Thursday, January 31, 2013

Breathing into the Heart

In the heart of all beings rests the essence of the soul. The seat of all virtues; compassion, unconditional love, peace, contentment, honesty. The heart is the foundation of who you are. Your heart center is your direct connection to the Divine.

As you enter the heart-center, allow your breath to expand the space of the heart. Each time you inhale, notice how your upper abdomen initiates each breath. Notice the rise of the lower, middle and upper chest and the expansion of the lungs and rib cage.

As you exhale, notice how the abdomen gently draws back towards the spine and the air is released from the lower, middle and upper lungs. Let go of any areas of tension or tightness. Let the exhale release negative thinking habits of separation and judgment.

Visualize each inhale as an opportunity to recall the Divinity which is the essence of who you are. Reclaim your True Nature. Remember your Divinity. Thrive in the strength of conscious breathing.

Allow each inhale and exhale to take you beyond name and form, beyond identity and personality.

Breathe in Love.
Breathe in Light.
Breathe in God.

Merge with all that Exists and...

Just Be You.

For you are worthy.
You are special.
You are Divine.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Forgiveness: are you ready?

On Sunday afternoon, I am offering a beautiful workshop about kshama, or forgiveness. As I am studying and preparing, I was deeply inspired by the words of Swami Jyotirmayananda.

"There is a well-known saying that 'to err is human and to forgive is divine'. The goal of spiritual movement is for a human being not to remain 'human,' but to become divine–to rise above normal human limitations and unfold the latent magnanimous qualities within his heart. One great quality that truly makes a person divine is forgiveness, known in Sanskrit as kshama.

To become forgiving in nature, you do not have to forcefully plant the virtue of forgiveness in your heart. You need only to clear away the impediments that prevent your inherent goodness from unfolding, to allow that virtue–which is already in your heart–to express itself. The soul in its essence is the embodiment of all virtues."  ~ Swami Jyotirmayananda

Known to be one of the greatest virtues of the soul, forgiveness is the key to unlocking our divine potential. It is the the by-product of an ongoing healing process and an internal process of recognizing that we do not need our grudges and resentment, or hatred or self-pity anymore.

How many little grudges do you carry? 
How many big grudges do you carry?
Do you find yourself able to forgive others?
Do you find yourself able to forgive yourself?

These questions are just the beginning steps in actualizing the areas in your life where forgiveness is needed. The sweetest nectar of Grace is forgiveness. "To err is human and to forgive is divine."

Which do you choose?
Who do you need to forgive?

Forgive. Breathe. Let go. Move on.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Wonderful Natural Flu Remedy

A couple days ago my sweet husband came down with the flu. He didn't experience any "purging" but he did have fever, chills, achy body, and a nasty cough. When he arrived home from work that evening, I immediately knew he had caught something.

So I went to my trusty The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy book for the influenza remedy I had seen several times but never put to practice.

Within 36 hours he felt better and by the beginning of the fourth day he went off to work, and his job is quite physically demanding. It's the first time I have turned to oils for the flu, since I rarely have gotten it, but I was thrilled to witness their powerful affects. I previously have experience with homeopathics (see below) and knew their healing power, but incorporating the oils add another layer of support.

Here's what we did:

Day 1 (time of onset) - draw a steaming hot bath with the following essential oils: 5 drops tea tree, 2-3 drops lavender, 2 drops thyme. I didn't have any thyme essential oil so I boiled purified water on the stove and added 1-2 teaspoons dried thyme and then poured the hot water into the bath. Then I covered my husband with heavy bath towels to keep the heat in. He soaked for 20-30 minutes as I continued to add hot water from the stove to the bath water and then use my hands to pour the bath water over the towels.

I then prepared a massage oil to apply after the bath. Begin with an 1/8 cup+/- sunflower, jojoba or any other carrier oil for the body. Add 3-4 drops tea tree, 2 drops eucalyptus oil. Rub over your entire body including your face. Avoid the eye area as eucalyptus can burn. Be sure to dry off completely before applying the massage oil remedy.

Then I made an essential oil spray (purified water & essential oils) that I sprayed in the room every 2-4 hours. It consisted of 2 drops tea tree, 3 drops lavender. It was for a 3oz spray bottle.

Then we put him to bed.

Day 2 - That day after teaching a yoga class, I finally made it to the store for some homeopathic assistance. I bought Oscillococcinum and Umcka cold & flu. He took one vile of oscillococcinum around 12pm. Then in 3 hours I gave him a dose of umcka. We alternated as directed with more time between since both fight flu.

That evening he took another bath (like above), we oiled him down and he went to bed. That was the night the fever broke with a furry. I "randomly" woke at 3am to find him, and the bed, sopping wet. We changed his clothes, the sheets and blankets and put him back to bed. All the while he was ingesting homeopathic medicines.

Day 3 (really less than 36 hours later)  - He woke around 9am feeling much better. He laid around the house during the day, took a shower and was actually up and about a bit. By the next morning he went back to work.

Hope that this helps you to find healing comfort this winter from any nasty viruses that may cross your path. As I mentioned earlier I was surprised by the healing power, beauty and good scents (and sense haha) that flowers & homeopathics can provide for us as we begin our road to recovery and health. 

Thank you Mother Nature for your Grace and abundant medicines... we are eternally grateful for your compassionate heart.

Happy healing.