Breath is Life: Pranayama

One of the greatest tools I’ve learned in this zen journey I am embarking on, is how important it is to breathe. Just breathe. That simple little thing. There are so many things we can do to help our bodies and to show love to our bodies. We can eat healthy, we can exercise, we can abstain from cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs. We can also breathe. I know, you already ARE breathing, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I am talking about deep, slow, intentional, releasing of the breath. When we get stressed out our breathing tends to suffer. We breathe more quickly and shallowly which can deprive our bodies of the oxygen that keeps us going. Not breathing well enough has been linked to weakened immune systems, low energy levels, depression, poor concentration, and a higher level of stress, among other things. There is a sanskrit word ‘pranayama’…

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A Note of Gratitude

Good morning! Lately, I’ve been so busy with work, and participating in ecourses, and art and it’s been fantastic. A few days ago I repainted my bathroom and since then I’ve been filled with all sorts of creative energies. Life has been good, fantastic even. I have had so many things to be thankful for that I don’t know if I can even begin to list them. I recall one moment a few days ago, just after waking up when I felt a huge wave of gratitude wash over me. It’s been about two weeks now since I woke up with intense, overwhelming feelings of anxiety. I’ve worked hard to overcome the issues that were causing those feelings and I am so proud of me. It was so nice to wake up and realize that I felt joy for what was to come instead of dread. It is easy to be…

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I Am Leo, Hear Me Roar

Good morning darlings. So it’s a brand new month and with a brand new month comes a brand new opportunity to be great. I’m all about giving myself second chances… 2,568 chances… whichever, ya know. ;) Every month I can start all over, I can set my intentions, I can make it great. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. No harm in trying, right? My birthday is coming up later this month and that means I am a Leo. A strong, roaring, ferocious, lion. Raaawwrrr. I’ve always been interested in astrology but I’ve never felt very much like a Leo. Pisces, now that’s a sign I can get behind, imaginative, dreamers, compassionate, and sensitive. Leos, however, are supposed to be fiery, dominate, brave, ambitious, and strong leaders. Whaaaat? Not me at all. But I’ll let you in on a secret, it kinda is. I suppress those things about me because I…

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You Don’t Have To Be Perfect

Today’s Wisdom Card from Louise L. Hay says “If I wait until I become perfect before I love myself, I will waste my whole life. I am already perfect right here and right now.” and “I am perfect exactly as I am.” I can’t tell you how many emo-fueled nights I listened to Simple Plan’s Perfect. We’re so hard on ourselves when we don’t have to be. We hold ourselves to these, often times impossible standards, and for what? I’m one of those people that often times has the attitude ‘if I’m not going to do it well then I’m not going to do it at all’. I don’t think it’s so much perfectionism as the fear of failing. Maybe those are one in the same, I don’t know. Take art, for example, I’m not very good at it and that belief stops me from creating. It stops me from…

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