Archive for December, 2010

Quiet Celebration

December 23, 2010

At this time of year, when many of us are buzzing about trying to run errands, bake goodies, wrap gifts and attend festive events, we get stressed by all the things that “have to” be done. Yet maybe they don’t. Why not just focus on a few things and take deep joy in them? Why not  have compassion for fellow travellers on the road or in the stores and be patient? Why not schedule a get-together with a friend in January or February, instead of cramming in one more event? Why worry about a gift, if the person already knows you love him/her?

So, for this holiday season, consider:

  • reading spiritual texts (pick your favorite) daily if possible
  • taking a brisk walk to be outside in nature
  • meditating for a few minutes to clear the chatter each day
  • eating vegetables and nourishing food as well as a few treats
  • and, of course, listening to or playing a singing bowl.

Happy Season of the Solstice and New Year!

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Wonder

December 10, 2010

‘Tis the season for wonder and joy. I was reading an article recently that stated that awe was the emotion that can change us the most. As an example, students asked to describe themselves and shown majestic natural scenes or impressive artwork were more descriptive about themselves than those given the question and situated in a nondescript room.

We don’t generally look for awe, it finds us. A baby’s smile, the Grand Canyon, a touching gesture, cathedral windows… awe shows up in small and big sizes. It requires us to push the “refresh” button in our brain and our heart.

Sometimes, we prefer to run on auto-pilot. We think that’s comfort and security. Then pain finds us, but it could as easily be awe on our GPS screen. Suffering is the sledgehammer that wakes us up; awe is the awareness that offers delight, inspiration and a big helping of majesty.

I find awe in the singing bowls constantly. They are always surprising me. And they do the same for others.

I have recently been conducting classes on Sensing the Consciousness of a Bowl. I suggest people sit with a singing bowl. Experience its vibratory presence, its voice, its consciousness. And people do. Even people who have had a bowl for a long time tell me that the bowl is different after the experience of simply sitting with it.

So let’s keep in harmony with the season. Enjoy a little awe and wonder.