The most important thing is to hold on, hold out, for your creative life, for your solitude, for your time to be and do, for your very life; hold on, for the promise from the wild nature is this: after winter, spring always comes.
~Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With Wolves
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Check out what Doreen and the angels have to say about this week!
It is spot on for me… I’m taking this week to focus on balance, clean(s)ing, and gardening leading up to Easter on Sunday. As part of my “detox,” I’m spending very limited amounts of time on the internet, social media, etc. So, without further ado, I present to you…
Doreen and the Angel Dreams oracle deck!
Best wishes and blessings for a wonderful week!
The spring equinox is Wednesday… ’tis the season for new beginnings and renewal.
Doreen’s reading this week blends quite nicely with my personal theme for the week: spring cleaning. I’ll have much more to say about this as the week progresses, but as the cards have recommended for today, I’m off to spend some time outdoors. So, without any further ado…
Doreen and the fairies!
Have a wonderful, beautiful, blissful week, yoga lovers!
Whoa! Did you see that?!!
That was the fall equinox that just went whizzing by.
I must warn you that I am a great lover of solstices and equinoxes, and I get pretty worked up for each one. To me, each is like a mindfulness alert from the universe- a reminder that things are changing and evolving and a push to align with the times. How does ‘change’ manifest in my life at the moment? What can I do to address it? I find that this quarterly practice of ‘checking in’ truly elevates my actions and choices. It brings them into resonance with a bigger picture and gives greater meaning to everything I do.
So, here we are again. It’s fall. And I’m a few days into my fall check-in. So, what’s coming up?
My son is at a stage of learning and understanding that I’m rather enjoying. He will ask questions that make the needle in my brain skip sideways. He asks ‘why?’ about nearly everything. And he also asks questions that force me to stop and think about things in a way that I’ve not done for a very long time. Like, “What does ‘about’ mean? What does ‘an’ mean?” I’ve realized how much I take for granted in my words and the ideas, thoughts, and concepts that generate them. The more words and complicated explanations I throw at him, the more lost we get.
Instead, I must get to the heart of the thing, even approach it symbolically. What is the underlying essence of this thing, beyond the words I know about it? Repeating this exercise day in and day out has made my mind much more limber than it was a few years ago- more ready for the next curveball little man throws my way. My mind is more open to setting aside preconceived ideas about things and connecting with the sweetness that makes them what they are.
I was practicing this yoga for the mind (of moms. Of 3-year-olds.) while meditating on ‘fall.’ I get so excited at the beginning of every season- excited to experience the unique sweetness that makes fall fall. As it usually happens, I was drawn to the outdoors, to see how Mother Nature is doing it (because she does it best).
The leaves are falling. The winds are picking up. The time for the harvest has arrived. This is the ‘reaping’ time in the cycle. The seeds that we planted in the spring and tended in the bright, summer sun are now ready to be plucked from the vine and enjoyed.
Also in nature, I see the transition from the hot summer sun to cool fall winds beginning. From a pitta (fire) season to a vata (air) season, according to Ayurveda.
I am vata. Very, very vata. Moving into fall can throw me off balance if I am not mindful that Mother Nature is piling on extra vata. The equinoxes are a time of balance. The hours of dark and light are equal. So, I like to go with the flow and work with a vata-pacifying diet and focus on grounding postures in my yoga practice. I also bring my mindful awareness to any other habits or situations that may be throwing me off further and focus on letting them go.
To aid me in my efforts, I have been relying on an affirmation that I would like to share with you. It is from Doreen Virtue’s Chakra Clearing: A Morning and Evening Meditation to Awaken Your Spiritual Power (available on iTunes).
“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.”
Happy Autumn, everyone! Here’s a free dosha quiz if you would like to learn more about your Ayurvedic dosha.
“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
“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
“…Nature with her diamond-dazzling stars, the Milky Way, the flowers, birds, clouds, mountains, sky- the countless beauties of creation- is the Divine Mother. In Nature you behold the mother aspect of God, full of beauty, gentleness, tenderness, and kindness. The beauty in the world bespeaks the creative motherly instinct of God, and when we look upon all the good in Nature, we experience a feeling of tenderness within us- we can see and feel God as Mother in Nature.”
Ooooooh… the first card is a unicorn with a rainbow. I’m already in love. It was a beautiful morning for yoga this morning. We had a great class in my secret fairy garden (yard). The blue skies, sunshine, and little birds had me kicking up my heels (on the inside) and playing with my inner child. Hummingbirds bring that out in me.
See what Doreen and the fairies have to say about the rest of the week above. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water 😉
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
“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