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February Theme – Harmony

Harmony is my theme for February. As I’ve been doing for some years now, I allow the theme to come spontaneously, opening my mind to “catch” the first thing which surfaces. Then I meditate on it and relate it to my circumstances. I start and end all my classes with my theme, suggesting to my […]

By |2020-02-26T07:56:39-08:00February 26th, 2020|General, Themes|Comments Off on February Theme – Harmony

Theme Thoughts: February 2020

It’s February and once again I’m weaving together my theme of harmony and the “word of the month”  from my meditation groups. Jackie Valdez – Intuitive Counselor and Saints in Training Founder – has given wisdom as her “word of the month” with intellectualism as its saboteur. Expression is the word from Attunement, the healing […]

By |2020-02-26T07:54:14-08:00February 25th, 2020|Themes|Comments Off on Theme Thoughts: February 2020

2020 Theme – Courage

Recently I reviewed a 2013 Oprah interview with Maya Angelou in which Angelou emphasized that courage is the most important of the virtues. It takes courage to practice all the others and live a virtuous life. Courage comes from the Latin cor, which means heart. In one of its earliest forms, courage meant “To speak […]

By |2020-01-25T05:56:07-08:00January 20th, 2020|Themes|Comments Off on 2020 Theme – Courage

January Theme – Beginner’s Mind

It’s a new year in a new decade and for this month’s theme I chose “beginner’s mind.” It came to me before dawn on New Year’s Day. Putting on my Uggs and wrapping myself in my warm comfy robe, I stepped outside before the sun peeked above the horizon to take my first sunrise photos […]

By |2020-02-05T05:27:11-08:00January 20th, 2020|Themes|Comments Off on January Theme – Beginner’s Mind

Lakshmi

Om  Lakshmi  Goddess of Abundance  Deity Divine

I pray to thee for abundance in my spiritual life and on the material plane.
Every day in every way. On each level. In all forms.
So that I may shine my light brightly,
As I share my creativity, skills and experience.
Serving others,
As I move toward the love and light of God,
For […]

By |2019-02-22T09:01:54-08:00February 22nd, 2019|Poems and Prayers|Comments Off on Lakshmi

Princess Warrior

Feet planted wide apart, she sets her stance
Grounding herself, with strength and focus
Legs weighted evenly, front to back
Feet and toes connected to Mother Earth

Arms reaching from heart center
Open, proud and courageous
Divine feminine willing her strength
Protective, watchful and powerful

Back arm reaching through fingertips
Cognizant of her past, inclusive of all
Looking beyond front arm fingertips
Projecting her domain and […]

By |2019-02-22T08:54:05-08:00February 22nd, 2019|Poems and Prayers|Comments Off on Princess Warrior

Abundance

February’s theme is abundance. I love that dance is within this word. Abundance is often celebrated through festivities which include dance, music and song. Dance is my first love and an integral part of my journey. Dancing brings an abundance of joy to my heart.

My monthly theme is chosen spontaneously. Each month I open my […]

By |2019-02-22T08:37:25-08:00February 22nd, 2019|Themes|Comments Off on Abundance

February 2019 Pose

Hero Two is part of a three-pose sequence also referred to as the Warrior series. The name itself conjures images of courage, command and determination. Indeed, it takes a heroic mindset to perfect this asana. Preparatory poses for Hero Two are: Tadasana or Moutain Pose – for […]

By |2020-01-20T15:16:32-08:00February 4th, 2019|Pose of the Month|Comments Off on February 2019 Pose

Lotus – Padma

By Mara Carrico

Let me know from where I’ve come.
The dirtiness, the mud, the filth of life,
This yukkiness has its meaning, its purpose.

Like the lotus, growing from the muddy waters,
I too, must maintain my roots, without denial,
Unpleasant, but necessary fertilizer for growth.

Like the lotus, oblivious to its surroundings,
Holding steadfast in its growth.
Confident to unfold, revealing only […]

By |2019-01-28T11:01:50-08:00January 28th, 2019|Poems and Prayers|Comments Off on Lotus – Padma

Ritual

 

Our lives are permeated by ritual in all shapes and forms. We tend to think of ritual as something religious or formal in nature, but in truth we practice ritual on a daily basis from the order in which we go about our morning routine to the checklist of […]

By |2020-01-20T15:16:32-08:00January 28th, 2019|Themes|Comments Off on Ritual