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Directionally Challenged

September 20, 2016


directionally challenged
​It happens pretty frequently when I’m hiking or driving in an unfamiliar place that I get turned around and can’t figure out which way I came from and exactly how to get back to where I started. A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I were taking a leisurely walk through some gardens alongside the beautiful Willamette river and at one point I’m completely puzzled...

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In a Ditch

September 19, 2016


in a ditch
Yep, there are those times when you’re cruising along and all of a sudden you’re derailed, the car goes off the road and there you are stuck, face down in a ditch you didn’t see coming. You’re alone – no one for as far as you can see, out of gas and your cell phone has one little bar left on it. After a few four-letter words, some head banging and most likely a tear-producing pity party, you sit up and look around. Now what?

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No Time for Patience

July 12, 2016


no time for patience
​Patience has gotten a pretty bad rap in this age of Google, Amazon overnight delivery, and drive-thru fast foods. To wait doesn’t sound sexy, doesn’t stir the heart like drinking a can of Red Bull and powering all night to complete your current project. Patience has an old fashioned ring to it, something your grandmother cautioned when you just couldn’t stand the thought of waiting another day, week, or month for your birthday or that summer trip to the beach. It meant waylaying pleasure and being content with the everyday stuff of life.

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Tick-Tock

July 11, 2016


tick-tock
Time can be your friend or taskmaster, depending on how you choose to have a relationship with it. It’s all a matter of tuning in, of becoming aware of the pace at which you are designed to travel through the world and being at peace with it. In Kundalini Yoga most all postures, kriyas, meditations and mantras involve a time factor. It’s a way to create a particular vibrational affect on your being by holding the space with discipline, focus, and an inner calm.

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The Stuff of Life

June 26, 2016


The Stuff of Life
It's been over a month since I've posted anything and, I have to tell you, it feels like years. As the picture indicates, I've been on the move--relocating both our business and our home within the span of two weeks. That's a lot of hauling, calling, and a bit of bawling all packed into a short amount of time. We're downsizing to have more free time, less stress, and a simpler life.

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chile pepper pilau
​I’d like to share with you the recipe for Chile Pepper Pilau, the very first dish I ever made for Yogi Bhajan. I had been asked to come to Yogiji’s house on Tuesdays to help in the kitchen, answer phones, and so on. It was probably my second day “on the job.” His assistant gave me his instructions, scribbled in pencil on a scrap of paper. I still remember standing at the kitchen stove

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yogi in the kitchen
Since I was very small, I have loved being creative in the kitchen and have taken delight in manifesting dishes that not only taste great, but make folks feel great too! Thank goodness my mom gave me free rein to explore and create as I pleased. I have always been at home in the kitchen and feel a sort of magical energy filling the room as fresh foods come together and meet their destiny.

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Cultivating Courage

April 26, 2016


cultivating courage
You are born courageous. You came into this world with nothing and you trusted that you’d be taken care of, that you’d survive and be nurtured by those who brought you here. Maybe it didn’t happen exactly that way, but you didn’t know how it would turn out, you just came sliding down that birth canal into the unknown. What you've learn over the years is to be cautious, to watch your back, and to distrust what the world lays out before you.

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Here's to Fluidity!

April 25, 2016


heres to fluidity
I’m about as Taurus as a Taurus can get. I love to live in beautiful environments, can spend a whole day on the couch reading and watching old movies, am a steadfast friend and spouse, can be self-indulgent, outspoken, and poke people with my horns to get what I want. But, the thing that gets me in the most trouble is digging my hooves in and refusing to budge when it’s clear the Universe is insisting that I pick up my feet and get going.

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Oh the Peruvian Opal
Over two-thirds of the world's population employs prayer beads as part of their religious and spiritual practice. Prayer beads have a variety of forms and meanings, but the basic purpose is the same: to assist the worshiper in reciting and counting specific prayers. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism are the major religions that use prayer beads in important ritualistic roles. Prayer beads, in the form of the Catholic rosary, are common throughout the world. Yogis and yoga students often use prayer beads in the form of a mala, with 54, 72, or 108 beads. Peruvian Opal is my current favorite gemstone to utilize while meditating. It comes from the Andes Mountains in Peru. It’s a translucent stone that has a similar color to the Caribbean Sea. Peruvian Opal has a soft relaxing energy. It softens the impact of stress from the outside world and can assist in releasing the trauma of old wounds.

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