The Power of the Four Elements

 

In my own spiritual practice I have seen how imbalance is created when I overextend myself. I then have less energy to create and play and my sabotaging mind jumps in full force to over analyze everything and create confusion.

As we move into the summer season, I want to share this video my son Jourdan made for me when I was in California. It explaines how we can use the power of the 4 elements as we move through all transitions.

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Transform TODAY TV w/Barbara Biziou – Spring Cleanse for the Soul!

It’s time to give yourself a Spring Cleanse for the Soul!

For many of us the first few months of the year are spent working on our resolutions & trying to propel ourselves forward. Often times we forget that we need down time. We need to make sure, in all of our planning and moving forward, we are taking time for Self-Care and play. As the spring Equinox approaches, just as we do a ” Spring Cleaning” of our home, it’s time for a Spring Cleanse for the Soul.

In this weeks video I am going to give you a simple way to evaluate where you are and what you need to make sure you are taking time to nourish yourself and enjoy life.

Remember March 20th is the Spring Equinox! So Happy Spring to all.

Check out my article ” Rituals to Celebrate Spring”  at www.Rewireme.com.

 

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#RitualChallenge Week Four: Spread the Love

Love not only feels good, but it literally nourishes our body just like food and sunlight. Out of all the positive emotions (joy, serenity, awe, etc.) love is considered the SUPER emotion because of its powerful effects on our well-being. Love can even influence what parts of our DNA get expressed in our cells.

This week’s Ritual Challenge is to create rituals of love: self-love, compassionate love, love of friends and family and sensual/sexual love. A good exercise is to see what people really need to feel loved. Is it quality time? Loving words? Actions that show you care? Gentle or sensual touch? Presents?

As we move into Mother’s Day this week, look at ways you can express your love to your mother, or to the mother figures in your life, and focus on what they need – not on what you would like from them.

Love expands your energetic field, it raises your vibration, can release oxytocin (the love hormone) serotonin (the feel good hormone) and magnifies desired things into your life.

Love blesses you when you share it with others. Just think of how good you feel when someone shares his/her love with you.

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Write a love letter to yourself:

Write a love letter to yourself expressing all the wonderful traits that you love about yourself, as well as the things that you are proud of having accomplished. Take your time as you recognize and honor your own greatness: “I love your openness and compassionate heart, I love the way you dance and express yourself, I love your ability to make things grow, I love your cooking, I admire your skill on the tennis court, I respect your talent as an artist.” 

Make sure to include all the things that you are proud of: “I am so proud of the way you stood up for yourself at work, your dedication to helping your parents touched my heart, you did an incredible job on your term paper, everyone was inspired by your courage to quit your job and follow your dreams.”

When you are finished, read the letter aloud. Allow yourself to feel loved and appreciated.

Place the letter in a drawer and read it whenever you need a boost.

As you open your heart to yourself, you make yourself more available to giving and receiving love in your life. Allow yourself the joy of being loved.

Now write a love letter to someone in your life. Be sure to send it to them and spread the joy!

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#RitualChallenge Week Three: Have More Fun!

This week’s challenge is creating rituals of fun and joy. When we spend too much time worrying, analyzing and trying to control our lives, we lose energy and disconnect from the spontaneous creative spirit that feeds us. Consciously lightening up allows our brains to relax and pump out the serotonin and oxytocin that makes us feel happy and more connected to others.

Here are some suggestions:

Since Beltane or May Day is coming up this week, why not create a Maypole and dance, sing and celebrate life. Originally it was a major holiday to celebrate fertility, but this can mean fertility of projects or creativity as well. Click HERE to see how I did this ritual on my roof in Manhattan with a group of kids.

Have a birthday party for your inner child; Another fun ritual is to get the toys you loved as a kid (Legos, finger-paints, dollhouse, karaoke set, clay, balls) and have a birthday party for your inner child. Invite your friends and have a blast.

Fun Beauty Ritual anyone? It is said that if you bathe your face in the early May dew you will have beauty and health for the year.

Post your results with #RitualChallenge and you will be entered into our contest to win a free coaching session with me! And don’t forget to join our Facebook Group The Ritual Cafe.

See you next Tuesday as we move into week four of the Ritual Challenge!

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Let go of the need to know…

In the Zodiac, the astrological year begins as we enter the sign of Aries. This is a time of purification and spiritual cleansing. Many people have shared with me that they are feeling confused, exhausted and depressed.  This is part of the process when we have a tug of war between the old and the new that wants to come in. I know that when I expend too much energy trying to control things, I lose my ability to be spontaneous and creative. I get exhausted and just want to sleep or run away. My teacher Brugh Joy used to say, “delete the need to know“…simple but not always easy.

Spring is a time for renewal and new opportunities, however, if we do not feel safe enough to move forward we stay stuck in spinning the old.  The gift of this time is that we are able to recreate ourselves and let go of the rigidity that has kept us stuck in the past.

To learn more about rituals to kick off this spring season, read my recent article in Mind Body Green HERE.

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April marks the start of my month long Ritual Challenge and I would love for you to participate! Every week I will be sharing an easy-to-do ritual to help you jump-start the spring season. I hope you’re ready to soar! If you aren’t already on my email list then you can sign up for the Ritual Challenge HERE.

My New Year’s vision is to share (with as many people as possible) the tools and gifts of ritual and spiritual practice. I encourage you to share my newsletter and videos with at least 5 people you think would benefit from receiving them. I am sure they will be thankful.

Many Blessings,

Barbara

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Secrets of the Ancients – Transmuting Limitations into Possibilities – Transform TODAY TV w/ Barbara Biziou

This a time when we can access the secrets of the ancients and learn how to transmute limitations into possibilities.

Whether you are celebrating Easter, Passover or another celebration – this is a time for Rebirth, Renewal, Faith and Freedom.  We are also entering a major astrological event: the Cardinal Grand Cross peaking on April 23rd, 2014with Eclipses on either side. The moon appeared blood-red in a total lunar eclipse on the night of April 14th, 2014 and overnight into April 15th, 2014 and new-moon solar eclipse in Taurus will be on April 29th, 2014. Astrologers have been calling this a powerful time of transformation.

Watch today’s video to discover more on the meaning of these holidays and to learn a simple yet powerful ritual I love to do at this time of year.

I would love to hear what you do to celebrate Passover and/or Easter.

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My Personal Passover Rituals: Making Room for the Journey from Slavery to Freedom

Passover is one of my favorite holidays. It is a time to bring family and friends together and celebrate the journey from slavery to freedom: a symbolic journey that we all need to take as we ground our spirituality into the practical realities of everyday life. No matter what religion you embrace, this concept is true for all of us.

Since my passion is sharing cross-cultural rituals with the world, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my family traditions with all of you.

Lighting the Candles: to bring light into areas where we are in darkness and denial

Drinking 4 cups of wine: dedicating each cup to our ancestors and gratitude for life

Releasing with water: as we ritualistically wash each others’  hands (Rachel welcomed strangers by her well), we look at what we want to release emotionally, physically and mentally. And we dip hard boiled eggs in salt water (representing the tears shed when we were slaves in Egypt). Yet for me water is purification and the ability to change states of consciousness. Even in the midst of chaos, sadness and despair, we can transform into joy and compassion.

Connecting to the Ancestors– In my women’s rituals, we introduce ourselves by our mother’s lineage: here we introduce ourselves by both our mother’s and father’s lineage. It is a way to remember our connection to our  ancestors. For example, I say “I am Barbara, daughter of Diana and Julie, granddaughter of Rachel and Samuel and Abraham and Rachel.” It always saddens me when people do not know the names of their ancestors. This ritual helps us remember where we came from.

Making a commitment to make the world a better place: each person gets a chance to share how they will contribute (even the children) —by volunteering, becoming better listeners, having more compassion, sharing resources and an active Tikkun olam, or taking action in the world.

Remembering: In the traditional seder we remember the plagues that God sent to the ancient Egyptians- in our seder we acknowledge these and the plagues that still ravage our world: pollution of the earth, greed, violence, war, anger, fundamentalism, injustice.

And of course there is the food: my brother Mark grows and makes the horseradish (the bitter herbs),  I am known for my matzot ball soup and horoset (nuts, apples and dates) other friends cook, bake and contribute with wine and fruit. One of the newer rituals I love is to have an orange on the table to represent the feminine. However, in today’s world, it now stands for anyone who has been marginalized. Each person eats a segment and then spits out the seeds as a gesture of the harshness of some fundamentalist views, including racism, misogyny and homophobia (Haggadah for Jews and Buddhists)

But it all comes down to friendship, generosity of spirit and hope for a future filled with freedom, peace and justice for all.

May we all be grateful for the opportunities we have to grow and learn

May we be grateful for the bounty of the Earth

May we be grateful for a time of new beginnings

May we honor our family and friends as the precious gifts they are

May we all learn from each other and become more compassionate and conscious

Have a beautiful holiday!

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