Tantra Tip of the Day- Allow Your Inner Child to Play

These days life can get very busy. When we take ourselves too seriously life often becomes burdensome.

As kids we knew how to be in the moment and have fun. We were open, curious, playful and creative. Life was playing, laughing and having fun.

Today invite your inner child to come out and play! Stop being an adult for a few minutes, act silly, be spontaneous, discover a new way to play. Take a risk and make yourself or someone else laugh. Enjoy the freedom of this moment!

Tantra Tip of the Day – Loving Every Moment

A Valentine’s Day Gift for You

I received this as a teaching in the fall of 2001. It came to me while I was meditating at a woman’s retreat in Montana. This was during a particularly challenging time in my life when a lot of fear and pain was arising. Over the next couple of days as I practiced “Loving every moment,” my heart opened. I felt a deep sense of peace and great joy, independent of what was happening around me. As a parting gift I created 36 little hearts out of paper and wrote these words on each of them. I gave one to each of the women at the retreat. I still have mine on the altar on top of my computer desk. It reminds me to live in the moment with an open heart.

One of the most important teachings of the Buddha, is that suffering arises out of grasping and aversion. When we experience something good we want more or we don’t want it to change. When we experience something challenging or painful we want it to stop or we push it away. Both actions cause us to suffer. Isn’t this the basic premise of every love story we have ever been told.

“Loving Every Moment,” means allowing what is, to be as it is, without judging it as good or bad. It means keeping our heart open and being the love we are, no matter what happens. When pain or fear arises the tendency is to protect our heart by shutting it down and putting on armor to protect ourselves. In the act of protecting our hearts, we cut ourselves off from the very thing we long for, which is Love. We long to love and be loved. In truth our deepest desire is to know that we are Love in form.

I invite you to try “Loving every moment,” during the month of February. Witness your heart opening and closing. Notice the habit of defending yourself. What happens the moment before your heart closes? What happens when you keep your heart open and allow the love to flow even in the face of pain and fear? How do you feel when your heart is closed? Does the world look and feel different when you able to Love the moment? How to people respond to you when you stay open? Do they see the Love you are? Do you know yourself as Love? Remember to Love yourself as you are, even when you are unable to “Love the moment.”

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Tantra Tip of the Day- Allow Abundance to Flow

In challenging times it is easy to believe the stories you hear in the news and from the people around you and contract into fear. It can begin to feel like you are losing control. Control is really just an illusion, the ego’s attempt to hold on to the past instead of being in the moment and allowing the flow. The world is changing; you can fight it or surrender and change with it. Surrender does not mean to give up. It means to relax into each moment and trust the journey.

The first step is to let go of trying to control what is happening and learn to ride the waves. Take time each day to shift your attention from what is going on in the world around you and focus inward. Within you there is a quiet, spacious place of being. Rest in this place as often as you can. To find it close your eyes, exhale with a deep sigh, let go of everything and relax into the nothingness. Notice the space between the thoughts and allow these spaces to grow.

Second, feel into the body and see if you can become aware of your body’s vibration. It is a subtle energy that flows through you. Once you are aware of it notice how far it extends beyond your body. See if you can expand your energy a little farther out from your body. This energy has consciousness. Your body-mind is a magnet that has the ability to attract whatever it focuses its attention on. If you generate negative thoughts you will attract negative energy. If you generate positive thoughts you will attract positive energy.

Third, abundance is about allowing. Relax, open up and be in the flow, release negative beliefs that block abundance. State clearly, in words, thoughts and deeds what you want to attract into your life. Offer gratitude for all that you receive and give generously to others. Become aware of when your thoughts, words or action are out of alignment with your desires and quickly shift back into being in the flow. When obstacles arise see them as a gift. They are either there to shift your course or to wake you up. Welcome change as an ally.

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Tantra Tip of the Day – I AM THAT

“I AM THAT” is a book recommended by Eckart Tolle and Adyashanti. This book is a collection of the timeless teachings of one of the great modern sages of India, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Nisargadatta Maharaj was a shopkeeper live in Bombay, India.  He was not formally educated, but came to be respected and loved for his insights into the causes of human suffering. Hundreds of seekers traveled to his humble home from all over the world to hear him speak. He gave them hope that “beyond the real experience is not the mind, but the self, the light in which everything appears…the awareness in which everything happens.” His mission was to guide individuals to understand their true nature and as “timeless being.” He died there in 1981, at the age of 84.

Here are a few quotes from the book…

Nothing can trouble you but your own imagination. (I AM THAT p.113)

The window is the absence of the wall, and it gives air and light because it is empty. Be empty of al mental content, of all imagination and effort, and the very absence of obstacles will cause reality to rush in. (p260)

All are mere words, of what use are they to you? You are entangled in the web of verbal definitions and formulations. Go beyond your concepts and ideas; in the silence of desire and thought the truth is found. (p295)

Too much analysis leads you nowhere. There is in you the core of being which is beyond analysis, beyond the mind. You can know it in action only. The legitimate function of the mind is to tell you what is not. But if you want positive knowledge, you must go beyond the mind. (p341)

True knowledge is ever fresh, new, unexpected. It wells up from within. When you know what you are, you also are what you know. Between knowing and being there is no gap. (p520)

To know what you are, you must go beyond the mind. Awareness is the point at which the mind reaches out beyond itself into reality. In awareness you seek not what pleases, but what is true. (p346)

Stop making use of your mind and see what happens. Do this one thing thoroughly. That is all. (p197)

Today see if you can feel the stillness that is always present beyond the mind’s thoughts. Stop for moments throughout the day and be still. Be “aware” of conscious. Know that you are this “Awareness,” not the body/mind which you are occupying in this lifetime. Discover that which is never born and never dies.

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The Tantra Tip of the Day- The Dance of Ego and Essence

Original Art by Paul Heussenstamm  www.Mandalas.com

This was sent to me this morning by a friend. It speaks beautifully about the struggle of the ego to be loved and why it is never satisfied.

Today notice when your ego judges others. Notice when you don’t allow the love in. How do you create separation? Are you being present in the Now? See if you can open to Essence and love each moment just as it is.

From Choosing Love: How to Find True Love and Keep It Alive by Gina Lake
INABILITY TO COMMIT
(Edited for lenghth)

The ego doesn’t want to commit to anything—a place, a relationship, a career—because it believes that something better may be possible, and it’s willing to forgo what is present for the possibility of something better that isn’t present. Essence, on the other hand, is committed to whatever is. It doesn’t commit into the future because all that exists is the present, so it commits itself to that. This is the essential difference between the ego and Essence: The ego dreams of something better in the midst of whatever is, while Essence simply enjoys and commits attention and love to whatever is. In fact, committing attention to anything that is present results in enjoyment. This is why the ego enjoys so little—it commits attention to what isn’t present and to what it doesn’t have, and suffers over that, rather than committing attention to whatever is. It loves its fantasies, dreams, and desires more than it loves reality.

To love, we have to fall in love with reality—with what’s true right now, not with what might be true in the future or with what we want to be true in the future. Love happens in the now (like everything, really). That’s why the ego doesn’t know about love—because love is the experience of being in the now, or the present moment, and as soon as the ego experiences the now, it runs from it. Commitment takes a willingness to fall in love with reality—with the real partner who is in front of you—rather than seeking something else, either actually or through fantasy. What you commit to is what’s here right now. Who knows what will be here next? All you ever really have is what’s here right now, so it makes sense to commit to that, in other words, to give your full attention—your love—to that.

Essence experiences “the one” in whomever is showing up, and that’s the difference between Essence and the ego. It’s possible to love whoever shows up in your life. In fact, it’s very wise to do that if you want to be happy. If you don’t want to be happy, you will reject whoever shows up in your life. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be discriminating. Loving and saying yes to those who show up in your life doesn’t mean getting sexually involved with them unless you want to. Essence says yes to them—is open to them—because it is curious. And then it is very wise about getting more involved with them. Essence commits itself to someone only when love is flowing in both directions and the relationship is rewarding on many levels. The ego, on the other hand, may commit out of sexual attraction or because some other need is met through that relationship, which is not a good basis for commitment.

Commitment only makes sense when there is love, but the ego isn’t capable of love. It forms relationships based on needs, and that’s when commitment falters. As soon as someone’s needs aren’t getting met, then the commitment is questioned. Those who are identified with the ego much of the time have a very difficult time committing, while those who are identified with Essence are able to love and therefore able to commit. Eventually everyone learns to love, but relationships can be pretty volatile when egos are in charge. Even so, because relationships provide the ego with many of the practical things it values—sex, security, affection, companionship, support, and help—people who are in relationships for egoic reasons often end up discovering love. This is how life draws people out of the ego and into Essence.

Choosing Love will be published by Hampton Roads in 2010.

Read Gina’s full blog post at, https://www.radicalhappiness.com

From Choosing Love: How to Find True Love and Keep It Alive by Gina Lake, which can be purchased through https://www.facebook.com/l/;Amazon.com

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