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Day Eighty-Three: “Her Prayer was Carried By the Wind”-Tibetan Prayer Flags-Lesson Two-Spiritual Trinkets

As a camera shot pans over the summit of the Himalayas…high above the

ornately carved Buddhist monastery flashes of colour…penetrated by the

light of the setting sun criss-crossing over one another…carry the prayers

of all the men and women who have courageously trekked to the cap in

hopes that their brush with the majesty of nature will humble and 

redesign their spirits…

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The Tibetan Prayer flag-a representation of the hopes, dreams and

wishes of earthbound souls, scrawled with intention in ink on small

sheets of cotton, dyed in colours that represent the earths elements.

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Earlier on in my blog I wrote about Sacred Spaces and in that entry there was

a video on how to create your own prayer flags. Mine are splayed across my

fireplace-one more way for me to use the law of attraction to transport me

in my mind to the place I most need to visit-Tibet. There has always been

a feeling of familiarity embedded within me-a feeling that I have been to

that majestic place on the mountain side in the Himalayas…maybe it has

only been in my dreams, but one day soon I hope when I open my eyes

I will be standing on the summit-breathing in the vision I described at

the beginning of my entry today. One Day!

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Here is an Incredible Article that Outlines the meanings and

History behind Tibetan Prayer Flags.

http://www.prayerflags.com/download/article.pdf

Morning Meditation: Using your own personal mantra. Repeat

your mantra as you inhale for four seconds and exhale for a count of five.

You can do this meditation to the video below.

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Some Tibetan Ear Candy for Your Day

Dharma Shop is an Excellent Resource to Purchase Authentic Prayer Flags

http://www.dharmashop.com/categories/Prayer-Flags/?sort=bestselling

Make Your Own Tibetan Prayer Flags:

A More Modern Version of a Personalized Prayer Flag DIY

Evening Meditation: 

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Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Sixty-Four: Universal Poetry Within’-The Ancient Poetry of Rumi

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Have you ever felt such an intense connection to something or

someone that you can’t help but feeling a sense of familiarity

when standing in front of that thing or person?

When I first read the Sufi poetry of Rumi I fell in love with

his words and was astounded when I realized these words

came to him organically in 1244. His poems are so

universal and can pass for intense modern poetry because

of their innate and pure simplicity and wisdom.

(Back story time people) My husband and I were in a band

about thirteen years ago; we disbanded after our first child was

born. We had been writing our own songs and the creativity

was kinetic in that group.

In the past six months my husband ran into two of the members

of our band and I heard from the third through Facebook.

Our guitar player has been coming to play ‘our’ music and some

renditions of covers as well-every weekend.

In the weeks leading up to the weekend-mostly in the car-when

I am alone and the radio is not on-songs are coming to me

organically. I have to keep  my smartphone handy so I can

record the songs as they come. When Terry-my hubby-drives

I scrawl the words that are coming out into several notebooks.

In the past few months I have written over 25 complete songs.

They all tell stories-some tragic; some non-sensical-some

intense-some chill. I have been through other difficult times

in my life, but never have I had so much creativity come

flowing out.

In later research I learned that Rumi met his mentor, a dervish,

Shams-E-Tabrizi on Nov.15th, 1244 and became a changed man.

Rumi was so inspired by Shams that when he went missing after

answering the door-Rumi’s bereavement sent him into a state of

such intense grief that he began reciting his lyrical poems

Divan-e-Shams-e-Tabrizi.

This is when he came upon this belief:

Why should I seek? I am the same as he.

His essence speaks through me. I have been looking for myself.

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In retrospect I feel that so many of the most creative people

have come from a place of darkness and that place has

allowed them to see the light more intensely-therefore

allowing them to create such emotionally poignant pieces

of art.

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Morning Meditation:

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Journal Entry: read some of Rumi’s poetry and respond in your journal.

Why are you connected to that specific poem? What did you learn about

yourself through the poetry?

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A Selection of Poetry by Rumi

http://peacefulrivers.homestead.com/rumipoetry1.html

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Rumi-The Full Documentary

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Playlist of Poetry by Rumi-with Visual Inspiration/Music

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If You Feel Compelled to Whirl like a Dirvish here is a video:

Evening Meditation:

Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Sixty-“Healing to the Beat of Your Own Drummer”-The Power of Music

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Imagine if your entire life was set to music. The intensity of emotions is represented

even further by the film scores that are carefully selected to go along with great movies.

Songs can represent a myriad of human connections-a time; a place; a moment; a person;

an event…Imagine a world with no music…

You don’t need technology or even instruments to create beautiful music-we all

have the innate ability to sing, hum or rap out a beat-a gift we are all born with.

Nature composes millions of intricate soundscapes every single day. Babies beat

out a rhythm as soon as they develop their dexterity using pots, pans and wooden

spoons.

Music can lift our spirits when we are broken; intensify moments of unadulterated

joy and happiness; move our souls to dance; cheer us on a rainy day; allow us to

grovel in our pain for a little while…

From premature babies, to the elderly, music therapy has been on the rise as its

effects are obvious and indisputable. There are documented cases of people

coming out of mental comas’, healing from illnesses, being set free all in the

name of music.

Cultures are defined by the music that is carried on over generations and

generations-this music bonds the community.

Personally I know that the days I have music guiding me through my day are

the best ones; I also know that when I pick up my guitar or sit at the piano

and create music my soul is comforted and proud. This weekend my husband

and I played music with our friend and for four hours we played until we

collapsed from exhaustion-the mojo was electric and the music was kinetic.

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Today’s focus is on the healing power of music.

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Morning Meditation:

Journal Entry/Activity: Make a timeline of significant events in your life

and then think of a song that compliments that event-Listen to each of the songs

while you reminisce.

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The Healing Power of Music-Robin Spielberg

Modern Yoga Playlists-Chillout Music

Evening Meditation:

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Day Fifty-One: Lesson 7-Emerging From the Roots-Muladhara-The Final Chakra

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Am I grounded? If you had asked me that even weeks ago I would have

tried to stifle the out-pour of laughter or tears; but now I could answer “I think I

am getting there” with an average amount of self confidence. I must admit

that my root chakra has always been a kindred spirit; I just didn’t have a

label for it. It is represented in many paintings by trees since it is the human

soul’s version of a root system-hence it’s strength which is to ground us to

our pure version of ourselves. Trees and I go way back-even in my earliest

childhood years-when things at home were dark and foreboding I would

sneak out my first floor window and run to the forest behind my house.

The trees would comfort me and watching them sway gently side to side

made me feel their nurturing, stabilizing power. I felt their energy and today-

my most healing times are those spent in the company of my woodland

friends-Mother Nature’s profound sculptures.

My second level of Reiki; there was a young man there dressed in beautiful

nymphesque clothing-a kindred fashionista; drawn to hippie-natural

threads-we complimented one another on our outfits and then continued

on. He felt very familiar; but I couldn’t put my finger on how, where or why?

At the end of our group Reiki session we shared our observations about the

process and he said that my root chakra was very strong. Though it was

a surprise to me; the amount at which I had grown since my Level 1 class

allowed me to truly believe that all the spiritual work I had done, and

the copious amounts of self Reiki treatments I did had paid off. I felt

like an ever evolving tree; roots finally intact; the rest on its way to

reconstructing itself into something more than I was before life tore

me down.

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Today’s focus will be on raising our awareness of how

our root chakra can be healed and what we can do to strengthen

and balance it.

Morning Meditation: Deepak Chopra

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A Stunning Playlist while You Write or Work Today:

Journal Entry: Do you feel rooted and grounded? If not remember a

time when you felt sure and grounded; what was going on at the time? How

do you think you could recreate that sense of being in your life?

Root Chakra Information from Chakra Anatomy Website

http://www.chakra-anatomy.com/root-chakra.html

The Root Chakra is the first chakra and is located at the base of the spine. It is the root of your being and establishes the deepest connections with your physical body, your environment and with the Earth. Muladhara is the most instinctual of all chakras – it is your survival centre. Your fight and flight response is initiated from this chakra. This is your primal, animal nature.

root chakraThe energy of Muladhara allows us to harness courage, resourcefulness and the will to live during trying times. It connects us with spiritual energies of our ancestors, their challenges and their triumphs.

Since Base Chakra carries our ancestral memories, basically everyone experiences challenges or blockages within muladhara. War, famine, natural disasters, and any events that threaten our basic survival, are all recorded within energies of the first chakra.

These memories are imprinted in the subtle body and are passed down from generation to generation creating unconscious generational patterns. It is our work to take responsibility for our own lives and bring to light that which is unconscious.

All of the seven chakras are important and interconnected with each other. Usually, balancing one chakra will create change in another chakra.

It is important though to balance the Root Chakra first, before we proceed to others, or we will lack the stability and rootedness necessary for true transformation and personal growth. We cannot grow and change unless we feel safe and secure.

First Chakra at a glance:

Root Chakra Affirmations

I feel deeply rooted.
I am connected to my body.
I feel safe and secure.
Just like a tree or a star, I have a right to be here.
I stand for my values, for truth, and for justice.
I have what I need.
I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet.
I nurture my body with healthy food, clean water, exercise, relaxation, and connection with nature.
I am open to possibilities.
I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to grow and transform.
I trust in the goodness of life.
I make choice that are healthy and good for me.
I trust myself.
I love life.

Sanskrit name: Muladhara – root support
Element: Earth
Color: Red
Shape: Square
Petals of the lotus: Four
Seed sound: LANG
Vowel sound: O
Rights: To have
Endocrine gland: Adrenal cortex
Physical association:The skeletal structure, teeth, large intestine, kidneys, blood
Psychological function: Survival and self preservation
Identity: Physical identity
Developmental stage: Womb to 12 months
Challenge: Fear
Plane: Physical plane
Planets: Saturn, Earth
Deity: Brahma, Dakini, Ganesha
Mythological Animal White elephant with seven trunks
Sense organ: Nose
Predominant sense: Smell
Incense: Cedar
Herb: Sage
Sephira: Malkuth
Tarot suite: Pentacles

root chakra yoga poseYoga Poses (Asanas)

Learn about yoga poses to balance your first chakra. Yoga is an exercise for your body, mind, emotions, and spirit. By practicing yoga, you can connect with the deeper parts of yourself that may not be accessible to you during your daily life. You will also learn to releaseexcess root chakra energy.

Yoga Session for the Root Chakra

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Evening Meditation:

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Day Ten: Clearing a Path to Zen

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As I push my way through the debris of my past I see

a light in the distance. A clearing that is opening up new

possibilities, a new way of thinking, a new way of being.

A transformative place where I allow myself the room

to inhale and exhale, live and love, take time to feel

things again, create and give again.

Being conscious of what caused my life to spin wildly

out of control and my role in it are the first epiphanies

I raise my awareness of. Is it true that we teach people

how to treat us? I’ve always trusted that people are

innately good, but in reality I have been the target of

anger because I am a soft place to land. As I learn to

shield myself, the largest part of this process will be

treating myself with the respect I want others to

treat me with. If this does not happen I will continue

down the same path of self destructive behavior and

deprivation. Connecting with my higher self, my spiritual

self will allow me the armor I need to rejoin the world.

Today’s focus will be clearing a path to zen.

When you wake up this morning, think about past

behaviors and how others have treated you. Is there any

connection between how others treated you and how you

treated yourself? If so, think of how you can make positive

changes to reteach yourself and others about the treatment

you deserve and demand.

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Morning Meditation: Zen Garden-Torrance Griffin-Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5egW-_iDjok

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Journal Entry: Today write about any debris you feel is in your path.

What can you clear away? What would your zen look like?

There are no limitations, dream big here!

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Musical Inspiration: Mix-Zen Lounge-Hypnotic Room Records:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A9lgVjns2Q&list=RD9A9lgVjns2Q#t=13

8 Hourse of Relaxing Zen Music: ColorfullMoon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4N0eQZ7u5U

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Inspired Reading:

Dr.Wayne Dyer wrote an incredible book called Change Your Life,

Change Your Thoughts.

It summarizes, explains and puts into practice the principles of the Tao. Reading it

changed the way I viewed life and living and I feel revisiting the teachings will

help me clear the path to zen.

Inspired Listening: Dr.Wayne Dyer on the Tao: Change your Life,

Change Your Thoughts-Live Discussion on PBS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytU80oKrjbw

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20 Minutes of Physical Activity: 7 Spiritual Laws of Yoga:

Chopra Centre:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY2fnLpz02Q

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Evening Meditation: Clearing the Fog-Jason Stephenson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zuZZUOtQxA

Enjoy Your Process

Peace, Love & Namaste

Em