Kalin Art & Spirit

New Moon in Pisces

This week the Sun moves into the astrological sign of Pisces, the fish, the ‘last’ sign of the zodiac, ruler of intuition, dreams, illusions, delusions, addictions, martyrdom and depth of feeling.
As the Moon moves into the same sign, we behold a New or Dark Moon.
Since the Sun and Moon have the most powerful sway over us as Earthlings, when they combine their energies we can usually sense it…albeit unconsciously. This time I’m feeling it as a wallop!
Yes, Ive been walloped by a wet grouper~ but Im not falling into despair.

The New Moon also falls on Fat Tuesday- the day in which to celebrate, while we eat and DRINK everything the pantry holds! Party that day for the next, as Lent begins, we are asked to re-establish our connection with what is fresh and pure through ‘sacrifices’. The Piscean New Moon is the perfect time to throw out the old and begin fresh with plans for the Spring….as it’s not too far away now! [It always makes me smile when the church catches up with original practices]

Its time to begin various types of ‘fasting’ in order to remind ourselves of our fallible human condition and to redirect our behavior in the way our conscience desires us to go. Surrendering our human ego/what we think we want, to that of the Divine Will/what we really need, is the best sacrifice any of us can make towards Spiritual growth. Being mindful of our actions is always important, but if we can do it collectively now, much more energy is added to our group intention for peace and healing.

Under a Piscean sky, people tend to delve deeply into their emotions, getting morose over things that normally wouldn’t send them off the deep end, and giving into addictive behaviors. While we let the fishes loose, we must remind ourselves that we are the fishermen, not the fish. We should allow our Selves to see and feel the emotions washing over us, but not drown in them. Keep treading water and eventually you’ll come to the shore…or better yet, STAND on the shore and watch the sunlight sparkle on the fish scales as they swim by. We need to be reminded that we are always bigger than our emotions! In fact, its Magic to recognize that we hold the hooks in our hands~

COMPASSION is a key word for the Piscean New Moon. It is a time to not only feel the extension of love and compassion for others worse off than ourselves, but to look inward and extend that compassion to our Selves! The times when we make bad decisions are the times we must be the most Forgiving toward ourselves…..and not beat ourselves up!

Its important to love and forgive those who have wronged us, not because what they did was Right, but because it will HEAL US! And as we look to our wounds, we need to send lovingkindness to our Selves, as well as to those who hurt us, in order for the rift to be healed~ on both sides.

Namaste’ Lovers of Peace and Healing! x x

original posting February 20, 2012

 

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Mind – Body – Soul

 I believe, that most of us live in our minds.

We experience the world through our own filters of belief, experience and perception…that come from the mind.  We see the world as a place that doesn’t change much day to day, a place of set expectations…that become those expectations, repeatedly. That’s reality, right?
The things you can see, feel, touch, and know will be there tomorrow~ the mind creates these paradigms in order to feel comfortable in a daily routine. These images can become so ingrained that pretty soon, we stop noticing things, and they become almost invisible to us. Occasionally, we can look with ‘new eyes’ at things and see their true essence. That is when we are awake and aware. A state to strive for, because when we’re in this mental state, we can choose to lead our thoughts and emotions rather than follow them!
The mind is controlled by subconscious programming which was downloaded into us while we were still in a ‘state of hypnosis’ in our early years, and latent expectations set and dictated by the ego, based upon experience.
This is why everyones experiences of ‘reality’ differ from one anothers; even when two people recall the same incident, there will be two slightly different slants to the story, due to the individual filters we each have. It is a wonder how we can agree on anything, actually. What we collectively agree upon as being real is called the collective consciousness or collective reality.
This is the world of the media, social life and the work-day week. The world of the frenetic mind.

We all live in bodies.
Some people have a disconnect between their mind [who they believe themselves to be] and their body. This leads to eating disorders and poor, or over inflated self-esteem.
Our bodies are genetic gifts that we can’t really manipulate too much, but can take care of~ by treating them properly and appreciating them as the miraculous machines that they are.
We need to have regular exercise, of various types, to keep our bodies in top working order, practice good hygiene and eat clean, wholesome foods and water to power them.
Many times we don’t start appreciating our bodies until something goes amiss with them.
Interestingly enough, that’s when we can use the power of our minds to influence the healing of our cells. Science has proven that thoughts affect the physical world, especially that of our bodies. We can chemically alter our cellular structure by practicing thinking good, peaceful and healing thoughts.

Athletes live primarily in their bodies. Their mind impresses agility routines into their cellular memory, so that while performing, there is no time to think about the correct action to take, but it is instantaneous. That same kind of mental/physical agile-ability to maintain and heal can be transferred to anyone’s body through meditation.

Daily meditation can become a great practice of ‘maintenance‘ of body-mind-soul. While meditating, we can visualize sending love and light into each cell on inhalation- and allow all pain, injury and disease to leave through our exhalation. When we slow the speed of our minds down, we allow regeneration and healing to speed up! This is why power naps can make us more efficient and over time, happier, because the natural flow of daily life will envelop us, and keep us still and centered inside, even while amid the hustle of outside life. We become a self-renewing power source.

So now you know how to combine the working of the mind with the body to create a natural rhythm and flow in your life…if you want to boost that up into hyperdrive, add the spirit component!
We can stay healthy in a calm and centered place, with a rather slow natural rhythm in our bodies, when they are vibrating on a higher frequency of internal balance between body and mind!
It is a place of balance that can be thrown off by emotional upset, exhaustion, or caused by stress quite easily- if we buy into the drama of everyday life. If we want things to go our way and they don’t. Or when we get upset by things we cannot control. When in a state of imbalance we open ourselves to disease from within or without.
To stay healthy, seek this balance, using whatever methods work for you.
If you want to be healthy and thriving, you can try this exercise:

Start by recognizing where your attention lies, usually that’s within the mind.
Bring the awareness of that energy center down from the head into the lower trunk of the body and feel the surge of primal energy there. Move it around and then up to the heart center and solar plexus. Spirit operates from the heart center. It is the Place of Balance between the head and the body.
When your peaceful center lies in your heart, your life’s focus will shift from that of self-preservation, to that of including others in your circle of loved ones. When we are feeling charitable, we generally think of those most like us or tied to us by familial and group bounds. Those like us. We discover a need for belonging being met. This gives us a sense of generosity and thankfulness, which gives us a power base from which to operate~ through the safety of acceptance.
This is a good place to live from every day. It is a place of health and balance. It is a place where we can thrive, but there is an even higher reality we can aspire toward…..

To find the highest level of connection in the world, meditate on the lovingkindness that exists within you and feel this extend into the known world. Know that you are connected to every. thing.
If you want to discover the highest frequency of mind-body-spirit, meditate on this:

All things are cellular, and held together by only the power of thought. When the awareness of thought stops, every part of the whole flows back together and becomes one.” This is the place of eternity in unity. With this vision of unity, you can re-enter everyday consciousness filled with a lightness and power that is more than ‘just the world’. You will become a Spiritual Warrior and Carrier of Light & Love.
You will be able to manifest a life of peace, fulfillment, contentment and wholeness.

Namaste’
Seekers of Peace and Wholeness~

originally posted February 16, 2012

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Seasonal Detox Time

It seems lots of people are getting sick right now. Either the flu has come early or people are responding to the typical stressers which arrive at the changing of the seasons. My guess is the latter.

Especially at the Fall and Spring Equinox times, people’s bodies naturally start to fend off the changes in temperature, new pollens in the air and the changing of daylight hours. These stressers can cause the body to react by showing symptoms of illness, in order to purge the body of accumulated toxins.
So… the best thing to do this weekend is a detox plan.
Disclaimer: The information is intended to educate, inform, amuse, and inspire you on your personal journey towards optimal health. It is clearly not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is definitely not intended as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you are under the care of any health professional, discuss modifications in your diet, lifestyle, exercise program, nutrition and never discontinue or reduce prescription medications without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
A day or two of detox is a great plan which helps ease you into the next season. Continuing the basics of this plan into your normal routine is something to aspire to.
My plan is to stop taking anything harsh into my body; no cigs, no alcohol, no meat, no dairy, no sugar, no white flour- AND to eat more local veggies, add more purified water. The top detoxifying veggies are; broccoli, garlic, spinach, cabbage, sprouts, blueberries, ginger and tumeric. So it looks like Indian food is on the menu! : ) That’s a Good Thing~ I love it!

I plan to exercise more; 45 minutes a day minimum, via walking, stretching, Tai Chi, dancing etc. and to take detox baths made of 1 cup of baking soda/1 cup of sea salt, a bit of Epsom Salts and assorted essential oils that I soak in. Did you know Epsom Salts are actually magnesium, which is good for your heart and muscles? It relieves pain and soreness as well as detoxifies and re-balances the body.

Since your mind recreates the perceptions and feelings it experiences into your body, it’s also important to create non-stressful situations for your spirit. Fasting from the mundane cares of the world, avoiding news reports, gossip and television shows, is also important to the health of your soul!
Create peaceful calm situations; take a walk in nature and really LOOK at the beauty in the colors of the changing leaves, the blueness of the sky, the path of the clouds, the texture of the tree bark and stones at your feet. Breathe in deeply of the breeze. Sit next to flowing water. Feel the warmth of the sunshine on your back. Appreciate the time you create FOR YOURSELF and be glad to experience being fully alive!

Most people probably dont know that in Biblical times people took a day, on or before their Sabbath, to fast and purify their bodies, before they entered their temples. A day of fasting and contemplation is a good practice, especially now, during the changing of the seasons. Treat your body like the temple of the soul that it is, and it will repay you with health.
Blessed Be your body, your mind and your soul!
Namaste’

read more at http://www.care2.com/greenliving/30-ways-to-detox-your-home-body.html

original posting September 24, 2011

 

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