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“Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.”

~Donna Farhi, from Bringing Yoga to Life

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YT: Gifts are where you find them

    October 4, 2010

I had another lesson in the Creator’s miraculous goodness yesterday- at the Oceanside Swap Meet of all places.

After three Sundays of trying to get to the swap meet, I decided to run there with Max yesterday. Josh wasn’t feeling well, so I thought it would be a good way for us to get out of the house. I needed a trackball for my phone, and I hoped I would find one there. I knew exactly the guy who would have it. He’s always in the same spot, so I went directly there. Nope- didn’t have it.

I had already paid $2 to get in, and Josh needed to rest. I decided to take a leisurely stroll through the place, going a way we never go so that I could check out the areas that we always miss.

Wandering, wandering.

Bikes? DVDs? A toy?

It was nice to be out in a strange environment- staying with the light.

I found a DVD for myself (Unlocking the Mystery of Life: The Case for Intelligent Design). I had to get it. It sounded too perfect. And why else would it have been there on a table of 90s rom-coms and movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Down the line- classic Disney movies on VHS for $1 each: The Aristocats, The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound.

Keep going? Or just go home?

We were almost at the tip of the triangular lot (it used to be a drive-in theater), so… let’s keep going. See what we see. We had never been all the way to the tip before. Why not? Maybe I’d find a teapot or a movie for Josh.

Winding, wandering. Last row! It’s a picnic area? With vendors facing it. Down, down- and look! The absolute last guy to see in the whole swap meet has DVDs.

1 box, 2 boxes. I thought there were maybe 5 or 6 boxes, but he brought out more from his truck. He was packing up, but now there were 15 boxes. I looked through all of them, thinking that I might find something better than Conan the Barbarian. Maybe There Will Be Blood…?

Standing at the end of the table. Back and forth. Which one? Which one? I turned my head slightly in consideration- toward the adjoining vendor…

‘That stroller looks too new and black to be… HOLY $#:%! HOLY $#:%! THAT’S MY STROLLER!!!’ It had gone missing more than a month ago, and I thought it was gone forever.

“That’s my stroller,” I said out loud. “Look! It’s stitched under this velcro where it ripped.” I pulled it back and YES! It even had Max’s diapers still in the bottom.

The vendor said he bought it from someone and paid $10. He wanted $10 for it. Ugh… annoying. It’s my stroller. It disappeared from my house weeks ago. Someone must have taken it from the porch.

PAUSE.

But it was a miracle that it was there in front of me at that moment. Against all odds. I saw the pieces of the puzzle falling in place in front of me. All the pieces- so many NO’s turned to YES’s to put me in front of that stroller at that moment. It was like a little nudge in the ribs. A little ‘hey, it’s me. I love you.’

YES! $10?… ok. It was worth it. I couldn’t NOT buy it, right? I couldn’t even walk away. I had found the proverbial needle in a haystack. What if it disappeared again? So… fine. $10.

The only question at that point was how I was going to get both the jogging stroller and the found stroller back to the house- maybe a mile and half, walking. I decided to drag one and push the other. Whatever. If that’s what’s required of me to be showered with (((L O V E))), it’s a small price to pay. Who am I to say ‘No’ when everything else is saying ‘Yes’? Even for a second. Only in my head.

‘Oh! Look! It’s Mike! And Josh!’

Soooo… they took the stroller in the car, and Max and I went for a runnnnn!

Incidentally, Josh took my phone apart and fixed the trackball that had been broken for weeks. Problem solved.

State. Of. Grace.

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‘Tis the season for… kale

Kale is one of my current food obsessions. Apparently, I share my kale-love with the good folks at Organic Authority (via Yoganonymous). Their article detailing 7 reasons why kale is the new beef warmed my heart and made my day!

Kale is one vegetable that is actually more tasty in the winter when the leaves are darker and sweeter. I always have some on-hand in the refridgerator, and I love discovering new and different ways to prepare it.

Right now, Greek kale salad with lemon-garlic dressing is my fave, but I can’t wait to try Alicia Silverstone’s recipe for kale chips. I have a feeling I may have a new love… ♥

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Daily reminder

“A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma […]

The message boldly blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth is not meant to emphasize fate- the result of past good and evil- but to arouse man’s will to escape from his universal thralldom. What he has done, he can undo. None other than himself was the instigator of the causes of whatever effects are now prevalent in his life. He can overcome any limitation, because he created it by his own actions in the first place, and because he possesses spiritual resources that are not subject to planetary pressure.”

~Sri Yukteswar, as quoted by Paramahansa Yogananda in Autobiography of a Yogi

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Yoga help for the holidays

I. Love. Synchronicity.

I’m preparing my class for tomorrow. It’s my birthday, and I get to teach. It’s a gift that I couldn’t have imagined receiving just one year ago. It was about this time one year ago that I sat down and made a list of intentions for the coming year. I wrote them down, said my prayers, and watched things fall into place in such a miraculous way. High on the list… finally get certified to teach yoga. And here I am, one year later, preparing the class I will teach on my birthday.

In gratitude for this wonderful blessing, I wanted to put together a class that honors where I am in my life today while also honoring my students and the spirit of this special season.

We are now 6 days into the 40-day Global Sadhana honoring the Divine Feminine. I am loving connecting with the energy this global community is generating. Each day, I am doing my humble part by finding ways to honor and connect with Mother Earth.

It has been such a powerful practice for me that I wanted to bring that energy into my class this week. The root chakra (muladhara) seemed like a logical place to start. It is the center of physical experience, and its element is earth (its associated shape is the square, which represents the Earth itself).

And then… voilà! This article not only details kundalini practices for developing the root chakra, but also addresses the importance of balancing muladhara during the holiday season.

Thank you, Shakti! Thank you, Ma! I can’t wait to see you at all of my celebrations this year! ♥

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Daily reminder

“He who performs his bounden duty without depending on the fruits of his actions- he is a Sannyasin and a Yogi, not he who is without fire and without action.”

~Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 6.1

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

It’s Monday again…Doreen is here to give us some information about the week. This time, she is working with the Archangel Raphael oracle cards. Archangel Raphael is a powerful ally for those who are in need of physical healing… see what insight the cards have to share.

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Daily reminder

“Once you start replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

~Willie Nelson

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Yoga this week

December is here!! This week, I’ll be teaching on Wednesday– my birthday! Such an awesome gift… you know I’m going to make it a special one. Come join the party!

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Daily reminder

“No one else can limit you. If you want to limit yourself, you can. Otherwise the entire resources of the Universe are yours to use.”

~Yogi Bhajan

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