Archives for self-help

Finding the Well of Motivation

I owe much of the success in my life to my spiritual practices. Socrates was indeed correct; my spiritual practices have indeed taught me about a life worth living. They taught me about my true nature, my motivations and fears, and of course, how to to cope with life. The essential power I found in these practices are related to self-esteem. Self-esteem is more than feeling good about myself — it is a profound appreciation of my humanity, connected spiritually to all of creation.  The secret to my success, you could say, is the practice of self-esteem. So, it is not just a feeling
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Teaching of the Sacred Arrow

Teaching of the Arrow Find the truth in the present situation. You can protect yourself from uncomfortable situations by using the truth as protection. It does not matter what others think of you. You know the truth. When you honor that truth, you cannot be hurt by the lies of others. Armor yourself with the good intent and truthfulness of those you wish to associate with. Drop those who would no longer honor your path or truth. The arrow and it’s path fly straight, “Stay on the Sacred Path.” A spiritual warrior is not only brave, a leader and agile,
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How to Work with Animal Medicine

    Working with Animals in Everyday Spirituality Underlying all aspects of animal totem is understanding and appreciating the point of view of the biological animal. What are fundamental aspects of the animal’s behaviors and adaptations? Become a student: watch documentaries, read books/articles about the animal. Build a solid foundation upon which your mystical and metaphorical channels of communication can grow. The on-going dialogue with your animal guide is about how you can live/be like the animal to navigate your own life using natural wisdom. Get started by answering this simple question: “What would [animal] do?” A very powerful way for beginners
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Where to Go from Here

Here you are, and here I am. Life happens to everyone. It means that unexpected and unwanted changes do happen. It may be very difficult to navigate difficult emotions while disoriented in the turmoil, but it is important to recognize that you are not alone. At the very center of your being is your spirit – your soul. The essence of who you are at the most fundamental level is a divine spark of light. This part of you is in constant communication with the natural world as well as the spiritual world. You are always guided and supported by spirit even
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A secret that’s not so secret

I’m going to let you in on two important considerations: Everyone has untapped potential. There are parts of yourself that have yet to be seen. You do not know everything yet. Everyone can use help getting reaching greater potential. Be humble yet courageous and compassionate in these pursuits. Now that the calendars have turned over to 2017, I ask you – what is holding you back or keeping you small. Winter is a great time to find stillness. In the reflection of that stillness you can access a deep connection to source energy. Taking an inventory here to continue the
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Wild Orange Essential Oil

Aromatherapy Special For the whole month of January any shamanic healing or massage appointment includes a free aromatherapy add-on featuring Wild Orange essential oil and take-home jar of bath salts (Wild Thing: Wild Orange & Vanilla) hand-made with love by Dimitra where my studio space is on the avenue. This is an exclusive free add-on aromatherapy service to any wellness service at dimitraYOGA. Each month a new oil and take home essential oil experience will rotate. To take advantage of this exciting new wellness program, I encourage you to purchase a 5 or 10 pack of the healing modality you
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What is the meaning of yoga?

Yoga educates a person on a variety of topics – the 8 limbs, philosophy, spirituality, teaching lineages, etc.. Additionally, there are innumerable schools and traditions within the broader scope of yoga that continue to refine the wisdom tradition with literally each inhale. The minutiae can easily become overwhelming for new and experienced students alike. The purpose, though, a joie de vivra, becomes quite simple with consideration to the complexity of describing it. Yoga guides people on a journey intimately with their own souls. Destinations vary, but yoga is the universal language the describes how to get from here to there.
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How to Talk About Yourself

How to Talk About Yourself I  believe you should be sharing more of YOU. But, there is just one guideline to maximize your resilience, spiritual growth and life aptitude — only talk about the events, conversations and feelings about what is beneficial, uplifting and life-affirming. Or more basically, stop the complaining. Life is difficult, perhaps not fair even. Everyone faces hardship, loss and pain. The more you talk about your subjectively negative experiences, the more you enforce that reality. Imagine that you stubbed your toe one morning, and with every casual human interaction you retell the story about the pain of your toe. Your
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How to Successfully Make Any Change in Your Life

How to make the change you desire. You have to believe it.  Beliefs are very powerful in shaping the way you perceive the world around you. Do whatever it takes to change how you think about life’s circumstances until you honestly believe that you will succeed. It’s simple, but not easy. Real change is often difficult & challenging at different times. It is a full disclosure about the reality of the journey ahead. It’s not a cop out to gloss over any shortcomings. That brings up the next component – ask & receive help. You’re never alone unless you choose to be. Repetition. There
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Winter Solstice Prayer

  The dark shadow of space leans over us. . . . We are mindful that the darkness of greed, exploitation, selfishness and hatred also lengthens its shadow to cover our planet, Mother Earth. As our ancestors feared death and evil − all the dark powers and uncertainty of winter − we too fear that darkness of war, discrimination, and selfishness will doom us and our planet to an eternal winter − an icy prison of despair. May we find hope in the kindled lights on this sacred night, hope in one another and in all who form this beautiful web woven of peace
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