You are Resilient – Allow your heart to break

When we practice yoga, when we connect consciously with our breath, we re-conect to our bodies.  We come back into the feeling center, which is absolutely necessary for any real substantial change to happen.

It is not that we don’t care about what is happening in the world,  like the degradation of our environment for example.  We do.  We are just scared to feel pain, so it is easier to disconnect and avoid the possibility of what even the thought of pain may do to us.

Feel the pain.  You will be okay.  You will come out on the other side stronger and with more wisdom to offer.  We need your wisdom and what you have to offer.

Pain is not the problem, it is how we react to the thought of pain.  I challenge you to just be with your pain.  Whatever it is.  See if you can allow yourself to be with it, and notice what happes.

We numb ourseves with food, alcohol, sex, shopping, and let’s not forget pharmaceuticals.  We are in the midst of an enormous opioid cisis, all because we are running scared from the mere thought of pain.

It is okay.  Joanna Macy asks us to allow our hearts to break.  She says, “The heart that
breaks open can contain the whole universe.”

When we allow ourselves to feel what needs to be felt, the feeling will pass.  As Pema Chodron says, “We are the sky, everything else is just the weather.”

We are so resilient.  Allow yourself to be resilient.

we are the ones we've been waiting for

Be Grateful

This TedX Honolulu talk with Timber Hawkeye is inspiring and right on point in my opinion. I watched it over and over several times just to be sure I really heard every word Timber was sharing.

In the beginning his voice shakes and it reminded me to Speak Your Truth Even If Your Voice Shakes!

If you have even just a few moments, watch as much as you can of this Talk and remember to Be Grateful today and everyday!   Sending Love ~ India beeing thankful for you

Here is the link: Faithfully Religionless: Timber Hawkeye at TEDxHonolulu 2012  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIFTxRJfLTM

I’ve included some of the highlights, in my opinion, from Timber’s Talk below.

Timber tells us to think BIG and to think GLOBALLY.

“Be grateful because gratitude has a way of turning what we have into enough. And that is luxury. That is being rich.”

291868_553220331360175_1999085346_n  “Success means being happy.”

“We have been so terribly misguided by the notion that happiness is something we have to pursue. And it’s in that pursuit of happiness that we’ve actually lost our way.”

“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” -Dalai  “Make sit happen.” (Clever huh? I like it!)

“The breath is not something we just take. Breathing is a gift. It is a miracle that is offered to us over and over again, yet much like our health, we often take it for granted right up until the moment we no longer have it.”

“Your beliefs don’t make you a better person. Your behavior does.”

“Don’t rely on government or television to be the leaders of hope and positivity. You yourself can become that beacon of light.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIFTxRJfLTM