On being happy

The Dalai Lama said to Andrew Harvey, when he interviewed him on the day His Holiness won the Nobel Prize, “The world can only be saved now by everyone trying as hard as possible to love all beings.” His Holiness paused and smiled. “This may seem impossible,” he said, and then clapped his hands softly. “But with spiritual practice all things are possible. Your Buddha nature is as good as the Buddha’s Buddha nature, and who was not embraced by the Buddha’s compassion?” And then he quoted from Shantideva’s ‘Mind of the Bodhisattva’ “Those who are unhappy are unhappy because they look out only for themselves. Those who are happy are happy because they seek the joy of others.” He paused a long time and then said, “The secret of life is to try to make others happy. People ask me what is my religion. My religion is kindness.” -Heart Yoga
  

Mystical Mandala

I’ve been focusing on ‘space awareness’ and ‘reality’ in my mindfulness practice over the past few days. Coloring mandalas has been one of the ways in which I have practiced tuning into space awareness. Here in this mystical mandala you see vibrant colors, but there is also an emphasis on space. I use the color white (blank space) here to draw out ‘Buddha’ energy. Buddha energy is related to space and coming into ones being. It is very direct, but very simple. It can be very desolate and spacious. Buddha energy seeks enlightenment.

  

Sending waves of prayers to #Mexico. As I was walking along the beach this morning I caught myself dwelling on challenges in my life that I constantly face. I literally had to stop myself in my tracks and call myself out because there are worse things in life than some of my small everyday problems. I then looked out at the ocean and sent waves of prayers to Mexico. I felt better about my own problems knowing that I was sending love to others. One of the ways to be ‘unstoppable’ in life is to think of others. Love & Light. 📷: I took this on the beach last night during sunset. I Love those birds flying over the sea. 
  

“Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth ‘you owe me’ Look what happens to a love like that. It lights up the whole world.’ – Hafiz

The below story is for anyone who has ever shared their gifts with the world, felt that others have ‘stolen’ their work or who just want to read a great story about giving without receiving. 

This is the story of a young master craftsman who had a special gift. He was known to be a soft & gentle soul and many people sought him out for his teachings and aspired to be as good as him. He taught many classes in his community and inspired others to be great craftsman. One day a woman showed up to his class unannounced. She was a past student of his who he had not seen in over a year. She entered the class posing as a student, but he noticed she was in the back taking notes in her sketch book. Since he was such a kind soul, he decided to let it pass. He just assumed she was going to take her work home and bring it to the next class to show. The next week the lady didn’t come. In fact, she never came back. But another student from a year back showed up unannounced and of course since he was so kind, he let the woman in. He noticed the same behavior as the woman from a few weeks back. It was near the end of class and the fire alarm went off in the building, which then everyone scurried out of the craft room and onto the lawn. By the time it was clear to enter the building, the class was over, which meant everyone left- including the woman in the back taking notes in her sketch book. 

A few weeks passed and the craftsman was eating his lunch at a local CO-OP. He noticed on the community board a flier. The flier was for a 6 week class focusing on the art of craftsmanship. The teachers leading it were the women who showed up to his classes unannounced. He read the flier and he got really shook up. He felt like the women had ‘used’ him and tried stealing his teaching techniques because they sat in his class and took notes. He even noticed on their flier that they gave no credit to him or his work. Although he was a kind and gentle soul- he could not help but get very upset. In all the years he had worked as an artist, he’d never experienced this sort of situation. 

He chose to be the better person and walk away. He of course left the flier on the board and left. 

A few weeks later he saw both of the women. He approached them with a friendly manner and complimented them on their work. They thanked him for the compliment, but never thanked him for what he’d given them. He was shocked. He felt that all they could do is thank him and acknowledge him for how he had inspired them to get to where they are. 

As he walked away he passed 2 strangers that he’d never met. He heard one of them say,

“Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth ‘you owe me’ Look what happens to a love like that. It lights up the whole world.’ – Hafiz

This really struck the young master craftsman. He really resonated with those words. He thought to himself ‘Ahh ha! I’ll be the sun and light up the earth.’ From that day on he remained a humble gentle soul. He created boundaries where they needed to be created and he continued to create Artists who then took their gifts and shined them onto the world. 

He never saw those 2 women again and he decided that they would receive the lessons that they needed to learn and that he would see them as a ‘blesson’ for what they taught him. 


The End. 

Author: Unknown 

  

You’ve got to be willing to feel the thorns in order to pick the roses. 

As I sat on my comfortable couch, listening to music on the radio and watching the sunset, some reflections of my past dawned on me. Some things that started coming clear to me.

I remember my yoga practice in early 1998. It felt really good to practice and learn to be in my body, but I wasn’t necessarily being kind to myself. I wasn’t practicing ‘metta’ or loving-kindness towards myself. Although my practice felt very spiritual, I also felt that I was literally bullying myself. I wasn’t practicing ‘ahimsa’ or non-violence. I was pushing my body really hard and I wasn’t speaking to myself kindly at all.

And it really makes sense to me right now in my life. 

In the past, I was attracting friends and boyfriends who would speak to me harshly. At that time i felt like a victim. Like why me? I am so nice to him or She’s my friend and I always help her, why is she always yelling at me like that? I now realize that I was attracting these over bearing types because I was not speaking to myself nicely- so therefore no one else knew how to talk to me. Like Wayne Dyer said ‘You attract what you are.’

As my practice has deepened- especially over the last 11 years- I have awakened to some of those old habits. The more I awaken- the more I get challenged by those personalities. The challenge isn’t that it is necessarily stressful, but rather its strengthened my ability to create better boundaries where I once had none. I have learned the motto ‘Saying NO to you is saying YES to me.’

How powerful is that? Pretty powerful. It gives me permission to own what I need to own and create boundaries where I once didn’t know how. 

I am also super awake to gossip. I am a girl so therefore I have definitely been on both sides. Thankfully I am awake to this and have been for awhile. The truth is it’s toxic. I don’t really see the point of mature women sitting at a coffee shop sipping away as they twirl their hair and talk smack about the women they call a dear friend. Regardless as to whether they are a dear friend or a woman in the community, I don’t see the point. I understand women need each other to support and listen to real life drama and it can result in saying ‘Oh she is so……’ I get it. I’ve said it myself, but their comes a time when it starts to get nasty and toxic. I was at a yoga party and someone I once had an immature run in with stood 10 feet away from me within the crowd as she whispered to her husband while pointing the finger towards me. I stood there and couldn’t believe it, but as I stood there I became stronger and more integrated in my truth. I wasn’t a victim of her gossip- I was the character in her dream revealing to her who she is and who she isn’t conscious of. I felt kind of bad for her in a way. She was unconscious to her own light and stuck in her own darkness. I was also aware of my part and my own shadow side. I felt that being able to face my own darkness was a revelation of my own inner light.

I recently saw the quote ‘What Sally says about Susie says more about Sally than it does Susie.’ I changed Susie to me and it made sense. I could’ve switched it around the other way and it would’ve still made sense. Gossip is toxic. It’s like feeding yourself poison and waiting for the other person to die. Why gossip? What you say impacts your reality. Like Wayne Dyer said, ‘You attract who you are.’ Instead of gossiping walk away and sit on a bench or a cushion and contemplate on what it is and why this person bothers you. As you sit there inhaling, discover the shadow side of it. As you exhale, let the drama go. ‘Aint nobody got time for that…..’

As I finished reflecting on the awakenings that I have had throughout the years, I began to write this final sentence.

‘Being awake isn’t always a field of roses. You’ve got to be willing to feel the thorns in order to pick the roses. They are both part of the same seed.’

my quote

The book of SHE

I was first introduced to this author 4 1/2 years ago after a Facebook friend sent me a message suggesting I check out her book The Way of the Happy Woman. That book couldn’t have come at a better time in my life. A time when I truly needed to embrace the magic of being a woman and living in accordance to natures cycles and rhythms. Over the years I have used her first book as both a guide book to my own lifestyle & yoga practice as well as an inspiration for my teaching. I’m currently reading her new book and it goes a lot deeper than her first book. This is a great book for women who are looking to go deep within themselves and for those who are ready for the heroines journey into the heart of feminine power.