Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, Something you do , Something you are, And something you give away.
What to do?
#teachpeace make your life an example.
Lens #anjaneyasana #GivePeaceAChance
My heart is feeling the heavy sadness of those who have lost loved ones in Las Vegas USA. Offering my prayers for peace.
Please can we all join together to #teachpeace?
It’s long overdo.
We can start today. Right now. This breath.
“We are all cells in the same body of humanity.”
Join me. Unite your hands remembering we are all united as one. When one hurts another we all feel pain. When humanity needs healing our individual efforts are felt by all.
When I was in the corporate world I both loved and strongly disliked Performance Appraisals. I enjoyed the feedback knowing how I was doing but at the same time it would make it harder for next time. The point came where the pressure just went up and up.
We do that in our life. We start giving ourselves a grade on everything when the reality is that it is all just pass/fail. We are passing if we learn to balance positive expectations with acceptance. “Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer.” (Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth) Acceptance brings about inner peace, joy and love. Otherwise we find ourselves in a state of fighting what life is offering and it can feel like we are failing at life.
Yoga has without a doubt made me more patient. It helps me move from that state of having too heavy of expectations and grading everything to allowing and accepting. Don’t get me wrong sometimes it’s still hard not to grade myself at life but for sure I’m better at seeing the whole thing as simply pass/fail. What’s changed? Well I don’t want to feel that TUG-O-WAR with myself or with anyone else. Impatience doesn’t feel good and yoga teaches the antidote to impatience is, yes you can guess, patience. Patience feels good. It feels like a return to center no matter the chaos or what other people do or don’t do. It feels like compassion, peacefulness and a constant return to balance. When I am patient I feel like I can attempt anything without attachment to the result.
When Patient our minds stop playing the old games of pushing, pulling, creating anxiety, distrust, stress or simple heavy expectations.
It is a simply formula:
Over Expectations = Impatience
Accepting = Patience
Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth writes “To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly.” Try it for a week or even a day where you try living in a way where you relieve the heavy expectations of yourself and others and live with less resistance to this isness of now. Instead follow the guidance of the Yoga Sutras which advise “enjoyment is the sweetness of noticing your life right now: smell, taste, feeling, sensation.” This type of enjoyment allows us to receive what life is offering regardless of whether it looks like what we expected.
“You can’t run after contentment it has to find you, all you can do is try to create the space for it.” (Judith Lasater) We are through yoga really meeting ourselves with no further resistance or pre-qualifications. It is like what Derek Walcott writes about in his poem: So join me feast on your life! Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia
My heart felt deep resonance in Siena from the first visit. I felt connected to something I already knew. It is truly one of my all time favorite places in #Tuscany. Only later would I piece it together as to perhaps why I felt this.
I remember in CCD for confirmation I was asked to pick a name Saint, so I choose Saint Catherine who was born in #Siena, Italy on March 25, 1347. She was the 25th child born to her mother. Catherine herself was a twin, but her sister did not survive infancy. Her mother was 40 when she was born.
She wasn’t a nun, she instead served the poor and sick and lived in the world. She is best known for serving tirelessly to petition for #peace during a politically unstable time. She is also credited with composing over 400 letters, her Dialogue, which is her definitive work, and her prayers. These works are so influential that St. Catherine would later be declared a Doctor of the Church. She is one of the most influential saints in the Church.
I love this feeling of exploring new places, but also of returning to places I love so much like Siena. It is a coming home.
The dream that won’t let me fall back asleep in this lifetime is to #teachpeace
So today try a reciting a peace #mantra like
“Om Mani Padme Hum”
Shanti shanti shanti
Peace peace peace
Repeat 108 times or for 10-15 minutes
According to Harvard medical school, Of the many different meditation techniques being taught today, mantra meditation is one of the most highly effective in terms of increasing happiness, well being and health. And of the highly effective meditation techniques, mantra meditation is by far the easiest to learn and practice.
You learn to meditate by meditating. The silence and stillness you experience in meditation and the increased happiness and diminished stress you experience outside meditation are so attractive and welcomed that you naturally teach yourself how to go deeper into that silence and stillness each time you meditate.
To meditate you sit comfortably and quietly with your eyes closed and effortlessly and silently inside repeat a word or a short phrase called a mantra. Your mantra can be any word, sound, prayer or short phrase you like that is in your native language.
Continue repeating your mantra in that same simple, effortless way for 10-30 minutes. That repetition may not be a clear pronunciation of your mantra but instead may be just a faint idea of it. As you continue thinking your mantra, thoughts and distractions will come, and that’s fine; having thoughts during meditation is natural. When thoughts and distractions do come just gently return to thinking your mantra in the same simple, effortless way as thoughts come. Choose the amount of time you meditate based on what suits you.
It’s important to not strain to make the mantra come, but rather to relax into effortlessness and let the mantra come in the same simple, effortless way as thoughts come. If you strain to make the mantra come that can create stress that tires you.
Avoid looking for experiences or signs of progress or failure with your meditation because that hinders meditation. Just be confident that after some time you will start to notice the benefits of meditating during your day. You may be happier, feeling more at ease and calmer, and getting along better with others. You may start noticing these benefits soon, or it may take up to six months of meditating regularly before you start to notice these benefits. So just get in the habit of meditating regularly and then stick with it. And be patient with yourself – if you stop meditating for a day or two, just go back and start meditating again.
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How Stressed Out are You?
Have you ever noticed a low level of anxiety constantly gnawing away inside you? Do you find yourself clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, fidgeting, seeking meaningless distraction, anything just to handle the stress or get away from the tension you feel just being you? Yoga calls this Dukha. It means suffering, imbalance, despair, anguish, anxiety, irritation, uncertainty and more. You get the idea. If you feel Dukha, you are not alone. Despite the fact we have more comforts and material possessions, more freedom and more mobility than any people in modern history, Americans are awash in Dukha. As George Carlin put it, “the paradox of our time in history is we have more….” (I’ll share more about this later.)
How Dukha Impacts Us On All Levels
We all know that stress can have a huge impact on how we live day-do-day. It affects our mood, our social relationships, our sleep pattern and diet, .
Your Mission if you choose to accept it is to TEACH PEACE.
The Alchemy of Yoga Mission of TEACH PEACE is being demanded by the world today more than ever before. Finally after almost 20 years Peace is trending.
My dharma is to INSPIRE your DESIRE to Teach Peace.
We cannot just wish for change.
We cannot just wish for peace.
We have to take action.
It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. -Eleanor Roosevelt
The time is now to cultivate peace within ourselves so we may teach peace to the world by our example. In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “You are not an observer, you are a participant.” Stop waiting for the world to change. Instead lead this (r)evolution by prioritizing peace in your home, your community and ultimately in the world. Start now. Please don’t wait.
“Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Teachings on Love
Together we can awaken the hearts of others to join us in a Happiness Revolution!
Spiritual Alchemy – Watch this video to learn why and how this means TEACH PEACE
LEARN TO TEACH PEACE FROM MY ALCHEMY PROGRAM
My mission I choose to accept 20 years ago was to Teach “How to Teach Peace.” Join me, please.
July 30 – Aug 20, 2016 Costa Rica RYT200 Hour Yoga Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training
Oct 1-22, 2106 Bali RYT200 Hour Yoga Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training
We cannot just wish for change.
We cannot just wish for peace.
We have to take action.
“We are ALL the LEADERS now.”
It’s time and we are ready for more peace, please.
Love yourself, love day, love your life! Love.The.World.