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While preparing for ceremony to Heal the Mother Wound I have been writing Dear Mother letters. This is an excerpt from one such letter.

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There is no need to suffer.

There is no need for you to carry these burdens. They are very big and you were just a child. You carried these very heavy burdens because you thought you must but this is wrong thinking.

It is OK to lay them down, to lay down the burdens of your past so your heart may rest. Your heart may be at ease.

Once you are free of suffering then you no longer create suffering in the world. Once you forgive yourself then you bring forgiveness to the world, forgiveness to others.

Everything starts inside of you first. You are the Creator.

I have given you all the gifts you need to create your life in beauty and in love.

I love you and I want the best for you my child. You are always my child and my love for you is eternal and unwavering. It does not go away. It just could not get in because you had your heart locked.

I know it is scary to throw away the key. The lock gives you protection and security. But these are false prophets my child. This is not the way to feel safe, to build a prison of your heart and throw away the key.

I love you my child. Allow this into your heart. Let the grace of my love and the grace of my healing fill the prison walls of your heart. Let your heart rest and abide in my love.

I love you my child forever,
eternally,
and always.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Gratitude is a spiritual practice that is bound to a belief in human interconnectedness and a power greater than us.”
Brene Brown

Brene Brown first gained notoriety with her TED talk on vulnerability that garnered over 10 million hits. Oprah got hold of her and created an online class based on her book The Gifts of Imperfection. This is where my six degrees of separation begins with Oprah.

I take the class.

At week 5 our intention was to practice gratitude as a way to access joy; to stop and take notice of those small things that make our life better, the things that are easy to overlook until they are gone. Our assignment was to take pictures of the ordinary moments or everyday rituals that bring us joy.

Taking pause to stop and capture the little things that often go unnoticed has re-energized my relationship to gratitude. Any practice can lose its luster from time to time. Taking these snapshots helped open my eyes to a deeper appreciation of those moments I often walk right on by.

Here are a few snapshots of my ordinary moments of gratitude.

IMG_1616$5.00 Second Hand Heater Bought for $50.00

Where is the gratitude in that one?

Last year I worked with a man suffering from debilitating hip pain due to degenerative joint disease. Over the course of treatment his pain diminished allowing him to travel from New Mexico back to his native home of Minnesota.

It was not just a return to say hello to his family or celebrate a holiday but a return to an eternal home. He was preparing for his mortality and wanted to put things in order.

Before he left he had a yard sale to raise money for his travels. I stopped by wanting to support his journey. He lived in a small trailer and the few possessions he was selling I could find no use for other than this little heater. He asked for $5.00. I added a zero. He was incredulous with emotion.

I am grateful for the warmth this little heater offers on a cold morning but also for the reminder of the big impact something so small can have on someone’s life.

IMG_1603My Copper Pyramid

I am deeply grateful for the sanctuary of my daily practice. This pyramid is my space for morning practice, meditation and restoration of any kind. My yoga practice has delved deeper into body and soul by practicing under the pyramid. My practice of gratitude begins each morning as I bow my head to surrender to the humble servant of my heart.

IMG_1613A Real Man

A year ago I met a stranger. A man who has been steadfast through times of doubt. A man fearless enough to hold my heart when it felt broken. A man able to see a divine and sexy Goddess when I felt little worth as a woman. A man sent straight from the heavens to help mend a heart back to wholeness.

This card he sent sits on my nightstand in gratitude for the mysterious journey of how strangers become beloveds.

IMG_1655My Daughters

My snapshots are far from complete but any expression of gratitude would feel empty without my daughters. I trust as I look back on my life becoming a mother will be the most important thing that ever happened to me. My oldest daughter was adopted from Korea twenty years ago. My heart opened to love in ways I never knew were possible.

Three months after her arrival I was pregnant with my youngest daughter Danielle who can make me laugh harder than anyone I know. They are the greatest gifts life could ever bestow upon me. I light a candle every morning with a prayer in my heart for each of them.

Many moments missing.
Many moments yet to come.
May I remember
to hold all in gratitude.

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I am drawn to the frontiers of LOVE as an astronaut is drawn to the exploration of space. Discovering the edges of vulnerability, the cracks and heartbreak that carve the truth to the deepest expression of love is the longing of my Soul. Along the way comes discovering what love is not. This is no easy quest my friends. I wish I could tie everything up with a bright red bow to hold all the answers to what is love. Instead I offer my heart, with all its longing, for even in the midst of the darkest heart lies a spark of light, in the most luminous expression of love sits a seed of darkness.

LOVE

 Our body is a manifestation of Divine Love
in its most exquisite rendering.

Every breath is a wave,
ebbing and flowing on the shores of Love.

The drumbeat of our heart pulses
A rhythm of Love with every throb.

photo by Don Myer

photo by Don Myer

How does something so simple
Become so complicated?

That which is so near
Become elusive?

Where has Love seized in glacial masses,
Frozen currents shaping muscle and tissue?

Where are walls built in protection,
Fortressed from the fear of hurt?

Where have dams been erected,
To hold back the floodgates of pain?

Where are wounds wrapped in twisted tourniquets,
To deaden and numb the ache of feeling?

Mother Earth by Burguerqueen

It is here we are blind to the brilliance of Love,
Shrouded in darkness behind shadows of demons.

What if Love was not doled out in careful measure?

What if Love did not hold some in greater favor?

What if Love were offered without expectation
of receiving something in return?

What if we were to remember,

We are that Love.

We are Love beyond measure.

We are Love without conditions.

We are Sacred dwellers in a Sea of Love.

The walls and dams we have built against it
Are all that stand in the way of this knowing.

Let the frozen waters melt within
So Love may flow freely
In an infinite dance
With the River
Of Life.

AHO my friends!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com

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How do you spend the last five minutes of your day? Are you rehashing arguments? Replaying worries for your future? Reviewing your regrets and what ifs? I encourage clients to use this time to empty their bodymind of stress that has accumulated from the day by exhaling tensions from their body. With intention, these stresses are sent right into the Earth where they are energetically composted. The weight of the body releases its effort and need to hold on.

After hearing Wayne Dyer’s keynote address at the Hay House conference this past weekend I now take this practice a step further.

During the last five minutes of your day he suggests aligning your subconscious with intentions to access your highest self. When we stew in anger, fear and worry before drifting off to sleep, our subconscious mind interprets this as our reality and will create experiences for us that match that reality upon waking. We can create a shift in our reality by reprogramming our subconscious mind during this potent portal to dreamtime.

During the last five minutes of your day tell yourself…

I AM LOVE.

I AM FEARLESS.

I AM BLISS.

I AM HEALTHY.

I AM WHOLE.

I AM GOD-CONSCIOUSNESS.

What experiences might be created to match this reality?

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com

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