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The Whale Song: Ancient Healing for Primal Pain

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Sometimes your pain is primal.

Like a a spectrum of dark light that wants to fall on every aspect your being. Wordless turmoil churning inside you, threatening to explode into your life if you can’t contain it, or don’t escape it, or if you fail at keeping it far, far away. At times like this there’s a need for healing. But who can heal a darkness like this?

Who can reach into a darkness so intense that it is winning in those moments – holding you in a space impenetrable to light? In ancient wisdom traditions, for this there is whale song.

Not all saviors of the human condition come in human form. A darkness as primal and as ancient as ours can be met only with a force equally as primal and ancient. For this, there is whale song.

Listen.

They are communicators. Their song is a song of healing. It will dissolve darkness with its perfect frequencies of ancient knowing. You will cry. You will feel a gentle light washing over you. You will feel a restoration happening in your cells.

Gradually, you will feel saved. They are our ancient safe keepers. They are our primal guardians. They come to heal us. They sing for us to remember. For us to rest. For our love to be restored.

They hold the light in the most ancient of dark places. They will release you back to the light.

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Resources:

1. Modern researchers have successfully recorded whale song the world over.

The whale song is constant. We sometimes record song samples twenty four hours a day. The song rarely ceases. Do the whales create this soundscape to give solace to the newborn in the hours of darkness? In the dark of night, in the deep ocean, only the stars and the song bring hope for the dawn.The Ocean Project

2. Click here to play a recording of whale song shared by Sacred Swims & Communication with Humpback Whales on Soundcloud.

3. Try playing whalesong when anxiety surfaces in you. Have a hot shower or bath. Put on relaxing clothes. Light a candle. And lay still. Let the whale song play. Let it wash over you. If you can, let it play as you fall asleep overnight.

Repeat at least 3-4 times a week.

 

Photo credit: Facebook

Originally published on my website, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Spirituality

Find Out What You Want – Step #6

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 Yeah, screw that! Really! I know that I should be writing an inspiring story here about how wonderful it is to change, and see, and discover … blah, blah blah!

It isn’t wonderful. It sucks. It’s hard and makes you unsettled, uprooted and homesick. I am homesick, big time.

Tonight.

I want to go home, back home, back to the other side of the world, to the other continent, to the other country where it’s warm and sunny, where it doesn’t rain all the time, where I can see the feathery palm trees and ocean sparkling in the sun from my windows. I want to go back to the place that is so terribly, drastically different from where I came from that … that I can forget where I came from. No, I don’t even have to forget — it simply doesn’t exist.

I want to go back to that other life, the second life, to that home where Pausha lived in ease and comfort, where she knew who she was and where she was, and what worked how. Where she knew the rules.

I am homesick tonight. Very, very homesick and, tonight, I want to tell you this: if you think that moving to the south of France is a grand adventure full of pleasures and delights, well — think again!

It is hard and it sucks to … to lose the Pausha I created to defend myself from myself.

It is hard to have to face me without the cushy comforts of a sunny paradise.

It is hard to have all the padding and defenses striped away, to stand naked and alone in front of myself, for myself to see and to know.

It is necessary, yes. It is how presence grows and how God becomes God, yes. It is all that but…

but it sucks, and it is hard, and I don’t want to!

I want to go home!

Tonight.

Find Out What You Want – Step #1

Why Sitting is Killing Us and What to Do About It

Silhouette SeatDid you know that most of us are sit 9.4 hours a day during the work week?

Compare that to the 7.7 hours we spend sleeping, or the 30 minutes to an hour we may spend exercising daily, and the imbalance starts to become clearly apparent. It’s easy to recognize the correlation between sitting and inactivity. But according to research published by the National Institutes of Health, sitting for long periods of time can increase the onset of chronic illness, as well as premature mortality risk, even if you meet your quota for daily exercise!

In the words of author and corporate director Nilofer Merchant:

Sitting has become the smoking of our generation.

In her TED talk, Merchant shares a compelling argument and creative approach to get people out of their chairs. The first step is literally walking out of the office and out of the box. Called the Walk-and-Talk, she has ramped up her walking to 20 to 30 miles a week by applying this unique approach, all within the context of a regular business day.

Take a look at Merchant’s innovative healthy living plan and then – you guessed it – go for a walk!

Embracing the Unknown

Recently my husband and I took a leap of faith. We put our house on the market, and not because we had a plan for what or where our next home would be, but rather because we had a calling that selling was the right thing to do. Our motivation stemmed from intuition. For the past year we felt an urge to move and a desire to simplify, lighten up and live in a home that is even more aligned with who we are now. This spring the calling was so strong that we both knew we needed to receive and act on our inner-guidance. We gave ourselves two weeks to touch up our home and within two days of being on the market we had multiple bids and found ourselves in escrow a few days later at an above-ask price. We took this as confirmation from the universe that we were headed in the right direction.

In the past, I would have had a very clear direction/intention and known what next step, or house, I wanted to manifest before selling my current house. This time is different. We are not entirely clear why we are moving and we don’t know where we will end up. Of course I should add that we’re not entirely without a home. This past fall we bought a second house in the mountains and had already intended to spend the summer there. So our short-term plan is to pack up, put everything in storage, get to the mountains, and wait for some kind of inner knowing.

I have learned some things in the past few weeks about embracing the unknown. It has been an exercise in staying in the moment. I often find myself thinking and trying to figure out what this move is about? Where should we live? Should we buy or rent our next place? We even looked at a few homes. I fell in love with one, my husband another and since we usually always agree we concluded this meant neither one was right. I could not ignore my intuition telling me that as hard as it is now to not know what’s next, it’s also not the time to make decisions. It became clear to me that I am supposed to give myself the time and space to consider all the possibilities—or as my sister likes to say “hang out in the unknown.” Once I surrendered and relaxed into the “not knowing,” I was able to find peace and excitement for a future that is a mystery. In fact, I have found myself surprisingly unattached and comfortable and the feeling has been very freeing.

If you’ve been in a situation when you didn’t know what was coming next (whether it was related to your career, your relationships, your living situations, etc), you know it can be a tense and confusing time, but here is what I learned about embracing the unknown that helped me maintain a sense of adventure and view it as an exciting time:

Stay in the Present Moment: When I took things one step at a time and stayed in the present moment, I found peace and clarity. In the moment, the need to know the who, what, why and when disappears. When I catch myself thinking or trying to solve or guess, I bring myself back to the present.

Surrender to the unknown and trust: In a state of not knowing possibilities are endless and this experience can be inspiring and creative. If we quickly move to make a plan or define our experience chances are we will be creating something familiar. To truly find something new and change, I think there must be a period of time of living in the unknown or we end up just reverting to our past ways. If we trust, we can relax knowing that all is unfolding for our highest good.

Sometimes the right decision is to not decide: Put a different way—if you don’t have the answer, that may be the answer. I realize looking at my past that there have been many times when I felt the need to make a decision. I put myself between two choices, not realizing that sometimes the answer is not to choose, but to wait. When things are not flowing and unclear that may mean it simply is not time to make a decision no matter how important it seems to move forward or how much our mind tells us we need to act or do.

Let life shape itself: I have been reading The Lady in the Palazzo by Marlena di Blasi and “Let Life Shape Itself” is the title of one of the chapters and a theme throughout the book. I very much feel that I am along for the ride. The past few weeks life has been happening and I have just been allowing and participating, but not pushing or forcing anything. It is amazing how easily things fall into place and opportunity arises—how much less time and effort and stress you experience, when you simply allow life to unfold.

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / _ambrown

Deepak Chopra: Early Education

Question:

We have moved to US for a year project and I have 2 year old daughter. I am a homemaker and quit my job to take care of my daughter personally. My husband has got an offer to continue his work here on a local head count and I personally feel that my daughters education would be better back home (India) at least for the foundation years and we should return back home after the project tenure. I have nothing against any other country’s culture but feel back home is the better exposure for my daughter for her to know the home values and culture. Am I making sense? Could you please guide me if there is any other perspective that I am missing on? Please guide. Thank you for your valuable time and guidance.

Answer:

Your concerns make perfect sense to me. Given that you want your daughter to not only learn your beliefs and culture at home, but also in her community, you will want to find the right environment where that is possible.

Love

Deepak

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Moving to London

its midnight. i’m trying to wind down. Trying to be in a state of relaxation that will let me drift off to sleep. simultaneously running over my day and the impact I had on it. "Easier said than done" is the phrase that comes to the tip of my tounge, just coaxing myself to stop typing and just go to bed. How am i supposed to sleep when i have so much to do. so much to think about. so much preparation to do. I AM MOVING TO LONDON .

Just Moved? 7 Ideas For Scoring Some Cheap Furniture, Appliances and Other Interior Knick Knacks

Did you just moved into a new place and are still eating your meals on a foldable chair with no table? Or did you just get rid of a bunch of old stuff and are now ready to revamp your living space with a whole lot of new stuff? 

Whatever your current living situation is, it is always fun to redecorate and reorganize your home or apartment with updated furniture and other interior decorations. Here are seven ideas to start your epic hunt for that cute bistro table or funky artwork that will really make your nook the envy of all your neighbors.

1. Craigslist. Duh. It is worth stating the obvious, but Craigslist.org is always chock full of people in your neighborhood wanting to sell or get rid of their old furniture, appliances and vintage interior decorations that are eyesores for them but may be your next eclectic treasure.

2. Facebook Marketplace–Especially during graduation season. If you live near a big college campus, check to see when the academic year is ending. Enter the zipcode for the Marketplace section on Facebook.com to see what college students are selling or practically giving away. At the end of every academic year, many graduating seniors are moving out of their apartments and are desperate to get rid of their Ikea tables, bookshelves, cabinets, toaster ovens and other useful home items (usually bought with their parents’ money, too!).

3. Freecycle.org. Join your local online freecycle group and see if anybody in your nook fo the woods is eager to get rid of furniture, appliances or something that you really need for your new space. If you are patient and respond quickly, you just may score that great futon bed or never-used box of picture frames for FREE.

4. Your local Salvation Army or Thrift Store. Gather up all your pocket change and spare dollars to buy some cheap plates, cups, frames, flower vases and other second knick-knacks. If you’re lucky, you might find a handy bookshelf or table that will be perfect for your home with some light touch-ups and quick cleaning.

5. Overstock.com. Though a bit pricier than the aforementioned options since these products are all brand new, you will still be saving a lot of money on quality furnishings compared to the store price if you find a mattress, furniture, ottoman or other home accessory you are absolutely dying to have. The big perk is that you only have to pay $1 for shipping! 

6. Your local swap meet. It’s like seeing a multitude of yard sales all conveniently in one location. Plus, you have the opportunity to barter in person, too.

7. Your immediate family, friends, friends of friends, relatives, anyone you know. People always have unused stuff lying around or are dying to get rid of that kitchsy teapot that they won at last year’s office white elephant gift exchange. Get the word out there that you are looking for stuff and you just never know who in your contacts is eager to get rid of something that would be perfect for you.

What are your ideas for scoring cheap furniture, appliances and other home accessories? Share your tips with the community by commenting below! 

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / themacinator

It is still a new year

 What a friendly site to be back to.  My blogs have not been posted here as I have been working on my  new site.  It is incredible to think that we are already into the month of January 2010.  I still feel like I am putting away my Halloween decorations.  The holidays seem like such a blur and yet New Year’s Eve was just 15th days ago.  We are right now preoccupied with the devastation that is going on in Haiti and hopefully trying to find ways to help.  I was feeling overwhelmed today by not knowing what to do. I wish I could just drive there and offer first hand help to another human being.  Give someone clothes, a wash cloth to wipe their face and drink of water but that is not possible.  What I have settled on is a prayer each day and money to my church who will in turn send to organizations that are there on the ground working.  WIth tragedy like this it is hard to write about exercise, diets, workout gear, and ways to get in shape when these topics pale in comparison, drastically.

It is interesting that I choose tonight to write here and as most of my work is about fitness and health. However, the reality is I can’t put my life on hold feeling bad for those in need, that doesn’t do any good.  I can only help in the best way that I can financially, spiritually and be available to help physically when called upon.

Where I can provide some sort of assistance to those here is to continue to provide tips and education on health, nutrition and fitness.  Feeling stressed and even depressed about Haiti is normal.  How we deal with it is important.  Taking the time out from your day to deep breath and meditate.  Drink tea to calm the body.  Reduce sugary foods.  Increase fruits and vegetables.  Take yourself out for long walks.  Look at the trees, the sky, the snow, the grass and be grateful.  Listen to others and be kind.  We are all in some sort of need and right now need each other for support.

It is still a new year

 What a friendly site to be back to.  My blogs have not been posted here as I have been working on my  new site.  It is incredible to think that we are already into the month of January 2010.  I still feel like I am putting away my Halloween decorations.  The holidays seem like such a blur and yet New Year’s Eve was just 15th days ago.  We are right now preoccupied with the devastation that is going on in Haiti and hopefully trying to find ways to help.  I was feeling overwhelmed today by not knowing what to do. I wish I could just drive there and offer first hand help to another human being.  Give someone clothes, a wash cloth to wipe their face and drink of water but that is not possible.  What I have settled on is a prayer each day and money to my church who will in turn send to organizations that are there on the ground working.  WIth tragedy like this it is hard to write about exercise, diets, workout gear, and ways to get in shape when these topics pale in comparison, drastically.

It is interesting that I choose tonight to write here and as most of my work is about fitness and health. However, the reality is I can’t put my life on hold feeling bad for those in need, that doesn’t do any good.  I can only help in the best way that I can financially, spiritually and be available to help physically when called upon.

Where I can provide some sort of assistance to those here is to continue to provide tips and education on health, nutrition and fitness.  Feeling stressed and even depressed about Haiti is normal.  How we deal with it is important.  Taking the time out from your day to deep breath and meditate.  Drink tea to calm the body.  Reduce sugary foods.  Increase fruits and vegetables.  Take yourself out for long walks.  Look at the trees, the sky, the snow, the grass and be grateful.  Listen to others and be kind.  We are all in some sort of need and right now need each other for support.