Remember for May

2017-11-01T14:43:19-07:00May 10th, 2016|Personal Development, Reflections|
Remember 

“Remembering and Forgetting – that’s the game that we play.  We drift so far from who we really are, we forget love is the way …….to remember…….remember”
~ Jai Joseph ~

Remembering……

I love music, particularly the rhythm and lyrics.  I can’t carry much of a tune but I hear the words. Early in my spiritual journey, I was introduced to a small Unity Church in Overland Park, Kansas. They were developing an amazing music team.  I loved going to church because the music was so uplifting. The music team at the church created a CD called Remember. I still listen to them today. One song on the CD is called Remembering and Forgetting. A few of the lyrics are;

“Sometimes I feel the spirit and sometimes I feel so sad, sometimes I can feel so near it, other times I feel so bad.  Some days feel so wonderful, and some nights I want to cry…  Remembering and Forgetting – that’s the game that we play. We drift so far from who we really are, we forget love is the way …….to remember…….remember” – Jai Joseph

Remember?  Remember what?  How do we remember?

Following are the 3 “P’s” I use to remember who I really am:
1.  Practice
2.  Prayer
3.  People

1.  Practice
How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice, Practice, Practice.
Just like working out to get fit.  We must be committed to going to the gym, doing the cardio and lifting those weight.  Spiritual practice is no different.  Experts claim that people who do this for 15 minutes a day have less stress, increase their resistance to pain, strengthen their mental capacity, and are healthier.
What is it?   Journaling!

Julia Cameron’s suggested Morning Pages are my daily practice.

Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages* – they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow.

2.  Prayer
Prayer and meditation are essential in remembering.

The second thing I do is take a few minutes, 30 minutes to close my eyes and quiet my mind.  I am a fan of guided meditation, mantra and music.  Do not overthink meditation.  Find something that works for you.  Learning to quiet the monkey mind also takes practice.   If Deepak and Oprah do their 21 day meditation challenge again,  I highly recommend it.

3.  People
I am a people person, but who I surround myself with deeply impacts what I remember about myself and who I am here to be.  Finding thoughtful, powerful and conscious people to work, play and pray with has been a great benefit to me, helping me find more awareness, peace and grace in my life.

This month I hope that you will  step into one practice that will support you in the remembering of who you are.