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How boundaries make relationships

Aug 18, 2021

BOUNDARY: a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line. (Oxford Dictionary)

 

We are surrounded by boundaries. Maps remind us of the lines that divide lands from bodies of water. Continents, countries, states, cities-- maps show us where they all “begin” and “end”. Blueprints show us the boundaries of our homes, and where the fences should go up between neighbors. Even within our homes, we have specially designated spaces such as “family...

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Detachment and flow: myth & truth

Jun 29, 2021

In spirituality, people talk about detachment as a way to be, to reduce suffering, and to flow with the Universe.

It's true that being able to practice detachment and live in the flow increases joy, opportunity, and true love in action. But what people think it looks like - and try to be like - is the big misunderstanding and does more harm than good, wreaking havoc on the mind, body, and relationships. 

The big myth

You breathe through it, and then you fake it til you make it. When...

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The 4 ways you'll get healed, loved, and fed

Apr 13, 2021

 

We are in a moment in time where, even if you’ve never considered spirituality as a practice before, it’s likely you’re faced with it to some extent. The world is being forced to look at humanity and its values. People are trying to reconcile between their responsibility in the oppression against the underappreciated and the pain (or joy) they feel allowed to express and experience in their own lives in spite of it. 

To be spiritual means to know yourself. This...

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The one healer

Feb 23, 2021

"When we are training in the art of peace, we are not given any promises that, because  of our noble intentions, everything will be okay. In fact, there are no promises of fruition at all. Instead, we are encouraged to simply look deeply at joy and sorrow, at laughing and crying, at hoping and fearing, at all that lives and dies. We learn that what truly heals is gratitude and tenderness.~ Pema Chodron

 

When all else fails, turn to gratitude. 

 

Feeling anxious,...

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The Surge Before the Transition

Dec 15, 2020

Years ago, I worked in a nursing home. From time to time, I had the honor to sing to a resident as they were transitioning from this life. I remember always being amazed when one of the nursing staff would “predict” that someone didn’t have much longer for this lifetime. 

“How can you tell?” I asked. “ Mr. _____________ has been so much better today!” 

What I learned is that sometimes when someone is about to transition, they have what is...

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Balance Yourself, Create a Ripple

Dec 08, 2020

This is part 11 in IzzyJi's Yoga off the Mat series. 

 

Yin and Yang. Day and night. Light and dark. Sun and moon. Land and sea. Hot and cold. Energy and calm. Awake and asleep. Fire and Water. Head and feet. Left and right. I could go on and on (and on)!

 

We learn early on about balance in yoga. I’m not talking about being able to stand on one foot kind of balance. I’m talking about the polar opposite connections that exist in life. The sun rises and sets-- as...

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Sound Heals

Dec 01, 2020

This is part 10 in IzzyJi’s Yoga off the Mat series. 

 

Music is in my blood. I absolutely LOVE music. My mom said that when she was pregnant with me I kicked a LOT. She used to hold a radio up to her belly and play classical music for me. That, and the sound of her voice reading to me used to calm me down enough so that she could get some rest as well.

 

I love music so much that I took percussion in grade school and began learning piano in Jr. High. I eventually decided...

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Resembles Lemonade

Nov 24, 2020

This is part 9 in IzzyJi's Yoga off the Mat series.

 

“God has not promised me sunshine That's not the way it's going to be But a little rain (a little rain) Mixed with God's sunshine A little pain (a little pain) Makes me appreciate the good times Be grateful”  ~Be Grateful, by Walter Hawkins

 

This gospel song came out in 1978. I remember listening to it all the time as a little girl. I loved it so much that when I had the opportunity...

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Hey, there's something out of balance!

Nov 02, 2020
I began teaching Kundalini Yoga earlier this year. Let me share how I got here...and the reverence for life that I've uncovered along the way.
 
Like many people, my journey of healing and self-discovery began during a time of desperation. Social anxiety, digestive issues, cystic acne, and a shaky sense of self were ways my body was saying, “Hey, something’s out of balance here. We love you, please help!”
I’m glad I listened.
 
As I eliminated...
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