This is a bit like making a stew, seeing the ingredients and the interpretations of them. I am not so sure where it is leading... While tuning into meditation, allowing an idea that I would receive a blog idea, I ws shown some images. These images were more states of being that a person experiences.
I see a person slowing down and savoring some soup. The soup is very nourishing, of wholesome ingredients. The feeling is that they are really noticing the taste, the experience of eating, while mindfully enjoying the meal. This points to slowing down many times the rate of movement that you usually have. It is not only eating in which to slow down, but experimenting at other times with slowing down and really noticing what you are is happening. Maybe you close your eyes and notice taste or texture. There is pleasure in this and the ingredients in the soup are a mixture of what nourishes you in life. What is fun? What is inspiring? What keeps you in a positive mood that is soul food for you? The soup is homemade, slow cooked of course, and has only the finest ingredients. Going along with this slowing down is a feeling of enjoying being in a human body. Really love the how it feels to be in body, doing what your body might enjoy whether receiving massage or exercising, or sitting still and watching the birds outside.
The next image was of an older baby or young toddler who goes from thing to thing and cries when they don't get what they want in the moment. The state of being was about being passionate about what you want. Follow your inner guidance to the next thing that excites you. Have some persistence when you don't get it right away. Use your voice. You don't need to have a tantrum, but you can speak up and you can follow your inner excitement. There is a kinetic energy of momentum. "Give passion to your voice and give voice to your passion."
The third image was of a couple dancing in a crowded ballroom. The almost bumped into others but moved out of the way just in time.They were not speaking but listening to the music and one another's body language to move gracefully through space. They are flexible; if they get stopped in one direction, they go another. It is about working with others together, in a way that is a dance. It is about being harmonious with the one you are dancing with and also the whole room. It is about finding flow in a collaborative way. A side note about masculine-feminine balance is hinted at, as well. The state of being of being shown here is about being in your flow but with others, your human dance partners and the rest of the collective.
What is this all leading to? I didn't quite get it and still don't have it tied together. Let me see if I can. Next, I was shown an umbrella, a big one, which was representing the overarching influences of these states of being. The themes are savoring in slowness, enjoying being embodied, being passionate and using your voice, and dancing in harmony with the greater whole.
The overarching idea bringing it together is that these are the qualities to live as a person who wants to be of service to others. These are ways to be in balance with yourself. The greatest way to be in service is to be in your greatest joy. When I studied Thai Massage, my teacher would tell us to be relaxed in giving a massage. She says to "share your feel good." It is exactly the same as you come into your own purpose is to share your feel good. I was seeing in meditation that we do help most by being examples. If you are busy trying to help others, maybe you can notice whether you are getting burned out. Maybe you need to give to you a bit more in order to better be present for others and share what you know and who you are.
The savoring of soup is about contemplation too. It is about slowing down, closing your eyes and going inward. It is about being mindful. This in itself is nourishing soul food for us. About the baby - not only was there passion and having a voice, don't forget that the baby was playing. Be sure to play and have a good time in life. No need for crying though, unless we need to. I love how babies flow there emotions in the moment and change so quickly which is healthy. Let us bring play and embody the highest level of joy we can, for ourselves and in doing so this gives to others. It makes a better world to live in if everyone is happier.
Thank you for checking out my blog...handing you a bowl of soup!
Be sure to savor it fully along with the rest of life,
Shannon Luminance River
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