Enjoy and do a little sun salutation with Santa why don’t you!
|sample photo with Lori|
Have you seen this new project from Tiny Buddha? If not, check it out!
The premise is simple. There are questions that are easy to answer, with simple straightforward answers. Like, helping out a friend or family member or going the extra mile at work. However, there are other times when we are faced with more difficult questions. What do we do with those questions? How do we work through them? What do those questions look like?
“I spent years isolating myself, dwelling on everyone and everything that hurt me, feeling like a victim and wondering, “Why me?” I felt worthless, and my life felt meaningless. I answered every challenging question with an equally difficult and disempowering one.
I was too busy bemoaning the challenges of my past to recognize and create possibilities in the present.
Ultimately, we have two choices in life: obsess about everything we don’t know, creating a sense of helplessness; or focus on what we’ve learned and what we can do now to live the lives we want to live.“
In preparation for the launch on December 8th of her new book Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hardest Questions, Lori is asking us all to come together to share your toughest life question.
The goal is to create a gallery of photos, each featuring a challenging question that impacts how we live our lives. Your question might be about love, happiness, forgiveness, meaning, money, social change, religion, politics—anything that you’ve struggled to answer.
There are no rules for the photo, except that you must be in it, and your question cannot include profanity.
You can feature your question in any way. You could write it on a piece of paper and hold it, or you could do something more creative, like:
* Write it on a chalkboard
* Use a stick to draw it in the sand at the beach
* Paint it on a canvas
* Write it on an Etch A Sketch
What matters is that you communicate your question, but creativity is a good thing!
To submit your photo:
* Send a JPG to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Write “Question Photo” in the subject line.
Check out her site for inspiration and more details! I plan to work on my submission this weekend and will be sharing here. I would love to see what everyone comes up with, so please post!
I woke up this morning feeling really optimistic about the month ahead. I don’t have any particular reason for feeling this way. I have no vacations planned, although I’m working on it, my job is about to go bonkers with deadlines, I’m getting ready to move, and I’m busy, busy, busy making plans to grow and cultivate my own business. If you ask me, that’s a lot of work to do! Regardless, June feels pretty good and if there’s anything I’ve learned throughout my journey, it’s that a positive attitude can take you as far as you’re willing to go.
I hope you’ll take time in June to relax and have fun! Summer is upon us and it’s time we kick of our shoes and enjoy life for a bit. The past few months have been stressful and now it’s time to reap the rewards of our hard work by letting loose and having fun! Reconnect with friends, visit family, try a new yoga class, or plan a fun activity with your loved one. There are lots of ways to unwind this June!
Dates to note
June 1: New Moon-set your intentions for the month ahead
June 5: Sacred Chant concert with Snatam Kaur, GuruGanesha Singh, Washington, DC. Buy tickets online or at Pure Prana Yoga Studio.
June 5: World Environment Day
June 12-19: Virginia Yoga Week 2011
June 15: Full Moon for maximum illumination
June 18: To Haiti With Love DC | 108 Sun Salutations for Haiti
June 19: Father’s Day
June 21: Summer Solstice-the official start of summer time fun!
June 26: Get Grounded workshop with yours truly!
Let’s focus on the good…What ways do you plan to unwind this June? What are you most looking forward to this summer?
photo by Jay Santiago
This is my first guest post on Yoganonymous. I hope you enjoy and it inspires you to get out, let go and have some fun. Many thanks to the Yoganonymous team for their support. Namaste my friends!
“You know Rachel…you should really try to have more fun” said a dear friend the other day.
No truer words than these have been recently spoken.
My friend is right. I haven’t had much fun lately. Well, that’s not entirely true. There have been some fun moments, but even in the throes of hilarity I’ve still felt really weighted down by life. Like I’m going through the motions of having fun (and not very well I might add!). There’s been a lot of Serious Face Rachel around these parts and I think it’s time she says goodbye.
Easier said than done. It’s called practice for a reason and it isn’t always easy. Whenever I feel myself going down that slippery slope, I make a deliberate effort to focus on the good things happening in my life and trusting that everything else will fall into place. This too shall pass, right? Logically this makes sense but sometimes the process gets the best of me and I’m all Sullen Face Susan before you know it. I wake up every day with the full intention of focusing on the good in life, to see a brighter side of things. I journal about what I’m grateful for and I make efforts to get outside for fresh air to “put away” my troubles and focus on the positive. It is an every day, moment by moment process.
photo by Jason D’Great
Woohoo! I just got home an adventurous weekend in Las Vegas! It was a very spur-of-the-moment decision. Don’t worry! I did not run away and get married, but I will say that two other people (who shall remained nameless) did! 🙂
This was not my first visit to Vegas. In fact, I have been there a few times before and both were fantastic. I loved the lights, the people, the food, the fun! So this time around, I was really looking forward to having fun and living it up! And while most of that held true, there were a few exceptions.
Maybe it was the group of people I was with, or perhaps I’m getting a little too old for Vegas shenanigans (although, I’d like to think that’s not entirely true), but I didn’t leave feeling quite the love I had in the past. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every minute of being out of town, on vacation, and away from work, but more often than not, instead of relishing in the happenings all around me, I longed for silence and peace.
Case in point, I did not stay out past midnight (save for the first evening). I longed for (and often kicked myself for not bringing) my neti pot–I forgot how smoky those casinos are! My favorite parts of the vacation did not include taking shots, clubbing, playing slots, and/or any other Hangover movie-esque type moments. Instead, I relished in eating fresh fruit crepes and pastries at the Bellagio, reading books in the morning before heading out on day long excursions, lounging by the pool, catching up with my good friend, and going to see Ka. In fact, most of the pictures I took included flowers and some fish from the Shark Reef exhibit. No crazy party nights here!
Vegas is over-stimulation and escapism at it’s finest. Anything you want, any time of day you want it, it’s there. It’s a fantasy land in the middle of nowhere. And while that’s perfect for some, it wasn’t really for me this time around.
As yogis, we aim to focus the attention inward, withdraw the senses through pratyahara, and cultivate awareness and connection with the True Self. What with all the blinking lights, people, noises, and carrying-s on around me it was nearly impossible to be peaceful. Being stuck in a place that is based on over-consumption emphasized for me that I do not need to consume (visually, physically, energetically, etc.) everything around me to be happy and have fun. What I did and needed to do was listen to myself, enjoy each moment, not attach to any want or desire (i.e. winning it big at the penny slots!), and relax. In the end, this trip became less of an escape and more of a practice in patience, tolerance, compassion, and release.
I am happy to be home. I will say, coming back, I feel much more grounded in my day-to-day activities. I would even go as far as saying that I feel more committed to my practice, my writing, my health, and my time. I don’t imagine I’ll be heading back to Vegas in the near future, but maybe the next time I go, I’ll be better prepared for how this Capricious Yogi will handle it.