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AlMadeline
An ever-practicing yogini traveling the many paths to find a single truth. PR/marketing is my day job but I work to find happiness as often as I can. And I live these days in practice of how to always be better.
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Several years ago, I was given a satchel of cedar needles by a friend, with instructions to place them in a small shell and burn them to cleanse, make room for space, and bring new beginnings. I've since read that ancient healers used to burn cedar wood to evoke mystic memories - essentially open the Third eye. In looking further into the benefits of burning cedar, I found that it is also recommended to help balance the root chakra. Translated from the Sanskrit word, cakram - meaning 'wheel' - our seven chakras are energy bodies that correspond with points on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2010 at Days Like These
Life is made up of peaks and valleys - something I recognized long ago, both big-picture and in each individual aspect of our journey. Whether it be in personal relationships, matters of the heart, our career, or times of giving and needing, we all have experienced our fair share of ups and downs, large and small. Sometimes, it's a matter of perspective - where we are, what faces us, the influence of those around us. Eckhart Tolle tells us that the blessings we have today could easily become the very things that burden us tomorrow, and that which we're burdened... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2010 at Days Like These
This says it all, "we really need an upgrade in management technique, one where people are free to explore what really motivates them -- the desire to learn, create and improve their surroundings." Of all professional environments I've been in,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2010 at Sliced Bread
This is me, openly (but somewhat hesitantly) admitting that a year or so ago, I was introduced to the show, The Bachelorette, in being aired on the one night that I usually had free to sit and relax at home after work. It may be mindless entertainment, but that's the beauty in it, right? That season, I developed a little soft spot for one of the guys on the show, who happened to be selected as the Bachelor himself the following season, and the soft spot for this next chosen person - coincidentally, before they were chosen - ultimately led... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2010 at Days Like These
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I made the decision six months ago that I wasn't necessarily satisfied with the path my life was taking and it was time to reevaluate. Good job with big client names at a big company in a big city - the American Dream, sure. 'My dream too,' I thought, for quite a number of years all the while working hard to achieve that dream. However in the past year, having moved to that big city by myself to take that big-company dream job, I found I had very little time to have much other than that big-company work. And so,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2010 at Days Like These
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Jan 11, 2010
Oh, New Year's Eve. The holiday that some love - giving reason to celebrate with friends and champagne and nights out on the town in glamorous garb. Except how many NYE celebration plans have you had that have ended up being a bust? Me? More than I can count. Although we seldom stop to reflect on how often things turn out just as they're meant to, instead of occupying our minds worrying about what we've planned for or labeled as, 'supposed to have happened.' New Year's Eve is a holiday that can serve as a timely reminder of this simple... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2010 at Days Like These
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After hearing about it from practically everyone and seeing it in the hands of everyone else a few years back, I'm finally reading eat pray love - thanks to my generous, book-sharing friend, Katie. I have favorite authors and even what I thought were favorite books, for varying reasons, but this book... This is the first book I've ever read that makes me feel like it was actually written for me. I want to crawl inside this book and live in it. (Even during the rawest of parts.) I've thought about it but haven't before written a letter to an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2010 at Days Like These
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Tonight was beautiful. After three months of study, discussion, growth, learning, work, and of course, play, me and 17 of my fellow yoga trainees, (Jenn in spirit) with our seven amazing teachers participated in the most wonderful graduation ceremony. While I'll keep many of the details to myself to maintain the integrity of our ritual, I'll share a picture of the mandala we created together as a group, randomly and without plan, as we shared aloud and silently our intentions for each other and all. With no idea what to expect for our ceremony, we all were prepared for something... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2010 at Days Like These
Over a conversation with family on the holiday, I was asked, "What is the greatest thing you've taken from this whole yoga teacher thing?" The answer in my head was, 'so many things, many of which I couldn't even begin to put in to words.' But simply answered, I responded with a few, somewhat explainable things. One - (simple) I've learned so much more applicable knowledge about the human body and physically, what yoga can do to positively impact how our bodies function, move and sustain. Two - (a little less tangible) not to say I've ever considered myself a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2010 at Days Like These
This afternoon, while finishing up my final exam to graduate from my Yoga Teachers Training program, I caught a portion of "Pay it Forward." Can't believe I haven't yet seen this movie - what an amazing lesson on karma. In Western culture today, we often misuse the word karma. We think: Drop a piece of litter on the way to my car : Find garbage strewn across my lawn when I get home Say nasty things to someone who's irritating us : Someone else says nasty things to us and we feel badly Even worse: Lie : Get lied to,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2010 at Days Like These
A few weeks ago, after hearing a terribly sad story about a family member's friend, I found myself pondering what we experience in life and how it impacts others, just in sharing. One of my teachers recently got a group of us talking about compassion and the balance between showing others compassion when they need it and, in some cases, having compassion for ourselves and recognizing when we might not be in the place to be giving compassion to others. My teacher explained that she has a friend, who, every time she calls, tells all her woesome tales, putting my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2009 at Days Like These
Today at the market, I saw a disheveled man with old clothes in a Santa hat at the end of the baking goods aisle. I grew a bit tense as he walked closer to me with an anxious look through squinty eyes. Until just in front of the bags of chocolate chips, as he got right up to me, one corner of his mouth turned slightly up and quietly, almost under his breath, he said, “Merry Christmas.” The world has a way of showing you its goodness in, sometimes, the least likely of places. And then, I returned the sentiment... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2009 at Days Like These
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Dec 13, 2009
"The world doesn't happen to you, it happens from you." - Unknown Just a little something I came across today on Tiny Buddha and it resonated. Easy to forget but important to remember - we do not have control of what we're faced with but we do have control over how we respond. And more so, we have the ability to make intentions and be open to receiving what we ask for from the world without attachment to the specifics of how that delivery will look to us. Not always in perfect image but we do receive what we ask... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2009 at Days Like These
Life has a way of putting us in certain situations, sometimes when we want it and sometimes when we don't necessarily expect it. Three months ago I began something that I knew would be significant, but I had no idea just how meaningful the journey would become. Yoga has been something I've practiced for almost eight years but until now, I hadn't realized all that it could offer - or more so, all it could teach me about myself and others. Since September, I've been participating in a yoga teachers training program, and it's easy to assume that what I've... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2009 at Days Like These
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