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Yoga this week!!

My little man has officially started school, so I’m switching my weekly class to Monday at 10am- beginning tomorrow! I’m not sure I’ll remember how to teach without a wild little animal running in and out of the class, but let’s just see how it goes… 😉

Hope to see you there!

Daily reminder

“With life as short as a half taken breath, don’t plant anything but
L ♥ V E.”

~Rumi

Saucha = Purity

As 2012 has begun, I’ve been making an effort to re-commit to my observance of Ahimsa. For several days, though, I have been feeling much more connected to a niyama– Saucha. Saucha is usually translated as “purity.”

I was reading through an article at the beginning of this week that stated that the New Year is a time for ‘purification rituals.’ I’m not sure how broadly applicable that is, but I love the idea of it anyway. I know, for me, it rings true. Perhaps if the holidays are a time of excess, the New Year is a time to re-balance, purify and simplify. The New Year is like pulling out a fresh, clean sheet of paper on which each of us will write the “2012” chapter of our lives.

There are so many convergences happening right now that I’ve been drawn to an intensified observance of Saucha in the past few days. Firstly, we are still in this window of pure potentiality, known as the window of direct creation. This will continue until 1.23.

Also, on Monday 1.9, the 40-day Global Sadhana honoring the Divine Feminine will be drawing to a close, and I will be beginning a 21-day yoga challenge– transitioning back into a more rigorous asana practice again.

And let’s not forget that the first full moon of 2012 will be on Monday, as well. I usually give a little shout-out to the full moon with some type of clearing or purification practice- I sage, I re-charge my crystals, I go to a full moon sound healing ceremony with crystal bowls from time to time.

With all of these factors combining to produce such powerful energy, I’ve been prioritizing clearing, cleansing, letting go- putting down any excess baggage that no longer serves me. My house is getting the Saucha treatment currently. I’m finally purging all of the excess that came here when we moved in last year. Let me tell you… it feels great. I’ve been re-organizing and re-arranging, practicing a little Feng Shui to remove any blockages and help the energy (Chi) flow more freely. I feel better already.

As I was reflecting on the changes I’m making and experiencing, I realized that details are awesome and wonderful. But it is the “purification rituals” themselves that hold the most power. No matter what form or aspect the “purification” takes, the results are the same in some way- like saying ‘I love you‘ in 15 different languages. If the intention is pure and true, it will transport you to the same place in the end.

If you haven’t tried any “purification rituals” recently (whatever that means to you), maybe give it a try and see if you experience the same thing. Has anyone else been focusing on clearing and cleansing this New Year? If so, whatcha doin’?

Daily reminder

“If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.”

~Julian of Norwich

Ahims-huh??

I was just thinking about ways to regain my focus in my observance of Ahimsa when I came across this video of the Dalai Lama at the presentation to His Holiness of the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace during the Kalachakara for World Peace in Bodh Gaya, India, on January 4, 2012.

Takin’ notes. ♥

Daily reminder

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

What’s Reiki??

I posted a video recently from my friend, Lotus Love. She’s a Reiki practioner and healer. After I posted it (and also after having a Reiki session with her), quite a few people have asked me ‘what exactly is Reiki?’

The video above covers it quite nicely. Basically, it’s a holistic healing modality in which a Reiki practioner acts as a conduit of natural healing vibrations. This article (via Green Lotus) also offers useful information about Reiki, including findings from a study of Reiki programs in hospitals, clinics, and hospice facilities throughout the US.

One of my intentions for this year is to learn to practice Reiki, so look out for more info on Reiki as we roll into 2012!

Daily reminder

“If the last year has been hopelessly bad, the New Year must be hopefully good. Remember, no matter what our trials have been, or how discouraged we are, if we make a continued effort to be better and to succeed we will find that, being made in the image of God, we are endowed with unlimited power. We are much stronger than our worst trials, no matter what they may be.”

~Paramahansa Yogananda

Window of direct creation

My beautiful friend (and Reiki Angel), Lotus Love made me aware of this when I saw her recently. Currently, all of the planets in our solar system are in direct motion– from 12/26/11 until 1/23/12. It’s a rare occurence, and Lotus has made a video that spells it out beautifully… so I’ll let her do the talking.

Check out her video to learn more about the unique potential of this time. ♥

Astrological forecast for 1/2012

Wormhole. Oh my goodness. Here we are… 1/3/12. And here’s your January forecast from Susan Miller. Please excuse me for the delay. It’s right on despite my tardiness… ♥

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