by Walia Denise Runyon 

 

Our dear Khabira Ondreah Johnson passed away December 9, 2018 from metastatic breast cancer. As her mentor, I was a spiritual companion for her ride on what she called “the C train”, her code words for dealing with breast cancer through two rounds of medical treatment and beyond. 

During her treatment process, she created sacred space in every encounter. She put post it notes with lines from the prayers of Hazrat Inayat Khan up and down the IV tubing. When her sacred items exceeded the space of her chemo area, the hospital staff gave her her own room for all of it. She could do this with such an amazing mix of humor, conviction and expectation. She expressed a profound sacredness in her energy that might be delivered with a rowdy curse word or an engaging giggle. There was joy and pain in this.

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In meditation we have a wonderful opportunity to honor and connect with our mothers, the Mother Archetype, Mother Earth— whatever mother figure you choose.  Sometimes this kind of honoring is only possible through meditation if your relationship with your living mother is complicated, or if she is no longer living.  Perhaps meditating on the Ideal Mother is healing for you, or maybe you are learning to be a mother yourself. 

Here is a poem by e. e. cummings to evoke the mother archetype:

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 After the completion of iamU, our two-year training in Heart Rhythm Meditation, we offer further courses of study in Mentoring, Heart-Energy Healing, and now the latest program, Spiritual Leadership.

So what is a spiritual leader in this day and age?

The definition is broad and diverse.  The world is a beautiful mess: people suffer from all kinds of ailments, physical, emotional, and spiritual.  Our daily lives are complicated by the tension between sweet moments and painful moments.  We all understand the human predicament of longing for happiness, for health, for deeper understanding, for better jobs, more stability, more love. 

The spiritual leaders are the guides who help make meaning of this suffering, who know the path, who volunteer to act as servants in their communities.  Their perspective includes both the practical and the mystical.  There are many people who might qualify as spiritual leaders— rabbis, priests, imams, gurus, therapists, friends, grandparents, school teachers.

In iamHeart, our spiritual leaders use Heart Rhythm Meditation to develop their intuition, breath capacity, emotional understanding, and ability to live their human lives with more flow, success, and wisdom.

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The first benefit you will receive from Heart Rhythm Meditation is a wonderful relaxation

This relaxation is different from sleep or any other “restful” activity. It comes with a heightened sense of awareness, so you will not be sluggish or drowsy afterward.

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 By John Kroeker, PhD

I was living in Pasadena when Mount St. Helens blew.

A friend from Oregon showed me a bottle of gray ash he had collected from a driveway-- the cataclysm seemed near in connection at that moment. It was the greatest volcanic explosion of recent times. A mountain’s worth of superheated rock raced through pristine valleys for miles, leaving nothing-- nothing but sterile gray ash. It was not that spring, nor the next, but the third spring that saw delicate green shoots appearing amidst the ash. Those shoots were the optimism of life: the mountain had stolen the present, but those tender shoots owned the future.

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As we see it, the soul is the seed of individuality.

Each soul is a unique individuality, an unduplicated combination of the resources and qualities of the universe. The soul defines an individual, so it holds that essential formula that describes how one person is fundamentally different from all others.

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We think losing weight is really hard. Everyone knows how to do it -- you either eat less or exercise more -- so it's not a lack of technique.

There is something that keeps us at our weight. We have to understand that reason before we can hope to change it.

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