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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.
It is as if the Goddess is pressing herself through whoever is willing. It is not always pretty and it doesn’t always feel good. It doesn’t always look “enlightened” or “goddessy”, yet we all can feel it when something authentic comes through. We don’t need any more plastic versions of the perfect woman; what we thirst for is the raw, magical medicine of the real.
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~ Chameli Ardagh
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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.

Yes, you can have doubts, shaking legs, insecurities, and nagging voices in your head. But Iccha shakti—the power of commitment to what you are here to live—will carry you through all of that, it is way more powerful than the fleeting feelings of worth or unworthiness. Plant you roots where the power is.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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photo: Bibbie Friman

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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photo: Bibbie Friman

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

photo: Vaschelle André

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 →

Yogini Wisdom

Pause,
breathe,
relax your solar plexus,
put a hand on your heart.
Remember the vision of your soul:
Atma Shakti,
this is your source of power.
Root yourself here, then act.

~ Chameli Ardagh

Yogini Wisdom

The practice with the Goddess is a composting process. Your small, rigid sense of self melts and dissolves and you begin to grow roots in Her wholeness. You keep living and breathing as this woman in this body, with this family, this work, this house, this mortgage, these bills, and this life. Everything is the same. And nothing is the same. You know now that nothing and no one is ever separate; it is all Her.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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photo: Bibbie Friman Awakening Photographer

Yogini Wisdom

Invite your breath deeper into your body, dear one. Deep breathing brings rejuvenation, oxygen, and carries out stored up tension and toxins that are no longer needed. Allow your face to soften and your jaw to relax.

This body is your temple. Here, you can taste an intimacy with your own divine nature.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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photo: SimoneRita Egger

Yogini Wisdom

 

Honor the wisdom permeating through you. Bow your head down to the vast mystery that carries all of life, to that same intelligence carrying you.

In bowing down, you receive your crown.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

 

Like bubbles rising from the depths of the ocean towards the surface, wisdom rises through each one of us. That wisdom will go unnoticed if we insist on the structures of lack and separation that we have unconsciously committed to. Structures that tell the story of who we are, how the world is, what’s possible and what’s not possible, what the feminine is—even what the Goddess is. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

Don’t underestimate the power of thinking about someone kindly,
of singing a song, of putting flowers in the corner as an offering of beauty to life;
of creating a beautiful dinner table, of treating your body kindly;
of making art,  of playing, of creating ritual and ceremony.  
All of these actions create our world.
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Yogini Wisdom

It feels like a risk to soften, to be open and erotically alive. We have come to associate surrender with giving up our power; softness, with weakness or being taken advantage of.

We associate erotic aliveness with the seductress, with the part of the feminine that creates drama and hurt, that hooks in other people and manipulates. We even fear that our sisters will turn their back at us if we shine too brightly. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

 

Only in softening the grip on your personal identity and story, can you come to know your roots in that which is infinite and inclusive—inclusive of both what you accept and what you resist.

Although life keeps happening as before, this realization fundamentally transforms your sense of self and how you relate to your experiences.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Many of you have been touched by the depth of presence and awakening we share in the yogini circle through our live retreats, and the ways our feminine embodiment practices guide us to that innermost place of intimacy with the holy. Continue reading →