Wellness Wednesday: Our Innate Curiosity

Happy Wellness Wednesday, friends!

I have made it a priority to take my practice to the lakefront of Chicago at sunrise every weekend. This past weekend, however, I came across a woman who politely excused herself for interrupting my practice to ask every question under the sun about yoga and what it means.

It was clear she has long lived life in pure anxiety but her willingness, vulnerability and curiosity is what inspired me most. As human creatures, we naturally are curious. When we recognize that we cannot develop further, we may feel the need to allow our innate curiosity to help guide us to the next expansion of our boundaries.

Infusing our life with a sense of adventure and change could bring not only new knowledge from new experiences, but also a deeper awareness of our values and how to simply adore the entity of the world around us. You may find that your sense of fascination may bring a sense of understanding and awareness to our values and life.

It is easy for us to do what is safe and comfortable just to get through the day, however, our curiosity can change our current view of the world. When we step beyond the boundaries we tend to set for ourselves, we see that there is still so much yet to learn in life. If we let our curiosity guide us, we will learn so much more about our inner and outer worlds.

Namaste!

Angie

Namaste!

Angie

Wellness Wednesday: Inner Recharge

When we feel depleted from our state of vibrancy, this does not mean that we are lazy or unfit for the tasks in our lives; it simply means that we need to recharge our batteries and find a way of maintaining sustainability.

When we are experiencing this sensation of depletion, we can take an honest look at our patterns of thought, actions and feeling. They may give us a hint to the belief or behavior that may have misaligned with who we really are. However this exhaustion may not be caused internally. There may be people or situations in our life which may be draining our energy. Once we gain clarity on the root cause, we can better direct our flow of energy.

Later we may come to realize the reason we feel depleted has less to do with how much we are doing and more to do with the fact that in our heart, we would much rather be doing something else entirely different as the quality of our passions. Now that we have come to expose our deeper layers internally, we have the ability to acknowledge what our heart truly wants. It may be as subtle as meditation, or just a moment of inner silence to gain the clarity we need. When we know what we truly want to do, and honor that in all situations, we will find ourselves realigning to sustainability.

Namaste!

Angie

Wellness Wednesday: Core Avoidance

One night this past week as I ran the water for a shower after a long day the thought to turn on music to avoid my racing thoughts came to my mind. This made me come to realize sooner after how often we unconsciously avoid our center root as we think we benefit ourselves by filling the void with distraction.

It’s funny to think our lives is something we often avoid. It consists of everything we engage in and aids to distract us from looking at our lives. Experiencing our life internally means taking time each day to simply sit with ourselves. Many of us are so out of practice that the idea to have a moment to ourselves causes us to feel on edge.

Without a doubt it is uncomfortable to sit with ourselves at first is because when we do, we open ourselves to this inner voice of ours which might question the way we’re living or some of the choices we’re making. This voice may remind us of our inner yearnings and dreams we thought we had forgotten. But when we are already feeling so overwhelmed by our daily obligations and responsibilities, the idea of hearing this voice can be exhausting. But the voice’s reflections simply show is the connection to our authentic selves, and they are the very things that make our lives worth living. When we continually avoid connecting with our life, we risk losing out on the very purpose of our existence.

It may as feel as though we take back our power when we consciously decide to sit with the presence of our soul. It later becomes a ritual so much that we make less busy work for ourself, so that we can spend more time at the center root of our own life.

Namaste!

Angie

Wellness Wednesday: You Are Exactly Where You Are Meant To Be

As Buddha once said, “change is the only constant”. So even what we have learned to trust for consistency can surprise us at any moment and lead us in a downward spiral of anxiety. But if we remove fear from the equation without hesitation, we can devote our full attention to the dream that awaits us. Just like the continual state of growth nature presents, we are no different if we trust in the idea that we are exactly where we are suppose to be.

Each stage in our soul’s evolution paves for the next expression of our being. So rather than allowing our lives to be determined by fear of the unknown or attempting to avoid the risk of falling, we can learn to appreciate that sometimes we experience life fully when we are willing to trust and fall. And in doing this, we may just find that we already have the wings to fly.

When we believe that we are meant to be immersed in this moment at this given time, we step away from the universe’s safety net but as we continue forward, we may find ourselves revisiting the same issues. This may be frustrating as we feel we are not learning from our past difficulties but we must see we come from a higher, wiser place each time we are revisited.

We can track growth by identifying situations we have faced more than once and noting that each time we handled them a bit better. Whether or not we can see how our present situation is serving you or where it may lead, know that you are exactly where you are supposed to be. Trust that our soul knows where we’re headed even if we don’t.

Namaste!

Angie

Wellness Wednesday: Heart Over Head

At some point we each fall into the mindless momentum of daily life as a way to cope from the inconsistency our reality presents. While it may work temporarily, we will begin to notice how strong of barriers we had created on our inner self from our outer world.

It is important we remain receptive to the ebb and flow of life as we can never be exact what is to come. Most of us were born and raised to value our head over the heart. As a result, we place our own hearts below our heads in a sort of inner hierarchy of which we may not be conscious of. We are very physical people. We tend to listen and respond from the neck up, often leaving the rest of our bodies with little or no say in most matters. This is a physical habit, which sometimes feels as ingrained as the way we breathe or walk. However, with effort and awareness, we can shift the energy into our hearts, listening and responding from this much more resonant place.

Our brain thrives of structure and order of the world but we also need the wisdom of our own hearts if we wish to continue surviving at our fullest. When we listen from our heart, the rigid ness our brain holds then softens which enables us to perceive the interconnectedness beneath the order our brains create. We begin to understand that just as the heart underlies the brain, this interconnectedness underlies everything.

Namaste!

Angie

Wellness Wednesday: Detaching What No Longer Serves

As emotional beings, when our heart strings are attached to someone or something, it can feel like a great act of courage to leave it. We may even simply settle to avoid such pain and later question where we find most joy.

One reason we may stay attached is because we almost flirt with the idea that true happiness is not available for us. We feel as though we are benefitting ourself by avoiding the pain of change. On the other hand, we yearn to fulfill our desire for relationships that are healing. In the end, most of us will follow this intuition because deep within ourselves we know that we deserve to be happy despite what moment we are immersed in. First, though, we may need to summon the courage to move forward from what no longer serves us.

While we may feel lost at first, the alignment we will later feel will help us realize how much energy we were giving away from settling into what does not serve us. We learn that the disentangling only brings us closer to the happiness we deserve, to what actually serves us.

Namaste!

Angie

Worthy

When we find ourselves questioning our worthiness, we may unconsciously confuse our worth with our self esteem as the two are often interchanged. It is important we recognize the difference between the two. Self-esteem is the measure of how we feel about ourself at a moment in time but our worth, though, is not a product of our intelligence, talent, looks or productivity.

Who and what we are continuously changes as we move through life, but our innate worth remains constant. It is in our ability to claim our space in this life as humans to see our own self worth. In the end, we each are equally, exactly, completely worthy of being here in this life. No one else has experienced life the exact same as us and no one can take it away from us. So when we lose a sense of self worth, often it is because we have lost track of understanding this fundamental truth.

We hold the power to become content as we want our mind to be. While choosing positivity may not have an immediate effect on our situation, it will likely have a lasting effect on the quality of our perception and experiences. Once we commit to choosing good thoughts, we begin to acknowledge that we are worthy and have been all this time.

Namaste!

Angie

Wellness Wednesday: Space To Heal

When we move through our lives consciously aware of a pain that pulsates beneath our daily life, we may find ourselves identifying with it. We may use it as a reason to explain why we are the way we are or why we perceive the world the way we do. It feels as if it part of us. But acknowledging this can invite us to explore deeper to the root of our hurt because after all, the longer we hold our hurt, the more difficult it is to work and feel through our hurt.

One of the reasons we store our hurt is because emotional awareness is not traditionally supported. With such heavy sensation festering without an outlet, we may notice our hurt become buried deep into our physical body. We learn that carrying our hurt is an inconvenience to us as it may rob us from the light-hearted energy we have yet to experience in days to come all because we decide to hold space for something that no longer serves us.

In order to create a space of healing, we must acknowledge and honor the heaviness. In doing so we invite ourselves to sit in the midst of what seems like chaos. To sit with our feelings takes a lot of courage as it forces us to surrender to the power they obtain but it is nothing more than what we can handle and that is a promise made to us. Our feelings simply want to be felt but all too often we resort to the comfort of numbing, avoiding and ignoring. Despite how scary it may seem, we find true comfort in the emotional freedom when we allow ourself the space to heal.

Namaste!

Angie

Wellness Wednesday: Knowing Our Limits

When our focus is largely external, it becomes difficult to determine where our world begins and ends when our inner and outer worlds often infuse. It becomes important to acknowledge a boundary must be set despite how much we adore the idea of being soft and overly resilient to our outer world. We must be confident knowing we are in control of how we respond to the world.

We begin to learn the validity of saying, “no” and that saying yes when we want to say no can only lead to resentment. Fear can challenge us when we decide to set boundaries. We may worry that saying no will be seen as lazy or passive but to do so requires a great amount of awareness and presence. When we are nonjudgementally aware of our own needs and build the appropriate boundaries, we become better able to compassionately handle the emotional needs of others, becoming strong yet soft.

But setting boundaries can require practice just like anything else in life. We may have difficulty accepting where our limits are or may feel sensitive to how people react when we present a new boundary. Once we establish what our limits are, it becomes comforting knowing how much freedom we truly possess.

Namaste!

Angie

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Wellness Wednesday: Victim of Chitta Vritti

We each fall as victims to what Panjali referred to as the monkey chatter, chitta or simply put, the mind in constant motion. At times it can seem to physically feel like our head no longer can withstand the capacity for additional input.

We learn to tame this natural behavior through meditation. We often gain this misconception that in order to meditate, we must not think of anything when in reality we actually must invite the thoughts whether we percieve them good or bad. This gives us the opportunity to move beyond thought. Instead of attaching to thoughts, we become aware of thoughts rather than creating the origin of one. The difference is subtle, but truly significant.

When we are aware of our thoughts, we allow the eb and flow of our mind to occur without being taken by its potentially overwhelming tides. Our ability to concentrate with effortless effort allows us to slow down to a space of being where we can achieve inner peace.

Namaste!

Angie

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