How we move through our daily lives MATTERS!
Traveling through India was an amplified opportunity to DROP IN, COME HOME, LET GO, and realize that I cannot hide from who I am.
I was with my yoga students from early morning until late in the evening. Lucky for me, our group had this dynamic contagious laughter simmering in and out of each stressful moment. We used it as a weapon to get through very long days of travel and overwhelm in different situations.
Having said that, there were times of exhaustion. I had one late night in Agra, at the very end of the trip where I started to tear up and just couldn’t get over the personal triggers that were showing up. I was so tired I had to let go and just go with it. It wouldn’t wait until I got back to my hotel room. One of my students witnessed me crying on the bus. It was very late, I was exhausted, and well...I am human.
My intent is to be fully myself so that I can realize my imperfectness and then trust that, through my awkward and vulnerable states, my connection with my experience will also support my connection with others.
I have also learned that putting up walls or fronts lead to a lot more pain in the future than just allowing the discomfort with the initial pain, fear, or insecurity.
By practicing yoga and mindfulness, I have safe routes to going inward. In order to teach and bring this into others lives I must live up to my own teachings, thus crying on the bus late at night in Agra when my triggers came up. Not easy, but I always say "there is no where to hide."
There is no where to hide, so letting go and learning as life arises has proven to be my best teacher.
Through our connection to our own bodies, there is wisdom, messages, wholeness, and radical moment-by-moment awakening.
Do you want to learn how to come home fully in each moment? To come home to your own deep state of knowing, your body, and actualize your own Embodied Presence? If so, I invite you to download and listen to the free Embodied Presence meditation.
I’m sitting at a coffee shop, still sleepy even though I taught a 6:00 a.m. Hot Yoga Flow class.
It’s been raining here for weeks and I think about my son in Portland and wonder how he deals with the dreary weather. I’m missing the sun, my daughter, and I am also excited to head to India with my yoga students. All of this happening at once.
I’m also aware of the smell of the baked goods here at the coffee shop, which I am not choosing because they have gluten in them! My coffee is nice, I added almond milk and YAY, it’s warming me up.
At any given moment, on any given day, I can have an infinite amount of thoughts and emotions and yet…and yet…wait...I know from all the years of practice there is more.
I’m not using the word "more" as in getting or attaining. I’m using it as in more possibilities opening consciousness.
I’m going to sit here, write to you, and ground into the space of possibility and let go of my personal preferences, hopeful desires about the weather changing, and allow freedom in my state of being, so I can be awake and at ease.
Awake and at ease…This is our birth right, and yet we fight it. We spend an ample amount of time wanting things to be different and better. We lose the essence of ourselves and the nectar of our lives when we aren’t available to the moment.
So in this moment, I choose to allow for the nectar to become palpable in my being, and open my state of acceptance and consciousness as I sit here in the cold and drink my warm coffee.
I wish for all of us to be able to come back again and again. I wish it so much that I teach it and I fully embody this practice as often as I can. I am grateful that you come to practice with me so that we can all do this thing together!
2/6/2019 0 Comments
In the past I’ve been all about setting up big goals in January, and determined to work hard, to do all the spiritual stuff that aligns me with those intentions.
This year I find myself quieter, gentler on both myself and in life, and understanding the power of NEUTRAL.
I would love to share a spiritual AH HA about NEUTRAL...
I haven't shared out loud with any of you that my daughter is 23 years old and a recovering heroine addict. She is 2 years sober! No pity card here, I’m simply writing about this because it was a RADICAL TEACHING on learning that I have NO CONTROL!
Through those 5 years of deep suffering and crazy shadow work, I was shown, over and over again by spirit, that I had to be present but could not for a split second determine the outcome of this by my own behaviors.
I was forced to come back to NEUTRAL, although I wanted to check out, make this nightmare go away, or wish or force it to stop. There was nothing to do except come back to being present with her and her addictions, staying upright, coming back to presence, and be in NEUTRAL. I was given a deep teaching on why NEUTRAL is important and when practiced how I could learn to TRUST and LET GO over and over again.
Going through this lesson taught me that I can better connect with SPIRIT, and not know, but allow when I’m in neutral.
PRACTICE AT HOME
Would you like to explore NEUTRAL and learn how allowing this state in your body and mind could be the best tool for manifesting yet?
POSTURE: Seated cross legged with cushions underneath your sit bones OR Tadasana (Mountain pose) with an ease through your trunk unlike ever before!
BREATH: Simply watch your natural breath at the tips of your nostrils. No pushing nor holding back, let it be easy!
With 30 years as a practicing yogini and 18 years as a yoga teacher and intuitive healer, Lisa Marie brings health and life changing experiences to thousands. Her commitment to her students and to the path of yoga guides her to serve others as they find their own divinity and tap into their essential nature.