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It’s the first of the month

…And you know what that means…

Susan Miller’s monthly horoscopes for the month of December are now up!!

I have been following her site (Astrology Zone) for a few years now, and I always find it to be an amazing source of insight and inspiration. Her horoscope readings are the most useful I’ve ever found. I definitely look forward to the check-in at the beginning of every month.

Even more so this month, since we are currently in Sagittarius. Yay, Sagittarians!

You know those people who get older and stop celebrating their birthdays- like, they say it’s become just another day or they’d rather not acknowledge that they’re getting older or whatever? Yeah, I’m totally not one of those people. In fact, I make the celebration last as long as I possibly can.

On that note… I’m off to Disneyland to get the party started (6 days early).

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Holding space

I am in such awe of the way things come together sometimes. When I make a conscious effort to open my heart and open my mind, I can usually step out of the way and watch things take shape before my eyes. Unbelievable, but true. So anyway…

As I’m stumbling and bumbling along watching for inspirations, little clusters of goodness have been dropping into my brain. Some amazing notion will pop up and then I’ll see it everywhere for the next few days. For example, I had been reflecting on the peaceful protests that are taking place throughout our country right now, and I recalled hearing about a large-scale meditation “sit-in” that had taken place in Washington, DC in the early 90s. It was in What the Bleep, maybe. It went something like this…

In 1993 in DC, there was an experiment that brought large numbers of meditation practioners into the city and tracked the number of violent crimes during the time they were there. They were to come into the city and sit in meditation. That’s it. No one was to be informed that they were doing this other than the meditators, the police, and those collecting the data. The experiment was conducted over 8 weeks, and the number of meditators increased as the weeks went on. Guess what happened? Oh right… you saw the graph. If you would like a more detailed account of the study, check it out here.

It just amazes me. I know it’s the truth. And still, it totally amazes me how powerful we are when we tap into our most basic gifts. It’s hard not to wonder why this isn’t happening everywhere?? But wait… and I come back around to the Occupy movement. It is happening. The field is fertile for the most unbelievable possibilities. Open, open, open.

As one flower pushes its way out into the sun, it creates the space for the next one to blossom. At first, it’s one here and then there. Each flower that has already begun to blossom must hold space for the others that haven’t arrived at that point yet. Soon, the number of arrivals grows exponentially, and the landscape transforms more and more quickly. Each new crop holding space and creating the conditions for the blossoming of all.

Thankfully, I found Jeanne Ball’s powerful article tying all of these inspirations together so nicely for me. Thanks to her for that. You can see all of these threads weaving together in front of me has me feeling a little poetic and awestruck. She does an excellent job of laying out the possibilities for consciousness (collective consciousness, oneness consciousness…) to determine the direction our world will take now.

I like the possibilities!! ♥ ♥ ♥

L O V E to all.

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Yoga this week!!

This week, I will be teaching on Wednesday, November 30 at 10:00am. It’s the last day of November, and we will be focusing on creating an oasis within as we launch into the busy holiday season. I would love to see you there!

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Update on 40-day Global Sadhana

More info on the 40-day Global Sadhana honoring the Divine Feminine… it begins Thursday, December 1st. Please watch if you are interested in joining this global community with me.

You can visit Spirit Voyage for additional details.

Sat Nam!

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THIS is the movement

3…2…1. Try to fight the urge to move. No, don’t, actually. Shiva Rea is a teacher and personal hero of mine. She’s a Shakti warrior and an originator of what I call Shakti dancing.

Today’s gratitude list: Shiva Rea and free expression.

Women throughout history were burned at the stake for self-expression like this, both literally and metaphorically. Many thanks to Shiva for leading the way. Now… Get up. Release your fear. Embrace Shakti. Embody the shift.

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It’s all about the Wellingtons

I’ve posted a couple times now about vegetarian/vegan options for Thanksgiving- with recipes and what not. This one is for the culinarily-challenged and time-limited among us. Native Foods is my favorite vegan restaurant, and they will do your Thanksgiving cooking and baking for you. All vegan. They currently have locations in LA, OC, Palm Springs, Portland OR, and Chicago with a north SD location opening next year. And they ship nationwide!

Learn about the wellingtons here.

Gratitude list: Native Foods!

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Millions of voices saying YES!

This is such a powerful message. I’ve been watching this clip over and over again today because he so beautifully articulates so much I’ve been trying to say in this blog. The time is now. The revolution is L O V E!

The forces of change are swirling all around us- it’s not just about the Occupy Wall Street movement or New Age philosophy or yoga. Those are merely different melodies whose notes are aimed at harmonizing with this amazing vibration that is emerging. They are also ways of tagging what is happening and putting it in a box- giving it a name so that the ego can declare “that is not me.” But it is. It is all of us. Like he says, the current mode of being isn’t working for the 1% either. There is a great force that is rising to swallow the shattered fragments of humanity and reunify them- heal them, and that force is universal love.

This is a powerful time to be a human on this planet. Each of us is so miraculously blessed to be here. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

And LOVE TO ALL.

[If you would like to support Occupy Love, learn more here.]
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Don’t forget the vegans on Thanksgiving

Vegans need love, too! Last night, I posted a link to an article about showing the vegetarians in your life some love on Thanksgiving. Today, it’s the vegans’ turn. Check out these vegan Thanksgiving recipes and show your vegan buddies you care! ♥

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Practicing gratitude

When I began considering the class I’m teaching this week, I knew right away that I wanted to structure it around the theme of gratitude. Giving thanks.

As I said before, I have recently had a growing awareness of the fundamental importance of maintaining emotional and spiritual health. Since I wrote the post stating my intention to tend to my emotional health and its energetic consequences, I’ve either discovered or re-discovered a multitude of ways to align and balance. One signpost after another pointed to the chakras and the rest of the energetic body as the classroom where I could learn about better health on every level.

Seriously. Every time I asked for guidance since writing that, it was like, ‘Chakras!’… I know but… ‘Chakras!’… but what if… ‘Chakras!’… Ok, ok, chakras!

So, I wasn’t even a little surprised when I asked for help in building my class and the answer was ‘chakras!’ Specifically, the solar plexus chakra (manipura). This is our power center. The center of self and personality. It is also the center of ego-based fear and resistance.

As I began exploring for inspiration and insight, I came across these words of wisdom from Kundalini-Teacher.com:

“The power chakra is fed by the energy of gratitude, which is a powerful kind of surrender. Gratitude is the opposite of fear and resistance. The heart opens to love, the power chakra responds to gratitude. Most karmic stuff will transmute as soon as you can manage to be genuinely grateful for it. Count your blessings, feed your power chakra.”

Not only was I able to build my gratitude class around that powerful idea, I’ve also been working to open and balance my solar plexus chakra each day by practicing gratitude. So, guess how I feel about teaching my class now? Grateful! Funny how that works…

Check out this article by Erica Rodefer for other ideas for expressing gratitude through yoga.

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Tips for Tofurkey Day

I’m going to dedicate this one to my sweet, beloved grandfather, Johnny, who still kinda sorta thinks that being vegetarian means I only eat vegetables. He’s my fav ♥ – so thankful for him.

This is the article I’ve been awaiting for the last 18 or 19 Thanksgiving dinners. Score! It’s finally here.

If you will have any vegetarians partaking in your Thanksgiving feast this year, it’s a must-read. And I bet even some non-vegs will appreciate a new take on some Thanksgiving classics! Win/win.

And score one for the turkeys, too 😉

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