Hello, beautiful orchids! The celebrations have begun now- the parties, the observances, the gifts, all the decorations are up (right?).
Here’s a gift from me to you: 50 reasons why you are beautiful. Enjoy!
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”
~Henry David Thoreau
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna states that the most important lesson his disciple, Arjuna, can learn is to perform his duties with devotion and without attachment to the fruits of his actions- i.e., without an eye on rewards for what he does.
The yogic path has several branches. While Hatha Yoga (the yoga of physical postures) is the most well known in the Western world, “doing yoga” can actually mean many things. Karma Yoga is the yoga of selfless service- it calls upon the yoga practitioner to serve without seeking a reward. Gandhi was a model Karma yogi.
It is often said that this time of year is a time for giving. One cannot turn on a tv or walk down the street or do anything really without being bombarded with suggestions for how and what to ‘give’ this holiday season. So, here‘s another one- giving time and service through Karma Yoga. Take your yoga off the mat and into the world this holiday season!
“What other people think of me is none of my business. One of the highest places you can get to is being independent of the good opinions of other people.”
~Dr. Wayne Dyer
I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately. I also mentioned that I’m aware I must be present through everything that I’m feeling- lest my ego take this valley and turn it into an abyss. A bottomless chasm of separatemess (typo, and it’s staying).
‘Here I am all alone on this island and no one elsewhere could possibly speak my language… or help.’
Nonsense! When I respectfully ask my ego to zip it and sit down, I remember my connectedness to all life. I realize that, in many ways, my plight is universal. If not universal, cosmic.
Jupiter, my ruling planet, has been retrograde for about four months now. This year, there have been shake-ups in my astrological chart that haven’t happened in nearly a decade. There has been a series of eclipses that have been like astrological earthquakes for me, beginning on December 21, 2010. Things are opening up in a miraculous way, astrologically speaking.
Well… not just astrologically. I feel it on many levels, which makes me that much more eager to share insight into the astrological conditions that are shaping the ‘state of things’.
December 10th was the last in the series of eclipses. On December 25th, Jupiter will go direct (thank you, Jesus). And tomorrow- tomorrow, Mercury will go direct again. Hallelujah.
Mercury is a cheeky little monkey. Its retrograde stations are the most discussed of the planets in our solar system. This is an elucidating explanation of the effects of retrograde planets.
Take note, ego. The jig is up.
I gotta be honest here- I feel like I’ve hit a wall in the last week. I was definitely all geared up for my birthday (or birthweek, as I like to do it). Then, for my birthday, I got a cold. Thanks, germy little buddy!
All three of us have been sick for a week now- more or less. More than being physically ill, though, it’s the loss of momentum that’s got me in a rut.
First, Max was sick and had lower energy than usual, so I took a break (and kinda enjoyed it… bad mama) to take care of him. Then, I got sick, so I gave myself a pass on housework. Then, we were all sick, so all bets were off. And then came the rain.
The fact is, if I’m not motivated to keep up with my daily duties, there will always be ample excuses to flake. And the more I flake, the easier it becomes. The term ‘downward spiral’ comes to mind.
This is actually something that I’ve struggled with on my spiritual path. When is it slowing down for a much-needed respite? When is it laziness? When is it accepting my flaws? When is it enabling them?
You see, when I opt out of my sadhana, my chores, proper nutrition, etc., things becomes less and less clear. And by ‘things’, I mean my mind. Confusion and delusion rule the land. In my altered state, I lose sight of the big picture (i.e., some of what I’m experiencing is karmic, cosmic, and not all about me), stumbling into the wasteland of separateness consciousness- the land of the ego.
‘I‘ll eat five bowls of cereal today and watch Netflix all day… for me. It will make me feel good. It’s what I need. I need this break. I deserve it.’
CONFUSION AND DELUSION.
Let’s put this out there right now, my ego- the ego- is entirely invested in making me believe I’m living on an island. Because on this island, the ego is king. It’s a ‘king’ like Denethor, Steward of Gondor– a place-holder who resists being replaced at any cost. A usurper.
The moment that I turn my gaze from my spiritual focus, the ego sees an opportunity to get a foothold.
Lucky for me, the remedy is quite simple. I’m going to meditate now. I’ll tell you how it goes… 😉
Check out these ideas for avoiding the sicky trap this holiday season. No excuses!
“Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.”
For this week’s reading, Doreen calls upon her Angel Therapy oracle cards. According to Doreen, these cards differ from the others in that their information is more action-based-what to do rather than a beautiful, inspirational message. See what’s in the cards for us this week… ♥
“I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know. When I am led by conversation to express my sentiments, I do it with the same independence here which I have practiced everywhere, and which is inseparable from my nature. I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction, is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.”
~Thomas Jefferson, from Light and Liberty