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How do we show up in these times?

It is our job now, our calling, to purify our minds and our hearts.

How else can we show up but with strength and courage and clarity in a time when those qualities are so greatly needed? Look at what we see occurring in our outer world. The intense, bewildering nature of it is high. What can you as an individual do?

I have a few suggestions:Firstly, it is essential that You as an individual expression of Divinity BE THAT EXPRESSION. It is that simple. BE the unique expression that is you. (Simple but not easy, I know)

Our minds wonder: “How do I do that”? You listen, you get quiet enough to hear. You put down your smart phone and your lap top much more often throughout the day. You face and heal the addiction to these devices and to the need for the constant flow of distracting, disabling, overwhelming information.

You choose Love.

You notice the compassion in your heart and you act from that place. You rest. You ask others how they are and you listen. You drink enough water. You move your body and listen to what it wants to tell you.

You recognize injustice and you speak about it honestly from a place of clarity. You choose to refrain from adding more blame and fear to the energy field.

From the place of peace that you’ve uncovered you ask questions and see reality as it is actually unfolding, not how you are being told to see it. You remember that you have innate wisdom that is powerful and accurate.

What we need to do now is tap into this inner resource that we all have. This place in us that can move through whatever life gives us. If we’re cut off from our Source then everything “out there” appears as a nightmare and then that’s how we feel inside as well. However, by simply remembering and breathing into the ever-present Beingness that we are, we can shift and we can find courage and kindness.We don’t have to be passive onlookers. We can speak clearly, powerfully and we can speak with compassion.

We can be present in our life. Even when everything seems to be unfolding in such a dark way. Being IN “what is happening” is life-giving. Avoiding “what is happening” is life-depleting. You keep the natural flow of energy moving and compassion and kindness prevail.

You cultivate bravery and strength. You be an example of loving courage for others.

You walk outside and notice the beauty, admire the sky, the snow, the flowers, the air you breathe. You give thanks, oh so many thanks.You trust that very Truth that is You will guide you.

You BE the love and peace you wish for. When you forget, you tenderly hear the judgement and the shame you might be laying on yourself. You dust yourself off and you open again. You remember your divinity and you nurture this Remembering.

So that if/as the times get tougher you have direct contact with the well-spring of the unending power of love within you. You will be able to meet each situation, no matter how challenging it gets, with presence and with clarity. THIS is more powerful than any expression of greed, fear, hatred, attempts at power and control that we witness.

Your own inner work cannot be underestimated. You are an epic expression of the Divine.

Feel into how the One, ineffable presence of God wants to show up through you. It’s time.

Remembering and Forgetting

I am a child of God and the Mother of the Universe; I am wind blowing and the waves crashing on a seashore; I am smiles on lips and joyful noise that children make spontaneously as delight arises in them; I am the delight itself and the reasons for it; I am “no reason”; I am the space in between two apparent things and I am the no space at all; I am sadness and grief, joy and peace; I am coming and going; being and non being; I am the candle flicker seen with my eyes and the imagining of it; I am all the things the human mind can know and all the things it is yet to conceive of; I am the remembering and the forgetting; I am the heat that rises in my forehead and the chill from the open door. There is nothing that doesn’t have me as it’s source. I am what animates me; I am what lies inert; I am the laughing at the absurdity and the glory of it all; I am and I am not; I am the knowing that these words on this page can’t ever say what I really am; I am the fun, the adventure, the worship and the ritual of the trying to.

A Cleansing Prayer

May the Beingness that I am shine unencumbered through this body, mind and soul.

May the radiance of pure presence and source energy move freely, shine freely.

May any thought, belief or perception that obscures the radiance of the true presence of love be dissolved.

May the story of my life be honoured and respected and let go of by me, creating sacred spaciousness for what is emerging now.

May I bow down deeply to everyone and everything that has formed the story of my life, with great gratitude.

May I now be able to meet each character (recurring and new) with fresh wonderment and awe and may I let them be and move without holding or resistance.

May seeing things as they ACTUALLY are stand in the place of trying to see things as I REQUIRE them to be.

May pure desire not be deemed as bad but seen as it is: the movement of true potential and creative magnificence.

May each moment and the manifestations that come along with each moment be held in Holy ceremony.

May my awareness and presence be that ceremony.

How is everything in “the Kingdom”?

Go gently with yourselves.

You might find yourself among the growing number of people who are genuinely asking “What the heck is going on?”

I know it’s crazy hard to start coming to the realization that things may not be entirely what they seem (or as simple as we would have liked things to be).

Perhaps your intuition is telling you “not all is right in the kingdom”. Perhaps you are feeling duped by powers we’ve been told have our best interests at heart or by the conditioning we’ve ALL been subject to over a lifetime.

But what if we think of it as an unveiling of truth instead? Like a bright light being shone on the contents of a dark, scary basement (that secretly we always knew was there). When we see what’s there we can address it. We can liberate from the fear and avoidance. (both of which are heavy burdens to bear).

If you’re finding yourself struggling with some stark revelations, know you’re not alone.

Let’s lay down our firmly held beliefs in favour of transparency, listening, contemplation, discussion; community coming together – regardless of personal choices – to stand for love, for truth, and for freedom (within and without).

Hopefully this post can be one small part in your stepping into more truth for yourself (whatever that is and however that looks). It’s a whirlwind out there so don’t forget to Breathe and know you are infinitely held beyond what your mind can comprehend.

Under the chaos, all IS actually well in the kingdom

Can I welcome judgement and misunderstanding rather than resist?

The search for understanding – for being understood by others – keeps us in bondage.

I know it all too well.

“If only I could explain properly. If only I could express clearly enough so they can see my point of view etc. etc.”

These never really get me anywhere. They do serve to strengthen my sense of separation, however. And right about now, that is probably the last thing I need. What if I can soften into the realm of “not knowing” a place where there are no fixed prescriptions, no absolutes; a place where love and compassion rule and I bow down in service to that? What if I can allow the judgement of others towards me in the same way I allow the wind to blow against my face. These things will happen anyway, and my choice is to resist or allow.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of trying to be understood.

Others, even those closest to me, may not get my concerns or my viewpoint nor agree with how life is moving me. They may be in pain because of it. I’ll wish to soothe their pain (and my own), I’ll wish they could come to even just consider my point of view so that there could be peace between us. But the effort which that requires is draining and, frankly, futile.

Trying to convince or explain in the face of another’s firmly held point of view only serves to strengthen the division between us. What if my energy could flow to WELCOMING judgement and misunderstanding?

Radical, I know, but a practice to consider.

Perhaps this will somehow soften the fixity within them and (more importantly) within me and create the possibility for a natural openness to arise between us. I can show up in the truth of each moment and breathe. What if the antidote to fear is love and the antidote to misunderstanding is compassion? Could I access those in times of great conflict? I’ll try. Want to join me?

Become the Antidote

As all that seems life-depleting rather than life-enhancing reaches a fever pitch, it is tempting to give up.

But KEEP ON, my friend.

Your part in this is pivotal and holy.

What if you realize that the only one you can be truly sure of changing and healing is YOU, and do just that.

As Teal Swan says:

“The empowerment that you do have in what is happening in the world is to be part of the solution to the actual root of what is happening in the world today. This means you must seek the root. You must become the antidote to the root dysfunction that you see in the world. For example, if you see that the root of the way people are behaving is fear, then see that the antidote to fear is understanding and love. You must put more effort into understanding everyone and everything than you have ever put forth before. And you must make the conscious choice to love, which is to include others as a part of yourself. If you see that the root of the polarization in the world is the perception of separation, become a uniting force. Awaken to Oneness yourself. If you see that cruelty is what created the trauma that created the zero sum game behaviour between people in the world, become radically kind and devote yourself to finding a win-win with all other things in existence. … Consider your behaviour to be a demonstrative vote for how you want the world to be like. Cast your vote consciously. The future of humanity is being voted on by your thoughts, words and actions today. Find the root. What is the antidote to that root? Become that antidote.” #becometheantidote#loveandunderstanding

Awakening Heart Wisdom – Dyad Self Inquiry Day, August 29, 2021 – London, ON

Private Zoom Session with Brenda McMorrow

Mentoring Sessions with Brenda

Brenda is very pleased to offer individual sessions. Receive support and guidance around what is relevant in your life, eg. kirtan leading, your own personal mantra practice, creative expression, songwriting and/or guidance for your own spiritual journey.

Brenda can meet with you by telephone or by Zoom

For more information, please email: info@brendamcmorrow.com

The investment for a one hour session is  €75 – Please click link to reserve your spot. Brenda will email you and you can set up a session time and date together!

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Kirtan Concert August 28, London, ON

Join Brenda McMorrow and special guests Lucas Tensen (cello/kora) and Rachel McGarry (vocals) for a special evening of Kirtan:  Call and Response chanting and uplifting group singing. When: Saturday, August 28 7-9:00 p.m. 
Where: 2156 Highbury Ave North, London ON
(Indoor facilities graciously donated by the Chinmaya Hanuman Ashram.)


Your Investment: $25 in advance/ $30 at the door 
(It is recommended to register and pay in advance as seating is limited)
Please INTERAC transfer to: ameyamusic@gmail.com


For more info and to register please contact: larrynward@hotmail.com

We will be following all current Ontario guidelines.

“Singer/songwriter, Brenda McMorrow is known for her unique and warmly embracing style of mantra music, in which she blends elements of acoustic folk, world rhythms and ancient Indian chants with a sweetly introspective singer-songwriter’s sensibility. Yoga Journal describes Brenda as having “a knack for expressing the deepest realizations in the sparsest lyrics”. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass has said: “Brenda has a gift”, and her music has been touching people’s hearts across the planet. With 5 celebrated devotional chant albums, Brenda is a featured artist on the White Swan Records roster, a Colorado label well known for it’s high-profile yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal. Brenda has been invited to share the power of mantra at festivals and events across North and South America, Europe and Asia for the past 13 years.”


“Brenda McMorrow’s songs are a bridge between the Worldly & the Infinite” – Mantra Magazine  


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Move n’ Groove SW Ontario Aug. 1


Move n’ Groove!! August 1 

Guelph/Cambridge, Ontario

(early bird pricing ends this Sat. July 24)


My dear friend, meditation teacher, facilitator, and all round great human, Jerome Giovinazzo is putting on this sweet gathering.

From Jerome:


“Hello, Friends & Family!
It’s been a long & challenging year, and many of us are ready to reignite that spark of community & celebration! 


On Sunday, August 1, myself and some very special friends will be offering an extraordinary event that will not only allow us to reconnect with others through festivity but will also help support two charities that are very dear to me: The Asian Classics Input Project (https://asianclassics.org/), AND The Yoga Studies Institute (https://www.yogastudiesinstitute.org/). Both of these organizations are responsible for the preservation & dissemination of ancient literature which contribute to the mental & physical well-being of people throughout the world. 


DAY’S EVENTS:
Yoga Class — For All Levels

Sacred Cacao Ceremony

Ecstatic Dance Party

Fire Purification Ceremony

Swimming in 2 Heated Pools & Hot Tub

Hiking On Property Trails

Jerome’s Famous Homemade Indian Feast  
Live Kirtan Concert with Brenda McMorrow with special guests Rachel McGarry and Lucas Tensen

    …….and more

WHEN: Sunday, August 1, 10am – 10pm
WHERE: 15 minutes from Guelph located on a spectacular 70 acre country estate


PRICE: $150 early bird price until July 24 / $175 after July 24 


(send an e-transfer to jeromegio@hotmail.comto reserve your ticket)


If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me. jeromegio@hotmail.com
We hope to see you there!
Love & Gratitude, jerome