“Feel, Feel, and Feel Some More”: Book Club Review Week 2

by Akilah Peynado of www.akilahpeynado.com

“Hold onto the reins of love and nothing else. Hold on to the real behind the false and don’t be afraid.” - Rumi

Honestly, in regards to a review, the above quote sums up week 2 of the meditation/book club for me. If you haven’t had the chance to read my review about week 1, please dive in here.

We Began With The Silence...

Nikki invited us into a meditation on love. While our eyes were closed we were told to feel His presence and to feel the Christ within. To truly embrace the substance that love resides in, is almost like feeling a vibration. It is the “silence”. This is something that we can feel in the midst of the noise…beyond the thoughts and it is always there. “God is closer than your breathing.” I became committed to this concept during the remainder of the meditation. I can admit I struggle with the thoughts that filter in and out of my consciousness when I meditate. Sometimes (most of the time) I follow those thoughts down the proverbial rabbit hole. Before you know it, I am in a tizzy between the “What ifs” and my personal favorite, “Shoulda, woulda and couldas”. Even with the thought intrusion, God is there. The love is there. The Christ is there. This is the truth of the matter. I LOVE that. Like with anything, daily continual practice of this concept is key.


When You Heal Yourself You Heal The World

image source: @jheneaiko

When we were taught to ‘love our neighbor as ourself’, it largely went in one ear and out the other. At best, we’ve failed trying to live up to it... because it’s ‘me’... my life, my body, my circumstances that feels most important. But where does that feeling come from? This feeling of ‘primary-ness’... of all-importance?

This familiar but commonly overlooked sense of aliveness in the body, the way you know you exist, isn’t personal. It isn’t evidence of you, the individual. It is LOVE... GOD announcing itself. That’s why it feels important! Cause it is. It’s just not ‘yours’! It is the great ‘I Am’. And then we feel It and say, ‘I am Nikki’, or ‘I am Lisa.’ But the I Am is... It was, and always will be, the formless manifesting in and as every form.


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