When I am stuck in my thoughts, I sometimes feel like I am a hamster stuck on an exercise wheel. Thinking, thinking, thinking. It is easy to get trapped in the mind. The mind is always trying to figure things out. There is no figuring it out. Life is. Change happens.
Too much thinking can lead to anxiety, fear, worry and dissatisfaction. When you get in that state of mind the best thing you can do is shift out of your head and reconnect with your heart. I like to begin with the Heart Salutation as a way of reconnecting to my heart.
The Heart Salutation
Extend your arms towards the earth, palms together. Inhale, as you bring them to your heart while keeping your palms together. Exhale, as you bow forward and acknowledge the Divine in with the Sanskrit salutation Namaste. “Namaste” means, “I see the Divine in you as a reflection of the Divine within me.” In this example you are acknowledging the world as a mirror for seeing the Divine within yourself. Inhale, as you straighten back up. Finally, exhale as you allow your hands to return to the starting position, pointed towards the earth.
Bring your awareness into your heart center and breathe into it for a few minutes. Notice if your heart is open, closed or somewhere in between. Allow it to gradually begin to relax and open as you breathe into the center of your chest. Close your eyes and think of someone or something you love deeply and allow love fill your being. When you are ready open your eyes. Look around you and notice how you feel and what you experience around you.
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Crystal Dawn Morris is a Certified SkyDancing Tantra Teacher and the founder of Tantra for Awakening. She is committed creating a more conscious and compassionate world. She lives in Sedona, AZ where she teaches Tantra workshops, offers private coaching sessions, practices yoga, and writes. She loves to travel and is open to teaching and coaching in your community.
Tantra is about living in the present moment. Past and future only exist in the mind. Being present is our natural state of awareness. As babies we know the beauty of being in the freshness of each new moment. Yet, pretty early in life our parents and our culture do their best to get us out of the Now. While happily being in the moment, we were told to eat when we weren’t hungry, made to go to sleep when we weren’t tired, forced to get up early for school, and told to stop playing and come inside, so a visitor could grill us about what we want to be when we grow up.
Let’s face it we live in a world obsessed with past and future. The news recaps the past; advertising tells what we need to be happy in the future. Reclaiming the joy of living in the Now can feel like a challenge at times. How can we reclaim the joy of being fully present in the Now?
Step 1- Develop the Witness. Notice when you are not in the moment. The witness is that part of us that watches what is happening in an unattached way. When I am lost in past or future I feel anxious, worried, or discontent. Past or future is a good place to hide when things aren’t going the way I planned. When I activate the Witness, it is easy to notice if I am lost in past or future. Then I return present moment awareness.
Step 2- Be Present. Presence arises when your essential nature -Awareness, awakens to itself in each moment. Awareness is beyond space and time, beyond life and death. When you are present, you let go of past and future. You surrender to the moment. There is no resistance to what is. Being present is not only about being aware of what is happening on the level of form, it is being aware of the very space in which all forms come and go.
Most people have had moments of Presence, even if they didn’t call it that. Have you ever had the experience of watching a sunset? The world became still and all thoughts disappeared, as you sat in awe aware of the beauty unfolding before you. Or perhaps you have had the experience of running a race, skiing or riding your bike and suddenly you entered “The Zone” where you were one with everything, and your movements were effortless. Or when looking into the eyes of a newborn baby or your beloved, have you ever felt yourself melting into them until all sense of separation dissolved and you experienced Oneness? In all these situations, Presence emerged as you became liberated from identification with the thinking mind and surrendered into the direct experience of The Now.
Step 3- Accept the Now. Living in the Now, means accepting everything going on around you and within you exactly as it is in that moment. Acceptance means letting of outcome. It does not mean that you are a victim. You can make a conscious choice to shift what is happening through your actions and intentions. When you accept each moment as it is, the quality of Being becomes palpable and stress vanishes.
By developing the witness, living in the present moment and accepting what is, you will discover that you can learn to let go of living in the past. By aligning with your essential nature, spiritual wakefulness is arrived upon naturally.
The monsoons came late this year to Sedona. A rain squall just went through a few moments ago. The air is fresh and the sky is full of billowing white clouds. The first dusting of snow covered the San Francisco Peaks over the weekend. The Aspen trees ate beginning to turn golden. Autumn has come to Sedona.
I grew up in the Midwest and fall was harvest time. At this time of the year I pay attention to the seeds I planted in the spring and I ask, “What are you harvesting now?” By seeds I mean my vision for the year- intentions and desires. I look to see if what I am harvesting matches with what I thought I planted. If they don’t match I examine where my thoughts, beliefs and actions were out of alignment with my vision.
When my desire, intent, thoughts, words and actions are in alignment with my heart then my harvest is bountiful. That does not always mean that it looks the way I imagined it would. Harvest time is receiving with grace all that is being given.
Tantra has taught me how to be more conscious and aware of my desires, words, thoughts and actions. I continually practice being in the moment as much as possible, living authenticity and loving what is arising as a precious gift. I offer gratitude for all I receive. This practice helps me stay connected to my heart and to Source.
What are you harvesting? How does it relate to what you planted? How gracefully are you receiving your harvest? What is your relationship to gratitude?
I fell into a vortex and couldn’t get out. I have emerged transformed and in good humor. Sedona is spectacular this time of the year. The trees are green and the days warm and the nights cool. The irises are blooming. I find their delicate smell a mild aphrodisiac. The past couples of days I have been busy writing my Tantra Tip of the Month column for the new online magazine called Magnify You. The topic of my column for May is Presence. You can subscribe for free at https://www.magnifyyou.com/subscribe.html the May issue is available May 15th.
Presence is an important aspect of any Tantric practice. It is waking up from identification with the mind and recognizing the moment and the Self. When you enter into the body and surrender you discover your True Self.
Try this, focus your awareness in your body, let go of any concept of who or what you are. Ask, “What am I?” Let the question draw you beyond thought and towards Truth. see what you discover.
It is easy to take yourself and the world seriously. I caught myself doing it today after paying bills and reading the news paper. The mind wants to create problems it can then try and solve. If you find yourself furrowing your brow, it is time to lighten up. For the next 10 minutes laugh at nothing at all. Call a friend and laugh together. Notice how it feels to laugh. See if you make someone smile. Share a joke. Act silly. Play as if you were a child.
The natural world is a powerful mirror for seeing the Divine in ourselves. There is nothing like being in the mountains, sitting in a peaceful forest or running on the beach to awaken a sense of awe at the core of our being. The magnificence of nature takes our breath away and reminds us of the Truth of who we are.
Take some time today to be out in nature. Go to a park. Hug a tree. Take a walk. Ride your bike. Feel the sun or wind on your face. Open your heart and breathe in the grandeur of Gaia, our mother, the earth. Connect your heart to the heart beat of the Earth and let it nourish your soul.
(C)Copyright 2009 Crystal Dawn Morris
What does it mean to be present? Being present is more than paying attention to what is happening in this world of form. Being present is being aware of the stillness in which everything arises. There is a luminous quality to this awareness. It is always present, just underneath the surface of whatever is occurring. Try this several times today – stop, be still, become present, and notice the spacious awareness in which everything arises. How does this color the rest of your day?
Love this moment, it is the only one there is. Take little mini-breaks though out the day to drop into present moment awareness. Surrender your thoughts , fears, judgments and beliefs. Just for this moment feel the freedom that lives in the here and now.
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