Self Care Friday: We become what we do…

Peace Soulstars,

Let’s talk about something that has changed my life since 2013 and taught me the importance of self care…Yoga.  My first official yoga class was in 2013.  It was bikram yoga also known as “hot yoga”.  The name in and of itself is a bit intimidating when you haven’t experienced hot yoga before.  I was having a rough day and a friend of mine texted me about going to hot yoga class with her.

A part of me didn’t feel like it because I was in a horrible mood.  The other part had been curious about taking an actual yoga class with other people of all levels. I had done yoga at home for years but never took a class.  It was more about convenience I guess.

When my friend asked me to come to class with her, I had just taken my social work licensure exam and failed it.  I felt terrible but didn’t need to.  It was only a test.  All I know is that I told my husband about my invite to yoga and he encouraged me to go despite how I felt.  So, I went.  It was one of the best decisions I made for myself.

I remember at the beginning of the class while we were in child’s pose focusing on the breath I thought to myself “This is awesome.”…Just from breathing alone.  The instructor said the words which were music to my soul “Let go of all of the shit from this week”.  I needed to hear that and I did.  I began to learn the art of letting go that day and it felt amazing.

I had done yoga before but there was something different about this time.  I did yoga for “fitness” before but this time I had a reason beyond getting the poses right.  I got on the mat not for physical exercise but for my spirit. Later, I learned that it’s called yoga flow for a reason.  It starts with awareness, the breath, spirit, mind and the body follows.

My spirits were low and needed uplifting.  My peace of mind was shook by an external conditions and I allowed that to happen.  I learned that my peace of mind is not contingent upon passing a test or how others perceive me or any other extenuating circumstances.  I cannot control what goes on outside of myself but I can control what goes on within me.

I proceeded to fall in love with yoga and kept it up for almost a year two to three times a week.  Once I discovered pure barre I alternated between yoga and barre.  Nothing ever felt like yoga though. Nothing ever compared.

Fast forward to today.  I’ve been practicing yoga at home about three or more days a week.  Recently I participated in a challenge (twelve days of yoga) which motivated me to practice daily even if only for ten minutes.  The benefits are endless and the little improvements you notice as days progress are profound.  Sometimes I do yoga twice a day(morning and evening) depending.

Over the years,  I always kept yoga in my routine along with other forms of body work (exercise).  So, I would do yoga once or twice a week at home along with pure barre which I had done for a few years (2013-2015).  It was great.  I love pure barre too but nothing was like yoga.  Yoga is soul work when you fully embrace it.

Prior to starting yoga, I thought it was about fitness but had a mindful component to it.  It’s actually the other way around and more.  Yoga means “union”.   We could get into sanskrit terms but for now I’ll keep it simple.  Mind, body, and spirit become aligned when you become yoga.  They unite.

When you break down the many aspects of mind, body, spirit there are many other components within.  We don’t “do” yoga, we become yoga.  When we become it, our soul is illuminated.  Everything else falls into place.  You may not be into yoga which is fine but I am.

Books like The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran (although there are many translations available) and Osho’s Mind, Body, Balancing as well as others have all increased my interest in yoga. I’ve begun diving deeper beyond the surface of how yoga is presented in western culture.  Oh, India how I would love to come experience you full circle….One day.

Just be mindful that movement is necessary.  Stagnant energy that doesn’t get released finds places to hide within.  If that stagnant energy doesn’t get shaken up regularly, it can eventually develop into physical ailments and conditions making you sick.  We become what we do, so choose wisely.

Love and light,

 

 

 

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,

 

Wellness Wednesday: Have a fruitful breakfast!

Peace Soulstars,

Fruit for breakfast was an on and off thing for me in the past but I’ve been making it routine to have fruit for breakfast!  Alongside my cuppa matcha green tea (yes, I’m that person who drinks hot tea in the summer), I have a mango and banana.

Sometimes it’s just a plate of an assortment of fruit.  It makes me feel good, satisfied (not full…there’s a big difference), and it just works.  How? Some benefits I’ve noticed personally: my energy and mental clarity have improved.

Check out a list of benefits of eating fruit for breakfast below from one good reason:

Photo from : onegoodreason.tumblr

Love and light,

Foodie Tuesdays: Portabella and black bean burgers!

Peace Soulstars,

I’ve been wanting to share this recipe with you for a while now! Most of the recipes I share are quick, simple and healthy yet flavorful!  I don’t do bland food.

So, whether it’s vegetarian, vegan, etc. it’s going to be packed with flavor! Can’t wait to share the tofu scramble recipe that had me dismissing eggs without hesitation…

In the meantime check out the recipe for portabella and black bean burgers from “the kitchen whisperer” here!  My meat eater husband and picky 11 year old daughter both request these burgers.  In their opinion, the texture is just like beef and the flavor is on point.

Just an FYI, this recipe calls for adding Worcestershire sauce to the burger patty mix.  I usually like to use Worcestershire sauce for my turkey burgers and it makes the flavor very similar to beef burgers.  Try it and let me know how you like it!

Love and light,

 

Friday “Feels”

Peace Soulstars,

Happy Friday!  I may be a little late but I’m lovin’ the summertime vibe of “Feels”.  I’ve always had a multidimensional style of music.  I love anything that has a beat that moves me. Speaking of frequencies and high vibrations, this song is no exception. Oh yeah, and I’ll be sharing more feel good music more often.  Music is my therapy.  So, it’s only natural that I spread the love.  Catch the video below!

Love and Light,

Spiritual Thursdays: Attention Goes Where Energy Flows

 

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Peace Soulstars,

Many say “attention goes where energy flows”.  In other words, this means that input determines output.  This concept is related to the law of attraction which is somewhat controversial because some feel that it’s b.s.  It depends on the situation, individual, circumstances and many other factors whether the law of attraction rings true.  Generally speaking,  It’s quite accurate but feel free to test the theory.  In the meantime, I’ll do what works for me.

Think of how you start your day off on the wrong foot and then as you continue to go throughout the day you are still harping on that one thing that went wrong.  Enter a never ending series of complaints… Inevitably, a few more unlikely situations follow the rhythm that you set for the day.  Once you start off with the intentions that have a negative undertone you’re setting yourself up for failure.  The best way to set the rhythm for the day is to start off understanding and knowing that first, no day is “perfect”.

You choose whether or not you will let situations control you or not based on your reaction.  Then, decide to focus your energy on what serves your highest and greatest good.  Easier said than done….I know. Trust me when I say it’s possible.  I’ve come a LOOOOONNNNGGG way.

Love and Light,

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Wellness Wednesday: Gemini Supermoon and Full moon rituals!

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Peace Soulstars,

Wednesdays are now “Wellness” Wednesdays to allow for more flexibility in the type of information I share.  I’ll still include super foods into the mix but I have other information to share so I wanted to switch it up a bit.  So, for the sake of being thorough in my attempt to advocate for mind, body, soul connection I want to start off this Wellness Wednesday with a brief introduction to moon rituals.  In honor of this Gemini Supermoon we’ve been blessed to witness, I wanted to share this full moon ritual with you.  I’ve been doing full moon rituals for the past few months every full moon.  One word describes my experience.  AMAZING.

In short, moon rituals involve energy work for the purpose of helping you clear and release what does not serve you (full moon ritual) to make room for what does serve you by setting new intentions as to what you want to manifest (new moon ritual).  This is what works for me.  You may not be into it and that’s fine.  I just thought I’d share for those who are interested.  Mysticlipstick, who also goes by “mysticxlipstick” on twitter and instagram is an astrologist who knows her stuff.  I find her extensive knowledge of zodiac signs to be intriguing.  She’s got skills.  So,  of course I couldn’t help but wonder about these moon rituals she’s known for posting on twitter during the new moon and full moon cycles.

Many have been able to attest to the power of moon rituals as an effective tool for energy work including myself.  You have from now until tomorrow before midnight to do the ritual which can be done during the day or night.  Check out a brief description of the purpose of this full moon ritual along with  instructions for a full moon ritual here!  Not into twitter or just don’t want to deal with twitter?  Well, you can also sign up on her website  for free to get the deets on the full moon ritual for this gemini supermoon cycle which ends tomorrow at 11:59pm.  After registering which takes all of maybe 2 minutes (approximately) you’ll just click on “Members Universe” which will take you to the gemini supermoon ritual post.  With each cycle there’s a different area being the target of focus for release.  Full moon blessings to all!

Love and Light,

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