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THE LAW OF LOVE - a poem by Yogi Bhajan

Nicole Dechow

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Here is one of my favorite poems about Love, that inspired me in many ways over years.

The Law of Love
Love gives you power to merge,

From finite to Infinity.

Love gives you power to trust,

From nothing to everything.

Love gives you power, the most powerful.

Prayer between you and your Creator.

Love gives you vastness,

As vast as there can be.

Love gives you the hold, the experience,

And the touch with your own Infinity,

As beautiful as there can be.

Love is that surrender.

When you surrender at the lotus feet

Of the master, you become the master.

When you become the master,

You surrender your universe to the Universe.

Then you become divine.

When you surrender your divinity

To the Infinity, you become Infinite.

That is the Law of Love.

I found this poem back in 2009  in a teachers manual, when I just finished my Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.
If you want to find more about the transforming teachings Yogi Bhajan  gave us you can visit the Kundalini Research Institute here.

Love always, Nicole.

5 Secrets of Happy People

Nicole Dechow

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You can ask almost anyone in this world what they want to do with their life and their answer will most likely be that they want to be happy and they want others to be happy too. 
While I am not a big fan of pretended happiness, fake smiles or covering up your unhappiness and topics to be worked on, I encourage you and everyone to go after what makes  you happy and cultivate happiness in your life.
Live the life that makes you most happy on your own terms. It does not have to be the "perfect" lifethat you see in movies, social media or any media. Happiness is an inside job and your life should make YOU feel alive and fill your unique being with happiness.
I love quoting Yogi Bhajan with "Happiness is your birthright", because it is. You are an extension of source energy and you are allowed to be happy. It simply means that you do not have to do anything, be someone or act or behave in a certain way to deserve happiness. You are you and that is enough , you deserve to be happy and you can claim your happiness.
Only if you are happy you can contribute to the state of happiness of others.  And the good news is you do not ave to be happy all the time to do so, I am also not sure if that is even possible, but you can simply carry a sense of gratefulness and contentment, in yoga we call this state "Santosha", with you. Be grateful for this life and all the opportunities life brings to you. You truly deserve it.
So here are 5 habits I commonly discovered with people who seem to live a happy lifestyle:

1. Happy People don't compare and practice gratitude
We all are so unique and carry different gifts and blessings within us. Do not focus on others. Focus on you, be grateful for the blessings which are already in your life. Discover more and more of them everyday.
I highly recommend starting a gratitude list, a very powerful tool to cultivate daily gratitude in your life. 
Read my post about "How to start a gratitude list" here.

2. Happy People live in the moment
You cannot be truly happy if you think about what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. True happiness can only be experienced in the Now. Breathe deeply, ground yourself, connect with nature and become totally present in the moment.

3. Happy People have a smaller but stronger inner circle and friendships
We are very influenced by the people around us. There is a study that we are slowly turning into the 5 people we spend most of  our time with. Our brains and cells are connecting with each other. Nourish the friendships and people in your life you love fully

4. Happy People forgive others and themselves easily and quick
Let's face it we are not perfect and so is none. We make mistakes and that is ok, as long as we learn from our mistakes. Forgive yourself and forgive others. It does not mean that you are ok with everything that has happened or a certain situation, but it does mean that you don not have to carry the weight of anger, sadness etc. around with you anymore. 

5. Happy People take selfcare seriously and make it a priority
You can only fill from a full jar, not from an empty one. When you yourself feel drained and unhappy you can't expect to make others happy or help them. Taking care of yourself is not only a selfish act but also an act of love for others. Also you deserve to take care of yourself, give yourself permission. 

love and follow your bliss,
Nicole <3 

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What makes your soul truly happy? 

Full Moon Release Ritual /updated November 2017

Nicole Dechow

The time of the Full Moon is often a very special time, where we come to the end of a phase in our lives, a project or an emotion. It is the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one.
This full moon on the 4th November 2017 in Taurus brings up magic - use it wisely. It is a full moon full of hope and expansion - a time to dive deep and look what beautiful secrets are still hidden inside of you.

Many of us can feel the influence of the full moon as emotional states of being sensitive, overwhelmed or sometimes even  a bit angry or shaken. That is all ok and normal and instead of not using this energy and being stagnant, we should instead turn it into something that moves us forward on our paths.

I am sharing with you today a 2 step Full Moon Release Ritual, that I often held on my retreats or trainings. During the time I was living in India I learned to see rituals not as something religious or as a strict follow-through routine but as a sacred, heart-opening and powerful offering towards something higher than myself.
I invite you not to use your mind too much and try to understand everything with it (because that is absoluelty not possible) but instead go into feeling and open yourself up to the idea that you are connected to this universe, the sun, the moon and the stars. And that you consist of the same energy. And that you are a powerful human being of light that deserves all the blessing of the universe.

Full Moon Release Ritual
A ritual to release the past, to release what doesn't serve anymore and create space for new beginnings.

Preparation: 
-find a space where you can be for yourself for about 10 minutes.
-you will ned 2 pieces of paper.
-prepare yourself by washing your hands and putting on some comfortable clothes.
-prepare the space by lightning  some candles, incense or smudging some sage.
-if you want to listen to music I prepared a playlist on Spotify called "Full moon magic" and recommend the first song ("Aad Guray Nameh" by the talented Jai-Jagdesh).

Step 1: 
-Sit in a comfortable position. Choose if you want to listen to a mantra or sit in silence. Both is great.
-Close your eyes and ask yourself these question; "What does not serve me anymore?"  "What does not belong to my life anymore?" " What am I repressing?" "What does not serve my higher purpose?" "In this moment, what can I let go of?"
-Take about 3 minutes and do not try to judge whatever is coming up and instead allowing it to flow. Take your piece of paper and write it all down.  
This can be 1 word or 2 sites of words, that is all up to you.
-Read it out loud again as if you were reading it to the moon and then tear this peace of paper into pieces - if you have a fireproof place you can even burn it  carefully in a candle but only if you have a fireproof vessel close to you and it is absolutely safe to do so.

Step 2:
-Close your eyes again and feel the liberation of everything that you just teared apart on that piece of paper. You can even imagine a bright flame at your 3rd eye point (Ajna Chakra) - the point in between your eyebrows. When you close your eyes try to look at this point, looking up just a little and relaxing the eyeballs. This flame will clear your whole body and even the energetic body around your physical body. 
-Now for a moment think about what serves your path, what serves you? What is it that helps you to stay happy, joyful and at peace?
-Open your eyes and fully allow yourself to feel into these things, feelings or anything that came up for you. And then write these words and intentions down on the other piece of paper. 
Read it out loud again as if you were reading it to the moon and close with this affirmation:

'I am a powerful loved human being and I deserve all the light and blessings of the universe flowing towards and through me."
 

Keep this piece of paper close to you - at least unitl the next New Moon and from time to time look it up, read it or just connect to the words. 

I hope you enjoy this ritual, sending you love and blessing, Nicole.

PS: I also created a board on Pinterest with some full moon inspiration. You can see it here. 
And please leave a comment how this ritual went for you or share it with someone it can be helpful for.