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I LOVE TO MOVE MY BODY

I love to move my body. When I exercise regularly, I’m a more balanced and level headed human being. When I sweat daily, I feel more mentally and emotionally sound. When I’m in motion, I feel more like myself.

But I get in a rut sometimes, and when I do, it can be hard to get started again. I always remind myself of Newton’s Law of Motion:

An object at rest remains at rest, unless acted upon by an external force. Similarly, an object in motion will stay in motion, unless acted upon by an outside force.

So when I’m not in motion, I know that it will take an extra effort to get up and at it again. For me, there are dozens of ways I love to move my body.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Yoga
  • Dance
  • Walk the dog
  • Hula hoop
  • Hike
  • Swim
  • Play tennis
  • Bike ride
  • Jump rope

When I’m feeling low, it always helps to reach out to a friend and schedule a time to move together. What are some of your favorite ways to move?

 

I AM POWERFUL

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. – Marianne Williamson

Remember that you are powerful beyond your measure and when you allow yourself to shine, you are inspiring others to do the same. This week, admit that you are powerful and pursue your greatness.

I AM A WARRIOR OF LIGHT

I’ve always appreciated the goddess Kali, because she is the holy trinity of a Mother, Lover AND Warrior. This always reminded me that life isn’t all or nothing. You can be sweet AND strong. You can be fierce AND friendly. You can be scared AND brave. You can be a lover AND a fighter.

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In this case, using the mantra: I AM A WARRIOR OF LIGHT helps us access the inner knowing that we are here for a reason. You and I are meant to shine.

So what’s stopping us?

We all have self-limiting beliefs or fears of failure that stop us from shining the light we have within. Now is the time to break the chains and cycles of negativity in order to let your light shine free. These are dark times in the world and life can be scary, so access your inner light and let it shine so brightly that you can see your path ahead clearly.

Be a leader and role model for everyone around you.

An Exercise:

Start in Warrior 2. On an inhale, straighten the front leg and bring your hands to Namaste prayer pose in front of your heart. On your exhale, bend the front knee and send light forward and backward with your palms. Inhale to collect energy in your heart center and exhale to spread that light from within.

For a different experience, try putting your back foot against a wall for a greater sense of stability in your foundation.

I AM COMMITTED TO MY PRACTICE

I should know better than anyone how important it is to cultivate a daily meditation practice. Especially when I feel like I don’t have any free time, that’s when I need meditation the most.

Yesterday morning, I had a few minutes before my first class so I decided to meditate. However, I couldn’t keep my focused for more than a minute. I kept observing how my mind would jump into the future and try to problem solve my schedule conflicts, brainstorm sequences and sponsors for upcoming workshops and run through the to-do list for my wedding.

Every time my mind started to tumble down the rabbit hole of over thinking, I was able to observe myself, without judgment (ok, maybe a little bit of judgment) and bring my focus back to the quality of my breath.

I know that time and space will open and expand when I sit and focus on my breath. With the first quarter of 2015 almost complete, I want to press the slo-mo button on life so I can savor this special time. But truly, the best way to savor the moment is to be fully present in it.

So this week I’m committing to my meditation practice. What are you committing to?

 

 

I BELIEVE IN THE GOODNESS OF PEOPLE

Today’s Mantra is: I BELIEVE IN THE GOODNESS OF PEOPLE!

I’ve always loved the quote by Ernest Hemingway, “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

However, I’m human and sometimes my ego has taken over and I display fear, pride or jealousy…but it’s useless. I know that if I’m going to make progress in my life and fulfill my potential, I need to trust in the goodness of others. Collaboration is key. Learning how to trust is essential.

It’s why I love the word Namaste. This one word conveys the light within me honoring that light within you. It’s a statement that says: “There is a place within each of us that is pure light and love. I see that place in you.”

An Exercise: Partner Yoga

Personally, I love to play with Acro Yoga, especially with friends. Practicing partner yoga can help build trust and confidence in yourself and each other.

One fun and accessible partner pose is Tree! Stand side by side with your partner or friend. Use your arms closest to each other to hold one another around the waist. Use your other hand, furthest away from each other, to grab your outer foot and place it on the calf or inner thigh of your standing leg closest to each other.

Once you feel stable, bring the palms of your outer hands to touch, creating prayer hands together. Feel how much stronger and stable your Tree pose is when you have the support of your friend.

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This week, how can you inspire others and see the goodness in the people around you?

Catch yourself if you have moments of distrust, resentment, jealousy or gossip. Remind yourself: I BELIEVE IN THE GOODNESS OF OTHERS. Hopefully, this will bring out a better energy in yourself and others.

Namaste!