I cannot believe this ninety-day journey has come to an end. I have some ideas for where to go from here but would adore some input from anyone that has been following this blog. As a bonus I will be continuing the last two madras of Yoga and discussing some other topics that I would like to share with all of you beautiful souls. About the blog; having this blog to guide me through the treacherous waters that have been my life in the 90 plus days since my first entry; has literally, emotionally, mentally and spiritually saved my life. It has given me a direction; a sense of purpose; a way to continue to serve others in a way that is within my grasp. The topics covered are topics I have learned along my path for decades; lessons that left me hungry for more; lessons I felt I couldn’t covet and embrace all by myself; lessons I wanted to scream from the cliffs of the highest mountains. I’ve never been a seeker of faith in the traditional sense but I, like all of us, am on a constant search for more..for answers to life’s most challenging riddles…for ways to be more satisfied-happier with the gifts of life…does faith in a source; mother earth; God, Buddha, Universe help us navigate life’s challenges with more ease? For me the answer is yes. Has the 90 Days of immersion into the search for answers to the roadblocks in life cured me? I would not say that-but it has helped me to realize that life will never be perfect. Humans are imperfect in so many ways and maybe, just maybe achieving perfection or spiritual enlightenment is something we aren’t able to do while earthbound…but is perfection nothing more than a facade-aren’t the imperfections we wear stunning and beautiful vulnerabilities that define us as human souls? Could Spiritual Enlightenment be achieved more easily if we were housed in a monastery carved into the hillside of the Himalayas and able to commit our lives to the cause?…Or would we even be challenged there too? Modern day life is full of twists and turns that we are continually having to navigate and relationships are fragile and make us vulnerable to rejection and pain-but also great intimacy and beauty while they are serving us. What Will I Do Now? I am going to go back to Day One and complete all the tasks and journal entries-Live the Blog-and report on that here on this platform… continue to share inspirational findings with you all and hopefully give you a place to share as well. I’ve also been transforming the blog into a book-or maybe a journal-an app? Please Comment on what you would like to see in the post-90 days. Our Final Journal Entry: What has this blog taught you? What lessons or topics will you continue to practice or explore? How will you share your lessons with the world or pay it forward. Peace, Love & Namaste Em
“Love-Isn’t that what it’s all about?”
The statement above-the final words spoken by Jason Stephenson’s grandfather as
he left the physical body to rejoin his spiritual source mirrors the underlying message
embedded in all of the spiritual lessons we’ve explored together on this path
to spiritual enlightenment.
Living the Bhakti Yogic way means that you connect to a spiritual source that is
beyond the ego…beyond the physical world-and though we can’t see it or know
for sure that it is there our faith that it is there is what infuses our lives
A world with devotion to a higher source allows us to see each experience as
a reason to learn, grow and evolve…not as a incident that is out of our control
or “happening” to us.
When I am connecting to our source we are an active participant and
we recognize the miraculous happenings that are set in front of us from
a place of wonderment as though we are children seeing a segment of our
world for the first time.
In our world today it is hard to mirror the pure loving nature of our
source in the way we act and interact with our world but if we come
from a pure place of love in anything and everything we do then we
are living as our source would if alive in this moment.
Historically and today yogi’s would give up material possessions and
release ego based thinking and connections to the material world
in order to more effectively connect to their source. So does that
mean that in order to achieve the goals modern Bhakti Yoga we must
give away all our belongings and deconstruct our lives? The modern
way of integrating Bhakti Yogic thought is just to be conscious of
your intentions? Do they come from a place of honesty, purity and
love? Then don’t question yourself. As Jason’s grandfather said so
beautifully on his way out if we come from a place of love we are
always coming from the right place.
P.S. Coming from a place of love shows our vulnerability and can leave us
susceptible to attack, but it also leaves us without the bitter taste of
Live in Love, Live in Faith, Live in the Moment…Love Em
Morning Meditation Open to Receive and Give Love:
Journal Entry: Think of a situation that you were in, where you came
from a place of selfishness or ego…What was the final result of that
situation? Now alternately, think of a time when you responded to
a situation from a place of love and devotion…How was the result
different? In your life, how possible is it to integrate love into
your daily interactions?
Here is an excellent article on Bhakti Yoga and how it fits into
our modern world.
One Hour of Bhatki Yoga
Bhatki Yoga Talk by Swami Satchidananda
A Quick Reference Guide to Bhatki Yoga
Evening Mantra Mediation:
Peace, Love & Namaste Em
On Monday evening Western Canada time I had the absolute gift of speaking with
Jason Stephenson in Australia-it was 10am on Tuesday his time.
Jason is my favorite Meditation expert whose videos on Youtube and
RelaxMeOnline are entirely effective and of the utmost caliber and
After speaking to Jason I can see the lengths he goes to in order to create
the most beautiful experience for his viewers.
Speaking to him was like reuniting with a long lost kindred spirit brother;
it was wonderful to see where his journey began and how all of his
gifts came to grace our world.
I am filled with the utmost gratitude to have been given the gift of
One Hour of conversation with Jason-please enjoy the audio below:
Peace, Love & Namaste Emily
Do you ever feel like life is just happening to you and that you are
entirely out of control of your path and the outcome?
I think we all do at some point-what would life be like if
we came to the realization that life is set up to teach is lessons
that will allow us to evolve in a forward continuous flow as
a river towards the sea? That is the goal of Jnana Yoga; to
come to understand that each experience, no matter how
challenging or breathtaking is there to solidify our sense of
self and mold our divine and glorious selves. If we view life
from a philosophical stand point it will be easier to navigate
through it armed with the knowledge that the intricate web
of experiences hold the keys that allow us to thrive life rather
than survive it!
Letting go of ego based thinking is the goal of Jnana Yoga. When a yoga
student can listen with intent and begins to embrace the knowledge
shared with them by their instructor or their spiritual teachings, they
are pursuing the Jnana path. In order to release ego based thinking
one must become introspective and contemplative and trust that
the key to becoming self aware lies within each and every one of us.
An individual that is pursuing the yogic way of life will not be
satisfied with practicing the physical postures solely but will delve
into the philosophies and nature of yogic spirituality.
Read More at this Incredibly Resourceful Site
Morning Meditation-Louise Hay:
Journal Entry: Do you feel like life is ‘happening to you’ or do you feel that
you are an active participant? Think of a time when you were an active
and willing participant in your life. What was different then? What brought
you away from that way of thinking? What could you do to get back to that
way of thinking.
Some Great Insightful Videos about Self Realization and Jnana Yoga
Peace, Love & Namaste Em
As you all know-Jason Stephenson has been a constant on my blog.
His meditations are by far the best and most consistent online.
I have integrated them into many of my blog entries as he has
a huge library of meditation videos that focus on any issues that
you need addressed.
I will be interviewing Jason on Tuesday morning all the way
from Australia-I will provide the interview online on Tuesday’s
blog entry so I look so forward to sharing this with all of you!
Peace, Love & Namaste
There are so many people that buy into yoga because it is a trend.
Yoga has become one of the items on a long list of consumerized
“products”. It has always been there but many people don’t
truly know the delicately weaved history and the multi-faceted
nature of yoga. It’s Hindu Roots stress the importance of integrating
the many paths of Yoga into every facet of ones life and that until
one does that the physical postures are just that-physical postures.
Here is a link outlining the history of Yoga
There are four main paths of yoga which I will be describing in more
detail over the upcoming four posts. There are also many styles
of yoga: Here is a link to a list of styles with descriptions:
Integrating yoga into all facets of your life may have
already happened and can happen organically just through the
practice of physical yoga. Just doing the postures can incite
a connection to spirit and allow you to witness a side of yourself
you didn’t know existed. On the other hand if you just use it
as a method of working out and feel disconnected from yourself
even though you are doing the physical postures than you are
not practicing traditional yoga.
Decide what it is you are trying to gain from yoga and then
path the way for yourself by integrating the yogic perspective
into those parts of your life.
Shop around when it comes to instructors; if you have an
instructor that is disconnected from the spirit of yoga and
does not absorb the yogic way of life-that teacher may
not be the right one for you if your goal is to widen your
connection to the source within and outside of yourself.
If yoga did not become so commercialized and maintained
it’s traditional roots I believe there would be more spiritually
healthy and connected people in the community.
On the other hand-the upside of the commercialization of
yoga has brought it into the light and allowed people to
seek solace in it’s practice-bringing them closer to themselves
and to their spiritual side.
Journal Entry: What is your connection with yoga? When
was the first time you were interested in it? Does your
practice connect you at a deeper spiritual level or are
you left wanting more? If you have never done yoga;
what do you wish to gain from practicing it?
The History of Yoga-A Sweet Little Film
The History of Yoga-A Full Documentary
A Beautiful Playlist for Your Day
Evening Yoga Practice and Meditation:
Peace, Love & Namaste Em
Feature Artist-All of His Paintings are on Today’s Blog
When people ask me if I am religious and I retort with the answer
“No, but I am a spiritual woman”. I get the same responses every-time:
a glazed and confused look-as if the individual is too polite to say “What
is that supposed to mean?”; or maybe a “well what religion do you
most relate to?”; or even a quick change of subject to avoid delving
into the conversation altogether.
Being spiritual does not mean that you commit to a specific religion
or way of thinking; it means that you believe in something more than
ego based thinking…that you connect to a higher source be it outside
or inside oneself…that you seek peace and enlightenment and reach
for ways to connect more fully with life and it’s magic.
I am not saying that if you fall under the “spiritual” category that
you shut the door to religion-you may actually connect to aspects of
many, many religions but feel that if you submit to just one that you
will be closed off to learning and appreciating all of the other religions
and what they have to offer.
There are many things in life that make you feel closer to your source
and for us “spiritual folk” that could be something like sitting in a tree
and feeling it rock gently with the wind; a quiet moment of meditation
where you feel so at ease and comfortable with yourself that you are
afraid to stop; digging in the earth as you watch the seeds you spread
grow into vegetables; connecting with the essence of your body during
yoga; listening to your child laugh with wild abandon…
Does this mean that we are all spiritual? I think we all live our lives
seeking the “spiritual experience” and that connecting with one another
regardless of our belief system can also enhance our feeling of contentedness
to our source.
My spiritual path during this very difficult time in my life is what has
allowed me to rise like a phoenix out of the ashes and desperately seek
out meaningful moments all throughout my day as a way of healing
myself. When I reconnect with my “spirituality and practices” I
am either so lost and disconnected and I need it to rescue me, or
I am at my best and it allows me to be even better!
Morning Meditation: A Spiritual Treasure Chest
Journal Entry: Map out your spiritual or religious path and take notes
on when you felt the most healthy and connected in your life-was spirituality
present at the time? What are your goals when it comes to spirit? What are
some ways you can connect to spiritual experiences that you love?
Isha-What is Spirituality
The No Bullshit Guide to Spirituality
Deepak Chopra’s Perception of Spirituality
Healing Spirit-Guided Meditation for Sleep
Peace, Love & Namaste Em
The day after our first date, the man that would end up being my life
partner sent me the most exotic bouquet of brilliant violet orchids.
Hidden inside was The Empress tarot card from his Aleister Crowley
deck. That one card remained with me for years to come. It
sparked my curiosity and left me wanting to know more about
these mysterious cards. I was under the impression that you had to
have a psychic personality-interacting with the spiritual realm in
order to decode the messages of these tarot cards.
One faithful day, I found that Empress card and went to find
the deck it originated from. Along with the deck I found an owner’s
guide. It was so fascinating I read it from cover to cover in one,
very long sitting. The Aleister Crowley cards were so artistic and
at closer observation I saw how many symbolic images were embedded
in each and every card.
I was a born observer of people and could read someones story or emotions
upon meeting them. I guessed at that moment that I was spiritually intuitive
and that my sensitivities and experiences could make reading tarot an
After studying and familiarizing myself with the cards I began doing readings
for my friends and acquaintances. My readings became epic, lasting over
three hours and so much information would organically flow out me, from
a source I never knew existed, that I had to stop for many years. I guess
it was the fear of the unknown that made me fear what came out those many
times. I did a reading about a month ago, and again I was back at it.
I have since then found a deck that I adore. It is a love filled deck devoid of
dark and foreboding images-It is the Doreen Virtue Angels and contains cards
that have stunning images. She explains her reasons for creating this deck in the
video below. If and when you decide to purchase a tarot deck for yourself
ensure that you are moved by it in some way. Follow your intuition when
selecting the right deck for you.
There are also other decks that you can find for inspiration; like
Louise Hay’s I Can Do It-deck of cards containing inspiring images
with Positive Affirmations.
There are even cards for Chakra Balancing and Affirmations
Journal Entry: What is your experience with spiritual card decks;
tarot or otherwise? Have you ever had a reading or been curious about
having one? Below there is a video of Doreen Virtue performing a reading.
View the video if you feel compelled and respond.
Here is a Link for Positive Affirmation Cards that are Available
Three Principles to finding the Tarot Deck of your Dreams
An Article from Llewellyn Worldwide-New Worlds of Body, Mind & Spirit
Some things to Consider when looking for your Deck:
1. What is my goal in obtaining a deck?
2. What images and colours am I drawn to?
3. Does it have a good reputation?
4. What store can I go to to purchase it?
5. Find the person in that store that you sense has knowledge and
expertise as this is a decision you don’t want to rush into.
6. Smudge and clean your cards energies and do not allow anyone
else to touch them-if you do make sure you cleanse the entire
deck after use.
7. Display your cards in your sacred space and in a place where they
will not be dishonored.
Annual Angel Messages and Card Reading by Doreen Virtue
If You Are Highly Motivated You Can Make Your Own Tarot Deck!
My Favorite Phone App of Readings is The Goddess Tarot:
Evening Meditation-Hay House Morning Mediations:
Peace, Love & Namaste Em