today in class one of my graduate student friends said that most college students have some defining moment or realization of who their going to be for the rest of their lives. interestingly enough I feel as though that question raises more questions for me. like why the hell do I have to choose someone to be? Can’t I just just dance around my life and not pick some mold to step into? I hate the thought of becoming someone I’m meant to be. I think I’m just meant to be. blrgghh.
Just began the show Girls. OMG this is my life. STOP IT.
Often I forget that my yoga practice isn’t just the meditation and Asanas. There is so much more than that. Transformations soon to come.
I would like to take time on my blog to give thanks for all the blessed parts of my life. My healthy loving family who motivates me each day to wake up and achieve. My pets who greet me lovingly each day when I return home and cuddle me to sleep each night. I am very thankful to be in college at a wonderful university where I can advance my career options and enhance the way I think each day. I am thankful for my legs that carry me to and fro, my arms that can give the best hugs, my ears that hear beautiful music and different languages. And last but not least all of those people in my life that make me smile and bring light into my life because I really believe that life is the moments we share with others. XO - happy turkey day ya’ll
I have been feeling really hard on myself this holiday season and getting flak from the skinny girl on my shoulder and my family about my weight. I want to try this meditation each day for the next month and see what happens to my attitude. Please join me if you want some more love for yourself. and God knows we all need it. - Compliments of http://www.owningpink.com/2009/06/08/mojo-mondays-bless-own-your-body
1. Sit or lie in a comfortable position.
2. Take three deep breaths into your abdomen and let your body relax.
3. Imagine an image of love (your smiling face, your partner, your child, the sun) in front of you. Take in the loving, warm energy through your third eye (between your two eyes) and direct it, in turn, to each part of your body. Begin with your head and continue down your body to every little part- your hair, your eyes, your nose, your ears, your lips, your cheekbones, your neck, your shoulders, your breasts, your arms, your hands, your belly, your waist, your butt, your back, your genitals, your hips, your thighs, your legs, your ankles, your feet, your toes.
4. Observe any judgments you notice about each body part as you send loving energy.Your judgments often present themselves as blocks when you try to send loving, smiling energy. For example, smile to your arms and notice any judgments that you may have come to your consciousness- “weak, flabby, skin is dry and scaly, ugly elbows, too hairy.” Or in my case, “poochy belly- demonstrates a weakness in me that I can’t control my gut and it insists on sticking out.”
5. Send smiling energy to the body part and shift your intention to see all of the strengths that she possesses, using words silently or aloud to enumerate her positive qualities- “my arms are capable of expressing love, carrying my children, writing, and praying, and they are a beautiful dark brown.” Or in my case, “my belly carried my incredible daughter and helped me bring life into the world. My belly gives Matt and Siena a place to rest their heads when we’re snuggling. Thank you belly.”
6. Imagine the energy of your judgments being released and sent out of your body through your hands and feet. It is helpful to imagine your judgments have a particular color or texture. As you breathe in, send smiling, warm energy to your body part. As you breathe out, imagine the smiling energy filling that part and the judgmental energy flowing out and down your arms or legs and out of your body into the ground.
7. Continue to each body part that you wish to address, becoming aware of your judgments and sending loving energy and affirmations to replace the judgments. The more specific you can be about your judgments and, in particular, your affirmations, the more “clearing” will take place.
8. When you are finished, shake your hands and feet to release any of the trapped negative emotions you may still hold.
Do this daily for the next month, then reassess and see how you feel
Sitting and wiggling to this song in Lakota Coffe.
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