I love to teach chair yoga.I love everything about it.In particular, I love to teach Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga (LVCY) because LVCY empowers people to
live their lives authentically and bravely.Most of my students are seniors, and a good percentage of them are going through physical challenges and
some pretty hefty emotional challenges:losing a spouse, losing a child to cancer, seeing their grandchildren try to navigate in today’s crazy world.As
a yoga educator, I ask myself “how can I be of service and empower my students as they move through their challenges?”
Gossip. Gossip is pure evil. It serves no other purpose than to hurt and cause harm. We are using the power of our words against someone else, and
as we do so we hook other people into believing things that may or may not be true. I worked with a Jewish attorney in a law office in California.
He was very quiet and very devout. One thing I noticed about him was that any time he was around a group of us, the second any negative word
was said about another person he would walk away. EVERY TIME. At first we thought he was rude for leaving the conversation. But watching
him more and more I saw what a beautiful example he was leading for the rest of us. Watching him refuse to gossip or participate in even listening
to gossip was eye-opening. And let me tell you, it’s not easy to walk away from. Try it today. See how many times you get caught
up in gossip. Did you start it? Or did someone else start it and hook your attention? Can you walk away?
We all do it.There are a few catch phrases we say over and over to ourselves.Sometimes we really get into it and feed those thoughts and ideas until they completely consume us and leave us in a heap on the floor or in bed with the covers over our heads.Sometimes we find it hard to meditate because those thoughts and words keep interrupting.There’s a Cherokee legend that speaks of two wolves.There are two wolves that live inside each of us.One is afraid, mean, angry, regretful, full of self-pity, and arrogant.The other wolf is peaceful, loving, happy, generous and compassionate.Which wolf lives?The one we feed.So the next time those negative words, thoughts and feelings come up, know that although you may experience those feelings now, you can change it by feeding the other wolf of truth.Decide how you wish to feel TODAY, and allow the body to FEEL how that would manifest if it were true.Practice this today.When a negative thought comes up, change it to what you want to manifest.Breathe it in, feel it, believe it. And so it begins. ...Read More
Our words are powerful. In the Bible, John 1:1, it is written, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." The Word was God? Wow. So if I'm speaking, it's as if God is speaking through me? That's a heavy thought. And I personally believe it to be true. Because God moves through all of us. I know, I know, some people don't agree, and that's fine. But it's my belief (and my blog!)! At first glance, I think about the words I say to other people. Those who know me may think that I am full of nice things to say; however, I can have quite the dialogue going on in my head with one judgment and critical thought after another. And I'm not always saying the nicest things to my husband. "Bart, can you please STOP TALKING." I'm sorry, Bart!! And, if I recall a long, long time ago, my then-boyfriend said to me, "Just speak to me as nicely as you would a stranger." OUCH! Me?!?! Yes, me. And I suspect I'm not the only one. So this week let's take a good look at the words we use in our daily life. Not just the words we use when speaking with strangers - those are the easy words! But look at the words you use with your loved ones. And especially look at the words you use on your Self. If we can speak kind words to our Self, then speaking kindly to others will become natural. More on this later. By the way, I can't take credit for this. I'm a big fan of don Miguel Ruiz, author of the book, "The Four Agreements." I HIGHLY recommend it. 'Til next time ~ xox ...Read More