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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Doreen and the Angels: Holiday Edition… this week, she’s working with the Angels and Saints deck. Personally, I thought this was an amazing reading. See for yourself…

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Daily reminder

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.”

~His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

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Daily reminder

“The man form is higher than the angel form; of all forms it is the highest. Man is the highest being in creation, because he aspires to freedom.”

~Paramahansa Yogananda

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The gifts keep on coming

This is just too beautiful not to share… and y’all know I feel about Angels. Watch and enjoy!

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Holiday presence

Yep- things are definitely under way now. Less than a week until Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice, and barely a week until ’twill be the night before Christmas.

So, tell me, my friends… how’s it going? Are you experiencing the holidays or experiencing a holidaze? Personally, it was holidays, then Holly-days, and now… Holly-daze??

That’s why I am even more grateful for this great reminder about staying in the moment during the holidays- though these suggestions are invaluable for being present at any moment (holidays or no). Check out Panache Desai’s Six Ways to Be Present During the Holidays.

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Have I told you lately…

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!

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Daily reminder

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”

~Henry David Thoreau

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Karma Yoga: Yoga off the mat

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!

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Daily reminder

“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

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December smells like cough drops

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!

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