Have you ever lost yourself only to realize that you’ve actually FOUND yourself?

An experiment.

You know yourself pretty well, right? What does it mean to not feel like yourself? I have a theory that these moments of discombobulation are a sort of crossroads and that insecurity can be a useful tool for growth and expansion. These are moments of choice and of power. For in these precious and vulnerable instances, you can choose to remain as you know yourself to be or you can choose something different. The key is letting go and, believe it or not, losing yourself.


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So, next time it happens, next time you’re not feeling like you, try this:

Let go. Really. Let go. Forget what you think you know about yourself. What would your life be like if you dropped your labels, your personality and your limits?

Think about it. Go there. Feel it.

Think about something that you are absolutely CERTAIN that you can not do or be. Maybe it’s a yoga pose or winning the lottery, for example. Perhaps it is simply telling the truth about something, learning a new skill or overcoming an illness. It could be a dream you had a long time ago of being a movie star or a MEGA ROCK STAR standing on that stadium stage, with lights and smoke machines and hundreds of thousands of adoring fans screaming for more of (oh, that’s just not possible) you.

Are you there? Are you certain about this thing whatever it is?

Now, what would your life be like if you did not have that thought or belief?

and please do share …

Love,

Lindsay


Bonus and somewhat related MEGA ROCK STAR video: OK Go “This Too Shall Pass”

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Image: Now & Zen Photography / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

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Because I Live in Asheville: Yoga and Craft Beer, Together at Last

I sometimes joke about being a yoga teacher in Asheville, NC. I like to say there is a yoga teacher per every 1 person. While not entirely accurate (okay, not even close), there is quite a population of us here in Beer City, USA. It's great. We support each other and in the spirit of yoga and healthy competition we challenge, motivate and inspire each other.

In addition to the rockin' yoga scene, Ashevillians are also passionate about their … you guessed it, beer.

And yes it's true. After an intense online poll with some pretty heated blog posts and reader comments, the beautiful mountain city I call home, was named Beer City USA for 2010.

I have found the craft beer scene, that is the local breweries, the larger beer makin' community and all of the beer bloggers out there, to be much the same as I described Asheville's yoga community – supportive, encouraging and family-like.

Here is what led me to this comparison …

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales has a brew named Namaste. Namaste (the beer) is a "Belgian-style White made with dried organic orange slices, fresh cut lemongrass and a bit of coriander." Sounds yummy.

Now, I know what you're thinking. This is just another example of a trendy business capitalizing on the uber-hip yoga/yuppie/hipster market. But, just hold on … at least read the story behind the creation of this beer before you make any rash judgements.

When their friends and fellow brewers suffered a devastating loss to their production in 2009 (about 1/3 of their annual revenue – yikes!), did Dogfish feign sympathy, all the while scoffing to themselves and thinking Ha! That means more moolah for me!? Nope, they sure didn't. Rather, they collaborated with another brewer friend the result of which was this Belgian-style brew that paid tribute (and a portion of the profits!) to the unfortunate brewery.

Read the full story here.

And I thought this was pretty darn cool. A little bit of good news and an example of how business doesn't have to be an "Us vs. Them" thing. It is not required for someone to fail in order for you (and everyone) to succeed. Sweet.

Serious kudos to Dogfish Head Brewery.

Here is how Sam on the Dogfish blog described the choice of Namaste as the name of this beer:

"The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. In other words it is a show of mutual respect and admiration – a great single word summary of the inspiration behind this brew."

Love it. Now, if I could just get my hands on some of that beer.  🙂

Thanks for reading!

Lindsay

Many thanks to Bruisin' Ales of Asheville for the tip on Dogfish Head Brewery's Namaste beer and for inspiring this post with their beerlanthropic ways.

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To the Dad in my life who is, um, keepin’ it real.

I have to admit, all of this reading and writing about fathers today is getting me a tad worked up and while I may have some “daddy issues” (ugh, really just a tired old story I’d rather not tell anymore) there is one father who, okay well, let’s just say …

He rocks my world.

That man is the father of my children and, incidentally, the love of my life.

So, I thought dating and living with someone was a challenge. Try cooperatively guiding two little humans through their new life … without messing them up too badly, that is … and still stumbling along the middle way through yours. Holy Handfuls.

He (my partner in crime) keeps me on my toes, that’s for darn sure. He gets me to question what it means to be a parent … and a human being for that matter. For example, when he utters some less-than-desirable superlatives to my babies, I am immediately confronted with my “issues.” You know, that little voice in my head, with all of it’s conditions and labels, says (very self-righteously I might add), “Oh, now that is just not right” and I counter with, “Well, why the heck not?” In addition to the expletives, this dad does share plenty of insight and tenderness. He does not skimp on the “I love you’s” and in no way would fall into the category of emotionally unavailable. Most impressive, he admits when he is wrong.

Honestly, I couldn’t ask for a better companion and father for my children and I am grateful every day to have him in my life.

Now, on the lighter side …

I just love his careless-free way of keeping it real and always saying what comes to mind. No hiding behind an authoritarian-style, “Because I Said So.” Nope, not my guy. It’s more like “because you’re annoying the f*ck out of me.”

Think: ShitMyDadSays … but with preschoolers.

So, for some giggles, here is a Mini Highlights Reel:

Offspring: I’m hungy.

Dad: Yeah, and you’re ugly too! (Then, noticing the horrified expression on the poor child’s face) Oh, come on. If I really thought you were ugly, do you think I’d tell you?

Offspring: Daddy, do you believe in God?

Dad: I don’t need God … I have plenty of people praying for me. I’m good.

By the way, I share his moments via Twitter @hetalksalot

And now for some serious laughs (or gasps of disapproval), below is video of Louis C.K. sharing his thoughts about being a dad. By the way, questionable language and offensive content is pretty much guaranteed. Consider yourself “disclaimer-ed.”

Thanks to my wonderful husband, Adam, for inspiring this post and to you all for reading. 🙂

Happy Father’s Day!

Love,

Lindsay

 

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My Top 5 Yoga-Related YouTube Moments

So, with no cable television or satellite to speak of, I am a frequenter of the internet phenomenon that is YouTube.  Sometimes educational, often entertaining, I just LOVE how much YOGA is out there!  After much deliberation, I have narrowed it down to my Fav 5 Yoga Moments on YouTube (cue drum roll). For your consideration, we have:

#5 Esak Garcia 2007 Bikram Yoga Championships All thoughts about yoga asana competition aside (another day, another post perhaps), this is a truly beautiful demonstration and offering to the yoga community.

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#4 I Need A Yogi Feels so wright it can't be chatuWRONGa! A little bit crude? Maybe. A whole lot of funny? Definitely!

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#3 Solid Potato Salad Where's the yoga you ask? Just wait. It gets pretty bendy after about 45 seconds.  Complete with 3-Person Cartwheel Mandala at the end.  Yeowza!

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#2 Acro-Yoga Performance Another exquisite offering of yoga.  Also adding to the beauty: music by DJ ChebISabbah. All kinds of yoga yummy.  Siiiiiiggghhhhhhh …

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#1 Bodhisattva in metro This is my all time favorite.  Hands down.  Please watch and experience the magic for yourself.

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Bodhisattva is the name given to anyone who seeks enlightenment for the benefit of ALL beings.

 

Thanks for tuning in! Please vote for your favorite below or feel free to add to the list!

Keep it Hot & Bendy,

Lindsay 🙂

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Unlocking Gratitude: Money Is Love

Just thought I would share this wonderful affirmation and also some information about tapping into the power of gratitude.  This has helped me personally to shift my attitude about money and allowed me to recognize the abundance that already exists in my life, leading me to a happier, more fulfilling life.

There seems to be a collective focus on money these days, more specifically on how not having money is causing problems and unhappiness.  What if we could think about money in a new way.  What if there was a way to find happiness other than money?  What if money is a physical expression of the love inherent in every one of us.  Try this: Read and repeat out loud the affirmation below daily, or as often as you need to.

Money Is Love

I take this time to open myself and my life to abundance.
The abundance that flows freely through this honorable universe.
The abundance that is for the many, not just the few.
Money is part of everything, as I am part of everything.
Money is unlimited flowing to me, in every possible way.
I can easily, joyously shift my attitudes toward money.
I can experience money as energy that can be transformed into love,
so that each dollar I send out into the world flows from me on a current of love and light.
Each dollar I send out into the world can touch another person with love.
My heart and my mind have been opened to the truth that Money is Love.
For this and all the abundance in my life each and every day, I am deeply appreciative.

Okay, maybe affirmations and talking about “money as energy” just doesn’t work for you. How about a keeping a gratitude journal?  This is another incredibly powerful tool for shifting your attention and awareness to that of abundance.

Here’s how to do it: When you first wake up in the morning, make a list of those things in your life that you appreciate.  Write down evidence of abundance in your life.  You will notice, when you begin the exercise, your list may only be 5 items long.  Before you know it, you will be making gratitude lists of 20-50 things or more every day as your awareness shifts to that which you appreciate.  It’s a great way to begin your day and I can honestly say that it has helped me tremendously, as someone who has suffered from depression, to shift my mood naturally.  The better the mood, the more the inspiration and motivation flows.

It is easy to get caught up in what you don’t have and thinking about what you want based on what you don’t have.  What about those things that you do have — those things you have worked hard for and have already accomplished.  Do you not want those things?  When you are able to notice what you have as being something that you want, it becomes a easier to find ways to improve your situation, for example your financial situation.  This is in part because you are now open to the possibilities of things being different than they are and you recognize that you have been able to make things happen positively in the past, so why not now?  In other words, you stop focusing on the problem and start looking towards a solution.

Here is some more help …

Share and get inspired with Gratitude Log

A great site for tapping in to your abundance, GratitueLog.com is kind of like Facebook …. but even happier!  By the way, gratitude is free, and so is this awesome site!

There are many other resources for online gratitude journals.  However, some people find it easier to type their journal using a word processing program on their computer.  I recommend keeping it simple and do-able.  The process can be as basic as a pencil and a scrap piece of paper.

I will leave you with one last little bit of inspiration.  One of my favorite quotes of all time:

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

-Melodie Beattie

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