You are the love. You are the light.

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 I’ve spent a lot of time letting myself feel worthless, not good enough, and a failure.  My own personal journey through Yoga has helped me to stand up to these sorts of feelings and remind my self of the truth; that I am worthy, I am enough, and that my failures don’t define me, they merely teach me a lesson.  Life  changes and fluctuates, just as the tides of the ocean come in and out of the shore.  Sometimes  I feel my emotions are stronger than me, and I succumb to the power of my own thoughts. I am sent  into a tail spin of belittling comments I have stored away for myself, ” You aren’t that great of a yoga teacher, you don’t have the confidence of so and so, you haven’t even read the Bhagavad Gita yet, you don’t meditate enough” .. you get it. On and on I let myself become depressed, and completely absorbed by a sea of thoughts that DON’T define me.

I know I am not alone, and this is why I am speaking up.
I may never be rid of these thoughts, but I shall never let these thoughts prevent me from continuing on the path that I am on.  Just like  in yoga, when we find ourselves in a challenging pose we think, ” I can’t do it”,  often our mind tells us that so we listen and want to quit. As soon as we are in an uncomfortable or challenging position we want out. We don’t want anything to do with it. Even writing this blog post I am thinking, whether I even want to post this.

We are creatures of habit, it takes time and constant positive affirmation to break certain habits, but YOU GOT THIS. If its not going to kill you or harm you, don’t stop. Keep on going, you will be so happy you did. Stay dedicated to your practice and your passions, what ever they look like.  Your journey is very different from everyone else’s. Everyday there is a new lesson to learn, there will be new obstacles to jump through, and new doors that will open. Stay positive. Stay humble.  You are deserving of everything you do. You are deserving of love, happiness, joy, and wealth. Don’t be someone else, be you, be your best self.  There will always be something positive in every situation. You are not alone!

We are all trekking through our separate journey’s alongside each other.

You are the love and you are the light.

peace &  love

Rebecca

 

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Happy Earth Day! I might be a little late, but celebrating nature should be something we do every moment of every day.  And look at this little baby deer, isn’t he the cutest?

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Springtime Self-Reflection

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With the change of season,  the snow has begun to melt, temperatures rise,  and  the sun shines brightly. All these things bring such delight to many after a long, cold, and dark winter.  I love when the seasons change; I feel like each time it reminds to me to sit, reflect and let go of stuff I’ve been dragging around so I can move forward into the spring months. I tend to spend a lot of time hibernating in the winter, I’d much rather stay home than go out and face the elements. Home is comfortable, safe, and warm.

When spring rolls around, I am reminded that its time to come out of my shell, move out of my comfort zone, try something new, get outside, get in touch with friends near and far.  Since we are creatures of habit, Its easy to fall  into a routine of staying within our comfort zone.

Get out there. Go for a walk, go for coffee with a friend,  meet new people, try something new, ask for a raise,  go read that book, just do whatever it is you’ve been waiting to do.  There’s no better time then now.

Winter Dreaming

When its blowing snow outside, and the temperatures are lingering at – 20c with windchill, like most people, staying indoors is usually the more favoured choice.  I enjoy spending time at home  to reflect, relax,  learn, drink tea, and cuddle with my cat,  Yuna.
Today I gazed out the window to see a curtain of white snow swirl about the sky.  It made me think of home. I come from Kenora, Ontario, Canada a small town near the edges of the Ontario-Manitoba border.  For most of my life, frigid long winters were pretty normal, with temperatures dropping to -30 ( not including windchill) quite regularly. Getting dressed meant bundling up in layers, breaking a sweat while getting ready, and waddling your way outdoors… atleast I imagine my younger self waddling with all that winter gear on. But, despite those long hard winters, there is a lot of beauty  in that small town.  These images I took a few years ago, but its nice to be reminded to cherish the beauty in the season, and  the moments spent with friends, family, and pets.

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The Journey within

In yoga, we acknowledge that the journey begins when we allow ourselves to let things go,  in order to create space for new things, opportunities, or experiences.  Often, that sense of release occurs when being still– for me its especially after a dynamic Asana practice. When you are still you are able to take everything in, you can sit and observe your surroundings, and your internal workings. Through the stillness, the quiet, you can go deeper.  Every time you close your eyes and sit still, even if for a few moments, you allow yourself to peel away layers of yourself.

Do you ever eat Ferrero Rocher’s( If you don’t know what these are its a chocolate with hazelnut filling in the center) by biting them in half, revealing the best part, the gooey hazelnut centre? You know with every box of these chocolates there is that sweet gooey deliciousness inside, you just have to take that first bite to discover it.  That sweetness, authentic-ness, wholeness,  truth, love, or whatever word you would like to use, is within every single human being, you just have to take that first  little bite to tap into it.  Seek it out, and you shall find it.