New Year’s Peace Meditation


Deepak Chopra begins this 14 minute video talking about meditation, then it goes into music and visuals to watch if you choose to meditate with your eyes open

Happy New Year! Or, is it Happy new here! If you’re tired of loud holiday parties with way too much food and alcohol, maybe you’d like to consider ringing in the new year in a quiet way, full of intention.

There may be a world peace meditation going on near you. It’s set at Greenwich, England meantime 12:00 noon on Jan 1. If you’re on the west cost in the states, it’s true commitment: 4:00 a.m. on Dec 31. You go to bed Dec 30, and wake up super early on Dec 31. If you still want to see in the new year, it’s possible if you take a nap after meditation.

New thought churches are where I’ve always found world peace meditations. If you decide to do it on your own, and perhaps at a different time, you could invite a few friends over who understand the intention you’re setting. It’s a bit of a game changer when someone thinks party, and gets quiet meditation. You can always have breakfast and conversation afterwards!

Whenever and however you do this, don’t get stressed out. Even if you don’t do a full hour. Maybe you can read something peaceful, sing your favorite peaceful song, or put together a vision board with the focus being peace.

If your intention is peace, you can’t go wrong. One new year’s at midnight in New Zealand I lead a small group of us at WWOOF (willing workers on organic farms). Their English was limited—but not as much as my Korean. The lights on the Christmas tree were beautiful—in any language. Somehow we figured it out: I found a globe, and we sat there in quiet, bathing the globe in white light and peace.

Below are some more meditation links:

Prayer Affirmation for Inner Peace


inner peace affirmative prayer

Please take a few minutes to join me in this spiritual, not religious, affirmative prayer for inner peace.

In America, there’s lots of heart ache right now. We’re in the midst of the season of love, joy – the season especially for children. For those who’ve been touched by the school shooting last week — wether in person, or through news, there’s lots of healing to take place. It won’t happen over night, but my prayer is that it will happen.

Below is an affirmative prayer. It’s actually part prayer, part meditation, and part teaching someone who’s not used to prayer or meditation what they can do to bring themselves inner peace. It is only by raising our personal energetic vibration that we can shift the energies around us, the collective consciousness. Thanks for taking the time to read this. It isn’t “religious” but written for all.

There is One power. It is God, the good. This presence of good is in all. There is no separation. We can think we’re separate, we can act as if we’re separate, but God, the good is in us, as us. It is closer than our very next breath.

Just as a drop of the ocean has all of the ocean within it, we have all of God within us. Not one person has more God than another. Some may study or practice It more, but God is within us 100% — all the time —waiting for our recognition and acceptance of It to activate into glorious fulfillment.

When there’s pain or confusion, turn to the peaceful power within. It never left. Things just got noisy and the still, quiet voice was muffled.

Stop. Breathe. Turn off the T.V. or radio. Stop the monkey-mind chatter. Leave your troubles at the door or at your feet. If you want the troubles back when you’re done sitting still, you can consciously pick them up again—or not—because you’ll be of clear mind, and able to decide they don’t serve you.

Look for good. Are you frustrated about how people are driving? Look for the good drivers! Bless them, thank them as you’re on the road together, creating a safe atmosphere for everyone. Look for spots of beauty. Consciously acknowledge it! “Isn’t that a gorgeous cloud!”

Listen to God. It’s speaking to you all the time. The nudge, the gift, the comfort in times of pain and confusion.

Even in incredibly tough times, there are shards of light for which to be grateful. Give thanks. What did or didn’t happen in the midst of chaos? Who was or wasn’t there that made it a bit better. The whys may never get answered. We may need to create our own answers to “why”, or move forward without having them answered.

Let go. When someone dies it’s often like a rope burn. They’ve been pulled from our grasp. We mourn, heal, mourn more; heal more. The memories keep us company. We hope and trust the pain will soften.

Be gentle on you, on others,

Peace. Deep Peace.

Choice


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If we don’t like a previous choice we’ve made, we can choose again. All events in our lives are ruled by “karma” or “cause and effect”—a term I grasp more easily than “karma.” Deepak Chopra defines karma (cause and effect) as conscious choice making; making a choice with full awareness. When we make a choice, it should nourish us— and everyone else influenced by our actions.

When making a choice, ask yourself : Will this choice bring happiness and fulfillment to me, and to those effected by this choice? Then, listen to your higher self for the answer, and you’ll always make the perfect, right choice. When we’re in conscious awareness, we make right choices.

The choice can be from a personal interaction with someone to using the earth’s resources. It may be a choice about work, health. The answer is always within, and always cause and effect related. It may not scream to us, which is why we need to meditate; listen to the still quiet voice.

I love this link:

 “One-Moment Meditation: “How to Meditate in a Moment”

How the Universe Works


What would it be like to take one day a week and give only thanks in prayer rather than asking forsomething, or petitioning God. No matter what the current outlook, do you give thanks for what is, and for how excited you are to discover the situation’s outcome? Prayer isn’t about “getting” — it’s about change. Changing our consciousness.

When we pray “Oh, God, give me this” or, “Give me this and I’ll do that” it’s not a prayer at all. It’s a business deal, and we’re calling the shots. The Universe doesn’t work like that. Run a perception check right now. Have you been whining about work? Bad mouthing someone? Complaining about money? Is your response to defend all the reasons you hate your job, and the louse who isn’t paying you enough? —And after all, you’re only involved in gossip, back-biting pettiness, because the person is so stupid, or rude, right? NO! You’re partaking in verbal graffiti. There is no justification. It’s up to you to change your thinking, and change your life. Only you can do it. To take from a song, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”

Don’t like the job? Sit down and get quiet. Do you know if this situation is temporary? Is it a stepping stone? A learning curve for you? (It may be a spiritual learning curve, and that doesn’t always show up in the setting we expect.) Are you willing to leave the job, neighborhood or person? Do you believe you’re worthy of the position or situation you want to manifest? Do you listen for guidance? (Do you ask for it?) — If you think that’s an odd thing to write after beginning the post with “Praise, don’t ask” re-read the first sentence: Take one day a week in prayer to praise, and give thanks rather than asking forsomething, or petitioning God. In the Jewish teaching, the Sabbath is a day to refrain from asking God for “more.” The day is meant for expressing thanks to God.

In all things give thanks. Got food? Thank you God! Maybe your home was destroyed by Sandy. Did someone open their home to you? It’s not brushing over tough situations, it’s shining the light on what’s working in your life. The stronger the wind behind the ocean, the bigger the waves. Same is true with our thoughts and perceptions. If we run around taking smack about our life, guess what? We’re creating a storm, and we’ll get more smack to talk about. Oh, no. Don’t want that!

So, turn it around. It’s cause and effect. Make sure the wind behind the ocean is harnessed power, one that will sail your ship in the direction you intend to go, rather than destroy your ship. We never go directly from point A to point B, but if our intention is focused and we stay true to our desires, the detours won’t be as drastic, and many of the adventures will bring us joy along the way.

This brings us back to focusing on what we want to experience. Not as in, “I want this, and this, and that…” but as in, if I want a better job, it serves me well to praise everything about my current job. (Even if you still feel the louse doesn’t pay you enough.) Thank God for an income. Think of anything you can about the job that you like. Is it close to home? Do you have a window with a nice view? As you go through everything you can think of that’s good in the situation, take that “good” energy and feel it. Don’t just go through the motions of making a mental list, and saying, “Thank you.” Our Universe is a feeling, creative one. It picks up on your vibration. If this is dreaded homework, find a way that works better for you. Mostly, stay out of the intellect. That’s where the ego lives. The Creative Mind is the mind of God. It lives in the imagination; the home of possibilities.

One day this week, see how many people, things and events you can hold in gratitude, without asking for “more.”

 

I shall keep the promise


 photo credit: Claudia Mulcahy

I shall keep the promise that I have made to myself. I shall never again tell myself that I am poor, sick, weak nor unhappy. I shall not lie to myself anymore, but shall daily speak the truth to my inner Soul, telling It that It is wonderful and marvelous; that It is One with the great Cause of all Life, Truth, power and action. I shall whisper these things into my Soul until it breaks forth into songs of joy with the realization of It’s Limitless possibilities. I shall assure my soul.

— Ernest Holmes, Science of Mind Text Book

 

What if we lived each day (or even one hour of each day) keeping the promise? Our lives would take quantum leaps in quality. That would ripple out to others, and out even further. If we truly lived at this level, not a fake it ‘til you make it level, we’d daily speak kind truths to ourself, and to others. We’d teach by example, and help others be their best, too. We’d begin to believe we are the greatness we claim, yet we’d realize we are beyond what we claim. The claiming of our greatness isn’t ego, but responsibility. Our greatness means we are the guardian of animals, oceans, canyon paths. The world would have worked without being beautiful – but it is beautiful, and we are the caretakers. If we don’t believe we are wonderful and marvelous, how can we acknowledge the Infinite?

Sometimes I include in my prayers, “Help me to feel as loved as I truly am.” I’m always amazed with absolute joy what happens next. This past week I meditated on that phrase for a few minutes. I received cards, calls, money, flowers, dinner, was called to interview for a job I didn’t apply – and those are just the things off the top of my head right now. Try it. Acknowledge with gratitude. (God, Universe, Angels, Spirit Guides—whatever works with you to help you.) Ultimately, it is your inner Soul answering your prayer. Keep the promise.

Memo from God


 Photo Credit: Claudia Mulcahy

I don’t know who wrote “Memo from God”, but I’ve had it for years. Whatever your belief in God, the memo is a good reminder that worry does no good. If every thought is a prayer, keep your thoughts affirmative. If you pray for well-being then wander off into worry, you either need a bigger God, or longer term memory of your prayer. Prayer is really a way to connivence ourself into a new way of thinking, shifting into a higher consciousness of good. Do you have a God’s to-do box or list? When you find yourself in worry, can you catch yourself and do something to redirect your thoughts? If you’re going through a tough time, print out this memo and read it daily, then go about doing what you need to do. Don’t worry about your issue. Don’t talk about it. Re-read the memo.

 

Memo from God

to: all who believe in Me

Life’s Problems

Good Morning: This is your Father-Mother-God reminding you that I will be handling all of your problems today. Please remember I do not need your help. If a situation comes up which you feel you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it—place it in the “something for God to do” box. It will be addressed in my perfect time. Once the matter is placed in the box, do not hold on to it or remove it, since this will only delay resolution.

If it is a situation you think you are capable of handling, please consult me to be sure you’re heading in the right direction. Because I do not sleep nor slumber, you can rest my child. If you need to contact me, I am only a prayer away.

God

What is God?


 

Photo By Claudia Mulcahy

If you’re not comfortable with the word God, use the word Spirit, Energy, Universe—or Fred! It’s a name. It responds to you at your vibrational level.

We’re often raised being told what God is. One day we say, “That’s not what I believe” but we seldom dig beneath the surface to find out what we do believe. By not doing this, we live in a state of mediocrity at best, not bold enough to learn our deep personal beliefs. If this speaks to you, get a pad of paper, a pen, and give yourself a minimum of 10-15 minutes without any interruption.

  •  On the top of the piece of paper write: What do I believe God is?
  • Half way down the piece of paper, write: How do I think God works in my life? 
  • Meditate. Get to alpha state – ask the first question, then write. Do NOT read or edit. Wait for the next answer to come to you then write more. When things stop coming through, stop. Now read what you’ve written. Repeat this for the second question.

 

A Cleansing Exercise:

See pure white Light of God (or whatever you’re comfortable calling it) moving in and down top of your head, moving through every cell of your body. The white Light moves out into your auric field, and is egg shape, moving in, around, through and for you. See the spiral move through you, top to bottom, cleansing all, and becoming brighter and brighter because it is taking the grey/darkness with it. When it reaches the ground, send it down into earth completely. It will take the dark particles with it, out into the universe, and change them back into a neutral state to create something new. Then have a spiral come up from the ground and go through your body from feet on up. This time, the Light is brilliantly bright, and anything that may have stayed behind on the first sweep, is dislodged on this trip upward. It’s as if the spiral has a leaf-blower on top, and is blasting any debris up and out. When it reaches the top, the spiral keeps moving up/outward, and the debris is far out into the universe, where, again it goes back into its neutral form for someone to create with.

Mmmm… You’ll feel wonderful! That’s Universal energy speaking through and as you. Shine! When you FEEL it, That’s the UNIFICATION with Divine energy. You are never separate. Not ever. Consciously take in your next breath. Ahhhh! Enjoy!

 

Living Together:


How do we treat the people closest to us? Do you grunt when you mean, “Thank you,” and does silence mean, “I love you, too”? Sometimes we’re kinder and give more effort in expressing our love to those at work, or strangers.

Living together peacefully is an art. Peace isn’t just the absence of turmoil—it’s a genuine feeling of calm, and safety.

http://deerparkmonastery.org/mindfulness-practice/living-together

Mindful Living:


This week I went to Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, California. It’s a practice center in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh (a Buddhist monk.) In the Dharma lesson, the monk – through an interpreter told a story about a man who drank alcohol everyday. His wife came to him one evening and said, “Tonight, I’ll drink, too.” On her first sip, she spit out the wine. “It’s so bitter!” she said. At that moment, he realized he’d become used to the sharp, bitter taste of alcohol one day at a time—bit by bit.

The same is true for stimuli around us: T.V. commercials blaring at us at home; loud store or restaurant music; engaging in negative talk about ourselves or others; a gluttony of clutter in stores isles, and our homes; fast drivers. Some people aren’t bothered by any of this. It’s crept up on them gradually, and they, like the man who’s trained himself to drink the bitter alcohol daily, have formed a habit while not being mindful.

Some people think being mindful means giving up fun, or eating vegetarian, and meditating. (That could be part of it, but it’s not what being mindful means.) When you eat, do you notice the flavors? When visiting the monastery, they requests everyone eat meals slowly, and in silence for the first 15 minutes. Do you TASTE your food? Do you feel the entire universe support your existence while you eat?

When you meditate, do you fall asleep? I found myself drift into judgment about others not being mindful, but falling asleep. Then, I had the opportunity to see myself not being mindful, while I judged others for snoring. We’re all working on our stuff. If you get the chance to go to Deer Park Monastery, please remember it’s a sacred place to those who live there, and to many who visit. Dress conservatively  (long pants and covered shoulders are appreciated.)  Below is a link to a short video from the monastery.

Deer Park Monastery

MY ATMOSPHERE


The following is a meditation taken from the Science of Mind, by Ernest Holmes. You may use it as a meditation, or affirmative prayer.

 

My atmosphere is attracting the Good;

it is constantly on the alert to see and know the Good,

and to bring it into my experience.

There is that within me that calls forth

abundance and happiness from Life.

I AM surrounded with an atmosphere of peace, poise and power. All who come in contact with that great calm of

my Life are made strong and confident, are healed and blessed.