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The Power of Your MIND!

Hello my loves!! 

As this year, 2013, has been all about LOVE (2013, the year of LOVE), I have been noticing the things that go along with LOVE…things like beauty, gratitude, joy and contentment…just to name a few. I have been noticing these other things because I feel happily ensconced in Love, so I am aware of these other things (often) floating around with it…as well as noticing those things floating (or not) around other people.

The biggie for me right now is beauty. Beauty came apparent a few months ago when I was asked if I think I am beautiful by the very beautiful Jen, over at Peace and Hotness. I realised that in order to FEEL beauty in myself, I needed to SEE beauty in everything else!! Beauty became something that abounds around me!!! I cannot tell you how many amazingly beautiful things I saw and witnessed on my travels to Europe! From rolling hills of grape vines, to ancient cities of the Romans, to cathedrals built over 300 years, to the marriage of my brother in a vineyard in Tuscany. Beauty abounds when we choose to see it. I also started choosing to see everyone around me as beautiful and began taking that belief and intention into my teaching with me. My goal is, through me seeing my students as perfect and beautiful, they will see themselves as perfect and beautiful. 

Joy, I believe, is our birthright. We are brought into this world of material things and amazingly intelligent beings, with all sorts of things to fuck us up along the way of our path. When we first get here, we are pure and bright and exactly perfect by design. And then we go and get totally turned around from everything that is put in our path. The joy that we bring with us gets dimmer and dimmer and dimmer until all we feel is this sludge of having to go through the trials and tribulations of this world. Uhm, tell me, if you can, why would we be brought into this world if our only job was to “just get through it”…

Hahaha, I’ve almost rendered myself speechless with that thought!! Think about it…look at the people you know in your own life who seem miserable. You know, the ones that have a job they hate, or a relationship that isn’t awesome, or they live in a world filled with angst and anger sun-up to sun-down…yes, maybe they have moments of joy, moments of brightness…but maybe the balance is off…?

I didn’t used to believe that we could live in a level balance. I believed that, in order for me to feel the high highs of joy and bliss, then I also needed to be balanced and feel the low lows of rejection, anger, loss, etc. Then, with a little help of my meditation teacher and the new things I was starting to practice, I came to understand that we can live in a level balanced ground.

Originally, I thought living this way meant living in a COMA!! Ha, yes, I thought if I were going to be “level” then what the hell was going to happen? I would be…boring? No lows, but no highs? I lived for the highs!! I hated the lows, but learned through the years how to handle them…how to give myself a few days of depression or what have you…knowing that as bad as it was in the moment, that this moment will pass and all will be clear when the time is right. But to give up the highs of excitement and brilliance and fun…well, it took me more than one week to get this one under my belt (and, btw, I am of course still working on it 😉 ). I began to realise that living in this level balanced place didn’t mean giving up the highs and the lows completely, but it meant that I didn’t have to exist in them, I could simply pass through them, experience them, and then return to my happy level ground. And you know what started happening? This place I existed in, a blank slate, began to be the place where I started seeing the beauty around me and feeling gratitude for. It wasn’t giant events that I needed in order to feel joy…I began feeling joy in the everyday things I experienced…my tea in the morning became something to be so thankful for, I chose to eat only things that brought me a gratitude for the experience and so started eating only delicious things!! My yoga practice has become something that I love to experience, and appreciate so deeply (corny, I know, but alas so true!). 

I think you get the idea.

So here’s the deal…this is not a new concept and it is likely not going to be the first time you have heard this…but read it carefully…

It is not a thing you will do or get that is going to make your life how you want it. It’s the steps you take and the things that occur along the way that are making you who you are and creating the life you so desire.

I am a biiiiig believe in visualization. I believe that visualization is the pathway to manifestation and creation. If I don’t have a picture (mentally AND tangibly!) of something that I am working on manifesting (yoga postures, life goals, material items) then my power continues to lie dormant, waiting for something to grab onto and begin to create. When I can create a picture, and then can see myself doing/having these things, then it’s almost like I already AM doing/having these things!! There have been many studies done with people proving that they cured themselves of various illnesses using the power of the mind (here is a research article by John Keyhoe, an inspirational speaker on mind power and creating our reality). If people are able to visualize themselves into remission etc, then imagine what else is possible and available to us!!!

So, you see, my loves, the goal of love for this year has shown me that it’s the ways of expressing and receiving love that are what is making this year the YEAR OF LOVE. It’s the gratitude I feel when I am able to use my body for yoga, and the sensory explosion I feel when I eat something really delicious and the joy I feel when I see my dog run and play at his favourite park. It’s these things along the path to the goals that are what is making my life…when I believe that I exist in all the things I can imagine, then guess what…I really DO exist in them already!!

So, that’s what I’ve got for you today, puppies. Have a fab day, see what happens when you use your brain today…

Love,

Ida xxox

 

Your mind creates your reality.

You can choose to accept this or not.

You can be conscious of it and set

your mind working for you, or

you can ignore it and allow it to work in ways

that will hinder and hold you back.

But your mind will always and forever

be creating your reality.

– John Kohoe

 

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What to do in the face of Failure…

Hello my super awesome yogis of the universe!! It’s Friday. The last time I wrote was…I think on Sunday…oh gosh, I just looked and I think it might have been on Saturday…which means that I have missed almost a week of my challenge and it’s only the 9th of August.

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SO, here’s the deal…what do you do in the face of “FAILURE”??!!

I always believed that if I am going to do something (anything) then I must be great at it. I had the (un-conscious) idea in my head that if I was not good at something initially, then I was not good at it. Period. So, those things I would not do again. Ha, sounds so ridiculous to me in this moment, but at the time (for pretty well my whole life, at some times more strongly than others) it seemed to make sense, I guess. I am pretty certain I know where it came from originally. One of my clearest memories from my early years is of playing soccer. I went to an alternative elementary school called Sundance Elementary. My brother and I were a couple of hippy kids with a couple hippy parents who went to a hippy school with a bunch of other hippy kids and parents. We talked about warm fuzzies and cold pricklies, we had a family-room not a homeroom, we had offerings instead of classes and we, the kids (if we played our cards right) could have a hand in choosing what we wanted to do all day in our offerings…it was super hippy-tastic. One of the things I loved most about Sundance was that all the kids got to hang out together, no matter the age group. Sometimes there were classes that were age limitations (you had to be a certain age to play indoor basketball with the older kids, or maybe you were too old for the puppet show field trip etc), but for the most part, we were all free agents and worked at our own pace and played with the people we were drawn too, not necessarily the ones who were the same age.

So, here I was, a small 4 year old Sundancer, playing soccer (maybe even for the first time!) with my best friend (a small tot as well) and all the BIG KIDS. I remember running and running after the ball, constantly chasing the ball, and the kids, around the field…until the moment when it was my turn. The teacher, Giles, let both me and my besty have a turn. Everyone cheered me on, directed me to the ball…and I ran up to it and was so excited and I ….picked it up. And everyone yelled at me. Well, that’s how my 4 year old memory remembers it. I attempted something new, I got yelled at, I never played soccer again. Isn’t that how our brains work and develop? Something happens like that and then, whammo, we make a choice about who we are and what it means about us. Then we get to take all those thing we decide along the way and make them part of who we are. Awesome, from the age of 4, I made up my mind that if I am going to do ANYTHING, then I am going to be AWESOME at it, or not do it at all.

Super…those are some pretty big and lofty goals…and, it’s not that I am adverse to a challenge or adverse to having to work hard at things to get better or what have you…but the excitement that was crushed in a simple second by some harmless big kids who were only trying to help a small wee person play soccer…well, it’s taken me many years to want to play soccer again (actually, I don’t have any desire for soccer, but I have played and done all sorts of other things that I never would have done because I had determined that I was not good at, therefore would not do…but now I do things that I thought I was “bad” at, and realized that even if I am not good at those things (well, I haven’t played them my whole life, after all!), they are still fun!! Haha, who knew you can have fun without having to be an expert??!! Go figure.

So, now here I am, I committed to a 30 day challenge to write every day…9 days in and I’ve already missed writing for 5 of those days. And, I will be honest, I have felt pangs of guilt throughout the past few days about not writing…but have just said to myself that that is not how I operate, I do not make goals to feel guilty when I “fail”…in fact, setting goals for me is about being committed enough to stay with them even when they get tough…but not being so attached to them that I beat myself up if things don’t look or go the way I thought they were going to. Over the past few days I have had all sorts of conversations with myself about this. I have had to remind myself that I set my 30 day challenge to be creative and expressive and help myself write more…not to make myself feel badly if I am busy and get caught up and miss a day (or 5!). I also realized that I write when I am inspired…I write about things that ignite me, and that I feel passionate about (not to say that I am not, NOT inspired and/or ignited every single day, by something or someone around me, but it’s not always at the moment that I allotted for my writing that day!)…I don’t just write every day to fill a quota.

I have already had such a good lesson from my August challenge!! I am not writing a novel (right now!) or have a deadline to my editor (YET!), so I will continue on my path the way I am going. I am still committed to my writing challenge for this month, but I am also committed to supporting myself along the way (because, if I don’t support and champion for mySELF, then I will never be able to support and champion for ANYone else along the way…).

I love you, yogis. I hope you challenge yourself to do and try new things every single day. As I am realizing, “being good” at something has nothing to do with my ability, and everything to do with my intention. “Failure” only exists if I say it exists.

Love and special unicorn kisses,
-Ida xx