Kids Yoga Summer Programs

 

A note from Rosey and Annie on the Kids Yoga Summer Programs

 

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Annie and I have been on the same path since we were little.  We have always had a deep love for each other, laughter, movement, summer peaches and singing.

For the past year we have had the amazing opportunity to work together teaching yoga to children and families and leading kids yoga teacher trainings.  We have been endlessly inspired and have had the great pleasure of sharing time and space with many wonderful children and their families. We are looking forward to laughter, play and learning this summer with our Sellwood Yoga’s Kids Camp Series and our Kids Yoga Teaching Trainings.

We are thrilled to hear from kids and what they love about yoga. While they delight in partner poses, yoga games and our famous yoga freeze dance…most often students will share that their favorite part of class is the end when there is time for relaxation. It is powerful to witness the stillness that washes over the room, even when a ripple of laughter flows throughout. In our closing circle, we often ask kids to tell us how they are feeling and we have gotten the sweetest responses: “I feel peace” “I am calm” “I want to keeping doing the relaxation.” This is the gift of yoga that keeps us coming back again and again.

At Sellwood Yoga’s Kids Summer Camp Series, your child will have the chance to connect with their bodies, calm their nervous system and strengthen their sense of self.  Kids yoga classes are full of laughter, lightness, movement and creativity.  Your child will get the opportunity to practice yoga twice a week for two weeks spending the afternoon learning skills that they can take off the mat and to the beach, park or living room…
 
If you are interested in learning more about how to teach yoga to children and families, come along for a weekend of shared dialogue, connection, reflection and laughter. We are offering two Kids Yoga teacher training opportunities, one at Sellwood Yoga in Portland and one at Bernal Yoga in San Francisco. In this two day foundational course, you will dive into yoga’s powerful and potent teachings and develop skills to share the gift of yoga with children ages 3-12. This training will prepare you to bring yoga into a variety of settings including schools, enrichment programs, therapeutic settings, car pool or bed-time routines…
 
We hope to see you soon.
 
Peace,  
Rosey & Annie

 

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Brooke on Strength Fusion

Brooke & (Baby Seamus) demonstrating Plank pose

Brooke & (Baby Seamus) demonstrating Plank pose


You might be asking yourself, “What the heck is this ‘Strength Fusion’ class all about?” And I would say, “Good question! Let me answer that for you.” If yoga has taught me anything, it’s that balance is key when it comes to an optimal workout. Not only a workout for the body but for the mind, too.

Designed for people who want to be strong AND flexible (and really should you be doing one without the other?), the Strength Fusion class is meant for people who want to have fun AND take getting healthy seriously. We take the focus of alignment and practice of breath we learn in yoga and put it together with strong postures, plyrometrics, and resistance training all in one place, giving you a well-rounded workout that keeps you wanting to come back for more! Never underestimate the power of a group of motivated people getting together to workout and to breathe together to turn that frown upside down! It will leave you feeling like you can take on the rest of your week with a “Bring It On!” attitude.

Sundays: 9:00-10:00amat Align Fitness Studio

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Sellwood Yoga Opening New Group Fitness Studio, Align Fitness

 

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Align Fitness, our new strength and conditioning studio offering exciting Bootcamp, TRX, Kettlebell & FIT classes officially opens February 5th.

Sellwood Yoga and Align Fitness class passes and monthly memberships will be the same and are valid at both locations.  You will be able to take Yoga, Pilates, Nia and other wellness classes at Sellwood Yoga & Bootcamp, TRX classes and FIT at Align Fitness on the same pass. You will also receive 10% off C-Velo Cycling classes.

The new Align Fitness studio is located across the street from Sellwood Yoga in the current C-Velo Cycling Studio (located within Sellwood Cycle Repair.)

Align Fitness is the Fitness studio annex of Sellwood Yoga and marks the first strength and conditioning based studio of Align Integrative Wellness, LLC.  Based in Portland, Oregon, Align Integrative Wellness is a family owned business specializing in community based yoga and fitness studios.

Align Integrative Wellness studios are located in Portland, Oregon at Sellwood Yoga & Align Fitness and in San Francisco, California at Bernal Yoga. Brother and sister, Bill and Savonn Wyland own and oversee the growth, vision and direction of the studios.

 

 

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Catching up with Carey Caldwell

Voices of the Studio: Teacher Carey Caldwell

We caught up with yoga teacher, lawyer, and Oregon Ducks supporter Carey Caldwell for a fireside talk.  Find out how he got started in yoga, what’s happening in his life and how he thinks the Ducks season will finish.  Carey teaches Morning Vinyasa Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-7:00am

Where are you from?

I grew up in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts with various, brief interludes in random locales across the US. But, we always ended up back in the Berks, or the ‘shire” as my youngest sister calls it, which may be more apt. The rivers, woods, and fields were our backyard, playground, and school. There were literally times when we jogged, biked, or skied the 9 miles to school. And yes, at times in the snow. As you can guess, there were hills both ways . . .

 Why did you start taking yoga?

Every morning for as long as I could remember my mother would do weird breathing while folding up, down, and sideways in the living room toward the rising sun. I thought it was goofy so when she gave me a ‘yoga for kids’ book I was more like, “Thank you for caring, not so much for sharing. I’ll stick to sports.” 

Later, the previously mentioned youngest sister was diagnosed with a very profound congenital scoliosis. In the quest for treatment a doctor recommended yoga as a possible alternative to surgical implantation of metal rods. Her journey toward healing eventually brought her to Mysore and study under R. Sharath Jois. The rewards of her practice were as profound as the initial diagnosis. My interest was piqued but I was still more interested in benching 350 lbs and running a sub 4.5 second 40. 

Finally, six years in on a PhD, I found myself unhealthy, unhappy, overweight, and discontent. I thought of my family (including another sister who credited her long time practice with getting her through a recent 36 hour back birth) and thought, “why not.” I went to a local studio and was hooked. We probably only went through five or six postures in an hour and half and I was wrecked: sweat was pouring off of me; breathing was hard to come by; and at the end I was utterly content. I wasn’t necessarily searching for a shift in life but starting with that practice I saw that one was possible. It wasn’t that yoga necessarily caused the shift. It was more that in allowing myself to be open to yoga, yoga opened me to other possibilities. Within a month I left the lab and started a daily practice. Within the year I went from 260 lbs to 180, started law school, and began a life in Portland. Sellwood specifically. 

Why did you start teaching yoga?

Teaching for me sort of happened by accident. Once I began a regular practice I became more and more curious about ‘what yoga was.’ When I would go home to Mass I was lucky in that my sister taught at and my step-father was the chef at the Kripalu Center.

I got to experience a host of different practices and teachers. That and for some reason the Berkshires was a mecca for yoga instructors of all disciplines. I attended some workshops on the physical practice, some on dogma and some on breath. When I committed to a teacher training it was more to continue and deepen my study of yoga than to become a teacher. As the training progressed, I was required to lead longer classes and I found not only rewards in my own practice but also a reward that is hard to describe from sharing the practice. The closest I can come to explaining it is that at the core of my being I find an incredibly deep appreciation for every person that shares their practice with me.

When you’re not teaching yoga you are?

Most of the time I find that I am in my office drafting some legal argument. In the fleeting moments I am not in the office or in the studio you might find me rooting on my Mighty Ducks, walking the neighborhood with my wife, or freaking out (excitedly) about welcoming our first child into the world.  

Little known fact about Carey that people wouldn’t know? 

Man. I’m not sure. I find that I’m pretty much an open book. Sometimes to a fault. If there is a fact folks don’t know it may be best to let sleeping dogs lie. Most know I’m a huge Duck fan. Maybe they don’t know that my pre-nupt has a clause that if Katrina, my wife, goes into labor during a home Duck game I don’t have to leave until midway through the 4th quarter. Just kidding. I don’t have to leave until the end of the game. In all seriousness I am a pretty boring guy. I get up. Go practice or teach yoga. Go to work. Teach or practice yoga. Eat. Go to bed. Repeat. I used to sky dive a bit. Well 74 times. I once jumped a car 104 feet. I fell through the ice in a pond when I was a kid which may account for the previous two activities. I’ve never been to Hawaii but I go to Costa Rica for yoga and surf every year. That’s about it.

Favorite places in Portland?

Sellwood Yoga of course! Big fan of a late afternoon glass of wine at the bottle shop on the weekends (after practice of course). While not quite Portland, the Gorge and its myriad trails. Quite honestly, walking through the neighborhood, saying hi to folks, stopping in shops, having a coffee, and just feeling the pulse of the neighborhood. I would also have to put our patio in there too: watching the sunset over the river with Portland in the background is pretty amazing.

Halfway through the season, how will the Ducks season finish?

Let me give you my lawyer response. I see the Ducks fighting hard from here on out and taking whatever the future holds with pride and poise. The only thing I guarantee is that you’ll find me cheering them on regardless of what happens.

Last words you want to share?

Just a huge thanks to all those who come and share their practice with me. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to share something that I love with you and I hugely appreciate that you’re willing to let me do so. Namaste. 

 

 

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Voices of the Studio: A New Feature

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the first of our “Voices of the Studio” segment, a monthly feature on the different people that come to Sellwood Yoga. The voices will be teachers, students or work-trade students that are the hidden fabric behind what makes the studio a special community.

These are the stories of who we are, how we came to Sellwood Yoga and what we’ve learned.  If you have a special story to share about how yoga has affected your life, please let us know and we will add you to the feature in the future.

Until then, Mary Ann starts us off with why many of us come to yoga when we first get started, to reduce stress.

Four months ago I came to my first Yoga class at Sellwood Yoga Studio.  My goal was to try and reduce my stress level and that was all.  Well let me tell you, what started out to be just a class has turned into a journey of discovery.  There are the general improvements I never realized would happen either such as better posture, flexibility, energy, and relaxation.  But there is much more, I walk into the studio every class welcomed by positive energy I can feel and it carries me through the entire class and beyond. 

Yoga has definitely reduced my stress and that is why I continue to come back to practice.  This calming environment is due to the passionate instructors, peaceful space and kind students.  Even when we are doing squats I get this positive mind set I can do this, especially when I’m the least likely person to do them.  I’m not flustered with what I can’t do but happy at what I can do and the Yoga instructors are so supporting and encouraging. 

 There are a lot of changes Yoga brings to me and I am so glad to be part of Sellwood Yoga Studio. 

From the heart, thank you!

Mary Ann

 

 

 

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Sellwood Yoga’s San Francisco Yoga Studio to Open in New Location

Bernal Yoga, Sellwood Yoga’s sister yoga studio in San Francisco, CA is set to reopen Thursday, May 10th at its new location at 908 Cortland ave. in Bernal Heights.

The new studio features a larger practice space with lots of natural light, high ceilings, brand new cork floors, and an open reception area. Local artists, designers and friends brought in familiar touches from the previous location as well as custom pieces for the new space.

An open house celebration will be held on Saturday, May 12th from 6:00-9:00pm. The event will feature live music, specials on class passes and other goodies.

Bernal Yoga will be expanding their yoga and wellness program with a variety of workshops and trainings as part of the committed focus of the studio to provide diverse, interesting and healthy offerings.

The studio opens at 7:00am tomorrow, May 10th with the regular class schedule.

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Yoga for Athletes: Proprioception

The theme of proprioception helps to explain why there were so many balancing poses, as well as the focus on the soles of the feet, the pelvis (especially the sacroiliac area) and the head and neck in the Yoga for Athletes class on March, 11th.

These areas of the body (feet, sacroiliac area and neck especially) are “the three most richly supplied areas of the body with proprioceptors.” (Liebenson, p.515)” The theme of proprioception also explains why our practice included intervals of poses done with closed eyes and balancing on/off the mat and on/off of yoga blocks.

Given that proprioceptive training involves greater body awareness and movement efficiency, almost any yoga class has opportunities for increasing skills and understanding. In the Yoga for Athletes class, we purposefully worked on proprioception adaptation by including poses and activities that focused on balance, strength, coordination, and challenging the limits to a person’s perceived range of motion.

Teetering on a block while repeating some classic one footed balancing poses not only increased focus, reaction time, and spatial relations but also increased the intensity of the challenge and the novelty of the experience. “Proprioceptive rehabilitation focuses on training muscles to accelerate their ability to achieve maximum contraction. (Liebenson, p. 529)…By training on an unsteady surface, balance is constantly being challenged. The correct muscles must contract rapidly in order to counteract the forces that the disrupted balance is placing on the body. When muscles can respond quickly to perturbations, injury is less likely and performance is more likely to be enhanced.”

Another challenge to the visual, vestibular and proprioceptive systems included marking through repetitions
of standard sun salutations (along with variations) first with eyes open and then with them closed. To keep things more interesting and unexpected, the orientation on the mat was changed to “face” all four directions within a moving and linked “flow” sequence.

It was also insightful to see how on or off center students ended up when we used a benchmark of simply walking with closed eyes from the back of the mat to the front. There was surprise and inquiry in noticing how our internal compasses can have us veering strongly to the right or left even with a feeling moving straight ahead and on a center line.

The impetus for the theme on Monday evening, came from a series of conversations with a regular student about how he was focusing on using his little toes more and for that matter all 10 toes, the sole of the foot, the arches and ankles. The classic “yoga foot”.

“The ‘yoga foot’ helps to increase the sensory feedback to the Central Nervous System (CNS), therefore improving the stability of the body in the upright position. (Liebenson, p.518) Working with the yoga foot through poses will heighten the sensory feedback from the body, especially during balance poses during which the proprioceptive system is ultimately challenged. Via this challenge, great improvements to the system can be made.”

Those chats about the “yoga foot”, cross training, running form, and proprioceptive adaptationand along with this article about Yoga and Proprioception (written by Dr. Carla Cupido) served as the springboard for the class.

In the months to come, the Yoga for Athletes class will continue to explore themes suggested by students and/or common places or things of concern for both endurance athletes as well as weekend warriors. You do not need to consider yourself an “athlete” to come to the classes on Monday nights. There is a great mix of people, with a variety of interests, levels and abilities. All are welcome.

Suggestions for other class themes or targeted areas (such as “hamstrings”) and/or questions can be sent to savonn@sellwoodyoga.com

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Yoga Basics: Home Practice Notes


Great group of students at “Yoga Basics” on Saturday, 3/10. We covered some key foundational poses and moved beyond. This weeks notes for home practice, spotlights a few poses (not all) from our practice along with other hints, references and suggestions. Try to practice a couple or all of the following 4 poses at least once in the coming week.

1. Find Your Seat: Get Centered
We focused on finding a comfortable cross legged sitting pose. In class, we used a rectangular bolster and/or blankets. At home you can use a cushion or folded blankets/towels.

We emphasized:
a) finding enough height under the seat so that the knees were lower than the top rim of the pelvis or level to it.
b) a slight tipping fwd. of the rim of the pelvis “imagining a steady yet small flow of water, that ran forward over the rim of bowl”
c) balancing the weight of the shoulders above the mid-back (thoracic region of the spine) and the weight of the head above the neck (cervical region of the spine).
d) keeping the shoulder carriage broad and relaxed, with the weight of the shoulder blades settling down and away from the ears.
e) relaxing along the jaw line, hinge of the jaw, between the eyebrows, under the chin and around the throat.

Please read this very thorough article, “For Beginners:Easy Pose”(Think like a kid and take a seat) written by Claudia Cummings.

2. 1/2 Moon Pose and Knee Down Variation
After a variety of prep work, we explored using the wall to increase stability, elongation and confidence in a knee down variation of 1/2 Moon and 1/2 Moon itself.

a) The Knee Down Variation started on hands/knees, a legs length away from a wall.
1) First the right leg was lifted and extended so that the flexed foot, sole of the foot flat, firmly met the wall, and the toes pointed straight down. The leg was long and straight, without locking out at the knee and with the leg going no higher than the hip/buttock.
2) The left leg stayed bent on the mat (with a blanket under the knee for comfort, or the mat doubled over for support). The left knee was a pivot point from which the lower leg swung slightly to the left. The toes on the left foot remained tucked under (pads of the toes) firm to the mat.
3) As the left lower leg swung to the side the right leg and foot on the wall rotated. The foot rotating 90 degrees so that the inner edge of the foot (big toe side) was parallel to the floor.
4) The left arm moved in a few inches towards the right to create a column of support. The left upper arm and bicep rotating externally to further set the left shoulder blade (scapula) into the upper back.
5) As confidence in the pose increased, the right arm lifted into the air and the right shoulder was stacked above the left.
6) The gaze remained off to the side to keep the neck in line with the rest of the spine and not rotating to look up at the ceiling.
7) Some finishing details included radiating out through the extended leg, opening up across the upper chest and back and lengthening along the spine all the way to the tailbone.
8) We switched sides and followed the same recipe. Then we repeated the sequence on both sides with the option to stay with the foot on the wall or to move away from the wall.

*Another variation to the above steps, is often used as an alternative to Side Plank. The Side Plank alternative involves keeping one knee on the ground, and extending the other leg (without lifting the leg to hip height).

b) 1/2 Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)
In class, we went to the wall with a block and practiced 1/2 Moon Pose. Please read this article by Maria Apt., especially the section, “Against the Wall”

Remember to work on keeping the weight distributed evenly through the foot that is on the ground. I mentioned a nagging habit of mine, that of the turning in my standing/balancing foot. We saw it in each others poses and we talked about minimizing the rotation so that the toes on the standing foot pointed straight and the ankle stayed even, balanced and strong. We talked about how too much rotation (both inwards and for some people outwards) could cause strain to the knee.

3) Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani)
After all the concentrated and focused effort held through a basic yet challenging class, Legs Up the Wall was a welcomed rest and period of integration. We practiced the pose for 10 minutes. For those who felt uncomfortable holding the pose that long, the alternative to simply rest in a reclined position was offered. The benefits and practice points of Viparita Karani are outlined in this wikihealth article.

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More Readings from Wednesday Nights

Catching up on requests from the Candlelight Yin Class:

From: Real Happiness by Sharong Salzberg

10 Ways to Deepen Your Practice
1. Think of kindness as a strength, not a weakness.
2. Look for the good in yourself.
3. Remember that everyone wants to be happy.
4. Recollect those who have helped or inspired you.
5. Practice at least one act of generosity a day.
6. Do lovingkindness meditation.
7. Listen.
8. Include those who seem left out.
9. Refrain from speaking ill of others.
10. “Walk a mile in another person’s shoes before you pass judgement.”

From The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace by Jack Kornfield

With gratitude I remember the care and labor of a thousand generations of elders and ancestors who came before me.
I offer my gratitude for the safety and well being I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the blessings of this earth I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the measure of health I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the family and friends I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the community I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the teachings and lessons I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the life I have been given.

And finally, excerpts from the following were shared a few Wednesdays ago:

The Awakening
By Sonny Carroll

“There comes a time in your life when you finally get it …
When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out “ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on.” And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes you begin to look at the world from a new perspective.
This is your awakening.

You realize that it is time to stop hoping and waiting for something, or someone, to change, or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that there aren’t always fairytale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you. Then a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.

So you begin making your way through the “reality of today” rather than holding out for the “promise of tomorrow.” You realize that much of who you are, and the way you navigate through life is, in great part, a result of all the social conditioning you’ve received over the course of a lifetime.

And you begin to sift through all the nonsense you were taught about:- how you should look and how much you should weigh,
– what you should wear and where you should shop,
– where you should live or what type of car your should drive,
– who you should sleep with and how you should behave,
– who you should marry and why you should stay,
– the importance of bearing children or what you owe your family,

Slowly you begin to open up to new worlds and different points of view. And you begin re-assessing and re-defining who you are and what you really believe in. And you begin to discard the doctrines you have outgrown, or should never have practiced to begin with.

You accept the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are… and that’s OK… they are entitled to their own views and opinions. And, you come to terms with the fact that you will never be a size 5 or a “perfect 10″…. Or a perfect human being for that matter… and you stop trying to compete with the image inside your head or agonizing over how you compare. And, you take a long look at yourself in the mirror and you make a promise to give yourself the same unconditional love and support you give so freely to others.
Then a sense of confidence is born of self-approval.

And, you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” hungry for your next fix, a new dress, another pair of shoes or looks of approval and admiration from family, friends or even strangers who pass by. Then you discover that “it is truly in giving that we receive [1] and that the joy and abundance you seek grows out of the giving. And you recognize the importance of “creating” & “contributing” rather than “obtaining” & “accumulating.”

And you give thanks for the simple things you’ve been blessed with, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about – a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, the freedom of choice and the opportunity to pursue your own dreams.

And you begin to love and to care for yourself. You stop engaging in self-destructive behaviors, including participating in dysfunctional relationships. You begin eating a balanced diet, drinking more water and exercising. And because you’ve learned that fatigue drains the spirit and creates doubt and fear, you give yourself permission to rest. And just as food is fuel for the body, laughter is fuel for the spirit and so you make it a point to create time for play.

Then you learn about love and relationships – how to love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving and when to walk away. And you allow only the hands of a lover who truly loves and respects you to glorify you with his touch. You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say, intentionally or unintentionally, and that not everyone will always come through and interestingly enough, it’s not always about you. So, you stop lashing out and pointing fingers or looking to place blame for the things that were done to you or weren’t done for you. And you learn to keep your Ego in check and to acknowledge and redirect the destructive emotions it spawns; anger, jealousy and resentment.

You learn how to say I was wrong and to forgive people for their own human frailties. You learn to build bridges instead of walls and about the healing power of love as it is expressed through a kind word, a warm smile or a friendly gesture. And, at the same time, you eliminate any relationships that are hurtful or fail to uplift and edify you. You stop working so hard at smoothing things over and setting your needs aside. You learn that feelings of entitlement are perfectly OK and that it is your right to want or expect certain things. And you learn the importance of communicating your needs with confidence and grace. You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that eventually martyrs are burned at the stake. Then you learn to distinguish between guilt, and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to Say NO. You learn that you don’t know all the answers, it’s not your job to save the world and that sometimes you just need to Let Go.

Moreover, you learn to look at people as they really are and not as you would want them to be and you are careful not to project your neediness or insecurities onto a relationship. You learn that you will not be more beautiful, more intelligent, more lovable or important because of the man on your arm or the child that bears your name. You learn that just as people grow and change, so it is with love and relationships and that that not everyone can always love you the way you would want them to. So you stop appraising your worth by the measure of love you are given. And suddenly you realize that it’s wrong to demand that someone live their life or sacrifice their dreams just to serve your needs, ease your insecurities, or meet “your” standards and expectations. You learn that the only love worth giving and receiving is the love that is given freely without conditions or limitations. And you learn what it means to love. So you stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes. You learn that “alone” does not mean “lonely” and you begin to discover the joy of spending time “with yourself” and “on yourself.” Then you discover the greatest and most fulfilling love you will ever know. Self Love. And so it comes to pass that, through understanding, your heart heals; and now all new things are possible.

Moving along, you begin to avoid Toxic people and conversations. And you stop wasting time and energy rehashing your situation with family and friends. You learn that talk doesn’t change things and that unrequited wishes can only serve to keep you trapped in the past. So you stop lamenting over what could or should have been and you make a decision to leave the past behind. Then you begin to invest your time and energy to affect positive change. You take a personal inventory of all your strengths and weaknesses and the areas you need to improve in order to move ahead, you set your goals and map out a plan of action to see things through.

You learn that life isn’t always fair and you don’t always get what you think you deserve and you stop personalizing every loss or disappointment. You learn to accept that sometimes bad things happen to good people and that these things are not an act of God… but merely a random act of fate.
And you stop looking for guarantees, because you’ve learned that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected and that whatever happens, you’ll learn to deal with it. And you learn that the only thing you must truly fear is the great robber baron of all time – FEAR itself. So you learn to step right into and through your fears, because to give into fear is to give away the right to live life on your terms. You learn that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophesy and you learn to go after what you want and not to squander your life living under a cloud of indecision or feelings of impending doom.

Then, YOU LEARN ABOUT MONEY… the personal power and independence it brings and the options it creates. And you recognize the necessity to create your own personal wealth. Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never ever settle for less than your heart’s desire. And a sense of power is born of self-reliance. And you live with honor and integrity because you know that these principles are not the outdated ideals of a by-gone era but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build your life. And you make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting and to stay open to every wonderful opportunity and exciting possibility. Then you hang a wind chime outside your window to remind yourself what beauty there is in Simplicity.

Finally, with courage in your heart and with God by your side you take a stand, you FAKE a deep breath and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can.”
Copyright © 2001 Sonny Carroll. All Rights Reserved

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