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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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.

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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

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Is your Inner Commentary Twisting your Hose?

A guest message from Dana Mrkich, February 11, 2013

positive self talkWe’ve all got some kind of running commentary in our heads, acting like the voiceover to our personal life movie. For some it runs from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. For others, especially if you’ve done a certain amount of meditation or inner-work, the commentary has long periods of silence but still pipes up every now and again responding to some challenging situation. The commentary can range from the mundane, running through to do lists, to profound insights and ideas directed by our intuition or higher consciousness.

The type of commentary that is most common however, and the most debilitating, is negative self-talk. We may not even realise the way in which we speak to ourselves, but next time you suddenly feel your mood change, a wave of anger, depression, anxiety or some other emotion taking a hold of you, your body tense up or feel heavy, your solar plexus knot up, your neck tighten – try to remember what thoughts you were just having. Try to remember beyond the topic you were thinking about – let’s say it was worrying about money. What was your commentary saying exactly? “I never have enough”? “Life is always such a struggle?”

We hear these thoughts and believe that they are our truth, because they are reflecting how we think or feel about something in that moment. So we just let the commentary tape keep playing because we assume it’s just voicing what we’re thinking and feeling.

The problem with this is that our commentary tape is not only voicing what we’re thinking and feeling in that moment. The tape is also voicing thoughts and beliefs based on experiences that happened years ago, generations ago to our ancestors and even lifetimes ago! Further, our commentary tape is sending its message forward into our tomorrows! It’s as if it is sending the script for tomorrow’s scenes out ahead of us. We think we show up each morning with a blank page, ready to start fresh, but not so. We actually already have the energetic script set up for us, which we pre-wrote with our former thoughts/beliefs/wounds etc and our physical has to play out to match it. So our yesterday’s thoughts of ‘Life is always such a struggle’ set up situations for us in our today’s and tomorrow’s that are a physical match to that. The physical isn’t punishing us or judging us, it’s just responding in the exact same way the props guys and actors and wardrobe department respond to whatever directives have been put out by the screenwriters and film director.

The good thing about this knowledge is that we can change our energetic script anytime. We can replace the negative self-talk with positive self-talk – or even silence is a better alternative if positive self-talk is too big a stretch right now.

Imagining something you enjoy like the beach or a fun activity, is another better alternative. You can picture a big red stop sign and say stop in your mind anytime you catch yourself saying something negative about yourself, and if you go blank after that it’s okay.

There’s a lot of emphasis out there on positive self-talk, but it’s okay to have a bridge until you can get to the positive stuff. The bridge acts like a circuit breaker, disconnecting you in that moment from the negative stuff. In that moment of disconnection, you’re automatically shifted into your authentic flow space so positive self-talk is more of an optional extra choice anyway rather than mandatory.

vitalityThink of yourself as being part of a long hose connected up to Source Energy. When you go into negative self-talk, you’re twisting the hose making it really difficult for good stuff to flow through to you: wellbeing, happy feelings, abundance, opportunities. When you let go of the negative stuff, the hose untwists and goes back to it’s normal flow state. We don’t really have to do anything or say anything special to be in our optimal state – it’s more that we need to learn how to stop doing whatever it is that blocks us from our optimal state.

So it’s very empowering to find out: in which ways do you twist your hose? Do you get caught up in negative thoughts and self-talk? Did you know that just because you think something about yourself, it doesn’t mean it’s true! Just because you think “I’m such an idiot” or “I’m not good enough” doesn’t mean you have to believe it. It’s okay to say to the part of yourself that tells you regularly “I’m not good enough”: “I AM good enough.” It’s okay to say to the part of yourself that has as it’s daily mantra “We never have enough money”: “We are always taken care of.” If that feels like a lie, try another tactic. Come from a more proactive stance: “I now open to new ways of receiving, so that we always have enough. Thank you.”

Over this next week pay attention to your inner commentary. Pay attention to your moods and feelings and check into what kind of thoughts led up to those feelings. Our inner commentary tape has a lot of gifts and messages for us, but left unattended it can run amok and re-create situations and patterns in our life that have long passed their use by date. It’s up to us to check in with it regularly.

Guest message copyright © Dana Mrkich 2012-2013. Permission is granted to share this article freely on the condition that the author is credited, and the URL www.danamrkich.com is included.

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The Numerology of 2013 ~ a Global 6 Year

2013 numerology2013 ushers in the numerical vibration of 6 (2+0+1+3=6). High on our global report card for a ‘6 Year’ will be to seek HARMONY, open our heart, be of service, enjoy family and friends, provide counsel, and accept responsibility for what we have created and are adding to our community and the world.

Venus is the ruler of the number 6 (as well as the astrological signs of Taurus and Libra). Other ‘6 Year’ Venusian keywords include: peace, acceptance, balance, global cooperation, family values, relationships with women and money, beauty, love, sensuality, receptivity, charity, and duty.

Each number carries energy that can be used in high or low vibration, both ends of the spectrum, abundance or lack. If we are experiencing any of the following ‘6 Year’ themes, know that we have both the heightened challenge and opportunity to transform it during 2013: a tendency to go to extremes, self-sacrifice, clinging to beliefs at any cost, intolerance, condescension, judgement, self-centredness, vanity, and overspending.

Moving forward from 2012 to 2013
Let’s review how the ‘5 Year’ of 2012 (2+0+1+2=5) played out on the world stage: CHANGE, breakdown, motion, obstacles, freedom, tests, adventure, reaction, communication, commerce, analysis, anger, intelligence, loss, and adaptation. Did ‘Shift Happen’ last year, or what?

Although the end of a World Age didn’t find us rescued from being mere mortals or saved of personal/global responsibility, we saw that nothing stays the same, everything false eventually falls away, and all that requires healing will surface. We are reminded that balance and peace in the world, begins within, and of the inherent beauty in our transformative journey as individuals, society, and planet Earth.

From Mind to Heart
Yes, humanity’s vibration is rising. Going forward, we’re more equipped to awaken the human heart, our collective idea of success can move from the ego to the inner domain, and emotions may run high. There could be a surge of Make Love, Not War with a new world spin: Be Love, Not Separation, Create Love, Not Suffering, Choose Love, Not Control, or Embody Love, Not Fear.

Family values, love relationships, and women are highlighted in 2013, and come up for further review. It is our heart sensors now that will determine what feels right, loving, balanced, and true. Relationship break-ups happening in a ‘6 Year’ may have been brewing for a while. On the other hand, making new or renewed commitments is likely for relationships aligned with mutual values; and this can be a popular year for marriage or setting up a new home.

It’s common to take on extra duties and commitments of various types in a ‘6 Year’, so set healthy boundaries and be aware of over-responsibility (or lack of responsibility). We each are but one person, and our greatest gift to others can be simply, yet profoundly, living our own truth. When we witness people caught up in Old World energies and not connected to higher truths, we can make a big difference by offering our compassion and support instead of judgement.

How, why, and where we as a nation, person, or organization place our focus, will be very revealing in how situations unfold. We are moving from power over to inner power, and whoever is leading from the heart this year will be truly magnetic, and experience the most rewards.

Also in Focus in 2013
Power is shifting into the hands of the community. What we view as our community, of course, has changed to incorporate a much larger sphere (helped by our social media revolution and expanding consciousness).

People stressed out and disenchanted by events of recent years could make great efforts to minimize chaos. Many may move off the grid completely, developing more communities who live harmoniously off (with) the land and their own resourcefulness. How we protect our resources and nurture ourselves will be in the spotlight, and we may see a renewed interest in sustainability, organics, and wellness.

2013 could bring a renaissance in music, poetry, drama, dance, fashion, interior design, and other arts. The vibration of 6 can magnetize a need for pleasant surroundings, sensuality, and a love of beautiful people and things. Increasingly, it will be necessary to spend only within our means and in accordance with our true values to feel harmony within and avert a larger debt crisis.

Our Guiding Light
Let’s be kind to ourself and others as we continue to lay the groundwork for the New Earth. Detach from fear. Clear your mind and body, and remember to pass beliefs through your heart. Together, let’s shine our heart lights into the new world!

learn numerology with inner vitality torontoHere’s to a year of heart-centred living! If you are interested in a personalized Numerology Reading (available worldwide) or InnerVitality’s Intro to Numerology Certificate course, held in Toronto, Canada, please get in touch!

With love,
Kerri McCutcheon, Founder

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