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Yoga–My Friday Night Friend!

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It was Friday night.

I was walking alone through the Third Street Promenade, an area in Santa Monica where people hang out, go to restaurants, stores, and enjoy being out in the air with friends.

There I was, yoga mat under my arm, it felt good to know I had somewhere to go.

Fresh out of a long term relationship, I had a limited number of friends and I was feeling  a strong sense of lonliness.  In one moment, I felt alone with nothing to do and no one to do it with, yet in the next moment I felt complete.

The fact that I was going to Yoga was such a comfort to me…for the first time, I thought of Yoga as my friend.

Yoga isn’t just something you do, it is a tangible effect that comes forth out of something one is committed to.

Yoga is literally a gift I’ve given myself—the cultivation of my yoga practice has given me something I can count on in times where I need to nurture ME.

Just like any other relationship, practicing Yoga hasn’t always been smooth sailing.

There have been frustrating and challenging times as well as euphoric and fulfilling times.

I could have given up on it a while ago and looked around for some other challenge to take on, but I stayed with it and just keep riding its waves of pleasure and pain.

Just like a friendship, Yoga is a practice and a process.

Anyone who has practiced yoga knows that it is a journey that takes courage and grace to navigate.

I had a friend on Friday night.  Yoga was the friend that showed up for me.  I am so thankful I have taken the last 17 years to invest in me—something I could count on being there when I need it most.  I had a friend to hang out with on Friday night and that friend was me–on my mat!

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Sweet & Simple: A Story About The Law of Attraction!

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This is a sweet story about The Law of Attraction.

We think it all has to be so hard, but when you understand that the Law of Attraction is on your side, it really is so simple.

Jessica is a new college graduate. She moved from Michigan to New York City for an internship position with a well known magazine. Unfortunately, they aren’t paying her so she is not making money.

She finds herself wanting many things but knows she can’t afford most of the things she desires. Recently, she felt like she needed a plant in the apartment–something to liven up the place.

She went online and started looking at Orchids.

Jessica has always had an eye for beauty.

Of course, an orchid is probably the most beautiful and the most expensive plant, but that is what she was truly drawn to. She studied all the different varieties and really admired the beauty of them all.

She spent lots of time imagining how it would warm her apartment in a most beautiful way.

She finished her search with a strong wanting–just not knowing HOW she would get an orchid.   She had no feelings of NEED or GOTTA HAVE, just a sweet appreciation of the beauty it could bestow.

The next day at her internship job, she looked next to the garbage can and noticed that someone had placed an orchid (the stems were bare–no longer flowering) next to the garbage can.

She asked her boss, “do you think someone is throwing that out, can I take it”? Her boss replied, “if it is still there by the end of the day, you can have it”.

Jessica was so excited! The end of the day came and the dried up orchid was still there.

She took home an orchid within one day of her searching, desiring,  and longing for one!

The thing about The Law of Attraction is–it won’t always look exactly the way you think it should.  Jessica got her orchid, without the beauty of the flowers, but she got what she wanted and it only took one day!  And, we all know that those flowers will appear again with time!

The key to “letting it happen” is wanting without needing.

She didn’t put up walls of resistance regarding the wanting of it. She simply wanted so strongly and then let go of the strong wanting. She didn’t get so tormented over wanting it and not knowing how she could get it.

She shot her rocket of desire out into the world and it shot right back to her just like a boomerang! Ahh, ya gotta love The Law of Attraction!!!