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#ESMEINK : "Consciousness" Day 8

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{ Consiousness }

"He reached over to the refrigerator, grasped an onion, and tossed it to me. "Peel it, layer by layer," he demanded. I started peeling. "What do you find?" "Another layer." "Continue." I peeled off a few more layers. "Just more layers, Soc." I said. "Keep going." "There's nothing left." "There's something left, all right." "What's that?" "The universe. Consider that as you walk home."

-From the book, "Way of the peaceful warrior"

Just when I feel like I'm going crazy because of how busy my mind is, I come across this piece from an amazing book. It's a lot to consider for sure. I'm called to meditate. Journalling has been great, but seems to have opened up so many thoughts, feelings, and confusion. I am writing down thoughts and ideas the moment I get them, so that I can write about them later. Some of them I don't feel ready to tackle when it comes time to sit down and write. Others, i'm just not that passionate to write about. I want each entry to really mean something. I want to work on my soul. Find what drives me. Get to know myself better.

There is change upon me, and it's a strong, heavy feeling. I don't know what it is, but I only feel this way when I know something big on the way. It's a strange energy.

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Only the mind is resistant to change. When we are able to relax to a state of mindlessness, we feel happy, free, present, and don't sense separation from anything.

"The body is Consciousness; never born; never dies; only changes. The mind-your ego, personal beliefs, history, and identity-is all that ends at death." -"way of the peaceful warrior"

I want my mind to be less noisy. I want to feel more present. Meditation helps. If I can pay attention to the 2 main processes; insight and surrender, then I should be able to let go and be free of the mind, in those moments I need peace. Insight-paying attention to what is arising. Surrender-letting go of attachment to arising thoughts. I allow thoughts to come in, and I allow myself to let them go. This will give me peace.

I have no mantra for today. Rather, I will breathe deep, listen to the rhythm of my heartbeat and breath. For today, I am alive with many passions, and I will move through these thoughts without getting stuck.

"Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak." -Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

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#ESMEINK Journal Entry by Lise-Marie Johnson

30 Days of #EsmeInk : A Journey into Ritualistic Self-Love

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This is my ideal June morning. Let's pretend it's in Spain to make it even more ideal.:

30 days of INK

{A journey into ritualistic self-love!}

Esme Life invites you to join us, in a journey of self exploration.

An inventory of your soul. We're calling this 30 day journaling challenge, 30 days of INK {a journey into ritualistic self-love}.

Lise-Marie Johnson is Esme's C.H.N certified holistic nutritionist. Lise came up with this beautiful idea and we couldn't be more excited to take a little time to get intentional and reflective. Below Lise has jotted down her heart and thoughts behind the journey ahead: 

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          "Holistic nutrition has a large focus on our food. I love the powerful properties of food, and I love even more, feeding my soul what it needs. I'm talking self love, peeps. How do you love yourself?"

          There is a delicate balance in life, that when is off even slightly, it seems that walls can come crashing in around me. I am at a point in my life where my spirit needs growth, nurturing and  self-loving attention. This has inspired me to start this 30 day challenge. I have always loved the ritualistic ideals of self love, self care, self-evolution, and find it hard to always follow through. Let's face it. Life is busy and ever changing. I am not where I expected to be if your asked me where I thought I would be, even as little as 5 years ago.  If this speaks to you, or if  you already journal/blog,  or if you want to try something new, or if you feel like you are missing balance in your life, or if you feel like this may be something that inspires you, then please, join me in this vulnerable, delicate act of self-loving, soul kissing and cleansing 30 days of growth. I will be {vulnerably} posting my daily writings for viewing. I am not a writer. I am not an editor.  I am simply wanting to find clarity and direction, and grow as a human on this amazing planet, and to hopefully inspire others to do the same with our tiny bit of time we have here.

What I think I will be writing about……Where I am today. Where i've been, where I am going. Fears, desires, LOVE, who am I really, vulnerability, goals, accountability, acceptance, and more.

What I'm certain I will write about….. I cannot be sure.

You are more than welcome to follow my topics and write about them yourself, in how they apply to your life. Or take the wheel and write what speaks to your beating heart!

We hope you will take this journey with us.

#ESMEINK begins now.... 

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