“What you seek is seeking you”
This mantra is a tough one for me. It has a lot to do with trust – trusting yourself, trusting others, trusting the universe. Okay, I know I just said “trusting the universe”. That was super hippie of me, but it’s true. At least for me, I feel that there are certain things in my life that were always meant to happen. Whether I stressed over them or not, they were always going to happen. What I seek is seeking me. What you seek is seeking you. If you want something, like really freaking desire something, it will happen. You will fight for it, dream of it, believe in it, and it will happen. All the stress and anxiety in the world doesn’t make something happen. Dreams, love, hope, hard work, support, dedication…it’s all these things and more that bring you what you desire. Then, sometimes we just have to trust life. There will be little nudges and hints that will show you that your dreams are marching towards you, just as you are marching towards them. Trust these hints, trust in yourself. Continue reading →
Astavakrasana in the snow, on a cliff, with the lake as my backdrop. So good.
*Photo Credit – Lauren Rudick
“Be what feels good.”
I love this mantra. It’s so simple, but so incredibly life-changing. When I read this quote, I was like “Yup, I’m going to do that. I’m going to be what feels good.” Lately, I’ve been mindful of being, or doing, what feels good. Anything that doesn’t feel good I try not to do it, if at all possible. It’s been merely a shift in focus. I’ve started to change my thoughts, and I’m definitely starting to change my world. I can feel myself becoming more relaxed and playful. It’s pretty awesome.
Don’t get me wrong, I have times when I feel so completely overwhelmed with starting my own business, beginning to teach yoga, coordinating the Rogue Yoga series, yoga teacher training, finding time for my personal yoga practice, spending quality time with my boyfriend, being a good daughter/sister/friend…well you get the idea. I could focus on all of these things at once, or I can be and do what feels good – whatever that is for the present moment. For this present moment, what feels good is staying up a bit too late so that I can write for all of my amazing readers (that’s you!).
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“Worry doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.”
This is definitely a mantra that I need to work on each day. I tend to worry about a lot of things, even when there’s nothing that pressing I seem to find something to worry about. I have learned the hard way that worry does indeed take away the peace of today without ever effectively addressing troubles that may lie ahead. This week I am going to try and make more of an effort to be more mindful, present, and worry-free. I’m going to work on enjoying the peace and happiness of each day and let the troubles roll away.
One of the things I tend to worry about is the toxic, chemical-laden, crappy materials that go into cosmetics and health supplements. When I first started researching antiperspirant, I was shocked. For example, let’s look at Lady Speed Stick Antiperspirant Deodorant – Shower Fresh Scent. The ingredient list includes:
- Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex 15.4%
- Inactive Ingredients: Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil; Stearyl Alcohol; Cyclomethicone; C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate; PPG-14 Butyl Ether; Hydrogenated Castor Oil; Hydrogenated Soybean Oil; PEG-8 Distearate; Fragrance; Hydrolyzed Corn Starch; Behenyl Alcohol
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One mantra. Two words. The concept of change is something I have been thinking about a lot recently. Personally, I’ve come to understand that change isn’t necessarily good nor bad. It’s all in our perception of change. I used to hate change. It used to scare the crap out of me, the uncertainty, the unknown. Exactly what I used to hate about change is what I now love, the uncertainty, the unknown. I’m not going to pretend that some changes don’t flat out suck for a while because they do. Break ups suck. Disease sucks. Debt sucks. BUT, often these changes teach us about ourselves, about how we interact with others, and about what we want and deserve in life. I also find change exciting. I love the newness and the adventure. I will definitely admit that I need to work a bit more on contentment than accepting change, but I’ll get there.
This mantra brings me to my change in diet over the last year. Being on this candida cleanse has definitely sucked. At no point during this 6 month (on and off) cleanse have I been super excited about my change in diet. However, it has been hugely helpful and for that I am thankful. I am also thankful for this dietary change because it has shown me that I have more willpower and perseverance than I ever gave myself credit for. Today, I am thankful for this cleanse because it has forced me to create healthier/candida-friendly versions of my favorite recipes, including all my favorite curry recipes. If I had resisted the cleanse I never would’ve created this chicken curry recipe, nor would I be any closer to killing off the yeast in my body. Everything changes, but that doesn’t have to mean that change has to be a negative thing. Our perception of change is crucial.
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“You must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead.”
*Photos by Kathy McNames of Yoga Vermont.
This sounds like some serious hippie mumbo jumbo, I know. Through the years, I’ve heard yoga teacher after yoga teacher utter similar phrases. Until recently I’ve always thought, “Psh easy for you to say.” Then, I started to apply this concept to my daily life.
I am pursuing my yoga teacher certification without having nearly enough money to do so. My head says, “What the freak are you doing? How are you going to afford this?” My heart says, “This is changing your life, keep doing it. It will all work out.”
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