Meditation and Yoga Practice

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I love to use exercise as a way to build energy for meditation and focusing my intentions. One of my favorite forms of building this energy is through yoga; bonus points awarded because it gives me the opportunity to meditate during the cool down immediately after. The calmness, focus of breath, and flow make it easier to manage my energy and prepare for meditation versus cardio or strength training where my focus is more on not passing out!

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Unfortunately, I am not a super skilled “Yogi” and don’t really know how to form a good yoga workout for myself. Therefore, I should NEVER lead a class on it and I am not about to claim I can coach someone in yoga. However, I do have a favorite trainer on YouTube whom I follow and felt like I could shamelessly plug! I do not know her, personally, and have no connection to her. I discovered her channel after a relative posted about doing one of her 30 Day Yoga Challenges on Facebook. Her name is Adriene and she is awesome!
Yoga With Adriene is the name of her YouTube channel and she has some great content as well as yoga challenges. The first one I did was her “30 Days of Yoga” challenge which was really awesome. The videos aren’t terribly long and it isn’t difficult to do or follow (I know some people are put off by yoga through videos since they sometimes can’t watch and stay in a pose at the same time). She gives fairly clear directions and after a couple of days I could follow along with little amount of head turning to check my screen.
Currently, I’ve started her “31 Day Yoga Revolution” challenge and so far am finding it to be just as enjoyable. So I definitely recommend her to anyone looking to get into yoga, wanting to workout at home, etc.

Another YouTube channel I thought I would plug is one that puts out some really beautiful music you can use for meditation, studying, sleeping, etc. It’s called YellowBrickCinema and they have a lot of different videos and playlists to choose from. You’re bound to find something you’ll like due to the selection. My favorite is a 3hr long video that’s supposed to promote positive thinking. I listened to this almost everyday for a couple months actually a couple years ago. It helped me deal with a difficult work situation that fortunately ended well. You can listen to it HERE

That’s it for this update. I’m hoping to do another post on more Pagan podcasts I’ve been trying out and another tarot reading. Hopefully this April has been kind to you all. Don’t forget to March for Science in your area on April 22nd (Earth Day) if you can (and try to only leave footprints).

Blessed be!

Lark

Larkie’s Library: “The Color of Magic” by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #1)

Another quick “witchy” type book review comes from none other than one of Terry Pratchett’s books and the first in his famous Discworld series “The Color of Magic.” I have never actually read any books from the Discworld, so this was a long time coming. I also did not realize just how many books there are in this magical universe and I am hoping I’m not in over my head because of it! 😉 51chrfxhmnl-_sy344_bo1204203200_
In “The Color of Magic” we are introduced to the Discworld which rests atop the backs of three large elephants who are riding on the shell of the Great A’Tuin (a large space turtle) who swims steadily through vastness of space. The Discworld is flat and has a very literal edge to it; it also has an eighth color in it’s spectrum, called octarine, which happens to be associated with all things magical. Wizards, barbarians, monsters, and real-imaginary dragons exist in the Discworld which is watched over by multiple Gods/Goddesses (or really entities); Fate, the Lady, and (of course) Death are just a few who watch the drama unfold and even play into it a bit.
The main players are Rincewind, a sort of wizard who only knows one spell, and a traveller from the other end of the Discworld named, Twoflower, who is an eternal optimist and dangerously curious about everything which gets them into trouble. It is written in such a fashion that I picture everything playing out as an almost Monty Python type set-up. They get into situations that you see almost no way out and somehow manage to eek by, but not through skill. Usually they find themselves victorious through perfectly timed clumsiness or just plain dumb luck and I found it to be hilarious at times.
There were a couple occasions that I laughed out loud, ran to my husband, and read the excerpt to him just so I could share the ridiculousness of the situation. And say that last part with love. It definitely wasn’t a 5 star book (there were a couple moments where the story jumped from one perspective to another, which can be confusing and during one of them I actually felt a little lost which resulted in me having to read a bit more carefully to be sure I didn’t somehow miss something), but I’m more than happy giving it a 4. It was a quick, enjoyable read and if this was any indication of how the rest of the series will go, then I’m really looking forward to it and am happy to add it to my Spring/Summer reading list.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessed be!

Lark

Celebrating the Vernal Equinox (Ostara)

Happy Ostara (Vernal Equinox) everyone! I felt inspired today since it was a beautiful day yesterday and not as rainy today and decided to celebrate by doing some heavy-duty Spring Cleaning.tumblr_nky067d6io1rtc94lo1_500 I cleaned areas of the house I’ve been neglecting, reorganized my closet, and found some items to donate or toss out that we simply aren’t using anymore. I still have more to do, but I’m trying to mark out time throughout the week to continue the process.

I instantly felt cleaner and lighter by the decluttering and clearing of the spaces that all of that stuff was taking up (which is a bit comical since I’m actually a neat freak, so I was shocked at how much I had hiding at the back of closets that we just don’t need anymore.) It’s re-energized me in several ways and after I had finished, I felt inspired to finally play with my tarot deck since I finished the manual over the weekend.

I found this tarot spread that was based on introducing yourself to your tarot cards on Pinterest a couple of months ago. I’m really glad I kept it to work with. I shuffled my deck by spreading the cards out face down and swirling them around in a clockwise, then counter-clockwise pattern. Then I gathered them up into handfuls, adding each one to either the top or bottom of the deck as it built up. Finally, I did a traditional card shuffle three times. I then laid them out, cut the deck, and drew the cards after reading the question pertaining to that specific card out loud.IMG_4113

My spread was as follows:
Card #1: Nine of Arrows – Dedication
My deck will teach me dedication. I took that as not only a dedication to my path or the current passions I have, but to know what true dedication is and to be a better dedicated person in all aspects that require it.

Card #2: Ten of Vessels – Happiness
My deck needs happiness from me. I took this as that my deck wishes for me to know happiness, but not by design of its work, but of my own discovery. It wants me to feel good thoughts when considering the deck, it wants me to approach it with calmness and positivity. It wants a feeling of mutual safety and purity between us. This is a good reminder, since the political atmosphere has me feeling none of these things a lot of the time.

Card #3: Six of Arrows – Transition
My deck and I’s relationship will surround a transition or multiple transitions really. I took this to mean a lot of things. This is my first tarot deck and, therefore, my first attempt at reading the cards, not to mention this is just another part of my return to the Pagan path which is a transition in and of itself. There’s a lot of learning and growing I need to do here. I’ve also been getting involved in other things outside of spirituality, work, etc. and am attempting to make changes to myself and my life, so I’m interpreting this to mean my tarot deck will be a nice part of that growth and change.

Overall, I was very pleased with this reading and I’m very happy I was able to follow my gut on this purchase. This tarot deck really jumped out at me and after this reading, I feel like it was a good decision. I’m really looking forward to getting more acquainted with the deck and it added onto my feelings of lightness and cleanliness from the organizing I did earlier.

Hoping every had a very productive and happy Vernal Equinox!
Blessed be!

Lark

Larkie’s Library: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Trilogy

Thought I’d end my blog absence with a quick book review…well, more like three book reviews. I recently finished the Peculiar Children Series and thought it was “witchy” enough that it might be fun to mention here. It didn’t take long to finish and was actually pretty scary at times, which I rather enjoyed.e6d2ff9dbd6d031bc65de02047a01af8

The first, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” was probably the ‘scariest’ for me. Maybe because I wasn’t yet used to the creepy photos in the book or the description of the evil creatures hunting the children known as hollowghasts. The writing wasn’t spectacular, but it definitely drummed up excellent imagery for me (highly active imagination as it is) and my heart picked up speed at the dramatic points in the story. You follow the story narrated by the main character, Jacob Portman, as he discovers the peculiar past of his grandfather. He meets Miss Peregrine and her wards, gets into trouble with hollows and wights who hunt peculiars, and then goes on a journey to save Miss Peregrine’s and the children’s home/lives. (I know that’s not a great summary, but I don’t want to give too much away). It ends with Jacob and his new friends heading out on their mission and left me excited to start the second book.

The second book, “Hollow City” was actually my favorite. It felt action packed from start to finish and was nearly impossible to put down (the first was much the same as far as difficulty in putting down, but obviously not quite as gripping since, as it should be, the first book in a series has to set up the story). It was less scary, but more mysterious and filled with a lot of close calls and not-so close calls. You learn (along with Jacob and the other peculiar children) a bit more about the world of the peculiar in this book. The ending was such a twist that I went out and bought the third book the very next day.

The third book, “Library of Souls” is the conclusion of Jacob Portman’s story in his mission to stop the wights and hollows and essentially save all of Peculiardom. I finished this book in about 24 hours. It was no longer so much scary as it was frustrating; it seemed at every turn they were hitting roadblocks or perfect chances were slipping from their fingers. There are a couple of battles and a few more twists in this story. You’ll meet characters you aren’t sure you can trust and learn if your gut was right or not. And once everything seems to be fairly packaged up, another wrench is thrown in the gears. Ultimately, I loved the book and thought the story was well put together.

The series as a whole was a lot of fun and a great escape from reality. The world is not only peculiar, but magical and helped me get back to a more witchy mindset. As a result, I’ve started reading my actual witchy books again and am feeling motivated to keep on myself in doing weekly meditation and yoga sessions to keep my mind clear and at more peace (which has been a difficult feat as of late). So if you haven’t read these books yet, I definitely recommend them for an easy and exciting read to clear your mind and escape for a bit.

Blessed be!

Lark

Checking In

I am still here, but life has been busy. I’ve been focusing a lot of my time on exercising to build up more positive energy and rid myself of the negative. I’m hoping to start up yoga again soon to get back to at least weekly meditations.
I think I’m finally ready to start writing in my Grimoire. It’s been sitting in the closet of my meditation room for a while now and I finally got the feeling that it’s time. I’m searching for decent colorful pens now; possibly making a trip to the store tomorrow to get some. I am also almost finished going through my tarot manual and getting to know my cards; I’ve already found an introductory spread to use them on once I’ve finished studying.
I’ve been focusing a lot of time on reading for fun, practicing music, and building a stuffed animal for a friend who is currently trying to get pregnant with her husband. I’m very excited and have been attempting to put a lot of loving, healthy, and happy energy into my work as I create it. I love making things for people; it always makes me feel really peaceful. That’s about as “magical” as I’ve been getting lately though. I just haven’t had time for anything else really, but that’s okay.
I attended my first political action meeting this month and it went very well. I have a feeling this will become a very positive thing in my life and good way to help me turn something that is very scary and negative going on in my world/country, to something good. I feel more empowered, confident, and like things will be okay so long as I don’t simply roll over and assume certain things can’t happen and other things won’t be so bad. Keep the fire lit, essentially.

Hoping everyone has a great weekend.

Blessed be!

Lark

Happy Imbolc!

Today we celebrate the coming of Spring; new beginnings and new life. We are at the halfway mark from the Winter Solstice to the Spring Equinox. It’s a time to celebrate, look forward to what is to come in the Spring…the seeds we’ve planted will sprout (literally and figuratively). We should recognize our blessings as we exit the Winter months (hopefully we are relatively unscathed; though if you are American like myself…you may be feeling wounded). It is a time of new energy, a fresh start. Use this new found strength to do good and encourage love and unity. Better yourself as a person and better our planet.

Take care and be safe. Blessed be!

Lark

Taking Action

The last week and a half has been a haze of what feels like a nightmare come true. In less than a week, two members of my family have passed on and after all these executive orders I have friends and colleagues who are now unsure about their safety in this country (or their ability to return if they ever go outside of its borders for visiting family or even business). I fell back into a dark place similar to that I experienced after the election. Call it dramatic if you like, but this is so much different from anything I’ve seen before and frankly, it’s really scary to me.

But I’m slowly returning to a level of calm and am ready to continue my focus on my path as well as my fight for my country. I’ve joined a political action group and am excited to get started. I’m also looking into ways to help with various charities (one thing I’m doing is learning to knit so that I may supply hats, socks, scarves, etc to homeless and refugee charities, veteran charities, and also baby hats and booties to NICUs in local hospitals). I was part of my communities Women’s March on the 21st; it was probably the most empowering thing I’ve experienced in the last decade. While I feel afraid, I also feel like I’ve found more of myself that I wasn’t aware was there. I’m seeing that I’m a lot stronger than I realized and I’m also seeing how amazing of a person my husband really is; I mean, I already knew he was great, but his stance and support on many issues has really helped me.

On the witchy side of things, I’m still studying tarot and while I have my BOS, I still haven’t written in it yet. I’m afraid to start it during times of anger or grief or fear, but I’m hoping I will have the motivation and proper mindset to start this week.
I can’t promise this blog won’t contain some political tones, but I do want to keep it relatively focused on Paganism. I will say this though, with this empowerment has come a lot of courage, particularly about being open with my beliefs. I’m not as worried about being discovered since, I feel now is an important time to know who are and own it. Love yourself and don’t be afraid to be open.

That’s all I have for right now, but I will try to be better about not disappearing for almost two weeks. Hope everyone is safe this weekend and taking care.

Blessed be,

Lark