-I chopped my hair off! Having some trouble with pictures, so I will have to share a pic at a little later...but think Michelle Williams.
-I have been doing a lot of cleansing. I am currently doing this one. I highly recommend this book even if you don't want to cleanse right now. It's full of great information about toxins, the environment, and the effects on the body. Buy it here.
-I have been practicing Viniyoga, which is pretty different from the Power Yoga I was practicing and teaching for the past several years. Viniyoga is Desikachar's lineage, which approaches yoga in a much more gentle way. It incorporates elements of gratitude, visualization, and sound into the practice. I find that I am making room for meditation and simplicity in my practice and in my life, and the effects are astounding. I feel less likely to get angry or frustrated--or if I do, those feelings don't last as long. I feel calmer and happier throughout the day. And I am most excited to report that my relationship around exercising and eating has changed. I truly want to eat what will be good for my body instead of eating purely for vanity. I want to exercise because I feel better and I know what good it does for my health and well-being. It's really exciting and all really positive, so I wanted to share that with you. If you're interested in doing Viniyoga, look to see if there are teachers in your area.
-I attended Michael Bernard Beckwith's church, Agape International, yesterday. I go there from time to time because I feel so good when I leave! Just FYI, you can stream the service live every Sunday on their website for free. Anyway, Michael was talking about how our true nature is Love, and that if we deviate from recognizing that in ourselves and others, then we reduce our personal power and wisdom. He had us hold in our mind's eye a person with whom we have had a strained relationship--an enemy, an ex, someone who hurt us at some point. He said that if we were ready for the 'Advanced Course' in Love, that we should shower them with blessings in our imagination. Wish for only good things for them. Wish for happiness and success and love and everything good for them. It was hard--it took a lot of concentration and intention, but I did it. And it felt good. But it wasn't enough for me. I wanted to get rid of this feeling in myself once and for all. This person was that one in my life that I just couldn't forgive. I just felt that they were so wrong and I had done nothing to deserve what I got and I just held onto it like I held onto Bubba, my doll, when I was a child. It went everywhere with me. It collected dust and got dirtier and uglier, but I just kept it close by, as if it had meaning. So, I went a step further and wrote an email last night. I did something I never thought I'd do--I apologized. I wrote something to the effect of "I am so sorry for what I did to hurt our relationship. I truly regret that. I hope that you can forgive me." And I clicked on Send. And something changed within me. (Cue Wicked music). Something was not the same. OK, I'll stop. (My musical theatre geek friends are laughing right now...or rolling their eyes....). Anyway, I felt better. WAY better. I was wronged....and I apologized for the loss of the relationship....and I feel better. Ta-da! The power of a loving intention. Perhaps you'd like to try it???
-I am having a Vision Board-Making Party this Tuesday night. If you don't know what a Vision Board it, it's just a tack board or poster or whatever that you put lots of inspirational images, quotes, or what-have-you on that incites and reminds you to become or receive everything you want in your life. My girls and I are eating some Vegan food and doing some cutting and pasting on Tuesday. Why don't you throw a vision board party? I think it's nice to do something social with friends that doesn't involve heels, fake eyelashes, martinis, or french fries....once in a while. I like that too. ;)
Til next time, Lovelies!