The world is not going to change until you do.
It’s not about looking for answers inside or outside of yourself.
It’s spending less energy on what is happening and more on how you are responding to what is happening.
Nothing will change until you change the way you respond.
You are, in fact, an integral part of this whole. Yes, you matter–very much. Energy is supported by energy. Events and entities are supported by how much energy is spent on them.
An event cannot continue if no energy is spent on it. That’s why movies remain in theaters for only a few weeks or so. Lots of energy goes into keeping the movie in theaters, in the form of us going to them, paying money to see them, enjoying them, telling our friends about them, our friends going to see them, etc . . . until we as a collective decide to spend our energy (in the form of time, money, talking) on something else. Sometimes we enjoy the movie so much that we go see it more than once, and buy it on Netflix or DVD, but the energy spent on this particular movie is not enough to keep it in theaters. And how often do we really watch DVDs we own?
We as a collective support certain things in direct proportion to how much energy we spend on them–for or against. The collective is only as strong in its energy spending power as the number of people involved in this collective. Take yourself out – you weaken the power of said entity or event. You can point your energy elsewhere. You, indeed, have that power.
“What about all the people who aren’t aware of things….” Your awareness and your living in your awareness increases the awareness of the collective. Excuses are not productive in transformation.
You can have no outer security if you are not secure within yourself. What does this mean? You need to know who you are. You need to know that there is nothing outside yourself. You can not receive anything from anyone else–you receive only from yourself. You give only to yourself. Yogi Bhajan said, “Recognize the other person is you.” Well, how could you recognize anyone else as you when you don’t know who you are?
How do we know who we are? Practice.
When Pattabhi Jois said, “Practice, and all is coming,” I think he meant the same thing Yogi B meant when he said, “Keep up. You will be kept up.” Keep up, practice, and realize yourSelf.
There is your security.
Tipping for services like massage can be a little bit confusing. And a good reason for this is because each therapist, spa, clinic, health center and client has his or her own expectation and desire on the subject. A few thoughts from a massage therapist and energy work practitioner…
1) Do what feels good, if it brings joy to you to tip, do it. If it feels obligatory or forced, then the tip comes with an energy charge that you probably don’t want to give, and your therapist doesn’t want to receive. Just like life, if it feels good, go for it. If it feels constrictive and not so good, then skip it.
2) Where you are receiving your massage can help you decide whether or not, or how much, to tip. If you are at a health center, clinic or spa, your therapist is not receiving all (usually not even half) of the price you pay for your massage or other service. Therapists who rent a studio space or work out of their home are self-employed, so they do receive the full price. Of course, pros and cons exist in every situation. Employees of spas or clinics have far less overhead in sheets, oils, equipment, etc… Most everyone likes to receive tips, but the massage therapists and energy workers I know also love what they do, so it is indeed not tips that keep us in our profession.
3) For those who like numbers–10-20% is a generally good tip range. That’s not to say tip 10% for a mediocre massage and 20% for a good one. If you aren’t thrilled with your massage, you are not obliged to tip. Then again, if you are thrilled with your massage, you are not obliged to tip, either!
It all goes back to number 1 ~ do what feels good!
I hate my body. I realized this today (on Thanksgiving). I hate that it doesn’t look like I want it to, that it holds more weight than it needs to, that it can’t run as fast as I can and I have to wait for it to breathe and take breaks going uphill sometimes. I hate that it can’t yet go where I want to be (sometimes I go there without it). Sometimes I even stay out and let it do its human thing without me. That’s sort of counter-productive…
I realized this on my run on Thanksgiving.
I don’t actually hate my body–I hate being in one. If the body I was in was different, I’d still hate it. But not all the time. In fact, rarely do I hate it. Most of the time I’m so joyously loving being here on Earth that it feels like I’ve had a body forever and always will.
But those moments. Ah, what do you do in those moments?
Run harder, for starters. Then get home and let out some candid thoughts to your guides (who are clearly not in human bodies, and that’s freaking annoying), and then carry on.
Sometime in the near-ish future remember to be grateful to have this human-body experience because without it, I wouldn’t have the joy of not being in a body when it’s time to let this one go. And since I have it only for a relatively super-short time, I might as well love it. The fake it til you make it principle sounds good. I’ll do everything I can out of love for this amazing piece of artsy-sciency-art that I have embodied for a bit. Hate can’t live in the presence of Love. So. . . time to switch. . . in patience, and in love~~
I mentioned this song in the video I posted in October–about being mirrors for each other.
there’s no rush.
This has become a mantra of sorts for me, reminding me to let the ideas come, let them flow, let me feel into them and be with them and maybe even act upon them… but not to worry about timing or results. Surrender all of that to what is, and let things manifest in the spaces between the doing and the resting.
So, don’t wait! And, there’s no rush. Remember to take savasana in your life. It’s imperative.
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We hear that nothing can benefit everyone–that someone, somewhere, somehow will be diminished for something good done for someone else.
At this point, you could picture me with my brow a bit furrowed and my eyes a little squinty and one side of my lips curled up a bit, with my mind in a state of utter confusion because my heart is saying, “What the love, why not?”
If we intend that our thoughts, words and actions are for the highest and best, sometime this world is going to catch up, and we’ll all realize that we all benefit from good things, and we’ll stop saying it isn’t true. . . maybe it’s a matter of definition. Good for ego isn’t necessarily good for Self. But as our egos align with our Selves, then what’s good for One really is good for All.
We are All One anyway.
Empower yourself and ask, why not?
It’s interesting to feel what my body is going through. I just received an email from AIM (Ashland Institute of Massage) with the schedule of my classes starting January 2nd.
I didn’t come to Ashland for school, I didn’t come to Ashland to teach a lot of yoga, I didn’t come to Ashland to sing… but it’s all happening. It has all been so expansive. I LOVE it all.
My body feels calmly excited. I don’t know how that works, but that’s what it feels like… A little fluttery in the tummy but so peaceful about it. I’m enjoying the experience of anticipation, enthusiasm, maybe a bit of apprehension… so much is unknown, but I’ve learned that you never really know. This “not really knowing” has become quite comfortable.
Continuously we learn. Continuously life beckons us to let go ~ yet hold on to something… to love, to trust, to knowing that you never really know–so allow life to unfold in the beautiful way it is meant to without getting caught up in trying to figure it all out.
Can you be at ease with the butterflies?
Lately has it seemed somewhat like this?…
Everything rose up and exploded like a big huge firework, and lots of what we don’t need burned up (though we felt the burn, right?!) while the rest is slowly but surely floating back down into the places where it will best serve the highest good.
It’s kind of like this whole experience was a puzzle showing a particular picture, but that picture doesn’t make any sense anymore so it just had to up and explode. Now the pieces that are left (and there are fewer because the rest was baggage we don’t need anymore) are coming together to create a newer, much more beautiful picture.
If you’ve been feeling like things are exploding all around you, you’re not alone. And when we make it through the chaos, we realize all the beauty that has been there all along.
~~Everything comes together, even as the world is falling apart~~ <–from ‘Opportunities Abound.’ sometime i’ll record it for ya.