Isn’t it true that the most important lessons in life were probably taught to us in kindergarten? One of these great lessons is the power of kindness and that when we are kind, kindness is always returned. It just may be the only thing in life that does not come with regrets.
When I look back at the most difficult time of my life, what I remember most are those precious moments where kindness was shown. I hope we can all remember this now, during these uncertain times, so that we all have good memories to look back on when we recall our spring of 2020.
While the adults are doing their own form of self improvement, the above link is a 20 minute yoga sequence for kids – and at the end is a story I wrote called The Greatest Lesson (that is presently in the process of being illustrated and will soon be out in print – www.janaiahutzal.com). Let your kids develop the good habits of taking deep breaths and finding balance, while opening their hearts to kindness. If you would like to go right to the story it begins in the video at time-18:17.
In the words of Henry James, and repeated by Ellen DeGeneres everyday, “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” I ask you to continue to live these words. Be kind and loving to God, to others, and to yourself. Our earth needs this now more than ever.
Happy Easter everyone! This will definitely be an Easter and Spring none of us will forget.
This is a yoga flow class with the 14 Stations of the Cross and a meditation is to celebrate this Easter with mindfulness, movement and meditation. The meditation is a Rosary to ask Mary, our Mother of Earth, to intercede in her nurturing way to bring healing to our world. I hope you will continue to stay strong, humble and kind through these troubling times and continue to pray for healing for all and a special prayer for all of our medical professionals who are fighting so hard for us all.
The year 2000 was the Year of the Dragon. It was also the year my beautiful daughter, Marina Jane, who passed away in 2008, was born. Twenty years. Twenty years goes by faster than we can even imagine doesn’t it? Where were you in the beginning of 2000? Where are you now in 2020? Where will you be in 20 years from now? Flow with with the rises and falls and simply enjoy the dance.
Mindfulness: Today is the day you get to open the letter you wrote yourself at the beginning of this 20-20 Yoga & Meditation. I hope you are inspired. I hope you are loved. I hope you are ready, more than ever, to just be you. I hope you will write yourself another letter and begin this program again, perhaps with your partner, your children, your work or play team or just with you in your jammies.
Movement: Yoga can be a beautiful way to express. The year 2000 was the Year of the Dragon, and the first time I was introduced to the Dragon Dance was in 2012, which was also the year of the Dragon. Afterwards, I laid on the ground and cried. Each time I dance this sequence, I know tears are sure to flow as beautifully as the asanas.
Life is a dance of rises, falls, twirls and swirls so let it be uniquely and beautifully you. Today there is no yoga and meditation video from me because you are going to create your own dance!
The whole point of doing this 20 days is for you to create and become: your life, your words, your work, your moves and your dance of life. It is to be able to take what you love to do, how you like to move and intentionally become who you are meant to be; to be able to apply what you have mindfully moved through and meditated on to create it in alignment in your daily life.
I hope you are naturally more mindful of yourself and your surroundings and when you are not you are able to pause, be still and even do yoga everywhere to become realigned with yourself, your spirit, others and the world around you.
One last tool that I use as a quick way to make decisions or trouble shoot a situation is PROS and CONS. My way is very different from the old pro-con-way.
Always remember to ground with gratitude with each successful landing by planting your feet, growing roots and most importantly sharing your new seeds as you shout, “Thank you for allowing me to belong.” And then, prepare to step, leap or jump once again.
Love’s companion is loyalty and both are grounded in gratitude. Live fearlessly with love and in loyalty.
I AM HERE TO FEEL – It is through feeling that we create.
This chakra is not only our sacral chakra, it is sacred. Today’s powerful seed goes beyond “doing” or “acting” because it involves relationships with others or spirit– and when we involve others, we automatically create. Our connection to creativity comes from our desire to explore new waters and it stems from the deepest part of ourselves that longs to experience, to push limits and go deeper into the unknown. Because of this, we are called to ask ourselves how far we are willing to go to honour what we feel. The answer will be in how much we trust ourselves, allow ourselves to trust and, therefore, be trustworthy, in order to create a masterpiece built on faithful vulnerability and passion – always with boundaries, not brick walls.
Our freedom to feel and the ability to forgive, yourself and others, are the greatest gifts we have been given as humans. The next is our ability to develop self-control, in order to make conscious, lasting creations – with feeling and forgiveness. This becomes understanding; this becomes a code of understanding.
Much of today’s seed of trust can be paralleled with migrating birds who fly in a V formation. What is created depends on our ability to lead and to take time to rest, both done with honesty and trust – to ourselves first, which directs or dictates the wind of honesty and trust with others. This why this seeds is: Know your V-Code.
Your V-Code is a sacred contract with yourself, for yourself, and for others. This guideline, or these rules you have for your own life becomes the line that you will draw in the in the sand of your boundaries, so that you can let go and simply feel. From there the decision will be how you choose to act. The wisdom within your sacral chakra knows that this line may become obscured at times from the tide or the wind, simply because it is sand, which will open the flood gates for your innate and natural longing to connect to something greater, with the safety of also knowing you can close that gate at any time and reset, which is why it needs to be tamed. Your V-Code is a promise that you will take care of and be loyal to you, and therefore you will be loyal to others within your flock.
Because we are now involving others and we are creating through this chakra, it is important to define how far we will go to please or disappoint, to be right or to be happy, to give and to receive, in order to fulfill our own desires and ultimately the desires of others. I firmly believe in win-win-win and this is what this code must take into consideration. It is a commitment to always look for the three-way-win in every circumstance. Even though many contracts involve only two parties, there is always a third that is also being affected. Be aware of this; of who and how your agreements affect and what this creates, now and in the future.
They say that humans can make up to 35,000 choices in a day. That means that we have 35,000 opportunities to shine or shame. Shame is defined as, “a painfulfeeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour.” Shame is more than a painful emotion, it is also a physical sensation that is brought on by stress or distress.
We are here on earth to act and do – we are made to act and do. So why do we carry so much shame? Perhaps it is because of the constant bombardment from the media and the outside world, which creates a lack of listening to our inner wisdom and voice. This can leave us with the constant feeling of discontent or failure because of the fear that we have made the wrong choice – so we hang on too long, do what we are told or we try to do it all – all out of fear of being shames; even when we know it is not the right choice, which is the real definition of shame.
Give yourself permission to shine. Give yourself permission to succeed.
In order to take a full breath in, you have to let go and breathe out. What you desire or want might be right in front of you but if your hands are full, you cannot receive. One way or another create space so that you can receive. This can be done by giving or perhaps by simply releasing or letting go.
Everyone needs to be heard and validated. Respect is a key word to fulfilling this – and respect is earned. Whatever your goal is, show respect for this goal, for yourself and for others by becoming whatever it is you are selling. Whether that is love, an idea or a an electronic device, walk your talk with impeccability and truth so that with each step you are one step closer to your ultimate goal.
Communication is sending and receiving messages. How you communicate your message and receive validation that you were heard, and how you validate that another was heard, shows your level of knowledge and dependability. It sets the bar to the level of respect in whatever relationship you are in. Words and the sound creates a vibrational energy that becomes the constant echo that surrounds the relationship and the environment. Listen to that, listen to the feedback and the response, and listen to yourself. Set your stage and the environment in which your goal will be attained by walking your talk.
I was excited for today because I know for sure that the very word you chose yesterday has already began to manifest in various ways in your life. Perhaps you are looking for it, which is great, but because you asked for it, trust that it is and will continue to be provided.
On this journey to your goal and when arrive, you are going to see many things. And what you see changes your vision. You will have to use, not only our eyes, but your intuition in order to stay on track. We already know the quote by ANAÏS NIN, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” This affects how we see things emotionally and mentally, with our physical sight and it also effects our dreams and imagination.
We are going to experience times where we have decisions to make and we seek reassurance. This is why it is important to have a personal philosophy. Your personal philosophy is taking what you believe and have always believed to be important in order to maintain your integrity and not lose sight of your vision.