Self-healing

MEDITATION 2.0

Off to a hurried start for the New Year? Take a moment to breathe, listen inwardly and experience living in the moment. Mindfulness and meditation can certainly help. First published in 2015 and written in a meditative space, here’s a primer for Meditation:

 

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“M-E-D-I-T-A-T-I-O-N” was composed by the author during morning meditation.
“M-E-D-I-T-A-T-I-O-N” text, photo, and design ©2015 Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved.


American Author, Artist, and Poet, Loretta Boyer McClellan sees the art of writing as an exciting medium and source of abundant joy in the creative process.  Her multilayered career as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; conscious PR, brand, graphic design, and communications; and as an Arts instructor, journalist, and artist, “sized the canvas,” so to speak, for a fruitful life of expression.  Author of The Nature of BEing: A Healing Journey, The Misthaven of Maine Series, and Dodging Raindrops: Poems and Prose of Beauty, Peace and Healing, Lori creates and teaches from the heart.  Writing, meditating, and painting—particularly in watercolor—are her connection to the Infinite.

Kind Words for The Nature of BEing: A Healing Journey

Kind Words for The Nature of BEing: A Healing Journey:

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“As a Marriage and Family Therapist and as a person on my own personal journey, I enjoyed this memoir very much. This is an easy, but meaningful read. It is full of great resources and personal insights that can aid others in their journeys to wholeness. The author not only advocates self-compassion, but models it, as well. She clearly shows how her pain became a gateway to healing her whole being as she followed the path that opened up to her. I definitely think her work is an inspiration.” — Amazon Customer

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headshot_3x3_web_copyright2013_loretta_boyer_mcclellanAmerican Author, Artist, and Poet, Loretta Boyer McClellan, sees the art of writing as an exciting medium and source of abundant joy in the creative process.  Her multilayered career as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; conscious PR, brand, graphic design, and communications; and as an Arts instructor, journalist, and artist, “sized the canvas,” so to speak, for a fruitful life of expression.  Author of The Nature of BEing: A Healing Journey, Lori creates and teaches from the heart.  Writing, meditating, and painting—particularly in watercolor—are her connection to the Infinite.

Solving the World’s Problems: Meditation, Peace by Peace

beautiful_woman_practive_yoga_on_river_in_nature_by_adamr_of_freedigitalphotosdotnetGoing inward in contemplation or meditation is a place of truth, peace, and well-being.  Not traditionally a method of escape, it is a way to connect with ourselves, and with all beings—of inter-being.  What do we do when so many in our world are suffering?  Are we connected to their hurts and fears when we meditate “together?”

Meditation abides as a collective conscious—pure awareness—without attachment.  With practice, meditation allows for freedom in being our true nature, of our authentic self, stripping away the worry and day-to-day foci, whether mundane or overwhelming.  Suffering exists; however, things that used to provoke or agitate are not erased, but our reaction to them changes, as we become balance.  Not balanced, as in an adjective or quality, but balance as a natural state and way of being—all-encompassing.

Relaxation and healing, or more accurately, self-healing, are byproducts of rediscovering our true nature and balance.  When we are no longer dwelling on pain, or addressing the bristles of illness or suffering as much because we’re in a place of abundance, compassion, and clarity, healing takes on new meaning—and our body, mind, and spirit inherently understand this.

With the turmoil that is demonstrated in the world today, including countless acts of hatred, we can ground ourselves in the peace of restoration, instead of devastation.  It may seem pointless, or perhaps counterproductive for one human being to consider meditation as a global measure, but by its very nature, meditation is a collective healing without boundaries, limitless in its reach.  It is an energetic source of not only transformation, but renewal—in returning to who we truly are, which in essence is infinite.

Even when one person meditates, it is inter-being, which is Infinity times Infinity.  It is a perfect equation, an exponential opportunity to help heal equally, peace by peace.


lori_mcclellan_reiki_headshot_3in_300dpiAmerican Author, Artist, and Poet, Loretta Boyer McClellan sees the art of writing as an exciting medium and source of abundant joy in the creative process.  Her multilayered career as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; conscious PR, brand, graphic design, and communications; and as an Arts instructor, journalist, and artist, “sized the canvas,” so to speak, for a fruitful life of expression.  Author of The Nature of BEing: A Healing Journey, The Misthaven of Maine Series, and Dodging Raindrops: Poems and Prose of Beauty, Peace and Healing, Lori creates and teaches from the heart.  Writing, meditating, and painting—particularly in watercolor—are her connection to the Infinite.

Text © 2015 Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved.
Photo by Adamr of freedigitalphotos.net; used with permission.
Author headshot by Frank Leonard; used with permission.

An Open Letter with Open Arms to the Suffering, Sick, and Afflicted

An Open Letter, with Open Arms, to the Suffering, Sick, and Afflicted:

heart_from_leaves_photokanok_of_freedigitalphotosdotnet2Pain…  We take it upon our hearts, our minds, perhaps our bodies.  When we’ve tried all that is asked of us to the point of exhaustion to heal, including faith, prayer, the blessings of others—to no avail—yet we suffer further, so we ask, “What should I have done differently?  Am I meant to live in pain and suffering without parole?”  So we settle in to defining ourselves by sickness or lack, this malnourishment of the human experience.  It isn’t meant to be this way, this self-affixed punishment, this harassment of the helpful self, as we are all meant to heal—to be healing, as we are already entirely whole.

Let us not be short-sighted in believing healing is only health-related.  Let us remember we are not the sum of our parts—healthy, or otherwise.  We are pure awareness, which constitutes an amazing testament to preserve ourselves against the conflagration of our essence—in being our true nature, our pure, authentic self—as we are limitless.  That being said, we may ask how that applies in the here and now, where life may feel limited by gravity, by trials, and by doubt.

So we listen.

Broadly speaking, we tune-in to the stillness within.  It’s in there, and has been there, all along.  Let it be our hearts, our spirit, and our forgiveness of limiting our truth by being bound by boundaries of will.  May we cast this self-imposed prison to the wind, and embrace the freedom that comes from being open to receive—to let “It is what it is” become a declaration of unparalleled beauty.

In its purest state, this desire to heal is a cry out to the universe to be loved.  To have love.  To be love.  And we are loved, truly.

Joining together along this path of re-discovery is a most-joyful experience, of which gratitude is the clarifying measure.

Love Lori


In the spirit of love, The Nature of BEing: A Healing Journey came to fruition.  It is a memoir cultivated over five years of intense suffering and reflection, taken from deep within and poured out in abundance.  It is a communal message of inner truth: that love is lasting, and the self in healing is not really the self at all, but the WE of Well-BEing.

“My physical well-being is only a fraction of my healing equation, and of who I am as a person in this multi-dimensional existence.” —Loretta Boyer McClellan, The Nature of BEing: A Healing Journey

“When we live as we breathe—in essential expansion—we release the self-defined parameters and walls, the quantified and compartmentalized. We then are free to roam about the consciousness that is our healing experience.” —Loretta Boyer McClellan, The Nature of BEing: A Healing Journey

Text, “An Open Letter with Open Arms to the Suffering, Sick, and Afflicted,” and logo ©2015 Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved.
Author photo by Frank Leonard; used with permission.
“Heart from Leaves” by Photokanok of freedigitalphotos.net; used with permission.


headshot_3x3_web_copyright2013_loretta_boyer_mcclellanAmerican Author, Artist, and Poet, Loretta Boyer McClellan sees the art of writing as an exciting medium and source of abundant joy in the creative process.  Her multilayered career as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; conscious PR, brand, graphic design, and communications; and as an Arts instructor, journalist, and artist, “sized the canvas,” so to speak, for a fruitful life of expression.  Lori creates from the heart.  Writing, meditating, and painting—particularly in watercolor—is her connection to the Infinite.