Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
What was your first thought upon waking up this morning?
Was it ‘oh no’ or “I am so tired’. Did you reach over and hit snooze? Or reach for your iPhone or blackberry and start plugging in to technology? Oh yes, you may be thinking, that is how I start every day!
Well excuse me for a moment while I tell you that this is a CRAZY and stressful way to start your day, and there is a much better way.
I get it. I fell in to that trap of bowing down to the God of Technology, too. It surprised me that it happened, BUT I found my way out. You can too.
I am the last person I thought it would happen to. Isn’t that always the way?
You see I am honored and blessed to teach the ancient science of Kundalini Yoga each and every day, usually many times a day. This has been my passion and mission the past eight years. It is a natural developed science that has improved the quality of my life. From group classes to private clients, to talking about simple techniques with friends, or even sharing it with people in restaurants, banks, all kinds of places. I am immersed in doing Yoga, talking about it, teaching it pretty much all day long. I teach people to go within, to connect with the peace that is within them, and I see people transform and blossom right in front of my eyes. I should be Miss ‘Chilled-out’ all the time, right?
Well, about a year ago, I started noticing this underlying buzz in me, kind of like a very faint buzz of a mosquito. It was slight, but it was there, and I was starting to find it annoying. I seemed pretty calm and at ease on the surface, but underneath there was this tension, this stress that I didn’t understand. It felt like the buzz of technology. And I realized that it was.
Even though I live and breathe this sacred science of Kundalini Yoga for the most part of my day, first thing in the morning and last thing at night before I went sleep, what was I tuning in to? Not the sound of The Uni-verse, but the vibration of my iPhone. It had become my God that I bowed to, morning and night. I knew I needed to do something. At first I was in denial. I mean, me? The Yogini? How could I be addicted to technology? I had criticized many in the past for this addiction. And now here I was. This knawing feeling that comes, needing to know instantly every single email and text that was coming through? How did this happen? It was simple. It had been what I was most paying attention to.
I knew it had to stop.
I thought, what is that I want to tune in to when I wake up? I mean after I checked in to technology I would sit down to meditate, but that came ‘after’ technology. The first thing that came to mind was Love.
So this has been my practice. Whether I wake up with the alarm or before it, I just start thinking and silently meditating on Love Love Love. I start slowly, like I’m drinking it in. I inhale love, I exhale love. Sometimes it feels poetic. I delight in the vibrations on the sound, and all sorts of images come. From smelling a rose, to giving someone a big hug. Sometimes I stay in bed breathing it through me for a few minutes, other times I get up and continue it as I go shower.
It sounds so simple, but it is very effective. It is a POWER-ful way to start your day.
Why tune in to the news, or your schedule for the day before you’ve even had a moment with your soul? (Never mind that you haven’t even brushed your teeth!)
All spiritual teacher’s say that ‘you are what you think about’.
Start your day with LOVE. Begin to notice how people and situations change around you.
Be love. Think Love. Let your words be saturated in love.
You will truly be the beneficial presence on the planet that you are meant to be.
Begin your day this way, and THEN check in to technology.
This is getting your priorities right. Love first! And watch the blessings pour in to your daily experiences.
Rachel is a Master Kundalini Yoga teacher based in Los Angeles. To learn more about Rachel, follow her on Twitter.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
"God gives some more than others because some accept more than others."
"Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it."
- Ernest Holmes, Holmes was the founder of a movement known as Religious Science, also known as "Science of Mind", a part of the New Thought movement
"Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger."
- Christian D. Larsen, Larsen was a New Thought leader and teacher, as well as a prolific author of metaphysical and New Thought books.
My name is Mastin Kipp & I am the Founder of The Daily Love.
Photo by Brent Mullins.
Fear, anger and resentment reside within you. When you feel anger towards someone, you are giving them permission to alter your mood and giving them power over your emotional state.
When you cannot forgive someone, you are giving them permission to continue to influence your life in a way that doesn't serve your happiness.
You may not want to forgive someone because you think that they do not "deserve it". But, in reality, forgiveness has nothing to do with letting them "off the hook".
Forgiveness frees you from the chains of the past and lets you move on.
Continuing to stay angry at someone continues to create anger in you, which affects your moods, your physiology and your quality of life.
When you are angry, it is healthy to recognize and express it. But to dwell in it only keeps you down.
To dwell for longer than you need to in unforgiveness actually stunts your ability to be happy and manifest a life of your Highest Potential.
Do you want to continue to let people you are angry at influence your life in a negative way? Do you really want "revenge"? Do you really want to be happy?
Then express your anger, and then let it go. Forgive yourself today. Forgive them. Not for their sake, but for yours.
Free yourself from the chains of the past, let go of the unnecessary anger that keeps you down. Make room in yourself only for love, only for compassion and you will find yourself lifted.
Let go of anger, forgive and welcome love into your life. This is the promise of forgiveness. This is the promise of love.
I forgive and get on to living!
I express my anger consciously.
I move on with life.
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Friday, March 11, 2011
I can’t express how important it is to love yourself. It’s something I have learned over these last two years really well. I would like to give you some tips on how to love yourself. I’ll share with you things you should do to love yourself on a daily basis. You have to be your own believer- that’s number one. There shouldn’t be a day that passes when you don’t praise yourself in some shape or form.
Find something that you love about yourself and make it known to yourself. It’s almost like finding something you’re good at and sticking with it. If you know you’re super athletic, do something that will help boost your confidence in that field. You MUST realize that self-love has to come from you. If we wait around all day looking for love from a man or even a friend , you may not receive the love you need. The person who can give you the most love is YOU. It’s like a dead end always waiting on someone to do something for you. So take action NOW in loving yourself. Ask yourself what it is that you need and fulfill those needs.
Your days are in your hands. No one else should dictate how you can love yourself.
“Love yourself first and everything falls into line.”
- Lucille Ball
Now’s the right time to fall in love with yourself. Look in the mirror and fall in love with that person. Accept the flaws and love the fact that your imperfect. No one is perfect in this world and no one will ever be. It’s ok to not be perfect. It’s how life is cut out to be. We could drive ourselves crazy trying to make everything picture perfect. Stop criticizing yourself for every little detail. It’s a waste of time and energy to constantly attack yourself. There’s enough people in the world that do that. Focus in on the better things in life. Build up a wall of positivity.
People always see in you what you see in yourself. So focus in on the good. We also must make sure that every day we learn to forgive ourselves for whatever it is we may have done wrong. Since we aren’t perfect we are going to make mistakes. There have been plenty of times when I’ve felt I’ve made huge mistakes. And you know what ? I got over it. I forgave myself. Don’t hold grudges. While forgiving yourself , make sure that you’re being honest with yourself too. Don’t bury emotion. Acknowledge it. Deal with it. Drop it. Find a way to let it GO. Take time to meditate. Whatever you do , don’t keep it locked up inside of you. When we hold these emotions in, they eventually materialize on the physical level.
You never want your emotions to cause that much trauma. So deal with it and move on. Another really big helper is becoming more spiritually connected with yourself. Being one with yourself. Knowing your meaning on this earth. Being loving, kind and compassionate. Treating others how you want to be treated. The idea of loving your neighbor like they are your family. It all ties back to love. A great way to reinforce all of the above is to make positive daily affirmations and follow them. Every day you should write something down that you should live by for that day. An example would be as simple as “Today I will compliment 5 people I see.” That on its own will make you feel good. Just to see other people smile. Knowing you’ve made someone else’s day. Last but not least is to take care of your body. Your body is your temple and root of all health. In order to get through your daily tasks you must be healthy. So work out, take yoga, bike ride, find something you like to do. Stay on top of you.
In closing I’d like to say that a lot of the time we miss the real beauty in life by speeding. So I’m here to tell everyone to slow down and see the real beauty in life. The world has so much beauty in it. Find time to see the beauty in the middle of chaos, because it’s there. It all goes back to loving yourself. When people get you down and hurt you, look at yourself and realize your worth. But in order to do that, we must first slow down. Every day is a new chance to start over. It’s never too late to love yourself how you should be loved. So starting today find what it is you love about yourself and make it count.
Don’t forget to LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH.
Angela Renee Simmons <3
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
We can have everything in life, but it’ll mean nothing at all if we haven’t fulfilled our purpose for this life. Your purpose is connected to your passion, not your pocket book or wallet. Purpose isn’t determined by what job earns the most money. Purpose is defined by the job that meets the most needs of others and heals the most hurt.
“You can get all you want out of life if you just help enough other people get all they want out of life” ~ Zig Ziglar
Find a need and meet it. Greatness is serving not being served. It is great to have gifts that can make you lots of money, but it’s even greater to give your gifts purpose. How? Let your gifts make room for you in the world and provide a platform. Then from that platform connect your gifts to your passion and find a purpose to effect change in the lives of others.
People like Ghandi, Mother Teresa, Hellen Keller, Martin Luther King Jr., are all individuals that lived a life of Purpose on purpose. It’s not necessarily about “finding” your purpose. It’s about uncovering it.
Take these Steps to living a life of Purpose:
- Identify your gifts (What comes natural to you that may not be natural for others)
- Identify a career for your gifts
- Set goals for your life
- Make a plan to achieve your goals
- Execute the plan
- Teach someone else how to do what you do
- Give your gift(s) purpose and use your platform to “Find a need and meet it. Find the hurt and heal it.”
Tony A. Gaskins Jr. is an author, life & relationship Coach.
“If you’re not giving, then you’re not living.” ~ Tony A. Gaskins Jr.