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February 21, 2008

I just discovered Amrit Yoga

Filed under: Events, Gratitude, Miscellaneous Ramblings — tshombe @ 5:00 pm

Yoga Instructor James Dewar and me; Beaver Lake Lodge; Sammamish, WA; 2/17/2008
My first yoga experience (I vaguely remember doing something akin to yoga years ago, but clearly it doesn’t hold a significant place in my mind) was awesome.  So relaxing (Though definitely challenging.  The stretches and poses were by no means easy.) and affirming.

I stumbled upon an advertisement for the Amrit Yoga Retreat, and though it was several miles away from where I live, I was drawn to it and to the facilitator, James Dewar.  He was assisted by Brandy Ritts, who was the one who actually led us through the Amrit Yoga (the breathing, stretching, and posing).

The second portion of the program was led by James.  It was called Yoga Nidra, sometimes referred to as psychic sleep or yoga sleep.

Though I did actually go in and out of sleep (oops!), the intent is deep, deep relaxation of mind and body while remaining alert.

The Yoga Nidra very much reminded me of the meditations I’ve experienced that Dr. Dov Baron leads at his personal development programs.  I really found the two practices, the Amrit Yoga and the Yoga Nidra, very complementary to the work I’ve been doing with Dov in his programs over the past year.570415-1358081-thumbnail.jpg
My new yoga friends and me; Beaver Lake Lodge

I like the deliberate intention-making aspect of the yoga practices, and the focus on the breath and the body.  It is so great its emphasis on remaining present in the moment, by regularly coming back to the breath and how you’re feeling in the body.

Isn’t that what life is about?  Balance, being in the body, breath, and presence of mind? 

Yoga reminds me of what it’s like being a life coach.  Being present, conscious of mind and body, and deliberately creating life experience with clear intention is what we model and teach our clients.

I remember James instructing us just before ‘ohm-ing’ (that was pretty fun, too!) to make a specific intention for what we personally wanted to get out of the yogic experience.  He clarified that what he meant not an end, as in what we wanted to gain as a result of the yoga at the end of the day.  No, the intention was to be all about the experience.  What we wanted to experience in the moment as we were executing the yoga practices.

I really had a good time.  What a gift!

I know Bellingham has different types of yoga going on every week.  I’m hoping they have a practitioner of Amrit Yoga and Amrit Method Yoga Nidra.



November 14, 2007

Thankful for being Thanks Full

Filed under: Abundance, Gratitude, Law of Attraction / Resonance — tshombe @ 5:28 pm

During this Season of Gratitude, I am pleased and thankful to share with you here some inspirational thoughts from my good friend, Andrew Mugford.  Thanks, Mugs! 🙂

— TB

Andrew Mugford, Accountability Coach
What are you Thankful for? What Thanks are you Full of?

Are you thankful for the people who are and have come into your life? Are you thankful for the lessons they’ve taught you?

I’ll tell you something I’ve learned.

If you want to lead a great life, start from a position of thankfulness. Start with an ‘attitude of gratitude’. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for in your life. Read this list out loud in the morning and before you go to bed.

Sound strange? Think of the alternative? Actually, don’t. Don’t think of what you don’t have.

Always focus on what you DO have… and watch that grow!


November 10, 2007

On gratitude and how to be thankful

Filed under: Abundance, Gratitude, Motivation, Relationships — tshombe @ 5:00 pm

soglogo.gifIn the US, November is a month where "Thankfulness" is on the minds of many.

What does being thankful mean to you?  For what or for whom are you thankful?

I am particularly inspired by two women on the ‘net who are holding the gratitude torch high and proud, inviting all of us to join them.

Colleen Wainwright ( AKA "the communicatrix,") is in the middle of a 21-day exploration of how to be grateful when life seems to be offering anything and everything but a bowl of cherries.  I love Colleen’s incredibly inspirational series, as it reminds me of cancer survivor, Susan Metter‘s recipe for making fabulous Lemon Margaritas when you appear to getting a lot of lemons thrown your way.

Nneka (whose first name, by the way, is also my sister’s middle name!) over at Balanced Life Center is celebrating her 2nd Annual Season of Gratitude, where thankful people across the blogosphere are focusing on gratitude and heartfelt appreciation.

Concerning thankfulness, I recently looked up the word "thankful" and its related terms:  "grateful" and "appreciate."

What do you make of this?

thankful |ˈθa ng kfəl| |ˌθøŋkfəl| |ˌθaŋkfʊl| |-f(ə)l|
pleased and relieved : [with clause ] they were thankful that the war was finally over | [with infinitive ] I was very thankful to be alive.
• expressing gratitude and relief : an earnest and thankful prayer.

grateful |ˈgrātfəl| |ˌgreɪtfəl| |ˌgreɪtfʊl| |-f(ə)l|
feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful : I’m very grateful to you for all your help.

appreciate |əˈprē sh ēˌāt| |əˌpriʃiˈeɪt| |əˌpriːʃɪeɪt| |-sɪ-|
verb [ trans. ]
1 recognize the full worth of : she feels that he does not appreciate her.
• be grateful for (something) : I’d appreciate any information you could give me.
2 understand (a situation) fully; recognize the full implications of : they failed to appreciate the pressure he was under | [with clause ] I appreciate that you cannot be held totally responsible.
3 [ intrans. ] rise in value or price : they expected the house to appreciate in value.

How do you see the interplay of these three aspects of thankfulness?  I think true gratitude encompasses all three, don’t you?

It may be surprising to see "appreciate" so closely linked with being thankful and yet, it’s meaning encompasses the concepts of worth, value, and esteem.

This time last year, I discussed gratefulness within the deeper context of appreciation.  You can read it by clicking HERE.  I’d love to get your thoughts on it.

November is a great time to remind ourselves of the magic of gratitude, but our thankful attitude and grateful heart needn’t be confined to one month of the year.  Instead, let us persist in honoring everyone and everything in our lives each day — prizing, valuing, appreciating.

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