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Day Eighty-Nine: A Path of Love & Devotion: Bhatki Yoga-The 2nd Yoga Mandra

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“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

with meaning.

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

regret.

Live in Love, Live in Faith, Live in the Moment…Love Em 

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Morning Meditation Open to Receive and Give Love: 

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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?

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Here is an excellent article on Bhakti Yoga and how it fits into

our modern world.

http://www.yogajournal.com/article/practice-section/bhakti-yoga-love-devotion-relationship/

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One Hour of Bhatki Yoga

Bhatki Yoga Talk by Swami Satchidananda

A Quick Reference Guide to Bhatki Yoga

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Evening Mantra Mediation:

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Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Seventy-Four: Soul Connections Series Lesson One: Soul Mates

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Over the next few days we are going to go over some of the different

“spiritual/soul connections” that have been explored over time. I will

discuss one each day over the next three days. The three most prevalent

soul connections are: soul mates, twin souls and twin flames.

There are two types of people in the world today; the people that

truly believe, from the bottom of their very hearts that there is

one person out there that will be their #1, the yin to their yang,

the person that will complete them and love them unconditionally

just the way they are.

Can believing in a soul mate make life more exciting and thrilling or

can it lead to a world of hurt if we never find that “one” and spend

our lives on an endless search for someone more?

Conversely if we only relate to our possible lovers with an air of

superficiality then the magic has been extinguished before it can

begin. We are living in a constant state of numbness. Is that

really living?

How do we navigate the feelings we have when we meet a person

that we deeply connect to? Are the feelings deep love, lust,

like, nurturing…How do we know?

Fear has a tendency to stifle many of our feelings and twist them

into a salty pretzel of confusion and denial-resulting in us stumbling

through life with a blindfold on and no love direction.

The pure excitement of navigating a new relationship can leave

some craving that initial feeling and lead to a life of constant

one night stands or quickie relationships.

A relationship that makes us feel alive and truly ourselves is what

we all strive to find in our lifetime-but in order to find that it

seems we must first love ourselves unconditionally so we are not

always reaching out for someone else to define us and fill the voids

that we have within.

The first soul connection lesson is about soul mates:

Throughout history philosophers like Plato and Edgar Cayce

have used the term soul mates to tell stories that describe

and explain that feeling of deep connection that traditionally

a man and woman feel to one another.

The term soul mates has now evolved to break through gender

roles-one can deeply love anyone else regardless of gender or sexual

orientation.

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Wikipedia:

A soulmate is a person with whom one has a feeling of deep or natural affinity.[1] This may involve similarity, love, romance,friendship, intimacy, sexuality, sexual activity, spirituality, or compatibility and trust.[2]

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Here is a list taken from The Huffington Post: The 10 Elements of a Soul Mate

The 10 Elements of a Soulmate:

1. It’s something inside. Describing how a soulmate makes you feel is difficult. It’s a tenacious, profound and lingering emotion which no words can encompass.

2. Flashbacks. If your partner is your soulmate, chances are he or she has been present in your past lives. Soulmates often choose to come back together during the same lifetime and scope each other out in the big world. You might suddenly and briefly experience flashbacks of your soulmate. You might even feel an odd sense of déjà vu, as if the moment in time has already taken place, perhaps a long time ago, perhaps in a different setting.

3. You just get each other. Ever met two people who finsh each other’s sentences? Some people call that spending too much time together, but I call it a soulmate connection. You might experience this with your best friend or your mother, but it is the telltale sign of a soulmate when you experience it with your partner.

4. You fall in love with his (or her) flaws. No relationship is perfect, and even soulmate relationships will experience ups and downs. Still, that bond will be much harder to break. Soulmates have an easier time of accepting, even learning to love, each other’s imperfections. Your relationship is more likely to be a soulmate match if you both love each other exactly as you each are, accepting both the great and awful tendencies we all have.

5. It’s intense. A soulmate relationship may be more intense than normal relationships, in both good and sometimes bad ways. The most important thing is that, even during negative episodes, you’re focused on resolving the problem and can see beyond the bad moment.

6. You two against the world. Soulmates often see their relationship as “us against the world.” They feel so linked together that they’re ready and willing to take on any feat of life, so long as they have their soulmate by their side. Soulmate relationships are founded on compromise and unity above all else.

7. You’re mentally inseparable. Soulmates often have a mental connection similar to twins. They might pick up the phone to call each other at the exact same time. Though life may keep you apart at times, your minds will always be in tune if you are soulmates.

8. You feel secure and protected. Regardless of the gender of your partner, he or she should always make you feel secure and protected. This means that if you’re a man, yes, your woman should make you feel protected, too! Your soulmate will make you feel like you have a guardian angel by your side. A person who plays on your insecurities, whether consciously or subconsciously, is not your soulmate.

9. You can’t imagine your life without him (or her). A soulmate is not someone you can walk away from that easily. It is someone you can’t imagine being without, a person you believe is worth sticking with and fighting for.

10. You look each other in the eye. Soulmates have a tendency to look into each other’s eyes when speaking more often than ordinary couples. It comes naturally from the deep-seated connection between them. Looking a person in the eye when speaking denotes a high level of comfort and confidence.

Whether you’re designed by the universe to be soulmates or two loving people who have settled for each other’s strengths and weaknesses, the decision is yours. The beauty of free will is that you can remain in or change any relationship as you see fit. To be with your soulmate is one of the precious treasures of life. And if you feel you’ve found your heart’s other half, I wish you endless days of joy and laughter, and countless nights of deep embrace, unraveling the mysteries of the universe one by one.

To love,

Dr. Carmen Harra

Morning Meditation

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Journal Entry: Do you believe in soul mates? Have you ever had such a deep spiritual

or soul connection with someone that you can’t deny there is something more to

it then the superficial? How did you feel? What was your perception of what a

soul mate was before learning more? What is your perception now?

Another Awesome Talk by Teal Swan

Another Awesome Talk by Infinite Waters

Evening Meditation

Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Thirteen: Are Angels Among Us? Angel Healing and Angel Guides.

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Yesterday I was very focused on my angels. My sister, who was the most

important person that was constant throughout my life, passed tragically

several years ago. Since her passing I have had faith that she still has

a presence in my life. It was that belief that kept me from slipping into

a deeper depression than the mourning depression that I

experienced for the first year.

I have heard from multiple places that if you find a feather it is a message

from a loved one who has passed. Yesterday, I asked my sister Lori to

send feathers if she was still around me. Since yesterday I have found

four separate feathers of differing sizes and several strangely placed coins

(another item believed to be a sign from the angels).

I know there are people that believe that once their loved one passes

they are gone completely. If I felt that way about my sister I could

not have managed her death. A belief in angels and that our loved ones

surround us and protect us is such a comforting way to feel and

we should have the right to embrace it in order to move forward.

Several months ago, when I was really struggling with my mental

and physical health I had a strong desire to connect with the healing

power of my angel guides. I was in Banff, with a co-worker and

kindred spirit, and we stumbled upon a tiny shop filled with

spiritual items. I walked directly to a round table in the centre of

the shop and my eye was drawn to a small blue box with the

picture of an angel on it. It was a deck of angel cards by

Doreen Virtue. I trusted that it was there for me to see and

claim as my own. Upon my return home I called upon my angel

guides in the evenings when my mind would wander into the

depths of stress and unrest.

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Today’s focus will be on Angel Healing and Angel Guides.

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When you wake up this morning ask your angel guides to 

assist you and guide you through your day. 

Morning Meditation:

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Journal Prompt: Write about a time when you felt there was an

angel in your presence. Was it during a tragedy and you felt there was someone

guiding you through it? Was it when you were in the depths of despair and you felt

the angels lift you out of the darkness?

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Inspired Listening: Angel Messages by Lillian Eden:

Inspired Online Reading: Three Types of Angels are with You-Doreen Virtue

Angel Healer.

http://www.angeltherapy.com/blog/3-types-angels-are-you

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Inspired Angel Books to Read:

http://www.amazon.com/Doreen-Virtue/e/B000AQ06F8/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_18?qid=1420486393&sr=1-18

Angel Music to Guide You through Your Day:

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Angel Inspired Art Project: Link on Pinterest:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/203717583120247702/

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Bedtime Meditation: Guardian Angels with Jason Stephenson:

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Peace, Love & Namaste

Em