Karma is the Law of Cause and Effect. Karma means the intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). The concept of Karma fascinated me when I was young. It wasn’t called karma in the Christian tradition I was raised in. I never actually heard the term ‘Karma’ until
There’s a deep wisdom to purging ourselves of 'stuff'. It is creating space for something new and vibrant to be birthed in the new year. I'm inspired to gaze deeply into the small and large things that I surround and fill myself with. What are the things that are taking up physical space in my life? What are the emotions and thoughts that fill my heart and mind? After all, if something is holding a space, there’s no room for anything else there.
Practicing patience in mindfulness calls for us to slow down. It requires that we watch, wait, and we observe the circumstances that are unfolding. The conditions of the unfolding then help to determine the right time to take action. This slowing down and practice of patience can be challenge, especially in fast-moving demands of everyday life.
Trust begins in our body When we pay attention to and trust what our bodies are telling us, we open ourselves to a well-spring of subtle information. Begin practicing trust by listening to your body. Listen to its tension. Listen to its aches, twitches, and impulses. Recognize and acknowledge what these hold for you in the moments throughout the day. What does your body communicate during difficult conversations, decisions, or interactions?
This week’s Mindfulness Monday focuses on Non-attachment. Attachment has its basis in desire – whatever the focus of that desire is. We acquire tangible property and ‘stuff’, or we experience attachment to a particular cherished ideal, relationship, or established ways of thinking. Most often we are not conscious of our attachment or the reason for it. Holding-on condemns us to living a constricted and imprisoned life. Think of a dog who is kept chained in a yard. He is not free to roam and explore as is his true nature. No chasing squirrels or birds. He can’t follow the scent of a favored human, or other pet. Instead, he is tightly tethered and forced into routine and conformity. He may be safe and out of trouble, but he is not exploring a world that is wide, open, and dynamic.
Acceptance is translated in Latin as “to find rest in” and brings about calm and a peaceful mind. When practiced, the energy of reality offers a gift of a new way to experience everyday life. Acceptance presents us with a great open window. We can be stretched to grow, shift our frequency (find more positive responses) and explore other aspects of our coping mechanisms.
When we begin to operate from a place of non-judgement we open to yet unimagined options, alternatives, and possibilities. As we access the wisdom of the Ajna (third eye) from which Intuition and creativity flow we begin to see previously unseen potentials. This week, begin to practice non-judgement in your thinking. You may need to let those you work and interact with know you are practicing a different method of decision-making. Allow yourself room to work through the process. Try using these steps:
A beginner’s mind requires that we hold an intention and attitude that is open to what is present in the moment. The present moment is perceived as if for the first time and has never been experienced before. It is brand new and full of possibilities. With a beginner’s mind, we are freed of assumptions, expectations, and routine. This then opens us to a flow of intuition, creativity, joy, miracle, and wonder.
Mindfulness is a practice of being purposefully aware of ourselves and being fully present in the moment. Through practicing mindfulness we strive to become fully attentive to our thoughts, actions, sensations, and feelings in the moment. Mindfulness is a path to developing deliberate consciousness.
Ignite in me the luminous strength of integrity. Initiate me Mother, into a sisterhood of dignity. I am willing now, at this time of turmoil and endless distraction, to take my sovereign seat among the wisdom keepers. Today I face my assignment fully, irreversibly, and I joyously leave behind both unworthiness and inflated self-importance, which keep me hostage in smallness. I know in my heart and in my womb that we are all made of belonging, and I can no longer tolerate the games of greed and arrogance, nor look to others to define what is important, or what is real. I bow, Mother, and I humbly accept my crown. With trembling legs, rooting in the authority of love, I will guard the torch of truth and goodness, no matter what.