Communication

I am making a conscious effort at communicating better because I believe this is one area of my life that needs development.  As a natural thinker I tend to keep my thoughts to myself instead of communicating them effectively.  Don’t get me wrong, I am an excellent communicator, but, only when I want to discuss the topics that interest me.  However, when I’m talking about improving my communication skils, I’m referring to my human connection and communication with others.  I am speaking of developing my ability to communicate my thoughts on a level that allows the other party to understand or create their own conclusions of the facts I present.  Often times I forget that people do not think like me and that creates frustration in both myself and the other person because there is a huge communication gap.

My inability to communicate stems from my lack of awareness in reading others needs.  I recently told you that I read a book by Jan Spiller who explains certain traits that we need to work on in this lifetime in order to develop ourselves spiritually.  The main lesson for me in this life is communication.  I am a very informed individual, however, I tend to keep all the knowledge I have attained to myself.  What purpose does all this studying serve if I cannot teach others of my findings?  I naturally isolate myself and avoid discussing certain topics because I feel others will not understand me.  Most of the time that I did try to discuss my findings I was shut down by the audience.  They either lost interest or it just didn’t mesh well with their beliefs.  I realize today that the information I presented is not what they shut down, but rather, my approach and how I presented the information.

I mentioned before that I have a tendency to think others already think like me.  When in fact everybody in this world has a very unique way that he/she thinks.  What I need to focus on in this life is to connect deeper with mankind on a human level, not just a worldly and universal level.  I need to stop assuming that everyone will understand my words because I understand it.  I have all this information in my head about how to attain spirituality and enlightenment, however, it is not being properly conveyed because I am not actually connecting with others.  In this life, I am here to learn how to communicate these lessons to others in a way that will allow others to become enlightened on their own.  Going forward I need to express my ideas as thoughts that I incept into their minds and have it simmer there for a while.  I am here to create a ripple effect.  Although I may not get my point across by doing this, I will connect with people this way because I got them thinking of something their minds never realized or had knowledge of.

If anyone ever watched the movie Inception, they will understand what I mean.  My approach needs to be catered to each individual by learning and understanding their needs based on their current life situations.  After connecting, I should communicate my ideas by way of asking their opinions on it.  I shouldn’t just talk about my idea, rather I should discuss the idea with the other party.  Have them give me insightful opinions based on their knowledge, even if they are not knowledgeable on the subject.  By not judging others and actually actively listening to their feedback I am giving the other person a chance to see things from my perspective and voice their opinion on the matter.  By having them discuss the topics they engage their mind in a subject that they possibly never thought about.  This is real communication.  I didn’t have to force anyone to believe what I believe, instead I got them forming their own conclusions, whether correct or incorrect.  This creates a ripple effect in their mind and allows them a chance to research the topics on their own and learn more about it in their own time.

My personal challenges have helped me relate to others in a way I never imagined.  Now, I know that I need to keep connecting with others in the way I know how, while improving my communication skills.  I have to practice communicating better and I can do this by not judging, actively listening and asking questions that allow the other party to participate.  A real teacher can only open doors for his/her students. A teacher cannot force a student to walk through that open door. I am learning that I am that teacher in life that will open your minds door. I am here to open doors for anyone who is seeking enlightenment, whether its in love, life, spirituality, or etc..

Time to reflect:

Have you ever felt like you are a teacher, however, your students are just not listening?  Maybe it’s because you are the person not listening.  Think about it.  Everyone you have encountered, have you actually listened to their side without already judging or making your own assumptions?  I urge you, that if you are a teacher of this lifetime, open yourself to the knowledge others have by asking questions and getting to know their mind.  This is the only way two minds can exchange ideas.  So, accept others for their opinions without judgement and help open their minds by opening your own first.

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“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~ William Arthur Ward

Nodes

I recently read this book called Astrology of the Soul by Jan Spiller and I was completely blown away.  This book discusses Nodes and how they drastically affect a persons personality and characteristics based on past life experiences.  The North Node and South Node of the moon are direct opposites of one another.  The Nodes represent points of ones karmic imbalance.  Meaning, the characteristics you developed in past lives have a natural tendency to creep up in your current life even if they don’t make sense to the type of person you are in this life.  The North Node represents the kinds of experiences that we must work on to develop our karma and to allow spiritual growth.  The South Node represents those experiences and qualities that come naturally to us and are over-developed from past lives.  By understanding these two Nodes we can learn to apply the lessons we are meant to master in this lifetime.

The reason why I am writing about this is to share how amazing this book really is.  If we all took the time to dig deep and understand our invidual personalities and how they affect the type of choices we make, we could attain happiness and fulfillment a lot quicker.  By understanding the type of natural tendencies you have (which may be negative tendencies) you can avoid making poor choices.  By understanding the type of weak characteristics you have and need to develop, you can make more conscious choices to improve your life.  Understanding the balance between the two Nodes can help you become a more effective human being.

We all have natural tendencies that get carried on somehow.  I am sure you all experienced this at some point in your life.  Think about it for a second.  Have you ever wondered how you are interested in certain topics or how you always end up making the same type of choices over and over again?  For example, I love philosophy, history, religion, science and etc..  After analyzing my Nodes I was able to determine that in my past lives I was a philospher who was always on a quest to find universal truth.  When I read this, it blew my mind.  It totally makes sense.  The family I grew up in, the environment I come from and my surroundings, in this life, does not have any connection to those subjects.  My family is not politcal, philosophical, religious, or scientific.  I come from a middle class average family with minimal interests and I always wondered how I fit in.

In my past lives I have always been one to isolate myself and seek universal truth on my own.  This is something that I have mastered and this tendency, I noticed, does come up in my current life.  When I feel overwhelmed or stressed my natural tendency is to isolate myself from everyone around me.  I retreat and shut down and I stop communicating with others because I feel misunderstood.  I feel unaccepted because my thoughts don’t match the rest of society.  The lessons I am supposed to learn in this life is not what I have already mastered in previous lives, ie. searching for universal truth.  The lesson in this life is to communicate better.  I am meant to develop better communication habits and I am given that enviroment to do so.  I have a large family and one of the biggest problems we all face is communicating effectively with one another. I am also the oldest of many young cousins and they all look up to me.  I am supposed to be a teacher in this life and help those around me become enlightened to the truths that I have already mastered previously.

So, in this life, my lesson is to become a better communicator.  I am here to master the art of connecting deeper with humans and understanding them better so I can enlighten them effectively.  I am here to learn about different human personalities and pass along my universal truths so they too can grow spiritually.  When I think about this, everything in my life makes sense.  My role in my family, in my community, amongst my friends and colleagues all point to me being that teacher in their lives that will guide them to finding their true selves.  So, I leave you all with this information to help enlighten you.  By sharing my knowledge and communicating the “truths” that I know of and have experienced, I hope you can make more effective choices in your life that will lead you to reaching your full potential in this lifetime.

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“We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.” ~ Carl Jung

 

 

Death

Death is inevitable and the sad reality is that we all have to deal with it eventually.  Most people fear death because of the unknown and the realization that they will never be with their loved ones again.  The saddest part of death is dying alone and having no one by your side as you move from this life onto the next.  Society and human nature, for the most part, deals with death through sadness and sorrow.  However, death should actually be a celebration of ones life and all the great and unique accomplishments. Why do we live with the idea of this inevitable sadness when we can choose to end our lives in a celebratory fashion instead?

A few days back my friends father passed away from stage 4 lung cancer.  The cancer spread throughout his body and he was deemed terminal and incurable.  As soon as the doctor diagnosed him as terminal their family’s collective attitude about his life changed.  I personally didn’t agree with how they handled the situation, but, as an outsider I am only entitled to my opinion and that is all.  Collectively they all gave up and decided whatever the doctor said was the only and final diagnosis.  Had this been my family, I would travel to the ends of the earth to find a second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and etc. professional medical and holistic opinion.  The overwhelming sorrow that my friends family faced in these past few weeks and months proved to me that when I pass, I want my family and friends to deal with my death completely differently.

I want my family and friends to celebrate my life and all the unique things that I was able to accomplish.  I want them to laugh instead of cry at the idea of never seeing me again.  I want to teach them to look at my passing as my new beginning to another journey.  I want to celebrate a life that was worth living and show everyone that death is not the end nor should it be sad.  Death marks the end of one life but it also marks the beginning of something that none of us are capable of comprehending.

When I refer to death I am not speaking of tragic or accidental deaths.  There are many deaths that occur that are unimaginable and unforeseen, such as children dying too young or good and undeserving people having their lives taken because of murder or illness and sometimes even the bad don’t deserve certain death sentences.  I am not speaking of deaths that occur through those means, because in those situations sorrow is completely understandable.  There is a mourning process and obligatory time is required to act as a tribute to the lost lives.  I just want to clarify this, because when I am referring to ending our lives on a happy note, I’m referring to situations where people are blessed to live long and fulfilling lives and can foresee their passing in the near future.

So, do you fear death?  Why?  Is it because of how you were raised and the misconceptions behind death that you were taught as a child?  Do you deal with death through sorrow?  I want you to understand that we can choose not to deal with death like this anymore.  We all know that it will happen eventually, so rather than anticipate a sorrow ending why not end our lives on a celebratory note?  Why not leave this world with a bang and smiling?  We entered this world crying, but, I believe we should leave this world smiling and laughing because we were able to experience life.  We should leave our families with the memories of us being happy because life happened not because it’s over.

Time to reflect:

How will you handle death when the time comes?  Will you want to leave this world smiling or crying?  Will you want to leave your family with great memories or sorrow?  Think about it, because it’s actually a choice we have.  Sure we cannot choose life over death, but, we can definitely choose how we want to deal with death when our time comes.  So, I urge you, choose to deal with death with happiness.  I wish you a long and fulfilling life.  

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“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ~ Mark Twain

 

Sleep paralysis

My very first experience with sleep paralysis occurred 1  1/2 years ago, after a very traumatic and life altering personal experience.  I made a controversial decision that took my mind to a very negative place.  I was weak, vulnerable and susceptible to negative energy.  During this time I retreated into myself and created doubt, fear, depression and a heap of negativity within my mind and heart.  Let me explain to you what I experienced.

A few nights after dealing with some personal trauma I fell asleep really late, probably around 2 or 3:00am.  For the past few days it was hard to fall asleep so I got into the habit of dozing off much later into the night.  I had a dream where I was driving in a car with my best friend, who is very much into spirituality.  When all of the sudden we got t-boned by an oncoming car and that’s when everything went pitch black and then I heard a distinct sound.  It was the sound of white noise, like when the cable goes out.  The noise was so loud, it was progressively getting louder and louder in my head until I finally woke up.  My eyes opened up wide, but my body was completely paralyzed.  I had a sudden feeling of panic, terror, fear and felt a terrible darkness come over me.

I tried to scream for help but my mouth was wide open and not a word was coming out.  I even tried to speak the simplest and purest word, God, and I couldn’t do that.  I finally shifted my eyes, since that was the only part of my body that I could move, and in the corner of my bedroom on the ceiling I could see a levitating dark shadow.  As I screamed in my head because of this horrific vision, I could see it slowly making its way closer to me, gradually getting larger and slowly consuming my bedroom in darkness, a terrible deathly darkness.  I could feel my room sinking into this darkness.  The darkness kept getting darker, if that’s even possible, it’s like something I’ve never experienced, the colour black got even darker.  Then, like out of a horror movie, I saw the shadow hovering over my face looking at me as I screamed in silence and was running out of breath.  I could see its mouth open and suck the energy out of me.  I started to feel the energy being pulled out of me like black airwaves being sucked out of my mouth.  I screamed the word God one last time with every ounce inside of me and finally, I was pulled out of this paralysis after what seemed like an eternity, by convincing myself that what I was experiencing and seeing was not real.

After experiencing sleep paralysis I really thought something was wrong with me.  I couldn’t sleep and I was shaking for hours until I saw the sunrise.  I called my best friend and told her the story and to my amazement she told me her brother experienced the same thing a few months back.  I thought I was crazy but knowing that she knew someone close who experienced it made me feel so relieved.  She helped me cleanse my house and tried to get rid of the negative energy that may have been still floating around.  We took sage and smoked every corner of the house and said a few prayers.  After doing what I could to temporarily calm me down, I started to do some research on the topic of sleep paralysis.  Firstly, I didn’t even know what to search for because I didn’t even know it had a name.  I googled dark shadow during sleep and thousands of hits came up under sleep paralysis.  I read hundreds upon hundreds of testimonials and stories of incidences and felt a much greater calm and understanding of what I experienced and possibly why I experienced it.

I do not wish anyone to experience sleep paralysis especially if he/she is in a negative state of mind.  During negativity these dark shadows appear because they want to drain the physical being out of its light energy.  If the person is aware that no harm can be done to his/her physical body then he/she can snap out of sleep paralysis.  But, if you are unaware of what is happening, it might feel like you are being lead to death by the grim reaper himself.  The reason I share this story is to make others aware that this is common.  This occurs to many people and there is nothing wrong with you.  In fact, it’s an indication that you are very special and you have the ability to feel, see and understand the multi-dimensions that we live in.  Your mind, third eye and pineal glands are activated on a deeper level to help you connect to parallel dimensions.  You are very special and you do not need to be worried, ashamed or fearful of this gift you have.  Now that you are aware of this, if you ever experience this, do not worry, you will get through it.

Time to reflect:

Have you ever gone to sleep only to be awoken in the middle of the night with a terrifying and paralyzing sensation?  During the experience did you see, hear and feel a dark ominous object float or linger closer to you?  If so, you may have experienced sleep paralysis.  This is your mind sharing deep information with you.  You have the ability to feel and see other dimensions if your mind, third eye and pineal glands are properly activated.  Don’t worry if this happened or happens to you, many people have gone through this.  In fact, you may want to study this subject more and see how you can take advantage of this gift you have.

Astrology

I was never one to believe in Horoscopes, astrology readings/charts and etc. because of how I was raised.  My birth religion also didn’t promote such philosophies or ideals to help understand the life cycles through the alignments of the planets, stars, the moon and etc..   Until about 5 years ago when I went through my divorce and started searching for answers I had no interest in Astrology.

Since my divorce I have gone to Pandits, gurus, psychics, and finally astrological chart readers to determine my fate and my journey.  The initial reason I went on this search for answers, attributed to my old habits and ways of needing validation from others about my life and my choices.  But, as I went to each new source for information, I realized this was the path I was meant to tread.  I was meant to experience this flow of information.  I was meant to collect and gather all the facts for my personal knowledge vault.  Again, being a Jill of all trades, required me to know as much about this topic before I could make a personal judgement.  After experiencing all the channels to understand Astrology and how it works, I can firmly say that I believe our lives have already been written and we are just the drivers of the cars on predetermined tracks/roads.

Another motive for why I wanted to get involved in astrology was because I did a study on the richest and most powerful individuals of this world (from a financial standpoint) and the one thing in common that every successful person had was their belief in Astrology.  Every person on that list claimed that they always had their Astrological Charts read for each month and year to outline the most auspicious times and dates for their decisions.  I know, this sort of sounds crazy right?  It’s almost as if you’re giving up control of your life all based on the interpretations of some “dude” or “dudette” reading your planetary alignments.  How can someone in such a powerful position let the stars determine his/her fate?

Well, after having my charts read and analyzed, I can safely tell you that having your charts read and then making decisions based on that information does not mean you are giving up control of your life.  Instead, you are understanding and accepting the path that was predetermined for you based on time, and you are preparing yourself for the changes that are already outlined for you.  For example, 2 years ago, when I had my first real reading, I was told that some time in October I would lose my childhood.  Now that was very vague at the time, and my delusions and old bad habits of thinking what could be vs. what actually is, played out and I thought of the worst case scenarios.  Whereby, I thought possibly I would experience a death in the family or of someone really important to me.  But, in fact, unbeknownst to me, the prediction was absolutely right.  During that month, my values, beliefs and everything I was taught while growing up as a child, completely changed and I no longer believed in the things I was once taught.

I have since gone back several times and I am now taking my readings a lot more seriously.  I am prepared for the changes that are going to inevitably happen because the stars have shown that I will face adversity during certain times in my life.  I am prepared to make choices in my life that will help me get the most out of my readings.  I am aware of certain dates and have a guideline of when to expect certain rewards and when to put in the hard work to then be able to reap those rewards.  I was meant to learn about this to share this with skeptics who do not understand or believe in the power of Astrology.  Try it out and take a look at your life backwards.  If the predictions of your life are accurate based on your past readings, then maybe, being prepared for the future isn’t such a bad thing, especially when you have the master plan already there in front of you.

Time to reflect:

Do you believe in Astrology?  If not, why?  Is it because of how you were raised or just misinformation?  Either way, I encourage you to try to get a professional reading done.  To make sure it’s accurate look at the past 10 years of your life.  Ask questions and go back on the readings and see what the alignment of the stars had in store for your fate in the past.  You will see for yourself, that the transitions, pains, joys and everything you once experienced, was already meant for you to experience.  You will be able to see, that the universe was expecting and anticipating all those changes for you.  The universe already had certain experiences mapped out for you and that you were meant to play it out the best way you could.  If this is true about your past, then doesn’t that give you some validation to trust in the readings for your future?  Give it a try and I promise you, you will be quite astonished with the findings, this coming from a once non-believer.    

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“We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more”. ~ Carl Jung

Freedom = Slavery

We supposedly live in a free society, but, most of us are slaves to comfort.  We have the freedom to do anything we want, yet, we choose to stay grounded and rooted in our comfort zone.  We have the freedom to act and behave any way we want yet we choose to wallow in stress.  We become robotic and stuck in a routine that hinders us from truly being free to explore our passions and desires and make the most of life.  The price of our freedom in this day and age is slavery to a comfortable numbness.

How many of us are slaves to comfort?  I’d say majority of us.  The freedom that is so proudly spoken of in our Western culture contradicts what freedom is really all about.  What does it mean to be free?  Does it mean paying thousands for a degree and getting post secondary education to work in a job that doesn’t provide satisfaction and fulfillment?  Is freedom living pay check to pay check waiting for the weekend to spend our hard earned money?  Is freedom being in a relationship where we settle instead of being with someone who uplifts and challenges us?  Is freedom choosing to sit in front of the TV instead of going out for a walk or maybe helping the homeless or helping clean the city we live in?

We say we are free, but what are we really free from?  We were all born free.  Free to be and do anything.  However, somewhere along the line we lost our freedom because we no longer understood the meaning of freedom.  Our definition became convoluted and delusional to meet the standards and expectations of a fast paced society.  A society run by capitalism, money and greed.  A society that is never satisfied with what we have and always wanting more.  This pursuit for constantly wanting more has held us back from truly becoming free spirits.  Free to learn, grow, understand, accept and create new and beautiful things.

In our pursuit for more, we have become slaves of this comfortable lifestyle.  Where we are taught, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  Instead of being encouraged to, find new and innovative ways to make life better and easier to connect with ourselves on a deeper level.  Instead of finding new ways to increase our time with ourselves, we look to increase our pockets.  This cycle then becomes a part of who we are.  We are free slaves, slaves of this lifestyle of chasing after more and being comfortable with it instead of being content with what we have and finding fulfillment in ourselves while trying to create innovate ways to connect deeper with our souls.

So, I encourage you, break the shackles of slavery and truly become free.  Be free to pursue your passions and dreams.  Be free to think for yourself instead of being told what to think and do.  Be free to try something out of your comfort zone to help you grow and develop as a human being.  Be free to learn what it actually means to be FREE.

Time to reflect:

Are you free?  If so, what does it mean to be free?  Have all the money in the world?  All the opportunities in the world?  Or, does freedom mean to have the ability to pursue yourself?  Freedom means you can seek knowledge and truth to help you understand yourself better.  Freedom means to do what your inner voice leads you too.  Freedom means creating new and innovative ways to help human beings connect deeper with themselves, faster and easier.  Freedom is not being a slave to comfort which most of us are today.  You were born free, so take your birth right back and become FREE.  

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“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!” ~ Bob Marley

Reincarnation

The religion I was born into does not believe in or practice the idea of reincarnation.  I actually grew up believing that anyone who believed in reincarnation was of below intelligence.  I had no basis for that judgement, it was based on sheer ignorance of the topic.  I was told not to believe in it, so I just accepted it.

Over the course of my journey, I have been concentrating on the topics of mind, body and soul.  Throughout the years I have studied many religions, practices, holistic and ancient theories and remedies for my personal knowledge.  With each new book I read, or person I met or discipline I started practicing, I started to gravitate more and more toward the idea of reincarnation.  I even went to astrologers, pandits, gurus, piers and psychics and had my numbers and astrology charts read to help predict auspicious dates and times in my life.  One particular reading told me that in January of 2012 my childhood would end.

I kept thinking “oh my God, something bad is going to happen, and someone in my life is going to disappear or die”.  I started thinking all these crazy things about what the reading meant.  I was preparing for the worst, but January rolled around and nothing bad happened.  But, it was in January 2012 that I started studying the topic of reincarnation.  Unbeknownst to me, the astrological reading was 100% spot on.  My childhood did end that very month.  My perception of life, the world, my place and purpose, spirituality and everything I believed in while growing up as a child, changed. 

I gravitated toward this subject for a reason.  I am still on a quest to understand that reason, but nonetheless, I gravitated toward it.  Growing up I naturally gravitated toward reading.  I read everything I possibly could.  I wanted to fill my head with everything this world had to offer.  I needed to know how everything worked.  There were also specific topics that always interested me, such as history, philosophy, psychology, arts, war, politics, inspirational leaders and etc..  As I kept studying the notion of reincarnation, I started to believe in it more and more.  Finally, one day what sealed the deal for me was when I stumbled across this book called, “The Autobiography of the Soul”.

This book, validated what I was feeling.  This thirst of understanding why I am where I am and why I am searching for the things that I am was being quenched through this book.  I connected with this book and I knew that I was meant to read it at the time I did.  The information that I opened up too and the knowledge that the universe was throwing back at me, was phenomenal.  After everything I have studied and felt, I cannot officially say if reincarnation exists, but there is a part of me that definitely feels strongly about this topic and I will continue to listen to my inner voice, because I know it isn’t steering me in the wrong direction.

Time to reflect:

Do you believe in reincarnation?  Have you or anyone you know experienced anything related to reincarnation?  If you don’t believe in it, I completely understand.  I was there too, once.  I think there is a reason why I gravitated toward this topic and I feel it’s necessary to share this idea with you all.  The idea behind reincarnation is beautiful.  That death isn’t the end, rather it is the beginning of something far more unknown than what the human mind is capable of thinking.

mindbodysoul

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” ~ Rumi

Yoga – Hot vs. Regular

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I love yoga.  It changed my life and for the past 5 years I’ve been practicing it for my personal development.  I wanted to get myself into a routine, work on my health, look and feel good and do something natural that’s existed for centuries.  I was always fascinated by people who practiced yoga daily.  I envied their discipline, flexibility, strength, and obviously their amazing bodies.  I kept telling myself, I am going to be a yogi one day.  So, instead of telling myself, I started doing it.

I first experienced yoga when I was in my teens while in gym class.  We took a few lessons and that was the extent of my expertise on the subject.  So, before diving into a yoga routine I wanted to find out more about it.  I did some research and realized I didn’t know the first thing about yoga, even if I remembered a few things from my old gym class.  Did you know there are like a million styles of yoga?  Well, not really a million, but there are many styles!  Once I typed yoga in Google, a zillion hits popped up with names like, Hatha, Kundalini, Yin, Moksha, Bikram yoga and etc..  I didn’t even know what I was looking at.  So, I turned to a friend who had taken a few yoga lessons and she suggested that I try hot yoga.

I typed hot yoga in Google and it narrowed it down to a list of locations that offered it and so I clicked on the one closest to me, which taught Bikram yoga.  I checked out their schedule and rates and decided I’d try their Introductory package for new students and tried 10 days of hot yoga.  Immediately going into the room I realized this is not what I remembered yoga to be.  I walked into a 40 degrees Celsius heated sauna like room and immediately started sweating.  I probably guzzled down 4 bottles of water in less than 1 hour.  At first it was hard to breath, especially since I have asthma, because of the excess heat.  But, as we progressed with the poses it got easier and more comfortable.  By the end of the 1hr 30mins session, it felt as if I had sweat all the toxins out of my body.  It was not only a cleanse internally but also externally.  For the first time, my skin looked and felt so much better and healthier.  I was hooked.

After practicing hot yoga for a few years, I decided I wanted to understand why there were so many different styles and how they varied.  So, I started to attend classes that offered regular yoga, some of which include Hatha, Asthanga, Moksha, Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga.  I realized after attending the different classes that each style offered something unique and different.  Some styles concentrated on strengthening the mind and body, while other styles focused on relieving stress and pain.  Vinyasa is a style where you flow from pose to pose melodically, almost like a dance.  Whereas, Asthanga is a Power yoga where you concentrate on building muscle strength and stretching the body simultaneously and is often physically demanding.  Finally, Restorative yoga is a combination of meditation and yoga which concentrates only on 5 poses throughout the session while holding those poses for 15 mins at a time.  Regular yoga occurs in a standard, room temperature, studio and you will notice that you won’t sweat as much unless it’s an intensive power yoga session.

After trying both hot vs. regular yoga, I would have to say I personally enjoy hot yoga much more.  I kill two birds with one stone, I get to practice yoga while detoxing because of the sauna like conditions.  If you can’t handle heat, I suggest NOT to try it because it is very strenuous on the lungs while trying the poses.  It becomes very uncomfortable at times and you feel like you need air but you are not allowed to leave the studio, as it affects the other students.  If you want to learn the techniques specifically, then I suggest you try Hatha yoga, which is the original yoga.  All styles of yoga originated from Hatha yoga and added their own twists.  Hatha yoga will teach you all the poses and the techniques that go with them.  Once you’ve mastered that, you can try Vinyasa because it helps you flow from pose to pose and allows the development of breathing techniques.  Finally, after you’ve conquered that, you can try power yoga through Asthanga, which will really help train and challenge your body using everything you learned from yoga.

Time to reflect:

Have you ever tried yoga?  If you have, what’s your favourite style of yoga?  If you haven’t, I really recommend you try out a few classes.  Don’t just buy a package and commit to one yoga centre.  Try out different places and styles by purchasing their Introductory New Student package which is often no more than $20 and lasts for 7-10 days.  That way you can get accustomed to the practice of yoga, check out the different schedules to see which one fits your lifestyle and timing and you can figure out which style is suited for you.  Sometimes you will find that one particular style of yoga may not be suited for you and it would be awful to be stuck with an expensive package.  Go out and try it!

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My Mind is Still

For a while now I have been searching for spiritual guidance.  I lost my soul a while back and have been trying to reconnect with it.  I tried many ways to reconnect and the only time I felt any type of connection was during prayer.  It was during prayer that I felt this tingling sensation run through my body.  This feeling was something that I never experienced anywhere else.  I felt special and thought that prayer was my direct route to Spirituality and God.  But, I thought to myself, there has to be another way to feel that same energy I felt during prayer without having to just pray.  So, I tried meditating.

After failing to understand meditation because I wasn’t ready for it in the past, I was a little reluctant to try it again.  But something inside me kept crying out for spiritual enlightenment.  So, I took a few free courses that were offered at local ashrams and meditation centres around where I lived.  Then I upgraded to workshops conducted by meditation gurus such as Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey.  I needed to master the techniques involved in meditation so I took one on one courses with meditation teachers that offered “Simply Meditation”.

As I kept practicing meditation, I started experiencing that exact same tingling sensation run through my body.  But this time, that tingling and numbing sensation wasn’t the only thing that I was aware of.  I could feel an intense energy in my body, that I was able to achieve because I reached a stillness in my mind.  Periodically, during the meditation, my mind would become so still that all I could concentrate on was the silence.  While becoming aware of the silence, my body spewed this warm liquid energy that vibrated so fast and hard that a tingling sensation emitted through each cell in my body.  I was simultaneously feeling a vibrant energy and a stillness in the mind.

Before, I used to chase after an experience that would allow me to feel that same tingling, numbing and vibrant energy that I would only feel during prayer.  I found that same energy through meditation.  As I practiced mediation on a deeper level I experienced something even more phenomenal, I experienced stillness in my mind.  I can now simultaneously feel a high frequency of energy run through my body while my mind is completely still.  It’s a stillness where there is no thought or worry, just emptiness, a darkness, but a comfortable and happy quiet calm that exists.  Sure I still have floods of thoughts that pop into my mind.  But, I am able to push those thoughts aside and then just be still for periods of time.  As I keep practicing, I am noticing that those periods of time are getting longer and becoming easier to achieve.  I am addicted to this stillness in my mind.

Time to reflect:

Have you ever felt anything while meditating?  Have you experienced this feeling anywhere else or while trying something?  Practice meditating on a deeper level and allow your mind to reach a stillness.  Once your mind reaches that point of stillness you will tap into a feeling and energy that will leave you feeling invigorated.

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“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” ~ Lao Tzu

Yeezianity

http://yeezianity.com/

I was driving home and heard on the radio that a new Church and religion was established based on the philosophies and beliefs of Kanye West.  I’m not, nor have I ever been a fan of Kanye West so I am not trying to promote this new religion.  To be honest, I’m not even sure if this is a joke, another one of Kanye’s elaborate art projects, or if this is for real.  But, many have taken this seriously enough that there is now, a following of sorts for this new Church.  For more information on the Church you can check out the link above.

The religion I was born into, would have me disregard this information completely.  My birth religion taught me that no man shall CREATE a religion because it’s considered a sin.  I don’t agree with Kanye West or others claiming that he is our modern day Savior.  But, I must say, I am loving the 5 pillars that this religion abides by.

5 PILLARS

  1. All things created must be for the good of All
  2. No human being’s right to express themselves must ever be repressed
  3. Money is unnecessary except as a means of exchange
  4. Man possesses the power to create everything he wants and needs
  5. All human suffering exists to stimulate the creative powers of Man

This is obviously a time of awakening.  The entire Universe is spewing an energy that is being transferred into the minds, hearts and souls of every living creature.  I myself have completely changed my views and beliefs about religion and God.  The way I was taught to believe in religion does not serve its purpose anymore.  I understand the rules of religion, but, I believe in something deeper than just words written in multiple books.  I believe in a higher power that exists within us, not just a higher power.  I believe we have infinite potential as individuals and that we have been oppressed for many years in achieving that higher power.  I believe, as humans, we have yet to tap into our infinite potential.

I don’t believe Kanye is our Savior, but I do believe this “new religion” has a point.  So, I will sit back and watch as this unfolds and see what revolutions Yeezianty has to offer.

Time to reflect:

What do you think about Kanye West’s religion?  Do you believe he’s onto something?  Is this a ploy, hoax, joke or something to be taken seriously?  Whatever the case, take the time to reflect on why this religion is coming out now, in this day and age.  I think we need to look past the “religion” itself and focus more on the ultimate message it is trying to convey.

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“Create for others what you would have created for yourself.” ~ anonymous