quinta-feira, 31 de maio de 2012

why we don't remember

''Many of us wonder why we do not remember who we were before we were born. We wonder what it was like to be a soul without a body and what it will be like to be one again.

Many of us have a strange sense that we do remember, as if we did experience a bodiless existence, but we can’t quite recall the details.

We may remember feeling as if we were flying, or as if we were just incredibly light and unrestricted in our movements.
Still, most of us do not recall anything in detail about the time before we incarnated into a human body.

There are many possible reasons for this deep forgetting, one of which is that remembering would probably impinge upon our ability to fully commit to this life.

Experiencing life on earth without any memory of an alternative existence allows us to be here completely, and that is what is required in order for us to learn much of what we must learn here.

Most of us are not meant to spend our time here preoccupied with concerns beyond the realm of this lifetime.

Instead, it is our job to occupy our bodies and our planet with a fullness that would not be possible if we were constantly aware of another, and extremely different, realm of existence.

There is no doubt that life on earth is difficult in ways that life outside of a body is not.
As we modulate our energy to move into a body, our consciousness changes, and this is a necessary change.

Forgetting other levels of being protects us from a confused and divided experience.

Soon enough, we will be back where we started, so thinking too much about it now is a bit like being on a fascinating journey and spending the whole time thinking about going home.

It is more in alignment with our purpose here to be fully present in the gift of this journey, unreservedly offering our energy to the experience we are having right now.''

(Daily Om, Scott Blum)

sábado, 26 de maio de 2012

The Benefits of Singing

''Singing is an act of vibration.
It takes music from the realm of the unformed-- whether that is in your mind or from that magical space of inspiration--and moves it from within to without.

From the first breath singing moves the energy in a circular way inside your body.

As the breath fills your lungs, it brushes against the second and third chakrasthe centers of creation and honoring self and others.
Instead of merely exhaling, pushing the air past the fourth and fifth chakras where heart charka and the center of will and intention reside, singing engages both the heart and mind.

Sound vibrations from vocal chords resonate in the sinus cavities, filling the head with motion and sound while the brain lights up with the processing of the mathematics of music.

This marriage of activities brings the third eye into play and opens the door for inspiration from the crown chakra before sending the sound out into the world.

Once the vibration begins, it is sustained with each note, moving throughout your body and the space around you. This can help you to harmonize your frequency with the world and with the divine.

The use of the voice can bring about catharsis, a cleansing from the expression of emotion, which is why we feel better after singing certain types of songs.

All of this occurs even if we are not conscious of what we are singing, but when we really connect with an intention, the power of the voice and music together are powerful tools in creation.

Even if you are not a singer by nature or talent, you are not left out.
If you have a voice, it is your birthright to celebrate life with song.  

It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel you have a nice voice. 

Chanting or humming, singing solo or with others, your voice is yours to enjoy.

Whether you sing along to the radio or use vocalization as part of your meditation time, singing and harmonizing are healing activities that bring your body’s vibrations into alignment with the universe.''

(DailyOm, Scott Blum)

segunda-feira, 21 de maio de 2012

about the Universe

Midway alert

On a remote and isolated island in the middle of the Pacific, twelve-hundred miles northwest of Hawaii.
This is a moment in time, a chance to witness and understand our role in an astonishing environmental tragedy.
This is a place that provides context.
Here, reflected in the beauty of the Albatross, is an unfolding horror.
Yet it is a horror in which we see our own lives, a snapshot of our impact on the planet that challenges us to consider how to move forward.
Join us, on a breathtaking and emotional journey, into the heart of the Pacific, and into the heart of ourselves.

domingo, 20 de maio de 2012

quarta-feira, 16 de maio de 2012

segunda-feira, 14 de maio de 2012

Missing our old habits

´´Whenever we make the effort to free ourselves of an addiction or a habit we no longer need, we are often surprised to find ourselves missing the old pattern as we would a familiar friend. This sounds counterintuitive, because we think we should instinctively gravitate toward that which is good for us.

And yet, it makes a lot of sense when you consider that we humans are creatures of habit.
This is why we gravitate to people and places—and patterns of behavior--that make us feel comfortable.

Therefore, many of the habits we form are not conscious and are based instead on learned behavior from role models who were not always making the healthiest decisions.

Most addictions begin as a way of avoiding feelings that are extremely uncomfortable, so it makes sense that stopping the addiction means, for a time, a fair amount of discomfort.

The same, of course, is true of habits that we have developed over time that we are ready to release.

Just knowing that this is hard, and having compassion for ourselves as we work through this process, can help us to stay the course when we feel the urge to backtrack.

It’s also helpful to remember that in time we will establish new, healthier patterns, and the yearning for the old ones will disappear.

Eventually, we will instinctively reach for things that are good for us, and the longing for positive change may form the basis of a new habit.

The only way to get to this new place is to endure a time of difficulty, which is a challenge we can confidently handle, if we remember that it will lead to the change we seek in our lives.

Our bodies, hearts, and minds always need time to adjust to a new way of doing things, but they will adapt, and even become our allies, if we remain true to our vision of a new way.''

(Daily Om, Scott Blum)

sexta-feira, 4 de maio de 2012

Noticing Synchronicity

''When events appear to fit together perfectly in our lives it may seem at first that they are random occurrences, things that are the result of coincidence.

These synchronous happenings, though, are much more than that, for, if we look at them more closely they can show us that the universe is listening to us and gently communicating with us.

Learning to pay attention to and link the things that occur on a daily basis can be a way for us to become more attuned to the fact that most everything happens in our lives for a reason even when that reason is not clear right away.

When we realize that things often go more smoothly than we can ever imagine, it allows us to take the time to reflect on the patterns in our lives.

Even events that might not at first seem to be related to each other are indicators that the universe is working with, not against, us.

This idea of synchronicity, then, means that we have to trust there is more to our lives than what we experience on a physical level.

We need to be willing to look more closely at the bigger picture, accepting and having confidence in the fact that there is more to our experiences than immediately meets the eye.

Being open to synchronicity also means that we have to understand that our lives are filled with both positive and negative events.

Once we can recognize that one event is neither more desirable nor better than the otherthey all have an overall purpose in our lives -- then we are truly ready to listen to the messages the universe gives us.

While we may not be able to see everything in our lives as being synchronous, we can certainly use hindsight to be more aware of how the universe guides us.

This sense of wonder at the mysteries of the universe and the interconnectedness present in our lives will help us see our overall ways of being and will in turn make it easier to work more consciously towards our spiritual evolution.''

 (Scott Blum, DailyOM)