One of the most significant challenges many encounter through their lives is learning about their emotions. Often emotions can linger or hide in the shadows of their minds unnamed, unrecognized or even buried. These emotions can cause many facets to manifest in our lives from weight gain to anxiety, to over or underutilization of skills, such as micromanaging or being expectant of behavior without explicit communication. The biggest kicker in all of this is that we will repeat behaviors that we think we or others deserve. We use phrases such as "You should be doing this" "I should have known better" or "You sound like (insert family member)."
What we allow to persist is what will take root and slowly that is what we invite into our lives and become the growers of these seeds.
That is where the value in naming your emotions comes into play. By calling what emotions you are feeling in your day that may cause you to have a negative swing you can begin to remove the cover...
We have all experienced the thrill of having messages appear on your phone. Someone has sent you a new message on messenger, your birthday has come about and everyone that you have not heard from all year decides to wish you a happy birthday, your yoga app has a new update on the crow pose, and you can't wait to try it. Your day is full of sounds, little red icons, and vibrations. The summary of all these things happening to us daily is that we are being conditioned. Let me give you a little background on what I mean.
When we are born and come out of our mother's womb, we are looking for signals. We see the signs of light, sound, touch, rocking, and movement as our lifelines. We become adept at taking in those sounds as we develop. We learn about yes and no and who the people in our lives are and who are not. We learn what it feels to speak and the tones that come from that along with the balancing act that is learning to put your head up, crawl, walk or even fall. We take into...
Often time the great sages spoke about doing without doing, seeing without seeing and being without being. However, many times individuals will take that to heart and won't take action or practice their forms as needed. The most prominent lesson here is that while stillness is the practice, there is always movement. Actual non-movement leads to rigor mortis in which no life escapes you. To pull that away from the superficial and ideological I would like to begin with this question.
Can movement and stillness exist at the same time?
It is a complex process to get into finite terms but the reality of the matter is that yes it can. Let's take sleep for instance and divulge the aspects that you are still for the majority of the night if you sleep well, yet, deep down there is a stillness of breath and fluid movement that is keeping you alive while allowing your body to detoxify and heal itself. Hence the power of breathing and breath movements such as of that in Qigong and other...
Hello dear members,
Today I was speaking with someone about joy and I thought that you would benefit from this thought, so here it comes. :)
We often get sucked in by the daily task and things that need to happen for survival. I mean when was the last time you saw someone sat in traffic and smiling with extreme joy? It is a rare sight. In fact, you are more likely to see a dodo roaming around the side of the road than you are to find someone who is sat in bumper to bumper traffic just glowing. (Least here in the big city)
Yet, when we find a deeper sense of joy things change. That deeper sense of joy is often in our hearts and it is what allows us to tick through the day. Yet, we modern humans are absolutely notorious for burying it in life and things to do.
We forget the flow of joy because, in reality, joy is a liquid concept that can go from one place to another in our lives, but we confine it because we think it is only one thing or exist in one place. The fact of the...
I have gotten this question about mindfulness many times, so I thought I would address it within a post. Mindfulness can come from many forms and many angles. Thus we must approach it for what it is in both foresight and hindsight. Mindfulness practice originated in the eastern orient traditions and was used to enhance the availability of sight within the environment to improve the presence of the person in whatever they were doing or not doing. That is why often if you refer to books written in that time you can see that kind of language used. However, in reality, the practice is not limited by any religious doctrine at all.
Jon Kabat Zinn, a Professor of Medicine Emeritus and a creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He was able to use the practice to help thousands of individuals in a clinical setting get in touch with what is happening in their lives...
If you have followed me for any span of time, you would know that I have been on a journey of not only teaching but also self-discovery. It has not been easy, in fact at many points it was downright painful. I had initially thrown myself into the realm of academia and taught at the college level for a few years while I sorted things out mentally. I hired tons of coaches, mentors, trainers, masters and the like to see where or what may have triggered me to make the choices I made in my life.
The question that it always came down to what is your gift and how can you live it?
Given, by academic standards I was accomplished and by my work and quality of my dedication to my clients both in the physical and virtual world I was always a person to call it down the middle, yet the idea of being a gift to the world had ever alluded me. I had a profession, but was that my gift? I decided to go back on the academic track and seek out a further coaching degree because...
Today I wanted to give you a sneak peek at one of the sections inside of the soon to come; Embrace Yourself Wellness Center. I dive into what an energy blockage is and how the forms come up in your body, emotions, and structure. If you'd like to know more about the program before it launches, please feel free to send a message to [email protected].
Enjoy the free module.
Today we will cover the last part of the series on the three levels of a warrior's mindset, so I hope you have enjoyed it thus far.
Now we have spoken about the previous states of mind and how they relate to each disposition, but I will do a quick review for those who have just tuned into this series.
State of mind 1: Zan Shin is translated as ‘Remaining Spirit’ and refers to a vigilant, all-encompassing awareness.
State of mind 2: Mu Shin means ‘Mind Without Mind,’ or the state of No Mind. Mu Shin is a state of spontaneity that allows immediate action without conscious thought.
Now the state of mind three is known as Fu Do Shin.
Fu Do Shin is the ‘Immovable Mind.’ It is the mind that has met all challenges of life and has attained a state of complete composure. This state of mind cannot easily be disturbed by confusion, anger, doubt, or fear. It is the calm in the center of the storm.
Today we will be discussing with you how to use your mind as an anchor instead of an accelerant when processing thoughts through your day. The process is named Mu Shin.
Mu Shin means ‘Mind Without Mind,’ or the state of No Mind. Mu Shin is a state of spontaneity that allows immediate action without conscious thought. “Mu” means “emptiness.” The mind is empty in the sense that it is void of fear, anger, worries and various other preoccupations. The absence of these distractions creates the space for increased awareness and clarity. Mushin is often referred to as “the zone,” – a relaxed state of peak performance.
Have you ever seen anyone in the zone? If you look back at famous fighters such as Mike Tyson in his prime or Baseball and Football player, Bo Jackson who played professionally at both levels. You can see the zone. It is not a reflex, but an anchor point of being. Learning to do without doing is something...
Today's health and wellness topic is one that follows the previous one based on environmental factors, but it is learning that you have 3 sections to your mind.
They are broken down into the following categories:
We will cover the first one today, and dive deeper into the states of mindfulness in the next few weeks.
Zan Shin is translated as ‘Remaining Spirit’ and refers to a vigilant, all-encompassing awareness. Zan shin is being fully present in the here and now. The mind is fully aware of its surroundings and in a state of ever-readiness – unattached, yet present to the task at hand. It is the one that we in modern society have the hardest time reconnecting with because of all the bombardment in the world.
From work, to school, to bills and other stressors we have become a world that is so connected that we are disconnected from ourselves. We have lost the ability to be...
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