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Welcoming the Holiday’s……

Its holiday season and its time to get everything together. I feel like the holidays have come so quickly, and I’m not even prepared. So completely overwhelmed  with presents, Christmas trees,events, dinners, work, vacation…..AH! How many people are feeling overwhelmed out there?

As I pace my house at night I finally remembered that I’m a yoga teacher,( which I do sometimes) and this is the best time to practice what I preach. So a super early, cold walk down the beach the next morning at 6am , when the sun came up….gave me a different prospective. I can do as much as I can, move as fast as I can, but possibly the Universe is telling me to slow down!! I am currently writing from my bed after I have developed a pinched nerve. Now I am self diagnosing this….but to barely move your neck or shoulders……I think I am correct.

So what’s my lesson? Wrapping presents at midnight is not helping me….SLOW down Tracie!

How many people out there need for someone to say this to them. Take a breath, take a minute, find a quiet space….and Meditate for just 10 minutes.

Now you are ready to Welcome in the Holiday’s!

 

 

 

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Many stories and thoughts to come. I welcome all opinions and suggestions.

Self Love

Cultivating Self-Love
1. Love – Acknowledge that you deserve health and happiness, and that you’re worth the effort it takes to make a positive change. Remind ourself how the specific change you are making supports for your wellbeing.
2. Compassion. Without self-judgment, recognize how the habit you are trying to change creates suffering and stress(including our habit of being hard on yourself).Then acknowledge your desire to be free from this suffering.
3. Joy.Give yourself credit for and celebreate, any positive actions you have taken to support yourself in this change. Also add gratitutude for any support you have reiceved from your family and friends.
4. Equanimity.If you are feeling bad about a recent setback, remind yourself that mistakes are only human, and theyre an important part of the path of change. Instead of berating yourself focus on your larger goal, to be happy, healthy and free from suffering.

Sunshine Affirmation

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
-James M. Barrie

Dolphin Totems

This weekend I saw a few animals, and if anyone knows anything about nature and the universe, animals give you hints, signs, and answers. Since I live on the beach, dolphins are very special and close to me. I have given a summary of what dolphins mean if this lucky creature happens to grace your presence anytime soon. Enjoy!
The Meaning of Dolphin
• Along with speed, diligence and intelligence the Dolpin is also a messenger of love. This is partly due to its association with Delphi, which signifies the love embodied within the womb. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was said to take the form of the dolphin and was also known as the Woman of the Sea. When depicted on an anchor or pierced with a trident the Dolphin is a symbol of the church being guided by the love of Christ.

• Playfulness
• Transcendence
• Gentleness
• Harmony
• Intelligence
• Contentment
• Friendship
• Community
• Resurrection
• Generosity
• Power
Christian symbolism conveys the dolphin as an aspect of Christ. Dolphins seen in Christian art are symbolic of resurrection. Some artists utilize the protective, stabilizing, compassionate demeanor of the dolphin as a message of wellbeing to the pure of heart. Some artistic renditions speak of dolphins transporting the spirits of the faithful to Christ’s side upon leaving their physical bodies.
This dolphin meaning is mimicked in ancient Greece where legend tells us the dolphin was responsible for carrying the souls of the dead to the Islands of the Blessed.
Also in Greece, the dolphin is a compatriot of both the god Apollo (sun) and the goddess Aphrodite (moon). Both lunar symbolism and solar symbolism are represented in the dolphin.
• Sun Dolphin meanings: Active, Life, Vibrant, Health, Renewal, Intelligence
• Moon Dolphin meaning: Hidden power, Intuition, Dreams, Conception, Feminine
This is a key understanding because the dolphin meaning is connected with themes of duality. It has to do with the dolphin being both fish and mammal. It is both of the water, and an air breather. Ergo, dolphin symbolism talks to us about “being in two worlds at once.” Indeed, the dolphin is a great conveyor of the concept of yin and yang.
Along with the divine Apollo sun and Aphrodite moon associations, other deities associated with the dolphin include:
• Poseidon (Greek), Neptune (Roman)
Themes of kingship, rulership, authority, strength, dominion, freedom, intelligence, compassion and fatherly protection over the entire kingdom (sea).
• Eros (Greek), Cupid (Roman)
These gods contribute dolphin meaning of: Love, friendliness, playfulness, sensuality, desire, exploration, curiosity, attraction and joy.
• Dionysus (Greek), Bacchus (Roman)
These deities underscore the dolphins ability to uplift, and carries themes of joviality, freedom, wildness, abandon, creative self-expression.
Greek myth indicates Dionysus was known to turn himself into a dolphin and transported the shrine at Delphi where the cult of dolphin worshippers convened.
The term delphi is noteworthy as the Greek word for dolphin is delphis and its derivative, delphys means womb. This incorporates more lunar and feminine attributes to the dolphin scene.
In Celtic animal symbolism, the dolphin as a highly honored creature as it was seen as the protector of sacred wells and sacred water. The dolphin, to the Celtic mind, is the watcher of the waters, and the guardians of all things water-associated.
Pirate lore also hails the dolphin as a symbol of protection. Indeed, legend admits dolphin sightings were often exaggerated into incredibly fantasies of mermaids. Sailors often understood the spirit of mermaids lived in the heart of the dolphin, and ancient stories of the sea refer to dolphins metamorphosing into beautify sea maidens (and mermaids) if seen under just the right conditions.
Whether this is true or not remains to be confirmed. What is true is countless tales of dolphins interacting with humans in friendly, even protective ways. This colors the dolphin meaning in hues of compassion, caring, community and generous spirit in reaching out to connect with another species.