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“If grief or anger arises,
Let there be grief or anger.
This is the Buddha in all forms,
Sun Buddha, Moon Buddha, Happy Buddha, Sad Buddha.
It is the universe offering all things
to awaken and open our heart.”

~Jack Kornfield

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Crystal in the spotlight: Aventurine

Day 4 already! You know what that means? The summer solstice is getting near.

Of course, it also means that we’ve worked our way up to the heart chakra in our little ‘crystal in the spotlight’ marathon. And the stone of the day is…? Aventurine! You may have noticed that both chrysoprase and malachite (our two previous crystal superstars) are also strongly connected to the heart. Green is the color of the heart chakra, so many green stones have an association to the heart chakra.

In fact, aventurine can be a variety of colors, and each of these varieties has its own unique properties. Aventurine has a high quartz content, but it is the presence of other minerals that determines its color. Green aventurine, the type that I picked up in Oklahoma, is the most common variety. The green color is produced by the addition of fuchsite to the quartz crystals.

I think that my favorite quality of green aventurine is that it facilitates connection to the devic kingdom, making it a friend of the gardener. Any friend of the gardener is a friend of mine!

Aventurine is another great protection stone, protecting the heart and regenerating heart energy. It also balances male and female energies, and promotes leadership qualities.

On a physical level, aventurine promotes feelings of well-being and heals parts of the body found in the region of the heart and throat (heart, lungs, adrenals, and sinuses).

Here’s to you, aventurine! Welcome to the family!

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Yoga this week!!

Oh, boy!! We’re back in the swing of things now. According to the schedule, at least.

I will be back to teaching my regular class on Monday this week. I’m thinking the practice will focus on grounding postures and coming (back?) into connection with the body and breath.

Join me!

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Crystal in the spotlight: Malachite

For so, so long I had been hoping to add a piece of malachite to my crystal babies. And guess what? I found it! I found it! I found my own very special little piece.

I remember malachite from the time of my first fascination with rocks and minerals when I was a small child. I loved the color, and I loved the beautiful swirl patterns in it. Malachite is a secondary copper mineral, and its deep green color is caused by the copper within it.

The high copper content in malachite is the reason for its pulsing electromagnetic energy field. It is a powerful protection stone that absorbs negativity and environmental pollutants. Because of its ability to soak up negative energies, malachite must be cleansed frequently.

It activates all chakras, especially the heart. Here are some of its associations with the chakras:

-On the solar plexus, it facilitates emotional healing and balances the heart and sacral chakras. Place it on the solar plexus to absorb negative emotions.

-On the heart, it promotes greater harmony and balance.

-On the heart and throat, it promotes the physical health of the heart.

-On the third eye, it activates the intuition and enhances insight, helping the individual to see clearly what is impeding spiritual growth.

For its properties of protection and increased insight, malachite is known as a stone of transformation. It is an excellent companion for anyone who is in a period of great change in their lives. It facilitates the ‘rebirth’ process.

So, can I get a ‘yay, malachite!’ now?

Thought so.

Welcome to the crew, malachite. I think you’re going to fit in just fine… ♥

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Crystal in the spotlight: Chrysoprase

Day 2 and we’re movin’ on up… to a stone that is associated with the sacral chakra, as well as the heart chakra- chrysoprase. Chrysoprase is an apple-green chalcedony (a type of quartz).

Its name derives from the Greek words “chrysos,” meaning gold/yellow, and “prason,” meaning leek. This name refers to its unique color, which is caused by the presence of nickel. The color can be lighter or darker depending on the amount of nickel present.

Chrysoprase promotes abundance and prosperity at the level of the solar plexus chakra, and it enlivens the sacral chakra by drawing out hidden talents and supporting creativity. It also supports “physical creativity,” enhancing fertility.

It is known for other healing properties within the physical body, like stimulating the liver. Like bloodstone, it is a powerful detoxifier.

Chrysoprase also detoxifies the emotional body and balances the heart chakra. In this aspect, it helps the individual to overcome egotism and judgmentalism- two critical steps in embracing the heart chakra’s lessons about universal love. These beneficial properties at the level of the heart foster greater compassion and forgiveness and grow the ability to express oneself without anger.

Additionally, it aids release of emotions that have been stored since childhood and heals the inner child.

On a spiritual level, it brings universal energy into the body and helps us to see our lives and their events as part of the Divine whole. Realizing the role of Divine will in the details of our lives, we are open to greater trust and security.

Learn more about chrysoprase today and let the healing begin!

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Daily reminder

“Learn to remove the weeds that have grown in the garden of the mind. Make your mental garden so beautiful that God will come there. If you want to have such a mental garden, blooming in the soil of wisdom, you must make your life simple. By doing everything consciously, not absentmindedly, you can analyze your activities; then choose what is important and cut out the nonessentials. As soon as you are through with your duties, withdraw your mind from them and employ it in other creative pursuits.”

~Paramahansa Yogananda

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Crystal in the spotlight: Bloodstone

Day 1 of my ‘crystal in the spotlight’ marathon! And it feels so good! Or it may be that I picked up a piece of bloodstone in Oklahoma. It is a powerful healing stone and a blood cleanser. It has a lot of properties that I could use now that I’m hOMe again. It’s a grounding and revitalizing stone- two things I could certainly use after my trip (and also some strange and mysterious nutrition choices I made while on vacation). It’s time to ‘get back’ with the program in more ways than one. So? Revitalizing? Great. Grounding? Sounds perfect.

I also love some of the history associated with this stone, which is actually a combination of dark green jasper and iron oxide. Its name, for instance, derives from the Middle Ages when it was thought that it was created by Christ’s blood dropping onto the green earth. Also, it was known in ancient times as an “audible oracle,” meaning that it gave off sound as a means of guidance.

I only brought a small piece of it home, but Grandma Patsy (you know her, right?) had a mammoth chunk of it on her deck. It was bigger than my head. I spent some time out there admiring it in the last week, and it’s inspired me to learn more about bloodstone.

Wanna hear ’bout it? Here it go.

This cleansing stone is associated with the lower chakras. It grounds, protects, and revitalizes, anchoring us in the present moment. It cleanses the blood and the internal organs located near the lower chakras (detoxing the liver, intestines, kidneys, spleen, and bladder). It also cleanses negative energy.

It grounds both the mental (by calming the mind and lessening confusion) and emotional (by grounding heart energy) bodies.

Welcome, bloodstone! So grateful to have you around!

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There’s no place like hOMe

Home at last!

My month of traveling has come to a close. I must admit… I feel so grateful to be home. My bed. My food. My pets and plants and places for asana and meditation. Adaptability is a wonderful (and necessary) quality, but there’s much to be said about the comforts of home, too.

My lil fam had waited waaaay too long to visit our loved ones far and wide. It had been nearly two years since I had been back to the area where I grew up. And I had never been to the town where my man was born- or even to the part of the country where he was born. My brother and I drove through there at high speeds during our cross-country relocation adventure, but I didn’t remember anything but a roadside rest stop with a view of bison. This time, I had much more time to look around and get a feel for the place.

So, what did I see? Much more than I could ever recap in one little post. I had so many great experiences and so many profound realizations- about people, family, time, space, the way people live their lives and see their world, the ways they give meaning to the things they do.

Faces, places, spaces.

How do we connect? How do we stay connected?

Often, things just don’t seem the same anymore. The faces. The places.

As the time was coming to leave the place where I grew up, I found myself thinking, “I didn’t go to Moundsville. I didn’t go down this road or that one. I don’t know how long it will be until I’ll be this close again. I came so close to updating the road maps in my head, and now I don’t know what’s become of it. It’ll stay frozen in time for me for at least a little while longer.”

The places and the faces.

That was my trip back to my childhood home, but what about my travels to Oklahoma- a place I’d never really been before? Mostly, I was struck by how new and different it seemed to me. There was no road map to update there- it was uncharted territory.

At times, it seemed like a foreign land. The hows, whys, and whens of my daily life- things I may take for granted- kinda took on a light like they were being beamed in from an alien planet (like, “Yes, I’d like a salad with no meat. Really. No, not even bacon bits. I don’t want any meat. I don’t eat it. Ever. Really.”).

Overall, seeing different people, places, and things gave me a new appreciation for my life. How lucky I am. How well my efforts to co-create my own little place in this world have come together. How I live in a field of endless possibilities for discovering my heart’s home.

I look all around here now, and I think, “Uh huh. That’s right. You’re speaking my language. Let’s do this.”

There are, of course, commonalities that tie us all together and make us more alike than we may ever realize. I met interesting new people and found aspects of home everywhere. I came home with excellent, inspiring new books. And rocks. Lots and lots of rocks. I was thoroughly impressed with the selection of rocks in both West Va. and Ok. I couldn’t wait to bring those babies home and welcome into my crystal family.

I’m still so excited (like a little kid in a candy store) that I’ve decided to feature one of them each day for the next week. 7 stones. 7 days. Beginning with a stone associated with the root chakra and working our way up- arriving at the crown on the 20th, the Summer Solstice. I hope you enjoy it as much as I’m enjoying them.

I’m so glad to be back, yoga lovers! Love to all!!

 

 

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Daily reminder

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

~ee cummings

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Yoga this week!!

Guess who?!! It’s me! I know, I know. I’ve been M.I.A. for a while now. I made it back from those country roads and turned around and set off for the prairie. It’s been very good to see family and spend some time away from my little comfort zone of hOMe, but let’s be honest… I’m ready to get back.

I hope you will join me on Saturday for my glorious (?) return. Time for some yoga in the sunshine, yoga lovers!!

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