Category Archives: Spiritual Well

Focused Vision, Focused Life…

In yoga, the Sanskrit word drshti (drishtee) is seeing, or inner vision. It also refers to the act of gazing at a focal point. Practicing drshti can be as simple as choosing a spot on the wall to look at to help maintain our balance in a yoga pose. Eventually this external gazing turns into gazing inward, perhaps concentrating on our intuition or heart center. To focus means to steady ourselves, to direct our attention, to concentrate.

Concentration is a limb of yoga (Dharana). It’s just as important as practicing asana/postures. Without concentration, we cannot meditate, and we lose out on the first goal of yoga, which is to steady the chitter chatter of our minds.

To concentrate, we reduce the distractions that surround us. Through drshti, we temporarily narrow the scope of our vision. We temporarily put on blinders so that we can have a deeper experience with one thing rather than a broad experience of many things.

In yoga asana class, discipline yourself to keep your drshti gaze, no matter what posture you are in or how you are moving to / through them. Be aware of the room and other practitioners, yet narrow your focus, keep your eyes still and relaxed, gazing at one spot. Work to also keep your body still between postures and during postures. Lessen your fidgeting – for yourself, and also for other practitioners. Yogis work to limit our negative impacts on others – our movements, our words, our actions. Be rigorous, self-disciplined, and compassionate with yourself.

In this way, we begin to direct not just our attention, but also our lives. The more we practice concentrating and paying attention, the easier it becomes. We learn we can sharpen into focus, and then go back out broad with our level of awareness. We become very efficient, because our minds stay still while we perform the task at hand. We begin to tether ourselves to this deep well of peace within us, no matter how hectic things are around us.

Breathe In “Serve” Breathe Out “God”

This simple breathing meditation has been incredibly helpful for me and I thought it may be helpful to you, too!

Start becoming aware of your breath and create a slow, deep, even inhale and exhale from your nose. It may be a for a count of 4, 5, or 7 – we all have a different breath cycle, so make it your own deep even breath. As you inhale, meditate on “Serve”. As you exhale, meditate on “God”.

As I move through each moment of my day, I go back to this breathing meditation. When anxiety fills me, or my heart becomes heavy, or my mind starts it’s incessant chitter chatter, I go back to: Inhale Serve, Exhale God. Everything slows down. Crystal clarity returns. Worry resolves itself. Stress melts away. I step back into my true purpose – in each moment, Serve God.

We Are Each Responsible For All Of Our Experiences…

By Louise Hay

We are each responsible for all of our experiences.

Every thought we think is creating our future.

The point of power is always in the present moment.

Everyone suffers from self-hatred and guilt.

The bottom line for everyone is, “I’m not good enough.”

It’s only a thought, and a thought can be changed.

Resentment, criticism, and guilt are the most damaging patterns.

Releasing resentment will dissolve even cancer.

When we really love ourselves, everything in our life works.

We must release the past and forgive everyone.

We must be willing to begin to learn to love ourselves.

Self-approval and self-acceptance in the now are the key to positive changes.

Find and share your inner light. Namaste.


Chakra Meditation…

Energy Centers

The Heartbeat to Eternity

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Drop a pebble in a still pond and watch the ripple travel out in an ever expanding ring.

Thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters.

They create ripples that spread and expand as they move outwards.

Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives.

And their reactions in turn affects others.

The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine.

The choices you make have far-reaching consequences.

Every transformation, just like every ripple, has a point of origin.

A new millennium is here and a great spiritual awakening has begun.

It resides within your heart.

People everywhere are seeking answers.

To the true nature of our souls,

To what God has to do with our lives,

To whether our small contributions can really effect great changes.

The pond is the world. Your heart is the pebble.

The ripple is the love and positive intention you send out with every heartbeat.


Your heart sends out a ripple

It beats in time with another heart and the ripple doubles.

Which beat in time with other hearts…

And the ripple grows…

Spreading from heart to heart with gradually increasing influence over the community.

The ripple effect is a connection between those in need and those who want to help.

If all of us give just an hour a week to good works,

Or one hour sending out a blessing with every heartbeat,

Think of the combined effect of the growing ripple on our communities and our culture.

Each of us carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse.

We can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of loving kindness that will wash over the world.

Each act of charity. Each thoughtful deed.

Each positive thought can ripple from heart to heart and evoke changes in time and space.

Bringing heartbeats to vibrate in time.

The momentum of your influence will grow as your ripple moves onward and outward,

The ripple growing in size as your heart connects to another and their contribution is added.

The ripple becomes a wave. The wave growing in strength as more heartbeats begin to resonate together.

Rippling out to reach countless souls.

As our heartbeats vibrate in time and space.

The wave becoming a rising tide sweeping across the globe.

Each choice we make causes a ripple effect in our lives. When things happen to us, it is the reaction we choose that can create the difference between the sorrows of our past and the joy in our future.

Each individual must believe in their ability to use their heart as the pebble in the pond.

To send a ripple outward with every heartbeat.

To touch the lives of everybody they come in contact with. And outward to everyone those people come in contact with.

And outward. And outward.

Until the hearts of all humanity create a tide that will raise the level of consciousness on this planet.

Encouraging change and transformation through inner energy and resonance…

This butterfly wing mosaic is in a set of two that tells the story of a handicap artist. Suffered from polio, she was a burden to her family. Didn’t accept her destiny, she pursued the path of embroidery artisan, and, unbelievably, made it.
That valiant lady now flies with her own spirit’s invisible wings.
Now, she can support not her own self, but the whole family as well.
This organic mosaic is made from real butterfly wings, all farm-raised.
Everything is handmade, covered by UV-protection glass and wood frame.
All the butterflies are farm-raised and were recycled to the artworks only after their natural death.
Medium size: 8×12

Change is transformation; things transform or change because they contain that into which they change. Qi is that connection, that common thread, between one form of the existence and the next. Change occurs through resonance. A caterpillar contains the seed of a butterfly, but for metamorphosis to occur there needs to be a resonance between that caterpillar and its butterflyness. When the weather begins to cool and the days grow shorter, the caterpillar begins to feel the change. A resonance between it and the butterfly, which it both is and will become, begins the transformation. In the same way, we contain many seeds of possibility. When we are sick, we also contain the seed of wellness. It is the job of the healer – often our own selves in our own yoga practice – not to try to force a change from sickness to wellness but to look for that which encourages the resonance between the two. In the same way, while recognizing that we contain joy and sadness, peace and violence, courage and fear, we need to find a practice or a way of life that will help us to water the seeds that bring us to our true heart’s desire. Our path. – Inspired by Biff Mithoefer

True non-attachment is an intimacy with life…

Non-attachment is often confused as disassociation…which it is not at all…non-attachment is not clinging to fixed or rigid ideas – and dropping into the truths of the world…

“Intimacy is the byproduct of giving up fixed views of the way things are. fixed and rigid ideas are really the enemy of intimacy…it’s really what shuts down relationships. What we need is a way to let go and drop in to the truth of how things are…both what’s beautiful and what’s devistating….opening up to the fact that this world is stunningly beautiful and also a total catastrophy….and how to hold both….we need to reimagine this idea of non-attachment as a practice of not clinging to fixed ideas so we can be engaged with the world.”

What is this thing called bliss?…

A colorful large 36×24″ modern art abstract painting in shades of blue, white, orange, gold, red, yellow and multiple mixed colors.
The canvas is a professional staple free gallery wrapped canvas and is ready to hang. The sides are painted if you prefer not to frame. I hope that you enjoy it and I thank you for your interest!

And, how can we encourage its presence in our everyday lives? Bliss is perhaps more easily defined by what it is not. It is not fear. It is not dread. Bliss comes into being only in the absence of anxiety. Furthermore, it is not anger or judgement or rejection or denial. Bliss is not anything negative.

Bliss thrives in the presence of love, compassion, acceptance, trust, and all things positive. Bliss is the flow of pure Spirit into our lives. It is our natural state when we let go of all our thoughts and judgements and contractions and beliefs and other cognitive baggage and simply open up to the passion of being alive and filled with our ultimate life source, your higher power’s infinite creative joy and love.  – John Selby – Seven Masters, One Path

Asteya: Nonstealing…

This is written by Hillari Dowdle – check out the entire post “Paths to Happiness”

“There are lots of things you can steal,” says Devi. “You can steal someone’s time if you are late. You can steal someone’s energy. You can steal someone’s happiness. You can steal someone else’s ideas if you represent them as your own.”

Asteya also calls for a focus on how and what you consume. “If you are taking something, you need to consider how to give back the appropriate energy or amount,” says Friend. “Because everything is interconnected, whatever you receive is taken from somewhere else. Most people don’t stop to consider all the different levels of energy involved in all they are consuming. Energetically and karmically, you create a major imbalance if you take and don’t pay back.” Or, to borrow a line from the Beatles: “The love you take is equal to the love you make.”

To invite asteya into your life, consider what you truly need and refrain from letting your desires persuade you to take more. Have fair trade be your mantra—not only in your shopping habits but also in all of your day-to-day interactions. Respect the time and energy of others, give credit where credit is due, and see if you can help build up the world’s kindness reserves by giving more than you take.

The Landscape of the Heart…

When we do the hard work of stilling the mind and opening the heart, we come into love. First we love within, then we love the world. First we forgive ourselves, then we forgive others and life itself…

Real love of others stems from love of oneself as a soul – not ego loving ego, but soul loving soul.

Love is a deep feeling grounded in action.

Love is the fruit of heartfulness.

– Elizabeth Lesser, The Seeker’s Guide