Surfing With The Universe Meditation

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“We will never have a perfect world, but it’s not romantic or naive to work towards a better one.”
– Steven Pinker

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Peace.–davidji

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Desiderata

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Desiderata
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
~Max Ehrmann

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Once In A Lifetime

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“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – William Shakespeare

dharma_leaderHello spiritual warriors! And welcome to another week of Life Tools. This week we explore the magnificence of nature. The dictionary defines nature as the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth. And it’s easy -as we race through the wild month of December- to be more focused on things, sales, stuff, products… but rarely the products of the earth.

A few weeks ago –at my annual Five Realms Retreat in Maya Tulum on the Mexican Riviera- I had the privilege of witnessing one of the most profound feats of nature. It was a bit before midnight and under the darkness of a new moon, a volcano of freshly hatched baby turtles burst from the sand. Hundreds of them bubbled up, poured out onto the beach to begin their trek to the sea where they would head out into the ocean to begin their new life. But because of the blackness of the night sky, they wandered aimlessly heading away from the waves lapping the shore only 20 feet away.

Unlike baby alligators, which are liberated from their nest by their mother, sea turtle hatchlings must do it all themselves. Digging out of the nest is a group effort that can take several days. And once they decide to burst out, they erupt from the nest cavity as a group. The little turtles orient themselves to the brightest horizon, and then dash toward the sea.

But there was no horizon… it was pitch black. So I turned on the light of my iPhone and began filming. They reoriented themselves to the light and began following it. I slowly backed up into the ocean and they chased the light until they reached the edge of wall of seaweed. Two meditation teachers at the retreat played the role of midwives, ferrying the stragglers over the seaweed wall and into the ocean.

Once in the water, baby turtles typically swim several miles off shore, where they are caught in currents and seaweed that may carry them for years before returning to nearshore waters. There are many obstacles for hatchlings in the open ocean. Sharks, big fish, circling birds and of course the man-made challenges of tar balls, nets, garbage, pollutants, and plastic threaten them in every moment. The obstacles are so numerous for baby turtles that only about one in 1,000 survives to adulthood. It is my hope that in that one isolated evening, we made a difference and somehow increased those odds.

But that’s just one night out of 365 and in a very unique situation. There are hundreds of opportunities throughout the year that each of us gets to make a difference and we shouldn’t squander those chances. Humans have a very sensitive relationship with nature. We have the power to make certain species extinct through poaching, carelessness, greed, and laziness. And we also have the power to elevate the human-animal dynamic by taking small actions each day. We can start by simply recognizing that we are all connected… that we ARE nature not separate from it. That all life is precious and we have the power to celebrate it, conserve it, and nourish it.

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We can use less plastic, buy reusable containers, recycle, avoiding beauty products made with plastic scrubbing beads. We can also make efforts to clean beaches, adopt our pets, support animal rights organizations, and eat less meat & dairy. And we can start in this moment by simply being kinder to ourselves, to each other, being more present with those we spend time with, being more forgiving, and showing more compassion to those in our lives.

Let’s treasure our humanity and in the meantime…I’ll see you in the gap!
Peace. -davidji

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One Love Meditation

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

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Gifts of Transformation

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Destressifying

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“Stress is caused by being ‘here’, but wanting to be ‘there’.” – Eckhart Tolle

Dear Spiritual Warriors – Welcome to another week of life tools. This week the question is: Are you de-stressified?

The definition of stress is how you respond when your needs are not met.

Destressifiers (those who use the tools of destressifying such as identifying and consciously expressing their needs; practicing 16 seconds of breathing throughout the day; and starting each morning with meditation) better understand their core needs, have greater clarity regarding their prioritization, more consistently meet them, and – in those instances when their needs are not met – their bodies & minds respond in a unique way known as the destressified response where they transcend overwhelm, remind themselves of their innate strengths, clearly see the resources available, and leverage the silver lining in the moment – moving beyond any dark clouds they detect on the horizon.

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Essentially, the counterpart to the fight-or-flight response, the destressified response occurs when the body senses it is no longer in perceived danger (physical or emotional), and all the functions of the mindbody return to normal. As we destressify, the body moves from a state of physiological arousal, to one of physiological relaxation and our:

• Breathing slows and becomes quieter
• Pulse decelerates easing our blood pressure
• Digestive functions normalize as blood returns to our intestines
• Stress hormones (adrenalin, glucagon, and cortisol) slow their surges
• Immune system strengthens
• Platelets becomes less sticky and blood flows more easily

Accompanying this destressified physiological state of relaxation, are powerful mindbody benefits that impact our thoughts, how we interpret information, and how we respond to the world. Morning Meditation is the key… as are daily breathing techniques such as taking 16 seconds to BE present in turbulent moments and at 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, and right before bed. As you begin to destressify, you will notice more & more that you are:

• less emotionally turbulent
• more patient
• a better listener
• less over-whelmed
• more focused and clear
• less fidgety
• more relaxed, and
• truly, the calm amidst the chaos.

Let’s do it right now – simply watching your breathing for 16 seconds…in for four seconds…hold for 4 seconds…exhale for 4 seconds…and holding the breath out for 4 seconds as you ease back into normal breathing.

As you continue to cultivate your meditation practice, you will start to become more comfortable with your authentic self – the true self that rests beneath all of your veneer… Rather than buy-in to your most constricted and conditioned behaviors, you will suddenly find that you are more fluid and more intuitive and more creative…a better problem solver.

This potent shift into this expanded gear will change your basic nature… you will respond to life rather than react to it – and because of this internal shift, you will make better decisions. By cultivating a daily destressifying practice, you will create this state of restful awareness as your primary biological response to stress! Let’s keep meditating together every day and let’s stay connected.

Join me Thursday LIVE! on Hay House Radio and join me for my dharma workshop where you will learn several key aspects to live a destressified life. In the meantime, I’ll see you in the gap! Peace. -davidji

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Sacred Heart Meditation

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“Your sacred space is when you can find yourself again and again.” –Joseph Cambell

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The Four Paths of Relationships

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“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” -George Eliot

InnerHealing_Display-(2)The Relationship Realm
Exploring the realm of relationships is mind-blowing when you think about how many diverse connections we have in our life. And whether you are close with someone, never speak with them, or can’t stand them, you are holding onto mental, emotional, time-consuming, energy regarding the relationship. But the key to this realm is the relationship you have with you. How do you treat yourself? How’s your sense of worthiness? Are you arrogant, condescending, and mean to yourself? Or, loving, forgiving, nurturing, and compassionate? As you expand the circle beyond yourself, ask, “Who’s in my front row?” – essentially, who are your die-hard supporters, your cheerleaders, and your champions? Those are the relationships you should be paying attention to. When you stumble or fall down, who is rooting for you to get back up? Who is not rooting for you? Are there people in your front row who don’t belong there? (Those not rooting for you?) Are they just taking up space in your head…in your life…blocking new champions from taking their seats in the front row? Keep widening the circle until you’ve included everyone you can think of in the exercise.

Remember, there are four things you can do with a relationship. You can:

Birth it – start new…fresh…unfettered…unconditioned…as we were born – whole, perfect, pure, and unconditioned. There are infinite possibilities – don’t box yourself in.

Repair it – ask first, “do I want to keep this damaged or wounded relationship alive?” If the answer is yes…then let go of the past, and commit to soothing the wounds, let go of grievances, forgive, forgive, forgive – forgive yourself, forgive them, make peace. If you’ve tried and it can’t be repaired, then shift it.

Shift it – If the dynamic has moved in another direction – maybe you are taking a platonic relationship or a work relationship to another level. If a boundary was crossed or the understanding has changed, then new boundaries, new understandings, new rules of engagement must be established, articulated, and agreed upon — and committed to by both parties.

End it – Since nothing on this earth ever really ends, we must make peace in our own heart, forgive ourselves, forgive them, and let go. The key to this is to release. “When we forgive, we free ourselves from the ties that bind us to the one who hurt us.”

Join me this week on Hay House Radio and we’ll take it deeper.In the meantime, be gentle with yourself and keep meditating. I’ll see you in the gap!

Peace. -davidji

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“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”
–Willie Nelson


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Raising Your Vibration

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“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” –Albert Einstein

Hello Spiritual Warriors!! And welcome to another week of life tools. There’s a concept of free will, are we making conscious choices, or do we just float from one moment to the next randomly responding to the random realms of the world? But I found that we can actually move our world in very specific directions simply by placing our attention and our intention in a particular realm and just keep moving in that direction. So, for example, is there one thing going on in your life right now that doesn’t really vibrate or resonate with you? Perhaps you’re finding yourself feeling uncomfortable interacting with a certain person or the style of interaction or the frequency of interaction or you keep doing a particular behavior or ritual that you don’t really find nourishing but keep going there?

InnerHealing_Display-(2)We can create the pattern interrupts in our life that stops a non-nourishing behavior or practice, OR, we can simply introduce a pattern interrupt that’s more of a positive interrupt that moves us closer towards the fulfillment of our dreams. We all know you are your deepest driving desire, and as is your desire so is your will, and as is your will, so is your deed, and as is your deed so is your destiny. So you really can have a desire and turn it into a trajectory in your life.

What do you want? Where do you want to go? What do you want to be? What do you want more of in your life? What do you want less of in your life? We can take that first step right now. Bean by bean, the bag gets filled. Change happens incrementally. It rarely rarely happens spontaneously and all at once. You throw a seed out there into the ground, and maybe it sprouts, but it definitely can’t sprout if you don’t throw it out into the ground.

Your life can move in so many different directions and whether you believe its spontaneous or random or calculated, or divine intelligence or your personal freedom…but if you want some more of something in your life – rather than saying I want that thing in my life – you have to lean a little bit. Just lean. You don’t have to leap with both feet in, but you have to lean. And if you just lean, maybe it starts with a text or a smile or taking a step…

So, today is all about leaning. Lean in the direction of your dreams. Lean in the direction of what you want to unfold. So right now…plant an intention…something you’d like to see unfold.

TTsquareThere is an ancient mantra … Sankalpa. In Sanskrit this means subtle intention. And if we can just have a subtle intention that’s always running in the background, it will move us in the direction of the fulfillment of our dreams. Remember… You are your deepest driving desire. And we transform the world by transforming ourselves. So our metta moment today is to take that intention that you ever so subtly planted inside you and move it into the manifest. Tell as many people about your intention as possible. Have as many conversations where you discuss that intention in some way. If it’s a very very private intention, then figure out a way to get it, maybe talk about thematically what you want to achieve. Put it in text. Emails. Conversations. Write it down on paper. Leave those papers lying around. Put it on a post-it note. Put it on your refrigerator, your bathroom mirror, your night stand. Put it on your laptop screen. Put it on your keyboard. Write it, let’s move it from the smallest ethereal subtle intention and let’s make as many imprints on the local, on the manifest, and let’s see how our life unfolds. Let’s turn this into a daily ritual and in the meantime, I’ll see you in the gap!
Peace. -davidji

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