I used to party on Friday nights. Now I look forward to ending my week with Restorative Yoga. Oh how times have changed, but not really. Dancing with my friends was how I recharged. Now I just recharge in a different way.
I am so glad Ellen Lenson will be now be offering her Restorative Yoga Monthly at Mountain View. I will surely be participating. For those of you who don’t know about Restorative Yoga, it’s a style of yoga where props are used in order to support the body. NO MUSCLES NEEDED! Your job is to RELAX. Releasing deeply held tension in the body can do wonders for your nervous system and help you de-stress.
I have not been in the best mental space this week. Living with a parent with a mental illness ( schizophrenia) is the hardest thing. Here I’m giving myself a reminder it’s okay to have to reset. To give myself the time to take care of myself. Do things that remind me of my strength. Life is like meditating; while meditating you focus on your breath. Then, sometimes you loose focus but if you bring your attention back to your breath you feel the stillness in yourself. So I will get back to feeling my light & remind myself of how incredible I am. Being around someone with the most negative energy being bothered by all the neighbors that are the cause for his headaches or back pains, everyone is out to destroy him, he constantly says I’m evil and I’m taking his powers, smokes a cigarette every 5 minutes, the list can go on and on and on. I’ve dealt with this for 24 years. For me reading about opening up my feminine side is what’s making me so emotional about this. Because I’ve had to have a masculine side for all of my life. I would say I became insanely dependent on my masculine side. I needed to become so strong and tough at such a young age. That opening up my feminine side kinda makes me feel weak and vulnerable. If you have any advice on how to be feminine but not feel so weak at the same time please share id love to learn more about it. & I’m okay guys I’m a really strong person I’m doing things to feel like myself again :)
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Reposted from @dawnovthaded - THIS is the reality of wool. Sheep are often beat, kept in cramped conditions, raped, taken from their mothers, roughly shorn, and killed. If you don’t like what you see in this photo, don’t support the wool industry. Tell 👉@ Forever21 to stop selling wool ASAP. Link in 👉@ never_forever_21 bio.
Stilling my thoughts has never come easily for me. My brain is naturally active, full of to do lists and always looking towards my next activity, task or goal. I have been focusing on being intentional about mindfulness and meditation.
But... This isn’t something that comes easily for me. I have always strived to be authentic in my practice and I will be the first to raise my hand if asked if I struggle to bring that stillness to my day. But, I try. Sometimes it’s for 10 minutes, other days it’s for 30.
That stilling of the thoughts is the core of yoga. Bringing one’s thoughts into alignment and not allowing our thoughts to control us. Hence overflowing into our daily lives and helping us respond to life’s stressors in healthier ways.
I always try to work in some type of short meditation and pranayama time into my classes. I hope you’ll join me! Flow with me tomorrow at 9:00 am. 🙏🏾💞 .
I have searched for happiness all my life. Whether it was through a relationship, a business, drinking, clubbing, or money, it was only a temporary taste of happiness.
It wasn’t until I got high off of Self Love, when I found a happiness that couldn’t be bought off the street. That happiness could only be purchased within me.
And it feels so Goooood!
"Leave your sacred Love everywhere. Especially inside yourself. Your Love is a gift whose blessing even you cannot fully know. Leave its Divine pollen on everything, on moments, on hearts, on suffering. Let it birth dawns. The mystic answer to all things? More Love, more Love, more Love." @jaiyajohn
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Seriously!? I was in the store ON Valentines Day and they were hastily stocking up the bunnies and Easter grass! Crazy. Retail makes it very hard to be in the moment! It’s the opposite of #mindfulness#retailcraziness
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Majjhima Nikāya: Sutta 15
In this sutta, Venerable Mahā Moggallāna, one of the Buddha's chief disciples, goes into detail about what makes a monk difficult to admonish. He states that the correct attitude is to invite other monks to admonish or correct us so that we can learn. He then goes on to say, that if someone is impatient and can't be easily admonished, others will think he can't be trusted.
He then lists the 16 different qualities that make someone hard to admonish. They are:
1. Wishing evil on others
2. Self-praising while putting down others
4 Being resentful
5. Being stubborn
6. Uttering angry words
7. Resisting being corrected
8. Putting down the corrector
9. Counter-correcting the corrector
10. Evading the corrections and talking behind the corrector's back
11. Failing to correct the behavior
12. Showing disdain for being corrected
13. Being envious
14. Being deceitful
15. Being arrogant
16. Clinging strongly to our own views
These 16 qualities are then stated in the opposite way as things which make someone easy to admonish.
We are then told how to "infer" or question ourselves about these qualities. First step is to make sure that if someone else is exhibiting these qualities that we don't do the same, that only makes things worse. Second, if one of these states should arise, we should do our best to abandon it. Third, we should fearlessly investigate ourselves and see if any of these qualities are there and then work to let them go. The way we should do this is then compared to being in our youth, looking into a mirror, and trying to make sure that all the dirt from our face is removed.
Notes: One of the amazing things about this sutta is that it strongly infers that the strength of a sangha (spiritual community) is the ability for it's members to take correction. Friends that only tell you what you wish to hear are no friends at all. So often wanting to look good and have others think highly of us completely prevents us from being able to take feedback. #Mindfulness#Monk#Buddhistmonk#Sangha#Dhamma#CommunityBuilding#Buddha#Buddhist#Spirituality#Mindful#Theravada#SriLanka#EastMeetsWest#SpiritualAwakening
We might get better at rising to other peoples potential if we walk into every room looking for our competition but we will never be as good as we can be.
Imagine its curtain call on life, end of the road and we miss ever knowing our own potential.
The fear of missing out on who WE can be should be more compelling than who's in what room on a given day.
Our former selves are our best competition.
Novelty ... an essential element of long-term desire. Chose new experiences. Take yourself outside your neighbourhood and sometimes, your comfort zone. Even small changes to your routine can make your connection feel different, new and VIBRANT!