Honor Thy Teacher…

Don’t look at me!  Not ME, the teacher… but YOU!
Last week we spent some time honoring the teacher or guru that resides in all of us.  Sometimes we forget about him or her because we often seek elsewhere to give credit to, when many times the credit needs to go to ourselves…
“We may go through life often coming across people or teachers we look up to, but often neglect the most valuable Guru that resides in all of us.  Cherish the times of stillness when we hear the Universe conversing through us by whispers of thoughts, inspirations or feelings that naturally push us forward on to the next step of our path.” – Marianne Impal
Pat yourself on the back.  Breath.  Happy Monday!

The Cherry Line-up…

I often put much thought into the messages I plan to share with my yoga students during class.  Sometimes those messages are literally copied from a book excerpt or quote and sometimes when I’m quiet enough those messages can easily be channeled through me and onto paper.

As we’ve put much effort to empowering ourselves this month by listening to those little subtleties our bodies and thoughts give us, it’s amazing how much effort it takes on certain days just to stay in true “alignment”.  We’re not talking physical alignment or the alignment a chiropractor hopes to crack his patients into.  We’re talking Universal Alignment or Energetic Alignment.  I like to imagine this alignment as if all the cherry’s lined up on slot machine during your recent trip to Vegas, kind of alignment.  Everything just effortlessly lines up with just a pull of the handle and monsoons of money or fulfillment as I like to think of it, comes pouring out and flooding your pockets.

It was this quote that I was consciously able to channel that resonated with many of my students, to request copies of it for their own cherry line-up experience:

“When we map out a journey we “think” is leading us to the destination of our dreams, we realize the Universe may have a different path than was intended.  Suddenly our dreams charter different routes filled with many bumps and detours along the way.  When we become conscious of the bigger picture paved by the Universe, but designed specifically for us; we realize our dreams are still there like a destination waiting to be visited, only now filled with more appreciation for the lessons learned and the strength endured along the way.”

Channeling? Or plain ol’ life experience?  You be the judge…

Ding! Ding! Ding!

WHOLE-istic…

This week I’ve been focusing on what it means to be Wholistic or Holistic during my classes

Recently during casual chit-chat with a friend who was dealing with the conception of  her 2nd winter cold, she snuffed back a tingle in her nose preventing her from sneezing, when I offered a little advice of what she could possibly do in preventing that birth to ever happen.

She jokingly embraced her fingers into quotation marks and as she fluttered them open and closed, she replied “Oh, you probably have all those Holistic potions and cures up your sleeve.”

I couldn’t help but smirk, as this is nothing new I haven’t heard before.  Hmmmm… well I kinda do have my share of “potions” as they call it in my kitchen cabinet, but seriously people, it’s like some natural stuff I picked up at our local natural foods store that really work!  But this isn’t the point I’m trying to make…

Society has left us feeling as if Holistic is a belief.  A way of life that ONLY incorporates the natural, and by golly there are some out there that do.  I’ve had the heart break of watching a friend die of stage four Cancer, because her strong beliefs in a Holistic life were so tunneled into one direction… one belief; she unfortunately faced death instead opening herself up into the possibility there could be something else out there to save her.

I’m a huge believe in el’naturale as well, but dammit if I’ve tried everything I know to stop my migraine from coming and I’m dealing with severe pain for several hours, you can bet I’ll be reachin’ for a strong hit of some high dose migraine medicine!  But this is not all about medicine.

Let me clarify.  Wholistic is an approach.  It means that you are coming to the table with an open mind.  That you are willing to be open to the “possibility” there may be something else out there.  It’s about integrating ALL that we know in order for us to feel complete.  It’s about understanding there are many ways to greatness, success, health, spirituality and happiness and it is a privilege to have all these options available to us at the click of a Google search.

“When we educate ourselves on the willingness to be open minded, to not judge, to accept there is more than one way to happiness and to have the ability to integrate all that we know to feel complete; we then become at one with ourselves and our community as a United and Wholistc being.”