Teach your children to meditate and/or meditate with them.
There’s a saying that roughly goes like this:
“If every 8-year-old would be told how to meditate,
there would be no more war on earth.”
Let’s strive to get there.
1.) Make your own meditation practice a priority in your personal every day life. Thereby you give yourself space and time and you also are an example for your children.
2.) Teach your children a simple meditation. And teach them to breathe deeply to reconnect with themselves. Gabby Bernstein gives examples in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UfwDcP7ebHA
3.) Maybe also invite your children to meditate together. Don’t give up your personal meditation time though. Rather set another time for meditating together. Share your guided meditations with them, if you like. And just follow your guidance and their curiosity.
Most of all: “Be a meditator.” Gabby Bernstein
Welcome to Day 18 – Radiating Compassion.
Oprah Winfrey says Compassion is seeing, hearing and feeling someone else as if we are one.
Deepak Chopra says the definition of compassion is to have sympathy for those who are suffering. He does not agree with the original understanding of compassion as suffering with them. This doesn’t help anyone. It’s much better to uplift and inspire others and show them that there is a way out of pain.
Compassion is a quality of the true self. If you go beyond suffering and find peace and contentment within yourself, you can radiate compassion from your own being. In this way you as an individual make a difference to the world.
Compassion and non-judgement go together. If you know that every soul was created by God and is wanted and loved and that God, Source, All That Is wants to experience all sorts of things through all sorts of people, than there is no way that you can judge anyone.
Practice reminding yourself of that. Practice seeing, hearing, feeling someone else as if you are one, as if you are the other person. Find peace in yourself, uplift others. Radiate compassion.
Welcome to Day 17 of our 21-Day Meditation Experience. – Being of Service.
I took today’s centering thought “My soul expands when I help others” as a sign to reach another milestone in my journey of creating a new life, a life I love and that brings me joy and brings joy to others.
In my life I have always wanted to be of service, to help people and to help animals. I tried a lot of things where I was involved personally – working in an animal shelter, in an animal rescue organisation, as an animal healer and as a healer for people as well as taking on a whole bunch of animals as family members that I cared for. What it taught me was that helping this way I easily exhausted myself and damaged my health. And it felt never enough. I wanted to help more people, more animals. Without sacrificing my health.
Eventually I realised that there are soooo many organisations out there that do really good work and that I could identify with. Born was my wish to support them – one day when I had a regular income. Yesterday I told my husband that I was thinking about supporting some charities, but wanted to wait until I had more money. He said that if I waited, I would never do it. It wasn’t about the amount of money I donated. Important was that I did it, if that was what I wanted to do. What a wise man. I remembered that I had said such things once upon a time to him. 🙂 So we are teaching each other. Great lesson.
Remembering another friend who had told me to consciously decide what I wanted to do with my income, i.e. give 10% to charity, put 10% aside for learning, use 10% for whatever so that I would not use everything up just for everyday things – I decided that I would now start to give 10% of my income to charity. That’s at the moment 33,00 Euro per month. Immediately 3 charities whose work I love popped up in my mind and I set up regular monthly donations of 11,00 Euro to each one of them starting September, 1st.
Boah am I proud and happy. Happy to be able to help others by sharing what I earn while doing what I love – which is selling used books, cd’s, dvd’s and writing/blogging. This step feels huge to me.
What milestones are you proud of? How do you help others? I would love to hear from you and get to know you/the people who are reading this. I mean it.
Have a wonderful day filled with happiness and joy and sharing your bliss.
It’s Day 13 already. – Living Gratitude.
Today I would like to share a personal story about gratitude.
Until about 2 years ago I don’t think I knew what gratitude really was and didn’t pay much attention to it consciously. Then my life changed dramatically. In one day I lost my husband (through separation – we are back together today, but that’s another story), the house that was our home (moving out took longer, but we had to go), my job that was in my husbands company and with that my income. I was left with 6 animals to care for and myself in a shocked and sick condition.
In the following months I went through a lot of grief, physical and emotional pain, fear. For months I had panic attacks. But the universe also send me a whole regimen of people to help. On days when I couldn’t see or feel anything but pain and grief, I started doing an exercise I had read in ‘I don’t know which’ angel or spiritual book. Finding things that I was grateful for every evening. I started doing that every night when I went to bed. And I always always always found things and beings like my animals that I was grateful for. Always. This exercise slowly but steadily and deeply changed my life and my awareness.
Just before I was writing this I had no idea what I would write today. And then I remembered randomly meeting 2 friends a few hours ago when I was shopping. I felt a bit off and too much in my head today. And I realised that I was really grateful to have met them. They took me out of my head and into this present moment with them. I also thanked the universe as there are no coincidences. And that reminded me of this exercise. Which is no coincidence either.
So, if you want to change your outlook on life from inside, I recommend you do this exercise. There’s so much to be grateful for. One of the things I’m most grateful for is that I got to know myself and learned to take care of myself during that time. The other thing is that my husband and I have found each other again. Yes,it’s possible. No, I wouldn’t say it was easy. But love never dies. You just have to dig deep sometimes and pull away everything that’s not needed anymore and didn’t belong to you in the first place.
Be grateful for being here. Be grateful for this life. Yes, you can choose another one. But this is unique.
Yesterday was Day 12 of the current 21-Day Meditation Experience “Expanding Your Happiness” with Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey.
As this days centering thought is “Life makes me smile and laugh”, I would like to share with you something that makes me smile everytime I see it.
Rainbow Elephants, Cuddle Monsters and Love Bracelets crocheted by Pink & Green (https://www.facebook.com/pinkgreencrochet?fref=ts), made with love by Charlene Scott.
I love my love bracelet and wear it every day. It reminds me of the love that I am and the love that life gives me every day. It makes me smile.
If you want to know more, go to Charlene’s facebook page or have a look at her etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/190081822/ten-hand-crocheted-kindness-love
(Elephant and bracelet fotos by Charlene Scott).
Smile. Laugh. Love.