Weekly Words of Wisdom – Slow and Steady Turtle

Weekly Words of Wisdom: S is for SLOW and STEADY, T is for TURTLE.

Our box turtle, Casper

We all know Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare, right? It’s the tale of a foot-race between an over-confident rabbit and a slow turtle with steady determination.

Spoiler: The rabbit slacks and the turtle wins. Be the turtle.

When it comes to working toward a goal, I’m a slow and steady girl {also Taurus traits}. It might not always feel like I’m making much progress. Sometimes it even feels like I’m standing still or drawn inside my shell – but then something happens to remind me that I’m on the right path.

Over the past several years while I was preparing to leave my corporate job, studying to be a yoga teacher and then making the leap, I’ve compared my progress to that of a turtle. Patient, slow and steady…

Never underestimate the journey of a turtle. She is determined and tenacious when she makes up her mind.

Moral of the story? Slow and steady wins the race. Be the turtle.

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – RESET

Weekly Words of Wisdom: R is for RESET – You know how sometimes your phone or computer will start acting weird? Apps freeze up or the screen flashes or email automatically closes without saving? Sometimes the only way to make things ‘right’ again is to shut the whole thing down – power off – and reset.

We are a sophisticated version of our electronic devices. We can only take in so much information and put out so much energy before things start to go a little haywire. Sleep is compromised, digestion is sluggish, mood is grumpy, immune system is zapped…you get the picture.

After a super busy and/or stressful time, it’s important that we “power off” and RESET ourselves. This past week I’ve been taking it easy and drinking lots of water. I’ve been getting extra rest and I’ve been practicing yin yoga (lots of stretching!). I’ve been outside in my garden and I’ve been drawing mandalas.

Ahhh…I needed that!

How are you at recognizing when it’s time to RESET your system? What do you do to revive yourself?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – QUIET

Weekly Words of Wisdom: Q is for QUIET – Oh, peace and quiet, how I love thee. It’s great to create some times of quiet, but I also realize there have been times in my life where I’ve taken it to the extreme. While there’s benefit in creating quiet space, I’ve learned to not dwell there exclusively. Too much quiet for me can sometimes breed space for meandering thoughts that serve no purpose other than distracting me from being present.

In the realm of astrology I know that my missing element is fire. Too much quiet time for me can really squelch my energy, so it’s good for me to turn on some lively music now and then to heat things up.

What’s your relationship with quiet? How do you find a healthy balance?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – PEACE

Weekly Words of Wisdom: P is for PEACE – Feeling peaceful and at ease with life is a great way to be, but how in the world do you get there? And better yet, once you’re there how can you stay there?!

Well, we start by practicing, and we keep on practicing. We practice personal kindness and forgiveness – first for ourselves and then for others. We learn when to say when, take a healthy time-out and regroup.

We create space for ourselves to relax and renew on a regular basis. We use the breath to calm us; slowing and deepening the inhales, completing the exhales. These practices create a resilience within us to be more present and calm in the face of adversity.

The more we practice nurturing ourselves, the more peaceful we will feel.

I do hope you’re practicing PEACE today.

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Basic Breathing Guided Meditation

Hello, yoga friends!

I often hear from new yogis that controlling the breath is the most challenging part of the practice.  Today I’m sharing a guided meditation for basic breathing to help you connect with the breath.

Before you press play, I invite you to create a space of quiet and comfort. Rest on your back and get super comfy, then press play. I hope you’ll feel completely relaxed and able to continue resting and following the breath once the recording ends.

 

I’d love to know how this meditation feels for you. I hope you feel relaxed and amazing after you practice this guided meditation.

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