Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Summer Inspiration...


I apologize for my blog posts being rather... simple... the last few weeks.

I've been waiting for inspiration to strike to bring you some amazing story that helped shape my life, or some profound reflection on the universe or a divine life-changing moment that I could share with you all.

Inspiration is funny like that. You can't force it. When you write, sometimes the stories flow out of you like lava erupting from a dormant volcano. Other times, the well is dry. It's been a dry-spell, folks.

Instead, all I can come up with is this...

I can't wait for Summer.



I miss the warmth of the sun on my face. I miss watching the bees shuffling from flower to flower in my garden. I miss the sound of the Mourning Doves in the early hours of the day and the repetitive buzz of the frogs late at night. I miss rolling out my yoga mat in the backyard and doing my practice amongst the flies... both butter and dragon. I miss getting my hands in the dirt and feeling like nothing short of a wizard when my seeds start to germinate. I miss the feeling of possibility when it's 8:00pm and it's still not dark outside. The warm night air makes the evening feel endless.

Winter, though a mild one this year, seems to get gloomier with each year that I get older. The short dark days, the cold windy nights, the chill I can't shake even with my thickest socks and favorite sweatshirt.

It's been a long winter for me, one filled with changes... some good... some not so easy. It's a period of change in my life and I'm hoping the warm weather brings with it some forward motion, some closure, some definition, and some DAMN fun. I need it.


I can't wait for fireflies and campfires, boats and mid-day cocktails, sun dresses and sunglasses and Fire Island and Short Beach, both. I want to let my hair down, maybe grow it longer, recklessly forget my sunblock at home and get a dark, deep tan. Take lots of walks on the boardwalk, go fishing (yes, I bait my own hooks) and build a sandcastle with my girls complete with a moat to trap the little silver fish that try to flee our kingdom.

I want backyard parties and barbecues and friends and laughter. Lots of laughter.

Summer makes me feel like the party is getting started and I could truly use a good party right about now. Winter is only about waiting to me. It's only the pause before summer. The setback. The hibernation of fun. Winter makes me wait. (Damn you winter)!

 So I look blissfully forward to the summer of 2012. It's going to be a good one, I can feel it... and I can wait... I really can.

So here's to the Summer of 2012. Perhaps I have found my inspiration after all...

Monday, February 27, 2012

5 Ways to Trust the Universe...

5 Ways to Trust the Universe

Trusting that the universe is on our side is sometimes difficult to do. Here are five tips to help you out:
 
1. Pretend you don’t know it all. Be like a kid again and look at the world with awe and wonder, be curious with the little things and how things work. Avoid saying ‘oh, I know that’.

2. Suspend your judgement. If something isn’t going your way, just step back and avoid getting mad and frustrated and think to yourself, ‘there’s something much bigger happening in the background that I can’t see’.

3. Be open to the magic of life; be open to what’s going on around you without judging it as good or bad. By doing this you’ll start to see the synchronicity between events and things, and have lots of those little beautiful ‘aha’ moments.

4. Put worry aside. Worry only causes us to feel awful. How many times have you been so worried or stressed about something only to have it turn out ok? Remember that and trust everything will turn out OK again and again.

5. Don’t hold back on enjoying life because you’re waiting for some reason to enjoy it. The universe wants you to be happy now, so give up waiting and simply enjoy life. Trust the universe, that magical unseen force, is helping you all the time. Lie down on the grass and know that you are supported.


About Josh Langley
Josh Langley  has spent the last 16 years in radio as an advertising copywriter and has been nominated and won several state, national and international copywriting awards. He also owns his own creative agency. After a short dabble in Buddhism, a 10 year personal search to find existence of the afterlife, and a brush with past life regression, Josh found himself taking a right hand turn and drawing cartoons about the fragile human condition. He lives in South West of Western Australia, on 7 Acres, with his partner Andy along with a few chooks, veggie garden and a myriad of native birds.
Website: frogandthewell.com
Facebook: frogandthewell

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Cracklin' Fireplace for You...

It's cold, rainy and wet out today. Here's a nice cracklin' fireplace to warm you up inside...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Meditation Challenge Reflections...


So, last night I did the first meditation from the Deepak Center's 21 day meditation challenge. While meditation has been a part of my life for awhile now, my new, busier schedule has made it hard to squeak it in for the past week weeks. I'm using the challenge as a tool to rededicate my practice.

Deepak Chopra has a soothing voice, so it wasn't hard to find myself in a relaxing place. Music is not usually a part of my practice, so that was a bit distracting for me in the beginning (did anyone else have 4th grade planetarium field-trip flashbacks with the music)!?!?


I also had problems understand the mantra. At first I thought he was saying "Soul Hum". But later on realized it was "So Hum." Not that it matters, really. Focusing the brain is what it's all about. Once I got past that, I found it very easy to get into.

All in all, it was very good. I think I nodded off a little at the end, so maybe tonight I'll move it a little further from my bedtime.


Are you doing the challenge? I would love to hear about your progress! Drop us a comment and let us know how you did!

Monday, February 20, 2012

21 Day Meditation Challenge...


If you have always wanted to try your hand at meditation, but lacked the motivation to start, have I got news for you.
The Chopra Center kicks off it's 21 Day Meditation Challenge TODAY and invites you to join in. Within 21 days, meditation could be your own relaxing tool, creative force or perhaps even something profoundly changing to your life. It's FREE and you have nothing to lose, so give it a shot!

Details and FREE registration are here:
http://www.chopracentermeditation.com/bestsellers/MEDITATION_WINTER_2012/register.asp

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tame the Tiger...



Some days you tame the tiger. 
And some days the tiger has you for lunch.
~Tug McGraw
So what's it gonna be today?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Conquer Your FEAR...


Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. 
If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. 
Go out and get busy.
~Dale Carnegie

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Follow Your Heart...

Sometimes in life, we have to make some difficult decisions. Follow your heart.

There will be times in life when the decisions you make are not popular with others. Stay true to your course. At the end of the day, it's yourself that you need to respect. If you feel that you are taking necessary steps to better yourself, then don't waiver.

It's tough to go against the grain. It makes people angry when you don't conform to their picture of what they think is right. It's even tougher to lose yourself by following their path instead of your own.

It's not selfish to want good things for yourself. It's not selfish to be true to who you are. It's not selfish to follow the path that you know in your heart is right.

Be honest. Be open. Try to be gentle with others. You might falter, but keep trying. Don't let the anger or wishes of another person steer you in a direction that has no benefit to you.

They might not understand your decisions. They don't have to. Only you know your intentions. Only you know your heart. Stay true to it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

New Video from Yogi Brent...

I'm so excited to bring you a new video from my friend, Yogi Brent. It was graciously made exclusively for us- so please follow along and enjoy!
Make sure you visit Yogi Brent's website, www.yogibrent.com and if you're in L.A.- go take one of his classes!


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Life Will Give You What You Need...



“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful 
for the evolution of your consciousness. 
How do you know this is the experience you need? 
Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” 

~Eckhart Tolle

Friday, February 10, 2012

Meditation 101


I've had a few people recently ask me about meditation. "How do I do it?" or "Can you show me how?" are the most common questions that I get.

While I in no way consider myself a meditation expert, I can pass on a few things I've learned in the six months or so that meditation has been a daily part of my life.


1. Meditation is not "one size fits all". You need to practice different styles to see what works for you. Do you have to be sitting crossed-legged in easy pose with your palms turned up and a straight spine? Not necessarily. For some people, sitting in a straight-backed chair with their feet on the ground works best. Some prefer silence, others prefer guided meditation CD's. There is no right or wrong. Something will appeal to you. Just make sure that you're not listening to a CD because you're not quite ready to listen to what is inside your head.


2. It doesn't have to be difficult. Keep it simple and don't kick yourself if it doesn't go as planned. I have crummy meditation sessions too. My mind wanders aimlessly sometimes. Other days, everything just "clicks" and it's a wonderful experience. Every day can't be a wonderful experience, though. That's okay. Just sitting in silence for a few minutes is good for you.


3. Don't "expect" anything. Just be still. I went into meditation expecting a enlightened moment. I was waiting for something similar to getting inside The Matrix- where all my problems would suddenly make sense and inner peace would envelop me like a robe of knowledge. Sure, Traci. My "actual" experience is that I have become more peaceful, more patient, more tuned-in to my feelings and guided from within. All of this was very, very gradual. It IS a practice.


4. Oprah told me (yes, Oprah speaks directly to me) that sitting in silence for 5 minutes a day would change my life. She was right, but I think you should commit to at least 15 minutes a day. If you are in a period of change or turmoil- try and do it longer- try for 15 minutes twice a day until you're feeling better. Your mind is like a muscle. The more you work on it, the quicker you will see results. Keep your mind open and your heart even more so.


Best of luck to the new meditation practitioners! The below link is a wonderful article that might help you even more with your new meditation journey. Namaste!

http://thinksimplenow.com/calmness/meditation-101-how-to-start/


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Yoga and Back Pain...

I have two dear friends both having a terrible time with back pain. Both have constant, nagging pain that messes with their daily life. Both are considering surgical intervention.
That makes me nervous. I've seen firsthand someone slide seriously downhill after back surgery. One surgery turned into two, then five, then twelve and now I can't even remember how many they have had. Way too many. They have a serious addiction to pain killers and haven't been the same person in at least a decade. It has completely robbed them of their life.
I don't recall ever hearing a story about back surgery that happily ended after one surgery. It seems like fixing one problem, inadvertently creates another somewhere else in the body.
I have to wonder... can yoga help?
It seems in some cases that, yes, yoga can help. So, today I have compiled a list of resources of those suffering with back pain. Here are some yoga/back pain resources that you might find helpful:

 Gaiam: Top 6 Yoga Poses for Back Pain

Yoga for Back Pain Relief

More Yoga Poses for Back Pain

Back Care Basics: A Doctor's Gentle Yoga Program

Yoga Back Pain Study



Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Know Your WORTH...

"Pride is a personal commitment. 

It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity"


How easy it is to put someone else up on a pedestal. It's much harder to put yourself there.
It's easy to think that if you're treating others with respect and kindness, the same will be given back to you.

Unfortunately, we've all learned that lesson the hard way at some point in our lives.

If you're not being treated as well as you deserve, don't settle. Hold yourself to a high standard.

People treat you the way you let them treat you. If you accept poor behavior, you're only asking for more.

Love is all around you. By loving yourself first, you will attract more love into your life. Be open to it and know that you deserve it.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Beautiful Yoga Apparel...

If you're in the market for some new yoga apparel, have I got the store for you!  Evolve Fit Wear brings you the latest styles in yoga and fitness fashions.

Evolve was started by Kyla Smith, a passionate fitness clothing expert. Kyla started her career selling high-end clothing to celebrity gyms throughout the Los Angeles area.


Evolve is only interested in carrying items made with high-quality, easy-to-care-for fabrics, and flattering seam lines.


Their Motto? "When you feel good in your clothes, you feel good in your practice."





Not only do they carry a fine selection of quality name brand apparel, but you can also pick up a new yoga mat, bag or even an eco-friendly water bottle.
 
Please visit Evolve today and check out their large selection of amazing yoga & fitness apparel. 





Sunday, February 5, 2012

Intentions...


I may not have gone where I intended to go, 
but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Open Your Heart...



Open Your Heart as Often as you Need

Opening our hearts is not something we do once or twice. 
It is a way of life.

How quickly life does things that make us 
want to close off, wall off, shut down, go away.

But our commitment to staying open 
has little to do with what life does to us. 
It has to do with how we decide we want to live. 
Open. Loving. Safe. 

We're safe because we know our ability and our 
willingness to love comes from within us. 

It is the ultimate form of learning to embrace our power. 

A long time ago when you were young, 
you may have told yourself it was risky 
to love, to trust, to feel. 

You told yourself that everyone you trusted 
would in the end betray your trust. 

Your belief has many times been proven true. 

But it's time now to believe something else. 

It's time to believe that the opposite is true. 
It's risky to not love, not trust, not feel. 

Your security doesn't come from trusting others. 
Your security comes from trusting and 
cherishing your own heart. 

Don't let life shut you down. 

Open your heart as often as you need.

~Melody Beattie, Journey to the Heart

Friday, February 3, 2012

An Introduction to Kathryn Budig...

About a week ago I posted an article from Forbes.com about Kathryn Budig. I think Kathryn is very inspiring and I am fortunate enough to have landed an interview with her myself, which will be featured on the blog soon.
In the meanwhile, I stumbled across another interview with Kathryn that I could not possibly love any more. It's almost as if she's speaking directly to me! So, thanks Kathryn! Enjoy, everyone...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

We Have A Winner!!!!

The winner of the beautiful turquoise necklace from YogaOne is Crystal! Congratulations, Crystal and thanks to all who entered!