Inspiration from Nature

It’s Up to You!

“Be the sun breaking through the clouds.” ― A.D. Posey

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We can be so affected by the weather, especially at this time of year when Nature seems to be having trouble making up her mind! One day is brilliantly sunny and the next is cloudy and gray!

It is easy to let the changing weather influence our mood from day to day. Yet, balancing moods and energy in spite of the weather is not out of reach. In his book, The Call of Sedona, Ilchi comments, “Because everyone has a natural yearning for completion, we are able to change and recreate ourselves endlessly.”

Ilchi Lee teaches simple and powerful methods for maximizing our natural healing power. We can learn to realize the warmth of the sun within ourselves and change not only our health and our mood, but our world as well.

One of the ways to do this is through Sunlight Meditation—to receive energy directly from sunlight. But if it’s a cloudy day, Solar Body Exercises can help increase body temperature and energy through movement. You can learn more about these exercises in Ilchi’s book, The Solar Body: The Secret to Natural Healing.

For now, try the movement called “Brain Wave Vibration” to quiet restless, cloudy-day thoughts and emotions and strengthen energy and blood circulation in the abdomen and brain.

From a seated position, relax your shoulders, straighten your spine, and focus on your abdomen. Make loose fists and gently begin tapping the area two inches below your navel with alternating fists.

You will feel your belly growing warmer. As you continue, move your head, spine and upper body in sync with your inner rhythm. When your tapping grows more rhythmic, begin gently shaking your head from side to side. Empty out all thoughts with your exhaled breaths and experience a growing sense of lightness with your breathing.

Start with just five minutes. Begin Brain Wave Vibration tenderly, and proceed gently at first and take care not to overdo it. To finish, use the palms of your hands to pat any areas where you feel tension, slow the movement and relax a moment.

Check with your medical practitioner before trying this if you have any health concerns. Visit a Body & Brain Center for assistance in learning to do this exercise.

In spite of the gray clouds, you will come to understand a simple, powerful truth: your health, happiness and peace are truly up to you.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Awakening the Spirit of Youth

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“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” – William Shakespeare

No matter that age may have changed the skin around our eyes to crepe, even all the way to sagging “elephant skin!” We still look out through those familiar eyes from a soul which is both old and young at the same time. We know the physical world of aging; and turning seasons; of birth and of death. And yet we also sense the essence within which knows no time—the tireless, changeless and constant factor of ourselves that has always been at our very core.

So spring recalls in our memory freshly mowed green grasses, small children, Easter Sundays gone by, and sun on our cheeks, and reminds us our youth-filled nature is still very much alive within our sometimes weary physical dwelling. Spring is just the experience to awaken that spirit each year!

Get out in Nature and find a quiet place to discover within yourself the awakening spirit of youth. Experience a “Purifying Emotions” meditation as described by Ilchi Lee in The Call of Sedona:

Outdoors, sit someplace appealing in half-lotus position with palms upturned and relax your body and mind. Steady your breath and imagine spring’s soft, gentle, and purifying energy flowing down, through your crown into your head, shoulders, chest, and palms.

As you focus your awareness on your chest, allow any emotion or feelings that arise to be felt and then released. Take as much time as you need to replace the “old” with this new, fresh energy. Draw in the full spirit of this magnificent, seasonal rebirth and allow yourself to become free of past emotional burdens. Imagine the old energy is flowing out, away from you through your fingertips, as you slowly move your torso from side to side, swaying gently like a reed in the breeze.

Feel forgiveness, gratitude, love, and the renewed energy of spring filling your heart. Accumulate this energy in your abdomen as you sit comfortably and finish with several deep breaths.

Many blessings!

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Nature Opens the Door

MindScreen meditation

“The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings.”
– Joyce Kilmer, Spring

Spring is in the breeze that blows across the still “wintry” landscape. We desire the warmth as the season turns, but are in no hurry to rush the days along. This is a time to enjoy daily extremes as Nature swings wide as a pendulum with temperature and light.

As you hike today, pause to take a look around and allow a brightened consciousness to grow within. Nature is reminding you of your place in a humanity, which has begun to realize that to achieve a higher quality of life, one must transcend material values and encompass a greater degree self-realization than ever before.

To aid in this brightening consciousness, Ilchi Lee describes his concept of what he calls the “MindScreen,” imagined as a spatial representation of an awakened consciousness. This holographic, infinite, internal space is where all mental activity takes place. Furthermore, with intent, we can develop and use this function of our brain and this space of infinite creation to shape our world.

Pick a beautiful, sheltered spot and relax, preparing to meditate and practice visualizing the MindScreen for yourself. Take a deep breath. Allow awareness of the reflected sun’s rays to be a part of your meditation. Imagine the LifeParticles as golden and brilliant particles of light surrounding you as they enter the crown of your head and flow through your entire body.

Focus on each area of your body as the beautiful light fills your body and dissolves any dark, stagnant energy. Bathe in this light and clear your mind.

Now, using your MindScreen, form an impression—an image—of your ideal self, the person you wish to become.

Truly “feel” the feelings that seeing yourself in this new light brings up within you. Enjoy the self-confidence and satisfaction these feelings create. Relax into it; you are watching your future “self” begin to grow.

Take three deep breaths, and slowly open your eyes. Rub your palms together to create energy and warmth, and gently smooth your palms over your eyes, face and neck. Keep the feeling within, and return to your MindScreen meditation often to draw from this wellspring of change.

Nature easily opens the door for us to step through into imagined worlds of infinite possibility. Enjoy!

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

When I Was the Forest

When I was the stream, when I was the forest, when I was still the field,
when I was every hoof, foot, fin and wing, when I
was the sky itself,

no one ever asked me did I have a purpose, no one ever wondered
was there anything I might need,
for there was nothing
I could not love.

The loving sentiment for nature that saturates every page of Ilchi Lee’s book, The Call of Sedona echoes the emotion contained in this beautiful poem, “When I Was the Forest” by Meister Eckhart (1260 – 1328).

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How will you make the truest connection with nature and your heart? And where will this lead as you journey through life?

To experience the strongest connection with nature, it is desirable to explore the energy that is constantly at play between our physical body and the world of consciousness.

This energy, called “ki,” also connects the body and mind. Try this simple way to develop your ability to sense energy with your body, and it will become even easier to connect with the energy of nature.

  1. Find a comfortable place to sit. Close your eyes and keep your back straight. Rub your palms together for 30 seconds.
  2. Place your hands on your knees, palms facing up, and calm your breathing. Focus your awareness on your palms and begin slowly raising them up, about five inches above your knees.
  3. Lower them down toward your knees two or three inches. Repeat the raising and lowering as you imagine energy flowing into your palms. Sense this energy: it may feel heavy, or create a tingling sensation.
  4. Now, bring your hands in front of your chest. Bring them in toward each other, palms facing each other, until they are about two inches apart. Then slowly separate them as you once again feel the energy. Imagine this energy connects your two palms, and slowly create a beautiful “energy ball.”
  5. Move your hands slowly to imagine your energy ball condensing between your palms, and then expanding as you separate your palms. Concentrate on the energy sensation, which can be experienced as a sensation of magnetic or electric force in addition to feelings of warmth, tingling, or pulsing. The ability to feel this energy indicates your thoughts have quieted; your awareness is in your body allowing your brain waves to become steady. In this state, your body is relaxed, yet your consciousness is alert.

Ilchi Lee recommends learning to awaken the senses in the manner just described before engaging in your meditation practice. The Call of Sedona offers many ideas for exploring both the energy within and the energy that surrounds us in nature.

Together we learn firsthand that the way back is within. And meditating in nature’s beauty is one key that opens the door and allows us to walk through into a place of beauty and peace. Yet, although our eyes may be focused on the landscape before us, where we are going is within. It is there, “within” where we discover the dreams of our true self.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Adventure Awaits!

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them—that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” &endash; Lao Tzu

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Okay, we just passed that annual milestone, ending one year and beginning a new one! It is likely the passage has given pause for reflection and fresh resolve toward new intentions for the days and months ahead.

If the past twelve months have been difficult for you, and you’ve been wishing the last year away, take comfort in knowing that many have to now relearn how to navigate this changing world in which we live.

There is a part of us which visualizes time stretching out in front of us as a clean slate for us to scribe our endless possibilities upon. And then it happens, the first blemish on what was supposed to be a fresh start: The first setback or disappointment of the year takes the wind out of your sails, shaking your confidence over your ability to make things better going forward.

Thoughts such as these are based on external events, and if we are to move forward effectively and differently, then we can’t drag all that baggage along with us! Get out for the exercise you’ve promised yourself and find a spot in nature where you can sit and contemplate exactly where you are in time and space. Truly settle into the idea that the only thing which is certain in life is that everything changes.

Meditate with your eyes wide open, absorb nature’s bounty and see the change happening all around you, in every corner, every nook and cranny of nature’s playful land. Tap into that energy and vow to move peacefully with the natural course of change. You will discover great wisdom within.

As Ilchi Lee expresses in his poem, “Sedona Message” in The Call of Sedona,
“Whatever the question growing in your heart
You can find the answer to that question within yourself,
Though you may not realize it now . . .”

In this quiet space as you enjoy nature, simply release your hold on the past and enjoy the mystery and adventure the future holds as you listen within for all the guidance you will ever need.

Happy new year.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Fill Your Heart with Wonder

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

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This seems to be a time of contemplation at the place on earth where we stand, especially as the Winter Solstice approaches. Contemplating the Solstice, which marks both the shortest day and the longest night of the year, can make one nearly philosophical. It is akin to standing on a mountaintop in Sedona where one can see both the setting sun and the rising moon, the past and the future!

But stay in the moment and drop away from the thinking mind, simply open up and relax. To deepen your contemplation, pay attention to your posture, keeping your spine aligned and put very light attention on your out-breath. Don’t try to achieve some special state, just relax most completely with the environment and appreciate the world around you as you experience the ordinary truth that takes place in every moment.

Leave words out of the experience and meditate with the energy and waves of strength which radiate from the land, filling you with something profound that would be missed.

Now is a time to fill your heart with love for all things. Notice the peace and the beauty, fill with wonder at the miracle of life, and vow to share this energy wherever your journey takes you. For today, cherish this unique, shimmering, silent moment of winter, until spring begins to sing once more.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Nothing Remains Constant

“In Nature nothing remains constant. Everything is in a perpetual state of transformation, motion, and change.” – David Bohm (1917-1992)

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We have such a longing that this beautiful moment and everything it contains will stay the same. Yet there is the deepest part of us which recognizes the impermanence of it all. The delicate flower fading on the vine and the color-changing leaf gently twisting free from its mother branch reminds us that, no matter our longing, change is happening right before our eyes. Slow motion, yes, but ever moving toward something else—but what is this “something”?

It is renewal of life. In a never ending, infinite circle of energy and beauty, life keeps on inventing itself anew. Beginning and ending, and beginning again. And for the briefest time, we are here to bear witness to the glory contained in the complex simplicity of that energy: the life force which recreates, only to decline and then recede again to wait for an inevitable spring.

See your life with soul eyes! Reconnect and recognize that for the briefest time you are meant to see yourself reflected in this glory we call Nature, and that it is for you to offer your best self to the world as it is in this particular moment of time and transformation.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Revel in Nature’s Glory

“I am rich today with autumn’s gold.” — Gladys Harp

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Our vision may suddenly sensitize to a certain color, and then it is everywhere! Autumn’s gold is just like that. We were living our lives and didn’t notice the subtle shade changes from green, to yellow, to gold and hints of orange and red. Now we are surrounded by a chorus of autumn colors singing so loudly we are at once awakened to the time of year, the moment of “now” and the look in our companion’s eyes as our windswept hair reflects back flecks of autumn’s glory.

“How much of the year has slipped away,” we marvel. “Who are we to allow such absentminded living?” And as we grow quiet and settle into the familiar oneness of the land, we ask the same questions Ilchi Lee has pondered from mountaintops in Sedona and faraway places, “Who am I? Where do I fit in this grand, magnificent world?”

Is the turning of the seasons nature’s way of jolting us back into consciousness, returning our presence of mind back to a moment of revelation over the incredible, striking magic of life itself? We surely need these moments, rich with autumn’s gold, or spring’s glory, or summer’s blue skies, or winter’s crisp contrast to keep bringing us back around to remembering what a spectacular opportunity nature presents to remind us who we are.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Inspiration from Nature: J is for Javelina

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In The Call of Sedona, Ilchi Lee writes about the amazing landscape to be found in this region. What we tend to overlook as we gaze out across the land is the myriad of wildlife which dwells here. It is fun to imagine the hundreds of eyes that may be observing us from within the camouflage of the territory at any moment!

Although much wildlife is hidden from view while hiking the trails of Sedona, you may eventually encounter the javelina (pronounced ha-va-LEE-na). Although they seem at first glance to be a kind of pig, they are actually the collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu), also known as Mexican hogs and “musk hogs” due to the animal’s potent scent glands.

If you see one javelina, it is a sure bet there are more nearby. You will want to avoid engaging with these creatures, especially when there are young ones in the herd. A herd can number anywhere from just a few to 100 individuals! Allowing them their space and the room to continue on without interference is a good lesson in respecting nature: Javelina can be dangerous if provoked.

Many believe that the sight of a particular animal crossing your immediate path might be a “spirit message” concerning something that needs to be understood or realized in this very moment. Some may feel such encounters are communications from their “totem” animal, delivering awareness of characteristics that are needed now for problem solving.

It is fun to keep this idea in mind as you hike around Sedona, paying particular attention to what animal crosses your path, and what meaning you might derive from the encounter. For example, the characteristics attributed to a javelina are a strong connection to others in the herd; they are adaptable, thick-skinned animals who can and will defend themselves and their family when needed, but shy away from confrontation if possible.

Nature is always speaking to us: from the highest branches to the lowly worm, we need only open our eyes, our ears, our mind, and our heart to the messages she carries on hoof, wing, and wild calls across the land.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Changing with the Season

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”
― Chad Sugg

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What a beautiful time of year! As the breeze carries a hint of the autumn to come, the universe seems as undecided as we over whether to call this summer or fall. No matter, we can give in as the cooling horizon beckons us to places we have held in our hearts while summer’s sun baked the land.

So what of this transition? Can we ponder the change of season and notice that within our self that echoes, or even anticipates the coming change? In The Call of Sedona, Ilchi Lee often speaks about meditating from various intriguing locations around Sedona. As this season calls you out into the surrounding countryside and begs you to sit a spell, it would be lovely to draw in the scents and scenes and try deep breathing meditation as a way to balance your energy and enhance awareness.

Like the seasons, the cycle of breathing has four stages: inhaling, pause, exhaling, pause. It sounds quite simple, but staying with this thought does take your intention and attention. However, you will notice as soon as you become aware of your breath and think of it in this way, your breathing will naturally become deeper and slower.

What a wonderful way to create space and quietude within as you enjoy the scenery surrounding you! You can imagine drawing it all in; the colors and the entire experience as it swirls in and refreshes you with the magic of nature, and then swirls back out with your breath, taking away bits of the past and thoughts no longer needed.

You’ll soon discover you can change with the season, loving yourself as you are right now until the old falls away, leaving you bare and eager for new growth in a season to come.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.