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I was teaching a yoga class this week and was sharing a portion of Eric Schiffmann’s work “Moving into Stillness”. The paragraph I was reading had to do with shifting from thinking mode into feeling mode to live in the now. I love this precept and many of the students did as well.
Afterwards a student came up to me and said, “I don’t like that idea of living in the now.”
I laughed, mentioned yes it can be a struggle and went to the washroom. While I was in there I started wondering what she really meant. I had to find out.
“What did you mean by that?” I asked.
“Well, my Mom had Alzheimer’s disease and she lived every moment in the now.” She replied. “She only knew the now, no past, no future. We were thankful on some levels because when we told her my dad (her husband) had died she simply said oh that’s too bad. There was no pain, no recollection. It could have been anyone who died. But then we’d say things like I love you Mom and she’d say I love you back without even knowing who we were.”
It was then time to teach meditation and my mind was still whirling from the 5 minute conversation.
“Is living in the now important?” I asked the group.
“Oh yes,” was their vibrant response.
“I don’t know of any other way to live!” replied another.
“Is living in the now a bad thing?” I was still trying to get my mind around how the ‘now’ could be bad beyond dealing with the obvious issues of the disease.
“Is this a trick question?” asked one.
I told them I would explain in a moment, as I was simply working on figuring a conversation out, but was very curious what they thought about living in the now.
“That’s the bad thing with kids then,” Suggested another student. “They are always spending all of their time focusing on what to do in the future.. planning, planning and more planning so they never live in the now.”
“Not that you are wrong,” I explained. “But planning is a necessity. It is about being present with what they are doing.”
Then a lightbulb went off!
“That’s it! We have to be present. Someone with Alzheimer’s is not present. They are not even ‘in there’ for the most part.
So instead of thinking of living in the now maybe we need to shift this for some and say be present in the now. Our gift of presence is key. Whew.. took me awhile, but now I’ve got it! I’ll have to remember to pass this along to her.
I just posted a video on my YouTube channel about sleeping and how to help with sleep. And one thing I mentioned was legs up to help relax the body. Which leads to the question…
Ok, here’s the thing about Shoulder stand (Sarvangasana), Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani) or any inversion really when it comes to your period.
If you have a scanty period or if you are wanting to bring on your period (say it’s late with no chance of being pregnant) then you may want to do these asanas (poses).
However if you have a heavy flow already, then stay away from them. Wait until your period is finished.
When we do inversions the blood that pools into the legs is sent back to the heart to be replenished with fresh oxygenated blood. However during you’re period it will increase the blood flow. It’s not necessarily dangerous by any means, but if you do not want more blood flow, then it’s best to avoid doing it.
Basically think of gravity. Take a half full (optimistic thinking… lol) bottle of water and turn it upside down – obviously all of the water will flow to the bottom. Same thing goes when we do inversions.
Now some people even have this ‘issue’ when it comes to little bridge pose (Setu bhandasana) so it too is a pose you may wish to avoid.
Most women however will not have increased flow (that is noticable anyhow) from little bridge, but will definitely notice it from the other postures mentioned.
So as I said, if you’re period is late or if you wish more flow then by all means get those legs up! But if not… well… there you go.
I hear so many students talk to me about neck pain. This is something that I can fully relate to. One of worst things you can do for yourself is to sleep on your stomach. This causes undue stressors on the cervical spine.
After you retrain yourself to not sleep on your belly finding and using a cervical pillow is another way to help your neck. There is a lot of personal preferences as far a pillows go.
It’s like T.Harv Eker says…. “Over time the uncomfortable will slowly become comfortable. “
We’ve all heard of the term to describe people as energy vampires; people who can zap us and leave us feeling totally drained.
And sometimes that can happen in an instant; a word, a phrase even a look can sometimes do it to us.
However how often do you forget that you are in control of your thoughts? I know I do.
It’s a matter of staying awake and remembering that we are in control of what we think about. One of the quotes I often give to clients is from Ghandhi. He said, “I will not allow anyone to walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
And truly dirty feet they are when they drag us down!
Here are a few ideas to help you get your energy back when you find yourself drained:
1) Listen to your favourite music
2) Dance …. like no one is watching because mostly likely they aren’t! LOL
3) Breathe deeply
4) Repeat the quote above like a mantra several times. Simply reminding yourself of the dirty feet.
6) Buy something… although this one can get you in a whirlwind of trouble as we try to soothe from the outside in. However retail therapy does sometimes help!
7) Do some Yoga or Tai chi. Remind yourself of your spirit.
8.) Talk it out! Now a days no one thinks its wierd to see someone talking to themselves while driving; the car is a great place to let it all out. You could say what you wanted to say to the individual but didn’t have the guts.
9) Go for a walk. Reconnecting with nature can truly help.
10) Spend time with a cat or dog. Animals only know about unconditional love and can be great teachers in the path to forgiveness.
That is pretty much where we have to get to; forgiving. For the other person does not have to live in your head and feel what you feel. So letting it go and moving forward is the best way to handle it.
How do you let go? You could keep saying “I forgive you” in your mind to them until you eventually believe it.
“Follow your passion, follow your heart, and the things you need will come.” ~Elizabeth Taylor
This is a portion of an email from the other day. It’s from Joe Vitale (The Secret teacher).
I am mindful of the words I say.
It wasn’t always that way.
I believe it started some 10 years ago when I held a job in logistics.
Sales would call and say, “We have a problem!”
I’d always respond with, “There are no problems, what’s your challenge?”
It always made them pause.
What I want you to do is change some of the words
you use when you communicate to yourself. These
subtle changes can make all the difference in how
you handle issues as they arise.
– Refer to problems as “opportunities.”
– Instead of saying, “I have to” – say, “I get
– A setback is really a “challenge.”
– Tormentors are really “teachers.”
– Pain could be a “signal.”
– Instead of saying “I demand” – say, “I would
– Rather than complain, you can “request.”
– Instead of feeling like you’re struggling, you
can be on a “journey.”
– Rather than simply doing – why not “create?”