The new moon is a great time to ask yourself : what are you ready to create? And so on today’s new moon I created what I’d like to call a moon board. A hybrid of a vision board / mood board / with some free writing – pasted on an old calendar by Nikki McClure. As I arranged the images and colors, it felt like my hidden (and not so hidden) desires were revealed in a visual form. So cool!
So if you feel pulled – take time to plant some seeds with a magical visual. Don’t judge, just make.
Don’t forget you are a creative genius, and sometimes the hardest part is just to begin. Go plant some seeds – and let me know what grows!
P.S. Pop Up Full Moon Yoga coming your way : April 4th at 4:30 pm in Brooklyn, NY. Would LOVE to have you – more information here.Post a comment
I declared I wanted spontaneous travel in 2015, and a few weeks into January we booked a last minute trip to Puerto Rico – which was bliss.
Then this month I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Florida with a very dear friend and her 18 month old daughter. We left the NY snow and traded it in for sunshine and color! There was so much color – from the houses, to the sand toys, to the outfits, to the flowers. It was so therapeutic to be surrounded by such bold and bright colors.
Now that we are back – I’m on a mission to add more color into my life. And as far as spontaneous travel goes… Well one more trip popped up, and next week we are off to Europe and I cannot wait!
So I’m serious when I say : Claim what you want. It’s worth it.
I am hosting a pop up full moon yoga class on Saturday, April 4th at 4:30 pm in Brooklyn, and it would be great to have you! We will practice gratitude, receptivity, clarify what you want and end with a mini art project. I’m really excited for this one. You can sign up here.
Claim what you want and bonus points if you tell someone else about it! I’d love to hear.Post a comment
I am devoted to growth.
I am devoted to self expression.
I am devoted to being a present and playful mom.
I am devoted to forgiving myself for all the times I am not present and playful.
I am devoted to my main squeeze and continuous laughter.
I am devoted to seeing things differently.
I am devoted to my practice.
I am devoted to making things that add beauty and light to this world.
I am devoted to stepping into the fullest version of myself that I can be.
This poem is inspired by a poem Elena Brower wrote and shared at ABC Carpet and Home.
What are you devoted to? I’d LOVE to hear.
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“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.” – Gandhi
Yesterday I taught my after school yoga class how to meditate. But actually, I didn’t teach much. I just gave them the space to sit with their eyes closed and focus on their breath.
They loved it.
I’m excited to include more mindful moments in all of our classes.
The breath is a powerful tool. It is a mirror to our mind. When our breath is shallow and constricted – our mind is full with thoughts dancing everywhere. When we can mindfully slow down the breath, our mind begins to calm and we can access space and ease.
Practice getting quiet and focus on your breath. By simply becoming aware of the breath it naturally begins to lengthen, and the thoughts begin to settle – if only for a moment.
If you are wanting more of this mindful meditation goodness – I made a mini meditation bundle that includes 5 meditations. You can purchase the bundle for $5.00 here, and also try out 3 free mini meditations to try it for a spin.
Let me know how it goes and if you have any questions! I’d love to hear from you.Post a comment
Happy Full Moon!
I made a virtual full moon ceremony where you can practice gratitude, claim what you want to release, and what you want to create.
All you need is a pen and a paper, a sense of humor (as this is the first time I am doing something like this, and you’ll hear Luca babbling in the background!) Click the picture below to play the video.
At the end I share about a new offering : a mini meditation bundle!! 5 meditations – 5 minutes each – for $5.00. You can find more about that here.Post a comment
“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat and be yourself.” – Herman Hesse
Here are a few ideas on how you can make the most of your altar:
- Meditate!! One of the best ways to start the day.
- Yoga : you can do one down dog or a full 60-90 minute practice. I don’t quite have that time these days, so I squeeze in some cat/cows, down dogs, and general wiggling around to make my body feel good.
- Practice gratitude : a deceivingly simple yet powerful thing to do. Gets me every time.
- Read an uplifting passage from a book. I am currently loving everything Pema Chodron, Buddhist nun has to say.
- Make room for poetry : read or write.
- Light a candle and set an intention for the day.
Use your altar as a physical reminder to connect to yourself.
I can’t wait to hear what form your altar takes and what you do in its space. And if you want to get into the whole meditation thing – I am working on a mini meditation bundle for you to enjoy anywhere and anytime! It will be ready soon and you can listen to a sample you here. I can’t wait to share!
Also, this post from Danielle LaPorte gives great instructions on how to energize and activate your sacred objects.Post a comment
Once you have found a space, start to gather and arrange meaningful objects on your altar. Chose things that inspire you and lift you up.
Here are some options to get you started :
- A symbol of something that helps you feel guided and protected : Maybe it’s a statue or picture of a god, goddess, angel, saint, etc.. I have Mother Mary, Ganesh, and Shiva sprinkled on my altar.
- Pictures of loved ones that perhaps you don’t get to see anymore but feel a strong connection to. I have a picture of my grandma.
- Candles: Something light + bright that can symbolize your desires burning and forming into this world. I love my magic hour candle.
- A little bowl of water for fluidity and nourishment.
- Plants to purify, ground you, and watch grow. I love my air plants & succulents and although they aren’t on my altar, they are close by.
- Firefly lights : adds an element of magic.
- A salt lamp : purifies the air.
- Elements from nature : leaves, branches, flowers, fruits, rocks, shells, etc.
- Crystals : for added magic.
- Mala beads : to use for meditation or charge with positivity.
- Dried sage : To clear your space.
Here are some items you can keep nearby :
- Journal : help you connect to yourself
- Inspiring book : some of my favorites
- A meditation shawl : to keep you cozy
- Deck of intuitive cards : to play with and receive guidance from
- Your yoga mat /meditation cusion : to create a comfortable seat
- Essential oils : to energize and refresh
Whatever you decide to collect will be something that is in constant flux. This is what my altar looked like when we were living in Germany, and now it quite a bit different, but still feels right. So give yourself permission to let it evolve. And I can’t wait to hear what special things you gather!!Post a comment
“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.” – Joseph Campbell
I love altars. They are grounding and magical. I sit in front of mine every morning and the physical arrangement helps me to mindfully arrange my internal space. I did a series on altars in the spring that began with this post – but I wanted to revisit, because, well… I love altars.
So first thing is first… Locate a space. Begin by finding a little are that will work for you now. You can always change your mind, and you can create many in your office and home.
Here are some ideas:
- Your night table
- A corner on the floor
- A windowsill
- A little table
- A shelf (or part of one)
- A corner of your desk
- On your mantle
- On top of your dresser
- Hanging from the ceiling or wall
- A 2 dimensional one on your computer, ipad, smart phone case…
- In a box
- In your car
- On a kitchen counter
- Inside a drawer
You can meditate, journal, feel supported and guided, or remind yourself to be present in front of your altar. The options are endless, so do what feels right and commit to one.
Let me know where you decide to clear some space and stay tuned for some ideas of what you can lovingly arrange on them. And here is a pintrest board you can use to guide you towards locating your very own space.
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I spend a lot of time thinking about what I want : goals, intentions, dream case scenarios, taking time to manifest with the moon… And I truly believe the act of dreaming is wonderful, but if it is not balanced with a heavy dose of appreciation for what is right now – it can be dangerous. And I speak from experience.
Gratitude is a practice that I am constantly recommitting to. It’s not a revolutionary idea – but powerful shifts can occur when it is practiced daily. Because what you focus on expands.
It is easy to spend a micro-second on the awesome and many, many seconds (minutes, days…) on the not so awesome. Gratitude requires fierce dedication and a willingness to see the light.
So this is an invitation to pause and notice the mini things : the nice comments, the small interactions, seeing your favorite color, or time on the clock, good meals had, tears of relief cried… An invitation to write it down, be specific, and let yourself be filled up by all the good that exists in your life.
If you need inspiration, I love how my friend Danielle creates Bliss Lists, my mood improves simply by reading them. This post from the archives gives you some ideas on where to keep a gratitude list. And this mini meditation on gratitude will help you locate the beautiful small things.
Commit to gratitude daily. I will be here doing the same.Post a comment
“Creativity comes from stillness. At the moment between the inhale and exhale of breath, you are between formless and form. In that moment of stillness you can create.” -Yogi Bhajan
What are you ready to create?
I ask this question often since the answer is constantly evolving.
Right now I am ready to create trust in myself and believe in my worth. I am ready to unapologetically share my mini malas. I am ready to create magical yoga classes that celebrate something bigger than just the poses. I’m ready to create more time to play with Luca and less time multitasking. I’m ready to create juicy gatherings with amazing food.
What are you ready to create?
Here are some ideas to help you get clear:
- Free write. This is so healing! Just get a piece of paper, write the question at the top, write without judgment, and see what comes up.
- Listen to this meditation and find a moment of stillness to let your answers crystallize for you.
- Celebrate the new moon tonight with a Pop Up Yoga Class in Brooklyn! More info here.
- Create a custom mini mala to represent what it is you are ready to call into your life. Or find one that you love here.
- Start reading a new book that fills you up.
It may take some time to fully create what you are wanting most, so be sure to trust wildly in the meantime.
I will be doing my best to take my own advice.
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