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A Revolution of Roots and Remembrance

 

Loyal to a society that is afraid of the dark,
we have made spirituality into a grand escape plan,
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Be kind to yourself

 
The innocence and evolutionary intelligence of your spiritual longing can easily be kidnapped by ambitious, critical thought loops. Before you know it, you associate being really harsh and judgmental towards yourself with being a good and responsible Yogini.
 
We criticize and push ourselves; we cringe in shame of all our flaws and bad habits; we compare ourselves with others and call it “growth.” We fear that if we don’t push and judge, nothing will change.

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Yogini Wisdom

The Goddess path is not towards a goal in the future or some kind of static state of perfection. The deeper we awaken and jump off the carousel of grasping for certain states and resisting others, the deeper we dive into life itself and realize that nothing is static. Shakti energy is constantly shifting and changing. In the alignment with that flow, we find peace, a freedom that is not conditional on any circumstances or feelings. We access a freedom that is always here.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

We think that letting go of our rigid stance against someone or something means that we give up—that we lose our power. We think that nothing will change if we surrender our dual view and move deeper than our right or wrong opinions. But through the willingness to move deeper than duality, we tap into an active force, the same creative power that moves the planets and creates all things in this ever-changing world.

The only place where real change—a change that liberates us—can take place is in that deeper, wider presence of who you really are.

When we are tapped into presence, we are more able to set clear boundaries, or carefully move away from a hurtful situation. Here we still feel with the world: we may roar in pain and agony and feel all the feelings that need to be felt, and we can speak up when needed. We are not in a passive or aloof state; we are in touch with a pure, unfiltered intelligence. Here, immersed in the impermanent realm of embodiment, you realize the eternal and limitless consciousness all this is made of.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

Goddess is closer than your own breath.
She is a vibrational reality that permeates through all that is.
Endlessly taking form and dissolving herself,
She is experienced as thoughts and feelings,
as the cosmic library that is your DNA,
as the breath sustaining you, as the molecules and cells that form the universe of your body.
Goddess sadhana is a living, breathing intimacy with your experience.
Right here. Right now.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

The raw energy that can be expressed as violence and create horrible consequences is not intrinsically negative: it is just energy, and it is what we do with it that creates the negative experience.

With practice, instead of pushing this energy away and creating a split within ourselves, we recognize that the energy that creates violence is not “out there.” It is within ourselves.

We bring it into consciousness and discover that within the feeling we had tried so hard to avoid, there is a lot of Shakti and transformational power available. And with presence we can refine this energy into a force for healing and upliftment.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

The organic process you call “my body” is pure innocence, sourced from ancient rhythms that pulsate everything into Being and swallow us all back into the void.

You don’t have to look any further than this body—so fully surrendered, so eager to serve—to know the divine secrets the wise ones speak of. Your body is spirit dancing: constantly changing, evolving, aging, rejuvenating, dying, decomposing.

Shakti Yoga is placing you in the heart of the paradox where, immersed in the impermanent realm of embodiment, you realize the eternal and limitless consciousness all this is made of.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

Bring your focus into the body; rest in the rhythm of the breath. Just by directing your awareness like this, the breath is allowed to enter you a little bit deeper down into the body, as if you would open an inner embrace between the breath and your pelvis, welcoming the breath like a loyal lover.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

 

Shiva symbolizes a part of our consciousness that is always awake, always here. He is pure presence.
Without the recognition of our Shiva consciousness, we are in the material experience—but we are in it asleep. Without presence, there is no possibility to do our inner yoga; there is no possibility of choice. There is a sense that “life is happening to me and I’m a victim of it; I have to do what everybody else says. I have to make my life about proving something.” Presence opens this great space and possibility of choice. Presence is freedom.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

 

We do spiritual practice to get out of our own way, to unclench the rigid, automatic ways, and become translucent, soft enough so that the unspeakable essence can permeate through us.

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Yogini Wisdom

Worthy, unworthy, worthy, unworthy—these words are utterly irrelevant. You are alive; I am alive; and there are gazillions of cells in perfect orchestration working, creating your life, your body. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

 

Just for a moment, experiment to simply stay present with the felt sense of your experience. You may notice an urge to label it as thoughts or feelings, to put it all into tidy boxes. We do this all day long. But for now relax all of that and simply breathe and stay with the sensations of how this moment expresses itself in your body.

All of this is not so solid and defined as you usually take it to be. Relax into the underlying vibrational reality of your experience and discover the spaciousness, connection and freedom that makes sages in all dimensions howl in devotion.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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Yogini Wisdom

 

Remember you are a Yogini Ninja, you can re-direct your energy. Remember you are a bodhisattva, you have an assignment greater than yourself. Right now; is your energy moving in alignment with the wisdom you came here to guard?

~ Chameli Ardagh

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Yogini Wisdom

 
New brain research tells us that a feeling lasts 90 seconds—maximum. After that, we have to recreate it for it to last longer. We do that by attaching a story to the feeling, which we feed and repeat. This way, we can recreate a feeling for years.

Yogini Wisdom

 
We tend to project onto our lives the idea that one day everything will be resolved, that we will have it all sorted out, and that everything will be harmonious ever after. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

 
True happiness is not found in a state or feeling, but in a deeper Presence and Connection, which is here no matter what we feel.
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Yogini Wisdom

 

In the center of every problem, there is a doorway in—into a more expansive essential nature. Once liberated, the energy that took form as a problem becomes the very current that leads you closer to Source.

~ Chameli Ardagh

Yogini Wisdom

Although we may experience a sense of peace, freedom and love in our meditation and spiritual practice, many of us feel that once we open our eyes and begin interacting in the world, old habits take over that do not necessarily reflect our inner realization. Continue reading →

Sisterhood, Kittens, River & the Amazon Rainforest: My Summer

Where do I begin? Here of course, always here, now.

I am sitting on my bed, the weather outside is beginning to cool down, and next to me is a sleeping kitten. Let me introduce to you Luzma and Leonard, our two new furry family members. We are in love, predictably.

After traveling since mid-May, I am now back home in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. I spend my days in Kitty Land, at my favorite church (the Yuba river), and on the porch at dusk with my man, relishing in simplicity and companionship. While he works on his brilliant new book, I lay in the hammock, learning Spanish on Duolingo, or mostly just listening to the night, watching trees. I drink in the nourishment of peace and belonging, and say a silent prayer that all beings, in the midst of extreme weather, conflicts, and any suffering, will have a sip of this medicine tonight.  Also you. I hope these words find you at home in yourself, in your deepest sense of belonging. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

For so long, we have been comparing ourselves with ideals of spiritual maturity that do not include, and rather judge, the feminine. We have tried to calm down, make our power digestible, to win the race, dampen our desire, compartmentalize our feelings, and intellectualize that deep knowing which is beyond words.  Continue reading →