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My trip to Ireland!

Ireland has always had a stronghold upon my heart and I suppose it has to do with my ancestral lineage and my father has always been obsessed with Ireland!  He also owned an Irish Pub in upstate NY called “Carnsie’s”.  My maiden name is Carns but according to my Dad the original spelling is “Cairns”.

I have been to Ireland twice over the past several years and the beauty is breath-taking.  My favorite visits have been to Dingle Bay and the Cliffs of Moher (picture above).    The feeling was as if I were at “home”.   The water, green grass and the cliffs are nothing short of amazing.  The Irish are simplistic and kind.  The food, currents, and soups were amazing.  There “soups” were pureed in every restaurant I ate in.  Eating breakfast reminded me of eating brunch at my Grandmother’s on Easter Sunday.  Chopped fruit, bacon, eggs, toast and soda bread.  They did offer baked beans for breakfast so my grandmother did not have it down pat!!

Before I went to Ireland I did research on my Grandmother’s side.  Her name was Clara Farrell and she was from County Clare.  Knowing this gave me much comfort and interest in my lineage in County Clare.

Another favorite place that I visited is Blarney Castle.  The first structure was built in the 10th century.  The Castle was surrounded by beautiful gardens and trees, below is a pic of a tree on the grounds.

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Over the course of my 2 visits I visited  Blarney Castle, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Dalkey Village, Dublin, Clonmacnoise(a monastic settlement), Connemara (Hills of potato ridges) and Kylemore Abbey and impressive mansion.  Ring of Kerry tour mountains and Atlantic Coastline and the famous waterford Crystal Collection.  It is true that the “Irish” love to tell tales and sing.  I witnessed this when visiting the pubs.

If you have any interest I would highly recommend it and you will not be disappointed.  Ireland is a piece of “Heaven” on this earth!

 

How a “Boating” accident impacted my family!

I was in an boating accident on the weekend of July 4th, 2017.  In my wildest dreams I never thought this would happen to me, worse yet my entire family (except my son).  My children are in their 20’s.  Intuition is powerful ~ When I stepped on the boat I had a feeling to not go on the boat ride but my stubbornness overrode this feeling.

We came upon a boat that needed towing.   I immediately said “yes” which is not like me.  I sat at the tip of the boat with 2 of Megan’s (my daughter) friends.  We threw a line to the boat and it was probably 3 minutes into the tow when myself and the 2 other gals had a premonition something was about to happen!  …and out of the blue “my husband says they are going to hit us.”  I looked up and saw a boat headed straight towards us.  No time to think or do anything.  They hit the right side of our boat where my husband was driving and ripped out the right side of our boat.  Thankfully we all survived.

We stood there in disarray for a moment and it was completely quite.  The windshield on the right and left side of the boat was shattered in very small pieces and my thought was.  .. oh know someone died! I began to panic as I saw blood on myself and some of the others.  My eyes were open but I did not want to see.   I did a head check and everyone was accounted for.    I saw Megan’s friend crying and she wanted to get out of the boat.  Yep, I felt responsible for everyone!  Always a mother!  I was scared due to the fact I did not know if someone got injured very badly.  Everyone was scared, in shock and crying, even my husband who never shows his feelings.  I was confused because the boat that hit us stayed at bay and did not even offer to help.  Eventually someone did come to help and got the girls who were crying off the boat and towed us into land.  Grateful there was no injures to the boat we were towing but one quick look I could see that they were also in shock.

When I arrived on land I was very grateful and was relieved I was no longer on the boat. From what I saw everyone had that feeling!  I felt powerless due to the fact I saw my daughter crying and some of her friends.  I felt sad that we had this experience.  What I noticed within myself is that I could not form a sentence.  I did this for a few days.  Fear, and anger was my best friend.  It was hard to comprehend what had happened.

Several of us went to the hospital and everything was okay.  What kept going through my mind was how precious life is and it could be gone in an instant!  I also realized none of us were meant to die.

On the way back to my Lake House I was scared that we were going to get in a car accident and my daughter’s felt like that too.  When I arrived back to the house we were humbled, frightened and grateful for this experience.   It’s been 6 months and yesterday I finally (6 months later)  I went to the Lake House and I was glad I did cuz I cried and cried the fears and emotions of what had happened came barreling in.  I had no idea of the amount of fear I carried around with me for 6 months.  that I had that was crippling me until I came face to fa

 

 

Benefits of Yoga Nidra

What is Yoga Nidra?  It is a technique which places your attention on different  parts of the body for relaxation.  The idea is to get out of your head and come into the awareness of  body sensations.  I became a Yoga Instructor in 2008 and this is what I learned ~ When I work with students I have them lie on the floor and use props to support there back.  I guide them to focus on various parts of the body for 15- 20 minutes.  Yoga Nidra can be used for shorter periods or longer periods.   I have been a student and teacher of this technique and the benefits I reaped were;

  1.  Calming the mind
  2.  Observing my thoughts
  3.  relaxation of my muscles
  4.  Flowing with life instead of pushing against life
  5.  Expansion of breath
  6.  Calmer Digestive system
  7.  Headaches subsided
  8.  Problem solving:  Awareness
  9.  Getting in touch with that deeper part of myself
  10.   Flow of prana
  11.  Body sharing with me of how to “eat” better
  12.  Put me in touch with my emotions and vulnerability

more benefits…

  1.  Calming the nervous system
  2.  Lenghtening the spine
  3.  Relaxation of the internal organs
  4.  Letting go and softening
  5.  And many other benefits

This is a great practice if you are looking for ways to deal with stress and a great way to to get out of your own way so new ideas can flow into your awareness.

Please contact me if you are wanting to learn more about Yoga Nidra at annelamantia@verizon.net

What’s The Rush?

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This time of year can be overwhelming ~ family gatherings, parties, work, consumerism, I think you know what I mean.  But does it need to be like this?  I believe we do not need to rush.  For example, New Years Eve is a week away and most people are already focusing on that day.  Food for Thought:  When you find yourself thinking about the future bring yourself back to the moment over and over again.  Here are a few things which have helped me~

1.  Whatever is swimming around in your head put it down on paper.  If you think it, Ink it!

2.  Notice your thoughts and realize they are just thoughts passing through your mind, don’t try to change them or discard them.

3.  Laugh at yourself and others.

4.  Time is an illusion ~ whatever you are doing is what your meant to be doing.  It is not right or wrong.

5.  99% of the time your thoughts do not come to fruition.

6.  Remind yourself that your health and well-being come first and nothing is thatimportant to get bent out of shape about.

7.  Stop, slow down and breathe

8.  Ask yourself “Why am I rushing.”

9.  Let go of the outcome.

None of us has it down pat and by golly I am glad about this.

Why not enjoy the moment no matter what is happening.  There is no right or wrong, it is happening the way that it is so we might as well make it our friend.    I think I rather be floundering than having all my ducks in a row!   The planet will not blow up or your favorite grocery store will not burn down.  FYI:  Walking to the grocery store is just as important as walking to the gym or walking o a party.  Every moment of our lives is important no matter what it is we are doing, even if that means scrubbing the floor.   There is no rush and there is no getting anywhere .  You are already meant to be where you are!

Potterfield Bridge in Richmond, Virginia

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A friend recently told me about the Potterfield Bridge located in Downtown Richmond.  It is a pedestrian walkway connecting Brown’s Island to South Richmond.   She mentioned that the view was spectacular and their is always people walking with their pets.

Honestly,  I hardly ever venture outside out of my comfort zone.  I have been living in Virginia for 20 years and I always walk my dog (Kali) on the same path.  Today we took a different path.   So off I went with my Golden Retriever, Kali.  When I first arrived I was a little hesitant to my surroundings but was immediately reassured by someone that this area was very safe and you will be surrounded by people who bike and walk here.  sheew..

The walk to the bridge was very short and I was amazed of the view when I arrived to Potterfield Bridge.  Kali stopped in her tracks when we stepped foot on the bridge, she sensed the running water underneath the bridge and became somewhat anxious.  This only lasted a second and as we walked across the bridge she received a lot of love and attention from strangers.    To my amazement on the other side of the bridge is the Civil War Museum.  Again, I have lived in Richmond for 20 years and this was a discovery for me or one could look at it as an adventure!

If your looking to get out of your comfort zone and want an adventure than visiting this area may be the perfect thing to do!

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13 Steps to Empowerment

This is my empowerment steps.  I thought maybe writing about it would be most beneficial.  Anne’s Yoga sutra. hehe

1.  Notice the resistance

2.  Stray away from fixing, healing.  Just Be

3.  Move forward and trust everything is working out perfectly and there is a divine intelligence

4.  Everyone is on our side.  Give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

5.  Gently move forward and we are more alike than different.

6.  See the good or “god” in everyone we meet.

7.  When you or I feel “triggered”  meet myself, yourself with gentle loving compassion.  Tap into intuition.  True intuition has no emotional charge.

8.  Know that everything you are experiencing is “okay”.

9.  Keep a journal for your progress. Look at it every several months to remind yourself of how far you have come.

10.  When you are faced with pain in the body.  Know there is an answer.  Help comes in unimaginable ways ~ health profession, a conversation you overheard, friends, family or in a dream.    Care for the body with whatever remedy is needed.

11.  Lessen your “seriousness”.  Laugh even if it is fake.  Laughing is contagious and it is a healing balm not only for yourself but those around you.

12.  Notice the “lies” we can tell ourselves.

13.  Stray away from drama.

The Art of Allowing

When you allow yourself to be, feel, think good, bad or indifferent an opening occurs.  I guess another name one would call it is ACCEPTANCE.      “Whatever wants to come forward  let it you won’t regret it!   When you “allow” your light shines, breathing softens and everything seems to flow from you and to you.     When we hold on too tightly to the past it only creates “misery.”   You can achieve what you believe!  Notice if you are taking things personally and if you are that’s okay ” just notice.”  No one is out to get ya!

Allow, allow, allow and please don’t howl! hehehe.  Everyone is on your side, not the flop side but on the flip side so please don’t hide.  Allowing can set yourself free.  So box your serious side up and send it on it’s way.   Allowing frees up emotions, repairs the soul, erases all doubt and eases the mind.

Allowing opens the door for things to be seen, cobwebs are cleared and your perception can take on a whole new meaning.   When you allow your “grip” loosens, it elevates your mood and tinkers with your groove.  It gives you the mojo that you may need it’s like planting a seed where the soil is ripe so therefore you won’t  gripe!.  So keep it simple that way you won’t grow a pimple.  Allowing points you in the direction of not taking yourself to serious and than you become delerious and that can be hilarious.

 

A Gateway to a New Expression: Self Love….

IMG_5467I have always been under the belief that “self love” is selfish…this is not true!   I was brought up in a family of 7 which included my parents and I tended to the younger siblings quite often as my Mom always did for everyone else but not herself.  I am sure this contributed to my belief system  of putting  yourself first is selfish.  I also was under the influence of the church that it was better to give than receive and I felt quilty when I did receive.  Most of my life I would seemingly  put other peoples needs before mine.  I  believe the resentment I have felt was because I didn’t nuture myself, but I was an expert at nurturing others.  After all it is much easier to tend to others than yourself!
I lean into what “lights me up” instead of what brings me down when I make a decision.  I have learned and continue to learn to surrender.  I have no control of how things are going to turn out but I do have control of how I will respond.  I am learning to say “No” and not giving my power away to outside sources.  Prioritizing my schedule has been essential to my growth.  At this moment I believe my purpose is to know that everything is possible and we live in an abundant universe AND it “lights me up” when I witness other people doing this!  My advice is… do for yourself first and everything will fall into place, listen to your own voice and sway from outside distractions, do something everyday that nutures your soul,  patterns can be broken and go after  your dreams…after all isn’t that why we are here!

Tower Of London

 

 

Day 3 – June 11, 2016 – Tower of London & City Sights

Tower of London was one of my favorite sites to visit during my 2 week tour.  I was overwhelmed by the enormity of it.  It is a City in of itself!  I always thought the tower was fictional….boy was i wrong!!!!!   When I stepped foot on the land I couldn’t wait to see what this tower was all about.  I was in shock and excited all at once.   I wanted to know why this tower still stood after 100s of years, and yes my friends what happened there was real.

I love taking photos of doors and I was in the right place to witness these old doors.  The picture below is called “Traitors Gate.”

The gate was built by Edward I.  This gate was a water gate to provide entrance to the Tower.  It provided additional accommodation for the royal family. … The name TraitorsGate has been used since 1544 or sooner.

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Above is the armor and weapons that was used 100’s of years ago.  This is only a snapshot of the gallery.

History of  Tower of London:

  1.  Located in Central London
  2.  Housing the Crown Jewels.  Crown Jewels are the most popular attraction.  The Jewels include the crowns worn by the monarch at coronation and at the opening of Parliament.  Unfortunately, most of the Royal regalia was destroyed in the mid 17th Century.
  3.  Records office
  4. Barracks and armory for troops
  5. Royal residence
  6. Prison
  7. Museum
  8. 900 year old Castle
  9. It was a place where wild animals were kept for 600 years.  Elephants, Ostriches, Lions, Polar Bears etc.   The animals where given as gifts to the monarch during that time.

William the Conqueror started the Tower in the early 1080’s.  The Tower was continuously being built into the 16th century.  It was built to signify Norman Power.  The tower encompasses over 12 acres.  Monarchs and common criminals were imprisoned in the tower.  Sons of Edward the 1V were killed there (2 Princes) and Henry the 8th wives – Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard were both imprisoned and executed.  In the late 18th & 19th centuries, the tower was used less for prisoners.

 

The White Tower:

 

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How to Bring Love to the Pain Body

I have resisted “what is” all of my life thinking what I had experienced was bad or “ugly”.  This only created shame, doubt, guilt and pain.  Until one day I woke up and realized everything I had been resisting was a message or my guidance.  One would never think guidance would come in this form.  I was keeping self love at a distance wishing it would  go away.

I decided to go within and look at those parts I deemed unworthy or neglected.   I discovered my incessant negative self-talk, and ongoing stories of the past.  This can be destructive.  I was creating unnessary pain in my life in which I would call the “pain body.”   This layer of pain is very much alive but has softened over time.  What helped me soften the pain was naming the thoughts that arose, i.e. past, story , lies etc.   I certainly was not at a point of loving what arises but naming these part of myself was an act of self-love.  Recognizing it for what it was helped me to lighten up and let go.

The Emotional Body plays a huge part of the “pain body.”  I discovered when the emotional body is neglected depression and hopelessness seeps in.  Sharing my feelings was not a part of my family structure.   I was taught to move forward and keep my mouth shut.  As a result I formed a pattern of putting other peoples needs ahead of my own.   This pattern can be changed!

What I discovered about the Emotional Body:

Go within and see what is there.  ie.  sadness, fear, shame, neglect, anger.  Allow, accept and feel into it.  You won’t die.  You will open up to parts of yourself you have put aside for years.  Give yourself permission to experience this.  Deal with what is right in front of you.  I was yearning for self – love, gratitude, presence and acceptance but the only way i could do this was to go within and give to myself first.