When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. – Jimi Hendrix

This is a quote that I am sharing in my yoga classes as we enter the realm of Manipura, the Solar Plexus Chakra. This energy field represents and manifests courage, confidence and inner power.

Though to fully experience a sense of power, it must be understood that TRUE power comes from a place of inner peace, NOT force.  It comes from an understanding that each of us shoulders a burden that might not be readily apparent to the physical eye and therefore encourages patience and a sense of equanimity. It comes from a deep spirit of compassion and realization of our Oneness with ALL Beings.

It’s no coincidence that this article is being written as many the world over mourn the death of Cecil, the beloved lion who made his home in a national park in Zimbabwe. Cecil brutally lost his life to be mantled on a trophy hunter’s wall. The tears that come when I even ponder this cruelty must now be transmuted into knowing that Cecil gave his life to raise the consciousness of our world.

The number of posts around the globe, the millions who are not only saddened but horrified at this action reveals to me that the hearts of the majority of us sharing this beautiful planet are in alignment. BUT we must now come together and allow the energy to exponentially bring peace to a planet that is experiencing violence and despair at levels perhaps greater than ever before.

So what can we do? We can come into our own peaceful inner power. We can stand up for what is right. We can honor our brothers and sisters on the path – of EVERY species. Not through force, but through example.

The energy in our hearts is strong enough to move mountains. Believe in this. Believe in the quote that Jimi Hendrix shared so many years ago.

Here also is a mantra that says it all:

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Translated: May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all. (jivamuktiyoga.com)

Below you can listen to the fabulous Deva Premal & Miten share this beautiful mantra.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/usJl7oiZPnc” target=”_blank”>Deva & Miten



Pivotal Moments

Has anything ever happened along your life path where you can look back and recognize that a single event, conversation or random choice completely changed the course?

One such occurrence stands out for me really strongly. I was visiting Taos, New Mexico with my ex-husband. (Well, he was still my husband at that point haha. THAT’S a whole ‘nother blog.);) Anyway, we had been living in Nashville, Tennessee and while we both liked it there, we knew it was time for a change and Taos was one of the options we had in mind. When we arrived there, as beautiful as it was, we both knew inside that this was not the place we were to relocate.

The other option that we were considering was Port Townsend, Washington. So, sitting in a café in a courtyard in the middle of the village in Taos, we both agreed – that was indeed the place for us. Just then the waitress arrived with our beverages and as she placed them in front of us, she smiled and asked where we were visiting from. We looked at one another and told her, “Well, currently we live in Nashville, but we are moving to Port Townsend, Washington. SHE says, “OH! I love Port Townsend!” We looked at each other again, thinking, “Wow, what are the odds? Here we are in Taos and she is familiar with this small town in Washington?” Then she adds, “But have you also considered Bellingham?” At that point neither of us were familiar with Bellingham but the thought was implanted and we both agreed, perhaps before making a final decision we should check it out as well. And so we did. As well as Birch Bay. AND that is where we ended up relocating.

SO. If that particular waitress had not been working that day OR we had not stopped for a drink, our entire future could have been quite different. Not to mention life stories of everyone we have met and therefore influenced in some manner along the way.

Those kind of things just blow me away. The reason I am sharing this is because we are on Third Eye chakra this week in yoga class – our seat of perception and inner guidance. Often along this path of life it may feel that certain goals and aspirations are not panning out. But if we can remain open to the ‘Inner Guidance” that can come in many forms, (like a waitress in a café in Taos), we will know that we are exactly where we are meant to be every step of the way. Even if it appears foggy and ill-defined or we have what may feel like too many options from which to choose, when we drop down into our heart and KNOW that it’s all perfect, the stepping stones will indeed appear. Messages from God and the angels can manifest in many different forms so being open to the unexpected is a very good idea. And one day you will look back and think, ” Ahhh. Now I get it.”

Coming into this ‘state of mind and heart’ is not always easy so I want to share with you a little prayer/meditation both  audio and written form called, “What If…”

Click here for audio meditation.

What if just for today
… you released worry.
… you lived your life moment by moment.
… you allowed yourself to see things through the eyes of a child.
… you knew that all is indeed well.
… you let the miracle of your breath carry you gently forward.
… you trusted that angels are surrounding you with love and guidance.
… you opened to the magic that happens when you live from your heart.
… you believed that you are a blessed child of God, more loved than you could ever imagine.

What if… you repeated these statements EVERY day.


I have a proposition for you…

What if today (and maybe every day from here on out) you begin to look at things as if you are seeing them for the very first time? No preconceived notions, no judgment… Look with wonder and innocence, as if through the eyes of a child.

While this has occurred to me in the past, reading a blog from sound healer, Tom Kenyon, reignited the importance of this practice. One line that stood out for me was, “Be curious. Expect miracles.”

In these moments of being fully present in a childlike state of openness the miracles happen. So much of our life ‘planning’ (and fear- based action) is based on episodes from our past. In the act of releasing this baggage and surrendering in curiosity to the unfolding of our ‘future’, we invite in the serendipity.

So… if only just for today, look at the trees and really see them. Look at your family and pets and really see them. Look into your own eyes and really see YOU. All part of a Divine plan, all One, all LOVE.

Be curious. Expect miracles. (Thank you, Tom.)

Daisy/Ladybug Communing

Daisy/Ladybug Communing

A customer behind you in line at the grocery store rams their cart into your legs…
Your five year old asks you the SAME question for the hundredth time that day…
Your precious feline dumps a brand new plant off the counter, shattering in a gazillion pieces…

In normal circumstances, perhaps any of these would be met with an initial sigh followed by an ‘Oh well’ response. But when we are in adrenal overload, even the simple things can trigger a blow-out reaction.

The main goal of my writing today is to offer you a respite from the never-ending ‘to-do’ list, the build-up of tension and the ramifications of our busy lives. (So hopefully you aren’t too busy to read this. haha)

When we find our true rhythm, we come into balance. I love what Terri Guillemets has to say on this:

“‪When you dance to your own rhythm, life taps its toes to your beat.”‬
-Terri Guillemets

In a world where we are ‘on’ way more than ‘off’ and connected 24/7 to a stream of incoming information, most of us find ourselves in this state of adrenal overload, so prevalent that even this begins to sound cliché. But it’s a fact – and it leads to nervousness, irritability, insomnia and the catch-all header of ‘stress.’

The adrenals are housed just above the kidneys in our lower back region and belong to the solar plexus chakra. The emotions related to an out-of-balance solar plexus chakra are frustration, anger and inability to make decisions. When we are IN balance in this chakra, we come into our personal power, confidence and courage. We realize that this is an innate gift that springs from a connection with the truth of who we are: powerful Spiritual Beings dressed up in human clothing.

The deep realization of our inner power – and our connection to a Divine Source – helps to dispel the feelings of fear. This in turn allows the adrenals to relax and heave a sigh of relief. But how does one accomplish this?

I liken it to a dance. It takes a little time and effort to learn the steps and become conditioned to practice them daily. These steps include breathing with awareness, practicing yoga, qigong or a similar mindful form of movement, and meditation. Even a few minutes morning and evening of getting quiet within and connecting with that Source will begin to show up as an increased sense of calm. And – you can’t get it wrong. I believe many people put off meditating thinking they just don’t know how. (On that note, stay tuned – I am hoping to soon offer a weekly meditation/mindfulness gathering…)

There are also acupressure points one that will help either instill this sense of peace OR even more importantly, bring one back from the edge of panic. Two very helpful points are the following: (Make sure to breathe deeply into the point with the intention of inner peace.)

PC 6

PC 6

PC 6 (Pericardium 6) – located approximately three finger widths from the inner crease of the wrist, between the tendons. The pericardium, also known as ‘the guardian angel of the heart’ houses and protects this beautiful organ and points along this meridian help to treat disorders of the heart and spirit. Applying first gentle and then firm pressure (best with thumb) on PC 6 for between 2 and 3 minutes will begin to usher in a feeling of calm, unblock the flow of energy from the heart and from a physical perspective, help with nausea.

HT 7

HT 7

HT 7 (Heart 7) also know as the ‘Spirit Gate’ – located in the dip below wrist crease below the little finger on the palm side of the hand. This is another point that is wonderful for decreasing anxiety, helping with insomnia and bringing a sense of general well-being. As with PC 6, hold for 2 to 3 minutes.

I’d like to share a poem with you that I wrote many years ago, but still opens my heart to ‘dancing with life’.


I looked up to God, ’cause I felt kinda low-
Needed some guidance on which way to go…
Thought it was all being left up to chance-
The answer I heard, was “Dance,Child, Dance.”

Your life is a dance, each day and each night,
Reach for the heavens, soar like a kite!
Let your energy flow with the wind,
And your path will find YOU, again and again.

I pondered the message, it seemed so near…
Just let go and the road would be clear?
Find that place between ‘trying and not’-
where dreams become real and the dance is taught.

So now I dance, sometimes fast, sometimes slow.
The sound of my heartbeat says which way to go-
Those elusive answers, once so out of reach
Are now dancing round me- It’s my turn to teach.

Your life is a dance, each day and each night,
Reach for the heavens, soar like a kite!
Let your energy flow with the wind,
And your path will find YOU, again and again.

Follow your heart.

– Maureen ©

And an affirmation to tie it all together:
Even in the face of adversity, I courageously embrace the dance of my life.

Namasté and peace to you…

Dear Spirit,

Open wide the vistas of my soul!

Allow me to see beyond

my repetitiveness of thought

my narrowness of vision

to the vast expansiveness
that awaits me

when I release fear

and fully open
my heart.

– Maureen

power of spirit

Open wide the vistas of my soul.

It seems to me that there is a lot of fear bubbling under the surface both inside me and wherever I go. I feel it in my interactions with others, in public places, with the environment in general. Perhaps it’s a result of everyone moving at a ridiculous pace, racing God knows where, schedules overbooked, cell phones ringing, texts coming in and generally caught up in a whirlwind of busy-ness.

This leaves little time for the most important things in life like breathing with awareness, taking the time to appreciate the blossoming of the spring flowers, and for just doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I know I have to remind myself that THAT is OKAY. It’s more than okay. It’s necessary.

And when we find ourselves in this tornado-type existence, the tension builds, the fear bubbles up and we miss out on LIFE.

So I would like to share a little flow with you that I am calling “The Power of Spirit Flow” – it takes only a few minutes. The purpose is to connect us with our solar plexus energy – the inner god/goddess energy – the peaceful warrior who KNOWS that life is meant to be lived one moment at a time, without fear of missing something, fear of what’s to come, fear of pausing.
May it serve you well.

P.S. Please forgive that you can’t see my feet in the video.:) oops.

When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu

It is becoming more and more apparent to me that  the general population is experiencing a Spleen imbalance.  Do you agree?  Well, let me elaborate…

Among other tasks, the Spleen (Spleen/Pancreas) in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is the organ system that processes and transports the energy of the food we eat to create Qi (energy) and blood, thereby nourishing the whole body. It purifies  and  manufactures the blood and keeps it  inside the vessels. (If you bruise easily or have bleeding gums, blood in stool, etc this would indicate an imbalance in the Spleen arena.) and in a healthy state, prevents organ prolapse.

When out of balance from an emotional perspective there is WORRY. (Anyone out there relate to worry??) One of the primary functions of the Spleen (along with it’s paired organ, the Stomach) is digestion – not just of food, but also the endless stream of thoughts and outside interactions and distractions that we ‘digest’ every day. An imbalance leads to a sense of not having enough… be that of love, food, money or any other commodity, hence, the tendency to look outside of oneself  to alleviate this sense of lack. Just ONE more cookie… ONE more drink…. ONE more pair of shoes…

And where this is also becoming blatantly apparent is in our desire to fulfill relationship connections – by looking to the outside world through digital technology. Endless texting, emailing, Facebooking (is that a word?) is shown to be actually ‘rewiring’ our brain and in so doing, diminishing our capacity to focus.

When we realize that this kind of ‘satisfaction’ will never be quelled by outside sources and that a true sense of peace and inner fulfillment can only come from within, this is a huge first step to recovering balance.

There are a few things that we can do to proactively initiate this process. Acupressure, sound (toning) and meditation are highly recommended for ushering in equilibrium. I will share some ideas that you may wish to include in your daily ‘repertoire’ of activities.


This is such a simple, powerful practice that opens pools of energy located just under the surface of the skin, inviting a more elegant flow of Qi (energy) through the channels of our body.

Here is a point that can bring balance to the Spleen: SP 4 “Grandparent/Grandchild”
Located on the arch of the foot in the dip below the first metatarsal bone, about one thumb’s width from the ball of the foot.

This is a key point in alleviating worry as well as indigestion (another ‘symptom’ of worry) and foot cramps. Using the acronym “BPI” (breath, pressure, intention) press gently and then with increasing pressure as you breathe deeply with full awareness on the point. Hold for between 1 and 3 minutes. (This point can also be accessed by rubbing the ball of the opposite foot or your heel on the area – massaging back and forth.)



We are vibratory Beings. The healing capabilities of sound are simple, non-invasive and powerful. As Jonathon Goldman, wonderful author, musician and sound healer states, “Frequency plus Intention equals Healing”.

The sound of ‘HU’ (sounds like ‘who’) is the Taoist Healing Sound for the Spleen. To practice this I suggest holding the hands gently under the ribs on the left side of the body (where the spleen is housed), breathing in and exhaling to the sound of ‘HU’ several times. Your intention can be around balance and the knowledge that we find our true feelings of fulfillment and peace of mind inside ourselves. Perhaps affirm, “Everything I need comes from within. I am safe.”


I cannot emphasize enough the benefits of slowing down and taking the time to go within. I believe many people who would LIKE to meditate don’t because they think they need to spend at least 30 minutes or more a day in lotus position, eyes closed and quarantined from the outside world.

While I do agree that being alone in a quiet place and having the ability to close your eyes is highly recommended, even a five minute ‘retreat’ to this inner world can do wonders for us, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

The other ‘excuse’ I hear most often, is “I don’t know how to meditate” Or “I can’t turn off my mind.” Well, the National Science Foundation reports that our brains produce up to 50,000 thoughts a day or more (the majority of these thoughts being the SAME ONES), so naturally it is a learned process to still the mind. Stilling the mind, however, doesn’t mean there will not be thoughts. It’s what we do with them. When a stray idea enters the realm of your meditation, rather than become frustrated, acknowledge it and come back to center.

One of the easiest meditations I have found is HAMSA (Sanskrit mantra that relates to the sound of the breath: ‘Ham” on the inhale – sounds like ‘hum’, and “Sa” on the exhale.) Allowing your belly to expand on the in breath to the sound of Ham… and contract on the out breath to the sound of Sa… feel the flow of the breath entering and leaving your body, smooth, deep and complete. Even just a couple of minutes of this can tell your adrenals that ‘all is well’ and make your spleen happy, too. (And by the way, leave your phone in the off position – at least for this short duration. It gets easier.)

So next time you are feeling ’emotional hunger pangs’ whether for actual food or some other type of gratification, bring awareness to the amazing organ of the Spleen that works tirelessly to instill balance and nurturing in our lives. You are worth the effort.

Wishing you health, contentment and an overall sense of Well-Being.

But How Do I DO That?

“Surrender” is rather the buzz word these days and I understand why. Attachments are cumbersome and limiting and often painful.

And I have heard others as well as myself express it THIS way:
“I am trying to surrender.”

But wait …. think about that. TRYING to surrender? If there is a spiritual oxymoron, that would be it. The whole gift of the process is negated when you have to TRY.

So I had a little conversation with the Angelic Realm. It went like this:


Their answer…”Let Go.”

My reply: HOW DO I DO THAT?

Their answer…”Trust.”

My reply (no surprises here): HOW DO I DO THAT??

Their answer…”Practice. NOW… and now… and now… and now… until you don’t need to anymore.

Then I thought, “OK. There’s a plan. Not sure what that last part meant, but at least I have a road map. And THEN as I pondered further, it all made sense to me. THERE REALLY IS NOTHING TO LET GO OF. We are all intrinsically connected throughout time to EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE. We are pure consciousness. We are pure energy. We never ‘lose’ anything.

It felt like a fresh breeze on a Spring day…

Join me if you choose in saying, “Ahhhhhhhh…… I know I AM:
One in Spirit.
One in Love.
One with ALL. ”

I ‘surrender’ to this.

– Maureen


One recent night after a fitful bout of tossing and turning and patchwork dreams, I woke to the sound of the alarm just as my body was finally going, “Ahhhhhh……” and slipping into some deep sleep. As I realized that slumber was not going to happen, my mind began to review the to-do list of what seemed like an endless log of ‘shoulds’ that awaited my rising. So I stretched and urged myself to breathe and come into some joyful thoughts to send into my day ahead.

That was when I heard it. A message that was clear and precise and I just knew, a direct transmittal from the Angels. This is what they said:

“Stop. Be still. Listen. All is well.”

No mistake here, I pondered. And this directive then shifted other more pressing to-do list activities down a few notches as I realized this was a message that perhaps OTHERS could benefit from as well.

So a ‘fitting’ Pocket Guru image emerged onto paper and I went to scan it in so that I could share the words as well as the illustration – and then get on with my day. But somehow the scanner was not responding. Hmmmm, I thought. Well, turn off the machine and turn it back on. No luck. OK, unplug it and plug it back in again. Still nothing. Check the wireless connection. No connection. So now this had become a priority. I WAS SENDING OUT THIS INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE BEFORE I DID ANYTHING ELSE ON MY LIST. DAMN IT. OK. Look up number for the manufacturer. Get them on the phone. Twenty minutes of try this, try that and NOTHING. Now I know better. When this happens, get up, take a walk, get a glass of water, do SOMETHING other than try to figure it out. But, no. I kept on. Then, finally, checking out the software, I decided to re-download it from the web and see if it would help. And bingo. There it was. I was (finally) ready to roll with it.

And THAT’S when it occurred to me. And I knew the Angels were standing over my shoulder smiling and shaking their heads – when I realized that the message that I was intending to deliver was EXACTLY what I needed to hear during this whole episode in frustration. Stop. Be still. Listen. All is well.

So that is what I share with you today. If you find yourself in a conundrum of sorts, don’t chase your tail. Take a break. Breathe. And listen to angelic guidance. And know whether it appears so or not, all is indeed exactly as it should be.

Wishing you unprecedented ease and flow…

Stop. Be Still. Listen...

Stop. Be Still. Listen…

To see the World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour…
– William Blake

A recent yoga class I shared with my beautiful students centered on the root chakra (Muladhara) and all the gifts it offers when we bring this field into balance.  This chakra represents stability, security and a knowing that all of our needs are met.  It invites us to fully realize our connection to Mother Earth and in so doing, the many beautiful  ways she shares her abundance with us on a daily basis. When we take the time to pause and realize the enormity of these gifts, we allow ourselves to become one with them… Imagine the endless waves rolling in on a beach, the  the countless stars in a night sky, the amazing vegetation that feeds and heals us… All around us this ‘message of abundance’ – and key here is that we are ONE WITH THAT.  When we truly appreciate and feel that unity, abundance  will support us in our own lives in beautiful ways.

Here is a short meditation to usher you into that unity with the gifts from our dear Mother Earth.

Picture yourself in a beautiful lush green valley under the most magnificent tree… It’s autumn and  the fall sun is shining softly, warming you.  As you lie here, feel the connection between your body and Mother Earth.  With every breath you become one WITH this living, breathing planet… Feel it in every cell of your being – connecting not only to the earth itself but to the abundance she offers. Allow every sense to be awakened now as you feel the sturdy foundation beneath you, as you inhale the crispness in the fall air, as you hear the sound of the birds above you in the trees, as you watch amazing cloud formations drift across deep blue skies…  Allow her to cradle you, support you and lavish her gifts upon you.  Continue to breathe now, gently and fully, and feel yourself become one with this loving support with every inhale and exhale.  United.

AFFIRMATION:  With each and every breath, the abundance of Mother Earth grounds and supports me.


After the recent loss of my dear doggy and a health scare with my OTHER doggy I was feeling rather vulnerable in the heart area.  (Still am as a matter of fact.)  And knowing that grief is a journey that must be traveled THROUGH as opposed to taking detours of busy-ness and/or sticking fingers in our ears and covering our eyes to block out the pain, there was still a part of me struggling with the process.  I meditate daily, I do yoga at least daily, I read and listen to metaphysical texts and programs… With all of these ‘spiritual’ activities going on in my life, did I REALLY need to look OUTSIDE myself for comfort and solace?  Wasn’t that a ‘weakness’?

And then the answer became clear.  The answers are indeed always within us, directly inside our beautiful hearts.  And it is the heart light that shines its radiance OUTWARD to guide us to those people, those books, those songs or programs… to whatever will bring a balm of tenderness to the aching found within.

Divine Love is within us and around us, permeating our very existence when we open ourselves to it.  The ‘weakness’ (or perhaps better said, misunderstanding) is a belief that we should be ‘strong’ enough to do it all on our own.  No matter HOW much you meditate.

I have found sound to be a very healing gift as well, not just in musical form, but in the toning of specific sounds to tenderly smooth the jagged edges of a heart in pain.  Specifically the Taoist healing sound of “HAAAAA”  as well as the Sanskrit seed sound for Anahata (heart chakra) of YAM.  The latter sound I choose to do in a round of ‘chakra play’ that incorporates not only the Yam sound, but a breath in silence (the seed ‘sound’ of the Crown and Divine connection.)  I use hand motions as well to deepen the unfolding.  For the “Yam” sound, I place both hands (palms) on my heart space and for the silent breath of the crown, I open my palms in front of my heart, inviting in the guidance and healing of the Divine.  I usually do nine rounds of each of the ‘sounds’ followed by either total silence or an affirmation to bring closure to the session.   In this case, the affirmation might be,
“Heart open, Divinely sheltered, Healing now.”

Click here for an audio of this chakra play for the transformation and soothing of grief.

Honoring the Divine with us all.  Namasté.


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