Ready to POP- High Stress? Solution.

Many times we do not realize how and why we are unhappy. We are running from ourselves to avoid pain either through craving or aversion. We are trying to constantly become, instead of be. It is the present moment, when we merge with what we are doing that we free ourselves from stress and anxiety. Why learning how nature works, the Ocean etc we can know how to act. By riding out the good and bad times and being in our centre through it, we come to enlightenment.

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What do you do? What are you going to be?

Achieve, Achieve, Achieve

Chase after success, success, success…

Until your adrenals are maxed out and you don’t know if you are coming or going,

Sending text messages, responding from this device to that device,

Getting headaches, forgetting appointments, forgetting your even breathing…

Why?

Why are we pushing ourselves to the point of exhaustion? Why are we forcing ourselves to try so hard? Why are we always living in the future?

As though we are not already enough…

9dc6839edd264b04f21a8a458cad4ba5ENERGY FOLLOWS THE LEAST PATH OF RESISTANCE, it is a universal law.. then why are we creating resistance within ourselves, making life in general more difficult because we are trying, rather than allowing, surrendering, and flowing.

The best surfers and dancers feel the rhythm, the pulsation of the wave, they move with it, merge with it and be it. They don’t BECOME anything, they are it..

So perhaps, we need to STOP, breathe, and take a moment. Be with the moment instead of forcing our will upon it.

All that tension in our muscles is us not being cool with whats happening. Let it go, stop holding on so tightly, use that breath to soften you, to cleanse you. 

Inhale deeply into the abdomen, exhale…. Inhale, go to the area of tension, exhale…. REPEAT. 

All stress and anxiety is a pressure on the self, whereas, when you are sincerely passionate and doing it out of love you are free in the activity, you are the activity.

Success follows passion. Whereas, stressing yourself out will end you up in a grave, hospital, mamas arms..

So…? Surf that wave, keep practicing, every time you fall down, get back up. Learn to flow with the waves.. Eventually you will get to where you want to be, but it will happen on the Oceans time. The Ocean decides… All you can do is get really good at surfing. 6dd5485b85794d5b83d746dba0942eb9

Burning Man… 10 Burning Self Lessons

It amazes me the creativity of the human spirit and what can be made when there are no limitations. I witnessed this at Burning Man and the lessons I learned in the Nevada desert were deeper than I initially recognized.
I expected it to be a party, a celebration of people coming together to express their individuality and to have experiences that were fit for another planet. Of course there was that, but that was just the surface; And just like a calm ocean, there is so much below the surface.

Burning Man is not only a social experiment, it is a way to burn away all of the social constructs we have meshed into our brains. It is a way to burn away that which no longer serves us and it has the potential to burn us awake if we allow it to.

I witnessed emotions of sadness, loneliness, euphoria, love, expression,passion, depression, fear and freedom. The reason there was such an extreme was because this gathering has been created to create a place where all is possible and you can do basically anything you want, really… When there is no one telling you how to act, to dress, to feel, think and be ( only your conditioned mental patterns, if you allow them to influence you); then you get a touch of that place within you that knows what freedom is.. and wow does it feel amazing.

Here are some of the things I learned from Burning it all away…

1) Creativity
When you don’t have structure your able to flow:
– No one has cellphones and many don’t have watches so you do what you feel when you feel like it. When nothing is structured in your day and your able to pick and choose what you do, magic happens. You flow with the present moment and go wherever that takes you. Perhaps you end up at a workshop, a dance off, a party or in the deep playa. Yet you are exactly where you need to be at that moment.

2) Synchronicity…
– When you follow the flow, magic happens. When you do what you want and follow your heart the universe offers it to you. Its a common knowledge that if you ask for it at burning man it will generally show up either instantly or days later.

3) Joy…
There is so many amazing things happening at every moment, so you don’t spend time doing anything you don’t want too…
– There are hundreds of activities happening at one time and so if you don’t like something you move, do something else, join a new group of people etc. If your not feeling it, it is socially acceptable to move on and people understand that at Burning Man. Your able to tap into what it feels like TO REALLY WANT TO DO SOMETHING. Which is funny because many of us have been just accepting our circumstances for such a long time that we forgot what it feels like to actually want to be doing something versus just doing it.

4) Connection..
– There are thousands of beautiful people at burning man and you will have amazing connections with so many of them. Some you will have life changing conversations with and never see again. Some you will connect with after when returning to the default world. It is a reflection of the impermanence of relationships and how our connections come and go, yet it happens at a much faster pace in the dusty clay of the desert. As well, you realize you can connect with anyone, and anyone and everyone can be a best friend, there is no such thing as strangers!

5) Responsibility
– A principle of B-man is that you cannot leave a trace, what you come with you must leave with and I realized this teaches accountability and responsibility. So often in society we blame others, we blame the government and we never take responsibility for what is going on. Like the bystander effect we stand frozen, but when our own survival depends on ourselves we become EMPOWERED. No one owns our choices, we do and we can choose to step up or we can choose to bow down. Learned helplessness is rampant in society and I think its time we take the lesson of no trace and clean up our own mess without expecting someone else too.

6) Support
– As we are responsible for everything, we become empowered and with that stand to help others. If someone fell or if there was fight, immediately people would run over to stop it because they didn’t expect anyone else too. Additionally, people were so full of love and everyone was there to support one another whether they be friends, strangers or new lovers.

There is an illusion that we are Separate and alone on this planet. However, we are all supporting one another and everyone wants each other to succeed. Even if their egos wont admit it.

7) Individuality
– People would dress as they pleased, even if that was being naked. Some how people got more beautiful as days passed. I realized that as the days went on and people got in touch with that inner child it didn’t matter if they hadn’t showered for a weak, had 2 day old body paint on or ripped clothes.. their eyes shined with their own spirit. Something had been awakened.

8) Impermanence:
– The only permanence is change and what the artists create for months or even years to offer at burning man is burned during the gathering. When a wooden structure that is as big as a 100 ft building or even bigger burns it makes an impression. It really wakes you up to the fact that what was once strong will inevitably wither away when its time. Even Black Rock City ( 77,000 people) is constructed and then a week later is gone…
I cried when I saw the structure called ’embrace’ burn. I witnessed and released my past relationships and my attachment to love. Recognizing that all relationships come and go and what was once consumed with the passion of fire will become ash at some point in time. It was a sensitive but a crucial moment for me.
When the main structure- The man burned I witnessed myself burning. Seeing that we too are on fire and are constantly burning, using energy and consuming till our deaths. We are beautiful examples of Impermanence and yet we ignore it because we are afraid to think of our end. But when we can to accept it we can rise above it and make our lives more meaningful and worthwhile.

9) Insight..
– In the dust, intense dry heat all that you have been avoiding becomes obvious. In normal day to day life we are busy with our jobs and providing for ourselves. Stress consumes us, however, at burning man you have everything and there is nothing to worry about, it is a place of enjoyment, amusement and so all your patterns become obvious. If you find you are restless, anxious, anti social, lonely etc it is something to reflect on and think about. Additionally, relationships which were not on stable ground will be shaken and the truth will be exposed.

10) Listen..
– Your body and your intuition know more than you think. Our best teacher is ourselves. Yet, we always get in the way and say its not true. But when we listen we start riding a flow of authenticity. If your body is tired, rest… If your spirit is telling you to move on… move. Its that simple.

Burningman was chaotic, beautiful and peaceful. It was a representation of all that exists in life. It was rajas, tamas and awe inspiringly sattvic.

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Ayurvedic Solutions for Beautiful Skin

As our bodies are unique and have individual characteristics, so does our skin. Our skin is affected by the type of Dosha we have and the combination of the elements within our bodies. I have listed the Doshas below and if you do not know your Dosha you can do an online quiz or read previous articles that I have explained the Doshas.

Vata- ( tends to tan easily, but is thin and so is prone to wrinkles and dry skin)
Outer- moisturize with oil.
Inner – beneficial to eat oils and butter
Secret- Learn to love routine and take time for rest and stillness.
Oils: Jojoba, sesame, rose hip, avocado.

Pitta- ( warm to the touch, is sensitive and tends to be irritated easily)
Outer- smooth and protect with oil
Inner- hydrate and cooling foods
Secret- cool out, relax, and be less competitive and aggressive
oils: Sunflower, coconut is very good, jojoba, Shea, meadow farm

Kapha- ( cool to the touch, soft and moist, tends to be dull)
Outer- gently stimulate
Inner- eat light and not late
Secret-keep moving in mind and body
oil: jojoba, apricot, grapeseed

Most of all remember to appreciate and love your body. It is a gift from Mother Earth to you. What you eat you shall become and so treat it with love and feel the love back:)

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Awakening the Goddess Within You

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This is an article I wrote for a women’s art collective I am apart of called ‘Project Girl’.
The article has to do with a lecture conducted at an ashram where I am currently living.
Please read if you are interested in the divine feminine. There are also many other articles I have written about spirituality on this website.

Our goal at project girl is to create balance in our world by empowering femininity ( because it is lacking in our modern world). To be healthy as a society we need both wings to fly and that is what we wish to achieve; through writing, poetry, music, dance and any form of expression that comes from our hearts. Eventually we will be doing workshops, events etc.
Project Girl is not only for women but for men alike for we all have femininity that needs to be expressed.

http://projectgirlcollective.com/2014/02/05/finding-our-inner-goddesses/