Yesterday, I walked to the end of my driveway to get into my car and stopped to watch as this little boy slowly rode past me on his bicycle.
His head bobbled a bit because of his helmet but it was his blissful smile that immediately caught my eye. I don’t think he even noticed me standing there watching him. He was eating a Popsicle and leaning back in his seat riding “no hands”. He easily balanced himself in his seat while he ate and smiled meandering down the street.
I stood there smiling and wondered what he was thinking. Isn’t that such an adult thing to ponder, “I wonder what he was thinking…?” He was very likely just enjoying his ride and his Popsicle. As adults, we are always judging, confirming, questioning.
I remember times when I would ride my bike home with my friend after our softball games, talking non-stop while chewing huge wads of bubble gum. Or the times I would walk with my sister to the corner store to get penny candy stuffing our faces as we walked home with our little hands dipping rapidly into the little brown bags filled with gummy worms, marshmallow strawberries or fun dipsticks.
Can you remember yourself as a little kid? Can you feel the feeling of simplicity, freedom and peace? We can retrieve these memories whenever we want and be soothed knowing that life can be this simple. Enjoy!
In response to this great response, Zahra, the Yoga Goddess and I are offering another retreat on August 23! Thank you for your interest and support! I am looking forward to sharing this experience with you!
Please feel free to contact me for more details! It is going to be a rejuvenating experience!
Is something missing? Are you searching for more meaning?
Does this sound like you?
At the end of the day, you sink into the couch mindlessly exhausted by the day’s activities, you think, “Certainly there has to be more than this but my goodness, I am too tired to think!”
You work so hard and are constantly being pulled between work and family responsibilities often feeling guilty for not giving it your all here or there. Your career has plateaued; this isn’t the life you dreamed about.
You do everything right but nothing ever feels right. You manage to fit in a manicure or a hot bath with a glass of red wine or white 🙂 and wish that this luxurious time could last forever. But it doesn’t and you are off racing again responding to what is needed from you.
You are searching for more, more time, more meaning, more something – just different from what you have. You dream about changing your job and being happy – one day… maybe tomorrow, maybe when the kids are older, maybe when I have more money. Does this sound like you?
I heard something the other day that was so true by John Assaraf: Knowledge is not power. Application of Knowledge is Power.
So if you are like most of us who have a few (or many) inspirational self-help books laying around, grab one and begin to really work through it. Apply the information that really resonates with you in your life.
Create rituals each day that reinforce these principles, like journal writing, meditation, visualization, affirmations especially in the morning and evening. If you need a book or want more inspiration, I have created a workbook called Follow Your Heart.
Leaving you with a little inspiration~
“One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.” ~ Lao Tzu “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” ~ Lao Tzu
Namaste is one of the most beautiful terms I have ever heard. I love the sound and the flow of the greeting but it is the meaning behind it and the sacred feeling of saying Namaste that touches me deeply each time I use it in my life when addressing people.
The loose meaning of Namaste is “the soul in me sees the soul in you.”
Too often we rush through our lives, avoiding conversations, ignoring people and being distracted with our own inner talk to realize the clerk holding the door open for us, the cashier ringing us through or even our children wanting to share a tidbit of information.
When was the last time you looked into the eyes of a homeless man and saw the man? Or a stray animal and wondered where they came from and where they are going for the night?
Desensitization is one way to deal with the poverty and sickness around us another is through love and empathy. I am not advocating petting stray dogs as it may not be safe or befriending every person on the street inviting them into your home.
What I am advocating is to slow down, be conscious and see people, see animals. Look them in the eye, recognize their humanity and in the quiet moment during the exchange acknowledge the beauty and truth of that single moment: that we are all connected.
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