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Day to Day Resolutions

I was in San Jose for Thanksgiving weekend and I am so glad I decided to go! I was doubting my decision to travel because I felt like I had SO much to do down here!! BUT while on my trip, I realized that taking this time away from home was very similar to setting a new resolution for myself.
Essentially, I had the time to relax and reflect upon my life. I began to notice what areas of my life were taking up more energy, and/or where might I have been lacking attention for myself.

Well, for those of us who don’t have the opportunity to travel or take time off, New Year’s is just around the corner!! And for many of us it is a time to re evaluate our priorities and lifestyle choices. My question is: Why wait for the new year?

Our health, social life, relationships, work, finances, home and self improvements, etc. are all things that affect us on a day to day basis. Unexpectedly we get so caught up with life and we put our health on the back burner. The next thing you know, the holidaze are just around the corner, we become ill or eventually we wait for New Year’s to roll around to make our new resolutions!

*What was so enlightening about this trip was that it helped me to see that the intentions I create for myself on a daily basis, “fasting”, and/or taking time to reflect quarterly throughout the year helps me to stay balanced and on top of my game much easier than if I were to do it, lets say once a year.

So I wanted to offer you a couple tips and reminders of how we can stay balanced throughout the year, by creating day to day resolutions for ourselves, without getting burned out!

* To set goals for yourself that are realistic, and ones that you can accomplish in the next couple weeks to months. Keep it simple. From there, you can continue to build upon your goals taking them to the next level. When you are able to accomplish goals whether small or large, you will most likely want to continue on your path towards health and optimal living.

* When we set our intentions whether that is day to day, weekly, or even monthly it helps us to focus more on whats happening in the present moment rather than setting unrealistic goals for ourselves that we have been struggling to accomplish for years. Learning to change unhealthy habits and patterns have taken many years to develop and may take some time to work through. Remember that it is a continuous work in progress and to be patient and compassionate with yourself.

* Wherever we place our attention, that part of our life will grow. Whether that is a positive action or negative one, it will begin to flourish. Many times we get caught up on what we aren’t able to do, and forget all the great work that we have done. So remember to take time to give yourself a pat on the back and thank yourself!! We deserve it!

* Vision Boards are a great way to affirm your intentions. To say aloud, share with others, or see your creation on paper can be very empowering and can help us in keeping our commitments.

* A book I highly recommend is from one of my teachers, Rod Stryker. The book is called The 4 Desires and is based on the Yogic Theory of keeping the 4 Desires og Life in balance. They are Kama( Desires), Dharma ( “work”), moksha( our spiritual goals), and artha( finances).

Rod Stryker talks about how most of us are driven by fear and that if we want to change something in our life, we have to implement new patterns in replacement of the old one. One tool that he offered was to create a new habit or pattern you’d like to implement in your life, and whenever you find yourself repeating the old habit, instantly replace it with the new one!

*Make a commitment and trust that everything is unfolding in divine timing. Eventually the stress of having to MAKE it happen will diminish. When you come from a relaxed place, there will be more room for you to enjoy the process rather than focusing so much on the goal.

I hope this helps you as much as it has been helping me!!

Blessings on your journey!
May the light be with you!

November 28, 2012 1 Comment
peace in solidtude

Searching for Peace

“To be or not to be. That is the question…”

Shakespeare couldn’t have said it any better.

Lately that is where I find myself, at a crossroad between the external realm and all its demands ( business, work, social life, community involvement, etc) with the practices that keep me sane( yoga, mindfulness, exercise, stillness, nature, routine, etc). And trying to find the balance between these two worlds.

It’s quite easy to be “blissed out” when you’ve got the time to practice, but what about when there’s so much to do, the thought of sitting still just makes you anxious!
How? In the midst of all the busy-ness and having to get things done, can we maintain our peace of mind and physical well being?

The other night on our monthly full moon hike, my friend Christine Petit led us through a silent mindfulness meditation walk. I was really looking forward to it because my life these days have been pretty non stop( I’m sure I’m not the only one). That particular evening, I was on the search for silence, nature, and peace.
Well, when we started our walk, let me tell you! It wasn’t easy. My mind was racing with thoughts and I was feeling quite anxious about having to walk so slow. To be honest, quite frustrated. I wasn’t used to walking at a slower pace. And these days with trying to get things, done. In the back of my mind, I think I just wanted to get through it!Like everything else! So, I sat with what was presenting itself and I walked on staying connected with my breath and each step that I took. *A step most of the day that I may take for granted.
About 20 minutes later, I felt a shift! My breath became easy and I felt a lightness all over my being. It was as if I forgot I was walking. I was completely absorbed in the moment and wasn’t doing anything, but just being.
I awoke the next day fully refreshed and with a new perspective on life!

This walk definitely inspired me once again to slow down and let things “just be”. Life isn’t always about trying to get anywhere, but more about being fully engaged and present with what’s in front of you, in that moment. Our culture is so goal oriented, that we may constantly feel like we have something that we must accomplish. It’s almost as if we are always waiting for something to happen, when its already happening!

How to find Peace

*The next time you are going about your day, take a moment to check in with yourself. Are you rushing about trying to just get things done? And is there any way that you can give your full attention to the current activity at hand? This alone might be enough to fully nourish you and get you out of your busy mind. When we are fully focused on one object or activity we become so absorbed with it, we become one with it. This is called Dharana ( concentration) One of the 8 Limbs of Yoga.

*It’s also important to maintain your daily routine (exercise, tea in the morning, daily abhyangha, etc) and be consistent, and do it well. This will keep you grounded and centered, even a midst all the chaos that might be surrounding you.

*Remember to take a moment to s~l~o~w down and b~r~e~a~t~h~e. Our breath is a reflection of our mind state and it is directly linked to our nervous system. Yogi’s understand that if they want to calm the mind, first calm the breath!

So, to be or not to be: I choose to be!
Cuz’ that’s the only way to peace!

May we all be at Peace
Hari Om