Humility

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Mar 142013
 

Humility ….pause, breathe and pull yourself away from your computer!

Join me for a short ride in examining humility in your life:

Humility is a interesting word and I believe it has given humble people a “less than”rap in our society . The synonyms in the dictionary are submissive, meek, lowly…….HMMM , not what I believe is humility. A definition I thought was getting closer to what I perceive.. Humility is ” the quality of being modest and respectful, a righteous virtue”. Then I read on and it described humility as an egoless self. HMMMM, egoless self , I don’t know …..maybe there a place for a balanced ego?

Here are a few quotes that made sense me. Take 5 minutes (1 minute each question) to contemplate on how these statement may impact your life.

  1. Humility fights against excessive self pride.  Think about a situation that self pride took over your being. What action would you like to have done differently in this encounter?
  2. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own innate powers you cannot be successful or happy !  In what situation did you doubt your abilities? What thoughts and actions could you have recruited of your humble but reasonable confidence and innate powers to make you happier or more content.
  3. The higher we are placed , the humbler we Continue reading »

Younger Next Year

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Mar 012013
 

Younger Next Year” by authors Chris Crowley and Harry Lodge is one of the books I life my life by. I highly recommend picking up a copy, but here is my adaptation to get you started.  ~ Barb

younger-bookHere are some VALUABLE lifestyle habits to adopt. You only have one life, no dress rehearsals so get younger every year and subscribe to the following philosophies…..

Buy a heart rate monitor/step counter watch (cheapest and best Smart heart at Wallmart or London drugs about 30.00). Put your watch on in the morning when you get up, take off at bedtime. It is part of you now.

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Patience

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Feb 062013
 

Sometimes I am impatient in my yoga practise. Many times I am impatient in traffic. Frequently I am impatient and find myself wanting to finish peoples sentences. Often I am impatient in learning a new task, working through difficulties in a relationship and wanting others to understand my point of view.

The art of patience has been under rated in our society. Patience is defined as a state of endurance under difficult circumstance, a means of preserving in the face of provocation,without activating annoyance or anger in a negative way.

Through my yoga practise my body has taught my mind to experience patience both on the mat (my physical yoga practise) and off the mat (my living in the world).

Here are the five “A”‘s of patience: Continue reading »

The Serenity of Yin and the Courage of Yang

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Jan 132013
 

Do you live your life in balance of yin and yang energies?

Yang thinking and living is the right side of our being, the light and determined side that pushes through each occurrence with abiding energy and passion. Yang behaviors love to control and force situations to happen. They are the leaders, the planners , the goers and doers of life.

Yin thinking and living is the left side of our being, the dark and quiet side that sits and listens in the moment. Yin behaviors will give up control and surrender to what is, peeling the layers of lifes complexity and softening the monkey mind so to dwell in peace.

My being loves Yang lifestyle. I love to plan new adventures,to find challenges to overcome, to hike mountains to feel the power of my thighs ,to push through my assertive yoga practise to perfect another pose, to give back to humanity by Continue reading »

Say YES to life

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Dec 242012
 
Each day I wake up in Puerto Vallarta in the winter and Vancouver in the summer and I am  delighted to be living my dream of teaching yoga each day, hiking two times a week and generally smelling and eating up the moments of my splendid existence.
One of my favorite poets is Mary Oliver.  Her quotes and poems tickle my spirit to say yes to life each and every day.
Here is a sampling of Mary’s passionate approach to living in bliss:
“When all is over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made my life particular and real. When it is all over I want to shout . . . I was a bride married to amazement.  I was the groom taking the world in my arms. I don,t want to end up simply having visited the world “

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Fearless Living

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Dec 072012
 

The feeling of fear is useful sometimes. It startles us away from danger. It warns us to be wary of moving too quickly in decisions. It beckons us to contemplate all sides of what could be.

But many of us let fear rule our world, debilitate our souls to move forward in life.

My yoga practise has taught me to be less fearful, to grasp life and go for it, to cherish the impossible, to breathe, to feel, to be present when things get tough and to trust ” I do know.”

I love these few quotes that I keep dear to my heart when fear knocks at my door.  I am sorry I do not know the authors names.

Fear is the cheapest room in the house I would like to see you living in better conditions. 

Fear is only as deep as the mind allows

Fear always springs from ignorance 

Fear equals F=false E=evidence A=appearing R = real….false evidence appearing real 

Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed. 

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer that brings total obliteration. I will face my fears. Will permit it to pass through ,me and when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see it,s path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I remain. 

This poem changed my life. It was my mantra when I doubted myself and wanted to hide from life.

I will not live an unlived life
I will not live in fear of falling and catching fire. Continue reading »

Destroyer of Obstacles

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Nov 252012
 

ganeshaGanesha is a deity who is the destroyer of all obstacles, evil, vanity, pride and selfishness and the promoter of success. He also is the guider of knowledge and wisdom .  Ganesha, being the destroyer of obstacles and the lord of Good fortune is the mentor of practicing a puja, a quiet meditation to identify a problem or a struggle you are having in your life.  It can also be a time to practice and appreciate the feeling gratitude in your life.  It is a common practice in India.

When I traveled to India my yoga practice started each day with a puja.

Try it …lie on your stomach, forehead into the ground (this is the connection of your third eye, an energy center called a chakra, a center of wisdom).  Think of one obstacle you have in your life and keep saying it over and over again without trying to figure out how to solve it.

If you don’t have an obstacle right now, center your mind and heart on all the good fortune and gratitude you have in your life.

Spend 5 minutes centering your meditation on these concepts.

Good luck in getting to know a life of good fortune.

What Will Matter?

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Nov 252012
 

What matters most to you in life? Many of us are so busy doing and producing we forget to remember the essence of why we are on this earth and how the value of our days on earth will be measured.

Here is a poem by Michael Josephson that brings clarity to me about my choices I can make in my life.

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass onto someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do list will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won’t matter where you came from, what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.
What will matter is not your successes but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not how many people knew you but how many feel a lasting loss when your gone.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered , by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters.

May I suggest . . . . . go for a quiet walk or sit in your meditation and ask yourself today, don’t wait . . . .

“HOW WILL THE VALUE OF MY DAYS BE REMEMBERED?”

Namaste. May the reverence in me salute the reverence in you.

Barb

Peaceful tree at the top of Haleakala – Hawaii – November 2012

 

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