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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Have things been feeling intense for you lately?

With today’s full moon in Virgo, both Mercury and Saturn in retrograde, and change happening on so many levels right now, you may be feeling unsettled- like it’s time for change in your own, little corner of the world. Doreen picks up on this with her reading this week. She relies on the “Magical Messages from the Fairies” oracle card deck to bring in some light and playful energy and remind us of our own power of positive manifestation.

Bring on the fairies!!

Have a beautiful week, everyone!

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

As I’ve said before, I take notes on these oracle card readings when I first watch them every week. The more a reading resonates with me, the longer it takes to watch it because I keep pausing to be sure I get it all down. I like to return to my notes throughout the week to stay connected with its insights and messages, and I don’t want to miss anything!

This week, again, took quite a while to watch in its entirety because bells were ringing left and right for me. Not only that, Doreen does something very interesting this time- she uses two decks to get a more in-depth reading. She uses the Angel Tarot deck again, along with the Angel Dreams deck. I have to say, I really appreciated the extra dimension that the two decks added.

Much of this week’s reading speaks directly to those who are pursuing a new work opportunities, especially self-employment, so it spoke very insightfully to what I’m going through right now. Watch the video above to see if there’s anything in there that grabs you. I hope you find some great reminders and blessings, too!

Have a beautiful week, everyone!

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

This is interesting.

For her oracle card reading for the week of February 4th through the 10th, Doreen is using one of her oracle card apps- Magical Messages from the Fairies. I switched to an iPhone over the holidays when my old phone broke (remember Mercury Retrograde in November when everything I owned kept breaking?). I’ve had so much fun- maybe a little too much??- playing with it and checking out new apps. I’ve seen Doreen’s oracle card apps and been curious about them, but I haven’t given them a try yet.

The one she uses this week definitely looks cool. I might have to give it a spin. The card for today suggests we play, after all… 😉

Have a beautiful week, everyone!

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Yoga this week!!

Hello, yoga lovers! Welcome to Monday! I hope it’s going swimmingly.

I’ll be on the mat, leading an outdoor practice with the North County Yoga Goddesses on Thursday at 10am. This week, we’ll be looking ahead to Saturday’s new moon and integrating some of its unique qualities into our practice.

Intrigued? Join us on Thursday to work it out on the mat!

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Dear Angels and Guides

Journaling is one of the most effective tools in my bag for keeping me on my path. The slower, more deliberate flow of thought that takes over when I am writing allows me to notice patterns and to see through illusions more easily. If I hear myself getting whiny or going down a negative path, I am more likely to stop and be mindful of what I am doing. When I hear a thought veering off into ‘woe is me’ territory, I often stop mid-sentence because the “story” I’m telling no longer seems worth the time and effort to write it down.

I am able to see that it is not the story I want to tell. I am not a victim. That is not the truth of who I am. I only remain stuck under the thumb of that illusion so long as I am willing to tell that story.

So, I stop mid-sentence and begin telling a different story.

I am strong.
I am powerful.
I am blessed.
I am grateful.

Ong Namo Gurudev Namo
I bow to the Divine Teacher within.

The more I practice this exercise of being mindful of the “story” I’m telling, the more I am able to hear a higher truth. A truth that has been present all along, though it is easy to miss with the volume of my “story” cranked up to 11.

Its nature is simple, humble, patient, eternal.

I was writing the other day:

Dear Holy Mother, Father, angels, spirit guides, all beings of light, the Source of this truth-

I’m sending it out in all directions that I need help. I need strength. I need wisdom. I need you to show me the way.

And then I hear that Voice of truth rise up as plain as day… “You already have everything you need. It is already given. The rest is up to you now.

I am blessed.
I am grateful.
I am blessed.

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Ten poses to relieve stress & anxiety

Like last week, this week’s inspiration for class came from lessons learned along the way to manifesting change in my life. I’m currently holding the threads of several projects in my hands and meditating, praying, working, envisioning… anything available to weave them into the life I wish to create. Each of them is dear to my heart. I am fully committed to seeing each of them through- all of them tied in some way to yoga, this ancient, transformative science that I love. I want to guide, help, and inspire others through yoga. I want to help them realize the infinite brilliance within themselves by walking the walk and leading by example.

The dedication I feel in my heart to doing what I believe is my life’s work will not rest, and it will not take ‘no!’ for an answer. Even if you don’t have an entirely clear vision of what that “work” looks like for you, you may still feel the pull of your heart’s knowledge that you are, in fact, here for a reason. That your life has meaning. Your heart’s longing to reconnect with that purpose may feel as urgent as the burning dedication I feel to willing my yoga “career” into existence.

So, the time to do something about it is now, right?

In the interest of doing this as expeditiously as possible, I’ve honed in on the tremendous time-suck that is stress and anxiety. They can deplete you on every level… often needlessly. I mean… can you ever remember worrying your way to a positive solution? When was the last time you sat back and marveled at how constructive your stress is? Know why? Because it’s not.

We need all of our time and energy to be available for this mission of ours- correct, Captain? So, stress and anxiety. MUST. GO.

As I was beginning to build this ‘relieving stress and anxiety’ asana sequence, it occurred to me that idea is a bit redundant. Greater calm, peace of mind, and present awareness are benefits of every yoga practice I can think of. I found, however, that certain asanas and categories of asanas are linked more strongly with producing changes in the body that soothe feelings of stress and anxiety. Inversions, for example, are well-known stress and anxiety busters, along with any poses that get the heart elevated above the head. The increased blood flow to the brain can change your whole outlook on things.

Postures that stimulate and engage emotional centers in our body soothe stress and anxiety as well, such as backbends (for the heart center) or hip-openers (for the hips and the sacral chakra).

Here are ten of the stress-and-anxiety-relieving yoga postures that made the final cut for class this week:

1. Cat/Cow (Marjaryasana)
2. Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
3. Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajkapotasana)
4. Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
5. Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend (Upavistha Konasana)
6. Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
7. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
8. Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)
9. Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
10. Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Of course, I would be remiss not to acknowledge that stress and anxiety often have such a powerful hold because we are not always fully conscious of the ways they are working. They can become a kind of default response that happens without our conscious mind offering any say in the matter. If we override that pattern of defaulting to stress and anxiety whenever a challenge arises, the power of our conscious presence opens up a multitude of positive possibilities for dealing with life.

We brought this onto the mat by “making it conscious,” using our practice to anchor our consciousness in the present moment. Making the breath conscious, silently repeating, “the breath is going in – the breath is going out.” Making the postures conscious, paying close attention to the unique physical sensations of each one. Making movement conscious, moving with integrity and intention.

“Making it conscious” can transform any challenge or situation by bringing your awareness to the resources available to you right now. And, let me tell you, they are far beyond anything you realize when burdened by stress. I play the “making it conscious” game while making dinner, cleaning the shower, eating, driving, working… the list goes on and on.

If there is one thing that I gained, personally, from this week’s adventures on the mat, it is a greater sense of power over stress and anxiety. By shining a conscious light on them, I feel more able to see and accept them for what they are. From that place, I have the upper hand in deciding what role they will play in my life- whether I will let them interfere with my dreams or meet them courageously/consciously like any other challenge. Guess which one I pick, mes amis?

We concluded class this week with a guided meditation using the San Kalpa sutra. It is an ancient Sanskrit sutra that amplifies the power of your intentions.

My intentions could sure use a little amplification right about now. How about yours? Try it and see!

Namaste!

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Wow! I absolutely cannot believe this is already the week of October 15-21, 2012. Time is just flying.

It could have something to do with that ‘Max’s 4th birthday’ time warp I found myself in last week. It felt that the entire week was one, long 4th birthday party. And today, we spent most of the afternoon putting up Halloween decorations. Things are moving quickly now. This year will be over in the blink of an eye.

Today is also the new moon, so it is a time for making plans, setting intentions, and manifesting. Doreen addresses this energy of ‘change’ that is swirling all around us now. Using the Archangel Michael oracle deck, she channels the wisdom of Archangel Michael for today and the upcoming week.

I hope it is a week of growth and positive change for each and every one of you!

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Daily reminder

“Nature herself is the Divine Mother in manifestation and the universe is her play of consciousness. She provides not only material growth and expansion that moves outward, but also supports our spiritual growth and development, which moves within.”

~Dr. David Frawley, Ayurveda and the Mind

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Prepping the soil

The buzzwords of this week (according to me)? Ritual, observance, fasting, prayer, new beginnings.

Monday marked Mahashivaratri, the Great Night of Shiva- a Hindu festival of fasting, prayer, and rituals. Worshippers of Shiva believe that their observances during Shivaratri will grant them expiation of all sins they have committed in the prior year. A fresh start.

Tuesday brought the new moon, which I observe as a monthly day of renewal and manifestation of my intentions- allowing them to come into being as the moon waxes.

And today (Wednesday)? Not only is it Losar (Tibetan New Year), it is also Ash Wednesday.

I was raised in a Catholic family. Or more accurately- I had devout Catholic grandparents, and I went to church on Christmas, Easter, and Sunday mornings after I had had a sleepover with my beloved Gram and Pap.

Lent was my first experience with fasting- a practice that I later embraced as an adult. My early memories of Lent include my grandfather giving up everything he enjoyed for the entire duration. I remember sitting at his right hand at the breakfast table on Easter morning, watching with delight as he had his first tastes of the things he had given up for Lent. I remember egging him on, making suggestions as to what should be his next reclaimed indulgence. Of course, my Johnny is a wonderful, wonderful man with a heart packed full of love for his family. I’m sure he played up the joy of breaking the fast to encourage my smiles and giggles.

Now, I sit here as a grown-up (??) who has found my way to the spiritual path. I love and adore Jesus, though my questing has hardly been limited to Christianity. It has led me all over- far, near, unfamiliar places, and the deepest places within my Self. It has even led me back to a curiosity about the religion I had ‘grown up’ with, beginning with Paramahansa Yogananda’s powerful and profound readings of Christian scripture.

With all of the observances of new beginnings happening this week, I felt a call to learn more about the Christian observances known as Lent. My initial experiences with Lent registered as something like an endurance test of self-deprivation. Giving up everything that brings you pleasure because… someone told you to do it. As a child, I understood that (follow the rules). As a teen, I rebelled and turned my back on the whole idea. As an adult who embraces a very personal version of spirit and spirituality, I have a renewed interest in Lent and what it all means.

The original Latin word for ‘Lent’ was Quadragesima, meaning ‘fortieth’. Although 40 has various significances in Christian scripture, the 40 days (+ or -) of Lent are generally described as a reflection of the 40 days Jesus spent “fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan.”

The observances of Lent are many, mostly focusing on giving up anything that tempts indulgence. Some devotees in the Eastern world even adhere to a vegan diet for the entire 40 days!

Through my adventures in yoga, I’ve become familiar with the yama Aparigraha (non-attachment), which urges the individual to renounce earthly attachments and give their undivided attention to God. ‘Clinging’ is another translation. Clinging to objects or attachments that keep the individual separate from The Whole.

So, the ‘renunciation’ bit, I get. Fasting, I get. But all of these other words came up as well. Penance, denial, deprivation, grief, repentance. Well… they remind me of the ‘Lent’ I remember. The ‘God’ I’ve come to know is not a harsh or punitive authority. He did not put us here to suffer??

As I read on, I discovered that ‘Quadragesima’ transformed to ‘Lent’ as the Church transitioned from Latin to the vernacular. ‘Lent’ derives from the German word ‘Lenz’ or the Dutch word ‘Lente’, meaning ‘Spring’, which totally makes sense to me.

Spring is coming! Recall way, way back when I mentioned those seedling intentions that we can nurture in the new moon? Cycles and symbols reappear in different incarnations over and over. Springtime is the calendar year’s new moon. It’s the time when we plant the seeds that will grow to maturity this year. Spring cleaning ring a bell?

March 21 marks the Spring Equinox (a holy day in many traditions). Even the word ‘Easter’ derives from the name of the Germanic goddess Eostre, the goddess of virginity and rebirth. This time, leading up to Easter or the beginning of Spring, is a time to prep the soil. Overcome temptations and indulgences so that the field is renewed for the next generation of seedlings to be (re)born. Align with the Divine so that our attachments no longer hold us back- allowing our Christ Consciousness to (re)emerge.

When the table is set on Easter morning, where will I sit? Will I dive back into my indulgences with aplomb? Or will they be mourned and released? And my Self? Resurrected into a new way of being…?

Best wishes to all in manifesting the highest and best version of their Self in this auspicious time of year… Check out these wonderful suggestions for observing Lent even if you are not Catholic (via BeliefNet) ♥

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New moon (sans vampires)

Today is the new moon in Pisces.

The new moon is a time for nurturing those little seedlings in your heart- manifesting the life of your wildest dreams. Just as the moon grows from new moon into the full moon, you can align with the powerful energy of that process to manifest your goals.

Please enjoy the manifestation meditation with Dr. Wayne Dyer above. Riding the new moon wave!

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