Balance is Bliss~

Aloha and Namaste Dear Friend,


In these times it is important to share our joy and enthusiasm with each other…to create balance with the things of the spirit  that lift us beyond the things of this material world. 

So…I felt to share with you today this story I came across about the late Robin Gibb(of the Bee Gees) and his wife Dwina Gibb in a book called :What is Spirit?  by Lexie Brockway Potamkin (with Art by Peter Max).


Robin and Dwina shared a spiritual path in their marriage.  Each had experienced Spirit at a very young age.  Robin through writing music as a child and Dwina through prayer and trying to visualise a clear picture of the Divine.

Robin has been known to say: “Music is my religion…I get from hearing a piece of music what many get from religion.  To me it is a very powerful spiritual motivator.”  After the death of his younger brother Andy, Robin became even more aware of his own spirituality.  He knew that “the body’s life was very short, and that Spirit was forever. It made me feel that time on Earth, in bodies, should be valued and used to nourish the spirit”.
Dwina felt: “that I had always been guided by Spirit…and that when I was very young, desperately wanted to see God. I didn’t quite believe this image of a big fellow with this big black book writing down good and bad deeds. I had a vision at the age of 8 that changed my mind to thinking of God as the cycles of life.  The concept of God as a judge slipped away because I wanted to feel love. Even though I loved life when I was young and still do, I have always felt disassociated, like this wasn’t my real home.  Luckily, in time, I was guided to a teacher who brought me home to God through a spiritual practice of mediation…and in 1998 I committed to the path of being a Brahmin through the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. 


My yogic practice as a Brahmin brings me the experience of being one with all that is.  Many yogas teach about enlightenment and reaching the light.  In this practice you can be in that light, see it, listen to it, feel it, and find knowledge–fast. You don’t have to sit in a cave for ten years.  In a moment of silence, it is as if I plug into a battery~~and everything flows. This has brought me total, unlimited love and happiness.”

  
This is the same yoga (Raja Yoga Meditation) that is shared in our Thursday Class (4:30 pm to 6:30 pm) called The Art of Stillness and on Sunday evenings along with Sister Deborah from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in guided and silent meditation.  Lucky you live Kauai…you don’t have to go all the way to India to partake of this blessed experience!!!Drop in some time~~~~~~~OM SHANTI
With Love and Respect,

Sister Shivalaya

Listen to Robin’s beautiful song called Mother of Love!!!

Deepening Your Meditation

                                                  Deepening Your Meditation

Throughout the day, watch your thoughts.  As your meditation process becomes firmly ingrained in your life and you can easily slip into the awareness of being the “detached observer, you will find that observing your thoughts becomes more natural.When you recognize that you are creating thoughts or feelings that are negative or wasteful, remind yourself that you are a peaceful and powerful soul and the creator of your own experience.  Give your mind a powerful/loving thought to ponder, not only while you are sitting for meditation, but also while you go about your day. Exercise your right as a self-sovereign soul to choose the thoughts you create.

This simple process will enhance your meditation later on in the day.  Holding thoughts such as “I am a peaceful soul” or “I am a soul using my inner divinity to guide the external world of action” while you are engaged in the world, will actually carry over into your ability to create and sustain  peaceful, positive streams of thought in your meditations. Have faith in yourself, faith in the intellect that you are the rudder of your ship, following the directions of the Highest on High whom you have connected with during your “remembrance”.

Just as your remembrance  empowers your ability to be peaceful, to make good decisions, to act from  self-respect, and to respond rather than react while engaged in life, so your awareness while engaged in life can impact your meditation when you remember the elevated thoughts and contemplations that make you feel good about yourself. 

Chances are if you are experiencing obstacles during meditation it is because you are experiencing stress during the day due to negative thoughts and feelings.  When you notice this, challenge those negative thoughts, stop them, turn yourself around, and give yourself the chance to regroup your thoughts to create a better feeling and thinking mode as you about.  This will make moving into a meditative state easier whenever you choose.meditating-on-rocks

Only in Stillness Can We Experience the Inner State of Bliss~

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Having recently returned from India and a spiritual sojourn at one of the purest pilgrimage spots ever, I welcome you into the thoughts of this pilgrim. Fortunate to journey back to this ‘forest of honey’ each year, over the last 9 years, each time I am taken deeper into the art of stillness and silence which are a balm for the soul. There is great satisfaction for the soul’s well-being in focusing upon itself and finding the peace and true rest that lie within.

Yet in a world of constant movement and sound, as personalities we take so much satisfaction from action, even actions than spring from compulsion! WHAT TO DO!!!

In a piece called The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer, he points out that:

“In an age of speed, nothing could be more invigorating that going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing could feel more luxurious than…

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