Happiness in a Flower

Happiness in a Flower

Today I would like to invite you to say hello to a flower. Just one flower will do, any size, shape, colour, or fragrance.
Say hello to the flower and perhaps as I have done, ask it how it’s day has gone today, if it’s had enough sunlight, or if the neighbourhood is being accommodating for it’s stretching root structure.
Deeply inhale the essence of that flower, avoid any small bugs or loose fitting petals, and ask yourself at this point: what could be more valuable to life than this flower I have found today?
If you can answer this, please tell me for I’d love to hear what you have found today 🙂
Want to know what I’ve found?

The Art of Doing Nothing

The Art of Doing Nothing

I’ve just returned back from a week adventuring with my kids in Alberta. We enjoyed the majestic mountains of Banff and Jasper, the incomparable hoodoos in Drumheller and some big city time in Calgary. And while our days were quite full with exploring our surroundings, we also had the time and space to simply experience doing nothing. Something I realized that I need a whole lot more of in my life.
Doing nothing really means doing NOTHING. Not reading, journaling, drinking tea or even meditating. That’s right, even meditating is an activity.
Lianne Raymond calls this practice Wild Idling. I love this. She describes doing nothing as exploring the original, un-domesticated, authentic and wild part of you. This is a part of ourselves that many of us do not know well or even at all. It takes time to cultivate this relationship. Lianne says that you can’t love what you have no connection to. This practice is about making that connection.
The beauty of doing nothing is that there is absolutely no wrong way to do it. Just sit or lie down and experience simply being for about 5-10 minutes. Five minutes may seem like an eternity when you are not used to spending any time with yourself. Bored? That’s ok. Mind busy with thoughts? Totally fine. With enough practice your inner landscape will begin to reveal itself and this is where the magic is.
And there are other great reasons to spend time with this Wild Idling practice:

  1. Quiet the overactive Left Brain – no purpose or accomplishment driven mindset here. This practice is an antidote to our constant goal striving and busy-ness.
  2. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable – doing nothing is an opportunity to start a conversation with being uncomfortable. Many of us constantly seek distraction in our lives. Discomfort can be a gateway to incredible growth.
  3. Creative juices will flow – space in your day allows ideas to germinate and powerful connections to appear.
  4. An inspired life – a greater sense of calm and possibility will emerge in all sorts of aspects in your day to day life. This can take time, so keep sticking with the practice.

Doing nothing is in our DNA. Animals do this naturally all the time. And before the advent of so many modern distractions, we also were accomplished at doing nothing. We are designed for this practice.
So my challenge to you today is to commit to a 7 day do nothing practice. Find a place where you are comfortable and set your timer for 5 minutes. Remember, you can’t fail at this – there is no wrong way to do nothing. You may experience resistance and that’s ok. Notice what changes throughout the week and at the end of 7 days, recommit to another 7. Repeat.
As always, I love hearing from you – drop me a note and share your insights and experiences with this do nothing practice.
love & pranams,
carla

An Altar at Your New Moon Ceremony

An Altar at Your New Moon Ceremony

The New Super Moon in Cancer

The coming New Super Moon in Cancer happening on July 13th is the closest and largest of this summer’s three consecutive new moon supermoons. A supermoon is a new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.
We’re crossing the threshold into letting go of the past six months, and setting new bolder dreams for the rest of the year. With this being a moon in Cancer, you may feel more emotional, dreamy, and sensitive. It’s also likely you’ll be attuning to the feelings of family and creating more solidity in your home life.
Having a sacred space in your home for connecting to the Spirit World is especially grounding. Regardless of your religion or spiritual beliefs, your altar is a place for your own private communion with nature, Mother earth, and your dreams.
Medicine men and women, shamanic practitioners, and those who practice following the rhythms of the natural world create a special place to pray, meditate, and centre themselves at what is called a ‘mesa’.
The mesa is an altar-like arrangement of sacred objects used by shamanic practitioners for self-healing and communion with the Spirit World.

Foundation elements of the Mesa are:

  • a special cloth or “manta”
  • a shell (water-emotions)
  • a feather (air/wind-spirit)
  • an earthy stone (earth-body)
  • a white candle in a container (fire-mind)
  • a symbol of the totality such as a crystal (ether/space-consciousness)

Carla Wainwright's Sacred new moon altar

CREATING AN ALTAR

Find a special place in your home where you can set up a special altar, and use it to commune during this New Moon with yourself, your Spirit and your guides. The New Moon is sometimes referred to as the fertile void, a time to pause, re-evaluate and hang out in the unknown – all of which ultimately gives us more clarity about our higher desires, visions, and dreams.
Using the above guidelines to decorate your altar with sacred objects, I’d love to see what you create.
Post a picture of your home altar on my Facebook Page or tag me on Instagram @carlawainwright. Or just reply to this email!
love & pranams,
carla

Roaring Like a Lion

Roaring Like a Lion

Some of us are lions. Some, bears. Some, giraffes. And some more are cats.
What animal does your spirit speak to?
It may not even be an animal. Maybe it’s a galactic region? Maybe it’s a amphibian? Perhaps even it’s a colour.
The amazing thing is that each of us humans associate with different things, have different views. We each have different callings and different ways to express ourselves.
The important thing is that we each do our symbolic roaring to release that inner self into the world.
Next time I see you, feel free to roar at me and make me wonder what the heck is up!
Anatta : Non-Self : Buddhism

Anatta : Non-Self : Buddhism

Anatta means non-self in sanskrit. In short, this means nothing has the actual capacity to be a self, therefore it cannot be got, had, or owned, or in the event that it is, it’s not a self or thing we can call our own for it has nothing of it that has the capacity of actually being ours. This is quite a deep concept, for it explores that nothing in it’s pure form has the capacity to be a self.
A toy made of wooden block cut at specific angles and retrieved off of a shelf to play. It cannot be mine for it has no self that I can acquire and put into my possession. A person made of blood, skin, bones, and thoughts, how can that person become mine? How can it become my property so much so that I can call it mine?
Futher, and perhaps easier to gain insight with, the struggling and striving we undergo to acquire this thing so that we can call it ours as if it is a thing that becomes us, surely it is easy to how this exists in our own lives. My phone, my table, my house, my car, my clothes.. I have consumed each of these and declared them mine. Do you have some things in your life you call yours?
When combined with unsatisfactoriness and impermanence of things, we can begin to see how all of life is suffering, therefore suffering is life. We can begin to see why the Buddha stressed more than anything else that the disillusion of these Three Universal Truths can lead one towards peace.

Crystals

Crystals

Energy is quite a fascinating element to our world. The sun feeds us with it’s glorious rays of Vitamin D or a human can connect with the power to magnify our existences into the stratosphere of orgasma.
Pranayama is talked about frequently in the world of Yoga, for it is the life force (prana) that we have inside of us which we draw out (yama). In short, the energy of ourselves.
It is easy to ignore this aspect of Yoga while we focus on posture or nomenclature, for these are also important aspects of a Yogi’s toolkit. For an all aware and fully conscious life, it would do each of us good to remember how our prana flows within and without of our beings in each moment of the day.
Do you like crystals?
I believe crystals can have enormous amounts of power within them. The secrets each crystal can share with us! Can you comprehend the secrets of the galaxy?! I can’t! It overwhelms me thinking of something packed with millions of years compression energy of the earth’s gravity.
Do you have a favourite energy source like a crystal or perhaps another talisman? I’d love to see.