Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On Complaining

Inspiration: To do my best to remain positive regardless of what is happening.

Why do we complain? We complain because we are annoyed. Annoyed with how our lives currently may be, or possibly our annoyance with another. Regardless of the specific cause, when we complain it is a drainage of our energy. It is not optimistic and cannot yield anything positive.

So why do we continue to do it? Is it just a habit or do we think in some strange way this will control something. Regardless, we are all guilty at one time or another. A dear client/friend of mine says to me on occasion, "You are leaking". Meaning I am complaining. We all need to vent. A better way to deal with "stuff" may be to say " I don't want to put any more energy into this, but I am feeling......" Thank you for this option, Tony Leroy.(gifted intuitive:).

So I invite you all to lovingly, STOP. Just stop before you need to verbally acknowledge something you may not like. This takes practice. Eventually, this will only occur in your thoughts. OR in time, not all all. Think about it.

Have a very "peaceful" day.

With Love,

Thursday, September 23, 2010

What is Boredom Really?

Inspiration: To find my way through inertia which creates boredom.

Exactly what is boredom. One dictionary definition is "boredom is an emotional state experienced during periods lacking activity or when individuals are uninterested in the opportunities surrounding them." This about sums up my present feelings. Don't get me wrong, I am "grateful", just a bit restless. Restless because events are not unfolding, connections have not yet come to fruition, and my work is shifting.

That is the big one for me. Work or career. For the past fourteen plus years I have been in the health and fitness arena. The majority of this work has centered around training others to be stronger, leaner, or just a better version of themselves. Most recently, I am finding I enjoy being in a gym less and less. In the short term, this is a bit scary because it is presently my sustanence.

As I continue to be drawn to yoga and the healing arts, it makes me a bit sad to be surrounded by hard-core, aggressive people. Really because I have been one of them. This softening is new to me. In the past, I have used the physical to "escape" my true feelings. Sitting with these emotions can sometimes pierce right through you.

So again, now I am bored. Bored with the present day to day mundane. What to eat, who am I training now, when do I workout or do yoga. This is getting old, rather boring. I pray and seek "guidance" on a daily basis; from within. These answers are unfolding at a snails pace. Mostly because I do not like what is coming through.

How are you feeling today? Are you content or wishing things were different. We all go through these periods. How do you handle them? Sometimes, just an acknowledgment is required. Then from that space, you have a frame of reference.

What is really going on? For me personally speaking, this boredom arise because I am not living my truth to the fullest. Waiting for a genie in a bottle to grant me my wishes, when in truth, I am in control of my thoughts and actions. Divine intervention does help though......

Have a very "peaceful" evening.

With Love,

Friday, September 17, 2010

On Trust

Inspiration: To continue to be more present, surrender more deeply and to trust in something "BIGGER"....

Trust. What does the word mean to you? For some, it may invoke a myriad of responses. Trust in myself, trust in others or trust in something which I will call "Other".

When we really trust, we are at peace with all that is happening, right now. There is a knowing that we are somehow taken care of in some way. The human condition teaches us to struggle and strive for what we desire. This pushing mentality can actually have the opposite result of what we are trying to achieve.

Authentically trusting, is a deep inner knowing that no matter what is going on in the physical, there are "wheels spinning" behind the scenes to ensure that we are alright. Knowing this, can help you to create a place for the miraculous.

Whenever we worry or are in fear, this is a negative pull or energy that obstructs the flow. Flow; the easefull unfolding of our lives. When we are at peace, calm and "grateful", this creates a positive energy that draws the right people and situations to us at the right time.

So I invite you all to lovingly be still. Take a breath and "feel". Feel the gratitude for this wonderful life we have been given. I remember reading " Life is a schoolroom." When times get challenging, I silently say this to myself or out loud and begin to smile. Think about it.:-).

Have a very "peaceful" day.

With Love, Denise

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Religion: A Paradox

Inspiration: To continue to learn from and be inspired by others choices.

Religion. It is said to separate men and countries. Personally speaking, I am do not adhere to any "organized" religion. My own beliefs center on the "oneness". That we are all connected in some strange way.

Most recently, I had a conversation with a client of mine. She is Jewish and keeps Kosher in her home. She is a "cool" hip woman, who is fairly open minded. Last week she had mentioned to me that her husband needed to read a book in synagogue during Rosh Hashanah. I remembered he enjoyed Steven Hawking, who is a physicist and has written many books disputing the existence of God. So I had mentioned that he had a new book out that she picked up for him and he took to the temple in instead of following along with those in attendance.

Funny thing is, her husband grew up in a "religious" home on the trendy Upper West Side. When they first were married he observed the faith but since has questioned "If there really is a God then why do bad things happen to good people." Maybe not his words exactly, but you get my drift. Anyway, he takes this book to temple to read and then is called up to OPEN THE ARC, which houses the sacred Torah; an esteemed honor. That is the Paradox. A highly respected gesture exhibited by someone, forgive me "Who really couldn't give a sh-t".

The reason I now scribe this, is that it is fascinating to me how people find themselves in situations that may no longer serve them. Problem being, they cannot or do not have the opportunity to choose differently. It is my deep intention that he finds his way, since family observes all the Jewish holidays.

So I lovingly invite you all to examine your core beliefs. Whether they are religious or otherwise. Does it serve you? Have you changed? Does it really matter?

Have a very "peaceful" evening.

With Love, Denise

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Warrior Flow Yoga

Inspiration: To continue to honor and be present for the teaching of great "healers".

What is Warrior Flow Yoga? It is an intense, breath-based, present moment vinyasa yoga class developed by Adrian Molina who teaches exclusively at Equinox. From the moment, he walks into the room, you feel a calming, serene presence that go way beyond words.

The class begins in balasana, child's pose, giving students an opportunity to be still and connect with the earth. From that space, the class moves through an eclectic series of sun salutations to drum-based rhythmic pulsations. Adrian consistently reminds his students that the movement follows the breathe and to surrender our EGO (love this) to be where we are in each moment. It is our ego, in class and in life, that causes frustration when things do not go as planned. Even in a challenging posture he kindly instructs "be where you are. breathe into it. open the heart.:)

Over the course of time, I have had some conversations with Adrian. He is all about presence. The deep healing. Yoga is one avenue to reaching a place of stillness. I couldn't help but ask Adrian a question after class yesterday. I asked " Do you bless the space before you teach?" His response warmed my heart. He said, not only do I bless the space, but I bless each and every individual that is there. Intuitively, I knew he did.

I share this for inspiration, to know that we all can silently bless one another. The power of this goes way beyond words. He shared this with me only because I had asked for he is a very private soul, really directed to a path of health and wholeness.

So I invite you all to lovingly embrace those around you. No matter what your vocation, sending love and healing light can not only shift another, but it can have profound shifts within you.

Have a very "peaceful" day.

With Love,

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Embracing Sadness

Inspiration: To be with what is, and let it move through me.

Most times, I begin these posts with something uplifting. As I am human, my intention is also to share those "not so happy moments." For the past week, I am in my body. Maybe for the first time in my life. What I mean by this, is I have not used movement (aka exercise), to make me feel better.

As always, the body is our greatest teacher. So with my back in spasm, an allergic reaction to some food I consumed and my "female" time, what was being asked was to be still. This brought up a lot of sadness. Sadness mostly for what I feel is "missing" from my life. But what is really missing? After I sat quietly with this I received the answer " Your ego is making you unhappy. Your expectations and dreams of what has not happened yet."

While this was momentarily comforting, it did help me to feel better. I spent a lot of time in nature crying and journaling, asking a force greater than me for help. After many days, I am beginning to feel better both physically and emotionally. But the most important piece of this blog is to really sit with your feelings; do not run or try to escape. It will only get louder and louder.

During this time, I was guided to go back to the spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle and his writings in the book "A New Earth". There is a section called the Pain Body and how we identify with it and let it overwhelm us. An excellent read for those of you who really want to get in touch with the self. Especially, the spirit self.

Lastly, we are in a very "intense" Mercury Retrograde cycle. What mercury rules is communications, contracts and electronics. This period is all about review. Going inside, seeing what needs to be seen. To release that which no longer serves us and prepare for what will bring us more ease and clarity. The more we struggle, the more difficult it becomes.

So feel what you are feeling. Deeply. Embrace change. "What we resist persists"...From Conversations with God, Book 1

Enjoy this sunny weather!!!

With Love,