“Always be yourself. Unless…

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“Always be yourself.  Unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn.”

This quote just always makes me smile and laugh…over and over!

I first saw this quote on someone’s avatar on Ravelry, but I can’t remember who it was.  It’s also online.  So, in desperate need of inspiration and motivation for my calligraphy homework, I decided to match the quote with clipart I found online to inspire me.

I didn’t practice enough (because I was at a yarn extravaganza!) so my broad pen nib writing of “unicorn” suffered and in order to cover it up, I added dots and colored pencils which ended up being a happy surprise because I wouldn’t have done it if I had loved it originally.

Namaste and many unicorn blessings!***  (I so wanted to write “unicron” :) )

process painting or improv painting

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so fun!  I just took a class from an amazing teacher last week.  I had taken classes from her before years ago but she hadn’t offered any classes for a while, so when she did, I jumped at the opportunity.  It’s a style of painting called “improv painting” or “process painting” which allows you to just pick a color and paint without planning ahead what you want to do–no judgment, just paint.  I loved when the teacher said that we were supposed to focus on where our paintbrush touched the paper because that was where the creative process was and when you think you’re done with a painting you ask yourself, if I had one more stroke to do on this painting what would I do and where would I put it and then do it and you don’t stop painting you just keep putting paint on–no thinking or pondering.  It’s based on a book called “Life, Paint, and Passion:  Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression” by Michele Cassou and Stewart Cubley.  The first and most colorful painting I spent almost all of the time on and the second painting I spent what time I had left.  Fun, colorful, whimsical!!

Blessings***

ok, so I’ve started doing a 40-day kundalini yoga practice…

Ok, so I’ve started a 40-day kundalini yoga practice which is breathwork, chanting, singing, movement and this one class dvd I’m doing has a 24-minute free dance part where I am instructed to close my eyes and not dance “pretty” but rather very free and chaotic and work up a sweat.  I’m paraphrasing here.

So, I’m in my house and feel very self-conscious even though my family is not at home.  And I still move away from the windows and doors so that the neighbors can’t see me and the windows and doors are all shut tight so that no one “out there” can hear me chanting, singing, and free dancing.

I start tentatively  dancing thinking am I doing this right?  And, of course, I have to open my eyes and peek at the dvd to see what everyone else is doing for their “non-pretty” dance and as I watch them I think, wow, how can they be so free and brave and letting loose?!

I think to myself, I can do this..and I start rockin’ out not-so-pretty and then I start to laugh and laugh and then I am choking on my own laughter because I am pretty sure I am dancing the African Anteater Ritual dance!!!

Do you remember Patrick Dempsey’s character “Ronald” in the movie “Can’t Buy Me Love” where Ronald is turning from nerd to cool kid and needs to learn how to dance before he goes with a girl to a school dance.  Ronald yells at his little brother to change the tv channel so he (Ronald) can watch American Bandstand in order to learn how to dance, so his brother changes the channel and leaves the room while Ronald learns the moves.  As his brother comes back into the room, Ronald leaves quickly, and the host (who is not Dick Clark!) announces the names of the dancers and the dance they just performed as the African Anteater Ritual for the PBS African Cultural Hour.  (I tried to link a video to youtube, but it won’t go, so if you’re interested google “youtube can’t buy me love movie african anteater ritual” and go to the AARitual link by rrebel94 it has a picture of a tv.)

and then Ronald goes to the school dance and this is what happens…

Yeah, that’s what I looked like ;)  and had to continue for tweeenty-fooour minutes!  That was a very long 24 minutes.  But a very long JOYFUL 24 minutes :)

(I’m sorry the resolution is not very good.  I’ve re-started it before and sometimes it helps it be a little clearer.)

Here’s to more freedom and non-pretty dances with chortles of laughter keeping your radiant light inside you and illuminating your life!

Namaste and many blessings***

 

 

 

today’s the day

***Today’s the day–I don’t know why but it is–so take the energy and do the thing that you have been putting off, procrastinating, sing at the event, do the poetry reading, do a two-minute ritual to shift your marriage/relationship, clean you ENTIRE closet, clean the floors and mop, and dream a bigger life for yourself –one of Denise Linn’s affirmations in Soul Coaching is “My evaluation of myself is not who I am.” –(not who you have decided you are based on what people told you or how they reacted to you–you are spirit, a beautiful loving soul spirit deep inside of you), plant flowers, EXERCISE, get the momentum of your life going and start your morning by shaking you a$$ to Katie Sky’s song “Run” which was introduced to me by my daughter.  Thank you!  :)  Now turn the volume UP and get up and dance!!!

Oh, also, I woke up this morning with someone telling me that dogs were our barkangels or should I say b/archangels ;)

Namaste and many blessings***

 

 

another *FREE* Deepak and Oprah meditation challenge…

 

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Another Deepak and Oprah FREE meditation challenge called “Finding your flow” starts this Monday, April 14, 2014.  Even if you miss the first day, still try to sign up because often you can still sign up a couple of days late, unless they’ve changed it.  I think these challenges–the music, the affirmations, etc. are getting better and better each time and can TRANSFORM your life if you do them.

And have your kids listen to them.

Namaste and many blessings***

 

 

I don’t know why I have to put this quote

quote out there—Spirit?!?–, but it has haunted me all day

— so as quoted in the book “A Deep Breath of Life” by Alan Cohen:

“There are two fatal errors that keep

great projects from coming to life:

1.  Not finishing

2.  Not starting”

–Buddha

No, I don’t know what they are talking about…

by the way, on side note, I tell people that Shaun White (the American Olympic snowboarder, guitarist in the band Bad Things, etc.) is my brother.  They know I’m kidding…I think :)

<3  Namaste and many blessings***

Spiritual author goddess Tosha Silver offering a free call this Friday February 14, 2014 11a.m.-12p.m.PST

Spiritual author astrologer goddess etc and so forth ;) Tosha Silver is offering a free call in class this Friday, February 14, 2014 at 11 a.m.-12p.m.(noon) PST

I have never participated in a call-in class but I have read her book “Outrageous Openness:  Letting the Divine Take the Lead” which consists of several short stories when she wrote for the newspaper the San Francisco Examiner.  Even if you can’t make the call-in time, you can still sign up and an mp3 of the call will be sent to you.  To sign up you enter your first name and your email address.

Namaste and many blessings!***

caramel coloring in food potential carcinogen discussed on Dr. Oz–even found in the “healthy options” and soy sauce!

Just wanted to share a quick note on our health!!–

On a recent episode of Dr. Oz, (Here!)—I cannot get it to go to the correct place (Never had that problem before –interesting…) so go to http://www.doctoroz.com and search for the video from 1/24/2014 titled “Dangerous ingredients manufacturers don’t want you to know about.”   Dr. Oz discussed how caramel coloring in our food–sodas, maple syrups, soy sauce, beer, bread, and even the healthy sodas(!) may contain caramel coloring that is a potential carcinogen. It is only listed as “caramel coloring” in the ingredients but doesn’t tell you which caramel coloring is used.  I believe the one of concern they called “4MEI”  Also the levels of caramel coloring that foods contain differ oftentimes depending on where you live.  California passed a law limiting the levels but higher levels of this chemical was found to be higher in food/drinks in other parts of the country.

This episode also contained info regarding antibacterial soaps which contain Triclosan and how it is an endocrine disruptor, can weaken your heart muscle, and is contaminating our streams and water supply.  Triclosan is found in other antibacterial objects like those antibacterial cutting boards.

Could this supplement be a cure for–or at least put off getting–the common cold??!

***Please do your own research and talk to your own doctor, acupuncturist, or naturopath, etc. to see what supplements are right for you and your family depending on what other supplements and prescriptions you are taking, other health conditions, etc.  This is just my own personal path.

I have taken for a few  years with some success Airborne and a Chinese supplement called Gan Mao Ling right when I get that tickle in the back of my throat.  I’m not even sure what Gan Mao Ling is exactly.

This year, I had been surrounded by sick coughing people (lovely people but when they were making phlegmy cough noises I could feel my aura automatically shrink down, not even wanting my energy to mingle with theirs lest I catch their cold and still I hugged them and met them for coffee and tea because well, they are Lovely (capital “L”)).   A week before Thanksgiving, I had that tickle in the back of my throat and I thought “Uh-oh, I think I’m getting sick, wait am I?  Am I getting sick?  I can’t be getting sick, now’s not a good time, last week fine, or two weeks later than now, but not now!” …..now that I think about it,  what I thought was probably closer to “Oh, shit! I think I’m getting sick.”

My parents were going to be visiting and quite frankly I’ve been sick for too many Thanksgivings so I was refused to get sick.  Luckily I had an accupuncture appointment in a few days because my acupuncturist had reminded me of acupuncture being PREVENTATIVE–you know, you go when you feel good or okay and get a boost before you really feel sick and bad and have a longer way to go before you actually feel better.  She told me that she and her husband always take Yin Qiao when they first think that they are getting sick.  “What?!?” I practically yelled at her, “you’ve never told me about this in the past few years EVER?!?  Why are you holding out on me?!”  Apparently the subject never came up–I think I didn’t go during cold and flu season.  I was being preventative, just not super-preventative, call it selectively preventative, otherwise known as spring and fall ;)

She said that Yin Qiao (or I’ve seen it spelled Yin Chiao too, I think the formulas vary) is gentle and can be given to kids too.  I started taking a few tablets every few hours and I swear to God, Buddha, Creator, Beloved, Source Energy, and Divine Universe, that taking Yin Qiao was the only reason I did not get sick over Thanksgiving.  I never felt 100% but I felt pretty pretty darn good and I did still feel like I was fighting something…but so much better than if I became sick.  So here it is, almost a month later, and I’m still holding on.  Hmm…now I’m thinking stocking stuffers!   :)

So, during this holiday season, see your acupuncturist, take your Yin Qiao, do your meditation, do your yoga or Nia or dancing or running for joy and exercise, go to sleep early(-ish), take some sugar, chocolate,wheat, gluten, corn, and other inflammatory foods out of your diet (I know easier said than done this time of year), take your Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, try to keep stress low, don’t worry (Remember “Worry is a misuse of imagination.”–Dan Zadra). Honor you body and don’t run it into the ground.

Happy Holidays!!!  And much Joy, Health, Love, Laughter and Abundance for this new year!!!

Namaste and many blessings to you***

cory