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Day Eighty-Five: “What Do You Mean Your Spiritual?”-The Difference between Spirituality & Religion

Feature Artist-All of His Paintings are on Today’s Blog

Nikhel Big

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http://nikhelbig.com/art-blog/2000/01/12/spiritual-paintings/

When people ask me if I am religious and I retort with the answer

“No, but I am a spiritual woman”. I get the same responses every-time:

a glazed and confused look-as if the individual is too polite to say “What

is that supposed to mean?”; or maybe a “well what religion do you

most relate to?”; or even a quick change of subject to avoid delving

into the conversation altogether.

Being spiritual does not mean that you commit to a specific religion

or way of thinking; it means that you believe in something more than

ego based thinking…that you connect to a higher source be it outside

or inside oneself…that you seek peace and enlightenment and reach

for ways to connect more fully with life and it’s magic.

I am not saying that if you fall under the “spiritual” category that

you shut the door to religion-you may actually connect to aspects of

many, many religions but feel that if you submit to just one that you

will be closed off to learning and appreciating all of the other religions

and what they have to offer.

There are many things in life that make you feel closer to your source

and for us “spiritual folk” that could be something like sitting in a tree

and feeling it rock gently with the wind; a quiet moment of meditation

where you feel so at ease and comfortable with yourself that you are

afraid to stop; digging in the earth as you watch the seeds you spread

grow into vegetables; connecting with the essence of your body during

yoga; listening to your child laugh with wild abandon…

Does this mean that we are all spiritual? I think we all live our lives

seeking the “spiritual experience” and that connecting with one another

regardless of our belief system can also enhance our feeling of contentedness

to our source.

My spiritual path during this very difficult time in my life is what has

allowed me to rise like a phoenix out of the ashes and desperately seek

out meaningful moments all throughout my day as a way of healing

myself. When I reconnect with my “spirituality and practices” I

am either so lost and disconnected and I need it to rescue me, or

I am at my best and it allows me to be even better!

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Morning Meditation: A Spiritual Treasure Chest

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Journal Entry: Map out your spiritual or religious path and take notes

on when you felt the most healthy and connected in your life-was spirituality

present at the time? What are your goals when it comes to spirit? What are

some ways you can connect to spiritual experiences that you love?

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Isha-What is Spirituality

The No Bullshit Guide to Spirituality

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Deepak Chopra’s Perception of Spirituality

Healing Spirit-Guided Meditation for Sleep

Peace, Love & Namaste Em

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Day Twenty-Two:The Uplifting (& Sometimes Dysfunctional) Bond Between Women.

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Today I must write about a topic that has been the center of many

conversations with my fellow female human beings. It needs to

be the topic today because I have been at my lowest and questioning

my place in the world. Today as I shared this with a friend, she looked

me straight in the eye and listed all the things I have accomplished and

survived and how very proud she was of the woman I am and have been.

She moved me to tears and we hugged in the middle of the forest.

Later as I still felt defeated she helped me rise up out of the ashes again;

a practice we take turns doing for one another. That is true sisterhood.

That is what our relationships with one another should ideally do; we

should lift one another up as high as we can reach.

Women can be one another’s most cherished allies: they can also pave a

path of destruction for one another-but why? Is it fear, jealousy, our innate

competitive nature that drives our decision to tear a member of the

sisterhood down? What is it we’re gaining when we abuse a women in

our circle? If you gossip or judge another without knowing her intricately

woven story don’t you feel dirty and hollow afterwards? When you’re doing it

you may get a false sense of instant gratification, but who is winning? Who

loses? If you participate in these behaviors there are consequences and

long terms symptoms, they are as follows; a loss of self respect, a drastic

drop in social allies (positive ones anyway), a replay of the negative incident

when you are trying to fall asleep at night…Dare I continue?

The world of feminism has come a long way, but from my meager

observances, it is typically women who destroy one another in the path to the

top of the corporate ladder.

Why are we submitting one another to more pain than we already submit

ourselves to? Women already end up taking on more than they can

handle and are fearful of saying no in their jobs and life-God forbid someone thinks

a working mother is being distracted by her small children.

Can you feel the sadness behind my words.

We have enough that challenges on a daily basis. My goodness, can’t we

just support one another?

The world is a hard enough place without having to watch your back all day

long and wonder what the gals are saying behind the water cooler.

Ladies, this is something I see over and over again and it is the reason

I ended up close to work related death. My soul died because of the

mistreatment of it-and in the privacy of my office I saw that I was not

the only one feeling so isolated in a building full of ‘sisters’.

Who would you rather be? Cinderella or her ugly stepsisters?

Think next time you feel the need to downgrade another woman.

Remember she has her own story and you do not know what it is.

Let’s share with one another and with that security and sisterhood

we will naturally rise to the top, where we deserve and are meant

to be.

Today’s focus will be on strengthening our ties with the 

uplifting women in our lives and observing those with women

who may be doing more damage than good.

Morning Meditation: Healing and Strength to the Feminine

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Journal Entry: Consider which women in your life you have

an equal and fulfilling relationship with. What makes those relationships

healthy and balanced. Now who do you feel is harming you and doing

more damage than good? Do you feel strong enough to release them?

Consider writing them a letter. Send it or don’t. It will heal you regardless.

Sisterhood

Inspirational Woman Profile: The Honorable Poet and Writer Maya Angelou

Her text carried me through some of the most treacherous times in my life. She has

lived and learned so much and has offered our world such richness.

Inspiring Female Musician that has Changed my life: 32 Flavours

Ani DiFranco:

A Beautiful Song about Embracing Womanhood-India Aire-Beautiful

Sisterhood Shelly Penko

An Incredible Artist and her Journey of Sisterhood Artwork Series

http://www.shellypenko.com/project/journey-of-sisterhood/

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Evening Meditation:

Much Love to You My Sister

Much Love, Peace & Namaste

Em

Day Sixteen: Does Good Karma Come to Those Who Wait?

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Being humble has always been a trait I’ve revered in other, more

fully evolved peers. It is my belief that, in being humble, one will

automatically attract copious amounts of good karma.

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Definition: (Wikipedia):

Karma (Sanskrit: कर्म; IPA: [ˈkarmə] ( ); Pali: kamma) means action,

work or deed;[1] it also refers to the principle of causality where intent and

actions of an individual influence the future of that individual.[2] Good intent

and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad

intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.[3][4]

Karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in some schools of

Asian religions.[5] In these schools, karma in the present affects one’s

future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives

– or, one’s saṃsāra.[6] With origins in ancient India, it is a key concept in

Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism,[7] and Taoism.[8]

If being humble is revered in our society; why then, does it seem like

the more aggressive bird catches the worm. Does the aggressive bird

then feel consumed with guilt, surrounded by negative karma at the

end of the day? Does the humble bird, soar, wings outstretched flying

with no chains on the airwaves of super-charged karma at the end of

the day? Or does the humble bird have to recover, mending it’s

tattered wings, too tired to fly at the end of the day?

Our society has been encouraging, brainwashing us to believe that it

is a dog eat dog world. That once we have clawed our way up to

he top we have reached the pinnacle of success where we can bathe

in the richness of material wealth and status. Holding our noses up at

the humble birds who flit around somewhere in the middle or at the

bottom.

There are many signs indicating a silent, loving revolution. Small 

gatherings of humble birds are speaking out against the negative

forces. They are flying in groups to try and change the aura of

the universe. To move and create a spiritual, peaceful utopia. To

move away from ego-based thinking and towards love and authenticity.

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by Rassouli) http://www.newdawncollections.com/ArtNouveau.htm

 

The focus today will be on how to live with grace and attract good karma

to you. Our meditations and teachings will all come from Deepak Chopra;

a wonderful, world renowned spiritual teacher.

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Morning Meditation:

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Journal Entry: For today’s journal entry assess your actions and how you live

your life. Thinks about the last time you did something positive and directed

by love. How did it affect you? Do you think it elevated your karma? Now think

of a negative action and how you could have acted in a more positive manner.

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Inspired Reading: By Buddha Dharma Education Association

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/karma.htm

Inspired Karmic Music Playlist:

Inspired Viewing & Listening:

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Today’s Physical Activity is 56 Minutes of Karma Yoga:

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Here’s an Inspiring Project called the World Karma Project:

http://www.worldkarmaproject.com/

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Evening Meditation: Liberation from Karmic Chains:

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Enjoy Your Process

Live in Love

Peace, Love, Namaste

Em

Day Seven: Chakra Alignment and Balancing

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I heard about the chakras when I was barely twenty and in my first years of University.

Though I pursued a spiritual path, I never really got to learn about what the Chakra’s were

really about. Speed forward twenty years…after doing yoga, reading countless spiritual

guides and doing morning and evening meditations, the chakras kept coming up.

Whenever I heard of the mysterious chakras I became very intrigued. When the stress was

severe I would even do a chakra cleansing meditation without truly knowing what they

were and what their spiritual role truly was. Four days after my medical leave I had a Reiki

Level One training session booked.

It was to last the full Sunday and my soul friend had asked me to go months prior. I

struggled with whether I had it in me to go. It was a full day and I had less than nothing left.

Something in me pushed me to go. It was there that I learned the true purpose of the

chakras and that the Reiki I was now attuned with would allow me to both heal my own and

others chakras with Rei Ki love energy. The reiki master did a training treatment on me and

said my heart chakra was very ill.

It was…With this training my world just opened up…

 

When you wake up in the morning think about what in your body, mind or spirit is out

of balance. What experiences have harmed you and how can you heal from them?

 

Morning Meditiation: Jason Stephenson-Australian Life Coach:

Youtube: 7 Chakras-Spoken Word Healing and Balancing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00pNPZPtBpo&index=3&list=PLx3YL31v_16GZLNsSh6gOde0M6KdSUi2g

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Journal Entry: Write yourself a love letter

 

Self Care Ritual: Reiki Healing Session from a Practitioner in your area.

Below is a link to the Canadian Reiki Association:

http://www.reiki.ca/

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Reading & Learning: If you’d like to learn more about Chakra’s and their functions

here is a link to a printable PDF from the Big Book of Yoga:

http://www.bigbookofyoga.com/hathayogabook/pdf/hatha-yoga-chakras.pdf

 

Musical Inspiration: MC Yogi-Chakra Beatbox: This one is fun to chant with

or you can do an energizing yoga sequence like a sun salutation to it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph1cff2AITc

Music to listen to while going about your day-This is a playlist that can balance all of your

chakras. Listen while you cook, clean, relax, work, hang out…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9FfvwHcyAY&index=2&list=PLx3YL31v_16GZLNsSh6gOde0M6KdSUi2g

 

Art Activity:

Print and colour with watercolour markers, then paint with water:

http://www.amind.co.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=otherdesigns&wr_id=4

Here are some beautiful images that you can print, frame or clip and put on your fridge, if you don’t have the time to create:

http://www.pinterest.com/elutze/reiki-chakra-soul-art/

 

Evening Meditation:

Chakra Realignment Therapy-Jason Stephenson-I love his soothing voice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgxmkvYIrwg

I hope you’ve enjoyed exploring the chakras and remember that you

can balance them anytime you like using these and the plentiful videos you can find for

free on the net.

Much Love, Peace and Namaste

Em