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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 area. But, it is also our mid to lower back, which is just as important to keep strong. And, it is everything inside that area, which is the majority of our digestive system. When we relate this to our life, it brings to light that what we put in us and what is behind us, our past, is very significant in how we stand, move forward and area able to 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.