Stillness in the Eye of the Storm

“Centering” from The Power Deck by Lynn V. Andrews, paintings by Rob Schouten

If you have a meditation practice or you imagine yourself meditating, often what emerges is a quiet, peaceful place, possibly in nature, at a retreat, far from the rat race or hum drum of life. Certainly, when opportunities arise to step away from routine, it can be nourishing and rejuvenating to step, to ground, to center.

Yet, what if the whole of your life became a meditation?

I was meditating earlier in the traditional style of sitting meditation and the scene was much different than the peaceful, out-in-nature picture I painted above. Like the Buddha in the card, I live in an urban neighborhood on the flight path to many arriving and departing planes with an ear-deafening power deck washer across the street, dogs barking, a leaf blower shouting, trucks rumbling by, bus brakes squealing–a veritable storm of noise, a symphony of sound. I settled in, found my breath, connected with my center and merged with the all of it–timeless time, soundless noise, Source manifest, God incarnate. I felt and have experienced this stillness in the eye of the storm in other activities as well, when I’m running, when I’m walking, when I’m deep in conversation with someone in the middle of a noisy gathering and all the other voices fall away.

Breathing, walking, eating, typing, what if it’s all part of the meditation? What if it’s all part of the dance, the Stillness playing in the movement while still sitting in Stillness?

“When you are eating, eat totally-
chew totally, taste totally, smell totally.
Touch your bread, feel the texture.
Smell the bread, smell the flavor.
Chew it, let it dissolve into your being,
and remain conscious – and you are meditating.
And then meditation is not separate from life.”
~ Osho

Expand your experience of meditation. Bring awareness to the here and now. Turn your attention to the mundane and see the profound in it all.  Sit in the eye of the storm in each moment and experience the stillness in the movement in the stillness. Much love, Jodi

Eye of the Storm by Golf Punk

The Eye-of-the-Storm.

Surrounded by the winds and the rain,
yet peaceful in its own unworldly way –
an unnatural ruddy-cloudy misty-bright kind of way.
Whatever comes next, the eye of the storm is
a moment of serenity among the challenge –
a time for repose and contemplation.
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Love or Fear? Choose Love.

Awaken to who you are, dear one.

Every moment of our human existence, we are choosing between love or fear.  Love breeds joy, connection, peace, flow, fulfillment, grace, generosity, confidence. Fear breeds separation, contraction, hate, anger, sadness, despair, uncertainty, anxiety, panic.

Although the neocortex (literally “new” cortex, the most recent part of our cerebral cortex, involved in high level learning & memory & self-expression) is able to begin to access love & in conjunction with the heart center, conjures up mental & emotional “experiences” of love, the reptilian parts of our brain, the amygdala & the brain stem live in a continuous state of fear and can only propogate protection, preservation & procreation based on pure instincts, based on fight-or-flight.

So what part of your brain do you connect with more frequently? There’s a saying, “The neurosynapses that fire together, get wired together.” Of course, we’re talking here about more than the brain, more than the heart center; we’re talking about the whole of you, mind, body, heart & spirit, your all.

I offer you two samples of my non-dominant handwriting (automatic handwriting) relevant to this notion of love or fear to serve you on your path:

22.jun.2012 ~ Message from Source
You are awakening to all you truly are — pure light, pure love, pure power, pure wisdom. You are piercing through the illusion of separateness brought on by the fear-making & social conditioning of your time & place on planet Earth.
You are correct about teleporting being a past/current available ability for some other dimensions, while it is currently an unavailable/future technology in your 3rd dimension.
You are correct about your purpose being to raise the vibrational frequency of this planet. Do not worry. Infinite possibilities in expressing this purpose & all will be revealed.
It’s time to fully embrace your full powerful self. It is time.
24.jun.2012 ~ Message from Source
Be in your body. Be in your body. Be in your body. Even as you remember who you are, also be in your body to fully experience yourself within the context of this rich condition.
Do not fear the shadow for the shadow helps define the light.
You know unconditional love from the very core of your being. We all do. Yet, we have cleverly forgotten to re-enter the matrix, the human game, to step into the illusion of separateness, the illusion of isolation, the illusion of aloness.
Wake up, dear one. Fall prey no longer to the fear-making machines called Fox News, CNN. Fall prey no longer to the Gods of Commerce & Consumerism. Fall prey no longer to the deep social conditioning of self-hate, “not good enough”, “don’t belong” & “I’m on my own”. These no longer serve you.
Awaken to your light within. Awaken to unconditional love. Awaken to your pure inherent goodness. Awaken to your purpose.
Awaken, dear one. It is time.

Thank you for letting me be of service to you.

Love & light, Jodi

The time has come….

Hello dear beings,

We have an amazing & beautiful opportunity right here, right now, to raise our vibrational frequency and experience the bliss, transformation & unconditional love that has always been our birthright from the beginning of time. Join me in awakening. The time has come….

Love & light, Jodi

Happiness Now #2 by Jodi L. Hyde, Happiness Coach

Happiness NOW #2/7

by Jodi L. Hyde, Happiness Coach

7 keys to be happy 

We would all love to discover our purpose in life and be happy.  It is the ultimate goal, the ultimate state of being, what everyone is trying to achieve through actions, experiences, things, & people.  I would like to share just a few tidbits of what I have learned thus far in my journey.  The next 6 issues will continue to look at each one of the following 7 keys to be happy in turn.  Each key can be used in meditation, contemplation, and action to unlock the door to happiness.
1.  Be present.
2.  Be love.
3.  Be service.
4.  Be abundance.
5.  Be gratitude.
6.  Be peace.
7.  Be authentic.

Be love.

Instead of wanting & needing & wishing & desiring & hoping & desperately grasping, be love in the here and now.

Love yourself, your essence, your gifts, your strengths, your weaknesses, your body, your mind, your health, your dreams, your vision. Love you.
Love others, your friends, your family, your co-workers, your neighbors, your enemies, your baristas, your cashiers, the people you pass on the street, the people who run the country (Barack Obama) & all the amazing beauty & the gifts they have to offer.
Love this planet.  Change your lightbulbs.  Turn your thermostat down (in the winter 1 degree) or up (in the summer 1 degree.  Bus, walk or carpool to work.  Reduce your consumption.  Reuse bags, boxes, clothes.  Recycle paper, plastic, glass aluminum.
The beautiful thing about love is love grows love.  The more love you give, the more love you receive.
Stay tuned for the next key to be happy.  Please feel free to comment on this blog 3 things you got from this ezine.  🙂
namaste (the light in me HONORS the light in you.)
Jodi L. Hyde, Happiness Coach
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“Awaken to your authentic self!!!”  🙂

A New President (Barack Obama) & a New Program (Project A.I. Authentic Intelligence)

Exciting amazing possibilities on our horizon!  Tonight marks the end of a difficult era in American politics and tomorrow marks the dawn of an era of hope and change as Barack Obama is sworn in as our 44th president!  My hope is that among the unlimited possibilities that are ours, we will all choose LOVE, love for our beautiful planet (by reducing our carbon footprint), love for our fellow humans (by supporting world peace) and love for ourselves (by being our most amazing selves & creating lives we love).  I recall the tremendous outpouring of love to our fellow country mates following 9-11 and I would love to see us love with such openness, beauty, generosity & authenticity at all times.  My hope too is that we all choose PEACE, peace in Iraq, peace in Afghanistan, peace in the U.S. and peace in our daily interactions with our fellow beings.


In supporting my hope, I am in the exciting process of creating a new program — Project A.I. (Project Authentic Intelligence), where folks will have a unique opportunity to work with me individually and with a fellow cohort to discover his or her unique authentic self.  Stay tuned to find out all the amazing details, including how to apply to participate in this transformative program!  🙂


Much love,  Jodi L. Hyde, Happiness Coach

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