Thursday, June 20, 2013

A day to reconnect with me

We all may have a day of internal contemplation and self doubt. When these days appear in my life I must admit I do sulk for a time, but then I turn on some kirtan music by Jai Uttal or Snatam Kaur. I sing along with this beautiful heart opening lyrics. Then I cook myself a nice well prepared meal and top it off with a glass of white wine. Lastly, I do some restorative yoga and prepare a bath to read a book.

After, I take the time to treat myself I find that my mood lifts and I notice that every now and again we need to take time to love and celebrate us. I needed to surrender to my self doubt in order to come out of this self doubt.

How do you treat yourself when in a space of self doubt?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Dharma teachings

I am house sitting in Seattle so that means I get to attend my favorite meditation/ dharma teachings class.  The teachings were about helping others be happy by giving gifts, an ear, love, advice etc. Then he guided us through a meditation that has us envision those we want to give happiness to whether that be a person, a group the whole human race. Next,  he had us focus on the feeling of joy and begin to cultivate that within ourselves. He also talked about the true joys of giving to others. Lastly, he asked us what the obstacles would prevent us from giving happiness to others.

As I sat there listening I thought I use to be resistant to giving because I expected people to be appreciative or give back. But, I have found through yoga my heart has become more willing to give without expecting anything in return. Just as we all come to yoga for different reason we all are at a different place in our spiritual journey. So, if your giving ignites joy in another then find the beauty in that.

So, what are some of your big yoga learnings?

A buddha in one of the Angkor Wat structures

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Listening and following your heart

To ignite ones passion is to ignite ones inner being,
yet to not allow one
 to follow their heart is to deaden ones spirit.
We as the human race must
 invite all that makes us unique
and know that a life lived following
your heart is a life to be honored.
How are you honoring your life?