The Surprising Cause of Suffering
Imagination makes us infinite
(Photo Source: thelovelyseas.com, by Atmo Kubesa)
"The power of imagination makes us infinite." - John Muir
Take a moment to remember the last time you had fun. Remember the details of the moment or day, any people who were with you, what you were doing, where you were. Feel the temperature, hear the sounds, smell the aromas surrounding you or passing by; bring into your conscious awareness the textures and qualities of the fun you had.
Now notice that the more details you fill in, the more real that fun is to you in this moment. Even though it is not happening right now in your present physical experience, it is happening now in your emotional and visceral experience.
Using your imagination, the power of your own mind, creativity and emotions, you can bring your self anywhere.
What if instead you:
Your power of imagination makes you infinite - you can go anywhere in your imagination.
Many Olympians use their imagination to win medals. There are top-level coaches who teach imagination as a technique. Scientists have found that when a sprinter, for example, imagines running the 50-yard dash in her mind, all the same muscles fire as if she were actually running.
You prepare yourself to win through the power of your mind and imagination - through harnessing and engaging the feeling, the experience.
You prepare yourself to heal, experience great relationships, have fun - or not - through how you use your imagination and feeling.
To help you reign in the power of your mind and settle you into an easy contentment, practice meditation. If you'd like some support and guidance, I'm offering a meditation course in September, and would love to have you join us! Email me to get on the list for this fabulous course!
Seychelles is one of the most beautifully preserved island clusters on Earth. East of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles includes North Island, a beautiful resort island restored to its natural state by scientists, with all natural villas,
as well as up to 154 other islands, only 40 of which are inhabited.
Aldabra, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, is open only to scientists and the dozen rangers who help care for and protect it. It includes 100,000 of the world's 150,000 giant tortoises!, and also many endemic (native to their) species.
Explore Seychelles through your imagination and beautiful cinemaphotography in Green Paradise Seychelles: Nature's Dream.
How Long Can You Be in Silence?
Does your mind ever grip you in vicious circles? How much time do you think you really spend worrying, for example, and are you always fully aware of when you are worrying?
For some people, your awareness of worry comes in the form of feeling compelled to distract your mind, feeling vaguely off, or constant movement - tapping or clicking your pen, biting your nails, bouncing your knee, popping up and down but never sitting still long. And a discomfort with being in silence.
Ask yourself, what drives these behaviors, what prevents you from being comfortable with long silence? Or, even if you are comfortable in silence and stillness, does your mind become quiet, or does it rage on? And what percentage of your thoughts are positive, loving, uplifting, fun? Compared to what percentage of your thoughts are self-deprecating, replaying negative interpretations of experience, worrying, playing the "what if [x (undesirable thing)] happens" game?
I have found that meditation is one of the most effective tools for becoming more aware of your thoughts and learning how to quiet your mind as well as be comfortable in the company of your own mind.
Your mind is a powerful and wonderful tool - can you learn to use it to work for you instead of against you, can you cultivate easy focus, easy calming?
If you would like some support in re-training your mind, give me a call! This has been my life's work - ever since I was a young child and not fully aware of what I was doing - and I am passionate about it because of all the healing and transformation work I have done, working with my mind has changed my life the most. How would your life feel different if you struggled less, experienced more ease, more savoring, more lightness?
Isn't it remarkable that within this one sunflower, there are thousands of flowers, which then become seeds, all surrounded by hundreds of ray flowers and disc flowers, all visible (except for the yellow disc flowers) in this one flower pictured below?
Click on the photo for a surprise (it's of Sunflower Farm, but it's not what you'd expect, and I think I may watch it every day)!
Can you guess the name of this velvety native wildflower?
This brilliant and talented photographer, Clark Little stands in and dives into the waves to create still images of movement that few of us ever see in person. Their beauty is magnificent, and, as a lover of water, waves and photos of nature, these photos take me right into alignment with the pulse of Life, Love and Brilliance. I am inspired to share Clark Little's work with you, and hope you enjoy it half as much as I do, if not more. : )