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Mind Sunday Sermon

Letting Go Now

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Letting go of grudges, negative stories, & traumatic events can be hard to do. But it is possible. This story keeps appearing to me through various YouTube Videos. It’s everywhere lately (Month of September 2021). So, I figure I’d tell it to you. It’s a nice way of seeing how easy and how hard it is to let unwanted thoughts go away.

Two Monks, one Lady, a River and the Forest

Part One:

Dressed in Orange robes, two monks set out on a long hike through the forest. The two hiked for a few miles through the dense green forest. They arrive at a bustling greenish brown river, where they encounter a beautiful woman. She says that she has been there for hours, unable to cross the rough river by herself.

Part Two:

Knowing that they are not supposed to touch a woman, the first Monk takes a look at her and crosses the river. The other, asks her name and where she’s from. She responds and asks for his help in crossing the river. With compassion and fortitude Monk number Two picks her up and carries her on his back across the raging river. He stops every 20 feet or so to rest, since it is quite a journey to cross the river with the weight of the woman on his back. He eventually makes it to the other side where he lets the woman down. He says Goodbye and she gives him a very gracious Thank You. He then catches up with Monk One and they continue their hike through the vast forest.

Part Three:

They walk through shrubs, bushes and prickly twigs. One Mile, two miles, three miles. Not talking much, just enjoying nature, listening to the birds and continuing on their journey for the day. Monk Two all the while a bit more happier than Monk One. Monk Two even whistles a sweet little tune here and there as they tread across the the uneven terrain. Somewhere around Mile six, Monk One stops and tells Monk Two to also stop. He looks at him and exclaims: What’s going on here? You know we can’t touch women. And you, You carried that lady all the way across the river. What’s your Problem? Monk Two replies. I haven’t a problem, I was just being nice and helped a lady in distress. It is you who may have a bit of a problem. I dropped the lady off 6 miles ago and you are still carrying her!

The Teaching:

It can be very easy to let things go or as Monk One shows us, quite hard to do this. But as you can see by the story, letting go is the way to go. Let go of old fears, let go of disliking others, let go of negative thoughts, let go of everything that does not serve your higher & highest Good. You’ll feel much happier, freer and sublime. Let Go and Let God take care of Everything for you Now.

Story as told by Huna Das from hearing it on 5 different platforms in the Month of September 2021. Took what I heard and added in a bit of flavor so that your mind could picture the story in your imagination. I do hope it helps you and encourages you to Let Go of any and all unwanted thoughts.

“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your Destiny.”

– Lao Tzu –

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Huna Das Happiness Spirit

Morning Story

I walk with Poise, Protection and Peace

Towards a new Minute, a New Hour, a New Day

Enlightened in God thoughts

Powered by Good actions

Illuminated with a Bright Golden Light, Vibrating in and through me

Beaming out into Spaces and Places, bringing Peace and prosperity to all sentient beings

Wherever I go, God is and All is Well

Original Affirmation/Morning Story by Huna Das 9/21/21. Based on Unity Principles

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Tool Kit

I am Free, I am Unlimited

This is a pretty catchy tune, it can change your vibration quickly and easily. I invite you to try it for 5 minutes and watch your vibration raise filled with Abundance, Happiness and Zeal

*Note: Since 1982, I’ve change the words from Right now, Right now to Right here, Right now. You can change the words or keep it how it is. It works either way. Hope it’s a nice addition to your Spiritual Toolbox

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I am free, I am unlimited,
There are no chains that bind me.
I am free, I am unlimited, Right now! Right now!

I am free, I am unlimited,
There are no chains that bind me.
I am free, I am unlimited, Right now! Right now!

We are free, we are unlimited,
There are no chains that bind us.
We are free, We are unlimited, Right now! Right now!

We are free, we are unlimited,
There are no chains that bind us.
We are free, We are unlimited, Right now! Right now!

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Huna Das Happiness

Everyday is a Go(o)d Day

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I Dance in the Riches of all my Wishes

No Fear here, only Faith, Love and Good Cheer

Sweet Nectar of Joy fills my Soul, sour smell of stress does not exist

I’m on the right track, as I step forward Abundantly. Seeing no lack

I Declare Dominion and Authority upon my thoughts and feelings. Keeping the Kingdom wealthy with powerful words of Peace, Love and Happiness

Intention goes, where Energy flows. I send Praise and Good Will to all my Friends and Foes

As the day winds down, I count my blessings, I am Grateful for so many things, my list as vast as the Ocean

Sleeping Calmly to awaken Tomorrow with a Great Big Smile you can see for almost a Mile

Thank You Go(o)d

A Poem by Huna Das 9/12/21

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Body Mind Spirit Sunday Sermon

Shi Heng Yi

The 5 Hindrances to self-mastery. Shi Heng Yi…A Ted Talk

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I’ve been without a remote for a few days. Thus, I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube. Mainly talks and exercises by Shi Heng Yi. The videos just keep playing one after another, after.. It’s a new path for me. But like all spiritual paths, it can and will help you if you apply it. As I’ve said before, All spiritual efforts lead to one place-GOD. I believe, take the tools that resonate best with you and mix and match them for your own spiritual success or as they say in 2021-Your own Self Mastery. Everyone is different. Take what works for you and Use it. The main thing to do is to do whatever it is. Don’t just read about it.

Much of the info I wrote out is from Shi Heng Yi and some is the authors own thoughts. Just want to let you know that ahead of time. Because Yi does mention, he isn’t going to show you the way, just give suggestions. Thus I added on some decent definition to help you out. If you want just Yi’s information the video is down below

When you see more clear. Human interactions become easier. Goals and Inspirations become easier to attain

Find a Way to get to do the things you like to do

Clarity: You see more clear, You feel more clear, you can decide for yourself what to do to reach your goals and aspirations

There are two mistakes along the way to Self-Mastery: Not starting it and not going all the way

The Shaolin Temple Europe labels 5 states of mind that you don’t want to be in, which are the 5 hindrances. Being in any of these 5 states makes it difficult to find your way

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The 5 Hindrances

  1. SENSUAL DESIRE: A Positive emotion that can appear through the 5 senses. Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, & Feeling. These can be good for a while. But once you follow the temptation too many times and want to stay too long in this area, it becomes an Obsession, which is bad. It’s hard to find clarity by staying to0 long in Sensual Desire. Stay for a bit then get out. Like 2 drinks in a night might be ok, but becoming a hardcore alcoholic is not what you want to do
  2. ILL WILL: State of the mind that provides negative emotions. A dislike about an object, a situation or a person. If you dislike something, You must learn to let go of Ill Will. One of the reasons I’ve watched this video 5x today, is during my day today, I got stuck getting irritated with a situation at work. I did the Shaolin Qi Gong for an hour. Meditated 3 times and took a walk. These all aided me to get rid of my ILL Will. But after writing this I will do one more thing, Yoga Nidra. Some days, it’s just harder to get peaceful. Today was one of those days for me. But I took action and am almost at peace. I know I should just say, Peace is within me now and be done with it. That’s supposed to work from all that I teach and think. Just sometimes, you or I need to do more to chase the Ill Will away
  3. DULLNESS/HEAVINESS: Sleepiness, lack of energy, non motivation, can manifest into depression. You feel imprisoned. And it it hard to make a mental or physical decision. You need to Find a way to get out of this state of mind
  4. RESTLESSNESS: An unsettled mind that worries about the future or travels to the past. This is the monkey mind. Jumping around from past to future without staying long enough in the present moment. Try not to judge things and get out of this state of mind
  5. SKEPTICAL DOUBT: Indecisiveness. Lost in thoughts. Can I do this? What will people think? Is this the right path? You may have many doubts and get stuck instead of moving on. Too much doubt will get you stuck. Get Out and feel decisive, positive and free

What to do about the 5 Hindrances. Prevent them from arising. Use techniques to rid yourself of them. In other videos Shi Heng Yi teaches various movements of the body while breathing. Meditation is also good, so is doing a hobby like sewing, painting and sports. These keep your mind calm and in the present moment. One does not need to do real mediation (but it does help). You can do your hobby and it will work very well also. Or of course you can mix the 2 options. I personally do the Calm app SOS, Yoga Nidra, Kirtan, write, read, walk, play basketball and sometimes paint and surf.

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4 Things to do about the 5 Hindrances

  1. Recognize: What state of mind you are in
  2. Accept: Learn to accept how a situation is, why people are like this. Allow things to be how they are, let people be as they are. You can not change them. but you can change how you perceive them. Stay calm when faced with verbal bullying. Learn martial arts for physical attacks.
  3. Investigate: Your emotional and mental state and question it. Ask questions? Why? What will be the consequence when I stay like this
  4. Non Identify: It is the practice. I am not the Body, I am not the Mind, I am not my Emotions. I can see these 3 aspects about me, but they are not me. I am a spiritual being living in a human body

Be Unique. Try not to copy others. Bring meaning to your life. Learn and master yourself and don’t let the hindrances stop you. Learn to live a healthy life. Healthy Body and Healthy Mind

Three Main Things to Do:

  1. Physical Movement Qi Gong, Kung Fu, Martial Arts
  2. Intention of the Mind/Mind action/control
  3. Learn How to use your Breathe

I know it’s a lot of words today, take what works for you and leave the rest on the page. Or watch the video and formulate your own plan. Today, I needed to do what I like to do to get our of a hindrance. And that is to write and to hopefully help someone else on their journey.

For more on Shi Heng Li, check out his website here

Here is the Mind, Body and Soul exercise session that I did today to help me get out of Ill Will. It helped but did upset my back a bit, so be careful when doing any of the various trainings. Glad I didn’t try the Kung Fu today.

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Mind Tool Kit

Challenges Come & Go

The Guest House by Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

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Sufi Mystic & Poet, Rumi wrote the Guest House all the way back in the 13th Century. Today it was on the Daily Calm 7/25/21. It reminds us that when challenges come our way, they will pass through and go away. Tomorrow is a Brand New Day. Actually your next moment in time is brand new, it’s up to you, to do what is needed to stay calm, centered and peaceful.

This past Friday, I was complaining to my spiritual teacher about some money issues. He actually got pretty pissed off, because of all that has been taught to me and reminded me to Meditate. (And never speak of lack, because our subconscious minds Don’t differentiate your positive or negative thoughts. So its best to think in abundance).

My instructions for the week were to meditate every evening for 3 minutes. I just did 3 days in a row at 2 x 12 minutes cycles per day. The meditation brings calm, peace and is good for overall health and wellness.

Rumi even goes on to tell us that some challenges, may just be stepping stones to bigger and better opportunities to come our way. Today’s challenge, will be tomorrows victory!

When things feel rough and tumble, take a moment and meditate. It may feel difficult at first, but the more you do it, the more peace meditation will provide.

Some Tips: The Daily Calm app provides a new meditation every day. It only takes 10-12 minutes. This app is my favorite. And it has an emergency SOS meditation, that I do when work feels like it’s too frantic and frustrating. I would recommend the Daily Calm App.

Or go on YouTube and choose a guided meditation. There are so many to choose from. Something for every challenge, difficulty or dilemma.

It’s in the silence that our best ideas are produced. There’s no right or wrong way to meditate. I would recommend to “Just Do It” Daily if you can. Don’t even worry about sitting perfectly or anything like that. Just close your eyes, listen and breathe.

I’m actually still a bit wound up from this past week and will stop writing and dial up another meditation. This time, my 2nd all time favorites-Yoga Nidra by Brenda Kwon. No matter how many house mates invade my brain, Yoga Nidra is a great go-to stress reliever. Try and do 20-45 minutes if you can. I guarantee Yoga Nidra will work. I even did it at the dentist one time and didnt even feel the new tooth being inserted into my mouth.

Yoga Nidra, The Daily Calm and even the quick and effective SOS will provide relief for whatever it is your mind thinks is happening. Remember, it is us that chooses our thoughts, not our boss, partner or surroundings. Give Meditation a try. Be Grateful to be alive. It’s a precious gift we are given.

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Body Mind Sunday Sermon Tool Kit

You Always Have a Choice

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As of today (Friday 6/4/21) I can claim that I have the worst backache in my entire life. But that won’t do be any good in healing it. I need to think thoughts of healing and health. Not only do I need to think these thoughts, but I need to say them out loud. The quickest affirmation I use personally is “I am 100% Healthy Right Now”. I said this many times daily during the pandemic and even simple as it is, it works. I say it even more times today as I heal my body into complete health and wellness

I also take action to improve my health to optimal performance. I apply ice to my back for 20 minutes, then I heat it for 20 minutes all day everyday. I take the healing efforts as close the NBA level as I can. I take turmeric, eat fruits + vegetables + anti-inflammatory foods, drink lots of water and take a bit of medicine. But mainly I think my way to perfect health. I have a choice to dwell on the pain or take action to improve my well being with positive, health filled thoughts

FILLING MY MIND WITH PLEASANT THOUGHTS IS THE QUICKEST ROAD TO HEALTH – Louise Hay –

When I feel myself going the wrong way, I turn to Eric Butterworth’s You Always have a Choice video. Butterworth was a Unity Minister and new thought teacher for over 30 years. And he says the number one thing he would like to let the world know is, You Always have a Choice

Here is the video for reference. Or you can read his thoughts and mine below the video if you are in a hurry.

Eric Butterworth’s Highlights of the video above: (I’m sure I added a few things here and there, but that’s ok. Its all good, just adding to the Good Vibes attitude of Today’s healing choice filled energy)

  • One simple Idea. The most important insight is Y0u Always have a Choice. There is no such thing as a choice-less Life
  • Things may happen around you or to you. But you Always have a choice to how you react to your surroundings. Choose to be Positive, Happy and Calm
  • You can’t regulate the weather, but you have a choice on how your react to it. If it rains, bless the plants, think of the drinking water the rain provides. You don’t have to complain about the rain.
  • If someone gets under your skin. You let them do it to you. You can Always choose not to let them inside your thoughts. You can hate or you can Love, you can choose which to do.
  • The incident is external, but the reaction is internal. And it is for you to choose. Reminder: It is Always your choice to choose your own thoughts.
  • He made me mad! No he did not! You Chose to be Mad. Don’t let others decide that you are mad! Stay calm, think peaceful loving thoughts.
  • Life without emotion has no zest. But watch your emotions and change them to good thoughts. We can correct the situation. You are not your emotions. You control your emotions. Don’t let them get out of control. You Always have a choice
  • No matter how bad things may seem. You can Always turn on the LIGHT. Choose to turn the Light on now
  • Age-Education-The Economy-Disease: Whatever is is that you are thinking, you can Always change your thoughts. Change a minus into a positive. Color your thinking with the Colors that you choose
  • Don’t react with hostility. It just brings more negatives. Choose to stay calm. You Always have a Choice!
  • Smile, be happy, enthused and Loving
  • Do you worry about money? Like you don’t have a choice? You do have a choice. Don’t worry, Bless what you do have. Be in the flow of substance. Like the vast ocean, there is a limitless abundance of wealth to be found by you, if not today, tomorrow. You can choose abundance over lack
  • All things work together for the Good. Remember Good is God and God is Always Good
  • Consciousness can Always be changed. Choose your attitude. Choose your mood. Rise above. Sit on Top of the World. No matter what happens in and around you, all that matters is what you think within your own mind. You Always have a Choice. Good, bad, Happy, sad. Choose wisely. Choose Good over evil. Faith over fear, Love over hate. You do have options. Live in the flow of God and the Good. Remember you ALWAYS have a choice and the choice is yours and only yours to make, and As Wham would say: Choose Life
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A Couple of final thoughts, just in case you may need them today

WORRY IS A NEGATIVE FORM OF PRAYER. DON’T WORRY, PRAY FOR THE GOOD AND BE HAPPY NOW -Huna Das-

HEAVEN OR HELL…YOU CAN CHOOSE. NO MATTER WHAT COMES YOUR WAY. CHOOSE HEAVEN ALL THE TIME. ANYTIME + ANYWHERE -Huna Das-

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Box Breathing

Quick and Easy Steps to Calm Down using Square Box Breathing

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A Practice used in High Stress occupations including the Navy Seals

How to do box breathing

  1. Set a timer for five minutes
  2. Sit with a straight spine on the floor or in a chair with your feet flat
  3. Close your eyes and inhale for a count of four
  4. Hold your breath for a count of four
  5. Exhale for a count of four
  6. Hold for a count of four
  7. Repeat until the alarm sounds

The above are the standard instructions. I wouldn’t worry about the sitting with a straight spine. If it’s uncomfortable, please don’t do this. The Goal is not to hurt yourself. As long as you do this anywhere anytime, it does work. The feet on the floor does help with grounding. I also envision a warbled rectangle when I do it.

It is upon the exhale that calmness is Achieved

– Huna Das-

I do like this exercise and do know it works. I have 3 emergency go to’s when things get too stress-full. Box Breathing, The 4 minute Meditation SOS on the Calm App, or exercising. I find it harder to exercise but when I do it, its like Magic. Try a brisk 10- 20 minute walk or 40 minute basketball session. Any movement really does work. Yoga, walking, sports, a quick 20 minute YouTube Video. I’ve found the people at HasFit on YouTube work well for me. They have Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced 20-40 minute one on one classes.

If I have 30-50 minutes, I will do a Yoga Nidra Session. But if you do this, make sure you have a timer/alarm set or you may drift off into sleep.

The goal is not to get your stress too that high in the first place. But when it does, you’ll want to have some quick, go to Tools that will help you recover quicker.

What do you do when the stress gets turned up to 8, 9 or 10?

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Body Tool Kit

Freeze your Fear

Fight, Flight. Or Freeze it Away

F-E-A-R=False Evidence Appearing Real…But when your brain believes it to be real, it can be scary. Which brings your body back to the caveman days. So many, many, many years ago when the Big Mammal came to attack, you either Fought it (Fight) or took off running as fast as you could (Flight or Flee).

Nowadays in January 2021, some things may come your way, where you feel fearful and feel it’s time to Fight or Flee. There’s various ways to help you with the Fear factor. In this Soulution, we look at The Wim Hof Method.

Wim Hof’s wife committed suicide in 1995, the father of four was completely paralyzed by fear of the future. He experimented with various methods and landed on controlling his breath and focusing his mind to overcome extreme cold temperatures. By doing this, when his body felt fear, he was able to “scare” it away since he had effectively trained his mind not to freak out when cold temperatures came his way, he was able to use it in other situations to stay C-A-L-M in the face of FEAR.

Try the Two-Minute Method

The Goal is to take a very cold shower for Two-Minutes. Temperature should be under 60 degrees. I’d suggest just using only the Cold water, but depending where you live, you may need to add a tad of the Hot. Where I live in Hawaii, the Cold isn’t that cold, so I will try 100% cold water.

The method says to start your shower as normal with warm water. Then spray your feet, then legs and Immerse more from there. Try the full immersion at :10 or :15 seconds building up to :30 seconds. You’ll want to do the full immersion target of Two-Minutes to effectively use this method. Wim Hof says you’ll want to do the Two-Minutes for 5 days a week for 4 weeks. This, along with some breathing techniques, will train your mind to take over the Fight or Flight response.

With Success at the Two-Minute Cold Shower 5 days a week for 4 weeks, you will feel empowered to face fear in other situations. And from what Added Bonus: I’ve read and heard, the cold showers should help improve your immune system. Just be careful when trying this method of improving your life. A gradual process is probably best. I’ve never done this before, but am willing to give it a try. How Bout you? Wanna give it a go? Or let us know how you deal with fear in your life, give us a suggestion or Two in the comments Section.

Here’s a helpful video on safety tips on taking these cold showers:

Here is the “Iceman” telling first hand the method and the various things that the Cold Shower will help you with:

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Mind

Look for the Good

The NBA in Action on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Yesterday (1/18/21) NBA TV and TNT broadcasted five non-stop basketball games, to honor Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the day. It was a well deserved celebration of sports, human rights and yesterday & today’s culture.

The Story

The fifth game of day came down to the Los Angeles Lakers vs their arch rival, the Golden State Warriors. During the first half of the game and into the 3rd quarter, the Warriors super sharp shooter, Stephen Curry, could not make a three point basket. Well he did hit a few, but far less than usual.

The announcers kept saying Shooters Shoot, so Steph kept shooting the three’s. In the 4th quarter with just minutes to go, he hit a bomb of a three from way past the 3 point line-SWOOSH!. Then he dribbled down the court and missed an easy lay-up. Lakers got the ball one last time, but because of Steph’s three, they were still in the lead. Game ended with the Warriors winning 115-113 against the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers.

Look for the Good

It’s here after the game that we see how it can be a challenge to keep our minds positive and to look for the good. Steph Curry reluctantly jogged down to the post game interview. Looking bummed out, shaking his head back and forth, for sure upset with himself. The announcer said, I know that look, you missed the lay-up. Steph said Yep. BUT THEN, he said something very similar to this: Yep, I’m bummed I missed that..Oh, lets focus on the POSITIVE and RE-FRAME my answer. I did hit the long three Pointer and we won the game.

Just like you and I, professional Athletes don’t just play the physical game but the mental game. Steph Curry caught himself on National TV about to say something Negative and in the moment told us all, the Positive. Sometimes, things may not come out as planned, are not perfect or really do feel bad. Stop, Breathe, Re-Focus/Re-Frame your thoughts. And Look for the Good in every situation that may occur.

Stop, Breathe, Re-Focus/Re-Frame your thoughts. And Look for the Good in every Situation that may occur-Huna Das

It takes effort and persistent. And no one is perfect. If you Look for the Good most of the time. That’s quite alright. It’s just something to be aware of and to try your best.

It was pretty amazing watching the Look for the Good spiritual Soulution in action, on TV after a hard fought NBA Basketball Game.

As my Mom would say: Look for the Good and See the Miracles.

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