“Thank you, Universe, for taking care of all the details.”

Posted By Katrina Ariel On January 30th, 2016
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What do you think of the following quote?

“Thank you, Universe, for taking care of all the details.”

I’m pretty sure I got this from Mike Dooley, but I’ve used it so often it feels like my own. Every time I find my mind focusing on minutia, or worried about something, I fall back to this statement of trust.

gold buddha budLife, according to the wisdom of yoga and other traditions, is a pattern of showing up and letting go.

For me, one of the most important ways to show up is to set intention every day. I sit quietly each morning (even if there is toddler mayhem happening around me), and choose the qualities I want to bring into my day. For example, “Today I choose joy. I am a patient and loving mother. I am healthy, creative, and choose a day full of goodness.”

Something like that. My intention is generally surrounded by gratitude music, as well. Setting intention and bringing forth an abundance of gratitude help me train my mind to show up to the present moment.

But, no matter how often you envision what you want to happen, the crucial piece is letting go, and trusting that everything will unfold perfectly. Especially when things don’t look like you think they should.

Here is one way to do that…

Mini-Meditation:

Adjust your posture so you are tall and comfortable.

Take several deep breaths, pressing pause on the rest of your day.

Bring your mind to the moment by thinking of a few things for which you are grateful.

Now, what is your intention for today?

Be clear, as you invite your higher self to help you, and set the tone for your day.

Once you’ve stated your intention (silently or out loud), let it go. Know that the energy is even now rippling out to manifest.

If you like, you can end with the affirming statement: “Thank you, Universe, for taking care of all the details.”

Sit for a little longer, enjoying the stillness of meditation.

 

When you take just a few moments to do this every day, it is AMAZING the difference it can make!

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A Surge of Creativity

Posted By Katrina Ariel On January 3rd, 2016
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Happy New Year!

I love fresh beginnings, don’t you?

One of the best things about starting anew is the invitation for creativity. So, what are some of the ways you enjoy expressing your own personal creativeness?

pink flowerWhat do you do that, when you’re in the thick of it, fills you with excitement and joy?

Do you sing or play music, cook up wonderful meals, paint or draw, garden, dance or play outside?

Any activity can be creative (even dusting the leaves on your plants can create happiness for you, and for them), so it’s really about finding the bits of life that feel the most juicy, and diving in with your whole heart.

It could be rolling out your yoga mat and dancing with your breath, creating peace and harmony, mind, body, and spirit.

For me, one of the most enjoyable things is writing. In fact, I just finished writing a novel. It feels AMAZING to be creative in this way.

So today’s exercise is to think of something that brings you joy, and do it!

Maybe you can start right now, or maybe you can write down when you are going to engage in this creative endeavor, but give yourself that gift.

You deserve it!

“Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.” -Sarah Ban Breathnach

“The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can.” -Mike Dooley

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3 Minutes of Yoga, 3 Minutes of Meditation – VIDEO

Posted By Katrina Ariel On December 26th, 2015
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3min-meditationThe following video helps you fit a quick, high quality yoga and meditation practice into a busy day.

By moving with your breath, you get in tune with it, and release tension in your body. The easy, seated yoga practice at the beginning of the video increases circulation and vitality.

Then, once you’ve done a bit of movement to help your body and mind feel more at ease, the three minute meditation takes you into a place of calm centeredness.

As always, please be sure to adapt as needed in order to make the practice right for your body and circumstance. You want it to feel great!

Do you know anyone who could benefit from this short practice? Share the love and send them the video!

Thank you for visiting. Have a great day and I hope to see you here again soon!

Katrina

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Check Out My New Digs – KatrinaAriel.com

Posted By Katrina Ariel On December 22nd, 2015
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Oh, I get so excited about creative projects. Lately, I’ve been doing lots of writing, and have wanted a site to focus more specifically on my work as an author and musician.

Don’t worry, this site isn’t going anywhere. You’ll continue to get Doses of Delight and yoga focused articles here on a regular basis.

But now, there’s another blog for you to enjoy. This one is perhaps more personal, though it still has a professional flair.

I give you www.KatrinaAriel.com.

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The blog categories, so far, are: Writing, Music, and Family.

I’m happy to have a place to write about being a mother that feels more appropriate than my yoga site. Sure, the practice of yoga extends its wisdom to every aspect of life, so I’ll always bring that kind of wisdom in. But now, on my personal site, I can blog about family on a regular basis.

Check out my latest post called For the Love of Family.

Under music, you’ll find articles about the music that turns me on right now. Check out my blog post on The Piano Guys‘ version of Fight Song, set in magical Scotland. Do you love the video as much as I do?

In the world of writing, I’ll be adding articles about my life as an author. Here’s one on Growing as a Writer, or, Why I Love Queries. Have you ever tried to get a fiction book published traditionally? Fun stuff, I tell ya.

Head on over and please do let me know what you think! You can leave a comment on any of the blog posts.

Thank you so much for your support. Blessings to you and your family as we cross from 2015 to 2016.

May it be a bright year for us all! 

 

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Happy Winter Solstice!

Posted By Katrina Ariel On December 21st, 2015
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goddess-shastaI love this time of year. Okay, so maybe I’m over winter by February, but the magic and celebratory nature of late December is special to me.

One of the things I enjoy the most is balancing the busy-ness of the holiday season by tuning in to nature’s wisdom.

Winter Solstice, otherwise known as Yule, is the longest night of the year. It invites us to turn inward, to embrace the nurturing, creative potential of darkness, and be grateful for all that has come before.

It also invites us to see the light renewed, as, from this point forward, the days will grow until we reach Summer Solstice once again.

On the cycles turn, asking us to flow with the ever changing weaving of life.

I offer you this meditation as one way to observe this potent time:

Sit beautifully, and tune in with your breath.

Take your time. Settle in. Grow taller.

Feel the earth below, the sky above, your breath within.

Invite an inward directed smile.

Now, take a minute or two for gratitude. What are you grateful for in your life right now? What blessings do you want to acknowledge from the past year?

Really feel the thankfulness as it rises and grows within you. It’s as if you’re glowing with gratitude!

Next, take a moment to think of what you wish to invite in the next year. What seed of intention do you want to plant in the limitless potential of darkness, just before the New Year dawns?

Once you have your intention clear in your mind, go back to gratitude, imagining yourself with that intention already manifest.

Then, let it go. I like this phrase: “Thank you, Universe, for taking care of all the details.”

With a deep breath, bring yourself firmly to the here and now, and enjoy the rest of your day!

Brightest blessings in the deepest night,

Katrina

P.S. That’s right, it’s a gratitude sandwich. Gratitude + Intention + Gratitude = Good Stuff Happening.

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Remember Who You Are

Posted By Katrina Ariel On December 12th, 2015
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woman-lake-open-arms45384656Often, when you focus on others and all the things that must be done, it can be challenging to take time to care for yourself. It’s easy to get lost in the busyness of this season, especially.

Spending time with people and being productive are great! But it’s vital to stay centered in yourself, too.

Here are some ideas to help:

1. Be present. The potency of who you are and what life is all exists in the current moment. Show up. Be here. Now. This is vital.

2. Focus on love. It has been said that there are only ever two choices: fear or love. Choose love. Every time.

3. Remember who you are. Yoga offers the perspective that all of life is intertwined, truly all is One. The energy that breathes you, that weaves the Universe, lives within you and experiences itself as you.

You are Divine. It is very human to forget this, so lovingly remind yourself as often as necessary. :)

As yoga reminds us, again and again, if in doubt, just breathe.

Take a few deep breaths, center into yourself, and bring the blessings of the moment to the forefront of your experience.

For the love of YOU!

Katrina

P.S. Are you still looking for a gift for someone who enjoys yoga? My book, Yoga for Dragon Riders, ships directly from Amazon, and they’ll even gift wrap it for you! 

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Just Breathe . . . Smiling is also Good

Posted By Katrina Ariel On December 4th, 2015
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meditation01Today’s message is short and sweet, a simple reminder that your breath can be your best friend.

Yesterday I stepped outside and found myself absolutely engaged in the beauty of my breath. I’d been sitting at the computer for a while, probably slouched over, and wasn’t feeling particularly energetic or centered.

Yet, after only a couple of minutes of standing tall and letting my breath flow, there was a noticeable and welcome change in my entire body.

So, please consider this an invitation:

Sit tall, breathe deep.

If you can, go outside for some fresh air, and notice the difference it makes.

If you want to take it a step further, envision the way your lungs expand, gratefully moving in all directions as you inhale the life-force of prana.

As you exhale, feel how you can effortlessly invite your body to expel just a little bit more air, gently releasing toxins or any feelings that no longer serve you.

Each inhale is a chance to start fresh, to bring more peace and wellbeing.

Each exhale is an opportunity to relax, release.

Inhale.

Exhale.

Delicious, isn’t it?

Want to make it even better? Smile! Yep, that’s right. Feels good, doesn’t it?

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“Light and Divinity” Meditation and Mantra

Posted By Katrina Ariel On November 8th, 2015
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In the quiet this morning, while breastfeeding my sleepy twin babies, the following meditation came to me.

Strange, perhaps, that I was sort of multitasking while meditating. However, breathing deeply and centering in can happen anywhere. It only takes a few minutes or even just a few breaths to connect to your divine truth.

First I’ll give you the mantra that came to me, then the meditation/visualization that came with it. You can use it as-is or make any alterations that feel right to you.

Using the mantra in repetition allows you to build the strength of the visualization.

Mantra:

I am one with God
I am a child of the Goddess
I am an expression of Divinity
I am Love
I am bathed in Light

(A note on God/Goddess: This mantra honors Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine, yet in the grand scheme of things, all is one. Again, work with what you believe and all is well.)

Meditation:

Sit comfortably in the best posture for you at this time.
Breathe deeply.
Relax any unnecessary tension in your body.

Inwardly, allow the mantra and the accompanying visualizations to guide you to your natural state of harmony.

“I am one with God.”

Imagine as a golden beam of light comes from your divine self through your crown chakra into you. It purifies and balances your chakras, core, physical body and light body. You are now fully glowing in golden light.

“I am a child of the Goddess.”

With your intention see the grounding connection that extends from your root chakra into the very core of the earth. From there a brilliant blue ray of light rises through your entire core and reverberates in your being.

“I am an expression of Divinity.”

Feel the divine resonance of the golden light that surrounds you, and the beautiful blue light that dances within you. You are pure, grounded, and your awareness becomes clearer with each breath.

“I am Love.”

Feel a rose-white light emerge from within your heart. It grows to fill your entire body, and the blue light expands to surround you.

“I am bathed in Light.”

Breathe and feel every cell of your body sparkle with light.

Remember, you can alter this meditation and mantra so they are perfect for your own beliefs and preferences. The main thing is to align with your divine truth and feel yourself awash with light! Enjoy. :)

 

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Take a Breath and Create Balance Instantly

Posted By Katrina Ariel On October 30th, 2015
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Me-OakTree-Child01How does it feel to sit up tall and take a deep breath?

To me it feels so good! Amazing how refreshing it can be to simply create the space to b-r-e-a-t-h-e.

Whenever I feel overwhelmed or frustrated, if I check in I notice that my posture has collapsed and my breath is shallow. All it takes is a moment to mindfully re-align and connect with my breath.

It can make all the difference in the world.

Balancing poses in yoga can have a similar effect. Even tadasana (mountain pose) can work wonders if you give it a minute or two in the midst of a busy day. Another favorite is tree pose (vrksasana).

Really, anything positive that draws your complete attention to one focus in the present moment, especially when it blends body, mind and breath, can instantly bring a tremendous sense of balance to life.

Perhaps you’d like to take a moment right now to stand beautifully and breathe, or do a simple balancing pose, or take a walk and breathe some fresh air.

It’s helpful to remember that you have the power to create balance in your life at any moment. Even if it feels like you’re living in a whirlwind, you can take a breath and create calm within.

Blessings of balance,

Katrina

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Check out my book, Yoga for Dragon Riders!

It is a fun and comprehensive guide to infuse your life with the magical balance of power, love and wisdom! Breathe new inspiration into your daily yoga practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and more!

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P.S. All those in favor of tree pose in random places, say “aye!”

P.P.S. Here’s a recent pic of me and my boys at a magnificent tree near New Orleans. We’re enjoying the fresh air and the earth beneath our feet.

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Feel Young at Any Age (inspired by children)

Posted By Katrina Ariel On July 7th, 2015
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My babies, playing at Jandana Ranch. Zachary left, Ryan right (and Riley the dog, of course.)

As I was taking savasana at the end of my yoga practice this morning, my mind wandered (as it does) to a curious place. I thought about the many ways the very young (and young at heart) behave and live, and how so many of the things they do can keep us healthy, happy and vibrant at any age.

So, here’s a list of ideas, inspired by children, to help you feel young:

  • Sleep as much as you want
  • When you’re awake, move constantly
  • Play whenever possible
  • Don’t wear shoes if you can help it
  • Go outside every day, as many times as you can
  • Eat dirt (or at least play in it, without your shoes on)
  • Laugh lots
  • Cry when you feel like it
  • Let your emotions move (sure, you might be upset one moment, but it’s okay to giggle the next minute)
  • Eat good food (nourish yourself with the same care you would a precious baby)
  • Never stop discovering the world
  • Take pleasure in the simplest things
  • Delight in spending time with family and those you love
  • Try new things
  • Learn something new every day
  • Read to learn, but read stories too
  • Be true to yourself
  • Use your imagination
  • Believe in magic
  • Sing and dance
  • Nurture your passions
  • Make new friends
  • Build community
  • Smile for no reason
  • Don’t hold back
  • Test your boundaries and make new ones
  • Always remember, even when you think you’re alone, that you are loved beyond measure

 

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