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“Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.”

~Rabindranath Tagore

Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

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… ♥

Daily reminder

“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

Yoga this week!

I’ll be teaching on Wednesday at 10am this week. And you are invited. Good times!

So what is Sadhana?

I’ve been writing a lot lately about the Global Sadhana I’m participating in. This is a wonderful illumination about the importance of Sadhana by Yogi Bhajan.

I love the part about cold showers… not sure if I’m on board for that today. Baby steps.

Daily reminder

“You determine your worth. Nobody else can do it. Whatever worth you give yourself, that shall be.”

~Yogi Bhajan

It’s the full moon!

Today, the moon was full at approximately 6:36am PST. Also, there was a lunar eclipse today that was the last in a series of eclipses that began about a year ago.

I enjoy keeping tabs on the phases of the moon. The gravitational force of the moon has had much to do with the way life has evolved on this planet. It is the cause of the oceans’ tides. It may also have strong effects on our own bodies. Consider that our bodies are mostly composed of water. Now remember the pull of the moon creates the tides. Perhaps this is the origin of the association of the full moon with strange behavior or with other changes- like more babies being born?

In any case, I like to stay connected to the phases of the moon simply because it is a connection to the rhythms of nature. The time around the new moon is a time for manifesting and setting intentions- letting them come into being as the moon itself waxes. And the full moon, with its powerful presence, is a time for cleansing, clearing, and letting go. Let the gravity of the full moon draw away anything that is no longer serving us.

I have found the moon to be a very powerful ally in manifesting and evolving. How about you? Do you follow the moon and its phases?

Eclipses can also bring about big changes in our lives. Read what Susan Miller has to say about dealing with eclipses here.

Daily reminder

“The path of yoga is faith, energy, mindfulness, meditation, and wisdom.”

~Patanjali, from the Yoga Sutras, 1.20

The cat came back

‘Oh. My. Goodness. What does she want? With the incessant meowing??’

My cat and I are working on our relationship. We were recently reunited after a 5+ year separation. I moved in with my love, who is allergic to cats. Alors…

My brother took her for ‘just a few weeks.’ Just until I could figure out something better.

Fast forward 5 years– it’s late September, and my brother is going out of town for 2 weeks. I said I would look after her… and the cat came back.

I adopted Dolce when she was 6 months old. We were close back then. We moved from Charlottesville, VA to Boston together. We drove cross-country in a U-Haul truck together. She was my li’l buddy when I was living in Hollywood (when I was home…). But after she moved in with my brother, I became the lady who showed up to trim her claws and take her to the vet. She became ‘less fond’ of me, let’s say. And then we became strangers- that was, until the cat came back.

Suddenly, we were roomies again, and she’s all up in my space… meowing. Well, ‘roomies’ isn’t exactly accurate. Josh is still allergic to her, so she has to be kept separate from the gen pop, so to speak. Outside or in the garage.

When I spend time with her or take care of her, I must venture into “her territory.” And when we’re going about our routine… I can hear her meowing. Not all the time, but when she does it’s loud.

I’ve always been a person who enjoys solitude. A 10-day silent meditation sounds like heaven to me. A lot changes when one becomes a parent. One of the biggest adjustments for me?? I’m rarely ever alone. And ‘those ones’ who are with me? ‘They’ are usually asking me for something or other. Yay.

I’m as much of an animal lover as anyone. I’ve always, always wanted a puppy of my own. But I’ve also learned the importance of boundaries (i.e., I’ve had to draw the line about taking in any more li’l critters who depend on me for everything). We have a betta named Blackbeard, and sometimes I find him… taxing. Working on that, but still…

Here’s this cat. And all the time she’s meowing. Max has been an effective communicator pretty much from birth. There’s rarely a doubt about what he wants. Hasn’t been for years. Having Dolce somewhat reminds me of having a newborn.

What does she want? What does she want? Is she hungry? Thirsty? Need to go out for some fresh air? Need her litter box changed?

Still… meowing.

Since early October, I have regularly drawn Oracle cards for goddesses associated with feline energy. All of them suggest connecting and spending time with felines. So, as often as I can, I sit down and hang out with my girl. We’ve really bonded again.

Still… the meowing gets louder and more frequent.

We were sitting together the other day. She was purring loudly as I scratched her ears.

‘She wants love. She just wants L O V E.’

Ohhhhh, yeah… just like everyone else. That‘s all she wants. Love.

New Year’s Yoga Challenge

I can say from personal experience that I feel more centered, grounded, and just plain better when I keep up with my daily meditation and asana practice. This 21-day Yoga Challenge will be a fun way to maintain my practice as we usher in 2012- and a fun way to share my experiences with other yoga lovers.

Using Social Workout, you can track your progress and invite others to join you. The Challenge includes a daily yoga (asana) practice, 15 minutes of meditation daily, and eating at least 1 vegetarian meal a day.

This is what YJ has to say about it:

Starting Jan. 9, you’ll begin receiving daily newsletters outlining that day’s practice, with a video link, a Challenge practice tip, information about that week’s meditation, and a link to a delicious and healthy vegetarian recipe from Vegetarian Times.

January 9th is one month away… if you would like to join my group, search for Holly Richelle (email: Holly@KamelienYoga.com). Let’s get this party started!!!

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