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M-2-M – 2013/Nov/09

Affirmation for the day: I am clear, succinct and loving in my communication.

Today I have the honour of signing books and sharing meditation with the beautiful people at Qi Crystals. The whole street feels like a blossoming flower of love with lots of high vibe cafes, yoga studios and at the heart of it all is Qi.

Qi is not just a crystal and book shop, it has a perfect balance of content and accessibility. A community hub and sea of sacred medicines packed into one little shop!

The signing is a 3 hour practical meditation workshop that’s been split into bite sized chunks. People can come and go as they please and the staff are talking about the event as they greet customers. A steady stream of shoppers come for their sit and share. The main focus is awareness, just being conscious of your experience in this moment. Each practice is tailored to the current group. It’s great to hear the insights and share with all these brilliant beings. The Melbourne new-age community is strong!

I got a great question today: “Given that I see us all as one, how do I feel about people wanting to protect their boundaries?”

Shaman Says: We all have unique perspectives and I honour everyone’s beliefs. If you believe it, it’s true for you. I personally see separation as an illusion of perception, like a wave thinking it’s separate from the ocean. If people want to try and close doors to others, that’s their choice. I find resistance rather painful, though I do use discernment when focused attention is needed. The lines of separateness blur in every interaction. When sharing a smile we feel each other, and hence cross boundaries. Our body’s energy systems become intertwined with even the most fleeting contact. I have compassion for people who believe they’re isolated. I felt the same way in the past, and that was perfect at the time.

The Main Point: The most powerful form of protection is love <3

I feel bubbly and vibrant, my heart is open as I head back to my sisters house. A lady at the railway station is distressed about which train to catch. With a smile and heart connection I find the timetable and show her which train she wants. We have quite a deep chat about some of the phases we’ve gone through and how we live and feel now. On leaving the train I search my pockets, I’ve somehow lost my metro card and began to walk the five kilometres home, thinking I’ll find a card shop on the way and then catch a bus.

The Re Man shabad starts to play in my head, slowly winding up from a whisper. Is it a coincidence that in the week we record a “truth” episode, the absolute presence and clear seeing shabad makes an appearance? I feel it building coordination and subtle sensitivity. An experiential awareness of our connection and inherent unity. I pass a ticket shop and decided to skip it. Chant-walking the next hour feels right. The trees, people and environment all feel different, the moment is loud! I feel like a wave knowing its connection and unity with the ocean. The borders a blurred and my heart is open.
Thank Us!

 

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M-2-M – 2013/Oct/31

This is a journal of the moment to moment practice of a modern day Shaman.
These tools help me embrace what is and express myself with integrity being for something and against nothing.

The Situation:
This is the morning of the first “official” 13 Weeks to Awakening book signing. I feel tired and pretty sick. My nose is running like a tap, my lungs are itchy, hot and cold flushes are coming through in waves and the temptation to hide is strong.

Before opening my eyes, I’m already running mental stories about what caused this. I felt it coming yesterday and didn’t take extra care to nurture the body. Could it have been caused by walking in the cold wind, allergies or sleeping topless? The truth is that I don’t know. The only thing that matters is what I can do now! My mind is filled with a spattering of stories: some resenting the sickness, others highlighting the importance of this day and all the plans around it. In these first waking minutes, I see this internal turmoil for what it is and ask:

  • What am I feeling now?
  • What is the gap between the input from the environment and what I’ve created with these stories?
  • Are these stories based on fact?
  • Are these stories serving me?
  • Can I fully feel and accept what is happening now?
  • With honesty, presence and an open heart, can I do my best with the gifts I’ve been given?

I really don’t know how feeling sick will affect my day.
I do know that it will all turn out exactly as it turns out.

The Practice:
The symptoms are easing as I stay in bed and sit with my experience for a few minutes. I feel clearer after lighting some sage for a heavy morning smudge.

Clarity, perspective and flow has become the moment to moment practice of the day. A walking meditation of intense presence and surrender to the unknown, trusting it is all more perfect than this mind could understand. I’m naturally slowing down, breathing deeper and feeling for integrity. It’s clear that my decisions are simple and don’t need to be made now. If I needed nasal spray I will use it. If it feels too contagious I’ll cancel, and if I go ahead with the signing I’ll serve with all I have. I feel, love what is, have a choice and trust that it’s all perfect.

The urges are strong today, I want to honour them and feel them fully while asking these questions with absolute honesty:

  • Is this in alignment with integrity?
  • Is this nurturing the body’s health?

Warm stodgy food feels like too much work for the stomach. While tempting, sugar and sex both feel like weakening the immune system. I felt that a cigarette would have a clearing effect, but at too great a cost. All of these urges feel like hiding, contracting and seeking safety through self sabotage or running away. I also feel drawn to light vegetable meals, ginger, outdoor walks, meditation and sleep. These feel in strong alignment with the body’s health. Going ahead with these validates the feeling of integrity. I feel invigorated after a one hour power nap and a few hours split between sitting and walking meditation.

The Dance:
As I start walking to the bookstore, my breath is deep, I feel strong and vibrant. I’m very aware of my senses, and my smile is wide with enthusiasm to share. I’m floating in the rich symphony of sensation that is present moment awareness.

It’s a casual get together, a perfect blend of meditation, information on 13 Weeks and discussion of our own experience. I am beaming and full of energy after a beautiful signing with an amazing group. In search for dinner, James and I stumble across some good friends and spend the rest of the night sharing stories, laughing and then signing some more books.

I’m eternally grateful for this moment to moment practice of integrity awareness meditation: Perspective and willingness to love each moment for exactly what it is.

Feel – Love – Choose – Trust  ~ shmn

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Episode 15: Synchronicity

Synchronicity is a common side effect of meditation. Is it caused by being more aware, focused intention, divine guidance or just coincidence?
We talk about how synchronicity has effected our lives and things we do to nurture and cultivate synchronicity.

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Enjoy the show.

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