Welcome to my peace filled space. It is my pleasure to share energy here..especially today because I am thrilled to be a participant in a blog tour by Jan Lundy..and I am excited for you because Jan is offering a huge giveaway to one lucky reader!
I love giveaways!!!
And, I love Jan!
Janice Lynne Lundy is the woman behind “Buddha Chick™” and the creator of “The Mindful Makeover Kit.” She is an educator, interfaith spiritual director, retreat leader and celebrated author of 6 personal/spiritual growth books for women. Visit her at BuddhaChick.org and AwakenedLiving.com.
Dear Joy and Guests, thank you for allowing me to be with you today. It is always an honor to connect with kindred spirits who are passionate about growth and living with peace and joy!
Can I share a secret with you? Actually, it’s my Buddha Chick™ Magic Formula for lasting inner peace. If you are feeling a bit lacking in the love-peace-joy-department today, this can help.
Calm + Clarity + Wisdom = Lasting inner peace
Here is how my Magic Formula works.
In order to change or enhance the quality of our lives, we must be centered and calm as much as possible. When we are agitated or upset, the clarity we need to make good decisions for ourselves is not there. Practice inner calm and we’ll find ourselves getting clearer and clearer each day. As calm increases and clarity comes, our inner wisdom begins to rise to the surface. This inner wisdom is sourced in our true nature (our essence) and it expands. We can trust it; base our life upon it. It is our guiding light, but it is dangerously dim when we cannot access calm.
So what can we do to access inner calm more often? Every day, many times a day! How about enjoying a “Pocket of Peace”: a simple embodied practice to soothe your body and calm your mind. I LOVE Pockets of Peace. They work every time. Plop me in the lap of peace in nanoseconds.
In honor of Joy, because I know how much she loves water, here is a Pocket of Peace just for her—and all you mermaids and mermen out there!
The Calming Power of Water
To stand at the ocean’s edge and give one’s self over to the rhythm of the waves invites inner peace. Is it their patterning, their predictability that lures us into a saner experience of life? Or perhaps the sound of gentle lapping simply brings ease? For me, even gazing out upon the horizon with its great vastness invites me into inner spaciousness. Tension leaves and breathing space is mine once again.
What is it precisely about water that has such a calming effect upon us? I have three theories, all of which could explain why we feel so at home in or near the liquidy stuff, though I’m sure there are more.
~ Our bodies are composed of (on the average) 60-70% water. When we are in proximity with water we may experience a tuning fork effect. Our physical form resonates with a similar form and relaxation naturally occurs.
~ For nine months as fledgling human beings we live in a watery sac of protectiveness. Within our mother’s womb is safety, calm, warmth, as we are nurtured into life. Water represents a place where all is well.
~ Water is the primordial stuff of which life is made. As evolving beings, we may have arisen from the waters of creation to become who we are today. Water may (on an archetypal level) represent divine origin, spiritual homecoming on the most profound level.
In all of the world’s spiritual traditions, water is central to rituals. Water, used ceremonially, baptizes, affirms, and blesses. Water transforms and heals. It nourishes us in this life, bonds us together, and carries us forward into the next. Any of these important acts offer the recipient a benediction of peace for body, mind, heart and spirit.
Create a Watery Welcome
In the course of our day, there may be many ways to connect with the emotional relief or peace that water provides. While a lunch hour spent seaside could work miracles, most of us do not have that luxury. But we can wash our hands, shower, or bathe with the intention of making the moment sacred.
Washing your hands: As you place your hands under the faucet, bring all your attention to the act. Go slowly, breathe. Feel the water flow over them. Stretch your fingers, allowing them to receive, open, and relax. Visually attend to what is happening and watch the water caress and comfort your hands—lovely extensions of you and your heart in the world. Receive this liquid benediction.
Showering: Close your eyes and mindfully feel the water cascade over you. Bring your attention to the top of your head and feel the water slide down your body. Move your attention to other areas of your body—shoulders, back, stomach, feet, for example—and notice how they feel as the water touches them. Breathe deeply and evenly and allow all negative thoughts and feelings to fall away. Imagine them blending with the water droplets as they slide off your skin and go down the drain. Receive and give thanks for this watery transformation.
Bathing: Immerse yourself in what feels to be a watery vessel—a mother’s womb or the womb of the universe—one where you are connected with Source, divinely protected and loved. Relax, breathe deeply and evenly. Move about a bit and feel the water gently lap at you like waves, soothing you even more. Slowly slide beneath the surface until your ears are beneath the water. Listen to your own heartbeat—the primordial heartbeat. Listen to your own breathing—the breath of the Universe.
May inner calm be yours today as water welcomes you “Home.”
©2010, Janice Lynne Lundy. BuddhaChick.Org
Thank you, Jan! And now..drum roll please…
Jan is so generously offering one Buddha Chick Mindful Makeover Kit (retail value $97) to one lucky reader who leaves a comment on this post by Saturday June 4th at 9pm PT. The winner will be announced in the Sunday Scene segment June 5th.
“The Buddha Chick™ Mindful Makeover Kit”
Empowers women to live physically calm, mentally clear, openhearted lives, handling life’s challenges with ease. 12 hours of downloadable recordings, Workbook, Buddha Chick™ Affirmation Cards, and private mentoring support. Nothing short of a complete life makeover using mindfulness and self-compassion.
Thank you, Jan, for a wonderful visit…and thank you, dear reader, for sharing in this portion of my journey–absolutely fabulous!
I ask you: what magic are you creating in your life?