Hello my friend, how are you feeling and experiencing yourself this day?
Outside the sun is shining, the sky a vast clear blue, the birds are singing, and the sea is calm and tranquil.
I am writing now, having spent the early part of the morning in meditation, and practicing my favourite go-to, self-care practices, tongue scraping, dry body brushing followed by Abhyanga, all of which are Ayurvedic practices for well-being.
Are you familiar with Ayurveda? I chatted a little about it in a previous blog (here >>)
I am feeling the need to up my self-care rituals, so that I am filled with all the good feels, connected to my body whilst lavishing plenty of love upon myself.
Being in self-isolation and practicing social distancing, as many of us across the globe are doing at this moment in time, it feels like the perfect opportunity to up our practices, to host mini home retreats with ourselves and our loved ones.
Now I find myself sat cross legged at the coffee table, with a lit candle beside me, a mug of cacao (I’ll share the recipe below), my journal open and my study book (A Course In Miracles) in lap.
How have you spent your morning?
Are you studying anything?
How are you feeling about this new norm we are adapting to, with social distancing and self-isolation, perhaps working from home and any children you have at home too?
Are you finding good coping strategies and plenty of support?
My heart has been breaking for all the suffering of the people and our planet, and yet too, I have been experiencing great waves of love, compassion, surrender, and joy, and gratitude.
I am so grateful for all of the incredible people I personally have in my life, and how much they care about others and the state of things, their hearts big and full and overflowing, despite their own concerns.
I am grateful too for the wonderful people who show up in all manner of ways to keep our society fed, watered, nurtured, medically attended to, safe and entertained.
I am grateful for the sun shining, the grass growing, and the beating heart of our great mother, Gaia.
I am grateful to have technology right here at my fingertips keeping us connected.
I am grateful to do the work I do, in service to others and how necessary it is right now.
There is so much to rest our gaze upon, that is indeed a force for good and wonderment in the world.
How we perceive things really does matter!
“…there is indeed a point in changing your thoughts about the world. Here you are changing the cause. The effect will change automatically.”
- A Course In Miracles
Our lesson, lesson 23, from ACIM, today points us nicely in this direction. I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts.
We can change the world we see by changing our thoughts.
We have been exploring this in previous lessons from ACIM, we have discovered that the filters we see through directly influences that which we see and experience, therefore, we could observe our thoughts, notice the way we view things and start to shift towards thinking in ways that are conducive to us seeing the results, the world, we wish to reside in.
If we look with fear or anger, we will see reasons to be fearful or angry reflected back to us. If we have thoughts of wholeness, then that is what will out-picture in the world around us.
In the above statement it refers to thoughts of attacking and being attacked.
Have you noticed how our own thoughts create the lived reality of our lives?
It is something worthwhile pondering and putting into action I believe!
“What is the same can not be different, and what is the same can not have separate parts.”
- A Course In Miracles
I thought I would share with you, below, a guided meditation ‘Bathed in Love’, from our 7-week self-study audio course, may the meditation serve you well.
May you and your loved ones, may we ALL, be bathed in love.
P.s Here is the Cacao recipe for one:
Plant based milk of choice
1 tbsp of Raw Cacao
1 tsp of Coconut oil
¼ tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Ashwagandha (optional)
1 drop of Wild Orange Essential Oil (optional)
Maple syrup (to taste)
A small pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt