Living consciously is not so easy these days.
There is a lot on our collective plate, as it were.
It is hard to listen to the media news. Our heart aches for those in immediate turmoil, chaos, vulnerability, pain. We scarcely know how to respond.
Our own families may be at breaking points also. Loved ones in fragile states. We live in the space between what was and what is coming. Space feeling full of fear, and not really knowing what to do that will help anyone.
Many of us face the holidays over the next weeks feeling a longing for the presence of a loved one no longer here. Or anticipating the imminent dying of a loved one.
Or you may know folks in such situations. And wondering what can help.
Or perhaps you are ‘just’ wanting strength in your soul.
If this is you, where do you go for a break from our incessant distractions?
Truthfully, there aren’t many places, as such, to go or retreat to. You may find outer peace and love on a desert island, but most of us are as pioneers in our crowded, stretched urban, even suburban, environments. Places that do not outwardly exhibit the quiet, relaxation and comfort we think we want. Even to unplug from our electronics is a challenge.
The only place, I know, is the ‘here and now’. To get there is a journey, requiring a choice. Placing attention in the centre of our heart. Our heart is the quintessential location of ‘here and now’.
Everything is ‘here’ in our heart. Even the death of a loved one when you were a child or even last week, or one second ago. The heart also has a ‘current’ and brings us into presence with what truly IS, whether we think in terms of past and future, events near and far.
It is a journey all, each of us, can take. It does require outer and inner resolve. Setting our intention helps: “I will do X today”. Yet it is not complete!
We actually have to do it! And we can! Whether in a crowded bus, mall , hospital, hospice or in a calmer more beautiful environment with a lit beeswax candle (more on the latter, in January!).
Attending our heart. The most precious gift for others, the Earth and our very self. Yet we scarcely really know our own.
And so my gift for you (if it doesn’t immediately open, please highlight title and right click on “download linked file” if on a Mac (or the equivalent on a PC) and then check your downloaded files and it should be there for you): Heart Meditation for Loved Ones
- Beeswax candles can be lit.
- This meditation can be done by a group of loved ones together.
- Can be done long distance by a group simultaneously or by individuals at their own time no matter their location
Opening and meditating in our heart also can be done as a regular practice. Look for more details in January.
That’s it. That’s what my gift to you is: a ‘how-to’ of making space and time in our heart – honouring the presence of loved ones.
If you have any comments, please be in touch via email.
Below are some web links I wanted to share – of folks who are ‘stars’ in my life, as well as some amazing photos of this ‘current’ I have been actively living into these past two months, but not able to really speak about…until now. This gesture I feel of walking a spiral both inwardly and outwardly…coming to the ‘centre’ in these 12 Days of Christmas now upon us (See Mary’s helpful descriptions in her web link below.
In heart warmth,
* For more of the seminal work and upcoming courses of Robert and Cheryl Sardello check their website: www.spiritualearthschool.com
*For info on the 12 Days of Christmas via Mary Stewart Adams’ weekly radio link:
*For inviting photos on the Advent Spiral (most commonly known in Waldorf Schools):
And perhaps to start your own spiral walk: http://www.sparklestories.com/blog/2012/12/07/a-winter-spiral/
And not to forget! my gift for your heart:Heart Meditation for Loved Ones