How many of us hear the call home? How many of us stop and listen, to hear if God is speaking to us in the silence, in the peace, in our growing intuition? Take a few moments now to read my beautiful poem, The Siren’s Call, which was published on the Women’s Spiritual Poetry blog. Click on the image below to read the poem (you can also watch and listen to the video version)! I hope you find your own “quiet beacon through the fog“. Blessings, Anita. ❤
Have you ever thought about light energy and how it is the basis of everything on Earth? All the great Masters knew this. Jesus was often quoted in the Gospels as saying: “If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Matthew 6: 22-23), referring to the practice of focusing on the spiritual eye in the forehead during meditation. Similarly, in the Hindu scripture, The Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna tells spiritual seeker Arjuna: “Out of compassion for them, I, who dwell within their hearts, destroy the darkness born of ignorance, with the luminous lamp of knowledge.”(Chapter 10: verse 11).
In ancient times, the importance of the sun to all aspects of life was reflected in its deification in the form of the sun god Ra. As Ra shares his universal light with us this summer, let’s follow his example and share our individualized light —our gifts, love, time, and so on — with others.
Summer is the perfect time to do this because it’s a time of plenty when the natural world offers infinite bounty: there are fruits ripening, vegetables ready to be harvested, warm sunshine raising our spirits. As we delight in this bounty, let’s remember the words of Christ and Krishna above, who showed us how to lead a better, kinder, and more spiritual life to bring us closer to God.
We can all do this by giving of ourselves to help others. We each possess a vast amount of inherent Divine light that can be readily augmented by tapping into our inner silence. As we do this, we strengthen our link with its Source. For me, this happens best when I connect with God during meditation. Once we rediscover this light through the process of awakening, we can then share it with others. Amazing!
Read the rest of the article here as featured on Best Self Magazine. Have a wonderful summer – and remember – share your light with others! It will benefit both them and you. Much love, Anita.🌞
What do female voices from around the globe think is the meaning of the Divine Goddess/Feminine? To find out, I recommend this wonderful book, Goddess: when she rules (Golden Dragonfly Press). Profits from the sale of the book will go to charities which promote education for women. I wrote the essay below as a contribution to the Goddess book. The editor, Catherine Schweig, also hosts a great blog site for those interested in spiritual poetry: Women’s Spiritual Poetry. Click on the image to read the article which was published in Mystic Living Today e-zine. It’s a bit longer than my usual posts, so you’ll need a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. Enjoy! Much love, Anita.🙏
What does a butterfly feel as its wings flutter open and shut, like an iridescent tiny camera taking freeze frames of the ever-changing scene all around? How does the unseen breeze feel as it holds this creature gently in its midst, instantaneously reacting to each movement of its tiny body? Continue reading
“The quieter you become,
the more you are able to hear.” – Rumi
Isn’t that so true! Certainly where meditation is concerned, when we still the breath through the practice of pranyama, the body and mind gradually become still. We find ourselves no longer enslaved to all the bodily sensations but can start to focus within. This turning inwards of the senses is called pratyahara and this practice allows us to be in the silence. As we sit in this silence, we can chant Om (or your preferred sacred words) inwardly or outwardly, almost like a foghorn sounding through the mist. Feel the vibration of the words in your head and concentrate on their meaning.
And we listen for a response. We may hear the noises of our body (pulse, heartrate and so on); we may hear one of the sounds associated with the chakras in the body (buzzing bee for root chakra, flute for sacral chakra, harp for solar plexus, bell for heart chakra, rushing water for throat and a conglomeration of all the sounds at the spiritual eye). You may hear static. Concentrate on whatever you hear. You may hear nothing (which in itself is great – no restless thoughts!). Don’t force it, just be in the stillness. Pray, chant an affirmation, or be silent. You will find an amazing sense of peace comes over you if you simply surrender to the quietness, to a state not of doing, but of simply being. For some people, this is a wonderful relaxation and de-stressing technique. For many others, it is in this peace and stillness that we connect with God / Source. And it is wonderful!
Recent studies have demonstrated the numerous physiological benefits of meditating (sitting in inner stillness), with spine erect to allow the life force to flow upwards in the body:
- brainwaves shift from beta (processing information and external stimuli) to alpha (relaxed state) so the nervous system can rest;
- relaxed muscles decrease tension headaches and other tension-related pain in the body;
- regular use can lead to a reduction in anxiety;
- increased peace and joy felt in meditation overspills into our relationships with others and improves our self-esteem and happiness.
The list is really endless. For more information, visit www.artofliving.org. Whatever you do today, try to find a few minutes to become quiet. Who knows what you will hear! Much love, Anita. 😘🙏