Monthly archive for November 2011

Daily reminder

“When storms come, some build walls, some are thrown by the wind, others build windmills.”

~Lao Tzu

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Note to self: Keep it movin’

The coming and going from point A to point B and back again is observed from the atomic level to the galactic level and beyond. It’s universal. In the face of constant movement between polarities, yoga and ayurveda point the way to achieving balance while also embracing the flow. The flow is the way of earthly life, after all. Change can be beautiful and it can be scary, but above all, it is inevitable.

When we lose touch with natural rhythms for whatever reason, imbalance occurs. Stagnation. Ayurveda notes that in this place where the flow is excluded, disease can take hold. In the time that I’ve studied ayurveda, I’ve maintained an awareness of this principle with regard to my diet and the care of my body. It was only recently, however, that I began to comprehend its role in my emotional health.

It is important to experience emotions. They are a gift that makes the colors of my human experience more vivid and gives me insight that would not be available otherwise. But, like everything else, it is essential to let them keep moving or stagnation will occur. Stagnation creates the foothold for what, my dears? Dis-ease. The old must be released to make space for the new to enter.

So, I began paying particular attention to my emotions- observing them, acknowledging them, and letting them go on their merry way. Great lessons, all in all. Yet, I couldn’t shake this feeling. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until… I allowed that it was time to face the monster- FEAR.

I couldn’t wrap my arms around it, or my mind. I just felt blank and numb. But this is FEAR we’re talking about! I should feel terrified, right? Then… BAM!! It hit me square in the face: Could it be that I’ve held on to so much fear and stuffed it in every fiber of my being for so long that it had become my new normal? Had I allowed myself to become so filled with fear that it pops up everywhere, all the time until it seems like the way it is?

I realized that YES! that was most likely true, and in so doing, I began to let go of it. I can’t say that I’m feeling all light and free these days, but I am aware. And awareness is the wormhole back to the present moment- the moment in which I can choose to go with the flow. I can observe the rhythm and the motion and be a part of it.

In my years of asana practice, I’ve heard over and over that hip-opening poses aid in the release of emotions (the hips are one place in the body where we hold our emotions). So, I’ve been following the yoga doctor’s orders and taking regular doses of hip openers. While I haven’t experienced a powerful emotional release like Julia Cohn describes in her recent article, the practice reaffirms my faith that yoga is a gateway back to balance.

Learn more about hip-opening poses here. What’s your favorite?

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New in the Kamelien store!

I’ve listed a new custom item in my Etsy store. This bag is crocheted using organic bamboo. The charm is made from Czech crystal beads, tiger’s eye bead, and a peacock feather. All of my items are handmade by my own two paws. Check it out!

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Daily reminder

“A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.”

~Dr. Wayne Dyer

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Dear Angels and Guides

Dear Angels and Guides:

Thank you for surrounding me each day with your unconditional love. Thank you for making sure I have everything I ever truly need.

All my love-
Holly Richelle

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Wanna see the coolest thing??

Retire your televisions, people! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Soul TV is here! You can now have a continuously updated selection of yoga and meditation classes, inspirational spiritual talks, and general goodness from the amazing folks at the Soul Center.

This is such an unbelievable blessing that they have put this together. But yet… coming from them, I can totally believe it. Check it out and see what all the fuss is about.

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Daily reminder

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

~Nelson Mandela

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Inspiration from Thich Nhat Hanh

The English audio is a little difficult to hear, but the message is well worth the effort. This is a video of Thich Nhat Hanh speaking about meditation and the spiritual path on November 13, 2011. So powerful.

Enjoy!

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Daily reminder

“Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny.”

~The Upanishads

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

I absolutely love that she does this! Here’s some insight from Doreen Virtue and the fairies about setting your intentions for the week. If you have never used her oracle cards before, check them out. I use mine often (I have the Goddesses and the Archangels), and they are always a source of inspiration and clarity. Have a magical week!

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