Moved by Words!

I have to share a line from the book I am currently reading, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

The line ended an invigorating and exciting paragraph at the end of a chapter that swallowed me whole.  Upon reading the line my heart quickened and my life stretched out before me like one huge taunting adventure.  How powerfully moving and emphatically empowering words can be!  I am inspired to do my best to recognize opportunities, walk through doors that open  and “always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation”.

Published in: on May 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm  Comments (3)  
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Amazing Women

Helen Keller said, “I thank God for my handicaps for through them I found myself, my work, and my God.”

Training ourselves to look at our ‘limitations’ as opportunities can be empowering.  Our lives become filled with adventure and freedom.

Published in: on May 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm  Comments (2)  

Love

In response to all the love and support I have been receiving lately, I was inspired to take a risk and express more love.  This can be a scary action, since no one is immune to the fear of rejection. I taught several classes this week around the theme of love.  I was so happily surprised by the number of positive reactions.  The feedback from my students reminded me how important it is to always teach ‘from the heart’.  Authenticity lets your class know that you respect and believe in them.  It is only fair to take some emotional risks in teaching since this is exactly the path we are encouraging our students to take.  The following is the mantra I shared with my classes this week:

I prepare myself to receive and give more love. I prepare myself to receive and give more love.

Published in: on May 27, 2010 at 6:27 am  Comments (2)  
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Ahimsa

Good morning everyone.  Many of you have already been up for hours, but for those who know me, I am not a morning yogi.  The fact that I am writing before noon is risky!  Who knows what I might say before being totally awake 😉  I look at my mornings as an opportunity to practice ahimsa toward myself.

I send a challenge out to you all…..Think of the one thing that you most regularly get down on yourself about.  Do you feel judgment coming from within?  The idea is not to repress the feeling, but instead to experience it and then move on.  Increasing the awareness through observation will give you more choices about your feelings. Do you ever ask yourself, ‘why can’t I just _____’?  Well, my challenge to you is to notice how experiencing your emotions and listening to their messages might change your actions.  Share your experiences or thoughts.  What does ahimsa mean to you and how does it effect your daily experience of life?

Published in: on May 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Dalai Lama Inspires Research

Dalai Lama inspires scientist to study happiness – USATODAY.com

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Published in: on May 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Yogi Mind

Psychotherapy Goes from Couch to Yoga Mat – TIME
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1891271,00.html?artId=1891271?contType=article?chn=sciHealth

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Who said this?

“All truth passes through three stages.  First, it is ridiculed.  Second, it is violently opposed.  Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

Does anyone know who said this?

Published in: on May 23, 2010 at 8:31 pm  Comments (2)  

Yoga Dancers

One of my fellow yogis is also a beautiful dancer.

site.offcenterdance.org

Published in: on May 23, 2010 at 8:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Great movie…

“A life lived in fear is no life at all”… quote from the film Unconditional Love.

Published in: on May 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Good in the World

www.shaktirising.org
“Shakti Rising is a social change organization transforming the lives of women, girls, and the larger community.”  Based in San Diego and making ripple effects in Boise and beyond.  Check it out for a wonderful example of the good in the world.

www.offthematintotheworld.org

“OTM uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grassroots social change. ”  Angela’s personal experience with ‘Off the Mat’ has been life changing and completely unforgettable. Hala, Sean and Susan offer concrete tools to truly make a difference in your community and your chosen path.

www.kidsbranchout.org
Learn all about making a difference as a kid.  It is never too early to influence the world in a positive way!

Published in: on May 23, 2010 at 7:25 pm  Leave a Comment