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The Magical Act of Discernment
On June 27, 2012 in
More than a snap judgment, discernment means, “going past the mere perception of something, to making detailed judgments about that thing. As a virtue, a discerning individual is considered to possess wisdom, and be of good judgment; especially so with regard to subject matter often overlooked by others” (www.wikipedia.com).
Last month, I had the unexpected opportunity to help a friend of my husband’s out with yoga for her
Life Beyond Limits
fitness retreat. One of the things we did over the weekend was a vision board. I had not updated mine for several years and took the unexpected moment to reflect on where I had been since then and where I am going now.
My last vision board a few years ago came out a surprise. When I put everything down and looked at it at arm’s length, I was horrified to discover I had inadvertently made a pie chart. A PIE CHART! What a crappy vision, I thought. But a gem emerged. All of the different sections of my life were united in a quote in the center about authenticity.
"Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?" ~Fanny Brice
That quote was really the only thing that needed to be on that board. At that time, I was stuck in a place where I thought I had to do what I thought I was supposed to, and be who I thought I was supposed to be. I didn’t have much internal capacity to discern what was actually me, and my life was as compartmentalized as my board. Rather than look at things in my life that may be in conflict, I just kept it all separate, which reinforced everything I “needed” to do and everywhere I “needed” to be. In fact, each time I “completed” a piece of the board, I would actually cut it out and throw it away. That should give you come clue as to how I was living my life…
When I stepped back and looked closer, I realized this:
In my efforts to be everywhere all the time, I was completely unable to be anywhere at all in any given moment.
My vision became to unite the different aspects of my life so they could come into alignment. A hard process of looking at every piece to see what worked and what didn’t. It was a painful and less than perfect process much of the time, but also very freeing. When I had a chance to sit down and make a new vision board last month, I felt like I had something to say about my future.
I cut out a ton of stuff that struck me and felt overwhelmed when I went to put it onto a 16×20 board – much smaller than what I had to work with last time! I thought about taking it all home and making a bigger one, but then I thought some more that maybe I could be a bit more targeted and a little less, uh, everywhere, and my board quickly evolved into two clear sides.
One side of the board is united by love, confidence, sustainability and growth in the areas of life most important to me – my yoga business, my garden and my relationships. There are phrases that overlap all areas like “the hard work was worth it” and “yumminess”. There is a space for travel and friendship. There are phrases that inspire me to be strong but still soft, stable but flexible, to know when to strike and when to walk away – the process of discernment I have been working so hard on.
On the back are the questions that are left – what will I celebrate this year? These are questions I am still working through in my mind and heart. Whatever it is, I want it to be what is natural – to evolve from the spirit of everything on the other side of the board – if I do all that, I am confident I will find my way in the questions that I still have left.
Now, when I catch myself trying to be everywhere, I stop, take a step back, and ask myself if I have space and if I want to fill it in that way. I am still in many places – my work on this part of me is not yet done. However, when I decided to take 2 weeks off this December, something magical happened. I subbed out my classes, blocked the time out on my calendar as time with my family and for travel, and felt not one ounce of guilt.
Now that’s what I call getting somewhere.
I offer you this, which was helpful for me:
• Make a list of all the places you ARE
• Write down HOW MUCH TIME you spend on each
• Write down what return you get, and whether that be emotional, physical, or financial fulfillment.
• Make a list of your goals, the places you WANT to be, short-term and long-term
• Include time and activities to nurture that which INSPIRES you
Ask Yourself: Are you investing your time in the places that serve your goals?
By Sarah Wolfgram
Sarah Wolfgram carves space for growth as an activist, teacher, seeker, leader and co-creator of inspired transformations through the practice of yoga. Co-founder of
Yoga for the People
and serving as its current director, Sarah blends more than 15 years of nonprofit management experience with her love of yoga. Deeply passionate about making the practice available to everyone, Sarah believes that yoga has the power to change lives and transform communities, and can’t imagine a better gift to share. Read more about Sarah at
Classes from Sarah Wolfgram coming soon to Yogadownload!
Try these classes to get you motivated for your vision board! :
Twisting Out Negativity and Doubt
– Nancy Nielsen
The Fearless Heart
– Michelle Berman Marchildon
Living in the Present Moment
– Salvatore Zambito
How can we possibly discern what is true for us and beneficial for the evolution of our soul when we are bombarded by life? And by bombarded I don’t mean that we’ve lost control some how. I just mean, sometimes life moves at the speed of light and honestly, we start to move at that speed without knowing it and that’s not always the best thing.
How can we possibly discern what is true for us and beneficial for the evolution of our soul when we are bombarded by life? And by bombarded I don’t mean that we’ve lost control some how. I just mean … sometimes life moves at the speed of light and honestly, we start to move at that speed without knowing it, and that’s not always the best thing.
8 Magical Benefits of Turmeric You Never Knew!
Turmeric, the powerful golden root that makes our favorite golden milk lattes, is most commonly known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Since I was a young child, my mom taught me how to replace taking ibuprofen and other pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory drugs by instead drinking turmeric tea, or even soaking the desired body part in hot turmeric water. What I didn’t know my whole life, was that turmeric does so much more for the body than simply reducing inflammation and making delicious lattes. Here are 8 benefits of turmeric you might not have known before: Cures and prevents some cancers Could Turmeric be a new cure for cancer? Although there aren’t too many studies out there yet, Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) has been shown to inhibit proliferation, invasion, angiogenesis, and metastasis of different cancers through interaction with multiple cell signaling proteins. Additionally, Turmeric has been shown to prevent the growth of cancerous cells and prohibit growth as seen in different testing.
The Change of Seasons is Time to Reflect & Slow Down
Whether you're in the northern or southern hemisphere, the seasons are beginning to change. There’s no way around it, when the seasons begin to change, we simultaneously feel a shift internally. Our moods, daily routines, what we eat and our overall energy changes with each season. What satisfies you in the summer is not going to be the same as what makes you happy during the fall. Seasons help us examine different parts of ourselves and they bring balance to our lives. One of the best ways to take advantage of the changing seasons is to check in with yourself. Think of it as a clean slate. Nature’s cue to slow down and press the pause button. So much can happen in such a short period of time and each season has its magical moments and lessons. We can get lost in the day to day and busy moving on to the next thing that we don’t take the time to reflect.
Forward Folds to the Rescue: Time to Cool Down and Focus Inward!
One of the most magical aspects of yoga is how you can vary the practice based upon the way you feel today. It’s always fluid and adaptable to not just your physical needs, but your emotional and mental state as well. Some days, you just need a well-rounded yoga practice to keep you feeling strong, flexible, and balanced. Other days you need something more targeted and specific. Yoga can be your medicine. You probably know that certain asanas or postures offer particular benefits. Breathing in a deliberate way and utilizing different pranayama techniques can revitalize you or relax you. Back bending opens the heart and energizes you. Twists encourage healthy digestion and are excellent for neutralizing your spine. Forward folds are not just about stretching your back and hamstrings, they also calm your nervous system and encourage you to shift your gaze inward. A well-rounded yoga practice moves you through a full range of motion to encourage a healthy spine and balanced body and mind. This week, our focus is on forward folds, offering you ways to calm your nervous system, manage anxiety, stretch and strengthen the back body and improve your posture.
Full Moon in Taurus: Stepping Into Abundant Flow
The full moon in Taurus on November 4, 2017 encourages us to do the work necessary to step into the flow of abundance. For Taurus, abundance comes not just with monetary gain, but with sensual pleasures, and physical sensation, as well. Whether we revel in the gifts of family, the earth, life itself, or the ability to purchase fine goods, Taurus energy excels when we are enjoying all that life has to offer. This lunation is no exception, and powerful influences by Pluto, Neptune, and Jupiter, give us a magical, expansive energy to work with at this time.
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