Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer

Finally summer has arrived, but so far the rain hasn't stopped.  Let's hope the entire summer won't be a wash out.
I live in a wooden century home which needs to be painted.  We didn't get to it last year because of construction across the road.  There was so much dust & debris from the construction we weren't able to get close to the job.  And so far this year the weather is stopping us from getting to it as well; either too wet or too humid.
Funny how the universe slows us down sometimes.  Being a Sagittarius I'm not the best at this.  I like to be on the go and get things done.  
A few years ago my Mom was hit by a truck (unfortunately) while walking and is still working toward healing from it's aftereffects.  When I told mentioned the slow down she said, "Better to slow down this way than to get hit by a truck."  ... good point Mom!
I'm working toward allowing and accepting this new pace; even if this is the last thing I'm ready to do.  I'm breathing into the openness of the season and enjoying life one moment at a time.
May you allow yourself to slow it down too!
Namaste,
Tammy
x
PS.  I finished "I'm a Dragon" colouring book... check it out, better yet go buy one!  Colouring is a great stress reliever & a good way to slow down!
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Father's Day weekend!

A fast shout out to all the amazing father's in the world!
May you be blessed with an extraordinary year filled with those you love & enjoy, health and wellness!
And just because it's Friday here's a flashback for you of my Dad and I from 2016...it is a little blurry, but we were on a bus at the time...
Happy Father's Day!
Love
Tam
PS.  Oh and "I'm a Dragon" my Chinese Zodiac colouring book will be live on Amazon pretty soon (this weekend I'm hoping)!  Here's the link
PPS.  Now some have asked why I'd name the books such silly titles if they are created for adults.  Well, everytime I'm in a situation (normally out for Chinese food) and there is a placemat that shows the Zodiac on it whomever I'm with will say, "I'm a ______" or "I think I'm a ____________"  Hence the name!  Enjoy a fantastic week

Friday, June 09, 2017

Returning

This may sound crazy but I think my blue jay came back today!  Several years ago there was a blue jay born in the backyard and came to sit near me on the back patio.   Here he is in the tree...
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I was just outside and an adult blue jay hopped over near me.  I started talking to it as I wasn't sure he knew I was there... he was seriously close without fear.  He kept hopping toward me just watching.  As I stood there he flew up to the side of the house and took down a hornet's nest for us and ate all of the eggs etc., inside of it.  Then he flew away.
Thanks baby blue!
I have no idea if it was the same one, but it made me wonder if they come back to the same backyard as 'home'?  I found this:
The real miracle is the seamless fusion of these tools over vast distances. "Birds really do have a remarkable ability to home back to a particular place," Weidensaul says. "They're coming back to the same back yard, the same tree. They have a whole suite of cues they can use to get there. And it may be that, depending on global conditions, they learn to rely on one more than the others."  https://www.outsideonline.com/1922491/how-do-birds-find-their-way-back-home-spring
Whether or not it was my jay, that was pretty cool!
Enjoy this Strawberry full moon!
Tammy
PS.   On the theme of returning, a few weeks ago I gave someone my cart from the grocery store that are a $1 rental.  This week she came to class to give me my dollar back.  LOL... I told her to pass it along to someone else and keep it going.  Pay it forward and all!
PPS.  Have you picked up one of my colouring books yet?  Go buy one.  Thank you!

Friday, June 02, 2017

White Light

So it seems I shouldn't wear white after Victoria Day.  And yesterday I learnt I should look in the mirror more often.  After I got home from teaching I went to put my hair up and when I finally did look into the mirror saw I had spilled my morning coffee all over my white shirt!
Not one of the 45 people I had contact with during classes (or the others I spoke to all day) told me.  New rule... no more white!  At least I didn't walk around all day with egg on my face - or did I?
I have a new obsession... Matt Kahn
Have you heard of him?  I just cyberly met him this past week and I have a serious soul crush on this guy!  He is an amazing spiritual teacher.  Here's one of his videos that really resonated with me...


What was interesting, among many other things, was the portion of the video where he discusses emptiness.

Years ago when I lived alone I would go to bed at night and feel empty - which at the time associated with loneliness and depression.  There was this void that would enter and feel overwhelming.  At the time I hated this feeling. Then if you had told me this was a connection to the divine I would have told you to F-O or similar words.
Years later, I enjoy this sensation when it arrives.  I embrace it.  This void is so expansive; comforting truly without pain, without peril. It was interesting to hear him explain this emptiness, this connection to source.
The space between the breaths can hold this sensation as well.  The gap where the inhale meets the exhale, or the exhale greets the inhale.  It was either Rod Stryker or Stephen Cope ( can't recall which one) who taught this during a meditation retreat.  This space or void is your connection to the soul.  Today I receive this idea with a new understanding.
I'll leave you with this for today.  And ask if you see me wearing white with a coffee stain please mention it!  I'll do the same so we have each other's backs... or front so it seems.
Keep shining your light.
Namaste,
Tammy


Friday, May 26, 2017

Changing lives

I overheard some students talking after class yesterday.  One of them said, "This is the best thing I've ever done for myself.  Now i can get through another week"
I'm so grateful for those who show up each week, with mats in hand, to practice yoga with me.  They sometimes come stressed and worried, other times joy-filled; depending on the week.  And they take the hour to breath, to relax, to work hard. 
Yoga definitely changes lives.  Even those who practice only one day a week, like the student I mentioned above.  It's amazing just how much one class can change things for most.
I heard another say, "I'm far more flexible than the others my age.  And I know it's from this class.  I'm never giving it up!"
I really should be asking for testimonials.  LOL
But seriously, do yourself the favour - if you don't already do so.  Find a class and a teacher you enjoy and come to the mat....
Namaste,
Tammy
PS.  You can check out my schedule on my site:  www.reikiandyoga.com/schedule
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Where did that time go?

One would think after having a cold for 85 days (of what some called the 100 day cold) this past winter my immune system would be super strong.  Then Spring arrived.  So did the allergies.
I haven't had trouble with allergies for years.  I went through many AET (allergy elimination technique) sessions which reverses sensitivities.  I can't explain how it works but I do know it did.  I was allergic to outside (everything) and to my two cats at the time. After the treatments I could put my face into my cat's fur and nothing happened... no runny nose, no itchy eyes, no sneezing... they were all gone!  It was worth every penny I spent on the treatments.
I started thinking about going back to have my allergies reversed again (this is on the to do list) as I was telling someone I had them done about 7 years ago.  Then it hit me...
Sophie & Bella (my current furbabies) are 8 years old.  I had the AET done when my past babies (Alex & Chimo) were alive... Chimo's been gone for 9 years and Axel 12.
12 years?
Where the heck did that time go?
Apparently... "Time is fleeting, madness takes control" ~Rocky Horror
Seems like only yesterday.  
FYI for those curious about AET the woman I have seen in past is in Brantford (http://allergiesfreed.ca/Home.php)  I do recommend it.  As mentioned I'll be going back soon myself.
Enjoy a safe & happy long weekend!
Tam
xo
PS.    Allergies make me feel like Medusa... 
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PPS.  These images are from my latest Colouring Book, "I'm a Snake - Year of the Snake"  Go buy one!  

Friday, May 12, 2017