Modern Sacred Circle Podcast, Season 1, Episode 1: Opportunity

As most of you know, I host women’s circles and train other women how to host circles of their own. The format that I’ve been using and teaching is lovingly referred to as the Modern Sacred Circle. It’s pretty simple but really specific. We gather, establish our agreements, define our conscious communication, intentionally open the circle and then one at a time, each woman answers three questions. Then we close the circle intentionally and go back out into the world feeling seen and supported.

As a way to share this Modern Sacred Circle format with more women, and to connect my online community with my in life community, I created a weekly podcast. Today, I am so excited to share the first episode of the Modern Sacred Circle podcast in an effort to provide listeners with the tools and resources to host a circle of their own.

Each week I invite two different guests to join me and together we consciously communicate about a topic of the week. For this first episode, I invited two of my close friends and collaborators, yoga teacher and surfer, Mary Haberski, and postpartum doula and early childhood specialist, Raffi Dobles, to discuss the topic of Opportunity.

Circle Questions:

  1. What is one thing you’re proud of?
  2. Spend 1 minute exploring Fear / 2 minutes exploring Opportunity
  3. What are 3 things you’re grateful for?

Please click here to listen. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast, rate and review us on itunes, and please share it on facebook and instagram with the hashtag #ModernSacredCircle.

Special thanks to my guests Raffi and Mary. Join me again next week when I discuss the topic Nourishment with actress and activist, Johanna Watts, and healthy food chef blogger, Emma D’Alessandro.

Mantra Tuesday (!?)

I normally send out this post on a Monday with a Mantra, which was: I deserve time to myself.

So I took a Monday morning hike instead of heading directly to the studio office. I thought it would be a good way to start my week after hosting a three day women’s leadership training.

After reaching the peak of the hike, I was feeling really good. I was boosted with endorphins, wearing my Strong As A Mother t-shirt, and started to jog.

I know I’m feeling good when I start to jog on a trail.

I was peaking with physical and emotional confidence.

I slowed around a corner and saw two women. One of whom said, “Excuse me. Can you help us?”

Of course I said YES!

Long story short, one woman had broken her ankle and needed help down the last mile of the trail.

Feeling strong and confident, I introduced myself and kicked into my CPR training mode. I reverted back to my wilderness leadership experience in Australia when I was a teen. I thought of the time a man fainted at a waterfall in Honduras. I remembered my emergency training and…

I became the leader.

I put her on my back, her friend carried all the bags, and we slowly walked down the Santa Monica Mountains together as three strong women helping each other.

We were passed by young men, older men, other women, until finally one woman who was leading 10 kids asked if we were ok. Granted, we could have asked for help if we needed it, and…

Of all the people we passed, it was another woman (leading children) who asked if we needed help.

(Take a moment to breathe with that.)

We assured her we were ok because we were. We finally made it to the road. Granted, I used up a bit more time (and energy) than I had expected, and that’s ok. So I didn’t get to writing the Monday Mantra yesterday. But that’s ok too. I got my time to myself AND I was also able to help someone else.

I guess it’s just what I needed after all.

Now today’s Tuesday Mantra is: I’m as strong as a Mother!

Today’s Mantra: I am an instrument of my purpose

Today’s Mantra: I am an instrument of my purpose.

We each have a purpose, a voice, and a light that must shine.

What’s your purpose?

Are you using your voice? Do you want to build confidence speaking in public or leading a yoga class, meditation, or mantra?

I am here to help.

I see you. I see your power. I see your potential. I see the fierce leader inside of you. She just needs practice. Being a positive role model requires leading by example.

Your voice deserves to be heard.

These are dark times and the world needs you to shine. Because when you’re shining, you inspire others to do the same. Each of us has something special that the world needs.

No more excuses.

There’s no time to be shy. Step up. I’m here for you.

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In the meantime, keep shining and reach out if you have any questions or comments. I always love to hear from you.

Did I mention, Mantra Monday is BACK!!!

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Now I’m also adding the video to increase the online conversation. I want to know which mantras resonate with you.

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Affirmations to Ease Anxiety During Pregnancy (VIDEO)

Congratulations!

You have officially begun the amazing journey of motherhood. Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fifth, there’s one thing you can know for sure – to expect the unexpected. Women have literally been having babies since the beginning of time. Yet that doesn’t make it any less intimidating for first time mommies. Just like anything new, there are expectations, surprises, hopes, and fears, so I want to share a tool I successfully used to ease anxiety during my twin pregnancy.

Of course, pregnancy can be exciting and empowering, but let’s face it, sometimes the idea of growing a baby inside of you (and getting it out) can be downright scary too. Not only is your body changing, rapidly, but your life as you know it is also about to completely change too. There are some things in life you just have to experience to understand; and pregnancy is one of them.

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For me, I was surprised to learn that I got pregnant on my honeymoon. After my first doctors visit, I was absolutely shocked to find out that I was having twins. Most people asked me if I did IVF or if twins run in my family. The answers were no and no. It was just one of life’s hilarious plot twists. But having twins automatically classified my pregnancy as “high-risk,” and a lot of concerns I never expected came up. So naturally, my husband and I were excited, but to be honest, we were also a little overwhelmed.

Personally, I’ve been using positive affirmations and mantras to help quiet the anxious and nagging voice in my mind for years. I love using the Ganesh Mantra and other affirmations to elevate my consciousness. So it was only natural for me to use affirmations during my pregnancy. It actually felt even more powerful because not only was I affecting myself, but the two beings growing inside of me.

The process of picking my affirmation is pretty straightforward. If I found myself stressing about a particular topic, for instance, whether my children were going to be healthy or not, I took my concern and flipped it around into a positive statement.

For instance, “My babies are happy and healthy.” This statement is the positive opposite of my fear that something would be wrong with them or me.

Then, I got into a comfortable position, rested my hands on my belly, and silently repeated my affirmation with every breath.

Inhale: I am happy and healthy.
Exhale: My babies are happy and healthy.
This can work for most concerns. If I’m worrying about finances and wondering how I’m going to afford all the expenses that come from having two children at once, I might choose to use the affirmation:
Inhale: I am open to receive the abundance of the Universe.
Exhale: I know that all my needs are met.
Whatever affirmation you choose for yourself, repeat it until you believe it. Or at least until you feel tension melt from your body. The important thing is to become aware of your thoughts and notice when you’re sliding towards fear or negativity. Without judgment, pause, take a deep breath, and replace your fearful thoughts with your positive affirmation.

May your journey into motherhood be a blessed one.

I am my choices.

We all make a million choices a day.

What time do you wake up?
What’s the first thing you do with your day?
What do you (or don’t you) eat for breakfast?
Do you exercise?
How do you show up at work?
Who do you spend the most time with?

And on, and on, and on…

These choices don’t only affect what we do, but they actually determine who we are.

YOU ARE YOUR CHOICES.

Are you proud of them? Are you proud of yourself?

The older I get, the more seriously I take my choices. I used to make dumb choices and regret them afterward. But now I know that each choice is a sign of my character and affects my future.

So I choose to make choices that I am proud of.

What are some of the best choices you’ve ever made?

 

I am grateful for everything!

When we start to observe the world with a grateful heart, we begin to realize that there is an infinitude of things to be grateful for.

That’s why I’m hosting a 21 day Gratitude Challenge on Instagram

from November 1st – November 21st with lots of winners!

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$100 first prize
$50 second prize
$25 third prize

And two individuals will win yoga mats from Affirmats!

The daily rules are super simple:

1. Post: “I am grateful for ____________” (fill in the blank).

2. Use any photo. Any expression of gratitude.

3. Use the hashtag #iamaffirmative & mention/follow all sponsors @gigiyogini @yogaoutlet @affirmats (do not tag the photo with sponsors names, mention in the text of the photo).

See you on instagram!

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I am perfectly imperfect

I’ve never been a fan of the idea of perfection.

It seems like an unfair expectation in a world where everything and nothing is perfect, all at the same time.

There are no perfectly straight lines in nature. Not even the planet earth is a perfect sphere. Why do we strive for perfection if we are all naturally imperfect?

Last night I finally looked up the definition of perfect and it said: “having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics.”

…and I thought, according to who? Who is desiring all the required elements, qualities or characteristics? What is the standard? Who defines what is desirable?

But then I saw this extended definition of perfect: “to make (something) completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such a condition as possible.

…and I had to laugh. The definition of perfection is inherently imperfect. According to this definition, something is still perfect if it’s as close to being completely free from defects as possible. 

So here’s my question, if it’s IMPOSSIBLE to be PERFECT, does that mean we’re still PERFECT since we’re as close to being PERFECT as we can POSSIBLY BE?

I feel like I’m Dr. Seuss with that question, but seriously.

I know I’m not “perfect” or completely free from “faults or defects” by many standards. I know this because my mind wanders and worries at times. My facial features are asymmetrical and sometimes I have clogged pores. My body has bruises, veins and dimples. But what if symmetry, small pores, and porcelain skin are not my desired qualities. What if this is the best I can possibly be?

Am I perfect?

To this my answer is: YES! I AM PERFECTLY IMPERFECT.

Or in other words…I AM PERFECT.

I Choose Consciousness

Consciousness is the state or quality of awareness.

I choose to practice awareness of the behaviors and habits of my mind and the way my mind reacts to the world around me.

It helps me feel like I’m in the drivers seat of my life rather than the passenger seat.

For too long I let my mind control me. Negative thoughts would overwhelm me and I’d have repetitive thoughts that I couldn’t shake. Now, with consciousness, and compassion, I can observe my mind’s habits and control my mind to be more forgiving, proactive, focused and relaxed.

I’m not seeking “perfection.” I practice presence.

All My Needs Are Met

I am so blessed, and truly overwhelmed with gratitude, that all my needs are met. I have a roof over my head, clothes on my body, and food in my belly. That’s more than many people can say.

Sometimes we get stuck thinking too much about what we want, but do you have what you need?

When I realize how lucky I am to have all my needs met, it makes me more a generous and compassionate human being. This positivity shifts my energy to be a magnet to attract more goodness and abundance in my life.