Don’t forget the window sills…

CleansingSpirit

Peace Soulstars,

I have not been blogging as much lately due to some major life changes ahead for myself and my family. Good things though!   We also were away for a week on a mini vacay in which we took care of business as well.  Many positive manifestations happening right now including a major move.  As I’ve been taking time to purge physical things prior to moving out of our apartment I have also been continuing the process of purging emotional and mental handicaps including people, the past, problems, situations and the like.

This morning I opened the curtains to raise the blinds and decided to check out the window sills.  I have noticed build up over time but neglected to clean them.  After noticing the filth, I proceeded to grab a cleaner and paper towels and wiped those bad boys down!  I also thought about how breathing that stuff is in is terrible for your body.  As I proceeded to clean the build up of dirt, pollen, and other debris, I felt so much better.  I remember when we first moved in I made sure I wiped the window sills whenever I dusted because it looked so much better to me.  It was also easier to clean because I did it regularly.  Over time I had forgotten about them so it took a little more effort to clean this time but it got done.

As you know, the window sills are the surface at the bottom of a window on the interior side.  I place emphasis on “interior” for a reason.  Stay with me.  Underneath the grime was a clean, fresh surface which was so much more pleasing to my senses including my soul.  This brings me to my point.  We tend to forget those little crevices that are an important part of our environment/living space and often get overlooked as time progresses.  We concentrate mostly on the larger, outer surfaces while neglecting those small spaces and corners that need cleaning too.  It happens so easily because those small areas aren’t usually seen by the naked eye.  You have to look closer.  Usually, this doesn’t happen until we are sneezing, coughing, or just get tired of looking at it because sometimes we notice but put it off ;-).

The same goes for us as spiritual beings inhabiting physical bodies.  We often forget to cleanse our souls of build up from  years of toxic people, situations, problems, etc.  Purging and cleansing are an important part of starting anew.  For example, when moving try purging your space of anything unnecessary before packing.  While going through items, ask yourself “Does this serve me?” “Do I have a need for this or am I holding onto it just because?”  That is when you know you need to let it go.

This is a great way to get into the mindset of cleansing yourself of anything that does not serve you.  Removing layers of build up will do wonders for your life in all areas.  In order to grow, change, and improve yourself from the inside out it’s imperative to check in to those areas regularly.  It’s preventative and helps improve overall health.  Once you purge and cleanse you can start fresh which will allow you to move forward mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.   When you have those three down the physical will have no choice but to follow suit.

Remember to set time aside daily or weekly (whatever fits your lifestyle best) to check in.  If you need to write it down, write it down or put a reminder in your phone until it becomes second nature.  Do what works for you and feel better! If you need to set the reminder as “Don’t forget the window sills!”.

Love and Light,

9k=-1

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Meditation…My Most Important Lessons

“Meditation is emptying your mind completely of all belief, ideology, concept, thought.  Only in an empty mind when there is no dust left on the mirror truth reflects.” ~Osho

Peace Soulstars,

The above quote is from “The Book of Wisdom” by Osho which I have yet to finish because it’s filled with so much wisdom that I have to pace myself.  I take notes in the margins and everything.  I highly recommend it.  Many may find this “mindless” concept of meditation questionable.  It has even become quite controversial but just like with any other information you take it as just that.  It is information.  Use it how you see fit.  What is truth to one is not truth to the other.

Meditation is all in what you make it out to be.  It does not always have to consist of you sitting “mindlessly” in lotus position while deep breathing.  For example, this past weekend my meditation consisted of creating my vision board (finally).  Most of the time I  do sit in lotus position while deep breathing as I let the thoughts that enter my mind pass like clouds in the sky.  My understanding is that it is okay to have thoughts while meditating.  It is what the mind does.  The key is not letting the thoughts control your feelings and/or distract you from your peace of mind.  Also, have fun!  Meditating should not be stressful.  It defeats the purpose if it is.

I’ve meditated off and on in the past but my most successful experience with meditating began when I used the app Headspace.  I did the free 10 minute daily sessions which helped me understand what I was doing, why, and how to begin.  From there, I began meditating on my own and found that I was able to meditate for 10 minutes without a timer or other guidance.  This intrigued me as I found that the mind truly is more powerful than we give it credit.  It was nonstop from then on which led me to learn how to meditate in other ways besides sitting still.  Though I do enjoy sitting still and find it very effective.

In the months that I have been practicing daily meditation for at least 15- 20 minutes (sometimes longer) here are a few lessons I’ve learned:

  • There are many creative, effective ways to meditate.  Do not just stick to one method
  • You can meditate anywhere when you really get the hang of it
  • Learning to let my thoughts come and go without reacting to them helped me resist feeling (letting thoughts control you)
  • I was able to tune out the physical state (sounds, distractions, tension/pains in the body) by focusing on the breath and breathing  causing me to relax
  • It is okay to lose focus at times as thoughts take you off track but what’s important is that you bring your awareness back to the breath

I’ll be sharing some of my experiences with meditation.  I think many of you will find it interesting how I learned to take life to a whole other level by learning how to connect with my spiritual self.  I hope you find this helpful in establishing a meditation practice of your own.  Remember, everyone is different with different needs and starting from different points in their journey.  When you understand that, you’ll be able to reap the full benefits of meditation.

Love and Light,

9k=-1

I’m not crazy!

For many, the thought of seeking mental health treatment is met with the statement “I’m not crazy” due to stigma attached to this social issue which plagues more people than not. I gained much knowledge as a mental health professional and in my studies leading up to a career as a clinician. What I know for sure is that initially the only difference between people who seek mental health treatment versus those who don’t is that the people who do get help actually acknowledge their issues.

Many people out here are masking their unresolved issues and self medicating through methods including simple every day things like eating, smoking, social drinking, shopping etc. Seems harmless right? Well, just like much of everything else these are simple things that can turn into vices if not managed properly. Eating and shopping are deemed socially acceptable so they go overlooked because there is not much stigma attached. The result? People continue on ignoring their problems leaving issues unresolved while engaging their temporary fixes which do nothing but make matters worse. Either they are aware but are unsure, are aware but just don’t care enough or are simply unaware. A major barrier to seeking mental health treatment for many is fear. Fear of stigma is a big one.

There are people who honestly don’t realize they have unresolved issues until things go awry. Some deny it for fear of being judged because of stigma attached to seeking help. “I’m not crazy” is the typical response. First, there are many levels of mental illness. Not all levels of severity involve the extreme cases which are all too often the depiction by society including the media. It does not make you “crazy” to need and/or seek help. What truly is “crazy” is when you know you need help but don’t do anything about it. This goes for parents as well; parents who have kids that they know need help whether it is behavioral, developmental, mental, drug and/or alcohol issues. You are doing those you love a major disservice by not getting them the help they need. As parents that is your responsibility. If your kids fall short later in life due to your lack of action or inaction it is because of your failure to fulfill your role.

This does not apply to those who are not in a position to do so mentally, physically, financially etc.  We are a part of a system which is failing many of us tremendously in this area.  As a result there are many who seek treatment but can not receive it due to systemic barriers.  However, if you do have the means and access to resources you have no excuse. I have much respect for the people who get help personally and seek help for their loved ones instead of living in denial (and ignorance knowingly) as if everything is all good when it really is not. There is a difference when you are aware and have the means. Many people are aware and do not so it really is not their fault for the system failing them. That is a whole other story I will get into later. Until then, let it be known that no one is crazy for acknowledging that they need help.

Much love,

9k=-1