Daily Inspiration

My Energy Healer at school shared this yesterday after our meditation and I wanted to share it.

The Guest House

By: Rumi

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some monetary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond

Our minds and our thoughts are guests in our body and soul. They are only passing through. So accept each one, accept each bad mood and bad thought. Recognize that they won’t last forever. Even if they do last for longer than expected, remember that they are there for a reason. Invite all thoughts and emotions in with open arms but hold on loosely and let them go. For example this morning I slept in, til 6. I usually get up at 5 ,do my yoga practice and meditate. But this morning my body just felt too tired and was completely content sleeping an extra hour. My body and mind must have been on a slower schedule this morning because I then found myself rushing with only five minutes until I had to leave the house. I had to recognize that these feelings and disturbances are only temporary. Never permanent.I encourage you to think of this when a negative thought or feeling occurs. It’s extremely reassuring and I guarantee it will invite a new emotion to arrive.

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Daily Inspiration

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We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned. So as to have the life that is waiting for us

This concept is something I think we all have trouble with. As much as we try to let go and go with the flow, essentially we are still trying to control the situation and our lives. I was able to recognize this in myself yesterday. And change it.

As many of you may know I have a passion for yoga and dreams of becoming a yoga teacher by the end of the year. This search for a program has not been as easy as I thought it would be. For the past month I have been searching, sending e-mails, proposals, inquiring about scholarships, work study, and yoga styles. Most of these places I had heard no response from. So I kept looking and the way I do that is ferociously.

As I was searching google yesterday for yoga teacher trainings I suddenly realized that I was exhausted. Mentally and emotionally. I didn’t think it was healthy for me to feel this way and I started to get upset and discouraged. After talking it through with my boyfriend, we decided it would be best if I backed off for a week, take yoga training out of my mind and allow the universe to do its magic.

This was very hard at first, I couldn’t stop thinking about the different schedules, the different scenarios, the rejections. So I went to my breath. As I took the focus off of yoga training I focused on something more important, myself. As I started to do this I realized I was neglecting something. My knee had been bothering me for two weeks now and I’ve just been ignoring it hoping it would get better. But it wasn’t. It was time to refocus and heal. Immediately I contacted my girlfriend in physical therapy and she developed stretches and strength exercises for me to incorporate into my routine. I then went home and mapped out a hip strengthening vinyasa for me to practice regularly. As all of this fell into place I realized that it helped me fall in love with yoga just a little bit more. And I was excited to move onto another phase in my practice: healing with yoga. For all I know this is making me a more well rounded yogi and maybe it’s a plan.

Sometimes so much energy builds up on one focus that it becomes negative and self destructive. Discover how you can distribute that energy to create positive experiences for yourself, it can all be used somewhere.

And a funny thing happens when you put the worry thoughts out of your head, sometimes they all work out. After refocusing my energy I received three very positive emails from three of my four potential training locations. I am still not thinking about it until next week but it made me realize that maybe all the universe needed was a little space to grow to reach me.

How will you redirect energy and go with the flow today?

Daily Inspiration

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Yesterday my friend and I embarked on day 1 of Deepak Chopra’s 21 day meditation. At the end of the day we went to each other to discuss the meditation and realized that neither of us could connect to the mantra for the day.

“I commit to perfect health”

I had a problem with this, what is perfect? Aren’t I healthy? This seems like a lot of pressure. Reluctantly, I did the meditation, trying to find something I could find useful in it. I wasn’t surprised that my friend had the same problem with the meditation. We wondered if there was a better mantra we could be using instead of the P word. So, to my books I went. Of course my first stop was May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein. There I found a mantra that I think we all could find useful

“I am willing to perceive my body with love”

Oh man, another winner Gabby! This had me thinking about how to treat and view your body with love. How often are we judging our bodies? Telling it that it’s not strong enough, thin enough, flexible enough, the right shape. When in reality your body is perfect. Just consider how much work it does just for you each day, how much it takes to put one foot in front of the other, digest your food, think, and laugh. But it has your back, it’s your best friend and its with you from the moment of conception until your last day on earth.

That’s why I encourage you to treat it gently and nourish it. Drink water, eat those green veggies, tell it how beautiful it is, sleep that extra hour and exercise or move your body every day. I’m not saying you have to be perfect. I’m certainly not. Just be aware of your body and how it feels. Someone once told me that chronic diseases are caused by chronic habits. So no, one cupcake won’t give you diabetes, but one everyday might. It’s all about balance when it comes to nutrition and of course overall self love ❤

How will you love yourself today?

Daily Inspiration

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Wouldn’t it be great if we weren’t so worried about what we didn’t have and could only focus on what we did have? That’s what abundance is. This feeling of overwhelming gratitude for what you have in your life. But it’s more than the physical things such as money and possessions. It’s the people you love in your life, the roof over your head, the food on your plate or your health. It is anything that deep down you can truly be thankful for.
Although abundance is contentment it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t strive to better ourselves. It just takes the pressure off. It shuts down the ego and the ego is what causes you to compare yourself to others and judge yourself and others. Instead, while on your journey to being the best you and fulfilling your dreams, you know that you already have all of the things you need. So if this job promotion doesn’t happen, or you can’t afford this car, or this new piece of clothing, it won’t make a difference. What you already have is great and more than good enough.
When you feel truly abundant the world will open up to you with endless possibilities. Because you’re already happy and content. When you are striving for things under stress you tend to feel like everything is saying ‘no’ and slamming doors in your face. When you practice abundance everything says yes. Positive attracts positive, my friends.

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Recipe of the Week- 45 Second Oatmeal Cookie

Oatmeal Cookie

I gave up chocolate for lent so everyday is a new adventure as I try to find alternatives to satisfying my sweet tooth. I also like something fast so lately I have been experimenting with cookies that you can make in mugs.

I stumbled upon this recipe on  the Carrots N’ Cake blog while looking for new recipes and it is so easy that I have made it 3 times this week. It consists of everything I usually have in my cabinets and it always does the trick.

Now on to the cookie making!

What you will need:

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/8 cup liquid egg whites
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • Cinnamon to taste

Since I don’t have raisins in the house I omitted this part, but I did have chocolate chips (we’ll meet again my friends) to my boyfriend’s cookie. I also used Whole Wheat All Purpose Flour.

Now, once you have all of your ingredients combine them all in a microwave safe bowl. Mix them until they are well combined and then squish and flatten the mixture to the bottom of the bowl with a fork.

Mixed Oatmeal

Microwave the cookie for 45 seconds and then allow to cool. I usually put it in the refrigerator to help it along.

Once cooled for a couple of minutes carefully remove the cookie from the bowl. Presto! A homemade, clean, healthy, and nutritious Oatmeal Cookie! 

Last week I topped this with my Banana Mango Chia Sorbet, I have also topped it with peanut butter, and may top it with a teensy bit of good old fashioned vanilla ice cream tonight!

Mango Oatmeal

Enjoy! 🙂

Next week will be a healthy twist on an old fashioned breakfast favorite! French Toast!

Weekend Inspiration

Miracles occur in the subtle shifts

-Gabby Bernstein

Some may think that miracles need to be this larger than life event. But really miracles are the subtle shifts in perception and consciousness. It could be seeing the bright side of a not so perfect situation or recognizing that an unhealthy habit is no longer serving you. These are the first steps to something better but these small miracles are no less important than the big miracle that they make.

Today wasn’t the best yoga practice I had ever done no matter how hard I tried to make that my intention. But instead of feeling frustrated with my mind and body I focused on the positive aspects of it and what I had done really well. There was one small part that I had been overlooking. I had actually done a pose that I had never done before or thought I had the strength to do (see picture below) and it actually all happened by accident. I really only got into that position after trying to catch myself from falling. It then have me confidence to practice that pose some more and to perfect it.

I am so grateful for that falling moment because it made me recognize a strength I didn’t know I had, and sometimes that shift, or miracle, is all you need to recognize that.

How will you shift your perception today to witness a miracle?

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Daily Inspiration

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“There’s no need to wait for the bad things and bullshit to be over.

Change now. Love now. Live now.

Don’t wait for people to give you permission to live, because they won’t.” 

-Kris Carr, Author of Crazy Sexy Diet

 

I would elaborate on that quote, but I think Kris Carr said it just right.

What can you change today? Since it is 7:45 AM let’s think about what you can change about your breakfast. What do you have? Is it a bagel with cream cheese? A bacon egg and cheese? Just coffee? Whatever it is, think about how that is affecting the rest of your day. Think about it, what you eat in the morning will be in your body for the rest of the day. What do you want to fuel you?

Breakfast is so important and it’s easy to find fast but healthy foods on the run. Starbucks has oatmeal, raw granola bars, they even have veggie juice now. These are also things that you can easily make or store at home too. To make life even easier, make your breakfast the night before. *Keep watch on my recipe blog, I am sensing an Overnight Oats Recipe coming REAL SOON!*

Whatever you do, do not skip breakfast (or any meal for that matter). Especially if you are trying to lose weight. Skipping meals only slows down your metabolism and yep you guessed it, eating whole foods speeds it up!

Today I made myself a Snow Day Green Smoothie (See Above)! I don’t always make smoothies but this one was on my mind since last night. It is avocado, banana, blueberries, honey, kale, and almond coconut milk…and it is BOMB.

What are you eating for breakfast?