5 Reasons Why Drake’s “Hotline Bling” Video is Accidentally Spiritually Relevant


Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video has been the source of more smiles, chuckles, and downright belly laughs than anything else for me over the past few months (and apparently for half the internet too, if memes on my Facebook feed are any indication). At first glance, the video is merely about him being butt-hurt over his most recent lover deciding he now lives too far away for a booty call, and over how she is now spending her nights doing other things besides him. What is great about it, besides the parody videos, is that there are some truly higher level awakening themes in here.

1. Drake is an artist and, through his music, he is working through some complex emotions—transmuting a feeling into something tangible—which, arguably, is the most fundamental purpose of art. Art has the power to transform something negative into something beautiful for the artist, and if other people enjoy it? Great. That dense energy has now been transmuted into an even higher vibration.

2. That owl sweatshirt. Gold chains? Armani suit? Nope. OWL. SWEATSHIRT. I could go on about the ancient symbolism of the owl, but I really think that’s ’nuff said.

3. He is in his bliss with that dance! If you are familiar with Gabrielle Roth and her 5Rhythms dance practice or have ever been to a 5Rhythms class or workshop then you may recognize some of these moves. I know I did! I have danced like this myself many a time in yoga, 5Rhythms or other movement classes. One movement therapist, Parashakti, in her article Dancing the Holy Rhythms of Your Life, recalls a quote from a Rabbi who explores dance as a language of the soul: “What did it mean to dance on my own? To make up my own steps? Do whatever my body called me to do? Would I make a fool of myself? Be laughed at?” I think this is exactly what Drake was doing, and I think seeing this come through in Drake is what initially sparked my deeper interest in such a mainstream sensation.

4. He features fully-clothed, voluptuous women instead of half-naked, rail-thin models. Sure, there are some bare-midriffs and mildly suggestive dance moves, but nothing close to the risqué business that goes on in most rap videos. Watching his dancers, I was reminded of the unique dancing and clothing style of the “In Living Color Fly Girls” from the early 1990s, which showcased and in some ways were integral to the rise of hip-hop. Those dancers were never indecent. Their outfits were sometimes very tight, but no more so than most athletic wear. This seems to be solely about his being hurt after realizing that he had some feels for a girl he was sleeping with and then realizing that she didn’t have the same feels for him.

5. What about those pure white steps leading up into a glowing portal of light? UFO? Stairway to Heaven? Ascension into the Cosmic Consciousness and merging with ones higher self? I could go on analyzing the symbolism all day. Either he has been abducted, likes to groove out to some Led Zeppelin, or just maybe he’s feeling some direct vibes from his crown chakra.

The song or video by itself really did not seem to warrant such widespread popularity. It really was his dancing that set it apart and prompted all the shares, “likes” and hilarious parodies and memes. When I look at this as a whole, my impression is that he must have had some greater help, in the form of say, an expansive Jupiter transit in his horoscope, a prominent fate line on his palm or perhaps most realistically, he was tapped into that creative consciousness that produces expression of one’s highest inner self without any regard to what others are going to think about it. Sure, he wanted his video to be popular, but something about his dancing says that first and foremost, he made that video for the sheer joy of making it.

I can’t say for sure since I don’t know him, but Drake and I are probably very different. I’m a yogi who likes to spend my late nights watching HGTV with my boyfriend and my cat, and he is a rapper who likes to spend his nights answering his hotline and then giving his love to his non-committed lady friends. My greatest takeaway from this is that I feel connected to him anyway, because he courageously shared what was going on inside through his art and it reached me—maybe not in a way he had ever fathomed—but it reached me. So maybe the “Hotline Bling” video is not a doorway into a higher consciousness, but at the very least I think it is safe to say that if we are all truly separate parts of a Divine Whole, then Drake is doing a fantastic job at illuminating the commonalities of even its most disparate parts.


Photo: Wikimedia/Ainouidehallamble/CC-BY-SA-3.0

You Hold the Dog and I’ll Hold the Pizza



This morning I sat down to meditate on a particular question that was troubling me.  It was completely unrelated to my sister Julie or her death, but while meditating I became incredibly emotional as images of her came up in my mind.  I was shown a memory of when I went to visit her in Knoxville, and we had ordered a pizza for dinner.  Her roommate, who was not home at the time, had this beautiful huge Husky named Thor, who weighed about one and half times as much as I do.  We had to keep the dog inside the gate to be able to greet the pizza delivery person, so when he arrived, Julie instructed me to grab the dog by his collar and hold onto him while she paid for the pizza.  As soon as she opened the gate, Thor bolted and blew past the pizza man, tossing me forward and literally leaving me in the dust. He was just too big for me to hold onto.

We loved Thor so we were worried. Plus, we knew her roommate would be furious if she came home and found out we had lost him so we immediately began a search of the neighborhood, on foot.  They lived on this huge hill with a dense wooded area behind the house.  My sister was not a small woman, having been overweight most of her life, so just the trek up and down the hill had her quite winded.  Her weight came in handy, though, when we finally found Thor deep in the thicket behind the house, because she clutched his collar with all her might and dragged him back to the house.  Finally we made it back safely behind the locked gate, all three of us panting and covered in dirt, with twigs sticking out of our hair.  Thor seemed amused, wagging his tail and beaming as if to say, “Now that was a fun adventure! Huh, guys?”

I really wasn’t sure why this memory came up for me so strongly, then I felt the message: as a person who was overweight her whole life, and who struggled with alcoholism for about a third of it, life in this physical system had just overwhelmed Julie, been too much for her to hold onto.  The ordeal with Thor wasn’t funny at the time but now it always  makes me laugh, and I realized there was still so much more adventure for Julie beyond this physical realm.  Life is an adventure for our soul, and this memory coming up was a reminder for me not to take myself so damn seriously.  I had been making things hard on myself regarding that particular issue I sat down to meditate on. I decided to let that go and return to it as part of my adventure, in a spirit of “play” rather than “problem” and I am feeling better about things already.

Cat yoga

Cat yoga

Katrice demonstrating “Downward Cat” pose, or maybe Anahatasana, although her form is better than mine!🙂

I have been trying to capture my cat doing yoga on my mat for weeks now.  Snapping this pic made me really happy, which was fitting because today’s mantra in the series I have been practicing is “I celebrate.”

I haven’t posted in a long time because this past year brought many challenging changes to my life and I am of the mindset that if one doesn’t have something positive to say, then it’s probably best to say nothing at all.  Over the past year, my sister passed away, I moved away from the apartment that I loved, I lost my job and I nearly lost my mother as well.  Integrating these changes has been changing me as a person, molding me into a new shape from the inside out.  What has saved me, mentally and spiritually, is physically molding myself into new shapes via my daily yoga practice.  After such a long hiatus, I felt led to breathe new life into my blog by sharing this series because it has helped me so much.  Below is the video that I did today, and her whole “Yoga with Adrienne” channel is just full of really good, healing, high-vibration stuff.  While this 30 day challenge is ending soon, you can always go back and start from Day 1, or check out the other 30 Days of Yoga challenge she did last year. I have done both and they are just excellent, so much so that I felt I had to post and share.






Granola Treats

  These are supposed to be a little more round, and I was supposed to let them harden a bit in the fridge, but I went ahead and snapped a pic because the last 5x I made these, I couldn’t help myself, and ate a few before I got to my camera.🙂  I’ll eventually redo this post but I just had to share these with you now before one or two went missing! 

You’ll need: 

  • 1/3 cup almond butter or peanut butter (or a mixture of both as pictured here)
  • 1/2 cup of granola cereal
  •  2T raisins or finely chopped dark chocolate
  • 1- 2T honey 
  • Sprinkles
  • 1t vanilla extract (optional)

Mix it all up, except for the sprinkles. Roll into balls. Then top with sprinkles. Let sit in fridge for 30 minutes to harden. Presto! Healthy treats just like that! 
Note: you can refrigerate the mix before rolling into balls to keep your hands from getting so messy, but then it’s harder to get the sprinkles to stick. 

This recipe was adapted from a #fitgirls recipe for chocolate chip cookie doughettes. 

How To Pay Attention When Your Soul is Speaking to You

I went to the bookstore today to buy a book of prayers for a friend. This particular book helped me tremendously to heal the pain of my last relationship. (The book is Illuminata by Marianne Williamson).  While searching, I saw the book above and immediately my whole body was absorbed in waves of electric tingling; I got goosebumps and all my hairs stood on end.  I picked it up and the waves increased as I examined the images on the front and back cover. I felt that now familiar voice of my Inner Divine speaking to me in her way, telling me that I needed to get this book because there were messages inside that I need to read. 

Afterwards, I found Illuminata and made my way to the counter. I had a credit at this store and to my amazement, the total for the two came to that exact amount.

I left the store and began to look through Illuminata, since it has been three years since I last picked it up. Upon opening, I found a prayer that I felt could really benefit my mom so I took a picture of the pages and sent it to her. As I was doing this one of my favorite songs came on and, as if to punctuate the right-ness of all that had just transpired, the last line that rang out in my ear just as I hit send was “my mama taught me how to pray.” (From the song Nobody’s Fault by Rising Appalachia and the Human Experience.) 

She sure did, and it was prayer that taught me how to listen. 💜


Cosmic Cauliflower Bites

This healthy snack is out of this world!

What you’ll need:

1/2 head of cauliflower, florets only

2 eggs

1/2 cup mozzarella

1/2 cup onions, diced

1 TBS dried parsley

3 TBS almond meal

2 TBS corn meal

2 TBS chia seeds

 salt and pepper, to taste

Optional: Poppy seeds and dried herbs of choice, to taste


 How ya do it:

1. Preheat oven to 375°

2. Chop cauliflower and onion in a food processor or blender if you don’t have one (like me)

3. Empty the mixture into a bowl and stir in the eggs

4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the cauliflower and egg, and mix well

5. Roll into balls (approx 1 1/2 inches) and place on greased cookie sheet. Press with a spoon to flatten into rounds.

6. Bake for about 20 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time.


I used a sprinkle of poppy seeds and a pinch or two of fennel seeds and dried sage. 

This recipe was adapted from this: http://potluck.ohmyveggies.com/cauliflower-medallions-chia-seeds/#1MkIv86Rvw4OCA7t.99 

I didn’t boil my cauliflower so the texture came out hearty, tasting a bit like a crab cake!

Happy eating!

How to transfer good energy from your old home to the new

IMG_3006Today was my last day in my old apartment.  I had moved everything out and cleaned it thoroughly for the new tenant, but there was one last thing I felt i needed to do, a closing ritual to say goodbye.  This place carried so much love, and supported me in so many ways, I wanted to be sure I took all of that good energy with me to my new space.  I brought over my favorite candle and chose 5 gemstones from my collection to hold the energies.  I lit my candle and briefly said a prayer, calling in all of my angels and guides of 100% pure light.  I then called back any parts of my spirit that may have been attached to the new place, as well as the spirits of my ancestors and all the good energy there that was mine and asked that it come with me to my new home.  Finally I played the Long Time Sun song to help ensure a harmonious space for whomever calls the space home after me.  I said a thank you prayer and left with my stones and candle.

IMG_3008Once “home” to my new abode, I laid my stones out and once again lit my candle, asking in prayer for the release of all of the goodness into the new space, creating a happy home life within the new walls.

There are many ways to create a sacred space, and many rituals one can perform to close the door on one era of your life and usher in the new.  This was very personal for me and so I just did what I felt my intuition called me to do, which turned out to be very simple but felt right and effective.  The method may be different for you. If you have to change spaces for any reason, know you can ask your inner divine for help and the perfect process will present itself to you.

Here’s to new beginnings and infinite possibilities!


Constructive ways to channel anger

To say this past week has been intense and emotional would be an understatement.  I can’t say I handled it constructively 100% of the time, but I do have some tools in my spiritual toolbox that are healthier than others. When suppressed, anger and frustration can build up in our bodies and cause resentment, or even show up as physical dis-ease if left unchecked for long enough.

My favorite ways to get them out are through doing something physical like dance, exercise or taking my trusty plastic bat and beating the crap out of a cushion or my mattress.  I learned this technique at a yoga workshop and boy, does it work. I usually wear myself out in less than a minute and it’s enough to create some space from the emotion and begin to think more clearly and calmly. 

If this post resonated with you at all, I encourage you to pick up one of these from the kid’s toy section of your local department store so that you’ll be prepared to deal with the anger monster next time you find yourself seeing red.  It’s incredibly cathartic and is the fastest way I know to channel that negative energy. Just please don’t beat on anything that’s not a couch cushion or your mattress! This is supposed to be constructive, not destructive!🙂

Happy releasing!