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Making New Years Resolutions That Stick

Posted by Paige Oxlaj on Saturday, January 4, 2014, In : self-development 
Every year just before mid-night on the 31st I light a fire. Into the fire I throw all the bad things that have happened in my year - allowing the flames to burn all of the bad experiences with the intention of letting go of them and gaining the perspective and wisdom they provided. When the ashes settle, I add another log to the fire and throw in my intentions for the year. It's a simple list of what I want to achieve.  As the ashes swirl in the fire, I close my eyes and envision having achi...
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Finding Your Own Rhythm

Posted by Paige Oxlaj on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, In : self-development 
The drum beat played. The music echoed around me. And with my eyes closed, I felt each muscle in my body respond to the rhythm. Slowly movement erupted out of me - spontaneous, free. Every muscle contracting to the beat, moving to the rhythm.  As I swayed and twirled I became lost in the space, in sound, in time. I felt free.

I believe that trance dancing is more than just swaying to the beat... or figuring out the steps to a new dance. It's an organic, primordial movement that connects the da...
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Facing the Music

Posted by Paige Oxlaj on Sunday, September 2, 2012, In : self-development 
It started as a dare... All around the wooden bar, people swayed to the karaoke with their rear-ends firmly planted in their stools, feet on the floor. I couldn't contain my desire to unchain myself from my bar stool. I couldn't blame alcohol, as I was downing Diet Pepsi at the same rate that others chugged Michelob. I just had an overwhelming desire to move.  So, as a friend started to wow the crowd with her amazing voice, I scooted myself closer to an inebriated barfly and commanded "dance ...
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A very smelly message from the universe

Posted by Paige Oxlaj on Saturday, September 1, 2012, In : self-development 
Yesterday I wrote a blog about the path to happiness. Today, all hell opened up and rained sewage on me. I had to laugh... Actually, I did laugh. I had the "very, funny universe" laugh. And then tonight it all clicked. The universe hadn't made the sewer back flow my sink and laundry room for no reason.

The raw, smelly sewage was a message. One that I had been carefully ignoring for months. When I bought this house, I feng shui-ed it. Each room represents a different aspect of my life... And th...
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Achieving Happiness

Posted by Paige Oxlaj on Thursday, August 30, 2012, In : self-development 
For the past few days I have been blissfully happy. The quiet kind of happy that makes people look twice at you as you walk down the street. The kind of happy that gives you a glow. It would be easy to say that I've "glowed" because everything in my life is perfect and I'm walking down easy street - but that would be a lie. Life hasn't changed that much in the last few day, I still wake to the same challenges and still have the same annoying blurbs of yuck invade my days.

What has changed is m...
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Living Life of Adventure, One Breath at a Time


Paige Deiner My life is a wild carpet ride full of unique experiences and one of a kind adventures. I sometimes find myself holding onto the tassels, rather than sitting squarely in the middle of my "magic carpet" - but so far I haven't fallen off and I'm loving the ride. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Yoga Alliance 200 yoga instructor. I have been a Reiki Master for 8 years, and have meditated since childhood. My daughter thinks I'm a hippie, I think I am a very organized dreamer. The truth may be somewhere in the middle. I would probably be a vegetarian but I fear mutiny... But I do try my best to practice what I preach. I yoga everyday and meditate nightly. I am lucky enough to have a fantastic Reiki partner so I receive some universal wisdom each Tuesday. And I am an avid, nerdy reader. I clean to books on tape, and usually read about two non-fiction and one fiction book a week.