When I was growing up in the Pacific North West I couldn’t wait for the Summer months. Seattle can feel like one long rainy day so the modest warmth of July and August always offered a little escape from the wet jeans and windshield wipers. I’ve been loving in Los Angeles for fifteen years now and have totally morphed into a fall-man. Now I welcome the opportunity to wear a jacket and scarf (even if the scarf is more for fashion than function).
I also totally love the flavors of fall. The chef in me enjoys experimenting with pumpkin and butternut squash dishes. I revisit my famous stuffed-apple recipe, prematurely map out our Thanksgiving meal, and have fun sitting in Starbucks to watch peoples’ enthusiastic reaction to pumpkin-spiced lattes.
In addition to fashion and food, fall gives us the opportunity to consider what we’re interested in releasing from our lives. It’s a time of harvest; we get to harvest the wisdom that LOVE brings. In order to do this simply, I have found it’s helpful to release thoughts, beliefs, and habits no longer serve my growth. Are you willing to let the limited and painful beliefs about yourself fall away like the leaves on the tree? We create space for the harvest by clearing out the clutter of ego-thinking.So, how do we do this? We become WILLING to be HAPPY NOW. But why leave it at “Yeah, I’m willing to be happy…”? Why not allow your actions to align with your intention? I invite to you carve out some time to sit in meditation and prayer. Practice lowering the volume of the busy-thinking so you can hear more clearly the guidance of your spiritual consciousness. Thankfully there’s a part of us that knows exactly what to do and where to go.
So, as we move deeper into fall I invite you to get clear on how you’re interested in feeling. What thoughts and habits are you willing to release, and what loving lessons are your going to harvest and share with others? This is the AWESOME opportunity that fall provides us.
If what I’m saying seems too far-fetched or challenging for you, it’s all good. This is a learning process which requires you to simply take one step at a time. All the wisdom of the Universe dwells within you – it’s just a matter of removing the blocks (judgmental thoughts/beliefs) that are preventing you from hearing your inner-guide.
I suggest finding a spiritual center,organization, or group that you like. I find it SO helpful and WAY more fun to walk this path with others. Get involved and discover for yourself the amazing potential that lies in participating in spiritual community. You can always join me at my spiritual home every Sunday by visiting Project: Service LA’s Youtube page and watching the service LIVE. How cool that there’s so many ways to stay connected!
For years I wanted nothing to do ANYTHING simple. I liked the rush of having a lot of stuff and all the commitments and upkeep that came with maintaining it. But as my commitment to peace and happiness deepened I realized that all the things I acquired were more like distractions than badges of honor that proved I “made it”.
In this #soulSOLUTIONS we explore how a commitment to keep it simple can support you in expanding the awareness of LOVE in your life.
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Darmadevi and Narayan Romano are an awesome young couple that have dedicated their lives to their spiritual practice. As the directors of Ananda L.A. (which is part of the global movement Ananda, founded by Swami Kriyananda & based on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda), these two teachers live in an Ashram and support others on their journey to self-realization, through the practice of Kriya Yoga.
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It’s time for your vision board makeover!!
In this #soulSOLUTIONS we get clear to what we’re all TRULY interested in experiencing and how your vision board can support you in staying aligned with the highest vision of your life.
Your cosmic pause button is a spiritual tool that can totally change your game. Your words are a reflection of your belief-system. If you’re interested in experiencing new results in your daily life, then a good place to start is developing mindfulness with the words you use to describe the TRUTH about yourself. This is where the cosmic pause button comes into play; watch the short video below to learn how to use it.
When life gets good, are you still committing to your spiritual practice? A lot of people develop their spiritual practice out of necessity. There are so many philosophies, books, and spiritual teachers out there that have tools to usher folks through challenging times. I always found solace in my meditation and prayer practice. I trusted that visualizing a peaceful life, offering up all the stuff that felt too heavy for me to handle, and being of service would support me in transforming unfavorable circumstances. I was right, a commitment to my spiritual practice always helped. Then why did it feel like I would always fall back again when life was just getting good?
I was in a pattern. Whenever life started to get good as a result of meditation and prayer I would commit less time to it. I was too busy enjoying the fruits of my practice to actually maintain it. What I learned after several repeats of the same scenario was that during the times when I was experiencing greater fluxes of freedom and peace was the best time to deepen my practice. When times get rough and you turn to a higher power for support you’re engaging in healing work. But healing is not creating. After we release old thought patterns and feelings that no longer serve us we replace them with loving affirmations about ourselves. The creative process is when we nurture our new loving beliefs and the world begins to reflect these beliefs back to us as fulfilling experiences.
Saying “I don’t have enough time to do my practice today,” is the same as saying, “I don’t have enough time to put gas in the car today.” Eventually the car is gonna run out of gas and you’ll find yourself on the side of the road frustrated and distracted with all the stuff you have to do to fix this situation. You might not even make it to your destination and if you do you’re probably gonna be late.
Save yourself time and energy by engaging in regular practice no matter how full your schedule becomes. When you do this something miraculous begins to unfold: your capacity for joy expands. You build a larger container for all the good you’re creating and life becomes fuller. The invitation is to consider just how big you’re willing to let your life get and if you’re willing to develop the loving discipline required to maintain a deepening and expansive spiritual practice?
I’m answering yes on this one.