From “Should” to “sweet desire…”
Most of us have no problem indulging in things. Come on… What’s your vice? Mid-afternoon latte? After dinner chocolate? Happy hour drink? Yet, what people often report to me about their yoga or meditation practice is that they “should be better about it.” I try as best I can to shift the mindset from “should” to one of sweet desire
From “Should” to “sweet desire…”
With all the sniffles and coughs going around, and the totally insane state of the country, it's time to step up your self care routine big time! It's amazing how our mental state can affect our health, so here's
3 tips for better self care!
The first breath: feel the wealth, the warmth and sweetness this life already holds for you...
Second, Third and beyond breaths: Envision all that you want to create this year. Breath life into each and every dream in your soul right now. See it feel it coming to life in the same way you feel the elements what you already have.
This year has proven that the balance of light and dark is always moving. Politically we close a "summer" of enlightened leadership, and tomorrow we'll enter a "winter" where the leadership holds few of our values. This means we are on our own. But when the lights go out, we reach out more intentionally to find each others' hands to hold.Read More
It's so easy to get wrapped up in our next step that we forget to enjoy the moment of taking that step. For me, my morning commute is a perfect example. I jump on the train, and all I am thinking about is getting to work. It's almost as if my mind is already at work and I'm just waiting for my body to arrive to join. I am not present in this moment.Read More
Dvesa is an obstacle (klesha) in the way of freedom. It is our avoidance of pain. I noticed during the spring month of April that I had a lot of internal rules that helped steer me clear of things which even remotely reminded me of past pain or echoed possibility of pain. I'm, at times, too good at learning. Having built up a stockade of "don'ts" I realized this month it was time to tear them down and let myself walk into fires that once burned me.Read More
The difference between surviving and thriving is almost always in the perspective. It’s in what type of breath you are taking in. Are you gasping in short shallow breaths to serve only the purpose of the moment? Or, can you breathe in big, and ride the moments like a wave – whether tumbling inside it, gliding on it’s crest - always with a laugh just because you are in the ocean at all!?Read More
his theme has been alive in my life very actively the past few months. I used to think that in order to maintain good relationships or connections with the people in my life I needed to empathize with them no matter what the emotion. In this way I attracted a lot of negative energies (insecurity, jealousy, anger, ext.) into my life. Instead of trying to counteract these people and their emotions with joy and kindness I got bombarded with my own load of negativity for no reason at all but to simply be accepted by others!Read More
About a week ago, I was having a rough morning. Just one of those mornings where everything is going wrong: the weather was terrible, my dog ran through mud and was a mess, I was running late, and then I JUST missed the subway. As the doors shut in my face, part of me wanted to scream. In my head, I was blaming the train conductor for not waiting two more seconds, cursing the guy who was taking forever to swipe his metro card...slipping farther and farther into a bad mood. Pretty much the opposite of loving kindness.
It's been amazing to me as I've been practicing quieting down my mind just how much it's filled with. I thought it would just be the day to day, what I had to do later, that my leggings were too small for me, was I sitting too close to the person next to me. When I close my eyes and center before class, it's so much deeper. They are sounds have been filling myself with my whole life.
There’s a lot of background noise. From the city streets to the mumble of thoughts and worries in your head. Trucks belt out their gas guzzling roar, clashing music wars, arguments and conversations, thousands of people in short radius, talking, thinking, sending out frequencies to interrupt your clear personal connection to your inner peace.
I can’t change the past, nor should I want to. But I am trying to grow through this fitful night of struggle. I’m pushing at the edges of my cocoon in order to bust out and make major breakthroughs in a particular area that I’ve struggled with for over a decade now.
I spent the first 25 years of my life living in Montreal. It's the place I consider home and, for so many reasons, it's a city that I hold really close to my heart. That said, If you've never had the chance to travel there in the winter, I will tell you that for eight months of the year the city freezes over and becomes hellishly, intolerably cold. So cold that when I visit, I can't imagine how day to day life continues in those conditions.Read More