"Get up and Sit"
Reflection, meditation and mindfulness need not be a solely passive process.
To sit in meditation and passively reflect upon the self is like taking a day tour in a glass bottom boat. We see with some clarity a largely hidden world. This view is broad and open, much like a panoramic picture. This is just one way to view the depths of the self.
Reflection can also be practiced actively with intent and direction.
A purposeful approach to reflection is less like a glass bottom boat and more akin to a personal submarine: we direct the craft through the waterscape of our mind focusing in on the subtler areas. Places that may have been ignored or obstructed from view when looking down from above are now visible with this direct, precise approach to reflection.
From this place of active reflection, we also gain the ability to modulate our experience. Simply bearing witness to the intricacies of the self causes them to stir, and in this state of healthy disturbance, we get a close-up view of what is happening behind the scenes.
Imagine looking down from the surface through that glass bottom boat, a big wave stirs up the sand… we lose our sight and are left blind. But up close, in that personal submarine, we have powerful spotlights bringing focus and clarity into our expedition.
We welcome the waves, the disturbance, the movement of the mind as helpful resistance training to direct our focus amidst the storm. With practice, we gain the ability to remain steadfast within the chaos and even use it to our advantage.
Here a few offerings to join in the practice with this fundamental approach to meditation. Sitting with Cacao in ceremony is a great way to amplify our awareness and facilitate progress in our meditation practice and mental mapping. Utilizing guided meditation to assist the process, these are very restorative events.
Saturday, January 13th
We will gather to sit with cacao at a private residence 10 minutes north of Easton PA off Rt. 611.
Amanda Melhem will facilitate the reiki share & sound healing with her gongs during the experience. Space is limited, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and availability.
Saturday, January 27th
4:30 - 6:30pm
Excited to be in this new space! Soulful Journeys, Healing Arts Center in Nazareth PA. Sitting with cacao in ceremony to facilitate healthy reflection.
Details and Registration Here
Look for details about a special heart-centered Cacao ceremony to take place the weekend before valentines day at Easton Yoga. Invite your loved ones and sip rose infused cacao while being bathed in sound throughout the meditation.
Our appreciation of self builds sound habits. When we appreciate ourselves, and the things that we are doing, it inspires us to reinforce those habits. Focusing on the good that we create, focusing on the beauty, bringing our attention to that which makes us grow bigger facilitates further growth.
This awesome chain of events happens naturally if we provide the space.
Here is the recipe Santa's workshop would use if they were in the Spiritual-Gift Giving Biz.
Step One: Select your "Gift"
Look within, review the gifts which you already have, the progress you've already made. Hone in on the growth that’s apparent, then turn your gaze forward, envision that evolution and allow it to lift you higher yet. Now take a step back, see that whole process from a distance, wrap it up in a pretty little (or massive) box, put a bow on top and write your own name on the tag.
Step Two: Clear some space.
Just like if you were to sit down at a desk, when doing the work inside we must clear away the mess if we want to make progress. When sitting with cacao (or any other time,) a great way to do this is through guided meditation. Allowing your guide to stay-the-course for you so that you might sink a little deeper into that clarified "work" space.
Step Three: Chocolate … Duh!
Using ceremonial Cacao we send our-"self" the gift which has been crafted by our-self, for our-self, from our-self. The food of the gods is quite the blessing, plant medicine that is so easily accessible, with no harsh side effects. We sit with cacao as a way to implement that gift into our psyche, into our spirit, and into our hearts.
Would you like to do this?
Join me on December 10th in Downtown Easton, Pennsylvania as we gather with a special holiday blend of cacao and send ourselves THE gift. Special guest and friend Galen Deery will be crafting an epic soundscape for us as we move through this space, helping to soften and facilitate the shifts we create within.
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Definition: Loving Kindness; The Buddhist virtue of kindness; Love for no reason other than to give Love; In Theravada Buddhism, meditation focused on the development of unconditional love in all beings.
To see through the eyes of Mettã
To offer love and kindness with no agenda, simply because it is good for humans to offer love and to receive it, to be shown kindness and to give it.
This is where real healing happens. This is where the real work is done.
Cut through all of the vails and the hang ups, the trauma and the hesitation, see the real parts of yourself, for who you are beneath it all, and see your partner in that same light. It’s the ugly crying and the sweet sobbing, the bashful smiles and the deep belly laughter that emanate from this place of genuine self.
Then Love that place!
Get to know this place, feel through the uncomfortable parts of the body, let the gaze try and pull away from the eyes of another, but hold fast, see deep and become aware of the aversion to truth. It is only after we get passed this place of hesitation that we can start to see reality.
Learn to offer unconditional love with no attachment to the receipt of affection. With some practice we begin to unfold our minds idea of how we love and then rewrite the process into something centered in benevolence, in kindness, in free spirited, hippy dippy love... The good stuff:)
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