My friend Jeff wrote this comment. I think he nailed it. Not all of us are willing to see ourselves as potentially part of the problem. Just something to think about. #livefree "I believe we are all to blame for the state of our nation.. For the media.. For our leaders.. But we can only really change ourselves. "Our first step is to realize our beliefs are driven more by our instincts than reason and that everyone because of our human nature is at the mercy of this. I also believe that we do better if we try to understand one another rather than try to change one another."
💜So Hum Meditation. It's that time again: a new week, a new meditation.
The practice of meditation empowers your mind and soul and in the long run may actually make you more effective, successful and in more control of your life. Now who wouldn't want that? 😉
Method for So Hum Meditation (taught to me by Sri Dharma Mittra)
-Minimum 5 minutes of concentration (though the longer the better).
-Sit comfortably with the eyes closed (You can even do this on the bus or waiting, as we so often do. Just not while driving..haha.)
-Bring all attention to the breath. Don't try to control the breath...just concentrate on it and allow it to be very natural. Flowing IN and flowing OUT. IN and OUT. Allow it to be very slow and fluid...each inhale merging seamlessly with the exhalation. Allow for natural pauses.
-Imagine during every inhalation the sound "SO". And in every exhalation the sound "HUM". Dharma sometimes uses the example "imagine you are listening to the mantra on a sound system but the speakers are in the other room and it is very soft and gentle". You aren't making the sound, but rather listening to what is already there.
-Leave the breath by itself as if in deep sleep.
-Surrender all ego and become ONE with the mantra and the meaning of it.
These sound vibrations are already an integral organic part of each inhale and each exhale. Sohum is Sanskrit for "I am that, that I am." Or another way of saying it is, "I am you, you are me." It is the greatest of all mantras as it is already contained within the breath of all living creatures. We unconsciously recite this mantra some 21,000 times every day. It doesn't have to be religious, don't worry! Though you can use this mantra as a way to connect to whatever or whomever you believe in. You see, it is very flexible and something you are doing even now as you read this, you just aren't aware of it. .
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti .
📸 by @vish852
Image by @siraj.ig "A glimpse of Mt. Gaurishankar (7134 m) as seen from the top of Kalinchowk Bhagwati.
As we were heading back to Kuri village, we were greeted with this breath taking panoramic view of Mt. #Gaurishankar .
Picture taken on 15 April 2017"
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May your Monday be as magical as a mega multicolor wind blown bubble 🤓🌈✨🙌🏼 Bubble fun with @alimagali ✨
We really had so much fun on Saturday night at the beach, I felt like I was 5 years old again, carefree and caught up in the magic. And when the lady bubble blower (Beyond the Bubble on FB) saw how excited we were, she gave us our own giant bubble kit, oh my goodness! 🤗🤗🤗 So I guess the lesson here is to let yourself be moved to the point of childlike wonder and invite your eyes to open to magic every once in a while, it's one of the best medicines for the soul that I know of 🌸🙌🏼✨
And for the curious cats .... because I know some will inquire ... 🐯
top is @aloyoga
pantaloons are @unalomedesigns and song is Garth Stevenson ☺️🌸✨
😉Today is a GREENS kind of day!!!! When you only have 2 hours of sleep😴 and you Need that get up and go...GREENS to the rescue!!!
I am frequently asked what's in my GREEN drink 🍃 Well here is the scoop. ➵ I mix one little packet of "greens" in water or juice and by doing that I get: ✧16+ servings of organic fruits & veggies
✧Balanced PH levels
I'm not going lie I pay a whole lot more 💰 for my coffee and I do NOT get any of these benefits. The $1 a day I pay for my Greens is probably the best thing I do for my body!
Although it hasn't always been easy, I have been very blessed to call this place my home for the last few months. The day I got here, the experience felt so vast, like I had so much time. Now, as three months have dwindled into my last days here in the castle, everything feels more sentimental and bittersweet. Every sun I see set over the rolling hills is all the more beautiful because the evenings I have left here are so limited. Every moment I get to spend with the great friends I've met in this town is made all the more precious because I know I won't have the pleasure of their company again for quite some time once I leave here. Every meal Colt and I get to cook in this kitchen together, where I have learned so much, is more sweet because it has brought me such comfort throughout these months and I don't yet know where I will cook next. It's a strange feeling, clinging to this country that has nestled into a deep and special place within my heart and memory where I imagine it will remain forever, yet longing for a new adventure…having no idea what comes next as this chapter comes to a close. Here's to the unknown.