Monthly Archives: November 2014

pink bubble technique

Pink Bubble Technique

“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.” – Wayne Dyer

Shakti Gawain is an author and speaker in the field of personal development. In a recent issue of Spirituality & Health magazine, she shared her favorite guided meditation for the purpose of manifesting.

  • Sit or lie down comfortably at a time you won’t be disturbed.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Focus on your breath, as you inhale deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
  • Relax!
  • Imagine something you would like to manifest in your life as if it has already happened. Picture it in your mind as clearly as possible.
  • Now, imagine a pink bubble and place your goal inside.
  • In your mind, imagine letting go of the pink bubble and imagine it floating up into the universe. It is free to float around to gather the energy it needs to manifest itself and return to you.

That is all. There is nothing more for you to do.

Note: I used a similar technique to manifest adopting a baby several years ago — and he’s almost three now! I just used this technique to imagine a successful launch of my first book. I will let you know the outcome.

Please share your experiences here. Have you used this technique? What happened? Can you think of a way it could be useful to you?

Namaste,   Sheryl

Meditation and Science

Meditation and Science

The November 2014 issue of Scientific American magazine features a study of meditation. In 2000, the Dalai Lama launched the sub discipline of “contemplative neuroscience” by bringing scientists together with expert Buddhist meditators – those with at least 10,000 hours of practice. Since then, at least 20 universities, 100 meditation practitioners of all levels, and scientists have studied meditation’s effect on the body. Advances in technology have allowed neuroimaging and brain activity to help guide their research and understand the findings.

Here are a few highlights of the studies… Meditation can rewire the brain to produce health-giving effects to the mind, brain and entire body. In pain studies, it was found that while meditation did not reduce the amount of pain, it did bother the meditators less  than the control group. The more experienced the meditator, the more quickly he/she became accustomed to the pain, as well.

Mindfulness training — observing sights, sounds and other sensations without being carried away by them — resulted in a physical decrease in volume of the amygdala. This region of the brain is involved in fear processing.

Finally, there is evidence that the practice of meditation may diminish biological stresses on the molecular level and thus, slow the process of cellular aging.

There is much more in the magazine article than I could cover in a blog, so if you’re interested in learning more, feel free to continue your research at Scientific American or at the Dalai Lama’s Mind and Life Institute.

Namaste, Sheryl

mindfulness

Mindfulness, Part Two

Would you like to learn more about mindfulness? The origins of mindfulness come from Buddhism; thus, the study of Buddhist meditation practices can be a good place to start. The Buddhist monk and author, Thich Nhat Hanh, has written several books on mindfulness, and he can also be found on Facebook. The Dalai Lama speaks often about mindfulness, as well.

Mindfulness: There’s an app for that. Really! There are several, actually. I recommend “Mindfulness Daily” by Inward, Inc.  I have set it to prompt me several times a day to pause to take mindful breaths. It asks me to check in with my level of mindfulness and offers many mindful practices.

Mindful Magazine (www.mindful.org) is a publication I recently stumbled across. This month Pete Carroll, the head coach of the championship Seattle Seahawks American football team, is interviewed regarding his use of mindfulness to create a winning team.

For a deeper experience of mindfulness, search online for “mindfulness retreat.” Private and group retreats are held regularly in locations across the western world. And individualized lessons can be obtained through a mindfulness coach.

To conclude, your practice of mindfulness could be as simple as taking mindful breaths several times a day or as deep as finding a mindfulness coach. The thing to remember is the goal of mindfulness: To gently set your mind aside, so that your soul can rise to consciousness and be The Creator of your life.

Namaste, Sheryl

mindfulness

Mindfulness, Part One

Mindfulness is a tool for us humans — whose minds drift up and down, sideways and backwards, into the past and into the future — to still our minds to just accept the present moment. Mindfulness is for everyone, not just for those who are stressed and not just for those who are relaxed. Mindfulness does not solve problems, and it does not change who we are.

Our minds and our egos are, by their nature, very busy and very distractible. If it is true that we are the creators of our own lives — and it is! — then putting a distractible mind in charge of that creation results in a life with a high level of chaos. Mindfulness gently and temporarily pushes the mind and ego aside. Mindfulness allows the soul — the truest part of ourselves — to rise to consciousness. When your soul is in charge of your life’s creation, what do you think the result will be?

For a short mindfulness practice, focus on your breath. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Feel the air come in through your nostrils and into your lungs. Hold it for two seconds. Then breathe out through your mouth, feeling the rush of air and your lungs deflate. Repeat two or three times. If you feel your mind lose focus, simply bring it back gently to your breath.

Tomorrow, I will present resources, quotations, gurus and ideas for incorporating mindfulness.

Namaste,  Sheryl

P.S. Thank you to The Creator of All for giving me the words to write this when I was at a loss for words.

Superstars, Part Two

This is the second half of a two-part blog. If you’d like to read (or re-read) the first half, please click here.

To summarize, The Creator is speaking about the need for us to rise to the top of our respective fields, in the work that fits us. I have just asked Her/Him the question, “What can we do to make this happen?”


 

God: Great question! (Yes, I did inspire that. I wanted you to ask.)

Sheryl: Funny, funny!

God: There are three steps.

First, you question yourself. Question what am I good at? What makes me excited? What comes naturally and easily for me? Then, listen to all the answers. Discounting or tossing out any answers means you are throwing out the possibility of discovering your greatest potential.

Second, be ready for these answers to change as you change. Your life is one of constant change, from the moment your body is conceived to the moment your body dies. When life seems to be at a stalemate, when it is in neutral, or when you are up against a wall or facing serious troubles, go back to the first step. Listen to the answers, again. Make a plan to transition from where you are in your life to where you need to be in your life.

Third, take all the limits off yourself. Imagine yourself being the best ________ (insert your talent) that there is. Expect that the level you will achieve in reaching your potential is the highest possible level. When your mind wants to present you with an excuse why you won’t get there, then stop, decide how that excuse (or fear) is surmountable or unfounded.

Sheryl: This would work with our children, too.

God: Yes, exactly! Help them to go through these steps. Help them to imagine being the best singers, doctors, dancers and teachers that they can be. As they change, give them full permission to change their destinies. A little girl (like yours) can dream of being a dancer but as she grows, she finds she wants to be something different.

Few of us who become our best selves have a childhood story of fighting against all odds to achieve it. Most successful people are the ones whose families supported them in their greatest dreams, even when the world thought they were weird or lost.

So, yes, support your children’s dreams. Show them how you believe, so they can believe, too.


 

That is the end of Chapter 3. I can tell my editor will have a few changes, but no doubt the message of The Creator is clear!

We are given a metaphorical garden patch by The Creator. Tending it to help it yield a bountiful harvest is a way to show gratitude to The Creator, a testament to our personal power of creation and a gift to feed and inspire those around us.

Namaste, Sheryl

superstars

Superstars, Part One

Below is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Talking With The Creator, Book One. This is the first half of Chapter 3, “The Price of Leadership.” I will blog the second half of the chapter tomorrow. Enjoy!

Namaste, Sheryl


Chapter 3, “The Price of Leadership”

God: It’s lonely at the top, but that never bothered me.

It’s lonely for humans when they pursue their true, intended destinies. They have to break a lot of ties. They have to go (often) against what their families want and expect of them. Sometimes, they have to leave friends they have known well.

I would like to say that a life lived to one’s fullest potential is overflowing with joy, but I will be honest: There is a degree of loneliness that goes along with it.

I want you to think of some of the most incredible people now or in history.

Sheryl: There’s Einstein, Moses, Jesus, the Buddha, Mother Theresa, and Maria Montessori. Plus, I can think of sports figures like Michael Jordan and business people like Sam Walton. I know this book is for people of all backgrounds, but my imagination is  kind of limited to American history and Western religions.

God: Not to worry, everyone who reads this will use their imaginations to find their own heroes and heroines who depict people who lived to their fullest potential.

My point is, think of the lives of these people. Most were considered weird, strange and anomalies at some point or other. Most of them, if they reached fame in their lifetime, had serious doubts as to whom their friends really were. Who wanted to be in their company just to get a picture or autograph and who was really interested in making the investment to be a friend? Many are considered leaders and worshipped. It’s a challenging life.

Sheryl: You’ve said that this is what they wanted. They brought it into their lives.

God: Yes, and the world is better for that. Becoming a superstar in any realm is a person’s invitation and acceptance of everything that comes with it.

What is funny is that I would find it most satisfying if everyone — well, if most people, anyway — would reach their fullest potential. Then, there would be a huge population of superstars who could all hang out together and appreciate each other’s amazing talents and gifts.

Sheryl: So, I could be at the park with the other moms and kids, and someone would say to me,  “Hi, I heard you have a book signing soon.” And I would say, “Yes, and I read that you’re a guest lecturer at the local university.”

God: Right! And pretty soon, we’d have a lot fewer anomalies, and a lot more people who fit in with each other because they were superstars together. They would be in different fields or specialties, of course, but their striving to be their best selves and developing their unique talents would bind them together.

It wouldn’t be so lonely at the top, would it?

Sheryl: No, it wouldn’t. With more people being true to themselves, there would be more happiness and satisfaction. How cool is that? (smiling)

What can we do to make this happen?


 

Yes, The Creator gives me an answer! Come back tomorrow to read it!

 

Dogs and Cats

First, let me begin by saying I am not trying to start a “Which is better, cats or dogs?” argument! I won’t even reveal my preference, though I do have one.

Regardless of YOUR preference, take a little time today to observe your pet. If you don’t have one, no worries, a trip to the pet store or just a little bird-watching out your window will work fine.

Animals show us the beauty of letting go and letting things be. They know who they are. They know their purpose in life. Ever tried to coax a cat into chewing on a bone? It’s just not what they do. On the other hand, a dog will come alert at the slightest motion or sound where a cat can appear to sleep through a house renovation!

Neither dogs nor cats try to keep themselves busy. They don’t worry about tomorrow. They don’t rethink yesterday. They live in the moment:  Do I need to do something? No, then I’ll rest until I do.

Allow your pet to give YOU some training today – you’ll be glad you did!

Namaste, Sheryl