This time last year I embarked on Mindful in May, a month long program of practising daily meditation and mindful awareness. It was timely and apt as the whole world slowed down in response to the pandemic of fear that swept the globe. Amongst it all, sprang the start of a different kind of journey for me.
Although the whole concept of mindfulness and meditation isn’t new to me (I’ve dabbled with it, on and off, throughout my life) it was the first time I stuck with it consistently.
It wasn’t always easy and at times I thought I’d give up. But I didn’t miss a day and over the following months, as the program ended, I committed to making it a part of my life. In June we had short lived freedoms again and enjoyed a few weekends away, relishing in what we’d once taken for granted. Amongst it all, the meditation was there in the background.
Then we entered 111 days of strict lockdown. Fundamentally and externally we had our freedoms stripped yet within my inner core, and perhaps because of the meditating, I still felt free. It was during this time I began to question the narrative. I delved, switched off the news, went deeper and started learning things on a whole new level.
When I look back at the past year it feels surreal. What was real and what was illusion? For me it was about finding a balance in life that continues even today. Not allowing the outside dramas to dominate but finding the beauty and gratitude in each day, regardless of what’s happening in the world.
I journal at night and meditate in the morning. Amongst all the every day responsibilities and scenarios, weekend trips away and writing travel stories for various magazines, there’s an underlying sense of a much bigger picture emerging.
Everything is changing. We’re on the brink of a new and expanded consciousness, a frequency that’s shifting everything we once knew, bringing it all to the surface.
It’s Mindful in May time again but this year I didn’t sign up for the program. Instead I’m choosing to go it alone, although truthfully, we’re never really alone. There’s always support out there, real and virtual friends, messaging, online hookups and ways to connect. In short, there’s a world of love and learning, inspiration and kindred spirits, if we look beyond what’s known and familiar.
Most recently I’ve been taking part in ThoughtsNLife 30 days of meditation. Bella shares a series of short meditations from the Release Your Wings Channel. Another fellow blogger Barbara Franken from MeMyMagnificentSelf offers wisdom and inspiration of a lifelong journey discovering our magnificent selves. There are so many bloggers out there who inspire me.
For something that may challenge your perception of love and God, I invite you to watch a powerful collaboration below. This five minute video feels like a blanket of beauty, that wraps you up in a heart mind connection, through words, music and uplifting images. “A Word From God…” is performed by JC Kay and Mark Attwood and the words are based on the works of philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1632 to 1677). I hope you enjoy this message of love.
So step outside and see the world with new eyes. Focus on the future you want to see and make a conscious choice to live in joy. When you shift your perception everything changes. No matter where you live, no matter the circumstances, we all have free will. Perhaps we’ve been spellbound by the conditions of our past and felt shackled by what’s been told to us, and our own limiting beliefs, but it’s time to let that go. There are so many possibilities of what can be if we keep our heart and mind open.
Love is the most powerful energy. It trumps fear, doubt and frees us from our conditioning. We’re not meant to live a confined, fearful, restricted life so let’s be mindful and raise our consciousness with our collective energies and higher vibrations.
We’re here to live a life of passion, so love yourself, love others and love all of creation. Fill your heart with wonder at being alive. And play a part, as we help rebirth a new Earth, for love is the energy that unites us all.
In light and peace