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How Meditation Contributes To Personal Growth

A Quote From Confusion To Clarity, The Book

A Quote From Confusion To Clarity, The Book

Have you ever had problems that won’t go away, recurring situations that cause you to ruminate, rather than guide you to focus and to be at peace in the moment? There are situations in everyone’s life that can only be understood on the level of the soul, rather than with the rational mind. You know which situations these are because if you were able to understand them by thinking enough about them, eventually they would be solved but instead confusion remains, just eating away at you.

I often find that by simply relaxing and clearing my mind, I suddenly realize something that had eluded me for a very long time when I tried to figure it out through working with my mind. These realizations often seem profound when they arrive (when we arrive) but what I believe is more profound, is that meditation opens us in a way that can enable us to quickly receive our own inner wisdom and guidance, leaving us with powerful new perspectives that can change our daily lives. All it takes is practice, and the willingness to surrender.

There is no correct way to meditate and there are many different ways to meditate. I use four different meditation practices, one on a daily basis, and the others, from time to time. Morning meditation I believe is the most important because it sets the pace for the day. We have sixteen, if not more waking hours in front of us as we face each day. By taking part of an hour early in the day for meditation practice, I establish my intention and rhythm for the day, and the rest of the hours seem to fall into place. This is because meditation has a residual and cumulative effect, the more consistently we do it. “When we learn to listen with our soul, our life becomes larger,” is a quote in my first book, From Confusion To Clarity, which goes into greater depth about the many benefits of having a meditation practice.

What is your preferred meditation practice? My daily practice involves chanting in front of a scroll which serves as a focal point. I’ve also done Transcendental Meditation which is the silent repetition of a mantra, given especially to you by someone trained in TM. You are not supposed to share your mantra with anyone or ever say it aloud. It is meant to be yours and yours alone. My mantra was given to me several years ago by a teacher who had just returned from a retreat in India with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of TM. I won’t forget the moment my mantra was first whispered in my ear or the many benefits I’ve received since embracing both of these practices.

Since those early days, I have also used the Holosync Solution, which is sound meditation with headphones, and involves listening to rain and crystal bowls, as well as guided meditation with Neale Donald Walsch, where you write down a question, and the answer to your question is received during the meditation. All of these are powerful forms of meditation, for me and many others, and I highly recommend them, I have friends that do yoga, and I have tried different types of yoga but none seem to resonate with me. You must find what works for you.

Like meditation, inspirational quotes can serve a similar purpose in the sense that they help to remind us of and reinforce, ways in which we can reframe our thinking. There are many places to find daily inspirational quotes. I invite you to visit me at https://www.facebook.com/MicheleHarveyAuthorPoet where I post inspirational quotes twice daily. If my inspirational quotes resonate with you, please become my friend or subscriber.

Taking a walk in nature, doing the dishes, sweeping leaves, dancing, all these things and many others, can serve as meditation practice when you relax into the present moment, attune with your senses, and when your mind is clear and unattached to whatever thoughts may occur. What is your preferred meditation practice? How has your life improved since you started meditating? What do you find challenging about meditation? What if anything holds you back from embracing a daily meditation practice?

Why Are We Always In Such A Rush?

“As soon as you’re born, they make you feel small, by giving you no time instead of it all.”

John Lennon

While in line at the local post office recently, I struck up a friendly conversation with the person in front of me. When I mentioned I was new in town, Jim informed me there used to be a larger post office in another part of town, which had since closed its doors.

With five folks on line in front of him, this offered us a chance to talk about where Jim lived prior to coming to Steamboat Springs, as well as what Steamboat Springs is like during the winter ski season. After about five minutes, Jim remarked that he misses the other post office because he never had to wait in line, to which I responded, “Think of all the nice people you get to talk with, while waiting in line.” Jim chuckled, as he stepped up to the counter.

Why are we always in such a rush?

longer than winter
the line…
at the bank


Copyright © 2004 and beyond by Michele Harvey – all rights reserved

Do we believe we will not live long enough to accomplish all our priorities? Are we afraid of wasting our time, when we would rather be doing something else? Is it because we are an impatient lot who can’t defer gratification? Is it all of the above?

The other day, a cashier whisked me aside so she could ring up the one customer waiting behind me. I was putting away the coins she had just given me.

If we value our time so greatly, why not make all moments valuable? We have become somewhat cold and socially awkward, in my opinion. Leo Buscalia, also known as “Dr. Love,” wrote about how we stand in crowded elevators, staring at the door, missing opportunities for numerous encounters with others all around us. How often do you see a group of friends sitting in a booth at the diner, interacting with their cell phones, instead of with each other?

At times we may truly be in a rush,
like when someone we love is visiting for a short time, or when we are keeping others waiting, and of course during a true emergency. Nonetheless, when even the express lane seems slow, it may be prime time to simply slow down, inhale the frenzy, and exhale the peacefulness from our heart to the world. Let’s embrace ourselves, one another, and what exists all around us in each present moment of what we refer to as time.

Food for thought and the upcoming holiday season? Books make great holiday gifts that you can order online.

Consider gifting my books, From Confusion To Clarity (Introduction by the author of Conversations With God, Neale Donald Walsch) and Poetry For Living An Inspired Life, both of which, I believe will increase your experience of the present moment.

Signed copies of both books can be shipped anywhere and are available respectively @ http://micheleharveyauthor.com and http://micheleharveyauthor.com/books/ Until next time…

Wishing you every blessing,

Michele Harvey Author

Poetry is the Rhythm of a Train

Dear Readers,

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This post was originally titled, Books, Blogs, and Radio Shows because just so many wonderful things have been happening. But before I share an abundance of news, I would like to ask for your help.

I invite guest bloggers (authors & experienced poets) who would like to appear in an article or be interviewed for this blog to please contact me @ clarity@confusionends.com (or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.)

What I have in mind is to split this blog and combine my monthly escapades with the news of a different author or poet, a guest blogger each month, whose work flows with, or at least does not oppose the messages contained in the nature of my work, much of which can quickly be gleaned just by taking a peek at my other pages and posts.

 

 

I have always been mesmerized and moved by the motion of trains. As a child, I grew up in an apartment close to New York City. The back of our building faced train tracks for the Long Island Railroad. During morning and evening rush hours, our entire apartment would shake as though we were experiencing an earth quake. Every dish in the kitchen would rattle. As a teen, I used to travel into Manhattan on the subway a lot. I remember riding home on the subway late at night, and closing my eyes to dance metaphorically to the rhythm of a thousand drums as the train rocked its way upon the steel tracks. In fact, my first collection of poetry, which was published in 2006, is called, Ripped Railway Tickets and it has a theme relating to trains that appears to run through and connect, several of the poems.

In line with that train of thought, as synchronicity would have it, even though I moved out west, the theme around trains seems to have stayed with me. I recently received news that a sonnet I wrote called, “Dinosaur Ridge,” has been chosen as the focal point around which a giant windscreen art project (art encased in a large glass display case) is being designed. It will be installed for posterity, as the ART IN PUBLIC PLACES EXHIBITION for the new WEST RAIL LINE, in the Jefferson County Government Center•Golden Station in the city of Golden and the state of Colorado. Work on this project is being done by glass artist Nancy O’Neil, http://www.nancyoneil.com/ who won the bid for the project and who contracted with me for the use of my poem as the focal point. The display, which also includes maps and photographs, focuses on Colorado history and should be complete by the end of 2013.

Poetry for Living an Inspired Life: Poems as Spiritual Meditation, is the title of my forthcoming full-length collection of poetry. The new book is broad in scope, and includes poetry I’ve written incorporating the use of many different settings, styles, and subjects. Poetry for Living an Inspired Life: Poems as Spiritual Meditation, includes poems I’ve written over the last 11 years. (Though many of the poems have been accepted for publication in fine literary journals, they have never appeared on social media.)

Poetry for Living an Inspired Life: Poems as Spiritual Meditation, will be available in both print and as an E book soon. Stay tuned by visiting me here or via Poetry for Living an Inspired life on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/PoetMicheleHarvey?ref=hl. please contact me @ clarity@confusionends.com for questions or to request copies.

Allow me to share with you the links for 2 recent radio interviews about my current book, From Confusion To Clarity: Vital Personal Growth in 30 Days or Less. Both shows are wonderfully informative and one of them includes a marvelous meditation. Please have a listen to one or both at your leisure:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/artoflivingwell/2013/05/06/consider-thiswith-linda-marie-and-nancy
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ggmradio/2013/03/27/crystal-clear-coaching-with-maggie-holbik

I would also like to share the link to a wonderful online magazine called Truly Alive. Truly Alive is a fabulous bimonthly online magazine with interviews and articles featuring such luminaries as Neale Donald Walsch and many others. http://www.trulyalive.net

From Confusion To Clarity: Vital Personal Growth in 30 Days or Less, my current book, contains a written introduction by Neale Donald Walsch, and is now available as an E book, everywhere. Check it out on itunes, Kobo, etc or in print right here http://www.micheleharveyauthor.com to receive a signed copy. I truly believe this book can help anyone stuck in any aspect of their lives, to some extent.

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Until next time…remember

Love is not some far off road that leads you home.
Love is what you are.

The Real Reason Why I Wrote: From Confusion To Clarity, Vital Personal Growth in 30 Days or Less (What’s In It for me?)

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On March 27, I did a radio interview about my new book, From Confusion To Clarity: Vital Personal Growth in 30 Days or Less, with radio host, Maggie Holbik of Crystal Clear Coaching. If you find books on personal growth and contemporary spirituality engaging, yet are still on the fence about whether to add my book to your collection, I invite you to listen to this radio show, which you might have missed, but which you can hear at your convenience by clicking on the link at the end of this page, so kindly read on, because what you won’t hear on the radio, is the meat of the matter in this month’s blog post:

During the show, I was gratefully, caught off-guard when Maggie asked, “What do you hope to achieve by writing this book? What sets your book apart from other books about personal growth? I say gratefully because these questions have since stayed with me long enough to shed new light on my own understanding of “what I hope to achieve” through sharing with you, the messages found in my book.

Among lots of other things, my book discusses a particular meditation taught by Conversations With God, author, Neale Donald Walsch, a modern-day spiritual messenger. It is not the only form of meditation I use effectively, nor is it the only one I recommend, but this meditation in particular does have a profound impact on me whenever I do it.

I learnt about Neale’s meditation (which gives one the opportunity to have a two-way dialogue with the Divine, hear the voice of the soul, God, or whatever name you choose to explain the glue that holds life together,) through attending one of his workshops in a large room filled with people. To the best of my knowledge, other than taking a course with Neale, either online or on-sight, or knowing someone who has, most people are not familiar with his meditation.

I bring this up because many of you, as well as your friends, and family members, have read at least one of the many books written by Neale Donald Walsch, yet how many of you, your friends, or family members, have gone to a spiritual retreat, and learned a meditation that profoundly changed your life?

I am just an ordinary person, not spiritual master, nor life coach, nor reverend, though these days I do behold more with reverence than ever before. Having experienced the different things my book discusses, I believe it can serve to bridge the gap, leading more of us ‘ordinary people,’ to delve more deeply into teachings and the life work of teachers like Neale Donald Walsch, Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and many others, and to actually embody the tools they offer through their teachings, by making them a way of life.

Perhaps my book will urge you to look at their online calendar of events and make some plans, or to meditate regularly, or to make one of the 30 user-friendly activities in my book, a part of enriching your life. If not, I believe my book, From Confusion To Clarity: Vital Personal Growth in 30 Days or Less, will encourage readers who are stuck and suffering, by providing them with easy but highly effective tools that allow one to change poison into medicine, and to lower the volume on their personal pain.

Below is the link to my radio interview. I do hope you’ll listen and feel free to share this blog and/or radio link with your friends and family members.

Radio Show (blogtalkradio) with Maggie Holbik (host) and Michele Harvey Author & Poet http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ggmradio/2013/03/27/crystal-clear-coaching-with-maggie-holbik

For signed copies of From Confusion To Clarity: Vital Personal Growth in 30 Days or Less, please visit the home page of this website.The book is also available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and CreateSpace.com and will soon be available on SMASHWORDS.

To read daily quotes From Confusion To Clarity, please visit facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMicheleHarvey?ref=hl and Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/confusionends/from-confusion-to-clarity-the-book/

I hope you’ll join me and comment on what you have found here.

Hugs till next time,

Michele

Each Day is a Fresh Start

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On March 30, 2011, I suffered the loss of my beautiful first born son, David. I was living in a foreign country when he died somewhat unexpectedly, and when my world fell apart. For a few days, I was immobilized. It seemed that every truth I ever knew was gone. I was afraid to go outside because I didn’t want to see the school children walking by in their blue uniforms for fear that I would break down among them.

It was during this time that I received an email about an interactive online course being offered by my teacher, Neale Donald Walsch. It proved to be the course that changed the course of my life. I learned a meditation that enables me and others, to have a two-way dialogue with the Divine, to ask questions and have them answered.

Two years later, I admit that awakening is not a static condition. For me, personal growth is something I have to strive for on a daily basis because at times, I seem to easily forget the things I have learned.

What I have held onto from my Holy experience, is that things are always as they should be. Things are always perfect. There are no mistakes. What this really means is that by letting go of judgments and labels, by taking a square look at whatever is showing up and accepting it, we can decide who we are and how we respond, in a more conscious sense.

I have chosen to show up differently since 2011 because I believe that so much of what I thought I understood before that time, no longer feels right. For example, no longer do I believe in scarcity in terms of life expectancy, resources, or anything else.

When we don’t believe in scarcity, we can cherish the present moment, and we can be much more giving to our world, which naturally includes us.
We can become more conscious of how we respond to one another and how we use our resources, including money, which is just as much a reflection of our consciousness, as anything else.

The warm and assuring hug I felt around my heart from the Divine during that meditation, has left me with only inspiration. In fact I believe it may have saved my life.

By sharing pieces of my shifting experience with all of you, through poems and books, it helps me fulfill how I have chosen to show up. And so it is to you my friends, that I am eternally grateful.

That said, I am currently embarking on the audio book version of From Confusion to Clarity and have been blessed with a recorded introduction to the audio book, by gifted actor and singer, Mr. John Allan, who also hosted the radio show, Guess Who’s Coming to Breakfast, which aired in 60 countries. If you are hooked on audio books, I hope you will give From Confusion to Clarity a good listen.

I am writing a book of poems as well, which will consist of many of the poems currently on the facebook page, Poetry for Living an Inspired Life https://www.facebook.com/#!/PoetMicheleHarvey and will include many other poems never before seen on social media.

What questions do you have about the material in From Confusion to Clarity? How has the book, particularly the activities at the end of the book, affected you? What opinions would you like to share? Speak to me! If you would prefer not to share your questions here, please email me at clarity@confusionends.com and I will respond to you within a few days. I invite you to visit the facebook page on which I share quotes from the book, at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMicheleHarvey?ref=hl

Hugs until next time,
Michele