Returning Home: Part I – Meditation

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Sorry I’ve been away for a while. I have been struggling with some sudden health challenges. Thanks to those who contributed lovely responses to my last post Returning Home: The Series. I look forward to hearing more from you about your experiences.

 

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Did anyone check out the Billy Joel video? Are you ready for the reveal? If you listen very carefully to the end of the song, Billy Joel begins to chant Oommmmmm.. I first noticed this after going on a retreat to a sublimely magical place called Pendle Hill in Wallingford , PA. I met a man there who among many things, declared that home is everywhere. He pointed out that meditation is the vehicle home. Shortly thereafter our encounter, I replayed Billy Joel’s You’re My Home. I was quite amazed to hear the song through new ears. This revelation deeply transformed the way I viewed the inner world.

 

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I have had an ambivalent relationship with meditation.  So many people dear to my heart have waxed poetic about the benefits of this practice. My overactive mind was having none of it. Until last November when Deepak Chopra offered a free 21 day meditation challenge on Abundance. I took to it with such ease, I was stunned. Turns out that the structure really made a difference! I have been meditating ever since and for me 5 months is a bona fide record. I also love the fact that my cat Dexter joins me without fail. He is the clever one in the family , so I take note when he likes something new.

Meditation gives me a rare glimpse into the gap between thought where all is united and blooming with magnificence. I am confident that with continued practice it can help transport me home.  Namaste

 I am including the You’re My Home video here again so folks can take a listen. 

 

 

see related post:

 https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/returning-home-the-series/

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Returning Home: The Series

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I am starting a series on the different ways we can return home to God. Eckhart Tolle mentions portals into the unmanifested in his brilliant book The Power of Now. There are many roads home and I plan to share some of mine in future posts. I would like this series to be interactive. I am inviting you to think about how you come home.

Do you use Music? Art?

Church, Temple, Meetinghouse, Mosque?

Nature?

Rituals?

Chemicals ( including food)?

Where are your sacred spaces? Where does the earth have higher vibrations?

Use the comments section below to share some of your ideas.

Here’s a sneak preview of home for me: Music is often a portal for me and has been one constant throughout my life. As I have evolved, I have noticed that some old favorites have taken on a different meaning or tone (pun intended !).  Listen to this Billy Joel song very carefully and let me know what you notice.

 

 

see related post : https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/returning-home-part-i-meditation/

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It’s A Small World After All

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Wanna know why I am an international woman? Read on…. I was going to write about our inter-connected international world today. Then I discovered it’s International Women’s Day.  How perfect!

The story begins at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Queens, New York. At the time we lived in Flushing so it was a no brainer to visit the fair. I was quite young, (pre-school age), but I have vivid memories of the fair.

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I loved the globe outside Shea Stadium. Always adored images of globes, planets, stars. Planetariums were sacred. This fascination with the universe helped shape my passion for astrology. I remember asking my parents to buy me some coconut milk. I tried some for the first time and it was wonderful. Exotic yet comforting and delicious. As I look back I am so surprised that this young child with no Caribbean or Asian heritage was asking for coconut milk. It seems I was destined to be a citizen of the world before I ever left the continent.

Then we were off to the futuristic exhibits. I was very intrigued with the telephone and other electronic gadgets – moon in Gemini personified. I clearly remember watching the demonstration of the picture phone. I was so excited! I wondered when will we have this in my home? Apparently the answer is “ Skype killed any chances of that happening!”

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The fair was magical and  I am so grateful that the original iconic globe remains. But I haven’t told you the best part of my trip. It was a ride called “ It’s a Small World ”.  Many people know of it from Disneyland or Disney World. But I believe it all started in Flushing.  Apparently Disney tested this attraction for possible inclusion in Disneyland. You got into a boat and it was dimly lit. Then you sailed into another room and the music began……

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Next comes the glowing lights all around you and the most enchanting voices in every language imaginable. I was immersed in a sea of captivating visual displays featuring gorgeous costumes and bold colors.

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I wanted to be part of this world so badly. I sang the song over and over again and begged my parents to take me on the ride another time. When I was much older I got to recreate my preschool memory by visiting Disney World. At that point I had been to a few foreign places and hungered for more. The astrologer in me knows that with my sun in a stellium in the 9th house and my venus and MH in Sagittarius,  I am going to have a love affair with the planet. Yet this connection seems much more soulful to me. I think it’s just that my entry into global consciousness is a little easier with my particular birth chart. I know we are approaching the new paradigm of what A Course in Miracles calls atonement.   At-one -ment

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Let’s fast forward to 2013 when I start this blog adventure. I had no idea what would be in store. I have met glorious people from so many more places than I have yet to travel like Indonesia, India and New Zealand.  I have also met some closer to home that I wouldn’t have known existed without the beauty of WordPress. It is so incredibly liberating to communicate with amazing spirits who enjoy what I do and express their gifts of writing, photography, etc in their blogs. Perhaps WordPress should consider renaming itself WorldPress . What happens here would boggle the mind of that young girl gazing with wonderment at the picture phone all those years ago. Even with a planet of 7 billion and growing, it truly is a small world……

 

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For those readers who are not yet familiar with A Small World , take a look.

 

 

Then ask yourself:

How has technology enhanced your relationships?

How has it hurt them?

Do you consider yourself a world citizen?

If you do, how must you change to improve the state of humanity?

 

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