~To Begin Again~ By Damion Sharpe
Following winters call- To go within
As the nightfall and coolness of the air invites us to seek warmth
To nourish and build from within our foundation of presence and love.
Look upon the horizon to this New Year as a field of possibilities. Where your thoughts, prayers, visions, words, and beliefs are supported. Look upon the horizon as an empty canvass that you color and shape with what you bring forth from within.
Over the last few years these practices have helped align me into living in my genius more of the time and supported me in completing many desired visions-A few short films, recorded many of my songs, wrote my first book, and almost complete with my second book.
I share these practices hoping they will support you in creating a joyous life!
Daily Meditation~ just sitting, breathing, and being. Even if you have a practiced meditation format, I find it helpful to drop it at times and practice the art of being with self and breath. This daily practice can open you to the vastness of the universe flowing within and through you.
First 90minutes of day spent on doing your genius/passion~ After breakfast and meditation spending 90minutes (even 30minutes is great) on your true passion. The concept I like is that those first 90minutes of the day, whatever you do, you are asking the universe for more of that. So if I awake and begin cleaning house I am asking for more things to clean.
I found through this practice of spending the first 30-90minutes writing or creating music, my whole day became sparked with creativity. It is as if I fuel up from the inside and never run out of creative ideas and flow! Some days I didn’t make time for it (for example cleaned house or went to work) but over the last year it was about 60-70% of my days. The results= The idea of witting a book became a reality and the second one is almost complete, an ease in music and film creating. I invite you to wake up a little earlier, if need be, and spend 30-90minutes in the beginning of your day on what you feel the most passion and excitement about. If you love your work and have your big passion their, spend the first 90 minutes of your workday on that account, project, or next step that is aligned with your passion- ultimately what you want more of.
(I know this idea may counter the concept I had practiced; doing the things I disliked first then saving the best for last. The challenge with this way was I usually would not even get to the best thing I wanted to do, and if I did I was tired. I had very little success if any to show from this tactic.)
Listen to your body’s wisdom~ Imagine each cell in your body is a vast pool of wisdom that is tapped into the whole of the universe. Your thinking apparatus, the brains logic land is a great tool, but I invite you to let the body lead. Even if you have a body leads day then the next day it’s all brainy.
We have created a world that is mind dominant and the body is secondary. It’s as if the body needs to be fixed, shaped and tamed by the mind/dogma/believes/concepts. This reminds me some of science and religions relationship with the body/earth/sexuality/nature.
It is the body’s wisdom that saves you from a moving vehicle or closing your eye before a bug flies into it. Also the body knows in an instant if you have a yes or a no to some decision before you. It may not make since to the brain at the time to turn down lets say an opportunity, but years down the road it may come clear why you said no. I came to discover, that not listening to the clear no my body had and then thinking my way into a yes created all the drama in my life.
All respect to your brain! I am just inviting you to level the playing field and let the body and mind work together to create a joyous life full of clarity, integrity, and purpose.
Let your food be your medicine~ Think of your food as your medicine and your best health insurance policy! Eat local, fresh, organic, and non-GMO foods. Pay attention to how your body feels after a food choice and if you don’t feel ‘Tops’ make a different choice next time. The way you feed your body can be looked at as a mirroring of how you care for and love yourself.
Do you give yourself the time of day? Or is it all fast food?
Or is it Just thrown together to get this eating business taken care of?
Cook a meal for yourself as if someone you honor greatly was coming to dinner. YOU!
Let your media choices be your medicine~ The movies, shows, literature, and music is all like food. You are taking it in and having to digest it. Think upon an image in a film that after it flashes by you’re thinking to yourself, “man how do I get that out of my head?” Also how an image you see in a show of something you don’t want to happen to you, appears in your imagination in the darkness of the night or while driving.
I invite you to tune into this question as you are watching, reading, or listening to your chosen entertainment, “Is this really representative of what I want my world to be like for me or the generations to come?”
“Are these images or concepts things I want to keep going and supporting?”
If not, begin making new choices.
Turn problems and challenge’s into opportunities~ When you have challenges, problems, or triggers before you- take 100% responsibility for your part in creating it. Then you can position yourself to face the challenge and learn from it. Feel your feelings you have held at bay through this drama distraction (or being busy all the time). Keep asking ‘what’s underneath that?’ till you get to the core feeling that just wants freedom to express and move out of your body.
Life is constantly inviting us to live in completion. If there is an incompletion from the past, we will create a scenario that resembles the past experience till we finally create a completion. It could be words, movement and/or feelings we never expressed.
Some of these experiences may bring up past trauma. If they do, take the time to go within, get support, and heal. I had recently created a huge drama in my life that I received as a wake up call. I went into a major trauma response from something that happened at the age of 9 years old. I took responsibility for my actions and got support from healers in the community to go through the trauma. I faced it and moved through to a new level of integrity within, and a calmer and more receptive nervous system.
Play with it all!~ Create playful moments throughout your life. From the serious to the mundane find ways to playfully discover life anew. One way is to notice how a Child’s curiosity looks upon amazement at life; I invite you to take this stance on, throughout your day. With a childlike curiosity feel the amazing opportunity life is giving you now to celebrate yourself and others. With your family or when at the grocery store discover new ways to play and engage with life.
Lets live our dreams through listening to our heart and letting our song of joy fill the airwaves of life!
Oh I love that tune!