“You can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” ~Brian Tracy
It's still summer and the water is getting warmer here in San Diego. If you haven't given it a try, you have to swap out your yoga mat for a paddle board and take your practice out to the water. I guarantee you will have a good time! This summer I have been taking as many classes as possible and teaching at San Diego Paddle Yoga. Here are some fun pics from the summer. This could be you.
"Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment." ~Deepak Chopra
My first real blog. I have been wanting to do this now for a long time. I have started a few sentences, hit delete, then started again. I keep asking myself what is my problem, why can't I get out what I want to write? What do I even want to write? Then it hit me, I'm over thinking this blog thing. I have created what is turning into a large list of rules for blogging. A large list of rules that, up until the day I decided I wanted to write something, didn't even exist. My own imaginary list of rules.
So, I have decided that my one new rule is this, THERE ARE NO RULES! It feels liberating and scary and amazing at the same time. If I feel like writing I will write, if I don't, I won't. The most important thing is that I write from my heart
So, on to my first real blog. Today’s topic? Meditation. Last year a friend posted something on Facebook about a 21 day meditation challenge with Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra. At first I laughed to myself--of course Oprah has a meditation challenge with Deepak. They probably Facetime together on a regular basis. He and Steadman are probably on a first-name basis. Perhaps they send each other personalized Chirstmas gifts from Etsy. I digress…
I have always shied away from meditation. The thought of sitting still and trying to quiet my mind without yoga seemed impossible to me. During my Yoga teacher training I got a small dose of meditation training and practice with the fantastic Dr. Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine.
That day I learned that meditation comes in many forms and every single day can be different. You have to find something that works for you. It's about quieting the mind, connecting with something inside of you, observing your breath and how you feel, all in an effort to JUST BE. To move from our head and into our heart. That day for a small moment (and I mean like 30 seconds small) I got lost in being present by meditating. I was swept away by a moment and for a little while, I was free. When I opened my eyes a wave of emotion hit me, I started crying tears of joy, because I finally caught a glimpse of what I was capable of.
For me, what works best is guided meditation using a mantra, or moving with awareness. The key is finding what works for you, and that might change every single day. Some days my meditation is my yoga practice, other days it’s taking a bike ride or snuggling with my cat. Some days...... I am guided by the great Oprah and Deepak. I loved my first 21 Day Meditation Challenge so I'm signing up for another one and inviting friends to join me. Will you join Deepak, Oprah, and I? Perhaps we’ll make their Christmas list next year.
Oprah and Deepak are kicking off their next challenge on April 14. It’s called Finding Your Flow. You’ll enjoy a message every day and a centering thought to focus your energy and awareness.
Meditation in any form teaches us that we are not our thoughts. We all have unlimited potential inside of us and are capable of anything. It takes practice being present, it takes practice to move from the head, which is always go go go, to the heart. Over time, the space between our thoughts will get bigger and bigger and bigger. It is then, from that space, that we realize anything is possible.
So join me, and while you’re at it, invite a friend!
Christmas card 2014. Too soon?