Spirituality

Techniques for taming wild beasts

Sometimes I feel like there are lots of people living inside of me- as if I’ve retained an identity from each stage of development that I’ve gone through. When my mind gets going, several of them can be chiming in at once. There is not just an endless stream of thought, there are several layers of it. And all of them have an opinion. All. Of. Them. Except the one that’s a soundtrack.

Meditation reminds me that underneath that chaos, there is perfect order. When I meditate, bringing my mind to focus and stillness is often like an excavation- diving down through each layer of mind, sending it love, and telling it respectfully to pipe down.

Creating this site has been such a blessing. Here, I am doing the best I can with what I’ve got and WOW! Things happen so beautifully even when ‘I’ don’t feel like ‘I’ have the ability to make them happen. Know why? Because the doing is not for me. When I release doing in favor of being, Spirit is able to work through me. In being, my actions organically unfold according to the requirements of the moment. It’s not me, it’s Shakti.

Then, my ego chimes in… “but I want to do it.” My ego is the petulant teenager layer of my mind, by the way. She’s way too saucy to submit to authority without a fight. So, I must do with her as I do with my 3-year-old son when he gets agitated. I stop what I am doing (there’s that doing again), look him in the eye, and be present with him. So, how does one do this with one’s mind? Meditate. Take some time today and feel the L O V E. ♥

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Daily reminder

“The more you depend upon conditions outside yourself for happiness, the less happiness you will experience.”

~Paramahansa Yogananda

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Time change… time for change

Happy Sunday, yoga lovers! Isn’t today a wonderful day to practice opening your heart? Learn more about the anahata chakra here. Namaste!

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Read this… slowly

The universe has an amazing way of providing me with every lesson I need. But often, the noise of my own wheels turning keeps me from paying attention. Thank goodness that the cosmic professor is not one to throw her hands up easily. (You’re her favorite student, by the way. You. Are.)

In the Summer of 2010, I was on a hot streak with my reading list. I had been praying for guidance and I was led to three books that changed my life [Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth, and Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Bhagavad Gita]. I was tremendously inspired. I saw creation though new eyes (or perhaps a single eye), yet I hadn’t given myself a chance to sit with what I was learning and absorb it.

So, she sat back and looked at my effort and said, “I’m very proud of you. You’ve been working very hard. You’re doing well on your homework and tests, but I still get the feeling that you’re not fully getting it. Try this.”

I skinned my knee nearly to the bone, and I couldn’t bend it. I had almost zero range of motion in my right shoulder. All the things I do in a day that I take for granted suddenly required great attention- if I could do them at all. Talk about humbling… I couldn’t walk. I could only shuffle and limp. I’m right-handed. I had to do everything one-handed with my left hand. Still, I stayed committed to meditating and practicing (the most gentle) yoga every day. In fact, almost everything but that had stopped.

In the stillness, I could hear the message loud and clear, “Slow down! You don’t have to rush. Everything you need is right here, right now.” I had to bring my full attention to the present moment… and it was awesome. It required such presence and inspired such gratitude and humility that every action became a ceremony. I had read that this moment is not just a bridge to some point in the future. Finally, I understood the power of that on every level of my being.

To learn the lessons I needed to learn about healing, I had to have it broken down like that. I had to experience that time of healing my physical body so that that energy could begin to ripple into other areas. As I’m focusing on Ahimsa now, I’m reminded that growth does not require ‘go, go, go.’ Sometimes it requires just the opposite.

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Notes on Shakti [act 1, scene 1]

So, I was on the phone the other day with my mother, Kathy Ann… the Alpha & Omega of Kamelien (or K & …n, at least). She was very confused about several things- the most bell-ringing of which was… who’s Shakti??

Whoa there, Kath… who’s Shakti?!!

Where I am, right now geographically, is thousands of miles away from anything that was familiar to me growing up. And that’s just the beginning. I am such a blessed, forgetful little bunny that I even take ‘Shakti’ for granted sometimes (wrist slap…gently).

Please begin here if you would like to learn more. ॐ

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The time is… NOW.

“There came a time when the effort to remain tight in the bud was greater than the risk it took to blossom.”

~Anaïs Nin

2011 has been a phenomenal year thus far. Through the ups and downs, I’ve had a budding awareness that the time for change has arrived. Whatever it is that comes next… it’s fast approaching. I can either be ripped limb from limb trying to cling to what was or I can let go and welcome what is with open arms. Those are my options.

Of course, I have the marvelous good fortune to be a human being in these times. And what distinguishes the humans from the rest of Creation? We can choose. We have free will and the ability to make choices. So, I affirm that I choose to let go, to welcome change, to dive into the flow, to be One with what is. That’s my right. Isn’t it miraculous?

In fact, it has been nearly a year and a half since this awareness first began to dawn in me. I had the distinct feeling that the world was going crazy and I was going with it. It was a critical point in my growth- I didn’t know what to do, but I knew that I could no longer do what I had been doing. I had already been practicing yoga for a decade at that point, but I was drawn to its spiritual aspects more than ever before. I began meditating daily. In short, I began to align with the Divine.  If there is a resonating message that accompanied this shift, it is this: Whatever it is I wish to be, I am already that. Each day, I must make time to sit in that awareness and let it bring me understanding.

You see, ‘change’ has so many associations in my busy, busy brain. Transition- like breakups, passings, leaps into the terrifying and bewildering unknown.  Yet, the more I stay with the I am that awareness, I realize that this ‘change’ isn’t so much about the rupture as it is about the healing- like waking up from a dream and realizing that I was completely safe the entire time. This is the  emerging oneness consciousness. Where there was once a split, oneness consciousness is rising to swallow both sides and reunify them. Unifying perception with reality. I am that. All is that. All is love.

So that’s a lot, huh? It’s been a great distance to cover, but it has also been a single leap of faith taken over and over. One of the greatest blessings along the way has been connecting with kindred souls whose experiences resonate with mine. I have certainly had moments  when I’ve felt that I must be an alien or a hopeless weirdo or something. And then I’ll find myself in the midst of a whole garden of strange flowers just like me. As we exchange words with one another, I hear I am that, I am that. I feel so blessed to be sharing this evolution with you. I have so much to share. I hope, to you, it sounds a whole lot like I am that. ((((((( ♥ )))))))

 

 

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Namaste, yoga lovers!

I’m a busy little bee trying to get everything assembled and packaged here. Please standby…. ♥

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