Trust the work

Yoga isn’t the only thing that can bring life into focus. As a matter of fact, yoga can’t do anything unless you surrender yourself to the work. Unless you surrender yourself to trusiting the feelings you get with your practice, just as it is with practicing anything in life.

What do you practice everyday that brings your life into focus. If you can’t think of anything, maybe it’s time to reevaluate your time. Do you think you don’t have the time? Is your schedule so full that you think you can’t fit one more thing in? When I mention the idea of adding something valuable for your wellbeing to your schedule, does the thought occur “yeah, right, like I can add something else to my schedule, right, I can take time for me everyday, Ha!” or ” It’s a novel Idea, but the reality is, it isn’t going to happen, I’m to busy doing what has to be done!”

I am going to ask you to take a normal busy day, and try some exercises throughout the day. If you have to write yourself notes and leave them everywhere you go throughout your day as a reminder, that may be the thing that helps you. Maybe set reminders on your phone. Maybe get creative with a way to remind yourself, because I’m telling you, in the beginning of creating the right process and time for your own health and well being, isn’t as easy to remember as onemight think. Over time, yes, but not at first. Find what kind of reminding system works for you and for 1 day, get though this challenge I bring to you.

Our goal here is to remove negative thoughts and/or behaviors that waste time that could be spent creating your true capacity of happiness and wellness. What if you could get to the end of each day accomplishing all of your tasks set before you and feel refreshed and successful instead of exhausted and possible frustrated?

I challenge you, just for a day to take a moment every hour, you can be driving, walking, running, working, watching your childs game, doing the dishes, taking a shower or even sitting on the toilet. Whatever it is, the task doesn’t matter. What matters is to check in with your thoughts. Where are they? Are they on the task at hand? Are you regretting something? Are you thinking about someone else, somewhere else? Check in with your thoughts. Once you check in, ask yourself if this thought process is working for you. Is this a negative or possitive thought? Is what your thinking helping or hindering your emotional state? Is it reducing or increasing stress? Then, just for a moment, think of what you want. Think of a favorite quote, think of something beautiful, think of something funny, think of someone who has influenced you to be better, maybe just focus on the task at hand and bring your breath and full attention to it. Then move on…. Check in again during the next hour. Once your day has finished, check in with yourself when you go to bed. Pay attention to how you feel, how your body feels, how your heart feels. Then start again the next day.

This may sound small and insignificant but this is where TRUST comes into play. Trust the work. Trust that with patience, the significant results will happen over time and may not be the 1st day or even the 1st week. But I promise, if you trust this simple work that you will reap the rewards. Our society makes it easy to put away our needs and stable supports of self. The pressures we bow to are seemingly innocent and worm their way into our thoughts, our actions and our days. They come and go, the days, and somehow another year has passed and we have missed the simple pleasures of time. Be responsible to yourself 1st and your abilities to your tasks and to others with grow expenetially.

Start with this one small challenge. Let the evolution of your growth be the motivator for the next challenge. Get strong and able with the task of changing and guiding your thoughts to better your day and so much around you will seem easier and more usefull. Your ability to perform will increase. Your body will start dealing with stress better, your heart will find more joy and more beauty in the world around you. Trust the work. Trust that the evolution will happen. Learn patience and self love through the process.

Only after injecting these possitive or beautiful thoughts into your day, will you discover how much time you really have. we feel like our days are not our own to control, that our tasks control our time. But, trust the work. Shift your thoughts, one at a time. Find your own way. Listen to yourself and the cues you receive. Be cognizant of yourself, your thoughts, your actions. This doesn’t mean that every day will be stress free, pain free or struggle free. It just gives you the tools to see more of what’s happening and more options to make it better, or even just the patience to make it through having survived the freaking day!

Set your intent and be attentive. For now, try for once an hour, find a reminder system that works for you. Soon , “you can work your way to the grill”(meaning, you will start being able to be cognizant more often, with less effort) “and that’s when the big bucks start rollin in” (meaning that you will reap more rewards more often). I am also glad that I could work a movie quote from Coming to America into my Blog….

If you get a chance during your trust the work exercise, check in with me. Check in here and let me know how you are doing, let me know if you need suggestions or if you have any, it would be great to collaborate!

be cognizant and find your thoughts with you.

Have a beautiful day!

Nikki

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Creative Thought Matters

My daughter attends a small liberal arts school in upstate New York. The school has a slogan that is CTM, creative thought matters. We use CTM in many instances around the house. At our house, we use it to motivate finding new solutions for problems or issues. In my work, it has motivated me to find a solution that can better serve my clients. It has opened up new opportunities to expand my services to a wider audience.

This week, I’ve had the opportunity to create a class for my daughters softball team. They have incorporated yoga into thier weekly exercise program. As with any other physical routine that I add to my life, I always wonder how much better I can make my body do what is right. For instance, I have my jacked up lumbar spine. What can yoga do for me that other forms of exercise can not? What could yoga do to allow me to do other things I haven’t been able to in the past? What can yoga do to streamline my body in a way I haven’t been able to in the past? Is yoga the answer for everyone? I believe if I can teach these women to understand and feel what their bodies need, they will be better at achieving their goals on and off the field, they can better serve themselves and their team by simply understanding what it is they need and how they can achieve it.

My answer is yes. My answer to all of the questions above is yes. It is yes for me, but as I work towards teacher training, I practice yoga more and more each day and have come to realize how much yoga can help everyone I work with, Iam understanding what pieces of yoga fit together for each person. There are many different modalities of yoga. Each with intense strengths tied to yoga practices that began so very long ago. The strong belief that the body, mind and spirit come together to create balance, humility and strength is what drives traditional practice. In my many years of body work, I have used these same ideas to draw the mind and spirit into the physical healing of the body. When I began to practice yoga regularly, I was at a very delicate time in my life. Some call it a mid life crisis, I have always called it the awakening, watching others enter this time of life. The moment in life when the mind and spirit have matured to a certain level and they crave movement forward to advance into the rest of life. Our bodies begin to slow reproduction of cells, the chemicals change, the levels of hormones that control everything begin to deminish. It isn’t just the physical body that changes at this time, it is the whole of our existence. If we treat it only as the downhill slide toward the end of what you call life, then I believe you live in ignorance. It is like the convergance of a river, as each section grows and continues forward, it is inevitable that they will cease to stay alone in thier path. They, at some point, run into other flows and then with the power of each colliding with the others, the convergance is a pool of turmoil and upheaval. It turns the sands beneath and the powers of each multiply. As this force moves forward, it begins to widen and smooth atop the surface, and then the flow below begins to follow suit. What is left is an emense, wide and powerful flow. It becomes balanced and flexible, it is used to advance it’s own importance and life forward. What happens next is for another time, because I have CTM’d myself right out of one story that excites me into another! So back to yoga I go, literally.

I can use this convergance as an example of what yoga does under the surface. As the physical properties stretch out and the power of movement becomes more wild and then more controlled, the essence of each flow that came to meet together, begin to play a more crucial part in the big flow picture. Without each individual flow, the bigger flow wouldn’t have all of the character and stength that it can possess. It is crucial to understand each flow and what it adds to the life of what lies ahead.

Yoga does this. I am bringing the focus to the physical, but each flow can play the same powerful part. By repeating physical movements, you are moving that flow towards the convergence. It is a powerful tool to access the mind and spirit, it its a powerful tool to create the turmoil needed when all are joined, and a powerful tool to calm the seas once the turmoil is over.

This is the reason I believe that yoga can help everone, because everyone will have that moment in life when the body, mind and spirit converge. I happen to believe this occures many times throughout our lives. The convergence I have recently experienced happens to be a point in my life when I am physically changing, I’ve lived years and had many lessons that my brain has used to bring itself into the convergence with much more awareness than any before this one, so I , in turn am much more aware of it’s effect and feel each detail much more clearly and defined. And now, this is where I try to tie in CTM, covergence, and yoga. My brain looks at the bodies around me and I feel and know what they have been through. I can see how they got where they are, but I can also see how to unwind and detangle the mess. I tend to manipulate the physical as the mind and spirit join in to create the turmoil, and then follow the turmoil up with the unwinding of the physical to allow the mind and spirit to smoothly take their place of importance, blending with the physical. So as I fully respect the traditional practice of yoga modalities, I have chosen to have creative thought matter. I have chosen to bring people to yoga from a physical aspect, while preparing them for the convergence and the turmoil that attends. I want them to understand each detail of what is physically changing while slowly coming to their own recognition of the powerful flow that is to be. I choose to have them feel what their body is learning, recognize it, and be so very cognizant of thier own reconstruction! So as my clients move through the exercises that I have created from yoga movements, I hope to not stress out any traditional teachers, because isn’t it all about learning more and accepting the evolution of thought? For me it is. I practice yoga. I practice it to get better at using it in my daily life, I practice life like I practice yoga.

There, I finally came back around to that. whew, that was a little longer ride than usual,and I haven’t really even touched the surface so to speak.

As with the bits of information that come when I write, the greater purpose lies beyond the convergence. It’s the flow of lessons, experiences and details of each that have to be brought together before our minds can wrap around the changes that are coming. I pray I can be as patient as I am asking you to be!