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WWHSD? (What would Higher Self do?)

Well, my friends, we’re 10 days past the fall equinox now, and my fall check-in is over. The intensive period of “fall cleaning” has come to an end, and I have much more clarity about the work I have ahead of me in the remainder of 2012. As I was preparing to teach this week, I hoped to bring some of my new-found inspirations to the mat and share them with my students. So, what is my final answer? What bits of wisdom do I have to impart as we move ahead? In short, love, love, love yourself. When it comes time to choose, choose love!

As part of my fall check-in, I listened to Doreen Virtue’s Chakra Clearing: A Morning and Evening Meditation to Awaken Your Spiritual Power (available on iTunes) regularly. It was a great addition to the process, doing the kind of clearing energetically that the fall winds are working on outside right now. The segment related to the sacral chakra resonated most with me.

In that segment, she asks the listener to release their appetites and desires to the light within, aligning the listener’s personal will with the One Will of their Higher Self and Source.

Two of the most active fronts of my fall check-in involved my efforts to give up caffeine and sugar. At times, I would catch myself pre-assuming that hitting the drive-thru for a big, tall, sugary drink was part of the plan. My habits and appetites were over-riding my power of choice without me even noticing. So, along with a regimen of hip-opening poses (balancing for the sacral chakra) on the mat, I relied on the affirmation that I shared with you last week:

“I am harmoniously aligned with the ceaseless flow of supply and love that springs from the golden fountain of light from within my center. All of my desires are perfectly balanced right now.”

It became like a kind of WWHSD (What would my Higher Self do)? And, guess what? The answer was nearly always the same: Make the choice that is kind, loving, and life-affirming. Doing so now will have ripples of positivity far into the future.

I had chosen to let go of caffeine and sugar because, despite an initial boost, they leave me feeling depleted and… just plain yucky. More and more lately, those trips to the drive-thru would end with me feeling sick, anxious, and jittery. Each time I saw the same result, I would wonder why on earth I was making the same mistakes over and over- and treating myself so unkindly. Rather than dwell, I decided to make a better choice, and the habit of turning to my Higher Self in moments when I was tested was supporting that process. After I had been working with that for a few days, I came to a new level of understanding… while browsing videos on YouTube. YouTube was recommending a video from Doreen’s Angel Detox Month. The title or description asked something like, “Has your Higher Self been guiding you to give up alcohol?”

Click!

Had my Higher Self been speaking to me all along (though I wasn’t getting an A+ at listening)? Had it actually been my Higher Self asking me to make more loving, healthy choices for myself? Had my choice to focus on phasing out caffeine and sugar been guided by my Higher Self?

Of course.

I became more intent on being open and present to the wisdom of my Higher Self. Then, pop! The same word kept coming up over and over- Ahimsa. To be more in tune with the wisdom of my Higher Self is to be dedicated to observing Ahimsa, or non-harming. Always make the kind, loving, compassionate choice, beginning with the choices I make for myself.

As all of these pieces began to fall into place, I came across and article by Erica Rodefer, 5 Questions Before Going Deeper. In her article, she explores the practice of Ahimsa on the mat. She interprets the Sri Sathya Sai Baba quote, “Before you speak, think- is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind? Will it hurt anyone? Will it improve on the silence?,” for the practice of asana.

The points she brought up in her article served as a great springboard for introducing Ahimsa into my class this week. I offered her questions to my students as a way to bring their attention back to the present moment, back to their breathing, and back to a place of listening to the cues they get from their bodies, as well as from the wisdom within.

I encouraged them to be open and honest with themselves in determining the version of the poses that suited them best. After all, going into a deeper expression of a posture can, even will, come over time with dedication and mindful attention to the body’s cues. Making the safest, most loving choice for your body right now will lead to being able to go deeper after time. The inverse, however, is not true. Pushing to go deeper now will not lead to good form in the future. In fact, it will likely lead to an injury in time. It may momentarily flatter your ego or satisfy some appetite, but is that worth making a choice that may endanger your well-being in the long run? If you pause to ask yourself- is it kind? is it necessary? will it hurt anyone?, and then listen for the wisdom of your Higher Self, the answer will be clear.

Namaste!

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Doreen is here with our first oracle card reading for the month of October, and she’s brought along a special treat. She is debuting her new Mary, Queen of Angels deck. This deck is meant to be a companion to her recent book of the same name. I read the book while I was on vacation last spring, and I highly recommend it. It was a wonderful inspiration with its messages of feminine power, compassion, and unconditional love.

The Mary, Queen of Angels oracle deck won’t be available until the beginning of next month, and I, for one, am eager to check it out then.

In any case, we get a sneak preview in this week’s oracle card reading. Enjoy!

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

It’s Doreen’s last oracle card reading for the month of September. Can you believe it? This month flew for me. She addresses that a little bit in her reading, using the Archangel oracle deck.

Hear what she has to say about the upcoming week! Personally, I am grateful for all her encouragement and reassurance for those going through a detox period. I’m working my way through my quarterly, season-change check-in, and I’m glad to know the Archangels have my back.

As if I ever doubted it… ♥

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I am so excited that Doreen is working with her Life Purpose oracle deck this week. Saturday’s new moon was a very favorable one for my fellow Sagittarians and I with regard to our career outlook. Prior to that, things were not lining up for fruitful professional growth, but that’s over now. Farewell to that!

Now, let’s see what Doreen and the angels have to say about what’s next! Two words… crystal. healing.

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Last week’s oracle card reading wrapped up with the suggestion to spend time outdoors over the weekend. I happened to take that advice, packing up the fam and heading out to Joshua Tree. It was a great trip for many reasons (I got to see Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band, CC White, Arjun Baba, and Krishna Das!!!), but one of the things that made it the most special for me was being in the desert landscape. I love going to places where the natural environment is different than the one I see in my day-to-day. It gives me a new perspective on things.

So, I guess I don’t have to tell you that I’m stoked that Doreen is using her ‘Healing with the Fairies’ oracle card deck this week. The fairies are nature angels. They back up Mother Earth and work to keep her balanced. Doreen states in the beginning of her reading that the Healing Fairies deck works well for anyone who has environmental issues on the brain.

I also love that the reading for the weekend brings up detoxing and clearing. We are rapidly coming upon the change of the seasons again. I often like to observe solstices and equinoxes with some type of cleanse or detox- whether it be in my diet, my thoughts, my habits, my schedule. Whatever form it might take, I love to ride the energetic wave of ‘change’ that surges around solstices and equinoxes.

I’ll have more to share about that as we roll up to the autumnal equinox, but I love that it came up already. A great reminder and great motivation.

Do you observe the changing of the seasons in some way? What will you be doing to get ready for fall?

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Here you go, boo boos… Angels!

For those among you who feel now is a time for rest (healing/nurturing/transition/transformation, etc.), Doreen has brought with her the wisdom of Archangel Michael. He is a protector. He can shelter you from the storm.

Spoiler alert: My favorite part is when she says that the angels acknowledge the work I’ve been doing to open my heart.

“Aww- thanks, angels. Shucks, little me?” (Cut to me working and praying and practicing and singing like I’m training for the Olympics. Like, “Open my heart. Please, help me open my heart.” I backbended like Rocky today.)

Anyway, your angels love you. And Kamelien does, too!

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Happy Tuesday, folks!

I’m getting at’cha a day late this week since yesterday was my love’s birthday, and I set the whole day aside for him. Ahh… L O V E.

To my great pleasure, I see that Doreen has brought the Magical Unicorns with her this week. Following the trend of the readings for the past few weeks, this week’s spread encourages taking some quiet time this week (she uses the word ‘retreat’) for reflection, healing, and self-care again.

Also, she developed the Magical Unicorns deck to be used by children and to speak to the inner child within each of us. Therefore, this week’s reading carries an undercurrent of spending time with and caring for your inner child.

So that’s it for August, my friends, and fall will be here before we know it. Time for taking stock and making necessary changes once again. I think that this week’s reading suggests that it’s not too early for that work to begin.

Since I will not be teaching this week or next week, I’ll be taking it easy and spending time with my boys as summer wraps up.

Wishing you all the best and sending positive thoughts for any healing or transformation you may be working on right now.

Namaste!

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The Romance Angels are with us this week!

Doreen points out in the beginning of her reading that the Romance Angels deck does not only address romantic or sexual relationships, but also other relationships- like business relationships, friendships, and the all-important relationship with one’s self. They can bring insight to any situation where a little love may move mountains.

I’ve certainly been in the ‘giving-to-receive’ mode with my loved ones recently. Today, I’m celebrating the third birthday of a loved one within a week! And I still have one more to go next week. It has been a great time for learning lessons about the relationship of giving and receiving love. You can’t have one without the other!

See what Doreen and the Romance Angels have to say about love and relationships this week (Hint: It goes something like this, “Love. Forgive. Be loved. Repeat.”).

Angelic blessings to all this week and always!

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

It’s a new week, and Doreen is here with your weekly guidance from your angels.

Her reading falls right in line with the message that I’ve been hearing over and over lately- Slow down, allow yourself to rest, and spend time praying about what your next step will be. September will be filled with opportunities for action and plowing ahead. Right now, recharge your batteries and be sure you’re prepared when those opportunities present themselves.

Don’t you just love when all of the signals are lining up and pointing in the same direction?

Have a happy and blessed week, everyone. Don’t forget to pause and take good care of yourselves. Doctor’s orders!… or Angel’s, rather.

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Sum-sum-summertime.

Can I see by a show of hands who is excited for the summer solstice on Wednesday? It’s one of my favorite days of the year- the longest day of the year! Go, sunshine, go!

I’m still hoping that the gloom dissipates a little so that I could actually see a some sunshine. That would be nice. I taught my class under gloomy skies this morning, but we had a good time all the same. I always love teaching outside on Monday mornings. It sets a good tone for the beginning of the week. Which brings me back to…

Doreen and the angels are here once again to give us guidance about the upcoming week- the official beginning of summer. Such an active, exciting time of the year. See what the angels have to say about it.

Happy Monday!

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