Thanksgiving Is More Than Just Turkey

This week marks the unspoken prelude to the holiday season. How are we all fairing this week? Maybe it’s the time of year or maybe we’re all just a little more self-aware, but this week I feel more in tune and grounded. Yes, just outside this little blog post is the frantic world of traffic and family squabble and all the mania that follows, but none of that matters this week.

This week is all about the feeling. The feeling of inner peace, the feeling of love. You may be spreading that contagious feeling or you may be seeking it out where you need it most. What matters is that now is the time to begin channeling these feeling and it’s so very important to recognize them in every form. If you’re working on finding inner peace, how has this year affected this goal? Or if you’ve been spreading these positive vibes to others, have they shown signs of positive change?

As human beings, we have an obligation to radiate our purest traits. Those of progression, goodwill and all other traits of our most native essence. You may be all the difference to a loved one going through tough times, or even a complete stranger! These are the things I look forward to discussing this Thursday around the dinner table. I want to work together with those I love most to find what it is in our lives that bring about our utmost peace.

I know this is a pretty hectic week, but don’t forget to take time for yourself. You can’t spread your inner beauty if it isn’t healthily maintained. During the hustle and bustle, step aside to a quiet space and take some time to just breathe. Let go of what you can’t control and focus on what has led you to where you are today. Find gratitude in the here and now.

I hope you have a very lovely Thanksgiving and safe travels.

Namaste,

Erin  

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Finding Thankful.

This year’s journey is nearing its end and every year around this time I try and look inward to reflect and truly understand what it means to give thanks.

I’m not talking about a few seconds at the dinner table amongst friends and family. It means so much more than that when you take the time to define what giving thanks means to you.

Being thankful can be a matter of perspective when you consciously slow down and evaluate what’s happening in real time. What’s going amazingly in your life at this moment? Or even what little things do we take for granted that we have to be thankful for? You’ve got a place to call home, people to call family, even something as simple as wifi and a computer! Your soul finds enrichment through staying humble and forever thankful for the life you’re living. Acknowledge things you’re thankful for. Do this daily. This reinforces a level of awareness to all of the incredible gifts you’ve been given throughout your path.

Savor the imprints. What does this mean? It’s every time someone connected on an emotional or spiritual level with you. It’s the moments when you allowed yourself to grow because of how you reacted to a situation. Remembering to nurture that mind-body connection brings you closer to inner peace. Embrace those things you’re truly thankful for and be vocal about each and every one of them. Spreading the word only spreads the positive vibes.

“Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone." -Gertrude Stein

And don’t forget to thank yourself. You do such incredible things for your own well-being and that’s so special.  Namaste, Erin

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Mindfulness to Manage Expectations

It’s common practice: when we set goals we have expected results. But what happens if our goals don’t turn out? Are they swept away and forgotten? Or can we push back and rally? Absolutely!

When setting goals, whether day-to-day or long term, there are a few stipulations we need to remember. First, what are your non-negotiables? As in, what are the things you simply can’t compromise? Is it the expectation itself? The timeliness of it? The way in which the goal is reached? Keeping this non-negotiables straight in your head will keep you on the right path.

Second, what happens if our goals and expectations don’t go the way we’d planned? The biggest thing to remember? Act instead of react. This mindset shifts the perspective and may very well prevent you from projecting a negative response. Taking action is more constructive toward the goal and getting yourself where you want to be. It puts you in control and keeps you mindful. It’s amazing how just a few little shifts to your approach toward goals can have a major impact on the results and the journey to them.

Your mind is your most beautiful asset. Exercise it regularly.

Namaste,

Erin

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Living with Radical Purpose

You are awake. You are alive. You live with radical purpose. Or do you? Does that voice inside you tell you are meant for more?

Yes?

It’s about living your destiny. Living your truth.

A purposeful life is not the life we are constantly looking for, it’s the life we are actively living. 

We get bombarded with messages of how we are supposed to live our lives. Whether by our parents, our bosses, our spouses, our friends, etc. But do we get the message of how to live from our own voice? Who do we want to be as humans? How do we want to live OUR lives?

Allow yourself to become clear where you stand right now, today. Ask Who am I? Once you are clear with who you truly are, your true sense of purpose begins to surface.

How would your life be different?

Share your soul, your heart, your love.

 Namaste,

Erin

Finding Your Inner BadA$$

You are a BadA$$. You might not think you are, but let’s face it. There has been that one moment that you had that inner glow because you got your dues and were proud of yourself. Where is that person? How often do you let that inner BadA$$ out? Probably, not as often as you should, am I right?

 So, let’s think back to that point in time when you were fierce and unstoppable. Where you were in the best place in your life. Is that now? If so, kudos to you…keep on keeping on. However, if not, I assure you, he or she is in there.

3 things to find your Inner BadA$$:

1.    Stop Doubting yourself. Remind yourself, daily if necessary of your accomplishments. You are a BadA$$ because you trusted your gut. The biggest weapon in our self-destruction is our own mindset. If you analyze, overthink, ponder endlessly…STOP! Live in the moment. Trust me on this…It is exhilarating.

2.    Commit, Commit, Commit. Commitment is hard. I’m not going to try and tell you that it isn’t. When you invest in yourself, we learn how much we are truly capable of. Never give up, Never give in!

3.    Let go of FEAR. Yes, fear is scary. If it wasn’t it would be called something else. So, I challenge you to let go. Call it out. Letting go of that fear is the only way to bring true peace to our lives. Do you want to be consumed by fear or do you want to be filled with peace?

 So, the next time, your day, week, month has you feeling defeated or not your best you, look within. Take care of the emotions and find that confidence that is there, deep inside. Then say hello to your BADA$$ self.

 Namaste,

Erin

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Why We can’t be present?

We all need to live in the present moment. Living in the moment is a state of intentional attention on the present. With the digital age as such, it is today, our intention to attention has suffered for most. We are not perfect. I too get caught up in the busyness.  Instead of letting your life go by, I encourage you to truly experience life in an awakened state.

 Mindful people are happier. They have higher self-esteem and are more empathetic. The mindset here is a shift to appreciation. This is our ONE life. Focus less on what’s going on in your mind. Shift the focus to the joy in each situation…each moment. Stepping away from the noise gives us the opportunity to dream and be creative.

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

 So, how can we practice being present?

1.    A small regular practice – If you don’t already meditate, a few minutes a day is a great way to start. Focus on your breath. If your mind starts to wander, just notice it and gently return to breath.

2.    Set intentions. Before engaging in an activity set an intention for what you are hoping to achieve from the activity.

3.    Reflect Daily – Whether at the beginning or end of the day, journal or just reflect how the day unfolded. Were you present in your actions? Did you struggle? Don’t be harsh on yourself.

 As my awareness has increased, so has the peace and joy in my life. The more familiar I have become with the inner workings of my mind, the better I have started to feel. There will always be distractions, just be aware of the great opportunities to practice being in the moment. We Don’t know what the future holds – so enjoy the moment.

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” – Cherokee Indian Proverb

Namaste,

Erin

 

 

 

 

 

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Intention + Showing up

What does intention and showing up mean to you? Showing up to work is one thing; you are paid to arrive on time, do the work, play by the rules, etc. But what does showing up WITH INTENTION mean to you?

When I started on this journey as a business owner, I will admit, I was scared. As with any business, it is a risk – will I find instructors, will this be the right location, will the studio flourish? But more importantly, for me, is to have the kind of studio of intention.

I know that my presence has an impact. And so do you. Your presence has impact – posture, tone of voice, how you carry yourself.

            Energy is your VIBE.

When you show up with intention, you have a passion, a purpose. You have a culture or environment that not only thrives but gives in return.

So, how can you bring this power of intention and showing up in your everyday life?

1.    Are you clear about your intentions?

2.    Do you know why you do the work that you do?

3.    What kind of culture or atmosphere do you create when you interact with others?

4.    Are you open to receiving?

5.    Do you practice gratitude?

Since yoga is a mind-body connection, by setting intentions, you are making a connection between what you work through on your mat, and what you continue to focus on as you step off your mat and resume your daily schedule.

Intentions will continually change as you move through your practice. Show up for the things and people around you. You will shine in strength and be an example of positivity for yourself and those who you impact.

Namaste,

Erin

 

 

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Embrace the Beauty !

It’s finally here, friends! The first days of autumn. It’s this unspoken feeling of inner serenity when the golds and ambers of fall surround us. The aura of the season intermingles with the aromas of all things herbal & earthy. It’s high time we all got out there to truly experience it.

If you’re planning an afternoon getaway of nature walks and trail exploration, which I highly encourage, be mindful before you even set foot out the door. A lot of us may have a certain path or trail they love walking during the fall season, but I’ve come to learn that it’s the spontaneous, impromptu journeys that do the soul some good. Just check into your inner psyche and go where the wind takes you. Try that new state park or hiking trail you’ve been itching to explore. Invite friends, family, or even take your furry-babies along! The more fulfilling it can be for you the better!

That being said, I really want you to tap into all of your senses when you’re out among nature. What changes are you seeing and feeling around you, which begs the question, what changes do we feel in ourselves during this seasonal change? What about different sounds or smells of autumn? Many different sensations, like a cool, leafy kissed breeze or a muddled smell of ripe pumpkins growing in the soil brings me nostalgic memories of when I was younger and more carefree.

A final little tidbit for full fall embrace? The electronics stay home. I understand there are times when moments must be captured, but to totally immerse yourself, the clicks and taps of your phone or camera won’t be needed. It just sits right with my soul when it’s just me and nature. No worries or distractions, only a much sought after feeling of tranquility.

Happy apple picking and pumpkin carving in the weeks to come!

Namaste,

Erin