. It is also wise to deepen the understanding of the wise and meaningful quotes and thoughts we read and share so we can make a real difference in our lives.
Time for Transformation:
The real purpose of sharing and taking in growth promoting information is to use it. Practical application of wise words on a daily basis is what will shift the vibrational message we send out into the world faster than simply reading them. When the vibrational message we send out into the world changes so does our life. The only downside of seeing the same quotes show up over and over again is if the message and meaning of the words are lost to the reader or the writer because it has not penetrated the heart and mind. It has been said before, there is a lot of information but very little transformation. I, for one, would like to see that change. Like anything else, it begins one person at a time. Let’s begin. Continue Reading »
Our True Nature:
Our true nature is peaceful and happy. When we resist our own nature we fall prey to anger, illness, depression and so on. I am writing this at a time that has me experiencing sadness and not sure what else but what I do know is that I am not feeling like myself.
This is a reminder, a call to my attention that I have over extended. I have gone beyond what constitutes balance for me pushing past my own nature. There are times in our lives when the circumstances life presents has us going beyond, over extending ourselves. The moment we recognize this we must be responsible, step back and regain our balance. This is a choice and a good one at that.
I am being given the opportunity to purify through my tears, revitalize through the choices I make at this time and be patient with myself until I regain balance. I must be patient with the circumstances at hand until this passage through the underworld is complete. This is a time to contemplate and with all that I know to be true, I embrace thoughts that will take me where I want to go. My desired destination: alignment with my own true nature and Source. Continue Reading »
“The bright luminous beings that we are need not tarnish first to become the shining beacon of love that we are. It just so happens that for many of us this is what has happened. However, the trend need not continue with the new beings coming and the young ones here. We must share with them what we have learned about love through our actions then our words will carry potency from and into the heart of truth. ” Astara
We are quite aware of how our childhood has affected our adulthood. Many of us have done and continue to do extensive work clearing limiting beliefs, releasing blockages, learning and expressing real forgiveness as opposed to lip service and getting to know our true self. Now we are parents, grandparents or caregivers. Some of you are thinking about becoming parents. It is most important that we are awake and conscious when dealing with children or grandchildren. The influence a parent has on a child is undeniable. Hug them daily and tell them you love them. My son is now 20 and we still give each other hugs and from the heart say ” I love You” whenever we see one another. We make time to spend together and I am so grateful for our relationship.
Children pick up more than you realize:
What children see and hear impacts them. If what they hear and what they see don’t match they become confused. If they ask candid questions and don’t get the truth (discernment is an integral part of conscious parenting) they will feel the discrepancy but not understand it. They may begin denying there own intuition, start doubting themselves breaking the natural connection they have with God within. They may begin a path that is similar saying one thing but doing another, communicating in a way that is less than honest. Continue Reading »