Step 2 : Loyalty

Step 2 of 12: See #1 Blueprint

Loyalty – What does this mean?

What does this word loyalty first make you think of? What visualizations come to mind? It typically sends us by the droves to the idea of friends, family, God, perhaps a heritage — dare I say country?

Women: We may not be our past but we cannot deny how history is still with us.

Society, may not be innocent. History does have the word “his” built into its structure. Perhaps, we have come a long way but attached to this word Loyalty are codes of behavior defining our role and sexuality as it pertains to a man or our man. Why? Naturally, some cultures reiterate more than others, but bottom line here is that:

Loyalty starts and ends with you.

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Stay true to what it is that your heart sings.

True to the words you have said out loud. The ideas you have committed to and the actions you have planned. Be loyal to yourself and those that are depending on you, no matter how scary it may seem or how much work is staring you in the face, and despite all those that stand in your way. Be the best you can be. You don’t need anyone’s approval. Practice Swadhyaya.

Perseverance: Loyalty’s right hand woman

Sometimes you are going to put your kindness out there. You are going to go the extra mile and say something when someone else does not. You are going to assume the responsibility, the fault, the whatever it is – You’ll throw it on your back, metaphorically, because you’re strong enough to carry it, particularly when you know it needs to be carried and have the sense of the bigger picture: it means everything to just do it.

And- when you do and are met with nothing but resistance.. From friends no less? From family, even?

This is your trying moment.

When you’re backed by humility & morality, all of your good effort and karmic pleasantries:

                 — that you pulled from deep inside yourself, in the way a                        seed pushes through soil, despite the gravity—

And you are met with contrarians, people bent on arguing because they’re uncomfortable. Their upset is beyond even their comprehension but still, it falls in your lap. How will you console them, and pursue greatness even if these two things seem to be in direct competition?

This is the moment you cannot be disgusted by them or their confusion. It is this moment that you have to persevere and say your message one more time with an even greater amount of love — and then peace out.

“… And I knew that as long as I had that disgust, the world would evade me and I would evade myself. I knew that the basic error in living was finding cockroaches disgusting. Finding disgust in the thought of kissing a leper was my missing the primary life inside me… for disgust contradicts me, contradicts the matter in me.”

-Clarice Lispector, “The Passion According to G.H.”

The energy of loyalty helps you remain true to yourself. Once you have learned how to do that, you can be loyal through and through, without forgetting yourself.

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Third Eye Chakra : Ajna

One major detail regarding Chakras: They are energetic centers. (see subtle body) The energy within a chakra can be in deficiency, surplus, or balanced and free flowing. Don’t know where to begin? Read Chakras- At-A-Glance.

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Ajna: The 3rd Eye Chakra: The 6th Chakra: The Sanskrit word AJNA translates to        “Command or Authority.”  It is located in the center of the eyebrows. The THIRD Chakra is enriched by the color violet or a glowing iridescent blue.

Appropriately, the AJNA is associated with all elements particularly that of Space, as this tattva is a portal for intuition.

  • In the THIRD EYE wisdom and humanity are matured and we’re able to bridge the gap between our grounded human experience and that of the elevated Divine Consciousness. AJNA is is a powerful conduit for visualizations as it is closely tied to the optical nerves. It is also one of the final points of the Ida and Pingala Nadis, where our lunar-masculine and solar-feminine energies converge.
  • The THIRD EYE Chakra is represented by a two-petaled lotus. One petal stands for GU (darkness/ignorance) and the other RU (light/knowledge.) Together these syllables bring Paravidya, “complete” knowledge forward as opposed to Aparavidyā, “incomplete” knowledge, ruled by the intellect and limited. This complete knowledge engages with the Higher Self in a constant way and reminds us of the duality that exists in nature.

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  • The animal for AJNA is the Ardhamatra. This is an incredibly elusive Sanskrit word that doesn’t have a ton of information out there, however my interpretation is that it is best expressed as birds of prey. Hawks, Falcons, Eagles, Owls, etc.
    These birds are nurturing and intuitive, historical and have a reptilian element to them. They bring keen observation, and great responsibility. They rarely miss the mark as they are the epitome of integrity.  Because the element celebrated here is space, it is said that the THIRD EYE Chakra is where the wings of the soul can finally unfold and take flight. Find a way to connect to the powerful grace of Birds of Prey.

    Ground yourself to better soar: Counter-intuitive but critical:     The thin line between inspiration and insanity. 

“What is the difference between a comedian and a homeless person screaming in the subway?”

A paying audience. 

The awakening of AJNA is critical for personal evolution. Until our THIRD EYE is awakened, we are often incapable of understanding ourselves. The abilities that lie in AJNA are of great assistance for those suffering from psychic problems. (ALL OF US)

The GuRu Principle provides us with Viveka: the ability to discern reality from unreality. A balanced THIRD EYE is the antidote to:

  • depression
  • personality disorders
  • anti-social disorder
  • schizophrenia
  • any time you feel out of control or overwhelmed by emotions

AJNA penetrates the subtle world, all that we experience yet cannot put into words. Yogic philosophy has coined these experiences as our ‘inner cause’ or more completely stated, the origin of thought, as Antahkaranaand this one concept is comprised of the cooperation of four functionalities.

  1. Manas: The low-level mind; Sensory perceptions. All of our physical attributes.

  2. Chitta: The subconscious; Impressions we use to navigate experience.

  3. Ahamkara: The ego. Our constructed identity                                                                 ( Unconscious + Subconscious + Consciousness)

  4. Buddhi: Inner wisdom; Higher Self; Divine Consciousness.


 If your THIRD EYE Chakra is blocked:


The nature of society is a judgmental one, and the pitfall of being part of a community is that we sometimes borrow other people’s logic and language to discredit who and what we are in order to fit in. We feel nuts for the things we think and see behind closed eyes. We do not trust the process of life. We often compare ourselves to other people.

“I shall never be able to understand it, but there must be someone who can. And I shall have to create that someone who can inside myself.”  

– Excerpt from ‘The Passion according to G.H.’

We condemn ourselves for our own beautiful and natural sixth sense because this sensitivity makes us vulnerable and who wants that? So, we reject it. We kick and scream.

Symptoms may include:

  • You’re lacking the big picture of life and feel constricted by circumstance
  • Feel as though you cannot progress towards your goals
  • Reject spiritual aspects or connections in life 
  • Narrow-minded thinking and behavior
  • Lack of clarity or focus


If AJNA is Over-Active:



There is regular mind stuff, but there’s other stuff that rises to the surface of our cognitive experience. All of that strange chemical stirring is energy. That’s all it is. You can hardly believe it, right? But energy can sometimes be too much. It can control our every move, charging us to act on things that are not rooted in reality. They can distract and disconnect us from the human experience.  When your visions go beyond inspiration or meditative trance and instead lessen the power of your Antahkarana (functionality), you know its time to get grounded. 

  • You are often lost in fantasy
  • Over-indulgent in thoughts and visions
  • Talk a lot about things that you want to do but are not actually working towards
  • Have dreams every night or very frequently
  • Thoughts of Grandeur – Self Important
  • headaches
  • insomnia
  • vertigo
  • nausea


Balancing your THIRD EYE Chakra:



Meditation: The third eye is the center of higher wisdom. We have already stated how this chakra is guided by Viveka, clarity, and the GURU Principle of bringing oneself out of darkness and into the light. Silence the mental chatter, the to-do’s lists, all of your worrying that comes between you and your Higher Self. 

  • Visually: See your THIRD EYE in the center of your eyebrows. It is no mistake that the eyes are called a window into the soul. Envision blue, purple, and iridescent hues coming together in the magnificent texture and depth we often see in the universe of someone’s eye. 

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  • Musically: Repeat “AUM.” This is the phonetic spelling of the Sansksrit word and concept of OM. The sound “A” starts way back in the back of the throat with a wide open smiling mouth, continuing to the “AU” (O-sound) with lips pursed in a circular shape, to the final closed lips vibrating an “M,” and continuing audible vibrations until all breath has left the lungs. 

The mantra associated with AJNA’s energetic shift :

ASATO MĀ SAT GAMAYA –

Lead us from unreality to reality

TAMASO MĀ JYOTIR GAMAYA –

Lead us from darkness to light

Watch me sing it here. 😉

Acknowledge Your Surrounding: You are not alone. Everything is a message or symbol. Remember you are connected to everything, which means everything is also connected to you. 

Bugs – The eternal darkness of the underworld, the primordial, the behind the scenes, literally OM: the deep vibration or pulse at the center of the earth. The sight of them can sometimes be uncomfortable but their rituals bear the true essence of survival and cooperation. If anything their presence gives us a better understanding of the word “busy.” Nature never rushes, yet everything gets done. 

Animals – Do you randomly have cameos in your life? Like that time you saw an owl in the middle of the day, or a mountain lion, a fox that no one else caught a glimpse of. Something rare and unexpected that was specially created for you alone. Since the beginning of time, animals have taken on a variety of  significance across cultures. Everything has a purpose, and a sighting should be regarded as the blessing that it is. 

Words – Have you ever seen a billboard at the perfect moment, a random sticker when you least expect it, some message that is left there for you even though it didn’t have your name written with it? It could be a full sentence or just a phrase that somehow taps into the inside joke that only you and someone else may know of? How is this happening and why at this particular moment when it matters so much? The Universe has an amazing sense of humor and irony is never lost on her. 

Scents – Do you smell things at times that are not actually there? Is this your brain triggering a memory or chemicals playing tricks on you. Why does someone bring a smell into your world at that particular moment, and why did your olfactory gland commit that smell to memory in such a critical way that you feel the emotionally connected to a scent?

Songs – Ever notice how your iPod or radio plays songs you were thinking of, perhaps a song you wanted to hear? Is this coincidence, or not?

Random Vehicles – What about directly introducing symbols and messages into your daily life. Do you write down your dreams and reflect upon them? Do you read your horoscope or play with tarot cards with friends or a lover? 

Consider yourself an Artist. And art as a way of living:

Creativity is a very efficient way to let go of what is taking up space in your logical mind. It is also really helpful to think of your habits and the way you interpret the events of your life as an art form. This world is beautiful, enjoy it! The sound of the ocean, the bloom of a flower, the song of a bird, and the sweet smell of rain – all ask nothing from you. Do your part and put some beauty back in while you can. 

  • For those who are blocked : Use the senses to drift into a dream-like state.
  • Be curious about symbolic meanings, from different cultures and time periods
  • Surround yourself in nature, meditative walks in the forest.
  • Find something or some event as your GURU. Use this to initiate new behavior that goes away from darkness and into the light. 
  • For those that are over-active : Limit yourself to one vision, do your best to stay with it, reduce it to a form, a shape, a color, a texture – something concrete and manifest that into reality using your hands and focused energy. 

 Asana:

Naturally, movement is one of the greatest ways to move energy throughout the Chakra system. Almost all poses – simply because a quiet mind and setting intentions for a practice helps stabilize the THIRD EYE Chakra, but there are some poses in particular that should help to create a free flow of energy in AJNA.
  • Child’s Pose (Balasana)
  • Belly down Savasana with head resting on top of stacked closed fists.
  • Up-Dog / Cobra / Locust – focusing on opening the THIRD EYE Chakra
  • Standing Half Forward Bend (Ardha Uttanasana)
  • Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
  • Wild Thing (Flipped Dog)
  • Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana)

 



If your THIRD EYE Chakra is balanced:



Only wisdom and clarity of consciousness liberate us from Samskara. This is the Sanskrit word to describe the impressions we have recorded from very early in our development. It is the stories we repeat and react to in the life we think we are having instead of manifesting a life we love. It is the unhealthy cycles that we are liable to repeat and have mistakenly attached to our identity. The THIRD EYE is the only way to see the wisdom already residing deep within. To be centered in the AJNA means to be perfectly conscious holding ourselves as the GURU of every experience and to behave with Viveka.

 

Chakras At a Glance

Imagine a deck of cards shuffling before you.. Each card represents an idea, a challenge or circumstance, a style, a certain way of thinking, mannerisms, determination and doubt, some narrative that repeats, lessons you have learned and pass to others, the stories you tell. This is your hand. In essence, this is your life. Every day, if you try, is a day to draw another card into your hand. You have the chance for endless combinations. How will these new cards interact with what you are already holding and like all good card games, you get to discard.

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The chakras is a story of becoming – the building of a perfect hand. Or a tale of waking Kundalini : aka moving her through 7 energetic centers.

Kundalini, represented by a snake, is the spiritual energy which lies dormant in all of us. Practitioners of Kundalini Yoga emphasize that Meditation, Pranayama, Kriyas and Asana are a means to cultivate this energy and transform it into Divine Consciousness.

Why would a snake represent consciousness?

Because a snake can literally shed its skin and re-create itself. This animal embodies the ultimate design of renewal: releasing that which blocks growth. It seems so obvious now that it would be a snake, right? Duh.

redroot.jpg1. Okay, so this snake, aka our unconsciousness as she has not woken just yet. (The things we have no idea about- past lives shit- cruel karmic stuff) is located in MULADHARA. (the 1st or Root Chakra). Root as in the lowest spot if we are seated. It is the stuff we think we need, the source of our greed and impatience. Wait, why is our unconscious resting in our anus? Who put it there? Why would the constant burning yearning desire for for things like food and shelter be sitting in my ass, perhaps making me act like an asshole? Hmmm…

 

orangewater22. The subconscious (the things we feel, but really don’t understand- aka memories and trauma) is caught up in SWADISTHANA (the 2nd or Sacral Chakra.) So, all of our feel good- ice cream truck song memories- as well as the really fucked up shit we’ve been through is bottled up in our genitals. That’s right our subconscious feelings, every last emotion, all of our water-like qualities are in touch with our reproductive hormones. Whaaat? My trauma is connected to my baby-maker? FUCK. To boot, this is a circular chakra with, as you guessed it, cyclical movement, the habits and routines- some are totally crazy and others mundane. Our apathy and indifference, our uproar and mania, that mistake we can’t stop making is all here in our sexuality. The things we just accept, the “Fair-Enoughs” of the world. If we never move Kundalini past this point, we run the risk of experiencing a life that can’t get deeper than the surface or learn from a mistake. Do you want all the beauty of this world and all of your transformative power to be out of reach? Probably not.

yellowfire.jpg3. Kundalini is kind of awake in MANIPURA (the 3rd or Solar Plexus Chakra.) She’s tossing and turning pulling the covers off, exposing her position now in the belly-button. From the gut of your experience, consciousness is preparing, stretching, and beginning to rise. Do you think critically about the shit you’re going through or are you a zombie? Whatever you do, don’t go full zombie. This is the place of your instinctual sensation. Any last one of us can slip into old habits if we’re not careful to avoid blind reaction, if we’re not diligent to take a moment and be conscious. At this point, we are slowly advancing, generating the willpower to make the day and life as we want it, but are we strong enough? Do we have the confidence or would we rather just stay sleeping? How lazy are you? Did you just hit snooze three times? Really? Three times. Also, didn’t you say you weren’t going to drink last night? Don’t be pathetic. But we’re not pathetic. We know we have to wake up. We know what the day will bring. We’ve made our lists- We’ve got our flippy-floppys! You are adjusting to the light and with a squint you and Kundalini have accepted the duty as consciousness. We acknowledge what we are and what we’re not and that it takes all kinds, but above all else, to thine own self be true.

anahata with eight petals inside4. Finally, Kundalini becomes animated in ANAHATA (the 4th or Heart chakra) and we are upright. Extending in all directions, you open your chest to roll out the neck and shoulders. She unfolds to the beat of your heart and you too are filled with an expansive feeling of happiness and love. She moves in contractions which if you’ve seen any birthing scene, has intense pain followed by incredible relief and clearing. Often when finding compassion with others, we have to first start with ourselves. It is no mistake that flight attendants tell us to first secure our own mask before assisting others. In order to find your rhythm you have to get out of  your own way. Dancing does not to begin with thinking, instead you have to be light on your toes and lightly pervade everything. Here your consciousness is a sense of peace and grace, and by grace I mean you care and respect for all living things. All things? Ahimsa? Yes, even that guy. You’re limited by nothing, not even that guy…. Do you see how once you elevate yourself, you become untouchable? Oxygenated blood flows in abundance circulating and vitalizing the entire system with compassion and creativity and with each breath cycle you magnetize more energy to move or dance. 😉

blue purification5. What would creativity and compassion be if it wasn’t shouted into the world and communicated directly to the hearts of everyone sharing this experience. Kundalini uses our throats in VISSHUDI (the 5th or Throat chakra) to give sound to our thoughts. The beat from our heart turns into song here. The vibration of our vocal chords purifies thoughts and we become compelling. Say whaaat? If and only if we have tapped into our truth, understood the art of silence, and acknowledged the connection to everything around us. If and only if, I learn to take pleasure in vulnerability and communicate in every experience with the intention of making it a spiritual one, will I find my voice. And, when we do we can literally bring people together and create reality. And like Kundalini, we become magical, matching our outsides with our insides. Nothing stands in your way, as you are part of everything, having embodied all the elements, and can will every thing into cooperation. Boom!

thirdeyevision.png6. Wholly complete, the consciousness gazes out onto the horizon from AJNA (The 6th or Third Eye Chakra.) Maybe it’s not a horizon, maybe it’s a planetary view, or the eyes of a dog or maybe its a horrific scary scene, your worst nightmare in fact, things you don’t want to know, can’t handle or aren’t ready for. One simply can’t predict Third Eye visions but active listening is required for good communication, and active living is required for contentment. You must be part of the process particularly if you seek enlightenment. You must be your own GuRu – Out of the Darkness and into the light. Without effort from you, Kundalini will stay coiled until you’re ready to explore AND utilize your spiritual energy. You have to apply wisdom and Viveka, the discernment of reality from unreality. Our two physical eyes see the past and the present, while the Third Eye reveals the future. And together, it is God. It is the God in you. It is waking the God that has been in you and opening his or her eye in the middle of your eyebrows. You were born with it right there all along and never even knew.

WAIT… Hold the fuck on! A snake, named Kundalini, that happens to be resting in my ass will eventually wake up, move through my sexuality, my instinct, my heart, give my my voice and then take me to meet God through the visions of my Third Eye – the connection to the Divine Consciousness? And I have to make sense out of all of it? I have to be the one to say what is real and what is not? Yes. Fuck. The body will function of course without cultivating this awareness BUT you will inevitably remain unconscious. (FULL ZOMBIE)

whitepurplelight.jpg7. Kundalini is calmly smelling the air around her as she is erect at SAHASRARA (The 7th and Crown Charka) This is it. That bridge is finally complete. Construction is over. The last piece of the puzzle has been pressed down and smoothed over. Your connection to the future has been finalized, well not even, it’s the future past and present in one experience. Time slows down and you become aware of how everything is completely interwoven, now that time can’t play tricks on your experience. It is all one. You are living and trusting, trusting because you are alive and alive because you have faith that this life is exactly what it is supposed to be. This is living meditation. This is Bliss.

~Namaste~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tapasya (Niyama #3)

 

Tapasya -तपस्य – Fire from Austerity – Tapasya is practicing your will power for life.

It is an excellent and powerful tool to enhance any burning passion found within.  Tapas, the root word, means fire. But what does austerity mean? [We often think of austerity as governmental measures taken to restore public finances, like lowering budgets, spending cuts, or a hiring freeze, but really, Austerity just means something like: A Pause.]

Fire from Austerity is a lot like maintaining commitment and extreme concentration through sustained self control.

  • Why is self control important?

Because you are strong enough to not give in to the whiny baby residing in your adult form. Exhibit retraint and  have the fortitude to overcome the

  • “I’m tired..”
  • “I’m hungry..”
  • “I don’t want to..”

 Self-control is not only to be understood as negative reinforcement. It could be postive efforts of doing something you don’t want to, and enduring it with patience and dedication.

  • Tapasya can be understood as commitment:

 As in you are comitted to what you are currently involved in, no distractions, no shortcuts, no justifying, no excuses, and absolutely no examining options or doubts of, “What if?” when things become difficult.

  • Tapasya is at the heart of the greater good, and begs the question,

“Do the ends justify the means?”

“Are your activities in line with your cause or are they beyond the scope of what it is you have already committed to.”

 

 

 

 

Santosha (Niyama #2)

Santosha –संतोष- Contentment. Being content is like almost being happy.

Or allowing yourself to be happy-ish, because there are literally thousands of things to be unhappy about, to work on, to analyze, to complain about, etc. Practicing Santosha is imagining for just a moment, every moment, that you love your life just because you get to live it. 

We have three critical pitfalls when it comes to contentment:

  • Thinking that happiness is a static emotion. It isn’t. It never was. Your reactions and choice to be happy is directly related to the weight you give events, things, people, factors in your life.
  • Creating unrealistic conditions by which you can feel and experience happiness. The modernity with which we live and the technology that has transformed our relations into more of a voyeur, where we consume others rather than know them, coupled by our multi-tasking and overloading of data can condition someone into thinking that they are so far from what, or who they “need” to be happy.
  • Attaching your happiness to something that is out of your control. You are not the job you wanted, nor are you the apartment you applied for, not the pimple on your nose, or the travel plans or relationship that fell apart. You were lucky to be part of or taken out of these temporary states of existence because it was the beauty of your unique path. With this practice you will find a deep sense of appreciation for just being.

Practicing Santosha is in part a process of surrendering.

No doubt there will be events that make you scream for joy, and cry with pain, but surrendering that these events are in a constant state of self-balancing will grant you an awareness of how lucky you are to include them all in your story.

Santosha is where life begins. 

 

Understanding [the] Mind

Mind, Body, and Spirit: The Three Unifying Elements of Humans.

Mind: The mind needs carbohydrates and rest more than it needs anything else.

In essence, the mind is the fat bastard who loves nachos and extra cheese pizza. You know her, all she wants to do is chill, maybe talk about the universe, and you wonder if she is really that lazy. Can anyone be this lazy?

Your brain signals the what, how, and when to everything else in your body.

  • You may not be aware of how much you think, and if you don’t fancy yourself an intellectual, that’s fine. The sheer energy it takes to process the stimulus from a city’s commute, or lets say a binge session of a dramatic television series can really drain brainpower, slow down electrical patterns and overall functioning.

Your brain must sleep. You need downtime to be more effective and attentive during your on time.

  • This on time can be something as benign as work, or a passionate art project, but basically anything that requires sustained cognitive and executive functioning. Without proper rest, you do not have the same ability to process thoughts or emotions and what was once simple and mundane becomes inordinately difficult.

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Your mood is directly associated with how well your mind can receive and process information.

  • These are not the same skills. REPEAT. Receiving is not Processing. 
  1. Receiving information is the first and most important detail if and when we talk about a mind body connection. One has to trust that the intuitive information they feel or hear from their heart and/or gut. This is a lot harder said than done. Why do you think so many people take prescription medication?
  2. Processing information is the retrieval of your feelings and thoughts. They of course aren’t in English. That would be too easy. No one is writing a well-edited essay about how you feel and emailing it to you. It is all in code, and comprehending each thought and word, which may not be in correct order, is a lot of work and a bit like translation. This is the secondary phase of connecting the mind and body and just as difficult as the first, as is every step in the process of increasing awareness.

What does awareness or mindfulness even mean? This is the art of listening to our inner selves, and when we talk about it like this, it seems like a very kind and obvious thing to do. We are, quite literally, the only one we can talk to. If we continue to ignore ourselves we are the creators of our own alienation and discrimination. The means to achieving this bond with oneself and maintaining the mind-body connection is a process that will look differently for each and every person.

For example: Visual people are much more efficient in translating how they feel into words, as they can see it play out in their mind. However, some adults, maybe with or without a dysfunctional youth, may not have had the ability as children to get to know their inner voice, and now many years later have to retrain their ears, just to be able to listen. These are all equally difficult and important steps to building inner strength.

  • Once the bridge is made connecting how you feel with what you are thinking– its awesome! This aha moment will take you to a new phase. It is here where you will find yourself in what most people call a well-adjusted state, or demonstrating adaptability. This doesn’t mean that all of a sudden nothing bad happens!*

*Side note: We will never be that unfortunate, as each shitty event is a great opportunity to become an even better individual. Never forget that, as it is a sure fire way to understand that becoming upset in the face of conflict is utterly useless. REPEAT. Utterly Useless.

Goals of The Mind Body Connection:

  • You will have the tools to process thoughts and emotions.

  • Your inner strength will give you the words necessary to communicate these feelings outwards.

  • You can achieve understanding and grant compassion to the world around and in you.

 

How to Begin (the mind-body-exchange)

How can you, the creator of all the procrastination and laziness that has brought you to this point, also be your motivation?

You can start by understanding laziness is no reflection of strength. We are lazy because we live in a world where we do not have to do much of anything to get by. We are inherently lazy as any human would be, living in an environment that is bent on creating and advertising an even easier path of least resistance. This is okay, and mostly not your fault, but it can all be turned around through the accumulation of changing many – and by many I mean thousands upon thousands of tiny details, habits, steps etc.   😉

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Think about the areas of your life that are flourishing and then envision them even better. What did you have to do to get there? If you want to get the most of out of this site and you: Trust that you are here for a reason. Read my words as if they are written by a dear friend, and start at the beginning. Understand the Mind, then the Body, and then the Spirit.  Then once you are ready for movement, you can begin here

For example, never ever tell yourself that it is okay to not cook dinner. If you want to eat out for a celebration, go ahead. If you want to reheat some leftovers of that soup or stew you made on Sunday, go ahead. But if its Tuesday night, and you are going to order a pizza, or throw a frozen burrito in the microwave. Quit it. Right now!

You’re not a child. No one needs to make food for you. If you think that you are too busy or distracted by something other than preparing the food that will go inside of you, you are confirming that that bit of distraction, be it Facebook, Instagram, or TV is more important than the food you need to be healthy and live.

You understand how dramatic that is?                             Now, cook your food, and cook it often.

Take care of yourself. If after a few days that you have been keeping up with the goal of going to the gym, you may feel like you are getting bored. Perhaps you could get a notebook and write what you do, what you eat, and how you feel everyday. Even if that day, it was someone’s birthday at the office and you had cupcakes and beer for dinner! You can only approach progress by being honest with where you are when you begin, and how you change along the way.

A dinner that has colorful cupcakes and beer in it is not terrible, that night brought you laughter and this is just as important for your soul as jogging and salad is for your form.

If your approach to changing your habits is strong, then your foundation will be, and as long as you come back to the core that wants to live mindfully, as in with a mind-body connection, then you will not be derailed from anything.

You must change the relationship you keep with yourself. Notice what you give effort and what you do not. You must listen to and challenge yourself, no one else can. You have to trust the process of experience, embrace the moment — because every thing will be exactly what you make it, so make this life beautiful. AND Follow this Blog, please. [top right of the screen]