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Keep Learning. Keep Growing.

”Too many people live the same year 80 times and call it a life”

When we commit to learning, we continue to grow. We don’t allow ourselves to stagnate and grow old. We age but we don’t get any older. Life stays exciting!

Here’s a question for you: How exciting are your Mondays?

If you don’t schedule time for something that lights you up, Mondays are definitely not going to get any better. You’ll be like the millions of others that dread the typical work week…..which means you’re going to hate up to 3,900 days of your life or more.

Since I began teaching yoga, Monday nights have become my favourite night of the week. The students are rested from the weekend, and the energy in the room is high. I love their commitment to the practice, and to mind-body health. Most of all, I love watching the friendships that form.

The rest of my Monday is like everyone else’s: hours on the laptop and endless responsibilities. But for 75 minutes, I’m with incredible people, experiencing a yoga journey; that changes everything. It feeds my soul.

Life changes shouldn’t always be a result of dramatic illness or simply burning out. Every day you can bring something fresh, new and exciting into your world, whether it’s reading an inspiring book, trying a new class, or exploring a different neighbourhood.

I’d like to say that I started living a healthier life before I burnt out but that isn’t true. I needed the hard lessons first. That is what prompted me to study yoga and why I continue to study each and every day of my life. I wish you ease and grace on all your journeys, and the courage to do the things that feed your soul.

This week, I’m honoured to be graduating 50 students from Semperviva’s Teacher Training College and an additional 22 students from the Kundalini Crystallize Your Vision Immersion. Watching the personal transformations has been inspiring!

Keep learning, keep growing.

If you’re feeling like you need a change, you can join me for my new online Crystallize Your Vision Kundalini Immersion/Teacher Training starting next month.

Resurrection

I’ve been on the road for over a month now and I’m excited to get back to teaching at Semperviva tomorrow. As my trip and the Easter weekend draw to a close I find the word “resurrection” playing on my mind.

yourdictionary definition:
Resurrection:

”Coming back to life.”

Cambrige English Dictionary definition:

”The act of bringing something that had disappeared or ended back into use or existence.”

WHAT FORGOTTEN ASPECTS OF YOU NEED RESURRECTING?

There are things you once promised yourself you would do that have been left undone. What happened to your creative side? What happened to the adventurer in you? Stepping away from your day to day routine gives you greater perspective and clarity on your life. It’s one of the greatest gifts of travel. 
But this clarity is just as available to you through your practice of yoga and meditation. You don’t have to travel any farther than your yoga mat to increase your self-awareness and become a keen observer of your actions, and understand the results of those actions.
I watched a comedy the other night that ironically left me feeling quite sad. The movie was fantastic but it touched on the heartache of dealing with aging parents, children leaving home, and the precariousness of intimate relationships. It stirred up a lot emotionally! Time is fleeting and the important relationships in your life need nurturing, as does the relationship with yourself.

What aspects of yourself have you let die? Being fully alive means resurrecting those lost parts of you.

Thankfully, spring equinox signals a time of new beginnings. There is no need to dwell on what hasn’t worked out. Being that keen observer of your life and actions, recognize what has been neglected and choose the actions that will get you closer to who you want to be.

Its up to you to DO something.

If you’re feeling inspired, you can check out my online Kundalini Teacher Training and Immersion starting Spring 2016.

 

Breakthrough

What lies in your subconscious limits you. You can breakdown or you can breakthrough, the choice is yours.

Break through your self imposed limitations through chakra work to face your fears and transform your life.

Breaking through your self imposed limitations requires you to strengthen your will and free your spirit. Are you ready for the challenge?

On Monday April 6th, we begin a Kundalini Immersion focused on clearing subconscious blocks.

The schedule isn’t an easy one. It involves LOTS of early mornings. After working closely with groups on retreats, I’ve decided this is a really great format to create change.

Why? Because an immersion means you show up daily and get nudged a little further down the path.

There is no hiding and falling back into old patterns.

It Starts Today

It’s the first Monday of 2016. What does that mean? It means back to business. Back to the business of getting your life and dreams on track. If you didn’t set an intention for 2016, put that at the top of your list for today. In addition to setting your sights on what you want, pause and reflect on what you’re ready to be free of. Don’t unconsciously drag the energy of 2015 into 2016.

In 2016 I will say NO to__________

In 2016 I will say YES to_________

Share with us if you dare. Let us cheer you on! Happy 2016!

 

 

 

 

Doubt Your Doubt

Your first instinct is always the right one. That doesn’t mean you have to run out and act on your every impulse but you need to cultivate the ability to trust what you know.

Doubt on the other hand, needs to be examined. Doubt creeps in and can keep you from growing, taking risks and moving ahead.

Trusting your instincts isn’t about being impulsive in your actions. It is honouring what you believe and allowing yourself to be with that.

 

Have a Safe Trip

I watched the film, “A Five Star Life” on my recent flight to Tulum. The parting scene stayed with me and I want to share it with you. It won’t give the story away so don’t be afraid to read on. It simply reminds us that what brings us joy and a sense of well-being can only be determined by each one of us individually. Don’t buy into anyone else’s idea of “a perfect life” and believe it will bring you joy. Strike out onto whatever path leads you to your bliss, even if that path looks rocky and tricky to navigate. Let your life be a great adventure.

“Now that you’re about to leave the place where you’ve spent some time, take a few seconds to evaluate your experience. Did it match your expectations? Would you recommend it to others even if you have felt uncomfortable or lonely?

You’re still in time to choose in the future, a more comfortable and protected solution maybe more suitable to the needs of a family. It is well to keep in mind however, that happiness and well-being are strictly personal concepts.

For some people, the sense of freedom and adventure is an essential part of the experience.

Trust your instinct, the route to take is up to you.

Have a safe trip.”

 

 

 

 

Listen to Your Internal Cues

I’m fascinated with why anyone would want to track their sleeping habits. Do you really need an app or device to tell you that you slept poorly last night? Great, now you have one more thing to worry about all day long- you become concerned about personal achievement even in sleep.

Do you need something to measure your activity level?

I sit at my desk all day = inactive

I take time to exercise = active

Mystery solved.

There are heart rate monitors and all sorts of gadgets I could buy, but I feel pretty well connected to my heart beat. I want to encourage you to pay real attention to yours. It is a powerful indicator for what is right for you, what you feel passionate about, or what scares you. If you’re interested in whether or not you’re in your “fat burning” zone, I’m pretty sure you can figure that out too. Sitting on the couch is not fat burning. Unsurprisingly, movement is.

Take back control of your life by taking back control of your internal cues.

When you feel tired, rest. When you feel hungry, eat. When you feel too sedentary, it means you’re being too sedentary.

We are already very disconnected from all the internal signals that would lead us to a more gratifying and peaceful life. Log off and go inward.

Sat Nam

 

 

 

 

 

Are you really ready for Valentine’s Day?

You’re about to be bombarded with paper hearts, red roses, rom-com movie releases and Hallmark cards.

I love flowers but there is nothing less personal than getting flowers on Valentine’s Day (you’re off the hook again Scott). Spontaneous displays of affection are way more meaningful.

Send me flowers when I least expect them or when I really need them. Anyone had a tough day lately? Wouldn’t it have been great to have gotten some flowers then?

You can do this too. Put your priorities back at the top of your list. What is important to you? Who is important to you? Does that person know how you feel?

Unsolicited TLC is the best kind. Thank you to the people who surprise us with unexpected visits, flowers, thoughtful notes, but most importantly for their ability to see and hear us. Sometimes what we need most is a sympathetic ear, one that is one hundred percent advice free. We cherish the opportunity to share something or get something off our chests.

The work never ends, and time never comes back.

Relationships don’t dissolve over night. The end begins with the neglect of the self.

Feeling burdened, stressed and burnt out doesn’t foster loving feelings.

You’re more likely to feel like telling your loved one to go solve their own darn problems than being a supportive partner.

Your capacity to love others is limited by your capacity to love yourself.

Self care is fully in your hands.

If you’re not caring for yourself, you can never be fully receptive.

Check in this Valentine’s Day and see if you might need to fall in love with yourself.

 

 

Let’s Agree to Disagree

Sitting with an acquaintance recently, this line came up over and over again. My friend was convinced of his point of view, and certainly I was of mine.

Who is right and who is wrong? There can’t be a right or a wrong. He was speaking with great conviction about his beliefs, just as I was sharing what I thought was right and true from my beliefs. In an attempt to salvage some connection, we kept coming back to , “let’s agree to disagree.”

There are times when you can sit with this old standby to keep the peace but it doesn’t always work.

With so much disagreement how can you experience peace? You can only discount what you feel and what you believe to a point.

No simple answers here. We see the world not as it is but as we are.

My reality is only my reality. My friend’s reality is his.

Peace is not possible with so much internal discord. Sometimes we have to wish others well and move on.

At the end of the day you have to be able to live with yourself.

If you’re constantly compromising your beliefs, there is no peace.

Sat Nam

 

 

 

 

Check In

Here we are at the end of the month. Before you know it, we’ll be at the end of another year. Is your resolve to have a great year as high now as it was in that first week of January?

If not, why? Did you get too busy to accomplish what you set out to? If so, when is it going to be the perfect time to start working on your dreams and goals? There is no perfect time. The world is not going to slow down for you. You have to slow yourself down instead by starting to create “don’t do” lists as often as you create the ever-present “to do” lists.

Beware of the things that take you further from the person you’re ready to become. What are you really willing to exchange your energy and your time for? Your life is made up of the minutes of your day. How are you spending your life? Make sure you always have your dreams in sight.

Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by the magnitude of all that you want to do. What is most important to you now? Focus on that. Focus on what you love.

No one can do this work for you. We’ll cheer you on, but we all walk our paths alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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