Happy Varamahalakshmi

Today is Vara(boon) Mahalakshmi(Goddess of Wealth) festival. Celebrated across south of India. The women folk celebrate this for the wellbeing of their families. Eight forces or energies are recognised and they are known as Siri (Wealth), Bhu (Earth), Sarasvathi (learning), Prithi (Love), Keerthi (Fame), Shanthi (Peace), Santhushti(Pleasure) and Pushti(Strength). Each one of these forces is called a Lakshmi and all the eight forces are called the Ashta Lakshmis or the eight Lakshmis of the Hindus.

Here’s wishing one and all a happy Varamahalakshmi.

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The Spirit of Mantra, a 21 Day Mantra Meditation

If you enjoyed the first 21 day mantra meditation journey with Deval Premal and Miten, then you are in for a treat.

The world-renowned chant artists are offering “The Spirit of Mantra” – a 21 day exploration into the transformative power of a daily mantra meditation practice that began on May 14. It’s free to sign up and enjoy. The previous days are still up to listen.

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This new program offers another opportunity to explore the deep inner peace found in chanting these ancient sound formulas. Like the first mantra meditation journey, Deva & Miten will share a new mantra every day, with an explanation of the meaning, and a guided meditation into the chanting. This year’s program includes seven brand new chants from their album Mantras for Life. The

This free streaming 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey has begun! Join me &  register here

A few words from Deva & Miten:
Mantras make a difference, not only for the benefits they bring us on a personal level, but also as a healing balm for our troubled world. With this in mind, we have chosen mantras that help us meet life’s daily challenges, including blessing and protecting our children; healing body, mind and spirit; caring for the animals; and celebrating Mother Earth.

 

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I am not affiliated with this site and or Deva and Mitten.

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5 Things Yoga Has Taught Me On My Journey

Yoga continually teaches me new things, about myself, about life, and the world around me. This is just one of the many reasons I like it so much. I like to reflect on how far I’ve come, see what I have learned over time from these experiences, and observe what new knowledge I have gained along the way.

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A few things Yoga has taught me.

1. Honor your body
Don’t push your self too far past that edge. Its okay to push your self a little, but if you go to far past that boundary you can injure yourself. Your body will subtly let you know how far is too far. Its all about being mindful and listening to what your body has to tell you.

2. Let go of things that no longer serve you
This can be anything. It doesn’t have to be a physical object, although cleaning out that closet stuffed to the gills can feel cathartic. It can even something invisible such as anger. Every minute you spend angry, you give up 60 seconds of peace. Get rid of what you don’t need, physically and metaphysically.

3. Breathe
We often forget all the benefits of breath. Aside from the fact that we need it to live, there are other benefits to the breath. It grounds us, and forces us to be in the present when we focus on it. It can help us overcome obstacles, think of  lamaze breathing when a woman is in labor. I’ve even been able to get through what could otherwise have been a painful experience at doctor appointments, dental appointments, or even those few body piercings or tattoos just by focusing on my breath.

The breath is more powerful than you think, and there are even many types of “breaths” out there. To name a few in case you are curious, look up bhastrika, pranayama, Ujjayi, Shitali, Agni-Prasana, 3-breath practice, and 2-breath practice. I’m sure there’s others out there, in the vast yogic system. I’m always curious to learn and discover more. Feel free to comment if there’s any you want to share with me. 🙂 Our breath balances us and additionally helps us balance. I find this latter especially true when I focus on my breath and or a fixed point in those difficult poses where sometimes only one limb is touching the ground. Our breath fosters healing and allows us to extend our vital life force. Everything always comes back to the breath.

4. Be present and okay with it
Be present. Live in the here and now. Stop worrying about the future and the what-if’s. Don’t live in the past, and don’t dwell on the I should of’s. If you have trouble focusing on the present, your breath can guide you. Live in the present moment,  and be content with it. Live like there is no tomorrow, be at peace, and be happy in that state. When you try to control everything, or worry about the future or the past, you won’t be able enjoy what’s right in front of you. Relax, breathe, let go and enjoy the present moment. Even life can subtly remind us to be present. For me the winter weather reminds me to turn inward, slow down, and make time for myself. Be like the Buddha on his lotus leaf  under the bodhi tree living in the present moment.

5. You can achieve more than you think
Believe in your self. Sometimes we have to take risks in order to achieve our goals. Sure its scary, and may not be easy but no one ever said life was. We all have dreams, goals, hopes, wishes, and aspirations. Stop making excuses on why you can’t do them, and take baby steps to get there. We can all do more than we think, if we test our limits.

I wasn’t sure I could ever do crow pose, but knew I wanted to be able to “fly”. I was a little apprehensive but I didn’t let my fear stop me. Sure I fell on my head a few times in the learning phases, but as I discovered even someone who is a very seasoned yogi can have an off day and fall in an asana [pose] they have been practicing for years. We don’t always see everyone’s mistakes but we all make them. Eventually we end up where we are supposed to be and can achieve things we never thought possible.

21 Day Mantra Meditation Journey Returns

First and foremost, I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve written, I’ll address that in a separate post later, for now I will leave you with one of a few posts from my exciting things to share list =)

Back in May, the Mentors Channel hosted the 21- Day Mantra meditation. I have great news friends. Due to popular demand they have decided to run the free course again coinciding with the world tour of Deva Premal, Mitten and Manose. The 21 day program begins on SEPTEMBER 10th 2013.

Below is my original post from may since the below links etc… apply once again. I hope you take advantage of this special opportunity and join me.

Below is Re-posted from my May 4th entry on the journey:

I am someone who enjoys having things to look forward to each day, especially when they not only make me feel great and refreshed but can make me a better person. Things like yoga months, or a themed type of yoga 21 day challenge, etc… This month my “I feel great and I am excited to get up in the morning even though its cold and barely daylight out” journey is a 21 day Mantra Meditation Journey being presented for free from Deva Premal and Mitten on Mentors Channel.  Want to join me on this three-week  journey into the powerful world of Mantra? I have listed some details below on how you too can participate.

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Let me start off by saying that I am not affiliated with this site and or Deva or Mitten.  I’ll be honest I was not a huge fan of Deva and Mitten prior to this transformative journey, and never really listened to their other albums. I’ll have to check them out and give them a chance, but my point is that even if you are not a huge fan of Deva and Mitten I think you will still enjoy this special gift and should take advantage of this opportunity. There’s a saying, there’s no time like the present, so if you have been putting off trying out meditation well, why not grab life by the reins and do it now?

You too can join me and the thousands of mediators worldwide as and explore the healing power of these ancient sounds. You can join by email or Facebook. When you join [for free] you get access to the daily mantra sessions as they are released. You will receive daily emails with the link to the new mantra sessions, as well as some suggestions on ways to bring the mantra practice into your daily activities.  Each day they introduce a mantra with a guided meditation, followed by an exploration into its energies and meanings. If you decide to give it a whirl you can discover how these ancient sound formulas carry us into a state of inner peace and well-being.

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This is an opportunity to acquire for yourself a potent tool for healing and transformation; one that will support and nourish you on your journey through life’s adventures and challenges.

Deva & Miten launched their first 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey April 23.  We are invited to spend 15 minutes with them every day for three weeks. They share a new mantra every day, explaining the meaning, chanting together, and meditating on the mantra’s essential energetic quality. A program of 21 days provides the possibility for real and lasting change to occur, in body, mind and spirit. They say it takes 21 days for something to become a good habit and integrated into our lives. You can register here for this transformative inner adventure.

A few words from Deva and Mitten’s site: “We look forward to sharing these precious and sacred moments together with you, with the intention of making this world a better place”.

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Healing Rhythms: A 15 Step Free Program to Relax, Relieve, and Restore.

Recently we had the 21 Day Mantra Journey. Looking at the site, comments and views, I know thousands of people enjoyed that course, so I wanted to share the newest free course offering from Mentors Channel. Its almost a new month with new and exciting opportunities, such as this, to look forward to. Like the last program I am again in no way affiliated with this and do not receive anything from them. I just  like to share things I think others can enjoy and benefit from.

Healing Rhythms is a 15-Step Free Program beginning on June 10th. The program will consist of a daily journey where you train with the top leaders from the world of Wellness: Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Andrew Weil, and many others. Best of all, its free!

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I joined, will you?

A few words from the site:

“With each step, you’ll receive an inspiration and two guided practices, one-on-one training with the masters in the field. Learn breathing and mindfulness techniques that will help you to quiet your mind, release physical tension and enrich the most important relationships in your life.

Together with Healing Rhythms beautifully interactive 15-Step program you will learn the tools to build a happy mind and a more balanced lifestyle. We look forward to sharing this life changing, daily experience with you.”

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21 Day Mantra Meditation Journey

I am someone who enjoys having things to look forward to each day, especially when they not only make me feel great and refreshed but can make me a better person. Things like yoga months, or a themed type of yoga 21 day challenge, etc… This month my “I feel great and I am excited to get up in the morning even though its cold and barely daylight out” journey is a 21 day Mantra Meditation Journey being presented for free from Deva Premal and Mitten on Mentors Channel.  Want to join me on this three-week  journey into the powerful world of Mantra? I have listed some details below on how you too can participate.

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Let me start off by saying that I am not affiliated with this site and or Deva or Mitten.  I’ll be honest I was not a huge fan of Deva and Mitten prior to this transformative journey, and never really listened to their other albums. I’ll have to check them out and give them a chance, but my point is that even if you are not a huge fan of Deva and Mitten I think you will still enjoy this special gift and should take advantage of this opportunity. There’s a saying, there’s no time like the present, so if you have been putting off trying out meditation well, why not grab life by the reins and do it now?

You too can join me and the thousands of mediators worldwide as and explore the healing power of these ancient sounds. You can join by email or Facebook. When you join [for free] you get access to the daily mantra sessions as they are released. You will receive daily emails with the link to the new mantra sessions, as well as some suggestions on ways to bring the mantra practice into your daily activities.  Each day they introduce a mantra with a guided meditation, followed by an exploration into its energies and meanings. If you decide to give it a whirl you can discover how these ancient sound formulas carry us into a state of inner peace and well-being.

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This is an opportunity to acquire for yourself a potent tool for healing and transformation; one that will support and nourish you on your journey through life’s adventures and challenges.

Deva & Miten launched their first 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey April 23.  We are invited to spend 15 minutes with them every day for three weeks. They share a new mantra every day, explaining the meaning, chanting together, and meditating on the mantra’s essential energetic quality. A program of 21 days provides the possibility for real and lasting change to occur, in body, mind and spirit. They say it takes 21 days for something to become a good habit and integrated into our lives. You can register here for this transformative inner adventure.

A few words from Deva and Mitten’s site: “We look forward to sharing these precious and sacred moments together with you, with the intention of making this world a better place”.

21dayregister

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Giving Quotes

Strength does not lie in what you have. It lies in what you can give.

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It could even be as simple [and free] as a hug or smile that could easily uplift and transform someone’s day.

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My Belated Christmas Gift to you -[Now Closed]

As the proud owner of the two disc DVD set from EkhartYoga , *Grin* I eagerly opened the box and saw inside that the disks come with a discount code. If you want to try out a paid very reasonable priced online yoga video membership, this code will save you 50% off your first month of membership [regular price is only 12.50 per month].

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Perhaps you have been looking for the right motivation, or want to try online yoga classes. Why not take advantage of my code to see if you like it and want to stick with it? Which I’m sure you will 😉

I am offering the code in a raffle contest to share, as I already have a membership and I am unable to use the discount code. Let me just say its well worth it!! Not only is it the season for sharing, but I also want others to experience this beautiful opportunity. Rather than just give the code away, I thought why not make the code giveaway fun and turn it into a raffle. Don’t let this code to go to waste!!!

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Here’s the rules to play.

Rules:

  • To enter, reblog & share this post. Spread the word.
  • You must be following me.
  •  You must like this post.

Winner picked using randomizer.org, and I will show a screen shot of the results.

Once selected, if the winner doesn’t contact me back after 24 hours another will be selected via randomizer.

*If you are under age make sure it is okay with your parents/guardians.

Please bear in mind these rules if you enter.  I have tried my best to keep them as simple and fair as possible.

This contest will last one month, beginning 12/26/12 and ending 1/26/12.

Enjoy and good luck!

*Belated as I had to ensure giving away the code was okay to do with Ekhartyoga.

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Symptoms Of Inner Peace

new Preface update 9.29.13

As of Sept 29, 2013 It was brought to my attention that my original post “12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening” was something that apparently someone out there on the interwebs re-named. It happens as people share on social media sites like facebook etc… and not notate the piece’s origination. Then the cycle continues on since newcomers have no idea who to credit either. Anyway, apparently they took this info from author Saskia Davis’s poster. They also changed the title from “Symptoms Of Inner Peace ” to “12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening”. Some people out there don’t always take the time to properly credit an author’s original work. I am someone who always tries to give credit where credit is due, and have therefore included this paragraph with links to Saskia’s site. I have posted both versions so you can compare. You can see the subtle nuances or differences that can happen over time. Think of that game, telephone we played as kids where the original statement changes over time. Each person the statement is whispered to is can change bit by bit from the original.

This is what her lovely poster looks like:

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[12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening]

The below was originally posted on Dec 16, 2012.

As someone on a path to spiritual enlightenment, I happen to come across this lovely gem:

  1. An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
  2. Frequent attacks of smiling.
  3. Feelings of being connected with others and nature.
  4. frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  5. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.
  6. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
  7. A loss of ability to worry.
  8. A loss of interest in conflict.
  9. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  10. A loss of interest in judging others.
  11. A loss of interesting in judging self.
  12. Gaining the ability to love without expecting anything.

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Yogaverse:

My next statement is not meant to disrespect the author in any way, or discredit her time and efforts in her endeavors. Its more of me just talking to myself if you will, since this is a blog of honesty in my journey. Where I track my thoughts, my progress, my areas of opportunity, my fails or shortcomings, or even my successes. They are all things I [we] learn from in life. My thoughts eat at me and I’d regret not writing out my feelings. If I didn’t say that for me I personally felt like the title “12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening” resonated more with me than “Symptoms Of Inner Peace” title does. I feel like I wouldn’t be my true authentic self if I didn’t note that when or if I reminisced on this post again in the future.

It was something that has been eating at me and I’ve been losing sleep over. I realized in order to continue on a path of inner peace, and spiritual enlightenment that I had to write my feelings down. Put the pen to paper. Perhaps it resonates with me because I feel like I am on more of a spiritual journey than a peace journey at this time, although it’s certainly worth noting you need one to have the other. Perhaps it’s also because that was the title I have been used to. Nevertheless the key to take away from all this is that they are great mantras and statements to live by no matter how you feel, and to remember to give credit where credit is due.

Again no disrespect mean to Saskia.

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