Live in the Orange Zone - Day 5
30 Days of Self Study, Meditation and Reflection
Welcome to day five of living in the orange zone.
We have committed to a sacred time, a sacred space. We've committed to silence and listening to ourselves,and to a gratitude practice. We added yesterday setting intention of what we want to draw into our life and focusing our mind on that.
Today I'm adding something that is essential to our 30 day living in the orange zone and I think to a devotion practice. That is to add blessing to another person. So every time we do the Metta meditation, we first bless ourselves and then we second bless the people that we love and that we care about.
I feel like it's a really beautiful practice whether you call that prayer or whether you say that it's sending energy to someone. To take time to focus on that person in your mind and to send them some energy or some love or some intention.
I've watched my mom my whole life do this with people where she's listened to them, she's such a good listener. When she knows they're going through something special or something hard, she says, “I'm going to pray for him and light a candle for you.” She commits this time where she sits down and I know that she is just sitting with all the people she's promised to send energy to. I believe that that energy is powerful and that we feel that when someone is sending energy our way.
Recently we just had a, one of our shala community folks Danica, just had her beautiful little baby and I had been setting intentions and prayers for her. Oftentimes, if I know someone's going through a hard time, I will let them know I'm going to be holding you in my prayers. I think of them in my mind. I send them love, I send them strength, I send them intentions.
I believe that as much as it is, it's a beautiful thing to give them and they feel it. That it's a powerful connection between you and another person energetically.
I was on the beach today, which is part of my orange zone. I told myself that in between classes, I was going to try to put my toes in the sand a couple of days a week and I found this beautiful piece of beach glass. I wanted to use the beach glass this time to represent the people that I'm praying for, the people that I'm sending a blessing to. I have a little handful of beach glass. Each one of these represent someone that I've committed to send love and intention to.
John O'Donoghue said that to bless someone is to offer a beautiful gift. I wrote that in my journal. Just really encouraging all of you to get creative with your journals and write the quotes. I actually started writing some of the people here that I'm, that are pieces of beach glass for me that I intend to bless for these 30 days, and to really allow yourself to use this time to lift up other people as well as yourself.
Maybe some people that are afraid right now or that have lost their jobs. To just know that you are going to commit to sending them energy to hold the vibration high. That is the orange zone, that is living in possibility, and giving possibility and optimism or hope or love to other people.
So join me as a little, a beautiful Irish tradition to give a blessing to bless someone that you love. Bless a bunch of people you love.
I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.
Day 5 Inspiration
Today's inspiration comes from the Bhagavad Gita
Make your mind your friend.
For one who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his very mind will be his greatest enemy.
Click the links below to find out more:
The Orange Zone - A 30 Day Practice - YouTube Playlist
Daily Inspirational Quotes for 30 Day Meditation
Blog Post: What is the Orange Zone?
Day 1: InvitationDay 2: Practice Silence & Listening
Day 3: Adding Gratitude
Day 4: Set Intentions
Day 5: Give a Blessing
Day 6: Start Young
Day 7: Sacred Reading & Reflection
Day 8: Wear & Remember
Day 9: The Practices Brings Transformation
Day 10: Repot & Prune for Growth
Day 11: Indoor Pruning
Day 12: Move the Furniture
Day 13: Self Reflection & Appreciation
Day 14: Practice Appreciation & Feel Blessed
Day 15: Why hurry?
Day 16: Energy Banking
Day 17: Start Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast
Day 18: Space Training
Day 19: Breath- Our Instant Medicine
Day 20: Create your own Garden