My new meditation incorporates a gentle process for releasing any fear, concern, or unease that holds you back.
This is an excellent way to do shadow work, something I’ve been doing quite a lot of these past few months.
The world seems like it’s going crazy. Watch the news or scroll through social media and it’s easy to let disbelief and despair take hold of you. But I believe, at our core, humankind is essentially good. I believe that, under all the layers of wounding and societal programming, there is a spark of pure goodness in each human heart. This may sound like naiveté, but I prefer to call it faith.
I’m acting on this faith. Starting this Wednesday, January 15th at 7pm Eastern, I’ll hold a weekly Virtual Healing Circle to promote love and kindness in our world. This won’t be held in a classroom or other venue. There will be no registration, check-in, or fee. Each Wednesday around 7pm, you can join from anywhere in the world, wherever you happen to be at that time. Simply ground yourself, quiet your mind as best you can, and hold yourself in a state of love. You can remain in this state for as little as a few moments, or for as long as you’d like. While in this state, let yourself feel the inherent goodness of humankind, the true essence of who we are beneath the layers of dissonance. Let the love in your heart grow, surround you, and connect you with others who seek to heal the world. Together, we can do this!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
With love, Heather
What is a soul? There are so many definitions and theories and specifics, it can be overwhelming! It’s a huge topic, and worthy of all the attention and rumination is has received over the course of time.
But I think it’s really quite simple. Your soul is your eternal self. It’s the part of you that existed before this body was born. It’s the part of you that will continue to exist after this body dies.
Your eternal self isn’t bound by linear time, so it isn’t limited to just this one physical body that you’re using to read these words. It experiences life in many physical forms, in many different time periods, concurrently.
But even though your soul is eternal, that doesn’t make it better than this physical body that you’re now inhabiting. “Better” is a judgment, and souls don’t judge. Treat your physical body with the love, respect, and kindness with which you’d treat a precious loved one. Your physical self and your eternal self are on this crazy life journey together. Enjoy the ride!
My new guided meditation honors our loved ones in spirit by reaching out to connect with them. Before listening to this meditation, you may wish to take some time to prepare a sacred space. To do this, find a place which you feel has good energy, either in your home or outside. In this space, you may want to place a few objects that remind you of your loved ones in spirit. This may include pictures of them, their favorite foods or drinks, and objects that belonged to them or that they gave you. You may want to include candles and flowers. You may even want to do this meditation beside their final resting place. Do whatever feels right to you.
If you’re moving along a spiritual path, you’ve likely wondered, “What’s my mission?” I was kind of obsessed with this question. Like, for years. I wanted all the details. What is it? What will it look like? Where will it take me? Who will be there? I had so many questions… and got increasingly frustrated as time passed without receiving any answers.
But I’ve come to realize that my mission isn’t about doing, but about being. I let go of the questions, and instead opened up to the feel of my mission. And it came to me that compassion and joy are my mission. And this doesn’t necessarily mean doing any particular activity – though acts of joy and compassion are wonderful – it’s really about being joyful and compassionate in each moment.
This isn’t easy. I’m human. I have fears and judgments. I make mistakes. But each new moment is a reset – I have the opportunity to realign with the essence of compassion and joy over and over again, all day, every day. This starts with positive, loving feelings toward myself and my body, and spreads from there.
So instead of asking what your mission is, try calming your mind and opening to the feel of your mission. The answer may be simpler than you think.
If I could
Maybe I’d give you my world
How can I
When you won’t take it from me
~ Lindsey Buckingham
We have ideas of how people should be – everyone, but especially those we’re close to. They should do this, they should let us do that, they should give this, they should accept that.
What if we released all those shoulds? What if we stopped trying to change them and just allowed them to be who they are? And if who they are doesn’t align with who we are, let them go their own way?
Relating to people out of love and truth, and not out of image or obligation – wouldn’t this be lovely?
We’re all connected. If we give each other the freedom to be who we truly are, humanity might just start to heal.