Is it summer? Spring? Winter? Haven’t the kids been home already for months? Do you have vacation plans? No plans? Can you even make plans? Are you working? More? Less? Do you feel a little upside down?
Me too! One of my biggest personal learnings over the years has been to be nice to myself. It sounds simple and maybe even obvious and ridiculous but, man, have I been hard on myself. And during this unprecedented time it is more important than ever to drop that habit!! So, if you are still doing that, please let me encourage you to stop that now. Really!!!!
We are all doing the best we can. You know that little video game that came out a long time ago where the little frog has to jump from log to log while he is moving and all the logs are also moving. Hahaahha right now I feel a bit like that. If you hesitate you miss the log and end up in the water and if you jump without getting into the rhythm of the logs you end up in the water too. If you get mad about ending up in the water then, for sure, you are going to be staying in the water.
What it boils down to is the acceptance of the moment. That is all it is. We can’t control outside circumstances, when the logs come by, how fast they move etc. What we can control is how we react to them. THAT is what will affect our state of being. Covid has made this a great time to practice this.
As we all have been home, together for months, with apparently no end in sight. We must be gentle to ourselves. When we are on a roll and a family issue arises and knocks us off the “log”. We step in and deal with it, be present to it, accept it and don’t beat ourselves up for being knocked off the log.
When we are able to do this the recovery time to getting back on the log is soooo much faster. There is no emotional, energetic drag. We can just get back on track. Otherwise it is like dragging a bag of rocks with you. That is not fun or efficient. It is downright harmful.
SO, GET UP. Come on, right now. Stand up, bend forward, reach your arm up high and bring it down and pat yourself on the back!!! I mean it. If it makes you laugh and feels silly then all the better. DO IT. Let me be the little voice inside your head that reminds you to be kind to yourself. NO matter what.
Love you guys. Reach out if you need help. I am offering a free session so that you can explore coaching to see if it would help you. Reach out if you want to set up a time (it’s on the phone so location is not a problem). Happy Tuesday.
A lot of the work I do with clients is about observation. Starting to see and notice your go-to reactions, habits and patterns. Then they can be shifted. However, before you go anywhere your GPS needs to know where you are starting from. Then it can set your destination. Coaching is very much the same.
One valuable thing to notice is where you go emotionally when you are tired or stressed? Or maybe tired and stressed are a pattern. Where is your habitual home for your emotional state? It might be worry or sadness, fear or anxiety.
The reason this matters is because if we want things to be different we have to do things differently and the state we are in is crucial to making lasting change. How does that work?
For example when you are in love, blissful, exciting new love can anything go wrong? NO. You are so blissed out you just let things roll off you, you figure them out. It is like you are in a protective bubble from stress and worry hahahahaha. You know what I mean. Likewise when you are cranky and miserable don’t you just get more cranky and miserable to support that way of being, “oh great, now I have a flat tire too!!!”
So changing the pattern of your state is everything. Where you are coming from, your state, affects the decisions and choices you make. Which then affects your actions or procrastinations. You can shift your state when you observe yourself going down the rabbit hole of an unwanted patterned way of being.
Try these practices:
1. Choose 5 words that define who you are willing to be.
Repeat them often. Throughout the day. Before you have a phone call, a meeting or even breakfast with your family. You will be amazed how having a simple intention, of conscious way of being, to be kind, loving, generous, flexible and grateful will totally shift an interaction.
2. Move around. Just stop what you are doing and do 25 jumping jacks! Seriously! Break your pattern by doing something physical, for no reason, that is big and a bit crazy. Get out of your box here. The point is to shift a pattern so you have to shake yourself up. Clapping and cheering with loud whoooooops is a good way to do it too! Adding a sound magnifies the shift!!!!!!
3. Acknowledge it and shift it. If you feel locked into an emotion and you are sick of it and you know it isn’t serving you yet, you have been unable to get out of it. Set 90 seconds on your phone. Go on a full rant about it. For instance say you are stuck in frustration just purge everything out as fast as you can, out loud. Don’t think, just spit it out. Go, keep going, use the full 90 seconds (“ugh, this sucks, I can’t do this, I hate it, I feel so bad, I want to run away and live on an island, ugh ugh ugh ). When the time is up immediately jump up and down (set the timer again for at least 90 sec. if you can do 2 minutes even better) cheer, clap, dance, jump, don’t stop, I mean it, don’t stop, standing cross crawl, breath of fire while jumping MOVE!!!!!! When the timer goes off, sit, close your eyes, bring your breath back to the center and think of three things you are grateful for. Then go back to whatever you need to do.
If you need help with any of these let me know. They are game changers. Are you willing to do things differently? Yes!!!! I know you are. You feel better when you feel better hahahaahah and we are in control of that. Even during covid!!!!! Happy Tuesday. Thank you all for being here. If you need the tool of kundalini yoga. August 1st is coming up so sign up for the monthly membership and get my yoga classes in your house whenever you want them!!!! Click here to learn more about the classes. Love you all!!!
A week or so ago I posted-what if you knew you had to open 305 doors before you got what you were focused on? That would change everything because then door 99 would just be a stepping stone to 305.
Instead, for a lot of us, it is, “uuuuuuuiigggghhhhh another door, it’s not the door yet, omg how many fricken doors am I going to have to open, uuuggghhhh door 35….man, maybe this isn’t meant for me, maybe I am not “supposed to figure this out”, I am so tired, I can’t keep doing this.”
See the difference? One perspective is energizing, filled with ideas and looking for possibilities to get to the next door. The other perspective is deflating, it feels heavier and heavier and leaves you not even wanting to open the next door because you just “ know it won’t be the answer.”
Wow! Seriously. Which way are you living your life? This is huge. I think we all start out like the first way. Most of us do. We are eager and excited and filled with knowing we can do it. Then…..the doors start to pile up. This is different for everyone. For Walt Disney, 305 banks said no to his idea, for Thomas Edison 1,000 tries, for JK Rowling 12 publishers turned her down and on and on. You have all heard this before. Nothing new here.
However, what I have realized recently is that you might have stopped short somewhere, in one area of your life while continuing to open the doors in a different part of your life.
Here is an example, I was diagnosed with RA a couple years ago. It was a long and painful discovery because of course, no one knew what was going on at first it was, “mono, then Hashimoto thyroiditis, Lyme, torn rotator cuff on both shoulders…”
At one point I had to have my kids help me get my shirt on. I couldn’t hook my bra, and finally it got so bad that one day I had to uber my son to his coach (cause I couldn’t drive) drop him there and then uber to the ER. I was in the most insane pain.
Why am I telling you this hahahaha? Because I realized that recently I have settled for this way of being. I didn’t mean to settle but while I have been busy, working hard, opening doors in other areas I have settled in this area of health!
Well shoooooot. That is not acceptable because health has to be #1! It is like building a house in sand. It doesn’t matter how incredible it is if it doesn’t have a solid foundation it will just fall apart. What I realized is that when I was first diagnosed I was really looking, exploring, trying different approaches to find answers and solutions. Eventually though I got tired and just let it be.
Can you relate? It is like maybe I am at door 302. I just pooped out but what if 303 is the door and the key to turning this thing around? Putting it back in remission? Would that be worth it? Heck yea!!!!!
So back to door opening I go. The process continues. Let’s go. Let’s all keep looking. You just never know what is behind door number……….. :)
Are you bumping up against frustration, exhaustion, worry, anger or even resignation?
Shifting your focus can make all the difference. It doesn’t matter if it’s finances, friends, career, or relationship sometimes we get in a rut and we start feeling bad or frustrated. In the coaching arena we like to call this being “at the border”. Don’t stop there!
Three steps that help shift your focus:
Then if we switch the focus and take a small action (and I mean small), something that is very do-able right then and there. We will feel a “success” and that will start building our mental muscle for shifting focus.
Here is an example. With covid and all that is going on with business, I have been trying new things but ugh the technology is killing me. It takes me hours to do it. I am sure it takes other people five minutes. It is sucking the life out of me. Ugh I don’t want to try any more UGH. Obviously this isn’t serving me because I want to quit which will get me nowhere. Then all the work I have done will be in vain. Then I will feel like a loser because I gave up.
So, I could focus on the fact that if I were to get the technology working then I would feel soooo good. I would be proud of myself for sticking with it, figuring it out and I will reap the benefits from what my original idea was! So (action) I am going to reach out, and ask for help. Log in immediately and get on the chat with someone who can guide me through it.
Yes, I can hear you. I already know all that! Yes, but knowing and doing are not the same!!! Take the challenge and push yourself through this. You will be glad you did!!! It is mental toughness!! Build your mental muscle. Let’s go!!!
Soooo excited to share with you my new Kundalini Yoga membership. Many of you wanted to do the yoga classes at a time that fit your day, so here it is!!! I have created packs of classes from my live zoom classes so that you can practice them everyday at any time from anywhere. There are two choices: Kundalini Yoga Club (with three classes) and Kundalini Yoga Club Premium (with six classes). And this month, both include a bonus extra mediation and a live class with me on July 15th.
The good thing about this “staying home” is that so many of you have enjoyed saving the time commuting to and from class. What I love about it is that it makes it do-able for everyone’s schedule. Again, it is a tool to help you have clarity, focus, energy and mental health and well being. For me it is a jumping off point to train your brain, to quiet your negative loops of thinking so you can hear your pearls of wisdom. No one wants to be run by the thought loops that aren’t serving them. You know the: "I can’t, ugh I have tried everything, but how?, I am too old, too young, too dumb, not connected" and on and on".
Breathing, moving and connecting to your body gives you an awareness that will guarantee a mindset shift. And, as I like to point out on social media, a minute of conscious breath can change everything. Please let me know if you have questions or feedback I would love to hear it. See you in class.
Let’s take the next 6 months of 2020 and be specific with what you want to change. What is working? What isn’t working? Are you ready to shift it? To create an intentional way of being that moves you forward toward creating something that excites you? Be a change maker for yourself and then for the world.
How ya doing? How ya doing ? How ya doing?
What I am seeing with my clients is movement! They are seeing what their blocks are and are sick of doing things the same old way. They are ready to do it differently and boom they are making changes.
These are lessons. Lessons to grow and now is the best time ever to see your lessons, take them head on and grow!!! Seriously now is the time, when things are upside down with the pandemic and racism is being uncovered in our system.
Learning and growing and taking on your blocks doesn’t decrease the importance of those things. Not at all. You can incorporate those things as part of your growing. Do things differently. Don’t let those things stop you from doing you. From your path, your dreams, your life. You can help people and be a change maker, even more successfully when you are doing what you are meant to be doing, fully!!!
Let’s get that energy up. Move, breath, take action and grow through this so from now on your life is going to look different, better, exciting, inspiring. Your blocks won’t be your blocks anymore.
If you are feeling low energy, discouraged, sad, because of the current events and politics and that has stopped you in your tracks. Please call me or email to set up a free ½ hour discovery session to “see” if coaching can help you move through this so you can feel joy, hope, excitement and possibility.
Being set in our patterns at a time like this, when globally there is so much uncertainty can make us buy into the doom and gloom but what good is that? We need you. We need your voice and what you have to offer. Let’s rewrite the pattern and get you dusted off and jumping up and down so you can be the light you were meant to be!!!
If you or someone you know needs this please share this and let’s start feeling better, shifting the energy and making a change. Now! Changing ourselves will change the world.
What does it mean to be comfortable with the uncomfortable?
To be ok, really ok with what is going on around us. The Chaos, change, transition, transformation and so forth that is happening out there is a mirror of change, chaos, transition and transformation within us.
Are we ok with not knowing, YET, what the “new” will look like? Are we ok being in the process? The discovery? The path, the journey and the trip we have to take to the next level of existence? If we are stressing, focusing on the negative, the doom, it shouldn’t be happening (i.e. the judgement of what is), then we are not ok. Being not ok here will result in more not ok-ness.
To stay healthy and well during times like this we must do whatever it takes to get to the comfort. It is physical comfort and mental comfort.
The dictionary defines comfort as: “a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint, things that contribute to physical ease and well being, the easing or alleviation of a person’s feeling of grief or distress.”
How do we bring in EASE when we are in distress? The tool box! This is where it is our job as human beings to fill this tool box with healthy, sustainable and creative ways to bring about ease and comfort when we are in distress. Why do I say sustainable ways? Eating a pint of ice cream, drinking, etc. are not sustainable. They create a false sense of ease. They create a covering over the discomfort and then when the cover is lifted there is an even greater sense of discomfort (guilt, shame, etc).
So what are ways to foster comfort when we are in uncomfortable times?
When you have created that feeling of ease, that all is well, then you can ask yourself, “what good can come from this?” Answers will come to you. This will be the new way of being for yourself and for the community at large. The more of us that can do this the more answers will appear, the quicker we will “get it” and be able to tip the point of transition.
This little video, My Ode to Summer Solstice, is a tribute to my teacher, Guru Singh. He has led thousands of us up and around and over and down the mountain at 3am to this most beautiful wake up song for more than 4 decades.
My first trip up the mountain was in the 90’s. It was a challenge and a growth spurt. Memories that will last a lifetime. I was alone in my tiny tent, I wrote a book during the silence, I breathed, I cried, I sweated, it rained and hailed and was over 100 degrees. Over the years highlights have been Tantric burgers and popcorn with yummy Flavors, lemon ginger aid and yogi tea, working in the kitchen, the moon, the smell, singing and dancing with Guru Ganesha Singh, the sounds, the air, the wind, the rain, the heat, setting up the the tent, finding a lost jake at the watermelon table, hearing of the death of our beloved runty (bunny) only to turn around and boom there was Guru Singh for the hug, helping in kids camp, doing a day of tantric with sadie and at the end of it, “mom can I do it with you again tomorrow?!!!!!!”
I chanted, bonded and mostly grew. So from isolation I honor the mountain, the event, the wondrous summer solstice. And thank you Guru Singh for this most amazing wake up song and event that is alive in me everyday…..rise up dear family...rise up.
Now it takes on the deeper meaning of rising up, awakening to this age of transformation. This is the time for all of us to go within, to grow, to listen and change as this global shift is happening to create the new way. The time is now, the tipping point is here.
Please join this global meditation (with millions) at www.sionearth.com with Michael Beckwith and others leading for an hour long, #onetribe, raise your vibration meditation. It will be on the solstice june 21, 4pm pst.
This is a marathon folks. But I feel that the time is now for real shifts to happen. Shifts in so many ways need to happen. We are being pushed against the wall by mother nature, education, health care, racism. Our old ways of being and doing aren't sustainable. We didn’t listen to the whispers or loud voices so now we are here. Waking up, awakening. From my perspective as a white person, it is a real time to listen, to see behind the veil of what we thought was changing, to what is the harsh reality. We are all different ages and stages but seeing even in our lifetime Rodney King, 911, George Floyd (and many more) just proves the need to do things differently.
In coaching I am always working with clients to Look, See, Tell the truth and then take Authentic action. The time we are in can be a perfect example of this. We have all been Looking without really Seeing. Now we are Seeing. It is so different to really SEE. If you need help Seeing I would direct you to watch or read Jane Elliott (she is absolutely brilliant at breaking this down so you can “see” it). Also recommended are “How to be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi (audible or book) and or the podcast that Brene Brown did with him to get you started. The movie, “Just Mercy” based on the book by the same name is free this whole month from Warner Brothers on every platform or read the book by Bryan Stevenson (and Oprah has an amazing interview with him, it is on my Facebook page).
These are just a few ways to SEE. What I love about Anti-Racism is that Ibram is showing us that being a non-racist isn’t really a thing. This isn’t about guilt and shame for us, as white people, but an acknowledgement of where we are, a deep listening, a hearing, a seeing, a true uncovering and admitting that there are systemic racist policies that are at the heart of this country that we need to get behind to shift, for all of us, for everyone to be able to eventually move forward.
So similar to the stages of grief there are stages to change (shock, numbness, denial, fear, anger, depression, understanding, acceptance, moving on). This is a long process but don’t get stuck in a stage. Keep walking through, keep learning and growing and practicing self care to keep you strong and healthy so that you can withstand this time of change. The time is now to shift this. Let this be our legacy, that we gave a helping hand in shifting the United States in 2020 to a New way of being. So when we look back on this time in 10/20 years we will be so grateful that we took the time to really See and tell the truth which then led to moving authentically forward into a new way of being an American. We can do this. We are up to this. We need each other and we are in this together.
Well, here we are. Entering into June. Every day is a new situation, a new unknown, an unpredicted, unchartered event, a pile of information or just a shocking piece of news. No matter what it is, it is out of our control and that can leave us reeling. How can we manage this? How can we stay strong and healthy and “OK” in the midst of all that is happening?
Here are 5 ways to help navigate your way through these times.
Courtney Gebhart, Life Coach, Kundalini Yoga teacher, and Human Being.