Blog: Loving Your Day

Ananda Joy Bliss

Morning reading #meditation from Sally Kempton.

“The third aspect of the self is ananda, or joy. The ananda aspect of the Self encompasses many different kinds of experience, including love, bliss, and ecstasy. Ananda is the source of all true creativity: the impulse to make something – to do anything – actually comes out of our unborn joy, excitement, and delight.

The Taittiriya #Upanishad says, “All things are born out of bliss. They live in bliss and dissolve into bliss.”

…our experiences of happiness are possible only because #happiness is already inside us. In short it is not the other person, the beautiful scene, the film, or the tiramisu that creates joy. These things may trigger it, but the joy is intrinsic to us. In fact, the pleasure we experience through the senses is literally a shadow of the joy we gave inside.
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If you want to understand why I am the way I am or who I am at my core being then look no further than this basic teaching.
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As you look ahead to 2018 where in your life can you reconnect to the #ananda feeling of fulfillment and completeness?
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“Ananda is there when things are going well for us.
Ananda is also there when things are falling apart .”

My #christmas book recommendation is Meditation for the LOVE of it.
Also look for my free meditation series to start your #newyear with bliss steeped in ananda. ❤️

Digital Guru of Love

 

 

 

I’ve been working with http://www.anydev.com on new web design and branding of @alchemyofyoga watch for our big reveal before the new year! (Check out our new logo as part of our Brand Guidelines download below.)
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AnyDev Web Design was founded in 2000 in Johannesburg, #SouthAfrica and opened offices in the #UnitedStates in 2005.
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They are passionate about creating high-end professional solutions for start up companies all the way to large organizations. They are dedicated to telling your story and making your digital dharma a masterpiece.
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My yoga school is thirteen years old and the culmination of my life’s work. This is part of my legacy. Anydev Founder Greg Love genuinely understood how emotionally invested I am with alchemy of yoga whose mission is to teach peace. He fully respected the sacredness of Our Vision in teaching “Authenticity and joyful self-confidence in living YOUR dharma!”

Reach out to them to to schedule a call 1-805-878-4501 and chat about your requirements so they can provide you with a proposal and time estimates for your project. Mention you heard about them from me and they will negotiate the best price for you as my referral.

alchemy of yoga – Brand Story Guidelines

Do you know what you Desire?

“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”
#PauloCoelho #Alchemist
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Ego Eradicator has been one of the most transformative exercises I practice from #Kundalini. It reminds me to meet my ego over and over. It serves me to see that I am the one doing the action but I am co-creating as a vehicle of the action as well as not getting attached to the outcome.
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“You have the right to action,” says the Bhagavad Gita, “but not to the results of action.”
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#EgoEradicator Posture Description:
This posture can be done in either easy pose or sitting on the heels.
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Straighten the spine, pull in the chin and apply neck lock.
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Lift the arms up in the air with a 60 degree angle between them, keeping the elbows completely straight.
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Curl the fingers of both hands with the fingertips touching the pads at the tops of the of the palm, stretch the thumbs upward, pulling the thumb up and back – a yogic thumbs up sign. Point the thumbs inward and at a slight angle so that you could draw an arc above the head from thumb to thumb.

Photo credits @iamgreglove Greg Love anydev.com

Dance dance dance

You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching (except for me taking photos)
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“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” #Rumi
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“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”
― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
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@alchemytours #yogaretreat where we always sing, hug, hold hands and dance as part of our #yoga.

Alchemy of Using Your Magic Wand

We are ALL Alchemists with the ability to turn anything into gold.

First you have to believe in #magic then with 51% of your heart you must believe in your best possibilities. As is written in the book the #Alchemist, “people are capable at any time in their lives of doing what they dream of.”

You have the opportunity to up level your life at anytime. In the yoga sutras it presents this philosophy that you create your world from the inside out. What life offers you can be transmuted into something that fuels your spirit. Even the most difficult experiences are for the benefit of your soul.
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Today try using your magic wand to transform your life and see for yourself we all have magic in us. ❤️
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Lens Prana Del Mar #sparked #alchemyofyoga #transformation #magicwand
Holding Sparked my favorite high vibe conscious board game created by Lisa Rueff and Jen Mazer, Sparked is elevating play to an entirely new level. http://www.readysetsparked.com

Simplifying Life Layer by Layer

The grounding that yoga brings serves us as a simplifying force in order to stabilize our minds. When grounded, we plug back into our best selves and become fully present and balanced. Our energy stabilizes. Once centered, we are able to clearly see the circumstances of our lives. We no longer over-respond or over-worry because the static noise of chaos doesn’t pull us apart.

“Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do but won’t get you very far.” -Proverb

Simplify. Be Inspired. Love Yourself. Love your Day. Love your Life.

That’s my mission. The hardest part has turned out to be the first one, simplifying. Life naturally seems to be about addition and society pushes us to do more and more. Honestly, it feels highly uncomfortable to go against the norm, do less, and let go of the “more is better” mentality. This cycle of consumption is everywhere and it’s easy to buy into it, literally buying stuff we don’t need.

In an effort to live my mission and Simplify even further. I choose to make this year about  letting go even more than ever before. I’ve never worked harder to release distractions that clutter my life. Inspired by Safire Rose poem (see below), I let go of fear, judgments, opinions, perfect reasons, advice, worry, my past, and all the right timings.

I have been an official digital nomad since January 6, 2017 when my Seattle, Washington, USA home sold and I put my final things in storage July 25, 2017 when I left Santa Cruz, California, USA. I’ve simplified to 2 suitcases and a backpack on this journey of simplicity.

I wasn’t sure what I’d find at the start, but I can say that this has been my version of walking the Camino di Santiago. Yes, maybe I will go on to do this pilgrimage too. But for now, the one I’m on has been profound. The learnings are life changing. From my experiment I offer you these ways you too can Simplify your life.

1. STUFF. Give away things you don’t need. Clothes, furniture, equipment, anything and every sort of stuff. Just let it go.

2. MIND. Quiet your mind. Let go of the thoughts you don’t need to replay over and over. Stop rehearsing the future. Practice seated mindfulness meditation for 3 minutes a day. Empty out what you don’t need in your head for less brain clutter.

3. TIME. Reduce time on line. Let go of the habit to numb out by watching hours of tv every day. Make a point to limit your screen time. Take digital detox regularly. Enjoy a social media cleanse every now and again. Edit the apps on your smart phone, you don’t need all that stuff. Put healthy boundaries to responding to email. Choose what you say Yes to.

At the very least, consider letting go of something small. Start there. I didn’t get to where I am overnight. Trying is worth the effort because simplifying increases our happiness, I promise you that. Ultimately, you can think of simplifying as the most straight forward way to practice Spiritual Maintenance to love yourself, love your day, love your life!

She let go By Rev. Safire Rose

Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of fear.

She let go of judgments.

She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her.

She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice.

She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She just let go. She let go of all the memories that held her back.

She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.

She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go.

She didn’t journal about it.

She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.

She made no public announcement.

She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.

She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.

She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.

No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort. There was no struggle.

It wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that. In the space of letting go, she let it all be.

A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her.

And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

Being Over Careful

What you see under the helmet is a happy, smiling face. Don’t be fooled by the easy appearance of confidence. I have had to do the hard work of getting back on a bike after an accident, not just once, but twice. This photo is a testament to the Power of Change. In spite of my fear, not due to lack of fear, I empower myself to realize the past does NOT define my present. If I can change, you can too. Let me help you.

Here’s a bit of an unpublished article shared here for the first time titled “I Fell Again.”

I started writing this Nov 22, 2015 the day of my second accident. ✨

“When I look back what I remember in the year before the accident was that I was living life ultra carefully already. I was checking in with fear first, then love. I didn’t know where this was coming from. In a sneaky way from that shift of insidious fear infiltrating my life, things started to change. As independent as I was naturally, I was losing my freedom. I was imprisoning myself for no apparent reason. I didn’t deserve it. I hadn’t done anything to be put behind bars of my own creation. And yet it happened.

Then came the pivotal moment of almost dying or rather dying and coming back to life. That was three and a half years ago. My severe concussion was a serious wake-up call, as was living with TBI.

It was as if that moment validated the careful way of living I had grown into. It seemed to confirm that this independent dependency was the right path to travel.
So when I say that getting on a mechanical thing with two wheels and a motor isn’t something I take lightly is no joke. I had one outside my home in Seattle the last 2 ½ years and never once drove it. I was careful. Maybe too careful.

The irony is that I am a natural risk taker; my life would prove that as a whole. That is my nature. As an entrepreneur and professional change agent, and story strategist – I teach, inspire, and coach others to lead the change in their lives. To be more bold. Not to stay tightly knit in the bud, but to blossom, grow, expand. I’ve dedicated my life to this. It is my dharma to teach what I know the hard way.

Well, earlier today this was going to be a story of how I got back on a bike, a scooter in Ubud, and succeeded in tackling my demons, those belligerent voices of “be careful.” And then…
I fell again.”

*Look for the article to be shared in its entirety on an as of yet TBD site. The lesson of the original intention upended by the new lessons of the second accident.
You might be wondering what was I so afraid of before that made me live so carefully?
Ahhh well that’s related to love.

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
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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”.
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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”.
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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”.
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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”.
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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”.
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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”.
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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”.
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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”.
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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”.
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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

Drumming is Sacred

I come from a musical family.
I trained in piano for 13 years.
I also studied clarinet in Junior high, and high school.
And I always loved drumming.
I travel with at least 1 drum (if not two). 🎶

Right now next to my bed on my nightstand are 2 drums, a flute, and my favorite new shaker.
My luggage is full of other small instruments. 💕
But the drum offers me special medicine.

Drumming every day heals me.

I used it a couple days ago while on my moon cycle to sing and drum at my second #chakra. I put myself into deep yoga nidra like state feeling the vibration.

Drumming offers me an immediate connection to earth energy, to our great Ma. I need this support when I feel anxiety start up again. If my breath is telling me anxiety is growing I stop and drum. I tether back to that place of the primordial drumbeat, the beating heartbeat of the earth. Then I remember to synchronize my heart beat to the One, and I know it’s all going to be ok. Again.

I am healed.

To me the #drum is sacred. It is Spiritual Alchemy and heart medicine.

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Take a Time Out

The time is NOW to
Take a Time-Out.
Sunshine, 80 degrees, napping, lounging, reading a book, going on long Beach walks can be yours!
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Nov 25-Dec 2, 2017 at @pranadelmar #baja
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Save $275, yes that means your airfare is basically free!
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