Namaste and aloha! Like me, I know you are looking for ways to find more joy and inner peace for yourself and the world around you. Like every soul, I know you are seeking a deeper connection. It is my intention to create ways of seeing and feeling to help you realize how interconnected we all are no matter what form, color, sex, age or area of the world we live in. No matter where we came from or where we are going. No matter if we are made of air, fire, water or earth... two-legged, four-legged, winged or in a shell. None of that really matters to your spirit. All that matters is the knowing that you are an expression of life and can find that deep connection by quieting down and breathing into the stillness. Here are a dozen more ways to oneness:
1. Realize that all judgment, all illusion of separation, all projection on others comes from your fear. To heal it, ask yourself, "What am I afraid of?" and quietly listen. When you live with a courageous, open heart you will know you are a part of everyone and everything, and this knowing brings great healing.
2. Realize your power lies in the present moment, nowhere else. Thinking about past occurrences and future worries pulls you out of the beauty that is happening spontaneously all around you.
3. Picture yourself as one breathing body of light and sound. See yourself breathing in harmony with all of life.
4. Consider that every one of your 100 trillion cells is one of your children and that it is your job to take care of them with love and compassion. How would you like to better take care of your cells?
5. Visualize traveling down into your body into an ocean of cells. Send blessings to each one. Feel the unity within you.
6. Open to the knowing that every living thing breathes and has a spirit to be respected and honored. Notice this as you go about your day. Take time to acknowledge the spirit in a flower, a hummingbird, your home. Everything and everyone is breathing right along with you. Breathe deep.
7. Smile. Be friendly. Transmit peace and kindness to everyone wherever you are. Do not be concerned with their response. Just go ahead.
8. Whisper to yourself, "I love you, forgive me, I'm sorry, thank you" at least a dozen times throughout the day. This practice comes from Ho'opono'pono, an ancient Hawaiian way of living, a philosophy that says your cells respond to these four statements by relaxing and staying healthy. When things get stressful and you start judging yourself or anyone else, repeat these statements to yourself or out loud. Enjoy this new mantra and watch what happens when you relax into compassion and let go.
9. Set your intention to free yourself and others by transforming all suffering into self-empowerment. See it! Feel it! Invoke it!
10. Find a lovely tree, walk around it, notice its colors, its energy, its grace. Then place your spine and nervous system against the tree. Allow the wisdom, inner peace, and groundedness to flow through you. Visualize yourself melting into the tree. Close your eyes and feel your nervous system calming down and joy drifting in. Visualize your roots penetrating deep into the earth deriving great sustenance, peace and oneness with the earth.
11. Write an intention that expresses your vision of all living things inter-connecting as one loving spirit. Breathe that vision into your heart, into your cells. Whenever fear comes into your consciousness return to that vision of interconnected oneness.
12. Repeat the mantra, "I am not alone. I am a loving expression of the source, at one with all of life." Whisper this to your self several times a day and smile into your oneness with life. Be well!
Until next week, 10,000 blessings from all directions!
Carol Simone, simply known as Simone, is a spiritual catalyst in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area where she teaches meditation, hypnotherapy, the metaphysical arts, and workshops on self-empowerment. She is the author of The Goddess of 5th Avenue, Being Quan Yin, The Kiss of the Shaman and others. You can write to her at www.carolsimone.com.
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