Yoga Poems and Readings  Comments Off on Humility
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.

To be younger next year … Continue reading »


 Yoga Poems and Readings  Comments Off on Patience
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 »

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.