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How Spiritual Practices Can Help with Anxiety and Depression for Elderly

It is common for elderly people to experience depression and anxiety. This can happen due to a mix of factors, like changes in the brain that come with aging, less social interaction and more isolation. Some elders may also feel anxious about their future or have feelings of guilt or regret from things they have done in the past or due to a past trauma. It can be hard to shake those feelings and move on which is why it is so important for seniors to stay connected with the spiritual aspects of their lives. Though there are various professional help available along with facilities like nursing homes or memory care to cure these mental health problems, some spiritual practices can be of additional help to keep them under control. This blog post will outline how elders can deal with these types of emotions better through spiritual practices. 

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Losing Someone You Love

“Yesterday a child came out to wander…”
—Joni Mitchell, “Circle Game”

Last month, a friend I’ve known most of my life passed away after a recurrence of cancer. It was not entirely unexpected, but it happened suddenly and was deeply shocking. I thought she would always be there—an unspoken assumption many of us probably have about close friends or family. We never imagine that they won’t be in our lives. Yet she was gone. And even the most profound spiritual beliefs about life after death cannot entirely prevent the initial heart pain of losing someone you love.

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How to Access Your Soul’s Wisdom

In the last Soul Inspirations article, I mentioned how you can find any answers you’re seeking by looking within to your soul. This week, I want to give you a meditation you can try to help you access this inner-wisdom anytime:

Find a safe, quiet and comfortable spot where you can sit with your feet planted firmly on the floor. Close your eyes and relax. Take a few deep breaths through your nose, exhaling slowly out of your mouth.

Now, bring your awareness to the bottom of your feet. Let your breath assist you in transferring this relaxing energy up through the bottom of your feet. Slowly work your way up to your calves, your thighs, your abdomen and your chest, directing this energy into these areas.

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Calling An Angel

I  have received several messages from spirit during my life that were, at the time, “too unbelievable” for the logical mind, as spirit described earlier. It’s clear to me now that I needed tangible proof to penetrate through the walls I had put up around me, mostly in an attempt to protect myself from my own psychic sensitivities. One of the most memorable displays of spirit giving me a sign happened during the time I lived in Los Angeles in my twenties.

I had a good friend at the time named Tawny who invited me to lunch one day. We met downtown, and before our salads had even arrived at the table she told me that she thought she saw an angel and had to talk about it.

“I’ve been reading about angels. Did you know that they’re able to come to us in human form? They can help us when we need it, but we have to ask for their help,” Tawny stated matter-of-factly.

To be honest, I thought this was far-fetched, but I listened. She went on to tell me how she had been in a crowded elevator, at her workplace, with a man who had the face of an angel. The mysterious man smiled at her, and she felt warm in a way that she had not felt before. This was proof to her that there was truth to what she had read. Tawny wasn’t the most spiritual person I knew, so I was particularly intrigued. Frankly, I think I was a little jealous. Why had I not seen angels? As I was driving home from work that day, I said out loud, “Show me an angel. I want to see an angel appear.”

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© From Spirit Translator: Seven Truths for Creating Well-Being and Connecting with Spirit by Diana Cole. Copyright © 2020 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Publishing Group.

What Role Does Science Play In Our Lives?

Science simply means that a condition proves itself. Our lives prove to us each day that we are working within laws and principles,and the more we become in tune with these truths, the greater the magic expresses in our lives. The law of attraction is always working and is always proving itself to the mind of the beholder.

There are no accidents and no coincidences in our lives. Life doesn’t just “happen” unless we have agreed to make it so. A loving person lives in a loving world,a thankful person lives in a thankful world,an angry person lives in an angry world and a victim always experiences reasons to be sorry.
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You Are a Vortex

Most people are familiar with the word vortex in relation to energy centers at Sedona, Arizona, associated with various points in the physical landscape there, such as Cathedral Rock. These are believed to be places where powerful spiritual connections can take place. Other well-known energy spots, or sacred sites, are at Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, Haleakala Crater, the Great Pyramid, and the ancient Maya cities of Tulum and Tikal, as well as the underwater Atlantis Road near Bimini.

Not all vortexes are famous though. You may live close to one or more, as I do (I believe nearby Mt. Auburn Cemetery is a sacred energy vortex). Vortexes can take many forms and spark a variety of experiences, physical and nonphysical. At Mt. Auburn (and other places like Machu Picchu and Tikal), I have felt connected to something greater than my physical body, beyond time and space. Each sacred site I have visited unfolds into an interdimensional journey; the very quality of the light is extraordinary, heavenly. And this is how I have come to perceive vortexes: places where an intense flow of energy back and forth links the two dimensions of Heaven and Earth.

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Harvesting Your Future

What seeds do you want to plant now?  You need to start telling the truth and to start having your  life be a reflection of where you are now. What’s your story? Because if your life is a reflection of where you are now and how you are now, then ultimately your future harvest is going to be a reflection of your consciousness. Do you see how it works? 

Your future harvest is going to be a reflection of your consciousness now, and this is where personal responsibility and accountability become important because there’s absolutely nothing that you can do about where you were 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 30 years ago. You made those choices, you can’t go back and re-choose them. You needed to choose them. It’s a part of the unfolding of the divine world for your life. 

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Your Soul Has the Answer You Need

Has your mind been overflowing with questions lately: Will I get the job I want? Am I on the right path? Will my relationship last? Does my loved one who passed have any messages for me? We’re all on a personal crusade looking for answers and we often seek them from other people or the outside world.

I want to let you in on a little secret. You can find all the answers—from your soul!

Our soul is like a computer, constantly absorbing information from our experiences. Every detail is time stamped and logged as though it’s a memory imprinted on the soul. Each and every one of us has a unique soul with our own personal histories, our own values of what’s right or wrong and most important, our own unique way of interpreting and communicating this information. It’s the combination of all these components that makes us who we are.

If you’re looking for answers, look within and start tapping in to this vast database of memories, information and life experiences. Your soul is your inner compass to keep you on track.

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Bridging the Divide: Learning to Tend and Befriend

One of the great sufferings facing us is the growing divide between humans with different views, different realities. This talk looks at several levels of divides—being at war with ourselves, creating separation in our personal relationships, and societal divides. We then reflect on how we can evolve consciousness from the trance of “Fight, Flight, Freeze” to the wholeness that arises with “Tend and Befriend.”

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Becoming Infinite Fully and Completely

This is an insight into how transformation actually unfolds in every moment. So just in case you’re not good at math, don’t panic. 

When you introduce infinity into any equation, it becomes infinite. Why is this important? Because your soul is infinite. The parts of you that’s divine. The part of you that has God, is infinite and your presence exists outside of time. It exists outside of space. And so when we begin to have moments of transcendence, and we begin to have moments of experiencing who we are beyond the identity, beyond the body and the mind, and beyond the emotions, we begin to tap into the infinite within us. Once we have that experience, even for a moment, it begins to dissolve everything inside of us until eventually everything inside of us becomes infinite as well. 

So for example, if you’ve been coming to Call to  Calm, your relationship with your emotions, your thoughts, your body, and your reality has fundamentally shifted. Why is that? Because you’re no longer perceiving or experiencing your reality from a finite perspective or viewpoint. You’re now beginning to perceive and experience your reality from an infinite viewpoint, from an infinite perspective, meaning that you’re remembering I’m not these emotions,  I’m not these thoughts. I’m not this body. What I am is this infinite continuum, this infinite expression of energy.

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Practicing the Presence of Peacefulness

The next time something dark or disturbing tries to steal into you to wreck your contentment, do not consent to be drawn into its seemingly important considerations. Instead of sinking into this yawning abyss, rather than running after something to resolve that rift, better to remember this truth: the peace you long for also longs for you. Then, whatever you must do, find your way to it! Here’s a good place to start. 

Come awake to the backdrop of stillness within you, and while being aware within it, watch your own thoughts and feelings trying to drag you into the noisy world of their worry and fear. If you will go silent before them, they have no choice but to enter into the silence with you. This is how we turn the table on these thieves of peace. They cannot live with you in the light of higher self-awareness. In this mansion there is room for only one. 

You can work at this exercise anytime you remember it. Try it now. Look past the familiar forms around you, including those reactions in you about them. Don’t think about the moment unfolding before you, see it; Be the whole of life in the perfectly present moment. This Now is where the spirit of peace resides. Drop the minutiae, the too-familiar sense of self found in sorting through the particular. Place your attention in the awareness of your thoughts instead of losing your­self within them and what they tell you is happening.

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How To Tap Into Your Higher Self

The Higher Self is our connection to Divinity – to God, Spirit, Source, the Universe, or whatever you choose to call it. 

You can think of the Higher Self as your soul – the Divine part that chooses us and chooses to experience life through us. Through our personalities. This higher consciousness is the part of us that doesn’t fall prey to fear, scarcity, comparison, othering – or any of the things that cut us off from one another. The Higher Self recognizes that all life is sacred.

There are multiple parts to the self… 

Although this Higher Self is the true essence of who we are as Spiritual beings, over time and through our life experience, another part of us forms as well – the smaller self or the ego. 

The ego or the small self tends to think it’s running the show, although it really isn’t at all. This part of us sees the world through a lens of limited or false stories about reality. Things we’ve decided are true about ourselves or the world through our conditioning and the beliefs that have been passed down to us from our ancestors. Through these stories, we create an idea of our “self,” an identity we attach to. 

This part of the self is necessary to our quality of uniqueness, but can also tend to trip us up. It’s a very triggered view of the world that is shaped and formed and also influenced through our wounding. And it has very little to do with our true, Divine self. 

When you’re coming from a place of woundedness and you need to heal, it’s very hard to connect to your higher self or to find Spiritual growth. 

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Eastern Religions and Grief, an Introduction

Eastern religions do not have a tradition of "grief" as it is understood in the Western world. Nevertheless, many Eastern religions have practices that help people in their grieving process.

The process of grieving is similar in all cultures, but the meaning of grief is different. In Eastern religions, a death does not represent a single event, but a life “cut short” at some point along the continuum of time.

Below we explore how Eastern religions generally view grief, along with their philosophical teachings.


Buddhism and grief

In Buddhism, the ultimate goal is to free oneself from the cycle of suffering, and grief is seen as one of the many manifestations of this cycle.

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The Art of Soul Setting: The Next Level In Goal Setting

Goals are the vehicle to take you on an adventure and a journey of learning, evolving and facing parts of yourself so that you can grow, expand and become more of who you really are.”

What if there was a new way of setting goals? What if goal setting was an antiquated, outdated paradigm that was in fact limiting your ability to fulfill your highest destiny? In this episode, I speak about the next level of goal setting, a new paradigm and evolution - the art of soul setting. Listen and learn how to begin the process of soul setting and move through any limitations to catapult you to your next level in manifesting your goals, dreams and desires.

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Evolving Out Into The Infinite

I feel like we don’t acknowledge what it takes to truly make an impact in the world. And sometimes that’s the people around you, as much as this is an individual journey. This is a journey of awakening and a journey of evolving into who we are, the people around you are necessary as well, because God put them there. And, sometimes it takes a huge amount of vulnerability to realize that actually you wouldn’t do as well without those individuals.

And it’s not that you’re codependent, but it’s just that at some point you have to appreciate who played a part in getting you to where you are, how people contributed the time, how they put in the love, and how they put in the loyalty that they displayed.

I’ve been in this place of reflecting on how much of a role my wife Jan has played in me being who I am today and how, I don’t know who I would be in the absence of her presence in my life. 

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What Do We Mean By Mind?

We often affirm,“There is one life, that life is God and that life is our life right now.”There is one mind and it is expressing in us,as us and through us.There is one power, one mind and one life in all that we see.

Just as the sun beams light in and around all things, mind is everywhere present. On the spiritual dimension,all of our minds are connected through the One. If something is happening to some of us, on some level it is happening to all of us. We are the tapestry of all that is and continues to be in the mind of God.

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Being a Trapeze Artist without a Safety Net

When you let go of the need to be approved of, when you let go of the need to be understood, when you let go of the need to be liked, all of a sudden there’s an even greater freedom in the transmission and in the communication. So beyond ancestry, beyond generational patterns, what you are is a conduit. You’re a vessel and a vehicle. 

Freedom in its totality and the totality of its expression is being a trapeze artist without a safety net, which means in every moment, surrendering to God. And in every moment, allowing God to express through you. Sometimes there are no words, sometimes nothing’s happening and that’s great. You don’t need to always be in action. You don’t always need to be communicating. You don’t always need to be doing something. Sometimes in the silence, everything is communicated in a greater way than you ever could through words. 

It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter what your level of education is. It doesn’t matter what your life has been like, how you’ve lived your life. All of that was the unconscious manifestation of every pattern and every decision that was made before now.

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60 Seconds to Mindfulness Meditation

Most of us wish we had more time in the day for the things that make us feel healthier and happier. It can be challenging to figure out where to squeeze in these things that we treat as “extras” — as wants more than needs. Consider this your official invitation to move anything that makes your experience of life better (aka self-care!) into the “needs” column. And while you ponder how to make that work globally in your life, I have an incredibly simple way for you to get started.

If you have 60 seconds, you have time to squeeze a mindfulness meditation into your day. Practicing mindfulness helps us go through our days with more calm, grounded energy and less reactivity when things get chaotic. It’s a beautiful, simple practice, and here’s the great thing: You can do this anytime, anywhere. 

Being out in nature might be most relaxing — and I highly recommend you make time in your life for that on a regular basis — but you can also do a mindfulness meditation at your desk in the middle of your workday, in traffic on the highway, or while making yourself dinner, just for example. 

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True (TRUTH) Leadership

All of us can help our society by holding ourselves to high standards. This does not mean holding someone accountable for what he or she said twenty-five years ago. This is unnatural and spiritually wrong. Who among us doesn’t have issues we have needed to forgive and asked to be forgiven from twenty-five years ago?

These types of issues cause an insanity that saps our energy because they bring up the feeling (from a deep layer of the emotional body) that we do not deserve to be forgiven. It costs all of us the ability to believe that life moves forward rather than backward. And when we as a society are part of the process by publicly seeing people put down because of something they said more than twenty-five years ago, we are all zapped at our core because it feeds our own feeling that we are unforgivable and cannot move forward.

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How to Use the Monkey Mind to Build Circuits

Have you tried to meditate to calm the mind and instead, felt even more frustrated as thoughts whirled round and round…the desired stillness not even a glimmer on the distant horizon?

Maybe you’ve never meditated or even desired to meditate, but are interested in the idea of stilling the mind.  

When we are not identified as the thinking mind, we experience less pain. I am committed to providing sacred space for everyone to discover the distinctions between their true Essential Self and the false self—the thinking mind—that often runs our lives. 

When we get caught in life’s circumstances and it feels challenging to access that subtle frequency, that still, sacred space, the question often arises, “How do I get not identified as the mind?”

Whether through guided meditations, The Energy Codes® coursework, or BodyAwake® Yoga, when we dial into and experience the subtle frequency in and around our physical body, the thickness of the space around us becomes palpable. This is sacred space. It’s the more of who you are.

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