{monday morning} love

Monday, April 28, 2014

some love and inspiration found on the interwebs over the course of the last couple of weeks:

these words and thoughts definitely struck a chord with me...and the photos are decadent

this post was so timely for me, maybe for some of you too

going to try to start some sauerkraut this week...this recipe had me at "no-fail"

i am going to read most of this to p

i adore that this exists

a book recommendation: turning pro by steven pressfield

and, always, some beautiful words to inspire a beautiful start to the week:

write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
he is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

finish every day and be done with it.
you have done what you could.
some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

this new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

::ralph waldo emerson::

happy monday sweethearts!

{intentional} love

Sunday, April 27, 2014

today i carved out a magical ninety minutes to myself and hoovered the book turning pro by steven pressfield.

and, oh my goodness, page after page that book called me out on all of my shit; how easy it is to settle into complacency, how hard it is to be vulnerable, how important it is to establish and honour that my work is a practice.

the list of incredible insights into my own self and my own process is endless with this one.

so this week i am going to face my fears. i am going to be vulnerable. and i will not settle for what is easiest or most comfortable. which, for me, shows up as staying the same.

and it is funny that this is where i am at because this entire year, up until about a month ago, i have felt so passionate about doing the work that is from my heart. and yet now that i have actually planned the workshops, planned the classes, talked about hosting retreats, started creating actual course content? i am completely terrified to actually, publicly, put myself out there.

and i know that it's part of the process.

but this work is my baby. it is my heart.

and the fear that no one else will connect to it is wildly intimidating.

big breath in. big breath out.

i have, literally, nothing to lose. and living my passion and purpose to gain.

have a beautiful rest of the night.

{awareness} love

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

over the course of the last year i have really been working with the simple tool of awareness; in all aspects of my life, in my practices and in my teaching.

and it is mind-blowing how much it shifts, well, everything.

but for me the big practice of awareness has been in shifting what limits me or what sends me into a tailspin of "negative" emotions; what trips me up.

and while i definitely do not shift these patterns and habits immediately, the potential emotional charge that they carry becomes completely diffused. it's like "oh, i see what i am doing here. i will shift away from it, but for now i just recognize it for what it is and that's ok."

knowing the simple "why" of what is making you do what you do is huge. and, truly, it isn't until you've discovered this "why" that you can even begin to choose differently.

in honour of my sweet friend awareness, i am dropping the motherload of inspiring awareness quotes on y'all.


you start paying attention to yourself. you become a witness to your own being. you start watching your thoughts, desires, dreams, motives, greeds and jealousies. you create a new kind of awareness within you. you become a center, a silent center which goes on watching whatsoever is happening. you are angry, and you watch it. you are not just angry, a new element is introduced into it: you are watching it. and the miracle is that if you can watch anger, the anger disappears without being repressed.

one moment of instantaneous awareness brings more clarity than a lifetime of contrived meditation. 
that one moment of instantaneous awareness introduces us to that about ourselves that will never change. 
in this sense, every moment would be the ultimate meditation, no matter what the moment may contain.
::candice o'denver::

it is not until you awaken and become fully present that you will realize that you have not been present. it is not until you awaken that you will realize you have been asleep, dreaming that you are awake.
::leonard jacobson::

a weakness of some sort can do you a big favor, if you acknowledge that it's there.
::benjamin hoff::

before we can become who we really are, we must become conscious of the fact that the person who we think we are, here and now, is at best an impostor and a stranger.
::thomas merton::

waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.
::jim britt::

most people don't live aware lives. they live mechanical lives, mechanical thoughts -- generally somebody else's -- mechanical emotions, mechanical actions, mechanical reactions.
::anthony de mello::

can you imagine what it would feel like to become aware of an omnipresent ocean of wild divine love that has always been a secret to you in the same way that the sea is invisible to a fish?
::rob brezsny::

what you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you.
::anthony de mello::

each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred.  
::thich nhat hanh::

inner awareness unblocks outer responsiveness, freeing us to respond wholeheartedly, without fearing failure or loss of self-control.
::ken jones::

no matter what your spiritual condition is,
no matter where you find yourself in the universe,
your choice is always the same:
to expand your awareness or contract it.
::thaddeus golas::

suffering occurs when something is taken for what it's not , rather than for what it is.
::suzanne segal::

my only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully and yell for help if you need it.
::judy blume::

there are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
::anaïs nin::

{monday morning} love

Monday, April 14, 2014

last week's love and inspiration from the world wide web:

the beautiful sarah has opened a really sweet etsy shop

"this revolution we have here, will be a gentle one." - a succinct, moving and hope-inspiring blog post by an incredible teacher/woman/soul {click on the "mighty minority" post}

this is a heart breaker

we are sacred dynamite

there's a powerful simplicity to this short clip

and, always, some beautiful words:

i will love the light for it shows me the way, yet i will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
::og mandino::

i wish this week to be overflowing with beauty, light and love for each and everyone of you.

let's do this!

{intentional} love

Sunday, April 13, 2014

this week my intention is to just keep at it.

sounds simple enough, right?

but i have found the last couple of weeks to be a wee bit of a challenge.

i, of course, have my full time mumma gig that consumes vast amounts of my time, energy and attention. then, on top of that, i have been trying to plan a business, plan a couple of different workshops, think about planning a retreat, read my ever-growing stack of books and run a major de-cluttering operation on our home.

oh, and i need to be present as a wife and friend and fit in my own time to practice yoga and meditate in an effort to maintain my own balance/sanity.

and to top it all off, the weather is finally gorgeous and all i truly want to do is sit in the sun and make up for all of the vitamin d i was deprived of over the long winter months!

i feel like i am being overwhelmed.

and when i get overwhelmed i have a very strong tendency to throw my hands up in the air, middle fingers extended, and walk away from it all.

but not this time.

this time i am going to keep going.

i am going to be more organized and, more importantly, i am going to be completely allowing of the fact that i am not going to get all of these things done in a day. or even a week. or, realistically, not even by the end of the month.

this is a process. 

and i will just keep at it.


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