and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body,
nourishment and refreshment.
I’m not interested in competing with anyone.
I hope we all make it.
~ Erica Cook
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Together, 2011 Mike Weber
I was given this a few years ago. Not the exact words in the exact sequence, but the essence. It’s distilled down from a reading I had with Barbara With. I felt compelled to share it with you. Before reading this, though, feel into it. Is it for you? My intention is not to foist an agenda on you, only to inspire you if you wish it.
I wish for you…
To know that as you journey ever deeper into you, you are, indeed, becoming “the change”.
An attitude of discovery replaces the near constant mental track that was running in your head. “What did I do wrong that I didn’t see?” Now becomes, “I’m here to see!” You are integrating and healing as you do this work of you. There is an easing into acceptance and surrender to the true self. Calming those anxious and terrified bits. Limiting distractions that cause you to look away from you. Saying no to drama that pulls you into what is not yours. Giving yourself the time you need to relax into you.
To know that this time is all about you.
Creating a life organized around you. The discovering of you. The pampering of you. The taking care of you. Receiving the gift of kindness you show yourself. Testing the limits of how much you can let go. How much you can ease the fluxuation of your thinking. How much you can let yourself feel…and breathe. How much you can laugh at yourself with compassion and gentleness. How much honor you can have for your strength and grace. How much awareness you can have, in every moment, of the impact you have on your inner life and outer life.
To get in touch with the incredibly huge energy that you’ve brought here and accept it.
You, more than ever, are able to hold this space of compassion for yourself, as a envelop of safety, a sacred space of you and for you. Aligning, each day to compassion. To love. Moment by moment, picking up more and more of your power and sovereignty. Opening, by degrees, to this mighty presence that you know that you are.
To be in awe of getting to be who you are.
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Breathing. It’s automatic, right? Well, yes and no. The shallow, thoughtless breath is, if not automatic, common. Default mode. Conscious breathing, that deep, fully-present breath, is not automatic, yet it is natural. It’s what your mind, body, and spirit crave. Breathing is our connection to life. It tells your body, the wholeness of you, “I choose life!”
Breathing is so simple AND it is a powerful and effective tool. It’s free AND freeing. You don’t need extensive study and training to learn how to do it. You can do it anywhere, anytime. It is natural and easy. You can use it when you’re in a difficult situation, experiencing the daily pressures of life, or taking time to relax.
When you are outside of the present moment, lamenting the past somehow or worrying about the future, you are like a vacant house. So, when the resources, people, potentials and opportunities show up, you are not “at home” to greet them and receive them. The breath will support you in being home to receive…being home to really live.
What is conscious breathing?
Conscious breathing is breathing that is deep and full. You are fully present in the now moment. You drop down into you. The mind quiets and the belly fills. You feel a sense of calm and relaxation melt over you. It is rhythmic and natural. Imagine the breathing of an infant. They do it so easily, so naturally. No thought. No effort. Just a deep, peaceful breath…in and out…in and out. There aren’t a lot of rules around this, but breathing through the nose is very beneficial, as it is the body’s humidifier. Also if you’re breathing into the chest and lungs, that’s not deep enough. You’re belly should rise and fall if you’re lying down or move in and out if you’re sitting. It’s that simple.
Where can I do?
Anywhere! Walking down the street, picking the kids up from school, sitting in a meeting (especially sitting in a meeting!)…anywhere.
When should I do it?
Any time you think of it! Feel your shoulders creeping upward, tensing as they go? Take a few deep breaths. Waiting in line at the grocery store…breathe. Under pressure at work…breathe. Waking up, going to bed, taking a shower…breathe!
Why should I do it?
Breathing gets you into the core of you, your center, your balance. It gets you fully present in the now moment, which is where everything happens – where you create, where you receive. When you are consciously breathing, you are not leaking your energy into the past or the future. Your energy is fully contained in the moment.
Breathing does so many things…
Start your day with some breathing. Set up the day for calm and clarity from the beginning. At a particularly challenging part of my own awakening, I made an intentional daily practice of this for a 6 month period. It helped me to feel fully aligned with the grander part of me or rather, the wholeness of me. Before I got out of bed, I’d imagine myself at a trailhead, preparing to set off on my journey. It was a beautiful way to connect more deeply with myself and step off on the right foot each day. I could hear my own voice more clearly and sense the when the voice I was hearing in my head wasn’t mine. The activity helped me cultivate more patience and a sense of calm. And I felt more like I was creating my life instead of reacting to it.
Relaxation Breathing (Inspired by Dr. Norma Delaney’s Breathing Exercise)
Use the above exercise while in a warm bath. Add sea salts to help release more toxins from the body. Also helps release aches and pains that can be symptoms of the awakening journey.
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My dear friends, Kay and Tom Seliskar are so in the flow. For years now, they have lived full time in their beautiful RV and let their hearts lead them all over the country. In ease and grace, trusting and allowing the flow. Enjoying the journey. It’s their way of life. They are a wonderful example to us all!
Many of the photos you see on this site are courtesy of this amazing couple. Where ever they go they enjoy and capture (so we all can enjoy) the living beauty of this land. Their footsteps (and tire tracks) are truly a blessing to the Earth. They’ve even created a book that reflects the beauty of nature and their spiritual journey called Spirit in Nature, a Book of Inspiration and Beauty. Read more about it here.
These dear ones are multi-talented! Their flow extends into the Emotion Code and Energy Healing work they do. One of their passions is supporting people with releasing the old, so they can step into the true. The impact they’ve made on my personal journey is tremendous. I experienced deep transformation and shift in the wake of their work with me. What a divine team! I invite you to explore their website to learn more.
I’m so grateful for their generosity in letting me share some of their spectacular photos with you. In their honor, we explore the beauty of flow. Of course, all of the photos are from Tom (and sometimes Kay). Thanks for the upliftment and the beautiful views, Tom and Kay!
Photos by Tom Seliskar