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2014 Lunar New Year: Setting Intentions Worksheet

Representing primordial femininity, reflecting the light of the sun, the Moon is our mirror. No one is immune to its magic- just as the waves of the ocean willingly abide to it, human behavior patterns have been shown to be influenced by the moon’s fluctuations. The Moon’s regular cycles have been honored by countless people throughout time, helping us measure the passage of time and being a constant muse and source of creative energy.

Although we experienced  a BIG moon at the beginning of the month, the official Lunar New Year arrives January 31! Even if you stated your intentions on the first of the year, it’s always good to reaffirm those intentions so their importance doesn’t fade away. But it doesn’t stop there! As my teacher Silvia often says, “if you want something to change, you have to change something.” I think where I tend to go wrong with resolutions is getting a little vague and fuzzy about the details. I need a what and a how to go with it. It’s the daily actions that allow the undercover miracles of this year to unfold.

Let it be like a rebirth of your self, beginning at the beginning with the conception of your wildest dreams and intentions. Write them down, say them aloud, tell people about them! While studying for my photography degree, one of my professors would tell us to introduce and describe ourselves as artists. You have to become comfortable with that reality to make it a part of you.

Then move on to the growth and development phase, the phase where you nurture that wild intention and it becomes stronger and more tangible. This stage could be like the growth of a newborn to a toddler, rapid, noticeable changes that are immense and exciting. But it could also be subtle, less dramatic changes like the development of a human after 19 or 20. Be patient, everything is a process. But in many cases, the more successful you are at nurturing your baby intention with the new habits and actions it needs to manifest, the faster and more significantly it will grow.

Step three: Manifesting. It could be this year, it could be in twenty years. That doesn’t really matter, as long as you’re moving in the right direction.

I’ve created a worksheet for you to really get clear about your own intentions for 2014. It’s really simple, I didn’t want it to remind anyone of a school assignment(I hated those). This document includes some affirmations, a mantra, and some prompts to get you thinking about the year ahead. I highly encourage you to print a couple of these out and fill them out for each individual goal. Then, put them somewhere you will see them! Taped to your bathroom mirror, next to your bed, etc. I really hope this is helpful to you!

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Download PDF here: 2014 Intentions Worksheet

What’s in store for you in 2014? Stay tuned, I’ll be posting my 2014 goals this week!

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what do you desire?

What would you do if money were no object?

How would you really enjoy spending your life?

The scarcity mindset is so ingrained in most of us that when asked this question it immediately runs through the filters of our practical mind. How would I enjoy spending my life…that would also keep me financially comfortable? Warmly accepted by the community?  We forget that every one of our breaths brings us a little closer to our last. Do not spend one more day doing something that you hate. We do things we don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is- to keep doing things we don’t like doing for YEARS. Voluntarily, it’s mind-boggling. Quit your job! I am not taking away from the value of hard work, but the greatest contribution you can give to the world is being the best version of your self and contributing what only YOU can. The unique ingredient that you, your children, your children’s children bring to the world needs to be nurtured and given a chance to grow. If they see you living a fulfilling life, they will learn to chase their dreams, not a paycheck.

I wish everyone could have seen this video when they were 10.

Namaste!

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Alexander the Great Meets a Yogi

The Yogi

The Yogi

“When Alexander the Great was busy conquering the world far and wide, he came at last to India.

When he was about to return to his country, he remembered that his
people had asked him to bring to them an Indian yogi. They had heard
a lot about yogis and were very desirous of seeing one, meeting him,
hearing him speak and receiving his blessings. Alexander was told
that the yogis dwelt in the forest.

In quest of a yogi he went to a forest. Sure enough, he found one
sitting underneath a tree, in deep meditation. He waited patiently
until the yogi opened his eyes. They shone with a strange, mystic
light.

Reverently, Alexander requested the yogi to accompany him to Greece,
saying.

“I will give you everything you need or ask for. But, pray, do come
with me. My people would love to meet you!”

The yogi quietly answered, “I need nothing, I am happy where I am.”

This was the first time that anyone had turned down Alexander’s
request. He could not control himself. He flew into a rage.

And unsheathing his sword, he thundered, “Do you know who is
speaking to you? I am the great king Alexander. If you will not listen to me. I shall
kill you- cut you into pieces!”

Unperturbed, the yogi answered. “You cannot kill me. You can only
kill my body. And the body is but a garment I have worn. I am not
the body. I am that which dwells within the body.”

The yogi continued, “You say you are a king. May I tell you, who you
are? You are a slave of my slave!”

Stunned. Alexander asked. “How am I a slave of your slave?”

In a voice tender with compassion, the yogi explained. “I have
mastered anger. Anger is my slave. See, how easily you gave way to anger. You are a
slave of anger, and, therefore, a slave of my slave!”

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This delightful story reminds me to never become a slave to my negative emotions, and most of all my temper. Pain and difficulty will always try to spark a reaction from you, but it’s up to you to respond as an ‘Alexander,’ or a ‘Yogi.’ The more we stoke the fires of anger, sadness, and struggle in our lives the more power we give them. In this case, Alexander may not have seen his anger as a weakness, but the yogi shed light on the strong influence that it had over Alexander’s life. As yogis, our practice is a bulletproof armor to stop the external forces that persuade us to define ourselves by these negative emotions. And that is truly powerful.

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every saint and sinner

Patrick Beach of Seattle’s Kinetic Vigilantes

“We succeeded in taking that picture…if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

– Carl Sagan

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be part of it

“It’s the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. Here, nobody touches you. We’re always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something.” – Crash

Everywhere in the world has a buzz, a flow, a heartbeat. Be part of it.

Have a wonderful sunday. Namaste.

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