mindfulness is rain on a tin roof

The sound of rain on a tin roof is so beautiful.

I love how rain calls us to pause. To surrender. To just….be. .

Moments of slowness, and an introspective, deep unfurling of the mind – with all it’s to do lists.

In these sacred moments of stillness, we can sink deeply into the act of mindfulness. .

We can feel from our senses. This very moment. And soak it in – in all of it’s fluid, intentional feelings of closeness and intimacy.

A book yearns to be read, and technology asks to be turned off….and we are now able to listen to our heartbeats. Place your right hand on your heart and feel it beating.

Deep breath….,inhale…..peace, and exhale everything else.

We are sweetly called to disconnect to reconnect with nature, and in turn, ourselves and each other. Have a wonderful day full of quiet, peaceful moments, friends. 💫

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Thank you Mother Nature. Needed this. ❤️✨🌧

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YogaClub Subscription Box $50 Credit Gidt Card

YogaClub Subscription Box $50 Credit Gidt Card

IMG_5931Eeeek! Super excited to be a Tribe Leader for the fabulous @yogaclubbox!

It’s a beautiful monthly subscription box of activewear at 50 percent off!

Incredible brands like: @freepeople (@fpmovement ), @onzie, @mandukayoga, @teekiactivewear, @glyder, @threadsforthought, @splendidla, @jalaclothing, @nolijuwear, @vimmacompany, @nuxactive, @varley, and @mpgsport!!

There’s a fun quiz that helps you find the styles you will love and what I love most is that with each box delivered, @yogaclubbox donates a yoga class to a child in need.

One box, one class. 

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YogaClub has partnered with inspiring non-profit organizations to teach yoga and meditation to elementary school kids in some of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable neighborhoods. With over 150,000 classes donated so far, we’re just getting started!

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Every month, your membership helps provide these amazing kids with a framework to calm their minds, control their emotions, and release energy in a positive way – all while having fun! 🤗

 

To learn more, go to http://www.yogaclub.com/dogood

 

Hey, beautiful! Want to get a free credit of $50 off your first box full of name brand yoga apparel?

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With my gift code gift 💝 you get $160+ worth of yoga apparel for about $29!! watch my story for fun video of the beautiful box!

(I’ll do an unboxing when my next box comes in!)

Just enter my Tribe Leader code: IN2124400 at http://www.yogaclub.com/giftcard 🎁

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And be sure to tag me and YogaClub and use #YogaClub when you get your first box!!! .

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(And comment below if you use my code because this code is only good for up to 50 people!!! So hurry and get your credit today!!)

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I can’t wait to see! And if you post a selfie of you in your new outfit with the hashtag you will be entered to WIN a FREE 12 Month Subscription!! Yayyyy!! 🙌🏻✨💕

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say yes to yourself ✅

New session of my online course illuminate will be starting soon.

We will explore our world through photography, poetry, art journaling, and weekly mindfulness and self-care themes and rituals.

Illuminate: awaken your soul ✨💖 Register today for early bird pricing of $197. Just PM me or comment your email below to reserve your spot.

Only limited seats available in class so we can have a soulful, intimate group. 💖

Say yes to yourself.

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you will receive more than you seek ✨

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks -John Muir 🌿✨

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New fine art photo print shop on bigcartel

New fine art photo print shop on bigcartel

Just set up my fine art photo prints shop at http://www.cloud9photographer.bigcartel.com

Looking forward to adding lots of new pieces, and more options of photograph sizes, as well.

I’d love for you to check out my shop, and purchase some prints! Photography is always a  gift idea, and for Mother’s Day! 💓

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Clearing and Healing Your 7 Chakras

 

I saw this video posted on one of the facebook groups I’m in. I thought it was so cool.

It talks about how to heal and clear your 7 chakras. Chakras are energy fields in our bodies that can become stuck, stagnant, or blocked.

The 7 chakras are like 7 pools of water, that need to be unstuck so the water can flow between them easily.


 

Chakra 1 – Earth Chakra – This chakra is ruled by Fear. What are you most afraid of? Surrender those fears. Let them flow into the creek.

 

 

 

 

 

Chakra 4 – Love Chakra – Rules the Heart. Blocked by Grief. Lay all of your grief out in front of you. Release all of your sadness and loss.

You had indeed felt a deep loss – a great loss. But, love is a form of energy and it swirls all around us. Their  love for you is still inside your heart and is reborn in the form of a new love. Let the pain flow.

Chakra 5 – Sound Chakra – Rules The Throat. Your truth is blocked by lies. The ones we tell ourselves. Release your denial and the lies you tell yourself.

You cannot lie about your own nature. You must accept yourself.

 

Chakra 6 – Light Chakra – Rules by the center of the forehead/Third Eye. Deals with separation, insight and is blocked by illusion. The greatest illusion of this world – is the illusion.

Metal is part of the Earth – that has been purified. If you open your mind  you’ll see even separation of the 4 elements is an illusion.

Things you think are separate and different are actually one and the same. Collective consciousness. We’re all connected. Everything is connected, not divided.

You cannot lie about your own nature. You must accept yourself.

 

Chakra 7 – Thought ChakraCrown of The Head.  Complete Control and Awareness. All of your thoughts and actions. It deals with pure cosmic energy and is blocked by earthly attachments.

Let go of all you’ve grown to love. Meditate on what attaches you to this world. Let them go. Let them flow down the river. Forgotten. Learn to let him or her go or you will not let the pure cosmic energy flow in from the universe.

Many are unable to release this chakra. You must learn to let go. To master this state you must surrender yourself.

 

 

The Invitation

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This poem has significantly touched my soul from the very first moment that I read it. We should all ask ourselves and others in our lives these deep, profound and meaningful questions…Are you willing to be vulnerable and raw and real with someone?

Are you willing to let down your guard, your walls, your defenses, and be open to letting someone really in — all the way in — to see all of your light and dark places, the shadows and the mysterious parts that you try to hide?

Relationships should be full of emotion, and a fierce, fiery passion to deeply know each another. We have a soul-deep yearning inside of us all to connect on a level that makes us feel free to admit our biggest fears and to be there beside one another through all of life’s glories and sorrows. Connection is what we need. To understand and to be understood. Do you feel safe to be completely real and not be judged or shamed for who you are at your core?

No one wants a lukewarm relationship. It must feel like you are coming alive together. Intimacy is a beautiful energy and when we allow ourselves to surrender to the feelings of intimacy we allow ourselves to go deeper and really open up we will be living our truest life — an awakened life.

Most people have in instinctual fear of intimacy. Especially after being hurt in relationships in the past. Betrayals and being hurt when you were vulnerable with someone may have caused you to retreat into your wall of protection. But, there is no way to truly love again unless you take the risk to open up to someone again.

If you are afraid, it’s time to face the fear and let someone in. Invite them in.

Because when two souls connect – heart, mind, body, and soul – it is something truly magical to behold. Seek it. Don’t settle for anything less, folks. Let yourself be stunned by the beauty of a true, soulful connection. Let yourself come alive again. Let love in.

 

The Invitation

by Oriah
It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shriveled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
from the book The Invitation
published by HarperONE, San Francisco,
1999 All rights reserved

 

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Sweet Sunflowers in a Vase, Just listed on Minted.com

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Just listed this art print, Sweet Sunflowers in a Vase, in my minted store. You can buy just the art print in the sizes 5×7, 8×10, or 11×14; or, you can have it shipped right to your door in the frame of your choice! I love the one pictured – the distressed white cottage wood frame. Each print has my signature on the back and comes with a certificate of authenticity. I’m so excited to be offering art prints, photo prints, inspirational art, and more through my minted store.

I remember the day I painted this piece – it was a plein air painting that I did from start to finish in one day while painting outdoors.

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Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to get specials just for mailing lists subscribers! And I will be hosting giveaways on my Instagram soon!

Get on The Mat. And Just…BE.

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Get on the mat.

The yoga mat is the place we learn—

to surrender, to pause, to stretch, to relax, and to grow.

We come to the mat — ready — eager to remember, how to breathe deeply again.

To remember how to slow down.

And. . . . . . b       r       e      a     t     h      e. . . . . . . . . .

 

We create space in our day to just be. To listen to what speaks within. We silence the to do list, and the busy, hurry. and worry of our day.

We close our eyes and listen to our breath. We marvel at the beauty of the human body and all of the gifts that it generously gives us. The strength we have that holds us in authenticity with our core.

Our hopes and dreams and values ground us like our feet planted firmly into that mat. Holding us steady in this world which tries to keep rushing us around.

But, the secret to peace in the frantic pace of our culture is found in letting go.

We come to the mat to let things go.

We let go of the worry.

We let go of the hurry.

We let go of the busy.

We let go of the coulda.

We let go of the shoulda.

We let go of the woulda.

We just sit. In stillness with our breathe. And we just are.