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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

As I’ve said before, I take notes on these oracle card readings when I first watch them every week. The more a reading resonates with me, the longer it takes to watch it because I keep pausing to be sure I get it all down. I like to return to my notes throughout the week to stay connected with its insights and messages, and I don’t want to miss anything!

This week, again, took quite a while to watch in its entirety because bells were ringing left and right for me. Not only that, Doreen does something very interesting this time- she uses two decks to get a more in-depth reading. She uses the Angel Tarot deck again, along with the Angel Dreams deck. I have to say, I really appreciated the extra dimension that the two decks added.

Much of this week’s reading speaks directly to those who are pursuing a new work opportunities, especially self-employment, so it spoke very insightfully to what I’m going through right now. Watch the video above to see if there’s anything in there that grabs you. I hope you find some great reminders and blessings, too!

Have a beautiful week, everyone!

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You are fooled by your mind into thinking there is tomorrow, so you may waste today.

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

This is interesting.

For her oracle card reading for the week of February 4th through the 10th, Doreen is using one of her oracle card apps- Magical Messages from the Fairies. I switched to an iPhone over the holidays when my old phone broke (remember Mercury Retrograde in November when everything I owned kept breaking?). I’ve had so much fun- maybe a little too much??- playing with it and checking out new apps. I’ve seen Doreen’s oracle card apps and been curious about them, but I haven’t given them a try yet.

The one she uses this week definitely looks cool. I might have to give it a spin. The card for today suggests we play, after all… πŸ˜‰

Have a beautiful week, everyone!

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Resolution check-up

The first month of 2013 is behind us now. I decided that my class on the last day of January would be a good opportunity for a resolution check-up.

Did you make any resolutions this year? If so, how is it going after one month? Are you still feeling the motivation and resolve that you felt on New Year’s Day? Or could you use a resolution boost?

Fortunately for me, my resolutions have had the support of Yoga Journal’s ‘Boost Your Willpower‘ program. It is in its third week now, and the momentum it has given me with my goals and intentions was a huge inspiration for class this week. I have been more faithful and committed in my yoga and meditation practices, and I feel more centered and focused than I have in years.

When I sat down with the idea of a yoga practice to re-energize resolutions, two things began to emerge. One was the connection to the sacral chakra- the center that governs appetites and desires. The other was the connection to the solar plexus chakra- the center of willpower and the self. Both of these energy centers play a vital role in manifesting positive changes. So, I built this week’s class around checking in with the sacral and solar plexus chakras and exploring the attributes associated with them.

Twists are the category of asana that is most closely associated with the solar plexus chakra. They are deeply detoxifying, so they aid in “letting go” on many levels. Not to mention that the area of the body that is twisting most in most twists is right at the level of the solar plexus chakra. I like to accentuate the attention they bring to that region but pausing in the twist to visualize a glowing, golden sun at my solar plexus. Learn more about twisting poses here.

The many twisting postures in class this week were interspersed with core stabilizing poses to build strength and to activate and balance the sacral chakra. Again, pausing to visualize a brilliant orange jewel radiating at the level of the sacral chakra adds a whole new level to the practice. I fully encourage it! πŸ˜‰ Check out some core stabilizing poses here.

I wish everyone the best on this first day of February 2013!

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If peace is really what you want, then you will choose peace. If peace mattered to you more than anything else and if you truly knew yourself to be spirit rather than a little me, you would remain nonreactive and absolutely alert when confronted with challenging people or situations. You would immediately accept the situation and thus become one with it rather than separate yourself from it. Then out of your alertness would come a response. Who you are (consciousness), not who you think you are (a small me), would be responding. It would be powerful and effective and would make no person or situation into an enemy.

~Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Please help me uplift my thoughts to the positive level.

Whoa! So, I’ve mentioned before that I take notes when I watch Doreen Virtue‘s weekly oracle card reading, but man!… There is so much in this reading that I had to keep pausing and rewinding it to get it all down. It took forevvver.

I hope that you find as much insight in this week’s reading as I did. Enjoy!

(ps- Here is a link to the book she mentions at the end: The Abundance Book by John Randolph Price.)

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It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis.

~Margaret Bonnano

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Practicing gratitude

β€œThe 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.”

~from Kundalini-Teacher.com

My inspiration for class this week came from this quote, which I initially found for my Thanksgiving class last year. My memory being what it is, I had a foggy recollection about gratitude and something about the solar plexus chakra… so, here it is again.

When I dug it up this time, it spoke so powerfully to life at the moment that I decided to take it onto the mat again.

I don’t know about you, but things have felt a bit topsy-turvy for me lately. Words like ‘turbulent,’ ‘discombobulated,’ and ‘chaotic’ have been coming up a lot. This Mercury Retrograde period has especially been a challenging one. At present, I’m down a computer, a mobile phone, an iPod, a vacuum, an electric toothbrush, and as of 5 minutes ago, my camera won’t turn on. Sooo… that about covers all of my activities in an average day. Honestly, it’s left me feeling like I’m not quite sure what to do next. And it could easily lead to an attitude of ‘OMG! What next? What else can happen to me?

But as my amazing friend reminded me yesterday (and others have pointed out often in recent weeks), the time has come for the snake to shed its skin. Everything that came before is falling away to make room for what’s now. Maybe everything has to break in order to force a fresh start.

By searching for the bigger picture lessons, I open up room for new (positive) possibilities to move in. I’m co-creating a new reality here. Will I create it from a place of fear or one of gratitude? Will my attitude attract more chaos or more blessings? Will I realize that things are happening for me, not to me? Will I give up resistance and surrender to the truth that everything is happening in perfect timing? These are the challenges that the quote clarified for me this week.

I built my class around the connection the quote makes between gratitude and the solar plexus chakra. Twists are the category of poses associated with the solar plexus, so I dug up twists and twist variations that I hadn’t done in years. We twisted our little hearts out- opening, activating, and connecting to the solar plexus chakra and our sense of gratitude.

We also practiced “surrendering” with deep forward bends and hip openers. And as a special treat, we practiced counting our blessings as we held certain poses. That was my personal favorite part of the class this week because it stayed with me off the mat. Counting my blessings with every breath in Pigeon Pose prepared me in a new way to deal with “things” as they are presently. When I found myself resisting an activity or situation, when I felt my inner brattiness stomping its feet at having to do something, I switched to thinking of things I was grateful for at that particular moment.

Try it and see! Sitting in traffic, chopping onions, holding Gomukhasana, whatever… count your blessings and see a whole new world of possibilities open to you.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Namaste.

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β€œCultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Happy Monday, my friends! I know many of you have some time off this week. Some of you may be traveling. And I hope that all of you will be doing something special with friends or loved ones for Thanksgiving on Thursday.

I kicked the week off with a group yoga practice that explored ‘gratitude’ and how we can express it on and off the mat. More about that later, but first…

Doreen is here with the Saints and Angels. See what important guidance she has to share about this special week.

And like she says, don’t forget to count your blessings!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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