Yogis hear it time and time again, “sit with whatever is coming up for you, be in your stillness, watch your thoughts and then release them.” A lot of fancy words that sometimes resonate, catalyzing ease of body and quiet of mind, but other times feel ignorant and mocking of our racing thoughts that just won’t shut off. Whether you’ve grasped the practice of sitting with your emotions or not, I encourage you to read this article by Dena Benavidez! She describes the tug-of-war our inner darkness and light play on us, and how to walk ourselves through the root behind reactionary thoughts and emotions in a fool-proof way. Her perspective served as a touching reminder for my own practice of mindfulness, and for that, I am excited to share it with you!
Love is magic. It is our divine gift and super power. Yet, we so quickly allow the associated risk of pain, our comfortability, or the unknown to hold us back from stepping into its mystical and transformative power. Love is as simple as breath, really, and if someone would have said that to me a year ago, I would have laughed in their face and deemed them a fool. What is more foolish, though, than ignoring the purest and most infinite aspect of our being?
Valentine’s Day may be a time to celebrate partnership, but it is also a great time to balance, align, and let your anahata chakra SHINE! Enjoy this quick and informational read about your fourth chakra on this day that serves to celebrate all that is LOVE!
Have you stopped in for one of Jamie’s classes lately?! Her style and energy aren’t the only things that are chill and funky, her playlists are too! Check out Jamie’s latest mashup, and let these smooth jams bring fun and positive vibes to your mat and your life this week!
Understanding our journey as a constant state of transformations that lead to a monumental occurrence of transmutation allows us to appreciate each step towards personal growth, small or large, in a more genuine and fulfilling way. Denoting the difference between them can aid us in staying motivated on our path, as confusing transformational moments as transmutational ones can be discouraging and stunt our growth. We all want better for ourselves, whether that is a better situation, a better Self, a better job, a better social circle. Jumping straight to transmutation is not realistic, we must be up for the hard, internal work that is transformation, as the only way to move past anything is to travel directly through it, experiencing it in its entirety, accepting it, and allowing it to guide us beyond what we’ve ever known, to a place of complete and utter metamorphosis.
Mark Nepo’s article, “How to Return to your Center,” is one of the most earnest and empowering piece’s of writing I’ve read in a LONG TIME! It’s a quick read that packs a pretty potent punch of insight. His perspective of enlightenment being a process we continually live within, rather than a destination we live to arrive at, brought an instantaneous wave of calm over my mind, body, and soul. He speaks to the balance between the finite (human) and the infinite (spirit) in a harmonious fashion that left me feeling motivated to continuing riding this flow we call life!
Julianne Farrell is a Goddess of Light and a Warrior of Life, two aspects of her being that permeate any space she leads! Her versatile interests, open mind, and spiritual wisdom make her the ultimate guide for any practitioner. What else does she bring to the table for anyone and everyone? Her AWESOME playlists, of course! Make it to Julianne’s class, and there will undoubtedly be music in her mashup that is just for you!
What I’ve found most beneficial about this balanced state of living, this yin and yang of working towards success in my career, but equally enjoying aspects of life that don’t necessarily provide a tangible reward in the end, is that I always end up finding inspiration for my work within the personal interests I make time for.