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Topaz Lotus Eco Living: 5 Steps of a Sacred Spiritual Practice

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Topaz Lotus Eco Living: Sacred Spiritual Practice

 

On the days (and I try for most mornings), that I complete my sacred spiritual practice, I find that the day unfolds more smoothly and mostly effortlessly.

Here is what I find fulfilling:

1. I start with a slow fluid sun salutation or some other gentle yoga postures.

2. Spiritual reading by authors such as Pema Chodron, Byron Katie, Eckhart Tolle, Deborah Adele is next.

3.  I have created a scrap book of beautiful images of gardens and landscapes and I often look through this.

4,  The 13 Moon Natural Time Calendar is a way of viewing time that fits for me as a woman who has lived by natural cycles, and I generally check to date according to this Mayan type calendar.

5.  I finish with some meditation.  Some days it is a couple of minutes and more often it is 10 minutes or so.

This wonderful start to my day usually takes 15 – 20 minutes and I just feel so much more depth to living and heart centered when I start my day with this sacred spiritual practice.

 

in peace & mindfulness

zoey

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: A Quote to Start Your Day

 

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: A Quote to Start Your Day

 

By Jelaluddin Rumi (13th century mystic poet)

 

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Don’t go back to sleep.

 

You must ask for what you really want.

Don’t go back to sleep.

 

People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch.

 

The door is round and open.

Don’t go back to sleep.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

in mindfulness,

zoey

zoey ryan BSc., PCC, RYT

personal life coach for wise women

yoga & healthy life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!

Women ~ Health ~ Life: Words of Wisdom

 

Women ~ Health ~ Life: Words of Wisdom

 

“She wrapped her own long arms around her shiny inner self & whispered, ‘It’s all right, I believe in you.”

~ author unknown

 

in mindfulness,

zoey

zoey ryan BSc., PCC, RYT

personal life coach for wise women

yoga & healthy life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!

Topaz Lotus Inspired Eco Living: Quote of the Day

 

Topaz Lotus Inspired Eco Living: Quote of the Day

 

The more boundless your vision, the more real you are.

~ Deepak Chopra

 

Have a fabulous and unlimited day!

 

peace,

zoey

zoey ryan BSc., PCC, RYT

personal life coach for wise women

yoga & healthy life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!

 

 

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Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: Thought for the Day

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Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: Thought for the Day

 

Don’t believe everything you think!

 

~ inspired by the writings of Byron Katie, Pema Chodron and Deborah Adele

 

Enjoy your day my friends,

zoey

 

 

zoey ryan BSc., PCC, RYT

personal life coach for wise women

yoga & healthy life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!

 

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: A Great Quote of the Day

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: A Great Quote of the Day

 

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

~ Maya Angelou

 

 

zoey

zoey ryan BSc., PCC, RYT

personal life coach for wise women

yoga & healthy life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!

 
 

Women ~ Health ~ Life: Meditation Focus for the Week

Women ~ Health ~ Life: Meditation Focus for the Week

 

Santosha: Contentment

from ‘The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice’ by Deborah Adele

‘Santosha invites us into contentment by taking refuge in a calm center, opening our hearts in gratitude for what we do have, and practicing the paradox of  “not seeking”.

 

Life Tip:

Start each day by being and feeling grateful for one thing in your life!

 

If you are interested, buy the book mentioned above, it is an easy to read,  simple and practical guide to life written by a very wise woman!

 

namaste,

zoey

zoey ryan BSc., PCC, RYT

personal life coach for wise women

yoga & healthy life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!

 

Women ~ Health ~ Life: Personal Reflections from a Yoga Life Coach

Women ~ Health ~ Life: Personal Reflections from a Yoga Life Coach

 

Sometimes, I feel like if I could just throw my head (actually my brain, no actually me thoughts) away, it would be the best thing in the world!

I have been driving myself crazy!

Oh my goodness, sometimes my curiosity and love of learning feels like it ‘bites me in the bum’!

Here is what is going on. Through out years of recovery from the addiction of alcoholism, spiritual reading ranging through New Thought Christianity, Buddhism and Yoga Philosophy, yoga and coach training, grounded in a foundation of Christian family values and an education that included psychology courses, I have learned to intellectually understand and be aware of my patterns of thought and self programed behavior. The result is that I have come face to face with the basic anxiety and edginess of life, full on with no way to dull this very uncomfortable feeling.

In my past I have used food, alcohol, work, technology, money/spending, books, exercise, planning, daydreaming, arguing, drama, sleeping (and I could go on) to dull or eliminate the deep restlessness and edginess that I understand may be present in many of us who live in the Western world. I try to push this feeling away, to deny it, to make up stories so that other people are responsible for this feeling and, wow, it is exhausting! I am exhausted by my thoughts, stories and dramas I have made up! I have tried ‘pushing all this away’, only to find my internal dialogue heating up and getting louder.

I have had no choice but to allow my feelings of restlessness and edginess to ‘just be’. I finally was so mentally tired from all the ‘squabbling’ in my brain and body, that I basically gave up. I stopped trying to push the discomfort away and in the allowing, I have found some semblance of gentleness and serenity. In the past I may have congratulated myself and said ‘oh great, I finally figured out life, now, I can really start to live well and teach others how to do this too’, however, what I have learned is that this self-congratulatory sentiment is often followed by a disagreeable life circumstance that quickly returns me to a sense of being incredibly humbled by my own arrogance!

So, with gentleness and unconditional love and self-acceptance, I go out to greet the day.

 

in peace & mindfulness,

zoey

zoey ryan BSc., PCC, RYT

Your personal yoga lifestyle coach

life coaching for wise women

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Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: Living Your Yoga

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: Living Your Yoga

From “The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele

One of the Niyama’s s which closely cooresponds to the Buddhist practice of ‘Sojong’ is:

‘Svadhyaya or Self Study’, Deborah writes “Svadhyaya, or self study, is about knowing our true identity as Divine and understanding the boxes we are wrapped in. This process of knowing ourselves, and the boxes that adorn us, creates a pathway to freedom.’

I love how our personality and actions are described as ‘boxes that adorn us’ and make us unique and that life is not about ‘perfection’ but about observation and awareness!

Enjoy this beautiful day!

namaste,

zoey

zoey ryan BSc., PCC, RYT

integrative health coach for wise women

yoga & healthy life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!

 

 

 

 

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: New Moon Magic!

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: New Moon Magic!

 

While doing my meditative reading last night before bed, I chose Pema Chodron’s book, ” Living Beautifully: With Uncertainty and Change”, she writes:

‘There’s a practice in Buddhism called Sojong that gives us an opportunity to reflect on where we are in terms of refraining and, when we feel that we’ve really made a mess of things, to put that behind us and start anew.  Traditionally, Sojong takes place twice a month, on the full and new moon days.’

Last night was the ‘new moon’ and I’m going to start using the new and full moon and  14 day ‘lightposts’ for personal reflection and ask myself  “how I have done with my mind, body and speech in terms of  mindfulness, non-violence and unconditional positive regard for all”.  According to Pema Chodron, this practice is conducted at Gampo  Abbey in a group and without ‘self criticism or blame.’

Questions to oneself may be:

1.  What’s working in my life?

2. Why? What are the things I am doing to support this flow?

3.  What’s not quite right yet?

4. Why?

5. What do I need to do to ‘ease the edginess’?

 

Enjoy your day and the next 14 days until the full moon!

 

namaste,

zoey

zoey ryan BSc., PCC, RYT

integrative health coach for wise women

yoga & healthy life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!

 

 

 

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