From the wise mind of Matthieu Ricard, "We expend a lot of effort to improve the external conditions of our lives, but in the end it is always the mind that creates our experience of the world and translates this experience into either well-being or suffering.
If we transform our way of perceiving things, we transform the quality of our lives. It is this kind of transformation that is brought about by the form of mind training known as meditation.
What is meditation? Meditation is a practice that makes it possible to cultivate and develop certain basic positive human qualities in the same way as other forms of training make it possible to play a musical instrument or acquire any other skill.
Among several Asian words that translate as “meditation” in English are bhavana from Sanskrit, which means “to cultivate,” and its Tibetan equivalent, gom, meaning “to become familiar with.” Meditation helps us to familiarize ourselves with a clear and accurate way of seeing things and to cultivate wholesome qualities that remain dormant within us unless we make an effort to draw them out.
So let us begin by asking ourselves, “What do I really want out of life? Am I content to just keep improvising from day to day? Am I going to ignore the vague sense of discontent that I always feel deep down when, at the same time, I am longing for well-being and fulfillment?” We have become accustomed to thinking that our shortcomings are inevitable and that we have to put up with the setbacks they have brought us throughout our lives. We take the dysfunctional aspects of ourselves for granted, not realizing that it is possible to break out of the vicious cycle of exhausting behavior patterns.
Number 4 represents the four elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth.The four sacred directions, North, South, East and West. An indication that your angels are offering you love, support, encouragement and inner-strength, enabling you to do what you need to do and achieve your goals with diligence and proficiency.
It resonates with the vibrations of practicality, responsibility, illumination, building solid foundations, stability, determination and endurance and progress.
When I was going thru my separation and eventual divorce I remember deleting all previous email accounts and other social media handles thinking it would be a clean slate to erasing my former self. I was feeling melancholy and let down by life. Not knowing where this new direction would take me. I enjoyed the "idea" of being a wife and mother and now I had become a single parent. In retrospect, I had been a single parent all along. I was just existing in a paradigm that was teaching me many lessons but not allowing me to go in the direction needed.
After an afternoon of getting in contact with my emotions I remember thinking, I'm definitely feeling like a Grey Tea Kettle. I found comfort that this symbol would nurture a time of exploration and introspection.
Little did I know that a grey tea kettle would embody my healing process.
My journey took me into the world of doing inner work, exploring emotional regulation, meditation, getting my degree and certifications to use my experiences and knowledge to help others.
I invite you to sit with me with a cup of tea and explore the world of emotional healing. It is the place where time has no construct. It is beyond the ocean and the sky in the stillness of your soul, ready for it's transformation. As a brilliant star shinning bright with light inside of you.