Monday, November 5, 2018

The Power of Divinity that Shapes our Lives!



 In India, the festival of lights takes place during the end of October and beginning of November. It is a time to recognize the light within and power over darkness. 

The lighting of lamps signifies the dispelling of darkness (ignorance) through the spread of light (awareness). It is tradition to give your home a good spring cleaning, and decorate front entrance with floral wreaths to welcome and recognize the divine within.

This festival is celebrated to increase the "sattvikta" in us as well as society - meaning a sense of confidence, peace, harmony and intuition. 

As we approach the holiday of Thanksgiving in America, why not prepare for the blessings you have. Create a festival of lights in your own home. Give it a good cleaning, remove what no longer serves you well and remind yourself of the Power of Divinity that Shapes Our Lives!

If you are a Yogi, engaging in Sun Salutations is a perfect way to stoke the flame within. It brings sanctity to your practice. Moving through Surya Namaskar is a way to salute not only the sun that sustains all life form, but also honors your inner light.


Surya Namaskar:

Just follow the sequence below. Take as many rounds that feel right to you!

Om!
Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com







Thursday, November 1, 2018

Body Wisdom





Discover the benefits of being mindful of your body. There are so many simple things you can do to tap into the wisdom of your body and heal yourself.  Here are just a few to get you started:

Massage - Scientific studies have shown that massage is one of the easiest ways to attain and maintain good health. It increases circulation, relaxes muscles, aids in digestion and stimulates the lymphatic system. That's the short list! Here's the thing, you don't have to get a professional massage for your body to benefit. You can do it yourself. Just warm up your hands by rubbing your palms together and pressing your fingers against each other to stretch finger joints. Then, concentrate on making rhythmic slow movements on the area of your body that needs attention. Experiment with stroke and adding essential oils to the process. Absorb yourself in the massage and enjoy! 

Pebble Foot Bath: This is a wonderful way to relax and revive after a long day. Place round pebbles or marbles in a shallow tub or bowl and pour half cup of hot, salty water over them and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Put your feet in the tub and roll them over the pebbles!

Develop Breath Awareness: There is a close relationship between our pattern of breathing and our state of mind. Breathing tends to be shallow when we are anxious. By becoming more aware of our breathing, we can consciously control the mind. A simple breath  pattern to follow is to place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen, and focus on your hands as they rise and fall, reflecting the rhythm and depth of your breathing. As your breathe in, slowly count to 4, and as you breathe out, slowly count to six. Maintain this for at lease ten breaths.

Adopt the Pose of the Child: This is a classic yoga resting posture. This pose is calming and nurturing. Begin by kneeling down, buttocks resting on your heels, with your spine straight and your arms out to your sides. Exhaling, fold forward  from your hips , bringing your chest to rest on your thighs and your forehead on the floor. Let your hands slide back to your feet and your arms rest on the floor. Close your eyes and simply breathe.

Exercise: Go for a walk, jog or cycle through town. It doesn't matter what form of exercise you choose, just do it! Try to maintain body movement for 20 to 30 minutes for optimum results. You'll find the benefits to be amazing.

Pamper Yourself: The body is a vehicle for your spirit, so it's important to take care of it, nurture it with healthy foods, good hygiene, regular haircuts and beautiful clothing. You will look and feel healthier, which will boost your self esteem. 


Om!
Mary Jane Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com








Tuesday, October 30, 2018

When Life Surprises You!

When Life Surprises You
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Welcome! 
Let's face it, life will surprise you no matter how organized your plans may be. Sometimes things don't go according to schedule. That's when Plan "B" comes into play. In other words, if we find a way to go along with the Universe's plan, then we will have resilience and transformation in our lives. Plan B helps us grow.

I personally have difficulty when things don't turn out the way I expected. Right now I'm feeling challenged with planning for my upcoming trip to India. The funny thing that has my mind doing cartwheels is figuring out the appropriate clothing to navigate through action-packed days. Sounds like I need to free up the "monkey mind" and just let things unfold. Phew; okay, I said it!

Let's find out why November is a month to have plan "B" in place. 

 
Elevate Your Consciousness!

Mary Jane
 

Phase 1: Receptive Water over Receptive Water brings forth a few things to consider this month:

1. Persevere and be diplomatic.

2. Be perceptive at discovering people's hidden desires.

3. Be resourceful and use bargaining tactics when you can.

4. Believe in miracles. Remain peaceful yet earnest.

5. Socialize with family and friends but be mindful of overindulging.

6. Communication this month is about advancing your ideas by influencing the thoughts of others.

* Yin water over yin water nourishes. Therefore, it behooves you to nourish self and others this month. The sense of sight and the kidneys are most vulnerable. Take precautions to drink plenty of fluids and protect your eyes. Engaging in activities that keep the joints supple such as swimming or yoga bodes well this month. Guided meditations and a diet rich in fiber and foods like garlic, leek, sea vegetables, cabbage and turnips are also a good idea.


 Phase 2: Centering Earth
The month of November returns the loshu grid to its home. What does that mean? All the trigrams align to their natural position within the grid. For this to occur, the center is pure earth. This pure earth does not represent a trigram but rather the center whereby all things rotate around it. Think of the planets of the solar system revolving around the sun due to the force of its gravitational pull. The center of the loshu grid, represented by the number "5", is like the sun, whereby all the other trigrams revolve around it. In this system of feng shui, each trigram, and the number 5, goes through cycles of potential positive and negative influences. In this current 20 year cycle (2004 - 2024), the number 5 is considered chaotic. Here's comes "Plan B." 

1. It is preferable not to engage in any major decisions or activities whereby there are lots of moving parts... And I'm travelling to India! Okay, it's all about intention. Take the time to double and triple check your plans, and make sure you have a "Plan B" available. Let's face it, life goes on. Be the warrior and go with the flow. Heed advice, look over contracts more than twice, and take out travel insurance. That was a reminder for me!

2. Keep strong ties with family this month. Be mindful of diet and exercise to keep healthy and vibrant. Windfalls are likely, so stay focused to navigate all the activity.

3. Take time to read and journal this month. Spin ideas and work with the Law of Attraction. This means you have to have a vision and goals to work with.

4. Be creative and playful this month. Try to view things from a child's perspective - like seeing things for the first time. It will reveal new information that otherwise may be overlooked.

5. Mentors, mentors, mentors! This is a month to seek them out. It may require travel to seek out who the Universe wants you to meet.

6. Be flexible and fluid like a serene waterway. Think of how water freezes when the temperatures drops. This is the type pf resistance that can occur if you are not mindful of speech.

7. Accept resources offered to you this month. Rely on your intuition if your plans fall apart.
 

Food to Incorporate This Month:

To remain balanced this month, it's a good idea to add some wood, water and metal foods.

Sample Wood Foods: 
  • Parsley - Leeks - Apples - Spinach - Hazelnuts
Sample Metal Foods:
  • Ginger - Curry Powder - Kohlrabi - Peaches
Sample Water Foods: 
  • Eggplant - Cabbage - Miso -  Cinnamon - Pumpkin Seeds
Raw Shoots and Seeds Salad: One of my favorite salads from Vegan … made simply
 
In a large mixing bowl add the following:
  • 2 - 3 cups mixed seed and bean sprouts (alfalfa, mung beans, soybeans, adzuki beans, chickpeas and radish seeds)
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of dried apricots or peaches
  • grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons vegan omega - rich oil


You can make a lemon juice dressing by mixing lemon juice with the oil. Stir the dressing in the salad and enjoy!

Serene water in this landscape. This is how you should feel this month with receptive water over receptive water!
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Monday, October 22, 2018

Everything You Need is Already With You!



Imagine when you were born into this world you came with an overnight bag. Inside that bag is everything you could possibly need while you remain on this earth. Things like self-reliance, resourcefulness, curiosity, trust, courage, etc. are stored in your overnight bag just waiting to  for you to reach in and pull it out. With time, we will get to the bottom of our bag and use all the gifts we were given. 

The longer we live the more we can learn. Getting to a new place in our life is much like getting to a new place on our yoga mats. We use more of our gifts and move further on our path. 

Here are a few things to consider when looking into your overnight bag:

  • Do you know what's inside your bag?
  • Have you even looked?
  • You have everything you need if you look inside.
  • Your experiences are part of the stuff in your bag. You may have to dig around those experiences to find more stuff.
  • Be curious and embrace everything you find inside.
  • Use all of it.
  • If you think something is missing, dig deeper and ask the Universe to show you where it is.

Helpful Quote: "Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy." Confucius

Om!
Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl: www.fengshuiyoganj.com






Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wondering Where to Place Your Focus this Month?

Wondering Where you Should Direct Your Focus this Month?
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Welcome! 
Wondering where you should place your focus this month? Take a moment to read through my newsletter as I point out the energy patterns for the month of October.

I personally find it helpful to have a point of reference when it comes to aligning my goals, otherwise I have a tendency to scatter my energy in too many areas. Let's find out together what will work best to keep things flowing for you this month!

 
Elevate Your Consciousness!

Mary Jane
 

Phase 1: Strong Water over Earth brings forth a few things to consider this month:

1. Be clear and concise when communicating your thoughts and opinions with others.

2. Be willing to be flexible and take the path of least resistance. Let go of judging self and others and watch how stress dissipates.

3. Don't give up! Persevere and accept assistance along the path.

4. Be humble and trust things are exactly how they should be.

* Strong water over earth can make us feel ungrounded. This actually has occurred with Hurricane Michael that hit the Florida Panhandle during the month of October, or strong water over earth. The root chakra is inadvertently impacted resulting in an unsteady feeling. Move slower and engage in earth activating practices like standing yoga poses, meditation, qi gong, tai chi or tending to your plants and herbs.


 Phase 2: Metal from Heaven: 
The trigram known as Qian is centrally located for the month of October. Metal is the parent of water and the child of earth. Therefore, the string of elements this month is in flow without resistance. To fully benefit from this energy, keep your focus as follows:

1. The destination is inside. This is the only focus you need to thrive and recognize who you are and your gifts.

2. Remember to breathe. With every inhalation you take in divine source. With every exhalation you serve others.

3. Focus on those who you want to emulate, then apply that information to your life so you can in turn mentor others.

4. Be open to new opportunities and be willing to travel outside your comfort zone to find them.

5. Resources will find you when you approach things from a child-like perspective. Absorb what is around you as if you are seeing and feeling it for the first time.

6. Keep your goals aligned to your spirit. The only way to do this is to remain in one-pointed focus. You must close the other windows of your mind to achieve that.

7. Incorporate earth and metal elements in the northwest portent of your home to build and assist this heavenly energy. (Visit my website:www.fengshuiyoganj.com to view publications to assist you with the elements).
 

Food to Incorporate This Month:

To remain in flow with the elemental energy configuration this month, it is beneficial to incorporate Earth, Metal and Water Foods in your diet.

Sample Earth Foods: 
  • Fennel - Figs - Bananas - Nuts - Zucchini 
Sample Metal Foods:
  • Celery Root - Onions - Turnips - Rice
Sample Water Foods: 
  • Fish - Seeds - Quinoa - Bean Sprouts - Butternut Squash
Simple Soup Recipe that Captures the Elements:
 
In a soup pot add the following:
  • Vegetable broth
  • Lots of chopped carrots
  • Finely chopped zucchini
  • Finely chopped squash
  • Minced garlic
  • Chopped onion
  • 1 can 28 oz crushed tomato
Salt, pepper, basil and oregano to taste
Garnish with pumpkin seeds, fresh basil or arugula


Sautee the vegetables until tender in vegetable broth, then add in crushed tomato and seasoning. Let simmer for at least 30 minutes. Your choice to use an immersion blender to create a smooth and creamy soup. Garnish with pumpkin seeds, fresh basil or arugula and serve with toasted pita and a glass of red wine!

Easy Pose is a Nice way to Root Down and Rise Up and Remain Connected - One Pointed Focus!
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