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

~Patanjali, from the Yoga Sutras, 1.20

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Intervention is divine

I haven’t had television in my home for many, many years now (unless I was living in someone else’s home…gypsy roots). Occasionally, though, I’ll find myself in front of a TV and a show will really get my attention. One of those is a show called ‘Intervention’ about addicts and the loved ones who are trying to get them help to change their lives.

It’s generally dark and intense, but what I find most intriguing about it is that ray of hope- the prospect for change. Will they say yes? Will they let go of low vibrational behaviors and activities? Will they begin an upward spiral? Through their actions, the subjects are crying out for help… but will they take it?

I suppose I had ‘Intervention’ on my brain yesterday because it was the first of the month (a day that I usually check in with myself and set intentions for the month) and also because it was the first day of the 40-day Global Sadhana honoring the Divine Feminine. Everything about the Sadhana screams YES! to me. In fact, it was one of those areas that I felt that the Divine was winking at me and saying, “Here you go. Here’s what you’ve been looking for. Here’s what to do next.”

But would I accept the help that is being offered? It was after 10pm on the first day, and I hadn’t found time for the daily observances. I was tired. It had been a long day. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Blah, blah, blah. The truth was that I had let myself be carried through the day on the momentum of the habits and rituals that are really, honestly not working for me anymore.

I chose yesterday’s daily reminder specifically for the first day of Global Sadhana to remind myself what the commitment really means (and maybe, possibly because I could foresee myself talking my way out of it). It is a commitment to raise the vibration of our planet and to embrace my own highest vibration for the good of all. I say YES! to that. Drop everything else. Clear my schedule. The Goddess herself has sent me an invite. I’m there!

We are fast approaching that time of year again- the big first day- when we make our resolutions and welcome a new beginning. But what if, this time, we didn’t think of it as an event that will come and go? What if, this time, the commitments that we make to ourselves and each other are the commitments that we keep in every moment- with our words, with our thoughts, with our actions? What if we make every moment a New Year’s Day where we reaffirm our commitment to be the highest and best version of ourselves?

The Divine speaks to us everywhere and through everything. Even the most challenging “problems” are opportunities to learn, grow, and evolve. But the first step is always opening our hearts and accepting that help is here. It reminds me of the story of the man and the lottery ticket:

There is a man who’s always been poor, and one day he decides to pray to God that he could win the lotto. He prays and prays, but doesn’t win. Every day, he prays to God that he could win the lotto, and it never happens.

One day, when he’s very old and frustrated, he gets on his knees and says, “Look, God. This is the last time I’m going to pray. PLEASE let me win the lotto, or at least tell me why you aren’t letting me win.”

Suddenly, an angel appears before the man and says, “Look, sir, could you do God a favor and at least BUY A LOTTO TICKET?!”

So…what’s your answer?

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Day 1 of the 40-day Global Sadhana

And we’re off…

Such an exciting day today. So much happening. In addition to everything else, it is the first day of the 40-day Global Sadhana honoring the Divine Feminine. Here is a message from Gurunam Singh for those who are taking part in this powerful worldwide community- 8,600 strong!

Watch an introduction with Gurunam Singh and Ramdesh Kaur here.

Sat Nam!

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I get by with a little help

It’s been nearly a month now that I’ve been focusing on the practice of Ahimsa. From the beginning, I was aware that observing non-violence goes beyond peacefulness in my words and actions toward others. I had mentioned Donna Farhi’s more inclusive description, which basically says that any thought, word, or deed that inhibits a being from growing to their fullest potential is a violation of Ahimsa.

The challenge of practicing Ahimsa in that way was rolling around in my head as I began my observance. It required attention not only to interpersonal interactions, but attention to my treatment of myself- in my habits, my thoughts, my reactions, on every level, really. I had to bring a high degree of mindfulness to what I do and how I do it in order to better understand the ways I could be inhibiting my own personal growth and the growth of others.

Within a very short time, I began seeing all the signs that my habits, my diet, my care of myself and my body are shaped by my well-being on an emotional and spiritual level. If I am to allow myself to evolve into the highest and best version of me, I must begin my observance of Ahimsa on an emotional and spiritual level. Slightly daunting, I must say.

So, I began meditating and asking for guidance and doing what I do… and then the Angels arrived. Last week, everywhere I turned, it was emotional health, emotional health, emotional health. I got the message, but I was still experiencing just a little panic about the prospect. I mean, seriously… emotional health. Dealing with my emotions. Putting my foot behind my head? Yes, I can do that. Drinking kale juice? No problem. Sitting in silent meditation daily? Yes, PLEASE! But dealing with my emotions? Shouldn’t I have a doctor or some tranquilizers or something for that??

Thankfully, I am not the do-er. I need simply to allow, and I am not alone as I move forward on my path. See, this week, everywhere I turned, it was Angels, Angels, Angels. They are here, and they want nothing more than to be of aid. Already, two amazing, healing Angel meditations have fallen into my lap. The first is a guided meditation video with Doreen Virtue. The second is an Angel meditation for overcoming anxiety. It can be found here.

Try introducing these meditations into your practice if you feel you could use a little help from your Angels. I am so grateful for both of them, and I had to share.

Thank you, Angels! ♥

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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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Daily reminder

“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.”

~B.K.S. Iyengar

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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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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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Honoring the Divine Feminine

I plan to take part in this 40-day Global Sadhana honoring the Divine Feminine. Uhhh… yeah, no-brainer. I’m in! Join me in this global community. It begins on December 1st.

If you are unfamiliar with Kundalini yoga, learn more here. It will change your life.

Sat Nam!

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