Here it is fall again. By the end of summer, I'm usually ready for the slowing down that autumn brings. But, not this year. This year, I'm gearing up to grow and expand as the days grow shorter and cooler.
I recently read a number of articles on how to get the most out of the rest of the year, revitalize those most important New Year's Resolutions and plan for 2020. Well, I'm all about it.
No, I didn't reach some of the goals I planned for 2019. But I'm not giving up. I'm ready to get to work, to grow and expand. And yoga is my super boost to help me along the journey.
You see, yoga requires perseverance, determination, courage and commitment. It's the perfect practice to help us elevate in all areas of our lives because a consistent yoga practice and yogic lifestyle eventually affects every part of our lives.
So, go ahead and strike a tree pose and rise high. Grow, expand. Reach for the stars. You can do it!
Love and Hugs,
The path to success is hardly ever straight. Be willing and ready to make a shift, while finding joy in the journey.
If you're like me, you're full of ideas, but usually feel short on time, energy or resources to launch all those big ideas. It's true that we can't do everything. But it's also true that we are capable of accomplishing extraordinary things. And sometimes all we need is a little extra boost to move in the right direction.
Yoga is my boost. Through yoga, we can realize that our limitations are formed only in our minds. When we begin to train our minds to exchange the thoughts of "I can't" into the thoughts of "I can," we open a whole new world of possibilities for ourselves and others.
Whatever you want to begin or create; however you want to change your life -- make up your mind to start now. Believe that you can.
Bringing your ideas into fruition is possible and most likely a whole lot simpler and easier than sending a rocket into space. And if we can send rockets to space and men to the moon than you certainly can make your dream come true right here on Earth.
So get the faith and get busy. And launch now! The world is ready for your genius.
Lots of Love,
Summer's here; and I'm so giddy in the spirit that my inner child is turning flips.
I don't know about you but the excitement of summer makes me dream bigger and feel like I can fly even higher. I'm taking advantage of all this extra sunlight and energy. So I've got big plans for the summer. How about you?
I'm big on productivity. The more I get done in a day, the more I feel like a rock star. Sure, there are far more important things in life than crossing off items on the never-ending to-do list, but getting through my daily list is always a high priority.
Yesterday, I was fully focused on meeting a deadline I had set for a project. At 5pm, I was close to finishing, but still much further behind than I wanted to be at that hour. I thought, "Why can't I get through this faster? I need this done already." Recognizing my growing impatience with finishing the project, I realized I needed to step away from it for a moment to relax, take a breath and regain my joy for what I was doing.
So I headed to the kitchen for a break and a delicious cup of peppermint tea. As the water began to boil, I pulled out a tea bag and took notice of the quote hanging from the string. It was a quote from Lao Tzu that read: "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." I smiled. So very timely and exactly what I needed.
I sat and quietly enjoyed my tea, thinking about the truth of those wise words. Who am I to rush anything? Everything has its own divine timing; and over that I have no control. We are simply here to play our parts, doing what we can when we can to the best of our ability. Knowing this, we can live at greater ease despite the myriad demands of our lives.
After my tea and lesson from Lao Tzu, I went back to work with a more relaxed and clearer mind. Six hours later, I met my deadline - calmly, peacefully and without hurry just as nature intended it.
The recent synagogue shooting in San Diego, burning of African-American churches in Louisiana, slaying of Christians in Sri Lanka and mass shootings in mosques in New Zealand are heartbreaking reflections of ignorance and hate. Our houses of worship should be places of love, community and devotion where all can feel safe. Instead, the rise of hate crimes and terrorism leaves many feeling unsafe and on edge, wondering whether to bow heads in prayer with one eye open.
No matter what house of worship you attend or don't attend, let's support each other with love and eradicate the ignorance that leads to hate through our loving thoughts, words and deeds. No matter how long the struggle, love will eventually topple hate.
We are one. One race. One Love.
The days are finally getting longer, warmer and sunnier. Our long, patient wait is over. Spring time is finally here! As one with a preference for warmer weather, I couldn't be happier about it.
When spring hits, my mind begins to buzz with possibilities. It seems to be the beginning of the time to go, to do, to get it done, to restart or to begin. Life is beginning to surface again and it makes me feel like living to the fullest. I've got a long, exciting list of things to do and enjoy this season.
What about you? How will you make your life more vibrant this spring?
We fit into the rhythm of the universe. Little is in our control. Even the big, bright star that makes our lives possible cannot control its own ending. So let us release worry and anxiety as much as we can and find peace in strong, steady minds of equanimity throughout the ceaseless fluctuations of life.
Today, let's meditate.
Thinking on today’s #meditationresolution theme of sattva (goodness/purity), I imagine the image of the lotus flower rising beautifully above the mud. Through my practice of yoga and meditation, I strive to rise above the mud of duality and delusion by cultivating more purity of mind and heart. An openness of heart and mind arises. In our openness and surrender, we create a channel for the many blessings of Spirit to more easily flow upon us. How will you add more goodness to your life this year?
Peace and Love,
Here is one of my favorite quotes on abhayam or fearlessness by Swami Sri Yukteswar from Paramahansa Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi." What's the last fear you faced and conquered? And which fears do you plan to conquer in this new year? #autobiographyofayogi #paramahansayogananda #meditation #yoga #heartofloveyoga #abhayam
Anietie blogs about what moves her which is usually yoga, the arts and love.