Practicing Silence

“Everything worthwhile is gained through Silence. When you verbalized, you have moved into your head.”  Yogi Amrit  Desai I don’t believe that any of us are strangers to the spinning mind, the monkey mind that is continuously planning, assuming, solving, judging, disliking or liking.  In the practice of silence we can find our way through the cluttered mind and move into a space of stillness and quiet. We can learn to just BE with ourselves. The experience of silence will, after a time, quiet the internal dialogue and a new space of potential will begin to emerge. What does practicing silence look like?  Power down your computer, shut down your phone, turn off the television and create a space to be alone, to be in solitude and to just be silent. You can begin this practice for 30 minutes a day and work up to several hours.  During this time you can take a long walk, be in nature, read an inspiring book, meditate, do an at–home yoga practice or write in a journal. More challenging, but an important endeavor, would be to try an extended period of silence – a full day or even several days. Often when one begins a practice of silence the mind can kick into high gear and the monkey chatter may escalate.  An urgent sense of needing to speak may emerge.  Over time the mind will quiet and a greater sense of peace and stillness follows.  The practice of silence will lead us away from the chatter of the mind and into a deeper connection with our internal spirit, our heart and our...

Meditating on JOY

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha   We’ve lived a lot, that’s true. But how have we lived? Each thought created is the illustrator for the movie that is our life. You can let ideas run wild with a paintbrush of dark hues creating a canvas that looks like something you wouldn’t want to run into walking down a dark alley at night. OR you can create a work of heART with your internal dialogue. Here’s the big secret that no one wants you to know (except us of course, that’s why we’re sharing it) YOU ARE THE AUTHOR OF YOUR STORY. Your ego is about to put its big ugly foot down and say, “no, some people can do that but it’s not us,” because that’s what your ego does; it challenges you. If you keep thinking that, then yes, THAT is your truth. “As long as you feed the beast, it shall live,” wrote Jen Sincero. If you draw the line and take your power back right now, then your life will begin to change for the better. The universe will begin to conspire to put together the things that you deserve because you are open to receiving joy. Meditating on joy and gratitude is the key to creating new cognitive habits. It’s not the quick fix, but it’s a practice that will carry you throughout life. When chaos creeps in, and the ego rears its ugly head, you have the strength to stand tall like Xena the Warrior Princess...

Changing Your Perspective

It’s often second nature to look at situations, emotions, and people, and label them. A cancellation of plans is a disappointment, a criticism is a punishment, a risk is scary, so on, and so forth. When you look at things differently, though, the things you look at change. Rather than sticking a positive or negative connotation on life’s experiences, make a daring decision. Name it something good: a new opportunity, a lesson to be learned, an adventure to be explored, or a new friend to spend time with. When it doesn’t work out right take a step back, see things from a new view, and discover new possibilities. Redefine what you believe to be true. Paint your reality in the hues you wish to live within. Let it be bright and bold, or light and calm. Look at what’s weighing on you today, and try to see it from a different...

Finding Balance

Our body’s natural functions maintain homeostasis to keep the physical self in equilibrium. Although the body is consistently balanced, we still struggle to feel that balance transcends into our lives because the mental and emotional self requires a different kind of maintenance. That maintenance is mindfulness. In yoga, we practice grounding down and rising up through standing postures. By doing so, the mind weeds out the necessary from the unnecessary and becomes more focused on priorities like what gets you up and what keeps you up. These moments of physical balance encourage the mind to seek balance in other ways. What gets you up in the morning? What keeps you up when life knocks you down? Samatva is the state of even-mindedness which allows us to find harmony within ourselves and the contexts of our environment. When samatva is reached, it is said that a person is then able to see passed birth and death, see the true equality of all beings, and treat success and failure alike. Samatva and physical balance are alike in the sense that we work for it, attain it, lose it, fall out of it, and start all over again and again. That’s the nature of each, and as frustrating as it may be, it is what allows us to appreciate it all the more when we do have...

The Natural Facelift

We all want to look our best and maintain an youthful and healthy glow. Even though aging is a natural process, stress, negative emotions, inappropriate diet, toxins, sun damage, and gravity age our skin even faster. Several things happen as we age. Skin loses its youth producing fat, collagen and elastin glands that once rejuvenated skin cells. Aging occurs when the circulation of blood and lymph to the skin decreases, depriving the skin and underlying muscles of essential nourishment. As a result the skin and muscles looses moister, firmness, elasticity, and tone. What if there was a safe, non surgical option that could take 5-15 years off of your face? Natural holistic methods for anti-aging are among the most effective and efficient, yet underutilized cosmetic options. Unlike Botox, fillers, and surgery Facial Acupuncture is a holistic, natural, gentle way to rejuvenate your skin and bring forward your youthful glow. It was once employed by ancient Chinese royalty to prolong youthfulness. Facial Acupuncture will enhance your health and radiance by restoring the circulation of blood and lymph to the skin, face, and muscle, leaving you looking and feeling refreshed. Your skin will improve in texture, softness, clarity, and firmness. Fine needles are placed at a variety of acupuncture points in the face, neck, and also the body to stimulate body’s natural energies called Qi. Positive micro-trauma produced by acupuncture needle stimulates the fibroblasts, and this action increase the production of collagen. Some of the facial benefits include: Reduction of under eyes bags and sagging tendencies Elimination of the lines and diminishing of large wrinkles Improvement of collagen production and muscle...

Sharing the Joy of Healing

One of my dear yoga students brought a special gift to the yoga studio this morning – she is one-year cancer free. She is a testament to the power we have to heal. She arrives at the studio three days a week before dawn. Always cheerful and happy, espousing her love of the early morning hours. She is tenacious in her practice having arrived here a couple of months ago as a beginner to the practice. Learning to go with the flow, accepting her practice exactly where it is right now and practicing the art of breathing, slowing down and finding ease and softness in even the most powerful of poses. And she is Cancer free. And she is celebrating the moment with a deserved pride and palpable happiness. Her joy is infectious. When we built It Takes A Village Wellness it was to come together as a community to recognize the power each and everyone of us has to heal – physically, emotionally and spiritually; to hold each other in our dis-ease and pain and then celebrate the steps of growth, change and transformation. We all experience those dark hours when we have felt physical illness, been diagnosed with a chronic disease, lost a love one, felt financial struggles, had a child in pain – the list is lengthy. And yet, together, we can watch each other move from the darkness into light. Sometimes a new and different light – but light none the less. So today we celebrate. We celebrate my student’s joy at being Cancer free. We celebrate our knowing that together as a community we...