Posts Tagged "yoga"

The Jewel Within

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Journal | 1 comment

The Jewel Within

A master thief waited his whole life to acquire the most beautiful diamond in the world. When he heard it had been purchased, he spent three days trying to steal the rare jewel. He failed.   Finally, the thief walked right up to the owner and asked, “How did you hide this precious jewel from me?”   To which the owner replied, “I placed it where I knew you would never look- in  your own pocket!” -Gangaji This is a story about the never-ending search outside of ourselves for fulfillment. We believe that the perfect career will bring us purpose or the right relationship will bring us the love we so desperately desire. I explained to my yoga classes this week that you don’t walk into a yoga studio and get served peace on a silver platter. The studio and the practice are not actually giving you anything at all. What I mean by this is that they are not handing something over to you that you didn’t have access to before. The practice holds space for you to connect to the peace that is already within you. At the heart of this story is the truth that when we pause and explore within we realize that what we’ve been searching for has been inside of us the whole time. You are already that which you are searching for. One of the reasons why I love the yoga practice so much is because it is a reminder to return my attention within and unhook from external distractions. The practice is a space for me to connect to myself and connection to self is connection to Divine/God/Source/Creator. Use whatever language you feel comfortable using to name the energy, or perhaps there are no words and it is a felt presence that you connect to. This presence is the source of your fulfillment. This does not mean that your relationships, career, and other aspects of your life are not important. It does mean that when you feel the energy of love, or joy, or purpose well up inside of you, it is because the jewels within are being activated by another person or the experience you are having. The external is not the cause of the internal. Rather, the external is the trigger for what you already have within. As long as you are searching for the jewel outside of yourself it cannot be found. It is through connection to Divine, which you access through yourself, that you begin to experience the truth that you have everything you need within. This is why the diamond was, is, and will always be in your own pocket! The wisdom, the grace, the trust, the purpose, the love, and the happiness is already within you. Nothing more is needed to receive these precious jewels except your willingness to deepen your connection to self. Knowledge of self is knowledge of God. Mindful exploration: The next time you find yourself searching for peace in a yoga studio (or any other jewel outside of yourself), pause, and direct your attention inward. Ask your body to show you where peace lives. Breathe into that space, value that space above anything else, cultivate a relationship with the peace within. Know that you are that which you are searching for…I AM Peace, I AM Love, I AM The Light....

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Life is Good to You- All You Have to do is Ask!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Journal | 0 comments

Life is Good to You- All You Have to do is Ask!

Asking for help or speaking our needs can be a challenge for many of us. Before we can do this, we have to feel comfortable with being vulnerable enough to vocalize our need for support. It’s when we open ourselves up to support that we find that we receive exactly what we need. True strength is in our ability to get vulnerable and simply ask. When we think about asking for help, we typically think about asking friends, family or perhaps coworkers. Have you ever thought about asking LIFE for what you need/want? Louise L. Hay says, “As I say yes to life, life says yes to me!” I agree with Louise. The Universe will always rise up to meet you to give you exactly what you need. There is likely a part of you that is resistant to trusting fully in this. So, let me break it down further. There is a difference between attaching to the way that your need/desire is satisfied, and focusing your intention on the energy that you’d like to manifest in your life. For example, rather that attaching to winning the lottery, focus your intention on creating more financial abundance in your life. Through this, you connect to the way that you will FEEL when this blessing comes into your life. Through releasing any attachment to the way it happens, we open ourselves up to the limitless possibilities for how our need/desire will manifest. What you decree will be, which means that energy follows intention. The practice of asking life for what you desire is just as much about trust in this process as it is about vulnerability. “As I say yes to life, life says yes to me!” -Louise L. Hay My yoga practice recently has been focused on mantra and connecting words to breath and breath to body/mind. I inhale what I want to draw in/what I need more of in my life, and I exhale what I can clear out to make more space for what I’m calling in. I feel the way the energy of the words shift the vibration in my body. Earlier this week I was feeling like I was on a bit of a roller coaster, so my mantra was (Inhale) I AM grounded, (Exhale) I AM FREE FROM uncertainty. Placing the “I AM” before the words helps me own the words as a part of me. I invite you to give yourself permission to ask life for what you need/desire. You may be surprised by what you receive! Mindful Exploration: Sit comfortably and deepen your breath. Follow your breath as it flows in and out of the body. Ask yourself, what do I need right now (in body/life)? And what can I release to create more space for my intention to flow in? Connect to the energy that you would like to invite in, rather that the way you want it to happen (ask for financial abundance vs. asking to win the lottery). Inhale, I AM…; exhale, I AM FREE FROM… Examples: I AM financially abundant; I AM FREE FROM financial worry I AM grounded; I AM FREE FROM uncertainty I AM compassionate; I AM FREE FROM criticism I AM joyful; I AM FREE FROM heaviness I AM at peace; I AM FREE FROM...

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Spring Awakening

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Journal | 0 comments

Spring Awakening

Now’s the time of year when we have the opportunity to draw in the energy of rebirth. We spring clean in mind, body, and spirit to release the patterns and habits that no longer align with our truth. In turn, we move forward along a more clear path. You may feel the desire to spring clean in your physical space- sorting through the clutter and creating a clean, fresh environment. I’ve been feeling some of the sludge that showed up during the winter months start to move and clear from my body with a new sense of ease. Whether we realize it or not, we are all feeding off the energy of the season. We’re sorting through our ‘stuff’, both physically and emotionally. We’re checking in with all aspects of our lives and separating the elements that align with our truth from the elements that no longer do. By releasing the attachment to what’s in the ‘junk’ pile, you make more space to manifest what IS in line with your truth. What are you birthing into your body and/or life this season, and what must you let go of in order to make space for it to blossom to fruition? Think of when you plant flowers in your garden. If you plant them too close together, they won’t have enough space to reach their greatest potential. The clearer we are in body, mind and spirit, the easier it is for us to manifest our dreams. Support yourself and your process by drawing in the energy of the season- hope, light, joy, clarity, ease, and beyond! Allow this process to be as ease-full as the process through with nature comes back to life. There is no forcing or struggle about it. If you are in need of support in moving the clearing process along, here are some tips: Move your body- practice yoga– the more clear you are in body, mind and spirit the easier it is to manifest. Play outside- soak up the warmth of the sun, connect to your inner child and have fun. Be still- breath and stillness are the medicine for the spirit. Receive support- healing sessions treat the whole person and are one of the best ways to ‘spring clean’ on the...

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Transformation: Choose Your Path to Healing

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Journal | 0 comments

Transformation: Choose Your Path to Healing

Have you ever found yourself in a confrontational situation and felt the energy intensify? Have you every made the conscious decision in this type of situation to remove yourself, catch your breath, re-center, and then step back in? We make these choices all the time in yoga. When a pose becomes challenging and you come up against your edge, you have a choice to make. You can choose to stay in the middle of the experience that the pose is creating by breathing through it, or you can make a conscious choice to remove yourself, recover, reconnect with breath and return in once again. One of yoga’s the greatest offerings is that it gives us an opportunity to explore the balance between compassion and bravery. Both bring incredible amounts of transformative energy. In choosing to back out of a pose when it becomes uncomfortable, we strengthen the muscle of compassion…self-care and love, yet when we choose to stay in the midst of challenge we connect to an incredible amount of bravery and courage that resides within. The key in making the choice that best serves you is AWARENESS. Awareness is the foundation upon which healing is built. We must first become aware of the need to change or make a shift before we can move forward with it. The only place where awareness lives is in the present moment and the only place the body lives is in the present moment. By submerging your awareness into the body, you have the ability to listen to its wisdom and offer it exactly what’s best in each moment. Every moment is different and every person’s experience in each pose is different. This is where you get to choose compassion and honor what your body is asking for without judgment or criticism. Once awareness in the body is established, we may make a conscious choice to dig deep for more bravery and venture into the unknown. Awareness + Unknown = TRANSFORMATION If we always choose to remove ourselves from challenge, whether on or off the mat, we cannot move forward. The space between your edge and transformation is the unknown. When we choose to breath through the unknown and draw in bravery and trust, our experience with the unknown becomes one of ease, hope and positivity. Completely balancing bravery & courage, we have… Awareness + self-care/love = TRANSFORMATION If we always choose to stay in the midst of challenge, even when our bodies are telling us to back away, we create a struggle. This struggle can manifest as tension in the body, breath, or mind. If we are unable to release the struggle through breath, we have a beautiful opportunity to heal ourselves through self-love and care by backing out to clear away the energy of struggle and returning with more clarity. The beauty of all of this is that you find bravery in compassion and compassion in bravery…the two are not separate. We live in a world where doing is greatly valued, so it can be difficult to step away from a project or situation, especially without finding judgment or criticism waiting for you on the other side. It can take an immense amount of bravery to choose compassion by taking care of YOU. Likewise, when we are in the center of challenge, on the mat or off, we are typically in some form of unknown territory. The way that we choose to relate to the unknown will create our experience. When you choose to wrap the experience in compassion and love, you choose the route of healing, trust, positivity and hope. May each one of you reading this connect more deeply to the bravery and compassion that live within, and may their energy’s shine on your life experiences. Namaste,...

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