Day 15 of the Feast
Dear One,

Your attention, the intention that accompanies it, and where you focus it, can alter your perception of reality. Just as shining a flashlight into a darkened room brings to light whatever the beam is cast upon, your attention lights up whatever you pay attention to.

You may be familiar with the phrase “What you seek, you shall find.” Your attention is that powerful. So it's important to be conscious of what you are looking for. If you want to find love, you will. If you want to find strife, you'll find that, too.

Your attention can bring to light what you are seeking or have the desire to know. Your attention is that powerful, because the source of your attention is so powerful. It has the power to bring everything into being.

We all want to feel more deeply engaged with the world around us, with those we love, and with the passion and purpose that make life worth living. Yet many of us will spend the majority of our lives searching for those feelings of love and fulfillment outside of ourselves, in people, conditions, material objects, or sensory experiences. The ultimate irony, of course, is that what we are looking for has been within each one of us all along.

When you are consciously on a quest, your attention and intention call responses into being—be they creativity, kindness, beauty, greater health and vitality, purposeful work, fulfilling relationships, answers to questions, and signs or synchronicities pointing you in the right direction. In other words, what you are seeking, or your way to it, will be illuminated simply by the act of seeking! And of course, what you are seeking, just might be seeking you!
Thank you for putting your spirituality first during this time of deep practice. I am practicing with you.

Love, Sarah

Sarah McLean
Director, Feast for the Soul, Inc.
Sedona, Arizona

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Meditation Teacher Highlight
Listen to a morning blessing invoking the body of light, led by Rabbi Brian Yosef Schacter-Brooks which includes a beautiful prayer, Elohai Neshama:

Elohai Neshama sh’natatah bee t’horah hee
My God, the soul that You have given me is pure.

Atah barata, Atah yatzarta, Atah n’fachta bee
You created it, You formed it, You breathed it into me.....

Begin your day and your meditation with this powerful prayer. Its message is awesome.

Spiritual Practice Tip
Here is a suggestion from author and meditation teacher, Ali Katz, Ali offers a series of meditations on mindful parenting.

How you view your practice is everything:
The attitude you bring to your meditation practice can play a huge role in staying committed and feeling successful. If you think of meditation as a chore, as another "to do" on your already very long list, it will feel like one. Meditation isn't something to just cross of your list! Instead, think of your meditation time as a gift you are giving to yourself each and every day. It's a few minutes just for you to feel centered, present, and to connect to your higher self. Making this mental shift can make or break how you feel about your practice, and as for a gift every morning....who doesn't like presents?
Living the Feast
T.S. Eliot, an American turned British philosopher of the twentieth century, won the Pulitzer prize for his writing and he was the most dominant figure in poetry and literary criticism in the English-speaking world. His Four Quartets , was a series of poems that discuss time, perspective, humanity, and salvation. In one of the poems, “Little Gidding,” he writes this,

" And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."

My belief is that this “place” that Eliot was speaking of is the birthplace of everyone and everything. It is the field of light, love, and intelligence. It's timeless too, beyond the notions of past, present, and future. It's not a physical location either, instead, it’s a field of potential, it's the field of consciousness that underlies all condition, form, and creation.

Physicists say that everything in creation emerges from this field. Yogis and mystics must know this, too. This field expresses itself through each and every one of us as us . It’s the source of your attention and mine. It’s that consciousness that is looking through your eyes.

You too can become intimate with this vast inner world through the practice of meditation. Meditation allows your nervous system to settle down so you can transcend your five senses and dive into this field. It a subtle realm, without dimension. It surrounds you and binds your atoms together. It binds the entire Universe together. It is the field of love.

By becoming aware of it, your heart and mind will open, your senses will become more refined, and you will glimpse the mysteries of the unseen, subtle realms that make life possible and so very interesting. 

"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well...for there is a Force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let us go." - Julian of Norwich
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