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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
As I move toward the love and light of God,
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
Lotus Pose – Padmasana
This classic seated yoga posture is one of many used for meditation. The name and its meaning suggest an attitude of reverence and humility: The lotus is symbolic of purity of mind, body and […]