When You Realize You are Complete Now, You are Free

This passage brought me so much comfort today:

Eckhart Tolle you are complete now

Moving Deeply into the Now

In the absence of psychological time, your sense of self is derived from Being, not from your personal past. Therefore, the psychological need to become anything other than who you already are is no longer there. In the world, on the level of your life situation, you may indeed become wealthy, knowledgeable, successful, free of this or that, but in the deeper dimension of Being you are complete and whole now. Continue reading “When You Realize You are Complete Now, You are Free”

Using The Inner Body to Bring You Inner Peace

In order to fully accept things as they arise in our life, we need to be in touch with our bodies. That’s why as a practice, body awareness is very helpful.

focus on your inner aliveness

Inner Body Awareness is a way to achieve a state of stillness and peace. This is where you concentrate on feeling the energy or “aliveness” in your body. Your body then anchors you in the present moment.

For those of you that don’t yet know how to do this, I will show you later in this post 🙂

But first I want to share with you some of the wonderful benefits I have noticed by doing this consistently… Continue reading “Using The Inner Body to Bring You Inner Peace”

How To Accept Things That Irritate Us

So many times we hear about the importance of Acceptance. But how can we really practice acceptance? How can we do it effectively and completely?

How can we accept what arises in the moment without suffering too much?

95 of unhappiness is generated

Acceptance is hard! Continue reading “How To Accept Things That Irritate Us”

Healing Shower Meditation to Wash Away Your Fears, Stress & Anxiety

healing shower meditationHave you ever noticed in your daily life how many little rituals you do without even really thinking about them? For instance, everyday you get up, do your morning routine, go to work or school, have your lunch, etc., etc.

Once you start living in a mindful way, these daily rituals can be incorporated in your mindfulness practice to help you feel better on the spot. Which is very, very cool 🙂

Today let’s put our focus and attention on the present while taking a nice warm shower. This is a Healing Shower Meditation and you are doing this as a gift to yourself. This will wash away your fears, stress and anxiety, and leave you feeling refreshed and renewed! Continue reading “Healing Shower Meditation to Wash Away Your Fears, Stress & Anxiety”

My Aha Moment on How to Find Inner Peace

When I let go of what I am I become what I might be Lao Tzu

The other day I had a really nice realization, an Aha Moment, as Oprah would say, about my yearning how to find inner peace.  It was this:

My mind creates my problems. I am working on correcting my mind. Therefore I will get better. The end.

I was so grateful for this realization!! 😀

My suffering is the result of believing my thoughts. Simply put, my task is to dis-identify with my thoughts. This is can do. I can practice every day! It’s a lot of fun too, because it directly benefits me and makes me feel better right now! 😀

My happiness is not outside my control. I am not at the mercy of outside forces. I am not powerless. By practicing mindfulness and living in the present, I am making great strides. Continue reading “My Aha Moment on How to Find Inner Peace”

Finding Inner Peace By Watching The Thinker at Work

The single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this learn to disidentify from your mind Eckhart Tolle

Yesterday at work I did a lot of watching myself- watching the thinker– and tried not to get caught up in my ego whenever possible.  I made the decision to pay attention to my thoughts all day, as a spiritual practice, to help have inner peace in my day.

“The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated.” -Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now.

On my drive into work, I made sure to notice my breathing and tried to feel my inner body. I also paid attention to what was going on around me during the commute- the other drivers, the houses all around me,  and the great outdoors. The morning sunlight cast a beautiful glow over everything, and the sky was bright blue and cloudless.

My mind wanted to wander as it always does, but I was able to catch it and bring myself back to the present moment and my drive. Continue reading “Finding Inner Peace By Watching The Thinker at Work”

Mindfulness and the mean check out lady

a problem is a chance for you to do your best Duke Ellington

The grocery store in my town is huge, and it’s always really crowded on weekends, which is when I usually have to go.

I am by nature a pretty impatient person, and everything about that store triggers me. I used to go there and just hate every minute of it:  From the full parking lot, to the rude people, to the narrow aisles and the long lines, to running into nosy neighbors, you name it. I just hated it. Continue reading “Mindfulness and the mean check out lady”

Mindfulness Meditation and an Unexpected Early Morning Blessing

mindfulness helps get you back

Yesterday morning on my commute into work I was trying to decide what CD to listen to-  Byron Katie’s A Thousand Names for Joy, or The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I love both of them and often switch back and forth. So I couldn’t make up my mind and was just driving along silently. It was a hurried morning and I ended up rushing out the door. I couldn’t make my hair behave and so it took longer than usual to style. Because of that I missed my usual 5 minute morning mindfulness meditation. 🙁

So I was still feeling a bit frazzled from that when I got into the car. As I continued on my commute in silence I just took slow easy, mindful breaths. I focused on the feeling of the cool air on my nostrils and just followed the flow of the breath as it gently expanded my chest and belly. I continued following my breath through to a slow, long exhale… Continue reading “Mindfulness Meditation and an Unexpected Early Morning Blessing”

How to Find Inner Peace Even When You’re Cleaning the Bathroom :)

There are so many opportunities to find inner peace each day You just have to look for them

I have a long and colorful history of negativity.  Learning how to be present and not project into the future or dwell in the past is something I have to work on continually. One of the things I love to do is turn Chore Time into Spiritual Time. There are 3 things I do regularly that really help me find my inner peace:

1. I listen to spiritual podcasts when I am on the elliptical machine at the gym.

This gives me a dedicated block of time that feeds my soul. I listen to The Work of Byron Kate as well as Joel Osteen. (Both are free on Itunes.)

There is something to be said about the endorphin rush you get when you exercise- and how this can really fuel what you’re listening to. I have been lifted up out of the depths of despair doing this, especially last spring when my husband lost his job. Last spring, hearing Joel Osteen’s powerfully positive and uplifting messages regularly really help carry me through that very hard and scary time! 😀

2. I listen to my favorite spiritual audio CDs on my commute to work in the morning.

Early morning is such a beautiful time of day.  I just love taking in all the sights of the seasons. It is so ripe and full of potential, and I love noticing all the little details about the trees and the road and the sky, etc. The stillness and peace of the early morning is like a warm hug that makes everything feel ok- as long as I don’t ruin it with my thoughts that is! 😉

Listening to my favorite authors while I drive into work helps me stay focused on the present and not project dreadfully into the future. This helps me particularly on mornings when I feel stuck in a worried pattern or feel nervous. My go-to favorite to help me focus and feel good is The Power of Now.

3. I listen to Byron Katie’s Conversations on YouTube every weekend while I’m cleaning my bathrooms.

These little things may not seem like much but they can be really helpful both on the spot- -to get a soothing dose of inner peace- as well as for helping me understand spiritual concepts that I really want to learn.

 On the spot.

Last Saturday I woke up today feeling just horrible- my thoughts were running all sorts of old stories that hurt my self esteem and make me feel less than. Stuff about feeling I don’t fit in and not having enough friends…

I was doing my usual weekend housecleaning knew I would soon be doing the bathrooms and listening to Byron Katie on YouTube (her “Conversations” are excellent- just Google Byron Katie Conversations to find them). And I knew without question that I would soon be feeling better.

And I did… All I can say is WOW- message received! By listening to the video and relating to what I heard, I could understand so clearly how I was believing all my stressful thoughts  and making myself feel lonely and miserable. In less time than it took to mop the floor, I had freed myself from my pain, and was finally at peace. My mental suffering ended then and there. 🙂

(Even when I fall out of the practice of doing Judge Your Neighbor worksheets, which is the recommended way to do The Work, listening to Katie on YouTube helps so much. I highly recommend this to anyone who is suffering. Her videos just rock! 😀 )

To learn spiritual concepts.

I absolutely love The Power of Now and have had the book for years. When I first read it, it was too much-  I couldn’t understand it. I knew it was important and could help me, but it was like reading a foreign language. Listening to the book on Audio CD was a better way for me to receive the information and really “Get it”.

For example, learning to Watch My Thoughts and be their witness was something I was only able to do after listening to the book several times. With repeated listening, I could go into the practice more deeply and stay there longer.

This was also the case with Byron Katie’s book A Thousand Names for Joy. This book teaches how to find joy and bliss just by being alive and existing! …And I find the more I listen to spiritual books I love, the more I gain from them.  I have been listening to these wonderful books on my commute for almost 2 years now. There is just so much wisdom there! 😀

The peace of the early morning is like a warm hug that makes everything feel ok

Also, what a difference this makes in setting me up for a more balanced and peaceful day! Listening to spiritual audio books on my commute helps every day to feel like a wonderful new beginning, and not just another day in the rat race 🙂

Taking the time to listen to the wisdom of great spiritual teachers is a sure fire way to find inner peace. Whether you steal a few minutes on your commute, or while you’re at the gym, or even cleaning the toilets like me, it doesn’t matter. You are opening yourself up to receive the things you need to hear for your own spiritual and emotional growth and healing.

The simple practice of turning Chore Time into Spiritual Learning Time really helps keep me feel connected to others and balanced. 🙂

There are so many opportunities to find little glimpses of inner peace every day. You just have to look for them. I hope this inspires you to make the most of some of your chore time or commute time by turning it into spiritual time 🙂

xo, Lisa Arcelia

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