Did You Know?

Did you know that you cannot breathe deeply and softly, expanding through your torso, and still hold on to resistance?

Just a thought…

Breathe

Stop for just a moment.

Soften your jaw and face.

Softly bring your lips together and feel your breath in your nostrils.

Keep your nose soft.

Now slowly close your eyes and just breathe for a few moments.

You are loved.

Pearl Harbor

My mother could see the channel leading into Pearl Harbor from her house on Hickman AFB, Hawaii December 7, 1941. She was pregnant with her first child (not me) and my father was state-side. The US planes had been ferried to California for maintenance, which is why we had as large a presence in the Pacific after the attack as we had. She watched the ships trying to clear the channel to open water to avoid being sunk in the harbor. She saw one get hit before that was possible. As she stool there stunned and watched men begin jumping into burning water, her neighbor, a military nurse, pulled her inside and told her to turn her radio on for evacuation instructions. Can you even imagine how terrified that young woman from Ely,Nevada was? They could see the Japanese pilots as they made bomb runs. Others later reported that they could see their faces when they dropped low enough to strafe the buildings.

My mother, along with the other women and children at Hickam, were bused up to Tripler Army Hospital in case of a second attack. As they drove past the barracks on Hickam, they saw medics tending to wounded men being brought out. She said the lawn was covered with the wounded and she could see the marks on the walls and the broken windows. The planes had flown low enough to use their guns on specific buildings.

Traditionally, those holes remain on the sides of those buildings as a reminder of that day.

My father and the other pilots returned to Hawaii shortly after the attack. My parents were grateful for a brief time together before Mom was sent home and Dad deployed to serve in the Pacific theater. He returned safely almost four years later.

God bless our military and their families. Thank you for serving. It isn’t enough but Thank You.

Today’s Creation

What would you like your day to look and feel like? Tonight, when you look back over this day, how do you want to feel? Take a few moments this morning to think about this. Visualize your day. If you are very detail-oriented, then be specific as you visualize. If you get hung up on details, go for a more general look ahead. How do you want to feel rather than what do you want to accomplish.

Once you have a feel for your true desire as this day unfolds, form an intention that supports that desire. For example, if there is much to do and you have created a list, your intention might be “I accomplish these tasks efficiently and I have fun doing it. I enjoy the people I meet along the way.” For those with a more general idea of the day, your intention might be “I live in peace with myself and others.”

May you be abundantly blessed as this day unfolds for you are eternally and unconditionally loved. You are love manifestin in the world. Namaste.

Conscious Creation

Whether by default or conscious intention, I am creating my personal reality.

This is a lot to take in. It isn’t about controlling circumstances or other people. It is about being aware and present in my own life. It is about clarity of mind and heart. It is about being true to my Self, my Soul.

I begin every day by sitting quietly for a few moments and then writing down a one or two sentence intention. My intention this morning is

I consciously create my personal reality with love and compassion for myself and others.

This is an invitation for you to form a conscious intention for your day.

Namaste. Peace.

Daily Habits for Peace

I am passing this on from Deepak Chopra’s website http://chopra.com

7 Days a Week: Daily Habits for Peace

The balance of peace in the world can seem overwhelming, as if huge forces outside your controller in charge. But you can take a different perspective by setting a goal for yourself of creating peace all around you. The worlds wisdom traditions teach that the source of violence, war, discontent, rebellion, and unrest lies inside each of us.  When you become a unit of peace and consciousness, exemplifying the quality known as Ahimsa (harmlessness) in Yoga, you have added a unique way to bring in the world to a state of peace.

Develop your pease consciousness by focusing on a different have it every day of the week.

Monday: Habit #1-Being Calm and Centered 

Peace is the natural state of the mind at its deepest level. Non-peace begins in small ways, when you are worried, restless, distracted, uneasy, or dissatisfied. Today be mindful of those signals from your inner world. When you feel them, take a moment to return to your calm space. Either meditating or simply sitting in a quiet space with eyes closed and taking easy, deep breath’s, works very well. Today’s habit is learning how to act upon early signals that peach isn’t there inside.

Tuesday: Habit #2-Non-participation

To be a unit of peace consciousness, don’t participate in the opposite attitude, which magnifies the reasons to be unpeaceful. Today, avoid conversations that include gossip, blame, backbiting, and discussions of how terrible the world is. You don’t have to be a Pollyanna, acting as if everything is already perfect. Simply focus on not participating when you can feel that the situation is turning toward anger, resentment, envy, and hostility in any form.

Wednesday: Habit #3-Taking No Side

Peace consciousness wants peace to be equally shared by everyone. This isn’t possible if you take sides, judge against others, or indulge in us-versus-them thinking. Today, be aware of everyone’s right to have peace. When you find yourself reacting with a knee-jerk response against a certain person, group, faith, ethnicity, or belief system, remind your self that you can hold a different viewpoint while still wishing peace for all concerned.

Thursday: Habit #4-The Intention of Peace 

Peace consciousness becomes more powerful as it deepens. One way to deepen your awareness is to put an intention out to the universe, which really means connecting with your higher self. Today, anytime you witness or confront a situation that needs a peaceful resolution, ask inside that the way to peace be opened for everyone. Sit quietly with this intention for a few moments, letting your heart go out to those not at peace.

Friday: Habit #5-Commune in Peace

When people of peace get together, they magnify their consciousness. Today, find a way to commune with someone else who wants peace. This can be through sitting with a child and absorbing his or her innocence, or discussing the topic of peace with the sympathetic person. You might consider joining a group that is working at any level of peace, such as preventing violence or helping troubled teens. Feel the warmth of sharing your peace with others.

Saturday: Habit #6-Selfless Service

Peace consciousness wants to be of service. It does little good to be at peace passively and isolation. Today, allow someone else to feel the peave you have found by being of service. Let yourself experience the kindness, goodwill, and compassion you can bring to a troubled situation. Your service can be as modest as visiting the elderly or as active as joining a community outreach project. Your aim is to give and receive at the level of peace that benefits both people at the same time.

Sunday: Habit #7-The Soul’s Peace

At the deepest level, there is infinite peach. Undisturbed by the play of opposites and the clash of darkness versus light. From the soul’s perspective, there is only pure Being. Today, take time to meditate on your true nature as unbounded love, compassion, reverence for life, and unity with the divine presence. See the light expanding from your heart in all directions.  Let simply being here be enough.

Soak up the beauty of Nature and realize that you are an indispensable part of the journey to enlightenment that lies ahead for everyone who steps onto the path. Just as there is only one state of pure Being, there is only one peace, which blesses every person equally.

For Just One Day

For Just One Day:

Choose to turn off the news and ignore social media.

Spend time with friends and laugh a lot.

Experience nature with mindful awareness.

Be at peace with yourself.

During this one day, try this simple meditation. Sit comfortably inside or outside and feel the flow of your breath. Let your breath slow to a comfortable length and say this silently in your mind as you breathe:

Inhaling into the Oneness of All That Is

Exhaling I am peace; I am love.