Ok really!! What are you doing for yourself? Now. Yes, in these times? Seriously!!!!! If not now, when? I know. I know all those people you are taking care of and worrying about and concerned over. I get it. But the buck stops here.
If nothing else we must learn to take care of ourselves first! First! First! Is your monkey mind saying but that is selfish, narcissistic, I don’t have time (even in isolation), the house will fall apart, the this, the that? I get it. I do.
AND time to break through that old, tired, worn out conversation in your head. It is false and unhealthy and holding you back. Now is the time to find the simple pleasures that really make your heart sing. Seeing the bees in full force right now, hearing the birds and trying to spot them, putting on music I WANT to listen to and rocking out (even if the teen is horrified hahahahaha). These have been a few of mine recently that just make me feel so good and calm and at peace. Fully engaging in the moment for yourself.
Let us learn this now in isolation so that we can carry it forward to the new normal. Don’t go back, don’t wish for what was as “normal”. Time to reinvent, rediscover, reboot and go forward creating it exactly how you want it to be. Imagine and create your new normal.
What are you taking with you? What are you leaving behind? Like the snake shedding his skin…...leave it and walk into your new way of being. Bring gusto, energy, faith, willingness, strength and more. Let’s go! The world needs us to live from our authentic selves, together, each bringing a wholeness that will make a difference. Let it begin with you.
Happy Tuesday. Welcome to your new you.
As I sit here and feel the tensions rising, the separation happening, a derisive intent . . . what can we do?
We can do a lot!!!! We can feel the feelings and then control our thoughts. We can use the anger, sadness, fear, worry, anxiety as fuel to spread the fire of love. We are in this together and we can support each other. Reach out and support those who normally support your lifestyle.
Reach out and support those who normally support your lifestyle. For me that is buying a gift card from our local surf shop that has sponsored my son since he was 7 years old, buying a shirt from a friend's small company, a restaurant gift card to a family-owned restaurant, donating (even small amounts matter) to Haven's Fund for families struggling in New York, donating a tree in your Mom's name to Tree People, buying a grocery gift card at the check out and handing it to the cashier or the bagger, supporting your kids' Coaches with a donation (it can be what 1 training session would have been) and for me the more I think of, the more I think of.
We all need support and connection. We are physically distanced but we can connect socially with Zoom, FaceTime, calling, texting etc. We are so lucky that there are so many ways to connect. So:
Love to you all.
How are you this week? How are you doing? How are you on this roller coaster ride of not knowing…? Let us use this time to go inside, inside ourselves to discover and strengthen what is important to us and how we are willing to show up to live from that place. This is such a good time to observe our thoughts and ask ourselves what is important to us? What do we want to dive deeper into? What do we want to take forward with us when we emerge from this physical distancing? What are you willing to focus on? What are you willing to do to get out of your way so you can live from the place of what is important to you?
Let us explore these questions together. I am going live on Facebook every Wednesday at 4:00 pm (PT) to answer your questions. Email me, dm, reach out and let me support you as we go through this time so we can emerge as transformed, uplifted and ready to make a difference. Join the Facebook Live here.
Why do they call yoga and meditation a practice? Well,to me it is because it is ongoing. It isn’t something you are “finished” doing or mastered and done with. You can master it, which to me means that you have committed to it as a consistent and everyday practice. I know that I am better off in every way if I do it. That my day is better, my mind is clearer and I am able to deal with much more. That is what keeps me coming back. Then it becomes just a habit like brushing your teeth or taking out the trash. You just do it. The fight to do it or not do it is gone. It doesn’t mean that you will have less need for it or more or less challenges or issues. It is a tool to deal with all that is. This thing we are in now.
This pandemic, isolation, social distancing, quarantine etc. is a true test for us to master this habit. To master the practice of dealing with ourselves, our minds, our actions and reactions and to come out stronger and more capable of creating new and different ways of being. For the future of this planet, our health and the next evolution. This aligns also with having a coach. A person to support you through your mental stopping points that hold you back, keep you playing small or negative.
During this time, I have decided to teach a short yoga class each weekday at Noon (PT). Please join us -- we'll meet through Zoom so you'll need to register through this link and then we'll send you the link each day to log on. And then at the end of each week, we'll send you a recording of the classes we did.
Now is the time for support and to relax into ourselves. Let’s use this time to go inside like the cocoon so we can emerge a butterfly, ready to live life from our truest self, from what we know to be right for us. That will then affect the whole, the collective and the greater good.
Stay healthy. Sending love.
Courtney Gebhart, Life Coach, Kundalini Yoga teacher, and Human Being.