The Promise of a Shaman

The Promise of a Shaman – A Poem by Yogesh Kumar

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If you come to me as a victim I will not support you.
But I will have the courage to walk with you through the pain that you are suffering.
I will put you in the fire, I will undress you, and I will sit you on the earth.
I will bathe you with herbs, I will purge you, and you will vomit the rage and the darkness inside you.

I’ll bang your body with good herbs, and I’ll put you to lay in the grass, face up to the sky.
Then I will blow your crown to clean the old memories that make you repeat the same behaviour.

I will blow your forehead to scare away the thoughts that cloud your vision.
I will blow your throat to release the knot that won’t let you talk.
I will blow your heart to scare fear so that it goes far away where it cannot find you.
I will blow your solar plexus to extinguish the fire of the hell you carry inside, and you will know peace.
I will blow with fire your belly to burn the attachments and the love that was not.
I will blow away the lovers that left you, the children that never came.
I will blow your heart to make you warm, to rekindle your desire to feel, create and start again.
I will blow with force your vagina or your penis, to clean the sexual door to your soul.
I will blow away the garbage that you collected trying to love what did not want to be loved.
I will use the broom, and the sponge, and the rag, and safely clean all the bitterness inside you.
I will blow your hands to destroy the ties that prevent you from creating.
I will blow your feet to dust and erase the footprints memories, so you can never return to that bad place.
I will turn your body, so your face will kiss the earth.
I’ll blow your spine from the root to the neck to increase your strength and help you walk upright.
And I will let you rest.

After this, you will cry, and after crying you will sleep,
And you will dream beautiful and meaningful dreams,
and when you wake up I’ll be waiting for you.
I will smile at you, and you will smile back
I will offer you food that you will eat with pleasure, tasting life, and I will thank you.
Because what I’m offering today, was offered to me before when darkness lived within me.
And after I was healed, I felt the darkness leaving, and I cried.
Then we will walk together, and I will show you my garden, and my plants, and I will take you to the fire again.

And will talk together in a single voice with the blessing of the earth.
And we will shout to the forest the desires of your heart.
And the fire will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.
And the mountains will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.
And the rivers will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.
And the wind will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.
And then we will bow before the fire, and we will call upon all the visible and invisible guardians.

And you will say thank you to all of them.
And you will say thank you to yourself.
And you will say thank you to yourself.
And you will say thank you to yourself.

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Grounding deeply needed!

Escape the Day

If you’ve been feeling a little off lately maybe a day of Grounding is deeply needed.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day routine – so why not escape the day? This Sunday is your opportunity to do just that. I found this video posted by our National Parks to be so on point and it made me chuckle, so I had to share it with you.

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With over 400 national parks to discover across the country, you can find a spot and an adventure to match your needs. Sometimes it’s just a walk on the grass or sitting in a rock that help clear your mind and bring you back to a state of peace.

So find your spot, pack your lunch and go explore this weekend.

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Remember if you have a 4th grader at home, your whole family gets in for FREE  the entire school year. You can take a look at my post from a few years ago for more details.

The rest of the 2019 fee-free days are:

  • August 25, 2019 (the National Park Service’s birthday)
  • September 28, 2019 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 11, 2019 (Veterans Day)

Find your park here: findyourpark.com/find.

Sequoia National Park

For more information on programs and experiences to be found at your national parks, visit findyourpark.com/experiences.

The hilarious video up above was Produced by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation.

#FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #discover #explore #feefreedays #grounding #earthing #getgrounded

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Lions Gate

“In truth, I’m not my body, my race, religion, or other beliefs, and neither is anyone else. The real self is infinite and much more powerful- a complete and whole entity that isn’t broken or damaged in any way. The infinite me already contains all the resources I need to navigate through life because I am One with Universal energy. In fact, I AM Universal energy.”- Anita Moorjani

If you could be exactly who you want to be, without fear of what others think and what you’ve been brought up to believe – what would your life look like?

What if I told you that you hold within you all that is needed to create that life? You hold the key! All you have to do is step into it.

In today’s world, it is so “normal” to portray a certain image in order to be or feel accepted. Don’t allow yourself to fall into this in thought process in order to get the “likes”. Don’t allow the things you’ve been led to be believe or the life that others expect from you to direct your life. These ideas and thoughts only hinder your growth and your truest potential.

It doesn’t matter that others around you don’t understand or agree with you. Their thoughts are not yours to carry. Today is your opportunity to open yourself up to what is true.

Today is your day to rise up. Take some time today to tune in and remember who you are. Hold yourself in the highest regard, be courageous and bold, allow the energy of this day to guide you into your truth. Today is the day! If there are things, people, beliefs or blocks that hold you back – release them!!!

On this powerful day, 8/8 – Lions Gate, the day of infinite possibilities – break free of any limiting beliefs. Be fearless on this energetical filled day – The universe needs you and is anxiously awaiting you.

Peace and Love,

Annette

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Keeping your Pets Safe and Calm on the 4th of July

4th of July Celebrations are just around the corner. If you have pets you know how traumatic this day can be on your pets. Along with planning family get togethers, meals and firework shows, you might want to consider things to do to make your pet comfortable.

Exercise: One way to have them calm for the evening is talk them on a walk early in the day. If you live in here Arizona, please don’t forget to have them wear doggie booties to protect their paws.

Music: It’s no secret that music can soothe a soul that nothing else. The same is true for your pets. Relax My Pet has an entire YouTube channel dedicated to helping your pets. Here’s 8 hours worth of calming music made especially for your pets on 4th of July.  

 

Comfort: Pets normally run and hide during fireworks, so try leaving their favorite blanket or toy in a closet with the door open might help them find shelter with things of comfort. Make sure to put their food and water close by.

Space: your pets need space during this time. If your home, stay close enough for them to see you but allow them the space they need. Keep your hands away from them at this time. If they come to you, embrace it but otherwise, let them be.

Safety: your pets are paranoid during this time, their instinct is to run away from the danger. Make sure your pets are indoors with the air conditioner on with doors and windows closed.

Calming aids: some pets may require a bit more to keep them calm. Visit your local veterinarian, they may be able to suggest something for your pet or visit bachflower.com. They have several natural and safe options available. Their products are also listed on Amazon for quick delivery!

Reiki: If you’re a Reiki practitioner, send your Reiki to yourself, your pets and your home. Remember we are all energetic beings, so if you’re nervous about leaving your pet on the 4th of July, they’ll feel it. I know that days of celebration can get bust but be sure set the day with a peaceful tone. Begin your day by clearing your space. Smudge, light a calming candle, play high frequency music from the time you get up to the time you get ready leave for your celebration. Then reset the music to the above mentioned YouTube playlist for your pet before leaving.

On the 4th of July, include your pet in your self-healing Reiki practice. Ground yourself, your pet and your home. Send Reiki to the future by picturing your pet safe, calm and comforted.

In addition, take a visit to your local pet shop. They may have a few more items in stock to help keep your fur babies safe and calm during the celebrations. Wishing you and your pets a safe and positive day.

To learn more about Reiki and how to become a Reiki practitioner, send me an email at: Projectrefinedlife@gmail.com  or look at my Reiki Classes. 

 

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Let’s watch the sunset together!

One of the things I love the most about having an outside class is watching the sunset and appreciating the stars.

So bring your Yoga mat and a water bottle and let’s watch the sunset together! Starting tonight, the Tuesday “Strength & Stretch” Class at BB Living will begin at the NEW time of 7:00pm..

New Schedule:

Mondays
  • 6:30pm – All Levels Flow at San Sonoma Apartment Homes, Tempe, AZ – Class are complimentary for all Residents, Family & Friends
Tuesdays
  • 7:00pm – Strength & Stretch at BB Living/Higley Park Neighborhood, Gilbert, AZ, – Class are complimentary for all Residents, Family and Friends.  (Meet us at the Basketball courts on Kent Ave. between Los Gatos & Ponderosa) 
Thursdays
  • 6:30pm – Meditative Flow at San Posada Apartment Homes, Mesa, AZ – Class are complimentary for all Residents, Family and Friends
Fridays
  • 9:30am – Yoga Basics in the Higley Park Neighborhood, Gilbert, AZ $5.00 – Come and learn Yoga Basics in this compassionate and slow paced class. Every”body” is welcome! This class must be Booked in Advance – Meet me at the main park by the fountain located at the corner of Sheffield and Colt Dr. (Cross streets are Ray & Higley)  
Saturdays
  • 9:30am – Morning Flow at Olympus Steelyard, Chandler, AZ – Class are complimentary for all Residents, Family and Friends
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5 Years – Thank you!!!

Today is 5 years of the official first post of Project Refined Life! I want to thank you for allowing me to share my project of how I have been refining, growing and healing my life with you!

Over the years, I have changed and so has this this site. With the help of many teachers and the beautiful souls that have surrounded me, supported me and wiped tears from my face at times; I have shifted from a place of just trying to manage my hurt into a place of peace.

This blog started as a way for me to bringing awareness to drunk driving while offering information, product reviews and events for families. With my growth, this blog has now become a landing spot to contact me for more information about yoga and methods for healing.

I been very busy these last couple of years and it’s now time for me to share what I have learned. Over the next couple of weeks, you will see changes to the site as well as new offerings.

Although my journey into learning and refining the body, mind and soul is far from over, I am anxious to share what I have learned with you.

From the very essence of my being, Thank you, thank you, thank you for the support during my growth and healing. May these first 5 years be just the start of many years and healing to come.

Namaste,

 

Annette

 

 

 

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You’ve Changed

When someone makes a comment to that effect, I am thankful! Let me clarify that I make an ongoing effort to assure that I do change! WE are supposed to change, to evolve, to always better ourselves.

I don’t want to be the same person I was last year, last month even last week. I must continue to expand my mind and soul. Even if it displeases others.

I am fully into my “project” of refining who I am, my purpose and my place. When I started this blog/website (just a few days away from 5 years ago) I never thought it would lead to this. I simply wanted to let others see my journey into a space of healing. Over the years my blog has shifted and changed into what it is today.

This journey has brought me to a place where I am able to help others heal and refine themselves as well. This is my path! I have been busy with classes, workshops, reading, researching and putting into practice all of these things. I can not sit and wait for life to happen, day after day.

I am on an endless path to seek and receive knowledge and wisdom – without it, I would be stuck. My energy would be stagnant and that would be a waste!

Do not ever allow anyone and definitely do not yourself to put a limit on yourself. Don’t allow yourself to hit a plateau without continuing to the next level. Never stop learning, exploring and healing yourself.

The change within you will displease some but it will greatly impact most! So my friends, take it as a complement when others say to “You’ve changed” you may even want to say thank you.

 

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Welcome Spring!


Spring Equinox and A Super Full Moon in the same day – what an awesome way to welcome in Spring!

Equinox signifies a balance or the “equal” part of night (or almost equal) to the day. The combination of this day along with the Full Moon is perfect timing to balance, realign, release and renew!!!

Take this opportunity to review any growth within yourself from the beginning of this year. Breathe and forgive yourself for any areas in your life you could have handled differently and start anew.

Weather permitting, my plans for the day include walking on dirt path to enjoy the spring blooms and taking advantage of the supreme timing with planting some seeds today. Along with the physical seeds we will also be planting seeds of intention for our continued growth through this year.

If a walk on a dirt path of planting seeds isn’t something that sparks your interest – just take a moment during the next couple of days to acknowledge and let go of energy that no longer serves you. This is a time to grow, heal and feel. Go big and be bold with your intentions. Happy Equinox and enjoy the Full Moon energies.

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Breathe and Enjoy

Day 13 & 14 of “Mindful March”
from https://www.actionforhappiness.org/

I’m catching up today from yesterday’s #MindfulMarch and combining it with today’s – because some days are like that.

Day 13 – Stop Breathe and just notice. Repeat regularly throughout the day.

Day 14 – Enjoy doing chores or task more mindfully today.

As I write this post, I am on my second batch of laundry, cleaned the bathrooms and cleaned up the kitchen after breakfast. I have to say, I am thankful for all of it.

The laundry, the dirty potty’s and showers, the dishes, cleaning the stove top. I am so blessed. Blessed to have food to cook and yes all of my humans to take care of.

In between the cleaning and cooking, I was still able to take some time light my sage, breathe deeply and enjoy it. Find beauty in the moment, not matter what it consists of.

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