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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. And it can occur in any aspect of wellness.
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 “off,” or how it could use improvement. How you describe this seemingly insignificant lack will be very significant in the aspect that you have strayed from the farthest.
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.
When we think about or hear the word “core” we often think about our front six-pack-not area. But, it is also our mid to lower back, which is just as important to keep strong. When we relate this to our life, it brings to light that what is behind us, our past, is very significant in how we stand, move forward and face what is in front of us. No matter what your past involved, let it be part of your strength for your future, not a weakness, by releasing the toxicity and keeping the vitality.
Mindfulness: Transformation is constant because it is a result of change, and change is the only guarantee in life. Without change, there is no life; therefore, whatever transformation you are about to embark on, make it part of the twists and twirls and swirl it into the dance of your life. Make this transformation part of your forever dance.
Welcome 20 Days of 20-20 Yoga and Meditation for Transformation!
It’s been 20 years since the new millennium. Where were you at the beginning of 2000? Who were you? What were you doing? What did you hope for? What dreams came true?
Change is inevitable, so let’s transform with intention.
On this 20 day journey, no matter what your ultimate goal or resolution is, you will also be creating new and healthy habits and removing toxins and blockages – both in your life and your body. As you grow and move towards your goal, you will slowly uncover – and come to know – your true essence, which is who you are and what you require to be your best self. Once you know your essence and your true purpose, you can use it as a compass, so that no matter what you are doing, you will be able to fall in love with life each day and live in peaceful joy and contentment.
We have arrived! I am so excited that you are joining me for this 20 days of transformation. I will be joining you and look forward to hearing from you either via email or on Facebook or Instagram. This is an example of how each day will unfold with Mindfulness, Movement and Meditation. There will also be a YouTube video embedded each day with the day’s yoga and meditation. I hope you will share this link or practice each day with your friends and family or your team so that they too can join in on the 20 day transformation and you can all grow together: http://www.7seedsmagazine.ca/category/20-20-yoga-meditation-for-transformation/.
Mindfulness: Have you ever heard the parable of the men who were moving to a new village? Each one went to a wiseman to ask if he would be happy in his hew place. The wiseman asked the first man if he was happy in the village he lived in now. The man’s response was that he was not happy and the people were terrible. The wiseman told him he would not be happy in his new village. The second man was asked the same question and his response was that he was very happy in his old village and that the people were wonderful and he had many friends. The wiseman told him he would be very happy in his new village.
This week is about bringing clarity to your dreams and making solid resolutions that will bring you closer to attaining the impossible, by realizing anything is possible in spirit. As you hold closely to your heart with gratitude your blessings, which are dreams that have already come true, dare to realize all of the possibilities that your life holds. Create a purposeful vision for your future. Understand that by envisioning and clarifying, you are giving your dreams life and are opening yourself to allow spirit to work with you.
So I ask you today, what do you want? What do you want to see transpire in your life one year from now with an understanding that this is a stepping stone to a greater goal or purpose?
Let yourself write with abandon until you come to the true resolution of your heart
Use your creativity and you too can make your own perfect little ball.
Ingredients: 1 cup Nutracleanse, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup sesame seeds, 1/2 raisins, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 3/4 cup peanut butter, 2 tbsp honey.
This will make 22 to 24 balls – depending on how much you eat as you are making.
Mix all ingredients together well in a bowl with your clean hands. Wash your hands (again) and squish about 2 tbsps together and roll into a ball. Eat right away or, even better, save it for later!
You can add so many things to this recipe. I have used rolled oats instead of sesame seeds and dried cranberries instead of raisins. All of the sweets can be omitted if you are following a low carb diet and the balls are still just as delicious.
For the Body: Mix equal parts of Nutracleanse with olive oil and rub it on your feet or body. After rinsing you will be amazed at how soft it leaves your skin. It is cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing all at the same time. You can also just add water to the Nutracleanse and rub it on your clean face, leaving it on for 5 to 10 minutes using it as a mask.