Category: Living in the Now

Your Own Olympic-Sized Dreams

Your Own Olympic-Sized Dreams

Today we all get to embark upon what we’ve been waiting for, for four years—the Summer Olympics. And despite Mitt Romney’s strangely absurd remarks this morning, I think they are going to find it to be grand and filled with all the wonder we all are waiting for, especially in the swimming, track, and gymnastics this year.

I can’t help but to think about why the Olympics, or any sport, is so important to us as viewers. Why do we get so wrapped up in the viewing and our team winning? Is it because we let a part of us be in the mix? Could it be possible that when a team member from Podunk, USA wins a gold, it somehow means that we are winning a gold, or that we also have a chance at winning a gold medal in our minds? I think so.

There is a saying that when one monkey achieves something on one island, all the monkeys on every other island achieve it as well. The simple fact of one person overcoming obstacles, liberates the whole. It’s a fact!

So, when you challenge yourself at the gym this week to lose that 15 lbs you’ve been wanting to lose for 3 years or quit smoking or stop yelling at every slow driver on your way to work, you actually are changing the fabric of the universe. You have no idea who you will touch in your quest to be a better person.

So, when a young woman of 16 years of age leaps up on to the 4-inch balance beam to do amazing feats like full twisting back flips and one-footed leaps with the other foot touching her head from the back and landing back on the beam with that same one foot with perfect balance, we know that we are part of her own spirit helping her to stay on that beam. We can feel our bodies twitching in our seats to keep her steady. We even feel a sense of concentration. We become one with so many people feeling the same thing at the same time. It’s almost mesmerizing.

This is the perfect connection and power we feel when we watch sports. Yes, it’s exciting and wonderful. But it’s also as spiritual as it is physical. When you get that many people wishing for one thing at the same time, magic happens. The Olympics are magic because we are focused together on one thing. Imagine if that one thing were something like changing the world for the better, what we could do for the world.

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Older and Wiser

Older and Wiser

Yesterday I was shopping for a birthday card. Every card was about being one step closer to death, and sagging skin and parts that don’t work. I didn’t see one card that talked about the good that happens when you get older:

  1.    Every day I know I’m going to be that much closer to understanding life.
  2. I see the intricate weave of friends and family through time.
  3. I know that nothing is permanent, not even death.
  4. I understand myself a little better every day.
  5. What looks like lazy is just a brief time with God.
  6. Nature amazes me every day, from flowers blooming from a seed, to an animal understanding verbal commands.
  7. Friendships are more and more important.
  8. Family is not a necessity, but a pleasure.
  9. Love is not something I look for outside myself.
  10. And Truth… it just is.
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A World Where You’re Not Attached to Results

A World Where You’re Not Attached to Results

“It’s all rather fascinating to me. I’m not in judgment about it, just fascinated.”

I’m watching “Rock Center’s” tribute to the five son’s of Mitt Romney. Five Mormon boys who have knocked on doors in their teens, and their father, a man campaigning who has also knocked on doors proselytizing for their church in his teens.

Most of us get very uncomfortable with people who knock at our doors proselytizing about anything, especially religion. We don’t like when Mormons do it, when evangelists do it, when Jehovah’s Witnesses do it, or when anyone does it. Could we really be ready for a president who has this in his background, and still apparently believes in this doctrine? Is there anyone worried that his religion might somehow get thrown into the mix, and that we might not get a clear separation between church and state?

So, then we get to this strange tax issue he is avoiding. Why is Romney so guarded about his taxes from 3 years ago and before? And why wouldn’t the law require that ANY person running for president hand over his or her taxes if he or she is going to be running for the President of the United States? Be an open book if you’re going to run for office, because it’s going to come out anyway.

AND is anyone not surprised that a Mormon Billionaire has made it to the top of the Republican ticket? It almost seems like the majority of republicans are religious right wing, mostly doctrinally against the Mormon theology. I’m wondering what the right wing Baptist churches are saying to their congregations about this candidate.

“It’s all rather fascinating to me. I’m not in judgment about it, just fascinated.”

Remember, to be completely at peace with life, you can’t be too attached to the outcome of anything—even a presidential race. You have to believe that even if you put your heart and soul into this campaign for one candidate or another, that the result is in the hands of God and the majority of the American voters, or the Electoral College—another fascinating conundrum.

I had an interesting day at an Insurance company where I was hired to speak to 13 employees who were interested in quitting smoking. There was one man in the back of the room with his arms and legs crossed and was looking at me with crossed eyes. There wasn’t a thing on him that was opened to me or what I was going to say. The others were perfectly wonderful. I wanted to ask this particular man to leave, because his energy was really bringing me and the entire room down.

Have you ever felt that before? His entire demeanor was dark and cloudy. He wanted me to fail. He wanted for everyone in that room to continue to smoke, because it was in his best interest for them to do so. What do you do in a situation like that?

Here’s what I did. I asked him questions in front of the room, questions that helped him share his point of view, so that everyone could see what he was up to. It was clear within a few minutes he was not on board with what we were all trying to accomplish. So, most of the people just stopped paying attention to him. He ended up leaving before the Introduction to Hypnosis was over. I was relieved. I believe the rest of the class was too.

I don’t think any of us should have to bear the bad energy of a soul who just wants to sit and torment. Ferret it out and generally it will leave on its own. It’s when the energy gets to hide and torment that it feels powerful. When it’s exposed, it never gets the joys it wants.

On Wednesday, I had a student in yoga who took my class and refused a correction I gave her and then laughed in my face at the way I was directing the class. My yoga brain was calm, but my Bo-human brain wanted to rip her face off. “What do you mean coming into my class and not wanting to take my direction. Just get out, bitch!” is what I wanted to say. “Boga is not pretty when he gets man!” lol

But, alas, I am more mature than that. I’m thankful, honestly, that I don’t get tangled in other people’s energy these days. I said to myself, I have no idea why she is so belligerent. Perhaps, she just hates men. Maybe she was taught under a stricter environment than I, where you have to do everything a certain way. Nonetheless, I decided I would succumb to her desire and finish the class to her liking. Then I directed the savasana (the meditation) directly toward her attitude, which appeased my discomfort with her. She did stay until the end, which made me believe that maybe I was able to draw her back in. Who knows, maybe by not reacting, I was able to help her out with some bad reaction she with me or men and had been dealing with in her entire life.  Who knows.

Had I reacted with anger, I would have only been feeding the bad energy in the class and causing more negativity. None of us want that.

So, retract those nails today and bite down hard on your bottom lip when you want to bite back at the person that is trying to crush your spirit. Find a way to peacefully disarm that person and choose a path that will correct the problem, not make it worse.

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