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Each morning my beautiful golden retriever companion, Bailey Nanda and I head out for our
daily ritual of drinking in the day.  Often still dark, we are blessed with a plethora of awe-inspiring unfoldings as dawn becomes daylight. From lingering starlight on some occasions, to a sunrise over Mt. Baker in brilliant hues of gold, apricot and turquoise, to a wild riot of a billion snowflakes kissing our eyes and cheeks, to gale force winds dancing in trees and in our hair, nature blesses our every step.

I have taken to adding in a walking meditation centered on gratitude that I practice first for myself and then –  it becomes ‘Metta’ – a form of loving kindness for all of life.  I would love to share this here with you in the hopes that it may resonate and become part of your own daily ritual as you honor YOU and all Sentient Beings.

Opening:
I Am Grateful for…
– my strong, healthy body
– my calm, clear mind
– my tranquil soul
– my open, peaceful heart.

(This I repeat several times in rhythm to the cadence of our walking.)

Then it becomes “Metta” as I repeat:

May All Beings know…
– a strong, healthy body
– a calm, clear mind
– a tranquil soul
– an open, peaceful heart.

(Once again, repeating for a deepening of the prayer and intention.)

In closing, my wish for you is all of the above.  As we share our inner light generously from the from the love within us, transformation is a certainty. So simple, yet so profound, the changes we can inspire when we live and commune from our beautiful hearts.

Namasté.
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Do you find yourself in a life situation where the direction is feeling a little foggy, perhaps in a relationship, a health decision or a financial arena? We can make ourselves a little bit crazy getting clear around what path to take.

Often when we find ourselves in a quandary of sorts, we may feel that there are either NO options available to us or perhaps see it as an ‘either this or that’ scenario. That’s when our head is taking over. But when we allow ourselves to quiet the mind and connect with the heart, we open ourselves up to a myriad of possibilities that may never have had room to enter your consciousness. We create a vacuum of sorts that draws in the unexpected and often miraculous.

And while we can learn from the past and envision the future, I believe it is also vital to come into the present moment to allow us to be clear in our choices. Only in the NOW can we truly connect with the energy necessary to move forward.

I’d like to offer a 5 step practice and short audio meditation of this process to help usher in clarity.

1) Breathe. There is nothing like becoming aware of the breath to bring you into the current moment.
2) Surrender. And I don’t mean give up. As C.J. Jung so brilliantly states: “What we resist, persists.” Recognize the futility of denying ‘what is.’
3) Drop into your heart. (The heart always knows what is best for us.)
4) Become the observer. Take a step back from the situation and create space for answers and as you do…
5) Get quiet. Turning down the noise within from this ‘witness’ stance allows for miracles and beautiful synchronicities.

Meditation for Clarity for audio meditation.