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YT: Down to my toes

Simple things.

Sitting in the warm sun with freshly painted toes.

I stretch my feet forward, then press the soles onto the table in front of me.

The surface is wet still. Max was filling watering cans for the garden.

The water on my feet and the hot sun on my legs.

It reminds me summer will be here in the blink of an eye.

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YT: ‘Tis the full moon

Friday, September 24, 2010

Yesterday was the full moon.

I set my intention on release, clearing and cleansing. I decided to practice yoga and then sage the house. But I realized I had given all of my bundles of sage to Josh’s friend- to burn with his papers before he left for Sweden. Huh.

All I had left was a leaf or two that came with crystals. Max and I enjoyed burning those. Then, we went for a walk.

We were walking down the trail at quite a clip. The gravel trail can rock him to sleep if I go fast enough. I establish my stride in the initial stretch- full of huge, barking dogs in the yards facing it.

Must race past them if he’s going to sleep.

I glanced down at my shoes as we were cruising along.

I saw a sage branch.

I could hardly believe it. I stopped and went back to pick it up and smell it.

Yep! It was sage- about 15 or 20 times what I had just burned. So, I put it in the stroller and smiled and said, Hari, Hari.

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Yearly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Man… I totally stressed over not re-posting your Angels for the end of December. Note to self: Relax, and embrace that something better is on its way.

Soo… here are your Angels. Here is Doreen. For you. For us.

Welcome to 2012!! Listen up!!!

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Holiday presence

Yep- things are definitely under way now. Less than a week until Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice, and barely a week until ’twill be the night before Christmas.

So, tell me, my friends… how’s it going? Are you experiencing the holidays or experiencing a holidaze? Personally, it was holidays, then Holly-days, and now… Holly-daze??

That’s why I am even more grateful for this great reminder about staying in the moment during the holidays- though these suggestions are invaluable for being present at any moment (holidays or no). Check out Panache Desai’s Six Ways to Be Present During the Holidays.

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Have I told you lately…

Hello, beautiful orchids! The celebrations have begun now- the parties, the observances, the gifts, all the decorations are up (right?).

Here’s a gift from me to you: 50 reasons why you are beautiful. Enjoy!

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Karma Yoga: Yoga off the mat

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna states that the most important lesson his disciple, Arjuna, can learn is to perform his duties with devotion and without attachment to the fruits of his actions- i.e., without an eye on rewards for what he does.

The yogic path has several branches. While Hatha Yoga (the yoga of physical postures) is the most well known in the Western world, “doing yoga” can actually mean many things. Karma Yoga is the yoga of selfless service- it calls upon the yoga practitioner to serve without seeking a reward. Gandhi was a model Karma yogi.

It is often said that this time of year is a time for giving. One cannot turn on a tv or walk down the street or do anything really without being bombarded with suggestions for how and what to ‘give’ this holiday season. So, here‘s another one- giving time and service through Karma Yoga. Take your yoga off the mat and into the world this holiday season!

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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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Happy Thanksgiving, yoga lovers!

Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you! Today, I’m grateful for all of you.

((((((( ♥ )))))))

Namaste.

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Daily reminder

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

~John F. Kennedy

[Go here to learn more about the ‘Gratitude’ water crystal in the photo]
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It’s all about the Wellingtons

I’ve posted a couple times now about vegetarian/vegan options for Thanksgiving- with recipes and what not. This one is for the culinarily-challenged and time-limited among us. Native Foods is my favorite vegan restaurant, and they will do your Thanksgiving cooking and baking for you. All vegan. They currently have locations in LA, OC, Palm Springs, Portland OR, and Chicago with a north SD location opening next year. And they ship nationwide!

Learn about the wellingtons here.

Gratitude list: Native Foods!

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