Soul first

When what I see seems slightly distorted….
… judgement filled are the thoughts occupying my mind.  😳  
Yet on occasion, I choose to breathe instead.
The breath takes me beneath the noise….
….to where I can hear a whispering sound inviting me to move towards the center of where I reside.  🕊
At such moments, I know that it is my soul I am listening to first.🕊

Since capturing some aspect of the wondrous sight ~ a full Solar Eclipse ~ inspired so many people to enjoy a ‘Monday Pause’, I decide to follow suit and highlight ~ Soul first 🕊
More valuable then defining this particular Aspiration, is its process:
Like most virtuous goals, the willingness to listen more deeply is required.
And to have a mindfulness practice, such as Breathing, in place; can prove to be quite helpful.

“seeking health was one if my aspirations….so surprisingly I heard me saying: “Christianne has a class on the web. She teaches meditation in a light manner and focus on exercising to control the immediate source of life … the breath.” Well, I did not reach that level of personal beauty. But her simple exercises are helping me internalize that I’m capable of learning new tricks, although I’m a pretty old dog.” Guillermo

“seeking health was one if my aspirations….so surprisingly I heard me saying: “Christianne has a class on the web. She teaches meditation in a light manner and focus on exercising to control the immediate source of life … the breath.” Well, I did not reach that level of personal beauty. But her simple exercises are helping me internalize that I’m capable of learning new tricks, although I’m a pretty old dog.” Guillermo

Let me explain …
When my ‘heart’ feels unsettled, yes I’m referring to my emotions (not the organ), my attention quickly abandons the task at hand in search for what may pacify it.
Busy and distracted, my ‘psyche’ is easily seduced by any temporary and costly solution.
And just like that, it happens:  To appease the source of my distractions, the psyche, becomes the ultimate priority!

Yet, with the help of mindful breathing, I’m willing to listen more closely.

So, when a complex puzzle intersects my path, I feel assured that a soulful solution is also on its way.
Even if the solution is having to do work that I don’t yet know how to do or more challenging yet: acceptance of what is, simply!   
The solution does come!  It comes each time.

However distinct each of our various aspirations may be, and however unique of a process each of these may go through, we are likely to arrive at this same common denominator:

“seeking health was one if my aspirations….so surprisingly I heard me saying: “Christianne has a class on the web. She teaches meditation in a light manner and focus on exercising to control the immediate source of life … the breath.” Well, I did not reach that level of personal beauty. But her simple exercises are helping me internalize that I’m capable of learning new tricks, although I’m a pretty old dog.” Guillermo

Practice is required.
What kind of practice?
One that promotes mindfulness.

So, with a heaping spoon of endurance and a dash of playfulness, I practice mindfulness daily!

Join me?
Breath Awareness, an essential tool of my daily mindfulness practice, is a topic I will be exploring this September 24th.
If you’d like to be a part of  the third annual ‘Breathathon’ (mindful breathing) webinar event, please email me at c@befitforliving.com

Thanks for reading,
Christianne
PS:  In the name of BALANCE, below you” find one of my lunar eclipse musings (from 10/8/14):

Breathing and listening …
…for the whispers of my Soul 🕊

3:25 am ~ It is a bit to early for me.
Yet, after some negotiation about the possibility of returning to a little more sleep, the veridic was in and I got my “bumbum” (butt) up.
  Feeling rather ‘grumpy-tired’, a quick shift in attitude was needed if there was any chance that I’d still be able to greet

this new day for what it is:  Nothing short of a Present!
Since admiring the fullness of the “Empress of the Night” served me so well the night before, it made sense to repeat the gesture.
Except….

3:30 am ~ The most radiant star looks all distorted~
What happened to the perfectly round bright star illuminating the sky only a hand full of hours ago?
Ahhh …, my confusion shifts to curiosity, this must be an eclipse!

3:35 am ~ The moon is now fully obscured~
While in “Tadasana” (mountain pose), a space between my thoughts seems to open up.
In this moment I pause to listen …
…aligned in such a way with the Sun and the Moon was the Earth.
The Earth’s shadow creeping across the face of the Moon…
… and I standing on its surface.

3:40 am ~ The moon becomes blood red~
Earth dancing around the Sun

A renewed sense of purpose washes over me, as I acknowledge each of my aspirations.
The Moon dancing around the Earth

An embrace of belonging, whispering into my ears …
…residing at the center of your being is all that you treasure most.

3:45 am ~Restored to her fullness now~
the most brilliant star has stirred in me thoughts I wish not to forget.

So, I share them with you…

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15 thoughts on “Soul first

  1. hizenalee@yahoo.com'Lee Ann

    The 5 minute practice helps me to focus on
    what truly matters- connection with my Self, The Divine, and the breath. Breathing
    helped immensely during this challenging week. It was like a lifeline to sanity! I really appreciated the sharings from those connecting with nature, especially as I was unable to go into nature until the weekend.

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  2. ninaalling@yahoo.com'Nina Alling

    As this is now my second round of BE practices, I have come to find that not only does making use of Christianne’s teachings have profound effects on the creation of my mindfulness, but also in turn effects those around me. As I am to experience the connection of my breath to my physical self, it invokes a sense of calm and breathing to those I connect with around me. And in turn there is clarity for my perception of others. It is similar to the way the moon effects us here on Earth. There is an invisible gravitational pull, a calm, in the moment dance, if you will.

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  3. cozadteresa9@gmail.com'Terry

    All week I have been returning to “the breath” to keep me grounded and connected to the self. Today it all came together during yoga class. Thank you Christianne

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  4. joulietg@gmail.com'Jouliet

    Through every season and transition BE’s practice continues to be a source of inspiration and peace for me …reminding me to hold gently the precious moments of life, listen with my heart and allow these moments to breath. Thank you!

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  5. artjlb@yahoo.com'Jennifer

    Tashi (sustainable, solid, smooth)
    Delak (Success)
    Procure…..
    Is to obtain something especially with care or effort.

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  6. stephanieconti@earthlink.net'stephanie

    Ahhhh … I wrote such an exquisitely articulate sensory entry hours ago…to share with you Fine Be-Friends…only to hit a mystery delete button…I walked away to resume my 5 breaths (because there aren’t short cuts with only 1 or 2 or sort of 3…I know this too well)…I’ve managed to sage the casa, enjoy some of the outdoor gardening & pampering some of the Mexican Sage that will always remind me of Christianne!, perform more than originally planned domestic chores with pride of completion …& hope that you wiil afford me some mutual Forgiveness (catch word all-encompassing multi-layered) for not recreating that entry again on this site…I’ve been ever-so reflecting on your contributions for all of us that reinforce our desire for graceful and gentle mindfulness … all marinating in my favorite “The Golden Rule” … I am so very very grateful for You … sweet everythings I send back to you all.
    xxoo

    With ultima

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  7. daisyasp@gmail.com'Daisy Valdes

    Christianne, I’m looking forward to the coming week…
    Many thanks, again, for this motivating network of LOVE!!!
    In reviewing my treasuries and aspirations, I reflected about BE’s important assistance, not only this week, but since I have had the privilege of being a part of that group, and immerse myself in a more conscious-spiritual experience that has been really a “treasury” to me, by itself.
    It has given my an immediate source of spiritual guidance whenever I am dealing with my difficulties in communicating myself in unalignment with my acquaintances, my beloved ones or even with my little grandchildren. “Gratitude” and “Surrender” had been precious gifts I had valued even more!!! Those weeks have helped me in developing a way of letting the Holy Spirit be present and guide me toward protecting my “treasuries” and accomplishing my “aspirations”, because it has inspired me in finding “what source of fuel is required to “GIVE TO LIFE” each of these “PASSIONS”– in a proper manner, using the proper words and letting manifest the proper feelings…

    Those have been important learning approaches I got from “BE’!!!

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  8. Cozadteresa9@gmail.com'Terry

    I use BE every morning and evening per “playgrounds instructions” but I have also found that pausing to breath at different times during the day allows me to access the Self. Tara Brach calls it a Sacred Pause. It truly is sacred because it allows one to just stop in the middle of life and reconnect with the present moment.

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  9. hizenalee@yahoo.com'Lee Ann

    5 minutes can seem like plenty of time to reset your perspective. To receive the GIFT that life itself is. To appreciate what you have, what you have been given, and to appreciate your life.
    What is it you focus on? Is it negativity, fear, what you see is “wrong” in the world? Or is it God, the opportunity to raise in consciousness, to see the light, and the beauty of creation? The choice is always yours. What would you like to contribute to creation? Your light, or fear of being alive?
    Gratitude, renewal, possibility, integration, awaken energy.
    5 minutes can change your whole life.

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  10. artjlb@yahoo.com'Jennifer

    How I used BE this week:
    – stop to breath and focus …
    – see the beauty of nature around me
    – try not to let little things bother me
    – embrace each new day with a goal
    – love the person that I am or have become
    – realize that my family and friends really care and think about me in their busy lives, as I do them
    And lastly, my catch words that I used this week were chill out, relax, and can.
    I also want to share that each morning this week, while driving the girls to school…. we were traveling with the full moon smiling
    in the front of us and the sun behind us …we thought that it was very cool!!
    Have a Great weekend!!!

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    1. cflewis1969@gmail.com'Christopher

      Reflecting on the past week of dancing around the sun, I’ve really come to appreciate the act of embracing and how it helps me not only stay in the moment but also acknowledge what is most important about the moment.
      For example, since “embrace” is an active verb, whenever I make that imperative statement, I am almost forced to add a direct object to the end of that statement (“Embrace what?” “Embrace the moment”, “Embrace the beauty”, “Embrace the uncertainty”, “Embrace…whatever it is that is most important right now.”) And, in identifying the direct object that will receive my embrace, I am forced to weed out all the garbage: traffic, complaints…both mine and others…, frustration, superfluous discomfort.
      I say “superfluous discomfort” since there were times last week when I felt it was better and healthier to embrace the discomfort…if it were relevant. As a teacher, there are numerous classroom moments in any given week that are ripe with discomfort: students who are dissatisfied with their grades, parent/teacher conferences with parents of underachieving students, bullying among students, etc. I can’t merely ignore those moments or pretend that they’re not uncomfortable. So, I embrace the discomfort like I might embrace a nemesis.
      Nine times out of ten, when I embrace the negative, I discover it’s not nearly as bad as I suspected. As for that one time out of ten, when it’s worse…well, that just sets me up for another round of “embracing the discomfort”. If I do that enough, the discomfort eventually dissipates.
      So, there you go…EMBRACE.
      And love always,
      Christopher

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  11. daisyasp@gmail.com'Daisy Valdes

    Your 3:40 am reflection seems like an ode to nature! It is, in fact, a sonnet.
    Lovely, inspiring and a beautiful example of positive surrender.
    Daisy

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    1. C@Lifesherpa.Com'C

      Positive surrender, I love it.Especially now (two years in) that surrender alone has become your “catch-word”
      Thank you Daisy

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