a Solstice ♡ Meditation on Love

Light Tribe of Gaia.

June 21st at 5:04 am UTC:
The Winter / Summer Solstice, depending on which hemisphere you’re in.

As the consciousness of the world shifts into a higher state, you may find yourselves feeling deep love, but also despair in these changing times.

You are not alone! We are all interconnected in a web of loving kindness and peace. There are so many beings awakening here on earth.
By maintaining the frequency of love, light and joy within each one of us, we are assisting in this shift.

“The easiest way to bring yourself into this higher frequency is to activate gratitude within your emotional field – to think of those things that you love – the dolphins, the whales, your own dogs and cats, all beloved children of the earth plane, nature in all its glory and beauty and power, all those who love and support you. Bringing these things into your consciousness, things that you are truly grateful for, these lighten your vibration beyond measure. And smile dear ones – smile the smile of the enlightened Buddha – the smile that acknowledges that all suffering is illusion.”
And so it is.
Namaste.”

Solara An Ra

from the linked Pleiadian meditation channelled by SolaraAnRa, Light Tribe of Gaia:

A beautiful new meditation from the Star Councils of Light,
just in time for the June Solstice! HAPPY SOLSTICE dear Light tribe!

One-Heart Light Tribe Meditation (audio)

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* I’ve been doing this meditation in the run up to the Solstice,
and visualising us all in resonance with each other. Lighting up and strengthening each other through the grandmother web of Light & Love is truly blissful.

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Meditation on the Heart Chakra symbol by Kat Day coming soon.

Like this:

pleiadedolphininfos : The Pleiadians ~ The next phase in Global Ascension: the Summer Solstice; everything through the Heart ♥ ~ As received by Méline Lafont
Sandra Walter: Solstice and Full Moon – Unity Activations, Walk-thru practice

healthydelicious: how do you want your light to shine brighter in 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day?

It’s 12:41 am, 14.02.2013
which would work better next year, or even last year, but falls short on the final digit today. Fortuitous really, considering how absurdly abstract today is.

Anyway.  It just turned Valentine’s Day.
I hope yous have a good one.

H♡PPY  V♡LENTINE’s  D♡Y!!
❧❥>‿

Not sure why though…

St. Valentine himself was tortured for his Christian beliefs, and then executed for continuing to minister and help people whilst in prison.
So he wouldn’t have had much reason to celebrate.

What really happened

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Singletons wherever this charade is played out, are dismissed by default as being sad, lonely losers in the game of life.

* We’re not BTW, we’re ace 

Couples are obliged to dwell in their wonderous couple-ness.
Two lovebirds separate from the world in their hazy mirage.
Another day it’s got to be perfect.
(If it’s not there’s a subtle sheen of disappointment glistening on the surface.)

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In fact, and you must excuse my cynicism. But the only ones with any real reason (their overheads already covered) to celebrate, are those who profit from it. They can bank on the silliness of those who play the Valentine’s game to lift the recession blues.

If the above rant means anything, it’s that

Valentine’s Day
means Nothing!

Your’e guaranteed that most of the living beings in the cosmos don’t have any conception of the Valentine’s phenomena, and wouldn’t care for it if they did.
For instance, not being able to eat it or play with it, my dogs would pee on it and walk away. I reckon that’s a fine example of how to treat Valentine’s Day.

No Stress

Stress?! What for?
It’s a day made up by the media!

Doesn’t matter if you’re a couple or a singleton.
Just enjoy the sticky, pink confectionary, smile at the day’s events and share some love if you can.
* love means so much more when it’s unconditional and freely given anyway.

Just keep breathing if you don’t feel up to that.
It’s OK, just watch you breath and walk away.

* It isn’t necessary to pee on anything. (Unless you really want to ;~)

Banksy Dog Valentines

More like this:
Dissolving Cupid into Dream-Like Emptiness in here
Respect Your Lovein My Soul’s on Ice

Attachment Vs. Love in Kadampa Life:
Happy Valentine’s Day to Everyone and
Being Realistic

to ‘lonely’ from Israel (and everywhere else)

Dear ‘lonely’ from Israel’
I don’t know who  you are,
but you were my 1st hit on Sunday morning.
  And to the other folk who visit the 2 posts on loneliness here.

You are not alone!

See, I know this for sure, because Thich Nhat Hanh says “Loneliness is one of the afflictions of modern life… it is universal in our society.
– If it’s ‘universal’- you can’t be the only one.

Some of these lonesome souls sometimes visit those two little outposts as well.
I wrote them ages ago – with a friend who suffered terribly from loneliness.
He described it as an “open wound. It hurts, and feels like it won’t ever heal.” I don’t want anybody to feel that bad.

I don’t see him anymore, and I miss him.
I can’t reach through the monitor and give him, and everyone else a smile and a wave

– so here’s a screenshot – made with lots of love – instead.

 Shanti

Facebook conversation between Luna Kadampa and Shanti:
One of the best opponents to loneliness is the meditation on the kindness of others, the interconnectedness we share on every level.
Yes. It’s our illusion of separateness that makes people feel lonely

 

 

“We are all interconnected in a web of kindness from which it is impossible to separate ourselves.”

 Eight Steps to Happiness. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Card from Tharpa Publications
Click on images to make biG

posts here on loneliness vs. being alone:
Alone isn’t so Lonely for Christmas Day
Make Friends with Loneliness (via Pema Chödrön)

 

Make Friends with Loneliness (via Pema Chödrön)

How can you make friends with loneliness? 

~ and why would you?!
My friend who suggested these articles described loneliness as “an open wound. It hurts, and feels like it won’t ever heal.” Mother Theresa says “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. Not isolated cases – Thich Nhat Hanh describes how “Loneliness is one of the afflictions of modern life… it is universal in our society.

Doesn’t sound like something you’d want to hang around with. As Pema Chödrön says, “Usually we regard loneliness as an enemy. Heartache is not something we choose to invite in.”
But, she says, “scrambling for security has never brought us anything but momentary joy.” It just provides us with changing suffering – the brief release we get from uncomfortable feelings, when we change the situation to a more comfortable one ~ before the discomfort still slides back in. (nb.’changing suffering’ is Geshe Kelsang’s phrase, not Pema’s)

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Rest with the uncomfortable feelings

Pema suggests just resting with the uncomfortable feelings instead of trying to avoid them; beginning a “non-threatening relationship with loneliness”. We do this by sitting with the painful feelings, and changing our habitual responses to them. This transforms the pain into a much more manageable ‘cool loneliness’, which doesn’t hurt nearly so much.


After all, as Kadampa Buddhism reminds us, we’re born alone, die alone, and spend most of our life that way. So it makes sense to befriend loneliness. And this is what Vajrayana is brilliant at, transforming negative energies into something much better.

If we’re brave enough to sit alone with our own mind, we can achieve real peace. This doesn’t have to take years in solitary retreat, either. Just being aware which thoughts make you feel lonely, watching the feelings as they arise – not being swamped by them – but recognising them for what they are, and working with them, can bring immediate relief. 

This process really does take the sting out of any lonely feelings we might have, and is a necessary, heartbreaking, often joyful part of the spiritual path.

nb. The “not being swamped by negative minds” is an important point. If we feel more miserable than when we started, that’s defeating the point of meditation, which is to pacify our mind.
We have to be alert for negative minds, and take swift action to defeat them. This can be anything from a simple breathing meditation, which calms the  mind; or any other object of meditation we find helpful.

Sometimes though, it’s best just to get up and make a cup of tea. (Alcohol isn’t best BTW, it’s a depressant. Sure it dulls the sharp edges at the time, but it makes us feel worse afterwards. And it makes our situation harder to cope with.)
Go out for a walk instead.
Really, be kind to yourself.
You’re important.
Return to your meditation with a lighter mind, it’ll go better.

¸   . •   ☽   *   ¨ If you’re one of those folk who got here because you googled “lonely”, take heart, you are not alone. Please comment below if you want, and we can share some thoughts.

Ref: Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart (Shambhala Buddhist lineage)

tiny smilie fowie
See also:
to ‘lonely’ from Israel (and everywhere else) letter to my lonely visitors
Alone isn’t so Lonely
 – pt 1 of this lonely vs. alone series ~ why alone-time is cool.

I do like what Tich Nhat Hanh says as well. “To live alone is to live in mindfulness, free from worries about the past and future. We enjoy life as we live it right now. His is a more Zen approach. His book, ‘A Better Way to Live Alone’ looks at this.

 

Alone isn’t so Lonely

Being by yourself isn’t a bad thing

– even at Christmas.
Despite popular belief,
alone-ness isn’t akin to loneliness.
Rather than the sadness and desolation of unwished for isolation; being alone allows us the freedom and space to really be ourselves.

There’s just something about this time of year that brings the ‘alone’ thing into sharp focus. It seems unnatural, somehow, to be quiet at a time of festivity. The well-meant concern of others, and their sympathy for our perceived loss, makes it feel like we should really be out there, having fun.

As one of my mate’s mum said this morning, “Christmas is such a weird time. People think that everybody’s partying, and they’re not! It’s certainly nothing to get unhappy about if you’re not. It’s such a palava about nothing! Our Tricia’s gone to Gibralta just to escape it all!”
Can’t say i fancy that, but away from the fuss n’bother, there’s another, quite different side of life, that finds happiness from another source.
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to live alone is to live in mindfulness

As Tich Nhat Hanh says, “to live alone is to live in mindfulness, free from worries about the past and future. We enjoy life as we live it right now.

Whether we’re alone at Christmas (or just generally) by choice or chance; it’s our choice whether that’s a good or bad thing. Gotta admit, I’m comfortable with it.
If we can feel content in our own company, our body and mind can find their own balance. We find our thinking becomes clearer, and things start to make more sense. In this spacious environment, our minds become peaceful and free.

Yes, being faced with our own mind can get a little unnerving at times. That’s why so many people hate silence, and being alone. We’re all haunted by negative minds; but the trick is to apply loving kindness, both to ourself and others. The demons often dissolve into a peaceful, loving mind. If they persist (and bad minds do tend to be persistent little buggers) don’t give into them! That’s the joy of silence – a chance to sort our own mind out. * more on that later * Just be patient, and relax into it best you can.

And spending time alone doesn’t mean we’re anti-social, or are rejecting folk.
It just gives us space to unwind, relax, and settle back into the love for others we can find in our hearts. The space we have created allows us to cultivate that love. “When they listen to the song of their heart they find more love and compassion enter their dealings with others. This allows listening and real communication.” (top7business.com) This means that when we’re with others again, we are truly happy to be in their company; and we have just so much love to give 🙂 This good energy comes right back at us, as well.
: )

Shantideva’s forest retreat

See also:

Make Friends with Loneliness pt 2 of this lonely vs. alone series
How to be Alone ace video on you tube
Tich Nhat Hanh the space of alone
(I’m never that sure about the monks letting a suicidal farmer walk away – but the story makes a good point. Tich says that many of people’s toxic excesses – things like food, intoxicants and sex – are abused just to escape from the loneliness they feel. But it so doesn’t have to be like that.
As Jill Bolte (neuro-scientist) says “in this moment, we are perfect, we are whole, and we are beautiful.
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Buddhist meditation:
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nb. if you know someone who’s on their own this Christmas, even if they’re not online, please share this with them. No-one should feel bad being on their own at Christmas.

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