As a producer and partner with AOMusic, if you have not heard me say that “The Music of AO has changed my life“, I want to say it now. I have never encountered a medium that is both heart opening and able to change the lives of children in need at the same time. I am from the 60′s. The Vietnam war was my backdrop for life. The Beatles came and changed all of us and the way we saw the world. U2 opened our eyes to injustice and issues of freedom, Madonna busted the sexual revolution wide open. Music changes people. Music can also save lives and create hope and love where there has been none.
Category Archives: Happiness
by Maya Christobel
I am hearing daily from so many people that they are feeling… “different”: More sensitive, feeling body pains, getting ill, energized for some, sluggish for others. Tired but not sleeping. Overwhelmed but not knowing exactly why. All bodily responses to changing energetic fields all over the planet and in our solar system. The answer is not sleeping pills or any conventional response. We need an entirely new perspective.
It is no longer possible to separate ourselves as if we are distinct from EVERY OTHER THING. We are being affected daily by our Sun and Solar Flares, by Climate Change, by our Economy, our Friends, our Fears and our Dreams. Greece cannot have economic collapse and create a global fear response and we not feel it on the other side of the globe as we eat dinner.
So, we are being asked, if not required, to take a new position in our lives in order to integrate these new energies that are changing the very DNA of us as a species so that we not become ill in response. This sounds overwhelming and for some it is. Confusing and it is at times. The natural response to change is usually a kind of “contraction” in our lives, a reactivity to fear, a stepping up of activity and problem solving. This is no longer working. The new response to these demands is to…relax. Breath. Walk. Sleep. Laugh and be in a place of Openness and Love. Not easy as the lives we live swirl around us and the majority feel massive amounts of fear.
I remember reading about a woman who was attacked by a bear. She was just in her tent minding her own business when out of left field a bear tore through her tent and began to drag her off to the woods to kill her. Others had already died. What she did was counter-intuitive to screaming and resisting. She went silent and limp. She stopped resisting. What happened next was astonishing. The bear dropped her in the woods and walked away. She was not unharmed, but she was alive.
I am finding that I have the opposite response to mounting tensions in the world, tensions in my life and personal crises. I am not worrying or trying to “figure anything out”. I am not resisting. That is very new for me and may have much to do with my choice to begin to live in the flow. Allowing rather than pushing the river that rushes all around me. My list of what I think I should do still sits mostly unaddressed as I put on my hat and grab my binoculars and go out to Lighthouse point to watch for the Orcas to come through. Years ago I would have decided that I was in denial, crazy as a loon, lazy, afraid to face facts if I had done such a thing. Now I am different. I feel perfectly centered and none of the traditional triggers in my life that would have sent me to bed sleepless or with a sore throat and a pounding heart seem to affect me in any of the usual ways. And that undone list of “necessary responses” is till there and the world has not collapsed around me. I have not become a bag lady.
The antidote to the psychotic times we live in is not to speed up…but to do exactly the opposite: Slow down. Slow way down so that the body can manage the energy that is presenting itself in a hundred new ways a day. To stop our reactive resistance just like the woman who saved herself from the jaws of a bear.
The second cure for harrowing times is to change your mind. The mind wants to solve the unsolvable and will use up all available energy trying to. The way to stop this over-thinking, over-worrying, over-analyzing is to change your thoughts from “I am overwhelmed”, to “I have an opportunity for creativity”. From “I am afraid”, to “I am practicing love and trust in this process of change”. What these changed minds mean is that we are finally acknowledging that we are in control of our experience. Fear is the belief that we are not in control. What we intend to think really does change the outcome of our daily experience.
Many people all over the world are talking about the unprecedented times of spiritual, physical and emotional evolution we are in. From CNN to Psychics we have a delicious array of input to help us navigate our changing times, changing relationships and emerging new world view. Here is just one piece of writing that I think is helpful. It came to me from Marlene Swetlishoff. Good, sound and inspiring guidance.
“You are in a period of stillness awaiting the influx of greater energies that are soon to flood the Planet. Be receptive and open to these energies and absorb as much of them as you are able. Set your intention to receive in grace and ease and it will be so. Many changes continue to take place within your physical bodies and your DNA is being further activated. The next six months will bring through many revelations and a greater connection with your inner truths.
Stay connected to your inner core essence and let it guide your way. This will help you to stay in the knowing of yourself and that which is important for you to follow for the highest and best outcomes in all that occurs in your daily living. In dealing with others, always look to meet them in the areas of common interest and endeavor to reflect to them your Light, and in turn, allow their Light to reflect back to you. You are in a period of igniting each other to the unfoldment of greater visions and dreams.
This will transpire in different ways for each of you and the outcomes will be wonderfully diverse as each of you express through your Beings that which is uniquely your own essence. Become each others greatest cheering teams, for much joy and laughter will facilitate the moving forward of each of you to your true and rightful place, as the shift of the ages continues to occur. Let go of all remaining fear and doubt, for all that comes through you is the merging of the higher aspects of yourselves. There will be prolonged periods of the feeling of joy that bursts from within you as you leave all that was behind you.
Stay grounded into the Earth each day as she will support you as the metamorphosis within you continues to take place. Drink copious amounts of fresh, clean water to help facilitate the movements of the new energies coming through you and be outdoors as much as possible. Practice deep breathing exercises each day to help move the new Pranic energies into your cells. Allow the expression of all that comes through you and observe what comes forth. You are reconnecting to skills, abilities and talents that have been dormant for a long time.” Marlene Swetlishoff
So, in between sharing about my journey on this road I am on, I will be sending up a few flares for your consideration as we all float in this big boat of change. What an exciting time to be in.
And again, I invite you to share your story with me. How are you changing and what are you doing about it in your life? What are you learning? We all need each other, as Marlene said, to cheer us on during this amazing time.
Blessings, Maya Christobel
WHAT’S YOUR PASSION
JUN 14, 2012
|The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play. –Arnold Toynbee|
Most of my time on the road this last year has been about passion. When living in the “flow” the Universe is consistent to ignite passion, sometimes when least expected. I have found people, places, jobs, nature and a myriad of unexpected inspirations that ignite my passion for life, for work, for love. The trick is to live life fully engaged.
In my book, this is the most important question I can ask myself. What do I love? What inspires me? These are the essential building blocks to living a creative, abundant life. And they are the building blocks to manifesting your dreams. First you have to take the time to identify what in fact you are passionate about. Here is a wonderful article on finding your passion in life.
THE SHORT BUT POWERFUL GUIDE TO FINDING YOUR PASSION
–by Leo Babauta, Original Story, Feb 05, 2012
“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” – Arnold Toynbee
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
Leo Babauta is the founder of the popular Zen Habits Blog. This post is shared here with permission. More from Leo on DailyGood:
Mr. Happy Man
While in Film School I learned a lot about the power of the documentary and the short film. That feature films are simply one powerful way to communicate. And then I stumbled on this little 10 min. film about a man named Johnny Barnes, Mr. Happy. He lives in Bermuda and every day at 2 am he gets up and prepares for his day, packs a rolling cooler with food and water, grabs clothes for bad weather, dons a hat and walks out the door to stand at a busy intersection of traffic for most of the day. His reason for being there? To throw a smile, a kiss to every passerby and tell every person on foot and in a car…. that he loves them. He is in his 80’s.
I want to share this video with you not only so that you can experience the infectious quality of his smile and his loving heart but to pose the question: What simple act of love and kindness can we EACH do, simply for the joy of doing it? How can each of us make love and happiness the reason for getting up in the morning and going to bed at night?
Please simply click on the Karma Tube link below to watch.
This is a tribute to our humanity. Enjoy! Maya
Video from KarmaTube