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I could use a hug.
It's been radio silence over here, and I appreciate your patience. Hoping to create more space for blogging soon.
In the meantime, thanks for any and all positive vibes and hugs you can send my way.
PS Isn't it powerful when we are going through struggles and we put it out to the Universe and our support system to ask for help and a little extra love? I think so.
A friend of mine shared a beautiful thought the other day:
Worry is thinking about feelings instead of feeling them.
I love this idea!
With that in mind, here are three simple things I do on days when I want to encourage feeling:
- Read this if you need a laugh.
- Celebrating fearlessness on my 27th birthday.
- A new way to think about the yoga pose you hate.
- Three simple pieces of advice for yoga teachers.
- The Badass Women series launch on Alive in the Fire.
- Are you making a big change?
- A post about when I quit the 9-to-5 grind.
- A photo journal of my home garden.
- What does it mean to be alive in the fire?
- Some supportive thoughts if you're feeling depressed.
With Kim, I love that I can talk about anything and feel supported and acknowledged; she offers an encouraging, intelligent perspective and her down-to-earth demeanor is one of a kind :)
Kim goes for what she wants in life, and she has this incredible clarity about her. When I think 'badass,' she's at the top of my list!
I have a tattoo that says "badass" on my left wrist and another that says badass in sanskrit on my thigh. OK, not really, but I do think I'm hilarious and sometimes I say things just to make myself laugh (and that's kind of badass). I welcome failure, pain and love. I left the corporate world to start a social enterprise; it failed. Then I moved to India, (and cried the first 8 months) and started another social enterprise, Sant.
Work. A lot of work.
- Vipassana meditation course
- Books - A New Earth, The Four Agreements, Many Lives, Many Masters, The Queen's Code
- Work with healers
- Network spinal analysis
- Byron Katie
- Ted talks: Lessons from the Mental Hospital and The Voices in My Head
- Yoga, Yoga nidra and Kundalini yoga
- Ayurvedic treatments
- Breath work
- The documentary "I Am"
- Native American sweat lodges
- Choosing my words carefully (no "good", "bad", "should" "have to")
- Living in the grey as opposed to the black and white
- Showing myself compassion, acceptance, love and gratitude
- Observing my judgments and thoughts, including separating suicidal thoughts from myself
What do you do for yourself to rejuvenate?
Dance. (I dance by myself in the mornings. I might be a ballerina when I grow up.) Meditation. Cuddling. Laughing.
- Listen to yourself-- you are the only person who knows what you need
- Ask for help-- this is true strength
- Do something-- if you aren't happy, you won't be able to think yourself to happiness. You're programmed to be unhappy (our society does this). You have to break out of this programming and it takes action.
How do you plan to continue your baddass-ery? ;)
Living in the present moment. Nurturing myself. Working to positively impact the lives of others.
PS Meet other badass women in the series: Justine, Sarah, and Rose.
Rose shines brightly anywhere she goes, and when you're around her, you begin to notice how present she is. Her mind isn't wandering elsewhere-- she's here, right now, with you. I'm so grateful for Rose and excited to see where her dreams lead her.
What makes you a badass?
I define a badass as someone that does not let fear hold them back from achieving their dreams and living up to their potential (I am a work in progress;-). We all have incredible talents and capabilities yet most people aren't taught how to harness them and believe that we can actually pursue them and make a living at the same time. A badass knows that anything with a pure motive to help others will be fully guided and supported by a higher power. This takes an immense amount of faith and is an art of maintaining a positive attitude as challenges arise.
How did you get where you are today?
My journey can be defined as spiritual one that came about through in-depth soul searching. From an early age I found it extremely easy and enjoyable to tune into someone's body because of a genuine concern and desire to improve their physical, mental and emotional state. As an added bonus, I felt therapeutic benefits from giving treatments as well.
I realized that my gift for stress relief, relaxation and pain relief was rare and much needed in a high-stress society. I realized that I had to take the leap of pursuing my passion in a professional realm. I also realized that you have to believe that what you have to offer is so helpful that you are doing the world a dis-service by living anyone else's dream but your own. This mental shift has allowed me to discover other talents I have, as well as meet some incredible people that have similar visions of helping others live healthy and happy lives.
My clients also inspire me by trusting in the power of all natural modalities and by doing what it takes to live in a Centered state where you can hear the messages all around you telling you to live up to your greatest potential. If I can be a part of that in any way, I am complete.
What do you do for yourself to rejuvenate?
Gratitude is key. Every morning I think of what a blessing it is to be given a brand-new baby day with immense potential. Prayer and Meditation are the two most powerful tools for staying grounded and rejuvenated. Counting my blessings on an everyday basis keeps my focus on the bright side. I also remember to keep a light-hearted attitude and not take myself too seriously. Spending time with children and animals always help me remember this. Breathing exercises, alone time, journaling, spiritual conversations, reading the bible and being one with nature always seems to pull me out of trivial matters and gain a strengthened perspective.
What advice do you have for others who are looking to find happiness and become fully empowered?
Remember that no matter who you are or what has happened in the past or is happening, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. Life itself, food to eat, air to breathe, freedom of choice, the trees, a breeze...open your eyes to these things and the blessings will flood into your mind. Feeling happy with yourself and where you are right now will allow you to be in a state of mind to dream bigger as you realize your potential as a result. Know what you want. Set goals and stay away from self-doubt. Balance humility and confidence with grace. Know that no one has it all figured out completely.
Empowerment comes from accepting the things that you can't change and making the most of the things you can. Also, never depend on anyone to tell you, you can do it; you have to believe in yourself and the unlimited power that surrounds us.
Never quit! I will never stop growing, and being open and available for opportunities to help in any ways I can.
As I gain more awareness, I plan on expanding in all directions, and also am focusing on a global effort by networking with other like minded individuals and utilizing my advertising skills to spread messages about healthy living and protecting mother nature's resources. Somehow, it all fits together; healthy people, healthy planet...and the sky has no limits!
Despite your doubts, your shame, or your insecurities, you choose compassion.
Even if only for a brief time, you love yourself unconditionally.