Freedom

Seek a life pulsing with independence, free from inhibitions, stripped of doubts, and cleansed of fears. Glow with the energy of curiosity and the adventure of the unknown.

Freedom is a state of being -- a time of being suspended in the present moment, liberated of doubts, and free from regrets. Freedom comes from feeling fueled by what YOU want to do in this precise moment. YOU choose. YOU decide. YOU thrive. Freedom is a profound feeling of our own liberation, expression, and autonomy. This month’s theme is focused on finding and cultivating our personal freedoms.

We inhabit a society filled with wonderful opportunities, choices, and options. We may not always feel able to shift our lives to live freely or independently, but I am going to help you implement tiny shifts to transform your life into a more liberated state. This month, you chose one part of your day to experience more freely.

Choices and decisions can be scary -- they pulse with doubt and they hold the unknown.

Just over one month ago I was presented with a choice. I have been a full-time Spanish teacher for just over three years, and I was asked to re-sign my teaching contract for the upcoming school year. As much as I love and dig the heck out of helping people (in this case my spunky middle school & high school students), my heart just wasn’t connecting to teaching the grammar of Spanish. I was more concerned with the emotional and social well being of my students than if they knew how to conjugate the verb “to run” in Spanish. I cared more about if they treated one another with respect, felt empathy, were inspired, and if they felt good about themselves on a deep level of radical self-love. I knew my decision was made. I could not continue my journey of being a Spanish teacher, and I had to teach something different. I had to teach love, compassion, acceptance, empathy, value, meaning, and purpose. I had to educate in a different format, and I knew I was going to be jumping into the unknown, out of my comfort zone, and into a new adventure.

I was scared. I am scared, but I am also free. I am working through the fear of the unknown to live freely through my heart space. I am voyaging through the choppy waters of transition because I am curious to experience the feeling of my heart beating faster. I am embarking on an adventure of following my soul on a visceral level. I am not following the programmed path, and I am free. I am free to discover, explore, and expand. I am free and I am curious.

We are human beings inquiring about the physical world and what fuels us. We are discovering ourselves, and we are unraveling layers of radical self-fulfillment and purpose.

Freedom doesn’t always come without fear, but it’s the only piece that really allows us the time and space to discover ourselves in a deeply profound and intimate level.

How will you allow just one molecule more of freedom in your life today?

End Goal

"There is more to life than increasing its speed."- Gandi

We breathe in the life force, the energy, the wholeness. We breathe in and we find stillness. We breathe in and feel the perfect moment, it is so smooth, so complex and so full. We let the joy shower over us, through us, within us and we radiate gratitude. We are here. We are now. We are alive.

The roses are so sweet, life is so tender, so gentle, so precious. There is more than rushing to the finish line. At times there is a hurried pace, a choppy movement, an anxious yearning. Be still. Be alive within the journey, be free within the discovery. Find that the process is more rich and filled with feeling than the outcome. You are taking the real + beautiful steps to accomplish, the moments of simplicity make up your end goal. For two seconds, you get two little seconds of that end goal, and when it arrives your hope and happiness hinge on that feeling you've come to expect as the concrete solution to happiness. Slowing down causes us to be present with our lives and it allows for a rich and meaningful existence. Slowing down means to find our true center and to live in peace. To slow the pace there has to be a linger, a stroll, a flow, a groove. There has to be breath and there has to be gratitude. Let the sweet roses fill you with life force, with energy, with wholeness. Breathe in and be still. Breathe in and feel the perfect moment, complex and full. Let the joy shower over you, through you, within you and you will radiate gratitude. Be here. Be now. Be alive. Feel all the tiny moments that bring you to that end goal and I promise you, you will find peace + joy within the journey.

Be Present

You're having a long week, a challenging year, a stressful chapter of life. You tell a confidant your apprehensions about what is to come and you hear this: "don't worry." Yes!... this is exactly what I needed to hear since I didn't know to not worry... cool, no biggie, will just turn that worry machine OFF. I wish it were that easy. I wish being present and mindful just happened with hearing the statement of the profound advice, 'don't worry.' Whew, wouldn't these anxieties just melt right off if we had a button to press that said, STAY PRESENT. YOU ARE OKAY. YOU ARE HERE. DO NOT WORRY. BREATHE. Well my dear, that button doesn't exist but fortunately there are ways for you to find that peace of mind, BIG MEANINGFUL WAYS. I admit, I have a monkey mind, I always have and I believe I always will. Probably was even an infant out of the womb saying, 'what about this... or this? Whoa... that could happen, or this!' I jump from one idea to the next creating this giant web of 'what if's' and at times those 'what if's' aren't always the fun ones.... examples of fun what if's >>> , what if I win the lotto and buy a house in the South of France and travel throughout Europe... or what if I meet the man of my dreams at a groovy coffee shop and he just straight up says, 'hey darlin' let me take you out.' No, at times my what if's spiral into the negative and those are hard to combat. {Notice I said hard to combat not IMPOSSIBLE.}

I have personally found three ways to help create that safe space of fulfillment and joy in this one wildly + alive moment. 

1. Breathe. Again, another one of those standard quotes of advice 'just breathe'. But let me ask you this: how about taking 5 of those really deep, cannot gasp another ounce of air, lungs are so full you feel like you will combust, brain expands, toes are filled with air, gimmie all your oxygen, inhale * inhale * sip in just an ounce more anddddd EXHALE. Try waking up to your morning with five of those babies. Heck, try this any time, any where, at any moment. Try breathing (and remember, DEEP breathing) in the midst of that monkey mind chaos, STOP. PAUSE. and BREATHE. <deep>.

2. Yoga. (or any type of movement that flows and gets your body grooving, dance is another at the top of my list) Get outside (or inside) and start to move your body, your one glorious and working body. Allow your mind s p a c e by giving your body something to physically do. I discovered yoga just over two years ago after seeing a psychic who told me I need moving meditation. She was riiiiiiight. For the first 3 weeks I had no idea what this whole yoga craze was about until.it.happened. Bliss. Love. Relief. Weight Lifted. Happiness. Give it a month and go 4 times a week if you can. Let yourself settle into the groove, into the movements, into the flow. Let your body + mind mesh and allow them to become one. Your focus will become the asana (physical) practice and your mind will have time to quiet, to rest, to just be. Silent. Still. Peace. 

3. Radical Observation. Start today by observing something simple in your routine. Let's take your morning coffee. Explore the process of how you make your coffee. What are your senses sharing with you. How does it smell? (I'll just go ahead and answer that one for you, damn good. #coffeelover) How is the taste? The texture? The temperature? How does it swirl when it hits the cup? Start to radically observe your day and your moments. Use your five senses. When you are shift your conscious state to mindful observation you become radically present. 

I get it. I feel you. I understand. Life isn't always peachy, I know first hand but life is always now, it is here, it has a heartbeat. In life we have choices: we can choose to travel through anxiously with our monkey minds worried about what is to come or we can use our tool box toI pull out exactly the tool we need to allow us more radical presence. In a society where 'busy' is worn as a badge of honor, let's pause, breathe, move + observe. Let's start to come down from our anxieties and settle in to this incredibly rich, dynamic and meaningful moment we have. Let's begin to live through wonder and through grace, flowing with what comes our way, keeping what serves us and letting go of what no longer does. Let's find presence with our lives. Let's start now. 

Trying 20's

How rapidly the times shift, how expectations crumble, disappointments set in. Our story is a journey, the trying 20's my current chapter- the moments of confusion surface, feeling lost without a home base at times. These moments are tricky- these years and these milestones- yet they are also profound. They are undeniably raw with a core juicy + intimate, oozing truth and confusion. These are the years of suffering for creation of self, of digging below the surface.  They are rich, they are deep, they are alive and they are burning with the desire for evolution of self. We are passion seekers, manifest-ers of our destiny, hopeful romantics for the unknown, lusting for the intoxication of the future, of what will become. Theses years are unquestionably volcanic, erupting when we've not yet accepted our own realities. These are the years of loneliness in and out of relationships, of departures and arrivals, of comings and goings. We are endlessly creating ourselves and it is profoundly significant in the 20's. We are lost people seeking depth and craving that intimacy not yet felt. The 20's are alive, pulsing with a romantic breath of wonder, curiosity, awakening and unraveling of our one core intention: to become. 

This is the I AM stage.  

The 20's are vast within our boundaries and take us beyond our personal strength.

They are courageous. 

The 20's invent, then re-invent. Here is my honest question for us: what if we started to slow down on our re-inventing + our striving to 'figure it all out' and take time to choose wisely HOW we invent ourselves? What if moved to a space of what feels good now and in the long run? What if we lived in a state of radical mindfulness with the awareness but not domination of choice + consequence? These choices we make now, in this decade, it all becomes so real, so magnificent, so palpable in our future chapters. These choices determine so much of our path, our profound and realistic journeys. We are not immune to these decisions in this chapter yet we still feel a small current of invincibility. Let's start to focus on being the observer, let's view the storyline as a whole, let's witness the pattern of how the domino falls and how this can effect our existence. Let's allow our intuition to speak, our gut to feel and move through this time on a visceral level. Let's burn through this chapter with conviction. Let's light this world on fire with the sweet and profound intention to self discover. There are many chapters to come, keep inventing your story; who do you want to be now + how do you want to transform in this one wild and precious life? It's time to set this world ablaze.