© 2017 by Maria Vandenburg

Current Inspiration



August 14th, 2017


So I have found myself recently really trying to be mindful and focus on the present moment (because you know ultimately that's all there is).  That being said, with recently relocating from Seattle to London, and all of the jet lag and tiredness that comes from that relocation it's been a bit tough.


Although I am physically in London at the moment, I am still intune with what's going on back at home. I would lying if I didn't say that it scares me.  I am seeing all of these protests based off of anger and hatred and ultimately fear of "the other" when really we all need to just realize that we are one, and focus on really truly loving and lifting one another up.


I read a book for one of core classes at Center for Spiritual Living (another place I love and am grateful and inspired by) and the book quoted Mother Theresa, who said:


“I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there.”


All of this energy on hatred and violence and fear needs to be transformed and changed to love and peace and hope.

Which brings me to my first inspiration of the week.


I came across this global eclipse meditation series. Put on by this incredible woman named Amanda "Pua" Walsh.  It started with the lunar eclipse on August 7th and will conclude with the solar eclipse on the 21st.    The series is incredible. Every single day at 1:00pm PST (right up until the 21st), Amanda and her team have brought together all of these incredible spiritual teachers from all over the world. The format is that Amanda has a conversation with the Spiritual Teacher of the day to set the stage, then thousands of people from all over the world meditate at the exact same time with the exact same intention of anchoring love, and then we have a musical piece to conclude. It's AMAZING. For those of us that work or have crazy schedules because they just relocated across the world and they are busy trying to sort out their lives, the videos are also uploaded daily. AND IT'S ALL FREE.  If you choose to upgrade you can, but all of the money goes to Ivy Child: A Non-profit Dedicated to Teaching Children How to Meditate. I love the whole thing.  Not only because it allows me to tune in daily and transform this fear that I'm feeling into something much more inspiring and healing, but also because it's sparked the desire to do organize or help with something similar down the road. I"m a Project Manager at heart (haha). 
Anyway, if it's not your thing, that's completely OK. I just wanted to share because I have absolutely loved the experience so far.


You can sign up if so inclined here: http://www.anchoringlovemeditation.com/






















Part two??  

Well today I finally took the time to walk over to Abbey Road and pay homage to the Beatles.  I actually lived in St John's Wood just a few blocks away when I did an exchange program at University, and I never made it.  Although one of my flatmate's boyfriend at the time did see Sir Paul McCartney walking down the street and proceeded to call him George (not kidding), I think his exact response was "I'm NOT bloody George Harrison!" Anyway, I'm getting side tracked (happens a lot). I came to the Starbucks over in Greenpark and went straight to youtube and "imagine" popped right up. The lyrics are so relevant to everything that I have expressed in this post.


Absolute Love conquers all fear <3


[Verse 1]
Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us, only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people living life in peace


You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one

I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

[Verse 2]
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one