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Your Mind is Magic! Now Learn to Wield It

Behold the Magic of your Mind!

Do you need a vacation?

  • Close your eyes
  • Take a deep cleansing breath
  • Imagine in your mind’s eye your favorite spot you wish to travel to. (It’s easier if you have been there before)
    • What smells do you remember?
    • How did this place make you feel?
    • Who are you with?
    • Remember every detail, small and large to really immerse yourself

…And you are on vacation!

Do you miss someone?

  • Close your eyes
  • Take a deep cleansing breath
  • Picture that person in your mind’s eye
    • What do you remember about their face?
    • Their hands?
    • What do they smell like?
    • How do you react to their voice?
    • How did they made you feel?
    • Use every detail you can remember to bring them to you

…And they are with you!

Do you want to travel back in time?

  • Close your eyes
  • Take a deep cleansing breath
  • Think of the time you wish to revisit in your mind
    • What music was playing at that time?
    • Where are you?
    • Who were you with?
    • What smells reach your nostrils?
    • How did it make you feel?
    • Use every memory to transport you to that particular time

…And you are back there!

Your brain is a magnificent machine. It keeps our body in perfect balance without a conscious thought from us. It can also be a teleporter, a time-machine and a space ship that can take us anywhere in time and space that we can imagine. USE that BEAUTIFUL brain of yours! When you feel tired and in need of a vacation, when you miss someone far away or someone who has passed, and when you wish to be immersed in a moment in time. Your mind can be your ticket to paradise and a ticket to hell in the next thought. Choose where your mind takes you. Learn to hone your mind-wrangling skills with these exercises and see the endless places you can travel! Safe journeys!

Positivi-TEA Check-In

Join me tomorrow for a chat and a self-care check-in. Bring a cup and spill the tea! Find your positivity again with our Anchorage Tribe. Everyone will get a chance to talk about their week and ask advice from those participating. If you don’t feel like talking, you can just lend an ear to someone else in need. I want to create a space that gives some relief in these stressful times and we need community now more than ever!!

What you will need:
Tea (or beverage of your choice).
Journal to write down your affirmation for the week and what you’re grateful for.
You’re beautiful face!

It will be a zoom party so come on 5 min early if you can! See ya there!

Spiritual Guidance Meditation

Take a deep inhale, exhale with a sigh.

Start to think about the problem you have that needs a solution.

What kind of emotions come up?

Feel them for a brief time, and let them go.

Surrender so that you may find clarity.

Give yourself grace for your reaction.

Take a full breath, inhaling creativity, exhaling fear.

In your mind’s eye, visit your heart space.

Picture your inner light as a flame flickering warmly in your chest.

Listen intently.

Your heart wishes you to move deeper and follow its call.

When you are on the right path, your flame becomes an inferno, lighting your way in the darkness.

Open yourself up to the universe for the guidance you seek.

There are signs and clues all around you, one needs just to look.

Inhale resolution.

Exhale confusion.

Slowly come back to your body.

Love & Light!

©Anchorage Retreat Center 20220

Path back to Love

Sin is created by suffering.

Underneath our actions there is cause and effect.

Judgement is not for us to render,

for we do not have eyes to see the connection between misery and reaction.

The trials that shifted someone’s path towards fear is invisible.

Only when we can look past decision’s based on trauma,

will we be able to glimpse the true nature of the soul.

May I show compassion to those held in the grip of fear,

for they need my kindness to see the path back to love.

Love & Light!

The Cosmic Dance of Life

Listen closely to the crashing waves

It is the breath of our world

Inhale…

Her roiling fury, white caps breaking the surface, wrinkles on the face of the sea

Exhale…

Her fervent grasp on the shore, eroding hillsides, grinding stone into sand

The hypnotic rhythm of silence then sound

Sometimes soft and lapping

other times like a whip cracking

Her destiny is tied to the Moon

The lunar covenant which binds as long as they both shall live

Primordial matrimony bared witness by the stars with no objection.

This interstellar pairing a reminder that we are part of that infinite pull as well

Our bodies burning sugar and starch, transmuting calories to energy

Flowing synapses recharge our system and move our limbs

Organs shifting in tandem to detoxify and respire

The ancient magick of divine creation

Mirrored in every facet of life

Micro and macro are linked and share the same story

Connection is our communion

The human heart our church

Inhale…

Exhale…

The cosmic dance of life

Lain Mackenzie: Teacher

One of my last assignments for my yoga teacher training is to talk a little about myself. A personal introduction to my future students. Before sitting down to write it, this felt a little strange to me, almost too self-centered and it made me uncomfortable. Once I sat with it a little longer, I realized that I need my students to know my journey and how I might best help them in theirs. I needed to give them my tattered road map so they could learn from my own experience getting to a place of peace and oneness with life. I feel like I am now brimming over with ideas and experiences that I wish to share with whomever needs it.

I have always felt like I needed to be of service. Even as a young girl in the church and girl scouts, I really loved working for the community and feeling like I was doing something for the benefit of others. It made me feel good. Even working in management in my adulthood, I tried to help my employees in whatever way I could, be it more training to get them promoted or to be a shoulder to cry on when life kicked them down. I tried to stay available to them and be a source of comfort. Sometimes that was my downfall, when I cared so much and it was still ‘just business’ to some.

The stress of corporate life had swallowed me up for ten plus years and I had always wished I could try something new. I found yoga when I most needed it. I started to go regularly to my local studio within walking distance and it felt so good and right! But life kept going and I fell off every couple months, citing my 50+ hour work week as the problem. The real problem was I wasn’t ready to go all in with my practice. I still held my self loathing above my self worth.

Growing up, I had found it difficult to open myself up. I suffered from a deep depression in high school, being scared of who I really was. In constant fear that my loved ones would stop caring about me if they knew the truth. The realization that I was gay was a hard one for me, knowing that it would make my life harder to navigate coming from a very religious background. It solidified my teenage brain into a cycle of depression, self hatred and secrecy. It took a long time to feel okay in my own skin. I had never loved myself, and my yoga practice forced me to begin knocking the walls down and look deeper.

One day when I was really unhappy at work, I started taking some college classes for a future that I wanted to move toward, going into Hospitality Management. I only got through two semesters before I felt pulled toward another certification, my yoga teacher training. I had wanted to start my own business where I would teach yoga, run retreats and serve my community with a place to gather. I was going to wait to do my yoga training after my degree was completed, but one day I found an online training called ‘Yoga 4 Love” and pulled out my credit card immediately without hesitation.

There was no question I needed to do something. To shift my life toward another purpose. I felt it in my bones. Within two months of starting my training online, I quit my job and decided that I was not okay allowing stress to dictate my well-being anymore. It was a very emotional decision, losing the image of myself that I held so tightly for so long, but I knew that I could no longer put myself through emotional torture for a fat paycheck. I’m lucky to have a partner that really understood my suffering and gave me the permission that I felt I needed to save my sanity. She gave me the strength to take the leap. My fellow yoga teacher trainees also showed me a way of life that I yearned for. One of self care and self love.

It has been a year of major transitions, the biggest being our move three hours away from family and friends to open our own retreat center. It has not been a smooth road, and I have questioned our actions many times, but I knew that if I kept listening to my heart that it would never lead me astray. I began this journey to self love and I now feel confident that my story and knowledge can be what I share to help others.

Please contact me if you feel pulled to. Know that you are worth loving and worth the journey.

Love & Light!

Check out www.yoga4love.com if you want to get certified in yoga online! Be a part of the Goddess Tribe!

Rebirth

This Easter has been a strange one. For all of us, it is one in quarantine from our loved ones that we would normally be traveling to see and spend time with in person. For me, there is another layer of it being my 33rd birthday. April 12th has never fallen on Easter before in my lifetime and it seems like there is always a connection that we can’t completely understand when the world falls into place a certain way. I have decided to take notice.

I don’t feel sad. I thought I might, since my normal routine is to have my closest friends over to cheers my birth and share it with me. I have made my Zoom time with them starting in only a few minutes and I can’t wait to see their smiling faces on my computer screen. After my friend date, I am Zooming with my family and attempting to play a card game with them as is tradition when we gather. It could be a disaster, but we will be together and laugh through the hiccups.

“Together in spirit.” Such a fitting saying now. Even when we don’t get the chance to hug and touch our loved ones, their spirit appears in our living rooms with Zoom, Facebook and Skype. Like magic, their laughter fills my home and I feel a little bit better when they inhabit the material space around me.

Let us use this time as a Rebirth. To reconnect with what is important. Hold up in your cave, but look inside and investigate your inner world with this forced hermitage. Be silent, pray, meditate, cry, laugh, be content in your solitude. The outside world has been stripped away and we need to remember that we are complete still. Looking elsewhere for wholeness is pointless. You are all you need. Stretch your mind and touch the divine that is your inner soul, your eternal light. It is waiting for you.

Love & Light!