When we’re depleted, we lose touch with the feelings of possibility and purpose and get deeply acquainted with the feelings associated with negative stress. Whether we experience our depletion as resentment, loss of creativity, worry, anger or any other demanding feeling, depletion breeds depletion. For example, if I am depleted and book a massage and the therapist is late (and I am unable to stay later) I will either get angry and lash out, or I will accept the loss of time on my end and complain about it later as I express how things never work in my favour. If I am energized I will express my disappointment and/or cancel the massage but I will not allow myself to feel like a victim of the situation. When stress leads our day we become reactive and create more stress. If we don’t take action and stop this loop, we develop more stress which creates inflammation, digestive issues, anxiety, insomnia, sugar addictions and all sorts of other unnecessary issues.
As the queen of herbs within Ayurevda, Tulsi (holy basil), is known as the incomparable mother medicine of nature. Bitter and hot it is used as a rejuvenating tonic to promote overall health. As a potent adaptogen with the ability to penetrate deep within the tissues, Tulsi is also widely used to calm and centre the mind.
One of Tulsi's gifts is its high phenolic compounds and anti-oxidant properties that assist the body in protecting itself from toxin induced damage. Plus, studies have shown that Tulsi increases the body's level of the powerful antioxidant glutathione, and enhances the activity of the enzymes superoxide dismutase and catalase which also protect the body against free radicals.
Tulsi is also beneficial for fostering beauty which includes its ability to improve skin and hair luster, increase stamina, enhance emotional calm and strenghten our voice while activating the mind's inner ability to see beauty. This is important because in...
# 3 Teacher/Mentor: An Essential Dynamic “Good teachers don’t turn the light on for us, they show us how to flick the switch.” ~ Sylvie
Regardless of the direction we want to take, whether it’s starting a business or learning the tango, spending time with someone who knows the dance provides clarity and enhances our journey. In the holistic world of yoga, if we want to reduce stress, expand our awareness, and get clear on who we are and what we want, the teacher/mentor relationship is not only recommended—it is essential. This relationship is not unique to yoga; many scientists, business owners, and athletes credit the support of a mentor or teacher as aiding in their success. Even Mother Theresa had a mentor.
We can’t see our own shadow.
Mentors, coaches, teachers, therapists, and healers are there to catch our blind spots and offer clear direction. No matter where we are in our lives, we can all benefit from guidance on the path we are on or aspire to embark...
A three-pronged approach to experiencing our potential and moving beyond limitations.
# 2 Satsang
You Are What You Eat . . . and Who You Hang Out With
Just as we become what we consume regarding food, we also become the experiences we consume–and that includes who we spend our time with.
If we spend our valuable time with people who have a problem for every solution, who gossip, complain, worry, and negatively compete and compare, we fill our mind with this type of thinking and express our life through the lens of limited potential and envy. On the other hand, by developing friendships that focus on possibility, curiosity, love, compassion, vision, creativity, and solutions, we naturally and mutually strengthen our unique gifts.
In the world of yoga, a community that gathers for the experience of truth is referred to as satsang. A community that gathers for greed, limitations, jealousy, and so forth is called kusang. In simple terms, we can say that satsang is go...
If you have set a positive intention to manage your stress, improve your health, or develop a yoga practice, if you have committed to creating meaningful work and relationships only to find yourself sulking in more guilt and stress, then STOP! Stop and take a deep breath. There IS a solution as to why you keep missing your mark, and it isn’t ‘one size that fits all.’ This solution is unique to you.
In the yoga and holistic world, the following three approaches, though ancient, are as relevant today as they were then. This three-pronged approach, when explored with curiosity and applied with commitment and consistency, is your formula for success in any endeavour. This blog explores the first prong.
From a young age, we’re given a name and taught a variety of things about ourselves and the world we live in. Based on this information, we identify with a particular path. The problem is that most of us don’t know who we are, independent of the titles and traits...
Reunited...I had forgotten about chili. It's easy to make, filling, nourishing and energizing!
This is my recent recipe.
As always I encourage you to make it your own.
1 can black beans drained and rinced
3 medium sized tomatoes chopped
4 carrots chopped
1/4 cup cauliflower chopped
2 sticks of celery sliced
1 or 2 jalepenos chopped
1/2 yellow pepper chopped
1/4 red onion diced
1 can tomato paste
1 can yellow corn
1/2 can coconut milk
2 tbs chili powder
1 tbs olive oil
chopped fresh cilantro
Bring olive oil to low heat, add carrots, onions, cauliflower, peppers and celery. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes then add all ingredients except for cilantro. Bring to a boil while stirring, then reduce heat and let simmer for a few minutes. Add salt to taste and sprinkle cilantro before serving.
As you may know, in the world of yoga we believe in the power of food to either sustain or deplete mental, emotional and physical health.
There's an ancient yoga saying that goes "As is the food you eat, so is your mind." Or as David Frawley says in his book Vedantic Meditation Lighting the Flame of Awareness: "The consumer is the consumed."
These statements consider everything we consume through all of our senses as a form of food that either creates vitality or takes it away. This includes what we eat, look at, talk about, listen to, smell and feel. And, just as we can choose to eat nourishing and energizing foods that enhance vitality we can do the same with the conversations, reading materials, televised or online media and so forth we choose to take in. This doesn't mean we ignore challenges, but like planting a garden, if we ignore the garden or if we feed the weeds instead of the vegetables the weeds are what we grow.
For many of us the new year is a time of reflection that brings the feeling of possibilities to light. This is a good thing as the feeling of possibilities improves our posture, it enhances curiosity and brings stability and ease to the mind. But, we must recognize that the only reason it's awakening this feeling is because we have chosen to believe that January 1st is a good time to reflect and renew. Yoga teaches us that our strengths reside in choosing to keep this feeling alive on a daily basis.
The following 5 practices/lifestyle choices help us awaken and fuel the feeling of possibilities today and beyond:
#1 Choosing to Fuel the Feeling of Possibilities
To start, we bring the memory of a time/situation when we experienced the feeling of possibilities. Examples include rising above a challenge, accomplishing something or... By recalling the memory we naturally trigger the feeling of possibilities. Once the feeling arises we sit with the feeling and try to hold on to it without the...
The following four points are powerful tools of observation to enhance transitions.
The word vinyasa can be translated as “to place in a special way” it is an honouring and recognition of the process of life; A reminder that the journey is the goal. For example, in an asana class vinyasa reminds us that the process of moving from one asana to another is an asana, a place of consciousness and awareness where we bring the feelings of stability and ease to the movements. This on the mat experience reminds us to bring intention to the transitions of life off the mat. It's a powerful tool to remember that it’s not where we are going but how we get there that matters most.
Choosing and committing to a sankalpa (intention) that supports our daily interactions is important because without it we lose touch with our primary motivation and get lost in the to-do list. Aligning our daily activities with our sankalpa brings direction, focus and awakens the feeling of purposef...