exposes its’ truth to others
honoring what we know
wounded and distressed it may be
of being alive
dismantling the false self
in a centering prayer
shifting into gentle peace
Lately I have the desire to learn more about the power of our thoughts and what happens within the physical body as a result of switching negative thoughts to positive thoughts. There is scientific evidence that if we shift and truly believe in positive thoughts versus negative thoughts it is powerful enough to manifest good health and well being over dis-ease. It all makes such sense to me. Part of this shift is controlling what we think because what we think becomes what we say and do. The mouth needs to be taken seriously. One of the Four Agreements is be sacred with your word. Check out my post on the Fifth Agreement entitled, Change if you’d like to know more about this subject. Now I would like to share something from the latest guru I have decided to study:
This article is taken from Joyce Meyer’s audio teaching, Me and My Big Mouth!.
Here is an excerpt that might tempt you to read more:
Believing is the first important step to switching our thinking from being negative to positive. Remember, what’s in our hearts and minds will come out of our mouths. If our soul (mind, will and emotions) is full of negative things, we’ll find those things coming our way. On the other hand, when we hear, read, think and talk about God, the Truth and more positive things, we’ll find that those good things will come our way. The choice is ours!
cleanse, nourish and show me
what to learn
peeling away layers
leading to healing
what is good supplying what is needed
poetry by Ann
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Thank you to http://yachnayoga.wordpress.com/ for nominating my blog for the Liebster Blog Award! Please visit Yachna’s inspirational blog, you will be pleased with her valuable insight.
This is an award bestowed on blogs which have less than 200 followers and deserve more recognition and encouragement. There are some guidelines that have to be followed while giving or receiving the Award, here we go:
♥ Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
♥ Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
♥ Copy and paste the award on your blog.
♥ Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite bloggers and keep the Love going and spreading!
Below are my picks in no particular order:
After writing this poem that is in reference to releasing the ego, I found this wonderful depiction of ego defined which puts things in perspective when sending the ego packing. This chart can be found on the following pinterest site: http://funstoo.blogspot.com/2011/03/ego-vs-soul-false-self-vs-true-self.html Now here is my poem:
Clearing the Heart
The ego washes downstream
false notions release
opening space to connection
a clearing of the heart
loosens perceived inadequacies
taming the ego unearthing compassion
bearing witness to
the genuine self
then joy develops
picture found on http://innergworks.org/2012/01/24/reikienergy-healing-circle/
I have discovered something truly nourishing to my soul, women are awesome! When women decide to hold each other up and build communities of like minds the resulting bonds, connections help us practice positivity through kindness, gratitude, and a sense of safety. Women that are willing to help build happiness which is infectious. I have enjoyed the decision to drop much of my competitive attitude with women in daily endeavours. This has helped me engage in more active listening and understanding the stories of other women.
My discovery of the beauty of circles of women began about eleven years ago when a group of women in my area that included acquaintances and my best friend from childhood decided to form a network called, “Fancy Date Night”. We decided, all without boyfriends, that we would go out date night, all dressed up, and enjoy new restaurants sharing whatever was going on with us. Now many of us have found partners, given birth, experienced traumas including death and divorce yet continue to commune with one another.
It is not possible for me to avoid women that will approach relationships with a sense of competition and a bit of ill will however it does help not to engage in this vibration. What brings me through dealings with such women is my vibration and the knowing that I have communities of women outside of my main workplace that are incredibly supportive.
The latest group that I know will be everlasting is a group of women that I have begun my yoga teacher training with. Last week we participated in a candle gazing meditation holding hands and filling up with gratitude at the conclusion of practice. I left class knowing that this network of learners would become a community of supportive yoga practitioners and teachers that I will raise up and support in return. We are in this life together! When realizing that it is together that we will celebrate, and not in solitude, community reigns!
Thank you to Christine, writer of http://pullingitupbythebootstraps.wordpress.com Check out her inspirational blog! I feel honored and full of gratitude that my writing has been meaningful enough to acknowledge and I am thrilled to gain the opportunity to nominate six more bloggers with this achievement.
Rules of Acceptance:
1. Thank the blogger who presented you with the award.
2. Post a photo of the award.
3. Share ten things about yourself readers don’t know.
4. Choose six people to present this award to.
5. Let the six bloggers know they have been awarded.
Ten things that readers do not know about me:
1. I am a green belt in Thai kickboxing. My training in kickboxing gave me the confidence to stick up for myself both mentally and physically. Unfortunately the training was intense and my knees suffered. Yoga has helped restore my connective tissues and continues my elevation in mind, body and spirit so much so that I am now training to become a 200 hour registered yoga alliance certified teacher.
2. Got married in Jamaica to my soul mate.
3. My new fave is a chakra balancing cream from Molly’s Apothecary in Medway, Ma. It contains essential oils of ylang ylang, sandalwood, sweet orange, lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender, sage, patchouli and rose.
4. Haven’t gone skiing in seven years but I love the sport and miss it.
5. We love Portuguese food, my husband and I. We have many friends who are of Portuguese descent and I have visited the country. I love frequenting local authentic Portuguese restaurants especially in Fall River, Ma.
6. I’ve experienced trauma and a broken heart but I’m better for it!
7. I am a reformed shopaholic, thanks to energy work mainly acupuncture I’ve gotten over it.
8. I am obsessed with leopard print so much so that I have a leopard paw print tattoo.
9. My sister is a part of me and my biggest fan.
10. I have two little boys that give me endless love, motivation and joy for all of life.
Passing on this nomination to the following bloggers who have recently inspired me:
a card from propertopper.com
“That’s when you really need to just do it…You’ll feel better after going…Oh that’s the best medicine, you’ll feel such a release” These are the tapes that play when contemplating blowing off a yoga practice because I feel like parking myself with a book and a glass of wine instead. The therapy that lies in a good practice, with a marvelous community, led by an inspirational woman goes far beyond breath and stretch. I forced myself out of the door this evening knowing at the last minute that had I chosen to stay home, my sleep would have been affected as well as my waking moments stiff and sore come tomorrow. It is important to know what our bodies and minds need but there are definitely times, I admit, what we do need is the couch, wine, tea, snacks! I will leave readers with a wonderful excerpt from, A Year of Living Your Yoga by Judith Hanson Lasater, PH. D., P.T.
Yoga practice allows the pain that is already in us to be experienced. Living your yoga: When you practice your poses today, do not think of the gentle discomfort you feel as a problem. Remember that the tightness in your muscles is just your suffering trying to get out.