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Work selfie,getting ready for dentals and surgeries. I've worked as a veterinary technician for about 13 years. I worked for 6 years at a feline shelter, 3 years at a high volume spay/neuter clinic, and the last 4 at a private practice. I feel like Anthony Bourdain wrote in his first book--that he'd work as a line cook until he dropped, and they'd just kick him out of the way and go on. In this time I've called 16 cats my own. Many are no longer with us, having been all ages and varying degrees of health, but I loved each one deeply and have grieved long and hard when I've lost one.
Lately I've been putting a lot of effort into my freelance writing career and I plan to transition to that type of work when I can. But I would never trade my time as a vet tech for anything. It's made me happy, sad, angry, joyful, thoughtful, mindful, peaceful, and whatever other emotions you can come up with. Sometimes I feel like I love animals more than people, but I've learned that you can't help one without understanding the other.
#vettech, #vettechlife, #veterinarytechnician, #vettechsofinstagram, #vettechs, #lovecats, #animalsarefriends, #animalsarebetterthanpeople, #eatatangerine #choosetao, #chooselove, #myyogalife, #lovemylife

Just the right sounds for today. Finally feels like autumn, my favorite time of year.

This year it's a time to consolidate the spring and summer which I have taken to referring to as a season of loss. Personal loss, losses experienced by family and friends, and the cataclysmic personal losses around the globe.

I still have work to do on projects I had planned for the past few months that have been slowed down by recent events, so it won't be strictly a time for harvest. I feel like there will be new growth in fits and starts through the seasons. Very different from last year.

For now there's #mikeoldfield 's second album, 1974s #hergestridge. Great for spacing out, meditating, cooking, yoga, whatever. Good Sunday to all.

#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow

We wait for the magical moment - - sometime in the future - - when everything will be as we want it to be. -Thich Nhat Hahn - -
But that time isn't coming, because as soon as we perceive it to be here, it is gone. Our minds flit off to some other future set of conditions that must be met. So we miss what is right in front of us now.
#yogainspiration, #yogahigh, #yoga #yogaeverydamnday, #yogalove, #asana, #blissbandits, #enlightenment, #tao_te_ching, #choosetao, #buddhistphilosophy, #buddhism, #thichnhathahn, #myyogapractice

My coworker gave me fresh basil and mint from her garden. I made watermelon salad with mint, feta cheese, and a splash of olive oil and balsamic. Delicious taste of summer.... Great for breakfast on hot days!
#summerfood, #salads, #saladsfordays, #watermelon, #vegetarian, #freshherbs, #freshherbsfromthegarden, #inspiration, #yogafood, #myyogalife, #choosetao, #eatatangerine, #yogahippie

#LOJONGSUNDAY Week 18 is Change your attitude, but remain natural, slogan #24.

I feel that this slogan has a lot to say about what seems large and important vs. what happens when small changes are made and lessons applied in a consistent way. Acharya Judy Lief, in her analysis of this slogan, says: "There is absolutely no room for exhibitionism or spiritual posturing. Slogan practice is not focused on grand gestures." This change in attitude you seek to embody is not something easy or instant. You may have a flash of insight, and it rearranges your world for a moment. You are embarrassed that your life seems to return to its previous level soon after such breakthroughs occur. But real change--change in attitude, the habitual reactions we have to certain thoughts or people, does not happen overnight.

Patience, my most needed life lesson the past year: "If we constantly seek, even in the darkness, guidance is sure to come...The great triumphs over all who oppose it. To achieve that by way of small acts is supreme indeed... It is easier to give up. It is easier to live a life of indulgence and confusion...So choose, because you must. Choose every day. And every day, no matter how painful and hurt and sorrowful you are, choose Tao. " - Everyday Tao-

#higherconsciousness, #higherself, #spiritality, #taoofyoga, #tao_te_ching, #taoteching, #taoofbuddhism, #buddhistinspiration, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #enlightenment, #everydaytao, #dengmingdao

Today my heart sings. The sun's rays penetrate my heart with the love that flows through an abundant universe. That love is the only thing we're guaranteed in these lives we live. This past week I've spent time contemplating the four reminders, which are essentially meditations on the impermanence of all beings. Boiled down, they remind you that you will die one day and the time of that death is unknown. It is meant to emphasize the urgency of our practice. The are times when you need a nudge back into the groove and times when you need to back off. I was definitely ripe for a nudge.
This probably all sounds a bit morose, but I have to say that after a week of practicing this way I feel greater peace and a whole lotta love for this world. And more compassion, because we're all headed to the same ending, and we are all dealing with that. Wishing everyone a joyous day and may you feel the finger of God--whatever you deem that to be--bringing love into your heart. ❤💖✌❤ #inspiration, #meditation, #yoga, #yogahigh, #yogaeverydamnday, #yogalove, #enlightenment, #buddhistphilosophy, #buddhism, #fourreminders, #fourreversals, #choosetao, #yogahippie,
#myyogalife, #myyogapractice #beherenow, #bhaktiyoga, #omshantiom, #lovemyyoga, #lovemylife, #beyoga365, #myyogajourney, #practiceandalliscoming

#LOJONGSUNDAY Week 7 is #lojongslogan20, Of the two witnesses, hold the principal one.

There are at least two witnesses to our lives: there is ourself, and there are others. You might say that there is us and then there are all others outside of us, or you might say that there is our deepest level of consciousness about who we are, and there is our whirling, chattering mind. Either way, the external witnesses, be they others or our own monkey mind, are a reflection of our words and deeds in the world, and we often look to them for confirmation about who we think we are.

If that reflection shows us values and actions that we like, we will be happy. If the reflection is less complimentary we may tend to blame others. But ultimately, the reflection is colored by the thoughts and opinions of others about who they think you are. It becomes either an echo chamber or a hall of shame.

But in truth, only YOU know what you are doing at any given time, what your motives are, in whose interest you are acting. The opinions, approval, or disapproval of others is the reflection of a reflection. Instead, you should hold hold (or trust) the principal voice, which is ultimately the consciousness that lies beneath what you perceive as you, beneath your likes and dislikes, your preferences, quirks, obsessions and addictions...THAT is where the truth will be found. That is where you should seek counsel. Call it God, Buddhanature, our real Self, Atman, the observer, nature, the eternal. It doesn't matter what you call it. You know when you are home. You know what's real. Trust that.

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Life is very short,
and there's no time
For fussing and fighting my friend
I have always thought that
it's a crime...
--Lennon/McCartney-- The knowledge of our own mortality--you'd think that it would be all that we need to appreciate our lives and those with whom we share them.

BUT IT ISN'T!
We are constantly listening to our egos and being buffeted around by our emotions and the thoughts they generate. We create and get caught up in our little dramas and we miss so much that is right in front of us.
We need to remember that we are all suffering and we all feel joy as well. It's not all about us. All sentient beings feel the same emotions--love, fear, contentment, jealousy, and the rest.

Remember that as you go about your day,and work to be kind.

#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #iloveyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #buddhistphilosophy, #buddhism, #lennon, #mccartney, #Beatles, #wecanworkitout, #peace, #chooselove

So where to now St. Peter
If it's true I'm in your hands
I may not be a Christian
But I've done all one man can
I understand I'm on the road
Where all that was is gone
So where to now St. Peter
Show me which road I'm on
Which road I'm on
--Elton John /Bernie Taupin - -

Day 15 of #BackbendLab, the final day, is #kapotasana. Very challenging. I can sometimes get a bit farther back with my hands, but not unless I've just finished a long practice session. Love some of the variations and ideas that the hosts have presented, and will be trying some of them (the wall) for sure. Also I usually need a cushion in back off my knees to do this. Anyone else have discomfort in the back of the knee when sitting back on heels?

I've loved this challenge. The posts from various yogis have been spectacular. Thanks and gratitude to our hosts
@catvaladezyoga
@melindamartinsyoga
@faern
And our wonderful sponsors are
@om_matters
@mamakuka
@hotchakrasyoga

#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #igyogachallenge, #backbendlab

All the orange boxes are scattered
Against the safeway's supermarket in the rain
And everybody feels so determined
Not to feel anyone else's pain
No one's making no commitments
To anybody but themselves
Talkin' behind closed doorways
Tryin' to get outside, get outside of empty shells
--Van Morrison, "St. Dominic's Preview"

Day 13 of #BackbendLab is #upwardbow (BTW, thanks to @catvaladezyoga for explaining that #upwardbow and #wheelpose aren't the same). I'm working on this. Some days I can get up to the crown of the head, but not most. I need to get additional arm and core strength to be able to lift into it. I almost pushed to get a photo like that, but then I remembered : honor your body. This isn't about getting a photo. So here's a #reverseplank instead.

How about the way @faern lifts so easily into this or the really solid, accessible tips from @melindamartinsyoga
Way to go hosts!

Sponsors
@om_matters
@mamakuka
@hotchakrasyoga

Its in the rhythm of a dancer
And every standard flag unfurled
Its in the brides eternal answer
And every child across the world
Heart and soul
Heart and soul
It's in the rhythm of a dancer
--Wolfstone, "Heart and Soul" - -

It's the eternal cosmic dance. It's what life is made of.

Day 12 of #BackbendLab is #dancerpose or #natarajasana.  Om namah shivayah.
Our wonderful hosts are
@catvaladezyoga
@melindamartinsyoga
@faern
And our venerable sponsors are
@om_matters
@mamakuka
@hotchakrasyoga  #yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #igyogachallenge, #backbendlab

Open your heart, open your mind
A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time
And laughter is all you pay
Around the world in a day
--Prince, "Around the World in a Day" - -

Day 11 of #BackbendLab is #bowpose or #dhanurasana.

A couple of years ago when I first started to practice yoga, I could grab my ankles and get into bow. Then it became inaccessible to me. Now I am getting closer to it again, but for now I can only do a half bow. Hoping to get infinity yoga strap soon to help work on this.

That's the journey... Our wonderful hosts are
@catvaladezyoga
@melindamartinsyoga
@faern
And our venerable sponsors are
@om_matters
@mamakuka
@hotchakrasyoga  #yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #igyogachallenge, #backbendlab

"The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction." --William Blake, Proverbs of Hell-- Day 9 of #BackbendLab is #tigerpose. I practice this pose quite a bit with the opposite hand/leg. Not always as a deep backbend. I realize after working on this challenge that I practice a lot of backbends/heart openers. Yay!
As Blake suggests, experience is often a teacher whose lessons we recall better  than those taught to us by conventional teaching channels (school, church, social media!(!). The reason for this is that the lessons we learn from the tigers of experience may be painful ones that leave scars.
Our wonderful hosts are
@catvaladezyoga
@melindamartinsyoga
@faern
And our venerable sponsors are
@om_matters
@mamakuka
@hotchakrasyoga  #yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #igyogachallenge, #backbendlab

"Cobras are magical. They can stand up on just energy alone"
--Paz Dela La Huerta - -

Day 8 of #BackbendLab is #cobrapose or #bhujangasana. Cobra is where you can really measure how well you can lift and open your chest, how strong your core and your spine really are. Finger tips variation.

Hosts:
@catvaladezyoga 
@melindamartinsyoga 
@faern
Sponsors :
@om_matters 
@mamakuka
@hotchakrasyoga

#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #igyogachallenge, #backbendlab

I was reminded by @scarletbg1 that it's #treeplanttuesday. For every tree pose post @ilovegurus will plant a tree, plus you could win some awesome sandals!

Just be sure to tag #tpt and @ilovegurus as well as inviting a couple of friends to join in!

Thanks to @scarletbg1 for thinking of me. Inviting @unbendable_jen
and @stephanie_elizahbeth to plant a tree.
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #ilovegurus, #treepose

I'll tell you where the four winds sleep
Like four lean hounds the lighthouse keep
Wildflower seed in the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again
--Grateful Dead, "Franklin's Tower" -- Day 5 of #BackbendLab is #lowlunge or #anjaneyasana. Not so deep a backbend on this day, but playing with the balance between front and back legs and some lift to the abdomen and ribcage.

Hosts:
@catvaladezyoga 
@melindamartinsyoga 
@faern
Sponsors :
@om_matters 
@mamakuka
@hotchakrasyoga
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #igyogachallenge, #backbendlab

I just knew I should have signed up for this #BackbendLab! There's a lot going on in my life right now and my practice has been a little spotty lately,so I gave it a pass. But after seeing the posts and reading the fantastic tips from hosts @catvaladezyoga, @melindamartinsyoga and @faern, I've decided to jump in and play catch up! So here goes!
Sponsors :
@om_matters 
@mamakuka
@hotchakrasyoga

#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #igyogachallenge, #backbendlab

Life is inspiration. Inspiration is a divine communication that makes someone want to make or create something. We draw inspiration in just as we draw air into our lungs. Inspiration, exhalation.

It comes down to our breath, our heartbeat, the blood rushing along through our veins and arteries.

#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga

For example, when we begin to eat a meal with awareness, we realize that the experience is different at the beginning of the meal, when we first see, smell, taste, and (possibly) touch our food than it is as we continue to eat it. The first bite is not the same as the tenth. The food’s temperature cools, different flavors and seasonings assert themselves, we perhaps lose interest and become less aware of what we are eating.

#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #donnafarhi, #bringingyogatolife

Sugarcane is always sweet, people only sometimes so.
(Burmese Proverb)
In my last challenge I first started working on #sugarcanepose using a strap to help because I was previously unable to balance while reaching back for my other foot. I've been practicing it nearly every day since then, so I made it my yogis choice for Day 7, the last day of #yogainperspective2.
I've really enjoyed this challenge. It's not just about taking a photo in a pose but rather really thinking about how to present the pose, what angles to use, the lighting. I loved looking at everyone's posts each day. The IG Yoga community is home to such an incredible group of creative and dedicated humans.  It's a very awesome challenge and I want to deeply thank our strong, flexible, and all-around lovely hosts @benditlikebay
@shiniyogi
@yoga_mami 
@meliniseri
as well as our esteemed sponsors

@liforme
@solandselene
@gems_of_a_gypsy 
@sahajanskincare and
@zen_fuego

Peace out! ✌️ #yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #igyogachallenges

Day 6 of #yogainperspective2 is #shoulderstand.
Atlas was the Titan God who held the sky aloft. As punishment for his role in the Titans' war against Zeus he was condemned to carry the sky, keeping it separate from the earth.
Atlas is often shown holding the world upon his shoulders and we therefore think of Atlas as having the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Instead, imagine Atlas relaxing into a #shoulderstand and holding the sky up with his feet and his legs,like it was a giant multicolored beach ball.
Hosts :
@benditlikebay 
@shiniyogi
@yoga_mami 
@meliniseri
Sponsors :
@liforme 
@solandselene 
@gems_of_a_gypsy 
@sahajanskincare 
@zen_fuego

#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #igyogachallenges

“The camel has a big dumb ugly hump. But in the desert, where prettier, more streamlined beasts die quickly of thirst, the camel survives quite nicely. As legend has it, the camel carries its own water, stores it in its stupid hump. If individuals, like camels, perfect their inner resources, if we have the power within us, then we can cross any wasteland in relative comfort and survive in arid surroundings without relying on the external. Often, moreover, it is our "hump" - that aspect of our being that society finds eccentric, ridiculous, or disagreeable - that holds our sweet waters, our secret well of happiness, the key to our equanimity in malevolent climes.” ― Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

Day 4 of #yogainperspective2 is #camelpose.
Hosts :
@benditlikebay 
@shiniyogi
@yoga_mami 
@meliniseri 
Sponsors :
@liforme 
@solandselene 
@gems_of_a_gypsy 
@sahajanskincare 
@zen_fuego

#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #igyogachallenges

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