The 23rd Psalm, by Bobby McFerrin (dedicated to his mother)

The 23rd Psalm, by Bobby McFerrin

The Lord is my shepherd. I have all I need. She makes me lie down in green meadows, beside the still waters. She will lead.

She restores my soul. She rights my wrongs. She leads me in a path of good things, and fills my hearts with songs.

Even though I walk, through a dark and dreary land, there is nothing that can shake me, she has said she won't forsake me, I'm in her hand.

She sets the table before me, in the presence of my foes. She anoints my head with oil, and my cup overflows.

Surely, surely goodness and kindness with follow me, all the days of my life. And I will live in her house forever, forever, and ever.

Glory be to our Mother and Daughter, and to the holy of holies. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world, without end.

Amen.

How are you?

Photo by Gina M. Gafford

Right now, it is a good time to check in with yourself. How are you?

Psycho/Social:

  • Family support. Right now with the Coronavirus, we need to make extra effort to keep in touch with family members. How are your relationships?
  • Keep a positive attitude. “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same. – Carlos Castaneda
  • Perseverance. The pandemic might make you feel “down and depressed.” Right now, more than ever, it’s important to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Never give up!
  • Help people. Can you find one way to help people? Donate food, donate money to an organization, or volunteer.

Physical:

  • Exercise. Do yoga, walk, jump rope, dance, lift weights, or use exercise machines. Do you exercise every day?
  • Eat well and take vitamins. Make sure to take vitamin D.

Mental/Emotional:

  • “Go with the flow.” Be in the present moment. Learn to let go of your thoughts.
  • Share your feelings with someone that you trust. Create strong kinships and bonds. Do you express your love?
  • Laugh. Have a sense of humor. Watch funny movies.
  • Reduce your time on social media. Don’t get trapped!

Spiritual:

  • Pray or meditate every day. It is important to connect with your inner self and the divine. How do you feel about God (or the divine) lately?
  • Keep in touch with your church or spiritual center. Attend services each week (online or in person). As a group, we can be there for each other in challenging times.

Namaste, world.

Audio Blog Post Reading of “Fluid Emotions” (5-Minutes)

Fluid Emotions (February 28, 2017)

Last night I had the most amazing dream. I dreamt that I was breathing underwater. I was about 20 feet underwater. The water was clear, and I could see the sun shining on the surface. While I was floating, two other human beings were floating near each other. One of the humans told me that if I continue to breathe the water, I would die. I didn’t listen to the human, and slowly a bright, beautiful light started to descend into the water. As the light saturated the water, I realized I was dying, and I woke up from the dream.

So what does this dream mean? According to gotohoroscope.com: To dream that you can breathe underwater also shows that you have obtained complete mastery over your emotions. Many times in dreams, the sea, or the ocean, or any body of water, will be represent your emotional state. When you are on a boat, you are showing that you can navigate through all of your complex emotional responses. However, when you are swimming in the water, this suggests that you have greater mastery over your emotions than you thought. You are in touch with yourself. (See more at http://www.gotohoroscope.com/txt/dream-dictionary-breathing-underwater.html).

I agree with the above statement. I am in touch with myself and my emotions. I can experience my feelings, and then let them go. In the past, I was so judgmental about my emotions. In my mind, I think I should have felt a certain way or that I should not have shown a particular emotion to someone. Now, I realize that at that moment, I felt that way. I am responsible for my feelings. Therefore, if I didn’t hurt anyone, I can let them go.

I like the quote from Awakening Joy by James Baraz: “I’ve seen the Dalai Lama get very serious, even cry, upon hearing about a tragedy and then, as the subject changes, laugh a few minutes later. His complete openness to the sorrows of the world lets him also be touched by delight, goodness, and joy when these arise.”

I was so glad to read that even the Dalai Lama will cry sometimes. The Dalai Lama is fluid with his emotions; without being attached to them. He is present moment by moment.

Here is a mindful approach to working with difficult emotions (taken from the book Awakening Joy, by James Baraz):

RAIN -When you are in the midst of a strong emotion, take a few moments to try this approach:

  • Recognize what you are feeling and name it. Label it: Anger, fear, sadness, confusion.
  • Allow the feelings to be present, without pushing them away and without getting lost in them.
  • Investigate the feelings in your body and mind. Where in your body do you feel it? How does it feel in your mind – heavy, tight, open, agitated?
  • Non-identification is the key to freeing yourself from the emotion’s grip. What you are feeling is a human emotion that arises and passes away. It does not define who you are.

Namaste, world.