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Day Eighty-Five: “What Do You Mean Your Spiritual?”-The Difference between Spirituality & Religion

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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


Day Sixty-Seven: “Don’t Give Yourself Away”: The Spiritual Side of Sex & Intimacy


Depending on what stage of your life you are in; where you are from;

what culture you are immersed in sex is an issue that stares you in the

eyes on a fairly regular basis. So let’s talk openly and frankly without

beating around the bush (excuse the pun).

Whether you are single or married there needs to be a spark to

ignite the flame of intimacy; if there is no spark you may as well

be a robot carrying out the sequence of events programmed in

your mainframe computer.

The singles of the world are faced with the excitement and spark of

a new relationship but have the latent fears that come with not knowing

what the other person likes in the bedroom-until that barrier is crossed

there is no telling if the chemistry that exists will start a fire.

One thing for sure is that the movies give a slightly skewed view of what

a first sexual experience is like for a fresh couple-so ladies and gentleman;

if your first sexual moment with one another is sloppy and confusing don’t

berate yourself too much-it takes a long time to develop a synchronistic

intimate connection with someone.

Yesterday we spoke of the importance of a vibrational match-I feel this

is most important when it comes to sex and intimacy.

Now it’s time to talk about the married couples-intimacy can go a few different

ways when you’ve been together for several years. You can become out of

sync with one another and all of a sudden detach sexually-having lots of headaches,

going months without coping a feel and being “too tired” to make love after the

may responsibilities you have.

If your relationship is sexually void; is there another underlying issue that has

yet to be revealed? People can be asexual (meaning the desire for sex isn’t there),

but we all need to express our sexual selves.

If one partner is not getting what they need from a sexual interlude that

can be a huge problem. Most of the women that have confided in me about

not having sex for years have partners that are selfish in the bedroom-

leaving their wives devoid of pleasure. A one sided ordeal is very

counter-productive-don’t give it away.

I recently watched a comedy act and she talked about how women take longer

to reach orgasm-men can have one fairly quickly for the most part-but for

women it is a complex puzzle that needs to be solved with patience and care.

What about fantasies; if we’re married and we have fantasies about someone else

(famous or otherwise) why do we punish ourselves with overwhelming guilt?

Being with one person for the rest of our lives is lovely and wonderful but

we need to ensure that we maintain our spark for one another-fantasies

can help this.

Sex and intimacy are beautiful and integral to making us feel alive.

Sex can and should be a spiritual experience where both partners are mutually

respected and both partners are taken on a sensual journey into the abyss

of love-flying high on the intensity of loving someone else so completely.

If there are blockages and you are forcing yourself to be intimate for your

partner I think you are doing yourself and your partner a dis-service-one

of these decisions could cause resentment and bitterness and alter the

way you feel about your partner forever.

Never Give Yourself Away! Sex is something to be respected, adored,

revered…It is a sacred and spiritual source that connects us to one another.

One violation can change the course of our sexual future-so treat each other

with respect, honor one another.

Your body is your temple so make sure that if anyone wants to

come inside they need to clean their feet and worship you.


Morning Meditation:


Journal Entry: Examine how healthy your sexual life is. Are you blocked?

Are you fulfilled and honest with your partner? Does your vibrational

resonance match? Are there things you are not communicating to your

partner that you feel would help you and your partner improve in any

area of your sexual life? Write a letter to your partner about this and

give or don’t give it to them. If you are single-examine what you need

from a partner and what your comfort level is when it comes to sex.


Some Cool Talks about Sex and Spirituality:


Kundalini Yoga Session-To Connect with your Sensual Self


Evening Meditation:

Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Sixty-Two: “Unleashing The Psychic Toxins”-Tears As A Necessary Pain Reliever


In a fast paced world it is near impossible to have time to feel anything

let alone take a half an hour out of our week to sob our little hearts out.

About once a month (when my hormones are at their peak) I have a

balls out massive three hour crying marathon. When this occurs it

feels as though my world-as I know it-is crumbling down around me.

The darkness comes to play for a while and will not let the light shine


After the cry-puffy eyes ensue and I feel as though a massive weight

has been lifted. All of those raw emotions that I have pushed to the side

by keeping intensely busy; hiding myself away; using Haagen Daaz to

ease them…cease to be held in. They are out in the world-released from

within me. Crying is like a letting go of all the psychic toxins-purging all

of my insecurities and fears…if this does not happen semi-regularly I

can feel the pain of the toxins running rampant within me.

I wonder about people that cry only once or twice a year or barely ever.

How do they do it? I don’t know-I think crying shows strength-a strength

to bare and share our scars with ourselves and those we love.

Crying is necessary; it is healthy; it is pure and unadulterated.

Never be afraid to cry my friend.


Morning Meditation: A nurturing mediation by Louise Hay


Journal Entry: Think about the last time you had a really good cry.

How did you feel when you were done crying? Did you feel a sense of

relief? Is there anything that has happened in your life that you feel you

have been running away from? What would happen if you let it catch up

to you?


A Playlist of songs that may help you get to the crying point:

Kundalini Yoga to Release Negative Emotions Etc.

Another Great Piece of Wisdom from Deepak Chopra

Beautiful and Nurturing Evening Meditation

Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Fifty-One: Lesson 7-Emerging From the Roots-Muladhara-The Final Chakra


Am I grounded? If you had asked me that even weeks ago I would have

tried to stifle the out-pour of laughter or tears; but now I could answer “I think I

am getting there” with an average amount of self confidence. I must admit

that my root chakra has always been a kindred spirit; I just didn’t have a

label for it. It is represented in many paintings by trees since it is the human

soul’s version of a root system-hence it’s strength which is to ground us to

our pure version of ourselves. Trees and I go way back-even in my earliest

childhood years-when things at home were dark and foreboding I would

sneak out my first floor window and run to the forest behind my house.

The trees would comfort me and watching them sway gently side to side

made me feel their nurturing, stabilizing power. I felt their energy and today-

my most healing times are those spent in the company of my woodland

friends-Mother Nature’s profound sculptures.

My second level of Reiki; there was a young man there dressed in beautiful

nymphesque clothing-a kindred fashionista; drawn to hippie-natural

threads-we complimented one another on our outfits and then continued

on. He felt very familiar; but I couldn’t put my finger on how, where or why?

At the end of our group Reiki session we shared our observations about the

process and he said that my root chakra was very strong. Though it was

a surprise to me; the amount at which I had grown since my Level 1 class

allowed me to truly believe that all the spiritual work I had done, and

the copious amounts of self Reiki treatments I did had paid off. I felt

like an ever evolving tree; roots finally intact; the rest on its way to

reconstructing itself into something more than I was before life tore

me down.


Today’s focus will be on raising our awareness of how

our root chakra can be healed and what we can do to strengthen

and balance it.

Morning Meditation: Deepak Chopra


A Stunning Playlist while You Write or Work Today:

Journal Entry: Do you feel rooted and grounded? If not remember a

time when you felt sure and grounded; what was going on at the time? How

do you think you could recreate that sense of being in your life?

Root Chakra Information from Chakra Anatomy Website


The Root Chakra is the first chakra and is located at the base of the spine. It is the root of your being and establishes the deepest connections with your physical body, your environment and with the Earth. Muladhara is the most instinctual of all chakras – it is your survival centre. Your fight and flight response is initiated from this chakra. This is your primal, animal nature.

root chakraThe energy of Muladhara allows us to harness courage, resourcefulness and the will to live during trying times. It connects us with spiritual energies of our ancestors, their challenges and their triumphs.

Since Base Chakra carries our ancestral memories, basically everyone experiences challenges or blockages within muladhara. War, famine, natural disasters, and any events that threaten our basic survival, are all recorded within energies of the first chakra.

These memories are imprinted in the subtle body and are passed down from generation to generation creating unconscious generational patterns. It is our work to take responsibility for our own lives and bring to light that which is unconscious.

All of the seven chakras are important and interconnected with each other. Usually, balancing one chakra will create change in another chakra.

It is important though to balance the Root Chakra first, before we proceed to others, or we will lack the stability and rootedness necessary for true transformation and personal growth. We cannot grow and change unless we feel safe and secure.

First Chakra at a glance:

Root Chakra Affirmations

I feel deeply rooted.
I am connected to my body.
I feel safe and secure.
Just like a tree or a star, I have a right to be here.
I stand for my values, for truth, and for justice.
I have what I need.
I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet.
I nurture my body with healthy food, clean water, exercise, relaxation, and connection with nature.
I am open to possibilities.
I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to grow and transform.
I trust in the goodness of life.
I make choice that are healthy and good for me.
I trust myself.
I love life.

Sanskrit name: Muladhara – root support
Element: Earth
Color: Red
Shape: Square
Petals of the lotus: Four
Seed sound: LANG
Vowel sound: O
Rights: To have
Endocrine gland: Adrenal cortex
Physical association:The skeletal structure, teeth, large intestine, kidneys, blood
Psychological function: Survival and self preservation
Identity: Physical identity
Developmental stage: Womb to 12 months
Challenge: Fear
Plane: Physical plane
Planets: Saturn, Earth
Deity: Brahma, Dakini, Ganesha
Mythological Animal White elephant with seven trunks
Sense organ: Nose
Predominant sense: Smell
Incense: Cedar
Herb: Sage
Sephira: Malkuth
Tarot suite: Pentacles

root chakra yoga poseYoga Poses (Asanas)

Learn about yoga poses to balance your first chakra. Yoga is an exercise for your body, mind, emotions, and spirit. By practicing yoga, you can connect with the deeper parts of yourself that may not be accessible to you during your daily life. You will also learn to releaseexcess root chakra energy.

Yoga Session for the Root Chakra


Evening Meditation:

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Day Twenty-Three: Power to the Pen-The Healing Power of Writing

Butterfly Woman

The first three decades of my life were some of the darkest and most

fraught with tragedy. As I waded my way through the skeletons I

kept wondering why it was that I was given that specific path. Feeling

that maybe I was a horrific person in my past life and that karma was

biting me back in this one was my logical explanation for awhile, but it

never made me feel very settled. In helping others, younger than myself

in similar situations, I started to see that the life I led gave me a true

understanding and empathy for others; a vehicle in which I could help

them more effectively. I began to see the darkness as a gift. At all

stages I wrote my pain down and made sense of it. Hand to paper;

I went through a transformative, healing experience. When I wrote

down the experiences and then made sense of them I purged the toxins

connected to them from within me.

As a little girl I would look up into the sky when in the midst of my

darkest moments and tell myself that one day it would be O.K. and

that these experiences would mold me into something spectacular.

I decided at seven years old that I would write a book about my experiences;

the main goal being to share my story with others and help them

in the process. That book came into fruition in 2009. It was a lifelong

project; crafted from taking inspiration from tidbits of many journals

that I kept at different times throughout my life.

As I tapped in to the accesses of my brain and weaved the tales,

reincarnating them, I hoped that one day, when the book was

released that the experiences would move others to see that

those experiences they shared with me would elevate them to

a higher state of being, rather than keep them from evolving.

Whether I am hitting my most desperate points and my most

stunning I pick up my journal and write. That’s what this blog is

as well. This blog has helped me through this very challenging

time. I write when that is the last thing I feel like doing, but

afterwards I feel set free. Lighter, more solid, more balanced.


Today’s focus is about using writing as a healing

tool that can be the vehicle for connecting and aiding others.

Morning Meditation: Denise Deighan’s Writing to Heal Course

writing to heal

Journal Entry: Take out a page and make a line down the

middle of it. Create a list of experiences that have elevated

your life (put those in point form on the left of the page), now

write down experiences that were painful or traumatic (put those

on the right hand side of the page). Put stars beside the ones

you feel still need to be explored and then reduce that number to

one on each side. Write about those two polar opposite experiences

at some point in the next few days. Observe how you feel both

before and after that experience.


Inspired Reading:

Time Life Article about How Writing Heals Wounds of Both Mind

and Body: 



The following books are incredible resources that tap into the 

idea of Healing through Writing:

writing8 Writing10 writing9

Beautiful Healing Music to Write With:

Inifinite waters

Inspired Viewing-Infinite Waters-How to Heal Yourself

Rosewood pen placed on leather journal

Amberlea Starfire: Weekly Journal Prompts: Healing the Past




Physical Activity: Chi Gong/Tai Chi-The Art of Unity


Evening Meditation: Deepak Chopra Soul of Healing:


Peace, Love, Namaste


Day Nineteen: Practicing What You Preach-Living with Positive Intention


“You are Beautiful Just the Perfect Way You Are”-Lori Ann Hunt

When I was seventeen and in my first year of University;

out of curiosity, I took a World’s Religions class. There were so

many incredible religions to explore-it was though my spiritual

world exploded into so many directions. I connected with so many

ideas and wanted to learn so much more. Though I appreciated

the morality of Christianity, it never felt like home. I still had this

undeniable urge to believe in something outside myself. I didn’t want

the world to be a one dimensional wasteland of duty and

responsibility. Faith and belief in something more ignited a

sparkling flame that made life more magical; more meaningful

and worth living.

Living with positive intention means you are living the life

you intend for yourself, that you are mindful that you are

creating the life you live and that your choices determine

the quality of each passing day.


I began exploring Buddhism and I really connected to the whole

idea of empathy and the value of all living beings on earth. I finally

found a religion that understood me to the core. The little girl

who would have physical pain if someone stepped on an ant,

or ripped the branch off of a tree. The idea of working on yourself

and being humble, quiet and giving; distancing oneself from the



I started reading books about positive living and thinking. I read

from ancient poets like; RUMI and Lao Tzo. I was also taking a

philosophy course and the professor just blew my mind with

the whole idea of how what we perceive defines our reality.

Meeting other University students who were just as excited

and high on learning was so phenomenal. We would sit in

a dimly lit cafe called The Library, with mismatched chairs and

bookshelves filled with classic novels. Sipping tea out of mismatched,

fancy tea cups; vibrating about how we could save the world with our

brilliant new outlook on things.


Though I have been reading ‘self help’, ‘religious’, ‘poetry’, ‘new age’

titles for over 25 years, I still find it hard to ‘live what I’ve learned’ 100%

of the time. I beat myself up when the stress and responsibilities of

life take me so far away from living a life of positive intention that I

am no longer able to “Practice What I Preach”.

I go through this pattern when life gets to be too overwhelming.

The cycle of self deprivation and abuse begins and I get covered

in a cloak of darkness. I know that the solution is to connect to

myself and care for myself again, to not be so self destructive.

During these times, I am so vulnerable that the vultures out there

in the world sense it and come in for the kill. My guard is down

so I get even more buried in the quicksand of despair.

We all fall down, and disconnect from ourselves and what is

good. We need to realize that we deserve goodness and positivity.

The times we are most disconnected from our positive intention

are the times we need it most. The challenge is in holding on to

the rope when we are falling-to not let it slip away, and if it does,

to not let it slip completely away.


Even the authors of these ‘spiritual and self help guides’ fall.

Life is about embracing the darkness and the light.

We are all incredibly strong and frail, but we are human and

can learn even more from the darkness than the light.

It all depends on how you look at it.


Today’s focus will be on living a mindful life focused on

positive intention and gratitude.


Morning Meditation: A Meditation on Intention from The Chopra Centre


Journal Entry: Create Your Own Declaration of Intention and 

make it beautiful. Frame it and hang it somewhere you will see it.

Intended Listening and Viewing:The Power of Intention-Wayne Dyer

Mindfulness & Intention Panel Discussion-Mindfulness Experts & Deepak Chopra

Living With Intention: Lynne MacTaggert: 

Physical Activity: Go for a walk in nature and silently reflect

on the intentions you have for your life-present and future.

Evening Meditation:

Day Sixteen: Does Good Karma Come to Those Who Wait?


Being humble has always been a trait I’ve revered in other, more

fully evolved peers. It is my belief that, in being humble, one will

automatically attract copious amounts of good karma.

karma (1)

Definition: (Wikipedia):

Karma (Sanskrit: कर्म; IPA: [ˈkarmə] ( ); Pali: kamma) means action,

work or deed;[1] it also refers to the principle of causality where intent and

actions of an individual influence the future of that individual.[2] Good intent

and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad

intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.[3][4]

Karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in some schools of

Asian religions.[5] In these schools, karma in the present affects one’s

future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives

– or, one’s saṃsāra.[6] With origins in ancient India, it is a key concept in

Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism,[7] and Taoism.[8]

If being humble is revered in our society; why then, does it seem like

the more aggressive bird catches the worm. Does the aggressive bird

then feel consumed with guilt, surrounded by negative karma at the

end of the day? Does the humble bird, soar, wings outstretched flying

with no chains on the airwaves of super-charged karma at the end of

the day? Or does the humble bird have to recover, mending it’s

tattered wings, too tired to fly at the end of the day?

Our society has been encouraging, brainwashing us to believe that it

is a dog eat dog world. That once we have clawed our way up to

he top we have reached the pinnacle of success where we can bathe

in the richness of material wealth and status. Holding our noses up at

the humble birds who flit around somewhere in the middle or at the


There are many signs indicating a silent, loving revolution. Small 

gatherings of humble birds are speaking out against the negative

forces. They are flying in groups to try and change the aura of

the universe. To move and create a spiritual, peaceful utopia. To

move away from ego-based thinking and towards love and authenticity.

karma3(All of the Art Pieces Showcased today are From the New Dawn Collection

by Rassouli) http://www.newdawncollections.com/ArtNouveau.htm


The focus today will be on how to live with grace and attract good karma

to you. Our meditations and teachings will all come from Deepak Chopra;

a wonderful, world renowned spiritual teacher.


Morning Meditation:


Journal Entry: For today’s journal entry assess your actions and how you live

your life. Thinks about the last time you did something positive and directed

by love. How did it affect you? Do you think it elevated your karma? Now think

of a negative action and how you could have acted in a more positive manner.


Inspired Reading: By Buddha Dharma Education Association


Inspired Karmic Music Playlist:

Inspired Viewing & Listening:


Today’s Physical Activity is 56 Minutes of Karma Yoga:


Here’s an Inspiring Project called the World Karma Project:



Evening Meditation: Liberation from Karmic Chains:


Enjoy Your Process

Live in Love

Peace, Love, Namaste


Day Eight: Making Time to Love Yourself


When I was listening to “The Art of Extreme Self Care” by Cheryl Richardson,

for me, it was a survival guide. Having lived at mock speed for years and

depriving myself of daily human needs; it was time for a drastic self

intervention. The part of the book that struck a cord most was when Cheryl

warned that others would not like your decision to initiate self care

rituals. She said that part of initiating this way of living would disappoint

others that have grown to depend on your usual selfless behavior. “How

dare you take time out of your day for you?” When you look at this question

it seems silly, but I was not alone. Many women who I spoke to that juggled

a full-time job and a family said, there is no way I would have time for__________.

It made me so sad to think I was not alone, that so many other people felt

this weight. Today’s focus is loving ourselves by taking the time to nurture

all of ourselves; body, mind and spirit.

You DO have time…You MUST have time…

When you wake up this morning think about all the amazing and unique

qualities you have. 


Journal Entry: Write a list of things you would do for yourself if you had

an endless amount of time. Now today, cross one or more off of that list.

Morning Meditation: Louise Hay-Loving Ourselves: Become Illuminate-Youtube

This is a long meditation so you could listen to it as you prepare for the day.

Woman Looking at Reflection

Self Care:

Mirror Work: One technique that Cheryl Richardson outlined in her book

was mirror work. This is where you look in the mirror at yourself, look directly in your

own eyes and say “I Love You (your name).” It will seem silly at first but will become

easier the more you do it.

Buy Yourself a Bouquet of Flowers.

Physical Activity: 30 minutes of Qi Gong: This is a beautiful, and very spiritual

Chi Gong is an ancient Chinese healing energy exercise.



Art Project: “Life on Hold”: by Youtube User: RachO113:


Simple Abundance

Literary Suggestion: Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach:

This has always been my bible and a book I buy whenever I see it at a second hand

book store to give to others who I felt needed it. I has a daily inspirational reading

and something in your life to focus on to empower yourself. She has a collection

of books in this series and a journal.

Here is a link to her website:


Evening Meditation: Deepak Chopra: A Renowned Spiritual Author:

“The Secret of Healing: Meditations for Transformation and Higher Consciousness.”



Peace, Love & Namaste


P.S. You do have time for yourself!