The shadow self. The self that most of us want to avoid. The self that creates insecurities, self-doubt, anger, hurt, pain, ego. It is a part of all of us, a crucial, beautiful aspect that has so much to offer us, if we embrace it and listen to what it is teaching us. What lessons we can learn from sitting with our shadow selves, allowing us to have an open relationship. One that is nurtured and cared for, not avoided or ignored, not abused or neglected.
I offer to you, the embrace of your shadow self. It is there no matter what, so we might as well love it for all of its beauty and knowledge. It's amazing what darkness will fall away when you shed light onto it. -Love and Peace
Yoga Therapy has a multitude of therapeutic benefits and continues to grow in its scientific recognition. The article below gives an insight into some personal stories of its positive affects, and its impact on people living with different challenges. -Om Shanti
How many times do we let fear take the wheel and steer, even when we don't want to admit it? We are all so powerful, all so capable of greatness and living exactly as we would like. Perhaps it doesn't come as we originally envisioned, but our presence and attitude in our relationships, jobs, interactions with others and with ourselves is where we have choice. The power of vulnerability as Brene Brown so brilliantly suggests, creates more openness and allows for us to live with ourselves more authentically.
I offer to you, being present with your fear, not moving away, not pushing it aside, but to move through it, discomfort and all. The discomfort is only temporary but the repercussions of what's on the other side of that fear is a freedom that everyone has access to. I move through this great challenge daily, much of the time with frustration as the humanness of emotion likes to seep through. We're all in this together. Much love!
I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with a friend over tea today. Slowing down to connect and be fully present seems to be rather challenging for myself and many people I know. As we perused the shop we were in, I noticed a beautiful Korean book about tea and its relation to life. As I read the back, and the authors words describing his relationship to tea, I couldn't help but take every word in as quite a profound way of perceiving tea. He uses tea as a way to show us the differences and similarities between East and West. The teacup is the cup of humanity, the essence of humanity, meant to be savored slowly and deliberately. I'll never sip my tea the same way again. How simple it is to be more deliberate. I offer you the same. -Peace
Over the years, yoga has saturated most cities in America with boundless yoga studios, websites, magazines and social media, the majority highlighting yoga postures or physical practice (Asana). Asana is a profound way for the body to find expression through physical form, each person finding their unique way of expressing themselves. The postures are one of many avenues to create transformation in ones body, finding balance, strength, discovering ones edge, releasing, opening, and of course relying on breath to unite with movement to create the fullest expression. There are countless more, and most of the time, we aren't even aware that they are transforming us daily.
2014, the year of perception shifts. Yoga is Unity, to yoke, to unite ourselves with our highest nature. Everyone unites with their highest nature countless times without even recognizing or noticing. Connecting with another human being is yoga, looking up at the moonlight, listening to ocean waves, feeling love, laughing with friends, holding hands, running, reading the perfect quote, eating a healthy meal, playing, listening, crying, hugging, all of these things unite us differently, and just like Asana, we all have our own expressions of yoga and what it is that unites us to our highest nature. I offer you to listen more to the things that do just that, recognize them, embrace them, notice...that is yoga and it will change your life. -Peace