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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Understanding and Letting Go of Depression

Depression is such a strong word. The softer side of it is sadness. We're all hit by this at one time or another. It is part of our emotional makeup, and it is not a good idea to judge yourself when it occurs. When a strong emotion arises, it provides an opportunity to search deeper into your soul for an understanding of what is really occurring.

Because I have a strong spiritual and meditation practice, I am grateful that I do not touch depression often, so when it does appear, it puzzles and inspires me to research its cause. I was in such a state recently, and it gave rise to new insight about this emotional darkness.

I was deeply sad the entire day, and I finally gave in and lay down to meditate to see if I could feel better. Much to my surprise, I found the origin of my emotional state. When you allow yourself to go into the quiet of your mind through meditation, what is revealed is often surprising. Some meditators would say, "My guides told me this," or "I heard a voice that said that."  But that is not how I receive guidance. I just think the answer.

I find this is a tricky way to get messages because it is easy to believe that I am making it up and it is not real guidance. Over the years I have become accustomed to the way information is given to me. It just pops into my head and resonates through my entire being. I wish I heard a voice or saw messages written in living light, but that is not for me. I only have this simple approach to inner guidance. I just know it.

So what came through? Expectations. Depression comes from wanting something that has not happened in the way you wanted. You may have envisioned an outcome to a particular situation and when it does not turn out the way you planned, you feel sad. If you keep running it through your head long enough, it can manifest into depression. When these ideas build up over the years, it can create chronic depression.

The solution is in seeing the pressure you overlaid onto the situation by being attached to a particular outcome and realizing that it can be let go. Once you understand you have the power to rewrite the script that has been stalking you, the emotion turns around. You can look at it with new eyes, give it a new twist, and come at it from a new perspective. It does not take years of therapy. Once you become aware of what is running this emotion, you can stop, look it in the eye and say, “You do not have a hold on me any longer.”

We are on this road together. Let my insights guide you to a place where you can perhaps be a little freer from your stories. We all have them. Time to let some of them go.

Watch for my weekly meditation class which will start in October.

Many Blessings,
Marnie Vincolosi

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Priorities

In this fast paced world, decisions are made in a split second. The business environment demands a quick response leaving little time for thought, usually requiring a decision within a few hours or if lucky perhaps, within a day. The holidays are fast approaching and our priorities will soon be tested.

How will you know what to do?What is important to you? With whom would you want to spend your time? When there is no one around, how will you fill your day? How can you get clear and make the correct choices?

Balanced decisions come from the heart, not the head, but how do you know the foundation of these feelings?  Focus on each chakra during your meditation to recognize the feeling held within each energy center. When information needs to be accessed, you can then be familiar with the sensation held within your chakra. Thus the origin of the decision.

Regular meditations will begin to give your mind a reprieve from the everyday stress and strain of decision making. When your mind realizes it will have R&R for brief periods (about 20 minutes) each day, it will begin to reorganize its thoughts. Then when fast responses are needed, clarity of mind will be at hand.

Chakra meditations can be found on my CDs and in my Reiki books, all of which can be purchased online at www.lightinternal.com. There is a “Life Tool” (Marnie’s guided imagery meditations) specific for chakras. Send your request for a chakra meditation and I will email one specifically for that chakra to you.

Many Blessings,
Marnie Vincolisi

Monday, September 8, 2014

How to Turn Frustration into Peace

Do you ever have one of those days when no matter what you do, it goes wrong? The day lacks flow.  Resistance is around every corner. So what to do? Some just crawl into bed and sleep it off. Others turn to TV, food, or just keep pushing until they're so exhausted they must stop (that’s me).

There once was such a day for me. I started out by going to the Pepsi center to get tickets to a concert for myself and a few friends. I missed an email and did not get a ticket for an important friend. While shopping, the stores were out of many of the items I wanted to purchase. I spent most of the day attempting to make new recordings of my meditations to sell online but had too much background noise and could not find a way to alleviate it. I was ready to throw in the towel for this raw food thing I'd been following,yet my body was telling me something else. At the end of the day, while writing this blog, I couldn't think of what to write about. My best solution was to go to bed and sleep it off. It was late and rest was the best idea I could come up with.

In the middle of the night a thought came to mind - gratitude. Why not think of all the things I'm grateful for? So I did. I began with simple material things and then expanded my thoughts to loved ones and qualities I possess. At one point my dreams became lucid as I pointed out my gratitude to those in my dreams. I awoke in a better space than when I lay down for the night.

Enjoy this beautiful weather as you think about what you have to be grateful for.  The list just might be endless.

Many Blessings,
Marnie Vincolisi