Tag: Balance

The Promise of a Shaman

The Promise of a Shaman – A Poem by Yogesh Kumar

Image Courtesy of : https://foreverconscious.com

If you come to me as a victim I will not support you.
But I will have the courage to walk with you through the pain that you are suffering.
I will put you in the fire, I will undress you, and I will sit you on the earth.
I will bathe you with herbs, I will purge you, and you will vomit the rage and the darkness inside you.

I’ll bang your body with good herbs, and I’ll put you to lay in the grass, face up to the sky.
Then I will blow your crown to clean the old memories that make you repeat the same behaviour.

I will blow your forehead to scare away the thoughts that cloud your vision.
I will blow your throat to release the knot that won’t let you talk.
I will blow your heart to scare fear so that it goes far away where it cannot find you.
I will blow your solar plexus to extinguish the fire of the hell you carry inside, and you will know peace.
I will blow with fire your belly to burn the attachments and the love that was not.
I will blow away the lovers that left you, the children that never came.
I will blow your heart to make you warm, to rekindle your desire to feel, create and start again.
I will blow with force your vagina or your penis, to clean the sexual door to your soul.
I will blow away the garbage that you collected trying to love what did not want to be loved.
I will use the broom, and the sponge, and the rag, and safely clean all the bitterness inside you.
I will blow your hands to destroy the ties that prevent you from creating.
I will blow your feet to dust and erase the footprints memories, so you can never return to that bad place.
I will turn your body, so your face will kiss the earth.
I’ll blow your spine from the root to the neck to increase your strength and help you walk upright.
And I will let you rest.

After this, you will cry, and after crying you will sleep,
And you will dream beautiful and meaningful dreams,
and when you wake up I’ll be waiting for you.
I will smile at you, and you will smile back
I will offer you food that you will eat with pleasure, tasting life, and I will thank you.
Because what I’m offering today, was offered to me before when darkness lived within me.
And after I was healed, I felt the darkness leaving, and I cried.
Then we will walk together, and I will show you my garden, and my plants, and I will take you to the fire again.

And will talk together in a single voice with the blessing of the earth.
And we will shout to the forest the desires of your heart.
And the fire will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.
And the mountains will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.
And the rivers will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.
And the wind will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.
And then we will bow before the fire, and we will call upon all the visible and invisible guardians.

And you will say thank you to all of them.
And you will say thank you to yourself.
And you will say thank you to yourself.
And you will say thank you to yourself.

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Meditating with Essential Oils

Using meditation to start your day, get through your day or end your day is so important. As a morning practice, mediation helps you prepare for day. I like to start my day by giving thanks and then spent some time in meditation.

Now, let me be honest sometimes that means I only get a couple of minutes but any little bit helps to relieve stress, refocus my energy and receive inspiration for the day. Although including oils and/or crystals is not necessary, I love the balance and intention they add to my practice.

By simply putting a few drops of essential oil on my hands and inhaling makes such a great difference. I also like to put a dab on my forehead, my throat, on my shoulders, over my heart, right over my belly button and on my ankles. I know time can be an issue but this only takes a couple of seconds. If you want to enhance your space even more, put a couple of drops in a diffuser.

This infographic by Organic Aromas has an example of just a few essential oils that can be used and their properties. I am not an affiliate for their products but I do love their hand – carved diffusers.

Infographic courtesy of Organicaromas.com

If you would like some help finding some of the oils mentioned here or have something more specific in mind, feel free to send me an email and I can help find the right oils for you.

Peace, Love & Yoga,

Annette – Project Refined Life

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Make Your Soul Happy!

Take the Time to do what makes the soul happy

Hello there, do you remember me? I’m still here but I have been on an extended “time out” from my blog. I decided to take some time to see what the next step in my life (and this blog) would bring in order continue to “refine” my life. It had become very obvious to me that I was out of balance. I needed to take the time to make my soul happy.

I was blogging about events to come and not sharing what was helping to “refine” my life. After all – I am the project. Although I love passing along fun, family friendly, cost effective educational nature & STEM based events. I knew that my purpose with this blog was about more then that.  I had strayed away from my initial passion of what I wanted to share when I started this blog.

I have started learning new things and brought a few old things back into my life that attribute to a more balanced life. I feel so much better taking some time for me. By once again feeding my mind, body & soul – I feel refreshed and excited and yes, sometimes scared all at the same time. This journey has become a new awaking for me and a very natural next step.

I will continue to blog but with more purpose and more balance. From time to time I will continue to share upcoming events that are rooted in things that inspire you and/or your children’s growth as a person. I will also share some of my personal and family adventures. My family I have visited some really beautiful spots this past year and I have so much to share. I hope you will continue to come along with me as I continue on this project of refining my life and hopefully shed some light on yours.

Xoxo,

Annette

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To be like the Praying Mantis

PrayingMantisSymbolism

This morning, right after my husband left for work he sent me a picture of a Praying Mantis at our front door. 

mantisImmediately, I went back to a time when my oldest Son was little. He would keep, feed and observe them, he was fascinated with them. It was always amazing to me how graceful and purposeful their actions where.

I looked up the meaning of having a praying mantis at your door, lo and behold there are several descriptions found on the subject.  I thought it was fitting to share this with you. As you know (from my blog’s name), I am working in refining my life. I strive to have many of the same qualities the Praying Mantis represents. (minus eating your friends and spouse) 

Praying Mantis Meanings in the Realms of Animal Symbolism

The mantis comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives. Usually the mantis makes an appearance when we’ve flooded our lives with so much business, activity, or chaos that we can no longer hear the still small voice within us because of the external din we’ve created.

After observing this creature for any length of time you can see why the symbolism of the praying mantis deals with stillness and patience. The mantis takes her time, and lives her life at her own silent pace.

A Quick-List of Praying Mantis Symbolism

  • Stillness

  • Awareness

  • Creativity

  • Patience

  • Mindful

  • Calm

  • Balance

  • Intuition

These traitshave lead the mantis to be a symbol of meditation and contemplation. In fact, in China, the mantis has long been honored for her mindful movements.

The mantis never makes a move unless she is 100% positive it is the right thing for her to do. This is a message to us to contemplate and be sure our minds and souls all agree together about the choices we are making in our lives.

Overwhelmingly in most cultures the mantis is a symbol of stillness. As such, she is an ambassador from the animal kingdom giving testimony to the benefits of meditation, and calming our minds.

An appearance from the mantis is a message to be still, go within, meditate, get quite and reach a place of calm. It may also a sign for you to be more mindful of the choices you are making and confirm that these choices are congruent.

image and information from whats-your-sign.com

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