Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Look Outside

Image compliments of
Here in Vermont, the beauty is just astounding.  The land is known for its explosion of color and this year the reds, yellows, and oranges spring up and transform daily.

I completed my yoga therapist certification in late August!  Woohoo!  This (above) image is actually the spot where I went to do a photo shoot for my business website last week.  It's just a stunning view.  I used to live nearby this spot and it's very powerful and meaningful for me to do work photos there.

I find myself in the midst of many pots on the stove, so to speak.  There are many projects I’m cooking up.  Connections to tend, roots to spread, content to create.  With so many to-do’s to make progress with, it’s easy to feel frustrated with the ebb and flow of family life.  But I am so grateful for my family!  And each dinner hustle that breaks over the dining room table into a moment of shared thanks, our hands clasped, is the heart of life and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

So I take this autumn as a time to reflect on change.

Change is at the heart of our yoga teachings.  Usually, we're trying to hold onto things and fearing change!  However, there is also a competing desire - the desire to enact change in the face of the status quo.

I get frustrated with my stasis... my inability to make all my projects "come true" on my timeline, my inability to shift my daily habits as much as I'd like.  But then I look around and know, deeply, that change swirls around us, constantly.

Observe change.  Bless each day.  Give thanks for life.  

And may the projects unfold in a harmonious manner.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Matter over mind

Image compliments of McGill Packlab
I'm enjoying my lunch.  Wait... am I?

As I packed up the leftovers from dinner last night, I thought, "Hmmm... this might make a good lunch."  Then I picked up the tupperware this morning to find that the "mice" (dear husband) had gotten to it in the night, and there was half as much as was there last night.

I had a sinking feeling this morning that, "It wouldn't be enough."  

One chicken thigh and a cup of sauteed cauliflower.  I threw in some lettuce greens and headed to work.

On my way back to the office from an appointment, I had to resist the urge to get a small soup (ooh - white bean soup - protein - it will be perfect.  It will make my lunch an appropriate amount).

I force myself to slow down and enjoy the food, because if I don't, it will be gone before I know it, and I will be sad.

Instead of bemoaning the "too small" amount of food, I take smaller bites.  I imagine how one chicken thigh could be 30 bites, or 10 bites.  I take breaks.  I chew completely and swallow before having more.

And somewhere along the way I realize, this is just right.  This is just the amount my body needs, not too little at all.

I wonder for how many years (and pounds) thoughts about my body:

  • I'll be hungry later.
  • I need more protein.
  • This isn't enough food.

have been taking the place of the TRUE needs of my mind:

  • I need more relief.
  • I need more downtime.
  • This isn't enough self-care.

Because with a SLOWER, smaller lunch... there actually seems to be no downside.  Matter is satisfied.  It's the mind that needs to be understood, soothed, and given times of rest.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Take a break (for goodness' sake!)

Thanks to Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith at for the inspiration for this technique!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Three tips to fall asleep and stay asleep

Three tips to fall asleep and stay asleep with yoga breathing in bed in under two minutes!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

When it seems like nothing is changing

Image compliments of Everyday Goddess on Pinterest
Currently, I'm manifesting:
- A 100 lb weight loss
- Self-employment as a Yoga Therapist
- Happiness (relief from depression)

Whew!  That's a lot to work toward!  For more on manifesting, go here: Abraham-Hicks

Sometimes it looks like nothing is happening.

I recently purchased a manifesting course from Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield-Thomas.  So many wonderful things have come from learning with and from Denise.  Firstly, I learned the importance of decluttering as a first step in manifesting.  This makes a ton of sense!  You have to free up bandwidth for the new energy/stuff/habits to have room to grow.  So we have begun a house over-haul... cleaning out closets, rooms, setting up exercise equipment, and generally getting rid of things that don't "spark joy".  (Learn more about the Konmari method in this great video: Lavendaire on Youtube).

Part of decluttering, Denise Duffield-Thomas points out, is decluttering our emotions, beliefs, and relationships.  I am a huge believer in therapy repairing and healing relationships, and I'll leave that there without getting too personal.  She asks us to take part in an inner child meditation that had me bawling... as I brought smaller versions of myself into a room and gave them kindness and love.  I am now practicing offering love and care to many versions of myself.  I have pictures of myself at many ages and am working through some exercises in The Inner Child Workbook by Cathryn Taylor using these pictures of myself from when I was younger.

Also, from Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield-Thomas's course, I have reconnected with the importance of affirmations said with feeling and gusto.  I've also learned some great affirmations from Sondra Ray's The Only Diet There Is.

- I deserve to maintain my ideal and perfect weight of 142 pounds.
- It's my time.  I'm ready for the next step.
- I am calm and peaceful.

So as I work all these bits and pieces, when I have time, and build trust and calmness within... what is changing?  So far, it's not my weight.  I haven't weighed in in a while but last I checked, though my clothes are fitting differently, and I'm eating differently, I'm not seeing what I'd like on the scale.  YET!!  Something so big is happening and changing and I feel and I trust it.

I do feel a greater sense of joy and happiness as I unlock this dam of inner love for myself.  As I love myself more, and turn more over to God (as I understand them - more on this later), I'm feeling spacious and peaceful.

I'm able to leave some food on my plate at every meal if I choose.  And, I'm halfway through recording many videos for my video course coming out at the end of the year.  I can't wait to help others, as I've helped myself.

So I hope you enjoy this resource-oriented post and can find something that resonates with you, and inspires you.