Exploring Transitions

Every day, all day long we are going through constant transitions: waking up, eating, driving, sleeping, reading, watching, playing,….to name a few. And yet how do we transition from one thing to another?

In life we spend a lot of time anticipating and being prepared for any kind of transitions but we don’t spend much time in practicing staying awake and aware during the time of transition. We like to plan as much as we can but …how about the unplanned transitions? Like…getting sick, going through a break up, loosing someone, getting fired, having a loved one getting sick, losing a contract, being in a car accident, etc.

Anticipation is certainly a good thing up to a point. Some of you are only interested in what is next as if your mind always needs something to chew on to prevent feeling boredom, lack of motivation or depression.

A beautiful spiritual practice is staying awake during our time of death, our ultimate transition while we are on earth. As I was participating in a dream yoga workshop a couple of weeks ago that has been a new focus for me.

During that workshop we had a nap everyday and one of the exercises was to mindfully transition to a resting time. I was amazed of how much my mind was all over the place like crazy…laughable at some point…and so I invite you to explore…

When we are able to stay stable with our mind during any time of transition the chaos of life is not going to bring us into neurotic behaviors. The Tibetan have mentioned that if we die unconscious then we will return on earth within 49 days doing the same thing over and over.

Regardless what your spiritual preferences are, staying conscious during any transitions is certainly a beautiful practice. You learn to develop a stable mind so that you can free yourself from listening to the constant rumbling of your thoughts. You can connect to your true essence and from there feel your vastness.

Pick one transition; maybe it is your wake up time or sleeping time…or perhaps it is before and after a meal…or before and after a visit with someone…Be curious…be aware about your thoughts, emotions and sensations….you will first realize how unstable you are but with regular practice you will gain inner clarity and inner peace.

With Love
Tejpal

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Faith Can Limit You

Faith has been called upon by many of us particularly when we are facing challenges or are at a crossroad in our life. The practice of faith brings beautiful qualities; it supports us to stay humble, open and to surrender to the laws of the universe.

Yet if we jump too quickly into the “faith wagon” we may never get what we are looking for and we will never heal or learn anything. When the practice of faith is not anchored into our physical being it becomes an empty prayer, a spacey ritual or at time a begging.

The roots of faith connect to the quality of trust. If your relationship with trust is out of alignment so will be your faith. First assess how trust shows up in your life. What do you need to trust someone in a business environment or a personal relationship? What do you need to trust your golf swing, your dance performance or anything that will invite you to express yourself? How much do you respect and accept that part of you? Every culture, every tradition has a unique relationship with trust. Be curious about your needs and choose to honor them.

The way you trust may fit into these categories:

  1. You only rely on your mind and data: the more information the better.
  2. You let yourself be guided by impulsive pleasure and listen only to your emotional body.
  3. You struggle with your intuition to figure out what is next; you are caught in the mind.
  4. You dissociate into the spiritual dimension pretending everything is fine and God or the Universe will take care of things.

These are four styles of distortion, as they are not paying attention to your fears. There is only one place that is real about who you are, your fears and your needs: your heart. There is only one place that will give you true insights: your heart.

Be curious about who you truly are if you want to experience the beauty of faith.

With love,

Tejpal

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Never Leave Home…

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If you want to experience the best adventure of your life, never leave home.

Living an adventurous life is not automatically about traveling, meeting new people or doing new things. Perhaps the most adventurous way of living is about finding home and staying home.

Where is home and what is home for you?

We know it may not have anything to do with your biological history. But really what feels like home? And what are the qualities that you want to experience when you are at home?

If I had to choose three, I would pick: Nourishment, Peace and Beauty. And each time I compromise any of these three qualities in my daily life, I compromise myself.

When these three are in place I can relax experience simplicity and gratefulness.

Choose three qualities that feel like coming home for you and from there, decide day by day what do you need to create to match these three vibrations. As soon as you feel at home you are dropping into the heart center where everything unfolds. From that place you can see, feel, intuit and manifest what you truly desire. Your heart is your foundation for everything in life but you have to be willing to stay still at home and experience yourself.

To enhance your ability to stay at home, I invite you to do the mirror meditation. It will help you shift from your head to your heart.

Simply sit in front of a mirror and look at yourself for 3 to 5 minutes. Do it every day for 40 days in a row. The mirror can be a hand-held mirror. Stay present to your relationship with you. You may first focus on your flaws, then you may get bored with yourself, then you may focus on what you like about you. Eventually, you will connect to you, you will be in love with you, you will be still where there is nothing to like or dislike about who you are.

As you are practicing true love, you will be at home wherever you go and really create the best life ever.