Dorothy Stover

Everything I do in life, I do for Love.

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LoveBlog - As the light rises, so does the shadow

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Have you ever been on a cleanse? Cleanses are a nice way for the body to get rid of toxins. Often times, the toxins come to the surface and manifest in different ways; headaches, moodiness, acne, nausea, so on and so on. The toxins could be the good we eat and/or emotions. If we keep up with the cleanse, keep drinking plenty of fluids, I also find prayer and meditation to help gain strength and clarity, we will make it through with our body, mind and spirit clear and healthy. There are many different types of cleanses; just eating clean and drinking water will cleanse the body. There are extreme cleanses, mind cleanses and everything in between cleanses. I use this example because our world is shifting and moving into a higher vibration. We can tell by feeling but also by watching. Over the past year especially, we have had so much violence. Which are our shadow selves coming to the surface. Our toxins if you will. There are also a lot more people wanting to become peaceful and loving, our light side. We need the shadow self to come to the surface so we can recognize, grow, heal and let go. As this shift occurs to the light, there will be those that feel left behind and fearful. They will and have acted out. People are fearful currently because of the new president elect and the future of the USA. I for one want to give him a chance. Not to say I voted for him, but he was elected. Let's see. There are people I trust, that are good, loving people that say give him a chance. Regardless of if you do or not, if you're reading this, know you always have a choice; will you choose love or fear? Will you choose light or the shadow? It resides in us all. Remember, as the light rises, so does the shadow. As you become a brighter light, those around you may feel left behind, be gentle with them. Which brings us to this week's love tip; you have both light and a shadow side inside you. It's your choice which one comes to the surface. Honor them both. 

Choose light but also allow the shadow self to come to the surface to be healed and transmuted to love and light. 
I have some ways in which you can continue to be the light. 
First off. Protect yourself energetically. You can use these at any time. Especially helpful when encountering those with a deep shadow. Ways to protect yourself; ask God to protect you and keep you safe. 
Hold your hand over your stomach. Imagine a cocoon of golden light being wrapped around you. 


Here are some ways to continue raising your vibration. (As you raise your vibration, you help to raise the vibration of the world.)

  • Meditation and prayer
  • Walking in nature
  • Growing something
  • Digging in the dirt
  • Respecting the earth. 
  • Being around and learning from children and animals. Children and animals are the closest to god and they are light filled beings. They can teach us a lot about love and life. They can teach us to play, forgive, let go, have joy, have an open mind and so much more. Allow them to. 
  • Volunteer. Get out and help others. 
  • Hugs. The benefits of a hug; Did you know that hugs release oxytocin and serotonin which can boost the immune system, combat feelings of depression, anger and loneliness. It is extremely effective at elevating the levels of happiness.  Hugs relax our muscles, increase the circulation of blood flow, and allows the central nervous system to take over from ‘fight or flight.’ All of this, and it doesn’t take that much time to give/receive a hug.  It has been said, that we need four hugs a day to survive, eight for maintenance and twelve to thrive.  
  • Use white light. To do this, first ground yourself. Then imagine a white light above you; could be a candle, a lighthouse, a star or anything else that shines. See the light being poured over you and move through your whole body. See the light fill up your body. Do this whenever, wherever. Take it up a notch and see those you love and care for filled with light. See those whom are challenging you filled with light. See situations and places filled with light. 
  • A way I have found to make situations peaceful and to help forgive is to send people blessings or love or light. For example: Let us say someone cut you off while driving, after you're done cursing at them, send them a blessing, love and/or light. Ask and say thank you for protection. I have found more often than not, this works. Even for people that don't believe in any of this, there's a shift and a change. 
  • Being active and/or yoga.  If you would like to practice the physical form of yoga here's the Dharma Yoga Schedule Dharma is my yoga home, where I teach and practice. 

 

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Peace, Love and Hugs,
Dorothy

 

 

LoveBlog - Are You Living Someone Else's Life?

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 By all senses of the word, you are living your life. You're doing you right? But the question I am asking is, are you living someone else's life?  And What I mean by this, are you following someone else's rules? Are you doing what someone else told you was the best way to live or be? Have you adopted a norm than is not your own?  Essentially, being someone else's normal. 
 I think it's important to ask these questions because we (and when I say we I include myself) can find ourselves going through the motions, living in a routine or a feeling as though we are in a rut. We think "well this is the way life is supposed to be, isn't it?"  "This is how it has always been done". "I was told to be good or happy I need to do this". 
 
 Do you ever stop to think, that way of living", the one you've adopted is someone else's life?  
 I have. I have found that because I don't want to be judged or because it seems easier, or safer, this is what or how I will live my life. Maybe just an aspect. Maybe just a life formula for happiness because someone told me that was the key. 
The thing is, we are all so different. Our life paths are different. So, maybe our own personal formula isn't an exact science for the rest of the world. For example; I was brought up Catholic, but I have a great love for all religions. I also love studying different religions, this fascinates me to no end. I believe in a way of aspects each religion believes. I believe in a single God. But what's true to me, is not universal; past and future lives, Angels, Saints, and so on and so forth. 
What I am trying to say is, I don't take the all or nothing approach to religion. I take what feels right in my heart to be my truth and right for me. I also don't cast aside what I believe doesn't serve me or I don't currently believe in. It very well could in the future. For example, I believe women should have a more active role in the Catholic Church, like being able to become priests. Maybe this is a belief I don't understand as of now. Maybe there's a very good reason why only men are able to become priests. Maybe some day I'll know. Or maybe someday the Catholic Church will adopt my belief. It is what it is. 
This is just one of many personal examples of not following the norm.  So how do you discover where your path begins and someone else's resides? It takes time and fine tuning your heart. 
 Here are some ways to practice. And please take this into account, it's practice and no one and I mean no one on this planet has it 100% right all the time. Not a monk up in the mountains, Oprah or the most emotionally intelligent person on the planet. We are all figuring this out as we go. 
 
 - Mediation: You want answers to become quiet and turn your awareness inside your body. You can sit and focus on your breathing; the inhalation and the exhalation. There are also guided meditations. I have one coming out soon, 28 day mediation for love and better relationships. Side note, people who receive my love letter will receive the meditation for free. Join here if you haven't already. 
 - Journaling: Sounds strange but it works on so many different levels. Write your thoughts down. Get them out of your head and onto paper, or your computer. Check out mind mapping, which can help with stress. 
- Prayer: The more you pray and ask for guidance the more your heart is open to receiving the answers and guidance you need. Remember sometimes the answers to your prayers are not exactly what you were asking for or what you were thinking of. A good rule of thumb when asking for things is to say "for the best and highest good for all. This or something better."  
 
- Heart and Gut Exercises: This could stem from meditation but the idea is to strengthen your heart intuition. Ask yourself, does this feel right? Do I feel good about this? Am I doing this for the right reasons? Years ago, I decided my life would be about love and that everything I would do in life I would do for love. I have to ask myself all the time, "do I love this?" "Am I doing this for love?" If the answer is yes I proceed. If not, I evaluate and ask a few more questions "is this helping me get to something I love?" "Do I need to do this for love?"  If the answer is yes, I proceed; if not, then I leave it. 

This brings up to today's love tip. "Everything in your life, do it for love"

If you found this post to be helpful, please share. And if there's someone you think would benefit from it, please forward onto them. If you like this post and would love more love sent to you join the LoveLetter here. It's free! Just the way love should be.

Peace, Love & Hugs!
Dorothy

Please find the Nantucket Dharma Yoga teacher schedule below, which includes the classes I guide as well as the other teachers.  And if you would like a private session with me which includes any combination relationship coaching, self-love, mediation, healing and yoga, contact me at 508-221-3394 or email me,Dorothy@DorothydStover.com

For class changes and to book your spot, clickhere .

  • Sundays
  • 8:15 am - 9:30 am Dharma Yoga all levels
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am Restorative Yoga
  • Mondays
  • 8:15 am - 9:30 am Alignment Based Hatha Sheri Perelman
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am Dharma Yoga all levels Joann Burnham
  • 10:30 am - 11:45 am Aerial Yoga Sheri Perelman
  • 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm All Levels Ted Burnham
  • Tuesdays
  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am Hatha All Levels Dorothy Stover
  • 8:15 am - 9:30 am Dharma Yoga all levels Joann Burnham
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am Somatic Movement and Stretch Lynne Begier
  • 10:30 am - 11:45 am Aerial Yoga Joann Burnham
  • 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Dharma Yoga all levels Joann Burnham
  • Wednesdays
  • 8:15 am - 9:30 am Alignment Based Hatha Sheri Perelman
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am Restorative Yoga Sheri Perelman
  • 10:30 am - 11:45 am Aerial Yoga Dorothy Stover
  • 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Hatha All Levels Dorothy Stover
  • Thursdays
  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am Hatha All Levels Dorothy Stover
  • 8:15 am - 9:30 am Dharma Yoga all levels Joann Burnham
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am Somatic Movement and Stretch Lynne Begier
  • 10:30 am - 11:45 am Aerial Yoga Joann Burnham
  • 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Dharma Yoga all levels Joann Burnham
  • Fridays
  • 8:15 am - 9:30 am Alignment Based Hatha Sheri Perelman
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am Dharma Yoga all levels Joann Burnham
  • 10:30 am - 11:45 am Restorative Aerial Yoga Sheri Perelman
  • 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Candlelight Restorative Joann and Ted
  • Saturdays
  •   8:15 am - 9:30 am Dynamic Yoga Lynne Begier
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am Somatic Movement and Stretch Lynne Begier

We look forward to sharing space with you, Namaste. For class changes and to book your spot, click here .