Listen

Listening is the first step in healing and in life in general.

Noticing what we are noticing is the first step in awareness practice.

 

I did not know anything about listening before I was introduced to this practice by Marie Lise Labonté http://marieliselabonte.com/.

 

I did not know my body could speak!

I did not know my emotions could speak!

I did not know my intuition could speak!

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I did not know LIFE could speak!

I did not know LIFE was alive and so precisely intelligent and loving!

 

We can begin listening to what is very obvious like our body.

Listening, just like noticing, is a skill with a beginning but no end.

We can always refine these skills. We can always go deeper.

 

Before we can listen, we have to allow life to happen.

Allowing leads to listening.

Only when we allow whatever is happening to happen can we begin to listen.

 

To listen is to be humble. To listen is to give up our illusion of control and recognize we don’t control LIFE.

 

To listen is to love. To listen is to know and trust that whatever is happening is actually happening for our highest good.

 

We can begin, like I did, by listening to our body.

Our body is divinely intelligent.

Our body does not lie.

Its symptoms are not random.

They deliver a precise message.

 

We listen with total acceptance.

We listen with complete non judgment.

We listen with an open and receptive attitude.

We listen with the right hemisphere of our brain.

 

The right side of our brain in the YIN side of ourselves.

The YIN side of us listens.

The YANG side of us acts.

YIN and YANG form a complete whole.

We need both aspects in healing and in life in general.

 

I began studying awareness with Mary Morrissey http://www.marymorrissey.com/.

 

With our awareness, we can notice what we are noticing.

 

Can you notice your left hand?

Can you notice your right foot?

Can you notice the tip of your nose?

Can you notice the gentle breeze on your skin?

Can you notice the smell in the air around you?

Can you notice the sounds in your environment?

Can you notice the thoughts you are thinking right now?

 

Are you listening? Can you notice what you are noticing? 💜

Surrender 💜

There is an Infinite Loving Intelligence in charge of this Universe.

Every moment there is only Infinite Intelligence happening.

This life is perfect in all its perceived imperfection.

 

In 2010 I had my second relapse of MS.

I lost all sense of coordination and equilibrium.

I was alone in Dominican Republic for a course on the silence within.

The relapse was so severe that I felt I had no choice other than to SURRENDER TO LIFE!

This is the best thing that ever happened to me!!

This has been my greatest lesson!

I am not in charge of life. LIFE IS IN CHARGE!!

I began my journey of learning to SURRENDER more and more every day to LIFE.

I began discovering that there is an Infinite Loving Intelligence guiding and orchestrating this whole Universe!

 

I had studied surrender as part of the yogic philosophy.

I had learned surrender intellectually.

That time in Dominican Republic I experienced it first hand!

 

There was nothing I could do.

I had to accept life in all its drama.

That was the most humbling experience!

 

We are not in charge of the universe. We don’t make life happen. Life happens.

There is no arguing with life. She is always right!

 

I never wanted to surrender my ego like that.

I thought: I will make it happen! I thought: I will be in charge!

What an illusion! A very limiting one!

 

I had to let go of my will to make things any different than they already were.

I was invited to surrender.

 

I accepted to let go of control and let life take over.

 

I began the lifelong journey of learning to surrender to life.

I began learning that being a partner with life is much more powerful than my own limited will.

 

First we set an intention for what we want.

Then we work as best we can with the expectation of attaining our intention.

Finally we surrender the result. It will happen: probably not on our terms, but on life’s terms.

 

Surrendering is opening to the unknown.

Surrendering is letting go of ourselves and the way we think life should be.

Surrendering is very scary to the ego or the personality!

Surrendering is opening to the mystery of life.

Surrendering is relaxing in the moment and being open.

Surrendering in not resisting nor ignoring life: it is allowing it.

 

Are you aware there is an Infinite Loving Intelligence guiding and orchestrating this whole universe? Can you relax and trust in it? 💜

Change is life

Life is change. Change is life.

In fact, change is our nature.

 

We can look at nature for a model.

Nature changes every moment.

We and nature are the same.

 

Not only is change possible, change is inevitable.

Change is constant.

 

Change has been my greatest interest for as long as I can remember!

I have always been so curious about our potential for transformation!

 

Why? Obviously because I wanted to change so bad!

 

In my early teen years, I suffered from an obsessive compulsive behaviour with a fancy name: Trichotillomania. Simply put I had the compulsion of pulling my eyelashes and eyebrows! It made me feel so miserable!

I began very young to wonder about change!

 

I also started smoking tobacco and marijuana passionately in my teen years.

Some years later I wanted to quit.

I found that change was so difficult that it seemed impossible!

 

Years later, after a diagnosis of MS, I kept pursuing my passion: yoga!

I found out that if you can breathe, you can practice yoga!

So happily I did both: breathe consciously and practice yoga 😊

 

Vigorous yang yoga was impossible physically for me at that time.

Yang is about becoming.

 

I was fortunate to discover the gentle practice of yin yoga.

Yin is about being.

 

There are 3 steps to practice yin yoga:

#1 Find your comfortable edge in the posture. This appropriate edge changes all the time! It is always new!

#2 Stay still and surrender.

#3 Stay there for a while: three to five minutes. This is the time to get to know your mind, to develop your focus, to awaken the observer in you!

 

I learned yin yoga during a week-long workshop with Sarah Powers http://sarahpowers.com/

 

I also did another yoga teacher training course: Mind and meditation, level 2 Kundalini yoga https://www.3ho.org/

 

All this training gave me evidence that I can in fact change!

All this training pointed me to the fact that change belongs to the realm of the mind!

If you can change your mind, you can change your life!

 

I used to think meditation was impossible for me.

Now I found that sitting still for short periods of time, watching my mind, was actually possible!

 

What a revelation to discover I could actually change!!

What a relief to discover that I am not fixed a certain way!!

I quit smoking and I stopped that compulsion!!

 

But we have free will. We can resist change.

By thinking the same thoughts over and over again we are sure not to change.

 

First we become aware of the stories we tell ourselves over and over again by awakening the observer in us.

Then we can start changing our self talk by choosing to tell ourselves what we do want.

 

When we choose our conscious thoughts, our subconscious mind will start believing what we tell it.

Our subconscious mind has no sense of humor: it must accept anything we tell it.

 

Do you believe you can change? 💜

Uncertainty versus Control

There is an important difference between uncertainty and control.

Uncertainty is life.

Uncertainty never ends.

Comfortable with uncertainty

The only thing we ever have any control of is our current thought, as Louise Hay says in her famous book You can heal your life”.

The only thing we can control is our inner state of being: our thoughts, which dictate our feelings.

The only thing we can control is ourselves.

We create our own inner weather, as Mary Morrissey says so beautifully.

We need to realize this.

We can create paradise in our mind. We can also create hell. We choose.

One summer, a few years ago, I was in my backyard in Montreal sunbathing.

One day I feel like my life is really a paradise.

The very next day I feel like my life is really a hell.

But nothing changed outside of me! Only my thoughts about my situation changed!

This drastic realization made me wonder about the power of my thoughts?!

We also have control of our reaction to whatever life brings to our doorstep, as Scientist Gregg Braden says so poetically.

We don’t create the weather. We don’t control life. Nothing is under control.

We certainly create our reaction to the weather and to life.

Gregg Braden teaches that the quantum field we live in is a mirror for what goes on inside us.

The quantum field is also the container in which reality unfolds.

It is also the bridge between you and me.

Our mind creates our body and our reality.

This is very hard to accept, especially when we hate what we unconsciously created!

We don’t want to hear we have anything to do with our disease and our life!

Our first reaction when we hear this is to feel guilty.

I certainty felt guilty for many years out of ignorance!

But I learned: “Knowledge is Power. A Lack of Knowledge is A Lack of Power”, as Dr. Bruce Lipton says.

We are not guilty nor victims. We are responsible co-creators.

If we move past this guilt, we can get to a place where we realize our responsibility. With responsibility comes great power!

This is huge. This changes everything!

We have the power to change from the inside out, as Dr. Joe Dispenza says, so that whatever we created, for instance MS, can be transformed into health!

This does not mean that we consciously create MS!

Not at all!! This is important!! We do not consciously create our disease!!

But we can take responsibility and create health!

This is when we remember to be kind and loving with ourselves.

We can be gentle with ourselves on the journey to change from the inside out.

We remember those wise words from Lao Tzu:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Do you know you can choose your thoughts? Do you know you are a powerful co-creator with life? 💜