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Worry. Let me be clear: I don’t mean “Don’t worry.”
Be Happy” because it doesn’t work that way.
What I do mean: worrying is a LOT harder than actually
committing to and doing a goal supporting action.
Going half-sies. You cannot be surprised by lackluster
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much to my own surprise, on the tail end of my summer trip to LA, i decided to take the big plunge and relocate out West. it is a huge step for me since i’ve been an east coast renegade for the past 10 years.
september brought me back to DC to wrap up loose ends. and in october i’ll be off again (via the road trip of a lifetime) to continue sharing my yoga and coaching goodness with my growing West Coast yoga family.
it is with both excitement and sorrow that i teach my last few yoga classes and see my last few local coaching clients in DC and turn my focus toward new beginnings in LA.
even more than the miles of beautiful beaches and the ridiculous number of granola varieties, it is fantastically refreshing to experience real living in a place i get to choose. as i told my monday lunchtime yoga class: i love LA and LA loves me, too.
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whew! i took a bold leap spent two months this summer in LA. and i’m reflecting on my time now that i’m back in DC.
serendipitously, i was fortunate to stay with a fabulous fellow yoga teacher with a 10-year california-based practice. she generously showed me the ropes and encouraged me along the way. thank you so much Kaia! and thanks to Zanne for the link!
with strong intentions and a lot of pavement pounding, i taught a three-part series of yoga classes at Agape International Spiritual Center and two workshops at Bhakti Yoga Shala.
finally, my heartfelt thanks to all those who…
helped me in large ways and small ways
bought my stuff on craigslist (thank goodness!)
encouraged me when i was worried
told/showed me where to get good eats in LA
listened to my tearful ramblings and laughed with me through the crying
cheered me on when i wanted to give up and celebrated with me when i achieved
responded to my infrequent newsletters and sent love and support across the miles
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in the deepest quiet of meditation comes a deafening rapture
it begins as a point of light
roots inward, expands outward
precipitates toward concept, resonates with intention
creates a flow, an inspired stream of thought
then the cool water of purpose trickles over your toes and begins to rise
it sloshes over your insteps, kisses your ankles, and swells toward your calves
you smile inside: fully alive, deliciously aware, and juicily receptive
then just about where it begins to tickle the backs of your knees
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…or… “what L.A. has taught me so far”
as many of my readers know, i moved from DC to LA for 9 weeks this summer. sunday, july 25th marks the midpoint and i was struck by a few reflections on reinvention that i’d love to share with you.
- change what you eat. everything is so fresh and tastes so much better here in california, so it has been really inspiring and even sensual just choosing the fresh produce. i recently had napa cabbage for the first time… YUM! even if you don’t feel stimulated by lacinato kale [like me], just improve the quality of what you like to eat. the quality your food is directly correlated to the quality of your body is directly correlated to the quality of your attitude is directly correlated to the quality of your life.
- bust a sweat regularly. if you’re interested in re-invention for a better self, find a physical activity you love. whether your mental mind likes it or not, your body WANTS to work and sweat; even your hormone system is set up with a positive feedback loop directly related to sweating. i’ve recommitted to my yoga practice and chanting. yep, that’s right yoga students, the cat is out of the bag… as a teacher, it is super challenging to maintain a personal practice routine. being physical increases body awareness and can enhance your somatic intelligence.
- break from your routine. eat or brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand. travel a different way between your regular appointments, work, school, home or other regularly visited places. take a class to learn something you don’t know. read a book or magazine on a subject you wouldn’t normally choose. mixing it up helps you shake loose old patterns that get in the way of your new self-expression.
- be a hedonist. the more that you do the things you enjoy, the closer you come to bliss, the more your energy resonates with happiness, and the more you are presented with opportunities that can provide a similar feeling. get into a yummily fun groove [the author energetically asserts that yummily is a word regardless of how many times spell check brings it to my attention].
- get out of dodge. identity is contextual while the true self is constant regardless of context. without a bunch of people reminding me who i was 5 years ago, things associated with my past become descriptive sentences, a narrative. living in the moment matters and the experience of the true self is being created now. there is an incredible liberation and excitement generated in acting from the true self everyday, all day.
- fiercely commit to your own personal style. i bought a cowboy hat, primarily to combat the intense LA sunshine, and i have figured out how to use it to produce interesting looks: from yoga clothes to dresses, from casual to edgy. it is totally working for me. because personal presentation and adornment is a huge part of how you communicate yourself to the world, explore aspects of style and once they feel right, they may become your signature expressions.
- honor your inner conversation. take more time to listen to the subtler perspectives from within. the main motivator, the loudest voice [for so many people this is the voice of the root chakra in survival or scarcity mode] takes center stage. hold a space for your own inner wisdom to provide guidance for expression of your true self.
- connect in new and more truthful ways. this is your golden opportunity to get real with the people in your life. i have had the luxury of a single point of focus during this trip: get workshops on calendars and teach yoga… well, maybe it’s a bi-focal point. i am here to work and that has been central in my communication. along the way, i have participated in a variety of activities and modes of engaging with people. in order to manifest my intentions, i have had to be clear, truthful, vulnerable, and brave. within your work, family, and social circles, play with the possibility of openness.
- take a break. let yourself just be. it is best to do this without distractions like electronics or really interesting people. although my favorite break-time spots are in natural settings, the best place for you might be something else. the important part is to allow some unstructured time, even 15 minutes, free from agendas and the demands of being social. when you return to shared space, do your best to represent who you truly are.
- prioritize self care. this should be item should be number 1 but i wanted to emphasize it by leaving the best for last. self care is the best way to get the love, caring, and attention you desire. once you start, you’ll attract people and situations that will help you keep the love fest going. self care will also re-charge your batteries, re-stock your generosity, and re-fresh your zest for life.
with all of these steps taken, you may find yourself with enough energy, confidence, and zeal to move forward and make a splash as the real re-invented, or re-presented true self that you have always been, even if it has been, perhaps, a little inconvenient to express. perhaps even more accurately, you can express the self that is too big for the little life you’ve been holding on to. 😉
wow! i think i just got the *triple nerd score* for using two words that begin with the letter “z” in two consecutive sentences!
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there is something very strange and fascinating about leaving a familiar life for a completely unknown one. earlier this year, i decided to take a huge leap of faith Continue reading
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i recently rounded a HUGE bend in my entrepreneurial career. my business feels right, and i am in the flow. this is in stark contrast to times when i felt stuck, crazy, and wanted to give up, which was not too long ago.
in the beginning, i was a reluctant yoga teacher and an accidental entrepreneur [term borrowed from one of my favorite coaches]. i hadn’t set out to do either, but the path before me unfolded and these opportunities made the most sense.
for years, i tried to imitate, emulate, and recreate what i thought was “right”. as it turned out, the efforts i made were all wrong… for me, anyway. this made me feel yucky, angry, and frustrated; especially when people would encourage me saying that i was doing great and i should keep going. i knew it wasn’t right but i couldn’t explain why; i just knew i wasn’t in the flow.
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