Clearing it Out: Yoga for Elimination

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Greetings beloveds,

To go with this months theme of clearing it out, I want to share with you all some yoga poses that support digestion followed by a quick flow. Enjoy!

Stimulates Digestion

Warrior II – Counterpose: Downward Facing dog

Warrior I – Counterpose: Downward facing dog

Revolved Extended Side-Angle – Counterpose: standing forward bend

Revolved triangle – Counterpose: Standing forward bend

Chair – Counterpose: standing forward bend

Cobra – Counterpose: Childs pose/lying on belly

Camel – Counterpose: standing forward bend/childs pose

Bridge (pg106) Counterpose: Knee to chest

Bow – Counterpose: lying on belly/childs pose/ downward-facing dog

Locust – Counterpose: Lying on belly/childs pose

 

  Simple Seated Twist – Counterpose: staff

 

  Standing forward bend

  Open-Angle – Counterpose: knees-to-chest

  Splits –  Counterpose: downward facing dog

 

Start seated with your legs crossed comfortably. Inhale feeling your back lengthen and straighten as you do. Place your right hand behind you and exhale into a twist bringing your left hand onto your right knee for seated spinal twist. Hold here for 3 breaths.

Now extend your legs in front of you into staff making sure your spine is straight by imagining each vertebrae stacking one on top of the other. Inhale arms overhead and exhale bending at the waist into forward bend. Hold for as long as you need.

Inhale slowly raising your arms overhead and exhale lowering your arms. Repeat 2 times.

Next, spread your legs as far apart as is comfortable for you into a v shape. Inhale arms up exhale bending at the waist placing your hands on the floor in front of you where ever you feel comfortable for open angle. Hold for 2 breaths then on your next inhale raise up slightly and on the exhale bend forward from the waist lowering deeper into the pose. Hold here for 2 breaths. Repeat as many times as you like until you have reached the deepest pose for you.

Now inhale slowly raising up out of the pose and find yourself in legs together, abdominal muscles activated, arms comfortable at your side. Inhale raising your arms overhead letting your shoulders slide gently down holding your arms parallel to each other elbows and palms facing inwards into Mountain pose. Take 2 breaths and then exhale lowering your arms as you do so. Repeat 2 times. On the third, exhale bend forward at the waist for standing forward bend. Repeat this again 2 times. Return to standing position arms lowered at your sides once again.

Plant your right food firmly on the ground at the front of your mat if you are using one, feeling each toe connect with the ground. Step your left foot back behind you with your foot turned out. Align yourself until your hips are squared. Inhale slightly up and exhale bending forward at the waist placing your hands upon the ground or blocks if needed. Exhale, rotating your core and bringing your left arm up so your fingertips are facing the ceiling or sky. Let your head follow the stretch of your arm looking upward into Revolved Triangle. Hold for 2 breaths or longer if desired. When ready, exhale lowering your left arm down along with rotating your core back towards the ground. Inhale, slowly raising up from the waist bring your arms arms to rest on your hips.

Inhale rising up slightly. Exhale bending your right knee at a 90 degree angle into lunge, your left foot turned outwards. Place your hands firmly either on your knee to steady yourself. When you’re ready inhale your arms up in the same fashion used in Mountain pose for Warrior. Breath here, using your feet to feel the connection to the ground. Your weight should be centered in your hips, your core strong supporting your upper body. Hold here for 4 breaths. Inhale raising up just slightly and exhale releasing your arms back to your knee.

On your next exhale place your right arm on the outside of your upper right thigh rotating your core but leaving your left arm still on your knee. Inhale, and on your next exhale hook your left arm pit as deeply as you can into your knee letting your right arm lift up extending overhead. This should create a relatively straight line down from the fingertips of your right hand down to your left foot. Breathe here in Revolved Extended Side-Angle. If you are feeling too challenged here, lower that right arm and raise your left forearm to bring your hands into prayer pose. Your core still rotated to the right. Hold and breathe here. When you are ready, exhale lowering that left arm to the ground placing your right hand on your right hip. Inhale, raise up slightly moving your left arm to your right knee and bring your right hand to meet it there.

Both hands resting upon your knee on your next inhale step your left leg forward both feet together knees slightly bent. Steady your yourself and inhale slowly rising up into standing. Repeat again on your left side.

Once done, standing tall inhale your arms up overhead into Mountain and then exhale releasing your arms to your side. Repeat as many times as desired. On your last exhale bring your hands together in Prayer pose at your heart chakra.

Namaste.

With love,

-Rose

 

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28 Days of Love: Basking in the Glow of Love

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Greetings beloveds,

Can you believe it? 28 Days of Love is coming to a close today. Over the past 4 weeks we have connected with our heart, mind, body, and home/living spaces to find clarity and bring ourselves into alignment with the energy of love.

How do you feel? Take a moment to integrate the information and lessons that you have learned over the past month into your life completely. It may take some time to feel and know what changes you have made or may still need to make. Behavior and thought process changes enhance our states of being. Above all else I hope that this time has brought about compassion for yourself and others. Love is so much more than warm fuzzy feelings. It is the basis of our existence. Through love we find ourselves. Through love we find our purpose.

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So I send you forth with love, always and forever.

-Rose

28 Days of Love: Creating Love through Design and Decorations

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Greetings beloveds,

Are you ready to set that love energy coming pouring into your home by decorating according to Feng Shui? Then let’s get started.

  1. The number one important thing you can do is discover items that you associate with love. Are they seashells from your favorite body of water? Daisy’s from your garden? Soft peaches, blues, and green colors? Figure out what those items are and grab some so that when complete the arrangement of the items already in that space you can add these to personalize the energy you are sending out and receiving.
  2. Lights, Mirrors, Reflection: These items can be used to enhance space, lighten up the energy in a room, reflect negative energy outside of the space or open it up for more light. Ideally you want to face towards a door or opening in a room but if that isn’t possible you can place a mirror in on the opposing wall in order to balance that energy. Are you finding that you are often feeling confused about what your relationships? Make sure you have a well lit ventilated love portion of the home.
  3. Sound: Feeling as if your love life is stuck? Then you may want to invest in some bells, chimes, or fountains. These items encourage movement of energy. If you find yourself in a sexual rut the flowing sounds may be what you need to get the juices flowing.
  4. Color: We’ve spoken here before about color magic and it functions much the same in Feng Shui. Determine what you want your love life to include and then use those corresponding colors in this portion of the home.
  5. Plants: Plants can bring life and movement to an area that has stagnant energy within your home as well. They can also disrupt the piercing energy of corners that stick out into the room disrupting the flow of energy.
  6. Flags, statues, swords, fans, or large stationary objects: These and other objects like them can be used to slow down energy that is moving too quickly. For very large rooms with lots of windows or long hallways this may be letting energy flow out faster then it is generated. If you find that your relationships flow in and out of your life quickly add something large and concrete to the love portion of your home to stabilize that energy.
  7. Altars: Another way to create this stability is by creating a love altar in this portion of your home. Invite the elements in with items that symbolize love for you such as candles, incense, stones/crystals, bells, water fountains, or feathers. Remember if you desire to have a partner or partners to include this as a part of your altar and portion of the home. Make sure you have all things in pairs or whatever number you feel works best for you. Perform maintenance and rituals that honor love at your altar to concentrate your energy and desires. This can become a form of self-care for you and if you like your partner.
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Above all else make sure that this portion of your home feels warm, inviting, and nurturing to you. This way your relationships will reflect this back to you.

Here’s to more love to you and yours,

-Rose

28 Days of Love: Love Arrangements

Greetings beloveds,

Now that we’ve found the love and relationships portion of your home I know you can’t wait to start arranging the items in that space in order to have the most inviting energy present in that space. So here are some tips to Feng Shui some love into your life.

  1. First what type of room is this? For many this may be a bedroom, family room, bathroom or is that portion missing in your home? The function of this room plays a large role in the energy that exists there.
  2. Determine the design of the room. What is the entrance to that space like? Is it a door, hall, or open space? Are there windows? If so what direction do they face and where are they located in the room? What about closets? Look to see all the design elements of the room so you know what you are working with.
  3. Now spend some time in this space. How does it feel?
  4. How is the room decorated? What’s in the room?
  5. Are there things in the space that can be changed or improved?
  6. What things do you like about the room?
  7. What do you dislike about the room?
  8. Ideally what do you want the room to feel like?
  9. Ideally what types of relationships would you like to have

Once you’ve completed answering these questions you’ll have a pretty good idea of where to start improving upon the love portion of your home. Tomorrow we’ll look what items to use to decorate the love portion of your home to correct any issues you may find in the space.

With love,

-Rose

28 Days of Love: Finding the Love Section of Your Home

Greetings beloveds,

How did you enjoy the decluttering activity? What was your experience going through the items in your home or living space? Did it make you think that perhaps you may need to start going through other spaces that you inhabit such as where you work or your car? I find that once I begin to experience the change and ease that comes with removing items from my space, I soon want to experience that in all areas of my life. If you feel called to perform the decluttering activity in other portions of your life do so.

Now that you have spent time with the items within your home and cleansed your space as you feel called to we will look at the ways in which energy moves about the home. Let’s start with the basics, under the Chinese system of Taoism there are lies the foundation of the Ultimate as Creation/Matter/Earth in the form of a square and Heaven/Spirit/Sky as a circle that surrounds that square. That square of creation can be reduced to a broken line _ _ known as Yin. The circle can be reduced down to an unbroken line __ known as Yang. Thus we find balance through the Yin/Yang symbol.

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Here we find the Yang (Heaven/Spirit/Sky/Male) represented by white and Yin (Creation/Matter/Earth/Female) represented by black. One is never without the other which is why there is always a spot of each in the other. The Yang is at the top denoting the South with Yin at the bottom signaling the North. If we then look a the concept of the lines we find that by arranging the lines representing Yin/Yang we can symbolize the 4 directions. From there we can add a third row to denote the element associated with that direction as well. Thus we have three rows of lines featuring solid and broken lines. By adding an additional three rows we find ourselves at the IChing but that is for another day.

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If you would like a more detailed explanation of the directions, elements, and energy associated with them, I implore you to see out some of the many resources that exist online, in text, or in person. Here, we’ll move forward into the art of Feng Shui which utilizes understanding the flow of energy (Chi)in accordance with the system described above to design one’s living space to give you optimal luck and balance. Each direction is known to assist the home in different ways. Taking these associations we can bring the nine sections of the Pah Kwa out into a square that can be divided into 9 known as the Lo Shu magic square. We can then overlay this square onto any home with the South at the top to see the energy associated there and determine what may need to be done to enhance that space.

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Now that you’re more familiar with the principles of Feng Shui, let’s find the love portion of your home. If you can grab a house plan or draw one of your home. Using a compass ascertain the direction your house faces from the front door. Then find yourself a Pa Kua or Bagua that you can lay over your house plan matching up the south locations. From there you can determine the sections of your home. The love and relationships portion of your home is to the right of the southern wall/room. For example if your front door faces north then the back of your home would be your Fame and recognition area. To the top right of that would be your relationships/love portion of your home. Now that you know where the love portion is we’ll discuss how to decorate and arrange the items in that portion of your home to bring you love and security.

Here’s to some fun Feng Shui,

-Rose

Cleansing the Home: Creating Space for Love

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Greetings beloveds,

I hope you all are having a wonderful day. Spring is coming and I suspect everyone is beginning to feel the need to start clearing up energy in and around your home. This may sound like a story that an adult would try to tell you to get you to tidy up but cleaning is a spiritual act. It is a physical act which literally moves energy. The act of cleaning and redecorating can allow for old energy to be released and new energy to be brought in. We focus a bit of time and energy on clearing our physical and etheric energy attached to our bodies and souls. It is important to take time to focus on clearing the physical space that you inhabit as well.

If you find that you are feeling a bit stagnant, have a large goal you would like to achieve or are wanting to add a little oomph to your manifestations decluttering and cleaning can assist you in all these efforts. As we have discussed, energy is always being transmuted and transformed. When you have a desire that you would like to see come to fruition this requires energy that is currently being put to use in one area to be to be transmuted to another. For example, you may want to change where you are currently living but find it difficult to find a space that meets your needs, desires, or budget. It’s a great idea then to examine what the energy is like in your current location. Do you have a lot of items that you rarely use? Are your belongings ready to be moved or would changing spaces be a cumbersome stressful event? Is the space you are in clean and ready to be vacated? These factors all contribute to the flow of energy in your home and manifesting your goal. So what needs to be done to start the energy flowing towards moving? First, you may want to go over your belongings and see what you may be holding onto in that space which may energetically tying you to that location. Remove those that are not supporting your endeavor. Now it’s time to look at whether your space is ready to be vacated so start cleaning up. Begin behaving as if your manifestation has already occurred. This is the magic of clearing our space. It creates room for new things, energy, dreams to come forth.

This same theory applies in the same way to our relationship to our self, others and the heart centered connection we have with everything. Supporting healthy, nurturing and love inducing connections not only performs the task of maintaining our relationships but either transforming or releasing those that do not serve us. Thus if you feel you are wanting more love either to give to yourself, others, or to receive it may be time to re-evaluate the state of the energy within your home or living space to see if it is putting out the message that you would like to deliver. If not then it’s time to start cleaning up and clearing out so that you create space for what you would like to have in your life.

I hope that you will stop by tomorrow where we’ll be sharing a fun decluttering and energy clearing activity. Have a beautiful day loves!

-Rose

28 Days of Love: Week 4 The Connection between the Heart and Home

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Greetings beloveds,

This month has gone by so quickly! I have to admit though I have been looking forward to this week since I started this project. Week 4 is all about creating a loving heart centered living space. Why do I find this to be the most appealing topic of them all? Because our homes, living, work, cars, and other sacred spaces are the external containers of our energy. They can be the closest (or furthest which we will discuss later) to a safe space that one can encounter. Our homes have such powerful energy associated with them and can affect huge portions of our lives. Yet we are not always called to give them the attention and energy that they can require. When one is trying to stay afloat in a world gone mad maintaining and creating a loving container is one of the most important tasks that we can take upon ourselves to prioritize along with other self-care activities. Perhaps it’s time to check your self-care list and see if there are one or two activities that focus on the care of your home. Perhaps it’s time to start seeing our spaces that we reside in as extensions of ourselves and find balance in those energies.

This week we will explore the heart and the home. The importance of cleansing our living space through clearing and decluttering. Then we will discuss a little bit of the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui so we will know about the relationship between energy, movement, and our homes. After which, we’ll identify the love and relationships portion of the living space in order to see how what we place or don’t place in that area may be affecting our hearts. Lastly, we’ll look at decorating our heart space in order to create the environment that will nurture and feed our souls.

I look forward to continuing to build this loving space with you all.

See you tomorrow,

-Rose

28 Days of Love: The Sacral Energy Center

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Greetings beloveds,

I hope you all are having a wonderful day! Today we will be exploring the second energy center of the human form connected to the physical body and movement; the sacral chakra. The sacral energy center houses the energy of creativity, passion, sexuality, and happiness.

Our sexuality is just as tied with our thoughts as with our body. The largest sensory organ of the human form is the skin. We are aroused not just from touch but from all of our senses including our extrasensory ones such as clairvoyance. Through these avenues we take in information and energy from the world around us.  The sacral energy center is one area through we can transmute energy to create and manifest our desires. It is the void where in new life can come forth. Let us not limit ourselves to a simplistic understanding of new life as the actual birth of a child. Let us look at life through an energetic lens. In that case all that exists or could exists lives. Thus we birth ideas, books, hopes, dreams, homes, businesses, societies, relationships, anything and more than we could ever dream of. This is why it is so important to nurture and balance our sacral energy center. For when our sacral center is out of balance we continue to manifest yet instead of the things we would like to come forth we find ourselves in situations and experiences we would rather avoid. It is in accordance to the 12 Universal Laws which do not see good and bad only the energy that we send out.

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Activating the sacral energy center will not only increase your ability to manifest (hopefully things you desire) but regulates our creativity energy in general. When that energy is clear and flowing we feel inspired, creative, renewed as if we can do anything. When the energy becomes stagnant you may feel yourself becoming stagnant as well. When you find yourself feeling this way it may be in relation to the amount of stress  you are experiencing. Stress is defined as any emotional or mental tension from adverse circumstances that one may not generally encounter. As you can tell from the general definition anything can be stressful depending on one’s perspective. This is why the practice of caring about how you feel is so important. A sure fire way to connect to your feelings and learn to be guided by your intuition is to connect to your sacral energy center.

I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow as we look at one last portion of our energy and the physical through kundalini.

With love,

Rose

28 Days of Love: Exercise to Connect the Heart and Third Eye Energy Centers

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Greetings beloveds,

Yesterday we had an intense conversation on the role of the heart and third eye energy centers. At the conclusion of our discussion I shared a bit about how to explore the connection between your emotions and your psychic abilities. Now we will have a full meditation on connecting these two energy centers.

Find a comfortable spot where you will be able to relax. This could be a chair, on a pillow on the floor, or your favorite place outside. Anywhere where you can relax, focus and not be interrupted is preferred. Settle into your space. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on your breath. Feel as the oxygen flows into your lungs, filling them with life. Envision all of your worries, all of the drama, all of your responsibilities of the day filling those bits of air. As you completely fill yourself with this deep breath hold it for 5-8 seconds. Really putting your attention towards instilling each other air particle with the stress that you intend to release. When you exhale envision all of those worries releasing to the universe where they are transmuted into refreshing air for the natural world.

Continue these breaths 5-10 times or for however long it takes until you feel completely at ease. Once you have entered that space, center your attention on each chakra starting with your root chakra. Feel it pulse, pull, and draw round your etheric being. There will be a moment when you will feel that connection. It is different for everyone. If you don’t feel anything such as a wave of energy flowing in that area. Repeat this for your sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras. As you move upwards through each chakra pull that energy along as you go. Some areas may feel sluggish, although this isn’t an exercise to clear one’s energy you may want to spend some time doing so. You may feel a slight buzzing around your head from this exercise. Continue to move that energy upwards past the crown for our energy fields extend much further than that. In fact continue to let you energy expand as far out as you desire.

Return your attention to your third eye located slightly behind the enter of your forehead. Breathe deeply into this area. Focus on your breath if you cannot envision what that energy center would look like. You may sense a color, image, feeling, words, smell or emotion when you do this. Take note of what, if anything comes up. If you can picture a bright light illuminating this area clearing out any blocks or energy intrusions. Once you feel that this area has received the attention it needs. Breathe into your third eye again asking it if it needs anything from you? Perhaps you will receive information on a food, activity, or object such as a crystal that would assist you in connecting, enhancing, or clearing your third eye. Now ask your third eye if it has any messages for you. Breathe into this question and rest. Open yourself to receiving any type of information that may be offered to you. Once this feels complete you may want to take a break for a moment to write down what you experienced.

Return again to your meditative state this time focusing on your heart energy center. Picture or feel a line energy running from your heart to your third eye. What feelings, if any come up for you as you do so? Sit with anything that comes up for you at this time. Does this emotion, image, or sensation through your body make your third eye for more or less active? Delve within using your breath holding the intention of revealing why you are having this reaction. Whatever comes up for you do not attempt to push it down or avoid it. Just let it rest as you would a butterfly flutter past you or a leaf dancing in the wind during a cool fall day. You do not even have to try to understand it if you are not ready. Just acknowledge it and let it pass on.

If you find that you begin to feel a pressure in your third eye come back to focusing on your breathe and envision a door/window/portal opening. This creates space for whatever is attempting to be cleared or come forth to do so. You may feel the urge to send your energy towards something, feel a change in relation to your energy and the that of the space you are in. Let the lines blur. The walls, floor, your clothing, the air none of these are separate from you. If you choose, you can connect with their energy and move within them. Go as far and for as long as you please. Once you feel complete, breathe your energy down through your chakra’s into the earth grounding yourself. Rest for a moment and then have a bit of food, drink and move around a bit to bring you back into this space and time.

Write down or feel free to share your experience here.

With love,

-Rose

28 Days of Love: The Third Eye- The Energy Center of the Mind

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Greetings beloveds,

If you’ve been following our 28 Days of Love, we’ve now covered the physical, psychological, emotional, and mental aspects of the mind. Now let’s take it to the spiritual. Each of the main 7 energy centers or chakra’s for those who may be more familiar with that terminology are connected with a specific portion of the body either directly or adjacent. Here we will look at the energy center that is located directly in the brain, the third eye.

The third eye chakra is located roughly at the center of the forehead near where the pineal gland resides. The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland that is responsible for secreting melatonin. Melatonin is known for regulating sleep cycles in relation to the amount of light that the body encounters. The pineal gland also influences the secretion of sex harmones from the pituitary gland which can result in variations in sexual interest and activities. The pineal gland has been linked to psychic and extrasensory abilities historically. Thus part of the reason the third eye chakra is associated with psychic abilities which I have written about here. It is the portion of our mind which allows for us to gather information through our sensory organs that fall outside of the major 5 senses. When the third eye is activated we may have visions, be able to predict actions/thoughts of others, or be able to manipulate energy kinetically, spatially, or across time. If you find that you are having a difficult time connecting to the flow of energy you may need to do some clearing of your third eye. Now that we know a bit about the third eye chakra let’s take a look at the connection between the heart and the third eye.

Love and extrasensory abilities are not always something linked together. Many times are kept separate with the thought that to harness our psychic abilities we need all of our energy to be focused on our outcome that we wish to achieve. Emotions may then be viewed as distractions with love being the main perpetrator of attachments. This is not entirely correct (although absolute truth lies only in the hands of the self) as our heart can act as a guide to where and how to focus our energy in order to gather information and create change. Recall that psychic abilities such as telekinesis are often triggered by intense emotions. Our emotions can pinpoint our focus in an intense way that even years of training may not be able to accomplish. Our emotions are not distractions. They create leverage for us to tap into our abilities. The things that we care about allow us to build our energy, our power.

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Love is one of the strongest emotions that we experience (only opposed by its polar opposite of fear). When we experience love we can move mountains, change reality, create the world that we envision. Yet the same can all be achieved from fear as well and often times the two emotions are intertwined as our love for another, ourselves, or our world may be activate a fear that they will be harmed or destroyed. Use your emotions as a source of strength. Let’s have a very real moment here. The heart energy center is our emotional center which means it houses ALL of our emotions. We attempt to limit the capacity of the heart an attempt to control our own and others realities and behaviors. Let yourself feel and when something doesn’t feel good move away from that thing. Because you will not outrun fear, shame, or guilt just as you cannot avoid love. They exist in all things.

So if you are afraid of your psychic abilities because you are unsure of your power, have been told they are wrong or “evil”, or you are just not comfortable with the unfamiliar. Embrace that feeling. Hold it in your heart and attempt to see what the root of that feeling is. Accept it and see what happens to your ability to connect to your third eye. Does it feel more open or more cut off? Do you want to connect to it? If so focus on the third eye and ask what is needed to bridge this gap.

Tomorrow I will share a written meditation on how to do this.

With love,

-Rose