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You Are All the Stars

All The Stars - Jenn Grosso July 2014

{All the Stars} Artwork by Jenn Grosso on The Universe of Now

I’m so excited to be a contributor over on The Universe of Now! Such an inspiring website. Check out my first post here where I share my newest poem and artwork.

{You Are All the Stars}

Falling in and out
I AM, then become undone
Pulling it together again

Hold onto yourself
Hold on and let go
Hold on

Resting in the infinite
Just where you belong
Where you have come from

Coursing with the flow
It becomes easy again
To shine with all the stars

Lighting up the entire sky above.

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Behind The Poetry

I’m very excited to share with you today an interview that the Women’s Spiritual Poetry site did with me for THE WOMEN BEHIND THE POETRY! Later this year, they will be publishing an anthology of poems with contributions from poetesses all over the world. Four of my poems were chosen to be included. I feel so honored and grateful!!!

To check out the interview, go here.

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Solace for the Broken: The Power of Cracks & Holes

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“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” ~ Leonard Cohen

I am a big believer in the power of cracks and holes, the ‘lost-ness’ and brokenness that transforms us.

I believe that we can exist in those dark moments; cracked apart and fallen to pieces, because that is the doorway through which we begin catching glimpses of our reflected light shining through.

And it is thanks to those cracks that we can slowly wipe the dust from our eyes as we reassemble ourselves.

“Take these broken wings and learn to fly.” ~ Paul McCartney

When feeling lost, drifting in limbo, and downright confused to the very marrow of our bones, embrace it. Let us be lost and honor ourselves as the wounded broken thing that we are in that moment.

There is magic in broken things, for it is in being shattered to pieces that all the potential in the world is held — to be rebuilt into something unexpected. We have the abilities to truly surprise ourselves.

This wide open space can seem terribly scary and vast. Our cracks and holes may at first appear to us as being empty, chasms of lack within. This is not so.

Instead of focusing on this feeling of lack that ‘lost-ness’ brings us up against, we can see this as an opening before us with limitless possibilities, one in which our light from within can shine through to guide us along.

When lost, any direction can be the right way. All paths are now available to you in some form or another. And since this is the case, it is not that you are losing direction, but gaining an opportunity for new choices.

You are not losing yourself, but being gifted with a way to know yourself deeper than ever before.

“Holiness has most often been revealed to me in the exquisite pun of the first syllable, in holes- in not enough help, in brokenness, mess. High holy places, with ethereal sounds and stained glass, can massage my illusion of holiness, but in holes and ‘lost-ness’ I can pick up the light of small ordinary progress, newly made moments flecked like pepper into the slog and the disruptions.” ~ Anne Lamott

So disasssemble yourself. Close your eyes and spin yourself around a few times. Lose direction on purpose. Lose yourself completely, and you can delight in the search to find yourself again. To explore with new eyes the mysterious terrain right in front of you.

Shatter yourself in a thousand little pieces, and reassemble them. We are more beautiful for being broken.

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As The Wheel Turns: Embracing the Sacred

It takes one moment
just one moment
to completely dissolve.

In that one moment
we are nothing and everything
we are connected to it all.

In just one moment
we become the void
and remember our true nature.

~ Wide Open Heart {A Poem Fragment} by Jenn Lui

Those moments, where we are quiet and still within, opens us up to experience the sacred. This can be during more obvious situations such as rituals, meditation, yoga or prayer. Or while listening to music that moves us, while creating art, walking in nature or as we sit consciously sipping our tea.

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However, the beautiful thing about this is that we can experience the sacred within our everyday and during our most mundane tasks. We can enjoy this connection while we cook a meal, while washing the dishes, while we’re at work or at home taking care of the household. With a simple conscious breath we can bring awareness to the task at hand and know within ourselves that everything is sacred, everything is connected. We are all made from the same stuff as the stars up in the sky. When I pause to contemplate this, I can’t help but feel amazed and in intimate contact with the sacred all around me.

As the Wheel Turns and we continue our journey into this New Year, How can we bring more sacred moments into our lives? Here are a few of my favorite ways:

Tea Ceremonies: This doesn’t need to be complicated at all; my version of a tea ceremony is very simple. It consists of making my tea slowly and with awareness, sitting to drink my cup, consciously enjoying every sip. I’ll usually pair this with some journal writing and my gratitude practice; this time to sit and be still is a powerful opportunity to connect within.

Little Altars Everywhere: I adore little trinkets and have many little collections of objects around my home. These little altars everywhere remind me to stop, take a breath and tune into myself, to slow down and notice the little things around me. Setting up these little altars is such a great meditation in itself, and can consist of anything that speaks to your heart. It may include a statue of a cherished deity, some herbs in a bowl as an offering, crystals and stones, candles, flowers, totems and anything of special significance to you. If you dig this idea and want some inspiration, I have a Flickr set of my little altars everywhere as well as a Pinterest board of inspiring altars I’ve found on the web.

I also love carrying around with me some of my special trinkets and call these my little altars to go. In a tin or in a pouch, these little altars everywhere remind me that the sacred is everywhere, and in every moment. Throughout history, objects have had sacred significance for us, although in the end these are just things, they can represent so much more and are a visual way to connect to the sacred.

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Meditation:
Meditation is an important part of my every day, to have that quiet and still time where I can surrender, let go of the daily stresses and let myself dissolve. I know some are intimidated by meditation, however there are so many different ways to “meditate” and there is really no wrong way. You don’t have to be able to sit for hours to be able to meditate. Even 5-10 minutes on a regular basis can be a very transformative practice. Some of my favorite methods for meditation are: Reciting a Mantra (Japa Yoga), this is basically the repetition of sacred words. There are many mantras out there specific to different spiritual modalities, but you can definitely make up your own as well. A mantra that I have often enjoyed is “So Ham” which means “I Am That”. Another method is to utilize a Mudra (hand position) as a point of focus, or putting on an audio guided meditation. If you search under meditation on the internet, you’ll find a wealth of information and methods. And remember, your meditation practice is your own, feel free to adjust it to resonate with you.

Gratitude: Having a gratitude practice is another profound way of connecting within ourselves and to the sacred. There’s the saying that goes “Gratitude makes what we have enough.” and it’s so very true. Not every day is awesome, but if I stop and think about all the things and people in my life that I’m grateful for, then my bad days don’t seem so bad. Sometimes this is easier said than done, but cultivating through practice this attitude of gratitude creates a big shift in perspective and sets us up to be more thankful and to be conscious of the abundance that we have already. This practice can be written in your journal, or it can be done in your mind and simply thinking about who and what you are grateful for. And better yet, you can enjoy this practice with a hot cup of tea.

I hope that one or more of these practices have resonated with you. When we invite the sacred into our daily lives, we can’t help but come from a much more heart centered way of living.

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“May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.
May the flame of anger free you from falsity.
May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame and may anxiety never linger about you.
May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.
May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.”
~ John O’Donohue

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The Delicate Art Of Trusting Our Internal Cues

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“There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of us as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition, an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment.” ~ Shakti Gawain

“Please Universe, give me a sign!”… I have heard myself say these words throughout the years.

In moments of uncertainty and confusion, it is easy to look outside ourselves and desperately attempt to catch the ear of divine intervention and beg its guidance.

I have realized, however, that the times I have taken leaps and bounds in my own life are when I have completely trusted myself and gone with my own intuition. When I held my breath and just went for it because it felt inexplicably right. I have known, forgotten, and come to know again, that trusting myself will always lead me to what I need to experience and learn in order to move forward.

What fascinates me is that we are quick to respond to the external signs pointing towards our desires, but when those signs are in opposition of what we desire, we often experience anxiety and worry over things not turning out as we’d envisioned them.

What is important to remember, however, is that the signs that make us feel a bit of fear or discomfort are usually the ones that will bring us to the real place — often unbeknownst to us — that we wanted to get to all along.

We quantify good signs and bad, but do not consider that maybe sometimes, to get to where we want to be, we might have to go backwards or sideways before we can progress forward. Isn’t that what trusting the process is all about? Trusting that each step will bring us exactly where we need to be, and to learn exactly what we need to learn?

I have come to experience that the signs appearing externally from us, originate from within ourselves to begin with. What I mean is that, when we trust our internal cues, even when they are not fully known to us, the external signs are only mirroring what we already know on the inside.

All the knowledge of time and space are found within our cells, everything that we need, we already have. So why is it sometimes so very difficult to trust ourselves, to take that step forward without some external validation? If we trust our inner knowing, this will always have a powerful effect on our external environment. We shape our reality first, by listening to ourselves.

And herein lies the challenge, to become quiet enough to hear that voice within — to trust it and surrender to our own deep knowing. When we allow space and time to reflect inwards, we begin hearing what our intuition is trying to tell us.

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” ~ Ram Dass

So quiet your mind, quiet your heart and listen… Tune into yourself. In this silence, we can hear. Follow that inner voice, gut feeling, intuition… Follow your inner compass.

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Everyday Gratitude

Starting off every morning in gratitude, can certainly transform our day. This awesome practice isn’t limited only to mornings however, at any moment we can begin again. We can stop, take a deep breath and feel gratitude. Moving forward from that moment into the next with a thankful heart.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melody Beattie

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“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.” ~ Mary Oliver

Up for a month of gratitude? Check out Be You Media Group’s Gratitude Experiment.

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A Light Beacon for the Dark Days

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Some days we wake up forgetting all about our magnificence.

Some days, it’s like we’re enveloped in a cloud of shit and every step forward gets us further down that slippery slope of self-loathing and destructive thoughts. Those days are hard. It seems like the more you think about it the more you feed into those doubts and the more you bring yourself down. Slip.

This happens. It happens to everyone. I really don’t think anyone can say that they’ve never had a day like this, and well if you can, tell me your secret. Seriously.

These kinds of days can absolutely paralyze me. Everything seems to be happening on the other side of this grey fog and I feel like I’m miles away from everyone else. I’m stuck in darkness while the rest of the world is dancing in light. Slip.

I have discovered however a beacon of light that was in my back pocket all along. A tonic of sorts for the mind, heart and soul, that even in the darkest of days can comfort and sooth me. Bringing my bruised sorry ass self back into the light and beginning to brush away the grey fog that was limiting my view, polluting my perspective.

My beacon of light is this… the fact that we aren’t small, that we aren’t ever alone. That we are made of the same stuff as the moon and stars in the sky, as the incomprehensible entirety of the universe, that’s all us.

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” ~ Black Elk

Everything is already inside us, everything that we seek. Even the whole universe is within each of us. To me, there’s no more comforting and grounding knowledge than this.

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“Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe; we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

I mean how astonishingly amazing is this! When I contemplate the vastness of the universe, yet how we are all still connected to all of it, this greatly humbles me. How can I be so hard on myself with this knowledge? I can’t.

I hope that in your dark days you can reach into your back pocket and hold this knowledge in your heart, in your mind and soul, and be comforted as well. It won’t eliminate these days completely, it hasn’t for me.

However when I remind myself of these simple yet huge facts, I can’t help but be in awe. I can only do my very best to put aside my personal beefs with myself and the trivial day to day ego bull-shit and surrender, at the amplitude of it all, at our shared magnificence.

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