Hello Spiritual Warriors!! I hope you are thriving, healing, transforming and feeling fulfilled.
For the past year, I’ve received many requests to host LIVE teleseminars. As you probably know, I spend a lot of time on the road fulfilling my mission to take meditation to the masses and that has made it challenging to incorporate a LIVE! teleseminar format into my life. But I’ve carved out some time over the next couple of months in between my private corporate trainings, the Deeper Still advanced Teacher Training & our annual pilgrimage to the Mexican Riviera in Maya Tulum. I’m really excited to launch this new process & since this is brand new to me, I will do my best, but I will so appreciate your feedback and insights on how to make this the finest LIVE! teleseminar possible.
It’s been a busy few months for me – filled with the release of destressifying, the simultaneous launch of Zonder Stress in the Netherlands, Hay House’s I Can Do It conferences in Denver & Orlando, my East Coast tour, the most recent Masters of Wisdom & Meditation Teacher Training, developing guided meditation videos for Grokker, taking care of Peaches – the Buddha princess, working with Reid Tracy on an online meditation course for Hay House University, my personal Mentoring Program Moving through Change, expanding davidji.com to include all my certified instructors throughout the world, recording 19 brand new free guided meditations, teaching stress management to corporations & law enforcement, posting on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, staying connected with my loved ones & friends, visiting the beach every day, meditating, practicing yoga, dipping my toe into Pure Barre, watching my favorite TV shows, reading & studying ancient texts, practicing my Spanish, taking out the garbage… you know the drill. Life is wild and chock full of moment after moment after moment.
The tool that I have found valuable during times of extreme activity in order to slow the relentless swirl is looking at life through The Five Realms Of Existence. I’ve shared them with you before & I’ve dedicated an entire chapter to them in destressifying – but to those who are newly on board, they are:
- The Physical Realm
- The Emotional Realm
- The Material Realm
- The Relationship Realm, and
- The Spiritual Realm.
We’ll explore the Five Realms as we design how 2016 will unfold for us in my Set Your Course workshop this January, and we go deep into the process as we discover our purpose at my Dharma workshop in March.
But right here — right now — if you feel you could benefit from some clarity, you can make an important shift in how you respond to the unfolding of your life. During times when it seems like you can barely catch your breath, look at your life through the lens of The 5 Realms. That will keep you moving forward on your journey while keeping everything in perspective, and bringing greater clarity into the moment.
Here’s an example: Your to-do list is bursting at the seams. You’ve got expectations of what needs to get done, several obligations that you have committed yourself to, a brand new set of circumstances and the basic day-to-day stuff still needs to get done. So slow it all down; start your morning with a meditation to bring some stillness and silence into the trajectory of your day.
Start with your Physical Realm: Your body, what comes in and what goes out, what strengthens it and what weakens it. Pick one action to definitely do – and one thing to let go JUST FOR TODAY… Don’t torture yourself – bring one thing into your physiology that will nourish and release one that’s not nourishing.
Then think about your Emotional Realm: Walk yourself through your ability to monitor your own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide your thinking and behavior. Place your attention on your levels of empathy, compassion, hot buttons, trigger points, assumptions, and conditioned responses. Commit to one emotional behavior that is serving you and keep it in your awareness throughout the day – create a mantra that you can keep flowing throughout the day such as “patience… patience… patience” And every time you feel you’re about to respond in a way that might not serve you, take a deep breath in and as you exhale repeat the mantra.
Then drift your attention to your Material Realm: Make one decision today regarding how you will view the material abundance in the world. Seeing yourself as a never-ending conduit will flow through how you treat your money, finances, your debt, status, your position, possessions, dharma, your saving, hoarding or your giving. Allow abundance consciousness and wealth circulation to transform any feelings of poverty consciousness or less-than thinking. And throughout the day, remind yourself of that shift. Reinforce it by keeping the san kalpa – the subtle intention – “Aham Brahmasmi” (I am the Universe) running in the background of all your thought processes.
Then spend 5 minutes on the Relationship Realm: Reflect on one relationship you have – with your self, your core family, friends, extended relationships, those with whom you have a grievance – and leading with love, take a step to either birth, repair, shift, or end it. Throughout the process, breathe in deeply as you allow these four virtues to be cultivated within you:
- impeccability of your word
- your thoughts, and
- your deeds.
Share this email with a friend, a loved-one – someone you consider in your front row… to help them take their life to the next level!!!
Spend your last five minutes on the Spiritual Realm: Your connection to your soul and to the divine spirit; your daily practice of prayer, meditation, and devotion to the divine; contemplate your dharma or noble purpose in this life. Breathe in and plant a seed of one-ness in your heart and let the universe kiss your soul.
Reflect on each realm and the intention or commitment you made to yourself. If you really want to ground them in the tangible world, write them down and place them someplace where you will regularly see the document. But the key is to live them – live your intentions…lean into them. As Krishna says to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, “Yogastha kuru karmani” – establish yourself in the present moment, then perform action.
The swirl will slow. Clarity will unfold. Your choices will become more evident. Your decisions will start to truly nourish you and those in your world. With gentle repetition, this can become a daily practice. And it only takes a few minutes of attention on each realm.