Motivation Monday: Return to the Present

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feeling most present surrounded by God’s creation. I’m called to explore & wander.

“To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water.  The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace & beauty available now.” – Thich Nhat Hahn

Looking back on my emotionally charged month, I recognize that my moments of anxiety, suffering and unhappiness all have deep roots in looking too far ahead towards the future.  It has been a challenge for me to remain present, focused on the NOW because mentally I began checking out as soon as I set my departure date to Seattle.  My mind is full of clutter planning for the weeks ahead- job searching, house hunting and day dreaming about what my days will be filled with.  (So far, I have created a mental list of hobbies to fill my winter days with including becoming a master health chef, rainy art days, hours devoted to improving my writing one espresso shot at a time, meditation meditation meditation and road tripping the PNW Coast.)

My dilemma is tangible.  My mind is not separate from my body and yet they are in two completely different places.  I am aware that NOW is all I have, that THIS moment is filled with joy and happiness if I only shifted my attentiveness to it.  So why do I continue to obsess about what will happen in two weeks and what life will look like in six months?  Right now is enough.  Actually,  it’s more than enough, and I’m learning to embrace it. ALL of it – the beauty and the struggle, the peaks and the valleys.  Remembering that no feeling is final, and tomorrow will come soon enough.

What keeps you grounded in the present moment? How do you tune into life “as is” right now? Where do you find content?

Aloha Nui and Happy Monday! xo

Happy Aloha Friday!

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.: views from Stairway to Heaven :.

“live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each… Open all your pores and breathe in all the tides of nature, in all her streams and oceans, at all seasons.” – Thoreau

As one season of my life quietly transitions to the next, I embrace the possibilities of the current juncture.  Although my physical location may change, I take with me infinite experiences that have shaped my being.  My eyes have photographed stunning images that will dance in my mind long after I depart. I’ve memorized mountain ridges and waves, westside beaches and glows from a boundless sunset.  I could never truly leave as pieces of my heart are dispersed all over this island.

I resolve to be more like nature with the intention to live a season in it’s entirety and recognize its temporary existence.  What fear should be held knowing that each cycle blossoms fully before evolving into the next?

Wherever I go,  I bring with me abundant aloha- the buoy to my soul.

Malas & Mantras – Om Ganesha

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“Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha”

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This mantra is a salutation to the remover of obstacles Lord Ganesha.

Ganesha is one of the most popular and well known deities honored throughout India and Hindu cultures.   Easily spotted with his large elephant head and pot bellied human body, Ganesha is also the God of success and revered for his wisdom and cleverness.  These qualities combined with the ability to remove obstacles lead believers to a ritualistic practice of  invoking Lord Ganesha before beginning any auspicious work or activity, having faith that he will bless the path of new ventures.

Head over to the Vibrant Wellness Journal  to read more about japa, meditation and chanting.  Vibrant Wellness journal is a holistic health, green living and clean eats guide where I regularly post and share my love and knowledge on all things yoga!

Motivation Monday: Awakening the Mind State

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PC: Mike Keany [Wa’ahila Ridge]

“The whole path of yoga begins with these little daily experiences of waking up.  Awakening comes, in yoga, not at the end of the path; rather, it is present from the very beginning.  Ramakrishna, perhaps the greatest Indian mystic of the last two centuries, was fond of saying, “Only the divine can worship the divine.” In the experience of samadhi, in other words, it is our awake nature that recognizes itself in the mirror of consciousness.  In these moments, we are dissolved back into the One that is our source.” – Stephen Cope [ Yoga & the Quest of the True Self ]

We’ve all had our experiences of samadhi (bliss or union with the divine) and in these moments we know who we really are.  We rest into our true nature and recognize in the deepest part of our soul, everything is as it should be.  There is nothing to accept and nothing to reject. Life just is as it is, and that’s perfect.  These tasted moments of union may be brief, but they are the reminder that we can arrive and awaken everyday to our life.  It’s not enough to just show up. We have to engage and shake from the dream of separateness in which we usually live.

Sometimes this concept seems so simple to me. Other times, it’s a calculus equation I can’t begin to disassemble.  But in these succinct moments, there are no partitions or boundaries. I feel  a break through from daily life and grind.  I’m not worried because the illusion of separateness is broken.  I am aligned with the present and I know I am provided for.

Yoga puts our experiences of enlightenments at the center of our being and it’s difficult to turn back after that.  All of us who have had these experiences know, in spite of our denials or rationalizations, that we are changed by them.  Exiting out of samadhi and landing back into ordinary consciousness, we’re not quite the same.  We’ve seen truth and are not so concerned with the small picture anymore.

 I have moments where I can’t unroll my mat, I don’t want to chant, meditation is unbearable and I’m unmotivated to teach.   But yoga remains because it is my mode of transportation to truth.  Bliss may only come in moments, but the imprint it leaves on my spirit is permanent.

Happy Monday // aloha nui!

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