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Daily reminder

“If the last year has been hopelessly bad, the New Year must be hopefully good. Remember, no matter what our trials have been, or how discouraged we are, if we make a continued effort to be better and to succeed we will find that, being made in the image of God, we are endowed with unlimited power. We are much stronger than our worst trials, no matter what they may be.”

~Paramahansa Yogananda

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Remember when I was, like, ‘KALE’!

Sooo… remember when I was all like… Kale!! Yeah, Kale is king! Wahoowa!!

It could have alternately been titled, “How to get your family to eat a bunch of kale before dinner.” Seriously, the photo above is the only one I snapped before my 3-year-old & his papa ate an entire bunch of kale- before I had finished dinner.

I was shocked… like potato chips down the hatch… a family of three ate a bunch of kale before dinner. Please re-create this experiment because I’m still not certain it isn’t a freak occurence.

Kale chips, y’all. Wave of the future.

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Daily reminder

“…Many years ago I moved into a derelict house. The back door was nailed shut and had not been opened for fifteen years; once pried open it revealed a six-foot wall of seemingly impenetrable blackberry bushes, vines, and crabgrass. I wanted a garden. For many months I looked in despair through the window of the back door. The task seemed too large and too difficult. Then I decided upon a strategy that my mind could grasp. I would clear a four-foot patch of garden. The backyard was sixty-five feet long! As I would begin to dig and root, cutting and pulling my tiny patch, I resolved that I would focus my attention only on the four-foot patch. I would not even look at the other sixty-one feet of garden left to clear. Within minutes of beginning I would become completely absorbed in the insects, the tiny plants uncovered, and the pleasure of digging my hands into the brown earth. Each four-foot brown patch took about three hours because the crabgrass had to be dug out completely and the earth was rock hard. But three hours a week was an easily manageable commitment. When I was finished with the patch, I would step back and admire my good work, never allowing myself to consider the chaotic mess left remaining. How wonderful it looked! Each four-foot path was a unique wonder. Pathways buried two feet under emerged. A lawn mower, enveloped by grass (proof of the law of karma), was discovered. Not only was the task challenging, it became an adventure, and I eagerly anticipated what I might find each week. Within a year I had a beautiful lawn, an herb garden, and a patch of flowers to enjoy. But, more important, I enjoyed the process of transforming an inhospitable patch of ground into an urban paradise.”

~Donna Farhi, from Yoga: Mind, Body and Spirit

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2012! What’s for break-fast??

Dear Lord.

Well, ummmm…. Happy New Year! Happy Solstice! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Merry Birthday! Merry Grinchmas! Merry Un-birthday, etc. In other words, end radio silence. Back to life, back to reality.

And… here we are. Every so often, I need a ‘technology fast’. What can I say? I’m sensitive. And maybe a little bit old-fashioned. I harken back to the pre-digital days- when cell phones weighed more than chihuahuas and if you updated anyone regularly on your status, you probably did it in person. Reality TV? Uhh… like, ‘Unsolved Mysteries’?? I really loved that show. I watched it every Wednesday night… maybe because every now and then there were segments about yetis and extra-terrestrials and stuff. Maybe.

My point is, I get overwhelmed with all of this ‘virtual’ connectedness from time to time. When I created this site, I sought out channels of inspiration that I could pass along to… interested parties… anyone who would listen pretty much. Or not. I guess I wouldn’t have changed much at all if I knew no one was listening at all. I’m just one little girl shining her light the best she can. I aim to be. I created this forum for that reason.

And then… whoa!!! Ask and you shall receive. I was inundated every day with so much guidance. So much information. I was stunned. Totally like… ‘Wow! This is so easy! Finding inspiration… it’s like the job does itself.’ It really did, and I was just the messenger. Imagine me a divine fax machine shooting out memos to y’all- like… L O V E. That is all.

I L O V E it. And still, I’m feeling ‘overwhelmed’?? I need a technology fast? A general hibernation? For Christmas and New Year’s? Yes. Especially. 2011 was such an epic year. So much change. Ready or not. How could it not? I have a small child. He grows and changes from day to day. Like… ‘did you get taller overnight??’ In fact, I would say, he began the year as a baby and finished it as a boy.

At the beginning of 2011, I set intentions for 1.1 through 7.1. I was looking back through those as I set my intentions for the new year. Two things were clear… 1) I knew that 2011 was the year for finally completing my yoga teaching certification. 2) I also knew that 2011 was the year that my boy would get another year older. And he did. When I reflect on last year, I see my little man moving forward with gold stars all the way. Like… potty-trained himself. Became BFFs with his first actual babysitter. Asked to start school. He’s a gift.

When we found the right school for him, I was told he could begin on 12.1 or 1.1. And I clung to my baby like a big ol’ baby. Maxim has been my full-time “job” since I was 7-months pregnant. I am so blessed. It’s the greatest job I will ever have. Hand to heart. I thank God for it. I also thank God for the intervention 18 months ago to remind me that YOGA is the answer, no matter what the question is. Not just a reminder- a push. It all came together beautifully. I am starting this new phase exactly where I need to be. But still…

Maxim is starting school on Thursday. He’s totally ready for it. I’m still working on it.

And on top of that, my BFFL- my partner in crime, my partner in…basically everything- he got a job in 2011 that marked another huge transition. We had a magical life for years and years. We were together… always. Masters of the Universe. Like kids.

So, ‘that’ guy, he took time off for the end of the year. Hari Hari. Every day for nearly two weeks, I got to hang up the phone and connect face-to-face. With real people! My favorite ones!

Family hibernation. And now…

Back to life. Back to reality.

Love to all.

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Daily reminder

“It’s difficult enough to change yourself. Release the need to change anyone else.”

~Deepak Chopra

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New Year’s Yoga Challenge

I can say from personal experience that I feel more centered, grounded, and just plain better when I keep up with my daily meditation and asana practice. This 21-day Yoga Challenge will be a fun way to maintain my practice as we usher in 2012- and a fun way to share my experiences with other yoga lovers.

Using Social Workout, you can track your progress and invite others to join you. The Challenge includes a daily yoga (asana) practice, 15 minutes of meditation daily, and eating at least 1 vegetarian meal a day.

This is what YJ has to say about it:

Starting Jan. 9, you’ll begin receiving daily newsletters outlining that day’s practice, with a video link, a Challenge practice tip, information about that week’s meditation, and a link to a delicious and healthy vegetarian recipe from Vegetarian Times.

January 9th is one month away… if you would like to join my group, search for Holly Richelle (email: Holly@KamelienYoga.com). Let’s get this party started!!!

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Dear Angels and Guides

“Dear Archangel Raphael, thank you for dissolving fear-based attachments to unhealthful foods and beverages now. Thank you for adjusting my appetite so that I crave only healthful items. Thank you for clearly guiding my eating and drinking choices.”

~Doreen Virtue

ps- I second that! 🙂

Thanks in advance-
Holly Richelle

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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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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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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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