I tried to fill in the journal parts at first, but in the end it was too slow a process. Some of the themes I really appreciated, but others had me rolling my eyes. I mean, this woman has clearly had an incredibly tumultuous life. Other times it just felt like the same message was just being said a ton of different ways so it was painfully repetitive.
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She is the 1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books which have been translated into twenty-three languages, and the host and executive producer of the award-winning breakout hit Iyanla: Fix My Life, the 1 reality show on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
As Founder of Inner Visions World Wide, Iyanla is actively engaged in personal development courses and on-going training programs for spiritual life coaches, and ordained ministers at Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development. Read an Excerpt Day 7: Honor the Divine with It is an internal state of harmony and tranquillity derived from the awareness of peace. Thought, word, and deed produced in response to a desire to create, promote, or maintain a state of peace.
She heard the story from her guru, Swami Chidvilasananda widely known as Gurumayi , a teacher of the Siddha Yoga tradition. One day a woman went to the park to meditate. She found a quiet, sunny place, spread her blanket, and sat down.
She closed her eyes, breathed deeply, and was prepared to begin an inward exploration of her thoughts and feelings. As her breathing became regulated and her mind still, she became aware of some birds chirping near her. At first it was a melodic and peaceful addition to her inward journey. Within moments, however, the birds began to squawk, almost scream at each other. As the woman tried to stay focused on her breathing, the birds seemed to squawk louder and louder.
There were at least twenty birds sitting around her, screeching at each other. She looked around and the rest of the park was empty. Halfheartedly, with a flinging gesture of her hands, the woman shooed the birds away. Some left. Some remained. Those who remained became very quiet, until she closed her eyes. It seemed as if the second she closed her eyes, the birds started screeching again.
Quite annoyed, the woman got up and moved. The birds flew away. Upon finding another prime spot of grass, the woman sat down to begin the process all over again. As soon as she did, the birds came back. Go on! Get out of here! Totally pissed off with the birds for disturbing her peace, the woman stood up and began to chase the birds. She would run to the left, and fling her blanket at them.
As soon as she cleared those on the left, a new crew arrived to her right. Changing directions, she would shoo them away. They would circle her, squawking, and swoop down a few feet away.
Within moments, the woman was flinging her arms around like a lunatic, screaming at the birds who were squawking back at her. Realizing how crazy she must have looked, she snatched her blanket from the ground and stormed out of the park.
Later that evening the woman had an opportunity to relate her experience in the park to her guru, her teacher. Her exasperation returned even in the midst of telling the story.
The guru smiled and asked, "Why did you not welcome them to join you? She went through the entire process again. The moment she became still, the birds began to sing. As soon as she heard them, she mentally affirmed, "Om Nama Shiva. She never opened her eyes. She continued to breathe deeply, affirming louder and louder in her mind, "Om Nama Shiva.
Om Nama Shiva! So fast and loud in fact that she became so mentally exhilarated that she stopped. It was then that she noticed the silence. Either the birds had flown away or simply shut up. She did not open her eyes to determine which had occurred.
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