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I wanted to share a new training that I am a part of:

The Wild Woman Project with Chris Maddox

I just found out about this training, and I signed up at the last minute. I am so glad I did! Chris has gathered a circle of 25 women to train to facilitate new moon circles around the world. A new moon circle is a gathering where we set intentions at the new moon as a community. Magic happens here! It is powerful to be part of such a strong community of women.

After my training, I will be holding circles locally in CT, and telecircles as  well.

I am also starting a life coaching training program in NYC.

If you are interested in being a part of the telecircle or if you want complimentary life coaching while I am in my training, please comment on this post! I would LOVE to work with you!

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My sister took some great photos of my new space over the weekend:

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On Friday night I attended a Labyrinth meditation at my local yoga studio with my fiance. It was by donation to benefit a woman who has Multiple Sclerosis. It was a beautiful experience. They formed the labyrinth with stones and candles. In the center was a giant rose quartz crystal and rose petals, although it is hard to see in the picture.

 

When we first arrived, we were smudged with sage. Then we went to sit down on bolsters surrounding the labyrinth. We were led in a chant: La ilaha illa Allah, which means “there is no god/deity but the One Divine Force that encompasses All.” As we read on the card, “This statement brings Divine Light for health, warmth, and healing to the heart. It is the essence (and practice) of the annihilation of falsehood. It is both a statement of Divine Truth and that there IS One Divine Force flowing through each sentient being and all of creation.”

Each person took a turn walking the labyrinth. I was nervous at first because I thought that everyone would be watching me as I walked. I quickly realized that each person was involved in his or her own meditation, and that I should not feel self conscious. As I began to walk, I pictured myself stepping toward the next chapter of my life. When I turned to walk out of the labyrinth, I imagined myself walking away from the past. It was an extremely cleansing experience, and I am so glad I went!

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Last night I attended an angelic healing meditation. The meditation leader had everyone visualize healing on both a physical and etheric level. The energy in the room was very intense as we began to release and revitalize. At the end of the meditation she handed out heart-shaped angel cards which held a message. This is what I received:

Surrender

Remain positive about the future of our planet

for all is part of humanity’s evolution.

There is a divine order to all the chaos

which you perceive that exists in our world.

Nothing will ever truly change

until we learn to love and accept all as it is.

Lovingly surrender your

judgments and expectations

and your life will

magically transform.

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Recently I was watching Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and she was interviewing Thich Nhat Hanh. It was a beautiful interview in its entirety, but one part of it has stuck with me. She asked him how often he meditated. In the moment before he answered I expected him to answer with something like “Every day for a few hours.” Instead he replied that he lived life as a meditation, waking and going about his day in a meditative state. This spoke to me. Often I feel peaceful and happy while meditating, but the feeling does not last throughout my day. If I make a conscious choice to stay in a meditative state, relaxed, open, and peaceful, without judgment, each day would have more possibilities and beauty.

Since hearing that interview, I have tried not to let my morning meditations end. Even though I may leave my mat and make breakfast, go to work, and continue my day, my practice is now becoming much deeper. Meditation is not something reserved for certain parts of the day anymore, but a continual state of being.

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I found this poem today and I fell in love with it. It’s a beautiful philosophical and spiritual piece. I’ve italicized the lines that speak to me the most.

Fear of the Inexplicable

But fear of the inexplicable has not alone impoverished
the existence of the individual; the relationship between
one human being and another has also been cramped by it,
as though it had been lifted out of the riverbed of
endless possibilities and set down in a fallow spot on the
bank, to which nothing happens. For it is not inertia alone
that is responsible for human relationships repeating
themselves from case to case, indescribably monotonous and
unrenewed: it is shyness before any sort of new,unforeseeable
experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope.

But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes 
nothing, not even the most enigmatical, will live the relation 
to another as something alive and will himself draw exhaustively
from his own existence. For if we think of this existence of
the individual as a larger or smaller room, it appears evident 
that most people learn to know only a corner of their room, a
place by the window, a strip of floor on which they walk up and 
down. Thus they have a certain security. And yet that dangerous
insecurity is so much more human which drives the prisoners in
Poe’s stories to feel out the shapes of their horrible dungeons
and not be strangers to the unspeakable terror of their abode.

We, however, are not prisoners. No traps or snares are set about
us, and there is nothing which should intimidate or worry us.
We are set down in life as in the element to which we best 
correspond, and over and above this we have through thousands of 
years of accommodation become so like this life, that when we
hold still we are, through a happy mimicry,scarcely to be
distinguished from all that surrounds us. We have no reason to
mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terrors,
they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abuses belong to us;
are dangers at hand, we must try to love them. And if only we
arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us
that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now
still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust
and find most faithful. How should we be able to forget those
ancient myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into
princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses
who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps 
everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless 
that wants help from us. 

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Tomorrow begins the next 21 day Chopra Center Meditation Challenge! I love this challenge because even though I do have a daily meditation practice, I get fresh guided meditations delivered each morning for free. I really appreciate the message behind each meditation and the overall change that occurs throughout the three weeks. I first did this over the summer, about a month after I had begun to meditate daily. It helped me keep up the flow and habit, as well as get excited about meditation and what I would learn about myself. I wish you much fun and insight should you decide to take on this challenge!

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