THE ALOHA SPIRIT

FullSizeRender-6 copy 3.jpgMy sister AnnMarie, recently took me to Hawaii for my 50th birthday!

Of course we had an amazing time together and many adventures – an open door helicopter ride, hiking diamond head, and swimming with the turtles.

Since I’ve been home I find myself thinking about the special quality of the people on the Island of Honolulu.

Their beautiful greeting is a significant part of what I remember.

More than a simple greeting, it’s a way of life.

It holds a sacred representation that is palpable.

ALOHA …

An expression of love

It reminds us to be in the present

To be humble

To be kind to all living things

To be truthful

To be patient

A recognition that we are part of everything – the comfortable and the uncomfortable, the joy and the pain

Aloha is life itself

Aloha is breath

What a beautiful and unique reminder of living a conscious life.

A reminder used so often every single day.

This got me to thinking about our greeting — ‘Hello’

Did you know that Hello means ‘Stop and Pay Attention’

This makes me laugh because that’s precisely an imperative awareness when getting more conscious in your life.

First STOP negative ways of thinking, feeling, and acting and then PAY ATTENTION to the present moment to connect with your spiritual side. This is the beginning of change.  Of course there are many things you can learn to help you do this but STOP and PAY ATTENTION certainly captures the essence.

I Love the synchronicity of both greetings.

So whether it’s the beautiful ‘Aloha’ greeting of the people of  Hawaii, or the familiar ‘hello’ of our own culture, remember the deeper meaning when you greet your fellow human being…

Pay attention.

Be present.

Love is what’s important.

We are all the same.

We are part of everything.

ALOHA

Veronica

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Self Mastery

Self Mastery is practicing awareness in all areas of the Self – emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual.

Emotional maturity is taking care of your own emotional needs so you don’t expect others to do it for you.

Managing your mind involves using your thoughts to create positive results in your life and cleaning up your  thinking and  beliefs that continue to create negative outcomes for you.

Self care and listening to your body’s wisdom is essential to creating a healthy relationship with yourself.  Giving yourself permission to do this is one of the first steps to self mastery.

And connection to Spirit is about getting quiet, making space for solitude, and learning to let your Spirit  lead you through your day instead of allowing your ego-mind to use defensiveness and exclusion to keep you from the life and love you want.

All of these components lead to a more peaceful life.

There are small easy Self-Mastery tools that help you create homeostasis.

It takes effort but it’s doable!  And you don’t need to be 100% self mastered to create a more peaceful life.

51% practice is enough to tip the scales in your direction.

Just take one small step in any area to start living a more conscious life.  As always it begins with you.

By: Veronica 

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Why Meditate?

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Meditation isn’t about stopping your thoughts.

Your mind’s job is to think so let’s not mess with that!

Thinking is good , right? You need it for problem solving,  analysis,  processing, reasoning, etc.

It’s also not so good (at times)  —like when you retell damaging stories from the past or worry about the future, both keep you from enjoying your present and both re-create more negative energy in your life.

Stopping the mind is not a realistic or functional goal. Thoughts are going to continue!

But perhaps finding the space between your thoughts, connecting to the greater consciousness, and residing with your Spirit is more attainable.

You actually don’t need to stop your thoughts to achieve this goal.

When you make the space for meditation on a daily basis you create an opportunity to carry that same space into your daily life.

Space from time constraints

Space from drama

Space from worry

Space for clarity

Space to welcome creative flow

Space to breathe

Space for Spirit to expand and… ego to relax.

Why Meditate?  Because as sentient beings you crave a space not connected to mental awareness but rather a ‘feeling’ perception.

In order to transcend the mind, you need to expand ‘heart’ consciousness.

Begin by creating a space to be still, meditate, and connect to your sentient nature every day.

With each breathe you can expand the space between your thoughts and connect more deeply to your heart energy.

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Find Peace in 2013

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I know so many women who want more peace and are craving it.

Me too!

Creating moments of peace is  definitely a possibility for the new year.

But it comes with a caveat.

It requires the discipline to actually set aside time to be still.

Catch 22?

At first, I wanted more peace but I didn’t want to be still long enough to get it.  Sound familiar?

But  through curiosity or maybe necessity, I made the choice to sit still for 5-10 minutes a day.

Making time to breathe.

Just like activity begets more activity.

Stillness begets stillness.

Peace begets peace.

Once you make the space for stillness the discipline will open the doors for spiritual maturation.

Awareness, sanity, wisdom, compassion, and …. more moments of peace will follow.

Cheers to more peace in the new year!

Veronica

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