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What are you committed to?
On January 4, 2013 in
Next, we were asked to reflect upon our moment-to-moment and day-to-day actions to see how they corresponded with our declared commitments. Then came the wakeup call. My day-to-day actions revealed that I was instead committed and addicted to being busy, working, watching reruns on tv, sipping on Starbucks and wine, spending money, and lots of other things that did not exactly line up with my desires.
It takes a moment of authenticity and awareness to admit that we might be devoting our time and energy into actions that may not be in alignment with our intentions, and therefore chasing our own tails. Simply pausing to examine our day-to-day actions will reveal to us what we are really dedicated to in our lives, and allow us the awareness we need to redirect our life should we find any misalignments.
I invite you to take a moment and reflect on your own life. You can journal or meditate on the following questions:
1. What are your desires, commitments, and intentions for yourself and your life?
2. What do you spend your time doing each day? What are you devoting your energy to?
3. Are your daily actions in service of your desires, commitments, and dreams, or are there areas of misalignment?
If your actions are in alignment with your commitments then celebrate. If you find areas where you are misaligned then you can now begin the process of redirecting your life. Having awareness of what you desire, and what you are directing your energy towards will catapult you into a space of growth and possibility.
Some quotes to insp
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"What is the story you tell, and what is the story you wish to tell?" - Jeanie Manchester
"An ounce of performance is worth a pound of promises." - Mae West
"Authenicity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart and feet - thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing - consistently." - Lance Secretan
By Jackie Casal Mahrou
Jackie Casal Mahrou is a yoga instructor on yogadownload.com, and teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga. Through her teaching and writing, she hopes to inspire as many as she can to live with grace, joy and gratitude. Read more about Jackie at
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What Always Remains: A Meditation in Packing
Over the past six months, due to personal and professional reasons, I found myself traveling and moving from one place to another— from point A to B then to B to C then C to A or B. And it feels like I’m still going and coming to unknown destinations.
What does it mean to be an Outlaw?
I created a practice called OUTLAW Yoga, and wrote a book called OUTLAW Protocol – how to live as an outlaw without becoming a criminal.
Yes, What Goes Up, Must Come Down, But...
Often times we hear the saying, “what goes up, must come down.” As someone who’s had their fair share of traumas, this phrase has been real throughout my healing journey. I call it, doom and gloom energy. It is a fear around things being good, and then not enjoying them when they are good, because you’re too busy waiting for what is going to go wrong and screw it all up! As I have explored this and still explore this within myself and clients, I have come to realize that yes, Newton was on to something when he said "what goes up, must come down", but no, what goes up doesn’t always need to come down with a crash landing. Transitions from one chapter or experience to the next, can be relatively smoothe and peaceful. Rather than a Newtonian approach, what if we looked at this concept in terms of airplanes.
Overcoming What Holds You Back
There is a saying: “It is not who you are that holds you back, it is who you think you are not.”
What You Really Need to Love Yourself
These days there are so many articles and courses and books out there trying to teach us how to be happy, how to love ourselves, and what we have to do in order to feel free and successful. And don’t get me wrong, I love this- I love the way we as a collective are beginning to focus on self-growth, self-knowledge, and self-love. What I don’t love though, is that there is often a step that is missing from these books and articles and courses. A step that is absolutely crucial to take on the path of self-love and learning to love ALL parts of you.
What are the 7 Chakras?
What are the chakras? According to yoga, our inner bodies are full of subtle energy. This energy moves along a central channel called the sushumna nadi, These centers are thought to be doorways into the depths of awareness – awareness that is within the body, outside the body and also that can expand in such depth that we come to realize the innate vastness of our true nature. When the chakras are aligned, we are centered, balanced and healthy. When they’re out of alignment, illness is more apt to manifest in the body and mind. This is why it’s necessary to understand what each chakra represents, so that we can do proper chanting, pranayama and asana to support the balanced nature of each one. Here is a thorough overview of each of the 7 chakras, and how they relate to your well-being, as well as information so you can keep them each in balance. Root Chakra Also known as the muladhara chakra, is connected to our sense of foundation and being deeply rooted or grounded.
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