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.

Being present with your presence

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What are the aspects that fill your day?
What needs to be accomplished to fulfill your day?

When are the moments for yourself? When are you the happiest?

Where do you put forth all your energy? Where do you bestow your efforts?

Most of our day we feel obligated to attend places which needs our labor to function. We make it a routine to plan our day with events that tend to others. Everyday we wake up with intentions to contribute to society and the cycle of the world.

The rush of the work or school day drains us, leaving us unmotivated for the next task. We get so complacent in our set schedule that we just get by. The time we do have free, we spend multitasking or rushing to the next activity. We appear groggy in our movements and inconvenienced by our time fillers.

We see events or people as a time to past by rather than a moment to live by.

When do we wake up our presence in the present moment?

 

 

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I recently started a 20/30 Yoga challenge. A dedication to take time for myself, re-energize the body, rejuvenate the soul and relax the mind. A time where I re-focus on the present roles of not only the flow of yoga but in my life. You channel in on where your body is, your mind centering on the current stance and where you’re comfortable yet able.

You set a goal at the beginning of your practice, you wander on how you will achieve this goal and how to incorporate it in your every move.
Our yogi communicated how important it is to be fluid in the present moment, giving your full energy in that set time and place. Whether it would be a job, a friend, a class, position or stillness… You are always attentive and showing the receiver your full attention. You no longer worry the stressors of the next minute, hour, day etc, every task simply flows you to where you’re destined to be. You approach every second of awareness the same, collective and creative. Nothing is an obstacle, but an opportunity of your journey.

My love for yoga increases day by day. My mind, body and soul are not only strengthened but stimulated. Everyday is another day for personal growth. Everyday is a learning privilege for not only for myself but the outside world. We are constantly evolving, how you construct and captivate your day shapes you.

I will use my knowledge and experience from this challenge and classes to inspire others and to be inspired by myself. To give my present presence a chance of bettering myself and becoming wholistic.

I will share my inspirations and my serenities in my journey. I will provide my stories on overcoming obstacles and input on blessing encounters.

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I think it’s important to take time in your day to meditate and exercise the mind and body, appreciate yourself and life’s gifts or observe nature and your environment. Setting aside time in your day to calm your mind and free yourself of the commotion of everyday life.

 

 

 

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20140205-010100.jpgI read Dalai Lamas daily advice and 7 steps to Spiritual Wellness to guide me and further my concentration. I use an App on my phone which constantly updates me with meditative quotes to ease me through the flow of my day. I think it’s important to surround yourself with reminders of enlightening and relieving wisdom.

 

 

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I always set a time in my day to free my tensions and stresses through yoga. I take time to surrender to the moment and the moments that make me. Whether in the morning to re-awaken, during the day to re-energize by or at night to readjust…I come to mindset to recenter myself for my energy given in a day. I light candles and incense, dim the lights, put on relaxing music or a video that moves me. I close my eyes to allow myself limitless expression from within.

 

 

 

The results are always the same… Invigorating and clearing. I become present in what fills and fulfills my presence. I become connected to my inner and outer being. I become aware to my everyday intentions and attentions. I’m a happier person, more outgoing to my approaches and bubbly to my interactions. Nothing can break my ease or positive energy. I see every situation as a lesson, an outcome of either strength or growth. You create your own journey, day, energy, attitude and aurora. Become the best for present time and self presence.
Namaste ✌️