Inspire Me Mondays: Everything is a process


Peace Soulstars,

So, I’ve been quite the yogi that I didn’t realize that I would become recently after participating in a yoga challenge.  It’s still in progress and I’m learning a lot along the way.  I noticed the other day when some old habits started to creep up on me.  I had to shut them down.  That’s progress in itself because I didn’t always shit it down.  I let it take over…

I was practicing sugar cane pose; a challenge for me right now.  It’s a process.  Everything is. While practicing, I got frustrated at one point and plopped down on the couch feeling slightly defeated.

I immediately acknowledged my reaction and chose not to let this temporary situation keep me from pushing forward.  Besides, I’m not a quitter. Quitting doesn’t resonate with me.  So, I got back up and tried it again.

I realized that this is the same way I reacted to challenges in the past. I’d get so focused on where I want to be that I forget to embrace where I am at the time.  I forget to acknowledge that this is life.  This is a part of the process of growth and evolution.  I was also reminded that yoga is beyond physical fitness.

Yoga was not created to become the fitness craze it has morphed into in western society.  It’s a lifestyle that requires more mental effort than physical.  Actually, it begins and ends on the spiritual level.  That takes time to develop and is not something you can just jump into.  It defeats the purpose and a total disrespect to the culture.

The takeaway?  Don’t take yourself or life too seriously.  Embrace the stages of life and try not to force things to happen.  Forcing things pushes you out of alignment and sets you back.  If it doesn’t happen naturally, it’s not meant to be.

You will get there when it’s your time to get there. Until then, take your time and embrace the stages.  Acknowledge the frustration but don’t let it keep you from moving forward.

Love and light,

 

Inspire Me Mondays: Energy Speaks Louder than Words

Peace Soulstars,

Just a helpful reminder that has become quite useful for me lately:

Before you speak, ask yourself three questions:

Is it true?

Is it necessary?

Is it kind?

If not, it’s wise to keep quiet and continue to observe.  It’s never been a bad idea to be highly observant.  Remain vigilant of everything and be mindful of what is being said, done, and most importantly how things make you feel.  We cannot control what goes on externally but we have total control over our inner peace.  Be protective of your inner peace.  Keep watch over it the same as you would your most prized possession.  If people are uncomfortable with your silence, then let them.  You don’t have to feel compelled to do anything against your will.

Love and Light,

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Inspire Me Mondays: Gotta have faith!

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Without faith dreams cannot become reality…Can you imagine what the world would be like if Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t take the steps he took to acquire equal rights for all beings?  Granted, we have work to do but just imagine where we would be starting from if one man did not take that first step to fighting against injustice.  He also did so peacefully.  Fear didn’t keep him from chasing his dream.  He stood fear in the face and kept going even when he got knocked down literally and figuratively.  What an inspiring being Martin Luther King Jr. was.

Love and Light,

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Inspire Me Mondays: New Year, Fresh Start

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Peace Soulstars,

Happy new year and new beginnings to all! I hope your new year is getting off to a positive start!  I can confidently say that I prepared for 2017 during 2016 (and prior) by changing my thought process and putting in work accordingly.  Mantras have helped me tremendously in my life journey particularly on a spiritual level.  I now don’t feel a need to make new year’s resolutions and have given up the whole ideal that I’m going to miraculously be a “different” person in the new year.  Instead, I take it one day at a time to do what I need to make the best of life.

I cannot stress enough how changing the way that I think has impacted my overall outlook on everything.  Less focus on things I cannot control and more focus on what I can control while understanding that thoughts do have power…Words do as well.  So, for a boost of inspiration, I thought it would be fitting to start off the first week of 2017  with mantras that help you reach a higher level of consciousness.  The mindunleashed shares 10 mantras that will get you immense peace of mind, spirit, and energy.    All of these mantras have played a major role in my spiritual growth and all other areas of my wellbeing.

Love and Light,

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Inspire Me Mondays: Evolve Anyway!

“As you evolve you will make a lot of people uncomfortable…EVOLVE ANYWAY!”

Peace Soulstars,

Not everyone will get you.  When you start making changes in your life other people  will criticize what they don’t understand.  Don’t entertain it…You are under NO obligation to fit a mold that other people set for you that includes your parents, family members, so-called friends…Whoever…Your life is YOUR life.  You don’t have to be the same person you were yesterday, last week, or years ago.  You are not your mistakes, anything that happened to you, or what people want you to be.  If they want to hold old shit over your head that’s not your problem.  You don’t have to meet other people’s needs, wants, or expectations of what they think you should be.  If they don’t understand you it’s not your job to convince them of anything.

Continue to be great and be even greater when they try to interrupt your flow.

Love and Light,

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Inspire Me Mondays: Want change? You gotta put in work.

“Faith without works is dead…”

Peace Soulstars,

So often we’re bombarded with the notion that we need to “think and be positive”. Then we have the audacity to add “no matter what’s going on”.  More times than not we think that this means we must ignore the negative thoughts and feelings altogether.  This is where we make a huge mistake.  Being positive doesn’t mean that you should ignore what makes you uncomfortable.  It’s the same concept as taking medicine instead of treating the root of the problem when addressing an illness.  The medicine only scratches at the surface.  If you don’t get to the cause of the problem it’s pointless to just treat the symptoms.  The problem will still be there.  You can try to recite all of the mantras and affirmations in the world, you can read books, and even follow your favorite spiritual gurus on instagram and youtube.  If you don’t put in the work, you are just moving around in circles going nowhere.  Thinking positive alone is not going to cut it if you haven’t addressed what brings you pain.

Real talk.  I am speaking from experience when I say that “faith without works is dead”.   I used to go to church, hear the “word”, sing and clap along to the choir but when I went home I didn’t follow through.  I didn’t continue to do the work when the real tests came along.  Therefore, I stayed stagnant.  You are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t apply the knowledge you receive.  Knowledge is powerful when applied.  Then it becomes wisdom.  That’s where the power comes from.  Wisdom is power.  Don’t let another day go by without putting in the work.  It takes a lot of courage to dive deep.  You have to hold that mirror up to your face with flaws and all.  I’m not talking about the aesthetic flaws either.  I’m referring to what causes you pain.  Once you start identifying where your pain is coming from and you sit in those feelings you have only begun to dig deeper.    No, it’s not easy but how do you think that rose grew from concrete?   It had to put in work to continue to grow even though it was deemed to be impossible.

Love and Light,

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