In case you have forgotten, YOU are the Magic.
You hold all the keys that you need to open a new door, make a habit change or completely change your entire life. You hold all this magic and everything you need right now, in this moment.
In a world where sharing and witnessing other people's success is just a click away on our personal devices, we may get caught up in comparisons and envy. We may judge our path, our experiences and dreams.
Why haven't I done X yet and maybe this isn't what I'm meant to do?!
Here's your sign...
If you are drawn to something, there's a reason.
A lesson. A goal. SOMETHING. Pursue it. Find it. Create your own success because YOU hold the magic.
Comparing ourselves to other people's success/experience is like comparing the sun and the moon. Each shines individually of each other and share the sky.
We've just began a new moon cycle, in Cancer...
Let's make a pact to reach for our own success. Share our success and encourage each other--rather than comparing and tearing each other down. There is enough magic for all of us to shine.
- Jenn Rose
(Photo by Almos Bechtold on Unsplash
Photo by Anna Sullivan on Unsplash)
Do you journal?
When I was younger I wrote in my diary every night before bed. As I got older I stopped writing because I was "busy". Anyone else?
I'm super excited to have reconnected with this practice. I always find journalling a calming experience and helps me to focus my mind on the "good stuff".
So let's take a peak at my daily journal...
Of course, I always include the date (Month, Day, Year), but I also like to add in the moon phase and the weather. Looking back at old journals, I notice that the weather and the moon phase can affect my mood as well as what I write about! If it's a rainy, dreary day I might spend some more time "finding the good"--more on that later! (Ladies, I also include my cycle since it tends to ALSO affect my mood.)
I think it's important to start off by saying I'm not a doctor and I do not have any sort of medical degree. I am however a human (shocker!) and have felt anxiety now and then. The tips below are ones I practice when anxiety and fear try to take over.
Being a performer and a teacher (dance/yoga) there are moments before the music comes on or the lights dim that your heart beats a little faster or your chest seems to tighten. These are the moments that our bodies return to our natural habit of fight or flight. While fight or flight might be useful when we were being chased by a larger prey, getting ready to perform might not be the best place for it.
These are the moments I practice yoga, breath work and meditation for. Sure, there are other benefits; but it's when anxiety, fear, or panic kick in that I see the most benefit in my own life.
1. Take a Breath
Once you've noticed your heart beating faster and anxiety start to push it's way to the top of the to-do list try to focus the mind on breathing.
In my own opinion this type of focus is both a breath work (pranayama) and meditation technique. Using the breath as the focal point for the mind starts to push that anxiety aside. Then of course, if you've ever taken a few breathes you know it begins to create a calming sensation as oxygen begins to flow through the body.
If you can't seem to focus on the breath, close the eyes. Some times decreasing outside distractions are all we need to focus inward.
This past weekend I had the pleasure to attend one of my favorite dance events in New York state, Super Fun Dance Camp! Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring, NY becomes a meeting ground for dancers and musicians twice a year. It's only about an hour up from NYC and about 3 hours from Albany.
Are you in a yoga rut?
Do you feel like your tried and true routine is becoming too routine?
Been there. Done, that.
Below are 5 easy ways you can enhance your yoga practice when you need a little inspiration or new pep in your yoga step!
1. Take your mat outside.
With the weather finally warming up in central New York, a change of location is definitely what the doctor ordered. Gift yourself some vitamin D, a beautiful view and greet the sun on the horizon.
Don't want to "muddy up" your mat? Warm up with a walk around your local park and try some standing poses. Warrior 1 or 2 anyone?
Every Spring, and Autumn, we mark the changing of the season during what is known as the "Equinox". Vernal or Autumnal to be exact.
While we passed the Spring Equinox back on March 20th, we are just starting to see the signs of Spring in upstate NY. Now that we're in May we're hoping we won't be seeing any more snow showers!
Along with that spring new growth/re-birth feeling, I think it's important to also notice the equinox, meaning equal day and night.
It's a time to remember that finding balance in life is key!
Think work & play. Love & lust. Treating yourself vs. over-indulgence. Etc. etc.