My Vrata – My Solemn Vow – For 2017

My Vrata – My Solemn Vow – For 2017

I PROMISE So, to begin this year I ended the last year with contemplation on what energy I want to call forth most strongly in myself. I reflected on the past year, 2016…myself in it…and felt into how I want  to show up in this new year…the virtues I want to shine bright. Over the past 4 years I have maintained an almost daily practice of repeating a chosen mantra 108 times, using my Japa Mala beads. This commitment has deepened my experience of meditation and the resulting benefits have been remarkable – more peace and calm inside and out! Each year I have picked a mantra that I felt would enable me to remain more aligned with virtues which are important to me, and ones that I felt a need to strengthen, in order to direct new outcomes in my life. Virtues can be summed up as ‘what is good about us’. They are the content of our character, the expression of our soul, our highest purpose. Love, kindness, compassion, respect, service, trust and patience are all virtues. This year I have chosen the Moola Mantra, a powerful Vedic Sanskrit chant. This mantra is said to awaken humanity to its divinity, and to end our suffering. When practiced it expands our awareness and raises our consciousness. I chose this Mantra as this year I wish to embody this love, bliss and joy, and extend this to all who come into my life. I wish to inspire all with whom I interact to experience this for themselves. Because…I see the suffering, the pain, the ill-health of this planet and...
Get Real!

Get Real!

GET REAL! Learn to see things as they are. Remove the filters that you have put in place from your life experiences and see, hear, feel – experience – your life as it really is. Not better. Not worse. Experience events as they are. Experience people as they are. Experience what is…not what you make believe. There is a well-used quote ‘We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.’ Anais Nin, Tomlinson, Steven Covey and others have expanded much on this thought. Essentially, they concur that our perception is shaped by our previous experiences. I agree. Until… Until…we learn to remove the filters and experience things as they are. Until…we peel back the conditioning. Until…we clean our windows of perception, our lenses through which we see the world, our filters which muddy our experiences. Until…we clean up our view on life we will experience things as we are. And…we can learn to see, hear, feel clearly. When we do, we begin to see things as they really are.   Yoga teaches us how.   The practice of Yoga asks us to look within ourselves, to become aware of these filters which have us seeing through eyes of prejudices and preconceived notions – these conditionings are called Samskaras. Over the years I’ve witnessed many people stuck in destructive Samskaras. Indeed, I have had my own to work through. We all do! The lure of the false comfort of Samskaras can be so strong and so convincing that some people construct false realities to bolster their need to keep seeing things as they want them to...
THE ART OF EXPECTATION

THE ART OF EXPECTATION

THE ART OF EXPECTATION With the explosion of social media and the boom of one of the biggest growth industries – personal development, in the guise of coaching, counselling, mentoring and more – has come the wildfire spread of easy to throw around sayings and quotes. Many of these come acknowledged with the original author or speaker’s name and others are requoted as if owned by the quote-ee rather than giving kudos to the quote-or. I love quotes, and I especially like it when the originator is given due acknowledgement. I like the inspired thoughts contained within many quotes and I love the attached inspiring imagery. I connect with many quotes, appreciate them coming my way and like the gentle reminder that many bring. There are two general themes of quotes that, over the past few years, have inspired me in a very different way.  In fact, these particular themes have for me been part of a reassessment of my long involvement in the personal development industry and human behaviour field. These underlying themes are part of a belief set that has managed to pervade the field of personal development and, it seems to me, have managed to escape any real question or discussion in regards to their validity. So what are they? I bet you’ve heard them over and over again, written and spoken in varying different creative ways. In fact, you probably, like me have “liked” many quotes containing these themes, attended many seminars, workshops based on these beliefs and even partaken of conversations where you have vehemently (or perhaps even, blindly) agreed and further added weight...