Thursday, May 25, 2017

Your Breath is Like a River!

Your breath is like a body of water, sometimes shallow, other times deep, always rising and falling. You breathe air into your lungs, but the energy of the breath travels everywhere in your body, as oxygen is invited into all of your cells. Take a moment and close your eyes and inhale. Imagine the breath, like a river, moving through your body and extending through your body and extending through smaller tributaries into your limbs, feet, and hands. Your body becomes a landscape, nourished by the ebb and flow of your breath.

Mary Jane Kasliner

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Develop a Spiritual Practice

Any activity that serves to center you, bringing you a sense of deep inner connection with both yourself and the world around you, can form the basis for a spiritual practice. Examples include Eastern disciplines, such as yoga and meditation, as well as spiritual pilgrimage or other ceremonial rituals. The activity will absorb you completely, so that you reach a state of "flow" whereby you are one with what you are doing. Practice this as regularly as possible as it will give you a point of steadiness in your life.

Other ideas:

  • Learn from spiritual teachers. Study their lives and teachings and follow their precepts.
  • Be humble - as Henry Thoreau once said, "Humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights."
  • Call upon your spirit guides as they can help you whenever you are in a difficult situation or have a question that you are unable to answer.
  • Be in the flow of life - the ceaseless movement from one form to another. When we try to resist or control the natural pattern of change, problems arise. Harmony is restored by accepting change.
 Mary Jane Kasliner

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

What We Can Learn form the Mountain

                                                    Christina Garofalo Bonifacio

Man yearns for the silence and stability the mountain offers. We can learn a great deal from the majestic mountain. Here are a few aspects to contemplate.

  • Stillness: No matter where we are travelling, the mountain remains stationary on the horizon. To the Taoist, the virtue of the mountain is keeping still. When we are still we maintain composure. By maintaining composure we find a greater meaning in each experience and unleash potential power.
  • Strength: Life is full of ups and downs. Strength is what helps us get through the rough patches. It defines the limits of everything we do and gives a foundation for life. Only after everything that happens comes one's true nature. When things still affect our being then we have not yet reached a stable inner core like that of the mountain.
  • Silence: The mountain represents a transition between one phase and another, the silent moment between the in breath and the out breath. It is in that space that absolute quietude exists and higher self is revealed. Like the state of meditation, sleep or the first beginning, silence is how we connect to self and others without judgment.
  • Patience: The ascent to the top of a mountain requires patience. It teaches us to value the effort and not just the success. It is through patience that we discover who we are and who we are not. Patience leads us to the axis of our being where everything revolves and a cheerful acceptance of life exists. Patience is certainly a virtue that means we can work without expecting a certain outcome.
  • Peace: Mountains define the limit of everything we do and when we have done all that we can it is time to rest and find peace. When we are peaceful everything turns around us and yet we do not need to move. From this state we develop patience, inner strength, tolerance, compassion and true happiness.
Learn more about how nature impacts your life on a conscious and spiritual level through my book: Mother Nature a Bridge to Conscious Living.

Mary Jane Kasliner

Monday, May 15, 2017

Seal of Yoga - Yoga Mudra

Image from Yoga Basics

This is a wonderful pose that focuses on grounding and surrendering. It activates all 7 chakras with focus on the 5th, 6th and 7th. Key aspects in this pose is to make sure the shoulders remain drawn away from the ears and space is created between the shoulder blades. You want to make sure there is an opening across the front of the chest. As he head rests below the heart, visualize a flower unfolding within your heart and allow this flower to hold all the potential for spiritual growth.

While surrendering in this pose ask yourself what is lacking in this moment and keeping you from feeling completely at ease.

Mary Jane Kasliner

Friday, May 12, 2017

What is Your Heart Desire?

We all desire things in life but the difference between wanting something and creating compassionate goals is if it is "born from the heart," a yogic practice of sankalpa. Authentic intention comes directly from the heart. It comes from asking what is it that life wants, which is different from what "I" want. But how do you begin to tap into sankalpa? Here is a simple meditation to start the process.

1. Sit in a comfortable position so you can relax your mind and body.
2. Welcome the feeling within your body what best expresses what you most desire in life.
3. Journal your thoughts that best reflect your heart's deepest desire. Write these words down in the present tense.
4. Compose a statement that reflects your heart's desire to bring your desire into action.

Once you are clear on your sankalpa, ask your soul what it is you need to do to fulfill your highest purpose. Starting with a quiet mind is essential in order to tune in to the whispers of the heart - the words from your soul. A relative question might be; "What is the first step I need to take to move forward on my path."

The next aspect is to commit or what is referred to as tapas. Habit building takes the most discipline, because it relies on willpower to keep the same decision day after day in motion to achieve the end result. This process calls for perseverance. There is no way around reaching your heart felt desire without conscious effort. This can uncover the behavior that contributes to roadblocks and old fears. Meet obstacles and learn from them, rather than falling apart. Take responsibility and get back on track. Finally, envision (darshan) the end result. Visualize the future you in order to get a boost over the bumps in the road. It actually tricks your brain into believing the goal is already accomplished.

Mary Jane Kasliner

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Feng Shui Daily Energy Plus Tips!

Today is a yin fire rooster day and considered to be a good day for long term activity, plan or strategy. Noting however that 2017 is also a yin fire rooster so that is a lot of fire over metal requiring the element of earth to stabilize this conflict. Therefore, it is important any decisions made today come from a position of strength and firm ground.

Fire is about clarity, vision and goals that work for your ultimate path. Revisit why you are doing what you do. This is an element that is kindled in the solar plexus chakra (manipura), corresponding to our raw potential. Are you using your natural talents in a way that produces an outcome? If not, why not?

The double rooster today may spark impulsivity especially with double fire. Be willing to take constructive criticism as it will work to your benefit. No need to be blunt towards others as you can still achieve your position without pressing it.  Be tactful and organize your thoughts and actions for greater success.

Tips for Today:

  • Minimize travel
  • Avoid disagreement with matriarch
  • Activate relationships with those who can promote you
  • Come back to your career goals

*Remove one item in your environment that isn't working for you and replace it with something that does.

Mary Jane Kasliner

Don't Let Joy Become Your Needs

From the Daily Motivator, Ralph Marston talks about letting joy be and not making it become a need. When we take things we enjoy and feel they need to become a necessity, the joy actually disappears. Don't reshape joy into a burden by needing to have it. Instead, just allow joy to happen. Let it pull you towards it. Get away from the need to have joy and simply live it!

For more ways to see the joy and happiness in everyday life read: The Happiness Chronicles by the Wisdom Buffet Writers!

Mary Jane Kasliner