This gentle chair based Aerobics, Strength & Flexibility practice is perfect for those who have difficulties with balance, mobility, or getting up and down off the floor.
In the last newsletter, we began discussing how none of are ever truly alone in this life. Though we may not see them or share a pizza with them, our spirit guides are always with us.
Spirit Guides are like the ultimate best friends. They are here to support us; holding our hands when necessary and egging us on when we need it. Even guiding and teaching us along the way. And they love us unconditionally.
If you don’t speak to your guides for long periods of time, they aren’t offended or hold a grudge. They are always happy to interact with us and to be there for us when we ask.
But as with a good friend, we must build and foster our relationships with our spirit guides. This is much easier than most people think. All it takes is two simple things: respect and communication. While they are on the ethereal plane, it’s all the same. It’s no different than dealing with a person sitting in the same room. Respect them and communicate with them.
Talk to them. Tell them what’s going on with you and how you feel about things. It’s okay and it’s safe; they don’t ever share your secrets. And always show them respect. Appreciate them just as you want to be appreciated.
I always tell them how much I appreciate them being here for me all the time and how grateful I am for their love and their teachings.
Just remember that communication’s the key. If we need assistance or guidance, must ask. While our guides are here to give us a hand, they aren’t here to just step in and take over. Never forget about that old pesky “Free Will” thing! We have it and our guides respect that. So, if you need their assistance, you must ask for it.
Now, you may be asking yourself, “Just what can I ask my guides for”? I’m glad you asked that question! And I’ve gotta tell ya, the list of possibilities is endless. Big or little, your requests are not ignored. You can ask for their company so you don’t feel alone. You can ask for guidance and clarification during difficult times. You can even ask them which type of wine you should have with your dinner. Spirit guides are wise and knowing and are here to support us in pursuit of our highest and greatest good.
We’ll continue this conversation in the April newsletter. And if you want to learn how to meet and develop strong relationships with your spirit guides, in June I will be part of a dynamic group of teachers hosting a workshop on spirit guides. There’s a lot of information about the class on our website and if you register before the early-bird deadline you’ll get a great discount! Check it out. It’s gonna be an awesome workshop with some amazing and gifted teachers!
Temperance is how Siddhartha found enlightenment and became Buddha. He started his last incarnation as a prince who enjoyed every physical advantage: money, comfort, food, girls, entertainment, the best schooling…you name it, he had it. He never saw anything remotely sad, sick, old, or icky. After he married his wife, he began to wonder if there was more to life than this gilded cage he was in. He came to understand there was, and set upon his new path.
Thinking he needed to turn his back on all his previous pleasures, he made his life as plain and bleak as he could. At one point he was trying so hard to be “holy”, he damn near starved himself to death. He then realized, like it or not, he was stuck in a human body and needed to take care of it so he could then become enlightened. The destruction of this body would mean he had to start all over again!
That’s when Siddhartha recognized the need for Temperance…The Middle Way. Therefore, this coming month your goal is finding balance in all things. Have a glass of wine, a scoop of ice cream, exercise without killing yourself, read a good book, take a nap if you need it, and generally be nice to yourself and your body. You need it to be healthy in order to do your work, look after those who rely upon you, and seek your higher purpose. Aim for just a glimmer of enlightenment each day balanced with down-to-earth human-ness. Spring is coming and we’re waking up!
Did you know that wherever you go, whatever you do, whether things are going along smoothly or you’ve hit a rough patch, you are never alone. Not even when you can’t see anyone around.
That sounds kind of ominous, doesn’t it? Almost as though someone is always lurking in the shadows waiting to pounce. Or trying to catch you doing something wrong.
But nobody is watching you… at least that I’m aware of. I’m not referring to a stalker. I’m not even referring to Santa watching to see whether you’re naughty or nice. I’m not speaking of Big Brother in George Orwell’s dystopian future from the book “1984” or even your mother after you’ve misbehaved. And I’m certainly not talking about a babysitter. Nope none of those are even close.
And while none of those people are watching you, you’re still not alone.
At all times of the day and night, from birth to death, whether or not you’re aware or even believe, you are constantly being attended by your spirit guides.
Don’t worry, it’s not scary or even intrusive. It’s no different than when you were told as a child that you were protected by your guardian angel. Your spirit guides are there for your support and well-being.
Spirit guides are at your disposal to give you guidance and assistance in all of life’s moments, big or small. They will help you make decisions and choices, easy or difficult. And they will never steer you wrong. You can always bank on your guides.
I know it sounds kind of full and busy, but there’s always elbow room because your guides aren’t here to crowd you or even to tell you what to do… at least, not unless you ask them.
What are they for? Excellent question. And the not so simple answer is that they are with you to educate, guide and assist you in your current lifetime. They are here to support you and to help you with life’s lessons.
But make no mistake, they are not here to do things for you. They’re not here to pick-up after you on a cosmic or karmic level. They’re not your maids.
Learn more in the March issue of the Great Conjunction newsletter.
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Are the same guides with you all your life?
On January 21st, 2020, one of my dearest friends transitioned and left this plane. My heart is still aching. “Ingy” Ingersoll was a full-time musician and NE Ohio celebrity. You may have seen and heard her perform at Playhouse Square or at an upscale restaurant while you dined. You may have even sung with her at her Piano Bar. Ingy was closer to me than most of my family; she was family to me.
Members of Ingy’s family, friends and Great Conjunction are working together to create a scholarship in her name to help students studying music. We would be thrilled if you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution. If you’d like to participate, there is a tab for donations on the Great Conjunction website. More information about the scholarship will be forthcoming.
I was extremely honored that a tribute I wrote for Ingy was read at her memorial service. I would like to share it with you now.
The world is now a little dimmer and a little quieter.
There truly are angels among us and last night we lost a precious one. Deborah "Ingy" Ingersoll.
Mere words cannot accurately or adequately describe her. Ingy was incredibly talented but her heart was the most special aspect to her. She truly loved everyone and she loved unconditionally. And she lived Joy to the fullest.
When Ingy hugged you, you felt her unconditional love. When she smiled at you your heart would soar. When she laughed, you truly knew joy.
Through her joy of life and loving, and through her music, she created a community populated by people from all walks of life, every age, interest and background. We were all like satellites orbiting her sun. Deep, loving and lasting friendships were forged in the heat of her love and kindness.
Ingy touched my life in many profound ways. Simply having her in my life made me want to be a better person. She blessed me with her friendship and she became an important part of my family. She was always there to share my pains and my triumphs. Ingy even played an integral part in my wedding.
Now this angel has gone. And for those of us whose lives were blessed by Ingy, we must always love with abandon, laugh with vigor and sing. Just keep singing.
I am honored and so grateful that my heart is broken. To be in Ingy's heart, her life, was a gift beyond compare.
Good journey to you Ingy and from the bottom of my heart I thank you. I love you, my friend, my songbird.