Thank You, A Prayer for Liberation

Here is a short Bodhi-inspired thank you prayer for liberation. Repeat each phrase for 1 to 10 minutes:

I notice this breath…thank you breath.
Feel breath caress the body.

I notice this body…thank you body.
Feel the aliveness within.

I notice this mind…thank you mind.
Feel the ripples smooth.

I notice ‘my story’…thank you story.
Feel the loosening of attachment.

I notice life…thank you life.
Feel the connectedness.

Namaste,
Kerri McCutcheon

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Explore Potential Changes

free meditationIf you’re considering a significant change in your life, here is an exercise from spiritual teacher Dick Sutphen that has benefited me greatly over the years. It can assist you in deeply exploring the situation and motivating yourself to take action where it’s of benefit.

Set about 20 minutes aside, and begin by getting yourself in a relaxed, meditative state. Have the intention of connecting with your Higher Self, and answer the following questions, jotting down anything that comes to mind without censoring yourself:

  • To change is to risk, and behind every risk, is a fear of loss of love, loss of control, loss of material possessions, or loss of self-esteem. Which fear applies to the change you are considering?
  • What is the clear purpose of your desire?
  • Often people do not pursue changes until the fear of doing so, is exceeded by the pain of not doing so. How does this relate to your situation? Explore the potential pain of making the change, opposed to continuing to live your life exactly as it is.
  • If you are keeping one foot in the safety zone, refusing to move forward into this change, what do you need to do to make it alright with yourself to act, to take the risk?
  • What is the worst that could happen if you go ahead and make this change, and it does not work out?
  • What is the best that could happen if you go ahead and make the change, and it works out wonderfully?
  • Is the potential loss greater than the potential gain?
  • Who else would like to see you make this change?
  • Who would prefer you did not make this change?
  • If you’re afraid in regard to making this change, what is holding you back?
  • If you make this change, will it result in a more honest and freer life?
  • If you make this change, could it improve the quality of your life?
  • Take a few moments to visualize this change, if everything works out as best as can be.
  • Is this what you want to happen…yes or no?
  • If you do want to make this change in your life, it’s time to call out to the positive powers of the Universe and ask for their assistance in manifesting this change in your life. Commit to acting. You can’t grow without taking chances. And if you’ve decided to make this change in your life, don’t sit back and wait for the perfect moment to act, as it almost never comes. Commit to acting immediately.

Every day is a fresh opportunity to begin again and create the changes our hearts desire.

With love,
Kerri McCutcheon

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Healing Herbal Bath Recipes

home remedyTreat yourself to a home-made herbal bath to ease a variety of conditions. I’ve included herbs for muscle aches and pains, to relieve itchy skin, and those helpful for a restful night’s sleep.

Preparation
Herbal baths are simple to prepare by adding 4 litres of boiling water to (generally) 200 to 500g of dried herbs, letting it infuse for 30 minutes, then straining out the herb and adding the herbal water to a full bath.

Alternatively you can fill a muslin pouch with a handful of dried herbs, and let it hang under the pouring hot water faucet as you fill your tub. Then add cold water until the bath is at a comfortable temperature before you step in to soak.

In choosing a herb and the recommended quantity for you, seek the advice of a trained professional (often found at your local herbal farm or store). Since you’ll be soaking in the scent of this herb…you may wish to smell it too!

For Restful Sleep
Lime Blossom, Elder Flowers, Chamomile, Valerian (combine with pleasant-scented herb) or Lavender

To Relieve Itchy Skin
Chickweed or Oats

If You Have Muscle Pain
Nettle, Lobelia or Cramp Bark

Note: Articles are not intended as medical advice or cure. Please ensure there are no contraindications to your health; it is recommended that herbs are only used for a maximum of 8 weeks at a time, followed by 2 weeks off. | Copyright © 2013 InnerVitality, All rights reserved | Visit our website at www.InnerVitality.com and we invite you to follow us on Twitter!

Make Your Own Lavender Herbal Mist

healing herbsThis herbal concoction is ideal for skin care, with Lavender’s gentle rubefacient properties (brings blood to the surface, helpful in healing and in the regeneration of healthy cells) and mild antimicrobial action (which can inhibit bacteria and pimples). Simply spray it on your face after cleansing.

Lavender is also a known tonic for the nervous system, so close your eyes and use this relaxing mist the next time you have a stress headache!

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 oz or 100 ml spring water
  • 2 tbsp of dried lavender flowers (or 4 tbsp fresh)
  • pestle & mortar
  • heat source
  • glass bowl, with a lid (or cover)
  • strainer (or coffee filter or muslin cloth)
  • spray pump bottle

Here’s the Recipe:

  • Grind lavender with pestle and mortar and put in glass bowl.
  • Gently add 100 ml boiling water.
  • Cover and let steep for one hour or longer.
  • Strain out herb and pour liquid into a spray pump bottle.
  • Label and keep in fridge up to 2 weeks.

Note: Please ensure there are no contraindications to your health; it is recommended that herbs are only used for a maximum of 8 weeks at a time, followed by 2 weeks off. Articles are not intended as medical advice or cure. | Copyright © 2013 InnerVitality, All rights reserved | Visit our website at www.InnerVitality.com and we invite you to follow us on Twitter!

Why Taking a Leap of Faith Might Be the Safest Thing You Can Do

A Guest Message from Cheryl Richardson

inner vitalityThere’s a little voice in my head that’s been trying to get my attention for a long time. The voice tells me things like:

  • stop following everyone else’s rules and start expressing your creativity in unconventional ways;
  • find that beautiful place by the sea you’ve wanted for intimate workshops and retreats and book one;
  • allow movement and nature and animals to hold a more prominent place in your life.

We all have a wise voice inside. Yours might be telling you that it’s time to let your grown children go so you can focus on living your life, or that you need to face the truth about how unhappy you are in your marriage, or that it’s finally time to confront your addiction to work.

It takes great courage to listen to the wise voice within. While it ultimately points to a better life, it also begs for action. That’s the scary part. If you listen and finally decide to act, it means confronting the reality that you often can’t walk to where it leads. You have to close your eyes, hold your breath, and jump. The moment you consider doing this you realize…

  • There is no net.
  • You will feel alone.
  • 
You may not get where you want to go.
  • But, somewhere deep inside, you know you need to step off that cliff anyway.

I’ve been doing a little leaping myself this summer and here’s what I’ve discovered. When you jump – when you really let go and trust – you find out pretty quickly that Life does love you, that the Universe does, in fact, have your best interest at heart, and that all along you had what it takes to do what you really, really want to do.

For too long I bought into a lie. You might be doing it, too. We’ve been taught to believe that ignoring that wise voice will ensure our safety, bring certainty, and allow us to maintain a comfortable, easy place in life. But ignoring your inner voice doesn’t bring these things. It brings inertia, despair, and apathy – the kind of slow, soul murder that eats away at desire.

Nope. At some point we just need to jump. So, in case you’ve been thinking about it, consider this a gentle push…

Take Action Challenge
Whether you’re ready to take a leap or not, do yourself a favor and start listening to that wise, inner voice of yours. Write down what it says. Let the truth reveal itself to you. Imagine how your life might change for the better if you were to act on its wisdom.

If you do this, there’s a good chance that at some point your desire will grow stronger than your fear.

Life Makeover for the Year 2012(sm) is written and produced by Cheryl Richardson. © Copyright 1999-2011 Cheryl Richardson, P.O. Box 13, Newburyport, MA 01950, http://www.cherylrichardson.com. All rights reserved.

Have a question for Cheryl? Call in during her live Internet radio show: Coach on Call, on the Internet at http://www.hayhouseradio.com. The show airs live on Mondays at 5pm ET (2pm PT) and is replayed throughout the week.

10 Tips for a Fabulous Summer

Feel Connected, Wherever You Are

summer tips Transport your home office to the park, beach or lake for the day. What better place to brainstorm or get organized than out in nature, inspired by the natural beauty and order of things!

Make room for spontaneity. From May onwards, I have a picnic blanket in my trunk, hiking shoes, maps, and yoga gear all ready for spur of the moment fun. If you’ve never stretched out a map, closed your eyes and pointed…you have to try it for a fabulous day trip! It’s an amazing reminder of the fun we can create along the journey.

Try at least one thing that scares you, but secretly thrills you in a zest for life kind of way. WOW, will you feel good after, when you feel some mastery over your fear, and have been taking steps to live your life so fully!

Create a neighbourhood bucket list of all places you’d like to check out or revisit. In many trips abroad I was always surprised by how many locals hadn’t been to the most fabulous places in their own back yard, and made a note to explore the local treasures right under my own nose too. Each item you check off can bring more appreciation of where you are right now, and feeling more connected to your community.

Engage all your senses consciously for at least a few moments every day. Literally stop and smell the roses, the scent of rain on its way, your fresh laundry. Notice what visually catches your attention too, as that’s what will harmonize you. Recently I’ve been drawn to pink and orange — not usual colours for me, but they seem to be bringing healing waves of unconditional love and joy. I’ll take it!

We have a universal need for touch, protection, and connection. Self-help expert Laura Day invites us to check in on these themes day to day. What texture do you want to wrap yourself in or how do you want to touch or be touched? What step would make you feel more protected right now? How are you being urged to connect?

Reflect on memories of pleasure. Allow 1 or 2 pleasant memories to come forward, remembering everything you experienced moment to moment…taste, touch, sounds, scents, and visuals. Now try to bring some of those ideas into every day tasks, and watch yourself enjoy them more!

Meditate to reconnect with the real you. Beginner meditators learn relaxation techniques to let go of stress and and enjoy a pleasant escape from the pressures of life. What’s so amazing, is that as our journey progresses, we’re able to experience those sweet moments more and more often whether we’re in meditation or not. Instead of meditation being an ‘escape’, we actually experience what’s real — no longer disconnected and ruled by fear, but aligned with the peaceful wisdom of our soul and the innate freedom within.

Spread the love and good cheer! The next time someone asks you how you are, if you’re feeling just how sweet life is, truly share your enthusiasm (and theirs). Have you noticed that we can’t help but smile when we see others laughing and having fun? Throw your arms around the world, and let those giggles out!

“I create pleasure and the state of love in my life every day.” I love this affirmation from Laura Day! Can you feel the words come to life in your body? Try writing the affirmation you love on a sticky note so you see and repeat it often.

Here’s to a fabulous season! If you’re nearby, I’d love to see you at InnerVitality’s Summer Series in Toronto!

Kerri McCutcheon,
InnerVitality Founder

Copyright © 2012 InnerVitality, All Rights Reserved | Visit InnerVitality’s website at www.InnerVitality.com and I invite you to follow me on Twitter! If you are interested in channeled messages and spiritual development tips, visit InnerVitality’s angel blog, SatyaSoul.