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Gratitude is the Best Attitude

Published on December 31, 2014 by in Meditation

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A friend and I were recently catching up and she was telling me how she is working on just being thankful for the little things, the small “wins” in her day.  Finding moments of gratitude in the ordinary: making all the lights on a busy street, finding $10 in the pocket of a coat you haven’t worn since last year, arriving early when you thought you’d be late, witnessing a beautiful sunset….you know, things like that.

Since 2015 is only a little more than a day away (Really, already??),  adopting an “attitude of gratitude” is surely a positive first step to take as we cross into threshold of the new year and the 364 days that follow.

With life being as busy and crazy at times as we often allow it to get-yes, we are the ones who ramp it up and are the ones  in charge of dialing it down- it is important to recognize when things work out perfectly with ease and grace.  Although these small “wins”  can seem inconsequential given the “big stuff”  such as family, work, finances, etc., acknowledging these little victories can be what keeps us grounded in the present moment and gives us a glimpse at the perfection of life.

Our inner reality is often reflected in our outer reality with the universe conspiring to give us exactly what we expect.

“As within, so without.”

Slowing down and being grateful for all that has, and is, going “right” can set us up for more of the same.

Attitude truly is everything.

May your 2015 be filled with many moments of ease and grace and that you are aware of the many blessings as they come your way.

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Never. Forever. Always.

Published on November 18, 2014 by in Meditation, Yoga

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Never. Forever. Always.

Three words that I have said countless times before in my life only to eventually prove them untrue.

When people say things to me like  ”I would never do ______, ” or ”I will always do_______.”, etc…”  I just smile to myself and think “Let see how that goes for you!”

But when it comes to Yoga Nidra I would like to believe that “I will NEVER stop doing Yoga Nidra. I will FOREVER continue to practice daily. And ALWAYS sing it’s praises.” but I know I am probably kidding myself as well.

If you have been following this blog you would know that I have been shouting from the roof tops about Yoga Nidra and recently been practicing it daily.  In fact  today is my 75th day of practice in a row!  While not all attempts have been stellar-which holds true for any one practicing meditation regularly,  a majority of the practices have been done with 100% effort and sincerity and I truly believe my physical, emotional and mental health has improved because of it.

Now that the semester is winding down at  Cleveland State University, where I teach 9 hours per week of yoga (in only 2 days!)and has served as my original “30 Yoga Nidras in 30 Days” inspiration, I have begun to reflect on my efforts as proponent and practitioner of this meditation practice.

Beyond a doubt it has gotten me through teaching so many hours a week of yoga which might otherwise lead to burn out.  The truth is there hasn’t been one day, seriously not one day, where I have NOT wanted to go in to teach.  Those who teach anything will know that there are just some days your heart and mind aren’t into it…but for me, with less then 3 weeks to go this semester, that hasn’t been the case.

In addition, there have recently been a few unforeseeable family related stressors that would throw anyone for a loop and somehow my head has managed to stay attached.  Again, thank you Yoga Nidra.

When it comes to my students at Cleveland State, although I haven’t managed to inspired all of them to take my lead and practice daily (2 have officially taken the challenge!),  every week more and more students tell me how they are finding time to incorporated this practices into their lives when possible.  ;-)

To have had the opportunity to introduce about 100 students this semester to this meditation tool and to influence them to use it regularly is truly a blessing. There are now 100 more people in this crazy stressed out world that have a tool to use that has a reduces sleep deprivation, lessens stress and anxiety, positively influences ones personality, etc.

A Yoga Nidra success story.

Even though previously unfulfilled grand proclamations have shown me that  I will probably NEVER be able to keep up my dedication to Yoga Nidra FOREVER and ALWAYS.

I know I will certainly try.

I Love Yoga Nidra

 

 

 
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I Love Yoga Nidra

Published on October 9, 2014 by in Meditation, Yoga

I Love Yoga Nidra

Plain and simple.

I made it through the self-imposed “30 Yoga Nidras in 30 Days” challenge without missing one day.  Having practiced yoga regularly for over 14 years, I can say that this is the very first meditation practice that I have done daily, and since the benefits of more energy, mental clarity, and bursts of creativity continue to unfold, I have to ask myself,  ”Why did you wait so long?”   Intellectually, through studying Yoga Nidra, and experientially, through sporadic practice, I have known its power.  However, 30 days in a row has taken this “knowing” to a whole new level!

If you are not familiar with Yoga Nidra, specifically Satyananda Yoga Nidra™, it is a guided meditation practices that first and foremost fully relaxes and rejuvenates both body and mind.  It has been shown that with regular practice that when the body and mind are relaxed and quiet then deeper levels of transformation in ones personality can take place.

My students have listened to me go on and on about the challenge and benefits of the practice in general, and that, coupled with some gentle chiding, I have managed to get at least one student to take the challenge and quite a few more to begin to practice Yoga Nidra regularly outside of class time.  I think that some are beginning to believe me.  I can see it on their faces.

Since I finished the 30 day challenge a few days ago I have continued to practice and plan to do so daily because honestly, I am afraid to stop.  It really has been that good.

Sure, life isn’t perfect every moment but I am noticing that there are more perfect moments.  Life seems to be getting easier too. Easier in that it seems that I am inconvenienced less, things seem to be going my way more often,  not to mention the random people smiling at me.  Really, I am getting smiled at more.  Seems like magic.  But most likely it is my attitude and the energy I am carrying around with me.

“You get what you give” I guess.

I have been given so much through the Satyananda tradition and I am doing what I can to pass on what I have learned to others.

So today I am giving you a Yoga Nidra practice .

So you can love it too.

 

 

 

 
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