Weekly Words of Wisdom – ZONE

Weekly Words of Wisdom: Z is for ZONE – You know that state of being when you are so focused on doing something you love that time and all of your cares just drift away? It’s that space and time where nothing else matters and you find yourself completely absorbed in the moment.

Being in “the zone” is different for everyone, and I hope as you read my words you have a clear idea of what puts you in your zone.

I’m in my zone when I practice yoga. I’m in my zone walking on the beach – and almost anytime my bare feet are on the earth. I’m in my zone when I draw mandalas and when I stir cookie dough. My yoga practice has helped me to be more mindful in my actions, and as a result I find that I’m in my zone during times when I’m not only doing what I love, but I’m allowing myself to be fully absorbed in it.

Being in our zone on a regular basis is a healthy habit to nurture. It fosters a deeper sense of joy, and helps us build a resilience to stress.

What puts you in your ZONE? And when is the last time you went there?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – YIN YANG

Weekly Words of Wisdom: Y is for YIN and YANG – A symbol and concept originating in Taoism, this well-known symbol represents the joining of opposites, two halves combined to create wholeness, and bringing balance to all things.

The dark side of a yin-yang symbol represents YIN – the slower paced, softer and more feminine aspects of this life experience.

The light side of the symbol represents YANG – a more energetic, faster paced, masculine side of things.

The YIN side of the symbol contains a seed of yang (the dark circle), and the YANG side holds a seed of yin.

YIN and YANG is such a broad concept to consider, and it’s such a human thing to do. When we label something as beautiful, there is a contrast that’s considered ugly. When we label good, we therefore define evil.

Day slips into night, and night turns into day. Black and white. Light and dark. Joy and sorrow. Left and right. Without one, there cannot be the other.

Bring balance to your life by allowing yourself to exist in-between, resisting the urge to cling too tightly to one or the other. Too much yin makes us feel stuck and sluggish, so inviting a little yang practice can bring balance. Too much yang can create burnout, so it’s important to take time for rest and relaxation.

What areas of your life could be softened with YIN? And where can you add a little more YANG to energize this life?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – X MARKS THE SPOT

Weekly Words of Wisdom: X is for X MARKS THE SPOT – The ground beneath our feet.

I love the bright promise of a new year. There’s something alluring about the clean slate and countless opportunities for a renewed sense of purpose. We may be inclined to set intentions, declare resolutions and establish goals for the new year. And while I believe there’s great value (and fun) in that type of planning, I also know the importance of reflecting on how far we’ve come.

Lao Tzo said: “The journey of a thousand miles starts from the ground beneath your feet.”

I love the validation that we can begin RIGHT WHERE WE ARE. Sure, the journey begins to progress as we take those first steps, but how about we honor the sacred ground beneath our feet first?

I stand here on sacred ground with all the lessons and stories and dreams from my past, all bundled up in a sweet package called ME. From this vantage point I understand (mostly) what has brought me to this place, and I gaze out at the infinite potential of my future.

Here in this place, I already have all the answers I need – all the information that I need to know in order to move forward. Here in this place I trust that everything I need to know is revealed to me in perfect timing. Here in this place, I fully believe that I am divinely guided and protected.

So, for these final days of 2018, I’m lingering here on sacred ground. I’m reflecting on this past year and feeling so very blessed and humbled by the love and support from so many. I’m feeling grounded and stable and ready for what’s next!

I stand here on sacred ground – supported and held by the ground beneath my feet. Won’t you stand with me?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – WATER

Weekly Words of Wisdom: W is for WATER Astrological signs are divided into four elements (fire, earth, air and water), and today we’ll talk about the three WATER signs: CANCER, SCORPIO and PISCES.

If your sun sign is in one of the water signs, you are most likely sensitive and intuitive. You are self-reflective and inner-focused, with the potential to be a gifted healer, caretaker of children or animals, and are usually a beloved family member.

Cancer loves home and family. This sign feels everything on a very deep level, and has a great memory for family history. There’s mother energy here – the nurturer – and the ability to be a gifted healer.

Cancer – your life lesson is to learn to let that stuff go. Cancer folks can really cling to childhood memories with a deep emotional attachment there. Learn to accept your tender emotions and tears, notice without judgment, and to co-exist with human and divine.

Scorpio loves deep contemplation and is not afraid of the “dark side” or discussions about death. Scorpios make great detectives and accountants, and have the ability to focus intently on a subject or activity to see things through. Scorpios can be a bit intense with strong non-verbal feelings, and they can be bit secretive as well.

Scorpio – your life lesson is to learn emotional honesty, know that it’s safe to let go, and that a good cry never hurt anyone.

Pisces loves to dream and go deep. Known as the mystic and psychic, this water sign tends to be very secretive. Pisces has a tendency to “check out” from time to time, requiring time-out in order to live in their dream world.

Pisces – Sometimes this world can feel like “too much” for Pisces, and your life lesson is to learn how navigate life without addictions. Establish boundaries and acknowledge your wisdom, while letting go of unconscious fear.

In astrology we use these general characteristics as guidelines to validate and understand who we are. We can also feel more compassion toward others who exhibit these personality traits, simply by knowing they are Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces.

 Are you a water sign? Do you know someone who is?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – VESSEL

Weekly Words of Wisdom: V is for VESSEL – The word VESSEL is defined as “a person into whom some quality (such as grace) is infused.”

Our body serves as a home for the journey of our soul, and is vessel containing our true essence – our capacity for love and the way we shine our light.

My relationship with my body has been an interesting lesson in this lifetime. In the past, I have unintentionally defined myself by my physical form, believing that was my identity.

I’m happy to say that years of self-discovery – guided by yoga – have revealed otherwise.

I love this quote by Walter Miller: “You do not HAVE a soul, you ARE a soul. You have a body.”

Be kind to your body – to this VESSEL you’ve been given – by being mindful of what you put in it, how often you move it, and how you think about it. Kind thoughts are just as important as good nutrition!

What quality (such as grace) is infused within your vessel?

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