Monthly Archives: December 2011

12 Questions

Time flies and before you know it the New Year will be upon us!

Prior to the New Year’s Eve count down, break out your journal and ask yourself these 12 questions:

1. What are you most proud of from 2011?

2. What are you grateful for from 2011?

3. What are 3 things you will leave behind in 2011?

4. What has brought you the most joy in the past year?

5. How can you bring more joy into your life?

6. What is something or someone in your life that drains you?

7. What can you shift in your life to allow you to release what drains you?

8. What do you love?

9. What makes you smile?

10. How do you want to be in 2012?

11. What is your intention for the New Year?

12. How will you know you are staying true to who you want to be in 2012?

After answering these questions, let it settle! Give yourself time to register what you have uncovered.

Then, write out the answer to question # 3 on a piece of paper and crumple it up into a ball. Light it on fire and safely dispose of it. Watch the paper as the flames engulf it and turn it to ashes. Allow those things you listed to be truly left in the dust as you transition to a better you in 2012!

May we all live light, because everything is already okay.

Shanti,

Liza

Dec28

Time

I feel like time passes so quickly that sometimes it can be easy for me to miss the great things that are right in front of me. For the past week I have been in Singapore having quality time with my family as well as scouting out new locations for yoga retreats. When stepping away from life at home it is important to continue the practice letting go and being in the moment.

One way that I practice being mindful of myself during travels is writing in a journal even for a few minutes each day. It can be extremely helpful to recall what has actually happened and how I am being as a person.

A few days ago we went to the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in the outskirts of Singapore to explore the beautiful jungle and get away from the sea of modern malls. To get to the far corner of Singapore we took a taxi, and personally not living here thought nothing of how we would find a cab in such a remote location. After a few hours of exploring, spotting over 20 monitor lizards, and eating a delicious meal we decided it was time to head back to town. Since it was pouring rain and we were so far out of town we were finding that no cabs were coming our way. After two hours of sitting at the cafe thinking we would get a cab the restaurant staff came to us to let us know that cabs weren’t coming and we needed to take the free shuttle that runs every 2 hours, and the next one wasn’t coming for another 45 minutes.

If I had been in the NY I would have already had my iPhone out to pass the time. At the start of our waiting I found that without my iPhone I was fidgety. Then I was reminded that I was with my family and I had no where to be and nothing to do. So that afternoon was one of my favorite ones while in Singapore. We played games, talked, and enjoyed each others company. Resisting the moment and trying to change the situation would not have helped. Enjoying the time and being present to it allows for there to be an ease in the moment.

That evening IĀ journalledĀ about the experience, expressing how I felt, what I enjoyed, how much I love my family and love to travel. Being mindful and journalling are steps towards stilling the mind. Sutra I.2 is Yoga citta vritti nirodhah Yoga is the controlling of the fluctuations of the mind stuff. It is an important sutra to keep in mind because the more aware we become of the fluctuations and distractions of the mind the more we are able to control it and witness life rather than react to it.

Live Light Practice:

For one full day be in the moment and don’t rush to the next thing. At the end of your day take 5-20 minutes to write down highlights of your day. Know that what you recall from your day is what’s important and let the rest fall away. Do not force your thoughts or details on the events, writing how you felt during the day can be a powerful reminder of how you are being as a person.

Dec19