Posts Tagged ‘inner peace’

Have a four “S” Saturday!

In Living a Life Off-Center on January 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

I learned something new-yes in the New Year. I attended a group meditation with the Art of Living Philippines group and they imparted some enlightening advice when it was time to leave. This was to practice the four (4) S’s (I have no idea how to spell that). These S-starting words were simply:

Seva-which means “selfless” service. This is doing something for someone else with no expectation of reward or compensation. This is not necessarily a monetary donation (although that is always helpful) but rather an activity that is for the betterment of someone’s life or even the overall enviroment. When I attended a silent yoga retreat several months ago, our seva consisted of us taking up brooms and dustpans and sweeping and gathering of  fallen leaves, twigs, and even dirt from the surrounding areas. This was to help clear the way for passersby and to help in the cleanliness and tidiness of our retreat space. The next day our seva found us planting seeds and helping some farmers harvest fruit and vegetables that they had planted. It was hard work, especially since we were not used to it, but it certainly was akin to an active meditation.

Reap the rewards of selfless service with seva

Seva work can also mean volunteering at a youth center, an orphanage, NGO, helping to feed at a soup kitchen, or, the simplest, helping out at home. Give your helpers for example a break and actually clean out your room, your bathroom or even your car, inside and out.

Company of truth (and a lot of fun) with satsang

The next S we were encouraged to practice was Satsang which means truth (sat) and company (sang). It was explained to us that satsang consists of having a group activity wherein you can all speak or share your truths. This could be a small gathering of like-minded friends and peers. This gives one a chance to be enhance and raise his or her vibrations especially if the goal is common in the group. A book club for example, will read and discuss a book that they all enjoy and give their insights-this is a form of Satsang in my opinion although I have participated more in Satsangs after a meditation wherein we talk about our experiences during the meditation and see if there are any messages for the individual or for the group in general. I have also experiences satsangs that had singing and dancing, quite fun! And people really got into the joyful spirit of letting their hair down and chanting at the top of their lungs and getting into free movement.

The third S was one that I felt I’d have the most difficulty with, Sadhana or spiritual practice. To commit oneself to a regular, spritiual practice, be it prayer, meditation, going to temple, anything that would enhance the connection to the Divine was greatly encouraged by our teachers. A sacred time and space should be set aside everyday (if possible) or even three times a week. It was more the consistencyof the practice that was stressed. Meditation daily of 5-10 minutes or a devotion of 30 mins every week etc was not specified, it was more that it had to be committed to and followed through. Why? Because in honoring this sacred appointment you were paying homage to not only your creator, but to yourself. In doing regular sadhana you raise your vibrations and attract more abundance in your life. Setting your intention for more love, better health or even financial wellness is further encouraged as you start your meditation, prayer or even reflection. Imagine all the riches of the universe now being allowed to get to you because you’ve allowed yourself to be open to receive so much more!

Create your own sacred space for sadhana

And the last S? Was to simply SMILE! This is an instant upper, if someone smiles at you, smile back even if you’re don’t really feel like that. Your mood will instantly shift and you never know you can always make someone’s day simply by smiling at them. Even your own energy changes when you’re met with a smile as opposed to a sc0wl. If you’ve read or watched Eat, Pray, Love (the book was waaaay better) you may recall the lead character being advised to do a “smiling meditation” to sit in silence and imagine every cell of her body, every organ, every part she could feel just smile. Almost like your entire body is covered in smileys. This is a simple tool that can be done anytime and anywhere, a smile is universal. Turn those corners of your mouth up and to quote  Broadway’s most famous orphan, “Smile darn ya, smile!” Happy,  happy Saturday everyone! May the four S’s bring you benevolent outcomes. 🙂

Smiley kat, smiley kat 😀

*all images taken from the various sites on the Internet, many thanks to those who shared!

Angel Readings

In Philippine Star Column on July 2, 2010 at 7:23 am

It’s more than likely you have heard of angels, whether your book of reference for them was written by a Holy Man or Neil Gaiman, it’s easy to guess what they represent in society. Angels are probably the most accepted figures across religions and cultures, although their images may vary according to who’s doing the interpreting. They have been known to be bringers of guidance, protection, blessings, messages and at times payback. Curiosity strongly aroused this Kat at an early age and I’ve been reading up on them or been fascinated by the roles they play both in my life and others for as long as I can remember.  You may or may not have been told by a parent that you always have a guardian angel watching over you. As you transcend into adulthood you may even turn this particular guardian into a parking angel (not to be mistaken to the helicopter riding traffic angel-although the inherent purpose is more or less the same) to find you some place to squeeze your vehicle in.

So, if you’ve ever prayed to an angel for help, here’s some good news. They’re pretty much around to do that, help, all the time, but not necessarily the way you want them to, but in ways you need them to. One of the first books I’ve ever read called Ask Your Angels by Alma Daniel, Timothy Wyllie and Andrew Rainier gives an introduction on the hierarchies of angels, (take note that information found in this book is to be used at the readers discretion ) their names, and purposes. There are also exercises to help you communicate with your personal angel and kick off the process of having an open, consistent line to your celestial BFF. The most valuable lesson I came out with after reading the book and practicing the meditations is, angels always give messages in a loving manner, even warnings. In other words, there is a significant difference between “You should probably sleep in today and relax” compared to “Don’t leave the house as you will get into an accident” The discernment in interpreting what is divine and what is, well, not, is in the language and tone of the message itself. The exercises are not difficult to do perse, but trusting in what you hear (or even see) will be.

If you’d rather go through a guided communication with your angel or in some cases, angels, a more experienced practitioner may be your best bet. There is Regina Dee, founder of The Inner Peace Foundation, who, with her soothing voice and gentle manner leads you through exercises wherein you can prepare your physical and spiritual fields in order to listen to your guides better. Nonoy Ozaeta on the other hand directly channels messages from your guardian angel. He does always caution though that angels are really there to love you unconditionally, and are not meant to be used to read the future.  They exist more to help you in whatever you need, whenever you need them.  A question like “Is so and so the One” can be met with an amused smile and a playful “possibly”. Which when you think about it, is the truth, because there are endless possibilities. Angel readings I have found though to be most helpful when someone is dealing with a great loss or even the death of a loved one. What your angels say to you during this time can be immensely healing, like a poultice on a stinging wound. Words of great love act like a heavenly hug that wraps around you and makes you realize that yes, everything is going to be alright, but in the meantime, we’re here for you.  Don’t be surprised if during a reading tears begin to flow, or the heart begins to stir filling your body with warmth and a tingling sensation.  This is normally when you know the message is pure, with the way you feel. It is indescribable in human words, because it is not human in its nature but from a Higher Source.

When blessed with an angel push in the right direction, there is something about it that feels so right, and the manifestation “tools” (person, place, thing) to get you from where you are now to where you want to be (or who you want to be) is accelerated.  The wonderful thing about asking your angel is that no question is ever too trivial or too repetitive, you will never be met with rolled eyes or sarcasm, a “What should I wear” will be answered as well as a “Should I take this job?” with love, every single time. If you feel it’s time to get a divine second opinion on your life, all you have to do is ask.

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