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Yogini Wisdom

In mythology from all over the world, we find the lovers, the twins, the couple. As we go deeper into practice with these sacred couples, we are guided deep into the very core of our embodied existence. Our DNA is like a thread, swirling and coiling; it is made of two strands spiraling around each other, yet there is only one strand there dancing, appearing as two.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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Yogini Wisdom

If we don’t have any access to a deeper sense of self, it feels life-threatening when things are not working on the surface. When our identity falls apart, we will do anything to defend and fix it, because it’s all the self we know. With our roots planted in a more spacious self, our relationship to the ups and downs on the surface changes. We know the intrinsic impermanence of it all. We welcome the learning each experience provides us with. We can even feel grateful when things are really messed up on the surface.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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Yogini Wisdom

There is a light within that has stayed lit since the beginning. Within even the darkest of cultures there have been people, like you, committed to feed, to carry and protect it, no matter what. Remember the assignment you have been given; guard with all of you the light that shimmers at the root of your heart.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Vaschelle André​

Yogini Wisdom

December 21 is the day of the Solstice. The word solstice comes from the Latin sol (“sun”) and sistere (“to stand still”). I will celebrate by pausing, by standing still.

We are so used to moving from one thing to the next, one project to the next, one year to the next, and we so easily neglect those empty moments in between. We overlook the pause, the empty space between objects, after activity, after a storm. We focus on our thoughts, but what about the space between the thoughts? Or the silence between the sounds?

There is a tiny pause between our inhale and exhale, between each day, between every ending and new beginning.

Don’t overlook the space, the pause, the gap. There is an opening, a sacred portal. I’m going in. Will I meet you there?

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Awakening Women Institute​ – Solstice Ceremony.

Yogini Wisdom

The Goddess Kali represents the cycles of time, of death and rebirth. When you experience loss, it is Kali cleaning the house, clearing out what is ready to let go in your life. It’s not pleasant when she is around. It can feel painful and scary. A lot of the time, she drags us, kicking and resisting, attached to our plan of how things should be. But as time goes by, many of us can recognize her blessing. We can see that, yes, it was necessary, so that something important could grow from the ashes. Humbly, we bow and whisper, “thank you, Kali Ma, thank you so much for not having it my way.”

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Awakening Women Institute​ – Yogini Winter Ashram, 2018.

Yogini Wisdom

Harsh words can make you feel powerful, but remember that those words go through your own heart. The more you awaken in the body, the more it feels unbearable to allow toxins through your own heart.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Vaschelle André​

Yogini Wisdom

Through the portal of this body, you can hear the voice of a deeper truth, the language of signs and dreams, symbols, poetry, wails and song. The Living Goddess constantly speaks to you, teaches you, grows you. In the organic and embodied process of opening yourself to her, her wisdom unfolds in you as a becoming.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Vaschelle André​

 

Yogini Wisdom

There is a deep longing in the human heart to be fully heard. Sometimes we need to just express how things are without being fixed or analyzed, and in the space that listening opens up, we soften, we allow, and change happens. We don’t have to make a whole story around what we hear or have the right solutions for another person; just to really listen can change everything.

~ Chameli Ardagh

 

 

Photo: Awakening Women’s Institute – Tara Weekend, Boulder 2018.

It happens to all of us

It happens to all of us, no matter how good our intentions, we all make mistakes. 

Harsh words slip out of our mouths; we close down and shut off,
repeating the reactions and patterns we’ve tried so hard to change.
We slip out of integrity, treating ourselves and others in hurtful ways.

It is horrifying when it dawns on us: the ways we have hurt a friend or partner, someone we love so dearly. The ways we have viewed some humans as lesser and idolized others, feeding the toxic compartmentalization of humanity and Earth, being good girls for the patriarchy and white supremacy. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

Goddess is the formless, expansive freedom and the form it takes. By taking so many forms, she shows us that we don’t have to reject appearances. We don’t have to wait for certain obstacles, unwanted feelings or unwanted behaviors to go away. She invites us to come closer, to bring it all into practice, so that we can see the secret garden, the reality of love pulsating through it all…

~ Chameli Ardagh

 

 

Photo: Awakening Women’s Institute – Corfu Summer Ashram, 2018

Yogini Wisdom

What in your life have you been drawn to more than anything else? What does your heart love? What makes you excited? What do you really care for?

No one else on the planet feels life exactly the same way you do. You are the leader of those longings burning in the depth of your heart. This is yours to guard, for the benefit of all.

Or not. No one can do it for you. No one can hinder you. It is totally up to you.

~ Chameli Ardagh

 

photo: Awakening Women Institute​, Corfu Summer Ashram 2018

Yogini Wisdom

 

As human beings in the modern world, we have structured our society to heavily emphasize doing, doing, doing at all times, at all costs. We want to do and achieve. We have disconnected ourselves from the laws of nature, causing us suffering no matter how successful we may look on the surface.

The Women’s Wisdom path is not about gathering “new” information or more food for the hungry ghost of the mind. It is a re-membering, a re-alignment with the cyclic nature of who we are and all we are part of; a re-claiming of humanity rooted in the Great Mother.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Awakening Women’s Institute – Corfu Summer Ashram, 2018.

Yogini Wisdom


 

Since the beginning of time, there have been women guarding the flame of truth in their hearts, even through times when it’s literally been life-threatening to do so. Today, I offer my respect and gratitude to these wisdom keepers, our ancestors, and to all the women today protecting and feeding the vision of a world where compassion and reverence are at the center of all we are and all we do.

~ Chameli Ardagh

Yogini Wisdom

photo: Awakening Women’s Institute – Corfu Summer Ashram, 2018.

Yogini Wisdom

Sometimes our motivation to enter sadhana is to ‘get results’ for ourselves—I’m going to be more empowered…I’m going to be more…I’m going to get more…

Although that may be a valid motivation, those who stay with the practice soon discover that this is not what sadhana is about. It is a radical surrender of all that. In that surrender, we are initiated. We become instruments of something much greater. We aren’t required to be perfect, to build ourselves up or to create a new mask or identity. On the contrary, we are asked to expose our naked vulnerability and in that, we become more permeable.

~ Chameli Ardagh

Yogini Wisdom

photo: Awakening Women’s Institute – Corfu Summer Ashram, 2018.

Yogini Wisdom

Each and every one of us will experience times when things fall apart; times when we lose a loved one, lose a relationship, job or house. These are times when we are forced to let go of the way things used to be. The identities we were used to no longer apply, and we don’t yet know what the new will be. We are thrown into a reality that is not predictable or obvious any more.

We call these times of crisis, times of transition. It can be immensely frightening to face the great unknown, but as yoginis—as students on the Goddess path—we lean into the opening available to us when things fall apart. We learn to harvest the freedom waiting behind the masks of who we have taken ourselves to be.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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‍‍‍‍photo: Awakening Women Institute, Summer Ashram 2018

 

Yogini Wisdom

 

One of my greatest fears is that I would live the rest of my life in coping strategies and miss the real intimacy available. This life—all the animals, trees, fish, water—everything would be engaged in this unmasked intimacy while I would be busy keeping face, defending some kind of castle that I’ve built on nothing.

Let it rip, Devi Ma. Let it rip! I’m ready for truth. I’m ready for you.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍photo: Awakening Women Institute, Yogini Winter Ashram 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The LIVING Goddess 21 Day Sadhana
~ root yourself in direct relationship with Source

with Chameli Ardagh,
Dominique Youkhehpaz

& The Global Yogini Circle 
 
November 14 ~ December 4
Participate from your own home. 
Through daily practice and short sutras of awakening,
reconnect and recommit yourself to a truth sourced in the universal,
yet vibrating uniquely through you.
 

Feeling Into Life

It’s Karen from the Awakening Women team, with a little glimpse into my world…

I would like to share with you what I am experiencing in my life these days: the simplicity and efficiency of a balanced life!

I initially didn’t think I had anything noteworthy to share with you. Overall, life seemed pretty calm and routine with the inevitable ups and downs that I was navigating pretty well. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

Worthy, unworthy…those words do not apply. They are irrelevant—because you are alive; I am alive, and there are billions of cells in perfect orchestration working and creating our lives. Yes, I have doubt, I have shaking legs, I have a dry mouth and sometimes can’t find the words for what I stand for in this lifetime. But commitment—Iccha shakti—carries me through. The love for what I am serving is bigger than the fear.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Bibbie Friman

Yogini Wisdom

At the junction between obstacles and possibilities, there is an evolutionary tension carrying a tremendous creative power. Every challenge that we navigate through creates us.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Bibbie Friman