Blog post written by Karen Price ( Journey to Zen)
My Yoga Instructor, a very beautiful person both physically and spiritually, shared a piece of wisdom that until now didn’t have my full attention. The pearl of wisdom she shared was the belief that FEAR is nothing more than “False Evidence Appearing Real”. It has been over a year now since I first heard those words spoken but during my present journey it has been playing over and over in my head. What is stopping me from reaching all of the goals I set for myself? What is holding me back from becoming my best self? So many times in my life I’ve been decidedly afraid to finish. I will travel the path and suddenly find myself standing beside it and looking at it from all angles in an attempt to figure out if it will work or how it will work. Usually this is when the “false evidence” finds a way to keep me off the path for long periods of time and sometimes forever. I am not yet certified as a yoga instructor. I have but a 90 minute practicum to take and provided I accomplish what is required, I will receive my certification to teach what I love. I’ve been dealing with a lot of aches and pains here and there….left knee, right heel, right shoulder. Sometimes the anticipation of the pain will actually become larger than life in my head and I will back off for days or even weeks. Have I convinced myself yet again that there is evidence that I cannot achieve my goal?
Recently I went to visit my Instructor who I also consider a very dear friend and during our conversation she said that perhaps it is my fear of success that is the real issue. When she said it, I didn’t quite absorb it as I have already convinced myself that it was the physical pain that has really kept me from attaining my certification. Now that I’ve had a few days to reflect over our conversation, it makes perfect sense. Do I actually have pain? Yes I do but is it the complete reason for not moving forward? I now completely reject that idea as the sole reason for standing still. On my journey to zen I resolve to stop and consider the F.E.A.R. in all areas of my life, recognize it and move beyond it because I can.Thank you Dana.
Hey and Happy Wednesday!! It’s mid week and I wanted a little pick me up and came across this short video of Dave Chappelle sharing his experience of getting boo’d off stage. He turned it into fuel… Enjoy! Share any videos you have that motivate you in the comments!!
” Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend. ” ~ Bruce Lee
My takeaway:: I think the appeal is the peace and calm we are trying to achieve. It means working to have everything in its place, and emptying your mind of clutter, junk, to’do lists, and etc. Once it’s somewhat “still”, then you are ready for anything that comes your way. It will be an ongoing journey. Wish me luck.
Heey Ya’ll!! On my way home today, I decided to treat myself to a rather odd dinner………
A Starbuck’s Mocha Coconut Frappuccino® . I’ve seen the images plastered everywhere and heard it was really really good. Since I have a love of chocolate and coconut, I thought I’d give it a try. The first sip was kinda deceptive because my initial reaction was hmmmm, not bad, another sip, not so sure, but by the third sip, I was completely frowning. Ewww, this is not my thing, at all.
Since I’m on a budget and this was my “dinner”, I thought, what a waste!!! Still regretting my decision, I pulled out of the parking lot shaking my head at myself. Driving home jamming to Kem, ( what ya’ll know bout that? ) , Another thought came to mind. I learned something from that situation so it wasn’t really a waste. I learned that I do not like something I’d never tried before and there is value in that.
The next time I want coconut and chocolate, I’ll have a $.50 Mounds or Almond Joy. My future cravings will save money, $.50 vs. $4.19, good, right??.
Find Joy in Every Journey, even the ones that cost a little cash ~ Kristi
Blog Post written by guest contributor Karen Price (Journey to Zen)
In my last blog, titled “The great Misconception”, I shared with you food for thought and invited you to take a look into a practice that gives you one of the most beautiful ways of looking at life. My hope is that you will explore what I share with you here, find some peace and maybe even “a piece” of yourself you had long put up on the shelf to gather dust. It is true for most of us and certainly it has been for me that we limit time for ourselves and put everything and everyone else first. We put up fences around our minds. We tend to over think things, and over analyze instead of allowing ourselves the freedom to just “be”. After years of conditioning to the contrary, this can be harder than it sounds. Society has taught us that we must perform a certain way in order to live in this world. It is difficult with all the things that we must do daily, swirling around in our heads at every second to just “be”. With my yoga practice I have learned that there is a place in our lives to take time out to breathe and “be”. What good is all that you are trying to achieve if there is literally no time left in your life for “you”. I am inviting you to come along with me on my “Journey to Zen” and slow down long enough to spend time with the most wonderfully made person you will ever encounter…..YOURSELF.
There are many different types of Yoga and I promise that I will get to all of that later but today I’d like to share with you a very simple way to just “be”. I know the kids are running around and everyone is probably calling your name for something but go ahead, write DO NOT DISTURB on a piece of paper, tape it to your locked door OR maybe just before you go to bed tonight after everyone else is tucked in, allow yourself 15 minutes to just “be”. The pose I’d like to share with you today is a personal favorite because no matter what type of yoga you practice, you will want to end up here. The pose is called Savasana pronounced (shah-VAH-sah-nah). Lie down on your back, Let the feet fall out to either side, bring the arms alongside the body, but slightly separated from the body, and turn the palms to face upwards, relax the whole body, including the face. Close your eyes let the body feel heavy and let the breath occur naturally. Allow yourself to just “breathe and be”. I usually stay here for 15 minutes or more. To come out of the pose, first begin to deepen the breath, and then move the fingers and toes, awakening the body. Bring the knees into the chest and roll over to one side, keep the eyes closed, stay here for a minute or two then slowly bring yourself back up into a sitting position. Now see how easy that was. Remember to take time out to reconnect to self and join me next time as I continue on my “Journey to Zen”. Here is a video of the pose.
Namaste, (the divine in me bows to the divine in you)