Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said: " one can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." Alice In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
When you wake up, what are the first things you think? Is it a to do list of your day, a recap of yesterday, a commentary on why and how you are going to handle today's events? Or, do you imagine all the amazing things that could happen today, tomorrow or next year? Do you wake up believing the impossible could happen today?
I will bet most of us don't do that last sentence much. But why? Are we so focused on achievement and accomplishment and survival that we never imagine impossible things?
"Don't you dream impossible things?" Unknown
I LOVE the idea of practicing imagining 6 impossible things before breakfast. What a great way to start the day! Some of the best moments and most fulfilling parts of our lives come from impossibility turned into possibility. If we never dare to dream, dare to imagine, dare to be bold - we won't know now will we. Yes, there's the potential for tons of pitfalls here and definitely the potential for disappointment but what if - what if it all could come true? What if your dream, no matter how impossible it seems in this moment, were to come true?
"Things are only impossible until they are not." Jean Luc Picard, Patrick Stewart
This month we are focusing on self love and I think a very big part of self love is dreaming BIG, allowing ourselves time to imagine the impossible, to write it down, to ask the universe for it, to believe that just maybe it can happen. So how about you join me for a little challenge - practice imagining just ONE impossible thing every day this month. Believe that ONE impossible thing can happen. See what happens when you start to practice believing the impossible? It just takes practice.
Now, give yourself a big hug and repeat after me...I believe in the impossible!
See you on the mat!
"The light in me sees and recognizes the light in you." Traditional Yoga Greeting
Namaste. It's the traditional greeting you will often hear in yoga classes at the end of practice. But many people don't really understand what it means. It's all about connecting, acknowledging, and respecting the beauty of another person. It's about being present and saying I see you and you are beautiful!
It's profound and it's one of the things that really captured my attention when I first began yoga. As my practice has developed, so has my understanding of this phrase and all that it encompasses. When I say it - I mean it. I see you for the beautiful and amazing being that is you!
"Nothing can dim the light that shines within." Maya Angelou
This week I reached out to someone I knew and asked them to share why they chose to do yoga with me. What is it about me and my teaching that really inspires them to keep coming back? I wasn't looking for affirmation, I was genuinely curious!
Her response was from the heart, deep, and beautiful to read. What she loves about my yoga and my teaching is my authenticity, my realness, my accessibility, my vulnerability. I read it and cried. All of us - and I can say that without hesitation - undervalue who we are and the effect we have on the world. We often don't know who we really are and most of the time don't "feel" that way about ourselves. I know I don't.
This month is about changing that. This month we are focusing on looking at ourselves with love, admiration, and respect the way we would look at another beloved friend or loved one. This month we are all about giving ourselves the BIGGEST HUG and saying - You are AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, DIVINE and your light is BRILLIANT!
"It only takes one spark to light a fire within you." Unknown
ILLUMINATE Reconnect to the light inside. Feed and nourish your light. Help it grow and give it what it needs. Illuminate. Shine bright, shine your light, illuminate yourself and your world with your beauty!
Join me this month for our very first annual SELF LOVE SEPTEMBER celebration! Connect, explore, shine.
See you on the mat!
P.S. If you are looking to dive deeper, we have a beautiful @ Home Illuminate Self Love Yoga Retreat available on https://theyogaranger.vhx.tv along with a lovely self love practice calendar + journal prompts! I would love to have you join us!
"The smallest change in perspective can transform a life. What tiny attitude adjustment might turn your world around?" Oprah Winfrey
I needed an attitude adjustment, a change in perspective, a shaking up of sorts.
I knew it and I was ready. So, I took a break (the first one in over 3 years) to retreat to my favorite little getaway with my family. We read, sat, giggled, painted, discussed deep subjects, chased butterflies, sniffed flowers, followed quail, watched snails move and generally spent time being 100% present in the moment with each other.
It was bliss. And when the day came to return home, I felt lost. Back to it I thought. But then I took a moment and thought - what did I learn here and what can I do to take this same sense of bliss back with me and integrate it into my daily life?
"Perspective: What you see not only depends on what you look at, but also, on where you look from." James Deacon
So I thought and thought and I came up with a list of things I learned and I made a list of what I could bring back with me into my life. I arrived home with a new attitude and a new perspective. Things I used to think were boring or irrelevant suddenly meant so much more. Tasks and chores I used to just "do" now came with a smile and a sense of how every single thing is special and valuable. I baked and cooked and cleaned and I did it with this beautiful sense of lightness. I committed to living each day as if I was still on retreat and it's been a life altering change.
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." Henry David Thoreau
I hate to grocery shop. I know - that fell out of nowhere, right? The crowds, the sensory overload, the planning, the reading EVERY single product for details. It's often the least favorite part of my week. But, when I got back and applied what I learned on retreat, here's how I saw it.
I am lucky to have options when I shop - so many things to choose from - and many of them organic, fair trade, local. I am honored to select foods and supplies to feed and nourish my family helping them grow and flourish. I am blessed to live in a place where such bounty exists. I am uplifted to know that when I choose products wisely I support those who grow, harvest, and produce these items. I am thrilled that I have access to education on how to eat better and am able to read labels and choose what is right for me and my family.
PERSPECTIVE. Flip your script. It's not about what is there - it is how YOU see it. It's about gratitude and presence and so much more.
I came back with a renewed sense of family and how much I ADORE these people in my life. I returned with the desire to connect on a deeper level with my family, friends and community. I came home with a passion for living my life to its fullest, richest, craziest and to filling my life with more moments to step back, breathe, and just BE.
This is change. What about you? What kinds of things do you need to change to make your life the fullest and most beautiful ever?
Next month on the membership site we will be focusing on SELF LOVE with a weekend @ home retreat and so much more. Even if you aren't a member, dedicate your month to more self love and more self care. Live your best life every day!
See you on the mat!
"Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained." Somers Roche
I have this project that has been on my desk for over 6 months. I have it all planned out, all settled, all ready to go. I really want it to be complete but I find myself coming up with a thousand excuses why it cannot.
This month I dedicated myself to sweeping the excuses away and getting to the crux of why I was holding off on this project. I set reasonable weekly goals and amazingly, it all came together. Today I had one more thing to do - film the dreaded promotional video.
You would think that someone who spends an inordinate amount of time in front of people - either live or on camera - would be perfectly comfortable with a 2 minute promotional video. WRONG!
I fretted, sweated, procrastinated, fidgeted, panicked, until I could put it off no longer. It MUST be done.
"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need." Tao Te Ching
I set the camera up, got everything ready and had my daughter help me out for filming. She said "Mom, you are going to be fine. They will love you."
Wow. She's always been wise for her age but seriously. She's a rock in my crazy work world. If you didn't know, my daughter Bella is my assistant. She helps me with all the business stuff involved in my yoga world - freeing up my time to be creative and film videos. She's also the voice of reason, handy filming assistant, idea bouncer offer, editor, cheerleader, and suggestion box.
The promo took 3 tries (did I mention I don't like filming promos?). Why? Because I am not good at promoting myself. Because I don't like doing it. Because I believe it is not real. So there it is. It took me six months to figure out that my whole issue was anxiety about a 2 minute promo video. I am terrified of being judged on a 2 minute video.
"Smile, breathe, and go slowly." Thich Nhat Hanh
What can anyone possibly learn about me from 2 minutes on screen? NOTHING.
And that's the point. Most people won't even watch the promo and honestly, most people will not decide to join me based on those 2 minutes. My anxiety is about something totally pointless. IT IS ALL IN MY HEAD. This is me...that little voice saying I can't do it.
This is me...my bigger voice saying I CAN! I did it. The project is done - in fact I completed TWO projects this week that I was afraid to do. Freedom is about so many things. For me this week - it's freedom from anxiety, freedom from fear, freedom from judging myself. It's been about letting go of all the things I think about myself and exploring my potential.
Is there anything in your life you have been putting off because you are anxious, fearful, overly critical of yourself? It's time to break those habits, explore your potential, and BREAK FREE!!!
I have been "playing" and experimenting with yoga, aromatherapy and healthy living since my late teens - researching, testing, reading, investigating, and learning anything that would make my life - and the lives around me - better naturally.
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