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Huffin’ and Puffin’

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

I recently sat in long traffic on my express bus ride from Manhattan to the Bronx. It took three hours to get home because of a sinkhole on the highway. There were plenty of huffs and puffs from passengers. There were folks fidgeting and making loud sigh noises. Here is what I discovered about my ride home. All the huffs and puffs were not going to make the traffic move any faster and certainly didn’t help surrounding passengers feel any better.

As one of my teachers, Kelsang Gyatso, says, “If there is a remedy to a problem, be happy. If there is no remedy to a problem, be happy.” Gyatso invites students to recognize internal problems and external problems. Can I change the sinkhole on the highway? No. I can, however, change the way I look at sitting on a bus in standstill traffic. I can use the time to complain or I can use the time to meditate and listen to good music.

Of course, I too have had my fair share of huffin’ and puffin’ moments and I’ve been known to have a pretty loud, “Oh, come on.” But as live my practice of meditation, I realize everything is an opportunity to go inside and listen. If I really want to know how I am doing with my meditation practice, all I have to do is look at my reaction to the three hour bus ride home. Still learning … Still practicing…

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Middle Way

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Over the last several months, I have had to deal with bouts of dizziness. I have had to make adjustments as looking up or down often triggers my dizziness. This is part of an on-going health issue and it has made me slow down. I have learned to ask for help. And I am learning more and more to ask for what I need.

As I sat in meditation, I asked for the message and gift of my dizziness. This is what came through in my meditation:

Maybe you don’t have to look up right now – heaven is right in front of you.

May you don’t have to look down right now – Mother Earth is all around you.

Look in front of you. What do you see?

Your path is right in front of you.

That is your middle way.

As you listen to what is informing you, what is your middle way?

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A Mother’s Embrace

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Yesterday marked the 13th anniversary of my mom’s passing. In the past I spent the day quiet, weepy, and often withdrawn. I decided to do something different to honor my mom.

The hugging saint, Amma, is in New York City July 11-13. An embrace by Amma is a unique, inspiring, and personally transformative experience. Amma spends hours as people line up to receive their hug.

I spent my mom’s anniversary in Amma’s presence. As I waited my turn for a hug, my whole body started shaking. And then I looked up and Amma was in front of me. Amma looked at me, smiled, and pulled me into her chest. She put her lips right to my ear, rocked me back and forth and said, “My Dola, My Dola, My Dola, My Dola.” It took me awhile to understand that she was really saying, “My Daughter, My Daughter…” I was overcome with tears as I felt as if my whole body was being comforted and loved.

My daughter. My daughter. An embrace by Amma reminds me just how much I miss and love my mother. I returned to my seat and closed my eyes. I felt my beloved mother and her embrace. Amma’s embrace filled me with the love I have for my mom.

Heaven to earth. Earth to heaven.

Dedicated to my mom, Catherine Flanagan.

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Mother

Friday, July 12th, 2013


Tears flow

Grief softens

Time passes

Pain lessons

Life returns

Heart opens

Love expands

Remembering my beloved mother.

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What Is the Call of Your Heart?

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

How can we slow down long enough to hear our own heart?

How do we return to our wild, untamed selves?

How do we make plans and stay open to serendipity?

How do we sit in uncertainty and trust that the universe will provide?

These are just some of the questions I sat with during a recent sabbatical. For me it all started with taking conscious breaths. I breathed into my heart center until it expanded more and more. I began each day asking, “What does my Being want today?”

I listened with my whole body. I noticed I took longer pauses and was willing to sit in the quiet. I had to break all my routines in order to deeply connect with my inner self. I stopped my world and I noticed I wasn’t as busy as I once believed. As I sat in the emptiness, emotions rose and connections to mySELF deepened.

My invitation to you is to break some routines. Take a new path to work. Try a new food. Do something unfamiliar. Listen more.

All of this inner work has allowed me to connect, expand, and co-create in new ways. I have emerged from my time of stillness with incredible meditations that I will be sharing at my upcoming Wild Cosmic Heart Retreat in Hawaii at Kalani Oceanside, November 3 – 9, 2013. Take a deep dive into your heart in a magnificent tropical setting!

Only a few spots left so if you are interested, please let me know by July 31. (Partial scholarships available and payment plans accepted.)

Let’s expand together in Hawaii!

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Everything Is Meditation

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

After a recent conversation about my healing work, I sat in meditation listening and felt such an alignment with my mind and heart. 

Meditation:

I teach meditation.

What kind?

Prayer meditation.

Prayer?

Yes. Isn’t every thought or word to the universe a prayer?

I never thought of it that way.

Our voice is our prayer, is it not?

Yes, everything is a prayer. Everything is meditation.

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Watching Our Thoughts

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

As we become more aware of our thoughts, we can start to observe and listen deeply to the messages we give ourselves.

Take a moment and ask yourself: Is this thought giving me joy or taking away my joy?

Invitation: spend 10 minutes each day observing your thoughts. Watch where you mind goes and allow your breath to take you back to peace.

The calmer our mind, the more we can give. Give yourself 10 minutes each day to observe your thoughts and take conscious breaths.

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Clarity in the Fog

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Sit in the fog.

There is clarity in the fog.

 

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Where is Your Mind?

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Where is the dwelling place of the mind?

Drop out of your head

Drop into your heart

Allow yourself to feel the expansion of your mind

Imagine no thought is a fixed thought

Be certain of uncertainty

Reside in the space in between

Notice the breath between the breaths

Live in an awakened state

Accept grace

Give love

Go to the empty space within

Perhaps your mind lives there, or not

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Connect to the Peace Within

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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