Archive for April, 2008
Then a nudging from within was felt and I knew I could drop
the fear I was experiencing. It was my choice!
As they were closing the door for the second time, I said, “I am ready! I am going back in!”
I saw who I was, the being beyond the mind and the fear. This recognition was part of my healing and was part of my purpose there at that moment.
Confidently I enter the lodge and centered myself within. I began to breathe and focussed on the energy within my body. I focussed only on the moment and the experience I was having. I allowed my mind to be still with no thought whatsoever.
As part of the adventure in Tulum, we were going to experience a sweat lodge temazcal, which they are traditionally called in Mexico.
Many North American and Central American Indian tribes have traditionally used the sweat lodge for purification, cleansing and healing of mind, body, emotions and spirit.
I knew the sweat ceremony was another opportunity for cleansing and healing for me and I was so excited to participate. Only six of the ten women chose to participate. We began with a ceremony outside standing around a fire. Together we chanted and offered prayers. Although I don’t think any of us really understood one thing said or done. Our leader was a shaman in his thirties who had grown up with the tradition in Mexico. Each of us then left our hand print in the sand around the fire and then proceeded to the sweat lodge.
With each experience in Tulum, I became quieter in my thoughts and more aware. It is a feeling of calm and centeredness. Although I was active in my physical being all day on the beach, in the water, in healing sessions or exercise sessions, I was still in my mental being. With this came an awareness of life around me. People’s words and actions became more alive. The sounds were more alive and colors more vivid.
With my senses engaged, an inner knowingness is revealed. I guess it’s always there; we usually can’t hear or feel it because we are distracted by our physical and mental worlds. The chatter of our minds and the motions of our bodies cover up our connection to the inner world and our true self. Then we lose our source of natural wisdom.
I felt it was time for a cleansing and healing session with a local healer. A non-English speaking woman led me through the woods to a quaint, open cabana. I was welcomed by the smell of incense and the flickering of candles in the night. She caressed every point of my body; artfully massaging and dislodging blocked energy. I could feel her pulling junk
out of my hands and feet. It felt as if old emotional baggage was pulled from my body. A release of energy long carried is freeing. I felt completely relaxed, peaceful and renewed. I was ready to face the world.
With the release and renewal, awareness increases and I began to “see” my life more clearly. I saw how I created experiences in my life to suffer. Why do I keep reenacting the same thing over and over? It seemed so clear and simple. Let it GO!!!!
Lesson four was felt deep within… Choose what I want to experience and create what I want NOW!!
Use these lessons NOW!
Next time….The PANIC within the Sweat Lodge Ceremony!
Your Inspiration: Never Forget
Your presence is a gift to the world,
You’re unique and one of a kind.
Your life can be what you want it to be –
Take it one day at a time.
Count your blessings, not your troubles,
And you will make it through what comes along.
Within you are so many answers,
Understand, have courage, be strong.
Don’t put limits on yourself,
Your dreams are waiting to be realized.
Don’t leave your important decisions to chance –
Reach for your peak, your goal, and your prize.
Nothing wastes more energy than worrying –
The longer a problem is carried, the heavier it gets.
Don’t take things too seriously –
Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.
Remember that a little love goes a long way –
Remember that a lot goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment,
Life’s treasures are people…together.