Grateful

Bountiful

“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful.  Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.” ~Mahatma Ghandi

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Blissful

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~Mahatma Ghandi

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Beauty

Beauty is not in the face, beauty is a light in the heart.

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An Endless Wave of Transformation

As I’m writing this post,  still can’t believe that it has been two years since I’ve even visited or checked on things here.  So amazing how quickly time can slip away and that it seems to move at a faster and faster clip, especially when your not paying attention.

There have been so many changes in my life that I don’t even know where to begin!  Trying to recall  my last published topic of discussion.  Believe it was a mixture of the transition into yoga teacher training and always having an attitude of gratitude.

Taking the step into yoga teacher training was by far one of the best decisions in my life as well as the most nourishing and beneficial for myself as a whole.  An opportunity to learn, grow and blossom.  To develop new friendships and gain new sisters.   Wow…. just realized that I received my yoga certification two years ago…. feels like only yesterday.

Since then my days have been filled with teaching, friendships, and just an overall enjoyment of life.  Was grateful to have another teacher training opportunity with Manju Jois, which again was an experience that will always resonate in my heart.  A week of learning, as well as understanding on a deeper level about yoga and how the body works.  A fun and exciting time to say the least.

On another note, I lost a dog to cancer which was one of the saddest days.  If anyone has dogs, they understand they are family and you build a bond with them.  They are loving, loyal, affectionate and can be characters at times.  When you loose an animal it’s like losing a member of your family.

It’s been an interesting journey and every day is a new experience.  I have learned to be grateful for every breath as well as each day that I can enjoy this life!  There are times when life isn’t full of sunshine and ice cream, but those are the days where you take a few extra breaths and say to yourself,  this will pass.  I have to admit, sometimes the rough days are the ones where the paper bag comes in handy, because I might hyperventilate.  (just kidding)

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May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure and divine light within you, guide your way on, now and always.

Hello Friends-Happy Sunday

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Good morning friends!  Hope you are enjoying this beautiful Sunday!

It’s been a while since I’ve been  able to post anything (two months to be exact!)  Wow!

Happy to announce that the journey of  the 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training is now completed and definitely a transformation.  At the beginning it seemed like a long road, but once it was over, in my heart I didn’t want it to end.

Have practiced yoga for eight years, and thought I knew the correct way to practice.  Quickly learned that there were a lot of things I found out and am still exploring and experiencing.

Was grateful to have a senior Yoga Teacher (Margarida Tree) who has been practicing and teaching for over 22 years.  Couldn’t see myself taking the teacher training with anyone else.

If you have been practicing yoga and are thinking about taking the yoga teacher training, I highly recommend checking it out.  The website you can go to is: www.oneyogaplanet.com 

One Yoga Planet is located in downtown Fort Pierce, Florida.

Grateful to be back and hopefully will be able to catch up!

May your day be filled with peace, love and bliss!  Namaste, Tammy

Louise Hay on Loving Yourself to Ageless Health

 

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A renowned leader of the self-help movement from its early days, Louise Hay is celebrated world wide for teaching—-by personal example and through her bestselling book, You Can Heal Your Life—how each of us can transform our mind, body and spirit by changing the way we think.  Her positive philosophy has sparked an industry and her Hay House publishing group.

Nourishing mind and body, loving life, learning and growing, giving back and moving ahead—these comprise Hay’s program for creating health, happiness and longevity.  At 88, she continues to travel for business and pleasure, embracing vital, joy-filled days with a thankful smile.  Her new book, Loving Yourself to Great Health, co-authored with Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane, explains how she’s taking all she knows to the next level.

Why does first applying love and forgiveness to yourself make a happy, healthy and long life possible?

Loving yourself is the foundation for living the life you want.  A healthy and happy life is rooted in self-love, and forgiveness is an act of self-love.  It all comes down to how you think and treat yourself.  What we give out we get back, so it all starts with us.  Remember, no matter what the problem is, there is only one answer: loving yourself.  Start with small steps and be gentle.  If you start there, magical things will happen.

How do you manage to engage in a stream of loving affirmations 24/7?

Practice, practice, practice!  Slowly, bit-by-bit, start each day with a loving act towards yourself.  Loving affirmations and worrying about things take up the same amount of time; you still get the same things done along the way, but worrying creates stress, while affirmations will brighten your life.  It can be exhausting if you fight the shift and make it difficult.  If you make kindness to yourself and others a simple part of everyday life, it isn’t exhausting at all.

What are some key elements to crafting a life experience that supports and nourishes ageless being?

Choose thoughts that bring love into your life and laugh a lot.  Say yes to life and the magic it brings.  I trust that life will bring me exactly what I need, and part of that is realizing that I don’t need to know everything, because life brings me people like Ahlea and Heather.

A third of our life is spent eating, and it’s essential that we know the best way to do this.  Start your day with water and an act of self-love.  Eat real food; seasonal, organic, natural foods are a positive affirmation to your body.  Poop every day, figuratively and literally.  Learn to listen to your body and its wisdom.  Choose exercise that you love and that makes you feel good.

Also, go on a media diet.  Filter out from your consciousness any messages that say you are not good enough or that separate you from the beautiful and lovable person you are.  Surround yourself with like-minded people that share good news and love to laugh.

The core belief founding your lifework is that every thought we have is creating our future.  Is scientific research now supporting that?

When I began teaching people about affirmations, there wasn’t any science to support it, but we knew it worked, and now studies verify that.  I particularly love Bruce Lipton’s scientific research showing that we are not controlled by our genes because the genetic blueprint can be altered through positive changes in our beliefs.

I hear reports every day of how people are healing their lives by changing their thoughts through cultivating self-love and personal affirmations.  They are seeing healing of autoimmune diseases, obesity, addictions, post-traumatic stress and many other so-called incurable illnesses.  It’s amazing what happens when you are kind and loving to yourself.

What is your secret to aging gracefully through the years?

It’s simple.  It’s about getting your thoughts and food right and having fun along the way.  If you are thinking positive thoughts but feeding yourself processed, unnatural or sugary foods, you are sending yourself mixed messages.  Feed yourself nourishing food and think loving thoughts.  Any time you don’t know what else to do, focus on love.  Loving yourself makes you feel good, and good health comes from feeling good.

Article by S. Alison Chabonais, national content editor for Natural Awakenings magazines.

Happy Feasting To All

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Tasty Rituals  that Deepen the Holiday Spirit   The holiday season is ripe with an array of spiritual, cultural and family rituals.  We celebrate, reflect, give gifts and, of course, feast.  Fortunately, the media also teems with tips on how to avoid high-calorie holiday goodies, says Dr. Michelle May, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat.  For our diet-driven culture to resolve its struggle with food, she says we must learn to honor its intrinsic value.  Ritualized eating can help; a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that engaging in food rituals evokes mindfulness that enhances the enjoyment of eating. Pause Hunger, the body’s fuel gauge, manifests in physical symptoms like a growling stomach or low blood sugar, says May, citing a useful analogy.  “You wouldn’t drive around and pull into every gas station you see; you’d check your fuel gauge first.  Before filling up with food, pause and check your fuel gauge.  Am I actually hungry, or is this desire coming from something else?” May suggests practicing FEASTing: First, focus on physical sensations, thoughts and emotions; perhaps we’re thirsty, rather than hungry, rationalizing that holiday foods are special, or feeling stressed or lonely.  Next, explore why the feelings or thoughts are present, and then accept them without judgment.  Strategize ways of satisfying the need and take a small step toward change. Savor Complex preparations for a major holiday can provoke anxiety and impatience, and likewise, feelings of longing or disappointment when it’s over.  Sarah Ban Breathnach, bestselling author of Simple Abundance and Peace and Plenty, recommends allowing Christmastide to unfold at its own pace and celebrating all of December with a homemade Advent calendar. Craft a tree-shaped tower of tiny boxes or a garland of burlap mini-bags clipped with clothespins.  Place and almond covered in organic chocolate in each container and use the treat as a daily mini-meditation.  “Drop into the present moment, fully savor the luxurious, small bite and experience the pleasure of eating,” suggests May.  Consider it symbolic of the season’s sweetness. Connect “Food connects us with one another, our heritage and our culture,” says May.  Heather Evans, Ph.D., a Queen’s University professor and a holiday culinary history expert in Ontario, Canada, suggests creating a food diary of traditions to reinforce a connection with the past and support a holiday food legacy for the future.  Ask grandparents about their childhood culinary memories, peruse family recipe books or discover new dishes that honor everyone’s ethnic heritage.  Then create an heirloom holiday cookbook with handwritten recipes arranged alongside favorite photos and stories. Sync According to pagan philosophy, sharing seasonal food with loved ones during the winter solstice on December 21 symbolizes the shared trust that warmth and sunlight will return.  Eating warm foods provides physical comfort and eating seasonally and locally connects us to the Earth, observes May. Sync body and spirit with the season by stewing root vegetables, baking breads, sipping hot cider and tea, and nibbling on nuts and dried fruits.  “The repetition of predictable foods is reassuring,” remarks Evans, and it celebrates nature’s transitions. Play Stir-Up Sunday is a Victorian amusement filled with fun, mystery and mindfulness, says Ban Breathnach.  Some December Sunday, have each family member help stir the batter of a special Christmas cake while stating a personal new year’s intention.  Drop a clean coin, bean or trinket into the mix and bake.  Serve it with a sprig of holly on Christmas Day; and the person with the piece containing the lucky charm will be rewarded with a prosperous, wholesome and positive new year, according to tradtion.  Evan remarks, “This is a wonderful ritual for nurturing the health and spirit of the family.” Give Boxing Day offers something far more meaningful to celebrate than post-holiday sales.  Originating as a tradition that thrived during the 19th century, “December 26 was a chance for land owners and homeowners to give back to household staff and local tradespeople,” says Evans.  “It’s a tradition worth reviving to pause, reflect on our own good fortune and contribute to others’ comfort.” Consider serving a meal at a local soup kitchen, collecting items for a food drive or offering a box of healthy culinary treats to community stewards at a fire station, post office or library.  On Christmas Day, says Ban Breathnach, “Our kids have the world lying at their feet.”  Boxing Day, she says, provides a natural transition to reach out in charity.   Article by Lane Vail, a freelance writer and blogger at DiscoveringHomemaking.com

It’s My Four Year Anniversary

WordPress has just sent a notification to wish A Universal Life a Happy Anniversary!  I can’t believe it has been four years.  Time sure does fly when your having fun, getting inspired and just enjoying life.

Many thanks and gratitude to all my friends, followers and visitors here in the WordPress community.  A big THANK YOU to WordPress for all you do and for your continued generosity.

May you all have a wonderful day filled with peace, love and bliss!

Thankful for November

November has to be one of my favorite months of the year.  It’s a time where family, friends, neighbors and even those who you don’t know come together and enjoy each other’s company over Thanksgiving dinner.  One of the things I enjoy and am thankful for is to volunteer at the Mustard Seed Thanksgiving Feast that they have every year for the families and neighbors of the community who have no where to go or don’t have any family.

A reminder that what you have is truly a blessing.  If you happen to live in or close to Fort Pierce, Florida and you would like to come volunteer, you can just show up on Thanksgiving Day at 8:00 a.m or anytime before 11:00 a.m. and help out, we would love to have you join us.   772-465-6021  The Thanksgiving Feast will be located at the corner of 9th Street and Orange Ave., Fort Pierce, Florida (it will be in the grassy area right next to where the old St. Anastasia School used to be).  There is also a location for our Port St. Lucie friends, which is The Dream Center, located in the Kings Plaza, 7646 S. U.S. Highway 1, Port St. Lucie, Florida. 772-777-5425.

If you are not able to volunteer on that day, you can also make donations.  You can call the numbers listed above for more information.

Hope to see you there and maybe make some new friends!

Peace, love, blessings,

Tammy