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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Cat yoga

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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

 

 

 

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

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!

 

How to Meditate Part I

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I am trying to keep my posts short and easily digestible so this will be divided into two parts:

1.  The Who, What, Where, When and Why of meditation and
2.  The nitty gritty on exactly “How” to do it.

This was inspired by a dear friend of mine who asked if I would teach her how to mediate and by another friend the next day who casually mentioned she had never been taught how.  I know much has been written on this topic, but I wanted to type up a simple (I hope) how-to guide and possibly dispel some of the myths, such as “meditation is hard” or that it must be done a certain way.  The truth is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Like most things, it’s going to give you the best results when you listen to what feels good to your body and do it in a way that works best for you, not your guru or your therapist or even your partner or best friend. This is also when it feels easiest.  If it feels like too much of a chore, we are less likely to want to stick to it. So we want to make this easy and peaceful and blissful. Ok, here we go….AHHHHHH…OHHHMMMM…

Who:  You and your Higher Self: that deepest part of you, made up of non-physical energy that remains consciously connected to Source at all times

What:  An exercise to turn off our minds as much as possible and align ourselves with Divine energy.  Sometimes this will feel incredibly blissful, and other times I have found myself moved to tears as answers to my prayers or deep questions I have held about my life came through. It has been said that we ask through prayer and that meditation is how we listen.

Where:  Your favorite spot in your house. You can meditate anywhere, really but I have a favorite spot where I feel the most relaxed and free of distractions.  In yoga, we “take our cares to the mat” because our body has come to recognize the ritual, that getting on the mat means the same thing every time: release, renewal, restoration.  In the same way, the repeated act of sitting or lying down in the same spot to meditate sends a signal to your body and helps your body understand and say, “Oh hey, I know what we’re about to do here!” With each time, it becomes easier to turn off your mind  because your body recognizes that this is exactly what you come to this spot to do.

When:  Again there is no “right” answer here except whatever feels best to you. First thing in the morning is a great way to start the day.  As the last thing you do before you go to bed really helps to melt the cares away so you can sleep. For me, I like to wait until I have been up for a while and have had a shower.  I try to meditate when I am clean, because it makes sense to me to clean my body and then “clean” my mind.  Sometimes I do it before bed too. And anytime I feel angry or scattered or depressed it is my very first line of defense against these emotions.

Why:  To achieve a state of inner peace.  To bring greater clarity to our mind, create a sense of happiness no matter what life throws at us, and to strengthen the subtle senses like intuition which provide a light for our path whenever we need guidance.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Part II on just how easy it all is!  I’ll cover ambiance, technique, avoiding distraction, etc. I’ll also outline the process I use as an example.  My hope is that after reading, you will be inspired to give it a go.  🙂 You can pick and choose from my method what things you might like to try and think would be most helpful to you but most importantly remember there is no wrong way to do it!

-Mercedi

 

 

“If you think you feel bad…take your love and stick it up your heart”

…these are wise words from Wille Nelson. Who knew he was such a sage? I just finished reading his book Roll me up and smoke me when I die and I was profoundly impressed by his knowledge on all things esoteric.

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Here, he talks about how the words God and Love are the two most powerful words and how they are interchangeable. In yoga, we are taught that chanting God’s name as a mantra can free us of worry and negativity. Willie didn’t mention anything about chanting God’s name, but he did say it makes you feel good, and he does recommend spinning around 50 times before bed to reset your chakras so I’ll be he does it (chant)!

I read somewhere that saying the word “love” outloud emits a special frequency and directs our energy toward the positive. Every morning when I wake up, I silently say thank you for the day and then outloud I name two things that I love, like “I love my mom or I love my apartment.” This makes me feel great and starts my thoughts rolling in the best direction possible. It really sets the tone for my day.

So thanks to Willie Nelson, I was inspired to give you these tools you can use to speak your way into a higher vibration and begin feeling better. And, if you love books as much as I do, you might just be inspired to go read his book. He is one fascinating dude, definitely an old soul and far more than meets the eye.

-Mercedi

A Mantra to Release Worry, Anxiety and Resentment

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Lately I have been working hard to keep my mind focused on the present moment and not allow it to roam into a past or future focus, where resentment or worry often reside. I wanted to share a mantra with you that has been very helpful and that is the Dhart Hai mantra:

Dharti Hai Akash Hai Guru Ram Das Hai

This translates to:
Dharti Hai – “The earth is”
Akash Hai – “The ether is/the heavens are”
Guru Ram Das Hai – “Guru Ram Das is”

Guru Ram Das represents our heart energy made manifest in the world.

With this mantra we call upon the earth and the heavens and then bring that energy into ourselves and project it outward through our heart center. Kundalini yoga guides and teachings say that this mantra calls on our highest spirit, keeps us humble and effective on new ventures and attracts opportunity for prosperity.

You can listen to a beautiful recording of this mantra (and watch a video) by Gurunam Singh here. This sounds so beautiful and calming, and is my favorite version of this mantra. I was also thrilled to find this on Spotify where I love to make yoga playlists.

I’ve been listening to this often lately, whenever I find myself in an anxious mental state. I set my intention on bringing myself back to the NOW and chant softly along with the music. In a just a few moments I feel more grounded and am back to experiencing life through my heart instead of the mind.

I’d love to hear what mantras and chants are your favorites when you feel worried, angry, etc.

Sat Nam,
Mercedi

United we stand

In celebration of America’s Independence Day tomorrow, I wanted to share a little film I made about the power of human connection.  Many of us feel deep pride and connection to our country, and to our fellow Americans on this day.  I’d like to invite you to take that feeling and expand on it, to feel how awesome it is to realize we are not alone on this Earth and that we get to share this  journey with other spiritual beings on this “human experience” adventure.

 

“Recognize that the Other Person is You.” – Yogi Bhajan