Today is not a day for Striving

Today is not a day for striving. I search within for the inspiration to work in or on my business but come up rather dry. The direction I am choosing is giving me cause to surrender and course correct in some uncertain way so that I may feel the wellspring of divine energy flowing freely. Clearly my true direction is not obvious to me. I step back and out of my own way so the obscure has room to become clarity within my open mind and willing heart.

Some days are not meant for striving, pushing upward and onward. Some days are designed for us to relax into the nothingness of the day. The sounds that surround me are many and yet few. It all depends upon where I place my attention.

So it is that I came here to simply write my thoughts as they slowly pass through my somewhat empty mind. I really do not mind an empty mind and I am not anxious to fill it up with nonsense nor self generated demands.

An Easy Mind has Room

A few lovely things surface such as the mantra for removing fear in an ancient language, which feels as familiar to me as the word “hello.” I let it swim through my mind: it leaves no ripples behind. My mind is like a calm, clear, mountain lake. Then a verse from the Bhagavad-Gita that I wrote in a recent post floats by slow and graceful “Lift up the self by the Self and don’t let the self droop down.” Deep within I feel my Self, peaceful and true and I agree to chill out on the notion I must accomplish some grand thing today. Today is not a day for striving.

Simple Life

How simple life is and can always be. There are days when I am filled with inspiration doing this and that with great energy and passion but today is not one of those days. The passion for life itself burns brightly yet the impulse of this day is nothing more than allowing myself to become more comfortable in my own skin while discovering greater reservoirs of inner peace.

So different is my current reality from days gone by. I love my memories as they keep me humble and out of judgment. I clearly remember days when I could not bear to be silent or still.  Any distraction would do regardless of consequences and there were many. It has been a long and winding road as the song goes yet as I become more of who I truly am I see a much straighter path. That is not to say I can see for miles and miles and no mystery will I encounter. Nay: on the contrary. I see the light yet within the brightness much of the mystery eludes me. I feel it stir awaiting my readiness before it presents itself. My current state of being is growing ever closer to what I have always been.

Choosing is Action

I am not without action. There is action in choosing the spiritual warriors retreat. Such stillness is a decision and so I move slowly through this day mindful of the potency that lies beyond my ability to know it and to see it. So here I am, here I rest and here I trust.

It is near 4:00 in the afternoon and it is the first time today that I am moved to express in a way that I can share with another. This sharing is about the beauty that resides in the day that asks us to stop striving and to simply be, to simply relax. Days such as these are filled with inspiration and illumination if we would honor the stillness enough to receive this offering. Today happens to be the Summer Solstice, a time of stillness. I am grateful to be aware of it and grateful to be in it.

And So It Is

To the best of our ability let’s honor days such as these whenever they present themselves and see them as potent times to connect with Source. It is a time of creating our reality powerfully in this quiet place of present time, the now. The old way of pushing past this auspicious time, seeing it as inconvenient simply perpetuates our lost connection with True Source and adds to our suffering.

This pause is not about being lazy or letting the world cave in around our ears. The more we begin to connect with discernment the more disclaimers of such a nature will be unnecessary. Still we are young in our growth as a whole being so I want to be clear and therefore make this distinction, so when the day comes that beacons you to be still for your own sake, the sake of your health and total wellness you will not dismiss it as an inconvenience. And if you are stuck in stagnation you will not see this as an excuse to remain there.

With that said I move once again to a quiet space until my spirit inspires me and my soul informs me to expand into the next moment.

May you be blessed in all ways always,

love, Astara

Inspirational Quotes and Verses

A few powerful thoughts:

Bhagavad Gita chapter 6 verse 5:

Lift up the self by the Self
and don’t let the self droop down,

For the Self is the self’s only friend
And the self is the Self’s only foe.

If you give that some thought through out the day you will command and direct your energy is the best possible way.

Invocation from the book of Runes:

God within me, God without,
How shall I ever be in doubt?
There is no place where I may go
And not there see God’s face,
not knowing I am God’s vision and God’s ears.
So through the harvest of my years
I am the Sower and the Sown,
God’s Self unfolding and God’s own.

A Beautiful reminder of our own divinity.

An Old French saying :

Pain is the craft entering the apprentice.

When embarking on something new whether it be a new way of thinking or a new skill, we all come to a place that feels painful.  At such a time if we were to remember this french saying we might lovingly embrace the magic of alchemy that is surely transpiring and simply continue to grow.

Sight and Seeing:

The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust

Lord, grant me weak eyes for things that are of no account and strong eyes for all Thy truth. ~ Soren Kierkegaard

No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities -always see them- for they are always there. ~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

May you be blessed in all ways always

love, Astara


Spoken Word, Creative Energy, Self-Discovery, Connection with Source

Distant Circles

It has taken me a long time to begin growing
Be patient for I am yet a bud unfolding
Reaching down to my depths
Releasing feelings kept in shadow
as I become less fearful and more honest.

Yes I am only human
what a pity to be burden with weakness
born to flesh and bone.

I want to fly, to soar like an eagle
taking in with deep devotion
the vast beauty surrounding me.

I want to glide on a current of air
to feel the wind in my face and my hair.
I want to soar without a care.

When in time I get to strange for you
I am already probably to strange for me

That means one thing

I need more space…..I will find new ground in Distant Circles.

Creative energy facilitates growth and understanding:

Creative writing is just one of many ways creative energy helps us tap into the flow of Source energy bringing understanding and insight. Tapping into creative energy reduces stress, awakens our spirit and stirs our soul from sleep. It carries us onward as we heal from the separation that causes us distress and dis-ease on so many levels.

“Distant Circles” flowed through me many years ago. It helped me understand the internal signals that occur during times of growth and recognize the necessity for healthy alone time to stretch, feel, express and evolve without interference from outside sources.

A Little Time To Yourself Is Healthy:

It is perfectly alright to secure some alone time when your energy is moving in ways you are not yet able to understand. State your needs to those closest to you in a manner that is kind so you may be heard. Honor yourself even if those around you are challenged to do so. It will be better for everyone concerned.

Experiencing growing pains is challenging in itself yet often becomes more difficult when we are surrounded by well meaning others needing us to explain ourselves when that is not yet possible. This is the time when we speak our truth and reply,” I am growing and need a little time alone.” It is equally difficult to stretch and grow when we are told to “snap out of it.” Maybe snapping out of “It” works for some and so be it. However, for many of us this is not a natural part of the process.

Are we willing to provide the nurturing and care our souls require so we may blossom in a way that is graceful and informative? Can we tap into the creative energy for the purpose of connecting with Source and discovering more about ourselves? Can we set our souls free and play as we grow? The time is upon us to do so. We have everything we need within us to make this part of our reality. Let the creative energy flow through you. Self-discovery, spiritual awakening and the awareness that you do indeed create your reality will be some of the rewards.


I no longer feel it a pity to be born human. It is a gift and a blessing. Until the words flowed through my pen I didn’t know I quietly carried the false belief that being human was an inborn weakness. The energy of this unconscious belief was a vibrational match for dissatisfaction other limitations to happiness. Once I became aware of this hidden force I consciously decided it was time to appreciate this Earth journey and began to cultivate inner strength and courage.

The flight of the eagle became my own spirit as I realized the limitations in my life were my own making. I see the vast beauty surrounding me. I am grateful.

Since then I have honored the signals for retreat even if it meant a 10 minute time out for a walk or to write in my journal. Rising early in the morning to ensure quiet alone time for yoga and meditation is a sweet way to remain connected to the flow of creative energy and True Source. Not all retreats require a week-end or a few weeks although I must say there is much benefit in extended periods of retreat time. Simply put, do not over look the small creative retreats that can occur at any time if you allow it. To wait until you can do an extended retreat can have you holding energy rather than expressing it creatively. Why wait? 🙂

It is my intention to encourage everyone to use the creative energy in whatever way feels best. We are able to receive heart felt guidance when we surrender to the flow of our creative spirit. Whether we are painting, singing, working on a car, coloring, knitting, writing a song or poetry or creating a meal, the love that flows with creative energy is undeniable. The flow often transcends our idea of time, so don’t entertain the illusion you have no time to play. Allow the creative juices to flow. It fills us with peace as we connect with True Source. We discover more about ourselves and how we are creating our reality every day, one day at a time.

Let yourself out to play in any creative way that makes your heart sing.
Become a conscious creator in your life.
Life is good 🙂

Love, Astara