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New moon solar eclipse today!

Today was not only the new moon in Scorpio, but there was also a solar eclipse.

Mysticmamma.com is a blog and website that I thoroughly enjoy. If you have never visited her, I would recommend it highly. Her site is always full of such wonderful information and insights.

Today, for example, she shared this wonderful compilation of wisdom about the eclipse and its meaning in the broader picture. I felt like it explained a lot of things I’ve been feeling lately and helped put them in perspective. Read here and let me know what you think!…

Love to all!

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10 poses to promote creativity & emotional balance

Since the beginning of October, my yoga goddesses and I have used our weekly yoga practice together to explore different aspects of manifesting our dreams, goals, and intentions. What are the best ways to nurture the seeds we are sowing? How do we pave the way there while staying open to the myriad possibilities present in each moment?

With the arrival of the full moon (it reached its fullest less than an hour after our class), we ushered in the time in the cycle for putting our plans into action. It is the time to “git ‘er done,” as one of my teachers puts it. It is also a time for cleansing, letting go, releasing any excess baggage that impedes our progress.

As I was looking ahead to this week’s class and the full moon, I was simultaneously experiencing cleansing “symptoms” associated with receiving my level II Reiki attunements. It has been (and continues to be) a wild ride- with the most intense symptoms manifesting emotionally. I’ve felt like the “stuff” that I’ve held on to for waaaay too long is shaking loose and forcing its way to the surface. Not always pleasant. Not always fun. But I have been doing my best to at least make it constructive.

I suppose it is the time of the year when the goblins pop up. It’s been weeks since I could walk through the aisles of almost any store without my son being terrified by some beasty or other. My inner child has been dealing with the same thing, I guess. So, I’ve tried to be open to the lessons contained within each situation- good, bad, or beastly- and to stay focused on ways to transmute my goblins into gold.

One of the methods of my madness has been seriously cleaning my house. Don’t you just love a good, cathartic clean? I’ve been cleaning like I can clear emotional debris with a Swiffer.

Spiders, beware! I’ve got your number! No dark corner is safe from this fi-yah!

Ummm… yeah. Transmutation was the word of the day… every day. It couldn’t help but spill over into this week’s class. My students are a talented, creative bunch. There is so much creative power among them that I let that be my inspiration. How can we use our creative gifts and talents to burn through emotional cobwebs? What poses would light the creative fire and transmute emotional goblins into greater presence and wisdom?

When we hold on to baggage for too long, it can “stick” in certain areas of the body. The heart center is one area that gets weighed down by holding on to emotions. The shoulders slump. Breathing becomes more shallow. Backbends! Backbends create opening across the chest and lift the heaviness that many of us carry in our shoulders and chest.

For our purposes this week, however, I chose to focus on another emotional center: the hips. Our hips carry us through life. They support us and help us stand tall. They can also be restricted by emotional build-up.

Hip-opening postures are know to trigger deep emotional release. They are also the category of poses associated with the sacral chakra- the energy center of emotions (its element is water) and creativity.

Lots of hip-openers it is then! You know it. You love it.

Here are 10 poses to promote creativity and emotional balance. I’ve also included a few throat chakra poses (forward bends) to facilitate communicating your creative inspirations outward.

1. “Cradle the baby” Pose
2. Baddha Konasana / Bound Angle Pose
3.Anjaneyasana / Low lunge
4. Utthan Pristhasana / Lizard Pose
5. Uttanasana / Standing Forward Bend
6. Gomukhasana / Cow Face Pose
7. Upavistha Konasana / Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend
8. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana / One-Legged King Pigeon Pose
9. Paschimottanasana / Seated Forward Bend
10. Apanasana / Knees-to-Chest Pose

Now get on your mat and turn those goblins into creative gold!

Namaste!

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It’s in the stars

The unofficial ‘end of summer’ is behind us now. All of a sudden, we’re 4 days into September even though I barely noticed its beginning amid all of the holiday weekend revelry. My family and I marked the holiday by running in a 5K race at Disneyland on Saturday, which was awesome. It was a great start to a fun weekend.

So, now it’s the fourth and your September horoscope is here. Technically, it was there all along- but I wasn’t. I was partying. With Mickey Mouse.

Now that we have that straigtened out, we can look ahead to what’s in the stars for September. We were graced with the rare occasion of a blue moon last month. According to Susan Miller, the full moon on September 29 will be a memorable one as well- and maybe not for the best reasons.

Check out what she has to say about your September horoscope (via AstrologyZone).

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Daily reminder

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”

~John Muir, from My First Summer in the Sierra

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It’s the SuperMoon!

Today’s Libra full moon at 12:19pm PDT is a Super Moon! Doesn’t that just sound fantastic?! I liked the sound of it before I even knew what it meant.

Here is an explanation of the Super Moon (via Lightworkers.org):

“The Libra Full Moon on April 6 is the first of five SuperMoons in 2012. A SuperMoon occurs when the Moon is at both perigee—orbiting point closest to Earth and syzygy— in line with the Sun and the Earth. This greatly intensifies the gravitational pull on the tides, tectonic plates and human life. For instance, humans are made of sixty percent water. This gives the Moon tremendous influence over our body, emotions and consciousness.”

Be aware of the Super Moon today! Make it work! ♥

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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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Mahashivaratri blessings


Body as Temple – Shivratri poem
The rich will make temples for Shiva. What shall I a poor man do?
My legs are pillars.The body the shrine
The head a cupola of gold.
O Lord of the meeting rivers
Things standing shall fall
But the moving ever shall stay.

~Basavanna, revolution Vira Saiva poet who made teachings available to all, women, men of all castes and backgrounds

Mahashivaratri Blessings!

Join us tonight as all prayers, mantra, meditation, the smallest of offerings are amplified with the New Moon of Shivratri as over a billion beings around the world offer their own form of sadhana. Some will fast all day and night staying up in the home or temples, some in silence, some in kirtan or mantra japa, some offering elaborate puja, some offering a simple fruit or flower. We will be in a hour process of meditation and mantra and some simple movement meditation for all.

With this new moon it is a beautiful time to clear your inner and outer space, listen to mantra or kirtan, read sacred texts, Shiva Sutras, YogaSpandakarikas, Shiva Puranas, take an energy regeneration retreat, take a break from all media, unplug at sundown and use only candle light or ghee lamps. Enjoy a ritual yoga practice and meditation, a japa walk with mantra, love your family and friends and anyone you encounter as an emanation of the One.

Mahashivaratri is a time outside of time for realization and alignment with auspicious (one of the meanings of Siva) consciousness at the heart of all beings. Have a blessed night, day and new moon renewal.”

~Shiva Rea (via Facebook)

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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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Daily reminder

“See how nature- trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… we need silence to be able to touch souls.”

~Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

“Letting go and letting God…” Amen, Doreen!

In my class today, we played with all of the new-ness that’s happening right now. Today is Chinese New Year as well as new moon. And over the weekend, a very dear friend of mine gave birth to her first child. Inspired by this ‘seedling’ energy- all of these new beginnings that are sprouting up, we used our practice to clear and release the ‘old’ in order to make room for the ‘new’.

Manifesting. Co-creating. Planting our intentions and watching them grow.

Doreen’s reading with the Mermaids and Dolphins oracle cards this week. Check it out…

Good news!

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