Day 21 of the Feast
Dear One,

I have been pondering these quotes by three mystical souls and wanted to share them with you.

God is the friend of silence. See how nature--trees, flowers, grass--grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence.
- Mother Teresa, A Gift for God

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. 
 - Mahatma Gandhi

The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
- Albert Einstein , The Merging of Spirit and Science
T hank 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
Matthew’s Empowered Peace meditation guides listeners to experience the space of peace within, and then to integrate that state into the experiences of daily life. His intention is for the value of meditation to become accessible and actualized during ‘non-meditation’ time. One's meditation experiences can then become a foundation for one's state of being in the world. His direct experience provides the core inspiration on his path as a teacher; one in which he shares this Vedic knowledge and practices.

Spiritual Practice Tip

When we are busy and stressed, we might not want to meditate, but that is when we need it most.

In meditation, when we become restless, it can be a signal that stress is being released from the mind and body. Meditation is the perfect antidote for stress. As the mind settles down and the body settles down, integration and coherence are cultivated. This causes the elimination of any built up stress in the nervous system.

In meditation, there's a purification process that goes on, and impurities start to move out as you are sitting in silence. This purification generates movement, whether it’s movement of the mind, movement of the body or movement of the emotions. So, it's important to realize that the content of the activity that occurs in meditation, to-do lists or current, mundane issues, usually have no relationship to the stress being released.

The fact that you are having thoughts, the movement of the thoughts, is an indication you are releasing stress, but the content of the thoughts has no particular correlation to the stress you are releasing.

So sitting through the distractions and staying with the practice is deep practice.

If there is a lot of energy coursing through the body, imagine the body as a wide container where the energy is allowed to bounce around like a ping pong ball. Accepting it like this can take away the extra agitation of fighting the restlessness. Sitting still with the restlessness often allows it to settle down on its own.

Because the settling can take a while, patience is needed. Sometimes the mind will marshal myriad arguments to convince you to act on some restless impulse. During meditation it is important not to give in to irrational compulsions, such as the notion that it is important to defrost the freezer immediately.
Living the Feast
Practice Timelessness.

Reflect on a time when you were awed, a moment that took your breath away, or a moment that seem timeless. Imagine this moment, where ever you were, imagine you’re there again.

Sit comfortably and close your eyes.  Breathe easily. Sink into an awareness beyond schedules and linear time--a place of  no time. All sense of demands, deadlines and schedules disappear.

You exist in the exhilaration and compelling interest of the moment. This is the moment when all possibilities unfold. This moment is timeless.

Be present to the moment--to creation--and notice this clarity you embody.

When you notice your mind drifting off to a story of time/schedules/things, bring your attention back to your breath until you feel that timeless quality, again. It's so subtle, you probably won’t notice it until you have another thought.

Rest in your being this way.

When you are ready, slowly open your eyes.

Return to this experience when you are feeling pressured or confused, and rest in this state of fullness and clarity.
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