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"...It Is Only Kindness That Makes Sense Anymore"

--by Nancy Hausauer

I was only going to post Naomi Shihab Nye's sublime poem "Kindness" today, but I woke up thinking of a little more I wanted to write on the subject.

Kindness is an energetic state and a basic orientation to the world as well as a way of relating to others. Whatever I'm doing, when I'm in an in-between state, I know that consciously returning to a state of kindness is a good thing to do.

Being in a state of kindness doesn't mean you can't also have boundaries, be tough, be angry, be strong. Perfection is not required and it's not a failure if you slip out of it. I see it as being like presence--also one of the best default states. Staying there isn't the most important part. The main thing is having the intention to be there and being conscious of when you slip out of it. And repeat.

Next time you're in a state of kindness, I encourage you to pay attention to how it feels, in all aspects of yourself--energy, heart, body, mind, and whatever else you experience as a facet of yourself. Noticing it now will help you return there at other times, when kindness is where you need to be--for yourself, for others, for the world.

I am hoping you and your loved ones are both giving and receiving much kindness. And now, the poem. --Nancy


Kindness

--by Naomi Shihab Nye


Before you know what kindness really is

you must lose things,

feel the future dissolve in a moment

like salt in a weakened broth.

What you held in your hand,

what you counted and carefully saved,

all this must go so you know

how desolate the landscape can be

between the regions of kindness.

How you ride and ride

thinking the bus will never stop,

the passengers eating maize and chicken

will stare out the window forever.


Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness

you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho

lies dead by the side of the road.

You must see how this could be you,

how he too was someone

who journeyed through the night with plans

and the simple breath that kept him alive.


Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,

you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.

You must wake up with sorrow.

You must speak to it till your voice

catches the thread of all sorrows

and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,

only kindness that ties your shoes

and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread,

only kindness that raises its head

from the crowd of the world to say

It is I you have been looking for,

and then goes with you everywhere

like a shadow or a friend.


Feeling Anxious? Here's A Simple Technique For Relief

Clouds

Dear friends, I hope you and your loved ones are well, and that you are staying safe by staying home. Last week I was a little too off-center to write a blog, but this week I'm feeling more grounded. A wonderful energy healer friend did a mid-conversation energy healing for me over the phone, and it helped a lot. (Thanks, Peggy!). I encourage you to stay in touch with people like her, people who help you feel more centered and calm.

These are anxious times for many of us. Stress and anxiety disrupt the rhythm and flow of body and energy, making our energy spiky and chaotic. (Think of choppy water, compared to smooth water.)

The following meridian-based technique can help you calm and smooth your energy when you're feeling edgy. This is good for your immune system, too. It's super-easy, and there's no down-side to giving it a try.

Triple Warmer

The Triple Warmer (also called Triple Heater and Triple Burner) meridian governs our stress response, among other things. In our culture, Triple Warmer works overtime for most people even under normal circumstances--and these are not normal circumstances.

You can calm it down, reducing your sense of anxiety, by tapping, rubbing, or holding the third point on the meridian (TW3). This point is on the back of your hand.

How to Find Triple Warmer 3

To find TW3, make a gentle fist. Between the bones in the hand that lead to the fourth and fifth fingers (ring and pinky fingers), you will see a slight indentation or depression (just below the knuckle-bones). This is the spot.

How to Calm Triple Warmer by Tapping, Rubbing or Holding TW3

Tap, rub, or press this spot for about a minute. Breathe deeply (but comfortably) while you do this -- nice, full breaths all the way down into the lower third of your lungs.

Then switch hands, continuing to belly breathe.

That's it. Just don't try to do this while you drive. (But you knew that.)

It may take 20 minutes or so for the stress hormones to clear from your body (though it works very quickly for me).

I send you wishes for a peaceful and harmonious time of rest and reflection, along with hopes that this moment of energetic upheaval may serve as an opening for the transformation that our world so badly needs.

With love, Nancy


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Breathe. Ground. Center.

Hello friends. I hope this finds you safe and well.

I'm a little frazzled with a lot of moving parts in my life right now. I know I'm not the only one. I find that I just don't have what it takes to write a blog post right now. But I found this wonderful short video from Liz Moyer at We Heal For All that I want to share with you.

Normally Liz works helping people process climate grief. She's turned her attention to helping folks process emotions having to do with the Covid-19 pandemic. I found this video message from her to be wise and calming. Her own sense of feeling called to slow down resonated with me deeply. I'm grateful to her and hope that you will find her short video valuable as well.



Here's the link to the video if the embedded version won't play for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQn8prmTbVw


Please take good care of yourself and in doing so take care of everyone else. Breathe. Ground. Center.

With love, Nancy


Covid-19: Rising To The Challenge

--by Nancy Hausauer

Fig tree in winter

My friends, I hope this finds you well. I am in Western Washington, one of the Covid-19 "hot spots" here in the U.S. We're not on a lock-down basis yet, but schools and restaurants are closed and we're strongly encouraged to stay home. With a 93-year-old mother living in an assisted living facility and being very near 65 myself, I am choosing to err on the side of caution. I am evaluating whether to see clients on a week by week basis (not this week) and staying out of public places unless absolutely necessary. I'm doing this primarily out of concern for others, especially the medically vulnerable, and out of love and respect for the medical heroes who are going to bear much of the brunt of this epidemic.

I have a large garden and spring is on its way, so I'm not lacking for beauty to fill my eyes and things to occupy my time while I'm at home, but it's still weird, and I worry about my loved ones. My mother and her friends. My educator brother with asthma. My friends in healthcare. My flight attendant cousin. My friend who runs a popular health-foods store. And so on.

You, my readers, are from many parts of the world and all across the U.S. I know that circumstances are different for us depending on where we are. But I'm convinced that small actions taken now will prevent a lot of suffering in the near future. I thought this article explained it all clearly: https://blog.theshiftnetwork.com/node/889.

I encourage you to:

  • be a leader in your community, modeling responsible, principled, compassionate behavior
  • follow the public health advice of officials in your region
  • practice good self-care, physically and mentally
  • build and strengthen your community
  • fill your senses and heart with beauty
  • lift others up when you can, and allow yourself to be lifted up when you need it
  • focus on what unites us (truly, this pandemic shows us how interconnected we are, and how our well-being depends on everyone else's)
  • keep your eyes on the positive potential of the situation (you don't have to ignore its seriousness to do this)
  • use the time that opens up to be joyful, to heal, to grow
  • use this experience as a springboard for transformation to a higher level of cooperation, creativity, and consciousness
  • re-commit to leaving this world better than we found it.

I'll leave you a link for things you can do for anxiety: https://www.The-Energy-Healing-Site.com/anxiety-self-help.html.

Blessings and light to you and yours, Nancy


P.S. I know that not everyone will agree with this. But please don't back come at me with comments that I'm over-reacting, that the danger is over-hyped, etc. Feel free to unsubscribe (link at the bottom of this email.


Your Body Is Not A Machine


Your body is not a machine. Its processes are not at their core physical, mechanical, or chemical. A living being is a field of energy, consciousness, and intelligence, and is capable of amazing healing and renewal. Transformation is always accessible.



Your body is not a machine. Its processes are not at their core physical, mechanical, or chemical. A living being is a field of energy, consciousness, and intelligence, and is capable of amazing healing and renewal. Transformation is always accessible.



Be A Beacon of Light In Dark Times

--by Nancy Hausauer

Lighthouse

A lot of the people coming through my doors these days are saying they are very tired, with no obvious reasons. My sense is that it has partly to do with what's happening in the macrocosm. Dark and chaotic energies are swirling, and they take a toll on people who are energetically sensitive.

I have an energy healing exercise to offer that I think may help.

But before I give you that, I want to clarify that I don't think our times are without hope. Hope abounds, although perhaps needing to be paired with patience and perseverance. Like winter always holds the potential of spring, dark times hold the potential for greater light and good.

Nevertheless, when we're in the middle of dark times, they can be unsettling and exhausting. So here's a brief energy healing you can do for yourself, while in the process helping others.

Beacon Of Light: An Energy Healing

  • Sit in a comfortable place where you won't be disturbed for a few minutes.

  • Ground deeply. (One way is to imagine sending down roots from your feet into the earth.) Allow yourself to feel stabilized, supported, nourished by being deeply connected to the earth.

  • When you feel stable, settled, and tapped into Mother Earth, begin to call light to yourself. Do this in whatever way is most natural for you. You can invite it, imagine it, intend it, feel it, breathe it in, dance it in, gesture it in, use a mudra. Whatever works for you.

  • Sense your energy field growing brighter as you call in light. Sense it expanding.

  • Anchored in the earth and surrounded by light, feel how energies that are destabilizing or frightening--energies of the storm--can not reach you.

  • (If you like, imagine yourself for a moment as a large tree that small animals can find shelter in, even if the wind is howling around you. Like a mother comforting her children, allow yourself to exude calm. Acting as if calm, you will become calmer.)

  • Switching images, imagine yourself as a beacon or a lantern, lighting up the darkness. Imagine that you are sharing this light with others, to comfort them and help them find their way. Again, acting as if calm, you will become calmer.

  • Allow yourself to bask for a while in this feeling of greater peace.

  • When you are ready, take a few moments to slowly bring yourself back to your surroundings.


In stormy times, I recommend that you do this energy healing regularly. It will benefit you as well as others.

Namaste,

Nancy


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Career Advancement: Elevate Your Work Life With Energy Healing

--by Nancy Hausauer

Bricklayer

Often when we think of energy healing, we think of healing the physical body. But energy healing can be applied to any aspect of your life. For many of us, our jobs are a part of our lives that could really use some energy healing help.

Here's an energy healing routine that you can use to elevate and improve your work life.

  • Clear the energy of your workspace at the start of each week. If you have a window, open it and let in fresh air. If not, open an imaginary window and flood your space with make-believe fresh air and sunlight. Hold the intention to have the real or imaginary air and light clear and elevate the energy in your area. (Do this much more often if you meet with or treat people in your workplace.)

  • At the start of each workday, calibrate your energy. Ground and center and surround yourself with light, or do any other exercise or technique that lifts and clears your energy field.

  • Touch your heart chakra (in the center of your chest at heart level) to remind you to stay heart-centered.

  • Touch your third eye (between and slightly above your eyebrows) to help you think clearly and stay above petty workplace issues.

  • Set an intention for the day. This could be a work goal or something more general, such as the intention to be courteous and calm to others or to maintain a balance between your own wellbeing and the demands of your job. Write it down and look at it throughout the day.

  • It's easy to get lost in details, so remind yourself (and coworkers if possible) about the highest purpose of the work you're doing. For example, if you work in the accounting department at a university, you're not just balancing numbers. You're maintaining order and coherence so that people can learn to employ the gift of their intellect. If you work in a restaurant or grocery store or on a farm, you're helping fulfill people's primal need for the nourishment and pleasure of food, and so on.

Whatever you do for a living, make it your own and consciously serve at the highest level you can. Have a good week! --Nancy

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You Can Relax


Don't try too hard. You can trust the energy to go where it needs to go and do what it needs to do. You can trust that you will receive the information you need to know. You can relax.



Don't try too hard. You can trust the energy to go where it needs to go and do what it needs to do. You can trust that you will receive the information you need to know. You can relax.



Looking for Love? Start by Loving Yourself

--by Nancy Hausauer

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it seems timely to address the issue of Love -- in this case, self-love.

Bleeding Heart Flowers

Loving yourself is one of the foundations of being able to love and be loved by others. It's also one of the hallmarks of a well-developed heart chakra, and one of the pre-requisites for true happiness.

Yet for most people, it's hard to do. In developing the heart chakra, it seems to be one of the most difficult achievements. It's so much easier to be compassionate, kind, and non-judgmental to others.

All too often, we think and say terrible things about ourselves. It's so ingrained that we barely notice the steady stream of insults and judgments that many of us lay on ourselves -- things we would never think about others, especially those we love.

For the heart chakra to fully develop, and for us to fully receive the deep, true love that we all want, we must love ourselves.

This doesn't mean that you don't see your own imperfections. It just means that you love and accept yourself anyway. Easier said than done if you've been unconsciously judging yourself for a life-time.

But it's just a habitual way of thinking, and all habits can be undone. With persistence, you can learn to treat yourself with the loving-kindness that you probably show to most other people.

Here's a suggestion for how to start practicing self-loving-kindness:

  • Start by noticing your own self-judgment and non-compassion -- the thoughts and words that are less than tender, loving, and kind toward yourself. (This alone would take you miles toward the goal of self-loving-kindness.) For example, let's say you've just noticed that you've mentally called yourself clumsy.
  • Now think of someone you love dearly. Ask yourself, would I berate my dear one like that? Would I want them to say or think such a thing about themselves?
  • Replace "clumsy" with a more charitable thought, for example, that you're strong, or enthusiastic, or that being graceful is a lovely trait but not very important in the grand scheme of things. Or, think of a time when it wasn't true, when you were graceful. Or reframe it in a more neutral way, such as "Sometimes my mind/imagination is so active that I lose track of my body."
  • Make a habit of doing this. With practice, you can do the whole sequence in a few seconds. It will open your heart chakra to yourself, and it will impact your connection to others as well.

Wishing you a self-loving heart, Nancy

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Let Early Spring Inspire You To Wait Till The Time Is Right

--by Nancy Hausauer

Fig tree in winter

How's your energy? Are you brimming with vitality? Is your life going fluidly and efficiently? Or are you overworked, exhausted, burnt out and running into lots of obstacles and blocks in your life?

The Wisdom of Early Spring

In the Northern Hemisphere, February 2 was Imbolc, an ancient Celtic holiday marking the beginning of the beginning of spring. As with each of the seasons, there's great wisdom encoded in it. Looking to nature, this season of earliest spring can teach us a lot about how to preserve physical vitality, maintain energetic balance, and make our lives run more smoothly. One of Imbolc's main lessons is to do things when the time is right, and not before.

The Power of Patience

In earliest spring, the light is growing stronger and the earliest bulbs are starting to emerge. Personally, by this time I'm tired of winter and eager for the full delights of Spring -- more light, more warmth, more growth. But it's not here yet!

Patience is required: spring comes on its own timetable, not ours.

For the plants, there's no prize for coming up early. Break dormancy too soon, and their cycle for the whole year will be off. They may even die in a late freeze. So they wait till a complex set of cues tells them the time is right to start growing again.

Wait Till the Time Is Right

Our workaholic culture rewards work for work's sake. Work is seen as an absolute virtue, and not working a vice. So many of us try harder and harder, working continuously, never resting.

Taking the plants' lessons of patience and timing to heart -- giving both work and non-work, action and inaction their due -- can help us maintain our physical and energetic health.

This is partly because it builds cycles of rest into our lives, but it's more than that. When we act prematurely, we run into obstacles at every turn. The universe just doesn't seem to cooperate. Our energy is needlessly frittered away.

But if we wait till the right time, things go much easier. Doors open, people are eager to help, happy coincidences abound. Staying in rhythm with the universe, we preserve our own energy. It can remain smooth and flowing, rather than getting jagged and blocked. It's fueled, rather than depleted.

This year, watch closely as late winter patiently changes into early spring. Cultivate the wisdom of the plants, incorporating judicious inaction into your life. You'll be healthier, happier, and more effective.

Namaste, Nancy

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