Offerings of devotion

“A leaf, a flower, a fruit, or even water, offered to me in devotion, I will accept as the loving gift of a dedicated heart.” 

These loving words were spoken by Lord Krishna to his devotee Arjuna in Chapter 9 of the Bhagavad Gita (the Hindu Bible if you like).  It was written centuries before the Christian Bible, and at a time of higher spiritual attunement to God.  The sentiments are clear:  if a person is sincerely seeking God, determinedly trying to be a better person each day, meditating regularly and deeply, this person need not offer gifts of material wealth to God. Rather, seekers are encouraged to offer up everything they think, do, say, eat, drink, see, touch and so on, even and especially the smallest thing, so that we realise that it is God Himself that is behind everything.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Sit in inner stillness.

“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.

Listen:

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!

Benefits:

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. 😘🙏

Being Lydia! fabulous review of Acts of Kindness from your Armchair.

What a lovely review of my book from the fabulous https://beinglydia.com. Why not check out her blogsite. It’s so uplifting!

“Acts Of Kindness from Your Armchair” (RAOK) by Anita Neilson is a very easy read. At the same time, it is full of practical and easy ways to show kindness to yourself and those around you.

Anita is writing for those of us who, like herself, are mostly housebound due to chronic illness. How can you feel kindness toward yourself when you are isolated and not feeling well? How can you reap the benefit of helping others to feel better about yourself if you aren’t able to get out amongst other people? This book shows you how through suggestions and practical applications.

Part one is dedicated to learning to be kind to yourself. Anita talks about …….”

Click on the link below to read the full review.  Thank you Lydia!

Book Review – “Acts Of Kindness From Your Armchair”