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Mothering

Mothering

” How do you follow the course of your life if you do not let it flow”.
Lao Tzu
My daughters birthday 25 the same age as I was when I had her the innocent young woman that I was I brought her home from the hospital with all the confidence of a seasoned mother my own mother looked on saying ” are you sure you don’t want help” I couldn’t possibly give my newborn to the care of another not even in the hospital I hid her in my bed not wanting her exposed to the nursery. My beautiful daughter was soon to be my right hand gal as we held on tight for a wild ride through exposure of a man I thought I knew her father, through the darkness of where addiction brings people. My innocence turned into wisdom my headstrong personality turned into courage my loving heart turned into fierce loyalty to my children’s safety and well being. I thank my four children for being my greatest teacher. I note to you all WE MADE IT!!!!!!!

Gratitude

” And because all things have contributed to your advancement , you should include all things in your gratitude .”
Ralph Waldo Emerson. “

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The Spa at Pebble Beach

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When I was younger I would occasionally see older woman that to me represented peace, confidence and a inner wisdom. I made it a dream of mine that when I aged I wanted to represent these qualities . As I entered the spa I undressed found my robe and off I went to enjoy a day of relaxation. As I peeled off my robe to enter the sauna and saw everyone in bathing suits I observed I feel comfortable in my nakedness. There were many woman talking and having fun but the peace and inner quiet wasn’t there. I sat in lotus and thought to myself I am that older woman that I once desired to be. I’m confident in my body , I love where my journey has taken me, I truly enjoy being with me and I feel at peace. I smiled to myself realizing everything I dreamed of becoming I’ve put out in the universe and have been blessed. It has not been easy by any means but it is well worth the wisdom that comes with aging and experiencing life.

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Emotions

Emotions

” Emotions are like waves. Watch them disappear on the vast calm ocean”. Bhagavan Das
” The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” Einstein.
I am forever humbled by my yoga path the moment I think that I have it something new surfaces and i have to go back to the basics of witnessing myself and the afflictions that disturb my peace and serenity. Yoga is a great teacher that we can always find comfort and strength. May we all give ourselves grace while we navigate our journey. Its good to be back …….
Thank you to all my followers …….
Namaste,
Jennifer

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Your beliefs become your thoughts
Your thoughts become your words
Your words become your actions
Your actions becomes your habits
Your habits become your character
Your character becomes your destiny

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Recovery Home

Recovery Home

I look around the room and notice several new faces pretty tough group just arrived from jail. They give me excuses why they can’t be part of the class. I smile and let them be. I see two of the mom’s just delivered babies.I hug the moms and give the the babies a kiss on the heads praying their mom’s can stay clean and give these new lives hope for the future. As class starts to end the veterans ask me to show the new girls a few of my asanas { this has been a norm with the girls that have been there awhile and have fallen in love with yoga} I show them a few postures and all of a sudden the girls that wanted nothing to do with it bombard me with questions , ” When can we start?”Yoga has a way of reaching everyone when there mind, body and spirit becomes open to the gift.

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50 is Fabulous

50 is Fabulous

I believe that women get better as we age.Being a single mom of four i never bought into the myths that circled around me.I stood in my power and embraced my life. I found strengths in myself that i never knew existed.With each new discovery i embraced all that was bringing forth in my life. Knowing my body is changing and giving birth to a new wiser, confident, empowered woman i leaped into this new me. The hot flashes started and i’m embracing them. I named them “hotties” With everyone i take a moment to go inward and breathe and thank my body for the gift of knowing how to balance itself and give birth to a new me.With every change i see the gift. I use to look outside myself for validation and answers now i know it is all within.

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HOPE

HOPE

” Some changes look negative on the surface, but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge”. Eckhart Tolle

As I enter the rehab I see a face that disappeared months before a girl that left in the night to the streets. She is back pregnant ..I embrace and look deep into her eyes so glad she is safe and ready to try to stay clean ..”HOPE”……As i start class there is a new girl with a 1 week newborn . She goes into asanas with such grace and beauty. I find out she is a former dancer . She shares after class her journey of in and out of jail for the last 3 years. She lights up inside sharing how she feels yoga will help her regain the feeling back in her legs that have nerve damage she feels from her drug use. We both look at her beautiful baby boy ” HOPE” for the future.

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” Lord make me a instrument of your peace.”

Prayer of St. Francis. As i read this beautiful poem again i took the words into my heart as i was on my way to teach as a wellness coach in a woman’s recovery home. I promised the girls that we would have a pedicure party { since observing many were embarrassed of their feet on the yoga mat} I thought there was no better way to start to honor themselves. As I envisioned all the girls painting their nails there was another plan in store. They wanted me to paint all their nails. As i got down on the floor to serve and connect for we are all one. Even though i have not experienced addiction or jail i connect in heart with no judgment. As i juggle holding a crying newborn showing by example loving and nurturing. { The mom was young and thinking she was teaching a lesson not to hold her baby that was crying } I don’t know if i will make a difference in these lives but as i reflect on St. Francis poem , “For it is giving that we receive”, ” To be understood , as to understand; to be loved, as to love

Yoga a dance with the beloved……Jennifer Miller

” Yoga meaning “union” to yoke. Hence, it comes to mean a method of spiritual union. Yoga is a method by which a person becomes one with God. To achieve such union is to attain the state of perfect yoga.”Image

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To live in our heart is to be free to grow and expand knowing we are all one”

Heart Based Healing

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” Love is the e…

” Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.” Marianne Williamson

Happy Woman’s Day

I realized my ultimate victory with forgiving came with a huge gift. The person that i forgave gave me so much. They taught me courage, integrity, strength, independence. I found anImageImage inner belief that i can make it through anything that life presents to me…They gave me freedom to love fully and completely ..They expanded my heart in ways i could never dream of..They taught me i could call on my masculine and fight for my children.They taught me the power to never give up. But ultimately they taught me what an incredible woman and mother that i am….I thank you for all these gifts because they have shaped me into the woman that I am today….I am grateful for the lesson of forgiveness …

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“Yoga is synonymous with relationships. It is said that the way we respond to the practices reveals the way we respond to one another and life. The practices provide provide us with an opportunity for insight into the inner workings of our psyche, and leverage to pry open where we are closed off.” Bhavani

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“To perform eve…

“To perform every action artfully is yoga” Swami Kripalvananda

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“My Poses Are My Prayers” – B.K.S. Iyengar

My Poses Are My Prayers

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“We Must Be Willing To Let Go…To Have The Life That Is Waiting For Us.” – Joseph Campbell

We must be willing to let go

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“A Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step” — The Way Of Lao-Tzu

A journey of a thousand miles