Monday, June 18, 2018

The Warrior Within!





     Several years ago, my husband and I took a trip to the Pacific Northwest. We did a great deal of hiking throughout Olympic National Park. During one of our excursions, I decided to pull off my hiking gear and stand on this rock ledge to experience peaceful warrior. I wasn't too concerned with perfect alignment, but rather to experience the warrior within standing on a ledge that was high enough to be in the mist of clouds. 

     When we think about (Virabhadrasana), it is a name given to the mythical warrior Virabhadra. One of the main bases of yoga is non-violence, so why do we practice a pose named after a warrior? The significance of this pose is that it shifts our attention to the fact that the real battle is the battle within us – our struggle with self-ignorance, false perceptions and distracted mind. It also reminds us to respond to situations with right action, rather than reacting with wrong action.

     Practicing any of the warrior poses cultivates strong will and determination, openness and readiness to embrace higher values in life. The combination of determination and openness is the key point in our personal progress. The next time you flow into and out of your warrior poses, connect with your higher self, defend those who are victims, and soar through the vast universe that lies within.  

Om Shanti!,

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girls - www.fengshuiyoganj.com




Friday, June 1, 2018

The Journey of Yoga is Like the Lotus Flower


Photo by Mary Jane Kasliner

The story about the lotus flower begins with Vishnu, the second god in the Hindu triumvirate responsible for creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. Legend has it, when it was time for creation to begin, a lotus flower began to sprout from Vishu's navel. Interesting point where the lotus began to sprout - the same portal where the fetus feeds from the mother in the womb.

The story continues how the lotus flower opened to reveal the four faces of Brahma - the god of creation. Four is a powerful number referring to the four cardinal directions or heavenly points. From the petals, the sound of the universe (OM) was expressed. Om is the sound of all knowing, all potential and possibilities. The seat for this sound is sustained in the lotus flower which represents purity and enlightenment.

The lotus plant embeds its roots into the mud, the murkiest soil of the earth. It begins its journey beneath the water and perseveres to rise up above the mud to seek the light from the sun. When the shoot catches the beautiful rays of the sun, it blossoms.

The path of the yogi is not unlike that of the lotus. We are entrenched in the earth and experience the mud through the mundane aspects of our lives; the bills that need to be paid, illness, tension, anxiety and the constant need to perform. Yoga promises that with enough patience and fortitude, we will rise from the murky waters and experience our authentic being - the purity of our spirit that lies within. It's a journey that can't be rushed, but certainly worth the wait.

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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gratitude and Daily Energy Forecast






I decided to begin my feng shui energy post today with the power of gratitude. It is a remarkable practice that can: 

  • Increase spiritualism
  • Improve health and vitality
  • Increase self esteem
  • Improve sleep
  • Make you happier

Practicing gratitude is simple and a sure way to improve your life. Here are a few ways you can express gratitude:

  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Think about 5 things you are grateful for every morning
  • Send notes of appreciation to a friend or loved one
  • Tap into a meditation practice

Having an attitude of gratitude is the shortest path to happiness. Today, be sure to express gratitude for all that you have.

Gratitude Quotes:

"We can only said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."  
                   - Thornton Wilder
"Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours."
                    -Marcus Aurelius
"Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude."
             - A.A. Milne in Winnie-the-Pooh

Energy Forecast:

The energy combinations for today are considered stable. Therefore, it is a good day to initiate long-term activity or strategy. It is a day that promotes continuity, longevity and long-lasting results. If there is a business venture you are planning, this is the day to map out your plans and review potential contracts, copyrights or trademarks.

The element of earth is strong this morning, and through the earlier hours of the afternoon. This element supports the aforementioned qualities of a stable day. It activates and resonates with the primal energy of our being. You'll feel more secure and connected with your actions today as a result. 

Take time for meditation and let your higher wisdom come through. Whatever you are dealing with , let it rise to the center of your being. Let those closest to you know what your concerns are.

As the day progresses, the earth element will shift to metal. This will require you to be more specific and organized with your work. Be persistent and follow through with your plan. Finances are also a part of this elemental shift. Therefore, review where you may need to make some adjustments.

Other Areas of Focus Include:

  • Cultivating good contacts with those who share your philosophy will result in new financial opportunities. You have to put yourself out there to capitalize on this combination of energy.

  • Weave a creative slant to your work today. This will build for a brighter future when it comes to finances due to joyful work approach.
  • Keep open lines of communication when it comes to attracting the right people. Ultimately, this will increase fortunate blessings. It may require travel to fully understand the magnitude of things unfolding.

Enjoy your Day!

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl






Thursday, May 3, 2018

Now Time!

Photos by Mary Jane Kasliner

Every moment has something new and exciting to offer. Every moment gives us the opportunity to choose that something new and exciting too. You gain nothing by holding back or maintaining a negative outlook. Why not choose NOW to delve into something new? Welcome the power of "Now," and move forward!

Om!
Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl



Monday, April 23, 2018

Enjoying Nature!

Photos by Mary Jane Kasliner

How did you spend Earth Day? I decided to enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors. It really is amazing how elegant nature is. It is a party for the senses. If you think about it for just a moment, our five senses are immediately activated whenever we engage with the outdoors. If you place your attention on what you are seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and if you are lucky enough to add some "home-grown" herbs or veggies to your meal, it is a little slice of heaven on earth. This is why feng shui shui is so powerful when it comes to changing the vibration of our body. The practice follows the cycles of nature while infusing its' essence within the structured environment.

The next time you are out and about, take a few moments to really hone in on the power of nature. It has an instantaneous way of boosting your energy, and your mood.

If you would like to experience meditations from nature from my third book "Mother Nature a Bridge to Conscious Living," simply click on the link to purchase from Amazon. This book is a fascinating exploration of my meditations with nature while hiking through Olympic National Park.

In celebration of Mother Earth, Enjoy these wonderful quotes.

In wilderness is the preservation of the world. -Henry David Thoreau

I believe in God, Only I spell it nature. -Frank Lloyd Wright

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -John Muir

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
-Native American Proverb

The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.  -Barry Commoner






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








Friday, April 20, 2018

Make a Daily Gratitude List

Olympic National Park

From Yoga 365, the focus today is to create a "Gratitude List." This is a perfect way to appreciate the richness of your life  by weaving the feeling of gratitude into you entire day. Start the day with a simple meditation to clear your mind. Focusing on your breath is a perfect way to get grounded and centered. Then, make a mental list for those things you are grateful for. Think about each entry on your list. For example, you may feel grateful toward a particular person or for a positive event that you experienced. Perhaps take into account your talents or accomplishments. You may simply be thankful for the sun rising or for the food in your refrigerator. This is an excellent practice that can set the tone of how you will move through the world today. But why stop here? Why not make this a daily ritual. For one thing, it will change your perspective about how you view others and situations that arise. Secondly, it is a perfect way to manifest more of these blessings in your life. 

From a feng shui perspective, the southeast portent resonates with the aspect of fortunate blessings in life. Okay, most people who are familiar with feng shui would call this the portent of wealth. But what is wealth anyway? Would you say it constitutes health, family, happiness, a loving relationship, your soul's mission and spirituality? In my opinion, it most certainly does. Just try it for one day to make a gratitude list. Write this list while spending time in the southeast portent of your home. Place it by a water fountain or healthy plant and let the natural energy of movement and growth expand your gratitude list. When you come from a perspective of blessings, the universe will send more your way!

Om!

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl


Thursday, April 19, 2018

There is Magic in the Unknown!

My daughter Christina Garofalo, exploring the unknown!


Sometimes we are out of ideas. We try to force our thinking but nothing comes. We struggle with what comes next. This can be rather frustrating as we feel we have hit a brick wall. But, there is no such thing as being done. That void, that dreaded blank spot is really a magical place. 

Many times we have to come to hit the brick wall before we can open up to something new. If you think about it, the reason we can't see any further is because our ideas are limited by the past, by past experiences, by what life has been like before. Don't confuse the past with the future, as the future doesn't have to be limited by our past. The universe and life for that matter, knows that. It's time to learn that too. 

The next time you hit that brick wall, see it as a new beginning. Right now is magical. Let the universe take your hand and show you  things you have never seen before. Be open, be vulnerable enough to learn and celebrate the mysteries of the unknown.


Om!
Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Just Keep Going!

Keep going

You are a work in progress. Today, do the work, make the progress.
You are on the amazing journey that is your life. And the very nature of a journey is to keep going.
When you achieve some success, don’t be so smug and satisfied that you stop making any further effort. Keep going.
If you encounter disappointment, don’t be so dismayed and dejected that you give up. Keep going.
Realize how fortunate it is that you always have more to do. Embrace each opportunity to make a difference, to make new progress, to keep going.
Always there are the new wonders to see, new wisdom to be gained, new experiences to unfold. With ever-growing love for the journey and all it brings, keep going

Read more at http://greatday.com/motivate/180412.html#7qwoVyWrCKrSZyyY.99

Keep going

You are a work in progress. Today, do the work, make the progress.
You are on the amazing journey that is your life. And the very nature of a journey is to keep going.
When you achieve some success, don’t be so smug and satisfied that you stop making any further effort. Keep going.
If you encounter disappointment, don’t be so dismayed and dejected that you give up. Keep going.
Realize how fortunate it is that you always have more to do. Embrace each opportunity to make a difference, to make new progress, to keep going.
Always there are the new wonders to see, new wisdom to be gained, new experiences to unfold. With ever-growing love for the journey and all it brings, keep going

Read more at http://greatday.com/motivate/180412.html#7qwoVyWrCKrSZyyY.99





Olympic National Park


According to Ralph Marston, we are all a work in progress. I just love that concept, as it has a way of letting you feel a bit more relaxed in your approach to work and life itself. He goes on to say we should enjoy and respect the amazing journey of life, but we must also do the work to continue our progress. If we succeed at something, it is important not to be smug and sit back. Instead, we should continue with the effort. If you encounter disappointment, you should not give up. Just keep moving forward and embrace opportunities that surely will come your way. According to Marston, there are always new wonders to see, new wisdom to be gained, new experiences to unfold.

Stay connected to your journey and all it brings. Most of all, just keep ging.

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

Keep going

You are a work in progress. Today, do the work, make the progress.
You are on the amazing journey that is your life. And the very nature of a journey is to keep going.
When you achieve some success, don’t be so smug and satisfied that you stop making any further effort. Keep going.
If you encounter disappointment, don’t be so dismayed and dejected that you give up. Keep going.
Realize how fortunate it is that you always have more to do. Embrace each opportunity to make a difference, to make new progress, to keep going.
Always there are the new wonders to see, new wisdom to be gained, new experiences to unfold. With ever-growing love for the journey and all it brings, keep going

Read more at http://greatday.com/motivate/180412.html#7qwoVyWrCKrSZyyY.99












Monday, April 9, 2018

Meditate With Your Eyes Open



Embrace the world through your eyes. Receive all of the visual information that is presenting itself to you right now. Take it in: the things, the spaces between things, the light, and the shadow. Le the world's visual abundance offer itself to you as if the universe is giving you a gift. Notice the layers of detail that you may often overlook. Gaze upon the infinite textures and colors of whatever is around you. Dedicate your entire mental focus to a visual exploration of what you see in front of you. Let yourself marvel. Allow your sense of wonder to extend to everything that exists, including you. This meditation is a prayer of gratitude to and appreciation of the visible world.
- Yoga 365

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


Friday, April 6, 2018

Journey to the Heart: Be Present for Yourself

Journey to the Heart: Be Present for Yourself



In the book Journey to the Heart, today's lesson is about learning to be present for yourself. Being fully present for your thoughts and emotions. To let your body and heart lead you on each step of your journey. Survival is no longer enough as it does not meet the needs of your heart and your soul. Live fully and joyfully. To do that, you must be present for yourself. 

It's important to be fully present for others too. Be present for their emotions and the words they have to say to you. There is no need to be consumed by the needs of others, or become trapped in the workings of their lives. If you are present for yourself, you'll know how much presence to give others.

Be present for life, the chirping birds, the star-lit skies, blooming flowers and the morning sun. Notice the earth beneath your feet. Be present for all the magic and mysteries of the universe. But most of all be present for yourself. Then your presence for others and life will naturally follow.

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

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Make the Dragon Month of April More Productive Than Ever!

Make The Dragon Month of April More Productive Than Ever!
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3 Strategy Steps for Making the Dragon Month of April More Productive Than Ever!



Welcome all! 
April is the month of the Fire Dragon and Heavenly Star (6) metal Qian. This is an extremely powerful combination that has the potential for great things to happen.

In today's newsletter, I'll review the Dragon and Heavenly Star qualities and how you can make April the most productive month ever!

Elevate Your Consciousness!

Mary Jane


Dragon - The Archetype for the Month of April:
The dragon is a mythical folklore that never ceases to enchant us or stir our imagination.

The dragon is full of vitality and strength that  demands high standards and an eagerness to perform on a grand scale. Due to the high energy stored within the dragon, it is easy to burn yourself out. Therefore, it is wise to intelligently challenge yourself, but not move beyond what you can realistically accomplish. More about the best strategies to accomplish more this month, by doing less.

Emotions:
The dragon has a tendency to have a volcano of emotions. He would much rather be rough, rude and utterly inconsiderate. The wise choice when encountering this behavior is to sit back and watch the magnificent fireworks. Don't worry, it will fizzle out before you now it. You see, the dragon can't help but to be overly emotional, as the elements of wood (anger), and water (fear), are hidden within the dragon. To exacerbate this, the main element of the dragon is earth; an element that is in clash with both wood and water. To create a bridge, and soften the outcome between these elements, infuse the qualities of metal, or the ability to "think through" things before you take action.


Dragon Pose:
In the practice of yin yoga, there is a pose called "Dragon." This pose mainly focuses on the earth meridian that is in alignment with the major element of the archetype animal of the dragon. The stomach meridian, in particular, is activated in this pose. This meridian is primarily concerned with digestion and distribution. It also fires up manipura chakra (solar plexus), that has a direct gateway to the heart and upper chakras and can manifest a state of higher consciousness. The stomach meridian can also stir up feelings of anxiety or equanimity. So why does practicing this pose for at least a 5 minute hold help? Think about what it does on a physiological level, and then how that can translate to everyday emotions. If you digest information presented to you, and distribute it in a positive and productive way, you most likely will experience feelings of equanimity and elevate your level of consciousness. What happens on a cellular level in your physical body also happens on an emotional and spiritual level. To learn more about the stomach meridian and how to perform Dragon Pose click here.

Fire Dragon:
The month of April, fire rises over the earthly dragon. This is a positive or sheng cycle of elements whereby the heavenly stem of fire builds the root of the earthly dragon. This is the most righteous, outgoing and competitive of all the dragons. Expectations are high, and so is the energy. Superiority plus authority may feel a bit overwhelming at times this month. You may find yourself pushing hard for no reason. Trust you can build your "empire" if you strive toward the supreme order of things. Perform at your highest level this month and you will successfully inspire others to do the same.

Portent:
The dragon resides in the direction of southeast, more specifically the first mountain (112.5 - 127.5) degrees. The southeast contains the element of wood, the season of spring, and weather that tends to be windy. It's a good idea to keep the elements in this direction in harmony with the primary elements of water and wood in d├ęcor. Be mindful of the outdoors. Plant vegetation that is flexible, or the ability to withstand wind. Moving water  can also be implemented, but only if the southeast direction falls to the front of your home. Water in the rear of the structure can undermine stability, health and wealth. If you are uncertain, it is advised to have a professional assessment, as in some cases water in the front can aggravate any potential energy combinations.

Heavenly Star 6 Qian:
Be inspired and be creative! The greatest mentors in life are said to blissfully reside in this space such as Mother Teresa, Jesus, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Deepak, Chopra, Einstein and Gandhi... just to name a few. These are the people who honored the higher calling to create peace and harmony in the world through their works. They paved the way to higher awareness.

The 6 Qian heavenly star is about listening to your heart and how you can make a difference in the world. Set in motion the intention to attract like minded people, those who can mentor you, or you mentoring others. Move your state of mind and attract synchronicity, being in the right place at the right time. Expand your abilities to do the highest good. This energy reminds us to refine our intentions so we can live in clarity and order.

Portent:
This trigram resides in the northwest direction. Check in with your design elements and make sure there is strong support of earth and metal to assist. Think about what inspires you and determine if your imagery holds true to that inspiration.

Since the trigram 6 Qian is activated this month, it will also make a move to the center of the home so all occupants can enjoy its energy. The metal meridians within the body will also be activated honing in on the lungs and large intestines. The emotions of sorrow and courage come to the light. It is connected to our ability to encounter difficulty with tenacity. This star is also associated with the head and crown chakra - an opening to higher consciousness. You can activate this chakra point with any inversion of your choice. Headstand  or rabbit  pose are wonderful choices to infuse during your yoga practice this month. 


 3 Strategy Steps for a Productive Month:
Now that you understand the energy you are working with this month, here are three simple strategies to get the most out of your month.
What Happened Last Month?
One of the easiest ways you can be more productive this month is to take in account what you accomplished last month. That's right...The good, the bad and the ugly.  List your accomplishments as well as your failures. See what went right, and see what went wrong, and then determine how to improve on each of them.

List Your Goals for This Month:
Now is the time to list your goals for this month. Using the solar calendar, the month of April begins today. Don't be shy. Create a list as long as you like realizing that if you accomplish even 50% you'll be more productive than you thought you could be. Be precise and maybe even daring.  Don't rush the list. Let it evolve instead.

Track Your Progress:
Make sure you track your progress throughout the month. Are you staying on your path or have you diverted? Perhaps break down the month with weekly goals so it doesn't seem so daunting. Remember, rely on what you did in March to figure out what to do in April!

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