Friday, February 27, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day- Compassion is a Practice

Compassion for all beings is the foundation for all Tantric practice. The motivation to achieve enlightenment is born out of a desire to help others to awaken and to help end suffering for all beings. This practice is called Bodhichitta, which means “awakening mind.” In Buddhism the mind is associated with the heart and not the head. Bodhichitta also is associated with wisdom and spaciousness. So to activate compassion you awaken the heart with both wisdom and spaciousness.

Compassion is different from sympathy which can sometimes cause a feeling of being over whelmed by the suffering of others. If you become overwhelm by such emotions you are now one of those who is suffering. If you are suffering you loose your equanimity. Practicing compassion requires equanimity, an open heart and the intent to help others in every moment as much as you are able. Equanimity is an unbiased attitude toward all beings and is the foundation for practicing Bodhichitta. It is a state of being which requires awareness and letting go of attachment or aversion.

Here is a meditation for cultivating equanimity. Imagine you are surrounded by three people; one is your best friend, one your enemy or someone you dislike and one is a complete stranger to you. Now examine your feelings towards each of these people and see why you have labeled them friend, enemy and stranger. As you explore your feelings notice that these labels are impermanent. Your friend could move away and no longer be important to you. Your feelings for your enemy might be resolved if she offered to help you through a crisis. A stranger could become your friend or lover. In doing this meditation you can begin to let go of your attachment to your friends, aversion to your enemies and indifference to a stranger.

See if you can find a place of peace within yourself that allows you to see each person from a place of compassion. Generate the desire that all beings awaken and no longer suffer. You are practicing the beginning stages of Bodhichitta.

(C)Copyright 2009, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.

Original Art by Paul Heussenstamm

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day- Honoring the Beloved

Within each of us is an Inner Beloved. How much are you in touch with yours. I received this piece of writing from my Facebook friend, Frank, this morning. I found it touching. Read it and see what it brings up for you.

My Beloved
In complete surrender, I give my heart to my Beloved. I love her in Form; I love her in Emptiness. I love her as she is coming; I love her as she is going; I love her presence, her absence. I love her in motion; I love her at rest; I love her expression; I love her silence. We are the audience that loves each other into being, her and me. She exists through the function of My Awareness and I am devoted to her out of my own selfish lust for the delight she brings. At the same time, I am immediately willing for her to walk out of my life forever (as if that were possible). My surrender is that complete. Of course, she can never leave me. Yes, water may leave the ocean, but its return is inevitable, and even when some of the water is traveling, even swimming through these veins, the Ocean is still there. My Beloved is forever in my heart, always, in all ways. We are creator and creature of each other. By Frank Carson Boyd, Feb. 24, 2009

In order to give and receive love, you need to have a healthy relationship with both your Inner Lover and Inner Beloved. Try this: Find a place sit or lie down quietly, breathe into your belly and let yourself become relaxed. Imagine yourself in a peaceful place. Call your Inner Beloved to you and see what you discover. How do look, notice their size, shape and coloring? How are they dressed? What qualities do they have? Do they have a message or a gift for you? Repeat this process with your Inner Lover and see what you discover. Find a way to honor both your Inner Beloved and your Inner Lover today. When your Inner Beloved feels honored by your Inner Lover all of your relationships will benefit. Share your experience with someone you love.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Shifting the Paradigm- My Response to "Should Women Rule the World?"

Yesterday, I posted a blog titled, "Should Women Rule the World?" This was not my title, it was the title of an email I recieved, that I thought was provocative and would be interesting to post here. I want to clarify my thoughts on the subject.

I don't even believe in the concept of anybody ruling the world. I want to see a world where instead of a desire to rule over the world there was a desire to tend the world for the benefit of all beings. My view is not that we should value feminine over masculine but that we see that they both have valuable gifts to offer and that both be appreciate equally. The world would be far better off if all humans had acess to the full spectrum of both masculine and feminine wisdom. I believe that many on the Tantra path are integrating these aspects in ourselves so we can be more whole wise beings.

Until that happens wouldn't it be great if the feminine perspective was included more in the political and world scene. One of the clips on the link I posted, showed a panel of men (no women) trying to figure out a response to the ecomomic crisis. The point of the clip being that men are more short-sighted and willing to take greater risks, while women take a more cautious view and consider the future more. When one point of view is excluded there are bound to be blind spots they create problems.

I believe including women in policy-making all over the world is a start, but often women working in male dominated fields loose their feminine prespective, in an effort to be accepted they become one of the boys. So it is not just about women doing it or doing it better. There are men in the world who carry the feminine prespective as well. It is about learning to trust that by honoring both feminine and masculine we can create a healthier and happier world. This honoring begins within each one of us, as we become more aware of our inner male and female sides. I believe that exploring the inner masculine and inner feminine is an important part of shifting the paradigm from one of domination to one of partnership.

Tantra Tip of the Day - Daffodils at Dawn Cultivate Being

This morning I went out for a walk as the sun was rising. It was quiet except for an occasional bird twittering in the trees. As I walked up the hill behind my house, I saw a bunch of daffodils blooming in my neighbor’s yard. Seeing the bright yellow flowers made my heart sing. They had popped out of the same earth that only 2 weeks ago was covered in snow. I continued my walk, watching as the sun lit up the world. Sedona is especially beautiful at dawn because the dawn light makes the red rocks glow as if illuminated from within.

As I walked along I felt this profound peace fill me. In that moment there were no problems, no desires and nothing to do. I slipped effortlessly into being; mind at rest, heart open, feeling love for nothing in particular. Life can be so simple when I just stop, even for a moment and allow my mind to be free, then I can see the gifts that are hidden in ordinary things.

Try this: As you move through your day see if you can find moments of stillness. Then notice what you discover hidden in your seemingly ordinary world. See if you can slip into being. How does it feel to just be? Notice the difference between being and doing. When you cultivate being, the doing happens with much less effort.

(C)Copyright 2009, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day - Honor Your Body Temple

In Bali each morning the temples are swept, incense is lit, offerings of fruit and flowers are presented and prayers are spoken. This is one way they practice honoring the Divine.

One of the gifts of being a human is having a physical body. Your body is the temple that houses your divine nature. How do you honor your “Body Temple?” What offerings do you give it each day? How much do you appreciate your body and all it does for you?

Try this: Today consider that your body is a sacred temple and treat it as such. Notice if you make different choices as you go through your day. At the end of your day take some time and honor your body in a way that feels good to you. As part of this honoring, touch each part of your body and offer gratitude and a blessing for all that it does for you, include the internal organs as well as the external body parts. Notice how it feels to connect with each part of your body and be present with it. Does seeing your body as a sacred temple change your relationship to it? How does your body want to be honored?

(C)Copyright 2009, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Should Women Rule the World?

This email was forwarded to me by a friend, from Vicki Noble, the creator of the Mother Peace Tarot Deck and author of several books on the Goddess. It is definitely food for thought. I have often felt that the feminine has a different response to emergancy situations than the masculine. This study shows that females "tend and befriend" in crisis rather than the male response of "fight or flight." What would the world be like if "tend and befriend" was the usual response to global crisis?

Crystal Dawn

Dear Motherpeace Friend:

I received an announcement this morning from the Matriarchal Studies Yahoo list calling attention to a Good Morning America segment asking the question, "Should Women Rule the World?"

This long-overdue and very welcome question is rightly directed toward the current crisis on Wall Street, focusing on evidence that came out in the last decade from Dr. Shelley Taylor's experiments proving that women do not have a testosterone-elicited "fight or flight" response. Women's response to stress instead produces the hormone oxytocin (generated in a woman's labor process and also in breast feeding), and instead of taking huge and dangerous risks, women tend to the children and collaborate with each other, finding the "big picture" instead of short term unstable solutions.

I've been saying for many years that the research is fabulous, but the conclusions are pale by comparison. The early media accounts of the "tend and befriend" experiments concluded that "women need female friends," when the research clearly suggested that women should govern the world! Now, at long last--and bless their journalistic hearts--these women on ABC's Good Morning America have set the story straight.

Should women rule the world? Of course--and the sooner the better, obviously!

This is REAL research on women--a break from the usual way that science universalizes the male experience and generalizes it to supposedly include women. Although the news women did not mention Dr. Taylor's name, I strongly recommend that you read her incredible book, The Tending Instinct, where she lays out the most amazing research results. This work is truly radical. I'm so pleased to see it finally getting the attention it deserves with conclusions that make sense instead of simply furthering a sentimental image of women as nurturers.

Lots of love, Vicki

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day - Three Steps to Inner Peace

Does your life feel like it is going faster and faster? Does it feel like you are being dragged into an undertow of drama; your drama, your kid’s drama, or the economic drama in Washington? How can you be at peace in the midst of chaos?

First, shift your attention from what is going on in the world around you to the space in which these things arise. Can you sense this spaciousness? If not, close your eyes and exhale with a deep sigh, relax and state your intention for inner peace.

Second, imagine a cord of light at the base of your spine; send this cord down through your legs and feet deep into the center of the earth. Imagine there is a tree, rock, crystal or whatever it is for you and tie your grounding cord on to this object; give it a tug to make sure it feels secure. Now, release anything that is preventing you from being fully present in this moment down this grounding cord. Notice how it feels to let go of past and future and arrive in this moment.

Third, allow yourself to become conscious of Awareness. Awareness is spacious, still and peaceful, it is always present and is the emptiness in which life happens. Experience this spaciousness. What do you notice about it? Even if you only feel it for brief moments throughout your day, these moments of peace, when brought into conscious awareness can gradually be extended. Eventually you discover that inner peace is possible when you follow these 3 steps; 1) relax and state your intention for inner peace, 2) ground your energy and release past and future, and 3) allow yourself to experience spacious Awareness.

(C)Copyright 2009, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day - Desire: Fuel for Transformation

Desires arise naturally, from the moment your eyes open in the morning they move through you.
“I want to stay in bed.”
“I need a cup of coffee.”
Desire is part of being human, to deny it, is to deny your humanity.

One of the unique aspects of Tantra is that desire is seen as fuel for awakening, instead of as a sin or something to be avoided. However, attachment to desire is recognized as a trap. When you desire something and then believe you can’t be happy without it then suffering is created. If you can allow desire to be as it is and dance with it, noticing when attachment arises and then let go, desire becomes an ally that supports you in being present.

Today let desire be your ally. What does desire feel like in your body? What happens when you make your desires conscious? Watch out for disappointment. See if you can let go of attachment to getting your desires met. When you let go what do you discover? Is there freedom in letting go?

(C)Copyright 2009, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day - The Power of Taste

The mouth is an organ of pleasure. Imagine rich, dark chocolate melting on the tongue, licking a coffee Haagen-Dazs ice cream cone, biting into the flesh a warm, juicy peach, or sipping a hot, dark cup of espresso. Just thinking about food makes your mouth wet and the stomach to growl.

Food is a big source of pleasure for most people. But food isn’t the only thing we taste. How about the taste of a first kiss? Licking the skin of your beloved and savoring their unique flavor while sucking on their ear lobes and other delicate places. Taste is a delightfully erotic sense.

Try this: today allow yourself to taste everything as if for the first time. Try eating something new that you have never tasted before. Savory every bite let your whole essence taste whatever crosses your lips. Let your lover blindfold you and feed you with their lips. See how much pleasure you can experience, try eating in new things, in new ways. Enjoy, life is sweet!

(C)Copyright 2009, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day- 3 Keys to Abundance

A couple of days ago while meditating, I was shown that just as a 1/4 inch pipe limits the flow of water, due to resistance created by the narrow diameter of the pipe, so to if my energy body is contracted then resistance is created which prevents abundance from flowing into my life. I then realized that I had allowed other people’s fear about the economy to contract my heart.

Sit quietly and see if you notice any areas of resistance in your body or mind? Are you holding onto beliefs that prevent abundance from flowing in your life?

2) Open up and feel the energy flow.
In the meditation I focused my attention on my heart and as I relaxed and breathed into my heart, I felt my heart expand. As I expanded my heart chakra I increased the flow of energy in my body. I immediately noticed an increase of financial abundance flowing into my life and it has continued since then.

Spend a few minutes doing an energy inventory, where is your energy constricted? Relax and breathe into these areas and see if they expand. See if you can increase the feeling of aliveness in your body. See if you notice any change in the flow of abundance in your life over the next few days.

3) Practice the art of giving and receiving.
Flow has two aspects giving and receiving. If you are feeling lack then open up to receive abundance in your life. If you are blessed with an overflow of abundance, then give to others that are less fortunate. Both actions are important in keeping abundance flowing. Flow is dynamic. If we hoard out of fear, then the flow is diminished. If we aren’t open to receiving then flow is rerouted around us and someone else benefits but we stay in lack.

Notice your relationship to giving and receiving. Does one seem more natural to you than the other? Practice giving and receiving today and see what you discover about yourself.

(C)Copyright 2009, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.

Highlights of the Dance of Shakti and Shiva Weekend- 2/14/09

Last weekend I co-facilitated, with Michael Pooley, a workshop called the Dance of Shakti and Shiva: Creating Harmonious Relationships. Friday night we introduced the workshop with a fun process called the Yin and Yang Line Dance. It was open to the public and lots of laughter arose as participants took turns exploring their relationship to masculine and feminine through dance.

Saturday was a day of exploration. It is a gift to watch the light bulbs go off as participants gained new insights about their inner man and inner woman. The approach was fun and experiential, you learn by having your own process. Rather than having an idea about what your inner woman might look like, think, do or say you get to meet her and have a dialog with her and your inner man as well. Saturday night there was a powerful ritual that gave very one an opportunity to practice the art of giving and receiving.

Sunday was a day of healing and transformation, which included expressing and witnessing withheld emotions about the opposite gender. The weekend ended with an amazing Heart Wave meditation done in dyads. This practice is based on ancient Tibetan Buddhist practice. It allows you to melt into your partner and feel the Divine. Our time together was so rich it was hard to leave after the closing circle ended.

I look forward to offering this again next year. I would love bring my classes to your community.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day- The Power of Smell

Scent is an important component of pleasure, your olfactory nerves pick-up chemical messages from the air you breathe and conduct them quickly to the brain. Newborn babies, who are unable to see clearly, can recognize their mother by her smell. Smells are often associated with memories; a whiff of a particular food, perfume or place can immediately transport you into a moment from the past associated with that scent.

I remember several years ago visiting Illinois, where I grew up. I hadn’t been there in 30 years. It was late September and as I lay down on the ground a wave of euphoria swept over me, remembering the joy of playing in the autumn leaves as a child. The smell was completely different from autumn in northern California where I had been living for the past 20 years.

Pheromones can cause you to be attracted to or repealed by the fragrance a person gives off and may be an important factor in whom you choose to pick as a mate. Research has shown that a woman can smell a man’s sweaty T-shirt and determine if she will like him or not. Smell is often dramatically increased in pregnancy, possibly to enhance the mother’s ability to smell danger and keep herself and her unborn child safe. Your sense of smell is a great gift yet one often taken for granted.

Try this: Let your nose be your guide today. Notice what smells are pleasant and which are unpleasant. How does smell affect your awareness? Do you like the smell of your body? Do you enjoy the smell of your lover? What are your favorite smells? Which smells do you avoid? How do use scent to enhance pleasure?

(C)Copyright 2009, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Tantra Tip of the Day- Inner Man and Inner Woman

Understanding masculine and feminine energy is primary to creating healthy relationship of all kinds. If the world is going to heal and come into balance this knowledge is primary. Bringing your inner man and inner woman into conscious awareness is the first step.

Try this: lay down in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for the next hour. Call forth your inner women and notice how she looks. What is her age, build, coloring, clothing, style of speech etc…? What gifts does she have to offer? How has she been active in your life up to now? Spend sometime getting to know her. Thank her for showing up. Then take a short break. Make some notes if you like. Then repeat the process and call forth your inner man. Go through the same process. Take a break.

Finally, you can call them both forth at the same time and introduce them to each other if they are not familiar with each other already. Notice how they relate to each other? Are they compatible? Do they like each other? Are they willing to work together? How can they help you have more balance in your life?

You can repeat this process many times. It is possible that they will change forms as you learn and grow from this process. To learn more about this process read The Art of Sexual Ecstasy by Margot Anand page 247-252.

Art by Andrew Gonzalez
(C)Copyright 2009, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day - The Power of Love

The Power of Love
What is this power we call Love? What does it feel like in your body? How is it for you to give it to others? How much are you able love yourself? Are you able to fully receive love? Is there a limit to how much you are willing to take in? Are you better at giving love or receiving it? Can you connect with Source and allow Love to fill you and nourish you. Today notice your relationship to love in all its forms.

Art by SkyDancer,
(C)Copyright 2009, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Tantra Tip of the Day- The Power of Touch

We live in a culture where most people are deprived of touch. People drive around alone in their cars and many live alone. At work there is a fear that touching someone will be considered sexual harassment. At school the concern is that touching a child may be seen as inappropriate. Yet what most people crave is human touch. We want to cuddle up and connect with other human beings. We want to give and receive love through our biggest organ, our skin. Touch is an important human need without it, babies will die, children act out and adults go crazy.

Today is a day to give and receive touch. Ask for a hug from a friend. Give a hug to a complete stranger; remember to ask for permission first. Snuggle up with someone and just BE together. Get and/or give a massage. Take a bubble bath. Be your own lover, touch your entire body and love it just as it is then self-pleasure slowly, with no goal in mind.

Try this: Spoon with a friend/ lover. The person behind places their hand on each chakra; root, belly, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, crown then breathe into it together, do this from root to crown, then switch roles. Notice what happens, Share your experience.

(C)Copyright 2009, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day - The Power of Sound

See if you can hear the Divine singing to you in all the sounds you hear today.

Last night I had the great fortune to attend a sound healing experience. I was surrounded by sounds of wind, water, fire and earth through a variety of instruments. I found myself being taken on a journey into the center of my being that is silent, still and limitless.

Sound is a powerful tool for being present, focusing attention, lulling you asleep, calming the nerves and enlivening the body. Music is a great gift that can heal and transform.

Today notice the sounds of your life. How do they affect you? Are they healing? Give yourself a sound healing break today; listen to some music that nourishes your body and soul. Let this music heal and transform whatever is no longer serving you. Let sound be your touch stone today.

The healing event I attended was facilitated by Jon Reinschreiber and Erika Kightlinger.

(C)Copyright 2009 Crystal Dawn Morris

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day- Spontaneity and Flow

Children have the ability to be open and in the moment. They are spontaneous without thinking about it. As adults when the impulse to be spontaneous arises there is often a moment of doubt and asking, “Is it all right to be this spontaneous?” Sometimes as adults what we call being spontaneous is our ego acting out to get our attention, such as going on a shopping spree or betting on a football game.

The spontaneity children exhibit is not driven by ego, it comes from being totally present in the moment and trusting the impulses they receive from the field of Awareness. As children become acculturated you can see this connection slowly erode. Yet spontaneity can be reclaimed if we make it a practice.

Tune into the field of Awareness, you may call it Consciousness or Source; it is the stillness at the center of your being. Feel the stillness; it is from this place that spontaneity arises. Stillness is always present and can be accessed at anytime. Spontaneity that arises from this place is often call synchronicity. It is being in the flow of life.

C)Copyright 2009, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day- Peace

This morning Sedona was wrapped in a blanket of snow and as I looked out over the red rocks covered in white and I felt a deep peace all around me. I felt the world around me was at peace and I could feel this peace in my nature.

Today allow yourself to find moments of peace woven in your busy life. Can you recognize the peace that is always inside you hidden under your thoughts and actions?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day- Namaste’

Namaste is a Sanskrit greeting, which means I see the Divine in you as a mirror for the divine in myself. We use this greeting in Tantra at the beginning of a ritual. It is called a Heart Salutation; sitting or standing across from your partner bring your hands together in the prayer position pointed towards the Earth, inhale inform the Earth as you raise your hands to your heart, with a soft gaze and an open heart, look into each other’s eyes, as you bow, exhale, acknowledge the Divine in your partner as a mirror of the Divine in yourself, inhale, and exhale your hands back you the Earth.

As you move through your day look into peoples eyes and say,"Namaste," either aloud or silently and see if you can experience the Divine within them. This practice can also be done with animals, trees, rocks, mountains or anything else, as we are all Divine Consciousness in form. Notice how this practice makes you feel? Connected. Alive. Silly. Alone. Present. Or...

C)Copyright 2009,Crystal Dawn Morris,all rights reserved.
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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day- Let Go of Doing

You live in a culture of Doing-ness. What do you do? How are you doing? I have to make a To-Do List. Do you define yourself by what you do? Many people do! As a child were you seen and recognized as having value based on what you did? Did you come to equate what you do with who you are?

What you do comes and goes. But what abides? If you let go of doing, even for a moment, what happens? In the midst of doing, let go of your identification with what you are doing, and allow yourself to become aware of the spaciousness in which the doing arises. Explore this spaciousness with the curiosity of a child. Let go of doing and see what you discover.

C)Copyright 2009 Crystal Dawn Morris

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day- Beauty in Unexpected Places

Take some time today to discover beauty in unexpected places. Shift your perspective from small to vast. Imagine looking at something through the eyes of an ant, a dog, a bird, a baby, a mountain, a visitor from another galaxy, or the moon. Notice how a shift in your perception can change your relationship to whether you evaluate something as ugly, neutral or beautiful. What is beauty? Play with your perception. How much beauty is there around you that you miss, because you are too busy thinking and doing to see it?

(C)Copyright 2009 Crystal Dawn Morris

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day- Pleasure as a Practice

Art by Andrew Gonzalez
Take a few minutes and ask yourself these questions. What is my relationship to pleasure? What gives me pleasure? Do I make time for pleasure in my life? How often?

When you have quiet time close your eyes, breathe, place your hands on your belly and perineum. Drop-in and see if you can discover your Pleasure Body. What do you notice about it ? Size, shape, texture, energy, qualities, sound, color... Now ask if it has a name. Spend some time befriending your pleasure body this week.
(C)Copyright 2009 Crystal Dawn Morris

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Creating Harmonious Relationships- Feb.14-15 in Sedona, AZ

Friday, February 13 ~ 7:00pm-9:30pm
Exploring Masculine & Feminine Energy

This evening begins the exploration of how our inner masculine and feminine energies create our outer relationships. This exciting work is foundational to Tantric practice and can have immediate and profound results in your life. Open to individuals and couples of all ages and all levels of experience.
Free Event,donations appreciated

Saturday, February 14,9:30am - Sunday, February 15,7:00pm
The Dance of Shakti & Shiva: Creating Harmonious Relationships

Ignite your passion, feel the flow, and discover how to be authentic in love. When you allow Shakti (feminine creativity) and Shiva (masculine presence) to dance together in harmony like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, you experience love and freedom in all your life. This experiential weekend is devoted to exploring the relationship between your masculine and feminine energies. Come and transform old patterns and discover new resources that will support you in having healthy relationships, fulfilling your life purpose and living an ecstatic life.

This workshop is co-faciltated by Crystal Dawn Morris and special guest Michael Pooley. Michael has taught with Margot Anand and both are Certified SkyDancing Tantra Teachers.

Location: Sedona School of Temple Arts
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Tantra Tip of the Day- Seriously

It is easy to take yourself and the world seriously. I caught myself doing it today after paying bills and reading the news paper. The mind wants to create problems it can then try and solve. If you find yourself furrowing your brow, it is time to lighten up. For the next 10 minutes laugh at nothing at all. Call a friend and laugh together. Notice how it feels to laugh. See if you make someone smile. Share a joke. Act silly. Play as if you were a child.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day-Time in Nature

The natural world is a powerful mirror for seeing the Divine in ourselves. There is nothing like being in the mountains, sitting in a peaceful forest or running on the beach to awaken a sense of awe at the core of our being. The magnificence of nature takes our breath away and reminds us of the Truth of who we are.

Take some time today to be out in nature. Go to a park. Hug a tree. Take a walk. Ride your bike. Feel the sun or wind on your face. Open your heart and breathe in the grandeur of Gaia, our mother, the earth. Connect your heart to the heart beat of the Earth and let it nourish your soul.

(C)Copyright 2009 Crystal Dawn Morris

Monday, February 2, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day-Being Present

What does it mean to be present? Being present is more than paying attention to what is happening in this world of form. Being present is being aware of the stillness in which everything arises. There is a luminous quality to this awareness. It is always present, just underneath the surface of whatever is occurring. Try this several times today - stop, be still, become present, and notice the spacious awareness in which everything arises. How does this color the rest of your day?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day-Desire and Choice

Desires create choices and these choices accumulate and create the life you are living today. Notice what desires arise today. Are your desires serving the Truth of who you are? What is the deeper desire? Is this True? Repeat these questions a few times and see what you discover.