Everything you are looking for is already within you

You are enough.

In fact you are everything.

Though you might not always feel like that, the whole marvelous Universe is reflected in you. So take a moment to close you eyes, look within. And accept, that you already are… perfect.

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This is my personal reminder that I don’t need to look outside for love or approval, because it all already lies within me.

I would love to know what is your mantra or practice that you use, when you feel like you are loosing balance. Let me know in the comments below!

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3 ways mindfulness will help you experience your full potential

Just a few years ago you could only read about mindfulness in yoga and spirituality magazines and websites. Today it is pretty much everywhere! The most prominent business publications, such as The Economist, Forbes and Wired, feature it regularly and there’s even an international conference focused on mindfulness in business, called Wisdom 2.0!

But what exactly is mindfulness and how can it work for you?

As yoga teacher and long time meditation practitioner I can definitely confirm the tremendous help it has given me during the busiest times in my law career and later on, in the startup world.

The time is now

Simply put, mindful living means being aware and actively present in the moment. It means noticing and completely engaging in what is happening in your life right now.

By doing that you are not governed any more by fears, expectations or reactions, that arise out of habit, but by a conscious response to actual circumstances. Being rooted in the present moment, you can better assess the situation, notice its various facets, and use all your skills, when taking action.

In fact, research has found, that with increased mindfulness people become more charismatic, innovative, effective and less judgmental. Memory and attention improve, relationships expand, stress and pain decrease, energy increases. In short, we start using our full potential.

Open your mind

One of the first steps towards mindful living is committing to noticing new things in your work and home environment. That way you open up your perspective and become aware of new possibilities. In turn this enables you to be more creative and innovative.

Acceptance is key

Despite the fact we all know failure is part of being an entrepreneur, we can easily get discouraged and perhaps even give up, when it happens.

Taking the mindful approach to it, makes all the difference. By acknowledging how we feel and accepting the situation as it is, we can come to a conscious realization, that what has happened is already in the past. Focusing on the present moment, gives us a new perspective – the opportunity to see, that every “failure” also brings a valuable lesson. Perhaps it is about how we can improve our product, maybe it is a pivoting point for our business, or a meeting with a potential new business partner or investor.

Harness diversity

Our reactions, especially when they are not mindful, are based on our own particular experiences and skills. Which are always limited, because we simply cannot know and master everything.

By regularly reminding ourselves, that other people see and experience the same situation differently than we do, we can become more accepting towards them and their opinions. As a result, our relationships with colleagues, friends and family improve, we collaborate better and as a result we can produce more innovative and creative results.

Experience your full potential

experience your full potentialAnd this is just scratching the surface of how mindful living can enhance our life! By taking up a regular mindfulness practice, such as meditation, we slowly develop a more permanent inner stability and peace of mind, an inner joy that does not depend on success in work or private life, and a growing sense of kindness and compassion.

To come back to our starting point, anyone can practice mindfulness in everyday life. The first step towards it, is to decide to be aware and fully present in the moment. Making it a habit, you will undoubtedly notice results, because by only being rooted in the now, we can tap into our full potential for creativity and success. And that is ultimately the basis of innovation and disruption.

Are you already using or thinking to start practicing the mindful approach in your private and work life? I would love to know what are the results that you are noticing!

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Friday inspiration >>> quote, article, video!

The Friday inspiration posts are back! Better than ever!

And it’s Friday 13th too! 😉

>>> Fear is just a thought:

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>>> One of the best and most comprehensive articles on the chakras, that I have ever read. I highly recommend it to everyone from yoga beginners to experts!

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Read the article at MindBodyGreen.
 
>>> A completely different approach to goal setting – an amazing interview with Danielle LaPorte. Trust me, you want to take the time and listen to this!

A sneak peak into the tips you’ll get: (1) Feel what feels good, (2) Look for patterns, (3) Declare your core desired feelings, (4) Ask yourself: What do I want to do, have or experience to create my core desired feelings? This is the beginning of goal setting with soul. This is where you make connections between how you want to feel and what will actually help you feel that way.

 
See, everything you are looking for is already within you!

Have an inspiring weekend! 

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The Great Unknown

I have been exploring the Body – Mind – Universe connection in the past months. Mostly out of necessity, because I kept feeling stuck, like I was running in circles not being able to change my route. I have then realized, that this route was what I am used to, what I know well; even though it frustrates me, it also makes me feel safe, it is predictable.

So I started asking myself what would happen if I stepped outside of it? Would I fall? And what if I do?

Moreover why does it seem so difficult to step over the boundaries of the known, to take a risk, to do something you are afraid of? What IS fear anyway?

The one common point the answers to these questions led me to was fear, the fact that I don’t know what would happen, I am not sure whether I could handle it. And that is exactly what scares me!

Let’s imagine now that the “Great Unknown” is a coin.

What I described above is what you would see if you look at one side of the coin – the fear of falling and not being able to get up, the fear of being judged, of not achieving the goals you set for yourself, the fear of disappointing others, the fear of loosing someone or something, the fear of not being loved, the feeling of not being strong enough or just simply not being enough. What it all comes down to is the FEAR of living, rejecting the present moment. Simply not wanting to be here, in the now.

But, if you look at the “Great Unknown” from the other side of the coin, you can see opportunity, new experiences, unexpected blessings, new wonderful people, changes, new ideas, acceptance, openness, strength, love, expansion. Actually living life, knowing that you ARE enough. And that you WILL handle whatever comes next. 

So we have one concept, one single coin – the Unknown – and two ways of looking at it – from the perspective of Love and trust or from the point of fear.

Which one will you pick?

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Remember, that you can always choose how you will turn the coin.

Maja

Disconnect To Reconnect

524800_492139387506289_682658613_nI have had an interesting few days. The Universe apparently thought I needed a lesson (yet again) about the power of mind.

The thing is, I do have some things that I worry about… and it absolutely doesn’t help. Worrying I mean. Quite the opposite actually.

So last week, thought I think I was also under the influence of the full moon, there was a day, when I was completely refusing to be (present) in the moment. It doesn’t even matter what the situation was about, what matters is, that I was absolutely rejecting it.

I was there physically, but I was not present. In my mind I was trying really hard to escape it, thinking about what I should have done to avoid it, what I would rather be doing in that moment and how I couldn’t wait for it to pass by. Literally counting the minutes.

I was totally disconnected. From the present moment and consequently from myself too.

At the end of the day I felt exhausted! When my dear Mr. saw me, he immediately sensed what was going on and “issued” a direct order: “Drop everything and relax. Don’t do anything, don’t think about anything. Right now!”

Ha, as opposed to how I usually react, this time I just did what he said. 🙂

The next day I slept long, I was tired, my whole body was aching… like I had been in a fight the day before. And indeed I was; in a fight with my mind!

Do you know the feeling?

Anyway, I took it easy, I slept, ate nourishing food, watched movies and documentaries, didn’t answer emails, didn’t tweet (well, a little bit), wasn’t checking Facebook (almost). I also was not worrying. I was not thinking.

And then, in this nothing that I allowed myself to experience, in the space it created, I was able to BE.

Suddenly hit me – all the fears, worries and expectations – they take away the space that our being would otherwise use! They literally restrict us, it is like they would build a wall around us and block our creative energy, the life energy, the flow.

And we are the ones doing it! We are the ones to think these thoughts, we are taking away our own space, our own freedom.

BUT, if we can produce negative thoughts, we most certainly can do the opposite too. It might be a bit more challenging, but every thing that brings big rewards is, right?

So start right now – claim back the space in your life. Disconnect to reconnect with yourself.

Take some time for yourself. Breathe, sending the breath to every single cell of your body, asking it to create space. To clear out everything that is not needed anymore. And then expand.

Observe your thoughts, when you notice a negative one, just let it go. And then, in this space, place a positive affirmation.

What does a positive affirmation look like? It is something that does not restrict you, it lets you expand. When you say it in your mind, you can feel the breath extend, you can feel the space it creates. Let the breath be your guide.

And remember – everything you are looking for, is already within you.

Maja

Meet the First GYH Ambassador: LUZ! Who Shares Her Experience of Encountering Yoga

Yeeey, we are slowly growing! 🙂 Wanna join? Check the About GYH page. Love, Maja

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Hello friends,

We are very happy to introduce you to the first GYH Ambassador – a beautiful soul, yogi, mum, and so much more, with an infectious laugh that instantly uplifts your mood – LUZ. Welcome to the team! 🙂

She is the GYH local representative for China and a contributor to our blog, read more about her on The Team page (here) and make sure to check out her work.

Below is her first post, a personal experience, that we feel blessed she shared with us.

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LuzBy: Luz Dary Schilt, yoga teacher, photographer and writer, GYH ambassador, momentarily living in China, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province;lightthemuse.wordpress.comHeartandSoulyoga.co.uk.

Undoing Layers

A journey starts as soon as one is born into this world.
The journey of the “real” world…. REALITY…people say.
But reality is nothing else than the way…WE…see things, situations, people around us.

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Change… And 10 Tips On How To Handle It Better

The past few months have probably been the most eventful and unexpected period in my life so far. The funny thing is, everything that I was always most scared of, happened. And everything that represented a sense of stability at the time just crumbled. Puf! Gone.

The only thing I was left with was trust that everything is just as it is supposed to be. And as it turns out, it was enough.

lightafterstorm-polaAs I walked further on this path, not having a clue where I was headed and nowhere to lean on, it suddenly became clear. Up until now, I was constantly trying to define how things were supposed to look like, which by itself is limiting.

Instead of just BEING. Not trying to be, become, feel, accomplish or do. Just be. Nothing and everything at the same time.

Then slowly the light started shining through the clouds again.

And what a beautiful day I saw!

Dear friends, always remember, that everything you are looking for is already within you. You don’t need to add anything at all to yourself, you just need to get rid of the walls you put up for protection. These walls were built on past experiences, some of which you might not even remember anymore.

But know, that you are perfect, not in the way perfection is perceived in our society, but in the sense that YOU, as you are, are enough. You have your own path, there is just no point in comparing with somebody else.

And then go and do your thing.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 

– Marianne Williamson

And lastly a few tips on what helped me glide through the cha(lle)nging times:

  1. Make some time for yourself every single day. In silence. Meditate in whatever form suits you. Everyone can spare at least 20 minutes, possibly in the morning, so you can start your day calm and centered. 
  2. Take your time and take a breath. Don’t rush. Breathe slowly and consciously.
  3. Be kind to yourself, don’t judge yourself, pay attention to what you unconsciously tell yourself. This thoughts create patterns and in extended periods they become behaviors.
  4. Affirm: I love myself deeply and completely. I forgive myself deeply and completely. I accept myself deeply and completely. All is well, I am safe.
  5. Listen to your body, take a rest, sleep as much as you need. In darkness. Because only then your body (the pineal gland) produces the natural hormone melatonin, which has a crucial role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle, and also influences many functions in your body. When you go through big changes in your life, your whole system needs to rest, in order to regenerate.
  6. Move your body. 
  7. Possibly in fresh air.
  8. Drink plenty of water. Up to 80% of the human body is water – the brain is composed of 70% water, the lungs are approximately 90% water, lean muscle tissue about 75% water by weight, body fat 10% water, bone 22% water, blood about 83% water. We need water to function properly!
  9. Eat a lot of fresh veggies and fruits. Stay off sugar. In case you can’t when stress is high (me me me!), don’t beat yourself up about it. If you have a sweet tooth, try replacing store-bought sweets, which are full of processed stuff, with your own home made raw treats (you can check this blog).
  10. And last but not least – green smoothies in the morning rock!

 

Be well & much ♥!

Maja

My Stand On Headstand

Hello dear friends,

Hope you are having a good week, if not, now is the time to make it better. Change your perspective and your attitude, try to see solutions and opportunities instead of problems. And don’t forget to breathe. 🙂

Today I want to shed some light on my relationship with Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana).

EmYoga-headstand-200-polaI have to warn you though, it is a complicated one, it has been so since the first time we met, at my yoga teacher training.

I was not able to do it back then, it scared me and I was not ready for it physically either. And that’s why it bugged me.

But I do like a challenge and seeing other yoga students do it in the middle of the room just made me more determined. So I decided I would master it as soon as it would be (safely) possible. After all when I decide something, I can be disciplined and focused and there is no other option than success.

But what exactly would success be in this case?

Approximately at that time I started doing my personal practice every day, and I made a promise to myself to take small steps towards a perfect Headstand, but not to obsess about it. Yea, right! It felt really important to me then to be someday able to perform this asana without the wall “keeping me safe”. And I was slowly succeeding at it.

As a “side effect” I started noticing that unknown situations didn’t seem so scary any more, and that I started looking at things from new different angles, which was very good! Though still the most important thing for me was to be able to do the pose with ease sometime in the future. 

Then one day it so happened that I was doing my morning practice outside (no walls there) and I did it! Without the wall, I didn’t fall, I even have a photo of it! What a win, right?

But no… it didn’t feel like I thought it would, it still felt like I was fighting to stay in the pose. I was kind of happy, but not entirely.

B2-polaAfter  sort of “conquering” it, Headstand was not a regular part of my practice anymore, but I began struggling with doing it without the wall yet again. I was puzzled. Then I moved to a new country and my practice changed. Completely this time. I fell a few times trying to get into the pose, so I stopped with Headstand altogether.  I felt unstable and unsure about it again. I was wondering what was going on, didn’t I “master” the pose already? Sure I knew that every day is different, but not to be able to do it at all? I didn’t understand, but I let it go.

Then came the yoga training that definitely shifted my view on yoga and my personal practice. The practice I was given at the time consisted of a few asanas performed dynamically and some other yoga tools. It was mind-blowingly simple, which was very new to me. What was even more strange to me was, how incredibly effective it was. On my physical, emotional and spiritual body. I just could not believe it.

I slowly started realizing that I was letting go of the physical aspect of asana and yoga and was focusing more and more on the mind and and on just being.

And you know what? A week ago, after many many months of no Headstand and actually a few weeks of not practicing asana at all, I was suddenly curious. Without expectation and special attention I added Headstand to my practice. I went into the pose in the middle of the room, no fear, no heaviness, it just happened. And when I came out of it, it didn’t feel special, it didn’t feel like an effort, it just was.

A pose that used to be so challenging, a pose in which I used to put so much effort and persistence, and it was still not working, now just (be)came. Wow!

IAMU_PeacefulMind21-polaThis for me is the real gift of the ancient science known as yoga – it is so much more broad and all pervading than we are willing to admit when we dive into it. And the more you explore it, the more it expands. As much as it seems complicated at the start, when you begin accepting the lessons it brings you, you actually start realizing, that it is guiding you back to the basics, to the origin. Your origin. And there it is, the moment when you start expanding.

Yoga is full of surprises, a life-long teacher and resource always there for you, if you are only willing to listen. So much more than just the asana practice that we see in the beginning.

But we always have to start somewhere, the important thing is, that as we go, we do not hold on to fears and preconceptions, or to anything else for that matter.

My complicated relationship with Headstand has definitely helped me get to where I am today, to be more accepting towards myself and the world around me, to start learning to release and surrender to life. Perhaps that’s the reason it is called The King of Asana… at least for me.

Be kind to yourself and listen to your inner wisdom.

In Love & Light,

Maja