How to Sync Up Your Mind, Body and Heart

How to Sync Up Your Mind, Body and Heart

Wake Up and…Stop?

The alarm goes off, our eyes open, and our brain starts going. What’s on my agenda for today, we wonder. With stress mounting, we reach for our smartphone. The notification light is flashing: text messages, emails, reminders… There’s so much to do! We power up and hop out of bed, hit the shower, drink our coffee, and get busy. In just twelve “short” hours, we’ll be able to wind down on the couch with some piece of our technology.

Plugging In, But Not With Ourselves

Already our heart is racing, our senses are on full alert, and we are prepared to seize the day by the collar. We’ve checked our messages, the weather, the news reports, the day’s to-do-list, and the gas tank, and although we may feel a little anxious, we seem satisfied that we’ve got it all covered.

But actually, deep inside we know we don’t. We have forgotten to check in on the most important aspect of our day: ourselves. We have connected our phone to the car charger, but we have forgotten to connect ourselves to our inner source of patience, gratitude, confidence, and peace. We’ve synced up all our Bluetooth devices, but we haven’t synced up our mind, body, and heart.

So how do we make this crucial connection to better prepare ourselves to greet the day with the confidence that we can handle anything that comes our way and with the inner knowledge that nothing can shake us off our higher ground? It truly is a simple, doable process: Instead of “wake up and go,” we wake up and stop. Literally . .

Wake Up and Stop

The alarm goes off, our eyes open, and we feel gratitude for the new day. The worries of the world can wait a bit, as we rise from our bed with an intention to meditate—to sit with ourselves—before engaging the outside world. We take care of the few things, like brushing our teeth or walking the dog, and then we go to our quiet space and close our eyes. For those few precious minutes we sit with ourselves to be with our breath without any judgments or expectations.

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Do This Every Morning

In our quiet space, a room, a corner, on a cushion or on the floor, we sit with the intention of “spending time with ourselves,” away from the external world. We choose a meditation practice. We may begin to say our mantra, pay attention to our breath, repeat inspirational passages. Any of these can become the object of our meditation that we can bring our mind back to when it wanders or becomes engaged in thought. We let our thoughts come and go, but when the mind starts to engage a thought we gently bring our focus back to the object we have chosen. This is our practice of being with ourselves, of calming the mind, as we go within to access our inner wisdom, our inner voice, of guidance, strength and love.

In doing this every morning we bring our mind, body, and heart into alignment—so that all parts of us are on the same page when we go about our day. We get a deep sense of how we are feeling that particular day which allows us to make adjustments where necessary. Through this process of checking in with ourselves, we are better able to recognize the many opportunities we will have in the day ahead to be the most magnificent version of ourselves that we can be.

When our meditation is over, we then move on to our “to-do” list from a calmer, less impatient, and more peaceful place—simply because we have taken a few moments to stop, even before we begin.



Meditation for Connecting with the Goddess

Meditation for Connecting with the Goddess

From Bastet to Artemis, throughout history, the presence of goddesses have been written into human lore and mythology. But what does a modern goddess mean for us today?

The modern Goddess is often connected with Wicca, or paganism, but it’s important to hold to her image very broadly. All goddesses are considered different reflections of the one Divine Mother. Pinning the Goddess down is a challenge, as believers state she expresses herself in many different ways in the physical, mental and spiritual planes.

According to Wikipedia, some people in the Goddess movement recognize multiple goddesses. Some also include gods. While others honor what they refer to as “the Goddess”, which is not necessarily seen as monotheistic, but is often understood to be an inclusive, encompassing term incorporating many goddesses in many different cultures. The term “the Goddess” may also be understood to include a multiplicity of ways to view deity personified as female, or as a metaphor, or as a process. Other names she has include the One Goddess, Divine Mother , the Great Mother, the Divine Feminine, and the One (or Source) Energy. As other believers put it, “She is the embodiment of the divine feminine. She is Mother Nature, the Earth– Gaia; she is fertility and the turning of the seasons. She is the cycle of birth, life, death, and regeneration– or rebirth; she is the Creatrix of all that is, was, and will be. Where the God is hard and unyielding, the Goddess is soft and pliant, embracing the individual and human diversity, allowing for growth and expansion.”

The concept of a goddess can sound very abstract, which is why using a guided meditation can be of such importance. BeliefNet has a great one that is very visualization-heavy, and yet offers excellent guidance. Find out for yourself what this deity means to you:

Goddess Meditation

1. Begin your meditation by sitting in a quiet place. Mentally surround yourself with a zone of silence as if you have drawn a veil between yourself and the world. Gradually, begin to slow the rhythm of your breath. As you inhale, then exhale, let your breath carry you deeper and deeper within. As the distractions of everyday life fall away, let your awareness drop down into the inner chamber of your heart.

2. Next, imagine that you find yourself walking along a pathway that leads you further and further away from civilization, and deep into the heart of a primeval forest. As you follow this trail, imagine that you are winding around and among trees that are hundreds of years old. Flowers carpet the ground and birds sing. In the distance you hear the muffled roar of the ocean waves, rising and falling, rising and falling, like music. Your heartbeat, your breath, and the ocean waves keep time with the rhythm of nature.

3. Soon the path you are on brings you to a tiny, crumbling, stone sanctuary, a place so old and hidden it had been forgotten by time. Thickly covered with vines and gnarled branches, it is clear that no one entered this chapel in centuries, perhaps even thousands of years. Intuitively you sense that something mysterious yet deeply familiar lies within this ruin of a forgotten shrine. Slowly you push open the door and enter. As you open the door, something old and timeless opens within your soul as well.

4. Once across the threshold, you find yourself immersed in an atmosphere that is sacred and holy. Vaulted ceilings arch over a rough, stone altar at the front. Candles are burning, there is a smell of fragrant incense. On an altar stands a statue of the female deity, the Goddess. Her face is so old and dark with time, the lines on her body so worn from the touch of praying hands that you cannot even tell what religion she belongs to. She is simply the Mother, god as a woman, the one to whom the world turns in all its grief and suffering. She is Sofia, Kwan Yin, Mary, Sarah, Fatima, White Buffalo Woman, Isis, Sita, Innanna, and Demeter. She is all the feminine faces of God, but she is more than that. She is the mother of life itself.

5. Kneeling before her in reverence, you bow your head in prayer. Immediately you are embraced by her being, and the cares and worries of the world fall away, soothed in her loving acceptance of all your human faults and frailties. Entering even more deeply into your meditation the statue you are praying before suddenly comes alive as a real being and now you find yourself before the mystery of the living mother of all creation.

6. As she comes to life, the chapel fills with a warm and golden light. Now the face of the ancient mother becomes animated with feeling. Seated before her you gaze into each other’s eyes. She penetrates your soul with a glance that loves you to the core of your very being. Emotions of sweetness, mercy, and loving forgiveness emanate from her, sweeping over you in waves of bliss, healing all the parts of your that are hurt, broken, and wounded. Held within her arms, taken onto her lap, you become like a little child with its mother. You touch her hair, her face in loving affection, and feel her loving affection for you in return.

7. Going more deeply into this experience you begin to feel as if the body of the ancient mother is the gateway to the body of creation itself. Going beyond her form, you enter into communion with the body of the earth — all her creatures, trees, oceans, rivers, mountains, cities, and people. Going even beyond the earth, feel the body of the ancient mother expand into space, becoming the bodies of the stars and the planets and the whirling galaxies that are spread over the universe like a mantle of bright jewels.

8. Held in the womb of this mystery you feel a powerful force, holy energy, and the breath of life, the soul of the cosmos. Feel your heartbeat in rhythm with the rhythm of life itself. Slowly begin to return your awareness to your body, still seated before the ancient mother in prayer. Inhale deeply, taking into every cell of your body, every thought in your mind her cherishing nourishing life-sustaining love. Exhale, letting this energy flow out of you like a river of grace watering your life and all those you know and care for, with a stream of blessings, happiness, and well-being.

9. Now close your meditation bowing once more before the ancient mother. Rise and exit from her humble little sanctuary, closing the door behind you. As you make your way along the path back to the life you left behind, remember that you carry within your heart a precious secret: faith in the goodness of life, the gift of love of the Divine Mother of the world.

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