Healing Arts Report

Practices for an Evolving Life

They Don't Tell You How

“You need to love yourself more.” “You shouldn’t feel that way.” “Always put other people first. Don’t be selfish.” The one thing that is missing from all this good advice is telling you HOW to do it. We introduce you to practical tools using your own character traits to support you in creating practical answers to those questions. Read more here.

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Books

Two memoirs tell about times of extreme personal growth in the author’s life. Sunny Side Up is a window into the early 70s when certain young adults were searching for a way to head off society’s path bent on materialism. The Transparent Feather tells of a dying author passing the torch of writing to her new friend cum student.

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Mission

You can love yourself and other people as well. At Healing Arts Report we explore fulfilling personal development that at the same time serves to create the shift to a peaceful new world paradigm.

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ―C.G. Jung

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Meditation–The Challenge of Being Inwardly Still

It’s been my practice lately to wash, eat breakfast, and then, before getting into my intentional mental gymnastics of the day, to sit for a short time to meditate, doing nothing. Lately, I’ve been having a lot of trouble sitting quietly.

This morning before entering my studio I decided to go outside in the now-settled snow and cloudless blue sky to clean off our cars. By doing it early in the day, the sun will contribute to the job even though the temperatures remain below freezing.

When I came back in and sat, my mind wandering again and again, I had to pull myself back repeatedly to focus on a mantra. My restlessness awakened me to what had happened when I was cleaning off the cars.

For a change I had no agenda, no ideas about what I would do later, no creating sentences in my head for the writing I was planning, no chewing over conversations from yesterday, no remembrance of dreams and their subtle meanings, no deadline for getting the snow off the cars, and no place to go.

I was completely focused on what I was doing. Instead of just sitting, I was just cleaning. I did a better meditation clearing the car of snow than when I sat to meditate. I’m particular grateful for this experience because it reminds me it is possible, even in my present state, to fall into that undemanding spaciousness.

What have you experienced that allowed you similar life-sustaining simplicity?

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Interior arched doorways of Samode Palace, Jaipur

Sometimes, changing what you are doing just for a few quiet minutes, such as looking at the pictures linked to the one above, clears the mind. Click on the photo to get started. Pay attention to when you want to stop and then stop.

PRACTICES: Notice when you’ve become tense while doing something. Stop. Let the tension fall away.

Take a couple of minutes to attend to one thing that is totally different from your current preoccupations. And don’t forget to breathe.

Chew your lunch.

Slow down. Drive at the speed limit.

 

Contact: Feeling like you’re moving too fast and dare not slow down? Tell me what didn’t work and we’ll experiment together to find space for you in your life.

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