The Power of Presence is the Power of Connection

Every time we BREATHE with intention and shift our focus from the Ego's busy workings to the calm and quiet of the Observer state, new doors open to us. Doors of opportunity, of beauty, of joy, of grace appear out of no where because we have the power of presence on our side.

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When we breathe and pause in the present moment to connect to the Observer part of our consciousness, we step into a time that is not a time and a place that is not a place.

In the present, we are able to bridge the gap between the Ego and our Higher Selves and benefit from the insight and information of both.

New doors appear because our Higher Selves shed light on them and we are far enough removed from Ego's obsession with the past and future that we can see these doors as they open invitingly in the now.

All we have to do is breathe, focus on what we feel now, ask our Higher Selves for a little light and guidance and eagerly await the answer. Sometimes the answer is very quiet and sometimes it doesn’t come the instant you ask.

The guidance we receive from our Higher Selves can come in an infinite number of ways. It can come through a conversations we happen to overhear between two strangers, or a blog we are reading, a video we are watching, or a billboard that we drive by. It doesn’t have to come in full sentences either, a single word or object or experience can be a key that clicks into place and jump starts your brain’s amazing process of making connections between pieces of information you already possess and drawing the exact conclusions you need.

I like to think about being present like being in a classroom.

Let’s say you are in a class trying to learn a foreign language. There’s a lot depending on you learning this language and you sit down and immediately start thinking about all the times you tried and failed to learn languages before and projecting about all the things that might happen if you can’t learn it this time and before you know it the class is over and you didn’t even realize it had started.

The next day you go into the class you sit down and start to breathe, slow and deep. You quiet your Ego mind just enough that you can see and hear your teacher. You are still aware of your thoughts but you have stepped far enough back from them that you can observe them clearly and choose to focus on only the thoughts that help you learn. Being in this Observer state also gives you full access to all the knowledge of your teacher, who is there to give you all the information you need, as well as, all the resources in the room (including the other students in the room that starting walking through the door as soon as you decided to learn).

Sometimes, the only information your Higher Self gives you is that you need to wait or you need to continue to practice being the Observer and connecting to love and that the information you are seeking will come in perfect timing. This can be a little frustrating, but that is where the power of faith comes into play, which is the topic of a different post.

Sending all my love to you!

Ana

A Letter from My Belly....

I have been thinking a lot about how I might be kinder and more aware of the needs of my physical body.I have a tendency to get caught up in masculine energy (still) and I know that my feminine energy is most intense when I can get fully into my body in a loving and appreciative way. This was an intention that I set for myself this morning.


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So it is my husband’s Christmas break, he’s a high school teacher, and so he doesn’t have to get up early. I am feeling a little sick and so I gave myself a break and set the alarm for 7am instead of 5:45am. I get up, drink some tea and sit down to meditate, as usual. I was given very firm instructions to appreciate and take care of my body more and GO. BACK. TO. BED! Which led to a lovely and relaxing morning and meant I didn’t start working until around 11:30.

But this made me start asking “How can I be better about allowing my nurturing feminine energy to balance my masculine energy? How can I love and take care of my body better?

So a day of work goes by, studded with long breaks and then at 7:30pm, I went back into meditation to get some inspiration on what I need to do for the rest of the week. This turned into a full on information DOWNLOAD that was way too big for my conscious brain to even get all of it.

At the end of this crazy experience I went back to thinking about my theme for the day. I began asking myself more questions like….

What is my least favorite body part?
What would that body part say to me if given the chance?

Then Download number 2 happened and this is what it said...

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A letter from my Belly:

I see that you are trying
You look in the mirror, 5 seconds, 10 seconds
“I can work with this”, “It’s not beyond saving yet”
You have come a long way,
Then you glance away, can’t yet keep eye contact, 
Looking for reassurance from a part you that feels safe

You hide me in black, confines
Elastic band after elastic band
As if maybe you can squeeze me away
All the pinching, prodding, pulling down and away,
Like maybe if you pull hard enough I’ll stay
So you might see something flat and hard and perfect 
underneath

In my folds you store all your guilt
Every piece of birthday cake and every regret
Not trying hard enough, not fasting long enough 
Not measuring small enough to measure up 
To standards you found somewhere and decided were truth

I forgive you, I am there for you
I hold with such gentle care your future for you
And I soak up every shred of love you can muster
Hand on me gently at night before sleep
Hidden under over-sized shirts, under sheets and blankets and darkness

I am your center, your core
I create the balance that you take for granted
I am the goddess
I am the mother you came from,
I am the child who loved to be photographed
In me are the memories of generations past and to come
There is magic within me, yet to be tapped, recognized and celebrated.

I know this truth, when you do not

I can see that you are trying 
But for all the times you cannot love me
This is my message to you…

I love you anyway
I accept you anyway
I forgive you anyway

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Powerful shifts are possible when you ASK QUESTIONS and go into meditation consistently to listen for the answers!

What is your least favorite body part?

What would it say to you if it had the chance?

How would it move your body if it had the chance?

How can you love it, even just 2% more on a regular basis?


As for me…

I accept that I have room for growth. I accept that I am trying and I will continue to try and extend love to myself more and more.


Love you all!


Ana

Negative self talk getting you down? Here's a quick tool.

Hi Loves,

Merry almost Christmas and Happy Holidays.

I had a serious case of negative self talk come up for me the other day and I used this tool to allow this negativity to pass so I could move on with my day.

Negative self talk was a plague that I lived with for most of my life and I used to manage it by shoving it all down and locking it up inside of me. I was depressed and constantly sick as well.

This time though, I listened to that negative self and replied to each statement with loving acceptance and forgiveness. It seriously felt like cool balm being placed on a burn. This is the power of self love and I wanted to share this tool with you.

I love you all,

ana