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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 Eighty-One: Mother Natures Gems-Lesson Three-Holistic Therapy Series-Crystal Healing

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Free Printable Chart Outlining Healing Properties of Stones and Crystals

http://thecrystalhealingstore.com/downloadz/chart-bundle/crystal-chart.pdf

My personal connection with stones has been a positive one. I have

actively sourced stones to assist me with balance or healing at certain

times in my life. When my sister passed I wore a grey agate necklace

and continue to wear it on days where I need extra strength or to

help me ease my worries. Just having it against my skin soothes

me.

Much like all of the other therapeutic techniques we’ve been discussing over

the 90 day journey; crystal healing is meant to compliment and enhance other

therapeutic remedies. Crystals have been around since the dawn of time and

have been used by cultures all over the world before ‘modern’ forms of

treatment were used. They continue to be used by those who have a

deep knowledge and understanding of the miraculous nature of

their powerful healing qualities.

There is a stereotype that only gypsies or free loving hippies believe in the

‘voodoo’ of crystal therapy-but there are scientific reasons why crystals,

along with stones, herbs, oils, foods and many other miraculous bounties

sourced from the earth have incredible healing qualities.

Crystal Healing is still fairly new to me; but something I am anxious and

excited to explore further as a Reiki practitioner. In the future my hope is

to integrate crystals that activate and balance the chakras to enhance

my reiki sessions with clients.

Crystals can be used to aid in the healing of a wide array of ailments

such as; insomnia, mental health imbalances, headaches, lack of

libido etc…

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This Link has an Incredible Amount of Information

on the subject of Crystal Healing if you want to delve deeper:

http://www.crystalwellbeing.co.uk/introcrystalhealing.php

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Morning Meditation: 

Journal Entry: Review how you have been feeling and record any

imbalances that you have been noticing. Now refer to the crystal

healing website above and record any of the crystals that you feel

may be useful to you now. Seek out a New Age store or the online

resources for crystals below and add them to your therapeutic

toolkit. Record the effectiveness of the crystals.

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 Crystal Age TV of Youtube has Informative Videos 

https://www.youtube.com/user/CrystalAgeTV

Crystal Bowls Meditation

How to Sense Crystal Energy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cpWc3O78DY

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Peace, Love and Namaste Em

Day Sixty-Two: “Unleashing The Psychic Toxins”-Tears As A Necessary Pain Reliever

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In a fast paced world it is near impossible to have time to feel anything

let alone take a half an hour out of our week to sob our little hearts out.

About once a month (when my hormones are at their peak) I have a

balls out massive three hour crying marathon. When this occurs it

feels as though my world-as I know it-is crumbling down around me.

The darkness comes to play for a while and will not let the light shine

through.

After the cry-puffy eyes ensue and I feel as though a massive weight

has been lifted. All of those raw emotions that I have pushed to the side

by keeping intensely busy; hiding myself away; using Haagen Daaz to

ease them…cease to be held in. They are out in the world-released from

within me. Crying is like a letting go of all the psychic toxins-purging all

of my insecurities and fears…if this does not happen semi-regularly I

can feel the pain of the toxins running rampant within me.

I wonder about people that cry only once or twice a year or barely ever.

How do they do it? I don’t know-I think crying shows strength-a strength

to bare and share our scars with ourselves and those we love.

Crying is necessary; it is healthy; it is pure and unadulterated.

Never be afraid to cry my friend.

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Morning Meditation: A nurturing mediation by Louise Hay

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Journal Entry: Think about the last time you had a really good cry.

How did you feel when you were done crying? Did you feel a sense of

relief? Is there anything that has happened in your life that you feel you

have been running away from? What would happen if you let it catch up

to you?

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A Playlist of songs that may help you get to the crying point:

Kundalini Yoga to Release Negative Emotions Etc.

Another Great Piece of Wisdom from Deepak Chopra

Beautiful and Nurturing 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-Nine: Communing with The Spirit World: The Ancient Art of Shamanism

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Having studied shamanism for the first time in University two decades ago;

it was a topic that always fascinated me. Having grown up in a very Christ

centered home I was taught to believe that anything in the New Age; Spirit

World etc. was black magic and not to be toyed with.

My mother did teach me some aspects of the culture of Indigenous people

but chose to leave out this very key aspect of what drives their culture.

When I read the first line of my World’s Religion’s textbook about the importance

of the role of Shamans throughout the world I was intrigued. Could people

in our modern world who are shunned and categorized as freakish or crazy

because they dabble with the spirit world have been Shaman’s in another

culture, time or society?

The most interesting fact about Shaman’s in history is that they were

part of societies all over the world, as far back as 40,000 years.

These Shaman’s had no knowledge or contact with one another.

How can something unspoken be consistent and

widespread in so many different places throughout the globe if there

is no validity to it?

The draw to Shamanism for me comes from the deep rooted connection

Shaman’s have to the natural world and how they can commune with the

spirit world. With a deep attachment and adoration for nature I feel a

kinship with Shamanistic healing and thought.

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What is Shamanism? (Excerpt cited from Shamanism.com)

http://www.shamanism.com/what-is-shamanism/

Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and moreover, a way of life. It is a way to connect with nature and all of creation. The word shaman originates from the Tungus tribe in Siberia. Anthropologists coined this term and have used it to refer to the spiritual and ceremonial leaders among indigenous cultures worldwide. The word shamanism can be used to describe the ancient spiritual practices of these indigenous cultures. Clearly the countless similarities between various ancient traditions played a role in the continual generalization of the word.

Over the past few decades the term “shamanism” has been popularized throughout the western world, especially in new-age circles. Today, it can be difficult to distinguish between traditional forms of shamanism and modernized, often esoteric practices that utilize the term.

One could view shamanism as the universal spiritual wisdom inherent to all indigenous tribes. As all ancient spiritual practices are rooted in nature, shamanism is the method by which we as human beings can strengthen that natural connection.

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Morning Meditation: Yoga Nidra-Drinking the Shaman’s Tea

Deep Relaxation Shamanic Meditation Music Playlist

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Journal Entry: As you listen to the playlist above think about a time when you

felt a deep connection to nature. Was it a subconscious drawing in? When do you

feel soothed by nature? Write about the time you were most connected to either

the spirit world or nature.

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 Physical Activity: Be in nature-go to the nearest forest, ocean, mountain
and walk in solitude or with a friend and just soak in the nature that surrounds you.
If you feel compelled hug a tree it is an amazing feeling.
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The Shaman’s Last Apprentice Full Documentary
A Beautiful Evening Guided Mediation
Peace, Love & Namaste
Em

Day Fifty-Six: “You Can Overcome it!”-A Spiritual Guide to Healing Substance Abuse

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Here is the next piece in our addiction recovery series. When we are suffering

with an addiction to substance abuse-the knowledge that this substance controls

us is the sign that it is harming us rather than it being a harmless and

moderated social usage. Similarly to an addiction to a certain type of food it

can disable us and pull us apart from our true selves.

I know when I am not doing well or if I have an unbelievable amount of

stress because that 1/2 a glass of red wine becomes three and I stumble

and mumble my way up to bed that night with a feeling that I am dirty.

Some people feel that if they let the substance entirely go the goal of

releasing it completely is too hard to bear-never having their crutch or

little best friend-who got them through thick and thin-ever again! It can

seem daunting and unattainable.

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When I quit smoking I knew the only option was to completely let those

nasty sticks go-if they were kept within reach I would have followed my

previous patterns of just starting back up-full bore once a fabricated

or real reason for me to increase my habit materialized to me.

Some people though can regulate and continue a relationship with

their substance-and they are able to moderate it successfully. Each

of us knows at our core what effects us negatively and how it effects

us.

I think not being so hard on ourselves when we fall from grace is very

important-we all stumble and we all end up regaining the strength

to pick ourselves back up.

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Love yourself and care for your soul-really consider that crutch and

if there is any other way you can soothe your heartbreak-is there a

friend you can call? A warm soothing lavender bath you can run?

An oasis in nature you can immerse yourself in? A craft you can express

your raw emotion through?

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Noticing what triggers you to go for your addiction is also an important

skill to hone-if you are conscious as to how you are affected before you

reach for the crutch-you may be able to change the course of your choice.

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Much like all other addictions-you have the power to overcome

and release yourself from mental slavery!!! Believe in Yourself!!!

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Morning Prayer for Addiction Recovery

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Journal Entry: Explore whether there is any substances in your life that

you feel are controlling you. If so what causes the addiction to spike?

Remember a time that you were free of the chains of this addiction? What was 

different in your life at the time? How did you do it? How can you do more about it?

Make a list of things you can do rather than reach for that substance and make

copies that you can carry with you, place in your home/office/locker etc.

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Positive Affirmations for Recovery

My favorite inspirational speaker & wise guru-Infinite Waters-Youtube

Russell Brand Overcomes Addiction with Yoga

Kundalini Yoga for Addiction

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Day Forty-Five: Lesson 1-Healing A Broken Spirit-Caring for Your Heart Chakra

A dear friend of mine who had risen like a phoenix from very challenging

personal circumstances invited me to join her in taking the Reiki Level

One course. It just so happened that it fell a mere two days after I

went on my medical leave. Coincidence? Divine Intervention? I

was really at my lowest point and sitting in a room healing and being

healed sounded very daunting to me. I had nothing but fumes left

and couldn’t imagine how I could get through eight hours of lessons

without crying frequently and crumbling up into shards in the corner

of the room. How could I muster up enough strength to share myself

with a room full of strangers.

I urged myself to go; without knowing what path I would take and

it was the perfect choice. The first level of Reiki focuses on balancing

your own spiritual energies and also how to protect yourself, emphatically

from negative energy.

It was obvious to my colleagues that I was depleted and I spoke not

why or how-they knew not to ask. I was unable to even share as I

knew I would break out in tears-baring my soul to all.

The reiki master and I worked as partners and when she was

done-she looked straight into my eyes after the treatment and

said-“Oh Em; your heart chakra is broken and weak.” I was not

surprised, not at all. This awareness allowed me to focus my reikie95d7508204f05308d370fa16b347eed

treatments on the heart chakra; and now it is months later and

I am still feeling I need to focus much of my energy there.

If all of your chakras are not balanced you will notice a feeling

of imbalance and intuitively you will have an awareness of where.

Today’s focus is on raising awareness and educating 

ourselves on the function of the heart chakra-for the next several

days we will become introduced to each of the chakras.

Morning Meditation:

Reading: 5 Signs Your 4th (Heart) Chakra is Weak:

http://www.finerminds.com/personal-growth/five-signs-your-

fourth-chakra-is-weak/

Keep Reading: Read all the way down to How to Strengthen

Your Heart Chakra

Journal Entry: Are you feeling any of these signs? Write about

what experiences in your life could have caused this imbalance.

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Incredibly Beautiful Music for Healing the Heart Chakra

This music made me weep and is gentle enough for use during daily

activities.

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Unblocking Your Heart Chakra

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12236/is-your-heart-chakra-

blocked-heres-how-to-open-it.html

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Heart Chakra Foods for Passion-Gaiam:

http://www.gaiamtv.com/article/heart-chakra-foods-passion

Chakra Line

Anahata-Heart Chakra Anatomy

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

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Evening Meditation:

Peace, Love & Namaste

Em

Day Forty-Three: Soul Medicine-The Ancient Art of Ayurvedic Healing

Luckily our modern society is moving towards healing the mind, body and

spirit (soul). Doctors who, in the past, were married to their narrow scientific

views of how to treat the physical body, are even beginning to realize that their

patients have reached a higher awareness of the importance of treating the

‘whole’ person. The ultimate healing integrates all forms of therapies whether

they are scientifically traditional “Western” or more natural/holistic “Eastern”.

Ayurvedic Medicine is one of the most ancient forms of healing and is now

gaining worldwide acknowledgement. Formerly it was thought of as “New

Agey” or “Puff Science” but it is now revered and supported by some of the

most traditional Doctors. Though this is true I still find myself hesitating when

I go to share the incredible results of some of the Ayurveda tools I use-I

usually scope out the person for awhile before I open the door to those

conversations. When that door opens though my passion explodes on

the topic.

Ayurvedic healing can assist in complimenting any healing regiment

but there are some places-like mental health-where it has allowed for

a change in perceptions on certain illnesses that were treated as

animalistic in the past. When Western medicine prevails in treating

mental illness the patient sees a Psychiatrist and is given pills to

balance the chemicals in the brain. This is an important step but

imagine how much more rapid the healing could be if holistic/Ayurvedic

medicine could introduce practices that “identify a person’s ideal state of

balance, determine where they are out of balance, and offer interventions

using diet, herbs, aromatherapy, massage treatments, music, and

meditation to reestablish balance.”

“According to Ayurveda, each of us inherits a unique mix of three mind/body

principles which creates our specific mental and physical characteristics.

These three principles are called doshas.”

Take The Dosha Quiz here at the Chopra Centre:

http://doshaquiz.chopra.com/

Source-http://www.chopra.com/our-services/ayurveda

Read More About the Specifics of Ayurvedic Healing 

http://www.chopra.com/our-services/ayurveda

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Today’s focus is to educate ourselves about the importance

of healing the whole self-body, mind and soul. 

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Morning Meditation:

Journal Entry: Complete the Dosha Tests #1 & #2-Write down

the weak points and any solutions you feel can be integrated into your

life.

Some helpful & handy charts

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A Very Informative and Inspiring Film based on the Topic

http://www.healingthemindayurveda.com/healingthemindayurveda/welcome.html

Thirty Minutes of Physical Activity

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Natural Home Remedies for Ayurvedic Healing

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Ayurveda-Art of Being-Full Film

Playlist of Ayurvedic Music

Evening Meditation:

Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Forty-One: Mending Buried Scars-Reconnecting with Your Inner Child

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When I was fourteen I experienced my first psychoanalysis by

a very frail looking middle aged man. As I cheerily spoke to him

about all of the trauma I experienced in my childhood; he could

see through the ‘grocery list’ recitation of the events of my

childhood and tried to break through the formerly impenetrable

facade that I had carefully built up with the bricks and mortar of

escape. Along with a prescription for prozac he asked me to purchase

a journal and complete the following homework assignment (by the

way-this will be today’s entry ;)) Write whatever comes to your

mind using the hand that you typically do not write with. See 

what it is that comes out. As per usual I waited until mere hours

before my next appointment with said Dr. to complete my homework;

a task I avoided because I was afraid of catching a glimpse of my

deeply scarred little girl within. With hesitation I opened my journal

and placed the pen awkwardly in my passive left hand. The barely

legible scrawl that came out on the page was the scrawl of a deeply

troubled little girl. I sobbed as the violent words appeared on the

page-possessed by the darkness that consumed that unhealed

little one. After I wrote it I read what I wrote-the pain that had been

unleashed was palpable.

What came after that was years of necessary, intense and varied

therapy. That was the day I realized that my life would always be

segmented until I healed what was broken within.

How is a soul supposed to evolve unless the scars are treated

and heal. It may seem as though we are opening wounds to

get there, but really these wounds never did heal-they just

got buried by the debris of our fast-paced lives.

I have to be honest; I have neglected my inner child directly

and without meaning to for many years so I was trepidatious

about doing the inner child meditations below.

During the meditations I came face to face with myself as a

seven year old child. Seeing her again was painful but

necessary. I did’t know if I had enough to offer her; but

I realized that she needed me and I put my stresses aside and

just held her-saying nothing.

Doing these meditations verified one thing I have been

coming to terms with; we can attain happiness but there

will always be challenges to try and overcome. Life is about

ying/yang; dark/light; good/bad…

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Through the darkness we conquer, the more visible and

satisfying the light that penetrates. 

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Today’s focus is on reconnecting and nurturing your

inner child; in doing this you have the opportunity to

heal the wounds that keep you from moving forward.

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Journal Entry-Accessing your Inner Child: 

Write whatever comes to your mind using the hand that you typically

do not write with. See what it is that comes out. 

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Morning Meditation:

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One Hour Physical Activity: Spend this time doing something

you loved as a child.

Inspiring Talk-TED Talk-Hold Onto Your Inner Child

Short Film that Is About Inner Child Dreaming

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Healing Affirmations for your Inner Child

Inspired & Healing Reading-Reconciliation

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Link to a Preview of the Book

https://books.google.ca/books?id=ks8MatCA_VoC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Healing+Your+Inner+Child+Book&hl=en&sa=X&ei=l0LaVM7oJIG5ggTMy4HAAQ&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q&f=false

Evening Meditation: Inner Child

May You Reconnect & Heal Your Inner Child

Much Love, Peace & Namaste Em

Day Twenty-One: Purging the Past & Embracing the Present

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Much like our homes need to be de-cluttered when things pile

up and become a burden; so do our bodies, minds and spirits.

When we begin to feel overwhelmed we can feel an ethereal

heaviness weighing us down. Holding on to the past makes this

sense of being even more intense. If we keep flipping back to the

past, or continue on with past behaviors that keep us from

evolving to the next rung on the well-being ladder, we stay

at the bottom of the ladder rather than climbing up towards

the sun. Similarly, if we hold on to damaging past relationships

we continue to be scarred by them. Think of the past as a

walkway that you can leave behind, not like a merry-go round

that you need to keep spinning around on aimlessly until you

feel so nauseous you collapse. Stopping it may take some

effort, but once you place your feet firmly on the ground you

will be able to embrace the here and now and look toward

the future.

The past has a positive role; the challenging times can give us

the gift of empathy and compassion; when a shared experience

can connect us or teach us something that we can share with

others.

Releasing the past can allow us to embrace the present and

the future. Continuing to look forward allows us to remove the

heavy bags and walk lightly along our new and promising

pathway.

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Today’s focus will be on the importance of releasing

the past in order for us to move in a positive forward

direction.

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Morning Meditation: Releasing Resistance

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Journal Entry: Create a list of past relationships, experiences,

habits etc. that you feel are holding you from embracing the present

and the future. Using your ‘miracle question’-imagining you awake 

tomorrow and you have magically let go of those past hindrances.

Write about what your life would look like without them.

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Inspired Listening: Owen Fox-Releasing the Past and Pain 

Inspired Viewing:

Rise-a lantern release event where people write their stories from the

past on the lantern and their hopes for the future and release them into

the sky.

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This moving video is of the Dalai Lama deeply moved to tears

by his past:

Eighteen Rules of Living-The Dalai Lama:

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Inspired Reading & Learning: Positive Affirmations-Releasing

the Past:  http://affirmyourlife.blogspot.com/2009/08/releasing-affirmations.html

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Mangano Calcite: This is a soft stone of forgiveness that brings unconditional love.

Releases fear and grief from the past, helps with self-worth, lifts anxiety and

prevents nightmares.

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Cedarwood Essential Oil: Can also be a natural remedy for releasing the past,

it is also good for anxiety and panic attacks, put a few drops on your clothing rather

than directly on the skin.

Evening Meditation: Letting Go of Yesterday-Lillian Eden

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Enjoy Your Future

Peace, Love & Namaste

Em