Easter Meditation- Christ’s way of loving service to all

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Easter

a special time when the  moon directs the tides and the flow of blood and the flow of mind take a sweeter stronger pull.

Todays blog comes from a long- held favourite written by    Ma Deva  of the Self Realisation Fellowship      www.yogananda-srf.org

The Italics and the underlines are mine

 

“Behold thine immortal Self resurrected with Christ in the illuminating Light of Christ Consciousness, present in every soul, every flower, every atom.” 
— Paramahansa Yogananda 
Jesus Christ, may you awaken a new to the presence of his infinite consciousness—in the unfolding of God’s beauty in nature, in every impulse to reach out to others with empathy and love, and in the growing awareness of His joy within your soul.
Liberated ones such as Christ come to lift us from the illusion that we are frail mortal beings, bound by the body and the dualities of this world. They remind us of the indomitable strength within us, of the love of which we are capable, and the oneness with the Divine that we can attain if we attune our lives with God and reach beyond this little “I” to care for all as part of our greater Self.

As you draw closer to the Source of all love, Christ’s resurrection will have ever deeper meaning for you. May the infinite love that sustained Lord Jesus fill your consciousness and flow out to all who cross your path.Above all, Christ’s ability to love purely and selflessly, the spiritual strength that enabled him to conquer mortal consciousness, were forged in the stillness of soul-communion, in the loving relationship with his Heavenly Father that was his very life and being. To follow in his footsteps, we too must go within.

This Easter, renew your resolve to nourish by meditation your relationship with the Divine, and to practice Christ’s way of kindness, forgiveness and loving service to all. As you draw closer to the Source of all love, Christ’s resurrection will have ever deeper meaning for you. May the infinite love that sustained Lord Jesus fill your consciousness and flow out to all who cross your path.”

Have a Sacred and safe Easter.

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Women and Meditation

Originally posted on excellentmeditation:

Meditation painting by Lorraine Willcock

Meditation painting by Lorraine Willcock

Sunday morning is a quieter time, Later breakfast , the newspaper,( yes I still love the texture and crackle of paper, the slow page turning) scattered over the couch and across the dining table. News papers are not just for wrapping fish and chips, they contain a world of inspiration. He reads out snippets from his portion of the paper and I luxuriate in the articles by my favourite authors. Often I will snip some of these out to fold in with mum’s weekly letter or card. Mum lives in another State, reads a different newspaper. life moves at a slower pace on Sundays.

A favourite column is written by the author Nikky Gemmell. The Weekend Australian magazine http://www.TheAustralian .com

Taken from her article on the busi - ness of women. Entitled “Swamped again” “Is this what having it all is meant to be like?

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Thank you to the Yoga girls.

“And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”

Kahlil Gibran

It began with a greeting card ,dropped into a letter box this morning, as we were dog walking. After breakfast we were immersed in the house cleaning, in preparation for the morning Yoga class I teach at home. So immersed that I did not realise  a car had pulled into our driveway.  At the dogs barking I left the vacuum cleaning to open the door . The gentleman had trouble approaching the front door, he is frail these days.

Barry ( name changed for reasons of privacy) had come to thank us for the card. Over a cup of tea he told us the story of his wife of 60 years in respite care. He was on his way to bring her home. Against advice, people are worried how he will manage her. Barry  feels in his heart that her place is at home with him. Even though she is now under 24 hour care  he feels she will be happier in her own home. Explaining to me that all the services are or soon will be in place. meals on wheels people from the respite services will come to make assessments , coming twice weekly to shower his wife. and yes he will think about a cleaning lady.  as we spoke I could see the Yoga girls arriving by bicycle or walking  to class, and then the car with the farmers arrived, and I could not ask Barry to  leave.at that time he needed the space to be heard.

Leigh went downstairs to explain the situation,the resourceful women were graciously invited by Helen for  coffee at Helen’s new home.

Thank you Helen and thank you class for being so understanding .Because at that moment a giving loving man needed friendship.

To the Yoga girls / class   From my heart to yours    I say thank you.

 

“And a youth said, speak to us of friendship. And he answered saying; your friend is your needs answered. He s your field which you sew with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger and you seek him with your peace.  ”                    Kahlil Gibran.

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Meditation to let go of the past

Christmas in Australia is also linked to the school holidays and summer. The scent of sea breezes, zinc cream for skin protection, mixed with the smell of Christmas pudding and the pine needles from the Christmas tree.

Families pack the car with tents,kayaks and bicycles, when the wrapping paper and tinsel still litter the floor. The last Christmas cracker/bon-bon is just pulled as the car is pulling out of the driveway for the annual holiday to the beach.Some families set up tents on the river’s edge,shaded by the huge Gum trees while others explore the dry interior, the smell of baked earth mixing with the perfume of damper cooked in the ashes of the camp fire.
People are thrown together in small tents or in our case relatives visit.People drive,fly or travel by ship
covering great distances for a fleeting time with family and friends.

 

Perhaps some one got up your nose, may be the proximity of too many diverse opinions leads to harsh words, after all we live our lives often on other sides of the country and with very different points of view.
Are you still regretting something you said in haste. Were their cross words?

“It is wonderful when people of divergent views come together, not to emphasize their differences, but their points of unity” Paramahansa Yogananda

Too often we take a point of view and go to great effort to defend it, often too embarrassed to back down and
say we are sorry. This story may help with meditations to let go of the past. Remember our whole life is a meditation.

Two monks were approaching a river, dressed in the robes of renunciate monks. They have given away the life of a householder.

They take no wife, hold no lands. And will never father children in fact these monks will not touch another person. Life is given to Service,often a life of silence.

Drawing by Lorraine Willcock

Drawing by Lorraine Willcock


Early morning found the two monks walking through mist,approaching a stream.Milling around the bank were a beautifully dressed wedding party.The previous heavy rains has swelled the banks and it was now a rushing torrent.
The bride and her family were too afraid to cross. As the date for weddings has been set by the astrologer, the day,time and date chosen to be the most beneficial for the lucky couple to wed. The family was concerned that if this day were missed the moon must turn one more full cycle before the day would again be propitious.

The elder Monk offered to carry the maiden across the river, He was not wearing expensive silks that the river would soil. This he did and the monks and young woman then trod separate paths through the forest.

Silence clothed the Monks as they walked, tiny birds flitted between sunlight and shadow. And the sun began to sink colouring the sky with gold and crimson taking the Monks home to their monastery at dusk.

Much later the younger monk, berated the elder with “You broke your vows” How so? “You touched and held a woman”

” Yes I put her down hours ago.
You are still carrying her.”

To clear your mind of the past. Sit still in this moment.Feel your body, your back resting against the chair. Press your tail bone into the seat of the chair. Feel your thighs supported.Feet flat on the floor. Be with your breath. let all sadness, guilt and pain flow into the Earth. Just be with the flow of your breath. in and out. deeper and deeper.

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New Years Resolutions. – inspirations

That lovely Yoga saying “This too shall pass” is so true of the Christmas that has so quickly gone.
Such a build up and so much rushing around, the inevitable coming down will occur. So some quiet time is now called for. I find if you can just catch a moment to gaze up into a starry sky, letting the inky darkness bathe your eyes. Take your self to a place to watch water, the wind rippling its surface. Gaze at the colour green, these are the ways to heal your eyes and still your mind. allow your spirit to play.
Focus an your present joy.

and when you feel calm you can make some of those New year Inspirations
Focus on what you have not on what you lack. strong body and calm mind. Often we make New Years Resolutions around our sense of where we perceive we fail.e.g. I resolve to loose weight. stop smoking, give up alcohol.Setting ourselves up to fail before we start.
If weight loss is an issue try repeating quietly each morning.
I feed my body nourishing foods and beverages.” Notice are you eating without being aware of what you eat. Give your self time to create delicious food.

Did you buy or cook , create gifts for everyone but your self? Did you fill your children’s stocking to overflowing and leave nothing for your self. This may lead to you feeling like a martyr or secretly building up resentment. Remember firstly to honour your needs. Happiness comes when you feel secure in your surroundings, knowing you can provide for your self and your family.
New years resolution Enjoy what money can do for you and your family.


Stop the fear when it enters your mind
. Too often I worry when I am succeeding.
as a child we were constantly told we could not do that, somewhere in the back of my mind that recording is still running. After all the fear of failure and the fear of success are both ……..fear

Did you notice some of the people you met in the Christmas holiday season only complained?
Stop spending time with people who have no money and no incentive to earn money.
“If you are the smartest person in the room you need to find a new room.”I liked that from Noah St John.com on his blog New Years financial resolutions.
The yoga saying “Are you green and growing or ripe and rotten?” needs to be revisited as a New Years resolution. Are you inspiring? Do you fill your life with moments of joy, stopping to pat a dog laugh with a child read an inspiring book. To hang around with masters you can borrow books of inspiration from the library. The wonderful thing is as you generate excitement in your life that acts like a magnet and attracts others who will bring more inspiration into your life
Apply it to your body, the way you treat it and nourish it. Your mind resting or working, is it inspiring to you and others and your spiritual life is that ever renewing, as you know it is the force that drives all you do.

Hang around with Masters borrow the DVD,s seek inspiration on U tube , e.g.Healingwiththemasters.com mentors or friends who will give you wings to fly.Include meditation in your daily practice.

Sources: Noah St. John.com
Jennifer Mclean.com Healing with the Masters

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Christmas Message

A Christmas message.

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers and sisters,
To make music in the heart

This very beautiful message came on a

 

Christmas card email. I have asked the sender to please email the source to me. as yet no reply. I would appreciate if someone could tell me so I can acknowledge the author.

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