Gardening for me is more than just getting covered in dirt and strenuous exercise, it is a peaceful meditation. When you start to think about what makes up a garden; soil, water, plants, trees, bugs, animals and so on do you ever stop to think that they are all made from the same basic elements? To me it is mind blowing that humans are of the exact
same composition as that of a garden. It is also liberating to know that fact as well because once one becomes aware of the nature of one self and the relationship between all things an overwhelming satisfaction occurs.
I have been blessed with an opportunity to learn first hand the workings of a garden and am so thankful of my master teacher and Grandmother. Sometimes you must clear the decaying plants but that is only to make way for the coming birth of new life. It reminds me of the Buddhism concept of reincarnation.
If you are able to remove the perception of death and birth you realize that reality is actually free from this. Nature just happens of itself and is always changing. The decaying matter is not lost but transformed into nutrients for coming growth. Realize that you are no different from nature and everything is impermanent. Nothing is lost and creation is a continuing manifestation. There is nothing to be afraid of.
The beauty of a garden entrances me into another world, it fills my nostrils with waves of joy, it brings happiness to my eyes and love to my heart. I can connect through nature that is similar to a portal, a portal that takes me away to that special place, a place that is nowhere but also everywhere, or shall I say, nowhere that it is not. “As ye shall sow, so shall ye reap,” is a lovely metaphor to apply to not only gardening but life and the understanding that you have tools and energy that when directed and focused are returned in full.
Do your best and forget the rest.
What does one have to say to enable a recognition of understanding? Where most people would look is inside their brains to the infinitely complex network computer that looks like a molded jello sculpture. You could say that the brain is where the neurons are firing creating little spark gaps like mini lightning in your head and this is what creates our experience.
However, if you looked at how you started out at a microscopic level you would see that your heart was created first.
Also, the heart and the brain are both electromagnetic field generators but the heart is about 100 times stronger electrically and up to 5000 times stronger magnetically than the brain. Now this is important because those two fields are what make up this world we live in. Once we learn to understand the way nature has shown us we may break on through to the other side.
Our heart is a sensory organ receiving vibrations from our environment acting as a processor through which we experience and understand. Now it seems obvious that if we are surrounded by fear, anxiety, hate, and things of the like our hearts will represent a mirrored emotion. One could say this is a state of non harmony, like driving a car with one foot on the brake and one on the throttle, falling asleep with writers block in the parking lot of McDonalds.
Listen to your heart and create an environment in your life full of positive vibrations so you can keep zooming around and exploring with all your might. Raise your vibration by meditating, listening to your favorite music, dancing, singing, and cut out the crap that is poisoning you.
Its not about ‘being’ not ready or ‘acting’ not ready its about making the deliberate effort to structure your life for your greatness.
Nobody owes you anything do not expect favors or thanks, expect ingratitude, fill your own cup and nourish yourself.
Forget your unhappiness and try to create a little happiness for others. “When you are good to others, you are best to yourself.”
The ancient Egyptians and cultures of the past knew that the heart was the center of thoughts, feelings and emotions, and connection to the divine. The brain represents duality consciousness while the heart represents unity consciousness.
I encourage you to reach out and touch others, and, in turn, to allow yourself to be touched by the joys of life.
The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it – aliens.
Are you tired all the time? Are you lacking creativity? Are you having trouble staying focused? Do you want more love in your life? Are you fully expressing yourself through communication or is something holding you back? Are you searching for more wisdom or a greater connection with spirit? If you answered no to any of those then your not human and should be held captive in a zoo. However, if you happened to answer yes then I am pleased to say that you can be cured! Still confused? Let me just put it this way, begin meditating and make it a part of your daily routine. Meditation is a simple, yet powerful tool to develop the understanding that everything you need is already inside. Meditation is a way of balancing your energy body which is made up of 7 major chakras. How balanced your chakras are determines the level of success of your relationships, how much inner peace you enjoy, and how comfortable you feel in your own skin. These chakras or ‘wheels’ of energy are like energetic vortices that are the intersection point between physical matter and your consciousness. When you start to imagine that these whirling vortices are attracting and expressing vital energy you begin to feel more able to trust your chakra system. If you want to be the best version of yourself and develop not only your body, mind and intellect, but also your emotions and the nature of the world around you.
“From the navel of the Supreme Consciousness, lying in infinite water, arose a lotus with an infinite number of petals, lustrous like ten-million suns.”
SIVA PURANA, 1.2.34-36
1. Sit however you feel comfortable while maintaining straightness in your spine. Take 6-10 deep and slow breaths.
2. Bring your attention to the tips of your toes and visualize a warm glowing field surrounding them. Spend a few breaths here and slowly move that warm sensation to the rest of your foot and eventually up your leg focusing on each muscle independently.
3. As the warm energy creeps upwards notice how relaxed you feel all over. Once you are blanketed in this warm energy field visualize yourself on a beach watching the sunset and listening to the gentle rhythmic sound of the ocean. See yourself being care-free and thoughtless. Know that you are breathing in and know that you are breathing out. When you breath in you calm your body, and when you breath out you ease everything, let go.
4. Bask in this calm state for a few minutes each day until you are comfortable sitting for 15-30 min. When you wake is a perfect opportunity to tune yourself for the day so make it a habit of meditating right when you wake up. If your feeling sluggish at work or school in the afternoon take 5-10 minutes to meditate and re-charge yourself.
5. If there is not enough silence where you are you can choose to wear headphones and listen to meditation music or guided meditations which you can conveniently choose before hand the amount of time you are going to meditate. A few I would recommend is Kelly Howell or Abraham Hicks or Alan Watts but experiment for yourself. Also, when you have become more familiar with meditation try binaural beats it will blow your mind.
Now there are many additional tools that can be used in the practice of meditation such as; Affirmations or mantras which are short phrases or words that you repeat to yourself as a way of keeping your mind focused on a particular feeling or thought instead of trying to think of nothing which is often misunderstood. For example you could repeat, Ham-Sa (I am) in sanskrit or english over and over like the sound of the waves. You can also add candles, oils or incense to entice the senses and draw you into a deeper state of oneness. Crystals or gems act as amplifiers to your chakras and can greatly add to the experience. The food you eat also plays a roll in your energies I would recommend eating whole foods grown from the earth or seeing a holistic nutritionist. Yoga is a fantastic partner to meditation and great love is created between the two. Try to focus on becoming a better version of yourself and don’t get caught up in your head wondering if its doing anything, just enjoy yourself and the ride because the real art of meditation is non-meditation.
Where you from? I was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, and would like to take you on a short journey to a place that speaks to me and will be with me for the rest of my days. You know that feeling you get when you are in your hometown? Well, that feeling for me is an energy that reminds me of the Ancient Civilizations of our earth. Stonehenge is a great example that you know, and just like Stonehenge, the Kamui Mintara (Playground of the Gods) is a beautiful creation by Nuburi Toko and son, Shusei located on Mount Burnaby and this work of art is to commemorate the relationship of goodwill between Burnaby and sister city Kushiro, Japan.
The sculptures symbolize the story of Japans native peoples, the Ainu, and of the gods who came down to earth to give birth to them. They say that on earth the gods assume the shapes and spirit of animals such as the bear, owl, and orca. Who were these gods and where did they come from? That is for you to contemplate. There are also granite monuments oriented to earths 4 cardinal directions. After reading Graham Hancocks ‘Fingerprints of the Gods,’ I notice a lot of similarities between this site and numerous ancient sites around the globe such as, the concentrated attention of the heavenly bodies and their order. Why were they so concerned with the gods and the stars, what secrets do they hold?
The fact that these strange and magical sites exist and are backed up by oral tradition and scientific astronomy, mathematics, geometry, psychology, chemistry, and physics very clearly suggest their was an advanced ancient civilization who had intelligence beyond our understanding. Just watch any documentary by Graham Hancock or John Anthony West or take look at the Pyramids of Giza and expand your understanding of the wisdom and knowledge of the ancients.
“Happy the man, and happy he alone,
he who can call today his own:
he who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
When I get that new…I will be happy
When I get more… I will feel better
If it weren’t for this… I would be more grateful
Imagine when you were a child first discovering the wonders of the world. Playfully experimenting with anything and everything around you that you could get your dirty little hands on. Where nothing was ‘off-limits’ and the possibilities were immeasurable. But soon we drift away from our ‘fantasy’ world just like a leaf swiftly swooping in the breeze, detaching from its true home. Enculturation soon bogs us with thoughts like, ‘when I get a job’ and then ‘when I buy a house’ and then ‘when I get married’ and then ‘when I retire’ and then ‘WTF!’ Somehow we have missed the bus to a fulfilled life despite the fact that we took the bus everyday. Just which bus were you taking all those years? One someone told you to take? Or one YOU wanted to? Hear this, the earth is rotating approx. 1000mph, and moving around the sun at approx 66,666mph, while the solar system is moving like 420,000mph around the galactic core, and the galaxy moving through the universe like 2,237,000mph for a total of 2,724,666mph! Your body made of trillions of cells are whirling around trillions of stars at supersonic speeds and your thinking about bacon? Everything on the outside is just a blur so stop trying to hold on to it, look within yourself because everything you need is already inside. You can know it only when the mind is still. I am not the thinker in my head, I am the watcher. I realize that which truly matters is; beauty, love, creativity, joy, and peace all arise from beyond the mind.
When talking about Monkey’s what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Hollering, lanky, wild, entertaining, furry creatures is what most people would describe as a typical Monkey. However, I am not talking about ordinary jungle hopping, chest pounding Monkey’s, I am however going to explain the attributes and wisdom of another type of Monkey. One that I have been able to observe in extremely close contact day after day in many variations of environments and situations that have revealed the inner workings of the Monkey mind and heart. Her name is Monkey but her body is that of a Miniature Australian Shepherd. For quite some time she had no name, until one day while I was relaxing on the chesterfield probably reading some *non-sense* like ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle, when out of nowhere an explosion of fur erupted in my face and I was sucked into her vortex of love and playfulness and excitement instantly. Imagine the Tazmanian devil on crack and you would have about 1/5th of Monkeys energy. Now at this time I was hopeless to fight it and all I could do was ride this tsunami of energy. Among the chaos was where the name Monkey was born. It holds a cute, fun, unique and paradoxical attitude at its core like a sweet natural dynamic balance between opposites. There is much wisdom to be seen in Monkey and here are a few examples that us mere humans can try to understand:
1) Follows everything from the bottom of their heart
2) Loves others more than oneself
3) Appreciation of a prepared meal like its the last
4) Being aware of surroundings especially when in new territory
5) Take naps/breaks/meditate
6) Never pass on the opportunity for a joy-ride
7) Enjoyment of the wind in your face and nature under your toes
8) When family or friends arrive, always run to greet them with a smile and a wiggle
9) Run and romp daily
10) When its hot drink lots of water and relax under a shady tree
11) When you are happy dance and wiggle your entire body
14) Does not care about money