40 Day Prosperity Meditation

“Prosperity doesn’t mean that you will have wealth, health and happiness. The best way to explain prosperity is to say it is like when a rosebud flowers and opens up, and it shares its fragrance. That’s the moment, which lasts a few days, when a rose flower is prosperous. When a man or woman is prosperous, it is the fragrance of security, grace, depth, character, and truthfulness that a person can share. Like a candle emits light, a human emits prosperity.”
–Yogi Bhajan, 12/26/97 from Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Prosperity.

To support me during the Venus retrograde transit, I decided to do a 40 day sadhana. I chose a meditation on prosperity because Venus is not only the ruler of love, but also governs money and I felt I could use some support in my financial prosperity.  Tomorrow will be the last of my 40 days. Interestingly, some notable developments in both arenas (love and finances) have come to me during the this 40 day span that I feel are a direct result of my commitment to this daily practice.  First, a new business opportunity has come up for me and second, two nights ago, I experienced the most swift resolution of conflict that I have ever witnessed, in what could have been a major catastrophe with the potential to radically alter my life for the worse depending on how I chose to respond.

I have found myself being called to stretch my comfort zone, to reach and grow to new heights in this business opportunity, and I will discuss that part later in a separate blog. I also found that I handled a difficult personal situation with such wisdom and grace that I even surprised myself. I knew I had a choice in what I wanted to feel in response to some jarring news, and I chose to feel HOPE and focus on what could go RIGHT instead of what could go WRONG.

I attribute this almost magical shift in perception to me showing up for myself in this daily practice for 40 days, and I wanted to share the meditation in case it resonates with you. It is a combination of chanting and specific hand movements and you can find instructions here: https://www.3ho.org/meditation-prosperity-ii-har-har

The following is a link I often use that includes instructions, music to follow along to  and both the Adi Mantra and the Mangala Charan mantras at the start so that you may fisrt tune in to your higher self: https://soundcloud.com/jaidev108/lfa-40-day-prosperity-full-kriya-11-min/s-yoCmn

Lastly, here is my very favorite music to do this meditation to.  I always tune in with at least the Adi Mantra (Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo) before meditating to this.  It is my sincere wish that this helps someone else as much as it has helped me. If so, please leave me a comment and share the love!

Sat Nam,

Mercedi

 

 

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Red Agate as Protection for Excess Materialism During the Holidays

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Yesterday I went to the mall and wanted to buy everything in sight.  A swirl of conflicting thoughts came up, particularly the desire to buy some very lovely things,  juxtaposed against the immediate chatter of my ego attempting to assert it’s belief in lack and deep-rooted poverty consciousness.

Abraham-Hicks teaches that there are only two vibrations when it comes to abundance: more than enough/always enough or not enough/never enough.   In the past, I have left shopping situations feeling very constricted and down on myself as a result of negative self-talk about how I can’t afford this or that and as a result of focusing on the negative aspects of my current financial situation.  I have been working on the belief in “always enough”  however,  this Christmas appears to be a little more financially tight for those close to me (myself included) so it was tempting to fall back into these old patterns of thought.  I said a silent prayer that whatever material items were supposed to be mine would find their way to me, then I mentally leaned into the resulting sense of peace and went along my way.

I left the mall without buying anything and when I came home, a piece of Laguna Agate, a stone I haven’t worked with in a long time, caught my attention.  I had the strong sense to hold onto it and to put it in my pocket.  Immediately I felt very grounded, and secure.  The remaining senseless chatter from my ego dissipated and it was such a pronounced shift  I was compelled to look it up.  I found that Laguna Agate and all red Agates are known to reduce greed and stop the burning desire for things we do not need.

Next time you go shopping and want to prevent impulse-buys or any of the negative feels that may come from the desire from material things, try carrying this stone with you or wearing it as jewelry.  I’d love to hear if it makes a difference for you.

❤ Mercedi

 

5 Reasons Why Drake’s “Hotline Bling” Video is Accidentally Spiritually Relevant

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Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video has been the source of more smiles, chuckles, and downright belly laughs than anything else for me over the past few months (and apparently for half the internet too, if memes on my Facebook feed are any indication). At first glance, the video is merely about him being butt-hurt over his most recent lover deciding he now lives too far away for a booty call, and over how she is now spending her nights doing other things besides him. What is great about it, besides the parody videos, is that there are some truly higher level awakening themes in here.

1. Drake is an artist and, through his music, he is working through some complex emotions—transmuting a feeling into something tangible—which, arguably, is the most fundamental purpose of art. Art has the power to transform something negative into something beautiful for the artist, and if other people enjoy it? Great. That dense energy has now been transmuted into an even higher vibration.

2. That owl sweatshirt. Gold chains? Armani suit? Nope. OWL. SWEATSHIRT. I could go on about the ancient symbolism of the owl, but I really think that’s ’nuff said.

3. He is in his bliss with that dance! If you are familiar with Gabrielle Roth and her 5Rhythms dance practice or have ever been to a 5Rhythms class or workshop then you may recognize some of these moves. I know I did! I have danced like this myself many a time in yoga, 5Rhythms or other movement classes. One movement therapist, Parashakti, in her article Dancing the Holy Rhythms of Your Life, recalls a quote from a Rabbi who explores dance as a language of the soul: “What did it mean to dance on my own? To make up my own steps? Do whatever my body called me to do? Would I make a fool of myself? Be laughed at?” I think this is exactly what Drake was doing, and I think seeing this come through in Drake is what initially sparked my deeper interest in such a mainstream sensation.

4. He features fully-clothed, voluptuous women instead of half-naked, rail-thin models. Sure, there are some bare-midriffs and mildly suggestive dance moves, but nothing close to the risqué business that goes on in most rap videos. Watching his dancers, I was reminded of the unique dancing and clothing style of the “In Living Color Fly Girls” from the early 1990s, which showcased and in some ways were integral to the rise of hip-hop. Those dancers were never indecent. Their outfits were sometimes very tight, but no more so than most athletic wear. This seems to be solely about his being hurt after realizing that he had some feels for a girl he was sleeping with and then realizing that she didn’t have the same feels for him.

5. What about those pure white steps leading up into a glowing portal of light? UFO? Stairway to Heaven? Ascension into the Cosmic Consciousness and merging with ones higher self? I could go on analyzing the symbolism all day. Either he has been abducted, likes to groove out to some Led Zeppelin, or just maybe he’s feeling some direct vibes from his crown chakra.

The song or video by itself really did not seem to warrant such widespread popularity. It really was his dancing that set it apart and prompted all the shares, “likes” and hilarious parodies and memes. When I look at this as a whole, my impression is that he must have had some greater help, in the form of say, an expansive Jupiter transit in his horoscope, a prominent fate line on his palm or perhaps most realistically, he was tapped into that creative consciousness that produces expression of one’s highest inner self without any regard to what others are going to think about it. Sure, he wanted his video to be popular, but something about his dancing says that first and foremost, he made that video for the sheer joy of making it.

I can’t say for sure since I don’t know him, but Drake and I are probably very different. I’m a yogi who likes to spend my late nights watching HGTV with my boyfriend and my cat, and he is a rapper who likes to spend his nights answering his hotline and then giving his love to his non-committed lady friends. My greatest takeaway from this is that I feel connected to him anyway, because he courageously shared what was going on inside through his art and it reached me—maybe not in a way he had ever fathomed—but it reached me. So maybe the “Hotline Bling” video is not a doorway into a higher consciousness, but at the very least I think it is safe to say that if we are all truly separate parts of a Divine Whole, then Drake is doing a fantastic job at illuminating the commonalities of even its most disparate parts.

 

Photo: Wikimedia/Ainouidehallamble/CC-BY-SA-3.0

You Hold the Dog and I’ll Hold the Pizza

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Thor

This morning I sat down to meditate on a particular question that was troubling me.  It was completely unrelated to my sister Julie or her death, but while meditating I became incredibly emotional as images of her came up in my mind.  I was shown a memory of when I went to visit her in Knoxville, and we had ordered a pizza for dinner.  Her roommate, who was not home at the time, had this beautiful huge Husky named Thor, who weighed about one and half times as much as I do.  We had to keep the dog inside the gate to be able to greet the pizza delivery person, so when he arrived, Julie instructed me to grab the dog by his collar and hold onto him while she paid for the pizza.  As soon as she opened the gate, Thor bolted and blew past the pizza man, tossing me forward and literally leaving me in the dust. He was just too big for me to hold onto.

We loved Thor so we were worried. Plus, we knew her roommate would be furious if she came home and found out we had lost him so we immediately began a search of the neighborhood, on foot.  They lived on this huge hill with a dense wooded area behind the house.  My sister was not a small woman, having been overweight most of her life, so just the trek up and down the hill had her quite winded.  Her weight came in handy, though, when we finally found Thor deep in the thicket behind the house, because she clutched his collar with all her might and dragged him back to the house.  Finally we made it back safely behind the locked gate, all three of us panting and covered in dirt, with twigs sticking out of our hair.  Thor seemed amused, wagging his tail and beaming as if to say, “Now that was a fun adventure! Huh, guys?”

I really wasn’t sure why this memory came up for me so strongly, then I felt the message: as a person who was overweight her whole life, and who struggled with alcoholism for about a third of it, life in this physical system had just overwhelmed Julie, been too much for her to hold onto.  The ordeal with Thor wasn’t funny at the time but now it always  makes me laugh, and I realized there was still so much more adventure for Julie beyond this physical realm.  Life is an adventure for our soul, and this memory coming up was a reminder for me not to take myself so damn seriously.  I had been making things hard on myself regarding that particular issue I sat down to meditate on. I decided to let that go and return to it as part of my adventure, in a spirit of “play” rather than “problem” and I am feeling better about things already.

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Katrice demonstrating “Downward Cat” pose, or maybe Anahatasana, although her form is better than mine! 🙂

I have been trying to capture my cat doing yoga on my mat for weeks now.  Snapping this pic made me really happy, which was fitting because today’s mantra in the series I have been practicing is “I celebrate.”

I haven’t posted in a long time because this past year brought many challenging changes to my life and I am of the mindset that if one doesn’t have something positive to say, then it’s probably best to say nothing at all.  Over the past year, my sister passed away, I moved away from the apartment that I loved, I lost my job and I nearly lost my mother as well.  Integrating these changes has been changing me as a person, molding me into a new shape from the inside out.  What has saved me, mentally and spiritually, is physically molding myself into new shapes via my daily yoga practice.  After such a long hiatus, I felt led to breathe new life into my blog by sharing this series because it has helped me so much.  Below is the video that I did today, and her whole “Yoga with Adrienne” channel is just full of really good, healing, high-vibration stuff.  While this 30 day challenge is ending soon, you can always go back and start from Day 1, or check out the other 30 Days of Yoga challenge she did last year. I have done both and they are just excellent, so much so that I felt I had to post and share.

Namaste,

Mercedi

 

 

 

How To Pay Attention When Your Soul is Speaking to You

  
I went to the bookstore today to buy a book of prayers for a friend. This particular book helped me tremendously to heal the pain of my last relationship. (The book is Illuminata by Marianne Williamson).  While searching, I saw the book above and immediately my whole body was absorbed in waves of electric tingling; I got goosebumps and all my hairs stood on end.  I picked it up and the waves increased as I examined the images on the front and back cover. I felt that now familiar voice of my Inner Divine speaking to me in her way, telling me that I needed to get this book because there were messages inside that I need to read. 

Afterwards, I found Illuminata and made my way to the counter. I had a credit at this store and to my amazement, the total for the two came to that exact amount.

I left the store and began to look through Illuminata, since it has been three years since I last picked it up. Upon opening, I found a prayer that I felt could really benefit my mom so I took a picture of the pages and sent it to her. As I was doing this one of my favorite songs came on and, as if to punctuate the right-ness of all that had just transpired, the last line that rang out in my ear just as I hit send was “my mama taught me how to pray.” (From the song Nobody’s Fault by Rising Appalachia and the Human Experience.) 

She sure did, and it was prayer that taught me how to listen. 💜

  

Raise your vibration with rose petal juice

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Did you know that, at a rate of 320Hz, roses vibrate at the highest frequency of all known plants? I believe this is why they are so nice to be around. They are commonly revered as the “alpha flower” much the same way that lions are regarded as the king of the jungle. When someone gives you roses, you know they are trying to convey a message of deep significance. I am one lucky gal because my boyfriend gives me roses all the time. I’ve seen rose petals in gourmet salads, but until this morning, had never eaten any myself.

Here is a good explanation of how Prana, or life force energy, is expressed as an electromagnetic vibrational frequency. The frequency of a healthy body ranges anywhere from 62 to 68Hz with a frequency lower than 50Hz increasing your risk for cancer. So, it makes sense that we would want to do all that we can to keep our vibration rate high. I do this primarily by meditation, keeping my my thoughts positive, and of course by consuming  Prana-rich foods.

After Valentine’s Day, many ladies or couples will probably have leftover roses and rose petals.  Why not consider including them in your green juice or smoothie? Remember to bless them and thank them for their life-giving energy!

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Smiles and good vibes,

Mercedi

3 minute meditation: drop worries and calm the victim mind

I wanted to share something that has been exceptionally helpful for me over the past few days. This meditation WORKS. January has been a tough month for me and left me in a very worried headspace. I was feeling like a victim instead of the creator of my own life and couldn’t seem to shake it or turn it around, until I found this:

The past few days that I have done this, I have felt mentally calm and strong.  I have noticed a complete change in my actions (and plans for action) coming from a place of love instead of fear.  So give your worries over to the Divine and remember that the same loving force that supports the planets and holds them steady in the sky is the same force that supports you!

 

Love and light,

Mercedi

Cacti wisdom and the art of aura fluffing

I’ve been reading an incredibly entertaining book called Travels by Michael Crichton.  Not only was he a Harvard-educated physician, award-winning author and film writer/producer/director (including a little film called Jurassic Park) but he has had more fascinating experiences than just anyone else I’ve come across in my studies.  He writes about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, visiting the original Shangri-La and having metaphysical experiences that rival those of Carlos Castaneda.

Last night, the chapter I read was positively life-changing.  It detailed his experiences at a metaphysical retreat where among other things, he heard the audible voice of God, had a vision in the desert where he saw all the stars in the Milky Way rearranged to spell “Hi!” and developed a telepathic relationship with a mentor of sorts who happened to be a cactus. Alone in the desert, after the vision and during a two day fast, he says he was gripped by a rushing sense of overwhelmingenergy.  It kept him up all night and he used this time to journal.  He says,

“What I recorded while in the grip of this energy seems terrifically silly. I was preoccupied with cacti, and I recorded all kinds of giddy foolishness in my notebook. I wrote poetry from the viewpoint of a cactus.  I wrote cactus philosophy. I also drew designer cactus fashions, a history of cactus religion, Cactus Comics, the Sayings of Chairman Cactus. All profusely illustrated. Page after page of silly stuff. Long into the night.”

I should note that the cactus mentor came about after retreat participants were instructed to listen to their other senses and find the rock, tree or plant that seemed to have a special relationship to them, and listen to what this teacher had to say.  His descriptions of what he learned from the cactus struck me a in a profound way. In the same chapter, he talks about the process of aura-fluffing, where junk is “combed” out of one’s aura with the hands and then the energy is “fluffed” to make it nice as one would do a pillow. He went into this process in disbelief but was shocked to find that he noticed a difference, which he likened to taking a bath.

Today I was feeling pretty rotten — depressed, apathetic and just out of sync. I didn’t want to do ANYTHING and was feeling pretty hopeless.  (Not gonna lie, tears had been shed earlier this morning). It dawned on me to try fluffing my own aura and I was astounded to find myself feeling so much better afterwards that I was immediately inspired to begin dancing around my apartment, followed by the urge to create something.  I was given the energy and motivation to work on my blog.

Twice in the past week it has been pointed out to me that I need to meditate on questions such as “If someone were to call me on the phone with the news of my dreams, what would they say?” and “If I were to leave this planet right now, what is the one thing I would have wanted to have accomplished, to make my mark on this world?” I know that I want to bring others joy, and to help others grow, but I wasn’t sure how to answer those questions clearly.  I had actually journaled about this the other day, asking for the answer to be revealed to me so I could begin to draw that into my life.  Crichton has helped me tremendously with his writings on his own experiences. Today it was made clear to me that I want precisely that. I want to opportunity to have these experiences of a lifetime and to write about them, or make a film about them, or otherwise share them in such a way that others’ lives are permanently and progressively changed for the better as a result of my sharing.

Right now, I am really tempted to go out and buy a cactus.

Love and light,

Mercedi

How to Meditate Part II

This is the follow-up to yesterdays “Who, What, Where, When and Why” of meditation which you can find here.  Now for the “How:”

How to Meditate:

Once you get the hang of it, it really is as simple as “sit your butt down, take a deep breath and just let go.” But, for the sake of clarity and to honor the practice, I am going to break it down into a few easy-to-remember steps you take to really get the most out of it. These are: Set, Sit, Adjust, Focus.

SET the stage  –  I begin by lighting a candle or two and sitting down on a folded yoga blanket, in my favorite spot in my bedroom.  I don’t light the candle to watch the flame (although some people do!). Instead, I light them to help create the ambiance of a sacred, relaxing space. Some people like to hold healing stones or Mala beads. Choose what you are drawn to for your sacred space.  Some people meditate in silence, but my preference is to listen to relaxing music, or a guided meditation with my earbuds in.  This helps to drown out any distractions from mental chatter, or from others in the house or outside my window.  This also allows me to set a timer on my phone so that I don’t have to worry about checking the clock.

SIT (or lie) down –  The point is to get comfortable. There are people who will tell you that you must sit in lotus pose, or in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and your hands in your lap, or never to lay down.  I say forget all of that. I like to sit in lotus pose or easy pose, and there is some science behind these postures, with the way energy flows through our body, but sometimes I lie down too. The important thing is to get in a position where you can relax, but still remain aware. (Lying down causes some people to just go ahead and take a snooze!)

ADJUST your posture – It is best to keep your spine in a position where it is as straight as is comfortable for you. If you don’t want to sit on the floor, a high-backed chair is better than a recliner. The brain and spinal cord make up our body’s central nervous system, which is the most complex system and has the huge job of being our entire body’s control center. I think of our spine as an electrical-chemical superhighway of sorts.  Keeping it straight ensures that it is able to send nerve and hormone signals and other messages to the body in the most optimal way possible. So, keep that spine straight and get comfy, but if you choose to lie down, not so comfy that you fall asleep! It’s fine to adjust yourself throughout the meditation also if needed.  As for your hands, you may place them where ever feels best.  Gyan Mudra is a popular hand position to help center the mind.  I like to rest my hands on my lap with palms facing upward to receive all the good energy.

FOCUS It is very helpful to give your focus a direction, to establish a connection between your body, mind and spirit to begin. I being by focusing my attention at my third eye and by chanting three times “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo,” which means “I bow to the Divinity within.”  This is a mantra we use in Kundalini yoga for tuning in to one’s Highest Self. Some people find it peaceful to envision themselves enveloped in a beautiful white light to begin. Others like to set an intention – what do you hope to gain from this meditation? Experience inner peace? Connect to God? To turn off your racing thoughts and give your mind a break?  Choose what feels good to you. After you establish this connection, then just focus on the music or the words to the guided meditation you may be listening to, or on the rhythm of your breath.  What you don’t want to focus on is any thoughts that may creep in. When thoughts appear, try to let them drift by as if they were clouds. Now is not the time to unravel that problem or make a mental grocery list or worry about your kids or your schedule or anything at all.  This is undoubtedly the most challenging thing about meditation but it is also the very purpose of it. In time, you will strengthen that “muscle” that blows thoughts away like clouds in the wind and you will  be able to experience a quiet mind whenever you desire. It really is like a muscle though, and we must practice to get there.

Be easy with this…start out with a length of time that is manageable, maybe 10 or 15 minutes.  I recommend practicing everyday, but if you forget that’s okay too. You will start to notice improved results as you get better and better and eventually you won’t want to miss it because you feel so good afterwards and your brain “behaves” better throughout the day as a result.

To close, I will leave you with something I like to listen to on a regular basis.  It’s not technically a guided meditation, but I use it as such because I’m a big fan of Abraham-Hicks and I like where my mind goes when I listen to their videos as my meditation. YouTube is a great resource for all kinds of music and guided meditations. Play around and have fun finding some of your own favorites!

Happy meditating!