“The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness – even our wholeheartedness – actually depends on the integration of all our experiences, including the falls.” – Brene Brown
I am so grateful I had the opportunity to escape to Sedona this weekend with dear friends. I needed to get away from some stress and spend time with nature and other earth goddesses. Have you ever been to Sedona? The dirt literally sparkles and shimmers, the sounds of nature are better than any meditation CD I have ever found, and I think the red rocks sing and whisper things that can be lost in the wind, but still resonate within the heart. I enjoyed the warm of the sun as I laid on the damp earth, dipped my toes in the cold water, and danced around with my friends. It gave me a lot of time to reconnect with femininity, the intuition of goddess within, and the reassurance of mother. It also gave me a lot of time to think…
“In the end, the only regret the chances we didn’t take.”
I speak about taking chances, being brave, daring to live your dreams, etc. in yoga class all of the time. I often find myself presenting advice to my students that I should be giving myself. Sometimes, the advice is given on purpose, knowing that I learn best when I am teaching, but other times, it is the universe speaking through me. I seriously believe that. Some of the words I share during class are like word vomit. I have no idea where these things come from, but I trust the words wholeheartedly.
Turmeric is one of my favorite herbs. I love the flavor AND it is known to have some great healthy benefits. I seriously tell everyone I know about my favorite morning tonic for bloating that features turmeric and brag about my turmeric lattes. I am obsessed! Plus, I have found that a good powder is just as beneficial as the fresh root, so it is easy to keep stored on hand.
What are some of the awesome benefits of turmeric? Here is an easy chart from Pinterest (because I am feeling a big lazy today)
Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others. - Brene Brown
I have been rather disheartened lately by the overwhelming use of hateful and bullying commentary among strangers, friends, family members, etc. There is a building divide that is continuing to get worse as we fight among each other, eager for our voices to be heard, our opinions to be louder, and our beliefs to be justified. I do not think that this stems from a hateful place in our hearts, but it is becoming the common language. We choose to live in love or in fear. Unfortunately, when we live in fear, we are bound to respond to things in a language that steps far, far away from love and understanding.
I am the strange kind of human who LOVES goals. I love tracking them, re-evaluating them, and completing them. I also enjoy crossing things off my list when I no longer feel the drive or desire to complete them, which is totally cool, btw! I often see that New Year’s resolutions get a bad rep, and I get it. A lot of people (including the old me) make too many crazy, new, and ambitious goals that are often overwhelming. Ambition is good, but when we set our sights on a grand outcome that will take a lot of time to accomplish, we tend to get burnt out. This is why people dump their resolutions pretty quickly and why everyone makes fun of them.
I am blessed by the kindness you have all given to me. Many of you express your gratitude after a great class, show your support continuously, and hold me accountable daily. You, as a student or as a friend, motivate and energize me to prepare my class and life in a way that serves myself, my students, and our community, reflecting an attitude I want you all to embody.
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates
I think change can be intimidating. I think it often feels more secure to cling onto the old, even when it is no longer working or it is no longer serving our needs, than to step into the future without any sense direction. Even when we know our new beginning will offer us more opportunity to thrive, we would rather avoid the painful ending. This is, perhaps, one of the reasons I am most grateful for yoga. I have learned that you must stop fighting and truly let go (of the body, of fear, of expectations), and that's when the magic happens.
Have you ever left a yoga class and thought "wtf just happened?" You feel like you walked into class just fine, but throughout the practice you were completely shaken up, changed, and rearranged on your mat. Usually, this is a bit intimidating or maybe even embarrassing. You think, here I am crying in savasana, again. But there's also this joyous release, this overwhelming realization that you are taking all the right steps to come back to yourself. However, it is small. Some days, the fear of change is going to win and leave you feeling conflicted and burnt out, but hang in there! This is the beginning of your self discovery, just breathe and let yourself take a journey.