Monthly Archives: March 2013

Dazed and Confused

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being present is a conscious and active approach to life. Being dazed and confused is an unconscious and non-active approach. I try to be present as much as I can, but there are times where I am spaced out and not in the moment. This could be due to something bothering me, an upsetting situation, or my thoughts just being elsewhere.

The other day I was in a yoga class, and I had arrived a few minutes late. Adjusting to the slow pace of class took a little time, but I thought I was relaxed and present by 15 minutes in. At that time, we were to told to get an extra prop from the back of the room. So as quietly and efficiently as I could, I walked to the prop area and back to my mat, setting myself up and waiting for the rest of the class. I was oblivious to the others and just zoning out for a moment – at least until I heard a small voice behind me say “that is my mat”. I turned around with eyes wide open and my jaw dropped! Louder than intended, I belted out “oh I’m so sorry!”. Embarrassed and uncomfortable, but fully present now, I moved over to where my actual mat awaited me. This has never happened to me before, and I’ve never actually seen it happen to anyone else. The lesson I learned was that I wasn’t really there, and it brought me back to the present moment.

 

Live Light Practice:

Ask yourself are you present? Are your mind and body in the same place right now? What do you need to do in order to be here now?

 

Mar27

Spring is here – kind of

Today is the Spring Equinox and even if it doesn’t feel like it the seasons are changing. In spirit of spring cleaning I’ve been doing a gluten, dairy, and alcohol free cleanse.

The change of season can bring time for clearing and shedding the unnecessary excess in our lives. This winter I noticed I’ve been carrying around too many negative thoughts about my body. So as I replace my heavy pasta meals with tasty juices cleanse my system of dairy, gluten and alcohol I’ll also be trying to shed the self-loathing thoughts.

So how am I going to begin shedding thoughts that have lived within me most of my life? I’ll begin by practicing¬†prakti paksha bhavana or cultivating the opposite.

In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Sutra II.33 Vitarka badhane pratipaksha bhavana (When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite [positive] ones should be thought of. This is pratipaksha bhavana.). Basically, to control the mind and obstruct the thoughts that we do not want, we invite in the opposite thoughts. Creating a positive environment by controlling the words you read and shows you watch is the practice of pratipaksha bhavana. Removing negative thoughts by replacing them with positive ones.

Just as quinoa pasta is my substitute for my favorite Barilla, thoughts like “my legs are healthy and strong” are replacing “my thighs are huge”. Eventually the positive thoughts will replace the negative, it just takes time and practice. For now I’m focusing on pratipaksha bhavana, tasty juices, and hoping for warm weather!

Live Light Practice:

Begin each day with a gratitude journal listing at least five things you are grateful for. Then throughout the day each time you have a negative thought replace it with a positive one.

Mar20

Tasty Juice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live Light Practice:

Enjoy a tasty smoothie or juice at home!

Below is an estimated recipe for the smoothie pictured above.

handful of blueberries
one banana
two handfuls of spinach
ginger
6 ice cubes

Enjoy!

Mar19

Green & Juicy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With spring on its way I’ve started a 21 day dairy, gluten, and alcohol free cleanse. The official start date when I took out dairy, gluten and alcohol from my diet was Monday March 11th, but I started early with the dairy. At first when I was thinking about going dairy free I wondered how I’d do it, but surprisingly I’ve found I’ve been able to do it for the past week and half with ease.

Today I made a tasty green juice with my Vitamix. I’m new to making my own juices/smoothies, because in the past i would purchase them at Organic Avenue. Homemade fresh juices are a wonderful addition to a healthy diet, and making it easier for me to stick with this cleanse.

Gluten and dairy can cause acidity and inflammation in the body, and even though it has only been a few days since I started this cleanse I am already feeling more energized and lighter.

Live Light Practice:

Try a green juice at home! Here is the recipe to my juice I made today.

Green & Juicy
1 Gala Apple
1 banana
2 handfuls of spinach
chunks of ginger
dash of cayenne pepper
optional to add ice cubes

Enjoy!

Shanti,

Liza

 

 

 

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