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

Each Blessing Counts, So Embrace Every Gift

In counting our daily blessings, we find that even uneventful or difficult days possess precious gifts.  Consider all the contributions that make it possible for family members to gather for the holidays–the workers that helped construct and keep up the vehicles that brought us here, the house where we come together and the trees that light the fireplace.  Consider the food that nourishes us, thanks to the Sun’s energy, Earth’s minerals and rain and the labor of the farmers, processors, truckers, retailers and cooks.  Whether or not the holidays fulfill our expectations, we have much for which to be grateful.

As the Buddhist monk THich Nhat Hanh points out, every blessing is the gift of the universe.  When we stop and really look, we see that we are supported continuously in countless ways.

Author Roger L’Estrange noted in the 17th century how humans tended to “mistake the gratuitous blessings of heaven for the fruits of our own industry.”  We awaken when the alarm goes off due to the skill of the technology’s engineers, designers, assembly workers, distributors and salespeople.  We can turn on the light because power company workers are supplying the electricity.  Our morning spiritual practice is the gift of generations of teachers and writers that observed the truth and shared what they learned.  It feels good to be bowled over by each moment of grace and the simplest act of kindness.

Such gratitude flows when we break out of a petty point of view–with its self-centered expectations and demands–to appreciate that through the labors, intentions and existence of an inconceivably large number of other people, life forms and elements, we have been given the miracle of life, with all its present goodness.  This heightened awareness of our connection spontaneously fills us with a joy and gratitude that transforms our experience.  Thankfully, gratitude can be cultivated.  It simply takes practice in being present to what is being given.

It helps to stay aware of some of the most pernicious obstacles to thankfulness, and one of the most obvious is the failure to notice what we have, including a roof over our head and someone to love.  As Joni Mitchell sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”  So the first step is to start paying attention to gifts that have always been there, but until now went unnoticed and unappreciated.

We are rich in what counts and never truly alone, because we are always supported by the universe.  The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart counseled, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.”

I felt inspired by this article today and wanted to share it with my friends.  May we remember to be grateful, because life is truly a gift.

Frank Jude Boccio is the author of Mindfulness Yoga (MindfulnessYoga.net).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open to a New Day

AWAKE – by Tammy

Birds are singing

while the wind dances through the trees,

I seal my eyes to drink in this sweet melody.

As the sun brings warmth to my face,

enjoying nature’s beauty and grace.

Thoughts pass by like clouds in my head

One mind, body, spirit,

present-but free,

Free to just be.

Poem by Tammy More @copyright 2014

As I began my morning, the beauty of all nature’s wonder was stoking the light inside.  This lead my spirit to sit in the center of my yard and just enjoy all of the bliss that this day was bringing to my soul.

Most of the days here in Florida are filled with nature’s essence, which I am thankful to enjoy.

Today was a little different, like I was being called to just take some time to sit and silence my mind and breathe all that is good.

Do you ever have those moments where the little voice in the back of your head is saying, take time to silence yourself?  You have time to appreciate the little treasures, which start with you!

So, I know this is a short post today, but this is a little poem I created from this morning’s silent escape.

This was one of my first poems and I wanted to share it with you all!

May your day be peaceful, loving and joyous!

Peace and love,

Tammy

The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence/A Path to Personal, Global and Social Coherence

Awareness: The Power of Place

The qualities within a place that is special to us are deeply personal and often help us define who we are.  Either a lake house setting, a mountain lodge, a seashore cottage or a backyard at twilight, our sensory connections to these special places shape us in extensive and lasting ways.  The strongest memories of childhood are our experiences of our hometowns and spots where we ran free during summer vacations.

This connection to place is one that we carry within ourselves for a lifetime.  Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner noted that his own “little postage stamp of native soil” was an inexhaustible source of material.    Fellow Mississippian and Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty wrote, “Place absorbs our earliest notice and attention, it bestows on us our original awareness; and our critical powers spring up from the study of it and the growth of experience inside it.  It is to th is place that each of us goes to find the clearest, deepest identity of ourselves.”

Psychologist Carl Jung lived nearly half his life in a home he built-in the village of Bolligen, on Switzerland’s Lake Zurich.  In his memoir, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung remarked, “At Bolligen, I am in the midst of my true life, I am most deeply myself.  At times I feel as if I am spread out over the landscape and inside things, and am myself living in every tree, in the splashing of the waves, in the clouds and the animals that come and go, in the procession of the seasons.  In Bolligen, silence surrounds me almost audibly, and I live in modest harmony with nature.”

Iona Dreaming: The Healing Power of Place, is Claire Cooper Marcus’ journal of her six months on the Scottish island of Iona.  The author writes, ” I feel pure in this place.  It is as if there was no separation between my living, breathing, perceiving body and my soul-nature.  No posturing, no pretending.  I am who I am-no more, no less.  As my breathing slows and I relax, I experience the sound of the sea passing through me–not me hearing the sea, not me and the sea–just the sound.  A breeze blows across my face; the sun shines on my cheeks and forehead.  For a moment, they seem to penetrate my body.  Then, they just are.  My body ceases to exist.  No Claire or ego or a specific person, but a manifestation of divine energy just like everything around me…our separateness just an illusion.”

These kinds of intimate experiences occur most often when we are in a relaxed or meditative state, or spending full-bodied, multisensory, open-hearted time in nature.  Such moments inspire the experience described by American Poet Robinson Jeffers in which we “fall in love outward.”

This article today provided by Linda Sechrist- a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.

Where is your Power of Place?

Tuesday’s Mantra: A Union of Many Voices

Happy Tuesday friends!

Today something inside me wanted to turn back time to when I started blogging on WordPress.  Since it is May, I decided to choose the month of May, the year 2012.  As I was looking through the posts I have previously written, this one was a favorite.

This content of this post is only a video, but the message that it displays a powerful message.   A reminder that the world wants peace and that peace lives in everyone’s heart, no matter where you live.  We all have are our unique qualities, but we are also connected to each other.

May you enjoy this video!

Peace, love, light,

Tammy