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Time to re-group......

I left my desk this afternoon feeling completely overwhelmed.  The week out sick and then the short week last week for Christmas plus the absent co-workers has wreaked havoc on my workload.   On the drive home my mind is racing with thoughts of all the work I left un-done and all the work waiting for me at home.

I open the front door and that feeling of being overwhelmed intensifies.  The kids are off from school this week for Christmas break so you know what that means.   The house is a mess.  Christmas presents everywhere, sink full of dishes, the trash overflowing.  Let's not even talk about the dirt from the plant that got knocked over on the floor or the fact that snow and salt have been tracked in all over the house. 

Just when I'm ready to blow my top I remember that it's Tuesday.  Tuesday means yoga! Ahh.... okay.  I start to breath a bit deeper and I set to work on cleaning up.  I'm aware that when my surrounds are out of control so are my thoughts.  As I st…

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change......

Years ago I decided that I wanted to do some volunteer work.  I didn't know what to do so I called my church and offered to volunteer my time in any way that was needed.  The nun in charge was thrilled to have a volunteer and she was quick to give me an assignment.   I was to visit with shut ins.  Just sit and chat with them.  It wasn't exactly what I had in mind but I accepted the assignment.   I tried several times to connect with an elderly woman in the parish to set up a time for me to go visit with her.  After my third call she says to me "Listen honey, I know you've been looking forward to coming to visit but I'm just too busy right now".     Hilarious!   I call the nun in charge again and explain that I'm not cut out for visits to chat. "I'm more interested in actually doing something to help someone." I tell her.   She replied that sometimes just having someone to talk to is help enough. 

  I have to admit that I still have trouble…

Food for thought.....

Would you be living differently if you knew that you were going to die in 2 years? I had a conversation with a co-worker today who's husband has cancer.  He's currently on some experimental treatment that seems to be helping him but yesterday he asked the doctor how much time he has. The doctor told him 2 - 5 years.

Yoga philosophy tells us that our final thoughts determine our next incarnation.  If our final thoughts are of God, when we die, we will be united with God and be free from the cycle rebirth.  The scriptures tell us that we should always think of God since we never know when are time in this incarnation will end.   But what if you knew; at least had some idea of when your time would end.  What would you be doing differently?

Would you still lose your temper? Would you still speak harshly to people?  Would you choose sleeping in rather than doing sadhana?  Would you rush off to finish Christmas shopping instead of  inviting a friend to dinner?

These are the quest…

Lunar Eclipse Sadhana

I read an awesome book recently called Yogini, unfolding the Goddess within by Shambhavi Chopra.  In the book Shambhavi talks in detail about her personal sadhanas.  With the book still fresh in my mind I was excited about the prospect of doing a special sadhana during the lunar eclipse.  

I thought about it all day yesterday.  I chose the asanas and the mantras that I'd use, I set my alarm clock for 1:30am.  I caught myself more than once having expectations of the experience.  I gently reminded myself that expectations only set me up for disappointment.  By 1:15am I couldn't resist any longer. Was it the pull of the full moon calling me to the yoga mat or was it my anticipation?  Whatever it was, it was strong enough to get my kapha ass out of bed at 1:15am. 

I think about Shambhavi's elaborate preparations for sadhana as I wash my face and hands (my preparations aren't quite as involved) Now it's 1:25am and I'm ready.  I set out my mat, light a candle and …

Another lesson in acceptance

How generous the Divine is with me! She has once again given me an opportunity to practice acceptance! I am grateful for the practice because I am far from mastering this strange concept!

One of the few benefits of having a kapha body is that I typically am aware of the natural strength of my body.   That, unfortunately, has not been the case this week.  During Monday morning's practice what I felt was tired and the absence of strength was what I was aware of during Surya Namaskar (sun salutations). What could I do? - practice acceptance.

I have obviously not been listening to my inner guidance which was telling me I've been pushing too hard.  Since I wasn't listening, the Divine had to take drastic measures.  This drastic measure resulted in me spending the next  3 days in bed unable to function.  Really?   Did I really need to get sick when there is still so much to do before Christmas?  - What could I do? - practice acceptance.

My intention this week was to go to Shi…

Ancient yogic secret revealed.....

Listen up folks, I'm about to share with you an ancient yogic secret.  To reduce the negative you must increase the positiveWhat? You already knew that?  Yeah, me too.  There is a different, though, between knowing something and really KNOWING it.  Today I really KNOW it. Have you seen that commercial on t.v. for Xfinity?  There's a little girl sitting on ground with some crazy doll.  The doll is shaking and repeating "let's rock, let's rock, let's rock.... over and over and the parents look on in frustration.   The mother doesn't yell at the girl to shut that damn doll off because that would only make the kid cry.  Instead, she simply places a lap top in front of the kid so she can watch some movie and while the kid was distracted she took the doll away. She reduced a negative (that annoying doll)  by adding a positive (giving the kid a movie to watch) This ancient yogic secret works the same way in other areas of our life. You have a bad habit you want…

What makes a good day?

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When you wake up in the morning you never really know how the day will turn out.  Still we get up with the hope that today will be a good day.  What exactly constitutes a good day?  Is it when everything goes according to your desires?  Is it when you aren't irritated by someone? 

A man that I work with says that it's a good day when he can get out of bed and onto his feet without assistance.  For most of us, we need a bit more to make it a good day.  

Yesterday my day began the same as it always does with the exception of the feeling of anticipation.  It was the day of our field trip.  I was up before the chickens which meant that I was able to do a longer
sadhana (meditation practice)  - That's a good day.  Then off to Shiva Das' yoga class where my sadhana continued.   The bhavana - a reminder of Amma's message to all of us -- LOVE AND SERVE.

I'm usually really focused during my yoga practice but yesterday I couldn't focus.  Was it the anticipation o…