Observation without judgement is the highest spiritual practice. – Krishnamurti
Have you seen, read, heard or experienced something you found extremely distasteful even disturbing? If you are like most of us humans it is not hard to find something that gets your ire rising whether it be from your own life, your past history or collective history. Who does not feel sad, angry or even vengeful over the many mistakes, murders and devastation from the past. I use to become so angry when I read about women’s history especially the witch hunts and witch burnings that killed over 5 million of us women that I felt revenge in my bones. A friend of mine suggested that perhaps there was something about those events that I did not understand or that having those feelings was a great opportunity to feel anger and then decide to heal anyway. This was a great opportunity to be love in the face of hate.
Powerful stuff and not what we always want to hear when we are entrenched in the ego sense of right or wrong. This sense of right or wrong of course is what often leads to the wars, murders and acts of revenge however big or small that have held humanity in the place of struggle and sorrow for thousands of years. As we move toward a new state of consciousness with the coming of 2012 can we decide to heal no matter what? Can we truly live in the place of heart consciousness?
I am not saying that we should allow anyone to take advantage of us or overpower us in anyway. We need boundaries, clarity and self-respect. In fact I have found when I am very rooted in my sense of self-love, heart-felt purpose and light-being that I do not need to be so protective of my boundaries as I am attracting those people with intentions and mindsets most like mine. This is about finding a place of love when it really is the last feeling in your heart.
So what to do when we feel anger, vengence or jealousy?
- Observe the feeling. Do not try to push it away. Be present to it.
- Identify it. Name it (anger, sadness, etc) and then take your breath to it or send light energy to it.
- See it as a judgement and know your mind is trying to understand but that there may be a deeper purpose, opportunity or lesson that you can not see at this point.
- Focus on what you do want. For example when I hear stories about women today or in the past being persecuted, I pray or ask for a world where we are all free and equal and safe. I try to feel that within me and ask that any part of me that feels persecuted be healed now.
- Practice Bhakti Yoga (devotion to the Divine). This could mean praying, chanting, being with great people, taking photos of beautiful things, walking in nature – anything that fills up the heart with love.
- Then let it go…Decide to heal now. Become a lover.
The whole world could be choked with thorns: a Lover’s heart will stay a rose garden. -Rumi
Wishing you all love and healing.
Fill up your heart and join us at Balanced Life Yoga Ajax for an afternoon of heartfelt practice with chanting goddess Brenda McMorrow.
Saturday, February 5, 2011 2-4pm
Join devotional chant artist Brenda McMorrow in this special workshop where we will explore the healing, sacred sounds of ancient mantra and the joyous singing of kirtan (a practice of devotional or Bhakti Yoga). A special focus will be put on how this powerful practice serves to remind, awaken and enliven the truth of Who We Are! Open to people interested in singing, meditation, yoga, sound healing and anyone wanting to try something heart-opening and new! No experience necessary! Brenda McMorrow shares her special brand of heart-opening Kirtan chant with people far and wide. Her highly anticipated 2′nd album of Devotional songs “Love Abounds” was released by White Swan Records (Deva Premal/MC Yogi) in September ‘10. Brenda calls beautiful Guelph, Ontario home. www.brendamcmorrow.com $30
A celebrated transformational leader and a leading pioneer in embodied spirituality and Yoga, Shasta has inspired hundreds of people through her breakthrough methods for awakening and empowering your inner voice and divine power. Director, founder and senior teacher with Balanced Life Yoga, she delivers public talks, seminars and trainings on evolution and empowerment. She draws on a wide variety of techniques including Yoga, Shamanis, meditation, energy healing, coaching and the Law of Attraction. She is especially appreciated for her passionate way of allowing individuals to make sense of their world and embodied, holistic means to become the change they wish to see.
As early as in her teenage years, Shasta embarked on her journey as a spiritual explorer which led her to India, where she studied yoga, meditation and energy healing. She has studied with many remarkable mentors and she has undergone thousands of hour’s intense practice of meditation and spiritual studies. Shasta has taken every opportunity to become adept in her field through her own practice as well as through extensive training in yoga, group dynamics, meditation and spiritual counselling.