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Life Balance 3 Tips to Improve Your Holistic Health

Building on the theme from recent posts about summer energy, poetry and living in alignment with nature and her cycles, let’s weave in some of the teachings of the Tao Te Ching as a foundational theme in creating life balance.

Being brought up in a Western family spiritually grounded in Christianity, I wasn’t exposed to the Tao until my 30’s while on a spiritual quest following a family crisis. Do you find that crises often lead to spiritual growth? It was after reading The Life of Pi by Yann Martel that I decided to go deeper with the learning about the Tao. This may be a funny way to deepen learning, ie from a very enjoyable novel, however it worked for me! Since that time, the books that have helped my western mind understand the Tao have been ‘The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu’ translated by Brian Browne Walker, ‘Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life: Living The Wisdom of the Tao’ by Wayne Dyer and ‘A Thousand Names For Joy: Living in Harmony With The Way Things Are’ by Byron Katie.

Byron Katie’s book I found to be particularly powerful.

As a life coach and executive/leadership coach, the women I work with are often challenged to find a balance or equilibrium between making conscious and strategic changes on the one hand and allowing the gentle flow of life on the other hand. Another way to describe this dynamic is seeing the balance between striving towards change and being drawn towards your future. The Tao seems to be very helpful for the second part of this equation. The Tao reminds us that life is like water, it resides in the low places, over time it carves out deep valleys and can move mountains, and it is hard to grasp. I have found that the more I try to figure the Tao out, the more complex it becomes and if I allow my entire self to be open to it, I ‘grasp’ it more easily. So, the life balance learning is about honouring the Tao of life and the Tao of you.

Life Balance Tips Using the Tao, remember the second part of the equation above, :

1. Read something about the Tao Te Ching, you can pick one of the books above or simply do a quick search on the internet.

2. Ask yourself how your life is or isn’t like the Tao?

3. One of the dominant themes of the Tao is about water and flow, spend lots of time in the water (for fun) and ask yourself what you feel drawn towards? Interesting imagery is to imagine that ‘life’ is a gently flowing river and you are floating down in a beautiful kayak, can it truly be this effortless? Might you run up into a log jam or two? Might the current of the river move you beyond it? Play with this image and sink into the energy of the Tao to bring more balance to your life.

Inspiring Women: Vancouver Women’s March

Women’s March, Vancouver women come together in powerful solidarity!

A collage of a powerful and inspiring day!

It was a great day for the Women’s March when one of my three daughters and I joined thousands of other women, men, girls and boys and headed down to Jack Poole Plaza. I was struck by the diversity in ages and also by the sense of joi de vivre from the lively and respectful crowd participating in the Women’s March of Solidarity in Vancouver.

I ran into many friends from the yoga and coaching communities as well as friends from previous work environments. It felt like a homecoming!

I left feeling jazzed, exhilarated and exhausted.

It seems like the real work begins now, that of maintaining and living the principles of unity, hope, inclusiveness and mutual respect.

Onward. Ho. In Love.

 

Daily Cup of Life Coaching & Inspiration: Where Is Your ‘Just Enough’ Place?

Daily Cup of Coaching & Inspiration: Where Is Your ‘Just Enough’ Place? 

The concept of ‘just enough’ can be applied to every area of one’s life.  I tend towards being excessive, which, in the past,  has gotten me into trouble with my drinking, food intake, relationships, spending for example.

Practicing YogaI also have done the yo yo of ‘dieting’, ‘budgets’, abstinence, again all the ‘excess of deprivation’.

The concept I have become calm and settled with is the concept of ‘just enough’. Just enough food for me to feel satiated but not stuffed; just enough activity for me to feel energized but not fatigued; just enough sleep for me to feel rested but not groggy and it can go on.

Where does my pattern of ‘excess’ originate? The complexities of my life can be distilled to simply answer, the ‘dichotomy of abandonment and attachment’, leaving me with a deep soul longing, that can only be filled internally through spiritual practice.

As I meditate and practice all eight limbs of a spiritual yoga practice, my ‘just enough place’ is much easier to find. How about yours?

peace,

zoey

 

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: A Beautiful Quote for Your Day

Fine Art Lotus Chakras

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: A Beautiful Quote to Start Your Day

 

‘Gather all courage and take a jump.

You will still exist, but in such a new way

that you cannot connect it with the old.

It will be a discontinuity

. The old was so tiny, so small,

so mean, and the new is so vast. From a small dewdrop

you have become the ocean.

 

But even the dewdrop slipping from a lotus leaf trembles

for a moment, tries to hang on a little more,

because he can see the ocean…

once he has fallen from the lotus leaf he is gone.

 

Yes, in a way you will not be; just as a dewdrop

dissolves into the ocean, you will be gone.

But it is not a loss. You will be oceanic.

And all other oceans are limited.

The ocean of existence is unlimited’. ~Osho

 

in peace & mindfulness,

zoey

health coach for wise women

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

 

Beautiful Quote for a Full Moon Magic Type Day!

It’s Full Moon Magic Today!

 

“Let us walk with a staff of gratitude,

bearing flowers of innocence and wise sap from the One Tree of Life.

Let us perfume the air with mercy,

and lend the hands of our bodies’ temples to build new alliances of Mother and Spirit.”

 

these words of wisdom are from ~ The 13 Moon Natural Time Calendar

 

Take time today to walk with a staff of gratitude!

 

Now it’s off for my last day of yoga teacher training at Open Door in Vancouver! Our last day is officially next Saturday, however, that day will be a full one of celebration, today is still some training!

 

namaste,

zoey

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Topaz Lotus Yoga, Health & Inspired Living: Inspirational Quote of the Day

Topaz Lotus Yoga, Health & Inspired Living
Words of Wisdom with an Inspirational Quote
“Gather all courage and take a jump.
You will still exist, but in such a new way
that you cannot connect it with the old.
It will be a discontinuity. The old was so tiny, so small,
so mean, and the new is so vast. From a small dewdrop
you have become the ocean.But even the dewdrop slipping from a lotus leaf trembles
for a moment, tries to hang on a little more,
because he can see the ocean…
once he has fallen from the lotus leaf he is gone.Yes, in a way you will not be; just as a dewdrop
dissolves into the ocean, you will be gone.
But it is not a loss. You will be oceanic.
And all other oceans are limited.
The ocean of existence is unlimited.”~Osho

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Topaz Lotus Yoga, Wellness & Inspired Living: Quote of the Day

Topaz Lotus Wellness & Inspired Living: Quote of the Day

If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life that we give to the question of what to do with a two weeks’ vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days.”

~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Interesting thoughts about life and vacations!

Enjoy your day

in peace & mindfulness

zoey

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Topaz Lotus Yoga, Wellness & Inspired Living: Random Love Signs

Random Love

As I was wandering around the quaint older section of downtown Penticton, I happened upon the following simple sign and it spoke to me!

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Topaz Lotus Yoga, Wellness & Inspired Living

Topaz Lotus Yoga, Wellness & Inspired Living

 

Yoga Teacher Training at Open Door Yoga in Vancouver

It’s 6:25 am on a Saturday morning, I’m sipping a homemade latte, gradually waking up, staring to feel my energy and really looking forward to the day!

It’s Week 20 of a 23 week program of yoga teacher training and we are into the really fun part of training.  Today, we get to practice our postures and, best of all, learn more about Ayurveda with a lovely teacher named Angie.  I coincidentally attended her class this week and absolutely melted into the warm energy of her class.  We shared a chat about doshas, agreeing that we both have a lot of pitta fire.

More to come and enjoy your day!

in peace & mindfulness,

zoey

Inspirational Quote: Topaz Lotus Inspired Living

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: Words of Wisdom about Traveling

 

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” ~ Mark Twain

 

Get out the suitcases folks!

 

in peace & mindfulness,

zoey

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