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A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson

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I just had to share this very beautiful poem from Marianne Williamson. My blessings to everyone ..another new day …another great opportunity to make a difference.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Let your light shine.

Let your light shine.

An Urban Mystic and The Tarot

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The Tarot

The Tarot

The last couple of months have been incredibly hectic, leaving me with virtually little or no time at all to focus on my pet project “Le Blog”.The details are an entire story onto themselves ( little mini potential blog posts in the making). And that’s something we will eventually get to. But the focus of today’s little post is on a new interest which has slowly put surely taken roots in my soul as a potential hobby – The Tarot. It’s strange how you attract certain things into your life when you least expect it. If you had asked me 10 years ago what I thought about doing tarot card readings, I would have fallen off my chair with laughter….and then continued laughing long after. But over a course of 2 months, I have developed a sort of feverish passion in learning and developing my skills in the Tarot. I think it’s a fine art indeed, an art with many interesting dimensions – knowledge, awareness, healing and manifestation amongst others. There is something in it for everyone.

To those in the know , The Tarot is a deck of cards with symbolic pictures, numerics and meanings, about the size of playing cards (78 in total in it’s modern avatar especially in the form of the more well known Ryder Waite version of the deck). The cards breathed into life in the mid 15th century in Europe originally as playing cards and then from the 18th century onwards gained increased significance as a divination tool. Every card in the deck has several different meanings depending on whether they “fall” upright in the reading or reversed. They can also have different meanings depending on the position of the card within the reading and the situational context of the reading, amongst others.

Some of my initial challenges in learning the cards included memorising the multiple combinations of meanings and the different types of spreads. But as with everything else in life ,and as I also say constantly in my posts, and perhaps it’s my own personal mantra – Persistance and hardwork is the key to success.

The truly great thing I’ve discovered about the Tarot is that it’s an incredible tool for exploration, knowledge and insight. It’s really about empowering the querant with choices and enobling them to make the key decisions in their life to live their best lives possible. And that ties in neatly with my big passions in life.

On this juncture and also coming into the new year very soon, I’d like to make a very special announcement. I am now officially offering Tarot card readings at some very special rates, especially for my WordPress “neighbours”. Please feel free to contact me on irenelopez@yahoo.com and we can start working on creating your best life asap!

More from me, the Tarot and other things in future posts (hopefully..wink!) and blessings in the meantime!

Creative Infusions – Malhar Jam by Agam, Coke Studio MTV Season 2

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Sometimes taking something old and current, and infusing creativity and freshness into it, is all it takes to make it exciting all over again. Relationships, work, travel, clothing…finding a new way to approach the same thing can make the world more exciting and inspire the playful child that is always there deep inside each and every one of us.

In today’s post we’re featuring the music of a band called Agam all the way from soulful India. Agam’s style is classified by the original and inspiring blend of Indian classical music and rock. In Malhar Jam , Agam breathes new life into an old Indian raga called Malhar which, according to the stories of the ancients , was so powerful as to bring down rains from the heavens when sung .This one together with my freshly brewed coffee made my day…..hope it makes yours too :-)…and yeah it did rain for a while for me..joyously and thunderously!

Spread the Love Y’all

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I’ve got Jason Mraz’ s “Everything is Sound” running in the background to go with my freshly brewed filter coffee, and he’s the inspiration for my post today ūüôā

While I was putting¬†together this post, I realised how grateful I really am for the many things that are there in my life. It’s true that my parents weren’t necessarily around to love and protect me the way that I would have liked them too. It’s true that I have a string of broken relationships behind me, and many a mistake that I wish I could go back and change. It’s also true that many years of my life were lost in a downward spiral of clinical depression,where I was lost to myself, and lost to others too.

I know that some of the scars are lodged in deep and need to heal a little bit more. But you know what?! :-). I CHOOSE not to dwell in in what could have been and what might have been. I have CHOSEN to be free and be happy with my space, and for me that has been the difference between falling apart and healing myself; and getting my life back together again.

I am grateful for all the life’s lessons that I have received. I am appreciative of all the love that I am able to give and receive. And I love my life for all the beautiful things and special people that are already there now and in it. I am also constantly reminded of my purpose in life which is to spread as much of the happiness and sunshine around through the work that I have chosen to do.

Spread the Love Y’all. There’s plenty to go around twice over, and then some.

God Bless!

©  Jason Mraz, Irene Lopez  and An Urban Mystic’s Blog, 2013

Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga Workout

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for workout videos! Simply because¬†I¬†get the benefit of a complete exercise experience without having to venture anywhere beyond the warm confines of a place called home.¬†I don’t have to go through the trouble of picking out workout gear, getting myself ready, finding my way to the gym, making sure I look fairly presentable before and after..blah blah blah. ūüôā In other words, way too much hassle for something that’s actually supposed to be enjoyable!

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Bryan Kest correcting a student’s posture in his Power Yoga Video series

In today’s post, I’m absolutely delighted to feature a full Power Yoga workout courtesy Bryan Kest. I stumbled upon Bryan’s video on youtube a few days ago, and I’m so completely delighted with it’s look and feel.¬†Bryan has¬†been practicing yoga¬†since 1979, and has been teaching¬†from 1985. He is also fundamentally known as the creator of Power Yoga, and is additionally also a pioneer of¬†donation based yoga classes( Super like!).

“My primary objective”, says Kest, “besides turning more and more people on to a healthier, more peaceful lifestyle that continually challenges them to grow, is to teach a system of exercise that fully integrates the body, mind, and spirit.The combination of body and mind creates an incredibly broad range of fulfillment, including top physical condition and a calm, peaceful, clear mind.”

It’s really vital when you do yoga that you have a¬†good teacher.¬†With a good¬†teacher, it’s easier to¬†get your foundation to the practice set up correctly and properly.¬†For the uninitiated , yoga is¬†not just about twisting and contorting yourself into different postures , but it at it’s very roots,¬†is a very¬†complete and satisfying system of approaching life, and navigating it’s many ebbs and flows with calmness and equanamity.You learn how to breathe properly, develop conscious awareness of your body, expand your ability to focus and turn inwards, and also, as a happy afterthought ( it could even be your main goal) develop a lean, firm body with consistent practice and application.

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I do. Like everything else in life, success comes with consistent practice. Go through the video initially, once or twice¬†to familiarise yourself with the format , instructional style and visual presentation. Start slowly,¬†and go¬†only as far as you can go with comfort.¬† Stop when¬†you can’t do any more.¬† With time, you’ll be able go further and experience yourself in deeper ways. Have fun and let me know how you’re getting along. Namaste!

Bryan Kest Power Yoga 1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY5qGREnUi0

Bryan Kest

Bryan Kest as he is today.
http://www.poweryoga.com/

Enlightenment Is Like The Moon by Dogen

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Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.
The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken.
Although its light is wide and great,
The moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide.
The whole moon and the entire sky
Are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.

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