Monday, August 25, 2014

To Laugh with Life ~ *

I believe Life is already laughing & we are all a part of it. It's right there. It is always just beyond what you think you see ~ * that beautiful place of laughter... Studying for my work training, listening to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, drawing smiley faces...one at first...then another for one word to two that seems to strike my fancy, then under requirements I see...

 "Undergarments must be worn" First a baffled eh? o.o ?  Then a subtle hint of -.- maybe tiny "they are being too serious" criticism in my head...

Then suddenly, peals of laughter like pouring out of rays of sunshine while realizing they probably are referring to male undergarments under white uniform shirts. 

Maybe it wasn't the realization part that struck me as funny. I think it was my seriousness at life that reached its tipping point as it tumbled down into, "I could go from 'now THIS is my serious issue I should focus on' to 'no, now THIS is the serious issue'...etc...etc..." OR I could just...laugh at myself for making seriousness so...serious...whatever the word implies to me at this point.

Everything can be serious...but sometimes I feel, I'm done being so darn serious. I want to dance with the laughter of life...Leela, my cosmic dance, I am here for you. Let's bring it!

Monday, August 4, 2014

To some, the old view of feminism was defensive. No wonder some men want to shut down or run away from the word. However, it had its time and its place. I can see where it served its purpose.

New view of feminism, as I've perceived it in different thought leaders, lifts men up. It's about lifting yourself up, honoring all parts of you, liberating others to do the same.

When I get "loose eye balls" as my sister Helen Lee and I laughingly vented about in reference to a sermon she heard (I don't attend church but kudos to her pastor anyhow)...I think there comes a time in your relationship where someone compliments your significant other and you want to roll your eyeballs (Guilty! Especially after a disagreement). I think the point is not to be hard on ourselves but just to be aware of it as a natural tendency when it comes up. It's a socialized thing. I've seen it cross cultures.

I want to be a stopping point to that and apply my spiritual practice of self-transformation here. I realized how much I love when co-workers, friends, family members point something out stunning and characteristic of my man that makes me fall in love with those traits all over again. My heart swells with admiration and pride and it's worth acknowledging. The human tendency, I think, is to take it for granted like we do with, say PS3's. My man is not a PS3. (LOL) He was MY choice to begin with...so really...it's a pat on the back for me.

"[Tantra actually says that] the nature of the feminine, which can show up in men and women, is to be powerful, is to manifest, is to create, so it is in your nature to build hugely successful businesses, to be financially abundant, to create works of dance and music and works of art and literature that change the world, to be radiant and full, and bring yourself fully to life" -- Layla Martin

It's nice to observe that men no longer need to wait for beer + touch-downs for honest emotional expression (although I love the collective excitement)!


Layla Martin's video http://www.layla-martin.com/2014/3-tantric-gems-of-wisdom/,


How can changing your approach to life dramatically shift your personal happiness?

Layla Martin portrays "Three gems of Tantric Wisdom"can change the way you approach reality [this was key for me] and increase your level of happiness.

1) Self Love--
--Is a substance that fills you up from the inside out--that it is fundamental to being a POWERFUL human being...self love is actually the key to an empowered existence.

It's actually equivalent to the strength of your immune system...not just to stay healthy from disease or aging but it is actually an immunity against things like internal negativity, self-criticism, self-doubt, and other people's judgements of you...

Self love empowers you to live with a kind of POWER that makes you SPARKLE throughout your LIFE.

2) EVERY SINGLE PART of you is sacred (Cheers!)

That means there aren't some parts of you that are bad, or deserve to be punished, or are wrong in some way...And there aren't other parts of you that are good and acceptable and you should only try and be those parts.

Tantra says ALL of YOU, the WHOLE of YOUR HUMANITY, the WHOLE of WHAT YOU ARE is WORTHY of love, WORTHY of acceptance, and sacred--it's actually HOLY.

We as women are sensitive.

If you feel a part of you is not ok

If you played victim your entire life

If you feel disempowered about who you are

You're going to constantly be in an internal struggle

You're going to constantly feel like you need to fix yourself

Rather than allowing your talents

Rather than allowing yourself to LIVE YOUR LIFE AT FULL THROTTLE

And so the tantric approach to ALL of you being sacred,

actually gives you the POWER to EXPRESS WHO and WHAT YOU FULLY ARE in this lifetime

3). The Feminine, to be a woman is actually equivalent with universal power

So there can be this idea in our society

That a woman ought to be passive

You ought to wait for someone to ask you out

You ought to wait for life to come to you

Tantra actually says that the nature of the feminine, which can show up in men and women, is to be powerful, is to manifest, is to create, so it is in your nature to build hugely successful businesses, to be financially abundant, to create works of dance and music and works of art and literature that change the world, to be radiant and full, and bring yourself fully to life,

So how would your life be different if you didn't approach being a woman as something less than or small or that you need to get everyone else's needs met before yours but that one of the big pieces of a   woman's nature is the MAKE SHIT HAPPEN.

Today I decide to love my story

I am learning how to be.
I am learning how to allow.
There's something about it.

There's an earnest longing to be
And by my be-ing
Contribute to the whole

Pay my graces forward

Again...

By Be-ing

Me.

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“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”
― Joseph Campbell

Ecclesiastes 1:1-2:
1 The words of the Teacher,[a] son of David, king in Jerusalem:
2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”

Ecclesiastes 8:15: So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad

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Waking thoughts this morning…

"Who are You?
Where are You?
How can I live it today?..Right now?..And now?..And now?...
How can I live what I know?"

What's my contribution to this beautiful world?