Winter woes

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The past 10 weeks have been the most challenging yet rewarding. I have been training to become a Yoga Instructor and have learned beyond the poses and flow.  I was so nervous for the strenuous aspect of becoming a physical expert, I never expected to learn so much about my true soul and inner being. Yoga has a bad reputation for the difficulty in stretching, awkwardness of silence and skepticism in spiritual practices.  It is the connection of mind, body and soul. The acceptance of yourself and the journey within. The ability to see the beauty and light within yourself and share the wisdom and love outside yourself. You develop a philosophy practice and acquire a healthy mindset.

The transition of Fall to Winter is gradually starting to affect me. I am a fan of warmth and the outdoors. I find value in being able to explore the outdoors and be active. I excel in the heat and am a fire sign, so naturally I am always moving at a high speed. With the cold creeping on me, I’ve approached multiple signs for my inner heat and flame to slowly settle. For the past three years, I have gotten a ticket in November for speeding, entered a relationship I wasn’t ready for and experienced a shift emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I generally put on weight, become lazy and have climate depression. With a new awareness, I am wanting to place my energy more positively during the Winter and enjoy every moment. I have accepted nothing will excel if I am negative and nothing will be accomplished with a closed mind. 

I am entering a progressive stage in my life and finally I am aware of my surroundings, the universal signals and temperature reactions. A few weeks ago my training’s education was our Auryvedic element, what essence we are in relation to in the world, times frames we thrive, seasons we respond well to and associations to avoid.  I was shocked to discover I am compatible to the Fall and Winter season and I am balanced with the calming cold.

As much of a scrooge I am to the shivering weather and Christmas spirit, I have secret spot in my heart for the theme of the season. Staying in with family, warming up on the couch and finding ease in the simple things. This season is all about comfort, act of giving and the ability to settle in your happiness. Finding joy with the significant others and sharing warm presence indoors. Being present with your presence and creating the fullest memories is the best gift you can give.

Deep Drives

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Life is not only a journey but a drive, such a drive where you take each lane, road, construction, detour or traffic as they approach…
Sure there’s a goal destination but it is always comforting to know the route and to have stops along the way. Sometimes we get so caught up in the final arrival we lose track of the ride and scenery along the way. There are times where you coast, enjoy the view on a cruise, accelerate yourself to the top or you fly so fast down hill you don’t realize your own speed.

This past week I participated in my first day of RAGBRAI. For those who don’t know, RAGBRAI is an acronym for…The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. It is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state of Iowa. RAGBRAI is one of the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. There are towns, communities, businesses and sponsors along the way to not only encourage you and provide for you but also take care of you.

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I was so nervous to par take in this ride because it was my first year, I wasn’t in “bike shape” and I was intimidated by the experienced masses. I got over my fear and proceeded into the crowd with my best friend by my side. I felt like a child going to camp for the first time, anxious and excited. Once you got the first cycle in, you were comfortable and proceeded the path.
It was one of the most challenging and yet uplifting adventures I have endured. I learned so much about the tour, flow of traffic, rush of the vehicles and a took a deeper meaning from the ride.

On my ride, the environment for majority of the day was bikers, open corn fields, family owned farm land, assortments of nature and the road ahead of your bike. You are constantly surrounded by all different people, which all share the same journey as you. Some come for different reasons, traditions, groups, uniforms, celebrations, music, agenda etc. The beauty of it all is, at the end of the day you all arrive to the same destination and all need to work together for a smooth finish.

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You engage with your fellow riders, you signal your move only if it affects them, you speak closely to the one next to you, you assist those on the side of the road, you encourage those at a slower pace and you come in contact with so many groups.
You see those struggling, smiling and pedaling through the same road and it motivates you to do the same. There is no age, size, race, sex or quantity limit … If your desire is to ride, nothing is in your way.

This day was so special to me because everyone came together as one. You approached every person and path with ease. You found joy in the open road and local services. You are not judged for your chosen pit stops or your pace. It is a journey driven by your own given energy and support by those surrounding you.

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On the van are the words “Hope” “Faith” & “Love”

This to me is the simplistic form of life. A glimpse of what your life could be if we all practiced the same equal peace, love and joy with our surrounding participants. The route in RAGBRAI is like our drive in the journey of self discovery and nirvana. All of these people devoting their mind, body and soul to the self-driven adventure. You experience new people and places for different quantities of time.

Every encounter is always seen as fresh and beneficial. You cherish the scenic stroll to your current home or nourishment. You connect with all of those who share your space. Everyone is accepted on the road and appreciated along the way. It is so amazing when a community is brought together and so powerful to be apart of such a blissful movement.

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Lance Armstrong has participated the last six years in RAGBRAI and makes it a point to really get to know the towns and people who make his route. He is able to further his love for cycling and passion of the sport with a different back-drop and crowd. After his incident in 2005, Iowa was his first cycling event since confessing and being called a “cheater.” Iowa has always been supportive of him and accepted him to still be apart of their tour.

He enjoys returning to RAGBRAI and spoke on Iowa and the participants, “I’ve been here before, and I know what the people of the state are like, and I know what the riders of RAGBRAI are like,” he said. “I didn’t expect a wave of hostility.” He then described RAGBRAI to the Des Moines Register as Woodstock meeting the Tour de France meeting something else.

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We are all the driving force and riding influence on this journey of life. We all carry our own baggage and struggles along the way. It is up to us to discover the path ahead of us, understand the pavements given and value the pit stops which make our self-trip all worth it.

Everyone has their own chosen joy ride, Everyone asks for guidance on their trip and Everyone needs headlights in the dark.

NAMASTE.

 

She acts like Summer & Walks Like Rain

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The most beautiful things in life are those we do not expect or label. The simplistic moments which we breathe in with ease and exhale with awareness. Memories where you lose track of time, surroundings, stereotypes and your ego.

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I have a secret love for Summer’s Rain. There’s something so serene about two weather conditions collaborating. The sprinkling of cold drops against your skin calms you as the warmth embraces your goose bumps. You feel a balance and stillness in the moment of forgotten worries. Becoming one with nature, feeling untouchable to conditions and absorbent to your desires.

With the blissful rain falls comes the wild winds and tornado whirls. I was trying to unwind to the rain after a long day, begin some writing then finish with some yoga. The storm took over my zen, lights begin to flicker and thunder shook the house.  I started to fear my outside world, I wanted to badly to feel safe and protected.

My significant other was feeling uneasy about the storm as well, we decided to stay up in the night and fight our frights. My handsome man came in soaking wet from enduring the storm on the walk over. I was so grateful he was willing to take on the tornado winds and fight through the piercing down fall.

We lit candles across the room, we put our phones down and lost ourselves in the moment.  I loved that we had no concept of time. We focused on each other closely as we blocked out the outside noises. All we had was each other and that was the most beautiful gift of all. No distractions, no flashing lights, no notifications, no media and no worries.

I grew frustrated when the storm started, I grew annoyed that none of my technology would be working or charging and I took electricity for granted. We started to sweat without the A.C. and grew a little irritated so we opened the windows to the warm rain… As soon as I smelled the rush of the rain, I forgot about sweating and accepted the release of perspiration. The smell of rain is absolutely breath-taking, it puts me at ease and is so refreshing. Another thing I took for granted, the relaxing aftermath of a storm.

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I learned so much that night, I was so grateful for being alive, for my house being a protectant, for simple moments, for being fully present without technology and for my man being my balance. We laid together tranquil, being satisfied with flusters and escaping our egos to be at peace with the storm. It felt meditative, focusing on our breath, listening to rain’s fall, smelling natures aroma, releasing our moisture and glowing in candle’s light together.

I would do that night over and over again, If I had the chance. To not focus on the things that contribute to your comfortable state but to create your own calm through the storm. We became detached from outside life and only concentrated on what we could do in the current moment.

When you are without power, do you feel powerless? We are so reliant on electricity for our life, we almost let it control our day and moods. I would like to travel or spend time without it and see how my life or memories change.

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I encourage everyone to have a blissful detachment, to find their ease in the excitement of electricity and to feel wholesome with internal life.

Thank you for taking time to read my post! Hope you were inspired or enlightened.

NAMASTE

Universal Appreciation.

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With the warm temperatures embracing our skin and the sun kissing our faces, I find it necessary to take time out of my busy schedule and absorb the energy of the Summer. I love warm weather, I love the smiling personalities in the neighborhood, I love the active creatures outside, I love the freckled filled faces and I love the enjoyment of being outside in nature with the ones you love.

IMG_1021I have reactivated my inner child and found so much happiness in the outdoors. I have recently bought a hoola hoop, wind chimes, Ficus plant, seeds, outdoor lights and sun screen to take my adventures to the next level.

There’s something so sensual about drinking your first cup of coffee on the deck and not thinking anything of your time or day. Closing your eyes to breathe in the trees, feeling the breeze in the silence and relaxing to comforting aromas in your cup. My week and mornings have drastically transformed by taking time out of my day to simply partake or relax in the scene of nature.

I’ve been discovering new trees, flowers, plants or escapes on an outdoor journey. I find nature so beautiful and breath-taking, how something so simplistic yet complex surrounds us in every aspect of life. An organism thriving on outside existence and care to grow to a magnificent being. Nature doesn’t run on time, money, pressures or limits, and they flourish on their own measures.

Nature is so beneficial to our inner and outer world, trees providing our oxygen, plants providing nourishment, flowers providing flavor or flare, so many aspects I take for granted that provide our daily essentials.

I want to be; taking natural supplements, making healthy-natural food, sticking to healthy products with Nature’s elements, devoting time to appreciate and nurture Nature and continuing to grow and replenish Earth’s Nature.

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 I believe we are here to protect, provide and produce for Mother Earth.

I believe it is programmed in the females to feed, nourish and love all of Earth’s children and plants.

I believe we poses all our powers and strength to keep us alive.

I believe Earth possesses all of the natural cures and surviving minerals to cure all.

I believe “Dis-Ease” is created emotionally, mentally, internally and then physically.

I believe everything surrounding you; items, places, nature, weather,  people, signs, superstitions, conversations, actions, dreams and impulses are shaping our fate and directing us to the next journey.

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I believe we can cure ourselves and save ourselves from sickness and sadness.

I believe in natural roles of Earth; leader, teacher, healer, entertainer, protector and farmer.

I believe we are here to support, build and strengthen our neighbors, family, friends, lovers and enemies.

I believe our destiny is written within, around and outside our mind, body and soul.

I believe who we are is vibrating from us, we carry and construct our own universe.

I believe we see with our soul, the soul being the delicate design in your eye, our beautiful circled planets.

NAMASTE

The sun kisses the trees

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I love my life too much to waste my energy and time “hating” someone or something so purely.
Life is too precious to devote such negativity. Living free, worrying less and opening environments. No one is an enemy, objects pass if not favored. Never an obstacle or battle.

Flow from a centered mind. Relaxed movements, guiding you to fate. Feelings of ease provides insight. Pushing through the body,actions from inside. Stimulating the mind to breeze on by. Never forcing anything that doesn’t feel right, taking chances on what feels natural and most meaningful. Finding yourself by you’re strengths and weaknesses.

Channeling in on what makes your best self and not by the judgements of others. Agree to disagree, never a closed statement. Bridges never burnt, relations always settled. Learning through memories, struggles and sorrows.

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Everything is an experience, educated through actions and mistakes. Constructive criticism only, programmed to smile and be strong in every situation.

Always expanding the mind, body and soul. Mindfulness always present. Understanding yourself to understand others. Respect for yourself, humbled achievements, blessed from success and gratefulness of life’s reward.

An appreciation of life, love only giving and souls consuming. Forever grasping the meanings of who we are and why we are here.

 

NAMASTE

Friendly escapes to freedom.

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This is my inner release of my mind, body and soul.

A relief from this wild life and escape from the ego.

An explanation of my spirit and entry to the world.

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I believe in the sparkle of one’s spirit.

I believe everyone is so quirky and unique.

I believe I can love and experience everyone differently, yet special.

I believe there’s a part of you in everyone and we help each other become our full potential.

I believe there’s a special reaction to your energy, passion and others.

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I believe you feel more intensely when you experience a person, place, smell, image or memory.. which makes you who you are.

I believe you remember certain memories so vividly because you truly felt alive and full of emotion.

I believe true passions are found in your childhood.

I believe we are shaped by early aspirations, joys, habits, hobbies and frequencies.

I believe we lose track of who we are when we let world define and judge us, to be lost is to be free and to dream is to fly.

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I believe the most honest beings are elders, children and animals, with a simplistic reality of the world.

I believe there is a universal truth of peace, love and equality.

I believe love, discovery and reflection is our sent journey from a higher power.

I believe animals, nature, astrology and weather are all in tune and we the humans are responsible for admiration and appreciation

I believe in the beauty in a flowers bloom, leaves color changing, storm’s ending rainbow, sparkling through trees and the sunsets transforming glow.


Enjoy the simple aspects of your life. Focus on the elements which create your happiness.

Be who you want to be without a care in the world.

Act out the art in your heart.

Inspire the world and share your light!

NAMASTE

Clarence’s clarity

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What setting allows us to sink into our own happiness? What barriers do we break through for our clarity? Sometimes you endure a problem to realize you can’t stay sane. Sometimes you need time to pause and recharge. Surrendering in Savasana (corpse pose or laying down) to find your peace of mind.


 

This past Friday at work, my boss and I were alerted that a co-worker had a seizure and isn’t breathing. We rushed into the warehouse to a dear friend, Clarance on the ground, non responsive. His body laid limp and lifeless as we surrounded him with blank stares. The situation was almost eerie, he looks so serene while medics are pumping and contracting his chest. He was at peace, floating to heavens gate. There’s was nothing the medics or employees could do to revitalize his body.

 

Clarence’s death was a hard concept to grasp. So sudden and silent. The sweet man who graced me with his presence and stories was gone. He would come back to the shop just to say hi, tell us about his bowling tournament or mishap his dog got into. His eyes would perk up every time he would be asked on those topics, he wouldn’t stop smiling either. He found joy in the little things and always went out of his way to share his happiness with us.

His last moments and our previous conversation controlled my mind until I had enough, and decided to leave work early.

On my drive home from work I saw a man laying outside a building in the grass. His eyes were softly shut and his smile was wide. What was this strange man doing? Why is he strange? Why is no one telling him to move or seeing if he is okay? Why am I judging him for taking time out of his day? What caused his rest in the sun and life? Why couldn’t I be comfortable with being myself and embracing the outdoors. I was so envious it brought judgement…

 

 

"At the root of all our fears lies the fear of death. How would our lives feel different if we died before we die? The power of Savasana, or corpse pose, lies in its ability to teach us how to surrender at the deepest levels. We will align our bodies in Savasana in ways that encourage the deepest relaxation at every level of our being. Partner Yoga poses, Thai Massage and other embodiment practices will empower us to go beyond fear and resistance to rest in the eternal aspects of our being. By exploring our relationship with death in a safe and sacred context, we will be empowered to live our lives more fully and openly."

“At the root of all our fears lies the fear of death. How would our lives feel different if we died before we die? The power of Savasana, or corpse pose, lies in its ability to teach us how to surrender at the deepest levels. We will align our bodies in Savasana in ways that encourage the deepest relaxation at every level of our being. Partner Yoga poses, Thai Massage and other embodiment practices will empower us to go beyond fear and resistance to rest in the eternal aspects of our being. By exploring our relationship with death in a safe and sacred context, we will be empowered to live our lives more fully and openly.”

 

When we lay down we are at ease, we are deciding to soften to the comfort of our frame. Whether we are in a hospital bed, lovers bed, family’s bed or a bed of flowers… There is something significance to this position and I wanted to further explore it.

I was so confused why God took such a simplistic and special person so early. How just the day before he was talking my ear off about him and his wife’s wedding anniversary party. It was so precious to see his excitement to celebrate with loved ones and anticipation of the life event shared with his wife. It made me so sad to realize, I will never get the opportunity to chat with him or participate in his joy’s of life.

I wanted to escape, not think or be upset anymore. I took my dog and went for a walk around the golf course. I found a nice patch of grass, sprawled out in savasana and shut my eyes to the world.

 

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I thought of the little things that contributed to my tranquil landscape. How escaping my mind meant taking in Nature and letting Nature’s essence calm me.

There’s beauty in escaping to an open field and experiencing God’s surroundings. There is something so satisfying about resting your body on top of the soft grass, feeling the breeze brush you and the sun light kissing your face. Knowing that in this moment there is no hurt, hate, negativity or pressure to break your mindfulness.

I looked to the sky’s bright clouds and saw the suns rays sparkling through. Almost as if my inner and outer light was reaching me, letting me know there is hope.  I found clarity in knowing he’s in Heaven and God wanted him early for a reason. I was thankful for his presence in my life, my escaping tranquility of life and my time on Earth.


 

This post is dedicated to Clarence.

I will no longer mourn his death, but appreciate the lessons learned and energy absorbed.

I will give more time for savasana, adoring nature, playing with my dog, participating in my passions and sharing the joys in my life.

 

REST IN PEACE. 

NAMASTE.