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One of the reasons why yoga, endurance sports, and dance (all things I love) are so powerful is because they each remind us of an inner power that exists within that we may not have realized we had.

Empowering yourself to make yourself feel better at any given time, the way yoga, sports, and dance can do, is life-changing, and I’m so blessed that I’ve had these tools in my pocket for a long time.

But what happens when life throws you a curve ball?

 

What happens when, despite all your preparation, all your inner work, and all of those tools, you still find yourself feeling down and stuck?  For example, we can meditate and practice and run all we want to help our light shine…but ultimately we are still in the world in relation to others, and not everyone who crosses your path will have done the work that you have.

OR you may find yourself at a point where it’s time to expand your comfort zone and the universe is bringing you the challenges that will grow you into that bigger, better person that you always set an intention to be.

OR maybe you really actually are just stuck!  You’ve imprisoned yourself, and you just don’t know how to get out.

 

I was having a conversation about this topic with my good friend Wendy Collier of Wendy Collier Worldwide, LLC and she reminded me of the movie, “What Dreams May Come.”

 

We spoke about the depiction of Heaven and Hell and what each of those respective experiences looked like– but most importantly, that they were of each person’s own making.  Heaven, and its inhabitants, looked the way Robin Williams expected it to look.  He was free and happy.  His wife, who was stuck in “Hell” ended up there by her own hands, and was stuck there by her own choosing.

(SPOILER ALERT!!)  …Until her husband came and got her out.

The reason this came up in conversation is because, as Wendy pointed out, we do not need a Robin Williams to swoop in and save us from our own imprisonment.  We can actually release ourselves.  We have the power to break out and create our own Heaven.

 

As Wendy said to me, we actually DO NOT have to live in that decrepit and depressing house that his wife lives in.  It might feel like we do…but we really don’t.  We can free ourselves from our entrapment, our imprisonment.  By making empowered choices, we can make those walls dissolve, and see the Heaven that actually exists all around us.

I know how it feels to be in a prison of my own making.  I was in it for a very long time, and without actually realizing it.   Just like Robin William’s wife, sometimes you can be trapped and not even know it!

When I go back into the dark place, which does happen occasionally (I am human, after all!) the difference is that now I know what Heaven feels like.  I have a point of contrast, and I can make the prison walls dissolve.

 

Big hint here: I’m not special.

You can do this, too!

 

Choice is a powerful thing, and you have it!  So let’s start here:  What experience would you CHOOSE to create?  Right now?  No limits!

How does that feel?  What does it look like?   Who is a part of this new world?  Who isn’t?

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As Wendy said to me, “It actually all comes back to manifesting.”  What do YOU want to create?

 

I know some of you reading this might feel skeptical, or that you’re “too” stuck for your circumstances to change.

I want to reassure you right now that NOBODY is too stuck (or too anything) to swoop themselves up and out of whatever darkness they are experiencing.

 

SO…throwing it back to you.  Are you stuck in an area of your life?  Are you ready for it to change?  Comment below with your vision of how YOUR Heaven looks and feels. 

What will YOU manifest?  🙂

 

Have a beautiful day and Namasté,

Julie

Have a beautiful day and Namasté, Julie

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Upon hosting The Body-Spirit Connection, I noticed one theme repeat itself among each of the interviews I conducted: Fear.  Because our on-the-mat experience is merely a reflection of our real life off-the-mat experience, the patterns we notice during our practice are applicable to our every day life, as well.  In Part I of this blog series, I discussed the real life impacts of fear, in Part II, the topic was using a certain asana, backbends, as a tool for getting more comfortable with fear, and today I will discuss how fear keeps us from “letting go.”

How often do you find yourself in a balancing posture, and you’re biting your lip, your shrugging your shoulder, you’re holding your breath, and you’re clenching your butt, all in hopes of holding the posture in the most “perfect” shape you can?  A good teacher knows that most students do this out of habit, and will explicitly tell them to start letting go…shoulders relax, jaw becomes soft, breathing is fluid, tailbone tucked…just use the muscles you need for this pose and let the other ones go.  At first, students are in disbelief; they believe that these extra components are not extra, that they are integral to maintaining the pose.  But they when they realize that they can start to let these “extra” energetic engagements go, that the pose DOES get easier!  Why did they not let them go immediately?  Because they were afraid to.

Take a moment right now to notice what areas of your body are clenched.  Your stomach?  Shoulder?  Jaw?  Notice this, and then, with breath, let those areas go.  Then take a moment to think of areas in your life that you are clenching, controlling.  Perhaps, like in our yoga practice, we don’t actually need to be controlling those areas after all.  Perhaps, if we let them go and breathe into the space, they will hold up on their own just fine, and maybe even better.  Have the courage to try, and see what happens.

I would love to hear how this “letting go” process affects you.  Please do share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section below!

Have a beautiful day, and Namasté.

Julie

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