Day 12 – 20-20 Yoga & Meditation – Need to Succeed – Seed #1

I AM HERE TO KNOW AND TO TEACH

Up until now, the goal has been to try and expand your way of thinking from past beliefs that were maybe “within the box,” and instead go back to what you have always known “within your soul,” so that you can live your greatest and most authentic life with the success you deserve.  With this new sense of pureness of thought and confidence in yourself, I hope you will stay out of that box in order to remain uniquely you as you continue to create momentum towards your own goals and dreams.  The world needs your unique gift and your creation – I know this without a doubt. And this gift is what you know and what you seek to understand more of – and this is what you will be called to teach.

Start to visualize your endgame, your ending or your legacy that will live on way past your own life.  What do you really want to leave behind?  How do you want to be remembered?  Even if this is monetary, what do you hope each dollar left will offer those who are coming behind you? This will help you as you embark on this part of your journey, knowing that what you choose to do today will be part of the greater plan.

Seed #1 Your Need To Succeed

Mindfulness: No matter what your final goal or your immediate goal is, the ultimate reward that comes with achievement is always a feeling. This feeling is also what you need to succeed. Choose one word that is necessary for you to be at your best, to work your best and be most efficient, the word that will be your rope to get to the other side and what will be there when you arrive. What is the belief behind this need? This is also what you will more fully understand, what you will teach and it is what will live on, long after you are gone.

Example words: Peace, love, secure, respect, hope, enlightenment, wisdom, truth, protected, accomplished, complete, stability, faith, trust or connection. 

Is there a phrase behind this word that holds a belief? Example phrases: Everything we need to heal and prosper has been provided; therefore, I need to feel faithful to succeed or I need to feel connected to succeed or hope.  Another one: I know there is a greater purpose to my efforts, which is why I need to feel love in order to succeed or clarity for success.

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Day 11 – 20-20 Yoga & Meditation – The Next Step

Mindfulness: Life’s compass usually points us in the direction to avoiding what has brought harm or sadness. But where does your happy compass point? To bring clarity to your authentic, joyful self, please join me today in this very profound 20-20-20 practice: The Next Step. Today’s journaling can be found at the bottom of the page.

The Next Step to Happiness is…

Movement: Today’s 20-20 begins with a meditation that will take you to a place in your past where you felt genuinely happy. At this half-way point, and now that our bodies are open and aligned, some of our 20-20 practices will begin with mediation. I also recommend journaling starting today, if you have not already.

Beginning our 20-20 with meditation often inspires our yoga practice to take on an even greater force as our bodies are inspired to open deeper through intention; thus, allowing the light or the flame of happiness that is ignited through our meditation flow in. At the end of the practice there will be an extra 20 minutes to focus on your next steps. You can choose to do this as a mediation or you can journal – or you can do both. Please see journaling below in More.

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Day 10 – 20-20 Yoga & Meditation – Wolf Moon

Today, on this January full moon, which is referred to as the Wolf Moon, our practice is in honour of the fullness and perfection that can only be found in nature.

The Wolf Moon is named after the howling wolves that can be heard during this time of year; although, I have learned that wolves don’t, in fact howl, at the moon, they are howling because it is their breeding season, which means that anywhere from two to two-and-a-half months later pups will be born. The wolf-pack expands.

Chandra Namaskar – Full Moon Salutation

Mindfulness: Think about a time when the perfection of nature has inspired you. Let this Wolf Moon be an inspiration for you to utilize and enjoy the abundant healing qualities given freely to us by our natural world. Everything you need to live your best life with the most energy and vitality is given to you, you just have to tap into it. Feel the energy and nutrients that our environment provides – everywhere from oxygen to negative ions to nutritional and medicinal plants. Be fully present on this first full moon of 2020 and feel your mind and body awaken to the natural and joyful prosperity that is already yours.

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Day 9 – 20-20 Yoga & Meditation – A.M. Asana – Morning Practice

This age of “never enough time,” leaves us feeling like we have to “make time,” which is illusionary because we can’t make time, it has already been gifted to us – we are alive.

Give me twenty!  Remember those words? They meant 20 push-ups or 20 laps, usually to correct a behaviour.  Incorporating movement to change a behaviour is not a new concept, neither is reaping the health benefits of exercising for 20 minutes.  

Mindfulness: Think of one area of your life or one activity where 20 minutes used to be enough, and now if it is only 20, then why bother?  When did that way of thinking happen? I hope you start doing this 20 minutes again and know that it is enough.  And while you are at it, remind yourself that you too are enough and what you do is more enough.  

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Day 8 – 20-20 Yoga & Meditation – Alignment

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”   -Mahatma Gandhi

Even though flying seems like the more difficult part, true success depends on the groundwork – the grounding. This includes what you do in the present in
preparation to soar, as well as planning how you are going to land.

In gymnastics, before one is taught how to fly, they are first taught how to jump, how to land – and how to fall. How aligned you remain the entire way, from beginning to end, will determine the landing.  groundwork – the grounding – and what you do in the present as preparation to soar and planning how you are going to land. I still call a wheel a bridge, because of my past as a gymnast, which was my introduction to learning to build strength, balance and flexibility in order to ground, fly land and fall – and get back up.

Mindfulness: When you say yes to something, you say no to something else.  Be sure that what you are saying no to is not your purpose, your essence, your dharma, your gift or what you know. And be sure what you are saying yes to is part of the solid foundation you will need when you are ready to fly.

What do you need to stop saying “yes” to because you think you “should” and yet it leaves you frail and empty?  What will you start saying “yes” to because it is what you know in your entire being and it provides you with strength and empowerment?  Each of us has a unique and individual gift, what is your gift? Say yes to that.

Alignment is Happiness
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Day 7 – 20-20 Yoga & Mediation – Bridge to Present

We Don’t See Things As They Are, We See Them As We Are. –Anaïs Nin

As you begin to really open in your body through yoga and your mind through meditation you will notice a greater need for self-awareness throughout your days in order to avoid confusion, congestion and sometimes confliction – inner and outer.  Things that used to be “normal” may no longer seem so and situations that may have bothered you before, you no longer notice.  The next seven days will focus on the present and the power of the present. Today we will work on being present, enlightened and aware – without attachment.

Dancing in the Rain and Becoming the Change. A little under the weather today, you can see some fatigue in my body, but this is a great sequence for recovery from illness – especially a chest cold or flu.

Mindfulness: What do you know for sure today?  Why is this understanding or knowledge important to you?  How did this come to be?  What transformations have you noticed take place already in the past week: body, mind and soul?

You have a right to knowledge and understanding and then you have a right to detach from all that it brings.  Believe it or not, you know things that others don’t know because you know it as you. As much as there may be a responsibility that comes with knowledge, there also needs to be a surrender.  Learn to let go so that you can just be present in the knowing.  You don’t need to change everything or anything in one particular moment, change happens over time.  In order to be the change it has to become who you are.  

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Day 6 – 20-20 Yoga & Meditation – Moon Salutation

Our past includes our day. So when we refer to letting go of the past, that includes what happened in our day. Practicing yoga and meditation at the end of a long day prepares one’s mind and body for a good night’s sleep and peaceful dreams – which, in turn, prepares you for an even better tomorrow.

Join me in preparing for a peaceful sleep with this Moon Salutation.

Mindfulness: We become what we remember. This is often affected by “how” we remember. What is whirling through your mind at the end of your days you would like to lay to rest? How does this mirror what whirls through your mind from your past that you know you need to release? This can become like a tornado pulling in more and more of the same or similar experiences because that is what you are attracting.

Why are you attracting it? Because you see it – with your eyes, your third-eye, your intuition, your various levels of consciousness and subconsciousness. This programming is your body’s and nature’s way of keeping you safe from danger. So, if you are in fact safe, this is something that needs to be healed and put to rest.

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Day 5 – Yoga & Meditation – Transition

Each time we embark on an intentional or unintentional transformation or change, there is always that space and time called transition.  In a perfect dance it is the moment when one is suspended in mid-air, or when two partners are reaching for each other, yet there is not contact.  It is the top of a deep inhale, the second before the exhale.  It is a time of anticipation, and where one remains fairly still to be sure not to miss the next beat. 

Mindfulness: What word or words come to mind when you imagine this suspension in time? Excitement, trust, hopeful, focus, beauty, freedom?  Perhaps that is how you are feeling today.

Today you may be suspended in mid-air, but you are also doing it! Bring to mind or write down the word you chose from Day 3 that describes how will you will feel when you reach the goal or intention you set.  How will you feel when that moment arrives when you touch that hand or the solid ground below and raise your arms in triumph? When you finally have that clarity or focus? When you land that job, or find that partner, or lose those pounds or are truly done with that unhealthy habit.  What are you feeling?  Feel that along with pride in yourself for taking this big step and feel the excitement, trust, hope, focus, beauty and freedom that comes with the exhilarating suspension and the faithful unknowns.

Today you are swinging and twirling, waiting to exhale, to leap or land, to catch or throw, to begin or end.  You are in mid-air.  And remember: this as your show! it is beautiful and fascinating so just enjoy it.

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Day 4 – 20-20 Yoga & Meditation – Dancing Warrior

On the path towards our dreams sometimes we must reconnect. The word stray is a significant word on this journey to our dreams. One of its synonyms is isolate, which is very telling as to what happens when we are lost in life. When one has wandered too far in a wrong direction there is a loss of connection with one’s self, others and the Universe – with God. Isolation leaves us vulnerable to become preyed upon and fall victim. It can occur in any aspect of wellness and it takes a warrior to return home.

Mindfulness: Which aspect of wellness is most in need of improvement or that you are seeking greater fulfillment? Come up with one word as a description of what it is you are feeling or how you would describe its present state. Because your life is like ecosystem, you will see how this is exact word is somehow recurring in every aspect. Sometimes it is helpful to look at an aspect of wellness that is going well and ask what is going well or what is “off.” How you describe this will be very significant in finding the courage to repair the aspect that you have strayed from the farthest. 

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Day 3 – 20-20 Yoga & Meditation – Surrender

Whatever transformation is occurring for you through the goal you set, it is something that you need – a new beginning of sorts.  

And now, give yourself permission to quit.

Mindfulness: Not giving ourselves permission to quit, or to soften, or step back and make adjustments that will serve our needs in the best possible way, is often why we find ourselves in need of a significant transformation or change.

Think of times where instead of treating yourself lovingly, you pushed through or perhaps even numbed?  How is your body is now seeing the effects of past abuse, your finances are seeing the effects of your ego or what have you become addicted to as a substitute for self-care:: food, cigarettes, alcohol or drugs? All instead of using your voice and becoming your own advocate. 

Giving yourself permission to quit means that before you jeopardize yourself in any way, you will listen to that little voice in your head and follow your gut instinct.  If a situation does not feel right, it usually isn’t.  Respect your own wisdom and the wisdom that is constantly offered to you by the Universe and surrender.  It is very important in these 20 days that you modify where you need to. Rest when you need to and push where you need to because this is your journey.

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