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Tuesday

New Years 2015 Aspirations



As we scurry around this last week of 2014 with last minute tasks to complete before the upcoming year, take a moment for yourself, sit down in a comfortable chair with a cup of tea or hot cocoa and breathe. 

As you sit there, listen to your heart rate, then ask yourself not about what you want to accomplish in 2015, but the kind of person you want to be or become. 

If your description makes you smile, then you know you're on the right track.

Wishing you a new year filled with possibilities,

LeeZa Donatella
           Eat Pray Stay Abadiania 
  

Friday

Spirituality versus Religion



SPIRITUAL AWAKENING     
I get asked a lot about the difference between religion and spirituality. Now, I'm loosely associated with the process of spiritual humanism, what some could call a religion, but I just call it my focus on increased optimism, growth and improvement as well as a daily meditation practice.  I do not frequent a church, synagogue or mosque, but have studied many religions and ancient practices and openly explore and analyze all discoveries and theories. I believe that  everyday brings the possibility to experience something profound. You just never know! 

As I get back to the question, first let me say that I have nothing against religion or religious people.

I find what Deepak Chopra has said about the difference between Religion and Spirituality interesting, "Religion is cultural mythology. Spirituality is self awareness. They have nothing in common."

Generally speaking, based on what I've experienced most people who are strictly religious are usually seeking reward, either in this life or the afterlife;do good deeds and go to heaven, get many virgins, clean up bad karma, etc.  And most religions are based on teachings of bowing to a master and tied to feelings of unworthiness (e.g., Lord, I am not worthy to receive you.....") Feelings of inferiority and unworthiness are lower vibrational emotions that do not serve a spiritualist.  

As I understand it, a true spiritualist seeks knowledge and knowing themselves more through experience.  And when a spiritualist veers toward idolizing the founder of a practice blindly following them, well, that also starts leaning toward religion. Do you see where I am going with this?  

If you're spiritual, then you're continuing to seek knowledge for personal evolution. Once you gain all the knowledge from your current source, the "All that Is" will guide you to your next teacher and there will always be continual sources and experiences.


Let's also talk about the intersection, the vesica piscis between spirituality and religion. As one moves forward they usually have a foot in both camps. They still hold onto their religious practice as they become more spiritual.  

I often wonder if I'm in that middle camp. I have great love and respect for certain ancient teachers and saints, but speak to them as equals.  By doing so some would not call me a true spiritualist.

I have 1000's of hours of hands-on analysis over my lifetime to formulate my theories and practices. I do not follow others, but when I hear about wisdom shared by another I listen and see if there's anything that they are teaching that I've already analyzed and discarded. Perhaps they have a new way of disseminating information that resonates with me. In these cases I take that opportunity to incorporate a new exercise into my daily routine. 

And I'm not your Shaman or guru. Yes I love to answer your questions, speak to groups of all sizes, take interviews, help some of my more famous friends, etc., but I do so out of love and knowing that I'm here to plant the seeds to help you wake up.  All I want is for you is for you to take the words, the videos, etc., and before incorporating them into your structure, go out and experience life and come to your own conclusions. 

I wish only the best for you on your journey and days filled with new opportunities,
LeeZa Donatella
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Thursday

The 3 G's of Christmas



On this day of celebration, remember the 3 G's and be an example of giving, goodness and godliness.

And while you're at it let's add in another G, gratitude.  Remember to be grateful for the time spent with those you love for it is more important than what is under the tree with your name on it.

Have a very special holiday, 

           Eat Pray Stay Abadiania 

Tuesday

Kundalini Awakening


I get asked a lot of questions by wonderful people who are going through different stages of awakening. First know that you are not alone And no, you are not going crazy. You are just waking up from a slumber and there are people like myself that are here to help you move forward. I smile as I recall some of my own awakening experiences, although when I was going through them I was concerned about what I was experiencing. When I first heard the term Kundalini, I giggled. 'What kind of term is this?'

As I began to explore more about what this all meant, I understood it to be a portion of my life force energy that lay sleeping at the base of my spine. As I became more spiritually awake, so it too woke up, moving up my spine, assisting me in higher connections. Strange things started to happen to me; I would get periods where I would feel wave-like tingles that overtook my body every 20 seconds that lasted sometimes for many hours; my legs and arms would jerk as I tried to sleep, I could feel a humming in my body, a lost my taste for certain foods, and so many more strange things. 

Folks, when you Kundalini opens it's your spirit telling you that it's time to wake up!

Wishing you an exciting awakening,

LeeZa Donatella
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Saturday

A Seasonal Kindness


As the 2014 holiday is just a couple of days away, the airports are crowded with last minute travelers all dashing to their final destination where loving hugs and warm hearts await their arrival.

So often I speak about giving to those less fortunate, or making the day of a stranger by holding the door, telling service staff how much their efforts are appreciated or giving up your seat on the bus for a stranger. It is these random acts of kindness all year round that define us as loving individuals. This holiday season why not give up your airline seat to someone trying to get home to their family for the holidays.

I was in Sky Harbor airport over the weekend. An announcement came over the intercom that the flight was possibly overbooked. I spied the family who stood patiently by waiting to see if they would all be flying together this day.  I was surprised even with the travel voucher offer that no one was biting.  It didn't take much for me to offer to give up my seat, sparking a few others to do the same.   Just the thought of them enjoying the journey would have been reward enough, but a travel voucher as well, that would be the cherry on the sundae.

After all had boarded I went up to the gate agent to find that they didn't need my seat after all. But that did not deter me from that delicious feeling from my act of kindness.

This season, go out of your way to make someone’s holiday.

Wishing you smiles and a hot cocoa,

LeeZa Donatella

           Eat Pray Stay Abadiania 

Sunday

The Pineal Gland and Spiritual Awakening

Today's post is about the relationship of the pineal gland and spiritual awakening. 

For those of you who have never heard of the pineal gland, it's the tiny gland, shaped like a pine cone located in the center of the brain producing the melatonin derivative, serotonin, that feel good hormone.

What's so special about this gland?
Many like me believe that this gland is actually what's called the third eye. Awakening is an awareness and I believe that when we activate the third eye we wake up. From experience I can share that when the third eye is activated we connect with the all that is and with that connection, the universe is our oyster.

Okay, an example: Let's say that you want to watch Shameless on Showtime, but right now your granddad has the TV tuned into Fox News. Think of the pineal gland as the remote. Until you actually use it and tune into the channel (or frequency) you're going to be stuck listening to the O'Reilly factor.  

I make light in this example, but the connection gained when awakened to this higher frequency is something that is a unrivaled. It's euphoria, bliss and peace.  How would you like to experience that without the aid of psychedelics?

Want to know something even more amazing? 
Once you're tuned in, you can do some pretty out of this world sort of things, like instantaneously manifest through thought, vastly increase your knowing and connection to universal knowledge and more supernatural things that most would not believe.

Is my Pineal Gland working?
Good question! If you've found this article then you're ready to hear the truth. Most people's pineal gland is calcified or atrophied.  Now, I'm not going to get into the theories that are out there about the why, but will explain several ways that you can make small changes to help reverse the process.
  1. Meditation - Just the act of becoming still and quiet is a good step to connecting to the pineal gland and stirring your third eye.
  2. Chi Movement and Yoga - Forms of working with your energy and meridians awakens your inner energy and has a postiive effect on increasing your frequency
  3. Spend more time in darkness - Your body produces more melatonin when it's dark, so try to limit the light in the evening, Substitute candles for your evening light and enjoy the blissful feeling.   
  4. Spend more time in Nature - Awaken your connection by becoming more connected to nature.
  5. Turn off your electronics - Disconnect from your TV and Facebook everyday
  6. Reduce/Eliminate Meat from your diet - As we get lighter we ascend. When you become more awake you begin to lose your taste for meat. If you're interested in establishing a better connection, the suggestion is to eliminate all red meat from your diet and limit other animal and fish products. Going natural is a great step in the right direction so eat more fruits and veggies and say yes to the green drink in the morning.
  7. Remove Sodium Fluoride from your life -  Sodium fluoride and other heavy metals calcify the pineal gland. Unfortunately it's in our food source and our water. The best thing you can do is drink water that has been purified by reverse osmosis.
I hope this article assists you in your journey.

Wishing you love and blessings on your journey,
LeeZa Donatella
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania
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Saturday

Signs and Symptons of Awakening

Vipassana - A Path to Enlightenment


As I celebrate my 1 year anniversary of the first true Vipassana I attended, I am posting an expanded version of the article I wrote a year ago in the hope that it will find you when you need it, now especially as most people are seeking something more. These multi-week Vipassana's can be challenging even for someone like me who has guided meditations and lectured on energy and other modalities for years.

For those who are unaware, a Vipassana is insight into the true nature of reality. Below was my experience at the Vipassana Center in Northern California in late November and early December 2013.

It's about discovering inner strength and eliminating the misery that plagues hi most of our minds. Now, I had been off-the-grid in the woods silent for a few days before, but nothing can compare to this experience of being silent and meditating for 10 days alongside forty other people. When my friends and family heard that I was going, they all laughed at the challenge for someone like me, the Italian, to be quiet. I knew it would be a challenge, but knew it was time that I found peace of mind at a deeper level.   

I left Sedona shortly before dawn, and journeyed to Kelseyville. I was nervous, knowing that in a short time that I would have to be silent for 240 straight hours, and for the next ten days I would be without the recent love of my life at that time, that crispy pork sensation, bacon. As I entered the compound, a feeling of extreme peace washed over me, calming my trepidation.

I was assigned a cabin and promptly deposited my belongings in my room.  I spied someone’s clothes in one of the other two beds, now curious about my roommate. I walked to the cabin's front room to find 4 young girls sitting on the two beds. Oh, I'm the oldest of the group, I thought, as I surveyed my new cabin mates. We still had a few hours before the silence began, so we got all the last bits of speech out of our systems as we became acquainted.  With not one of this fine young women over the age of 24, I was taken aback by their courage. And I discovered that each of us either currently, or at one time sported at least one dreadlock. The Universe was certainly welcoming me with the flavor of my then hometown of Sedona, putting the only hippies at this retreat together in one cabin.

As I listened to the stories that brought them to this place, it gave me courage. I contemplated these young women undertaking such an arduous task.  I tuned in and felt their energy, each different, yet all filled with love. There was Amanda, originally from Sweden, whose alabaster skin complimented her light eyes; a single dread hidden among her long golden blond hair. She was the only true Vegan in the group. I was sure she would really enjoy the vegetarian meals that would be served for the next couple of weeks. As I looked upon her thin physique, I was a little jealous, thinking of how easily it was going to be for her to get her legs into a meditation position.

There was Camille from San Francisco, whose medium length dark hair gently framed her slightly rounded face.  Her outlook on life was positive, as she shared some of her history. She reminded me a lot of myself twenty years ago, with her bubbly personality and infectious smile.

There was Hannah, an endearing young woman of twenty-one years, whose full head of dreads were tied in a ponytail.  I felt an instant kinship to this youngest of the group. She reminded me so much of my young friend Kate from Sedona; the wonder of the world sparkled in her eyes, and her energy a combination of courage and innocence. It was obvious to me that she had stepped out of the comfort zone of a more traditional upbringing to embrace life outside the two-by-two illusion that most of us are brought up believing. I give her the most credit for looking at life in a different way as she discovered herself, her  eclectic style evident by her handmade creations. I smiled as I looked upon her, like a proud older sister.

Then there was my roommate, Camille from Canada, whose beauty inside and out lit up the room. She was the tallest and quietest of the bunch.  I thought, wow, silence should be easy for this gal, her words always carefully chosen.   

Just as I thought our group was complete, right before silence began, we had a late arrival. Her name was Renae. She was dark with short black hair, her shyness apparent as she kept to herself, her eyes showed the pain she was experiencing. I did not know what it was, just that it was there.

That first evening, there was a group orientation and instruction on the meditation technique. It was there, that they spoke seriously about committing to stay. I sat there thinking, "So, what's the big deal. I've meditated for years. Not sure what all the fuss is about." I would soon find out as I started the most challenging yet rewarding periods in my adult life.


My heart beat hard when the noble silence began, not knowing if I had the fortitude to be silent for 240 hours. I closed my trap for the first time in decades. The silence was deafening.  They were all business, as the girls who so openly and effortlessly chatted just a few hours before, became silent. There would be no more laughter, singing, glances, eye contact or talking. I was in it and there was no turning back now.

The next morning came too soon as the bell rang at four o’clock. It was time for my first full day of meditation. I enthusiastically jumped out of bed and quickly got dressed. The sky was still black and the cold air bit my face as I made my way to the hall along with the many other early risers. In silence, I found my space and sat down folding my legs into the best lotus position I could. I closed my eyes and concentrated on my breathing. There would be no visual, no mantra that I would perform for this technique. I had difficulty, continually bringing my wandering mind back on point until the breakfast bell rang. It was only six-thirty in the morning, yet my stomach was feeling as if I had not eaten in a few days as I made my way to the dining hall. It was hard not to glance at anyone as I stood in line, waiting my turn. After breakfast it was back to the hall for more mediation until lunch.

After lunch we were given a break until the afternoon session began and I decided I wanted to rest my sore legs. I set the alarm for 12:50 and lay down in bed. I drifted off to 2 dreams that afternoon. In the first I was in a pool, serene, floating on my back. Then one of the men from the meditation group came behind me and wrapped his legs around my neck in as he tried to drown me. I became aware of this and shifted to the next dream where I was in the middle of a beautiful black and white musical from the 30's inside a nightclub. As I sat at a table, cocktail in hand, the female lead gliding over to me in her evening gown. She bent down and whispered in my ear, "Dearie, write your little books, but this is no place for you."  Startled, I jolted up out of bed, physically shaking my head from side to side. I went to the main hall for the afternoon session, and spent most if it with my mind plagued by the images as I made sense of them. I finally realized that it was my own ego, trying to get me to doubt my own abilities. It made me more determined that ever.

The evening meal consisted of tea and fruit with the night ending at nine o’clock after the discourse and final evening mediation. I smiled as I laid down in bed that first night, proud that I had made it through the entire day. That evening I dreamed again, this time of the first long relationship I had as a teen. It was if everything the cobwebs were being cleaned up and suddenly everything was clear.

When the bell rang for day 2, I found moving difficult, my muscles tight and sore from the hours of mediation from the previous day. I wondered if my cabin mates had any idea of what pain felt like; their young bodies still nimble. I made my way to the hall and smirked as I saw most of them piling pillows around their meditation space. Ah, I thought, so I'm not the only one feeling the pain. I'm not alone after all. They all sat there, enduring each and every minute along with me.

Now I had to show them my strength; that the eldest of the group could sit strong. After all, I just spoke to a women’s group before leaving Sedona, Arizona about empowerment and strength telling them “Women, we are strong and mighty.” It was time I acted like it, regardless of the physical pain I was experiencing. I smiled as the pain came, and with time, it eased, showing me the impermanence of everything in life.


Each day’s silence became easier as I looked forward to mediation. My mind was mostly quiet as I embraced all sensations in my body as an observer. Some of these sensations were pleasant, others, not so pleasant, but I paid them no great attention. My nightly dreams continued to be about past relationships and situations, but now they included resolution and true release as I no longer was emotionally attached to them.

On subsequent days I started to fill more intense sensations, waves of tingles, then waves of heat. And with this came the realization of more past situations that I observed but no longer identified with.  (Update 2014: I would find that these experiences would carry with me as I journeyed to Brazil in  2014)

As each day came and went as I was determined to keep my mind from wandering while mediating. During the one hour rest, however, I let the ideas fly, not turning off my brain as articles and chapters a-plenty swirled in my head. And I allowed my taste buds to be tantalized by the wonderful love-filled culinary vegetarian creations prepared by the volunteers, although my overall appetite was almost gone. I blessed those culinary angels, never missing my love of bacon.  

I was changing, becoming lighter, more filled with the Divine Love within.  I could see the changes in my cabin mates as well; the energy around Camille from San Francisco, growing brighter than the small lantern she swung in her right hand as she made her way the hall in the dark sky; Hannah’s effervescence never faded, her unwavering determination showing me her strength; Amanda becoming more perky with each morning that passed; and Renae, who had the most difficulty with stillness in those long meditations became statuesque; her strength from within now coming to the surface.  My roommate Camille, the gal from Canada, impressed me with her undying power. Not a hair or muscle moved as she sat in silence. She was the first to arrive and the last to leave for each session. 

As we neared the final days, my dreams changed. I was no longer plagued with dreams of the past but saw myself running with the tigers in the jungle, leaping and playing along with them. Did I become a tiger? I really can't say, because I never saw my reflection. Perhaps I did. What I do know is that I found an inner strength and a calm that I never had before. And residual anger had now become a thing of the past.


When the last day arrived and we were once again able to speak, we shared our stories. 
As I made my way to the common area I got to speak to another women whose glow and inner love resonated with me. I had watched her for the last week of the Vipassana, as she briskly traveled the walking trails during break time, while I secretly created art with the pine cones, leaves and small stones, spelling out peace and love everywhere. Ah, a kindred spirit, a sister, I thought, as I sensed a camaraderie with this women who shared a similar bubbly energy to my own.   Her name was Alexis Carra, an actress, starring in a sitcom called Mixology. In speaking to her I discovered that she was as beautiful on the inside as she was stunning on the outside. I smiled, knowing she will continue to attract wonderful opportunities in her field, due to the inner love that she so freely shared with others.

The retreat was over and although my thighs and knees were ecstatic, I would miss this place. It was a hard couple of weeks, yet the most rewarding of my life and I was happy that I had the discipline and determination to stick it out. I decided to change my plans and instead of heading north, I went south to San Francisco, offering two of my cabin mates who were travelling that way a ride. We said our goodbyes but have already met up as we all continue our individual journeys of love and peace.

I am most thankful for being able to spend time and witness such amazing strong young women. They have provided me with hope about the women who will take the reins when their older sisters are no longer. So thank you Amanda, Renae, Camille from San Francisco, Camille from Canada, and special thanks to you Hannah. You have all shown me your strength and for that I am truly grateful.

Love and Blessings now and always,

LeeZa Donatella


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Wednesday

Helping Others


I saw this photo and knew I had to share it. It is so fundamental, and what I'm about, helping others.

This holiday season be kind and considerate and thankful as you share kindness with others; hold a door for a stranger, allow someone with less groceries to get in front of you at the store. smile and greet everyone you meet, volunteer,...... I think you get the idea.

Wishing you a wonderful evening,

LeeZa Donatella
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Sunday

Elizabeth Anderson




As a spiritual author and long-time energy practitioner and teacher, I have and continue to explore many types of practices and modalities. Although I don't promote many, there are the select few that I share and my time with Elizabeth Anderson is one.

I was fortunate to spend time with Liz in late 2012 through the first half of 2013 while she visited Sedona, AZ. During this time she shared with me an understanding of her background, knowledge and practice and her gift of unlocking something within our core.

I am always seeking ways to advance and was curious, so I booked a session with her.  Below is a summary of this experience.

My Session
I immediately felt safe within the peaceful energy of Liz’s studio; soft lights, candles, spiritual music, pleasant scents permeating the air and a resting place for me adorned with spiritual accoutrement.

We sat opposite each other as she explained the process. The session began with words of wisdom and a ritual with oils that we shared. She guided me to lay down on the resting place and instructed me to close my eyes as she began her connection and breath-work.  

As she moved around to the different parts of my body, I felt a shift. Something was being altered, although at first, I could not determine its precise nature. As she neared my feet, I got the image of being in a slow native canoe floating peacefully down the Nile in a time many millennium ago. In this vision I was dressed in the clothes of that period, my hair still the dark color of my present incarnation. As she moved toward my the top of my body, something in the center of the upper middle of my back stirred. 

‘Now this is interesting,’ I thought to myself, as she focused on this area. The more she stayed there, the more I felt movement, as if someone were manipulating a dial. A visual came into view of a worn bronze colored disk thousands of years old, encrusted with what I can only describe as hieroglyphic-like symbols. It felt like a suction cup over the back of my heart chakra. After some time it dislodged and flew away, perhaps back to its origin.

Liz smiled as I shared my experience with her after the session and provided me with follow-up information for the coming days. I walked away feeling peace, went home and spent time in quiet contemplation.  The changes I felt were at first subtle as I began to settle into the benefits of the session.

About 2 days later something was definitely changing. I could feel a small increase in my vibration. I've had these before over my lifetime and they usually last between 24 to 48 hours. For me they feel like an internal tingling, a hum that either pulsates outward from my core or presents itself as waves from toe-to-head or head-to-toe as my physical body adjusts to its new frequency. This particular attunement started in the core and pulsed outward and I experienced it for the good part of that second day.

On the third day I experienced something new. It was raining and I was driving toward uptown Sedona in early evening. I was stopped at a traffic light and closed my eyes for a moment when I noticed something odd in the left eye. It was information scrolling very quickly down that reminded my of that movie, The Matrix. I was not able to distinguish the characters, and with little knowledge of what I was seeing, I phoned Liz. She explained to me that this download was an outcome of our session and would present itself in a format that I was familiar with. 

"Just ask it to slow down so you can take a closer look at it," she instructed.

I got off the phone and decided to give it a try. I closed my eyes and once again I was provided with the streaming information. I smirked as I asked it to slow down. Amazingly, it did just that. I took my time scanning from left to right picking out the familiar binomial code interspersed with long mathematical equations. With an undergraduate degree focused in applied mathematics and years as a VP Technology, I was not entirely surprised, although some of the equations were ones that even I have never seen before. When my analysis was complete I asked the stream to speed up again and saw the pace pick back up until once again I could no longer decipher the characters.  I checked often throughout day 4 to get a glimpse of this information. Tickled by the possibilities and future applications, I spent hours after requesting a slow-down in an attempt of interpretation. 

I was little disappointed when I awoke on day 5 to realize that it had stopped. I phone Liz who confirmed it was because the download was now complete.

Although the technique Liz used seemed simple, my experience as I described above was profound and my life has taken a different path.

I would recommend Liz to fellow seekers as they work toward finding their true self and purpose on Earth.

Liz is based near Noosa, Australia, but travels extensively throughout the world. You can contact her for more information about her practice and travel schedule at lizzianderson@bigpond.com.

Wishing you a day filled with great experiences, 

LeeZa Donatella