Hammock Healing

The backyard becomes my sanctuary

when I feel like I don’t belong anywhere.

Early in the morning,

I hear the insects buried deep inside the flower blossoms

and see the birds nipping at the fresh water I put out for them.

Words are not needed.

Just a fresh breeze of air on my skin –

like a gentle hug from Mother Nature.

That is all that is spoken.

The pines above provide shade

in the summer heat – like a church dome

protecting its visitor.

Here I return several times throughout my day.

And each time the sunlight

illuminates my sanctuary in diverse angles

with different colors and reflections.

I feel peace, here in nature.

Until fireflies and circling bats

bid me “good night”.

Sacred, healing, peace for my soul:

“I belong after all!”

Simplicity

The simple things in life

can mean the most…

A sandwich prepared by a friend,

a phone call by someone who remembered you,

the hammock in the shade of the backyard,

enough money in the bank to buy sweet cherries,

a hug from your teenage daughter,

a cup of peppermint tea reminding of childhood…

Simple

and yet most meaningful.

All these are moments

that speak the language

of “love and care”

nothing less –

simply essential,

simply “deep joy” and “gratitude”…

A reflection on “Peace”

Peace does not mean the absence

of challenge or uncertainty.

Peace is not a substance we can buy,

preserve or keep in store.

Peace is not the belief in something or someone,

nor a possession  we have at our disposal.

Peace is the practice

of letting go.

Letting go of expectations,

letting go of past and future images.

Peace is the embracing of impermanence

while cherishing the continuation of life

in many different forms.

Peace can be found in the “here and now” only,

and not in yesterday or tomorrow.

Peace is the practice of unifying

one’s own little story

with the bigger story of life,

of nature, of creation, humanity and the Divine.

Peace are solitude moments

of touching that which we call “eternal”.

“Eternal” does not describe “time”

as much as it captures a “space”

of interconnectedness,  of “interbeing”.

Peace and “Interbeing” are one.

Did you know?

Did you know?

When our anxious and stressed-out mind

runs our daily life,

we often allow all kinds

of negative, toxic and traumatic materials

into our system.

Our body, soul and spirit suffer –

they get neglected or abused, and at least

minimized or ignored.

Our bodies are amazing organisms

that are deeply interconnected:

When our mind follows toxic or angry thoughts,

our muscles get stiff and tight.

When our emotions run wild,

our head starts hurting or our back begins to ache.

Only when we become

observers and lovers

of this miracle called “our body”,

will we be able to stop our mind

from dumping toxins into this

our “holy holding space”.

As we love and observe,

we learn to release toxins,

and let go of long held trauma,

stress and pain.

We realign our body with our mind

and calm our soul.

Those three can become one again

through the practices of:

compassionate reflecting,

meditation or prayer,

stretching or Yoga,

journaling,

creating of art or music,

nature bathing…

Did you know?…

Overcoming Shame and Guilt

Often the feelings of shame and guilt

are being created in us by outside forces

that judge, condemn, and deny or keep taboos.

When shaming and guilting are being used

as a weapon,

they can destroy a person’s

self-esteem and self-trust.

Society, religion, school and family systems

use shaming and guilting as methods

to control, deflect or deny

their own responsibilities and standards

not kept or values not met,

but then projected on individuals

who are made into scapegoats.

When shame and guilt feelings

are brought to the surface,

new life can grow.

When kept secrets and taboos are being revealed,

healing can begin.

When light is shone on injustices,

failures, cruelty and abuse by individuals and systems,

shame fades away like the morning fog

giving way to the sun rising.

No, it was not your fault.

Yes, they shamed and guilted you in order not to deal

with their own sin, their betrayal, their manipulation,

their collusion, their denial.

Yes, you will rise out of shame and guilt

like the Phoenix from the ashes.

You will discover your worth, your beauty,

your freedom, your self-esteem and self-trust!

Let the light come in.

and you will be restored to the wholeness

that has been there all along.

Breathe deeply

Breathe deeply

When we breathe deeply

and slowly at least ten times

(counting: for 4 in and for 6 out)

all the way into our abdomen:

we signal our “trauma brain”:

that we are ready to be calm,

that there is no danger,

that the fear, anger or rage

we might experience

are trauma triggers from our past.

We are in control

when we breathe like that.

We take back

the harm that trauma caused.

We are letting go of the toxins

from the past

and from the present.

When we breathe like that

we no longer have to react

in anxiety or anger,

we breathe deeply –

and then we respond.

We claim back the control

that our “trauma brain”

has taken from us.

We become “breath warriors” –

and we end the war.

Pausing

PAUSING

P Pausing is the ability to step back.

Often, we get so reactive, so emotional, so wrapped up

with the things that happen on the surface of life,

that we fail to pause, be still and look more deeply.

A Allowing is the ability to let life flow through us,

without holding onto grudges, pain, regrets, injustices

for longer than needed. Acknowledging the past,

and then letting it go – means allowing.

We pause and allow.

U Understanding is the ability to see with new eyes –

eyes of compassion, eyes of forgiveness, eyes of possibilities,

eyes that see ways of new choices and new options.

We pause and understand.

S Seeing with new eyes means to become

an observer of ourselves. Witnessing our emotions and thoughts,

we no longer mistake ourselves to be our mind or our feelings.

We pause and see.

E Equanimity is the ability to pause, allow, understand and see

with new eyes. Radically accepting life while developing radical compassion.

Pausing means finding stability, balance, resilience

and a peace “beyond understanding”.

We pause and find equanimity.

Let’s build times of pausing

into every day of our life –

And our life will renew itself.

Toxins

Sometimes we eat or inhale toxins

as part of our food or stimulants –

Some we intentionally digest or consume,

others we are surrounded by or unaware of.

Sometimes we watch toxins,

we take them in with our eyes.

Just watching the News or certain social media-

we take in images of violence or other toxic scenes.

Sometimes we live in a toxic relationship

or environment.

We are so used to constant tension and fighting,

bickering, neglect or abuse-

that we do not even notice those anymore.

But our children do. They start acting out,

or are getting sick.

And our bodies do, too. We lose immunity

and get sick as well. Our soul does, too.

It tells us with anxiety and depression

that something is deeply wrong.

And then one day –

we wake up.

And we leave those toxins behind.

That day is our new birthday.

Welcome to freedom!

Letting Go

We don’t want to let go of the future,

even when it is faked and an illusion.

We don’t want to let go of the past,

even when it was painful

and we are deadlocked.  .

We hold on,

as if our life depends on it.

And it does not.

Letting go of past pain and patterns,

letting go of promised but not real future,

frees us

to become fully present.

Your life is now.

Your happiness begins now.

Your freedom begins now.

Let go of the roles,

patterns, feelings

that tether you to a fake future

and a painful past.

Let go,

and you will be free.

Welcome to the present.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSPeDP0mihM Jack Kornfield: Letting go

Forgiveness

Why forgive?

When there has been hurt inflicted

and injustice done?

Should not anger and rage

have the last word?

Does the other even deserve any forgiveness?

Maybe. And probably not.

But you deserve peace.

You deserve freedom from the past.

You deserve the lightness and release

that forgiveness brings.

As you transform

your relationship with the past

through forgiveness,

you actually arrive in the here and now.

Maybe for the first time fully in quite a while.

The practice of forgiveness

deepens your breath,

opens your heart,

calms your brain

and eases your pain.

You are free.

Free to be fully present.

The past has lost its power over you.

The door into the future has swung open.

Why wait?

Practice forgiveness,

and you will be free.

https://insig.ht/PdW1fDv4fpb Jack Kornfield Forgiveness Meditation

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