Practice and All is Coming

3 Feb

I’m a subscriber of way too many email newsletters. Sometimes I go on a cleaning spree, and I’ll unsubscribe to a collection of them. But more often than not, I’ll skim through the headlines and delete a group.

This morning as I jumped into a warrior purge session, I was stopped at my newsletter from Yoga International, with the alert of this posting:
Sharon Gannon’s Magic Ten Asana Sequence and Why We Must Practice with Love

Thinking that it would only be an asana sequence that I could add to my yoga tool-belt, her advice was coupled with a powerful prayer that I want to share…


Make me an instrument of thy will. Allow me to be your servant. Use me today so that I can bring happiness to others; so that I can enhance this world, not just be a selfish taker; so that I can increase your bliss.


Whatever divine powers that be, to whom you pray and offer your heart to (or even if you are free of belief in something higher than yourself), these words are a request to live beyond yourself… to serve others… and to powerfully lead with love.

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WHAT ELSE IS POSSIBLE? 

 

Career shift: Ninja Warrior

4 May

Yesterday, I had the privilege of witnessing this scene play out before me:

As I sat in Starbucks, a small child holding a bubble-making machine and his mother walked out of the store. They entered my view, and the child paused to encircle himself with a stream of bubbles. His mother, mesmerized by something flashing on her phone, walked on. Something magical took over his eyes and he poised himself into a fierce, ninja-esque stance. Before any of the bubbles were carried to the ground, he fought the spherical onslaught with impeccable precision. The breeze was swiftly beaten by a windstorm of chops and high kicks. In successfully finishing with each enemy bubble, his small hands joined together and he bowed his head. The gesture seemed as a sincere offering of thanks to the coffee gods.

Perhaps the acceptability of giving caffeine to children should be challenged.

Or is it that children with exorbitant amounts of energy should be allowed (and encouraged) to play??

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A friend posted this on her facebook a few days ago:

“Little girl comes out of the fitting room dancing in her new outfit… Her mom jokingly says, “Okay, okay, the dancing isn’t necessary”. She replied, with the most serious look on her face, “Um… dancing is always necessary”. I think we can all learn from this so dance a little more today!”

While I feel that playing is essential for children, I can’t write that I have given myself the permission to play. Words, affirmations, quotes, etc. consistently ring in between my ears about how life is meant for us to have fun. However, too easily my thoughts snowball into worries, projecting light beams of “What are you going to do with your life? How are you going to make a living? Health insurance. Bills. Retirement. You’re going to be 40 before you know it…figure it out.”

Consistently living in and making these thoughts the realm in which I exist spares no room for enjoying my life.

I have been reminded that I’m asking the wrong question.. “What am I going to do with my life?” only focuses upon myself, my experience and what I am doing (notice the repetition of I in the previous sentence). Rather than centering my vision on words that readily create fear, the question that I am now going to ask myself is, “Whom can be served?”

Whom. Can. Be. Served

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Changing my perspective from worries that are helpless to everyone, to discovering possibilities of how others can be lifted into greatness, create an environment that is…. you guessed it, FUN.

In trying to decipher what my purpose is, I have realized that what brings me the greatest joy is when I have learned my actions have elevated someone, in some way. Therefore, what profession I ultimately decide to pursue doesn’t matter. Wherever I am and whatever I am doing, if the focus is on how others can be served… their greatness transpires into my own.

How does it get any better than this?

9 Feb

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It doesn’t matter how you move your body, just find what YOU love to do.

How do I love to move?
In my asana practice…
hiking in the mountains…
exploring through cycling…
occasionally running…
and sometimes even a push-up (or two)…

Fall in love with yourself

Adore yourself.

CHOOSE to see only love.
CHOOSE to hear only love.
CHOOSE to speak only love.
CHOOSE to feel only love.
(The Power, Rhonda Byrne)

How does it get any better than this? 

Love Yourself First…

5 Feb

Change begins with me.

Change is my responsibility.

I have one grouping of words that has not formed a New Year’s Resolution…
but a daily practice to follow
for the rest of my life:

I love myself 100%.

Love Yourself Away from Addiction – Fractal Enlightenment

Respect. (More than) just a little bit~

21 Dec

Possessing a spiritual swarm of gratitude, holding respect is divine. Within a moment it can be extended, yet its power can extend far outside the constraints of now.

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Respect yourself.

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Respect your heart.
Respect your feelings.
Respect your intuition.

Respect life.

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SBS Startup: NOVEMBER GOALS

7 Nov

Hello, World.

An important (actually… I could say that it is arguably THE MOST IMPORTANT) facet of my life is living animal-free and completely plant-based. Easily this blog post could contain paragraphs exploding with information how it has directly affected, supported, and encouraged growth in my spirituality,  levels of health, and interaction with my friends, family, and new souls whom I attract into my life.

However, this post is not about that.

This post is about goal setting.

On November 1, two lovely ladies (whom I discovered through the waves of Youtube and Instagram) started a “challenge” to unite people in the vegan community. It is simply an opportunity to reconnect to what exactly it is that one desires to manifest in his or her life.

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While many people employ the use of affirmations and gobbling down heaps of self-help books and articles (both of which I DO believe a fantastic tools), they are meaningless without taking the step of RADICAL ACTION.

What is a simple step of radical action that you can do RIGHT NOW?

Write out 5-10, EASY goals for yourself.

These are mine for the month of November:
~Complete four bike rides
~Turn in my scholarship application (X)
~Work on my website AT LEAST four times
~Create and publish AT LEAST five Youtube videos
~Finish reading CTFU by Durianrider
~Complete five running workouts

(I’m not crazy about Nike, but I love the colors… teehee*^^*)
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GAH! Get this fruit into me~

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~Run in one 5K or 10K
~Take four ballet or jazz classes

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~Hike AT LEAST two times
~Yoga practice AT LEAST 21 times (21 is not a typo!!^^)

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~Begin my book (everything on my hard drive was wiped out…I have to begin again~)
~Learn 5 Korean phrases
~Make/drink AT LEAST 5 green smoothies (I’ve been lacking on blended greens)
~Floss 30 times
~write affirmations, even just one, every day

As you have just read, these are EASY, small steps that I can take to creating the life that I desire!

What are some of your goals?
Have you set any for yourself?

A problem I’ve experienced in the past is feeling overwhelmed in trying to decide what exactly it is that I want. If you are experiencing anything similar to that, instead of feeling overwhelmed, let it be a catalyst.

Are you currently in a job that you don’t like? Commit to giving someone a compliment every day. Commit to meditating just for TWO minutes before work every morning. Create a private Pinterest folder of pictures that make you feel excited.

I am 30 years young, and every day, I am still figuring out life. My mind changes constantly, and frequently, new discoveries ignite unknown passions. Before, life overwhelmed me, and the choice my heart consistently turned to was shutting down and shrinking away.

Find purpose and passion in every action.

AND OF COURSE, ask yourself… HOW DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS?

whether the weather be sunny or sunless…

9 Jun

Yesterday (LIE: a few days ago; I’ve been s-l-o-w-l-y writing this post) I was reminded by Wayne Dyer that the world is round; there are no corners to hide in.

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Where was Mr. Dyer the last year that I lived in Korea? Or how about when I moved to Austin?

This proves that even if you are living in one of the largest cities in the world, by not opening yourself to others, you will find the nails, pick up a hammer, and construct a corner for yourself.

Writer, speaker, and Professor at the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work, Brene Brown, specializes in social connection. She once said in an interview, “A deep sense of love and belonging is an irresistible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.”

The Juice Bar in Nashville has been a fantastic lil’ hub of connection over the past three months.
My deepest extension of gratitude goes to those who have opened their hearts to me and let my heart be opened.

In the midst of  2011/2012, I felt like I held control. In my regimented way of living, everything was treated as a time slot. Placing a false sense of sanctity upon myself, I condoned my behavior as steps in the direction of perfection.

What I failed to acknowledge was that we do not live in a perfect world with perfect people, including myself. I chose to neglect friendships. I chose to separate. In truth, I was embarrassed of my darkened smile, depressed thoughts, and heartache.

Constantly I was dissatisfied with myself and all that I did.

In what was cloaked as solitude, was fear.
Fear of REAL connection
Fear of having to be vulnerable

One of the greatest experiences that I had in Wyoming was forcing myself to open.
Though many of my relationships from the ranch may have turned out to be as seasonal as my employment position, it was a start.

This is not a post of pity, but these are my statements of facts. The beautiful Brene is correct. I was broken… I was falling apart… numb… aching… hurting others, and I was sick.

Best friends are like stars

No more.

Is it that easy? Yes.

Life is a choose your own adventure novel.

Do more of what you love and less of what you do not.

Love what you do, as simply as that. Otherwise you will never be happy. 😊

I love practicing and sharing yoga.
I love God and this crazy universe we share.
I love feeling connected to the divine.
I love inspiring and helping others.
I love my family. I love my friends.
I love animals and expressing kindness and compassion through veganism.
I love reading. I love the mountains. I love nature. I love hiking. I love the morning. I love carbs.
I love to write.

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I love sharing and teaching what I know.

I have an insatiable wanderlust and desire for adventure.

And most importantly… I’m falling more in love with myself.

To love others fully… to live a life with passion and purpose~
LOVE YOURSELF FIRST.

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While there are people in my life
who simply can not understand my desire,
excitement and pull to be in Asia again,
the sequel to my first experience in Korea will reveal a love far more passionate than in the first.

In addition to teaching cute lil’ Korean kiddies English,
I will be erasing my student loan debt,
beginning work on a graduate degree,
hiking Jirisan (and a handful of other mountains)…

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cycling from Seoul to Busan (or Busan to Seoul)…
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eating treefuls of Asian pears and gardens of cabbage (ha)…
sharing my yoga practice…

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sharing vegansim:
my journey through the healing power of eating
a mostly raw,  80/10/10, high-carb, low-fat diet…

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connecting…
and probably some dancing…

Dream ♡

You know what is coming, right?

“How does it get any better than this?”

Ask.

No matter where you are at on your journey…
it will get even better.