Do you have a friend whose advice you trust implicitly? Are they on the physical or spiritual plane? For some, this friend may be what they call their guardian angel; for others, it may be God; for others still it may be a friend with whom they have almost a psychic link. Whichever meaning you give to “trusted friend and guide”, my hope today is that you may continue to be guided by their intuition, wisdom and love in everything you do! Enjoy my poem. Much love, Anita.
Angel by my Side
When I stop doing and sit quietly
just being, I feel you by my side
trusted friend and guide.
Towering over me
your wings enfolding me
in a loving embrace
as a parent to a child.
My scalp tickles at your touch
causing smiles of surrender
all over this body.
Such benevolence! Such grace!
Your breath pours over me
soothing my muscles
loosening my joints
quietening the mind
unlocking the soul.
May your light flow through me
sending healing to all.
Give me strength to work with you
in service to all.
Be by my side always
to catch me when I fall.
Don’t you just hate those times when you’re in a low mood and none of your usual strategies works (see my previous posts on distraction, gratitude, acts of kindness, meditation)! At times like these, I just allow myself to feel the emotions fully, knowing from experience that for me this low mood will pass tomorrow.
What a weird experience I had the other evening. Let me tell you about it. My husband had taken the dogs out for a walk, and I had gone out to meet them on their return. The mist had been gathering, but now it had transmogrified into an entirely different beast….. Continue reading →
Lately, I’ve been saying this affirmation/prayer before meditating. These 4 things (restlessness, delusion, judgement and impatience) are big old habits for me to relinquish if I’m ever to experience lasting true inner peace.
I hope you experience inner peace at some point today. Make the time….it’s worth it! Much love, Anita.😘
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. 😘🙏