40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Forty

Wahe Guru!

Ah!  Just dwelling in the pure joy of reaching Day Forty fills me with enough naked wonder. The ecstasy of the universe dances within every cell of my body!

I have brokien an old habit.  I can continue to practice to 90 days to create a new habit.  And if I continue to 120 days, the yogis say, that makes the new habit a part of me on the level of the soul.  The soul will never forget the new habit.  Continuing onto 1,000 days is the path to Mastery of that habit, provided I do not miss even one day.

But before I make any plans to move onto tomorrow, I will stay intimate with Day Forty and be happy.

I can safely say that I am a more conscious communicator today than I was when I started this practice.  I can contemplate every word I speak, think, write, and repeat with care and reverence, giving Each Word the honor that it deserves.  I can enter this contemplation and share my expression with royal courage that is supported by my refined Radiant Body.  What a blessing!

May I dwell in consciousness, not to be overcome by the intellect.  May I co-exists with all other beings with great intuitive ease and with a genuine intention to uplift myself and others.  May I recognize the beaming soul that exists within each word and within all beings everywhere!  Sat Nam!

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for as many days as serves your soul:  Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body.

Question for reflection:

What words would I think, write, speak, and repeat if I knew that whatever words I think, write, speak, and repeat must happen?

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Thirty Nine

My husband is a busy lawyer.  He works harder than anyone I know.  He and I like to keep strange hours.

For instance, last night, in the middle of the night, we watched the The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, an episdoe from several days ago.  We watched on this little laptap, as we choose not own a TV.

Trevor Noah had invited a guest onto the show, Ezra Edelman, the man who created OJ: Made in America, an 8-hour long documentary about the OJ Simpson trial of 1994.  The critical point Edelman made was that when the African American community was cheering for the OJ verdict, many Americans expressed their judgements and felt affronted.  Many were quick to view the situation as a problem with the American love of celebrity, sex, murder, and courtroom drama that made for a spectacle that allowed OJ to get away with murder.

But, what Edelaman pointed out was that the OJ Simpson trial illuminated a deeper, more troubling psychosis: the relationship between the African American community and the Los Angeles Police Department had a history defined by police brutality.  From Edelman’s perspective, the African American community finally witnessed a dynamic that they had never experienced: a black man got into trouble with the law, and he was able to walk free.  Edelman made the point that there was so much revelry and celebration around the verdict not becasue people were cheering for a celebrity, but they were cheering for an outcome in a criminal justice system that had historically treated the entire African Amerianc community unfairly.

Edelman repeated these words: “You don’t get these moments very often.  When you get a moment, seize the moment.”

I love moments.  I’m a yogi.  All we have are moments.  Seize them. And cease them.  Ceaselessly.

I feel an urge to reflect.  What does a yogi’s vision of a collective community ceasing the moment look like?  I would jump for joy to see a whole community, including everyone of every color, shape, size, walk of life, babies, pets, insects, and trees included when we all agree to practice One-Minute Breath for three minutes on the Spring Equinox 2017.  Inhale for twenty seconds.  Suspend the breath for twenty seconds.  Exhale for twenty seconds. Slow everything way down to take a collective breather.  Now, wouldn’t that be something to cheer about?  It’s worth hoping for; it’s worth dreaming the impossible dream.  It’s worth envisioning every being all together stopping and dropping what they’re doing for three minutes to breathe consciously.  Three minutes is all it would take.  Imagine!

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days:  Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body

Question for reflection:

What words would I think, write, speak, and repeat if I knew that whatever words I think, write, speak, and repeat must happen?

 

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Thirty Eight

Writing is a habit that I can’t seem to break.  I write every day because it is an impulse and a comfort.  I write so much that I often forget what I have written.  Below is a poem I wrote that I had forgotten all about.  Some time ago, Guru Meher asked my permission if he could share this poem with his yoga students.  That felt nice, that someone liked my poem enough to share it.  So, I am going to share this poem here because I guess this means it is sharable, especially with those who like to practice one minute breath.

One-Minute Breath

Take twenty seconds, now, to inhale:

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20.

And hold that breath in while you read the following words

over the span of twenty seconds:

 

What words can we speak to Law Enforcement

that upon hearing them Officers

would feel appreciated and at ease to

Inhale for twenty seconds,

Suspend the Breath for twenty seconds,

and Exhale for twenty seconds to

know clear answers

then act?

 

We’d all breathe the breath of sages.

We’d all breathe then act.

 

Now, exhale for twenty seconds and read these words:

 

What words can we speak to Black Men

that upon hearing them they would know their worth,

feel an endless pulse of Deep Respect, and

know that the History of Royal Spirit, the History of True Strength

and the History of Courage course through their veins?

 

We’d all breathe the breath of saints—

Twenty seconds in.  Twenty seconds hold.  Twenty seconds out.

 

the Rest

is History.

 

Now inhale for twenty seconds while reading these words:

 

What words could we speak to the Victims of mass violence

that upon hearing them their Untimely Deaths

and their loved ones’ Grief

could transform into

The Great Gift—the psycho shift—that would illuminate

diamond-mind awareness within

the consciousness of the New Humanity?

 

We’d all breathe the Grief into fearlessness.

 

Now, hold thisbreath—dearMaster of Life

for twenty seconds, and read:

 

What words could we speak to World Leaders

that upon hearing them they would humbly serve

with genuine interest in continually feeding the hungry,

educating the ignorant, providing dignified

health care for the infirm; and, they would

lead with deep sensitivity and clarity so as to

uphold human equality, dignity and contentment

beyond liberty and justice for all?

 

We would all breathe and lead with kindness.

 

Now, exhale for twenty seconds while you read:

 

What words could we speak to Children

that upon hearing them they would rise and thrive—

bold and loving—hearts echoing the sound of ancient tribal drums,

romp dance, be rhythmic and fly with Rhyme

keep Time and Play the joyful beat

Infinity: alive, alive, alive?

 

We’d all breathe and be free.

 

Now, inhale for twenty seconds while you read:

 

What words can I speak to my own heart

that upon hearing them I would be certain that I am

tuning out the neurotic and psychotic noise

of media, of the violent throng;

and, I can tune in to—even intimately touch—

the purity of my own soul?

 

We’d all inhale.  We’d all exhale.

 

Now, hold the breath for twenty seconds while you read:

 

What words can gods and goddesses, the One God, and the

Generating, Organizing, and Delivering force of Creation

speak as one voice

that would be heard by all beings,

and that would reassure us

that, no matter what, we are deeply loved, and

all will be well?

 

May the Creator of All That Is adore the Creation.

 

We’d all breathe.

 

Now, exhale for twenty seconds while you read:

 

If we speak, write, and sing such words,

Who will hear them?

If we speak, write, and sing such words,

Who will understand them?

If we speak, write, and sing such words,

Who would be listening?

And if—globally—we synchronize

our One-Minute Breath

for just three minutes—

just three minutes in the history of this planet—

wonder what new life We could breathe into Creation.

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days:  Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body.

Question for reflection:

What words would I speak, write, think, and repeat if I knew that whatever words I speak, write, think, and repeat must happen?

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Thirty Seven

Today’s radiant words are from The Radiance Sutras:

Experience that everything is made out of divine creative energy–friends, enemies, honor, dishonor.  In this equanimity be perpetually joyous.

Similarly, I can experience the divine creative energy of an ordinary morning filled with routines, music, laughter, challenge, barking dogs, clouds, and sun.  Today I did not lose my keys.  Today I did not forget anyone’s birthday.  Today I took a little more time than usual to kiss the members of my family goodbye as we parted.  Perhaps it felt awkward to them that I took so long to say goodbye, but I have to admit that I was feeling a lot of creative energy in that lingering and I wanted to make it last.

May this moment find you as joyous as the next.  May you feel that my heart is open and devoted to celebrating your perpetual joy.

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days:  Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body.

Question for reflection:

What words would I think, speak, write, and repeat if I knew that whatever words I think, speak, write, and repeat must happen?

 

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Thirty Six

Todays radiant words are Sat Nam!

Sat Nam is a greeting.  Sat Nam is a meditation.  Sat Nam is a blessing.  Sat Nam is a mantra, a sound the launches the waves of the mind onto a frequency of truth.  Be truth.  Sat Nam is a sanctuary.  In a world that is full of falsehood and illusion, it is comforting to know that the truth is accessible within.  Simply inhale and mentally vibrate the sound Sat and exhale mentally vibrating the sound Nam.  It’s that simple.

Sat Nam!

True name.

True identity.

May we dwell in the creative consciousness that is truth.  May we dwell in the quiet, still center that is the very truth of our own being.

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days:  Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body

Question for reflection:

What words would I think, write, speak, and repeat if I knew that whatever words I think, write, speak, and repeat must happen?

 

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Thirty Five

Today’s radiant words come from the Sikh tradition’s Puta Mata Ki Asis, or The Mother’s Prayer.  This is a poem that a woman chants, repeats, and reflects upon in dedication to her children.

So drink in forever the Ambrosial Nectar.  May you live long, may the meditative remembrance of the Lord give you infinite delight.  May joy and pleasure be yours.  May your hopes be fulfilled, and may you never be troubled by worries.  Let this mind of yours be the bumble bee, and let the Lord’s feet be the lotus flower.  Says servant Nanak, attach your mind to them, and blossom forth like the songbird, upon finding the raindrop.

Today is my daughter’s birthday, so I repeat the Puta Mata Ki Asis 108 times as an expression of my devotion.

I really do hope that she is not troubled by worries.  My mind has endured the experience of being troubled by worries.  But I am growing to realize what a waste of time that is.  Delighting in the meditative remembrance of the divine is much sweeter.

May all beings grow to abandon worries in favor of immersing an all-meditative mind with the remembrance of divine love, divine light, and divine peace.  Sat Nam!

Please join my in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days: Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body.

Question for reflection:

What words would I think, write, speak, and repeat if I knew that whatever words I think, write, speak, and repeat must happen?

 

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Thirty Four

I used to live on 73rd Street in New York City.  I would walk through Central Park every day and pass through Strawberry Fields where the word IMAGINE is surrounded, almost daily, with brilliant colorful rose petals.  Nobody can forget John Lennon’s reminder that we should live in peace.  No borders.  No heaven.  No hell.  No religion.  Just peace and sky and the world as One.

Today I imagine a world in which the mainstream media  privileges radiant communication over informative communication.

How are they different?  Radiant communication is communication that offers wisdom. Informative communication offers details.  Radiant communication uplifts the human heart and mind.  Informative communication fills the head and subconscious with more and more stuff to process and eventually need to dump.  Radiant communication is aware of the power of words.  Informative communication disregards the power of words in favor of an idea of feeling free to communicate whatever we want and however we want.

Imagine all the people living for today, living for each other, living for the opportunity to speak with elevated consciousness, think with loving consciousness, write with oneness consciousness that recognizes at once our differences and our connection.  Imagine the peaceful clouds that drift between us as beautiful reminders that we have plenty of room to move and breathe and be with our unique voices and that we also do have the power to energize and uplift ourselves and one another.

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days:  Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body.

Question for reflection:

What words would I speak, write, think, and repeat if I knew that whatever words I speak, write, think, and repeat must happen?