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This is a Continuation!
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Your Bliss, Part 1, for the first part . . .
May these words help you and your children embody and radiate love, like rays
of life-sustaining sunshine, as you navigate the unchartered waters
of daily living with clarity, confidence and ease.
Welcome back from your contemplation at the end of the previous Blog.
Surprisingly, very few people ever think about choosing the events and situations that will shape their day-to-day life.
Listing tangibles such as the people, things, activities and places you want as part of your life is easier than defining the experiences you want to have. We are much more familiar and comfortable with talking about our experiences and histories after the fact than describing in advance what we deeply value and want to experience.
Think about and identify the situations and events you want to live through -- the ones that create meaning, inspire you, and make your day. For some of you, that means having heart-warming experiences, while others seek mental challenges, high drama or something creatively demanding.
You may love experiencing a special time of day or watching the ocean’s waves rolling in.
Does watching the sun or moon rise or set trigger the natural bliss you are?
Maybe searching for special gifts or cards for friends and family makes you blissful.
Perhaps watching your children sleep in their innocence for a few moments before going to bed at night brings you great bliss.
You can be blissful no matter what you are experiencing and you can create experiences that make you blissful.
Corita Kent said, “Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.”
Just being open to greeting whatever arises next in your daily life with love and respect, can be blissfully fulfilling.
Fanny Fern says, “The cream of enjoyment in this life is always impromptu. The chance walk; the unexpected visit; the unpremeditated journey; the unsought conversation or acquaintance.”
And Albert Einstein said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.”
He also said, “If you want your children to be brilliant, tell them fairy tales. If you want them to be very brilliant, tell them even more fairy tales.”
Does reading inspirational, life enriching fairy tales to your children ignite your bliss and your children’s bliss?
As part of your reading program, I invite you to visit Fairy Tales for Children or Bliss Beary Bear's Fairy Tales of the Heart in our Store. You’ll discover 50 original, modern day stories featuring Bliss Beary Bear and other delightful characters that do spark bliss. In the Tale, Bliss Beary Bear, Bliss Beary explains the meaning of his name.
"Slow down, friends.” I said. “My name is Bliss Beary Bear.”
“What’s a Bliss Beary?” Nikita asked.
“A Bliss Beary is the sweetest, most delicious fruit in the Universe.” I replied with a big smile. “Eating just one makes your mind very sharp, your body tingle from head to toe, and your heart bubble with bliss.”
“What’s bliss?” Nikita continued.
“Bliss is an incredible feeling.” I explained. “It’s a feeling beyond happiness—a feeling, beyond Joy. It’s even beyond feeling! Bliss is so incredible that it takes 100 feelings of happiness to equal 1 feeling of joy and it takes 100 feelings of joy to equal 1 feeling of bliss. Would you like to . . .”
Before I could finish asking the children if they wanted to feel bliss themselves, Ming-Lee jumped in with, “Why do you wear that heart around your neck?”
“Yeah,” added Golda, “our hearts are inside our bodies.”
“Oh, I have a heart inside my body too.” I replied. “It pumps my blood to keep me alive. But this heart, on the outside, is the heart I love with. Love for everyone to see and share in.”
“It’s also quite magical.” I whispered. “You can look inside this heart and see all sorts of things.”
Bliss Beary Bear’s Fairy Tales of the Heart are quite magical. They are also consciously designed to enhance your children’s creativity and bliss, instill healthy values, develop their minds, and inspire their souls.
They weave fantasy, reality, myth and mystery into an educational, entertaining, inspirational and heart-warming experience for children of all ages. These life enhancing fairy tales foster your children’s bliss and brilliance, as well as yours.
Albert Einstein said, “If you want your children to be brilliant, tell them fairy tales. If you want them to be very brilliant, tell them even more fairy tales.”
And if you want them to be blissful as well as brilliant, tell them Fairy Tales of the Heart.
With all the activities of being a conscious parent, not doing anything can be the greatest experience of bliss there is.
George Sand shares that . . . “Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.”
And Sir J. Lubbock said, “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
Where are some of the places where you feel blissfully alive—the locations and environments you love to be in. For Harry Joy in the movie BLISS, the place was a forest in the Australian Bush.
What places inspire you?
Paul Gruchow said, “When the uniqueness of a place sings to us like a melody, then we will know, at last, what it means to be at home.”
Do you love being in your home? If not, what could you do to make it the blissful abode you’d like to live in?
Sometimes the changes needed to make your home feel more like HOME are external—like new paint, rearranging the furniture, clearing out clutter. Sometimes the changes needed to make your home feel like HOME are internal!
Not everyone grew up in a loving, happy, blissful home. Our bodies and minds can carry unhappy memories from home to home, making us feel uneasy, sometimes at levels far below our conscious awareness, no matter how wonderful our current house may seem.
I have a friend, now in her late 80’s, who was severely abused as a child. This lady functions quite normally outside of the home. Once she puts her hand on the doorknob to enter her house, however, she becomes an entirely different person. She literally becomes non functional.
At one point I too noticed that I felt uncomfortable entering my home. After some internal house cleaning to shift those feelings I could more fully appreciate what Ilse Crawford says about home: “Home, sweet home; sweet to look at, listen to, to touch, smell and taste. The home is our emotional heartland, a place where the rhythm of events is under our control, a potential pleasure zone for our sensuous being.”
Have you taken out all the internal garbage from previous homes you lived in, where the energies may have not been so loving and blissful, so you can enjoy a loving and blissful life in the home you now live in?
So your children can live in a loving and blissful home, free of any “less than blissful energies” you may be carrying around in the cellar of your subconscious memories. Children are very in tune with and can be influenced, as well as react to, the expressed and repressed emotional feelings of their parents.
Jane Alexander says, “When we walk through our front door, we should be able to leave the stresses and strains of the outside world. A home should provide us with a sanctuary for the soul, a haven for the senses.”
Have you created a special place in your home where you can sit and be in the stillness of your bliss? There’s a line from My Fair Lady that said, “All I want is a room somewhere, far away from the cold night air, with one enormous chair.”
And Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz said, “There’s no place like home.”
And where are some of the places away from home where you can relax into the bliss you are?
Are there parks, rivers, lakes, oceans, desserts, mountains, meadows or other beautiful natural settings near you where you can be in your bliss? Do you take advantage of these often?
For some, like Anthropologist Margaret Mead, “A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again.”
For some, like Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, “Wild and distant places speak to many who find in them opportunities to engage in the spiritual practices of wonder and gratitude.”
Where are places that bring out your bliss? Too often we save the places we love for our dream vacation, retirement or the weekends. If you love a certain place, why not try to make it your home, your workplace, the place you spend most of your waking life?
Why not live and work somewhere that inspires you and brings out the best in you? Are you looking for a place where you feel like you have come home?
Sometimes a new location is just what the bliss doctor ordered.
Harry Houdini said, “The greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton, Wisconsin.”
And Mark Twain said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”
The places you love, the experiences you love, and the people you love are all part of your unique recipe for bliss—as are your thoughts.
Tom Bartlett reminds us, “The thought you have now shapes your experience of the next moment—practice shaping the moment.”
Practice taking moments to reconnect with your bliss every day—numerous times a day until you are experiencing your blissful self at all times.
Charles Swindoll said, “Life is 10 percent of what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.”
When we practice shaping the moment, taking charge of our attitudes, reconnecting with our bliss as a conscious parenting practice, we can respond to 100% of life’s happenings with a loving heart and blissful attitude.
May you be filled with optimism, inspiration and bliss as you go about the activities you love to do. The activities you love, the things you do that make time and everything else disappear, are an integral ingredient in your bliss recipe.
As a conscious parent, the activities of raising healthy, blissful children are a major part of all days. Do you integrate the other activities you love within your parenting? Do you expose your children to those things that make you sing and dance in ecstasy?
Perhaps you love:
- using your imagination to create stories
- finding other ways to inspire and entertain your children who will change the world with their actions
- being an advocate for a cause you’re passionate about
- helping others through challenging times
- making others laugh
During this next week, take some time to think about all the activities you love to do. Write these down as they come to your awareness.
If you haven't been doing the activities you truly love to do, ask yourself why not? We’ll explore more about the activities you love as part of your bliss recipe next week.
Joseph Campbell says, “If you are not sprinkling what you love to do throughout your day, you are missing out.”
In a moment, we’re going to experience a fun, simple activity that creates very tangible feelings of bliss you can feel throughout your body. Invite your children to join you as they will enjoy doing this just as much as you.
Right now, see if you can turn on or turn up the feelings of bliss bubbling within yourself. Remember, one feeling of bliss is equal to 100 feelings of joy!
What does turning up the feelings of bliss bubbling within yourself feel like?
Your bliss is an inner state that is as much a part of you as your heart, mind and soul, and just as accessible.
As you put your bliss, your heart, your mind and your soul into every activity you do, you will feel more and more bliss. You’ll also feel more and more bliss bubbling in every cell of your body by practicing an ancient qigong exercise I like to call Angel Wings of Bliss.
This fun, simple, health enhancing qigong activity has been part of my bliss recipe every day for nearly 30 years. I invite you and your children to make it part of your daily bliss recipe too. It will be even more enjoyable and powerful if you practice it as a family.
Angel Wings of Bliss is done standing up. If you can’t stand now, practice along in your mind, and then practice to the recording later so you can experience the blissful sensations this creates. If you or someone you know cannot stand for any or all of Angel Wings of Bliss, visualize and imagine doing those parts—you will get the blissful benefits.
You’ll be lifting your arms out to your sides so you’ll need some space around you where you won’t hit or bump into anything. Angel Wings of Bliss is fun to practice outdoors as well as indoors.
Stand tall with your feet slightly apart, arms resting at your sides. Close your eyes if safe to do so and take a deep breath in and exhale Sahhhhhh!
Imagine, see, feel a golden pyramid at the bottom of your spine with seven golden balls of energy floating all around it.
In a moment you’re going to imagine, see, feel those seven golden balls of energy rising up your spine, one right after another, from the golden pyramid at the base of your spine.
Now, breathe in long and slow and see one golden ball of energy rise up from the bottom of your spine, past your navel, past you upper stomach, past your heart, past your throat, past your eyes, right up into the crown, the top of your head and then exhale, seeing the golden ball of energy floating out the top of your head.
As you pull the golden ball of energy up your spine, IMAGINE IT’S COLLECTING ALL THE HURTS, UNWANTED EMOTIONS, PAINS, ACHES, UNNECESSARY THOUGHTS and feelings from your being and taking them with it as it leaves through the top of your head.
Breathe in long and slow and see the second golden ball of energy rise up from the bottom of your spine, past your navel, past you upper stomach, past your heart, past your throat, past your eyes, right up into the crown, the top of your head, gathering along the way everything you no longer need and then exhale, seeing the golden ball of energy and all it’s gathered floating out the top of your head.
Again, breathe in long and slow and see the third golden ball of energy rise up from the bottom of your spine, past your navel, past you upper stomach, past your heart, past your throat, past your eyes, right up into the crown, the top of your head, gathering along the way everything you no longer need and then exhale, seeing the golden ball of energy and all it’s gathered floating out the top of your head.
Breathe in long and slow again and see the fourth golden ball of energy rise up from the bottom of your spine, past your navel, past you upper stomach, past your heart, past your throat, past your eyes, right up into the crown, the top of your head and then exhale, seeing the golden ball of energy floating out the top of your head.
Breathe in long and slow and see the fifth golden ball of energy rise up from the bottom of your spine, past your navel, past you upper stomach, past your heart, past your throat, past your eyes, right up into the crown, the top of your head, and then exhale, seeing the golden ball of energy floating out the top of your head.
Breathe in long and slow and see the sixth golden ball of energy rise up from the bottom of your spine all the way up to the top of your head and then exhale, seeing the golden ball of energy floating out the top of your head.
Breathe in long and slow and see the last golden ball of energy rise up from the bottom of your spine all the way up to the top of your head, gathering along the way any last traces of those things you no longer need and then exhale, seeing the golden ball of energy and all it’s gathered floating out the top of your head.
Open your eyes and relax your wrists by shaking them a few times.
Keep breathing and imagine your arms are angel wings of bliss that extend behind you and around you.
Inhale slowly. As you do, slowly, very slowly, begin to raise your angel wing arms, with your wrists very relaxed (limp), out to the sides and all the way up to the top of your head.
As you exhale with sound (Sahhhhh), allow your angel wing arms (your wrists are still limp, still loose) to float back down to your sides.
We’ll do this two more times.
Again, slowly inhale. As you do, slowly, very slowly, begin to raise your angel wing arms, with the wrists very relaxed (limp), out to the sides and all the way up to the top of your head.
As you exhale with sound (Sahhhhh), allow your angel wing arms (wrists are still limp, still loose) to float back down to your sides.
We’re going to do this one more time. This time we’re only going to bring our arms down to our shoulders.
Inhale slowly. As you do begin to raise your angel wing arms slowly up, with your wrists very relaxed (limp), out to the sides and all the way up to the top of your head.
This time as you exhale with the sound (Sahhhhh), allow your angel wing arms (wrists are still limp, still loose) to float back down just to shoulder level. When your hands reach your shoulders, bring them into your heart in prayer position.
Take a big breath in and, on the exhale, start to clap.
Continue clapping all around you, breathing, and smiling, until you feel very blissful.
Clap from your head to your toes, in front of your body, to the sides, and even behind. Clap, breathe, and smile. When you are done clapping, pause and notice how you feel.
Now you’re going to spin like a top. Remember to give yourself enough space to lift your arms out to the sides and spin where you won’t hit or bump into anything.
Bring your feet fairly close together, extend your arms out to the sides from your shoulders with your palms facing up toward the sky. Turn your head and look at your right palm. Keep your eyes on the palm of your right hand and slowly turn your feet so you are slowly spinning to the right while looking at your palm.
Start slow so you keep your balance. Just turn three times, complete spins, slowly to begin with.
When you stop, bring your arms down, resting your hands on your hips.
Turn your head forward and stare at a spot directly in front of you, breathe slowly and deeply, and wait for any dizziness to go away.
Add a few more turns each day or every several days until you’re spinning 21 or more times.
As you get more comfortable with spinning, you can increase your speed faster and faster which feels incredibly blissful.
As you practice this more and more, you will feel blissful energy moving up your spine and throughout your whole body.
As you stand there feeling this bliss, be grateful for all you have in life and say either silently or out loud after me: "God is bliss. I am bliss. God is bliss. I am Bliss. God is bliss. I am bliss."
Next week we’re going to continue developing your own personal recipe for creating and living a blissful life in each moment—with your children and family, through your work or service in the world, through your relationships.
The blissful ingredients we’ll be adding to your personal bliss recipe will include the activities you love to do; the things you love to use; the ideas and knowledge you love and have; as well as the problems, issues and needs you love to solve. We’ll really delve into the “needs” ingredients as understanding and addressing our children’s needs, as well as our own, is the very heart of conscious parenting, conscious living.
During this coming week, I invite you to listen to or reread this program again and keep mixing the ingredients of the people you love, the places you love, and the experiences you love into your own personal recipe for bliss. Practice feeling and living the bliss you are. Jot down the activities you love to do.
Enjoy the visualization we did during the first segment and Angel Wings of Bliss often.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi said, “the philosophy of life is this: Life is not a struggle, not a tension. Life is bliss. It is eternal wisdom, eternal existence.”
If any part of your life is a struggle, a tension, perhaps it’s time to go inside and ask your inner self, your God, what changes you need to make to your bliss recipe. When you are living in bliss your children will feel your bliss, will be learning how to live in bliss!
If you have any questions or sharings about being a blissful, conscious parent, please contact me at email@example.com.
With divine blessings of love, light, gratitude, bliss and health in every moment of your precious and beautiful life, streaming from my soul to your soul, from my heart to your heart, within the ONE INFINITE LOVE we are, enjoy each moment in and as the bliss you are.
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