about the term Community.
will lead us beyond what we know into the
depth of our common humanity,
into that place where none of us are strangers.”
I also came across this report about meditation in public schools:
“A University of Michigan study concludes that two, ten-minute meditation sessions per day in a public school setting reduces stress in children and teens and promotes emotional stability. Participants within the study group were found to exhibit less verbal aggression, anxiety and loneliness. Based on this study, a growing partnership of Detroit area parents, teachers and physicians are now calling for schools around the country to offer meditation breaks each day. ‘It wouldn’t be difficult,’ a spokesperson said, ‘and it requires no expensive equipment, no special outfits or footwear.’ Since meditation is not a religion, proponents claim that meditation would be an appropriate stress reliever in the schools.”
It seems that with meditation or even just the practice of getting quiet regularly, allows you to center yourself.
BJ Gallagher at the Huffington Post wrote a brief post titled Buddha: How to Tame Your Monkey Mind that explains more.
Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly. We all have monkey minds, Buddha said, with dozens of monkeys all clamoring for attention. Fear is an especially loud monkey, sounding the alarm incessantly, pointing out all the things we should be wary of and everything that could go wrong.Buddha showed his students how to meditate in order to tame the drunken monkeys in their minds. It’s useless to fight with the monkeys or to try to banish them from your mind because, as we all know, that which you resist persists. Instead, Buddha said, if you will spend some time each day in quiet meditation — simply calm your mind by focusing on your breathing or a simple mantra — you can, over time, tame the monkeys. They will grow more peaceful if you lovingly bring them into submission with a consistent practice of meditation.
Do you long for more peace in your heart and mind?
Are there things that feel unsettled for you?
Do you feel content and happy most of the time?
Do you have time in your life to just be, to dream, to imagine, to just breathe?
What would it really take for you to start a meditation practice of your own?
What would it take to simply ensure that you get quiet time regularly?
“If we have not quiet minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.”
~ John Bunyon
“We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly…spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.”
~ Susan L. Taylor
|Card from The Voice of Knowledge deck by Don Miguel Ruiz|
|Card from The Voice of Knowledge deck by Don Miguel Ruiz|
What is a Redvolutionary you might ask? Well this is how author Sera Beak describes it for us:
“A Redvolutionary is someone who does not play by the social, religious, cultural, sexual, or political rules. She affects change by daring to be herself, forging a unique path, and serving her planet authentically through “ecstatic activism.” She’s a kind of ‘spiritual superheroine,’ rebelling against dogma and ideology in order to experience a direct and intimate relationship with the divine. She has a fearless commitment to truth and freedom, healing and empowerment, hot love, red wine and gold body glitter…for all.”
A few years ago I read a book by author Sera Beak called The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark. Out of the blue I recently began receiving newsletter updates from author Sera Beak about upcoming workshops here in California. What seems like eons ago, I had signed up on her web site to receive updates from her, and my twin mommy brain vaguely recalls getting something a long time ago, but then nothing. So, to start receiving new emails from this fascinating young author made me take notice. I pulled the well-read and dog-eared book from my shelf and began refreshing myself with the delights inside. I also re-visited her new web site and learned that over 3 years ago Sera stepped back from the path she was on at the time. She said goodbye to a publishing deal for her second book and the production of a film. In her own words she puts the experience this way: “Over 3 years ago, the Universe ripped me a new one, a new Red Heart that is, and a lot has changed.” She goes into more detail in a keynote speech she gave in Spring 2012. (You can watch the video on her web page by clicking here.)
Sera Beak is a world traveled, Harvard-trained scholar of comparative religion, a spiritual cowgirl, and a redvolutionary. She has whirled with Sufi dervishes, had a private meeting with the Dalai Lama on her 21st birthday, took the host from a Croatian Catholic mystic who had the stigmata and has experienced life-altering visions with shamans (and everything in between.) Her book also received rave reviews from the likes of Sark, Neale Donald Walsch and Rob Brezny.
Here is the preface, called Prelude to A Kiss:
“Do you ever get that funny feeling, slightly surreal and disorienting, maybe late at night or early in the morning, maybe right before lunchtime or perhaps when your friends are chatting, a lover is changing, a job is droning, or a TV is flickering, a feeling that there’s something more than all of this? That you are more than all of this? That perhaps life is more purposeful and magical than you give it credit for, and never mind all your unpaid parking tickets and bad work days that seem to prove otherwise?
You do? Me, too. As does your best friend, your boss, and your weird neighbor. As do Russian rocket scientists, Belgian sheep farmers, and the Dalai Lama. The feeling is, in fact, universal.
So, what is this funny feeling? Sure, you could explain it away as some Freudian childhood glitch or planetary retrograde or even some of last night’s margaritas coming up for an encore. But more likely, it’s something a bit more profound. Chances are it’s a coy catcall from the universe, disguised as existential angst. It’s the divine ringing your inner doorbell. It’s your higher self, stealing the spotlight. It’s your potential, aching to be realized, and your spirit, itching to be scratched. So then the question becomes, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to explore this feeling? Are you willing to open the door? Are you willing to refocus your lens?”
|Author Sera Beak ~ Ignite Your Divine Spark|
Chapter 1, called Light the Match: Set Your Intentions Free, begins off like this:
“So how the hell do you start igniting your divine spark? Well, first and foremost, start by setting your intention. Your intention is the energy, the electric charge, the awareness you bring to every aspect of your life. It’s the force that lies behind everything you do, the fuel for your fire. Your intention helps create the pathway for your experience; therefore, setting it ain’t no trifling, careless thing, but a responsibility, one not to be taken lightly…
Setting your intention is a bit like offering up an invocation to the universe. You place your desire out in the world, as an energized thought, a pregnant idea, an open prayer. You envision how you would like to be, to feel, to progress…
You can state your intentions every morning before you get out of bed; it’s like applying an all-day moisturizer for your spirit: ‘I intend to be divinely aware and connected today, no matter what.’ You can sing them in the shower: ‘ I intend to follow my gut on this business deal and make it soar.’ You can let your intention move through your body during a yoga class: ‘ I intend from now on to be healthier with my eating and exercise habits, and to love my strong, sexy body.’ Or set it when you take stroll in the park: ‘ I intend to genuinely smile at every thing and every body I come across.’ You can set an intention for the coming day, week, year, or lifetime, or just for the moment you are in right now. It’s really that simple. If you don’t have a specific intention to set, just sit still, check in with your heart, and start sensing how you would ideally want to feel in your job, in your personal relationships, in your body, in your life, in your relationship with the divine. Hold these feelings strongly for a moment in your mind and heart, and then release them, breathe them out into the world.”
In what ways do you inspire/conspire to be Redvolutionary?
What Sparks are you feeling/experiencing right now in your life?
If Sparks are lacking, what might you dare to do to ignite some?
Have you set any intentions for yourself?
**One great way to get inspiration for your intentions is to participate in !Spark!, a Cosmic Cowgirl University offering, that inspires and supports you for thirty days in achieving your intentions. The next session starts September 1st and you can learn more here.
There is much about Sera Beak that hollers Cosmic Cowgirl, in addition to her self-proclaimed Spiritual Cowgirl identity, Spark, Divinity, Red, Intentions, Revolutionary, Daring, Glitter… and Oh, the list goes on and on. She had been working on a book called The Red Book of Chakras three years ago, until her life took an unexpected detour. She offers this particular book for sale on her web site. She shares this about it: This was the book I started to write three years ago before my ass got kicked by the universe. While my writing style and focus has changed since then, this book still packs a power-full punch of She-force and that’s way I’m sharing it with you all now. Enjoy!
She is now working on her official second book called Red Hot and Holy: A Heretic’s Love Story and she still has intentions to complete and release the film called Redvolution: Dare to Disturb the Universe.
Sera is offering some amazing workshops in California, along with other opportunities to work with her, and you can learn more about that here.
“Promoting health without encouraging others to seek wholeness is an exercise in futility. Not until we realize that our bodies are mirrors of our interpersonal, spiritual, professional, sexual, creative, financial, environmental, mental, and emotional health will we truly heal.”
My dear friend, Dr. Lissa Rankin of OwningPink.com – a brilliant, creative and succulent Medical Doctor – has found scientific evidence to prove that creative health is every bit as important to your body as good nutrition, daily exercise, and regular check-ups.
It supports what I’ve taught for YEARS – expressing yourSELF creatively isn’t just some fun luxury pastime. It’s vital to living a healthy and joyful life!
She teaches both patients and health care professionals how to make the body ripe for miracles by healing the mind and being healthy in all aspects of life, not just by promoting healthy behaviors like good nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep, but by encouraging health and authenticity in relationships, work, creative expression, spirituality, sexuality, finances, and living environment. She is leading a revolution to feminize how health care is received and delivered by encouraging collaboration, fostering self-healing, reconnecting health care and spirituality, empowering patients to tap into the mind’s power to heal the body, and encouraging women not to settle for being merely well, but to strive for living vital, joyful, authentic lives full of “mojo.”
When not spreading the word, she chills out, paints, does yoga, and hikes in Marin County, CA with her husband and daughter.”
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