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


“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


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

Day Eighty-Six: “Not Just Downward Dog”: The Commercialization of Yoga


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.

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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.


Morning Meditation:


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

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 Eighty-Three: “Her Prayer was Carried By the Wind”-Tibetan Prayer Flags-Lesson Two-Spiritual Trinkets

As a camera shot pans over the summit of the Himalayas…high above the

ornately carved Buddhist monastery flashes of colour…penetrated by the

light of the setting sun criss-crossing over one another…carry the prayers

of all the men and women who have courageously trekked to the cap in

hopes that their brush with the majesty of nature will humble and 

redesign their spirits…


The Tibetan Prayer flag-a representation of the hopes, dreams and

wishes of earthbound souls, scrawled with intention in ink on small

sheets of cotton, dyed in colours that represent the earths elements.


Earlier on in my blog I wrote about Sacred Spaces and in that entry there was

a video on how to create your own prayer flags. Mine are splayed across my

fireplace-one more way for me to use the law of attraction to transport me

in my mind to the place I most need to visit-Tibet. There has always been

a feeling of familiarity embedded within me-a feeling that I have been to

that majestic place on the mountain side in the Himalayas…maybe it has

only been in my dreams, but one day soon I hope when I open my eyes

I will be standing on the summit-breathing in the vision I described at

the beginning of my entry today. One Day!


Here is an Incredible Article that Outlines the meanings and

History behind Tibetan Prayer Flags.


Morning Meditation: Using your own personal mantra. Repeat

your mantra as you inhale for four seconds and exhale for a count of five.

You can do this meditation to the video below.


Some Tibetan Ear Candy for Your Day

Dharma Shop is an Excellent Resource to Purchase Authentic Prayer Flags


Make Your Own Tibetan Prayer Flags:

A More Modern Version of a Personalized Prayer Flag DIY

Evening Meditation: 

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Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Seventy-Six: Soul Connections Series-Lesson Three-Twin Flames


The first time I heard of twin flames was from a dear friend;

a spiritually connected sister friend who was on the brink

of a twin flame love connection. I was intrigued with her story

and began exploring this whole idea of twin flames over the

past month.

I soon realized that my husband and partner in life came to

me in the described way a twin flame comes magically into

their loves life.

Through all of the turmoil of my childhood and youth, the

hope that kept me going and at times alive was a vision

of a man without a face and two children-one feminine

and one masculine. When I heard my husband’s voice for the

first time I was positive that he was my partner, the yin

to my yang…We met on a phone dating line-before the

rise of the internet! We then became disconnected for

over a month because I lost the tiny notepad containing his

mysterious digits. After the winter melt; and a month of

tearing my tiny apartment apart night after night desperate

to hear my love’s voice again the doorbell rang one chilly March

evening. It was my dear British friend. After greeting her with a

warm hug and taking her plum felted wool jacket; she was

holding something behind her back as she said “I have something

you’ve been looking for”, excitedly and unable to stand the suspense

I held out my hand pleadingly. She passed me the very weathered,

crinkled, barely recognizable little notebook of love. I squealed with

glee and hugged my friend again for longer this time.

I finally reconnected with my love and we have not spent a night

apart since. Fifteen years into the future, a beautiful family and

home built brick by brick with love-If that is not a twin flame

connection I don’t know what it. I am not saying we are devoid

of problems or that the armor is free of chinks, but our love

for one another is loyal and true and we fight our way through

the challenges of life as a team.


Here is a great site that explains the intricacies of

a twin flame soul connection.


Here is another great source to identify the signs and

symptoms of a twin flame relationship:



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Morning Meditation:


Journal Entry: Go over the signs and symptoms of the twin flame

connection and compare the relationships in your life to those to see

if there are any along your path that may fit into the criteria.

Is there anyone in your life right now that you feel so deeply connected

to that they could be your twin flame?


Some Informational Videos about Twin Flames

Couples Acro Yoga


Evening Meditation: Shamanic Twin Flame Meditation (Stunning)

Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Seventy-Three: How Understanding Past Lives Helps Us Make Sense of Experiences of Today


I walked up to the door of the rickety house from a century past and

grasped the rusted brass door knocker and tapped gently on the 

paint peeled wooden door-once beautiful, now clinging onto life.

A typical looking older woman, dressed in the conservative attire of

an older woman-polyester pants and short, brittle grey hair opened

the door…out wafted the smell of stewed cabbage…The house

was dimly lit as she led me through the top floor and down to

an even duskier basement level. She opened the door to a room

that, in it’s past life had been a home-based beauty salon. The 

shelves were still lined with vintage beauty products from ages

past, covered in a thick film of dust…She said to me with a distinctive

Ukrainian accent: “Oh dear Emily, Jill told me you were coming for

a session today, please have a seat in the chair behind you.”

I boosted myself slightly up so I could comfortably get established

on the squeaky leather salon chair with it’s hairdryer still intact and

hanging loosely behind my head. She asked me how long I had been

wearing my only piece of jewelry-my mom and dad’s understated 

solitary diamond ring-I responded with a few years.She said

that that was long enough to obtain the information she required. 

She asked that I remove it and pass it to her, which I did.

She held the ring in her right palm and closed her eyes as she grasped

my left hand. After some moments her body started to gently jerk. 

She proceeded to tell me that I had lived numerous

lives and that this life was my last earthbound life and that I will

learn all of the lessons I am required to learn before returning to 

the other side to stay. She then described all of the roles that I played in

the delicate play of life: An aboriginal medicine woman, a chef in China,

a child soldier in Africa, a nanny in France, a young Buddhist monk…

All of the passions and deep loves of my life started to become clearer

to me after hearing her offerings. I always had deep connections to these

cultures. For example-my pull to Buddhism when I rediscovered it was 

unfounded and so deep-it felt like I had found a long lost friend…Similarly

when I hear African music I feel like I am home. The half an hour I spent

in that wise woman’s basement transformed my thinking. It was as though

she put all the pieces of my deepest longings and skills together-

allowing me to see that the lives I previously lived continued to resonate today.

I also feel that since that time 20 years ago in her basement the 

experiences I have had in this life have been easier to navigate- and

more purposeful-especially the most challenging and tragic ones-

having been armed with the knowledge that in this last life I have

earthbound I need to learn all that I must as a person in order to

become established on the other side when I am done here.

There are a couple more awesome things that I have enjoyed

contemplating when pondering the idea of past lives and that

is that you can meet up with people in this life again that

you have known from other lives-like past loves and family.

Have you ever met someone and felt such a deep connection to

them that you know you have loved them before?

Another is skills that you are amazing at so quickly that it 

can’t possibly be that you haven’t come into this life already

armed with those innate skills. I could go on and on about the

magic of past lives and the endless possibilities on how believing in

them can enrich your life-but I will spare you an entry that babbles

on too long. Below you’ll find some other perspectives that give

you something to think about.



Journal Entry: What connections do you have today that run so deep

you feel they couldn’t be solely from this life? How can you integrate

those things more into your life today? What people in your life have you

met and felt such a deep connection to that you feel you must have known

them before? Are you comfortable having a conversation with them to 

see if they feel the same?


This is a Fun One:

A Beautiful Playlist to Rejeuvenate your Day!


Evening Meditation

Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Seventy-Two: I Pick Purple! Trashing Gender Roles by Balancing the Divine Masculine & Feminine Within


Just a side-note before I start: Everyday so may titles run through my brain

and I cannot usually purge one so as you can see my titles are epic-ally long!

I was driving home from the city this afternoon and it was finally warm enough

to crank open my windows and let the fresh air in. While driving my sporty little

red Mazda, shifting gears and taking names I turned my radio dial onto a heavy

rock station. I slipped on my rockin’ roll shades and steered the car with one

arm outstretched as I blared Ozzy Osbourne as loud as my car sanctioned stereo

would go without sounding muffled. I was basking in my divine masculine and loving

the power of it. During the trip I pulled over-cracked the hood and poured windsheild

washer fluid-full stream no funnel needed- ready to pounce on any man that tried to

“assist” this feminine looking woman. I felt the power of embracing my inner masculine

energy as I tore all of the seats, flooring and cabinetry out of my 1973 VW Van and

restored it all by myself; and I get that same rush when I sing a Led Zeppelin song with

the guys I jam with.

Women have power and strength-we love to embrace the gritty and raw side of life.

Men have sensitivities and grace and love to soften and embrace the gentle beauty of life.

Our society is becoming more open and receptive to the idea that androgynous thinking-

by that I mean embracing both the masculine and feminine sides of ourselves-will allow

us to achieve more balance and happiness.

The times where little girls were odd if they rocked a short haircut and wore slacks

are improving in Western countries and others as well-though we still have a long

way to go.

Similarly the times where boys were restricted from taking on careers that are

in the nurturing fields is lessening. The more evolved human beings see these

traits as empowering rather than odd and that is progress.

Restrictive thought patterns in general seem to be at least

argued against rather than accepted and conformed to-that too is progress.

If someone chooses to judge anyone that walks outside the lines are they not

the one we should feel sorry for? How terrible would it be to live a life full of

hatred and judgement?

My point is that as human beings we are more balanced when we allow the

gender roles to fall to the wayside and just embrace our ability to just live

and be-be who we chose-wear what we chose-spend our time doing what

we chose whether it is “pink”, “blue” or “purple”.


Morning Meditation for Balancing the Masculine and Feminine


Journal Entry: Think of a time when you were doing something that

allowed you to break through the gender role assigned to you at birth.

How did you feel? Was it uncomfortable-or was it empowering and

liberating. What rules where you brought up making to feel plunged

you deeper into the gender role of assignment? What could you do today,

tomorrow and the next day to rebel against your gender role? Now go

do it! What are you waiting for?


Videos that Explore the Topic Further

Morning Yoga Session for Couples

Evening Meditation


Peace, Love & Namaste-Em

Day Seventy: The Goddess Within-Embracing the Divine Feminine and Feminist Values

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I think in our world today women struggle with what role we are

supposed to playing. We live in a world where we are judged when

we don’t fit snugly into straight vanilla womanly roles-and similarly

we are judged when we don’t break through those roles and grab

life by the balls, competing with men to climb the success ladder.

We are women though and if we are not encouraged to love the

feminine aspects of ourselves as well as the warrior within then

we are doing ourselves a disservice.

The first time I opened a “feminist” book I was in University and

my thirst and curiosity for mind blowing knowledge was insatiable.

I lived in a obscure house that was over one hundred years of age

that had been haphazardly conjoined with a brand new house (not

addition-an entire house). Now I lived in that house with seven very

politically charged, feminist female students that were not about to

define themselves in a traditional role. We also lived with one boy

named Gabino. I started relieving the shelves of the used book stores

that littered the neighborhood of their most feminist novels which

had become the bibles for women trying to break free of their traditional

labels and roles. Here are the books I devoured at that time:

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The women and men that surrounded me at the University of Alberta and the

beautiful individuals I was blessed to live with at that poignant time in my

life opened me up to a new way of thinking about myself as a woman and

what my role in society was.

I have always been a very feminine girl but hid my sexuality from society due

to many violations as a child and as I grew up.

It wasn’t until I met my husband that I felt totally safe and respected as

a sensual woman. I began to dress in a way that made me feel like a beautiful

confident and  sensual woman.

Let’s abolish the definition of what we are supposed to be and

just embrace what makes us feel closest to our source and our

true selves.


Morning Meditation:

Journal Entry: When was a time when you felt balanced as a woman

and human being. What was going on in your life? Who were you surrounding

yourself with? What female role do you play in society at present? Are you

living your truth in that role or do you feel there is a part of yourself that

is being neglected? How can you make a change in a forward direction?


Top ten Feminist Books



An In Depth Description of what the Divine Feminine is.


A Sensual Bellydance routine to Embrace your Sensuality

Sudha: A Beautiful and Feminine Playlist:

Wisdom Goddess Sophia Nicolas Roerich

Evening Meditation:

Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Sixty-Six: Vibrational Resonance-Surrounding Yourself with Complimentary People & Environments


Last night I was invited to a potluck dinner by a friend who has stuck by

me through thick and thin since high school. She was asked to bring a

friend who inspires her-it was exactly what I needed-to feel as though

I had value-what an uplifting invitation. It was at the home of another

friend from high school who is one of the most positive people I know

and offers so much to building positive communities in my city.

I spotted the house from a block away-the small circular patio lanterns

whispering my name in the night…The closer I got to the house the more

I could feel the vibrational pull-one of pure unadulterated loving energy.

Just as our feet landed on the front step we heard a sea of clapping and

cheering and the spiritual vibration was raised to the next level…

We walked into the house and were greeted with smiles and openness-

the floor was covered with people, in each others embrace, side by side,

all at different levels and not one of the faces in the crowd was devoid

of a genuine and heartfelt smile…Each person that brought a ‘plus one’

was introducing their plus one to the rest of the community. The 

introductions were so intense, pure, honest and heartfelt-poignant

celebrations of what the core of the people being presented really

were about and how they enhanced our world just by their presence

and offerings. I felt like I was home-surrounded by like-minded souls

ignighted by their passions…looking for meaning in every facet of their

lives. The pretenses were stripped away as each individual approached

the house. The vibrational energy inviting them to let go the masks and shine

through. I so appreciated every conversation; every interaction that I 

was gifted with last night-I had begun to believe I would never truly find

a community that complimented my energy-but there it was; there it is.

The door to my kindred community has finally opened and I have so much

hope for the future…


Morning Meditation:


Journal Entry: Write down the names of people you spend a majority

of your time with. Now also write down the places you spend your time.

Beside each name or place rate your vibrational match number to assess

how much of your life is complimenting your energy-

SCALE: 1 (lowest match)-10 (most complimentary match)

Now consider what you could do to increase your vibrational energy.

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How to Raise Your Vibration Blog 


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More Great Talks by Infinite Waters


Music to Inspire Positive Thinking

Evening Meditation:

Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Sixty-Five: How to Stay Humble Without Compromising Your Self Worth


My mother was a fan of humility. She was very religious and in her spiritual

teachings and in life she was trained to be seen and not heard. Lessons

she stressed to me were centered on giving to others and making them

feel special while sacrificing your own needs.

Innately I have always been very uncomfortable when I am complimented.

It is as though my biggest fear is to seem egotistical or appearing to think

I am better than anyone else. My husband recently shared with me that

I actually downgrade myself in front of others too often. This is a tool I

have always used to be accessible to others so that they know I will not

judge them.

The world has confused me; and maybe yourself as well-Buddhist teaching

and all of my spiritual teachings stress the value of maintaining ones ability

to remain humble and how this trait is revered and encouraged.

Admit it we all can’t stand the people who go around bragging about this

and that and how awesome they are. It also drives us crazy when people

around us keep one upping us-like you buy something and then they buy

the same thing but way nicer and more expensive; or multiple numbers

of the one that you got and then proceed to rub salt into your wounds.

Now the key to being a good person, someone who people can value;

is maintaining our value and appreciating compliments, but in a

way that is not aggressive or egotistical. Self deprecation is an extreme

form of humility-and it damages us. You can be humble, kind and loving

and still value your self worth.  How can we do this? By assessing the

way we speak to others about ourselves.


Homework: Do something kind for someone today without them knowing.

Pay attention to how not receiving acknowledgement feels?


Morning Meditation: Humility in the Mountains


Journal Entry: When you are with someone do you feel like you need

to compete or prove something to them? How much of your time are 

you living in an egotistical state? How much of your time are you living

in a humble state? How did you feel after doing your homework?


Humble Forbearance Yoga Routine


Evening Meditation: