I am a whirlwinder!!! Sometimes my energy is all over the place and then I end up exhausted. No bueno!!! Channeling that energy to the present moment can make all the difference. Sometimes I refer to this as yoga off the mat.
Honestly, most things, if done consciously, by being in the moment, can be a meditation. I wanted to write about this because in addition to our monthly three-minute meditation is the beautiful practice of being in the now. In this exact moment, doing nothing else but being right where you are, is in fact another form of meditation. Washing the dishes, doing the laundry, walking the dog, taking a walk, in line at the grocery, in the carpool line, watching your kids practice their sport, helping with homework, the doctor’s office, on a phone call and on and on and on.
This practice will energize you and invigorate you as you observe what is happening without mental chatter, the to-do list, on the phone and the computer and eating (hahahaah yes, ugh I have caught myself here). It is free and anyone can do it anywhere!!! Simple, yet sometimes tricky.
See if you can stay with the moment or does your mind want to whirlwind to what next, what else etc. No judgement, don’t beat yourself up if you are bouncing all over with your mind. Observe.
For me what I have learned, especially as my energy is shifting is that I have MORE energy when I am present, moment-to-moment, and NOT trying to do multiple things at the same time. In fact, when I catch myself feeling exhausted, I have looked back at the past couple of hours and have realized how much I was doing “at once” and whew it took a toll.
One way I contain my whirlwinder, swirling, multitasking mind is when I realize I am feeling tired and I observe my swirling mind, I stop, close my eyes, breath (long and deep, inhale 5, hold 5, exhale 5, through my nose) and then start again. Bang! It brings me back to the present and helps me focus. I found this little heart when I looked down as I was walking my dog. A little sign of presence.
Try it out. Observe, breathe and be in the moment. Let me know what your experience is.
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Today we’re starting a mediation to “synchronize with the divine universal flow of light”. What does that mean? It means there's an energy all around us, all the time in everything, even we are energy. And sometimes we're in flow with that energy and sometimes we aren't. When we’re in the flow, things are a lot clearer, we have much more clarity and focus. (We’ve all experienced the opposite: when you're trudging and it's just not flowing, it can take so much more effort.)
This meditation helps balance you and then you can connect to the universal energy, flow. That will allow you to magnify your purpose. From there things will go smoother. It doesn't mean you're not going to hit a bump but it means that when you do, it's going to be the right one to keep pushing you forward. This meditation is like a light trail for us to follow.
I also love the mantra for this chant! Waheguru, waheguru, waheguru, wahe jio. So powerful. It has three parts:
Wahe which loosely translates to Wow!
Guru which means teacher, someone who takes us from darkness to light, from unknowing to knowing,
Jio means soul. But in this context, it's not just our soul, but the soul of all things, the universal soul.
So put together, think of it like this:
Wow, knowing. Wow, from darkness to light. Wow, I am part of the universal soul.
Through this meditation we tap into the universal flow of the energy surrounding us. If you can, start with your purpose present and, if you’re still unclear on your purpose, don’t worry, maybe you will uncover it as you do this meditation. You could simply ask yourself, what is my purpose and then go into the meditation. Make sure you have a journal at hand and spend a few minutes afterwards writing down what comes to mind. Please stick with this for 40 days so you can experience the commitment to yourself.
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Obviously, the seasons differ depending on where you are. However, you can tune into these shifts -- even if they are subtle -- so that you are aware of what you may be feeling and experiencing. After the fall equinox (in the northern hemisphere) our days begin to shorten, so there is less light as we move into fall.
For me, at this time of year, I am tired, my energy is lower than that of summer (with the loooong days and lots of light). Sometimes a little chill in the air and I have that need for being cozy, baking, laying with my cat and dog (not much you can do when your cat comes up and sits on you hahahaah). A perfect reminder to be present, still, thoughtful, quiet, contemplative maybe even reflective as we move into the last quarter of the year.
What do you still want to accomplish this year? Or what seeds do you want to plant for 2020? After your morning meditation (it’s only 3 minutes!!!!), ask yourself these questions. Journal what comes to mind. Just spit it out onto the paper. See where you are now and what you want to do that you haven’t been doing, but want to. Do one of these things. It can be simple. But just do it. Take the action.
As Mel Robbins says, “say, 5,4,3,2,1 and then get up and do it.” Your brain is scrambled by counting backwards hahaha so your monkey mind won’t be able to stop you. Enjoy the transition of the season, the weather change, honor your shift in energy and take care of yourself so you stay healthy. Happy fall.
Keep up with the September meditation. It is perfect for the seasonal transition!
Love to you all.
Yogi Bhajan always said, “Keep up and you will be kept up”. When you are not feeling like it, you don’t want to, you “can’t”, and on and on. Do it anyway and you will be supported. That is one reason I love a consistent morning practice, even if it is 1 minute, 3 minutes, or 15 minutes. It is the doing it every day despite how you “feel” that creates huge shifts in your life.
You are mastering your mind, your whims, your childlike stubbornness, your monkey mind that is creating false worries, doubts, and fears and you are proving to yourself that you are count-on-able, consistent, strong, reliable, ready, willing, and able.
When I started a morning practice, many moons ago, I couldn’t believe how different I was every morning when I woke up. I appeared to do the same things to prepare for bed and yet I was shockingly different every day. When you go out into this info-bombarding world without setting yourself, you are like a ping pong ball in the wind. Ughhhhhh and that is noooooo fun!!!
In fact, Tony Robbins always talks about real change happening when it is more painful to be doing the thing you have been doing than to do the new behavior. For instance, if smoking is now causing you serious health issues, quitting won’t be as painful as not being able to play with your kids, or dying. For me being a ping pong ball in the wind is way more painful than sitting and doing what I told myself I was going to do (you know, the meditation, breath, quick journal etc. It’s like when I do it consistently, “boom” I am a steady human ready for what is going to be meeting me out in the world.
Hope you are doing the September meditation. Keep me posted. Questions? Let me know!!!
Happy Tuesday. Keep up my friends you will be rewarded.
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.
Love you all
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.
Love you all!!!
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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.
I’m really excited to hear how it goes for everyone – be sure to click above if you’d like to join us!