May I Have This Dance?

Posted on February 3, 2011. Filed under: Spiritual Awakening | Tags: , , |

She closed her eyes and let the scene form in her mind’s eye.  As she focused, the images came to life.

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She stood in the middle of the polished wooden floor which was worn smooth by years of shuffling feet.  He stood before her, resplendent in his black and white tuxedo.  Oh, he was so handsome.  He took her hand in his, and slipped his other hand to the small of her slender back.  As one, they began to glide across the dance floor. 

The heavy red velvet curtains hung to the floor along the back wall.  Though they only covered an old brick wall, they lent an air of majesty and sophistication to the old dance hall.  From somewhere unseen, the music wafted through the room and carried them along with its melancholy notes.

She put her head against his shoulder as he continued to effortlessly guide her around and around the dance floor.  She revelled in the strength of him, in the solid feel of him.  And all she could keep thinking was, “You came.  You really came to me.”

Together they moved as one, gracefully covering the length of the old dance floor again and again.  There was no other moment.  There was nothing more important than this moment that they were sharing together.  Her happiness welled up from inside her and spilled down her cheeks in little rivulets of joy.  She felt herself smile through her tears.  And still they continued to dance –  slowly, gracefully, lovingly moving together and sharing the joy of their moment.

Slowly the music faded away, taking the images away too.

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Gradually she opened her eyes and felt the salt of her tears real on her cheeks.  Where had THAT come from? 

Though they were only images in her mind, she hung on to the happiness she felt in her heart for it was as real to her as the pen and paper she used to capture this golden moment in time.  She smiled again, knowing with all her being that truly All is Well.

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Gaining Gratitude

Posted on October 24, 2010. Filed under: Spiritual Practice | Tags: , , , , , , |

The notion of gratitude being an elevated vibrational state is not new to me.  Much information has been devoted to the benefits of cultivating an attitude of gratitude.  While I certainly do not claim to be a master at maintaining this attitude, I am familiar enough with the concept, and even the practice of it.  Still, when given the opportunity to participate in a gratitude workshop while I was in the Chicago area a few months back, I seized the opportunity!

The topic of gratitude interested me, but I was just as interested to visit the Dynamic Ease Wellness Center and the owner, Kerry Sammon, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at another spiritual training event the previous year.  I wanted to see what Kerry had created, where she worked, and what she was doing.  I was more than surprised by the experience that unfolded.

The class consisted of a small number of students, but that only added to the intimacy.  We were led by Kerry through several different meditations during the course of the evening.  While I’ve forgotten the exact words, a few things still stand out vividly in my memory.  One was that we were to imagine a grounding cord extending from us down through the ground to the center of the earth.  We were free to visualize this cord in any form or color that seemed fitting to us.  Mine was a hot pink corrugated hose – of all things!  The image of that just tickled me – I’m not typically a hot pink kind of girl.  (And still, months later, whenever I imagine my grounding cord, it’s still this hot pink hose.)  The other image that remains etched in my memory is one of a golden light showering down over us as we meditated, filling us with a sparkling, glittering light.  I felt infused with love.  Had I not been so securely tethered by my hot pink grounding cord, I just might have happily floated off into the ethers.

All of this imagery and emotional well-being was created by Kerry’s skilled guided meditation focusing on a sense of gratitude.  But that’s not all we did during this enjoyable workshop.  We played several games where we would toss a ball around the group, stating things that we were grateful for every time we caught the ball.  Funny how hard it became to quickly name things when the ball repeatedly came our way.

The evening passed too quickly, but I carried away with me this elevated sense of well-being.  In fact, I stayed in this higher vibration of gratitude and love all through the rest of my weekend in Chicago.

From the vantage point of vibrating in love, I observed a colleague’s pettiness and self-centeredness with detachment, even amusement.  I was able to observe these interactions without absorbing any of their negativity.  I felt “above it” all as surely I was while I allowed myself to stay in this higher vibration of gratitude and love.

This experience solidified for me that there truly is power in the attitude of gratitude.  It both figuratively, and literally, raises us above the denser vibrations of fear, lack, competition and scarcity that we encounter all too often in our daily lives.

To experience this vibrational shift for yourself, there are a number of fun and easy activities you can start today.

1)   Start a gratitude journal.  Find yourself a notebook or journal and personalize or decorate the cover, if you choose.  Each night, write down 5 things about the day for which you are grateful.  Start each new day by reviewing previous lists to set a tone of gratitude for that day.

2)   Find a “gratitude buddy” to exchange daily emails with (contact Kerry at kerry@dynamicease.com for help in setting this up).  Each day send your buddy an email detailing an object of your gratitude.

3)   Spend 5 minutes each day meditating (i.e. sitting quietly) on the idea of gratitude.  Allow the sparkling golden light to shower down upon you, filling every cell of your body with gratitude, love and light.

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude in your spiritual practice may require some disciplined practice until gratitude becomes a comfortable outlook on life.  However, the blessings that gratitude bestows significantly outweigh the effort required to enjoy them.  Have fun with this!  The results will probably surprise you too.

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