Conscious Consumption

I recently had a discussion with my beautiful son about right foods for the body.  He is extremely conscious of what he takes into his body and will go without rather than put something in that is not what he considers to be right foods for his body.

I am in total agreement with him concerning right foods and how they support and make for a healthy body.  We define right foods as foods that have a life force, or prana in them.  Foods that have been consciously and mindfully prepared, free of pesticides, chemicals, and negativity.

Eating right foods allow us to feel light, carry less weight, rid our body of inflammation, and even dis-ease.  When our physical body is humming along and running at this high vibrational level we have the energy we need to take care of and participate in other aspects of life with a clearer more focused mind.

I am so impressed by my son’s commitment and discipline to feeding his body right foods, and he is setting an example I hope to follow.  This discussion led us to another way we consume things, and brought forward the title above, conscious consumption.

As a being with 3 bodies – physical, subtle, and casual (soul), we began to discuss how and what we feed the other bodies, and the affect it has on us as individuals and on our society as a whole.

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Feeding the Subtle Body

Our subtle body is our electrical body, the place where we feel things, and it is fed by “right impressions.”  I will define right impressions as things that uplift, uphold, and inspire.  This can happen in a multitude of ways; through our ears with beautiful music and lyrics, through speech of positive words, or through the witnessing of a beautiful sunset or piece of art.

Our physical body allows us the opportunity to literally experience life, to hug someone, to work, to cook, to play.  It is the vehicle we are so blessed to use in this lifetime to act and respond with.  Our subtle body is where we experience our feelings, where we feel the hug, where we taste the food, where we hear the music.  This is our place of feelings and where we form our impressions of the world around us and begin the discovery of what we like and perhaps dislike, and what we find pleasure in doing.  It is the place of impression.

How we share things or how they are shared with us, is felt by the subtle body and where we respond according to how it makes us feel.  As we develop our “taste” for things, we are expanding our view and feel for the world.  It is why a first impression can be so important, it sets up an initial response from our feelings, and this is happening from the day we are born.  As we evolve in our state of feelings we can gain greater control of our responses as we learn empathy for others and choose the state of our response.

Our understandings of what is around us and within us begins the play of interaction and the creation of our world, the one we participate in daily. Our little world then interacts with other people’s little worlds and this is where connections can be made or not.

From the moment we are born we are taking in both physical sustenance to sustain the health of the physical body and impressions that feed our subtle body through our senses.

Setting Up Our Ideals

 This is why right impressions are so essential to our well-being, just as right foods are for the body.  Because right impressions are determining how we see and view the world, they are setting up our ideals for how we view the world and how we respond to the world, they are informing the soul as to how to be, or not be.

Given the right impressions one moves forward in life supported by ideals that strengthen self and our society.  If we feel our society is not on the right track, we can trace back the health of any given society based on the impressions being made.  Are the impressions supportive or destructive to the soul?

An obvious example is our source of entertainment. The advancement of technology has led to anything being spread quickly and available for easy consumption, and this holds true for our entertainment.  In our homes, our cars, with our phones and our computers we can sit down and take in whatever source of entertainment we wish.  If the news is what we wish to entertain ourselves with at the moment, we can turn it on and be fed by it.  If a movie or TV show is what we wish for our entertainment, we can very easily watch a show or a movie and be fed by it.

What we choose to be fed by in these forms sets forward impressions being taken in by the subtle body and forming the ideals we carry in our souls.  If we desire a society that lives harmoniously and peacefully, then we take care of the impressions we are making on others and the ones we are allowing to be made on us.

This is where conscious consumption becomes so very vital.

Feeding the Souls of Our Children

When I was growing up, we had 3 TV channels, no computers, and no cell phones.  The world that I was exposed to was mostly made up of actual interactions with my family, both immediate and extended, and a small circle of friends made at school and the teachers I was exposed to.

I am grateful and feel deeply blessed that much of my world contained uplifting and inspiring impressions.  Some people might refer to my young life as sheltered.

I am okay with this analogy and actually grateful for it.  I believe my parents did a good job sheltering me not from just the physical elements of the world but of negative elements that could harm and/or damage my spirit.  Their fortification left me with a strong ideal of love and compassion.

Now it did not mean there was not suffering in my world, it means that they helped to provide me with enough right impressions to sustain my soul through tragedy and the more difficult experiences in life.  I have had my share, some worse than others, and not even close to the suffering some have had to endure.

If I had to put into a few words what my parents did for me, then I would say they helped me view the world as friendly and good, which has allowed me to offer empathy and sympathy to others, because it was offered to me.

I can only imagine a young life without this, a life that began in an unsupported fashion, with negative impressions that caused damage to one’s soul, and how the initial response and reactions to the world could very easily differ greatly from my own.

If my world, both in my home and what I took in through other means, was all negative and even violent, I believe I would view the world as unfriendly and have little compassion for self or others.

Today, we and our youth can have exposure to much at the touch of our fingertips.  We can turn on many devices and receive impressions of varying sorts.  Much of our current entertainment includes violence.  We have moved from the Lawrence Welk era into an era where we sensationalize murder and violence and their repercussions. Like all things seeking balance, we have swung the pendulum from one end to the other. As long as this is what we choose to consume, then the entertainment world will respond accordingly.  If violence sells, then violence it is.  The power to change the world has always rested in the consumer’s hand.  It is not the entertainment world choosing what we will consume, it us, the consumer choosing to uphold these ideals.

I am not suggesting limiting things, I am suggesting awareness and the need for mindful choices for ourselves and our youth. If we hope to live in a world of peace and harmony then consuming that which we hope to experience in our world is necessary for setting up ideals that are reflective of such.

I share this in hopes of broadening the understanding of the value of impressions and how they form the ideals we hold on a personal level and our world as a whole.

Einstein, one of my favorite beings ever, said, “if we want our children to be smart, read them fairy tales. If we want our children to be geniuses read them more fairy tales.”

He understood the value of right impressions and its formation of ideals.

If we think our society needs to change, then look to the impressions we are making.  Are our entertainment and media nourishing us?  Are the things we are choosing to take in uplifting and inspiring us?

Conscious Consumption is essential for a forward moving, ever evolving, soul and society.

Copyright 2018 Melody White. All Rights Reserved.

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Acceptance vs. Struggle

“I have no more fight left in me.” These were the words spoken by a friend that led me to a new understanding, an Aha moment.

How many times had I pushed against life, resisted change and exhausted my energy fighting life.  A lot is the unfortunate answer.  Here I was challenging the “What Is,” spending my time swimming upstream as the river of life tried its best to carry me forward.

Why on earth would I do such a thing, why create a fight?  Why challenge the grand plan?

Into the Wilderness

I have contemplated this question for the past month to discover that the past is familiar and what I know and understand.  Life before the “change,” whatever the change, is unfamiliar and often scary.  It asks us to step into the dark and find the light.

It may feel like you have been dropped into the wilderness and you are trying to make your way out.  It will require that you look for resources to sustain you, gather firewood to keep you warm, build a shelter from the wind and rain.

You can sit in the forest and beg and pray for it to be different, you can fuss and fight with the what-is, or you can look around you and recognize your resources.   Gather your firewood, build a shelter to dwell in, seek out sustenance to feed you.  You can accept the what is and begin the journey of living in it.  Once your basic needs are met, you can sit in the shelter and once again beg and pray for it to be different, to be rescued from this new place, or you can venture out and see the new terrain before you.  You can choose to enjoy this newfound “wildlife” or you can continue the fight of wanting to get back to what was.  You cannot win that fight, but often we try to anyway.

We hold onto the rope of the past with a strong hand until we have rope burns.  It can be difficult to release the rope and trust that you will have stable footing where you are, but the process of holding onto the past will take all your energy and have you literally living in the past.

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Dig Deep, Grow Strong

Acceptance of the what is, of the wilderness, of making your way through it, will bring forward all the beauty you hold.  You will begin to dig deep into the resources within you and use them to build a new life.  You will be fed by new experiences and find renewal in them.

Life is happening for us and not to us.  Knowing this makes all the difference in the world.  We give up the fight and are reborn again and again through the beauty of acceptance.

We find that we are more than capable.  We find our courage and move forward with great tenacity.  We recognize the gifts we have been given and begin to understand that the wilderness, the very scary dark wilderness that we were dropped into, was the great source of our growth and provided literally the rich soil in which we began to cultivate our souls.

Know that all paths merely led to you. Both open fields full of sunlight and dark wildernesses are part of the journey.  Stop the struggle and revel in the acceptance of what is.  Let the river of life carry you forward, begin to enjoy the ride.  Let go of the what if’s and the what was, and start celebrating the what is!

Copyright 2018 Melody White. All Rights Reserved.

 

Sacred Space

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I am finding that space is a requirement for all good things to come forward.  It is an essential part of all things and all growth.

An infant learning to walk requires space from the coffee table to your arms to take her first steps.  Learning to ride a bike requires space to ride without anyone holding onto the back of the bike.  A seedling requires the space of planting and more space to grow and expand and eventually bloom.

The world we live in evolved from space, regardless of who or what we believe to be the creator of the beautiful space we occupy; space is an undeniable factor of our existence.

Our earliest ancestors looked up into space to begin to define their world.  Seeing the sun, they called this space “day,” seeing the moon, they called this space “night.”  Daytime became the space in which we worked and performed the necessary things in order to live. Nighttime became the time to rest from this activity and spend time with others who are significant to us, often utilized as space for enjoyment.

Our beautiful souls are no different, they require space to learn and grow from experiences.  I have both witnessed and experienced this rhythmic flow that comes from taking part in and taking rest from.  I believe it is why there is a space requirement for grieving, from a life enjoyed with someone to a life without them. Space provides the necessary healing agent to recover emotionally.  And grief is not always experienced by the death of someone but can and may be experienced by the death of something, a relationship, a career end; any ending can fuel the energy of grief.  It is true that all experiences of life that come to an end.  A life lived with parents comes to an end and we set a new space for ourselves to experience life without them. At the same time, parents are learning to live in a space without their child there. Oh, the rhythm of life, it is our constant, and space is where it takes place.

Recognizing this aspect of space, and with great awareness, creating our own circle of space necessary for any transition, is vital to our spiritual self.  It is here in this circle of space that we grow and expand if we choose to do so.  It is always a choice.  Once the growth and/or healing (which I believe to be one and the same) takes place, we may widen our circle to embrace more.

The more able we are to be aware of this space, the more sacred it becomes as it fills with conscious living made by conscious choices.   Who and what you allow into your circle is directly related to the amount of space taken to grow and expand; with more understanding you will be able to house more spiritually.  Your perspective, your personal lens, will widen and be able to hold many viewpoints, many ways of both doing and seeing.

This growth and expansion comes from a reconciled heart, one that has processed an experience to the point of no two things striking within it any longer.  A heart that has brought itself back to balance and resides in equilibrium.

Equilibrium is the resounding vibration of love.  Love is the greatest living force we can house and is done so by our own creation of events, things, and experiences, and provides the greatest type of energy we can experience.

Be mindful of the sacred space you create for the processing of these events, things and experiences, in order for your circle to continue to widen until one day it houses all.

This, I believe, is the evolving spirit of mankind, to one day house all understandings; until one day we stand with no two things striking, and the heart is whole and the world we know, the one we have been so blessed to take part in, is at rest and resides in peace.

Copyright 2018 Melody White. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

“The stories you tell over and over shape you and your world in profound ways. If you are living a story that brings you pain, pay attention to your words – be aware of the ways in which you tell and re-tell this story. Then, stop telling it, craft a different story, one that you adore!” ~ unknown

We are all made up of numerous experiences, some good, and some not so good.  Some of the not-so-good can leave a mark on us energetically and become defining moments which color the rest of our lives.

I had an experience at a young age that caused me to be cut off from my grounding wire, and because of that, I sort of floated through life with little ability to ever place my feet on the ground. I spent the first 45 years of my life unaware that I had come undone, untethered to this world.  Without my children to care for, I probably would have left this life a long time ago.  Fortunately for me, they were my mainstay.

Years of wanting to know why I only felt my body from the heart up, why sitting was so difficult, and why I had to wear boots all the time so I could feel my legs, became clearer to me as I worked hard to understand my disconnection.

Through years of study, mostly in the energetic realm of the subtle body, I found answers that explained my detachment to this world, and eventually explained many of the experiences I had drawn to me after the original trauma and how holding that experience in my energy field was causing repeated patterns of behavior.  Once I became aware, I began to talk about it, sharing my experiences with others so that energy could become known by vocalization, to speak it and eventually express it out of myself.

I expressed and expressed, until one day I couldn’t.

One Story Ends, Another Begins

I was standing at the whiteboard in my studio sharing aspects about the Chakra System, specifically the root chakra, and I started to tell the same story I have been telling for years.

I was speaking about the function of the root chakra, and its beautiful purpose of providing us with a grounding wire, the cord that allows for our beings to take on experiences without losing our footing. But this time I couldn’t tell the story, I couldn’t repeat it. The story was done, I felt it fall away, I felt it die from me, leaving me fresh and feeling like an energetic newborn.

And I became consciously aware of this rebirth and renewal, and as this awareness unfolded I knew I had finally processed this experience fully and it had served its purpose and it was done.  It was done because I had done the work of identifying it and seeing all the habitual patterns I had taken on because of it and all the experiences I had drawn to me because of this held energy, the same energy that had wreaked havoc on my physical body with one diagnosis after another of chronic illnesses.

It was gone.  Poof!  No more!

From that very moment of awareness, my life began to shift and new teachers who I needed to direct me came forward, guiding me towards new understandings, ones that would help me stand firmly in my own power, and move me to the next place and space for my new experience and understandings.

Life is nothing more than one experiencing leading to another.  We are all here to learn and as physical beings we do so through this process we call life.  Take it personally only to the point that serves higher understanding, the growth of your heart and a newfound compassion towards mankind.

I can’t overstate the power of the words we speak, and how important it is to pay attention to them. Recognize and note what they are telling you.  Learn and examine the sections of your life that have seemingly defined your experiences and what you have drawn to you because of them.  This is not an easy process and it takes a lot of alone time, sitting with self and hearing the director of spirit, to digest them, bear witness to them, and eventually let go of them.

Let go and let God.

As you spend time with self you will come to know all that has filled up the hollow spaces of your subtle body.  All the emotional pain you have experienced is held there until you recognize it, literally express it through speech, and offer forgiveness to self and to any who may have contributed to this pain. Release any and all negative thinking concerning this experience and free yourself from this energy.

Then place your newfound freedom in the support of this wonderful dynamic God-created universe and let your new teachers and new stories come. Shed the weight of old experiences, let them live in the past and no longer tie you to a pattern of behavior.  Note your new birthday and celebrate your freedom.

Copyright 2018 Melody White. All Rights Reserved

A Dream is Your Creative Vision

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Learning to live with your heart wide open means being willing to bare all and go after your dreams; to quiet the voice of naysayers and nonbelievers, and to move on with your divine purpose held strongly in your heart just waiting for you to bring it to life.  Be assured that the road will be rocky, and strewn with obstacles difficult to pass, but know that it is meant to sharpen you and to prepare you for what is to come.

“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future.  You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” ~ Dennis Waitley

The familiar grounds us, connects us, and is needed.  It’s like the entry into “Cheers,” where everyone knows your name.  It gives us the feeling of home and provides us a sense of security.  It is a most comfortable space.

The unfamiliar expands us, give us new perspectives, and allows diversity to reside within. It challenges us to step into the unknown and place our toe on the tightrope and find our balance in new territory. Here is the place where “butterflies” exist, and the life force that courses through us is most felt. It is here that new growth takes place and the cultivation of the soul continues.

The yoga practice offers us a simulation of this type of balance between stability and growth.

When I come to my mat, I find myself moving through the poses that are most familiar to me, and through flows that I have come to know as second nature. Into pratyahara I sink, and the sense of self and knowing step from the shadows, and I am at home. My breathing guides me to this place and my being is strengthened.  Then comes the time, and even the need, to move into something new, something not yet experienced. If connected to the breath (spirit), I am carried through and across to the other side.  And what was once completely unknown is, at the very least, less frightening, perhaps obtainable and even enjoyable.

Unsure if it is the actual unknown that provides the stronger beat of the heart, or the mere fact that I was willing to step into new space, I leave my mat feeling more alive, more ready and prepared for new experiences, and more directed with spirit as my guide.

All things feel possible in this state, and my dreams reachable. My batteries are charged, and my light is burning bright, the burning desire I carry, the flame that I hold within is ready to be seen.

Now go light it up people, the world is waiting for you!

Copyright 2018 Melody White. All Rights Reserved.

From a Place of Love

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I have changed my mind several times about what to write for the blog this month.  I have written several and tossed them aside as they seem too political.  I struggle now to find the right words to speak or rather write.

My heart grieves for our nation right now and for the pain and the many divisions we are experiencing. We are now faced with how to move forward from so many events and situations that have divided us so deeply.

With each event bringing forward more angst, the one thought I continue to have is this.  Words spoken from a place of anger will never bring forward good. And actions taken from a place of hate will breed no good will either.

Love for All

I am currently reading a book about a leader I adored. His name was Gordon B. Hinckley and he was, for part of his life, the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

I had the pleasure of meeting this great man when I lived in Hawaii, and it was such an honor to stand in his presence.  He illuminated light.  The element of light is associated with understanding.  And when you met him, you felt understood.  It was such a remarkable thing to feel.  It was even more remarkable to me how just his presence could produce this affect.

As I read more about him, I can see the makings of his spirit and the light he carried.  I can see the work he put in to find common ground with others without wavering from his own beliefs.  What I witnessed the day I met him and what I understand as I read about him, is that his heart was truly full of love for all people.  Though the leader of a Church, he met with great and powerful leaders from all over the world who were seeking counsel in how to accomplish certain tasks.  The variance in beliefs between him and multiple world leaders from diverse ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs in no way hindered his ability to communicate well with them.  It did not prevent him from sharing many ideas with these leaders and being heard.

I know it is because of the love and understanding he held in his heart for all beings.  I know it was because nothing anyone would say would cause him to rise in anger or be pulled off balance.  He was steadfast in where he stood yet open to all who were in front of him.  This love he emanated allowed for very open communication without any kind of threat.  This example of great love, of a heart wide open, impacted me greatly.

I have a rich desire to be a person of such balance, grace and humility.  I think I better understand that his ability to be this way was because of the great love he held for all, not just those who believed as he believed.  He had found a way to hear others without being offended.  He did not take what was said by another as a challenge to who he was, or what he believed.  He just listened and because of this he was able to share his thoughts and was often asked to share them, even sought after to share them.

He was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom when he was 94, the highest civilian award given in the United States.  He was able to reach beyond his religion, or perhaps because of, and make an impact on the world with those from different backgrounds.  He even stood well in an interview with the relentless interviewer, Mike Wallace, and made a new friend.

Most recently, we lost another great leader steeped in strong religious beliefs who also was able to reach others and be heard.  Billy Graham was revered by many, and his counsel was sought after because of his openness and the love he held for his fellow man.  He shared what he believed without placing judgment.

What I am doing my best to share is that we will be heard best when we stand in a place where we are whole and emotionally available.  When we have cultivated all that lies within, our ability to be effective in the world will be much greater and easier heard.

Widening Our Perspective

Life at best is difficult, and it can be full of hardships that challenge us and demand that we reach deep to find understanding for what is taking place in our lives.  So much of what each of us is experiencing creates new opportunities for us to see beyond our own viewpoint.  We walk around knowing what we know and viewing life from a lens colored by our own experiences.  It takes a very conscious being to see beyond what is just happening to them, and to take a look out another person’s window.  But on the rare occasion that we do, we see another piece of the picture that we couldn’t see from our current stance, and here is where we get a chance to widen our perspective to hold and possibly understand more than we did before.

I pray for this great nation that I love, and this world that houses all of us.  I pray for the ability to understand others and where they are coming from, and I am hopeful for a world that seeks to blame less and understand more.

I appreciate more the ones in my life who challenge me to see things from their point of view so I can widen my lens to see more of the big picture and not just the view from where I stand.

Copyright 2018 Melody White. All Rights Reserved.

Taking Time to Sit with Self ~ the Power of the Daily Review

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he ~ Proverbs 23:7 ~

As the heart is the center of all things, the great unifier and integrator, I am not surprised to read the words written in Proverbs so long long ago.

This beautiful heart we carry contains so much, both our understandings from the past and our blueprint for this life.

When a soul is born into this world, it comes with a physical body that will be its vehicle for experiencing this life.  We must care for this physical part of us and fortify it the best way we can with food that nourishes and strengthens it and exercise and movements that keep it functioning well.

Laid within this physical body is an energetic body. Much like our physical body, it has many different systems, one of which is the chakra system.  This system is one that stores, records, transmits, attracts, and repulses other energetic fields.  As such, it is drawing in that which feeds and nourishes the soul, much like food does to our physical bodies. How we meet, handle and process those experiences (that food) determines the health of our soul. Daily reflection is necessary to view how the soul is digesting that which it is taking in and how we are processing these experiences to further our understandings of all things.

Here in this daily review or meditation, we may recognize continual patterns of behavior that we can further analyze and use as information and wisdom to either choose differently for habits that are not healthy for us or to continue with habits that are supporting us.

When there is a continual level of awareness placed upon the experiences we are having, then all of our experiences are leading us to a greater understanding of ourselves, how we view others and our surrounding world. Herein lies our power to shape and change our world.

The beauty for me in knowing this is that it has allowed me to label experiences less in terms of good or bad. Rather, they are just experiences, as all are, for our benefit if we evaluate them well and utilize them optimally for the good health of the soul.  We begin to understand that the viewing of life, of all of life, and its experiences, are within our power to lift and sustain us when given proper review.

For me, this understanding has helped me feel less helpless in circumstances and more powerful in situations. It has helped me understand how life is happening for us, and not to us, allowing much more gratitude for some of my more challenging experiences and by far, seeing greater growth from them.

If then, I can see and use all experience as a chance for forward movement, then life will flow with greater ease and greater understanding. My heart will remain unstruck with no discord, and no reason to shut down or close off, leaving my greatest source of power running at full capacity and operating at full force.

If the heart continues to renew to its unstruck status, then our energy will not be spent on things it cannot change, as we will have processed and accepted that which is before us through this process of daily review. Our hearts will remain unstained and full of love, for self and for others, until it ultimately and infinitely just holds love, the one and great continuum.

It is easy to tell how a man thinks in his heart.  It is visible in every action he takes and in every word he speaks.

A wonderful way to do a self-check of how you are processing your life experiences is to note the words that you speak and the responses that you are making in your interactions with others.

If you spew forth venom and hate towards others, it is often a good indicator that you have experiences that you have not processed for the greater good of self and are viewing the past through unhealed wounds that you have allowed to fester. The relationships in your life will be a sounding board for all your unprocessed pain and the person in front of you will become your punching bag to act out that pain.

If your words and actions towards others are kind and compassionate, then it is a good sign that you are processing your life experiences well, moving forward with new understandings, and not harboring ill will that would ultimately restrict the energy of the heart and cause you to build walls and create emotional response triggers.

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.  Think love, act and speak in love, and the world around you becomes love, a pure free flowing energy that supports all life.

Copyright 2018 Melody White. All Rights Reserved.