Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Tao (Way) of the Heart - Self-Love, First Love

The Summer is here, the season of the heart, the fire!
If not not seeing much sun in the sky, just remember that the sun is always shining inside your heart! Or even behind the cloud, always there smiling at you, illuminating you with light and life!

In previous article I talked about embracing unconditional self-acceptance with "My Evil Twin", as important as embracing unconditional self-love!!... They are both linked in their coexistence, like the moon and the sun, the dark and the light!
For me these are the foundations for a healthy life, harmonious relationship with yourself and everything around you.
If you don't truly love yourself how can you expect others to do it? How can your receive and give true love?


Deep self-love brings deep self-respect towards our whole being: body, thoughts and feelings.

What is your Tao (Way) of the Heart:
  • What you do for you everyday that makes your heart smile, I mean that gives you true joy?
  • Are you lovable - How do you express your love towards yourself? And do you express love towards others?
  • Is your heart open to receive and give love in perfect harmony or do you think you give or receive more?
After you reflect on the above, my last question:
  • Is this Unconditional Self-Love a wish or a living reality?...
The best thing is to be honest with yourself, and if self-love is not embodied yet, then practice it like a daily exercise, until becoming an innate part of your being. It worked for me!

Without an open and loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life. Jamie Sams

And do you know that:

 The heart is the Emperor or Empress of your 'Internal Universe', the organ we can't live without!
 It has been suggested that our heart generates its own energy field, which interacts with the energy fields of other people!...
 The heart centre is the strongest generator of light energy in the body, even stronger than the brain!
Here is something you can apply immediately to cultivate your heart and beauty; Yes, Love Creates Beauty!!
  • Sit quietly, take a few deep breaths and focus on your heart, imagine breathing in the sunlight and smile at your heart, call to someone you love. Let your heart fill with warmth and appreciation for him or her. The nourishment such feelings give to body, mind and spirit enhance your own beauty.
© Anamarta 
Image: Art by Regina Lord

Friday, 23 June 2017

Happy Cancer New Moon! Insights, Healing & Ritual

You probably already know how strong is the influence of the moon in our planet and in ourselves!...
But for us women, Grandmother Moon symbolises our inner wisdom, intuition, feminine mystery.  For me She has been a source of inspiration and empowerment.
"In Astrology the Moon represents our emotions and our sense of security as we move through the world." adapted from Tannaz.

The New Moon in Cancer is approaching today, representing the Mother - who sits in the heart.  Cancer is associated with family, children, loved ones, fertility, nurturing, working with the home, ancestors and tradition.

Emotions can be in the air, as Cancer is ruled by the Moon!... 
An opportunity to go within, pay attention to your feelings and thoughts, an important yin practice, being connecting with the receptive feminine side with no fear, just allowing things to flow like water, as the feelings bring truth and awareness.
I truly believe that to feel is to heal.

Ideally a time for nurturing: to retreat into yourself to get renewed and inspired. And to retreat is definitely an act of strength (not weakness)!...

"The sign of feminine power that nurtures life…Cancer symbolizes the Great Mother of Life.
At this New Moon in Cancer, we can plant the seeds of our deepest needs and desires, watered by our sense of self-love and compassion." Cathy Pagano 

With this new lunar cycle promoting new beginnings, an opportunity to reinforce your goals or create new ones.  Focus your ideas, thoughts and meditations on positive change.
Ponder the following and give yourself a moment to listen for the answer coming from within (you also can write it down if you like). How can I:
  • Establish foundations upon which to build a fulfilled life.
  • Share my happiness and joy with my loved ones every day.
  • Nourish my soul and those I love.
In terms of Healing, Cancer is related to stomach, breasts and lymphatic system.
Some of the practices I share with my Jade Egg Holistic Practice can support you with this healing: a combination of Healing Sounds, Inner Smile and Kuan Yin QiGong:
  • For the stomach, your "second brain", related with emotions of worry, stress and anxiety: Imagine you can breathe them all in and then breathe them all out with a guttural sound (comes from your throat) 'HOOOOOOOOO' and then place your hands in your stomach SMILE at it and imagine you are breathing in a gold light of serenity, openness, centering - feeling centered in your power***
***Another way to be centered in your power is consciously to connect with the Earth Mother, feel the soles of your feet, your body and your center; as if you had deep roots into the Earth, becoming like a tree: strong and steady.

For the breasts, which symbolise your love chi:
  • Hold your breasts and give them a little squeeze - gently pressing against your chest (this is a great thing to do, you are helping dissolve any stagnant chi/energy...) - and then give a big Smile to your breasts feeling the love, joy and happiness of your heart!... Smiling to everyone you love, everything that gives you joy and makes you happy!
(For the ones who have learned already the Breast Massage - keep it on doing!) 
  • Go bra free, give them a good shake, as movement is essential to your breast health! I strongly suggest to do this everyday before you wear your bra, if you have to wear it, and in your private space definitely go bra free!... 
To the lymphatic system, which has the function of flushing the toxins out of our body:
  • The Chi Self-Massage. So specifically for this, to help the toxins to come out of your body quickly: just rub the tip of your fingers around the edges of your face and through your jaw and chin bone and under your chin. Then slide your fingers down your throat and when you feel the collar bone just go through the space between your ribs from your chest all way down your ribcage.
For Ritual, and you can do a ritual without having to prepare anything; a ritual can be simply be a conscious way to focus on your intentions - this focus comes from your whole being (mind, heart, womb and soul).
  • From writing down your intentions, or/and creating symbolic acts to manifest your desires and goals...
  • Connect with water through a purifying bath with sea salt, and you can even add anything to make it more special as some herbs, or rose petals or essential oils... Also by going to the sea, or any springs, lakes, waterfalls...
  • In feng shui the left corner furthest from the front door (whatever is your home or a room from your living space) is related with relationships - you can put something that symbolises or you would like to symbolise your relationships from an object, crystal, photo or image, whatever has meaning for you and then light a candle.
Overall a perfect time to focus your intentions with things to do with your relationships, with self-love, with your home and environment. 
Wonderful time to go out in nature and connect directly with the Heart of the Earth, to feel the grounding, to feel the support, to feel the inner peace and deeply nurture yourself.
© Anamarta

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!!

Also known as Midsummer or Litha.
Longest day, shortest night, apex of the solar cycle, the sun reaches its peak!

The Summer Solstice is a combination of joyous celebration and the realisation that the wheel has reached a pinnacle and is now turning towards the dark again. It is a time to gather loved ones and to celebrate community!

  • Call the fire energy, invite towards you, feel or imagine its warmth in your heart, and tune your warm heart with the Mother Earth heart beat below and tune into the Divine Love above, all heart is one now! Enjoy it, expand it and share with others!
  • And yet, a few quiet moments in a darkened room with a lit candle, give a sense of peace. It's a time for inner connection as well, because the inner and outer communities are interwoven.
We're in the Fire Element season: the season of the heart. The heart is such an important organ, it connects with all the organs, if it stops, everything stops!
We need fire to do the Inner Alchemy Taoist practices, as our body is mostly composed of water.  The first practice starts with the inner-smile; inner-smile originates from self-love and self-acceptance towards our body.

  • Sitting quietly, connect with your heart beat, relax all your body and your mind, and with your mind's eye look in front of you and see the sun, breathe in the sunlight through your midi-eyebrow, let this warm and energising feeling spread through all your being...and now smile at your heart, where the sun always shines, breathe in the light of love, and remember first love is self-love, the unconditional love towards yourself essential to receive and give true love; breathe in the red light of joy, think upon everyday life and its joyful gifts; breathe in red light of laughter and happiness, think of the laughter which always works as a spirit lift! And about happiness: The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
"When the heart is open, we feel sunshine from inside. We have a sense of joy and love that is sometimes a floating sensation. In all of our meditations it is important to fill our hearts with loving, smiling energy, because when we feel love, we are truly related to all things." Mantak Chia in Healing Love through the Tao-Cultivating Female Sexual Energy.

© Anamarta

Thursday, 1 June 2017

My Evil Twin!...

Let me present you my Evil Twin, known already by a very few of you and talked about for many of you in Jade Circles:

Hello I am Anamarta'a shadow side, yes the one who has the dark and naughty thoughts, negative emotions, and I am specially around when she is tired (and hungry), close to her moontime (period) is always the possibility for me to take over!... And when she gets stressed or sad I bring her terrible ideas... But above all she recognises me as part of her everyday life, so we are good friends, even when she says something not so nice, she would say "it's not me, it's my evil twin"; mostly we laugh at each other!...

Do you know your Evil Twin?
Are you on good terms with her?

I used to say "I know all my demons", and one day I decided to transfer them all and created my Evil Twin who helps to take my imperfections much more lightly, accepting them.
Although being mostly in light by choice, I know the dark is there always to teach something about myself, and also to give the opportunity to let go what no longer serves me, creating space for new experiences and energy to flow.

By looking at myself in the mirror and seeing all the light and dark, this inner confrontation leads me to inner knowing, which leads me to inner harmony.
How does this happen?
Well, it's not just by pressing a button I'm afraid, it's about choices and the attitude towards my own self and life.

I found accepting myself unconditionally contributes greatly to my health, loving relationship with myself and everyone else, and to get and live the life I want.

The 'tools' that the Jade Egg Holistic Practice provides are very supportive and useful for not only cultivating self-acceptance, but Embracing Unconditional Self-Acceptance!

In the Taoist Tradition there is no hell (just Earth and Heaven), it's we who create our own demons, so the idea is to embrace them and pacify them, because if you fear them, you empower them: and this may bring the consequences of living in fear, living a lie and indeed accumulating toxins which can damage our health...

As the polarities of the external Universe we can not live without each other, the same exist within us.  But we have indeed an option to do something about it, it is in our hands to transform the negative and cultivate the positive.
Have our face turning to the sun and the shadow will fall behind.  Although being behind doesn't mean we don't acknowledge her.

By finding self-acceptance, acknowledge all aspects of yourself, just not your personality, but your whole body, thoughts and emotions; accepting yourself as you are with all your perfection and imperfections, is why I say unconditionally, you can fulfil your potential and inspire others to do it as well!

As we fulfil our deepest desires, we fulfil our heart and soul.

In the Taoist Calendar we are moving from the Wood Element (Spring), linked with the liver associated with self-acceptance (also with kindness, forgiveness and desire), to Fire Element (Summer), linked with the heart associated with love (also joy, happiness and passion). 

© Anamarta