When you have a birthday do you feel older and wiser? This week is my 55th birthday!!!
Maturity is a process and it has different aspects. In Kundalini Yoga, we talk about how a human being matures through a very predictable set of cycles:
Every 18 years, the physical body goes through a process of maturity and change. We call this the Cycle of Life Energy.
Every 11 years, the way you apply what you know to solving problems changes. The horizon of the intelligence expands. We call this the Cycle of Intelligence.
And every 7 years, the fundamental sense of your identity evolves. It deepens, building on the wisdom of past experiences. We call this the Cycle of Consciousness.
A couple of times in your life all three of these cycles occur as a marker for transformation (for me 54, 55, 56).
To know this and observe what changes or choices you are confronted with can help to see, understand and take advantage of that time of your life. So older and wiser? Well, yes and no. Sometimes I feel like the older, I get the less I know and yet I also have a knowing that is deeper, authentic, intuitive, and wise from having been around the block so to speak. That feels good. It makes me proud to be 55. Makes me want to dig in even deeper to my personal journey, life’s lessons, the riddle of life. To spend more and more time in nature and less time on the freeway (Hahahahaha), to walk, to be healthy, quiet and thoughtful. Using everything I do in
my day to day life as a moment-by-moment, conscious meditative practice of awareness, gratitude, and opportunity to connect with myself and others.
So here I go . . . into my 5th cycle of intelligence, craving the depth, learning, completing, and finding ways in which my vision of my purpose can find its path.
A fun exercise we did in the Life Cycles and Life Styles Kundalini Yoga Level Two Teacher Training course you can do too. Draw a line on a paper and plot out 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42 etc . . . 11, 22, 33, 44, 55 etc. . . . and 18, 36, 54 etc..
Write things you remember at each of these stages. Depending on how old you are, how many cycles you have traveled through, you may observe some interesting things have happened in your life at these cycles. Reach out if you have questions about it. It is really interesting to see your life on this timeline.
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Ok, seriously are you sick of me saying self-care? The meditation for this month is the self care breath. I figure we can’t overdo self care. Especially you guys and I am including myself in this hahahaha. We need the reminder because we all have had a habit of putting ourselves at the bottom of the list. But that is changing and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, putting ourselves equally into the equation of our day!
This is a great meditation. It is simple, you can do it anywhere and it will invigorate you, boost your immune system, increase your inner energy, and strengthen your parasympathetic nervous system.
Here’s a quick run through but I’ve sent all my subscribers the video. (If you’d like to join this group, click here and you’ll get it right away.)
Sit with a nice, tall spine. You can sit in a chair if you want or even do it in your car while you are waiting for your kids (not while you’re driving though!!!). Put your left hand on your heart center and your right hand over it. Close your eyes. Make a ring with your lips, like an O shape. We are going to do a cannon breath through that ring.
Feel the heart center below your hands and focus on the breath coming out of your O shaped lips, as if you were making rings in the air. Stay with it. When we end, we will inhale, hold the breath and you will silently say: I am beautiful, I am innocent, I am innocent, I am beautiful. Exhale through the nose. Repeat that 5 times. Then feel the sensation. The before you did it and the after you did it. Observe!!!
Enjoy!!!! Use this as we transition from summer to fall, back to routine, school, work, shorter days etc. Do this everyday and experiment with this tool for your mental, emotional, and physical health!
Love you all!!!! Happy September
Well, some of us have back-to-schoolers, some have dropped kids at college, some have grown kids that are off on their own, and some of you don’t even have kids … this time of year can feel like a reset and a time to take action before the crazy holidays start. I know that sounds nuts but I was in a store and they had Halloween stuff out, yikes!!!! So let’s crank it up and finish this year off with a bang.
This time of year also reminds me of one of my favorite sayings:
Clarity is such a catalyst for change and growth. When we can see clearly, we have more courage to take the steps and the action that is calling us. To get clear on something that seems overwhelming or confusing you can try:
Let’s do it!!! Time is precious and sweet. Let’s take advantage of our time here and make the most of it!
Love you all!!!
Ok, I have stumbled upon my favorite self-care!!! Hahahahaha drive-through car washes!!! Not only is it fun and relaxing to sit in my car and watch all the dirt, grim and yucky stuff get pounded, soaped and blown off my car but it is a perfect metaphor for meditation. Meditation does the same thing to our mind. It clears the worry, doubt, fear, stress and anxiety of our crazy thinking, monkey mind and nuttiness and we become our sparkly, shiny, patient and radiant selves.
What is your favorite self-care? It can be simple; your favorite cup of tea, a walk, a bath, a car wash? I would love to hear from you. Please let me know. As school is starting, more transitions, different and new routines, we need to factor ourselves into our day. Something that is purely for our sanity and well-being. When I do this, wow, it makes everything better!!! Like a grown-up time out hahahaha. Breath, relax and reset … then continue on!!! Experiment with this.
Keep up with the monthly meditation and commit to a daily act of self-care; simple yet powerful!!!
Happy Tuesday!!! Good luck to everyone with school starting this week (my daughter had her first day of college today and my son on the opposite coast started 8th grade). And I got a car wash!!!!
Love you all!!!
Transformation: from the pollywog to the frog, the caterpillar to the butterfly, from high school to college, from your first born being single to getting married, from childhood to adulthood to “elderhood.”
Transitions, change and transformation are a fact of life. How we choose to handle it and grow (or not) is what our life will be about. Funny that Julie, my right hand everything in Coaching with Courtney is on the eve of marrying her first born and I am off to take my first born to college. We are in the thick of major life markers, moments you remember your whole life. What I am doing in the midst of doctor’s appointments; runs to Bed, Bath and Beyond; driving all over; organizing and preparing is staying in the moment. The hectic, crazy moment, the laying on my daughter’s floor moment; the purging pictures, stacks of old homework and art, the laugh attack moment, the poignant moment of seeing her sit on her bed and realizing she won’t be there next week.
It is easy to just go to “we will call and FaceTime” . . . and we will and that will; the purging of pictures, stacks of old homework and art; the laugh attack moment; the poignant moment of seeing her sit on her bed and realizing she won’t be there next week. It is easy to just go to “we will call and FaceTime” and we will and that will be fun, but I want to go through the emotions that come up.
It is a transformation, for me, too, as a mother, as a woman, and as a human on my path. The flashbacks of pregnant me and then singing her into being and just the crazy love I have for this little being who isn’t little anymore.
I am a glass half-full person, I am so excited for her upcoming adventures and possibilities but just like I always say, “put the oxygen mask on yourself first, then help everyone else,” it is relevant, what I am experiencing and my transformation too. To acknowledge it, observe it, be present in it so that the moving through it is even a deeper connection to my own true journey of purpose.
So, I laugh and cry and laugh, laugh, and laugh, meditate, ponder, walk and remember and reminisce . . . it feels good to be here, in this moment with this girl. I love her so. Give this gift of presence to yourself when you are going through a “moment,” a time you know you will remember, let yourself be, enjoy it, even the parts that are hard and messy, you will grow and transform and deepen your purpose and clarity by allowing these moments to be truly lived.
Onward we go . . . until next Tuesday.
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Keep up on that meditation!
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This month’s meditation is on maturity. And when I thought of maturity, I thought that's a weird meditation on maturity, we’re all mature adults, right? No, we're not. And you know, little kids who are mature and you know, older people who are not mature, right?
Well, I just love this definition of maturity in terms of everything, really the planet and all the ways of being. We’re always talking coaching, right? About how do you want to be and who are you willing to be as you live out in the day, around people, and at the market, and in any, in any interaction, right? And in coaching we talk about “look, see, tell the truth, take authentic action”. And that's what helps get you through the monkey mind, right? Of worry, doubt, fear.
If you look and see and tell the truth, then you can see what's monkey mind and you know it's not the truth. And then you can continue to move forward in the direction of what's important to you. So what I love about Yogi Bhajan’s definition of maturity in this way is that: maturity is reality plus patience. That's maturity plus conscientiousness, right? Think of the greater good plus action.
I love that because if we all sifted our actions through that . . . for instance, we can even say a plastic bag, right? If we look at our actions and how they're going to ripple out for a hundred years, we would do some things differently, right? And if we did that as a whole, wow, then we can really shift the times, right? So if you take a plastic bag, you know, that plastic bag going to live a hundred years in the ocean or wherever it is. Do we want to do that? No.
So you can then decide not to take the bag at all or to take your cloth bag. Right? So it just a simple way to like look at your actions for a hundred years. So anyway, that's one of the things I just loved about this meditation and I think you'll love it.
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Life is short. You’re born, you live, you die. We have time, an unknown amount, to do what we came here to do: to share, to learn, to teach, to connect, to serve? What did you come here to do?
I can guarantee you it wasn’t just to run to the grocery, pay bills, work, repeat. Do you know why you are here? Are you living that purpose? If not, let’s get clear, let’s dedicate time each day to that discovery. It doesn’t even have to be a lot of time. That’s why I made the 15 Minute Monkey Mind Manager and why my monthly meditations are 3 minutes(ish). Tuning into yourself every day is important to this discovery and to staying the course through all the twists, turns, ups and downs that are normal yet can throw us off course.
And if you know your purpose, yeaaaaaaa!!! Dial it up. The time is now. What do you want to leave behind? What effect do you want to have had here? I recently watched the movie Coco. What I just loved is the beautiful way it reminds us that by talking and remembering and seeing our loved ones in pictures we keep them alive, telling stories and sharing experiences.
What do you want to be remembered for? Who are you? Be it. Be it every day, everywhere you go, in all your encounters and interactions. It matters. It does. Like dropping a little pebble in the water, it ripples and ripples so far beyond the original plop. Radiate who you are, your energy, vibrancy and your true essence, touch lives and connect.
We were traveling and were out of state, heading to the airport and my daughter searched for veggie burger and found a place, so we ventured off and it was an amazing experience. The food was delicious and my son said, “that was the most amazing waiter I have ever had at a restaurant.” Connection, connection, connection: this young guy was so invested in making our experience awesome that it just had to be awesome and it was!!!! And we will all remember that lunch, and that guy, as much as the whole trip.
I met a dear friend that I have known for over 36 years in a convenient mart, in a state I was in for only a week, from my freshman year of college before social media and the internet where staying in touch wasn’t as simple as it is now. Amazing.
People are amazing and have so much to offer. Connect, see them, be you and experience all there is to experience. Make your time here count!!!
Love you all!!!
Is taking a break hard for you? For me it is. With summer in full swing and added driving, activities, family goings on . . . know it is a needed break time. Heck, my meditation this month was for burnout. And yet, I find myself stressed when thinking about checking out and going away.
Funny how the human brain is wired. When we are in a routine, good, bad or ugly, it is what is known. And vacation is unknown so, there again, the primitive brain seizes up and grabs us by the juggler: ahhhhhhhhhh, you can’t stop now, danger, danger, danger.
Well, that is when we have to stop and realign to our higher brain, the higher consciousness that separates us from animals. We can control this even if sometimes it feels like we can’t. It is a practice. And building the muscle of awareness so that you can act and not react. Meditation for me and support (like having a coach) are ways for me to keep my practice on track which then keeps my brain on track. Otherwise it can be a runaway train of stress, anxiety and worry.
Also being in nature really helps. I took a glorious walk through theses amazing trees. Thank god for trees and shade (planting more trees is one answer to helping Mother Earth right now!!). Trees are so magical.
So, even if taking a break is hard for you, do it. Recharge, self care and when the reptilian brain tries to stop you, do the monthly mediation. Let’s train our brains and build the muscle of clarity, focus, ease and grace!
Happy summer. Have some fun and some extra relaxation!!!!
What does success mean to you? Everyone has their own idea of what it is. I love our definition in coaching: “Success is doing what you said you were going to do with clarity, focus, ease and grace.”
What does that mean?
Knowing with CLARITY what is important to you (I am willing to be a successful entrepreneur, a loving mother, physically fit and healthy, a contributor to my community) and setting goals to bring those things to life.
FOCUS: we use the 6 forms of energy to make these goals a reality.
EASE: learning to do SIMPLY what is next, moment by moment, small sweet steps.
GRACE: having gratitude even when it may be challenging or rough, learning and growing are sometimes painful. Nevertheless we can be grateful, even for the simplest thing, our morning tea or seeing a butterfly. Sometimes getting to the next level in our evolution requires some metamorphosis (the butterfly, the frog) and we can even be grateful for that, trusting that going through it will bring us to something new. It is important to have support here!
Often when we think up ideas, visions and possibilities, we get excited, there is a weightlessness about the creation in visionary reality. It is light, energized, exciting. When we then bring it down into physical reality and start taking the steps and actions that will create it, we are met with gravity. That is when we get challenges, push back, monkey mind and on and on.
All of this is normal when we are doing something new. Supporting you to “be successful”, doing what you said you were going to do, one action at a time, pushing through the internal blocks and the monkey mind of worry, doubt, and fear to achieve the things that mean so much to you is what I love about coaching.
Reach out if you need support. We can chat and see if coaching is right for you. In the meantime, keep up with the meditation for burnout! That eight-count breath is magic to the brain!!! Awe, enjoy!
Wow. When I heard Brene Brown say,
“If you avoid conflict to keep the peace, you start a war inside yourself”
I nearly ran off the road. That is just so profound. If you are like me, a recovering people-pleaser, then maybe you will relate to the weight of this comment.
I love it too, in terms of coaching because we are always talking about the monkey mind (our worry, doubt and fear) and how that affects taking action. When we are consumed with monkey mind, in this scenario, we would not say anything, hence no conflict yet the war inside begins.
What greater way to challenge yourself and your ability to quiet your monkey mind than to know you need to say something that will create conflict but if unsaid will start a war inside yourself. WOW.
In coaching we also talk about coherence -- acting in alignment with our path, flow, life’s intentions (we get clear on this in coaching). Or incoherence -- making decisions that are not aligned with our life’s intentions. This statement sums up so much about living authentically; being on your “hero’s journey”; coherently making decisions that align with your purpose and observing the gap that occurs when you don’t.
This gap is where coaching can be supportive. When you see what you need to do, are willing to do it, and yet aren’t doing it. Reach out if you need support or have questions. Practice the meditation, the quieting of the monkey mind so that you can “hear” and “see” the small sweet actions you need to take toward your purpose.