DOWN WITH PROCRASTINATION ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT
SEPTEMBER 4, 2010: From the teachings of yoga a teacher shared with a teacher that shared with a teacher that shared with teacher Pamela Bliss who shared with me, "One of the most profound bits of wisdom shared with me in a teaching yoga is that procrastination is severely detrimental to one's development on the spiritual path." For me the truth of Yoga is that if you practice regularly you see swift changes mentally, emotionally and physically. And if you step away from your practice chances are inertia takes over and it is epically difficult to get back on the mat again. Or as Jon Kabat Zinn says, "not practicing is a form of practice." And the follow up from my friend Dr. Gregg "so how's that working for you?"
"The fault is in the one who blames. Spirit sees nothing to criticize." RUMI
This is not about blaming ourselves for our shortcomings. Not at all. Instead just think of yoga as TRUTH SERUM (SATYA SERUM). The body doesn't lie. When you are on one leg balancing and your mind is in a million places you will fall out of that 1 legged balance for sure. If you are in a warrior pose and your leg is shaking after not practicing yoga all summer well, not doing something has resulted in your muscles responding by shaking when they didn't do that when you took action and came to class 3 times per week. On the other hand your life is not a dress rehearsal so be happy you are pushing all your poses to that point you call the soft edge.
To me there are 2 kinds of procrastinators: (1) those that have gotten off the couch and attempted and (2) those that have never fully tried. Interestingly, just because you might fall into category #1 of procrastinators doesn't guarantee you momentum. For that you have to stay engaged. So whether you've tried a little, a lot, or not at all procrastination in any of its forms will stunt your spiritual development. You will forever stay a Spiritual Baby and never evolved towards spiritual toddlerhood or adolescence or adulthood. The path is sequential.
I have healed myself of procrastination is through yoga and my spiritual practices that support my yoga, because I grew up enough to ask for help from the universe. The reason I would often get paralyzed by procrastination was I was afraid of having to do everything by myself, I even felt like I had to always offer my prayers for others but never for me. "Where did you get that idea you aren't allowed to petition the universe with prayer? You are part of this universe. You're a constituent - you have every entitlement to participate in the actions of the universe, and to let your feelings be known. So put your opinion out there. Make your case. Believe me - it will at least be taken into consideration." -Elizabeth Gilbert from Eat, Pray, Love
So start now or reboot, or restart today. Stop blaming, stop waiting for everything to be perfect, stop postponing your happiness and just ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT! And keep asking, continue the momentum. And if you want a really easy way to to keep up with yourself and your intentions well then make regular, consistent appointments with your yoga mat and I promise you will see your life blossom beyond your wildest intentions! Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia
PS if you need a quicker kick off then join me on Retreat for a 4 day adventure in Moab, Utah or Pagosa Springs, Colorado this Fall come November and December. www.alchemytours.com
WHY IS IT SO HARD TO BE GOOD TO OURSELVES: LIFE IS INCONVENIENT
OCTOBER 23, 2009:
Namaste Friends on the Path,
Why is it so hard to stay on the path of wellness and optimal health? For instance, why is it so hard to keep a regular yoga practice?
Seriously life is so inconvenient.
"Life is simple not easy" says Jon Kabat Zinn. Nothing is promised to us as easy. Life requires effort and discipline mostly because we have a lot working against us in keeping us mindful and present, more all the time to be honest. So a certain amount of work is required. And this is what inspired me today. When Pema Chodran says Life is so inconvenient I said to myself YES! that’s true. I just never heard it said so straightforward like that before. The word inconvenient is very different than something like saying life is hard. And what I’ve also found to be true is that following our hearts, love itself is inconvenient.
Pema Chodran writes, “when you hear some teachings that ring true to you and feel some trust in its being a worthwhile way to live then you’re in for a lot inconvenience. From an everyday perspective it seems good to do things that are kind of convenient; there is no problem with that. It’s just that when you really start to take the warrior’s journey – which is to say, when you start to want to live your LIFE FULLY, when you begin to feel this passion for life and for growth, when discovery and exploration and curiosity become your path – then basically, it you follow your heart, you’re going to find that it’s often extremely inconvenient.”
This single teaching continues to resonate with me, not just the first time but every day. To read more check out her book The Wisdom of No Escape. Hey I know it's hard to keep doing things that are healthy for ourselves because "we're just so busy." Ok but what I really think that means is code for "It's inconvenient to make time for myself on the mat." Once we give up the yoga then we don't feel like our best selves: the insomnia comes back, the GI issues return, we feel tired but anxious, we get impatient with our partners or family members and on and on. If you stop loving yourself (even if its inconvenient) you give the world permission to treat you the same way. So stop making war with reality: Life is Inconvenient. Follow your heart anyway. It is simple, just not always easy and that's what makes it all an adventure! Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia
PS: Take time to enjoy some of our FREE events: October 23rd 7:30pm FREE Sun Salutation Workshop with Silvia; November 1st 2pm-4pm FREE Acupuncture Happy Hour with Carrie Wilhelm, November 13th 7:30pm FREE Yoga & Journaling Workshop with Silvia
JANUARY 8, 2009: I dedicate this day, this practice to one of my dear girlfriends, you know who you are! I am deeply honored you consider me your friend and I hope this year brings the fulfillment of your most authentic self. Namaste from my heart to yours: "the beauty in me recognizes and revels in the beauty of you and we are one!"
Yoga helps us to appreciate endings and beginnings with equal enthusiasm. Really every ending signifies a new beginning and even inside the breath there exists a beginning, middle and end. For most of us we are better at initiating new stuff or completing tasks, there aren’t many of us that without trying are equally balanced in doing both. So that’s where the yoga comes in handy. If you have a million new ideas and new projects for the year but you look around you at home and have the million things from last year started but never finished then focus a little bit more on the compliment or completion phase this year. Or for those of us that are afraid of making new starts, trying new things then this is the year to boldly set our course for uncharted waters.
Start where you are and commit to the new beginning you wish to experience in your life. I want to thank our Thursday night Level 1 friends for honestly sharing what they would like to begin this year: fly fishing, rock climbing, making breakfast for a partner, hip hop dancing, guitar lessons, snow shoeing, making new friends, working less, stripping class (and more!) That’s awesome!
Whatever you decide you need more of in your life I implore you not to just stand at the shore looking out onto the ocean but dive into the water, surf water, sail the water but get involved with your life. As Jon Kabat Zinn says, “when you cease working at life it ceases working for you.” Aspire to live life more FULLY! Big Love to each of you! Silvia
Rumi says, "Very little grows on jagged rock, be ground, be crumbled, so wild flowers will come up where you are. You've been stony for too many years. Try something different."
GIVING BIRTH TO OUR REAL SELVES
DECEMBER 26TH, 2008: Yoga is a journey into revealing the truth about who we are, what we are capable of and how our actions affect our lives. We start each practice inhaling the gift of the universe and your life And exhaling with gratitude.
Jon Kabat Zinn, a favorite writer of mine, says “too often our lives cease working because we cease working at life. The idea of wherever you go, there you are” which is the title of a book of his I highly recommend. He says, “You can think if you change location, change partners, change circumstances that everything will fall into place, you can start over, have a new beginning. This is very romantic. However, we carry our same patterns of thinking, living, breathing with us. Transformation and discovery of who we are is right in the middle of what is here and now. In the long run there is no escaping form ourselves.”
So when we come to the mat we might as well ask ourselves Where We Are In Life, Who Am I? Try to get behind the I DON”T KNOW. That doesn’t serve.
And it may be like what Gabrielle Roth writes in Sweat My Prayers, “GIVING BIRTH TO OURSELVES.” I hope this practice gets you moving, breathing and contemplating why you have been chosen to move and breath. This alone I am certain will birth your greater purpose. After that it is as Swami Vivekananda says, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT WE ARE AND WHATEVER WE WISH OURSELVES TO BE, WE HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE OURSELVES.
Love yourself, Love your life, enjoy the ride! Peaceful blessings to all, Silvia