All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. *Henry Ellis
It seems that we have this primitive instinct to gather information, unlimited amounts, and we can’t stop this compulsive checking of things and our “stuff”. Our mobile phones, email, social media sites, stats, Likes, news feeds, whatever the next and newest thing is…
The trend seems to be a more distracted world, and the more we “think” we’re connecting, the more disconnected we in fact are. This constant distraction messes up our brains so much that we don’t know how to quiet our mind. Most people never go inward and even the word contemplation scares us.
This trend shows that the more we learn, take on, and “do”, the more we have to be taught [or rather, relearn] to “let go” and do more by doing less, or nothing at all. We already know that unplugging every so often is important [read here], yet still we’re “bored”, with our lives, but ultimately ourselves. Honestly, I’m envious of people who get bored. I don’t have time to be.
So naturally I was scared, nervous, anxious, excited and curious for my first appointment at Float House in Gastown.
Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you did it! You survived 2012!
Now, chances are and like most of us, it wasn’t easy. You endured a year of changes, challenges and growth. Opportunity flocked you, roller coasters were taken on with your hands thrown high in the air, and difficulties were met with determination, thought, and deep breaths. You survived a bit of heartache, moments of uncertainty, and the end of the world as we knew it [were you surprised?]. There were heart-fluttering moments, mind-boggling victories, and magical unseen adventures. You rallied personal triumphs, defeating struggles and maybe you even realized that it truly is a small world after all [it actually really is, it's crazy].
It’s always fun to look back and reflect on the year that has passed. Moments can often slip away so quickly, especially these days with so much going on all the time. It can be easy to forget the little things. I often get nostalgic at the end of the year and like to think of the lessons I’ve learned, the adventures I’ve had, and gain awareness of the things I can work on or create for the next year… the next moment.
All the best to you and yours for health and happiness, adventure and love in 2013! Congratulations
“Unstiffen your supple body. Unchatter your quiet mind. Unfreeze your fiery heart.” – Celeste West
This is a quote that hangs on the bathroom at Sanga Yoga studio in Kits. The peaceful studio is set in Dunbar in a cute neighbourhood surrounded by local shops, beautiful trees, and an incredible community.
Local amazing-force and stop-at-nothing-ness yogi, Shannon Cluff, is the owner and operator of the quaint and calm studio. In addition to running the studio and teaching, she holds a Teacher Integration Program, or rather “TIP”, that is a seven week integration of “what the heck does it mean to teach yoga?” And I am fortunate to have attended and “graduated” from this program as of the past seven weeks!
The idea behind the program is to prepare you and further develop you to the art of teaching yoga. If you’re currently teaching, if you’ve never taught, if you haven’t even taken your teacher training, if you’d like a deeper practice or want a better sense of personal awareness and growth – then PLEASE look into this. If you have the passion and desire then you need to take this program.
The reality of being such an attractive person [and I'm not talking about my super raggamuffin model steez, I mean energetically] is that I somehow seem to invite a lot of STUFF in my life. Things are always happening, shifting, changing. Outsiders may see this as constant drama, but it’s just the stuff that life is made of. This is life. And I’m extremely open to it all. We all have it going on daily, just some more than others. And life is all about how we deal with what has brought us here in this exact moment. Inhale, exhale, pass the wine, give me chocolate. Read more…
I’d like to say that having a chronic inflammatory disease called Endometriosis has ruined my life, but that would be incorrect and dramatic. I’d like to think that it’s actually made me a whole lot stronger of a person. Yes, that sounds nice.
Now, I’m sure you’re scratching your head, you’re ready to click away, or you have these preconceived notions of what you think Endometriosis is. Unless you’ve been officially medically diagnosed with it yourself, I’m sorry, you will never have any idea. But it is my goal to educate people to have a general understanding of it.
Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make. – Donald Trump
I like pressure. Pressure doesn’t make me crack. It’s enabling. I eat pressure, and there might be times when I get a bad feeling in my gut that this might be too much, but you feel pressure when you’re not doing something, you know? - Louis C. K.
I knew that in the silence that followed, that anything could happen here. It might be too late again. I might have missed my chance. But I would at least know I tried, that I took my heart and extended my hand, whatever the outcome. – Sarah Dessen
When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything. – Stephen Richards
28 Life Lessons Learned in 28 Years
In honour of my looming 28th birthday, I decided to create a list of the most important life changing lessons that I’ve learned throughout these years.
This is not an all-encompassing list, because good lord, I hope I’ve learned more than 28 lessons in my life! This is a list of the most important lessons I have learned thus far that I deemed worth sharing. I have oodles of life lessons to go and I await the challenges that lay ahead of me. Initially, I tried to reflect and keep it short, but those of you that know me know I tend to elaborate and ramble [and you love it! …right? …crickets]. Enjoy.
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