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How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart

A Where Is My Guru #BookGuru review of Ram Dass’ new book Polishing the Mirror by Jenn Grosso. Originally published on the WIMG blog.

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“The inner guru is always there for you once you recognize it. You have to honor your own path and be able to trust that there is a place in you that knows what is best.”

Ram Dass is a teacher who has always been very close to my heart, as he was one of the very first teachers I encountered when I first began discovering my own spiritual path. I was twelve years old and walked out of a used book store with a copy of Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guidebook, I wanted to learn how to meditate. What I discovered within those pages got me hooked. From there, throughout the years, I’ve read many of Ram Dass’ books and continuously appreciate the love and kindness that emanates from those pages, from his words.

Polishing the Mirror is a culmination of Ram Dass’ experiences on his own spiritual path, wisdom from his inner guru and stories of his guru Maharaj-ji. If you’ve read Ram Dass’ works before, some of these stories you will be familiar with already. However, what I love most about Polishing the Mirror is that Ram Dass approaches these stories with current reflections and commentaries, adding further to his experiences. He speaks about his stroke and aging body and the lessons he has learnt and continues to learn from aging. Lessons that are applicable no matter what age or stage in life.

Your Karma is your Dharma

“The game of enlightenment starts from exactly where you are in your life at this moment. It’s not about rejecting or walking away from any part of your life. The game is to bring all of your life into harmony at every level, to act according to dharma, the law of the universe, truth, how it all is.”

After every Ram Dass book I’ve read, including Polishing the Mirror, I am always left with such a feeling of inner peace. My practice is reaffirmed and I am re-energized on my journey.

“Everything is as it should be. I say that because I’ve surrendered, surrendered to the One. The One makes this moment perfectly fulfilled – and I am quiet and peaceful inside. Go inside for peace, go inside for compassion, go inside for wisdom, go inside for joy, go inside for love.”

Reading Polishing the Mirror was such an awesome experience. Tune into this Friday’s #WIMG radio show for more of my review and some inspiration on living daily from our spiritual heart.

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A Warrior’s Heart

Where is my Guru Book Guru review of Ana Forrest’s Fierce Medicine.
Originally published on the WIMG blog.

Punch Fear in the Face

“To work with what I call ‘Warrior’s Heart’ is to plant your feet when you feel that energy coming up, take a moment to sort through the signals you’re sending yourself, and ask, What is the most healing response that will bring me to a resolution I can be proud of?”

Within the pages of Fierce Medicine, Ana Forrest explores her past and shows us how she overcame her obstacles and the very difficult emotions and fears that become ingrained in our minds and bodies through our experiences. This book will shake your world, ask you to look deep inside yourself, and how from a place of brutal truth and love you can heal from the difficult hard emotions we hang onto.

Although some of the content is asana based, Ana presents her Forrest Yoga and the benefits of certain poses with regards to working through our difficult emotions, this book can also be approached purely for the lessons that Ana weaves throughout her stories. She explores not just yoga, but also other methods of healing through her experiences with Native American Medicine.

“Turning your karma to dharma mean figuring out what to do with what’s been done to you. Look for the gifts in your experience.”

There’s no doubt about it, this is an intense read. Ana is an intense powerful woman who really embodies the word fierce. Her determination and courage to overcome her experiences and traumas is inspirational to say the least. Her stories are often heart wrenching but through these her lessons are made tangible.

Fierce Medicine personally propelled me into some very intense evaluations of my own fears and brought awareness of how these emotions influence my life. This book is more of an experience than just a book, and gives us practical tools for overcoming our own wounds.

Tune into this Friday’s WIMG radio show to hear more about Fierce Medicine and how you can begin to incorporate some of Ana’s fierce medicine into your life.

Jenn Grosso Day 190 - 365 Picture-a-day Project

Jenn Grosso Day 190 – 365 Picture-a-day Project

WIMG Book Guru Review of Ana Forrest’s Fierce Medicine by Jenn Grosso – See more at: http://www.whereismyguru.com/blog/a-warriors-heart-review-of-ana-forrests-fierce-medicine-by-jenn-grosso/#sthash.vZHEpyBI.dpuf

WIMG Book Guru Review of Ana Forrest’s Fierce Medicine by Jenn Grosso – See more at: http://www.whereismyguru.com/blog/a-warriors-heart-review-of-ana-forrests-fierce-medicine-by-jenn-grosso/#sthash.vZHEpyBI.dpuf

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Little Altars Everywhere

A Photo Essay + An Invitation
Originally published on Be You Media Group

“The sacred tree, the sacred stone are not adored as stone or tree they are worshipped precisely because they are hierophanies, because they show something that is no longer stone or tree but sacred, the ganz andere or ‘wholly other.” ~ Mircea Eliade

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#littlealtarseverywhere on Instagram – Jenn Grosso

Little collections of meaningful objects, bundles of special trinkets, groupings of knick knacks that connect us to the sacred, to something beyond ourselves; to me whether they are man-made, found in nature, or a mix of both, they are little altars. Resting places for our weary hearts and souls, connecting us to something deeper, connecting us to the “wholly other”.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always created little spots of sacredness in my surroundings. They ground, comfort and help me see the beauty in all small things. When I began posting pictures of my little altars I realized I wasn’t alone, so many others created their own versions of little shrines. We may be honoring parts of ourselves, the beauty in nature, intentions we’re wanting to manifest or simply appreciating the little thing; there is definitely some powerful about the little altars everywhere.

Nature treasures - Kate Bartolotta

Nature treasures – Kate Bartolotta

Moon phases  – Bryonie Wise

Moon phases – Bryonie Wise

Trust creates peace - Jenn Grosso

Trust creates peace – Jenn Grosso

Found altar on a nature walk – Photo by Jenn Grosso

Found altar on a nature walk – Photo by Jenn Grosso

Word altar – Kate Bartolotta

Word altar – Kate Bartolotta

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Deities and things – Jenn Grosso

The home altar – Bryonie Wise

The home altar – Bryonie Wise

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Little nature altar – Jenn Grosso

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A creative altar – Jenn Grosso

{The Invitation}

And so dear readers, I invite you to share with me your #littlealtarseverywhere photos which will be included in a follow up post. Send them to BeYouMediaGroup@gmail.com with the subject line “Little Altars Everywhere” and if you so choose to include your name and blog/website/Facebook Page link these will be included with your photo. I look forward to seeing your little collections of sacred objects, to see where your mind, heart and soul rests for healing and rejuvenation.

“Everything for me is sacred, beginning with earth, but also going to things made by man.” ~ Paulo Coelho

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