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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!!!

Daily reminder

“Reality is beyond speech and thought. Only that which can be expressed in words is being said. But what cannot be put into language is indeed That which IS.”

~Sri Anandamayi Ma

Dear Angels and Guides

“Dear Archangel Raphael, thank you for dissolving fear-based attachments to unhealthful foods and beverages now. Thank you for adjusting my appetite so that I crave only healthful items. Thank you for clearly guiding my eating and drinking choices.”

~Doreen Virtue

ps- I second that! 🙂

Thanks in advance-
Holly Richelle

Daily reminder

“Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.”

~Donna Farhi, from Bringing Yoga to Life

YT: Gifts are where you find them

    October 4, 2010

I had another lesson in the Creator’s miraculous goodness yesterday- at the Oceanside Swap Meet of all places.

After three Sundays of trying to get to the swap meet, I decided to run there with Max yesterday. Josh wasn’t feeling well, so I thought it would be a good way for us to get out of the house. I needed a trackball for my phone, and I hoped I would find one there. I knew exactly the guy who would have it. He’s always in the same spot, so I went directly there. Nope- didn’t have it.

I had already paid $2 to get in, and Josh needed to rest. I decided to take a leisurely stroll through the place, going a way we never go so that I could check out the areas that we always miss.

Wandering, wandering.

Bikes? DVDs? A toy?

It was nice to be out in a strange environment- staying with the light.

I found a DVD for myself (Unlocking the Mystery of Life: The Case for Intelligent Design). I had to get it. It sounded too perfect. And why else would it have been there on a table of 90s rom-coms and movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Down the line- classic Disney movies on VHS for $1 each: The Aristocats, The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound.

Keep going? Or just go home?

We were almost at the tip of the triangular lot (it used to be a drive-in theater), so… let’s keep going. See what we see. We had never been all the way to the tip before. Why not? Maybe I’d find a teapot or a movie for Josh.

Winding, wandering. Last row! It’s a picnic area? With vendors facing it. Down, down- and look! The absolute last guy to see in the whole swap meet has DVDs.

1 box, 2 boxes. I thought there were maybe 5 or 6 boxes, but he brought out more from his truck. He was packing up, but now there were 15 boxes. I looked through all of them, thinking that I might find something better than Conan the Barbarian. Maybe There Will Be Blood…?

Standing at the end of the table. Back and forth. Which one? Which one? I turned my head slightly in consideration- toward the adjoining vendor…

‘That stroller looks too new and black to be… HOLY $#:%! HOLY $#:%! THAT’S MY STROLLER!!!’ It had gone missing more than a month ago, and I thought it was gone forever.

“That’s my stroller,” I said out loud. “Look! It’s stitched under this velcro where it ripped.” I pulled it back and YES! It even had Max’s diapers still in the bottom.

The vendor said he bought it from someone and paid $10. He wanted $10 for it. Ugh… annoying. It’s my stroller. It disappeared from my house weeks ago. Someone must have taken it from the porch.

PAUSE.

But it was a miracle that it was there in front of me at that moment. Against all odds. I saw the pieces of the puzzle falling in place in front of me. All the pieces- so many NO’s turned to YES’s to put me in front of that stroller at that moment. It was like a little nudge in the ribs. A little ‘hey, it’s me. I love you.’

YES! $10?… ok. It was worth it. I couldn’t NOT buy it, right? I couldn’t even walk away. I had found the proverbial needle in a haystack. What if it disappeared again? So… fine. $10.

The only question at that point was how I was going to get both the jogging stroller and the found stroller back to the house- maybe a mile and half, walking. I decided to drag one and push the other. Whatever. If that’s what’s required of me to be showered with (((L O V E))), it’s a small price to pay. Who am I to say ‘No’ when everything else is saying ‘Yes’? Even for a second. Only in my head.

‘Oh! Look! It’s Mike! And Josh!’

Soooo… they took the stroller in the car, and Max and I went for a runnnnn!

Incidentally, Josh took my phone apart and fixed the trackball that had been broken for weeks. Problem solved.

State. Of. Grace.

‘Tis the season for… kale

Kale is one of my current food obsessions. Apparently, I share my kale-love with the good folks at Organic Authority (via Yoganonymous). Their article detailing 7 reasons why kale is the new beef warmed my heart and made my day!

Kale is one vegetable that is actually more tasty in the winter when the leaves are darker and sweeter. I always have some on-hand in the refridgerator, and I love discovering new and different ways to prepare it.

Right now, Greek kale salad with lemon-garlic dressing is my fave, but I can’t wait to try Alicia Silverstone’s recipe for kale chips. I have a feeling I may have a new love… ♥

Daily reminder

“A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma […]

The message boldly blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth is not meant to emphasize fate- the result of past good and evil- but to arouse man’s will to escape from his universal thralldom. What he has done, he can undo. None other than himself was the instigator of the causes of whatever effects are now prevalent in his life. He can overcome any limitation, because he created it by his own actions in the first place, and because he possesses spiritual resources that are not subject to planetary pressure.”

~Sri Yukteswar, as quoted by Paramahansa Yogananda in Autobiography of a Yogi

Yoga help for the holidays

I. Love. Synchronicity.

I’m preparing my class for tomorrow. It’s my birthday, and I get to teach. It’s a gift that I couldn’t have imagined receiving just one year ago. It was about this time one year ago that I sat down and made a list of intentions for the coming year. I wrote them down, said my prayers, and watched things fall into place in such a miraculous way. High on the list… finally get certified to teach yoga. And here I am, one year later, preparing the class I will teach on my birthday.

In gratitude for this wonderful blessing, I wanted to put together a class that honors where I am in my life today while also honoring my students and the spirit of this special season.

We are now 6 days into the 40-day Global Sadhana honoring the Divine Feminine. I am loving connecting with the energy this global community is generating. Each day, I am doing my humble part by finding ways to honor and connect with Mother Earth.

It has been such a powerful practice for me that I wanted to bring that energy into my class this week. The root chakra (muladhara) seemed like a logical place to start. It is the center of physical experience, and its element is earth (its associated shape is the square, which represents the Earth itself).

And then… voilà! This article not only details kundalini practices for developing the root chakra, but also addresses the importance of balancing muladhara during the holiday season.

Thank you, Shakti! Thank you, Ma! I can’t wait to see you at all of my celebrations this year! ♥

Daily reminder

“He who performs his bounden duty without depending on the fruits of his actions- he is a Sannyasin and a Yogi, not he who is without fire and without action.”

~Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 6.1

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