Daily Vibe

  • Desire: Friend or Foe?

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    We all have things we want...

    Travel Love World Peace Zen Happiness Partnership Bad A** yogi status (kidding...kinda) A top-of-the-line yoga mat

    We all have things we don’t want...

    Failure Boredom Conflict Stress Sadness Loneliness A slippery yoga mat (so annoying, right?)

    All of this is Desire and our friend Desire can be a simultaneous bi*ch and goddess, echoing the long-standing lyrics of Meredith Brook’s 90's classic “I’m a bi*ch, I’m a lover…” I know you know it. Don't deny it.

    Anyways, sometimes Desire delivers. Sometimes she teases. Sometimes she says, “Heck no."

    When Desire says yes, life is just glorious. We are swimming in joy! When she teases, life is stimulating and perhaps a little nerve-wrecking. Excitement is brewing! We are living on the edge! When she says no…oh man. Life can really take an alarming turn. No one digs rejection.

    But guess what? Desire says, “Deal with it.” Deal with the highs. Deal with the lows. Deal with the in betweens. How you deal with your wants – your yums and yucks - is what matters.

    Wanting and not wanting will happen if you’re human. Even if you go off the grid and live a nomadic lifestyle you’ll still have wants, like not wanting to be attacked by a bear or wanting to gobble down some blackberries. Desire is a part of your human experience. The thing is, you can’t let it derail you when it doesn’t deliver. You can’t count on it too much. You gotta be cool with Desire when you don’t get your way.

    Can you do that?  

    I know you can. And you should. Because when you don’t get your way, it’s usually the Universe’s way of saving you or steering you in a brighter direction. Sure, it might not feel that way in the moment, but have a little faith. The Universe is simply saying, “Hey. Try back later.”

    Remember: What you’re handed isn’t always what you want, but I’m telling you: There’s a divine plan in the works that’s bigger than you and your wants. You fit into this great plan in miraculous ways. Let the Universe do its miracle work. You just sit back and enjoy the ride…

    That all being said, if you need a break from Desire – because we all do from time to time – ride through some asana in Rolf Gates’ online yoga class: Letting Go of Wanting & Not Wanting. Distance yourself from Desire in this blissful, 90-minute online yoga practice exploring breath, standing poses and backbends, all ending in a pose I’m sure you’ve come to desire: Savasana.

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    Happy Monday! 

    Photo Credit: www.lexiyoga.com

  • Seeds of Intent: Live Creatively

    What exactly does it mean to live creatively? 

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    Does it mean you take it into the woods Thoreau-style? Does it mean you take your self and practice to an ashram? Do you go off the grid? Do you quit your job to put your all into a business idea? Do you write a book? Do you travel? What do you do?

    Well, it could mean one of those things or a combo of those things or something entirely different. The thing is, you only know what it means for you to live creatively. I can't quite tell you what it means. No one can.

    To find that creative place, you gotta be brave and follow your gut. In yoga, we say that you gotta follow your intuition.

    But it could be that you don't really have a gut response going on at the moment. It could be that your intuitive body needs some fine-tuning - a little TLC if you will. If you haven't built up this intuitive body, journeying to that creative place won't flow so naturally. In fact, it won't really flow at all. That's where yoga comes in.

    To build intuition and fine-tune your internal compass, practice this creative, expansive Vinyasa flow with Ashley Turner to stretch your awareness and interior spaces to realize your fullest potential. In this online yoga class, focus on widening the physical and pranic body in every direction to take up more space and strengthen your aura. Also, explore the mantra "I AMPLIFY IN STILLNESS." (64 mins.)

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    Living creatively isn't cake wake. Only hard work will take you into the wilderness of your intuition. Once you get there, however, you won't be disappointed.

  • Good Vibes: 5 Wise Quotes on Embracing Pain

    Pain…

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    Sometimes it takes pain to grow. Actually, it always does. Our teacher Ashley Albrand said it well:

    “When things are chill, there is no evolution. Crisis is consciousness trying to bloom.” 

    So, instead of dodging pain, embrace it. How about that? No one ever tells you to invite pain in with open arms. Why not? Fear.

    And because of fear, pain gets a bad rep. The general perception or illusion is that pain is bad. That’s just not truth. Pain is not bad. Pain is an integral piece of your human experience. Be more honest with it. Don’t dodge it. Allow it. Feel your pain.

    1. There are no gains without pains. -Benjamin Franklin

    2. There is no coming to consciousness without pain. -Carl Jung

    3. Give me life, give me pain, give me myself again. -Tori Amos

    4. Happiness is not the absence of pain. There is no such thing as a pain-free life. In fact emotional pain is a useful life tool that alerts you to a mismatch between your values and your environment. -Med Yones

    5. People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that's bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they're afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they're wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It's all in how you carry it. That's what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you're letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain. -Jim Morrison

  • 5 Ways to Let Go

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    If there’s one thing yoga has drilled into me time and time again it is this: Release expectation. People and situations will disappoint you. Some individuals will get off on seeing you wounded, flailing, or failing. These people will be strangers, mentors, and sometimes, they will even be those with whom you've deeply entrusted your friendship. It doesn’t matter. In the larger scheme of things, it’s not really about these people. Let them do as they will. Let them think what they wish. If you really know yourself, you have all the tools you need to take these punches and to freakin’ take them with grace. And after you take the heat, all you can do is let it go. Then, you put up a fight for the things in life that truly matter. You do you and you do it well. And you never, EVER let them see you sweat (off the mat, of course).

    Yes, this is easier said than done.

    Yes, this takes practice.

    Yes, this requires you choose to perceive this all as ultimately positive.

    How do you do that? What can you do to rebound from disappointment or pain? What can you do when people dish out these emotional punches or stings? How do you avoid letting your anger intervene? How do you confront the situation with grace? How do you let it go?

    1. Breathe. First and foremost, breathe. Practice pranayama. Breath of Fire is a powerful tool to expel overwhelming thoughts and any underlying anxieties you are feeling.
    2. Consider this a message. The universe, whether you realize it or not, is incredibly intelligent. If you have up to this point led with integrity and done your best to bring positive, clean energy into all of your experiences, the universe is most likely looking out for you here. Maybe this unfortunate event is simply a door closing to open a new one. Instead of mourning this loss, consider the new opportunities that are now awake. What will this situation open up for you?
    3. Control your reaction. This, at the end of the day, is the only thing you can count on: Your reaction in the face of a problem. Choose a reaction that you won’t look back on and regret. Choose the higher path. Choose rationality, calm, and discretion. Choose wisely in the emotions you reveal. Choose to view this “bad” situation as a "good" one in disguise. Choose to dwell in possibility, not negativity.
    4. Concentrate on your most important relationship: The one you have with yourself. This should be your priority. Observe how you are responding in the face of these punches. How are these stimuli influencing you? Watch yourself. Be an observer on your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and actions. All of this will create space between you and whatever is going on. A good way to take this watchfulness approach is to meditate. Meditation reveals all of the garbage. Gradually, it allows you to empty out the mental trash and rid yourself of things that are an incredible waste of your energy and space.
    5. Forgive. Don’t give this person or situation any more power over you than they are worth. Forgiveness is powerful because it releases the toxic energy that you share with this person or situation. Holding onto anger and other feelings and emotions will just add flame to the fire. It gives this person or thing great power over you and your thoughts whether you recognize it or not. Forgive it to free it.

    Letting s**t go is tough, yet it is well within your power. You have the power to allow what will and will not get to you. You have the power to open new doors. You have the power to view bad situations as opportunities. Don’t let the bad and the ugly saturate your experience and detract from all of the good. Because the bad and the ugly happen for a reason. If you can stop obsessing over it and consider it all a blessing in disguise, you will be in a place of security and strength. You will come out on top and that much stronger.

    Let it go. Let it all go.

    ~Tess

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