Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan, Mexico


Retro Blog Reel - Pt I

I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the earlier blogs, especially as we are experiencing a time of reflection and moving forward in rebirth. Some offerings for reflection. 

Retrospective look back at the early days of my blog.  April 2010

April 2010 - This is where I am today.
At the end of this week we (my hubby and I) will be heading to New Mexico one last time (at least one last time as a resident there) to close on our old home and get the rest of our stuff, a few things we left to stage the home. wow, this is closure. I feel I have already done this, energetically I surely have, but we do have to make this one last trip and I am feeling those final ripples of saying good-bye to an incredible chap… Continue

by Alexa on April 26, 2010 at 1:00pm 

One small, thoughtful gesture can make someone else's day...
Check off at least one a day for the next month!
1. Say "Good morning" to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
2. Pay the toll for the driver behind you.
3. Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, eve… Continue

My little update for today

My hubby's FB/email account was hacked, and we are having construction retainer-wall repairs due to drainage issues, and there is never a dull moment. But am listening to Don Henley and am gonna get this house clean and sparkling today... "all she wants to do is dance, dance, dance.." (don henley) Never a dull moment. whiles listening I was remembering I met Don Henley at a Walk for Walden Woods event back in the 90s. :) Continue
April 20, 2010
Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Buddha-Basics (Part VII) — Speaking Right
We continue our stroll along the Eightfold Path with Right Speech, the first of three branches devoted to ‘Ethical C… Continue

I have to report that since I began this series a mere 18 days ago - and did the practice myself - my husband found a new job, I heard from my mom, and ... we just sold our old house in New Mexico (signed the contract today)!! We are feeling trul… Continue
April 16, 2010 

Toltec quotes:
by Kristopher Raphael

"Our Dreamer is much, much larger than we are. On the level of Destiny the Dreamer is the one in control. As the leaf is a part of the tree, we are part of our Dreamer. However we are a part with a "mind of its own".… Continue

Your life is the manifestation of your dream; it is an art. And you can change your life anytime if you aren't enjoying the dream. Dream masters create a masterpiece of life; they control the dream by making choices.

I can tell you that we have only one mission and that is to make o
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"When was the last time you let go of the notion that you're in control of your life and prayed? Even if you only have the slightest sense that a higher power is at work in the world, that little leap of faith just might give you the perspective you've been searching for." - Elizabeth Lesser  

Yesterday I was contemplating taking that leap of faith. I didn't realzie then that what I meant, and surely, what my inner guide was prompting, was taking a leap into Faith.

Today I came across this quote which was follwed by the following article on prayer. This is something I am paying attention to today. 

The first part of the article focused on some background about the author. But what I saw hidden there was a brief message on seeing the gifts in our early-life (and sometimes continuing- life) circumstances. Hidden in a rather lengthy narrative...  Continue

Law of Attraction in Action Celebration

Eric rented a harley for the day on thurs. on friday, he walked out of harley with a new job! an extra bonus... he gets to bring home a new Harley (to break it in) every week during the summer. talk about a dream job for his new paradigm, and he also manifested his new bike(s) for the summer! go baby!! :)
April 10, 2010

Today I am continuing with my Art of Surrender series.

We had snow again last night. Again! Uggh! and just when spring was here (at least I thought it was here) and I was just getting warm again. In fact, the snow in Colorado is still coming down right now.

No worries. I'm going to have an am… Continue

Today, we introduce you to a fictional polar bear family -- Aakaga and her cubs Qannik and Siku -- as they make their perilous journey in a melting Arctic world.
Polar Bear Family Begins Its Journey!
This is the day.

Icy, windy, freezin… Continue 

Art of Surrender Series - pt. I
I am beginning a series on the Art of Surrender. And I'm so excited! This practice has become a focus in my warrior training and it is an exciting, sometimes nerve-wracking, always potential-filled roller-coaster experience. And in those moments when "It" happens, ahhh... there are no words to descri… Continue
I'm seeing too much hatred on the tube, and all because a movement (a bill) has begun it's complex and it's politics. But can't we celebrate the humanity behind the law and work together to tweak the final "how i… Continue 

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2010
Time: 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Worldwid
March 27, 2010 - 8:30 pm 
During Earth Hour, hundreds of millions of people around the world will come together to call for action on climate change by doing something quite simple—turnin… Continue

"This lousy world"

Master teacher Pema Chodron speaks on "This Lousy World."

My own "lousy world" attitude sometimes includes "the dumb doctors," "those darn people who polluted our planet," "(and still do and don't care and still don't get it)" and "what is wrong with people?!"

Thank goodness I have good guidance as I too make the shifts.

namaste... Continue 

A nice little practice for this week. Think I'll begin first thing tomorrow! - From The Secret Daily Teachings 
Write down all the great things about everyone you know. Make a huge list of all the wonderful things about you. Compliment people wherever you go. Praise ever… Continue 

Experience the Equinox!
When the sun sets on Saturday, March 20th, a special kind of night will fall across the Earth.
It's an equal night. Or as an astronomer would say, "it's an equinox."

It's the date when the sun crosses the celestial equator heading north. 
Spring begins in one hemisphere, autumn in the… Continue
March 20, 2010
The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. Love generously Care deeply Speak kindly Leave the rest to God. 

~ author unknown
Hubby & I were at the colorado "beach" yesterday w/our dogs. We were having a pretty awesome discussion about the new cycle coming in 2012 and we saw a bald eagle flying overhead. It was the 1st time I have seen an eagle soaring freely. He had a beautiful stark white head & tail and was a magnificence to behold.  It… Continue
March 17, 2010
We are all related. ~ Lakota saying If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ~ Mother Teresa

This Ranger is assigned to prevent poaching around the wildlife refuge area of Lanseria , South Africa The way thes… Continue
Today's Juice Tip: Spring is coming and it's a wonderful time to break out the ol' juicer and start cleansing! Of course, juicing is a simple and delicious way to enjoy live nutrients and it always feels so packed with chi! The recipe I made today: 4 large kale leaves, 2 celery stalks, 1 small organic apple a… Continue
Working from Center: In the Thick of It by DailyOm
When we are "in the thick of it," overwhelmed by too many things that need our attention, it’s important to remember that we are never given more than we can handle. When life’s challenges make us question this, our bes… Continue 

I was watching my dog Jersey this morning sitting in the back yard watching a squirrel. The squirrel knew he couldn't be reached, and he seemed to torment and tease my Jersey girl in joyful play.

The startling thing was, about an ho… Continue 

Teotihuacan, Mexico
In '02 I made a power journey to Teotihuacan, Mexico with my beloved warrior group. It was so wonderful and a reminder for today that we need only "tune in" to visit these wonder sites around t… Continue

Anything Can Be Overcome
Hope in Hardship 

There is nothing in our life that cannot be overcome with time, love, friendship and attention to the matter.

The journey that each human being makes through earthly existence ca… Continue

Bear Totem

Dave Kenyon said… 
If you find affinity with the Bear then this totem information is for you.

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"The power of the Bear totem
is the power of introspection.
The answers to all our questions
lie within us.
Each of us has the capacity to quiet the mind,
enter the si
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Check this guy out. He's so cool!Continue
Added by Alexa on March 9, 2010 at 2:00am — 1 Comment
"The Cove" is an incredible documentary film about the inhumane slaughter and sale of wild dolphins in a "secret" (no longer) cove in Japan. And it just won the Academy Award. I am so excited! The film features dolphin crusader Ric O'Barry whom I met in Key West FL back in '95. Ric was the original trainer of Flipper the TV-show dolphin(s), (there were subsequently many of them), and Ric's life - and mission - changed when Kathy, (a.k.a. "Flipper") the dolphin, died in his arms while in the depression of captivity. Rick knew right then that what he and the TV industry was doing was wrong. (There is no "safe" or moral use of live animals in either the TV or film industries, the reality is often shocking). 

Ric's mission from that moment on became freeing dolphins worldwide from the devastation of captivity, as well as from harm from slaughterers, all entertainment industry use/abuse, tuna net fishing, and and other cruelty and abandonments., 

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Animal activist Richard O'Barry at home in Florida.
Richard (Ric) O'Barry was first recognized in the 1960s for capturing and training the five dolphins that were used in the well-known TV series Flipper.

Soon, after one of the Flipper dolphins, Cathy, died in O'Barry’s arms he made a radical transition from training dolphins in captivity to assertively co
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CONTINUE .........

It is said that as you get older, you will become more and more like your parents... if you have not consciously held and developed your own awareness. It is also said that if you heal and rewire your conditioned patterning,… Continue
I love this piece by DailyOm today. It reminds me of something Mother Theresa once said: If you invite me to an anti-war rally, I will not come. But if you hold a pro-peace rally, I will see you there. (paraphrased)
Here is the article:

Putting Powe… Continue
Chile Earthquake May Have Shortened Days on Earth
The massive 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile may have changed the entire Earth's rotation and shortened the length of days on our planet, a NASA scientist said Monday. The quake, the seventh stronges… Continue
With the start of another new week, I am reminded today to refocus on my physical wellness. My hubby and I are in a heightened time of stress with his job situation, and it is good to have some affirmation regarding taking extra good care of ourselves, body as well as mind and spirit. A nice little reminder… Continue
It seems the older I get the more I appreciate the extraordinary in the ordinary. Not that I didn't appreciate it before. But there is something deeper and simpler happening with my day-to-day joys. I think it is also in accordance with the earth changes and shifts.
and returning to all things simpler and appreciated.
Yesterday my hubby and I were eating veggie burgers (well, I was, he had a regular - but with some healthy and very yummy toppings, cranberries, brie and carrot slivers with dijon-mayo. Mine, a homemade veggie delite of rice, beans and whatever else (delicious) made into a fab-burger, and stacked with julliened roast red peppers (tons), sprouts, onions (I love being married, you can eat onions anytime) and balsamic dressing, with a side of sweet potato fries and some crazy good roast-veggie-alioli. For me it was veggie heaven!) We were at a local (wonderful) eatery when news came on the tube of the possible Tsunami in Hawaii and the earthquakes happening off the coast of Chile.

12 Inspiring Quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh

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Added by Alexa on February 28, 2010 at 4:30am — 1 Comment 
Well we had snow again this weekend. Though it wasn't quite as bad as today's photo, I did see the local deer family on my little walk yesterday evening. So beautiful.
I did also manage to catch a little throat infection... so I
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Added by Alexa on February 22, 2010 at 5:00am — 2 Comments 
In my journey of accepting and embracing my whole self, I was thrilled to come across this passage today from deepak. Yes, I am a sinner and a saint. Yes, I have my shadow and my light. Yes. Yes. and Yes.

From Deepak today -

The mind is made up of opposing energies that spark and create… Continue
“We are surrounded by the Word of God. It permeates us like the air we breathe. It challenges us to walk with discerning hearts in the company of God.”

— from The Song of the Seed:
The Monastic Way of Tending the Soul
by Macrina Wiederkehr
Comfort Food for the Soul: The Unmade Bed

On Saturday I made the bed up fresh. New sheets. Fresh from the dryer and sooo wonderful. In fact, all of the bedding was fresh and delightful.

By Sunday it was cloudy and gray. Waking up in those fresh sheets on
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Added by Alexa on February 17, 2010 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments 

A Meditation on Rain

I can't remember the last time it rained because it is still winter here in Colorado. But this article came today from DailyOm and it reminded me of the peacefulness of a rainy spring day.
I've decided to use it as a meditation this morning - to visualize the wonderful and cleansing properties of the rain.
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February 17, 2010 at 6:44am — 2 Comments 
Secret Scrolls message from Rhonda Byrne
Creator of
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Added by Alexa on February 15, 2010 at 12:14pm — 2 Comments 

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!
Every year on Feb. 14 we take one day out of our busy schedules to celebrate the love in our lives. As pet owners know, love can come from our pets as well as our sweeties!
So let's take a moment to appreciate that warm, fuzzy feeling
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2010 Forecast: Year of the Tiger

Welcome to the year of the Tiger!
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Dolphins & Spiritual Joy

Spiritual joy is a subtle excitement.

Compared to the excitements of the day-to-day, outer world, some people would liken spiritual joy to an inner peace.

According to physics, there are two types of excitement. One type increases activity, such as increasing the volume of a sound. The other type - the one we are referring to here - raises the frequency.

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Added by Alexa on February 11, 2010 at 1:00am — 3 Comments 
I have to admit, I am a little excited over the theme of finding love this year, because I recently (though unwitthingly) played cupid for 2 dear people in my life.

I recently introduced one of my best friends, an acupunturist looking to make a healing video, to an old collegue of
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Added by Alexa on February 10, 2010 at 11:00am — 3 Comments 
I learned Metta in the fall of 2004 and this pracitce changed my life.

Metta is a practice of sending Loving Kindness first to yourself, then to another, then to ever-widening families or groups of people, and animals too.

It will include sending loving kindness to those who have hurt… Continue
Added by Alexa on February 9, 2010 at 10:30am — 3 Comments 

A Frog with a Rainbow Connection

"How can a song, performed for a kid’s movie, be so deep that even upon looking at the lyrics, you struggle to comprehend its meaning?"… Continue
The cosmic formula of creation is gloriously simple:
Attention + Intention = ManifestationNothing in the universe evades… Continue
Added by Alexa on February 8, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments 
Clearing Your MindAllowing Spirit in

Set aside time each day to unclutter and settle your mind. Whether through yoga, dance, walking or journaling.

After a full day out in the world, stories, words, images, and songs from any number of sources continue
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We all have a soul family as well as our family of birth or origin on Earth. Our Soul Family, or Tribe, consists of those souls who we travel with through numerous lifetimes and who hail… Continue
Added by Alexa on February 6, 2010 at 10:30am
It's amazing that this article came across my desk today. As I continue to work with the principal (and birthright) of my own autonomy, I am reminded that healthy pare
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Added by Alexa on February 4, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments 
From The Secret Daily Teachings There are two words that, when spoken, have the most unfathomable power to completely change your life. Two words that, when they pass your lips, will be the cause of bringing absolute joy and happiness to you. Two words that will create miracles in your life, wipe ou… Continue
Added by Alexa on February 2, 2010 at 11:03am — 3 Comments
Whether you spend Valentine's Day with a sweetheart or a friend, here are some fun ideas to share love and fun on Valentine's Day this year. Enjoy! Red Velvet Cupcakes First made popular in Southern cuisine, red velvet cake gets its name because acidic ingredients, buttermilk and vinegar here, react w… Continue
Added by Alexa on February 2, 2010 at 10:56am —
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries These strawberries are first dipped in semi-sweet chocolate; and then they are dipped in white chocolate to create these fancy berries. They can also have chopped nuts or coconut sprinkled on them for an extra touch of class. The dipped strawberries make a perfect appetizer o… Continue
Added by Alexa on February 2, 2010
Tonight's full moon will be the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. It offers anyone with clear skies an opportunity to identify easy-to-see features on the moon. This being the first full moon of 2010, it is also known as the wolf moon, a moniker dating back to Native American culture and the no… Continue
Added by Alexa on January 29, 2010 at 6:54pm — 2 Comments
Change is in the air. Can you feel it? I sure can. It seems to be everywhere. And it is good. And also a bumpy ride. Change. It requires letting go of the ways and even systems of the past. It brings up the things that need healing or completion now, and the call to resolution and trust. But ther… Continue
Added by Alexa on January 28, 2010
In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was 'exciting...' Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see w… Continue
Added by Alexa on January 25, 2010 at 5:00am
I live in Colorado and we see a glorious amount of flock-flying birds. Many of them are geese, and others are birds of various species that fly in incredibly huge numbers and formations. I often wonder about their instinctual ability to synchronize as a group, and I came across these 2 articles today on leadersh… Continue
Added by Alexa on January 21, 2010 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments
A flower essence for today: Sunflower The Sunflower shares its healing properties with the Sun, offering optimism and light! It is an uplifting remedy that boosts self-value. Sunflower possesses warming and compassionate healing properties. Continue
Added by Alexa on January 21, 2010 at 11:40am — 2 Comments
We are creative, spiritual, emotional beings and we all have a voice. We also have a need to express ourselves openly and to be heard. Singing is a great way to let yourself flow freely. Whether you sing in the shower, while you are doing the dishes, or along with your favorite songs, you can sing yo… Continue
In the U.S. we are celebrating and commemorating the life and Dream of Martin Luther King Jr. today. Here is a fabulous perspective on honoring the Dream of MLK on his special day. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial… Continue
"All of my work is a form of wishing." - Yoko Ono In my opinion we are never too old to wish upon a star. Wishing on a star connects us to purity of our hopes and dreams, and adds an element of magic to our prayers. I began the year with the question "if I could have my wish(es) come true this year,… Continue
A Practice for the Sensitive Soul With the earthquake fallout continuing in Haiti, many of us sensitives are feeling edgy, sad, helpless and even angry. I feel the energy of the world in my body, and it is my practice especially now to continue to express and release it, take care of myself, and to cultivate a… Continue
Added by Alexa on January 14, 2010 at 8:09am — 8 Comments 
This little article from DailyOm is just perfect for me for today. Oh boy, do I need some replenishing. Finding Time for You Within each of there is a well of energy that must be regularly replenished. When we act as if this well is bottomless, scheduling a long list of activities that fit like puzzle… Continue
Added by Alexa on January 12, 2010
It can be difficult to accept our Oneness when we are simultaneously angered or hurt by another's action. However, it is always a good reminder that we are indeed one with all on the earth, and there is a higher perspective to aspire to. In times of personal challenge, the greatest thing we can do is to proce… Continue
Added by Alexa on January 9, 2010 at 11:22am
Celebrating my physical being is something I love to do. In fact, one of the first things I did on New Years Day was to go out in the snow, perform a few happy snow- sun salutations (the sun was shining brightly, the sky a welcoming bright blue), and I made a big ol' snow angel in an open sunny patch of untou… Continue
Added by Alexa on January 2, 2010 at 8:44pm — 2 Comments 
May we each be Blessed by The Buddha with Selflessness ~ Self-Mastery ~ Continual Awareness ~ The Medicine of Emptiness ~ Non-attachment ~ a Peaceful mind ~ Humility ~ and Health. Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated that that. It i… Continue
Added by Alexa on December 31, 2009 at 1:51am — 1 Comment 
A wish is like setting an intention. A wish is a prayer from your heart. A wish already has the passion behind it that can bring it into reality if you believe it is possible. Think about your wishes for the New Year ahead. If you could have one or one-hundred wishes come true this year, what wo… Continue
Added by Alexa on December 29, 2009 at 7:37am — 4 Comments

After christmas check-in

Well, my sister and her hubby are back home in Philadelphia. We had a really special visit, laid back and real, and just what the doctor ordered, so to speak. I never did get the "christmas" feeling this year. And that is ok too. Although the dinner I made on xmas day was super delicious, and I'm glad it came out special too. All of it was just right. I am so grateful my sister was here and am celebrating where I am today after so many years of hard inner work. I feel amazing. To really enjoy b… Continue
Added by Alexa on December 28, 2009 at 12:47pm — 1 Comment

May you feel blessed, happy and loved... Merry Christmas!

Dog Waiting for Santa xoxo Continue
Added by Alexa on December 23, 2009 at 10:22pm — 2 Comments
No Christmas would be complete without a recipe for this traditional christmas treat. Classic Cooked Chrismas Egg-Nog (alcohol-free) 6 Eggs 1/4 c Sugar 1/4 ts Salt, optional 1 qt Milk, divided 1 ts Vanilla Garnishes or stir-ins In large saucepan, beat together eggs, sugar and salt, if desired. Stir in 2 cups… Continue
Added by Alexa on December 18, 2009 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments
First-step taken at Climate Conference in Copenhagen Moments ago, President Obama reached an agreement with world leaders at the climate conference in Copenhagen to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius and to require countries to list their national… Continue
Added by Alexa on December 18, 2009 at 7:25pm — No Comments
In honor of my friend Aryana's new roomate "Rumi," an adopted bijon-frisee/mix, I was reading up on my Rumi again this morning. How interesting that he was born in present-day Afghanistan. And in 2007 he "turned" 800 years old! Well, in September this year he would have been 802. So here is a belated birthday t… Continue
Added by Alexa on December 16, 2009 at 9:30am — 2 Comments
“When you haven't forgiven those who've hurt you, you turn back against your future. When you do forgive, you start walking forward.” - Tyler Perry "If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive," - Mother Teresa “Sincere forgiveness isn't colored with expectations that the other person apol… Continue
Added by Alexa on December 15, 2009 at 6:00am — 6 Comments
Yesterday is over. Today is a new day. Today can be whatever you choose. Focus on those things, people, events that make you happy. Choose a god day. (typo... or not?) lol
Added by Alexa on December 15, 2009 at 5:30am — 2 Comments
actress Jamie Lee Curtis I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not… Continue
Added by Alexa on December 11, 2009 at 7:17am — 1 Comment
As the war in Afghanistan continues, I find myself thinking about alternative ways this war could be handled. There are no easy solutions. And I was thinking, what would Ghandi do? Here is a tribute to Ghandi. With the hope of recovering peace. "Generations to come will scarcely believe that such a one as thi… Continue

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