We Can All be winners

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I’ve just returned from adventures in Ecuador over the last 4 weeks. It was a truly wonderful journey, especially my time in the Andes, which I had visited 20 years ago and was thrilled to return to. My old memories and photographs didn’t at all do it justice and I’m still basking in the immense and vast beauty that I was blessed to trek through over the last month.

During my travels, the topic of the US election came up often when meeting Americans, Ecuadorians, Europeans, etc. and everyone was very concerned, holding their own hard and fast opinions.

On the eve of what is being called by many the most divided of all US elections, (even though I am Canadian by birth and I’m actually not that up on American politics and history) I feel called to send out a message to my yoga communities to remind us all of what we can each do to rise above the divisiveness that this event may be causing, and how to bring light and love to ANY outcome. As yogis, this is our purpose: union within ourselves and for the happiness and freedom of ALL beings!

Here are some reminders that come to us from Patanjali’s Yoga sutras, a sacred text of yoga. Regardless of the election outcome tonight, these are valuable and enlightening guidelines for a better self and a better world that will serve us all moving forward.

To preserve openness of heart and calmness of mind, nurture these attitudes:

Kindness to those who are happy- The “winners”

Compassion for those who are less fortunate- The “losers”

Honor for those who embody noble qualities- Find the good in everyone

Equanimity to those whose actions oppose your values- Those who oppose your vote

Please share these truths with all your communities. They embody the only outcome that will encourage a healthy and empowered world. The rest is just drama.

Blessings,

Leela

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Feel’n Kinky? Try this

The Sensual Art of Raw  

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting my hubby, affectionately known as Greggy, Gregorio or El Toro, you’d know that he’s pragmatic, uncomplicated, chronically content, and nothing if not kind and generous.

He’s passionate about anything having to do with bicycles and can out-ride many much younger than himself.

For him, food is all about fuel. “Fill up and move on”, was typical of his food philosophy once upon a time.

Enter Leela, affectionately known as Leeler, wild chick, dancing Goddess, all about the splash!

Anything but pragmatic, whose approach to food is sensual, emotional and food as fun.
What at first seemed like a clash of opposites turned out to be a divine recipe for ecstatically titillating nourishment, where food could not only be fuel, but could also be an exciting opportunity for a naughty version of nutrition.

Besides the aphrodisiac potential of many foods, we quickly discovered how food could be a creative turn on.

We dipped and dabbled in, (literally), rich creamy spreads, silky smooth purees and sweet refreshing smoothies only to discover that food and erotic play is indeed a match made in heaven. It was way too juicy to keep to ourselves, so I felt compelled to author my first ever cookbook, The Sensual Art of Raw; Erawtic Adventures in Live Food Cuisine.

If you’re curious about how food can nourish you on more levels than just the obvious, check it out and create kinky memories out of delicious encounters of the erawtic kind!

If you’re even more bold, join me for a week of cleansing with raw foods in Mexico at Dance & Cleanse 2017. There won’t be any erawtic group activities, but there’ll be lots of free time if you bring your own playmate to experiment with the erawtic play suggestions featured in The Sensual Art of Raw on your own. Creative license highly encouraged!

Disclaimer: some of the above may be completely made up for marketing purposes! Use your (kinky) imagination!

Upcoming opportunities to dance with me:

Dance & Cleanse Mexico http://www.leelafrancis.com/site/dance-and-cleanse

New Peaks Wizard Camp http://newpeaks.com/camps/wizard-training-camp

Yoga, Water & Wellness http://www.retreatsinbeing.com/mexico-retreat.html

Born to Thrive https://www.facebook.com/events/1688540694704136

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