Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Not Saying "F*ck It"




After my big plans got dashed by road construction the other week, I didn't say "F*ck it." I didn't give up and surrender the 15 minutes extra minutes I had to stare at the Facebook feed on my phone. I put on my big girl running shoes and went for a walk, even though it was less than half of the walk I was hoping to go on.

Not saying "F*ck it," is another fabulous thing I've learned from my teacher Jen. Don't say "F it,"  after eating 1/2 of a chocolate bar on a lonely night as impetus to eat the other half. Don't say "F it," after saying something you might regret to someone as a reason to say more mean stuff. And don't say "F it," when your big plans to be out in nature get rained on. Do what you can with what you've got, you'll feel better now, and tomorrow too.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Likely to Get What I Want



"I'm more likely to get what I want when I ask for it."--Judith Hanson Lasater

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Angels of Libra



This morning, I got caught red-handed again with an agenda. With extra work recently, I haven't been spending as much time outside as I'd like, especially since it's my favorite time of year. To celebrate fall equinox today, I got up extra early to do my morning routine and have enough time to go for a little hike before my 9:30 client. Everything was going according to plan until it started to pour down rain; which incidentally is another one of my main things, especially in the desert, but not today.

I abandoned my plan and sat down with Nature Speak, a great resource on all things Autumn. There's a section in there on the Angels of Libra who "...assist us during this month to awaken intuitive perception as to how best to balance our life...They awaken the search for balance."

Oh Angels of Libra, you're so right: what I really need right now is less go-go-go and more time at home. Thank you, dear ones.

Friday, September 19, 2014

This Little Space in Between



"[God is] not in you or me but just this little space in between. If there's any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something."--Celine, Before Sunrise

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"What Is"



This past weekend, I shared a hotel room with my teacher Jen at the B.E.S.T. training.
I got there several hours before she did, picked my side of the room, my bed and unpacked my stuff. When I went down to dinner, I texted Jen, letting her know where I was in case she got in and wanted to join me. Also, I wanted to let her know that I was happy to move my things if she had a strong preference about where she wanted to put her luggage. She wrote back, "I'm happy with What Is." Capitalized W, capitalized I, kinda like how we capitalize God.

I took note of her reverence and didn't really think about it again until yesterday. Yesterday morning, I got up extra early to do yoga, meditate, make a green juice, pack my lunch and get to Ojo in time to do the loop before my 9 am class. Although I had left plenty of time for those particular tasks, I did not leave time for the road construction, which constricts the two lane highway to Ojo to a one lane road and causes delays. As I sat in the standstill, sad for the prospects of my walk, I remembered that What Is is capitalized and thus worthy of my respect. I made it to Ojo with enough time for a brisk hike up to the Round Barn and back. Turns out What Is might be just as great, if not even better than "the way I think it should be," which you'll notice is not capitalized.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Guru Principles Continues



I've written about the guru principle before but it's worth revisiting, and often. According to Thomas Ashley-Farrand, "The true guru is a principle that resides in your own heart and will lead you as you are ready, on your spiritual journey of many winding paths. In Sanskrit, this guru principle is called the upaguru, or the 'teacher without form.'"

I'm at another B.E.S.T. training this weekend and as usual, there are parts of it that I truly resonate with and parts I truly don't. I love the expression "Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater;" and I'm not going to dismiss all of the good stuff I'm learning because parts of the training feel flawed.

Farrand continues, "The main point to keep in the forefront of your mind is that any external teacher is useful to your spiritual progress only so long as he or she presents an accurate reflection of what your inner teacher is trying to show you. The moment the outer teacher does not reflect the inner teacher, then the outer teacher is a hindrance."

That's right kids, outer teachers are there simply to put us in touch with our inner teachers. Farrand closes us out with, "But never forget that even the greatest teachers are merely servants of your own inner guru."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Chakra Clearing




It's been a while since we've talked about smudging, but I still think it's a good idea and I smudge on a regular basis. I love having a solid, tangible way to CLEAR energy.

Last night, I smudged myself before doing a simple full moon ritual. Typically when I smudge myself or somebody else, I go up the chakras. The chakras make a great map because they are metaphysical centers with physical locations. Yesterday before my ritual, I added each chakra's seed affirmation, followed by the word "clear," and my prayer felt more powerful thanks to its verbal confirmation.

To clear energy in and around you, using a smudge stick, light your smudge stick and:

Lift up the sole of one foot and wave the smoke of the sage onto that sole and then the other sole of your foot and then all the way up your inner legs into the bowl of your pelvis. While doing so, breathe and say, "I Am Clear." 

Move the smoke and the smudge stick in front and in back and around the sides of your pelvis and sense, "I Feel Clear."

Shift the stick and the smoke up to the front, back and sides of your belly and intend "I Will Clear."

Draw the smudge and its smoke up to all of the sides of your heart, every last corner of your heart and claim, "I Love Clear."

Swirl the smoke around all parts of your neck and throat and announce, "I Speak Clear."

Gently bring the smoke near the space in between your eyebrows and recognize out loud, "I See Clear."

And lastly, open the smoke to the area above the crown of your head, moving it in all directions around the crown of your head and realize, "I Know Clear."

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Greatest Hits Tipsandtricks 2013-2014



 Thank you dearest sweet readers! It's been another great trip around the sun here at tipsandtricks. These are the greatest hits tipsandtricks from this last year. I realized today that this is *my* blog and I can do whatever I want, so there's 11 hits instead of 10. Yay for doing whatever I want!

Love, Ash









8. Prasad