The Power of Circle

The Power of CircleTo gather in Circle is a sacred event when all minds are focused as one.

King Arthur’s  Knights of the Round Table come to mind as well as more modern Circles that are changing the world where the power of Women gather to lend their support for World Peace, World Hunger  and other challenges the world faces in today’s ever changing and evolving societies. (see The Millionth Circle and Gather the Women, Save the World by Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD.)  Dr. Bolen spoke how the women are joined by some very supportive and powerful men who bring their energies to support the work of the women in Circle.  There are numerous reasons why coming together in Circle is so very powerful.  A circle has no beginning and no end and is often referred to as a symbol of unity and perfection and even protection.

In nature we see the Circle repeated time and time again in wonderful examples of nature’s awesome gifts.  How often do we think of a Full Moon shining in the heavens as a Circle in all its perfection? Indeed!  We experience each month not only a perfect Full Moon, we also experience a beautiful New Moon that brings the waters of the oceans and tides to its fullness.  It is another perfect circle and one that supports farmers, gardeners, and plant life as this is the best time to plant our kitchen gardens and watch our seeds produce an abundant harvest.  It is during the time of the New Moon I love to offer Circle so all who wish to “plant their mental seeds” for their future can feel protected and supported knowing their “mental seeds” will take root and grow and manifest into their lives, energized by the Circle.  In Circle to express Gratitude for everything already received is very powerful.

The Circle is respected as an archetype of wholeness and integration, with the center understood to symbolize Spirit  –  The Source.  This is the beauty of Circle and today more than ever the women of the world are being called to gather in Circle to support each other and to share their wisdom with each member of Circle. Circle is also referred to as the Eternal Ring.  No doubt the wedding band exchanged in the wedding ceremony when two people pledge to support and love each other got its name from the Circle, the Eternal Ring now referred to as an Eternity Ring.  I welcome anyone who has another take on the wedding ring or Circle to share it.

As I sit and write this my mind floated back in time to my Reiki Level One Class over 20 or more years ago. My Reiki Master always had the room set up so the students  and herself  sat in Circle.  It was my first experience of a teacher sitting side by side with students  in Circle and I now honour Circle in all of my classes, especially meditation and Reiki.  I was in awe of her wisdom and humbleness.  Even more so when I realized how fortunate I was to be taught by one of the most experienced cancer care nurses in the United States who had the distinction of having been chosen Holistic Nurse of the year on several occasions.   “No one above, no one below,” was surely her motto.

So why is a Circle so special, so sacred and so powerful!   Here is one example: When we gather and sit in Circle, we recreate this perfection of sacredness.  We get to experience the energy and wisdom of each person sitting in Circle, knowing no one is above, neither is a person below another.  Everyone in the Circle is on the same level.  Each person is considered an equal.  I am told that many cultures use the circle for healing a wrong and the entire village comes out and sits in circle with the wrong doer sitting inside the circle, and they sit in circle until they reach  resolution, which is always for the highest good of all concerned. That is the Power of Circle!

Do share your Circle.  Until next time!

Namaste,

Sharon

The Power of Human Touch

The Power of Human Touch

The Power of Human Touch

The wonders of the human hand is something we rarely give much thought or time to in our daily lives, yet it is well documented in many studies that without (human) touch babies development and growth become stunted.  I saw a documentary some years ago of children in an orphanage in Europe who never received compassionate or loving touch.  They were fed, changed and left to their own devices for the rest of the day with no other stimulation. It was noted how behind these children were in their growth mentally, emotionally and physically compared to children who were shown affection and love.  It broke my heart as I imagined those babies and small children languishing in cots all day alone in their cold sterile environment forgotten and alone without the touch of a caring, compassionate, loving human hand to soothe them when they cried, or to acknowledge their existence as little human beings.

The Power of Human touch is one of the most basic of human needs. More and more it seems to be frowned on by certain sectors of society in regards to healing and offering compassionate understanding of the human condition.  I am told that in our health care facilities today paperwork is taking priority over patient care and the face of nursing is changing. Then heaven forbid computers and robots will take over from the already stress burdened medical personnel.  Let’s hope that never happens because nothing, No-Thing can replace the Power of the Human Hand and Touch for healing, showing compassion or consoling someone.

In today’s world of stress filled lives and anxiety ridden individuals competing in an ever decreasing job market while balancing work, home and kids,  sometimes their only time to de-stress is through the Power of Touch via the human hand.   Hands-on therapies many of which date back as far as 400 BC will always be in great demand because Touch heals on levels far beyond the physical.  Touch has been known to heal on the Mental, Emotional and Spiritual levels of the human condition.  Human Touch is a great de-stressor.  I often say Medicine cures us! Touch heals us! Both are very important to our existence on this planet.  Some healing touch therapies are: Reiki, Reflexology, Healing Touch, Massage Therapy and Chiropractic  Therapy to name just a few.

As we enter a New Year, make it a new beginning. Let’s not forget the Power of the Human Hand and the way Human Touch can establish a bond of trust between individuals whether in a working relationship, loving relationship, pastor parishioner relationship, client practitioner relationship and especially in a healthcare environment between patient and nurse/practitioner relationship.

There was a song my mother sang when I was a child which speaks volumes to the Power of Touch. This line still plays in my mind:  ‘touch my hair as you pass my chair, little things mean a lot.”  Never underestimate the Power of the Human Hand and The Power of Touch. As we prepare to celebrate this Season of Good Will towards all, hug your kids and loved ones every opportunity you get and if it feels right, offer a hug to a friend in the spirit of this wonderful Season.

Here’s wishing you all a New Year filled with an abundance of all the precious gifts you wish for; Good Health, Happiness, Love, Joy and faithful friends.

Namaste,

Sharon

Autumn a time for Change and Gratitude

Autumn a time for Change and Gratitude

Autumn is the season of change.  As I welcome autumn and as Thanksgiving approaches, I am again reminded of all that I have to be grateful for.  I am grateful for me, myself in all my perfections and imperfections.  That is what makes me unique just like each one of you is so unique.   I hope as you read this you tell yourself how wonderful and unique you are and say how grateful you are for you!

I am blessed to live in a society and culture where there is so much to support a happy and fulfilling life style.  One of the things in my life I am always grateful for is my soft clean beautiful bed and the clean soft sheets, my pillows and yes the pillow cases that cradle my head when I fall off to sleep.  Each night as I snuggle down to sleep I feel so much gratitude for my bed as I bless the day just ended.  It is often the first thank you that comes from my heart as my body prepares to end the day in its warmth and welcoming folds.  That may not seem like a big deal to many people, however to me along with a roof to keep out the rain and the elements it is one of the many, many things I am very grateful for in my life.

I am so happy that this deep gratitude proceeded a conversation I had last year with a group of seniors in the Senior Centre in Newmarket where I attend a Zumba class.  I saw a group of ladies working with a huge collection of plastic milk bags that we all throw in the garbage. There were bags everywhere, and what seemed like junk to me soon became something more amazing than mere words can convey.  These ladies were cutting these bags, preparing them to weave on a giant loom they were working on.  Fascinated I went to take a look and was shown how they weave the plastic into sleeping mats for women in third world countries and this lot was destined for Haiti.  They also made bags for the women and what was so incredible, both the mats and the bags were waterproof. YES! Those useless milk bags that we disposed of in the garbage were being fashioned into the most colourful and thoughtful of gifts for those who lacked the mere necessities of life.  Imagine how happy and grateful those Haitian women were at receiving beautiful plastic mats to sleep on that prevented water from leaking through as they slept on the floor of their mud huts and a waterproof bag to hold their belongings.

There are countless  more things in my life that I am grateful for including my wonderful supportive family that I am blessed with, my husband and our 3 very wise sons, their partners and our forever 3 grandchildren whose knowledge of computers and the latest technology help me to keep up with the rest of the world : ).

There is much gratitude in my heart for the years I have lived on this beautiful earth.  As a late bloomer I know that In order to blossom and grow towards my full potential it takes work.  Most of all it takes   change.  Scary and Necessary…Yes ..Very!

For me autumn is all about Change and Gratitude and both promotes growth.  It’s a time to rid myself of all that no longer serves me. It means taking stock of all areas of my life physical, emotional, mental, professional and other areas that need attention in order for new growth to flourish.  It means joyously releasing all that will no longer be needed in the next season(s) of my life and trusting the path I have chosen to be for my highest and best.

As one of my favourite poets Patience Strong wrote “The best is never over, the best is yet to be.”

What are you most grateful for and what best changes are you looking forward to in the next season of your life?  I would love to hear from you.

Namaste,

Sharon

 

The Lazy Days of Summer

Lazy days of summerWho ever coined that phrase never lived in North America.  That is my personal belief.  It is a very hectic time here in Canada as everyone seems to try putting twelve months of outdoor activity into the sometimes four months of good weather.  That I consider being fun time!  Only today I heard on the news that in the US people are complaining of being stressed trying to figure out their vacation and where to go and what to do. I was surprised and a little shocked to hear this because a vacation should be a time to look forward to with anticipation and expectation. Some people I know plan trips to visit relatives, go abroad, go camping with the kids or just think up and plan fun ways to spend their vacation time.  For me, if I am staying home I love planning day trips out of town, long week-ends to places I enjoy visiting in Ontario, or just puttering around my yard and garden gives me so much peace and tranquility, added to that long walks in the forest which I enjoy.  I am so rejuvenated being in nature as I am sure so many of you are.  Vacation is also time to spend with my family and catch up with friends I rarely get to see.  All those things make vacations very special for me.

For many who work long hours and shifts in their place of employment, vacation is a much deserved rest from the hustle and bustle of the work environment and should be a joy not a stressor in ones life.  I am happy to say that I have not met one single Canadian who has a problem with taking vacation. If there are any out there in this vast land of ours, we have still to meet!

So on the theme of vacations and Lazy Days of Summer I must confess I have already taken two wonderful weeks of Staycation and happily puttered around my yard and garden, spent time by the water and watched the Loons and their offspring frolic by the dock, enjoyed baking and making summer berry jams with my grand-daughter and as August approaches I am looking forward to another two weeks. Those two weeks I plan to be busy with two back to back Seminars on subjects dear to my heart that I plan on sharing at a later date.  I also intend to make sure I enjoy my busy filled to the brim vacation doing all the things I enjoy and with the people I love and cherish.

Now you know why I have not communicated for quite some time, hence I am dropping in today say hello.  I hope you are enjoying your summer and taking time to watch the flowers grow, walk barefoot on the soft green grass, breathe in the summer scents of this amazing planet Earth we call home and taking time to do the things that brings you peace and joy.

Be Happy, Be Well and have a safe summer!

Namaste,

Sharon

If you have a comment regarding vacations and how you spend yours, I would love to hear from you.

GREET YOUR DAY WITH LOVE

 

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Affirmations
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After the long cold and harsh winter months we have just experienced, many people I spoke with shared how they felt “lethargic” unable to greet each new Day with Love, Hope and good Expectations.  It took every bit of strength of will to keep positive some days.  As one person so aptly described what I myself was experiencing “I don’t have that spark that makes me glow with Love and Hope for perfect outcomes.  I feel stuck and it just doesn’t feel like me!”  It felt good to know I was not the only one out there feeling the effects of a long unforgiving winter.  As I look back, it really prepared me for the joy I felt when the first warm day descended upon the earth around me.  My bones and my soul rejoiced.  Even though I am a crab by my astrological sign, I am also a horse in the Chinese astrological calendar and as a horse person I love the wide open spaces and warm grass beneath my feet.

What those months taught me when I felt somewhat lethargic during that cold spell was to use that time wisely in so many ways.  Instead of moaning about the weather I blessed each day I awoke by sending Love out to pave the way for the perfect outcome.  I also sent love to bless all the people whose lives I would meet and interact with during each day.  That became the key to my flowing smoothly and joyfully through some depressing days in April and a few in May when warm weather seemed a distant memory.

I learned a lot during those two months.  Who said “we are never too old to learn,” spoke a truth that resonates with me totally. I spent a great deal of that time recovering my sense of wonder and strength and compassion and most of all my sense of deep connection to my heart’s dreams and goals.  By sending love to me and my day and everyone I would meet, it opened my heart to revisiting one of my very favorite books, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I found myself experiencing a state of being I had not experienced in a very long time, namely; no push, no rush, no planning, just coasting along and enjoying each day’s gifts and surprises as they unfolded.  I must admit – it felt good!  For anyone who hasn’t read this wonderful book, The Artist Way is filled with the most affirming and powerful affirmations one could hope to find in any one book.  In addition to the following exercise, you may want to choose an affirmation that speaks to you and repeat it several times during your day.

Here is the exercise I had practiced over the years in its various shortened forms and decided to try it in its entirety, and I am so glad that I did.

“On awakening, speak loving, self-directed blessings aloud and it will awaken the reservoir of tenderness and compassion in your soul. Pour forth loving thoughts and expectations towards yourself and the new day just dawning.  Then prepare to meet the Day by seeing your self surrounded with a brilliant warm, loving protective light.  Expand that light to include your loved ones and everyone you meet, including people in your workplace, and the traffic on the roads you travel; in short everyone you meet. If an ambulance goes by during the day, send warm loving, healing, light to the person in that ambulance.

Before getting out of bed to start your day set an intention for your Day, write it in your Journal along with an appropriate affirmation to support your intention and you are ready to greet your day knowing it will be a blessed, happy and fulfilling day.”

Sending love ahead to everyone you will meet and everything you will be doing will ensure that your day is held loving together with a ribbon of grace.  If someone is rude or nasty to you, send them love and forgiveness.  It is said that what we send out we receive back a hundred fold.

I would love to have you share any rituals you find helpful and I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy days!

Namaste,

Sharon