As I Began to Love Myself

I’m meditating about this constant unfolding of all the parts of ourselves we’ve hidden and the intention to offer self-love and compassion to those places that need it most.
As I Began to Love Myself by Charlie Chaplin
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.
As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.
As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.
As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.
As I began to love myself I recognised that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.
We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!

#loveyourself #loveyourday #loveyourlife #selflove #love
#onthisjourneycalledlife #thepath #journey #discovery

The Only Way is Thru

”Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.” 
— Cheryl Strayed
Lens @pranadelmar #baja #heartmedicine
#HappinessRx The only way is thru.

Winter Solstice Sunset Vinyasa

Standing ready to dissolve
Lotus blossom opens up into Anjali mudra
Deepest wishes of heart soften down into earth
I bow.
I lift up. I lay back.
I climb up from my head to my heart.
I play. I fall.
I rise.
I reach up to touch the Sky.
Upside down and up again.
I dive deep.
Heart melts upwards.
I. Surrender.
Into gratitude
I embrace and receive it all
Like blessings from the dark
Into light.
#winter #solstice #baja #zen #beach #sadhana

Have Kind Thoughts Today

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” -Dalai Lama

Enjoy my article 3 Reasons to Practice Gratitude published by
Hope it inspires you!

#bekind #dalailama #openheart #gratitude


What is Worth Keeping?

I stand back to get perspective on my lifelong collections of things. I visit each group and pay it attention. Then I pick something up, feel it and ask myself “what is worth keeping?”

heartpranaI’m not moving “stuff.” I’m deciding what comes with me to be “planted as my HEART in the earth.”

From this I will grow a new heart that will be the life-force of my new life.

This is vitally important for the health of my heart depends on the seeds of the heart I plant. How well I plant and nourish my new heart will also in turn symbiotically nourish my local soul tribe and beloved. I must be mindful now more than ever.

May I be blessed with clarity and compassion as I release the old and birth a new self.

“I’m going to plant a heart in the earth
water it with love from a vein
I’m going to praise it with the push of muscle
and care for it in the sound of all dimensions

I’m going to leave a heart in the earth
so it may grow and flower
a heart that throbs with longing
that adores everything green
that will be strength and nourishment for birds
that will be the sap of plants and mountains.”
-Rosario Murillo, Earth Prayers From Around the World


Lens: Photos taken at Prana del Mar Yoga Retreat Center the home of my annual Thanksgiving Gratitude and Manifestation Yoga Retreats.

Rest Before You Get Tired

“To prevent fatigue and worry, the first rule is: Rest before you get tired.” ~ Dale Carnegie

Carnegie gives us a chapter-full of the benefits of using relaxation as a means to reduce worry—and the fact that preventing fatigue is a huge step toward preventing worry. He starts by making the point that it’s *impossible* to be totally relaxed and worried at the same time. Impossible. That alone is enough advice to solve most of our worry.

Stressed? Relax. TOTALLY relax.

The point is simple: you can prevent WORRY by preventing FATIGUE. How do you that? A lot of ways. But the smartest is to rest before you’re tired. Carnegie cites the U.S. Army, your heart, Winston Churchill, Rockefeller, Thomas Edison and many others to prove his point.

The U.S. Army? Rests its soldier ten minutes out of every hour they march. BEFORE they get tired. And they’re overall efficiency goes up.

Churchill? Worked 16 hours a day in his late sixties and early seventies during World War II. His secret? He worked from bed a *lot,* took naps and rested frequently.

Rockefeller (lived to 96) took a half-hour nap EVERY noon.

Edison attributed his enormous energy and endurance to his habit of sleeping whenever he wanted to.

P1100208And, how about the coolest example? Your heart. As Carnegie says: “Your heart pumps enough blood through your body every day to fill a railway tank car. It exerts enough energy every twenty-four hours to shovel twenty tons of coal onto a platform three feet high. It does this incredible amount of work for fifty, seventy, or maybe ninety years. How can it stand it? Dr. Walter B. Cannon, of the Harvard Medical School, explained it. He said, “Most people have the idea that the heart is working all the time. As a matter of fact, there is a definite rest period after each contraction. When beating at a moderate rate of seventy pulses per minute, the heart is actually working only nine hours out of the twenty-four. In the aggregate its rest periods total a full fifteen hours per day.”

Learning how to make time for recovery is vitally important to your physical, spiritual and emotional health.

Radical self-care is the most spiritually mature action you could take towards your own evolution. And as a result, we will have more to give to the world as we Teach Peace.

Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

What is an Altar?

Jack Hayford describes Altars as “a memorial to the place where God meets us. We may not always be able to make a physical altar, but there can be one established in our hearts.”

I agree with that and would add from my experience it is a special dedication to sacred space. An agreement made between you and something bigger than you, what I personally call the divine.

Why Create an Altar?
To ask for help. To seek support from the energies of the universe towards both my personal and universal intentions. I create altars everywhere I go, first thing, to invoke positive and protective energy.

Where Do I Create Altars?
Anywhere that feels like it protects me, honors my connection to the divine, and supports my intentions.

How Do I Create an Altar?
I tap into my heart consciousness and intentionally set up my talismans, special tokens, power pieces, figures, photographs, food, flowers, crystals in a purposeful way.

Do You Have to Know What Everything Represents?
No. The universal mind knows how to interpret your offering.

How Do You Learn What Each Piece Means?
Study with an experienced teacher. Read and learn. Journal about the meaning of what each “thing” has for you.

Altar Love Jan 29 2016What Types of Things Have You Used on Your Altar?
I’m open hearted to receive support and love from a variety of philosophies. I use sometimes my “travel” buddha, ganesha and lakshmi mini statues, or Mother Mary. I also have photographs of Saraswati, Gandhi, Archangel Michael. I will often put the card I pulled for that day from my Angel cards on my altar of loving things.

I always have my collection of crystals to choose from and arrange in a special way based on what I’m feeling I need. Go to’s include citrine, rose quartz and clear crystal. I might also place my special malas.

I have my representation of Mother Earth in the form of flowers, fruits, avocado, nuts, shells, actual little pile of dirt.

Incense, sage, candles are sometimes included. I might also draw a picture, often a mandala, use my singing bowl or frame drum as a foundation or container.

And always those things that represent fertility like seeds and such.

Where was I Most Inspired by Altars?
In Bali where every home, building, has a temple (an altar) and the culture makes offerings 3 times per day. The sacredness of the ordinary soaks in.

Freedom to Live from my Heart


“It is quite amazing how hard the subconscious works when it is made to understand that this life is not a rehearsal, there is no safety net and no assurance of any final closure. It is also quite appalling to realize how catatonic the imagination can become when we hedge our bets, opt for the safer direction at every fork in the path.” -John Burdett

Deeply grateful in my meditation for the ‪#‎freedom‬ to choose my direction from my highest self. I lead with my heart.

Lens: ‪#‎Bali‬ Jim Beckwith
Wearing: ‪#‎BetsyJohnson‬
Doing: King Dancer pose