I just hiked the Inca trail in Peru! It was one of the hardest things I have ever done both mentally and physically! Before we began one of our guides took me aside and said, “Are you the leader of this group?” I responded “yes.” He leaned in closer and looked me in the eye and said “You have a great responsibility. You will determine how the group does on this trail. They will look to you as their guide to find strength, encouragement and positive thinking. If you are positive they will be and if you are scared they will be.” I said “Yes, I don’t take that responsibility lightly.” He said “yes, but, this is even more serious because the mountain hears you. She will hear your thoughts and your words and she will give you whatever you are asking for. It is imperative that you keep you thoughts pure as we embark on this journey.”
Every day I try to look at the same things, hold the same yoga poses, go to the same places and see them differently. I seriously am a HABIT breaking fool! I view HABIT as the enemy! I struggle with the same boundaries as everyone else. I get it! How do you live in the same house, with the same people, go to the same job and still expect the unexpected?
If I was to tell my life stories in a series of dreams, this would be where the scariest nightmares happened many years earlier. The ones that wake you in the middle of the night in a cold sweat and you feel relief that it was only just a dream.
Happiness isn’t something that happens outside of us. It is something that happens inside. It isnt in things or experiences. We need to stop allowing our TV programming be our guide to happiness. Watching every night and thinking "They are happy. Maybe if I have that thing I can be happy too."
Did you know that in the united states over the past 30 years Antidepressant prescribing has risen nearly 400% and suicide has surged to the highest levels ever. Studies show that those suffering the most seemed to be Middle aged women and men who are no different from you and me…
The spirit can be a lot like a small child. Trauma, pain, ridicule or judgment may have caused it to flee long ago or like a fragile vase that has been tossed about, it may have shattered into a million tiny pieces. This practice is about developing trust and an environment that is safe to heal all the cracks and invoke a reunion. The spirit is our eternal life force bringing super-natural powers like eternal youth, fire, passion and enthusiasm. Spirit can flow in and fill all your cracks, bringing light to all the darkness and heal your soul. Spirit will leave you wanting for nothing. Needs and desires will temporarily dissolve as accessing the spirit takes presence and in presence you inevitably discover everything is here, exactly where you are.
Being human is your soul occupying this body to maneuver through this experience in an effort to expand and evolve. When your soul is expanding it feels like joy, peace and love—your true nature. The closer you get to your true nature “joy” the lighter you feel and the less contrast you will need. When you have really found “joy” you will see perfection in everyone and everything. You will remember that your life’s purpose is to serve others and when you are living in alignment with your true nature you will find yourself residing in Heaven, right where you are. Heaven is a state of being.