It did not happen overnight
and it was not given to me by another.
I am the maker of the happiness and love growing within me.
Boom. This quote. So simple, yet so powerful. “…it was not given to me by another….”
How many times have you looked to someone else to make you feel happy? To make you feel loved?
Taking personal responsibility for our lives is something that is talked about quite a lot in the spiritual community, but like so many parts of our spiritual journey…it’s complicated. Continue reading
This is my work space today…I’m in the Gold Coast visiting family and with 8 adults plus 6 kids running around there hasn’t been much work or me time. The family has all gone to the beach and I’ve stayed behind. I’ll tell you-this little slice of quiet time by the pool feels like a luxurious spa retreat.
One thing I’m devoting time to today is looking to the year ahead. With 2016 wrapping up I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting these past few weeks. At first I was feeling pretty down because while I’ve made some huge strides this year toward what I’ve envisioned for my life, there were some benchmarks that I didn’t get to.
But then I started to look a bit deeper. Continue reading
What is most important to you? Most sacred? Now that we’re smack dab in the middle of the holiday season have you kept that in mind or been swept away with the craziness?
It’s easy to get swept away. SO easy. But, it’s never too late to come back to center.
So what is it that’s most important and sacred to you over the next few days? For me it’s feeling connected to my family. That’s what holidays have always meant for me. Continue reading
*GASP* Family. Shopping. Wrapping. Cooking. Rich foods. Travel. Late nights. Alcohol. Tantrums (from all ages), on and on for weeks and weeks.
It has begun. Well, the holiday season began a while ago, really, but being 5 days out from Christmas you can feel the buzz in the air. It’s palpable. Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, no doubt you are effected by the energy of it. I’d be willing to bet you’ve been barely breathing these past few weeks.
So what do you do?
I always tell my yoga students: you can survive a time without food or water. But how long can you survive without the breath?
Whenever we’re in a heightened state, whether stress or excitement (because guess what? Those both express similarly in the body!) our breath is the thing that can ground us into the moment and signal the body ‘It’s time to relax.’
It’s time to pause before snapping back.
It’s time to let go instead of grabbing for more.
It’s time to connect instead of tuning out. To stay with the hard stuff, the hard people, the shitty situations.
We have the power to completely change everything.
It’s so simple, and yet we forget all the time to breathe deeply and fully. Me included. So, can you find a way to remember? Set a little timer once or twice a day to reconnect with some deep, relaxed breaths? Or some other physical reminder? Like when you get a drink of water or wash your hands?
Take a big breath from the belly up into the chest. Sip in a bit more than you’re used to. It should be so full that when you exhale the air comes rushing out naturally. Right back in with the inhalation. Do this several times minimum. If you can stay with it longer, great! You don’t have to keep going so deep but keep the fullness of the inhalation and the surrender of the exhalation going.
Do it now to practice and tell me how you feel in the comments!
We didn’t know what would happen, we just knew it wasn’t working…
Have you ever made a decision going on faith and didn’t know how it would turn out? It’s a little like jumping out of a plane without knowing how you’ll land. Scary, right?
That’s kinda how it felt when my husband and I decided he should leave his job. It just wasn’t working for our family and we both knew we wanted life to look different. Continue reading
Who’s feeling tired? It’s the end of the year—one that’s been challenging for many of us and I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling it!
I woke up this morning tired after a big weekend. I started getting the kids ready for school and while doing so, I found myself stepping over and around the mess of the house. As I moved through the morning I start to notice my thoughts. There’s frustration, worry, doubt, and fear rolling around like thunder in my mind. I feel my body starting to ache even deeper with exhaustion. I do the school run and as I’m walking back to the the car I notice I’m feeling depressed. Continue reading