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Beliefs Create Reality

Everything in your life is the reality you created by your beliefs & experiences.

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If you wish to change your reality, change your beliefs. Changing our beliefs involves investigating why we have those beliefs and where they began. Opening yourself up to other beliefs from different people, cultures and countries helps you understand other beliefs to see if that belief resonates with you. Changing your beliefs incorporates questioning the similarities and differences of your beliefs and another’s.

Changing your reality is looking at your experiences in a different way.

If you believe a situation was intended to be harmful, it will be. If you believe that same situation was intended to be helpful, it will be. It truly comes down to what you choose to believe which creates your reality in each situation you encounter. I choose to believe there is an opportunity to learn all the time for growth and wisdom. Lessons are everywhere, delivered in many different ways from many different situations.

For instance, last week there was a number of people outside my apartment making quite a bit of noise.  This happened late in the night, and it woke me up.  I immediately thought how rude and inconsiderate they were being, and I let it bother me and keep me awake until they stopped. My peace was disrupted. Interestingly, earlier in the night, we also experienced rain, thunder and lightening, which also woke me up.  When the weather woke me up, I didn’t think “how rude of Mother Nature to wake me up in the middle of the night.”  Instead I thought, “Oh, it’s storming. I love the sounds of rain and thunder.”  I allowed myself to go back to sleep with the sounds of the storm. My peace was not disrupted.

Since I believe the storm was soothing sounds, I was able to go back to sleep. With the people, my belief was they were being rude and inconsiderate, as people should be quiet at night.  Looking back, I didn’t think Mother Nature was waking me up on purpose. But my belief stemmed from my experience growing up and being told to stay quiet at night. Therefore, I blamed the people that I couldn’t fall back asleep.  Was it their fault? Were they really purposely waking me up any more than Mother Nature was?  Of course not.  They were having fun. Both times I woke up it was due to noise.  I labeled the noises as different due to my beliefs and experiences growing up.  I was able to remove my focus of staying awake with Mother Nature, to remain at peace for sleeping. I could have chosen to do the same with the human noises, thus changing my belief that these people were keeping me awake, thus changing my experience and reality of that night.  I still believe it is best for me to stay quiet at night to be in rhythm with nature and I would hope others feel the same way. But, I do not have control over others, just myself. I can choose not to be affected when other people are not being quiet, which creates a different reality for me. It allows me to keep my peace & quiet in my mind. That is the lesson. I also find it very interesting, helpful & coincidental that both Mother Nature and Human Nature woke me that night.

This lesson can be applied to many situations in life. It is important to ask yourself what you are choosing as your reality based on your beliefs and experiences, especially when something or someone is upsetting you in some fashion. Discovering and understanding the differences and similarities of beliefs can lead you into a new reality. From our views of society to religion to government and beyond, recognizing how our beliefs and experiences have shaped our lives can allow us to consider other beliefs and experiences. Truly learning the why behind our behaviors can bring us wisdom and lead us to a different choice, thus transforming our reality to more love, peace & joy.

May you view life as learning lessons for growth & wisdom.

Namaste!

Heather

©2015

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Mindfulness & Enlightenment

Slide1There is a recurring theme I notice in life.  It’s that we are not mindful as we go through our days. Once,  while leading one of my yoga classes, we were doing Moon Salutations for the New Moon. I like to mix things up after a few rounds, and sometimes each round for both focus and mindfulness. This particular class had three individuals who have done this flow with me many times. What occurred, was all three of them anticipated a pose I included in the last round, and none of them heard me lead them into a different pose at that point. All three of them are in Crescent Moon pose, and I’m in Warrior II pose. I joked that their Warriors all needed some work…and all three of them looked at me at the same time. They realized what they had done. They weren’t paying attention and being in the moment. This was an “Aha” moment. This is just one incident, but many occur to each of us on a daily basis.

Mindfulness allows us to focus on ourselves and can help us reach for enlightenment.

Mindfulness is being in your present moment without anticipating what is coming next. It’s allowing what comes next to flow to you. So many people tend to go through the motions without being attentive to the situation. Driving is a perfect example. While driving, many are paying more attention to distractions such as the radio, the cell phone, other car occupants, or thinking about their “to-do” list. Yet, driving requires mindfulness. If you aren’t paying attention to driving, you might hit another car, or you might run a stop sign, or worse, hurt yourself or someone else.  Another example is when we are rushing through a chore or are running late, and we aren’t paying attention to what we are doing, and we either fall down, run into something or harm ourselves in some other way.  It’s important to slow down, breathe and be very aware of what you are doing to avoid causing harm, but also to learn something new.

Mindfulness is many things, as well. It’s being attentive to each moment, action, feeling and thought. It’s ensuring you know exactly what is happening around you and within you, without judging or comparing. It’s being completely aware and focused in the present moment without worrying about the future or repeating your past. Mindfulness is not allowing yourself to be distracted by outside forces, people, events or situations. Mindfulness allows you to focus solely on you and the purpose at hand. Mindfulness can then lead to enlightenment as you recognize what is happening within you. You can then be aware of a feeling that crops up repeatedly or a situation and you can attend to it. I’ve recently recognized through a healing session I had with my healing friends that I have hips which are rounded in. I’ve been to chiropractors and not one ever mentioned this to me. Perhaps I wasn’t ready for that message yet.  But, the hips have been causing my lower back tightness, and this area, front & back, is the sacral chakra. The message for me was very profound physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I learned  something that I didn’t realize I was still carrying around for the past two decades or so…from previous lifetimes! Being mindful of my hips, and connecting this to the message has allowed me to release some cords for healing….mind, body & soul…very enlightening.

May you practice mindfulness in your life and reach for your enlightened self!

Namaste! Espavo!
Heather

©2014

 

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Be Fully Alive

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Viewing each day as a day to be fully alive in the moment you have allows you to experience every moment to truly Be.

The new moon today is a black moon, so named because it’s the second one in March.  And, it’s in Aries, which is the beginning of the astrological year. A new beginning.  A new day, a new moon and a new year.  For the second time this year, as the first was in January with the calendar new year.

So, today, let’s use this day to begin seeing every day as a new beginning to fully be alive.

If you choose to rest, be fully alive in resting.  If you choose to dance, be fully alive in dancing. If you choose to go for a walk, be fully alive in your walk.  Be fully alive in every experience to get the most out of your life.

How do we be fully alive?  To be fully alive, dive into your experience with gusto.  Be in the moment in mindfulness, being completely conscious of every feeling you have…each touch of a leaf or the wind, each sound you hear, each sight you see, each feeling which arises and each taste you may have.  Contemplate all these senses, and sit with (or walk with or lay with) how that makes you feel.  Then be aware of that energy radiating within you and imagine that energy radiating outward.  I love to do this with trees.  There is such a loving energy in trees.  Walk up to a tree, and touch it’s bark, the leaves and perhaps the roots.  Imagine loving energy pouring from your heart center to the tree.  Then be quiet, contemplate the love, and you will feel the love coming back from the tree.  Practice this with trees, flowers, animals, insects.  The more you practice this, the more mindful and conscious of all things you will be. This is using our senses to be fully alive.

When you have become accustomed to the basic senses and the feelings of this aliveness in you and around you, you can then begin to bring your intuitive senses into the mix. Start paying attention to the sounds and rhythms you feel or hear which aren’t noticeable from the main physical senses. Are you able to hear the music of nature and the universe?  What is it telling you?  Are you maybe able to see a bright light or shadow where there isn’t one seen with the naked eye? Are you sensing someone thinking of you only to run into them or receive a call from them? These are your intuitive senses become stronger, like the physical ones. You are becoming even more fully alive. You become aware of all the love & light around you and are able to send it out and feel it come back to you. Sending love & light to all, all will send love & light to you.  This is being fully alive. Every day…

Every day is a new beginning;

a time to learn and grown;

a day to discover and explore;

a day to laugh and dance;

a time to be quiet and listen;

a day to send out love & light;

a day to be fully alive.

Namaste!

©2014

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Mindfulness

Slide1One time while leading one of my yoga classes, we were doing Moon Salutations for the New Moon. I like to mix things up after a few rounds, and sometimes each round. This particular class had three individuals who have done this flow with me. It was amazing because all three of them anticipated a pose I included in the last few rounds, and none of them heard me lead them into a different pose at that point. All three of them are in a Crescent Moon pose, and I’m in Warrior II pose. I joked that their Warriors all needed some work…and all three of them looked at me at the same time. They realized what they had done. They weren’t paying attention and being in the moment. It was like an “Aha” moment for all of us. This was just one incident of the message, but it was a profound one, indeed.
Mindfulness allows us to focus on ourselves and can help us reach for enlightenment. – Heather Lang
Mindfulness is being in your present moment without anticipating what is coming next. It’s allowing what comes next to flow to you. So many people tend to go through the motions without being attentive to the situation. Driving is a perfect example. While driving, many are paying more attention distractions such as the radio, the cell phone, other car occupants, or thinking about their “to-do” list. Yet, driving requires mindfulness. If you aren’t paying attention to driving, you might hit another car, or you might run a stop sign, or worse, hurt yourself or someone else.
Mindfulness is being attentive to each moment, action, feeling and thought. It’s ensuring you know exactly what is happening around you and within you, without judging. It’s being completely aware and focused in the present moment without worrying about the future or repeating your past. Mindfulness is not allowing yourself to be distracted by outside forces, people, events or situations. Mindfulness allows you to focus solely on you and the purpose at hand. Mindfulness can then lead to enlightenment as you recognize what is happening within you. You can then be aware of a feeling that crops up and you can attend to it. While practicing yoga lately, I’ve noticed my calves are very tight. I’ve been ensuring I warm them up and stretch them out. I have, also, been asking “what am I carrying around in my calves which I cannot release?” I believe I have found the answer, which sits “right” within my heart chakra. Another “Aha” moment! I enlightened myself to something that I didn’t realize I was still carrying around for the past 22 years! All of us are still learning and growing, after all!
May you practice mindfulness in your life and reach for your enlightened self!

Namaste!

©2013

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